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Fabulous damask tile

posted by: oldbat2be on 04.26.2012 at 07:47 am in Kitchens Forum

Hollysprings introduced me to the idea of a damask tile on my backsplash post which intrigued me, and I've been searching ever since for the right one. I have found one which is definitely making my heart beat faster, had to share because it is so beautiful.

(Thank you holly!!!!)

MFR is architerra; best way to view the site is to go to I have ordered samples in a selection of colors.

The tiles are 6"x6" and you can either use the full 4x3 layout, repeated in a brick pattern, or create different pattens with a subset of the full pattern. Also, you select the background and detail colors, so great ability to customize.

Some Color Combinations:

I've attached a link to their full color palette.

Here is a link that might be useful: Color Palette


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RE: Can a quarter sawn or black kitchen be fun? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: sombreuil_mongrel on 01.25.2012 at 12:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine's quartersawn and black (soapstone) and I think it's fun. Not giggle-inducing or hilarious, but fun at times.

New aspect of Kitchen

Tiger-grained base boards



Great dea to dress up soffits
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RE: Soapstone counters/Apron sinks (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: sombreuil_mongrel on 02.13.2012 at 12:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have soapstone (which I DIY-ed) and the 30" Whitehaus sink.
My kitchen dates to 2006-7 and the CT/sinks are holding up really well.
SS is impervious to anything; my variety of stone is rather hard so nicks and scratches are non-issues. Some softer varieties scratch more readily, but Soapstone is user-serviceable, and the scratching can be addressed by sanding. In the first pics, you are looking at the CT the day of installation, with its first and only coat of oil. I removed the oil and let it darken naturally. Oiling was going to be a hassle for me, and that's not what I wanted out of a CT material.
Finished Countertops!

New Soapstone Oiled

Nine months of age, darkening nicely:

Oilless Soapstone thr33, I white balanced this as accurately as I could.

The one thing I will tell you about Apron-front sinks-- most cabinet installers have never fitted one, and some subpar installation attempts have been documented here. I DIY-ed mine, and because I assembled my own cabinets I was able to use it to my advantage in getting a perfect scribed fit between faceframe and sink. The 'natural variation" (irregularity) of these sinks excludes the use of a factory template to simplify the cutout, and stopping to make a template is outside of the normal installation process for most cabinet hangers. Expect to pay a premium for a great installation. Ask for references for these kinds of sinks. It's too easy to screw it up.



Soffits look great
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(Mostly) Finished Kitchen Pics

posted by: beaglesdoitbetter on 02.01.2012 at 11:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

I REALLY wanted to wait until I was moved in and had furniture and had my dishes in the cabinets to post the "big reveal," but I cannot wait. I just can't. I love my kitchen too much (at least from the pics I got today- I haven't actually seen it in person yet since the paper was taken off!) :)

So, anyway, here is the Finished Kitchen Part I with Part II pending in a few months if you aren't all sick of my kitchen already :) Part II will also feature interior shots of the drawers, as there's fun stuff inside all of them and I don't have pictures of that yet :)

So, without further ado...








Don't mind the odd silver thing on the drainboard- that's just the plug to the sink, it won't live there forever.

And, just for fun since so many people in the kitchen forum helped me to design these cabinets, this is the finished gathering/keeping room area off the kitchen. Note- the really ugly cabinet knobs are not staying. I wanted white marble and these were the only ones I found but they are not attractive:

Cabinets: Dutch Wood Kitchens
Granite/marble: Statuario marble for the perimeter cabinets and marble sink. Fabricated by IMG Marble and Granite. Blue bahia for the island, fabricated by Sinai/Big Brothers Marble and Granite who did a perfect seam
Island sink Concrete, fabricated by Paco Originals
Knobs/pulls Custom-made glass, created by Designer Glass Mosaics to match the granite.
Appliances Miele 42" cooktop, some kind of Jenn-Air oven, Sharp microwave drawer, integrated Bosch refrigerator (behind the mirror), integrated Fisher & Pickel dishdrawers (one next to each sink); integrated Bosch dishwasher
Pantry door Custom design, Sans Soucie Art Glass
Mural Stone impressions (custom design, they sent us the graphics and we created it ourselves
Chandeliers James R. Moder Crystal
Faucets & potfiller Whitehaus.

I think that's all- let me know if I forgot anything :)

Anyway, a BIG thank you to everyone on GW who gave encouragement, advice, and information about things that I never even knew existed etc. etc.


Love the granite and chandys
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RE: Seen Your Kitchen, What's the Rest of Your House Look Like? P (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: sidney4 on 01.16.2012 at 11:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Beautiful homes! Mtnrdredux, I have enjoyed seeing glimpses of your house on the Decorators forum. I just keep wanting to see more. Roarah, your sitting room is wonderful. I love the gray walls against the light colored chairs.

We've lived here 18 months and a lot of my house is still a blank slate but with the help of GW I'm getting there. Here are a few rooms.... some are done and others...not so much.

Here's the breakfast area:


Here's our den where I sit with my lap top and work.


Our master bath:

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

Our front entry:


Here's the great room as viewed from the kitchen


Come back and visit anytime!


Love the front entry. Save to show DH.
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RE: Looking for shanghaimom! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: shanghaimom on 11.15.2011 at 01:24 pm in Kitchens Forum


The pendants are a great look, but *for me* wouldn't be practical over the sink. I like to have a pendant or in-ceiling spotlight that shines downward, rather than something with diffuse light. Just me.

Here's what I replaced them with, babs711. (Currey and Co. "Regatta".) Notice, I kept the old rods from the knickerbockers, and only used the new shades! The finish was better with my kitchen hardware....

Aplologies to those who are sick to death of shanghaimom pics! (recent Island and microwave threads)



Window over wink. Good idea if view is botnpretty
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I Finished my White Zen Kitchen!

posted by: celineike on 07.10.2011 at 05:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ahhhh, it's good to be done.
What fun this whole process has been!
Here's the low down.

We had a slab leak in February. The entire downstairs had wood floors and water had been leaking into them for weeks/months? we don't know. But long enough that the walls and cabinets were wet as well. So they gutted and we got to work.
Our old kitchen was a dark place for me. We have north facing window and the light was always dim. We also had light wood cabinets and dark greenish black granite (Uba Tuba?) on the counters, island and backsplash!!!! ugh! what a light sucker that was!

I had always known that if we changed the kitchen it would be to white. I know people say timeless doesn't exist in kitchens... but every decade I can think of has had white as an option. So I never thought of this a trendy thing. -til i got here, lol.
Anyway, White cabs and grey counters were the only things I had in mind for sure. The rest fell into place the more I looked around and if you see a part of your kitchen in here... THANK YOU!!!! I stole SO many details from GWer's.

Apparently we have a small kitchen,lol... didn't think so til i got here either, it's 13'x12'

Counters.... Qortstone perimeters in Cemento
Island & Bar is Statuary Marble
Butcher Block on Island.... oiled Dark Walnut End-Grain 18"x38"
Cabinets .... shaker, inset, framed
Paint on Cabs ...BM Cloud White
Paint on Walls ... BM Smokey Taupe
Hardware is mostly RH & Rejuvenation for the Latches (way worth that investment!) All Polished Nickel
Island now measures 38"x 84"
walkways are 38" on sink side; 42" on oven side; and 36" on fridge side... all plenty wide, i was worried about pushing these measurements.
Bluestar RNB 36"
Proline 36" Hood
Sharp MW Drawer
Kenmore Elite French door Fridge
Fisher & Paykel Dish Drawer Washer
Sink.. Krauss 33" double Bowl Stainless
Main Faucet is Hansgrohe Pull Down PN

way before

and after...


Fridge wall, Appliance garage on right and coffee station on left

Island with BB and Rubbish/Recycling Bins/drawers - love these!

Bluestar tee hee

I'll post some more pics of fun details. Things i liked seeing from other's kitchens and ended up adding to mine.

At one point, I had chosen everything and had a huge set back of worry that the whole thing would be boring instead of calm and bright and peaceful. Thank you all for your encouragement and opinions on various choices and ideas. This is such great forum with wonderful people.
I love how my kitchen turned out!



Love this kitchen, the island is awsomw
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RE: SMARGE- your backsplash? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: smarge on 07.24.2009 at 09:54 am in Kitchens Forum

Sorry I haven't checked GW for a while!

I'll happily post more pictures of my backsplash, and am happy also to share contact info re: the wonderfully talented mosaic artist I found online, named Cynthia Fisher.

My husband and I have always loved a "Tree of Life" - it represents home, family, lifecycle - all good things we have always prioritized and wanted to honor in our kitchen, the "heart of the home".

We both also love intricate mosaics and wanted a creative, artistic backsplash to make our kitchen less of a boiler plate, "classic" white kitchen. This is where our former designer's vision differed from ours. I'll go into those issues in another post below the pictures -

Here is the final sketch Cynthia came up with after many conversations and trials, along with her planned tile colors -

Cynthia Fisher's Chagall inspiration sketch

From that sketch, we had many back and forth emails approving the actual mosaic which came to life as she worked on it in her studio in Mass. I'd make suggestions and tiny changes along the way. It is a very difficult thing for an artist to take direction from a non-artist (many simply won't do it!) and Cynthia was wonderfully patient and tolerant to help us arrive at an end product that we would love in our home!

As she worked, she'd send progress pictures for approval to make sure we liked the budding work of art.


- we removed apples from the tree and altered colors a bit. She explained that the grays in the planned grout color would tone down colors at installation. It was a wonderful learning process!


Here is a final "proof" before she put the tiles on backer -


We hired Cindy and her husband to come to our house for the installation. She usually does not do this, but agreed for our project since we were having terrible issues with our GC's tiler and we didn't want these works of art ruined by poor installation. They arrived early one morning, worked all day, stayed one night in a hotel, worked the whole next day and finished. Not inexpensive, but imo we have a true work of art, as the artist intended it to be, as a result!


And, finally, here is the final result for the Tree of Life mosaic installed!


Cindy used tiny pieces of mirror in the Tree mosaic that, along with the blue tree and the Chagall-like birds, lent the mosaic a surreal/fantastical feeling.

A closer look -


This mosaic was created to compliment the Tree of Life mosaic, without being too similar. It was inspired by an actual Chagall lithograph, with the color of the vase being chosen to coordinate with the "Raven" Caesarstone countertop. The "fantasy" feeling found in the tree is not present in these sunflowers and there is no mirror used. The background mosaic beautifully makes the transition between the different feel of each main mosaic.


Here is the inspiration for the sink mosaic - I love how Cindy translated it into mosaic!


Another view of the sink mosaic -


A funny thing is, we focused so much on the two main mosaics that we didn't really focus on what the general background would look like and really LOVED what she did with the curving waves of neutral whites, grays and iridescent tiles!

Here is a long view of each total backsplash to help give the overall effect in the kitchen

Kitchen in the morning

And the stove mosaic is perpendicular to the sink mosaic -



Beautiful backsplash
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RE: Tile Floor Patterns (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: Ginny20 on 09.19.2011 at 10:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

I used 12x18" slate-look tiles laid in a 1/3 overlap running bond pattern. I have a narrow galley kitchen, and it makes the space look bigger. In this picture, please just look at the floor and graciously ignore the mess on the counter.



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A year in the making. My new kitchen w/pics

posted by: oldhouse1 on 09.11.2011 at 08:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our home is a simple 1840 Canadiana. We were living life quite comfortably when we drove by a home we always jokingly said we would buy if it ever went up for sale. Well, there it was, a big for sale sign in the middle of the lawn. Long story short we moved from our 4 bathroom home to one 1/3 the size with one bath that also happened to be off the kitchen. We immediately set out to design a small addition which included a kitchen. That was three years ago. With the exception of the foundation and framing, this has been a complete DIY project. After a year and a month of doing dishes in the bathroom I now have a kitchen. It doesn't have alot of bells and whistles and although we didn't necessarily want a period kitchen we did want one that suited an older home.


Ikea Tidaholm cupboards, professionally sprayed in Cloud White with alot of customization. Unfortunately, these have since been discontinued.

AEG Electrolux 36" freestanding stove. Bought for less then half price because someone bought it, used it once and returned it because they decided they wanted gas. We don't have gas and recently put in Geo Thermal heating/air conditioning. Wasn't in the budget to bring in propane. Stove was so reasonable that if we decide to do so later we can.

Liebherr 30" freestanding refrigerator. Purchased for half price because it had a dent dent in the bottom half. Bought a new door so it was good as new, until they delivered it and dented the top half. They replaced the door. Neither will be installed until house is complete (just in case).

Ikea farmhouse sink and dishwasher. I'm actually very pleased that it works as well as it does.

Perrin and Rohl Aquatine faucet in polished nickel.

Island and Jam cupboard - Special Order from Camlen Furniture in Quebec. Purchased with hand planed top in pine and may or not replace with marble. Will live with it for a while.

10" random length pine floors. All hand finished and dinged and finshed with Waterlox. This alone took us several weeks. We love the finish.

Honed Absolute Black granite. Bought the kitchen at Ikea's 20% off sale. Rather then cash back you get Ikea gift certificates. Used these and another $1300.

Faber Inca Pro hood

Light fixture- Sescolite, Burlington, Ontario

Finished kitchen, $19 thousand including all the small stuff.

I would like to thank the GW community. I found you when most decisions had already been made but early enough to make some positive changes based on the vast amount of information shared on this site. I didn't ask for much advise but I can assure you that I read everything written on the subjects that I researched on this site and then some. I do not have the incredible knowledge that so many of you do who share so willingly to those who ask but have from time to time tried to help out on the very few subjects I know a little about. I have taken much more than I have been able to give. I am grateful to have had a place that I could frequent with people who share the same desire to have a kitchen of their dreams no matter their budget. And to those who think their day will never come, keep the faith. I never thought that I would get here. After seeing so many unbelievable kitchens, big and small, elaborate and understated, new and updated thanks for looking at mine.


beautiful kitchen
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RE: Another Garden Web Inspired Finished Kitchen ( Lots of Pics) (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: blfenton on 09.05.2011 at 09:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm amazed at how much more open and fresh and airy and relaxing your kitchen appears to be. And you didn't bring in any more space. You must love it. I like the backsplash and the area behind the range, the fridge wall, the counter space. Yea, ok I'm gushing.
You were right to keep the table and chairs.


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RE: Another Garden Web Inspired Finished Kitchen ( Lots of Pics) (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: mpagmom on 09.05.2011 at 05:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

Allow me to gush. Love, love, love the backspash and how it pulls everything together. Especially love the beaded-looking tile. Love the shelf over the sink. Love the wall color and roman shade fabric. Love the floor tile and the way it's laid. Love the granite even though I don't love granite. Love the way the new kitchen made the shoes in the foyer disappear (I have shoes EVERYWHERE). Love the charging drawer. Love the blue hydrangeas. Love the wider doorway.

Now you're making me second-guess everything. I wanted the Franke orca but changed my mind to silgranit because I was afraid it would scratch. Has yours scratched at all? I also wanted a tile very similar to yours laid in the same pattern but I changed my mind to wood or bamboo because the room is so open to the great room and I wanted one flooring. Hmmmmm.

Great job!!!


Go ahead and gush thank you
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Another Garden Web Inspired Finished Kitchen ( Lots of Pics)

posted by: LRy511 on 09.05.2011 at 04:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

My new kitchen makes me smile. I have to thank everyone at the Garden Web Kitchen Forum for giving me wonderful, practical ideas to help create my new kitchen. I also have to thank my DH for allowing me to do what I wanted to do in this kitchen, mainly white cabinets.

I have lived in this house for 13 years and always knew one day we would (God willing) renovate the kitchen. At first I wanted to change everything as far as layout, however, as time went on I discovered the layout really worked well and all I need to do was tweak a few areas. I needed to create a larger prep zone; I needed the garbage bin to by my prep zone and not half way across the kitchen. I also needed move the microwave away from the range at the request of my four children. I switched the refrigerator and wall oven to shrink the work triangle. My DH and I debated whether to put in a narrow island/ table or keep our kitchen table. We decided the space would be too small for an island and I liked the family sitting around the table and talking to one another and not seated bar style.

Many thanks to the Garden Web for giving me the impetus to ask if we could raise an obtrusive beam (left over from a 1985 renovation) into the ceiling. This beam caused the 6" vent pipe to run through several cabinets severely limiting my storage space. All gone now! This alone helped to create more storage space .We also expanded the opening into the family room and eliminated a door into the dining room and upgraded the windows to tilt-ins.

Range: Electrolux Induction Cooktop Range with second oven.
Wall oven: Electrolux single wall oven
Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid Architect II French Door Refrigerator (KFCS22EVMS4) Love the water feature inside!
Dishwasher: Kitchen Aid KUDE40FXPA panel ready. And Yes! you can integrate a Kitchen Aid if you know up front you need to allow for an extra �" in length. My CG put an extra �" sheet of sheet rock on the wall and cut out the space for the dishwasher. We had plenty of room to accommodate the Kitchen Aid and make it look integrated.
Microwave: GE Monogram ZEM200SF
Hood: Broan Elite Rangemaster Power Pack RMP17004
Cabinets: Dura Supreme: Crestwood series
Arcadia Classic, Maple perimeter in classic white
Arcadia Classic, Cherry Hutch peninsula
Granite: New Venetian Gold
Hardware: Amerock 96mm Westerly Pulls in Satin Nickel
Amerock Revitalize Knobs in Satin Nickel
Sink: Franke Orca sink, Love,Love,Love!!!
Faucet: Kohler K-690 Vinnata in polished chrome
Lotion Dispenser: Kohler Fairfax collection
Backsplash: Sonoma Tile; market collection, Ashbury Series in Mojave ( 4x4, subway, bead liner and moulding) also, Tumbled Honey onyx .
Under cabinet Lighting: Utilitech LED under cabinet lights
Flooring: Verde1999, Moonstone 20 x 20 porcelain tiles.
Charging Drawer
Wall Color: BM 1639 Windy Sky

message center:
charging drawer:
eating area:
Future Roman Shade Fabric for windows:
Orca Sink:
love the lowered outlets:
Drawers for pots:
New Floor:
Sam loves it too!
integrated dishwasher:
Thank You looking at our pictures!


My finished kitchen yay
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RE: White Subway Tiles Are Now - What Is Next? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: ICFgreen on 09.06.2011 at 11:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

When we were in the Netherlands a few months ago, almost all the kitchens we saw in the design centers had glass backsplashes. Most of them had the full solid color glass backsplashes we've seen here on GW, but there were also quite a few like this:

or custom ones like this:

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

or these, from, which has a ton of photos to choose from:


Love these flowered one is beautiful
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RE: Another Garden Web Inspired Finished Kitchen ( Lots of Pics) (Follow-Up #38)

posted by: marcolo on 09.06.2011 at 04:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yay! The beam is finally outta the forehead! I'm sure your cabinets feel relieved.

It all looks great.


Very funny
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95% Finished Kitchen.

posted by: alabamamommy on 07.11.2011 at 04:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hiya folks! We're almost there. Moving in just weeks.

I've been waiting for it to be finished to take the final pictures, but I've come to the conclusion that if I wait for all of the "blue tape" issues to be addressed, for the cleaning crew to clean up the construction gravy and/or to borrow someone's wide-angled lens, well, then it will be filled with our stuff. And with baby #3 on the way, well, God knows how long before the boxes will be broken down and we're truly settled.

So, aside from a missing microwave, plastic still on the fridge doors (which are in the middle of their THIRD reinstallation) and general mish mash in the sandwich area - here's as close as we're going to get to photos of a finished kitchen this year : )

Details as follows:
Cabinets - Custom cabinet maker, inset shaker, SW Pearly White, Walnut Stained Trim
Floors - Teak hardwood stained Jacobean (very hard, does not absorb to typical Jacobean dark!)
Range - 48" Thermador Combo
Venthood - Ventaire with 1600 CFM roof-mounted blower
Sink - Franke
Faucet - Brizo
Pot Filler - DRATS I can't remember :)
Hardware Pulls - Amerock Highland Ridge, Polished Nickel
Hardward Knobs - Atlas
Countertops Island - Alabama White Marble 6cm slab
Countertops Perimeter - Caesarstone Pebble 2cm with mitered edge to 6cm
Island Chopping Block - Boos Block Walnut End Grain 4inch
Island Pendant Lights - Restoration Hardware Royal Seamaster (Discontinued)
Refridgerator - Thermador 30" Freedom Column
Freezer - Thermador 30" Freedom Column
Double/Single Oven - GE Profile
Backsplash - 4" Shiplap Wood Paneling whitewashed

I'm sure I'm forgetting lots... heck, I barely know my name. So if anyone has any questions, please let me know. You've all been wonderful, and I sincerely enjoy just knowing that a community of such substantial depth and helpfulness exists. I wish I could invite you all over for coffee!!


Love thiebtwo tone cabinets. Nicely done!
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RE: What is the best way to clean my new stainless appliances? (Follow-Up #38)

posted by: mset31CT on 04.29.2011 at 10:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ok I just tried the water + alcohol + lavender oil combo today. It wasn't cheap. Bought a nice big empty spray bottle at Bed, Bath, and Beyond: $5. Bought the essential lav. oil at a natural market: $11.50 for 0.5 oz. Pack of 5 microfiber cloths: $4 at Home Goods. Had the alcohol already and obviously had the water. So all in all over $20 to make the spray. The oil was pricey, but will last a LONG time--15 drops barely made a dent in the level of the oil in the jar.

I used 2 cups water, 1 cup rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl), and about 15 drops of lavender oil. It smells GREAT! :)

As for how well it works, well, it's definitely better than anything else I've tried, but I haven't tried much. It does leave a nice sheen. I used it on my granite counters as well and it really cleaned them up nicely. I have never used any oil based products on my appliances, so I didn't have any residue to get rid of. It's pretty good and I'll keep using it, as long as it keeps fingerprints at bay. Maybe it will work better over time as well. My mother is going to try Simple Green on her appliances and report back to me.

I will try vinegar next if I get tired of smelling lavender oil! ;-)


Clean stainless recipe
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Inspiration Photo (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: newbieremodeler on 04.22.2011 at 09:44 am in Kitchens Forum

Here is the kitchen that has inspired me and so many other GW'ers---Katiob's Kitchen:


Before these photos and GW I had never heard of inset cabinets or soapstone or even CP for that matter. I just feel in love with the simplicity and attention to detail. I loved that it made a statement but without being busy or colorful--its just the simple black dress.


Katieob kitche
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RE: Reattaching Hardware (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: caryscott on 06.02.2011 at 01:04 am in Kitchens Forum

I have used these on a couple of small jobs. They worked fine.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lee Valley


Hardware jig
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Pictures of my new kitchen!

posted by: joan2121 on 03.22.2011 at 06:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally some pictures and a chance to tell all of you at GW how grateful I am for all the help I got on this forum. It all started by looking at your pictures. And I became TKO! Since we were doing a complete remodel- removing walls and putting in all new windows and doors, I needed lots of help! We started in October and were up and running by the Holidays, but needed a few cabinet doors and misc stuff before I felt finished.
My husband did a lot of the work himself. The first biggy was the windows to the counter, bumped out - I never would have known about that.So many of you helped me decide on how to do that. Buehl even told us HOW to do it!! Nine feet of windows and no uppers on the sides of the sink?? DH thought I was crazy, but I was able to show him so many pictures that you guys posted.
I still need some decorating, and the backsplash (which you can see over the range) I am doing creme white subway with crackle.
I love the dining area table, but not too crazy about the chairs- We got it at High Point NC and the chairs came with it. What do you all think? Would 4 Windsor or Parson be better and just use the black arm chairs for the ends? The light over the table was in the house, and we just put it up until I get one. What kind do you think would look good?
Thank you!
I know how much your pictures meant to me when I was planning, so hope mine help some one else.

What's in my kitchen thanks to GW advice!
Never empty soap dispenser
Franke orca sink: Love the removable grid
Air switch
Lee Valley drawer dividers
Cabinets are Kraftmaid Garrison in Canvas: Love all pull outs, Blum motion, and drawers!
KA Dishwasher
KA CD refrigerator
GE Monogram range, hood and 240V Advantium
Granite is Giallo Ornamental
Paint color: BM Bennington Gray (looks green by the windows, it's more light the other side)


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RE: super white quartzite irl--omg!!!!!!!!! (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: cjc123 on 03.20.2011 at 08:54 am in Kitchens Forum

There is quite a bit of Super White in the stone yards in RI/Mass. Here is a photo of one of mine slabs one year ago. Like all stones the design/colors vary.

From Kitchen before and after

From Kitchen before and after


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RE: I Totally Lost it Today....Boy, I Have the Worst Luck (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: marcolo on 03.07.2011 at 09:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

I hear you. You cried because you're frustrated. You explain. You talk. You draw pictures. You make your contractors copy your pictures in crayon, to show they understand. You make up a song and a happy dance, so they can remember what you said. They smile. Then they pick up a saw, and slice through the main beam in your house, which promptly collapses.

You're more frustrated because you're used to dealing with intelligent people. These are contractors. The name refers to their blood supply from the neck up. You're also used to being successful, and effective, and you applied all the skills you've gained from working--do your research, dot your i's, cross your t's, organize to the max, communicate, negotiate, assign clear responsibilities, follow up--all the tools that serve you so well in the office. They mean nothing when it comes to dealing with a blank stare and the intellect of a soap dish. You care. They don't. They never will.

Yes, it gets better. My bath reno derailed my kitchen reno, which was then derailed again by my french drain and ice dams and water supply and sewer line and HVAC and, and, and. Now, I mostly forgot all the bad stuff that happened during my bath reno. Well, except that bit about showering with a broken knee in a gutted room that looked like a concentration camp museum, but, you know what I mean. You'll end up with a new kitchen, a few good stories and a lot of blissful amnesia.


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My drawer cell recharge ctr w/pictures

posted by: jterrilynn on 09.04.2010 at 02:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello all just thought I would share my cell phone charge drawer setup for others who are trying to keep counter clutter down in their new kitchens.
In my small tall kitchen I have a little drawer above my little trash pull-out next to the sink. In the first picture you will see the electric on back of the 15" cabinet. In the second picture you will see how we are running a flexible waterproof electric line to the inside back behind the drawer. The third picture shows (partly, we still have to drill hole in drawer for connect) a 9" angle plug strip from task lighting for the cell recharge. The forth picture shows the flexible waterproof line that will be located behind drawer on inside of cabinet and will have an anchor at bottom similar to what you would see at the bottom of a pull-out faucet under sink, the line will move with drawer when opening and shutting (hopefully)." target="_blank">Photobucket


charging drawer
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RE: I figured out my problem! (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: positano on 04.15.2011 at 12:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have costa in my kitchen. I do get a lot of sunlight, but on gloomy days it still looks beautiful. I have great lighting and undercabinet kichler xenon lights that I love!
My costa is indestructable and doesn't stain. It is a medium tones that hides many sins. I'm very happy with it!

Here are a few pictures for you.

Do you have pictures of your slab or sample?

From Positano's Finished Kitchen

From Positano's Finished Kitchen

From Positano's Finished Kitchen


back splash
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RE: The 'picture thingys' behind the cooktop in the backsplash (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: marcy96 on 08.31.2010 at 08:32 am in Kitchens Forum

I think it's just a matter of personal taste. Here's what I did behind my stove:


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RE: Granite, Marble, or Quartzite?? Which is it?? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: cjc123 on 03.13.2011 at 01:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

Super White Quartzite, Dolomite, Granite... all the same thing! These stone yards really need to nail down a label. We have it and LOVE it. When it was first installed and sealed I had heart failure a few times when cranberry juices spilled and left a "etch" mark, there were a few more marks in other places. Do you know they are gone!! They simply vanished. I am still VERY careful of things like vinegar, salad dressings, acid type things (lemons)(I think it is best if I say I treat it like I would a marble) and only clean with a spray bottle that has one squirt of dish soap and the rest water. We would install again in a second. Here are a few photo's of ours. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

From Kitchen before and after

From Kitchen before and after


photobucket, frqanke sink
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My finished kitchen/fam.rm. pics - - Thanks GW!!

posted by: bellacucina on 04.12.2011 at 04:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks GW'ers for helping me design my dream kitchen!!! Basically, we kept the same floor plan but relocated and changed the door to the deck and the windows (added 2 extra). We started with a KD that gave us some preliminary floor plan ideas, but quickly were on our own when we didn't hire her GC partner for the construction. And so I turned to GW, and I really don't think I could've done it without you! If you see elements of your kitchens in mine, remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ☺ Thank you for your inspiration and advice. Thanks especially momqs (my friend & neighbor) who lived thru the process right before me and gave me so many tips, cautions and survival skills.

My goal: a timeless kitchen with high power (gas BTU) range and a second oven to facilitate my love of baking and cooking.

We also had a terrific GC who said it would take 8 weeks and delivered. If you are near in the SW Philly 'burbs and need a recommendation, just email me!

I still need finishing touches, like photos, pops of color etc.... and probably will be turning to the Decorating Forum for help on that!

Some pics:














This shows the Marron cohiba withoout the sunlight shining on it,

and with it:

Guess which feature was all DH's planning?


The details:

Range: Capital Culinarian 36" with wok grate
Hood: Rangecraft (curvette)
Fridge: Liebherr 2x 24", cabinet depth, smartsteel
Oven/Micro combo: Electrolux Icon 30"
DW: Miele Optima II
Faucets: KWC Eve for main sink; Eve soap dispenser; Eve Demi for island sink; Kohler simplice for mudroom

Water filter: Royal Doulton ceramic
Airswitches/ disposals (2): insinkerator
Sinks: Krauss SS near-zero radius for main and mudroom; "Belmont" sink from for island
Granite: "Ice Brown" on island- Fabulous experience with StoneMasters in Kennett Square (Thank you Beekeeperswife!!!!) And "Marron Cohiba" on perimeter; and honed absolute black (or something like it) on the FP

Cabinets: Wellsford Cabinetry, Stowe, PA- Crystal White with Oyster glaze on perimeter and Cherry with Sable glaze on island; full overlay
Hardware: Amerock "Revitalize"

Backsplash: Walkerzanger "Helsinki" minibricks and 1x1s
Flooring: Qtrsawn Whiteoak site finished in Minwax (25% ebony with 75% red mahogany plus 3 coats semigloss poly with 1 finish coat of satin)
Windows: Anderson
French doors: Pella with internal shades

Paint: BM aura matte Ashley Gray walls; ceilings cut to 50% in family room and *about* 25% in the kitchen. BM aura matte Wolf gray in mudroom. BM aura Marscapone trim and cabs (cabinet coat)

Pendants: Jamie Young (large St. Charles in mercury glass)
Chandy: Quoizel DW1824 "Downtown"

Stools: overstock cosmopolitan dark brown leather (Thank you GW!)
Chairs: overstock Soho cream leather (Thank you Beekeeperswife!)
Table: Costplus Worldmarket Charlotte table 42" round w/ ext.


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RE: Which granite with my offwhite cabinets - White Springs or SC (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: boxerpups on 04.09.2011 at 08:02 am in Kitchens Forum

If you love the blended look stay on track. I think you
are going for the right look to make you happy. And you
are not alone. Check out these images.
Maybe they can help with the confidence and show your
FIL that it will be BEAUTIFUL.
Keep in mind each slab of White Spring or Giallo or
Santa Ceci, is going to have slight variations. If you love
the blended look stick to the granite that is going to
have the best match to the cabs. It is hard to pick from an
image, being up close and personal to each rock is the way
to choose.

Pictures of various granites that blend with the cabs
and have a contrasting island.



white appliances






this one is Giallo O





dark island





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New kitchen photos, custom cherry cabs

posted by: bjwright1 on 04.05.2011 at 10:44 am in Kitchens Forum

Here is a picture of my new kitchen with the details below.

We took down the wall to our dining room, bought a new table that extends as large as our old dining room table so we can use it for holidays but now we use it for everyday dinners, and replaced our kitchen table with an island with 4 barstools that gets used every day for breakfast, lunch, homework, hanging out, etc.

Custom, inset cherry cabinets with a cinnamon stain and coffee glaze, full extension glides with soft close drawers and hinges (Blume) - local cabinet maker Mike Santa

Knobs and drawer pulls by Top knobs

Seeded glass door inserts from Emerald Glass in Pittsburgh

Granite - St. Cecelia from Blum’s

Floor - Distressed Maple in Butterscotch color from Ark

Backsplash - 4x4 durango limestone with driftwood grout, ½” pencil molding and basket weave pattern above range top.

Under cabinet outlet strips (maybe it’s plugmould) and xenon lights - to allow for an uninterrupted backsplash

Appliances -
Wolf 36”gas range top
Independent brand range hood
Sharp microwave drawer
Miele Dishwasher
Kitchen Aid standard depth refrigerator KFIS27 (recessed to look cabinet depth)
Kitchen Aid double convection oven
Kitchen Aid garbage disposal and air switch
Franke Sink
Delta touch faucet

Custom made, distressed, wood-topped island - made by local cabinet maker, Jim Haugh, Haugh Woodworking

Tigerwood island top from Grothouse Lumber

Niche with computer monitor/tv screen, pull-out keyboard tray with wireless keyboard & mouse, drawer for laptop and charging station

Window seat with cushion

Table, chairs and hutch - Canadel

Barstools - sawhorse style, much larger seat area than saddle seat, only came in brown stain, repainted by Jim Haugh who made the island

Chandelier - Restoration Hardware

Light switches - maestro

Glass pocket doors to separate living room from kitchen

Appliance garage with doors that recess

Window treatment - would like to put something up on the double window by the table

Area rug - from Target

Favorite things about the kitchen - computer screen recessed into wall to save space on 18” deep counter, love to use the pullout drawer with wireless keyboard & mouse for the computer - it uses the laptop as a tower (laptop can be unplugged and taken elsewhere,) I always pull up a comfy stool from the island, computer screen also can toggle to a tv screen to show what’s on the tv in the adjoining family room, love my vertical storage slots built in above my double ovens, love how my silverware tray from the dishwasher and silverware drawer pull out to within 3 inches of each other - I easily can transfer the silverware from dw to drawer, love to cook on my gas range top (used to have smooth-top electric), love our standard depth refrigerator that looks like a cabinet depth due to recessing it just a few inches into the wall and building out adjoining cabinets to give the look of a cabinet depth, love my drawer storage for pots and pans under my range top (instead of getting a range with a large oven below,) love having the drawer micro in the island instead of in the wall across the room where my double oven is located, I love the natural light from the windows.

Here is a link that might be useful: Additional kitchen photos


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Granite Frame for cooktop? Larsi, more information pls...

posted by: mudworm on 03.25.2011 at 04:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

I had been pondering for a while how we should do our granite countertop. Two sides of our kitchen will have L shaped countertop with the long side being about 17' long. The sink and the cooktop will be on that same side too. I was already worrying about the possibility that the long slab will break at the sink or the cooktop cutout (during transportation or after installation), and this thread just tells me that my worry is not ungrounded.

I wonder if Larsi's setup (shown in the photo at the bottom of this post) could be a solution to the problem. I'm hoping that by partitioning the slabs, the installation cost will be lower, but on the other hand, the fabricator will have more pieces of granite and more seams to work with, and maybe it'll end up costing more?

Anyway, Larsi, do you have the process photos on how you "framed" the granite for the cooktop? Does the cooktop get full support from all four sides?



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help with granite selection...

posted by: kitchendreaming on 03.27.2011 at 08:05 pm in Kitchens Forum


I have white cabinets (Ikea lidingo). I am having a hard time finding granite, I had found a white and black one that I really liked but it is no longer an option (fabricator wants 100 % payment in advance of installation). So I started looking again. My options right now are bianco romano, kashmir white, here is a picture of the kashmire white against my door:


or, one that I found recently, called Shivakashi, raja yellow or ivory brown (it goes by all those names...):



The reason I like this last one (the shivakashi) is that it has some orange and green in it, it blends nicely with the decorations in my house and will go well with yellow walls...It also has some burgundy on it. What do you think? It seems that it has both cool and warm colors in it and that it will be cheerful...Is it pretty or hideous?

Please give me your opinions... thanks a lot!


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RE: Appliance garages? Pros and Cons (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: swhite10 on 03.07.2011 at 07:28 am in Kitchens Forum

I have two of them, although one is missing the pull out tray so it's not functional right now. I can't imagine my life without my coffee garage! LOVE it!! It's nice to have everything in one spot and I don't have to search for the filter or sweeteners, or worry about all of it cluttering up my counter tops. Here is what mine looks like:


appliance garage
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The Next Step...Planning For Storage

posted by: buehl on 01.03.2011 at 05:23 am in Kitchens Forum

Planning For Storage

Once you've finalized your basic design, it's time to analyze your storage needs in each zone. The results of that analysis will drive the size & configuration of your cabinets and drawers.

  1. First, make a list of everything you plan to store in your new kitchen, regardless of where it's stored, basement, dining room, etc.

  2. Next, take the list and group the items according to function. Will they be used during prep? cooking? baking? cleanup? Some items, like pot holders, may belong in two different zones (in this case, cooking & baking). You can either find storage between the two zones or have duplicates and store one in each zone.

  3. Now, determine where each of your zones will be (prep, cleanup, cooking, baking, storage, etc.)

  4. The next step depends on the stage you are in the design/order process...

  5. If you've already ordered your cabinets, then you will have to work with what you have. So...

    • Identify the storage potential in each zone and list them on a piece of paper with a section for each cabinet (base & upper) and one line per drawer or shelf in that cabinet. This includes your pantry for your "storage" zone.

    • Take the two lists and, while imagining yourself working in each zone, put the dishes, tools, etc. that you will be using in cabinets in that zone. Fill in the lines in the cabinet list with these items.

  6. If you are still in the design phase, you will have the opportunity to plan your storage to meet your needs in each zone.
    • Take your list and imagine yourself working in each zone.

    • Go through the motions to determine the best locations for each item that will be used and stored in that zone (don't forget that you will probably have both upper and lower cabinets).

    • Now that you know where to put the items, determine what the best way is to store those items (drawer, shelf, etc.) and what size (e.g., pots & pans work best in 30" or 36" drawers)

    • Lastly, transfer what you've done to your design & tweak as necessary.

You should now have a well-thought out and highly functional kitchen!

Sample storage map:

This process and the resultant "map" will not only help you to "see" how things will fit, but the map will also help when you move back into the won't have to think about it, you'll be able to just put things away. It will also be a handy map for everyone to use when attempting to find things the first few weeks w/o having to open every drawer or door!

Oh, and don't forget the Junk Drawer! Most people end up with one, so you may as well plan for it so you at least have control over where it's located!

Common Zones, Appliances In That Zone, and Suggestions For What To Store There:

  • Storage--pantry & refrigerator--Tupperware, food, wraps & plastic bags

  • Preparation--sink & trash/recyclables--utensils, measuring cups/spoons, mixing bowls, colander, jello molds, cutting boards, knives, cook books, paper towels

  • Cooking--cooktop/range & MW (and near a water source)--utensils, pot holders, trivets, pots & pans, serving dishes (platters, bowls, etc.), paper towels

  • Baking--ovens/range--utensils, pot holders, trivets, pots & pans, casserole dishes, roasting rack, cooling racks, cookie sheets, foils, rolling pin, cookie cutters, pizza stone, muffin tins, paper towels [often combined with Cooking Zone]

  • Cleanup--sink & DW & trash--detergents, linens, dishes & glasses, flatware

  • Eating/Serving--island/peninsula/table/nook/DR--table linens, placemats, napkins, dishes & glasses, flatware

  • Utility--broom, dustpan, swifter, mop, cleaning supplies, cloths, flashlights, batteries, extension cords

  • Message/Communication/Command Center--keys, phones/answering machine, charging station, directories/phone books, calendar, desk supplies, dry erase board or chalkboard, pens/pencils, sticky notepaper

Less Common Zones:

  • Tea/Coffee Bar--tea/coffeemaker (and near a water source)--mugs, teas/coffees, sugar, teapot

  • Snack/Beverage Center--near MW & refrigerator or small refrigerator--snacks, snack dishes, glasses [often combined with Tea/Coffee Bar]

  • Pet Zone--feeding area--food, snacks, leashes, medicines (if no children in the home), etc.

Overlapping of Zones

Due to space constraints, some zones often overlap. If this is the case in your kitchen, be sure there is enough work space in the overlap for both activities. Zones that commonly overlap...

  • Prep & Cooking Zones--These zones should be adjacent to each other, so this is a common overlap and is generally not a problem. Just be sure you have enough room for prepping as well as landing space for the range/cooktop. (It is strongly advised you have enough room for emergency landing space on both sides of a range/cooktop.)

  • Prep & Cleanup Zones--If there is only one sink in the kitchen, these zones will be adjacent to each other because of the need for a water source for both zones. However, true overlapping is not generally a good idea. Instead, try to keep the cleanup area separate from the prep area by putting the sink between them. E.g., DW on one side, Prep Zone on the other side. (You should strive to keep the DW out of the Prep Zone as well as out of the path between the sink and Prep & Cooking Zones and between the refrigerator and Prep & Cooking Zones.) Also try for at least 36" (42" or more is better) of room on the Prep Zone side of the sink for ample workspace as well as accommodating the inevitable dirty dishes that will accumulate next to the sink.

Commonly Used Items: pots & pans, utensils, small appliances, linens, pot holders, trivets, dish detergents, "Tupperware", knives, pitchers, water bottles, vases, picnic supplies, cook books, etc.

Foods: Spices, Breads, Flours/Sugars, Teas/Coffees, Potatoes, Onions, Canned Goods, Dry Goods (rice, pasta, etc.), Cereals, Snacks

Small Appliances: Toaster, Stand and/or Hand Mixer, Blender, Breadmaker, Toaster Oven, Food Processor, Crockpot, Waffle Iron, Electric Skillet, Coffeemaker, Coffee Grinder, Ricer, Steamer

SPECIAL NOTE: If your ceiling or one or more of your walls is coming down, consider wiring for speakers, TV, Computer, etc.

Some helpful threads:

forestfire..please help me with my lists [Missing In Action as of 5/16/10...if anyone has saved it, please let me know by emailing me via "My Page"]

List of stuff in kitchens?

What should go within easy reach of the cooktop?

What goes where?

Reloading the new kitchen, any tips where things should go?

Only one lower cabinet...would you do it?


storage help
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RE: Show me your pics of kitchens w/o islands... (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: raenjapan on 02.25.2011 at 05:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is ours. I find it very comfortable to work in.


love the light fixtures and the layout. also curious about dark and light cabinets.Nice
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