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RE: Backsplash help please!!! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: mythreesonsnc on 05.11.2011 at 03:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

The herringbone idea is a really intriguing one.... I have never once thought of that, but it could be cool... though it might draw more attention to the backsplash.

Here are a couple of shots of possibilities so far....
Travertine 3x6:
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Tumbled marble: 2x4: (same as cali_wendy)
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Porcelain biscuit 4x8:
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Porcelain biscuit 3x6:
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Crema Marfil 3x6:
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Closer pic of crema marfil veining:
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clipped on: 05.11.2011 at 07:37 pm    last updated on: 05.11.2011 at 07:38 pm

RE: Backsplash help please!!! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: marcydc on 05.11.2011 at 04:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have the honed crema marfil. I didn't like the smaller ones, so my contractor cut 12x12s into 3x12s. Here's a pic. Bigger may be better for you with your very large kitchen!



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clipped on: 05.11.2011 at 07:37 pm    last updated on: 05.11.2011 at 07:37 pm

Backsplash help please!!!

posted by: mythreesonsnc on 05.11.2011 at 11:24 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi Fellow GW'ers. We finally have cabinets in, counters on and now I need to finalize my backsplash for a small area above my range (on the very back wall, under the mantel type hood cover). I really want it to "blend" as the room is fairly busy and I don't want the backsplash to be the focal point. The cabinets are a creamy, almost tan color, as is the trim. The floors are walnut and the island top is walnut as well.
Here are a couple of shots of the overall space to see how this area fits in. Unfortunately, everything is SO dark because the windows are all covered because they are painting. The beams will be dark as well.
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Island top:
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I have in mind a subway tile, either 3x6, 4x8 or even 2x4. Some of the things I have tried so far:
Cali_wendy's backsplash. It is the perfect color, and neutral, though the 2x4 might be too small in scale for the tall ceilings?

I have also tried a crema marfil 3x6 subway. It is neutral and the perfect color. (Here it is as my tub surround, on the same color cabinets. Just imagine this honed):
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I also have travertines in 3x6 subways, but they all seem to have a fair amount of color variation and veining. I am also considering 3x6 or 4x8 creamy porcelain tiles, like you would get at home depot, Florida Tile, or elsewhere. The biscuit color matches pretty well, maybe slightly lighter. Or, I have tried the "crackles." As you can see, I have considered just about everything. I am hoping those of you with a good eye can look at my space and say, "Oh, she wants it to be classic, soothing, and to blend in, she should choose XXXXX, no doubt about it."
The granite is called white diamond --- creamy like the cabinets with some veining in bronzy blobs and silvery blobs. The crystals (quartz maybe) look like diamonds. It is really pretty, but there is not much of it in this range area! Since it has veining and movement, I think I need to do something very simple for the backsplash. The most "veiny" I think I can get is crema marfil.

Countertop: (this is showing up in pics a bit more grey than it is --- it is more creamy in real life).
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So, does anybody have any ideas or opinions for me about which way to go?

Also, do you think a larger tile, like 4x8 is better, or should I stick with smaller?

If more pictures are needed, or if holding them up would be more helpful, I can try to rope one of the guys into holding tiles up for me to take pictures!

Thanks in advance for looking!

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clipped on: 05.11.2011 at 07:31 pm    last updated on: 05.11.2011 at 07:36 pm

Almost Finished - White / Marble / Soapstone

posted by: i_m_fletcher on 01.03.2011 at 12:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank to everyone here who offered me advice - either in direct response to my requests on one of the hundreds of other threads upon which I lurked.

Here are some snapshots of my almost finished kitchen. Apologies for the snapshot quality of the photos - I'm hoping to do a better photo shoot once the final items are complete. All that remains is final sanding / poly of floors, finishing backsplash install, touchup painting and some cabinet fixes (e.g. glass shelves in the glass front cab so that light fills the entire cabient.)

View from end of island looking towards range / sink:
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View from end of island looking towards mudroom / pantry:
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View from sink looking towards family room:
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View from mudroom looking towards back porch:
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View from pantry looking towards sink:
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Pantry detail shots:
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Sink detail shot:
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Rangetop / sink window detail shot:
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clipped on: 02.16.2011 at 07:48 pm    last updated on: 02.16.2011 at 07:50 pm

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.

THINGS WE LOVE:
--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!

THINGS WE WOULDN'T DO AGAIN:
--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).

THINGS WE STILL NEED TO DO:
--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.

THE DETAILS:
Cabinetry—Precision Cabinets, Brentwood, CA; painted in stock color which matches Simply White
Walls—BM Simply White
Kitchen Counters—White Princess granite, from DaVinci Marble & Stone in San Carlos, CA, with 2.25" mitred square edge
Buffet Counter—Brazilian Black soapstone from Texeira, SF, with no edge finish
Door and Drawer Pulls—Top Knobs, Square Pulls, Polished Chrome; ordered off the internet
Main Sink—Ebay purchase 36" SS Farmhouse w/apron front , single bowl, flushmount
Island Sink—Dawn 19X17 single bowl, undermount
Main Faucet—Blanco Meridien Semi-Professional in Brushed
Island Faucet—Santec Penza pull out in Brushed
Refrigerator—Electrolux WaveTouch; ordered off Homeeverything.com
Dishwasher—Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III; ordered from AJ Madison
Microwave Drawer—Sharp 24"; ordered from AJ Madison
Range—Viking Range w/6 burners and griddle; ordered from AJ Madison
Hood— Modernaire custom hood
Trash Compactor—GE Profile in SS; ordered from AJ Madison
Warming Drawer—Kitchenaid Architect Series II; ordered off Homeeverything.com; panel from cabinet co.
Backsplash—White Princess granite
Windows—Semco
Flooring-DuChateau pre-engineered floors in Lugano
Big Slider Door—Custom made 10’ bypass doors by McFarland Doors, w/custom screen
Island Pendants—Hudson Valley Pelham 13" ordered from Butler Lighting
Breakfast Table Pendant—Round 26" linen chandelier by Restoration Hardware
Buffet Sconces—Boston Library Sconces by CircaLighting.com

Before:
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Family room:Before Remodel
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After:
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I like the inset cabinet door design. Cabinetmaker in Brentwood, CA.
clipped on: 07.20.2010 at 11:28 pm    last updated on: 07.20.2010 at 11:31 pm

Pantry photos/ pics of pantries

posted by: rhome410 on 02.03.2009 at 02:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

There are some great pantry threads that will eventually be lost and Starpooh suggested I post links here so that others can post and, hopefully, we'll keep some of these resources alive for those planning pantries in the future. (She pointed out that threads 'live' longer here than on the discussions side of the forum.) There is one thread, in particular, that has awesome photos of pantry interiors that I can open through a link I've saved, but if anyone posts on it, it doesn't become current again. Starpooh has put it in .pdf form and it is too large to download here, so I've linked it below.

Here is another walk-in pantry thread with helpful shelf spacing guidelines/recommendations:
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0518351723171.html

There is also a previous thread with photos of closet style pantries, which I'm still trying to track down. Of course, photos of pantry cabs will be helpful to people, too.

Anyway, here's hoping people will start showing off their pantries here, so we form a pantry album for others to consult.

Here is a link that might be useful: Thread as .pdf: Anyone Willing to Share the Inside of their Pantry?

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clipped on: 07.20.2010 at 11:18 pm    last updated on: 07.20.2010 at 11:19 pm

Help! Granite countertop installation this morning...

posted by: galleycook on 07.09.2010 at 08:28 am in Kitchens Forum

Does antique brown need to be sealed or not? TIA

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clipped on: 07.09.2010 at 01:11 pm    last updated on: 07.09.2010 at 01:11 pm