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Backsplash - Rixi or WZ?

posted by: annie.zz on 01.20.2010 at 06:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

I need to figure out tile for the backsplash now. I think it's between Rixi Crema or Dore and Walker Zanger Gramercy Park bone or hampton beige.

The Rixi would be 2.5 x 5 and the WZ would be 2x6.
Not the best pics, but any thoughts?

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clipped on: 10.10.2012 at 12:28 pm    last updated on: 10.10.2012 at 12:28 pm

your granite name

posted by: pattyk on 10.10.2007 at 12:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

would love to hear what granite you have in your kitchen..i still am undecided...

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clipped on: 01.17.2010 at 06:37 pm    last updated on: 01.17.2010 at 06:37 pm

Sources for cream color crackle subway tile?

posted by: sayde on 07.07.2009 at 05:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Have gotten a few quotes from local tile place but would welcome suggestions where to shop

Walker Zanger Gramercy Park Bone China -- lovely handmade 2 x 6 tile. Quote was $27.80 SF! Any suggestions where to shop this?

Essenze Craquelle Magnolia and Rixi Crema -- two nice 3 x 5 tiles -- one crackled and one a very interesting veined-texture in the glaze. About $10 - $15 SF. These are machine made and very nice. If only I hadn't already seen the Walker Zanger!

Johnson Studio Collection makes a crackle subway tile. I used this in a bathroom in the biscuit but the color won't work in the kitchen. I think they were between $8 and 9SF. Great tile if you want white or one of the colors they offer.

Meredith is out of business -- could not have afforded in any case . . .

Still looking . . . .may broaden to non-crackle tile with a nice flat glaze.

If anyone has any guidance on the Walker Zanger, would love to hear. . . .

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clipped on: 12.29.2009 at 06:18 pm    last updated on: 12.29.2009 at 06:18 pm

Can anybody identify this granite?

posted by: dcwesley on 12.01.2009 at 07:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I fear I don't remember where I got this photo from - could of been here - or a granite site someplace. But the granite was not identified. Does anybody know what it is?

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RE: Delta signature vs. Kohler Forte (stainless) (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: ni_2006 on 12.04.2008 at 03:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've had the Kohler Forte installed for a few months now. I don't have any upper cabinets above the sink, but I can't imagine how it would interfere with such cabinets. Here is a picture. (Note: The faucet and other sink accessories were not installed completely when this picture was taken.) By the way, I like the faucet a lot!

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Agree on the tone (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: glad on 12.04.2008 at 01:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

i agree with you about the brownish tone on the delta. i was going to get the chrome, so not an issue. but i went with the grohe alira in the end. i wasn't crazy about the placement of the sprya/stream switch on the delta (on the side of the sprayer). It was more expensive, but I got a decent price online.
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RE: Delta signature vs. Kohler Forte (stainless) (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: vizslalover on 12.04.2008 at 12:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

We're very happy with our Forte. Even convinced my mom to get the same faucet for her recent kitchen facelift. You should have no problems using it under a cabinet. Ours is at a corner sink but is off to one side so is still under and upper cabinet. The Forte is tall, but nowhere near as tall as other faucets like the Vinnata etc.
This isn't the best shot of my kitchen but its probably the best angle for seeing the Forte under the cabinet.

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RE: Show me pics of your cabinet hardware placement please :-) (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: paul_ma on 07.30.2008 at 01:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is a picture of my bar pulls in place.

Sink corner

You might notice - the handle on the spice pullout is a screw up. I told the guys to line it up with the adjacent top drawer. I think they made it the same vertical spacing below the rail, but that rail is a different width. But I didn't think it was worth bothering to fix.

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RE: Sink in a corner? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: kpekitchen on 07.27.2008 at 05:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

I also have a corner sink in a peninsula. This is a big improvement over my previous layout that had the sink on the straight line staring straight into the wall. While my corner doesn't have a direct window, I can just look over to the big window and the lake.

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clipped on: 10.25.2009 at 10:55 pm    last updated on: 10.25.2009 at 10:56 pm

RE: ***TA DA!!!!*** Finished at last! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: tiskers on 04.04.2009 at 01:00 am in Kitchens Forum

Kitchen walls: RL Polo paint, "Fairy's Wren" color, in eggshell finish.
Paint color (face of soffit), a Pratt and Lambert color specially matched to cabinets, in satin finish.

Dining room walls: SW Ivoire, velvet finish.

Crown molding and trim (both rooms): SW semi-gloss white.
Ceiling (both rooms): SW basic flat white.

You savvy GW'ers will no doubt notice that we reused the hardware from the old kitchen. ;o) We bought it not too long ago when we gave the old kitchen a little "face-lift", with full intention to re-use it when we remodeled.

I LOVE the under-cabinet molding (trim) on the wall cabinets... I think it's my favorite "small detail". Really made a HUGE difference in looking "finished". Some of the best $200 we spent in the whole project!!! ;o)

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Here you can see our under-cabinet TV/DVD/CD/radio mounted under the corner wall cabinet. (The little TV screen pulls down and swivels.) LOVE that when cleaning up!
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I love the seeded glass in the corner wall cabinet!
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LOVE the little "bun" feet!
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We ADORE the granite... I honestly think it's our favorite thing. It has so much *depth* and so many "layers" of color and interest. It has lots of garnet in it, and what looks like mother-of-pearl, and oh-so-many-beautiful sparkles... not to mention the rich and varied creams, browns, grays, taupes, and even some black. Would choose it again in a HEARTBEAT!
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LOVE the Gel-Pro mat, color: Truffle.
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I was a little worried about upkeep on the SS top of the range... but I shouldn't have been! It is a DREAM to clean. I would wholeheartedly recommend it!
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Both top drawers feature double cutlery dividers, with full-extension, blu-motion whisper glide closures.
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Also, you can see the spice rack/pull-out and the super-susan (in the corner) to the left of the range.
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Looking into the dining room. LOVE the open-ness!!!
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A fun (and practical!) feature of the pantry cabinet is that it opens on both sides.
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I stenciled this mouse by the cat's dish, just because it makes me smile!
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The under-cabinet lighting:
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From the dining room side:
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One main reason why we chose this particular design is because of the storage under the bar on the dining room side. TONS of it! And the granite is supported by the cabinets, so there was no need for a half wall, which saved having any "dead space"... all space is fully utilized for cabinets/storage.
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We added the crown molding to the dining room when we put it in the kitchen. While we were at it, we put it in the living toom, too. (And yeeeeeessss, that's a drinking fountain for the cat that you see under the window!)
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And just for fun, dining room into living room:
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From hall into kitchen:
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If you have any questions, please let me know.

I hope you enjoyed this... I know I have enjoyed so much looking at all of your beautiful finished kitchens. You were all an inspiration to me!

Thank you for looking!

Lynn

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RE: Holy cow, I just ordered cabinets..need crown advise ASAP (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: jdechris on 10.25.2009 at 01:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

I had 6 inches of space and used a 3 piece stack.

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clipped on: 10.25.2009 at 01:45 pm    last updated on: 10.25.2009 at 01:46 pm

RE: dark cabs, light counters. show me your paint or splashes. (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: alku05 on 06.03.2008 at 10:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine:

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We had the red color in our old kitchen and my DH was very attached to it. With our kitchen, only the window walls are painted so it was the perfect opportunity to be really bold with the color. And the best part is that if we get bored with it a few years from now, the white backsplash and counter will allow us to pick just about any other color that we'd like.

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clipped on: 10.25.2009 at 12:31 pm    last updated on: 10.25.2009 at 12:31 pm

Anyone know what wood Honeydiy's Medallion cabinets are in FKB?

posted by: mitri89 on 10.15.2009 at 04:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'd love to know what wood(maple? or cherry?) honeydiy's cabinets are in her beautiful finished kitchen. On the Finished Kitchens Blog it says they are Medallion, Brookhill F2, Chestnut Stain but doesn't say what wood type. Does someone know, or can you tell by looking? My eyes are not that good at distinguishing the different types. I'd really appreciate any help.

Hope it's okay to post some pics of her kitchen here, so I can hopefully find out.:-)
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RE: Merillat or KraftMaid? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: lexluthor on 06.18.2009 at 11:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

cawfeegirl,

Here's a picture of the finished job.

It's Kraftmaid Kensington in Antique Chocolate w/Mocha Glaze.

The drawers are all full extension, slow close (blumotion)

If you have any specific questions/request, I'd be happy to try to answer them.

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clipped on: 10.24.2009 at 09:01 pm    last updated on: 10.24.2009 at 09:01 pm

Show me your mini-brick backsplash...

posted by: perplexedinny on 01.14.2008 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm about to pull the trigger on a polished marble minibrick in Calacatta Gold. We have come to call it the million-dollar backsplash. I'm afraid of making an expensive mistake. Do you like yours? Do you find it to be too busy?? DH says I second guess everything and I suppose this is my time to second guess this!! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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RE: pic from another angle (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: favabeans5 on 11.10.2008 at 08:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

here is another angle for ya

and its fairly hidden by the bar from this angle..

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clipped on: 09.27.2009 at 10:56 pm    last updated on: 09.27.2009 at 10:57 pm

RE: Sink in a corner? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: lnersesian on 07.26.2008 at 11:18 am in Kitchens Forum

We used to have the sink on a straight run in front of the window, but the DW would completely block the entry to the back door. We ended up moving the sink to the corner, very much against my wishes, but I ate crow cuz now I love it...it works great for us as it's on the peninsula, and it definitely takes care of that dead corner problem...the space underneath is huge as well...we also put a 15" trash cabinet between the sink and DW...would do it again in a heartbeat if I had to.

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RE: Fire and Ice Convert needs grout sealer help! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: favabeans5 on 11.17.2008 at 11:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

chikat..

i did not use an enhancer.. i used the 511 sealer..the stuff works very well.. i have not grouted yet but will probably go with something gray.. do be careful when ordering the tile.. you may ask for 35sqft and get 35 sheets instead.. the 35 sheets are more like 30sqft..

the mesh is setup so that the tile has a 1/8" gap between each one.. except for the glass tiles which had a gap less than 1/8" above and below them.. unsanded is fine for up to 1/8" or so they say..

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RE: Fire and Ice Convert needs grout sealer help! (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: morton5 on 06.27.2009 at 01:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Poorowner-- I was wondering recently about your progress. My F&I and grout are showing no staining behind the cooktop. Besides the 511 sealer, I have a 3" strip of granite behind my range, so that probably helps the backsplash to stay clean-looking. Here's a relatively recent pic:

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clipped on: 09.26.2009 at 08:40 pm    last updated on: 09.26.2009 at 08:40 pm

fire & ice backsplash

posted by: favabeans5 on 10.05.2008 at 09:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

anybody out there shopped around for this tile? What/where did you get the best price? I've seen anywhere from $19 to $14/sq ft on here but not always where they got the prices from?

hope this isn't against any sort of forum rules..

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clipped on: 09.26.2009 at 08:34 pm    last updated on: 09.26.2009 at 08:34 pm

Berryberry finished kitchen

posted by: berryberry on 07.11.2008 at 07:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

OK, as promised here are the details and lots of photo's

BerryBerrys Kitchen:

Our goal was to re-do our 17 year old kitchen, original to the house. The old cabinets were standard builder grade and while looking good on the outside, were showing signs of wear (broken drawer guides, etc) internally. Plus the color scheme was, ummm, just a tad outdated LOL.

We planned 90% of the kitchen ourselves, from doing research ahead of time, looking at magazines, and using the garden web and other internet resources. We met with 3 different cabinet reps / KDs to obtain quotes from three different cabinet lines Durasupreme, Shiloh, and Kahles (a regional brand based a few hours away from us on PA). We obtained a few different ideas from the various KDs we met with and incorporated them into our vision. Our vision was further defined seeing a display of Omega cabinets at the one showroom which also sold the Shiloh line. This display is what we used in helping us design our plan and look.

In looking at cabinetry, we were impressed with the Shiloh brands construction but they had no door styles, finishes that would give us the look we really wanted to achieve. Durasupreme was the least inexpensive of the group but also the least flexible (ie they couldnt do the special microwave cabinet we wanted to do). It was only by a fluke we came across Kahles. Even though they are based in Pennsylvania, we had never heard of them. But one day, when out looking at appliances, one showroom we stopped at had full type kitchen displays. Some of the cabinets we saw were fantastic better quality than the Omega custom line we saw at the Shiloh dealer and we thought they had to be full custom cabinetry. We asked one of the appliance sales people about the cabinets and he said a couple local contractors installed all the cabinets at their facility. We showed him the couple cabinets we liked and he told us they were all installed by a man named Dale Conrad. He gave us his number and we contacted him http://www.conradkitchenandbath.com/

We found out the cabinets were made by a company called Kahles which sells regionally in the eastern part of the US. They are a family run operation and do things the old fashioned way as the quality of their cabinets can attest to (for instance note the full plywood TOPS on the base cabinets). They are based in northwest PA pretty much in the middle of nowhere. http://www.kahles.com/ As you can see from the website, marketing is not their strong suit but making top quality cabinets is. They happened to offer styles and finishes that we were looking for and help us complete our vision. Furthermore, we found Dale to be a forthright man to work with. And while his initial quote came in a lot higher than the other two, we worked together, thru some minor design changes, as well as advantageous scheduling to help him fill some down time to come up with a price that was competitive with the others we had received. Dale told us the job would take about 2 weeks (except waiting for the granite to be fabricated) and he was spot on. His crew was here 9 days and completed 95% of the kitchen, hooked up our old sink / faucet as a temporary sink and then we waited about 3 weeks while the granite was being fabricated. Dales crew was back the day of the granite installation to disconnect the temporary sink and faucet, install the new ones after the granite went in and finish up some minor details. Two weeks of work exactly with no issues. The only issue we did encounter was with our DIY backsplash. The tile store initially ordered the wrong material so that delayed me installing it for about 10 days until they had the correct material shipped. Since we didnt order the tile until the granite was in, this pushed the final completion back slightly. .

Here are the details of our final product:

Details:
Cabinets Kahles (http://www.kahles.com). Main cabinets are cherry wood cabinets, Laporte Full Overlay w/M-bead raised panels in a toffee stain. Accent cabinets are paint grade maple, Chadds Ford door in a beaded inset style with steeple hinges painted antique white with brown glaze. All drawers are 5 piece wood, matching cherry wood light rails under the upper cabinets, maple veneer interiors, plywood boxes, wood shelves, dovetail drawer boxes, wainscot panels on all end panels where applicable, full extension soft close drawers, fluting at sink and fluted spindles at range, two different size of crown molding to match depending on height of upper cabinets.
Countertop: Vyara Juparana Granite purchased from http://www.montgranite.com/ Our fabricators did a fabulous job and are located in the center of PA, several hours away but our contractor uses them because of their high quality work http://www.bcstone.com/
Backsplash is from Jeffrey Court Fire and Ice http://www.jeffreycourt.com/content_p_pietra.asp?ContentId=225 I installed this myself thanks to the advice from Bill V. Like Jodi in SoCal, I substituted some #39 Burnt Unber glass for some of the lighter glass tiles. I purchased the #39 Burnt Umber glass from Morena Tile (they shipped it to me from CA) Fire and Ice runs about $17.60 a sq foot plus shipping for me.
Our handles were amazingly inexpensive finds. On the cherry cabinets we have Weathered Nickel Country French Knobs and Pulls ($1.30 and $1.79 each respectively from http://www.yourhomesupply.com/ The pulls on the painted cabinets are Liberty oil rubbed bronze pulls bought in bulk from http://www.cripedistributing.com/liberty-rubbed-bronze-cast-pulls-25ct-p-3458.html?osCsid=fdc8cecbd915efd7d94705f4a30b531e $14 for 25 pulls
Our sink is the Blanco Silgranit sink in Biscuit (Blanco Diamond 1 bowl under mounted to be specific)
Danze faucet; Antioch in oil rubbed bronze http://www.danzefaucetwarehouse.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1301 with basket strainer and disposer trim from Westbrass in Victorian Bronze to match the faucet color
Floors are from Daltile Terra Antica Oro with earth color grouting http://www.daltileproducts.com/series.cfm?series=52
Bluestar Range: 36" RNB range with 22,000 BTU burners http://www.prizer-painter.com/ purchased from the best appliance store in Pittsburgh, http://donsappliances.com/
Independent hood we purchased a 42" SS Professional Incline hood http://www.kitchenhood.com/products/professional.htm also from http://donsappliances.com/ who matched the price of an internet vendor
Miele dishwasher http://www.miele.com/usa/dishwashers/product.asp?cat=2&subcat=&model=348&series=75&menu_id=1&nav=21&oT=93 (Miele Diamante, fully integrated stainless steel).
Panasonic microwave: purchased from Amazon.com for $129.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ON2TCA
Samsung French Door refrigerator from Lowes (a few months before we started the remodel) for about $1440 http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=51887-149-RF266ABPN&lpage=none
Waste King Legend 9980 3 bolt 1hp, lifetime guarantee model online for $179.99 from Ira Woods online. http://www.irawoods.com/Waste-King-Legend-9980-1-HP-Garbage-Disposer;jsessionid=0a0106431f43683122f07db340c7a2ccfc1f84ba003a.e3eSc3eMbxuPe34Pa38Ta38Obhz0?sc=2&category=72961
Switchplates, outlets and dimmers are a mixture of Lutron, Cooper and Leviton found either online at a couple different stores (dimmers and the 3 outlet switchplate) or at Lowes. Light almond to match the painted walls, grey to match the backsplash area.
Our fan is the Harbor Breeze Paradiso model http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=65388-1811-PAR52CB5C&lpage=none
Our island pendant is Kichler Lighting 2955NI in a brushed Nickel Finish http://www.lightinguniverse.com/products/view.aspx?family=13305
Walls are painted with Benjamin Moore Aura paint in AF-90 Harmony color (we DIY the painting). http://www.myperfectcolor.com/Benjamin-Moore-Aura-AF-90-Harmony-p/mpc98038.htm purchased from our local Benjamin Moore dealer
Woodwork is painted with Cabinet Coat paint custom tinted to match the painted cabinets http://www.insl-x.com/viewProd.asp?prodID=180 purchased from our local Cabinet Coat dealer

A few Old Kitchen Pics - more can be seen at http://picasaweb.google.com/jfd1961/KitchenOldAndWorkInProgress

and now the NEW PICS (more can be seen at http://picasaweb.google.com/jfd1961/KitchenFinished )

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RE: Any kitchen remodels WITH soffits? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: jodi_in_so_calif on 05.28.2008 at 10:46 am in Kitchens Forum

We too decided to keep our soffit instead of having to deal with whatever might have to be moved. We even added on to the soffit to accomodate our new (display) cabinet, make room for pendant lighting above a widened peninsula and extended cabinet above the fridge.

Before and after...

Kitchen before & after

Jodi-

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RE: Travertine vs. Porcelain tile for floors... help please (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: laurie_2008 on 02.20.2009 at 05:58 am in Flooring Forum

I don't have experience with travertine. We put porcelain tile flooring in our kitchen about 8 months ago and I love it!! It's extremely durable and easy to maintain. I just go over it fairly quickly with a rag that's been dipped in warm water and wrung out. A friend of mine has porcelain tile, and loves it, as well. She has an elderly Bishon dog who is prone to accidents. She cleans it up and the floor is like new. I'm not sure if she uses just plain water..I didn't get into that detail with her.

We bought our tile from Lowe's. Dh had experience laying tile for us in the past, so this was a DIY project.

Our total kitchen size, wall to wall (without cabs is about 11' x 11', so our floor area is small. We used 18" x 18" unrectified porcelain. The tile cost was $2.45/sq.ft.

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It's not labeled as being "through body", but the color on the bottom & sides of the tile is the same as the creamy base color on the top.
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RE: Shaker Style Cabinets Anyone? (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: holligator on 04.02.2008 at 01:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our Shaker cabinets are cherry with a natural finish.

We're still debating backsplash options.

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RE: Where are all the stained maple cabinets? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: laurie_2008 on 08.02.2009 at 11:42 am in Kitchens Forum

We have maple with a chestnut stain. It's made by Schuler/Medallion and we purchased through Lowes. It does have some red undertones.

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