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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.


clipped on: 09.13.2011 at 06:33 pm    last updated on: 09.13.2011 at 06:33 pm

Restoration Hardware Pull (Lots of posts on knobs/pulls today!)

posted by: redroze on 05.12.2008 at 12:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are doing inset cabinets, white for the L-shaped area, and stained brown for the pantry and the island. Overall kitchen style is fairly traditional but with some contemporary touches.

We're doing a mix of hardware - chrome knobs, chrome pulls and glass knobs on the glass cabinet. What do you think of these Restoration Hardware pulls called Aubrey? We saw them in person on the weekend and they look great. Just wondering if anyone else has used them or seen them in person. I'm having a hard time visualizing what they'll look like on actual cabinets. I really with RH put real-life photos of their hardware on cabs!


RH Aubrey Pulls

RH Aubrey Knobs

RH Glass Knobs


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RE: get me into 2011 with my oak kitchen (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 07.29.2011 at 09:32 am in Kitchens Forum

I painted my oak cabinets. Lots of work, used wood filler to eliminate the grain. Added molding to the top and bottom of the cabinets. As far as other oak cabinets in the house (have them in the bathrooms) I am gel staining them all dark espresso color. They really look great.

Here is a before and an after photo of my kitchen.


and after


clipped on: 08.25.2011 at 10:11 am    last updated on: 08.25.2011 at 10:11 am

Introducing.... Another Soapstone Alternative

posted by: niffy on 11.19.2009 at 11:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just had these installed on Tuesday and we're thrilled. We decided against soapstone because the samples I got were just too soft. But I loved the look. I was about to go with Jet Mist when.... across the warehouse... I saw these slabs and thought they might be soapstone or some type of marble (there were some polished ones too). Turns out they are Aqua Grantique - which is actually a "granitic gneiss". Took home a piece of the brushed finish version and that thing was indestructible. No staining, no etching, no dings when I attacked it with the point of a paring knife.... Plus my husband fell in love with it to. SO, without further ado, I believe I introduce the first Aqua Grantique countertops on this board!

aqua grantique slab

aqua grantique countertop

ag countertop 3

ag countertop 4

backsplash materials and countertop

And now that I have hopefully figured out how to post photos, I shall start another thread and hit you up for backsplash ideas for this new pet rock of mine;)


clipped on: 08.25.2011 at 10:04 am    last updated on: 08.25.2011 at 10:05 am

Finished Finished! Rancher Remodel, dark to light! (tons pix)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 06.28.2010 at 02:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are done, we are moved in.....after 17mos living with my mom and enduring living out of cardboard boxes! Love love love my new kitchen!! Thank you to all of you who deeply inspired me (redroze,elizpiz,rm,theanimala,segbrown,many many more!), and I hope you don't mind that there's a piece of each of your kitchens that I copied because I admired it so much. I learned so much by lurking, reading everything then finally posting.

--Our cabinets were so reasonable and they work beautifully. We LOVE Precision Cabinets! Their install was immaculate and perfect. When we had a glitch with the warming drawer, they fixed it perfectly! While I couldn't afford every "bell & whistle" inside the cabinets, I love them.
--White Princess honed. It's gorgeous and I no longer have the OCD urge to constantly wipe my counters (our old granite was polished). I also love my backsplash done in the same material--I am attracted to visual simplicity so couldn't pick a tile :)
--Cheap dishwasher. Paid $500 and we love it.
--Deep cheap sinks. Our main Ebay sink is awesome($500)! Love the 10" big single bowl. The island sink was cheap too, and is the perfect size, $150.
--White everywhere and one big room. Not for everyone, but my DH and I love the big open light-filled room. Far cry from the dark rancher that it was. We tore down two walls and raised the ceiling.
--The soapstone buffet. It was a remnant piece and I love that it doesn't match the rest of the kitchen. Sets it apart and boy does the texture feel nice!
--The papertowel niche. Not important, but I like that the towels are off my counter and totally accessible.
--The two hidden cabinets in the island near the stools. All my Xmas dishes, Thanksgiving platters and everything fit in here!

--The Vent Hood: Modernaire was a NIGHTMARE to deal with here in the NorCal area. You have to go through a distributor who will upcharge you $2,000 to order a hood. Modernaire won't sell directly to anyone who is in the area of one of their distributors. The rep here was a complete idiot, ripped me off and in the end didn't deliver what I had ordered. I had to then hire someone else to fix the goofs. Not worth it!

--Order our range through AJ Madison. Total pain to get this stove delivered. The rest of our appliances came without a hitch but the delivery of the range was a disaster. They refused to deliver it until we had a concrete pathway, but our city had some issues with solid pathways and the runoff, etc. Had 4 delivery dates and they turned around each time and refused to bring it in the house. In the end I would have purchased this through our local store (there was no discount on this by buying on internet, unlike the other appliances).

--Help me pick kitchen table chairs! Those pictured are folding chairs for holidays. Our old ones were falling apart, so we ditched them in the move. What should I put there?
--Shades ordered and we are waiting for them to come and be hung.
--The stools (CB2 Vapor) are too tall and we need to have the legs cut down. They only come in 30" or 24" and one is too tall and the other is too short. Sigh.

CabinetryPrecision Cabinets, Brentwood, CA; painted in stock color which matches Simply White
WallsBM Simply White
Kitchen CountersWhite Princess granite, from DaVinci Marble & Stone in San Carlos, CA, with 2.25" mitred square edge
Buffet CounterBrazilian Black soapstone from Texeira, SF, with no edge finish
Door and Drawer PullsTop Knobs, Square Pulls, Polished Chrome; ordered off the internet
Main SinkEbay purchase 36" SS Farmhouse w/apron front , single bowl, flushmount
Island SinkDawn 19X17 single bowl, undermount
Main FaucetBlanco Meridien Semi-Professional in Brushed
Island FaucetSantec Penza pull out in Brushed
RefrigeratorElectrolux WaveTouch; ordered off
DishwasherWhirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III; ordered from AJ Madison
Microwave DrawerSharp 24"; ordered from AJ Madison
RangeViking Range w/6 burners and griddle; ordered from AJ Madison
Hood Modernaire custom hood
Trash CompactorGE Profile in SS; ordered from AJ Madison
Warming DrawerKitchenaid Architect Series II; ordered off; panel from cabinet co.
BacksplashWhite Princess granite
Flooring-DuChateau pre-engineered floors in Lugano
Big Slider DoorCustom made 10 bypass doors by McFarland Doors, w/custom screen
Island PendantsHudson Valley Pelham 13" ordered from Butler Lighting
Breakfast Table PendantRound 26" linen chandelier by Restoration Hardware
Buffet SconcesBoston Library Sconces by

Before Remodel
Family room:Before Remodel
Before Remodel



clipped on: 08.25.2011 at 10:02 am    last updated on: 08.25.2011 at 10:02 am

A twist on the white kitchen - not final but in the home stretch!

posted by: alabamamommy on 02.10.2011 at 01:05 am in Kitchens Forum

Listen up you wonderful, helpful, creative and generous souls. This woman's spent the past 8 months lurking and learning and dreaming and editing and taking notes, and fretting and so on and so forth. But now I can't take it anymore. Even though the kitchen isn't done... they finally placed my island slab and I can't take it anymore. I have to share.

So are some snaps of our 90% finished kitchen. You won't see the wall with freedom columns without their doors, or the lunch station without it's backsplash, the pot filler, the appliance garage doors, the glass shelves to replace the wood ones currently or even any blasted hardware (shakes fists in the air still). But you'll get the general idea!

Without further ado - my island:

So - lemmie hear your cheers for the final mile...
"Don't lose your mind! Don't lose your mind! Don't lose your mind!"


clipped on: 08.02.2011 at 10:55 pm    last updated on: 08.25.2011 at 09:54 am

Finished! White, Statuary, and Aqua Grantique

posted by: niffy on 05.22.2010 at 02:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Egad, I think it is done - well except for the dinette chairs that are on a container somewhere in the Pacific, and the base moulding for the fridge/freezer. Done enough, anyway....
I owe GW a great debt for many things, but a special thanks to all the marble lovers out there whose kitchens convinced me to go for it. I almost became a Virginia Mist convert, too, until I happened upon this brushed Aqua Grantique which fulfilled all my soapstone/marble/but low maintenance fantasies.... Margieb2- if you are still around, thank you for your arch! We had the half walls/columns on our plans, and once I saw yours, I knew EXACTLY how ours needed to be trimmed. We owe you big time.

So details....
Cabinets: custom, antique white. Island is maple stained dark walnut with a dark glaze or something.
Hardware: Polished nickel pulls and knobs, through cab company
Island countertop: statuary marble, honed
Perimeter countertop: aqua grantique (a granitic gneiss, apparently) - brushed finish
Backsplash: statuary 12x12 cut down to subways, statuary herringbone, and cut statuary slab
Floors: Brazilian walnut
Walls: SW Silvermist
Chandeliers: Schonbek New Orleans mini
Appliances: 30" Gaggenau fridge/freezer columns, GE Monogram Advantium 240 oven, GE Monogram Convection single oven, Wolf 36" induction cooktop, Miele La Perla dishwasher, and GE Monogram microwave (in end of island)
Sinks: Rohl 30" and Kohler Irontones for prep
Faucets: Rohl Country in polished nickel (avoid the burgundy felt "protective" bags. They stain when wet - stain things like new white marble. Don't ask how I know. Bags. Are. Evil.)

Hood/cooktop wall:

Sink wall (well, part of it anyway):

Fridge/freezer wall:

Perspective on location of pantry/butler's pantry:

Breakfast room and Family room:

Breakfast room hutch:

Aqua Grantique Close-up:

Countertop and Backsplash:

Cooktop backsplash:

Built-in Pantry (across from butler's pantry cabinets/counter)


clipped on: 08.07.2011 at 06:30 pm    last updated on: 08.25.2011 at 09:52 am

95% Complete Shiloh Silestone Quartzite Kitchen

posted by: mom2tykel on 08.14.2011 at 07:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

Since we still have some DIY finishing touches that will be done when we can fit them in, I thought it would be best to share our almost completed kitchen. Our kitchen would have never made it this far, been as functional for my family and the layout of our home, or would have never fit into our budget without the hints, tips, techniques, inspirations, or comments from this board. Every one of you deserves thanks. So - THANK YOU!

I have posted the names of my sources/installers/contractors as they were wonderful to work with and I would highly recommend them!

Shiloh Inset, soft close, full extension drawers
Perimeter: Maple Off-white Peninsula: Maple Heritage Alder
Plaistow Cabinet: Joe Dolansky, Plaistow NH
Installation: Brian Bennett Construction, Revere MA

Countertop: Perimeter: Silestone Stellar Nights Peninsula: Quartzite White Suprema Leather Finish
Supplier: Boston Granite Exchange Haverhill, MA (Quartzite)
Fabrication/Installation: Select Stone Corp Billerica, MA Pati (Sales)

Floors: Wide Pine, Clear Satin Poly, Hand Cut Nails
Materials: Seacoast Mills, Brentwood NH

Paint: Walls: BM Revere Pewter Trim: Muralo Beige Cream
Painter: B&G Painting, Atkinson NH
Hardware: Amerock Highland Ridge Polished Nickel: 4" pulls, 6" pulls, 1.25 knobs
Sink: Whitehaus Noahs Collection Single Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink
Website: Quality

Faucet: Price Pfister
Pendants: Pottery Barn Serena Pendants (3)
Website: Ebay

Backsplash: Lunada Bay Kukai Silk 1x2
Website: mosaicsource. Com (40% off sale)

Appliances:Frigidaire Professional Stainless Pkg
Beach Sales, Revere MA. Kelie Friedman
Recessed Lights:Lowes

From LR:

From Main Entrance:
Soon to be Message Center/Charging Station:
Appliance Garages (doors to be installed):
Lights On (love the effect on the ceiling):


Stellar Night- Silestone
clipped on: 08.23.2011 at 09:10 am    last updated on: 08.23.2011 at 09:10 am

Update Pics of cream traditional kitchen

posted by: jen4268 on 07.24.2008 at 09:10 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi! Things are moving along and I thought I would post some progress pics- about 90% done, but no backsplash yet, waiting on my appliance pulls for the refrigerator (using temp ones that came with for now). I will post more when finished!

Cabinets- custom built, inset. Color- SW8180, almond white
Counters- Antiqued Nordic Black






clipped on: 08.09.2011 at 04:36 pm    last updated on: 08.18.2011 at 11:21 am

A few updated pictures

posted by: jen4268 on 03.15.2009 at 07:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are a few updated pictures of my kitchen as I get ready to post to the Finished Kitchens space! Thanks again to all of the people here who helped me make it past the fnish line. I have attached my original post with most of the details.

Here a few more pictures with more of the decorating done-




Here is a link that might be useful: Original post


clipped on: 08.18.2011 at 11:20 am    last updated on: 08.18.2011 at 11:20 am

Traditional Classic Styled White kitchen- 99% finished!

posted by: muranogirl on 01.21.2008 at 12:06 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi girls! My kitchen is almost finished. Although not a reno, it was a self built home and we are still finishing areas of the house including the kitchen. I had asked you for help choosing a backsplash, and thank you all so much! We chose a creamy matte subway in a 1 x 2 mosaic. It should come in this week and I've attatched photos of it. I'm so excited! Sooooo.... here's our 99% finished kitchen!
Creamy white cabinets (arctic), island in Alder stained with burnt sienna by Westridge Cabinets.
White Kashmir Granite
Black Iron pulls and knobs
Kenmore Elite Stainless appliances, including fridge, dishwasher, mircrowave, slide in range, garborator.
Delta aberdeen faucet
Daltile 1 X 2 mosaics full body porcelain tiles in "buiscut"
Wall paint Creamy White benjamin moore, Ceiling paint custom-mixed light gray, trim paint cloud white by BM.
Central vac pan/kick under island
Island measures 5 feet by 8 feet and features 6 inch turned leg posts extended to the corners. (island fits 4 bar stools)
Flooring, engineerd hardwood oak by bellefloor in wenge.
Wine rack on end of island.
Triarch "The Classic" pendants over island.

The backsplash that I've ordered.

view from livingroom
(please ignore the mess, we were tiling the entry in this photo)

Pantry door has since been frosted..


clipped on: 08.18.2011 at 11:08 am    last updated on: 08.18.2011 at 11:08 am

pics Cream cabs, soapstne, marble, alder island - almost done

posted by: ndvweb on 11.13.2008 at 01:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

6 weeks and counting... can't wait to cook again. There's been several delays, including today's 'streaked marble' countertop but I'm still feeling positive the end is in sight.

island and hood

fridge wall

aga range


clipped on: 08.10.2011 at 09:12 pm    last updated on: 08.18.2011 at 10:57 am

Finished! White, VA mist, mixed marble mini brick BS. (pics)

posted by: stevie_2010 on 09.03.2010 at 11:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have been mostly finished since March, but I kept thinking I would take the perfect photos when I had finalized wall art and bought a new DR table. Who am I kidding? I'll never get around to those things. So I'm posting now.

Thanks to the GWers who offer so much expertise. I don't post often (since I have no expertise) but I read all the time and this has been such a tremendous resource. Thank you to all who selflessly contribute.

My original kitchen was a 1937 galley. We knocked out a wall between DR and kitchen and opened a new door between nook and LR. Here's what we put in:

Cabinets: Legacy Bertch
Counters: honed virginia mist
Backsplash: 6x12 carrera on top and bottom. Mixed marble mini-brick in the middle (Vessel by Artsaics in carrera, bardiglio and thassos).
Floors: Red oak to match the rest of the house. Jacobean.
Paint: BM Natura. Thornton Sage in the kitchen. Down white and Iron gate in the DR.
Recessed lights: Cree LR6.
Faucet: Kohler Vinnata

Here are the pics. If they are too big, please let me know and I'll try again.

Old kitchen and nook:


New kitchen:



This one shows a little of the DR (but was taken before BS was in).



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Jet Mist ! White or off-white cabs? Polished or honed?

posted by: jlb47 on 05.13.2009 at 07:48 am in Kitchens Forum

My mind is clunking through all of the granite options...

Jet Mist is on the brain right now!

What do you think looks better with it - white or slightly off-white cabinets?

What about honed vs. polished?

I had Uba Tuba in a previous kitchen and disliked the streaking that you'd get when wiping it with a cloth - had to go over it with second swipe to dry to eliminate the marks. If possible I'd love to get something that would help with this issue.

FYI - I do have 6 young kids.

Does honed jet mist show fingerprints?

What else should I consider when it comes to Jet Mist?

THANKS SO MUCH for any advice!


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Backsplash with honed jet mist?

posted by: cmm6797 on 05.20.2011 at 04:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm looking for suggestions for backsplash to go with honed jet mist (black) granite countertops and white shaker style cabinets. I see a lot of white subway tile, which is still an option for us, but was also wondering if we could incorporate some color without looking too severe/ choppy against the black counters.

I've been searching for pictures online but haven't been too successful, so if anyone has any pictures I'd love to see them.

Thank you!


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My granite (jet mist) sample was not what I thought

posted by: Daicey on 06.23.2011 at 12:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have had this sample of what I thought was honed jet mist and it was actually leathered. They made a mnistake by telling me it was honed.

We have made all decisions based on this sample.

The granite place does not leather - it will have to be bought from another place and will cost more.

I make jokes one step forward and 2 steps back. But I'm really starting to feel that way. I bought sinks based on that granite. I picked out floor with it.

I guess I will just get the leathered jet mist and pay for it.

Does anyone know anything about leathered jet mist?


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Calling Deee--Honed Virginia Mist Granite

posted by: marita40 on 10.15.2008 at 06:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Deee--are you still checking the forum? Is there any chance you could post a few more photos of your beautiful honed Virginia Mist granite? I think I want to go with this granite but I haven't found any others who have used it. Are you still liking it? Does it stain or leave water marks. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!


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honed jet mist / virginia mist? yes! do it!

posted by: zenstella on 08.12.2010 at 02:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just wanted to pop in as we are not quite through with our renovation and say that if anyone is on the fence about honed/leathered Jet Mist or Virginia Mist - go for it.

We are TOTALLY THRILLED with ours. It is beautiful. I am not having nearly the issues I was anticipating having read all the forums.

With that said, 'meticulous' is not exactly a word that anyone would use to describe either my husband or myself.

I will post pictures (because that's all anyone ever wants anyways!!) very soon.

We have the whole cream colored shaker cabinets / oil rubbed bronze hardware / nickel finish - thing going on.

Believe it or not, it's been a whole month since I've even thought about THE DAMNED TOWEL PIG! HOO-RAH! Now thats progress...


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To all owners of Jet Mist/ Virginia Mist counter tops

posted by: suzluvsflowers on 08.07.2010 at 05:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

We put a deposit on some beautiful Jet Mist stone today after MONTHS of looking and researching! Problem: (well kind of)
Hubby loves the polished slabs which kind of shocked me as this whole time I have been planning on the honed.
He says he will go along with either, and I have to admit the polished is lovely, but I think I really prefer the softer finish. Do any of you wish you had gone the other way-
polished vs. honed? Does the polished read more formal? (We are doing creamy cabs and farm sink with either marble or wood island) Thanks for any thoughts...


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Boxerpups honed jet mist/VA mist?

posted by: stephct on 05.31.2011 at 09:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Boxerpups-
I've been doing some searches and figured out that you have honed jet mist countertops. I was wondering what the maintenance is like? Does it need to be sealed?

Are you happy with yours? And finally, do you have any pictures you could share?

Thanks so much!


jet mist/VA granite
clipped on: 08.18.2011 at 09:37 am    last updated on: 08.18.2011 at 09:37 am

Bianco River Quartz Pictures Please!

posted by: lesliep on 03.22.2011 at 05:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have just ordered Bianco river quartz countertops and would love to see your countertops if you have this. Now that I have finally made a decision I'm very nervous. I have white cabinets, dark wood floors.


clipped on: 08.15.2011 at 01:15 pm    last updated on: 08.15.2011 at 01:15 pm

My almost finished kitchen! LOTS of pictures

posted by: michiganrachel on 02.22.2011 at 10:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted some pictures a few weeks ago. Today was a nice sunny day (rare during the Michigan winter), so I decided to try to take some pictures.

I say almost finished as I still need to decorate and fill those windows and I have a problem with the cabinets - Almost all my cabinet doors need to be replaced. You can't see it in the pictures, but the paint job is pretty bad and the seams on almost every door are starting to split. I knew this would happen eventually, but not as soon as I moved in. ARGH = frustration. However, no one really notices but me. However, between the problems with the paint job and the splitting seams I feel like my cabinets look 5 years old.

Also, still need some fillers, the kickplate on the island, and my window treatments are getting put up on Friday (woven wood shades).

So far, I am loving the kitchen. The "barrier island" some warned me about hasn't been a big issue. I just get what I need from the fridge and put it on the island. My fridge drawers help durign meals at the island as I keep what I need during meals in there. My ovens are awesome and have made great cookies, chicken, steaks, pork roast. I love the microwave drawer and have used the warming drawer to keep cookies, pancakes, waffles, and dh's dinner warm!

As some of you know, we did a whole house renovation and 1900 sq. foot addition (the original whole house was 1500 sf). I have some other pictures on flickr, but haven't taken pictures of everything yet as some rooms still have boxes, no pictures have been hung, and some rooms have paper taped over windows for privacy until our window treatments come in. If you'd like to see what I have so far, you can visit my flickr album.
Here's my info - hopefully I won't forget anything.

Cabinets - Holiday Cabinets. White shaker doors and walnut island.
Granite - BIANCO ANTICO!!! :) Love
Backsplash - American Olean 3x6 white subway tiles. This is where I decided to save money and I love how they look
Appliances - Wolf 36 inch rangetop, best 42" hood, Wolf L series double ovens, subzero fridge, sharp microwave drawer, kitchenaid warming drawer, u-line fridge drawers, Miele La Perla dw
Sinks - big one is a Kraus 32 inch single bowl, prep sink is Ticor, can't remember the size.
Faucets - Delta touch faucet
Lighting - pendants are Hudson Valley Randolph, 10 inch, kitchen table light is Murray Feiss American Foursquare 6+2 light in ORB
Hardware - Amerock Kane in weathered nickel
Floors - White oak to match the 75 year old floors in original part of house.

Without further ado:

View of kitchen from family room
View of kitchen from family room

View of kitchen from eating area
Kitchen from table area

View of kitchen from mudroom/outside pantry door
Kitchen taken from mudroom

Fridge & oven wall
Fridge & oven wall

Love my bianco antico!
Bianco antico granite = love!

More of the granite
More of the granite

Love my runnels
Love the runnels!

This was taken on Superbowl night. My prep sink used as a drink cooler. An unforeseen but very handy use! It took a lot of ice to fill that 10 inch deep sink!

Kitchen table taken from the kitchen. My table has 2 self storing leaves, so we can seat a lot of people!
Kitchen table.

My pantry. There's more shelves tothe right that you just can't see from this angle. Terrible lighting, but you get the idea and can definitely see I'm not one of those super organized pantry people!

Family room. More shelves that need to be decorated! You can see my desk area to the right of the fireplace. DH has an office, but this is my space.
Family room


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Honed Granite

posted by: lodalady on 08.10.2009 at 09:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have several samples of honed black granites (AB, Blk Prl, Galaxy) from a local company. The samples are all gray. What gives? Some of the photos of honed granite that I've seen on this site appear black.

I want a black granite that looks like oiled soapstone. Any suggestions?

I will NEVER again remodel a kitchen without picking out the counter top first!!!!


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please list all marble look countertops

posted by: enright on 03.08.2010 at 12:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

I AM SO CONFUSED! I love the look of marble and did the stain test on a piece of sealed honed marble and thought it would work. But then I dropped a scissors on it and it chipped right away. Not good, since we are always dropping stuff on the counters. Now I am in search of marble look-alikes. Here is what I have found:
1. Okite bianco carrera-- very WHITE, but the veining is not very authentic looking
2. Ceasarstone Misty Carrera-Looks grayer in pictures I have seen on kitchen forum
3. Luce de luna-- a quartzite but I don't know anything more. I have only seen this on the kitchen forum. Appears to look most like marble but I have not seen it in person.
4. Danby marble-- This is actually a marble but it is supposed to be harder than most marble. When I talked to someone from a quarry in Virginia, he said it would probably chip if a scissor is dropped on it.

Does anyone know any more about the Luce de luna or Danby? Any others that I am missing?? Any pics available??


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Finished Kitchen Pictures (except backsplash)

posted by: alliern on 11.24.2008 at 12:22 am in Kitchens Forum

Hello! I am happy to finally be able to say that our house is done and we moved from NYC to Colorado 3 weeks ago! Here are some pictures of our new kitchen...I am so enjoying it! I am still undecided about what to do for a backsplash...have to make a decision soon but I wanted to live in the house for a little while before deciding :)

DW, Fridge, microwave/convection oven (Kitchen Aid)
6 burner dual-fuel 36" range (Thermador)
Thermador Traditional Silent 42" Hood w/remote blower
Perimeter countertop Black Minas Soapstone from Dorado Soapstone
Island Countertop Honed Statuario Marble
Perimeter Cabinets custom built with BM Simply White paint
Island Custom Built Alder
Floor Owens PlankFloor 6" Walnut with Satin Water Based Polyurethane
Delta Allura Faucet and soap dispenser
Danze Pot Filler
Cabinet hardware from Restoration Hardware






white perimeter cabinets with dark counter tops and a dark stained alder island with light counter
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Custom cabinets begin installation! (pics)

posted by: alliern on 10.03.2008 at 12:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi! I am so excited to be able to share these pictures with you! If it wasn't for this forum, I would've never considered "custom-built" cabinets were an affordable option for me. Let me tell you...I feel like I almost robbed a bank with how much money I saved over all of the manufactured lines on the market today.
The cabinets are beaded inset Shaker style with the perimeter painted BM Simply White and the island stained Alder wood. All drawers have the Blum BlueMotion full extention glides. I'll have two trash pull-outs and custom panels on both the fridge and dishwasher.

I'm awaiting my Statuario Extra marble for the island top and my Minas soapstone for the perimeter to be fabricated. The templating was done this past Wednesday.

Thank you to everyone who made numerous suggestions to other posters to check into custom cabinets!






white cabinets with alder island
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Granite's In! (jet mist honed)

posted by: ebse on 07.02.2009 at 06:28 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all,

We're so excited, the granite was installed yesterday. This is the beginning of the end (I hope!) Here are some pictures.



honed jet mist granite
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my finished nyc galley kitchen!

posted by: calypsochick on 10.18.2010 at 09:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to everyone for all the advice and words of wisdom! Our NYC galley kitchen is pretty much done. You can see more photos and information here and I'd be happy to answer any questions:










white granite
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Off-White Kitchen with Marble Island/Table

posted by: annekendo on 02.15.2009 at 09:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm not 100% done, but the kitchen is done enough that I can post some pics & send a thank you to everyone here for all the great info I received from this forum. I know this kitchen isnt for everyone, but I figured I would share since I was inspired by bits & pieces of so many kitchens I saw on this site.

Cabinets: Brookhaven
Sinks: Ticor
Faucets: Moen
Counters: GM Original soapstone perimeter & honed carrara marble island
Backsplash: honed carrara marble 3x6 tiles
Floor: travertine
Appliances: all Electrolux except for KA dishwasher
Hood: Vent-A-Hood
Cabinet hardware: from Restoration Hardware
Chandelier: from Restoration Hardware
Chairs: from Arhaus
Stools: from Crate & Barrel

Here are some before pics at the start of renovation:


kitchen - temp wall

Here is the new kitchen. It was bumped out about three feet which gave enough room for an island/table combo:

kitchen - island

kitchen - from backroom

Here is a link that might be useful: more pics of new kitchen


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RE: please help me with countertop decision-soapstone?? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: positano on 04.23.2010 at 06:07 am in Kitchens Forum

oh, I looked for nordic black satin back when I was deciding. I love it, the look of soapstone and the ease of granite. Since you don't have many soapstone options near you, I think I would go with nordic black.

Here is a kitchen with it that I think is beautiful.

Here is a link that might be useful: jen4268's kitchen


nordic black granite
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White Cabinets with White Countertops?

posted by: pugrolls on 06.18.2010 at 04:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello, wonderful GWers,

Of all the funny things, DH is now totally in love with the white cabinet/espresso island look. (Despite throwing hissy fits early in the planning process about how much he HATES white cabinets. Yes. He actually typed "HATES" in all capital letters when we were emailing about the kitchen design). In any event, I am delighted by this development and am going to run with it. So now the question becomes, what countertop?

I love love love the look of white carrera marble on white cabinets, but DH wants to go with something more bulletproof. So, OK. Does anyone have or have photos of white cabinets with white countertops other than marble? White quartz, maybe? I would love to see them, thanks!

But just to drool over marble a little....


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Finished pics - Creamy white, stained island

posted by: marmoreus on 01.25.2011 at 11:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is long overdue (we finished at the end of last August), but I wanted to thank all you Kitchen forum members for the great help. Thank you, thank you!!! I've really appreciated all the great information on this site. It has been such a helpful resource as we built a house for the first time.

On to the pictures.







So far the kitchen is working out really well for us. Other than not loving the performance of my wall oven, I am happy with how it all turned out.

The details:

Perimeter cabinets: Decora (Chantille finish on maple)
Island cabinets: Sorrento (Hermosa finish on alder)
Backsplash: Walker Zanger Gramercy Park (Heirloom White and Pipe Smoke)
Granite on perimeter: Antiqued Nordic Black (love this!)
Granite on Island: Alaskan White
Pendant lights: Schoolhouse Electric
Knobs & pulls: Amerock Highland Ridge
Barstools: Restoration Hardware (bought during Friends & Family sale--20% off--yay!)
Wall color: BM Revere Pewter
Flooring: walnut w/ Waterlox finish
Sink: Shaw's farmhouse sink
Sink faucet/soap dispenser: Danze Opulence
Range: NXR
Wall oven: Kitchenaid
Fridge: Bosch
Dishwasher: paneled Bosch
Micro: cheapo GE

Thanks again!


creamy white cabinets with dark stained alder island and school-house pendants
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Creamy White and Soapstone Finished Kitchen with Pics!

posted by: grneyesct on 08.04.2011 at 08:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Cabinets: Custom cabinets built by my hubby some in place and some in my dining room, no joke!
Cabinet Paint: BM Satin Impervo, Ivory White
Wall Color: Behr, Ryegrass
Knobs: knobs4less Century Hardware, Highlander
Pulls: knobs4less Century Hardware, Baroque Circle
Countertops: Marisol Soapstone, from EleMar New England
Backsplash: Arabesque shape California Art Tile, Espanola
Flooring: Prefinished Teak installed ourselves
Sink: Artisan Sink
Faucet: Kohler
Appliances: are all Samsung
Lighting Fixture over sink: Rejuvenation, Ford Mills
Chandelier: Kichler

This took just about a year to complete. We utilized our family room for the kitchen and made the living room our main gathering place. My old kitchen will be re-purposed as a laundry room.

We have 2 or 3 minor things to tinker with. We need to move the family computer to the desk and put the stools in at the pennsula.

We're still debating what to do about window treatments - in a couple months when the leaves drop, we'll be like fish in a bowl.. any suggestions would be helpful!!

Please excuse the plastic that we left on the fridge.. lol Have no fear, I finally took it off. But some of the photos show with it on...

So here is my old kitchen which will become my laundry room. It is wedged in the center of the house. It measures 8x10.. and only had ONE drawer..



And this is the Family Room we moved the kitchen into:

We have tons (probably WAY too many) progress photos..Only going to post a couple to calm any question of these actually being built and painted in the space and in my dining room.. LOL



Forgive the Large Photos.. Photobucket and I werent getting along this evening and I got impatient trying to post this :)

Fridge Wall 2












I have to thank everyone here for being so fabulous!! I lurked 99% of the time, but I got a lot out of reading everyones posts, comments and advice.

I'll have to figure out how to unlock my kitchen albums on Photobucket so I can share the rest of the photos without boring you all to death ;P

~ Dana ~


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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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Finito! one more white/marble/soapstone kitchen

posted by: segbrown on 12.06.2009 at 01:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've posted in dribs and drabs, so this isn't exactly an unveiling, but we are 99% done. Thanks to everyone; I've been reading this forum for years, even in the "pre-model" we did a few years back (minor update). I am also greatly indebted to my wonderful designer and contractor; I lucked out there.

Before pics: we moved the kitchen into the family room, the dining room into the kitchen, and the breakfast area into the dining room. (The living room turned into the family room, and the office will soon turn into the living room ... more to do around here.)So these photos are not exactly classic before/afters. (And it's a snowy day, so bright outside, not the best for pics. Oh well.)

Old kitchen

Corresponding view

Old family room:

Corresponding view

Old dining room (both visible walls are now gone)

Corresponding view

I was previously opposed to knocking out both walls, but I am glad we did. For the way we live, it works much better. Entertaining is a cinch now. Because the kitchen is vaulted but the other ceilings are low, it doesn't feel like a huge empty space (that's what I was worried about). And I liked my "other" house, just not the kitchen. It was awful.

I'll post details here, and more specific photos in a subsequent post.

Aspen Leaf Kitchens in Denver/Berthoud, CO; proprietary Primer White, BM Taos Taupe on island and butler's pantry, and custom-stained antique pine on breakfast hutch

SubZero BI-36U fridge, pro handle
Wolf 48 DF range with 4 burners and double griddle
Viking 54 in. hood liner with heat lamps
Thermador DWHD64EP dishwashers
KitchenAid KBCO24RSBX three-zone beverage center
SubZero 700BCI refrigerator/freezer drawers
Sharp 0.8 cu ft microwave

Minas soapstone on perimeter cabinets and hutch
Calacatta gold marble on island and butler's pantry

Restoration Hardware Gilmore cup pulls, Aubrey knobs and handle pulls, Clear Glass knobs in antique brass, and Season knobs and Hanson pulls in ORB

Main: soapstone farm sink crafted by Terra Bella/Denver CO
Prep: Ticor S3650

Main sink: Kohler HiRise bridge with sidespray
Prep sink: Kohler HiRise bar faucet

Wilmette Clark pendants in ORB (breakfast nook)
Wilmette LaSalle wall sconces in antique brass (later photos)
Visual Comfort Classic Ring chandelier in AB (dining room)
Visual Comfort Four-Light Siena pendant in AB (butler's)

-Island stools-
Ballard Designs Dorchester counter stools in rubbed black (all other furniture and rugs previously owned)


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Pip's Finished Kitchen! Lots of pics

posted by: pip on 12.21.2010 at 08:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to the many inspiring kitchens and knowledgeable people on this site, we just finished our 5 week remodel of our kitchen. The collective wisdom on this site helped us so much during the remodel!

The previous kitchen had been remodeled within the last 10 years, but it was separated from the rest of the home and lacked sufficient counter space for a family of four. We decided to tear down the wall that separated the kitchen and laundry room and expand into the dining room to give us more counter space. The windows in the corner were too low to run counters and that proved to be a design challenge. Instead of raising the windows which would have altered the architecture of the exterior of the home, we decided to make the area a banquette. We also moved the old doorway off the foyer and created two larger arches which open up the kitchen to the living and dining room.

The space was too small for an island, so we had our counter top fabricator make us a work table that is movable -- it has wheels and we can roll it out of the way if we want to open up the kitchen.

Cabinets - custom by Los Angeles cabinetmaker - maple shaker style (bar area is espresso finish)
Countertops - Madre Perla quartzite
Backsplash - White onyx staggered tile
Faucet - KWC Eve
Sink - Franke
All KitchenAid appliances, except for GE profile microwave Vent-a-hood
Lighting - onxy pendants purchased at Lighting Emporium
Pulls - Great Indoors
Floors - White Oak hardwoods to match the rest of the home
Paint- Martha Stewart "Fossil"




and, of course, a photo of Pip himself, enjoying his new kitchen...


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Lolauren's finished kitchen -- photos! -- white, inset, shaker...

posted by: lolauren on 01.02.2011 at 10:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can finally post photos of my kitchen from our new construction house! I am very relieved to be able to say that. I designed every detail in this kitchen down to the inch and loved the design process. This forum was my biggest help and inspiration, so thank you to everyone!!

I had to cut myself off from posting too many photos. So, the rest of the album is here: ALBUM

Or, for the slideshow version: SLIDESHOW

Please feel free to ask questions.


Cabinets: Huntwood (Custom) Cabinets with shaker, inset doors (Huntwood does custom cabinetry. The color is their white paint option, as opposed to their creamy option. The closest match I can find to this is between Benjamin Moore's "white" and "super white." My door trim, baseboards, etc. are all BM's "Super White." It is just slightly brighter than my cabinets, but not noticably.)

Countertops: Cambrian black granite in a leathered/antiqued finish

Backsplash: White US Ceramics 3x6 subway tile

Appliances: are all Frigidaire Professional, except for the Electrolux cooktop (and my cheap GE microwave in the pantry)

Hood vent: I have no idea. It was whatever the builder used standard. I didn't splurge here, but the unit works perfectly.


* Main Sink: Grohe Bridgeford Bridge faucet with sidespray in ORB

* Island Sink: Grohe Bridgeford pull-down faucet in ORB

* Reverse Osmosis/cold water faucet: Newport Brass (I had to add this after the fact, upon learning that I needed a RO system. The Newport Brass model matches the Grohe faucet surprisingly well. The finish is almost identical.)

Sinks: Blanco Silgranit sinks in anthracit - larger is BlancoPrecis Super Single and smaller is BlancoPrecis 15.5" x 19.5"

Hardware: Rejuvention Hardware latches, pulls and knobs in ORB

Flooring: Lewis & Clark hardwood - color is Beacon Rock - wood is hickory - very distressed (this is a small company... it isn't the line Shaw offers)

Paint: Pittsburgh Paint's "Moth Gray" cut down to 75%

Window treatment: I didn't want any window treatment in the kitchen, but some days the sunset glares on me when I'm cooking dinner. To solve this, I put in a cellular shade that is almost completely hidden when closed. It looks like there is no window treatment, unless I really need it during those 10-15 minutes of glare.

Lighting: 10 recessed lights - I ended up opting out of pendants so the space appears more open. The three recessed lights above the island are on a different switch, for less light or future pendant additions.

Counter stools: Sturbridge Yankee Workshop's "Henry Leather stools" in black

Island dimensions: 51" x 91"

Island overhang: 19 inches on the long side, 11.5 inches on the short side (it was supposed to all be 19", but nothing ever goes right in construction! I still would prefer 19", but this doesn't bother me now with the stools in.)


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RE: White or Antiqued/Glazed White (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: rmkitchen on 11.06.2007 at 08:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love those kitchens, too! And like you, we'll be doing a black & white kitchen: white perimeter, black island. I really, really wanted a clear, true white (like your latter) for our cabinets; my husband did not. I KNEW I had to get what I wanted, otherwise I'd always begrudge the "dirty-looking" cabinets.

Well, we brought samples home and all the clear, true whites were just too bright, too blue for our space. We tried many different whites. Many.

It turns out that for our space a creamier white (not a white with a glaze, as you mentioned) is the way to go. They'll be Sherwin Williams' Dover White.

You might also want to check out this gorgeous kitchen. It's a bright white (Sherwin Williams' Pure White) and I think it looks great there, with their lighting conditions.

Have you brought the two samples home to see how they look in your space? I'll be interested in hearing what you think.

Good luck!


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White or Antiqued/Glazed White

posted by: buffettgirl on 11.06.2007 at 07:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm trying to decide - I see all these beautiful pictures of white/black kitchens and I can't tell if everyone has pure white cabinets or something that is just shy of white. I'm looking at maple, painted white - but the company (kemper) offers a glaze called Amaretto Creme which has slight dark rub on the edges. I'm not sure if that would give the older style kitchen look I'm after(probably dark soapstone counters, darker wood floor), while still appearing overall to be white or if I really should just stick with pure white. I'm afraid pure white will look too stark and antiseptic but I'm equally afraid that doing anything but white will not give me the look I want.

Any thoughts?

For instance, these are some kitchens I like the style of from the FKB

And this is the cabinet style I am probably getting, the first is the glaze, the second is the white :

Thanks for humoring my obsessive nature!! (DH just nods and says "whatever") And for helping me out! I'm so glad I found this forum. Everyone here is the best.


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Redroze's Finished White and Espresso Kitchen

posted by: redroze on 03.15.2009 at 01:17 am in Kitchens Forum

So...I was waiting for a couple of things to happen until I posted finished kitchen photos. I was waiting for our kitchen table and chairs (ordered and on the way) to come in. I was waiting to figure out how to accessorize my open shelves. I was waiting for our desk chair to arrive and for my husband to purchase the computer monitor. I was waiting to pick up a beautiful rose bouquet to throw in a vase and place on our island. I was waiting to figure out how to take better photos with my new digital camera (and Christmas gift from my husband). And finally, I was waiting for the perfect overcast sky in which to take these photos. And then I thought, to heck with it!!!

I spontaneously decided to just post the near-finished photos tonight. I'll post finished/finished-finished/no-really-finished photos on my website once all of the above happens, so feel free to visit it again in a couple of weeks. But for now, enjoy!

This forum has some of the most generous and spirited people I have ever encountered. I loved and still love coming to a place where people are as enamoured with design and details as much as I am, and dedicate so much time into making their house into a home. I love reading your stories and helping out whenever I can. I wanted to celebrate the success of our kitchen with all of you, and thank you as deeply as one can in the online world, because I can honestly say that our kitchen would never have turned out this way if I didn't "find" all of you on GW. So, thank you.

Click on the link to my website below for more photos and all the details.

Redroze's White and Espresso Kitchen


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99% finished. Off White kitchen. So HAPPY!!

posted by: mamadadapaige on 05.29.2008 at 02:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

Will write more about particulars later, but wanted to post some pictures. There a just a few small things left to do and I haven't totally moved back in (note: no cookbooks, display pieces, utensils, coffee maker, etc) but I will get to that this weekend.

I included a picture of the Sharp microwave draw that someone had wanted to see. Also, included close-ups of the backsplash (very plain but to my taste), and spice rack which I can't wait to use!







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rmkitchen's Finished Classic White / Black / Marble Kitchen

posted by: rmkitchen on 08.05.2008 at 07:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Before, view of kitchen from family room

After, view of kitchen from family room

Before, overview of kitchen; entrance to dining room is in between wall ovens and refrigerator

After, overview of kitchen; former entrance has been closed up (is now my baking corner) and new entrance to dining room is not in shot but is in between refrigerator and freezer

Before, view of eating area

After, view of eating area with new wainscoting

Before, view of pantry

After, view of pantry, broom closet pull-out and freezer

primary flatware drawer

knife drawer

easy dishwasher unloading

doors around oven and refrigerator open

broom closet pull-out

Many (many!) more pictures are in my finished kitchen album.

I joined GW the v. first day I "found" it online. I was doing research on soapstone and a link to this forum popped up and I read it. If Id had any idea the amount of time Id spend here and the relationships Id come to have, I never, ever would have picked as pedestrian a handle as "rmkitchen." But I thought Id just be here on GW that one time. Nearly fourteen months later and ha ha on me!

Well, its still not "done": were waiting for roman shades to be made and I need to wash those windows . But Im feeling silly having a finished kitchen and waiting for some roman shades! So its not magazine-worthy, thats okay. I had a really hard time deciding whether to attempt the vanity shots or how we really live. Because seeing everyones pristine, to-die-for kitchens hurt my self-esteem, I decided to do a warts-and-all. Youll see fingerprints on the cupboard doors, smudges on the polished nickel hardware and crumbs on the floor: even still, I think it looks pretty good. Also, since my photographic skills are poor it made the choice really easy!

With the risk of coming across as gauche I am going to include approximate prices for our items. I was terribly nave when it came to determining our budget and found it immensely beneficial when others here would give prices. (in all fairness, it sometimes made me feel bad either that we werent as hoity-toity as others as well as making me feel ridiculous for spending so much when others achieved fabulous kitchens for a fraction of our budget) It gave me a real-world benchmark, and hopefully it will help someone else put their own project into some perspective. I wish more posters would share their budget I think its that helpful. Let me preface this by saying I'm in Boulder, CO -- prices will vary continent-wide. We are less expensive than the San Francisco Bay Area and more than RTC, NC.

Caveat: I absolutely believe and know our kitchen could have (and Id argue should have) been done for significantly less. Like our gorgeous countertops / backsplash were ridiculously expensive and I could have had a white marble for less than half. However, every time I look at the marbles from which I could have chosen I realize I would have been v. unhappy and any amount spent on them would have been too much. So it was "smart" to spend more to get what I really wanted and what I LOVE. ("smart" having a v. fluid definition depending on my mood!)

Same about our sink, well, similar. We searched and searched for a stainless apron front single bowl sink, and the one we liked the best was the Bates & Bates. My husband insisted on a low gauge (thick steel). Only after our kitchen was complete did I learn about the Lavello. While not as thick as ours (ours is 12 gauge, the Lavello 16 gauge), I think for the >$1,000 price difference we couldve lived with it!

We (I) shopped around like crazy (love the internet!) for our appliances, hardware, etc., and feel I did a fabulous job getting the best prices for these itemseverything was either on special or purchased on sale or using some sort of incentive. But at the end of the day, the appliances were still expensiveexactly what we want / need, though. At the end of the day, the hardware was still expensiveexactly what we want / need, though. At the end of the day, the cabinetry was still expensive. (Although I actually have mixed feelings about thisfor the level of detail I wanted and all the bells & whistles we got Im not sure it was expensive. The semi-custom lines at which we looked [i.e., Cuisines Laurier, DuraSupreme] were coming in significantly higher. If we'd gone with framed we could have come in for less, but not gotten the exact door / hood I wanted. If there were an IKEA nearby [the closest is in Utah], we probably could have used their boxes and had doors made up elsewhere. But we went neither of those routes.)

Our kitchen is approximately 13w x 21'l (not completely true, as only one side is 21' long; the other wall is 11 1/2'). Our ceiling is 9 high (the upper cabinets are 47 " high with crown moulding running from the top of the cabinets up to the ceiling).

cabinets, ~$55K
custom frameless painted (catalyzed lacquer) a custom white, island painted BM Onyx
all drawers and roll-outs full-extension with Blumotion glides and all doors with Blum soft-close hinges
one Rev-A-Shelf wood drawer divider
one Rev-A-Shelf plastic double tier flatware divider
custom wood drawer dividers (five drawers)
steel pegboard "broom closet" pull-out (thanks to dianalo for sharing inspiration pictures)
three chrome pull-out pantry units (Rev-A-Shelf)
four spice pull-outs (Rev-A-Shelf)
pegboard with wood "divider" dowels in (three) dish drawers
foot pedal four-canister trash / recycle unit (thanks to lowspark and alku05 for the foot pedal instructions), Rev-A-Shelf
magnetic chalkboards (two)
hood (design inspiration courtesy of mwardlbs lovely hood)
maple butcher block island countertop with bow detail
tempered, safety glass-front doors and glass shelves
delivery and installation of these cabinets and attached custom crown moulding (but not including cost of custom crown which was ~$350)

appliances, ~$22K
refrigerator: Thermador 30" Fresh Food Freedom Column T30IR70
freezer: Thermador 30" Frozen Freedom Colum T30IF70
oven: Gaggenau 30" BX281610 convection double oven, (thanks to the supportive folks in the Appliance forum who talked me through this decision & held my hand as we waited five+ months for its delivery)
cooktop: Thermador Professional Series PCG366E 36" gas, six burners
vent: Broan 900 cfm external blower 332H
microwave: Sharp Over-The-Counter R-1214
refrigerator drawers: GE Monogram 24" ZIDI240PII
(delivery and installation of above appliances was ~$700)
instant hot / cold faucet and tank: Mountain Products Little Gourmet MT1401
under-sink water filter: Culligan
sink: Bates and Bates S2133.SS stainless apron front
faucet: Pegasus Professional Kitchen, from Expo (thanks to susanandmarkw)
soap dispenser: Danze Parma
dishwasher: KitchenAid KUDS03FTPA
air switch for above-sink light: Mountain Plumbing, stainless
disposal: Insinkerator Evolution Cover Control

hardware, ~$1,100
pulls: Restoration Hardware 4" Gilmore Pulls, polished nickel
knobs: Restoration Hardware 1.25" Cut Glass Knobs, polished nickel
fridge / freezer pulls: Hickory Hardware Studio 13" bright nickel
broom closet pull: Hickory Hardware Studio 5" bright nickel

lighting, ~$300
undercabinet lighting: Pegasus Associates Microfluorescent T4 fixtures
lighting inside cabinets: line voltage (120V) xenon pucks, American Lighting

countertop & backsplash, material, fabrication and installation ~$19K
Calacatta Xtra (seriously, thats its name), honed, 3cm, with eased square edge thanks to mnhockeymom for the inspiration!), runnels and a dishdrain
backsplash: Calacatta Xtra, 2cm
island butcherblock countertop provided by cabinetmaker

painting, ~$1K
walls: BM 871 Pearl River, Regal Matte Finish
ceiling: 50% BM 871, Regal Flat Finish
wainscoting: BM Impervo, custom to match cabinetry
toekicks: BM Onyx (which I painted myself with "help" from our puppy)

floors, price unknown as bundled in with installation of hardwood for entire first floor and staircase
red oak, "popped" with water then one heavy coat of Dura-Seal Ebony Stain (thanks to my husband for finding out how to get the dark finish I wanted from red oak), three coats of Bona Satin Water-Based Sealer

construction, ~$16K (I think, as it was bundled in with a nearly-whole house remodel)
removal of old cabinets, closing up old doorway to dining room, framing new entrance to dining room, moving almost all electrical plus some new, moving all plumbing plus much new, drywall (inc. smooth-coating existing orange-peel), fabricating / installing wainscoting in breakfast nook and sink wall facing family room and new casing around sliding door and window, crown moulding installation and painting

kitchen designer, $3K
(we contentiously parted ways v. early in the process, but not until she had suggested moving the doorway to the dining room down the wall, and we love this change)

Things we love
or, what we did right
-Sans doute moving the opening into the dining room down the wall so as to make a U-shape kitchen was the smartest thing we did. It has increased the function / made better the ergonomics tremendously!

-Large, single bowl, apron front sink. Having all that continuous room for washing large pots / pans / baking dishes is so incredible! I love how the apron front eliminates any lower back pain not far to reach into the sink. We also have no splashing, as opposed to what we had with a shallower, drop-in sink.

-Raised dishwasher. It just makes sense! I know many love their dishdrawers but as we run a full or nearly-full dishwasher nightly, it would not have made sense for us to have dishdrawers.

-Side-opening wall oven. I was on the fence a long time on this one: that oven set (the Gaggenau 30" double wall ovens) was really expensive, but oh how we love the side-opening mechanism! It just makes so much sense.

-Foot pedal trash. Hands full of broccoli remnants + foot pedal trash = genius.

-Magnetic chalkboards my children adore them! My older son (four years-old) loves drawing his robots and writing; my younger son (two years-old) loves standing and "coloring." We love being able to keep our timer and grocery list in a central and easy-to-locate spot.

-Full freezer and full refrigerator: we wonder how we lived before with combined units. It sounds insane, but for our vegetarian family with little children we are absolutely utilizing these separate units to their fullest.

-Polished nickel hardware: its beautiful. Its just beautiful, and it takes a lot of work to get them looking icky / dirty; plus, I have to say they are a breeze to clean (when they do get icky)!

-Getting our puppy one month to the day after the remodel started (and three months before it ended). It was such hard work miserably hard, puppy-training and living amidst chaos (as we were doing nearly the whole house). But man-oh-man am I glad we did it all at once! I am so grateful to have had all the ick and dreck at once. (Shes a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and we swear shes part-cat: v. gentle, smart, affectionate. Shes never ever growled / been angry with our two little children, and our youngest is not the gentlest. He loves the puppy, but his love can be a bit rough. Cavaliers are also known for loving cats, and our youngest cat is the puppys best friend. They adore each other. But the puppy really really loves the children.)

-Not fighting. In our normal lives my husband I occasionally bicker were married and were both strong, opinionated people. But for some strange (and miraculous) reason, we never had a fight during the entire remodel; we got along splendidly and truly were a team. Well, maybe not a team: I was definitely The Chief, but he was 100% on board and totally supportive. I wish I knew why that was because Id like to bottle it!

Things we dont love
or, things wed do differently
(There are only two things we absolutely wish wed done differently, things which we notice [and which irk us] on a daily basis. Ill list those two first.)
#1 thing which drives us crazy
-Think about where countertop accoutrements (inc. countertop appliances) would live when planning light switches. I had one undercab light switch put, I thought, in an inconspicuous spot near the corner. I absolutely should have figured out where Id be putting our toaster because, as it happens, the toaster now blocks the light switch. Weve tried moving the toaster around but thats just the spot where it makes sense. But yet it doesnt make sense because it blocks the light switch. This is already frustrating and totally stupid on my part!

#2 thing which drives us crazy
-Pantry pull-outs. HATE them! Maybe hate is too strong a word (not really), but we realize now we would have been so much happier with standard shelves, not even roll-out shelves! (although those are divine) We have the pantry units from Rev-A-Shelf and find a) they are "adjustable" in name only, b) they dont hold as much as youd think, and c) a space-waster. If wed had shelves we could have stacked cans or seen at one glance all our dry-goods. As it is, we have to pull out three separate units and honestly, we think its crap. Never again!

(These other things are things which wed do differently in the future but which arent frustrating us daily.)
-24" deep lower cabinets. Too shallow! We didnt realize until too late (as in, unpacking into this kitchen) that our penultimate kitchen had 32" deep lowers. What a difference! In all fairness to myself (as in, trying to make myself feel better), given the tight quarters of this kitchen we could not have afforded even 30" deep lowers; well, we could have, but then we would have lost our island which we are really enjoying. Next kitchen will be really different!

-Symmetry. I dont know if its just for symmetrys sake or for my husbands, but flanking either side of the cooktop are spice pull-outs. Granted, hes got them both filled to the gills with his goodies, but I could really use those 6" in my stack of baking supply drawers. Given the particulars of the layout of our kitchen the symmetry there would not have mattered.

-Having our microwave built-in. My husband was adamant he did NOT want a built-in microwave (the kind which have the trim-kits, I mean), so we found the Sharp over-the-counter microwave. Turns out there was some sort of "miscommunication" with the GC (so I guess Im responsible). The "problem" is that the drywall behind the microwave wasnt removed and reframed so as to accommodate the 1.5" the microwave juts out past its surrounding cabinetry. Its already not bothering me so much, but when I do think about it I think "I wish wed been clearer." Hopefully Ill learn to live with it because I just dont want to pay for the work!

-Double Ovens. Weve always (well, in the US) had double ovens and I love to bake, so I never thought of a single oven. But so far, Ive only been using one oven and as were the strictest of vegetarians its not as if well ever have a turkey in one and pie in the other. I think how differently the space (& money) could have been utilized . Who knows?

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank so many of you for your incredible kindness and support, both here in the forum and offline via e-mail. Ive developed a genuine fondness for many here, and seeing your handles online always brightens my day. To a one, thank you. You are my community.



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99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone

posted by: jbrodie on 03.01.2009 at 06:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally! Our kitchen is finished! I never thought the day would come, and boy am I enjoying it. I owe so much to this forum. I can't tell you how much you all helped me. Thank you!!! I hope I can help others in return.

Hope I'm not putting too many pictures!





soap stone

Quick description (feel free to contact me if you have questions)
-Soapstone: Julia
-Cabinets: Custom, inset/flush shaker style with single bead (waiting to see if we get some issues resolved before I recommend the cabinet maker)
-Bookcase and desk tops: walnut
-Sharp microwave oven drawer (love it!)
-GE fridge
-Shaw 30 inch apron sink
-Wolf range top
-Thermador double ovens
-Vent-a-hood hood
-Dal tile
-potfiller: Newport Brass
-hot/cold faucet Newport Brass
-Main faucet: Mico
-Door to garage: one panel painted with chalkboard! The kids love this and it's fun to put messages to guests, each other, holiday wishes, etc.
-Pull out baskets (love these...I keep bread in one and potatoes, onions, etc. in the other)
-Wine shelf--love it!
-Bar stools from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (love these and they were so reasonable!)
-What would I do differently? More than 12 inch overhang on seating area of island (maybe 14-16 inch). And I might skip the bead board in the backs of the bookshelfs and glass cabs.

Happy kitchen designing to all! Thank you again!


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Finished Kitchen-warm white cabs, marble, wood counters

posted by: blakey on 03.29.2009 at 04:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can't believe it's complete, except for a bit of decorating, but it's so nice to be able to cook again. Thanks to everyone on this forum for the great questions, advice, photos, suggestions and support. I feel like I got so lucky when I stumbled upon this website just as we were getting started. It helped me tremendously and so many of the kitchens served as inspiration(you'll know who you are!)


breakfast room

wet bar





mud room

laundry room

Cabinets-Wood Mode
Perimeter Counters-Calacatta Crema-honed
Island top-Sapele Mahogany
Wall Oven-Miele
Refrigerator-Sub Zero
Main Sink-Shaw's Original Farm Sink
Wet Bar Sink-Sink-A-Link Hammered Copper


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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #77)

posted by: blakey on 04.01.2009 at 05:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine:



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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #89)

posted by: peachieone on 04.05.2009 at 08:19 am in Kitchens Forum

This is an older "in progress" photo but it shows the island pretty well. It has "Ivory Elegance" granite top and the rest of the kitchen is done in Brazilian Sopstone countertops. The Island houses two fridge drawers,a wine fridge, good sized prep sink and cupboards. Photobucket


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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #94)

posted by: redroze on 04.21.2009 at 11:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine!


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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #101)

posted by: erikanh on 04.30.2009 at 08:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine. My kitchen is super skinny (just a tad over 13 feet wide), so I had to compensate by designing a very long island ... 41 inches wide and 12 feet long!

The island countertop was finally installed yesterday. DH came home and said, "Wow, it looks so huge. What will we ever do with all this room??" My daughter promptly demonstrated today how useful all that surface area is when she started working on her science project! Excuse the mess. =)

Cabinets are russet stained, framed inset. Countertop is honed carrara. This side has two shallow banks of "junk drawers on each end and room for 4 stools (only have 2 so far).


This side has a MW drawer and drawer below, 2 banks of drawers, 36" fridge drawer and prep sink base. There's an overhang on this short end for a 5th counter stool.



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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #110)

posted by: smarge on 06.23.2009 at 11:27 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's a picture of my island, which I spent a LOT of time planning for. I'll try to show everything that is stashed in it in the following pics. BTW, DEEP DRAWERS ARE KEY!!!

Kitchen in the morning

Here's a pic showing my pull-out trash/recycling, my warming drawer (much prefer it here rather than under my wall oven!) and other storage drawers. Note the tall, narrow door which I had made deeper than it looks so it can store all my cutting boards, including the one we use to carve a turkey! It's next to the garbage pull-out. There is a small shelf on top for small cutting boards, and the larger ones fit on the bottom. The bottom section is about 5 inches deeper than it appears to be. You can sort of see what I'm talking about in the next picture showing the inside of the cabinets where the stools go.

multiple storage in island

Here's a pic showing storage space for rarely used items in cabinets behind stool area.

storage for rarely used items


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Painted white or wood stained? How do you decide?

posted by: needsometips08 on 07.14.2009 at 06:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

How did you guys decide if you were going to go white or stained (natural or otherwise)?

I will use both, but have to decide which will go on the perimeter.

I LOVE both white AND wood kitchens! How in the world did you ever decide? What swayed you one way or the other?

I am afraid that stained is 90's cause I will not go dark if it's perimeter. Something equivalent to toffee maple. (For those who saw me ask about walnut, it's in the game still, but barely. I am scared of the risk of it being dark.) But then again, my friends who have kids with white say do not do it cause it gets so dirty with kids - and we have a ton of kids in and out daily.

I really want both. How did you pick!?!


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