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Our Finished Kitchen with Pictures :)

posted by: piaa on 11.04.2010 at 06:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi everyone

As you may remember (or not) I live on the small island of St John in the US Virgin Islands so remodeling our kitchen had a few additional challenges - mainly we bought everything sight unseen (well I did view the cabinets on one of my trips Stateside) but everything else was by looking a pictures online. Purchases were then shipped to a freight forwarder in Miami, loaded onto a 20’ container, put on a cargo ship, delivered to St Thomas where the container cleared US Customs, trucked to the dock and then sailed over to St John via ferry and finally delivered to our driveway (where the container got stuck) was left for 2 days for us to unload and then finally we began the install.

If you would like to read all about our remodel adventures you can go to our blog at www.onawhimstjohn.wordpress.com and follow along - we still have all of the exterior siding and windows (should be fun as we are 30’ up in the air) and the downstairs to complete so this process has only just begun but for now, as a big thank you I would like to show you our finished kitchen that you helped to design - we love it :)

Sorry the pictures are a bit dark but we have had some overcast days and the lighting was not great :(

Kitchen Cabinets - Kraftmaid, solid Maple, Thornton Style, painted white (Kraftmaids Dove White)
Appliances - All by Bosch
Countertop - Python Soapstone (installed by Florida Josh)
Sink - Kohler
Faucet - Grohe
Backsplash - Oceanside, Prose, Custom Blend in Clear
Paint - Benjamin Moore, Moonshine

BEFORE (note only one, yes one upper cabinet)

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AFTER

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PANTRY - door frame was not painted and no drywall was up at the time of taking this picture but they are now :)

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Exterior Pantry - almost same view as picture #3

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And of course I have to leave you with this :)

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RE: Backsplash for Soapstone counters (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: prill on 10.05.2010 at 08:29 am in Kitchens Forum

I have soapstone and off white cabinets - I did WInchester subway in the Sudbury color -

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My $1,400 total rehaul pics done, thank you everyone!!!

posted by: enigmaquandry on 02.26.2010 at 02:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

First off thank you everyone who was so sweet and helpful when I was having fits coming up with what to do with this kitchen! It is not 100% finished because the DH unexpectedly lost his job halfway through! Eventually we would like the base moldings finished, crown on the cabinets on the left and baskets in the open pantry.

Since the DH was job hunting during the whole reno, I ended doing almost everything in this kitchen myself with the help of two of my friends (also ladies who had never done any kind of construction) so it was a huge learning experience from start to finish!

The first three pics are before and the rest are afters :) Originally it was a dining room attached to a galley kitchen which we expanded into a larger eat-in kitchen and moved the dining room to our sunroom.

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RE: Any tips on taking pictures of finished kitchen? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: theanimala on 03.28.2010 at 09:36 am in Kitchens Forum

Are you taking pics with a Point & Shoot camera or a DSLR? I find to really get the pics to look great you need to use a DSLR. I was especially pleased with my pics, and I tried with flash on and off. Best results were with all of the lights on, during the day with natural daylight, and using the flash bounced off of the cieling.

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for lovers of 'vintage kitchens'

posted by: bevangel on 02.23.2010 at 06:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just came across this website with images of kitchens and appliances from the early 1900's and just had to share with y'all.

Check out the links on the page to stoves and refrigerators also. I've been lusting after a reproduction of the 1917 Glenwood Gold Medal stove shown in the 6th image down on the stove page - but the price tag ($8,700!) is more than my entire appliances budget! Wonder if 100 years from now someone will be making reproductions of early 21st century appliances and selling them for 4 or 5 times the cost of the latest 22nd century model? LOL!

Here is a link that might be useful: Model kitchens from the early twentieth century

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RE: Show me your Shaws in site-built or custom cabinet (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: dotcomgone on 02.20.2010 at 01:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

It's not the best photo, but here you go. HTH.

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Willow's Breakfast Room Before and After

posted by: willowdecor on 02.17.2010 at 06:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all,
Just wanted to post my finished Breakfast Room - I did not show it when I showed my Kitchen before and afters because it was not finished. Hope you like it - the advice I got from all the GW'ers made it more beautiful!!
xx-Willow

Here is a link that might be useful: Willows Breakfast Room

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RE: Streak-free SS refrigerator (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: buehl on 02.17.2010 at 06:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

The only SS appliance I have that streaks is my KA DW...and it's b/c water drips down it.

None of my other appliances...refrigerator, warming drawer, ovens, MW...have streaks. I think it's the nature of how the DW is used that promotes streaks.

As a matter of fact, I rarely have fingerprints either...I think this is in part due to the cleaner/polish I use...I use the Weiman SS Cleaner/Polish in the silver can (not the wipes). When I cannot find the Weiman, I use Pledge in the brown can...both clean easily and seem to discourage future fingerprints. Oh, I do use a microfiber cloth as well!

I have a GE Profile refrigerator, but it has the curved contour door, not the flat.

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RE: So -- what next? (Follow-Up #55)

posted by: night_jasmine on 02.12.2010 at 12:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

I think people will tire of the open concept and want separate spaces for separate functions.

I also think people will eventually dislike being told how much water or electricity they can use and there will be a backlash against the green police.

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RE: careful with barkeeper's friend and polished nickel (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: annes_arbor on 02.10.2010 at 11:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

My sympathies. I'm already on my second Rohl polished nickel kitchen faucet because the first was ruined by a workman touching it with a bit of plaster on his hands. PN is so easy to damage. There's a product called Flitz faucet wax that offers some protection. It's now going on my new faucet every other week or so.

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Finished Kitchen~White, Marble, Soapstone

posted by: katieob on 12.04.2009 at 02:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

A huge thank you to everybody on this forum who helped graciously with advice, photos, experience & info. What an incredible resource this is. Shout outs to Erikanh & marthavila for hood help, willowdecor for tile, all the stoners, and many more.

We moved in last week-bottom trim on fridge & dw are still missing, excuse the messy bottoms.

I'll be happy to provide details if anyone wants them.

Thanks for looking!

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RE: Finished Kitchen~White, Marble, Soapstone (Follow-Up #93)

posted by: katieob on 12.07.2009 at 03:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

Drjoann~ The "old, new house" was exactly what I was going for! I'd be glad to talk trim with you when your time comes! So happy our photos resonated with you. Made my day.

These half walls make the corner where kitchen/playroom & family room meet. There is another half wall w/out shelves on the left opening to the family room & one w/ shelves on the right opening to the playroom. Does that make any sense? Excuse the playroom mess & the underenthused model. That corner is his "spot".

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Pluckymama & mythreesons~ The paint choices can make your head spin! Manchester Tan & Revere Pewter were on the short list. However, I really wanted more grey than taupe/tan. I tried to give you an idea of the Edgecomb on a dull, winter day today since the kitchen photos were on a bright, sunny day. We did Edgecomb everywhere on the first floor except the Wickham Grey in the family room and BM Abingdon Putty in the dining room (which is not visible from the family room/wickham grey).
Hope I'm making some kind of sense...

Stairway with just natural light (Edgecomb)

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Transition from Edgecomb to Abingdon Putty (with only sconce lighting)

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ktrud~Undercab lighting is NSL Xenon Task lighting. Good luck!

HTH,
Katie

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RE: Finished Kitchen~White, Marble, Soapstone (Follow-Up #83)

posted by: katieob on 12.06.2009 at 08:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

Thanks for the continued warm words. Much appreciated.

Niffy~Good memory on the range/hood height dilemma. My dh & I took the feet off the range (Lucy & Ethel episode) and gained half an inch. Still haven't managed to get the feet back on...

Pluckymama~ Thanks so much!

Robynkf~ Wow-flattered. I will definitely post pics of those rooms when they are acceptable for viewing :)

The blueish paint color in the kitchen above the sink & adjoining family room is BM Wickham Grey. The greyish color on the wall leading to mudroom, the playroom & the foyer is all BM Edgecomb Grey.

Thanks again for looking!
Katie

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RE: Please help with cabinet color - inspired by Elizpiz's kitche (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: elizpiz on 01.01.2010 at 01:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Lucreztia, and Happy New Year! (and to plllog and RHome too :-) I have been away from GW these past few days with family and firends so I haven't seen your other posts. In the meantime, though, here's some info on our colours.

When we did the house reno, we repainted the entire house and it's all in shades of warm green, deep taupe-y brown, and reds. I tried to photograph the swatches to give you an idea of the colours and how they all flow together (bearing in mind plllog's point about computer monitors and how colour "reads").

Reading the photo from left to right, the red swatch at the left is the TurboChef oven door. Next to it at the the top is the island colour, Cartier - IRL it looks the same as the cabs. Below it is the cab colour, labelled Tapestry. Next is Plaster, the colours of our foyer, kitchen and half the stairwell going down to the basement (plus the basement is painted Plaster throughout). Those three colours are from Homestead Paints. BM Buckhorn is on the stairwell going upstairs and half the stairwell going to the basement. BM Coastal Path is the living room and the upstairs hallway. For fun, I threw in the colours of our master bedroom (BM Covered Bridge - the small red swatch) and the guest bedroom, called, appropriately enough, BM Bonne Nuit. Third BD/office painted Coastal Path. Upstairs bathroom very old-fashioned black/white with clawfoot tub, in keeping with age of our house.

The only swatch I don't have pictured is the dining room, which is BM Dinner Party. It's also the colour we painted the front door.

I am assuming you saw my kitchen pix, but just in case below is a direct link to the slideshow. If you click on the first one you should get larger size pix. The last photo also shows the kitchen floorplan so you can see where the DR is in relation to the kitchen as well as stairwells.

Funny thing about our colours (and you will see this in the photos) - they change continually! Sometime the cabs look creamy yellow, sometimes light sage green. I love the way the colour changes depending on time of day and type of light.

And, BTW - I originally and for the longest time thought I wanted a white kitchen. Slowly after collecting many inspiration photos, the first one a gorgeous white kitchen, I started noticing that colour was my thing! (search for plllog's great post called Color Musings to read an enjoyable discussion about color).

HTH!
Eliz

Here is a link that might be useful: Elizpiz's Kitchen

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RE: Seeking inspiration photos - painted kitchens other than whit (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: kimmieb on 01.25.2010 at 10:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

It is hard to find painted colored cabinets. I looked and looked for months. Here are a few I found:

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RE: Chrome or Polished Nickel kitchen faucet? Help! (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: swickbb on 01.21.2010 at 07:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

I you don't care about the nightmare of keeping polished nickel clean and free of fingerprints and every splash there is, it's a nice look. I'm so happy with my chrome faucet because I don't have that problem. But the PN in the bathrooms, UGH!

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RE: Pics of kitchens w/ butcher block and marble countertops? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: momof3kids_pa on 04.23.2009 at 01:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's my kitchen with all three! I love all three. I am glad though that I have the soapstone on the perimeter with the sink and stove because it's so impervious to anything. I also love my marble but I do NOT baby it in any way. It is honed and un-sealed -- however, I don't care if eventually it gets stained, etched etc (although 4 months later it's still unstained). But I would guess if it was right next to the stove where I'm super messy and lazy to cleanup, that might not be the case.

The butcher block is really not in a high food prep area so I can't really say how it takes abuse, but there is an ever so slight crack under our coffee pot I'm assuming from the heat/steam.

Here is a link that might be useful: My kitchen with Marble, BB, and Soapstone

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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.)

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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.

-Cabinets-
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

-Appliances-
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

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

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

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

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

-Lighting-
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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Here's how it looks (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: elizpiz on 09.28.2009 at 10:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Shelly, to give you a "visual", here's what the 36" drawers look like in our kitchen: under cooktop and on island. I don't have pullouts; as you mention, I use a drawer for spices and the corner cab for oils etc.

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Cooktop:
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I'm putting a link below that may help you with this - it's about creating an inventory and figuring out at this stage where everything will go. You may very well have done this already. I found this so helpful as we were finalising our cabs.

Eliz

Here is a link that might be useful: List of stuff in kitchen

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