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How to take two dollar store garlands and ....

posted by: zipdee on 12.09.2009 at 07:23 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Turn them into something. ;)

I'm sure a lot of you already know how to do this. You take two different kinds cheapy dollar store garlands, put them together and fluff. This is your base.


Now .. take a stroll outside and see what type of evergreens you can get your hands on. Two different kinds is good, three or more are great. Clip a good bunch of each and haul back inside. Now clip them down to manageable size and start poking and weaving the clipping through your base garland.

Here I used white pine, two kind of boxwood and camilla which is all growing in my yard .. any greens will work though. You can see Santa's helper in the back ground clipping as I'm stuffing. Excuse the mess .. work in progress here.


Now add what ever your fancy to perk up your garland, sky is the limits. I kept in the color scheme I'm using this year and fairly simple and used white, red and lime green berry picks from Dollar tree and some more Cardinals.



And finished garland. $4 worth of base garland, $6 worth of picks and $6 worth of Cardinals which I'll have for next year.








clipped on: 12.10.2009 at 07:23 pm    last updated on: 12.10.2009 at 07:23 pm

My new kitchen--minus a few details. . .lots of pictures.

posted by: debsan on 03.14.2009 at 11:41 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, it's been almost done now for a couple months. Still need to figure out backsplash. Anyone have any ideas for me? I have some copper tiles that I'd planned to use as accent tiles, but I can't find the perfect combo. Trouble is, the kitchen is dark, so everything seems to look too dark. I was leaning toward something green that might complement the copper tile, but since I haven't found anything that's just right, I may go with a nice light neutral like white or off-white. I love carrera, but I'm not sure how it would look with the rest of the kitchen. Also, the range hood is going to get a copper accent on the front soon.

Here's the kitchen & dining area



Oops, I should have closed that cabinet door.


Ahhh . . that's better!





Prep island is great--especially the cool trash chute with trash pull out and the fun & funky copper veggie sink.


One more close up of that trash chute. Homage to the trash chute, because I love it so much!




Front of island, with outlet for the laptop(s). Perfect for drinkin' coffee & catching up with GW.


clipped on: 09.28.2009 at 10:37 pm    last updated on: 09.28.2009 at 10:37 pm

Morton5's Finished Kitchen: Ikea and Fire and Ice

posted by: morton5 on 05.27.2009 at 11:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

We completed our kitchen seven months ago, but I've procrastinated on posting finished photos. Here they are at last!
Thanks to all for your many helpful ideas and comments as I went through the process.

I planned the kitchen myself-- a little tricky as the room is not rectangular. I originally planned a white/soapstone kitchen, but ended up going with a more earthy scheme because the kitchen is open to the FR, and also I thought the colors would be more family and pet friendly-- we have 5 kids, a dog and a cat. We are all very happy with our new space, and the surfaces are indeed forgiving.

We remodeled mainly because I disliked the downdraft range on my island. Plus, the cabinets were looking pretty shabby and some of the doors were splitting. I cook a lot, often for a big crowd, and I am loving the efficiency of my new kitchen.

Here are the details:
Cabinets: Ikea Tidaholm oak in black/brown, and Adel birch in medium brown (in pantry area and planning peninsula). I chose Ikea because I love their organization systems and their Blum tandembox drawers and glides. I assembled all of the cabinets myself and changed the edgebanding to match the door/drawer fronts. I was kind of excited to find "Made in Italy" stickers on all the Tidaholm doors. My GC's carpenter installed the cabinets. All drawers are full extension with soft close.
Pulls: Hickory Hardware
Granite: Madura Gold
Backsplash: Jeffrey Court's Fire and Ice, enhanced, kashmir grout (thanks Jodi in SoCal for the inspiration)
Range: Bluestar 36" RNB with island trim. The cabinet run on the range wall is pulled out 3 inches.
Hood: Futuro Futuro 48" plane (980 cfm)
Ovens: GE Monogram Advantium over ZET
Dishwasher: Bosch Integra 800 series
Refrigerator: Samsung French door RFG297. We pulled out surrounding cabs to make the fridge look built-in.
"Kid fridge" 24" LG LRBP1031 in Titanium-- love it! Holds the kids' yogurts, drinks, fruit, ice cream, frozen baked goods, ice packs-- and keeps the kids out of my way. In the same footprint as refrigerator drawers, I got twice the space at half the price. Between the Samsung and the LG, I have almost 40 cu. ft. of refrigerator/freezer space.
Faucets: Grohe K4 (prep sink) and Alira (main sink)
Tapmaster at main sink
Soap dispensers from Never MT web site
Sinks: Zero radius, 15 gauge stainless from Ebay-- 30" at main sink and 23" at prep sink
Table: Oak from reclaimed antique floor joists, from Ebay (
Chairs: Bonded leather from Overstock-- love them
Floors: Red oak, Refinished and stained Minwax golden oak, 3 coats of oil-based poly
I kept my old kitchen light fixture and ceiling fixture. I'm still planning on adding a couple of puck lights to the shelf behind the hood-- I have outlets at the tops of the high cabs, with a switch next to the range.

Thanks for looking!


Here is a link that might be useful: Morton5's finished kitchen


clipped on: 06.28.2009 at 03:31 am    last updated on: 06.28.2009 at 03:31 am

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!


clipped on: 03.04.2009 at 12:07 am    last updated on: 03.04.2009 at 12:07 am

RE: Holligator-More pics of your kitchen, please? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: holligator on 05.02.2008 at 10:37 am in Kitchens Forum

Awww, thanks so much for the compliment! Mine's not in the FKB because, well, it isn't finished. :) It still needs a backsplash and paint and a kitchen table and chairs before I can call it finished. But, in the meantime, I'm always happy to share pics...

The big view...

My pantry cabinets...

Another view of the pantry wall that shows off the pterodactyl in my island...

My fabulous soapstone with runnels by Florida Joshua!

Before and after comparison...

Some details:
-Custom cherry Shaker cabinets in a natural finish
-whatever brushed nickel hardware my cabinet guy had
-Black Venata soapstone counters by the one and only Florida Joshua
-Kitchenaid counter-depth fridge
-Fisher & Paykel dish drawers
-AGA Legacy range
-Ventahood Excalibur hood
-Ticor sinks
-Kohler Vinnata faucets
-pendants from Rejuvenation
-tongue and groove pine ceiling
-Mediterranean walnut travertine floors


clipped on: 05.02.2008 at 06:51 pm    last updated on: 05.02.2008 at 06:51 pm

Nuccia's kitchen is DONE! See my pictures!!!

posted by: nuccia on 03.28.2008 at 08:00 am in Kitchens Forum

I can't believe my kitchen is finally done! We moved into our new home late September, and finally finished installing the range & hood backsplash in January.

I designed the basic layout of the kitchen over 2 years ago and gave it to our architect so he could design the rest of the house around it. As we all like to cook in my family, the kitchen needed to be able to function well for multiple cooks. It needed to be separate from the rest of the house, but also be a part of it. My goals for the kitchen design were: symmetry, strong focal points, long views, simple rectilinear lines, modern yet timeless, negative/positive space, bold but classic colors.

A HUGE thank you to GW members. From you, I learned about many really wonderful things including: BlueStar range, soapstone, runnels, quartzite, LED lighting, plugmold. Other features that GWers convinced me would be a good thing include a warming drawer and a potfiller. My only regret is that I hadn't found you guys sooner. I will reciprocate as much as I can--you guys are the best!

Here are most of the specs:
-Natural maple shaker style perimeter cabinetry with soapstone countertops.
-Black stained island with White America quartzite countertop.
-Brazilian cherry floors.
-Runnel drainboard in soapstone at left of sink.
-Elkay D bowl stainless sink.
-Grohe K4 stainless faucets.
-Danze stainless potfiller faucet.
-Blanco soap dispensers
-Glass House mosaic navy and stainless tile.
-Kichler pendant lights.
-Glass front lighted upper cabinets.
-Best by Broan 1200 cfm 48" range hood.
-BlueStar 36" gas range.
-Bosch dishwasher.
-Electrolux Icon all-refrigerator and all-freezer.
-Monogram convection oven.
-Monogram warming drawer.
-GE Profile convection/microwave oven.
-Great Room side of peninsulas feature glass display upper cabinet (lighted) and china storage lower cabinet
-Undercabinet low voltage, soft white LED strip lights.
-Stainless plugmold.
-Outside wood fired brick pizza oven.

Kitchen from Great Room
Kitchen from Great Room

Navy glass and stainless mosaic tile backsplash
Navy glass and stainless mosaic tile backsplash

Kitchen toward Breakfast Room
Kitchen toward Breakfast Room

Breakfast Room from kitchen island
Breakfast Room from kitchen island

Kitchen toward porch
Kitchen toward porch

Kitchen from Breakfast Room
Kitchen from Breakfast Room

Kitchen toward Great Room
Kitchen toward Great Room

Kitchen -Baking Center
Kitchen -Baking Center

Undercabinet soft-white LED strip lighting, stainless plugmold
Undercabinet soft-white LED strip lighting, stainless plugmold

Who Wants Pizza?
Who wants Pizza?


clipped on: 04.24.2008 at 10:54 pm    last updated on: 04.24.2008 at 10:55 pm

testing a picture of our finished kitchen

posted by: chrispmoto on 02.03.2008 at 01:24 am in Kitchens Forum

After alot of work, and thank you to all you people, here it is, hopefully...[IMG][/IMG]


clipped on: 04.13.2008 at 02:31 am    last updated on: 04.13.2008 at 02:31 am

Finished - Before/After pictures (finally!)

posted by: mysterymachine on 03.01.2008 at 04:45 pm in Kitchens Forum


This one gives you a better idea of how tight it was in the actual kitchen - if the fridge was open and the oven was open at same time there wasn't enough room for a person between

The wall that was removed:

Sorry I couldn't find any pictures of the dining room "before" it was just a plain carpeted rectangular room.

Now for the good stuff.. the after!

I have to mention that many of the after pictures were taken by the GC's photographer and are copyrighted so cannot be used without permission (he said I had to say that before I posted the pics).

The dining table and chairs we had before. All the design was done by me with lots of help from gardenweb - especially on the layout (at first my DW didn't trust me to do it and wanted to hire a designer but I think I did really well) the exceptions are the acrylic in the dining room was designed by my GC and the cabinets in the dining I gave general layout to the cabinet folks but they did the finished design (kitchen cabs I did all the design/layout). I used google sketchup for all the design.

The structural changes were removing the dining wall and bumping back just the chunk of the wall behind the wall ovens a couple feet. I also added a pocket door into the opening from the TV room to the kitchen as well (the last of the "before" pictures is taken from where the pocket door was put in).

There are so many details I could spend an hour typing them and still leave something out - so instead if you have any questions ask and I will respond :) One thing not noticeable in the pics is the cupboard on the right in the dining cabs is actually a beverage fridge. There is pullout trash+recycle in both the kitchen and dining.

And people always ask about the diswasher, yes its an 18" dishwasher, and they always ask why I went for a small one - becuase its the only way I could get the layout I wanted with the dishwasher to the left of the sink and where I could unload the whole dishwasher without moving my feet. The efficiency in loading/unloading more than makes up for the extra loads I have to run. Its a Miele with the silverware tray and I would estimate I only lose about 20% capacity compared to my old dishwasher.

The backsplash was done by my brother, its completely custom cut (as in he had a pile of leftover slab of rock from some other jobs of his and he cut all the peices to the exact size so it would be 2 tiles high on point). I bought the fossils on ebay over a 3 month period or so.

What's sad is the granite is the highlight of the kitchen and none of these pictures show it well. If you look close on the 3rd picture there you can see that it has black streaks and the picture with the sink you can see dark streaks there as well (in that area the streaks are dark grey)

Any questions? :)


clipped on: 03.07.2008 at 02:18 am    last updated on: 03.07.2008 at 02:18 am

Almost done kitchen!

posted by: vtpoppy on 02.11.2008 at 11:00 am in Kitchens Forum

I have been a lurker for the past several months, but I have gotten so much great info and inspiration, I wanted to share with you my almost finished kitchen. Our over-island pendants are back-ordered until March, and we are waiting until next year to decide on a tile backsplash. And still waiting for a little cabinet next to the dishwasher (which still has the protective plastic on it). But we are so thrilled with our kitchen, I wanted to share a few pictures!

This is a new addition - previously we had a small galley kitchen and tiny dining room. We knocked out the wall between the kitchen/dining room to make a large dining room, and added on the new kitchen.



clipped on: 02.12.2008 at 06:26 pm    last updated on: 02.12.2008 at 06:26 pm

Finished Kitchen Pic's - Before and After

posted by: sheba1895 on 09.25.2007 at 07:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to all your ideas and expertise, this forum really helped design my kitchen. We moved into our home in January and began renovations in March... so I only had two months to research and design our kitchen (oh, and we had a baby!) I believe it will be posted to FKB soon. I honestly owe it all to this forum and I couldn't be happier with the end result. Thank you!!

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Here is a link that might be useful: Finished Kitchen


clipped on: 02.12.2008 at 02:07 pm    last updated on: 02.12.2008 at 02:07 pm

Finished travertine master bath

posted by: thull on 08.03.2006 at 04:58 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Just wanted to show some pix of our finished bathroom. Here are the details:

Tile: "Beige Classic Light" travertine from Floor & Decor; Dal Tile 2x2 unglazed porcelain on the floor in the shower
Vanity/mirrors: MasterBath (HD) with Liberty/Knob Hill "perspective" knobs
Sconces: I believe these are Hampton Bay, anyway, also purchased at HD
Carpet tile: this only shows in the first photo, but it's Interface Flor
Faucets/tub filler/handshower/accessories: Pegasus
Sinks: Kohler Caxton undermount
Granite: I'm embarassed to say this, but it's Giallo something-or-other. DW picked it out and it was a remnant- not sure I ever knew for sure.
Toilet: Toto Ultimate
Tub: Kohler K-1149 Proflex 72x42 oval
Shower glass: Wilson Glass
Shower gear: Hansgrohe Thermobalance III w/ showerhead and handshower; Interaktiv S trim
Fan/heater (not pictured): Panasonic Whisperwarm

I took these at night, partially b/c the baby was asleep, but also because the view out the window is crappy. The lighting is a bit off, and I was in a hurry.


clipped on: 02.11.2007 at 03:32 pm    last updated on: 02.11.2007 at 03:33 pm