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RE: Experiences with Teixeira soapstone? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: jgarner53 on 08.13.2007 at 12:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Francy - my 1/2 dots are 1/2x6" liner strips cut into 1/2" dots by the tile installer. I chose B&W mainly for the color - that particular green was hard to find; all the other greens I saw were too olive or too grey (sagey) or dark forest green.

To post a picture, copy the URL from wherever your pics are online (photobucket, for example, has a spot where you can copy the URL), then in your message here, type: (leftbracket)img src="your url here"(right bracket) You need to put the quotes around the URL, so it would look like "http://www........" (but use the < and > where I've typed (left bracket) and (right bracket). But first and foremost, your pics have to be online at a site somewhere, not just sitting on your computer. There are lots of free photo hosting sites: photobucket, shutterfly, snapfish.


clipped on: 08.30.2007 at 06:39 am    last updated on: 08.30.2007 at 06:39 am

RE: Please share Kitchen pictures (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: cattknap on 03.10.2007 at 11:06 am in Home Decorating Forum

I love a galley style kitchen. I think they are the most efficient style of kitchen. I cook a lot and teach two cooking classes....everything I need is no more than one step away....sink, stove, fridge, microwave, stand mixer, trash, multiple counters including a large serving counter.

I see so many kitchens that are gorgeous but as I analyze them, I can't imagine actually cooking efficiently in them...something to think about if you use your kitchen a lot.


clipped on: 08.28.2007 at 06:23 pm    last updated on: 08.28.2007 at 06:23 pm

RE: Help! new cabinet doors hitting when open... (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: artteacher_nj on 07.31.2007 at 11:45 am in Kitchens Forum

It's a restraint chain for a cabinet door, and it is probably available at Home Depot and Lowe's.

Here's a link to an online source~

Here is a link that might be useful: Restraint chain


clipped on: 08.27.2007 at 11:01 am    last updated on: 08.27.2007 at 11:01 am

RE: Tell me about Blum soft close clip hinges for cab doors! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: debi_2006 on 08.14.2007 at 11:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Check these out. They are Blumotion for doors. We installed these on all our cabinet doors and love them. They are one of my favorite things in our kitchen.

Our cabinets were not made with Blum hinges, and these work perfectly. They get screwed in the top corner, hinge side, and you won't ever hear the doors slam again.

If you buy 20+, the price drops. I highly recommend these for those who want a quiet close for cabinet doors. I've been telling everyone about this great find.


Here is a link that might be useful: Blumotion for doors


clipped on: 08.27.2007 at 10:56 am    last updated on: 08.27.2007 at 10:56 am

RE: Green Peacock granite--opinions?? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: green-zeus on 08.26.2007 at 11:39 am in Kitchens Forum

Yes--the mica shows up real purty. If you look across the plane of the mica (you have to bend over to see it from that direction) the mica DOES look smudgy. I never noticed that before. But you are looking at a sample that you can tilt this way and that. You won't be doing that with it on a counter. Light from the windows shows the mica up, but lighting at nite,especially with undercabinet lighting, really shows the flashes of mica. You have to understand that you are looking at a natural product. To have the surface controlled so that it looks the same from an angle as it does when looking directly down on it, well that's a man-made product. If you choose this granite for your tops, you'll probably never see the dreaded smudge because you can only see that in certain light. The surface of the granite is so shiny that it prevents you from seeing the smudge.

Judeny mentioned that she wipes the granite with Windex. Well, that's not a good idea unless you found Windex with no ammonia. Ammonia will dull the granite over time. Every installer tells you to avoid ammonia. I wouldn't use 409 either, especially the orange cleaners.

The best cleaners I've found for granite that give a brillant shine are "The Works" glass and surface cleaner, and Do-It-Best Hardware's glass cleaner plus. The later one REALLY does a great job.

Something else you should know about the darker granites. They are the best ones for not showing stains, but do show dust. However, I would never give up my dark granite for lighter, even WITH the dust showing. If you've never dusted the kitchen before, well you might have to now.

Nothing substitutes for doing homework before a purchase but don't angst. I think you'll love it once it's in your kitchen.


clipped on: 08.26.2007 at 12:41 pm    last updated on: 08.26.2007 at 12:41 pm

RE: Backsplash opinions please - subway (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: meg711 on 08.20.2007 at 05:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

I saw this kitchen once and knew that I wanted to do a herringbone pattern over our rangetop:

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We ended up using Daltile's Rittenhouse Square 3x6 subways for our backsplash, and then added random glass accent tiles on the diagonal. For over the rangetop, we came up with a design that combined the random glass tiles and Daltile's smaller 2x4 subways in a herringbone pattern.

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Of course, if you don't have accent tiles, you can just use the herringbone pattern for a simple elegant look. I still love that inspiration photo.


clipped on: 08.23.2007 at 04:08 pm    last updated on: 08.23.2007 at 04:11 pm

RE: subway tile choices (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: bocron on 07.09.2007 at 08:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have a plain ole' subway tile I found after extensive searching. When I did my kitchen 10 years ago it was impossible to find subway tile. I ended up buying it from a company that specialized in restoration jobs. If only I would have known I would have waited a few years!!
I prefer the simplest ones since I believe that was the point of it to begin with. City budget putting up tons of tile in dozens of subway stations went with a sturdy, inexpensive unobtrusive tile.
I've seen the ones at Lowes and would happily buy them today if I were doing my kitchen today. (I think I paid around $8 per sf in 1997).
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clipped on: 08.23.2007 at 04:10 pm    last updated on: 08.23.2007 at 04:11 pm

RE: Cattknap: (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: cattknap on 01.18.2007 at 08:07 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here are a few inside shots - I will be taking new ones in the next few weeks.


clipped on: 06.29.2007 at 06:38 pm    last updated on: 06.29.2007 at 07:16 pm