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RE: Minwax Stain color for glazing Linen White Cabinets? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: downsy on 01.08.2009 at 07:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

My glaze was oil based from BM and they called it L30. It is an umber colored glaze and they special mix it in this particular store.

My cabinets have the dirty look - I wanted a heavily glazed look so I let the glaze sit for a bit before I rubbed it off. There are a variety of ways to apply the glaze. Check out the blogger David 123 - they recently glazed just the accent lines on their cabinets which was a very nice look. I know their kitchen is posted near the end of the $20,000 kitchen reno thread.

You can have any color of brown paint mixed with glazing compound to come up with the glazing color you want.


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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? :)


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RE: Finished - Before/After pictures (finally!) (Follow-Up #93)

posted by: mysterymachine on 03.04.2008 at 04:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey while reading other threads I saw a username and I remembered someone else that helped on layout - bmorepanic! Thanks!

Fossil sellers:

Most are from "brents fossil store" - he (or his son sometimes) is very good on the communication and customer service. He is always fair or sometimes even more than fair on his pricing. He sells a LOT of fossils so if you don't see what you want ask him or keep checking back on his ebay listings. I think in my layout all but 1 or 2 fossils were from him. I should send him a link to the kitchen pics :)
Ebay ID : fossil-stuff Brent's Fossil Store EBAY

EbayID fossilgirlz1 - not as good on the communication but the fossils I got from her are absolutely top notch in quality. She tends to sell higher end ones and not have as much listings as brent. Severns Fossil Store EBAY ahhh she has a crayfish up.. still wonder if I should have had one on the bottom near the phone and cooktop... OK mysterymachine for the sake of your pocketbook stop looking - the backsplash is done.

Stay away from dccinar - sold me a bad fossil (it looked like it was just painted on and was not as pictured), possibly a fake and then didn't respond to my emails and dinged me with a negative feedback (without ever responding to my email).

Generally the good sellers specialize in fossils and that will be all they sell. I wouldn't use that as a hard and fast rule but it seems to be a good start. If you want to go high end on the fish fossils I have heard the best thing to do is learn prices for different fossils and actually go to Utah where they are digging them up and visit the galleries there.


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Okay, so I think I'm done...Thank you ! (PICS)

posted by: margieb2 on 07.29.2008 at 10:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

So I think we're pretty much done except for the bar stools and a couple of other small items. The process went much more quickly than we anticipated. Demo began First week in March and the kitchen was complete by the end of May. The contractor was a dream and there were no major problems or surprises (other than the electrical safety hazards that were uncovered during demolition!)

I owe the resourceful, knowlegeable, creative, and talented members of this forum my heartfelt thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge and inspirational kitchens.

In particular, thank you to Zolablue, rococogurl, sharb, jamesk, allison0704, bella_4, charlie 123, momto4kids deanna1949, and artteacher, AMONG MANY OTHERS...for sage advice and kitchens that helped shape my kitchen vision. We had a number of setbacks, one big one due to DH's job loss. But I have to say, everything's worked out for the best.

We kept the original footprint of the room but swapped a peninsula for the island. We were a bit apprehensive aobut this as the trend is to do the revers but this setup works really well for us, creates better zones and a better flow.

SO here's a before:Before: From great room

And After:





Pantry cabinet

Spice storage


Knife drawer

Super susan

Julien Classic 30 x 18x 10



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RE: Okay, so I think I'm done...Thank you ! (PICS) (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: margieb2 on 07.29.2008 at 11:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks everyone. I have to say I love the aesthetics and the functionality of this kitchen. I had married into the Jetsons kitchen and hated it for 10 years.

Igloochic, you always make me laugh! I must have seen that knife drawer set up somewhere on the FKB or in one of the bizillion kitchen magazines that have taken over my home. It definitely works well. I love your chicken backsplash, by the way.

The Island is 34x 38 including a 1" overhang on the granite.

Catmom, your backsplash tile led me from crema marfil to glass. I love your backsplash.

As for details, cabinets including doors, and all the molding are custom made by a local cabinet shop. The wood is stained and glazed cherry and the white is painted and glazed maple.

Backsplash tile is vetrolux mosaico in a color mix called Chiaro.

Floors are 4" quarter sawn white oak with a very light brown stain.

Miele double ovevns, steam oven and diamte dishwasher.

Wolf 5 burner gas cooktop.

The Amana fridge is the one thing I kept from the original kitchen.

Julien 30x 18 x 10" sink.

MGS Progetti Stainless steel faucet.

Predominantly tob knob hardware.

Chadelier is by Jaguar designs and Pendant over Island is the San Marco Pendant by Ogetti.

Table is by Fremarc

I think that's about it.

Here's the one view I missed:



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RE: Okay, so I think I'm done...Thank you ! (PICS) (Follow-Up #49)

posted by: margieb2 on 07.30.2008 at 11:18 am in Kitchens Forum

Yeesh, thanks you guys! I'm going to try to answer all of your questions before I go back to work. I apologize in advance if I miss any of them.

First of all, yes, hats off to my cabinet maker. In addition to being a superior craftsman and a perfectionist, he's also a remarkable nice person and we thorougly enjoyed working with him. The idea for the curved peninsula came from a wonderful kitchen designere who works for a cabinet shop who I did not end up using (very long story).

Okay, the granite is Colonial Gold and Absoluste Black.

Wall paint color is a Pratt and Lambert color called carbonite. Trim is a Sherwin Williams color called Divine White.

Ceilings are 8' high and my contractor completed the archway in about 1 day.

My tile I found at our local tile store but another garden webber tracked down this website:

A link to the faucet is below.

The table is the Veranda Table by Fremarc.

Floors are 4" wide quarter sawn white oak.

Knife drawer was constructed by my cabinter maker.

Cindyinsocal, we too were concerned that the backsplash would look too contemporary but it's now one of my favorite things about the kitchen. It sparkles!

Lmalm53, thank you for your comments about my's a hobby but I'm still working on lighting. I have a hard timne with the flash. I may need to resort to the manual.

Kitchen is about 15' wide and 26' from the colums to the cooktop wall.

I'll include a scan of the layout but it's been tweaked since this version.

Marthavila, we entertain a ton, I love to cook, and I'm completely disorganized, and I'm a packrat (much to DH's chagrin), so I needed everyhting to have a place. AS much as I love the aeshtetics of the kitchen, I'm completely blown away by how well it functions. Everything is exactly where it should be:

Trash and recycling

a href="" target="_blank">silverware


Roll outs

Under the cooktop


Here is a link that might be useful: MGS faucet


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Finished Small Kitchen

posted by: lily1342 on 04.10.2008 at 12:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, it's 98% finished. The new fridge was just installed the other day and looks so much better than the old top-mount-freezer textured almond thing (didn't wanna post pics of that). It was pay-as-you-go and also partially DIY, so it has been a long long looooong process since demo last May. We didn't have a GC, did our own demo, stripped wallpaper, painted. I learned how to install light fixtures, tile a backsplash, use a compound miter saw. DH and I built the banquette out of birch plywood. We bought and added the decorative legs and bun feet and bought all the molding separately instead of ordering with the cabinets. I added the beadboard, brackets and shelf to the little "hutch" area. The floor plan is still the same as before - didn't change location of plumbing or tear down walls or anything major like that, only moved a doorway a few inches. Also, we didn't get new flooring, didn't even refinish the old hardwood (kind of regret that). All in all, the cost came to $26,513, and that includes everything. I say this for anyone who might be like I was before we started - I had no idea how much what I wanted to do might end up costing. In the very beginning, the idea stage, that was a worrisome unknown. I could have kept the total under $20K if I'd chosen another door style in the same line of cabinets and not splurged on the backsplash and also could've bought much less expensive fabric for the banquette cushions.

Now that it's done, I'm almost sorry I don't have a second kitchen to do, because I made tons of mistakes with this one. Also, I'd bought a few things way in advance and before I found this website. If I'd found GW a little sooner, I would've made a few different choices here and there. Still, this is the first new kitchen I've ever had and by far the best.

The old:
kitchen before

And now:
April 9 2008

kitchen before

west wall

Before - north wall

north wall

breakfast nook before

Banquette & new chandelier

kitchen before

The tall utility cabinet is the same old one, with new paint, new door and added crown and baseboard:
Old tall cab repainted


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RE: Eat-in Kitchens (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: lily1342 on 03.11.2008 at 01:43 am in Kitchens Forum

My small kitchen is around 9' wide by 15' long but the actual kitchen part is only about 9' by 9'. Next to it, there's a 3-foot rectangular bump-out where we put in a banquette. The seating area along the back is 6'9". With a chair placed in front, 5 can sit here without being too crowded. So if you have a 13x13 area, and your floor plan allows, and you don't mind squishing the working parts of the kitchen together a bit, you can have a pretty good seating area too. Here's mine (not totally finished).
north wall
Finished banquette


great idea!
from lily: the short left side of the seat is 3 ft. 4 in. deep - not 3 ft. as I said above. If it were only 3 ft., I think that might not be enough room.
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RE: 99% done (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: labordeliverynurse on 06.12.2007 at 12:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ok, the kids are napping. I will try to answer the questions the best I can.
Yes the whole backsplash was sealed AND enhanced, which was a quick one step process.
The pantry door is still one of my favorite choices in the kitchen. The company is Simpson.
The pantry is 6ft X 4ft.
Knobs are top knobs
Here are some more pictures, sorry if they are blurry.
The backsplash behind the cooktop Is framed in with a Jerusalem Gold Moulding Cornice, inside of that are 3 rows of 5/8in X 5/8in, inside are the 6X6 Jerusalem Gold squares with the yellow travertine diamonds.
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Here is a link that might be useful: kitchen


RE: 99% done (Follow-Up #6)
posted by: labordeliverynurse on 06.11.2007 at 10:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

My 2 year old really enjoys it!! He is always on the island. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments, we didn't have a designer (I was it) so it really feel good to get such positive feedback. We are really enjoying it!!!
We decided black would be good for hiding the stains that all of those little dirty hands hold, and we were right. I thought it would be hard to maintain but it has not been.
Here are the details.
Cabinets: Yorktowne Cabinets Cherry in Butternut with Mocha glaze. Island is distressed black. Fully extending drawers with blumotion.
Granite: Kashmir Gold (a lot golder than usual though)
Backsplash: Jerusalem Gold subway tile
Main sink: Grohe Bridgeford Pull down
Hot water tap: Mountain Plumbing the little gourmet
Fridge: Sub Zero 650
Ovens: GE Monogram integrated convection ZET2SMSS
Dishwasher: GE monogram fully integrated
Main sink: whitehaus farm sink concave
Cooktop: Wolf 6 burner gas
Stools: Artistica serendipity from Domain
prep sink: I forget
Lighting: Hinkley
This is all I can think of.
Thank you again for all of your help here on the forum!!!

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RE: Electrical work pricing, your feedback please 99% done (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: ayasud on 08.07.2007 at 02:27 am in Kitchens Forum

I am in the Bay Area and our electrician did the following for us for $4400K-

22 recessed cans
circuit and hook-up for dishwasher
2 garbage disposals
range circuit and install
15 outlets
independent circuit for fridge
circuit for oven
peninsula plug mold- 14 feet
cabinet lighting for 24 feet of cabinets
led lighting around ceiling molding for architectural highlight
phone jack
over-sink pendant fixture
dining room chandelier
two peninsula chandeliers
two flourescent boxes in the garage
connections for exhaust hood, ice maker and instant hot water tap

He also rewired an adjacent room, moved some switches and put everything on 3-way and dimmer switches.

I thought we got a pretty good deal. I'm in Fremont. Contact me if you'd like my electricians name. He works very quickly and won't work without a permit so he is on the up & up. I am very anal about everything being very straight(switches, etc.) and things like I wanted all of my appliances on their own circuit.

It helps if you do a bunch of stuff together, I've noticed.

Fremont, CA


RE: ISO Bay Area Electrician .. Amy in Fremont? (Follow-Up #1)
posted by: ayasud on 08.08.2007 at 05:25 am in Kitchens Forum

Call Tiger Tang with Pentiger Electric. Tiger actually went to college to be an electrical engineer but apparently here in the US makes more as an electrician. He is a super nice guy, works fast and is fairly reasonably priced. His company is Pentiger Electric in Fremont, CA. He has an electricians license(certification) and is also a general contractor- this comes in handy. When we realized the switch going out to the garage(three-way with all the kitchen lights on it) was too wide to fit on the wall with all our appliances, he built a wall to build in the refrigerator on one end and also serve to hold the light switches- was a great idea and he did it quickly and didn't charge extra.
His number is 510-299-6084 License is B882965 in California. He is extremely knowledgable about code and is very detail oriented.

Please tell him that Amy gave you his info if you call him!!

Fremont, CA

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RE: Bay Area cabinet finishers ... ISO (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: rmkitchen on 07.14.2007 at 09:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

I don't know if they'll go to the South Bay but Hackett Painting (Menlo Park) is WONDERFUL. About sixteen months ago when I was very pregnant with a small toddler in tow they did some lovely, quiet and clean work in our big house in Woodside. Honestly, I was so impressed with them and their work that when I think about that house (we're now in Boulder, Colorado) I have good memories of what they did (and you know how sometimes [often] tradespeople can leave you feeling really at their mercy and screwed); for me that says A LOT.

Good luck and enjoy your new space!


RE: Bay Area cabinet finishers ... ISO (Follow-Up #3)
posted by: dmlove on 07.14.2007 at 06:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

I didn't use him but I did visit a shop in Redwood City (Bob Tupper Woodworking) when I was originally planning to refinish my old cabinets. I liked what I saw.

RE: Bay Area cabinet finishers ... ISO (Follow-Up #2)
posted by: solferino on 07.14.2007 at 06:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just called my BIL (cabinetmaker); he has two finish guys, both of whom worked on cabinets for us, but I can't pull their names out of my memory.
In the meantime, my neighbor does some work for Cutting Edge and they have their own finish shop. They did a nice job on a built-in pantry cabinet in our house. If you call and speak with Steve, tell him that Elizabeth (across the street from Darren) mentioned he might finish cabs that aren't his own work.

I'll let you know what my BIL has to say.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cutting Edge

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RE: Curious about text in messages (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: starpooh on 01.24.2008 at 12:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

I downloaded a version of "cod-o matik" but couldn't get it to run. So I searched around for an online version and came up with this:
Easy HTML Tag Generator.
It's a WYSIWYG editor ("What You See Is What You Get") that allows you to easily generate html code. It's used on many websites these days (including the Forum FAQ site), so it may be advantageous to learn!

There are alot of fancy things it can do, but these are the basics:
1. Type your text
2. Highlight an area of text and select an appropriate button:

  • Bold text: Click the bold B button. Click again to turn off.
  • Italic text: Click the italics I button. Click again to turn off.
  • Colored text: Click the downward arrow to the right of the large A. Select a color.
  • Highlight Background text: Click the downward arrow to the right of the highlighter with the yellow "ab". Select a color.
3. To view the html: Click the HTML button
4. Copy and paste the html into your forum post.

Give it a try! It's fun to "play" with!

Here is a link that might be useful: Easy HTML Tag Generator


RE: Curious about text in messages (Follow-Up #2)
posted by: buehl on 01.23.2008 at 05:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

LOL! It took me a while to figure it out as 13-yo son told me how.
You user HTML codes surrounded by angle brackets (< and >)

You put a "beginning" code where you want the format (Underline, etc.) to start and an "ending" code where you want it to end. The "ending code is the same as the beginning code except you precede it by a slash (/)

Some Codes are:

Bold: strong
Underline: u
Italic: i
Superscript: sup

The following are included in the "font" code:
Color: color = "name of the color, e.g., red, blue, etc.
Font: face = "name of the font e.g., arial"
Size: size = "how much smaller/bigger than normal e.g, -1, +2"

Some examples. Note: take out the space between the bracket and the code. I had to put them in so it would show up instead of using the code!

< strong>Bold< /strong> you...Bold
< u>Underline< /u> you...Underline
< i>Italic< /i> you...Italic
< font color = "blue">Blue< /font> you...Blue
< font face = "arial">Arial< /font> you...Arial
< font size = "+2">Larger< /font> you...Larger
< font color = "red" face = "arial">Arial in red< /font> you...Arial in red

I hope this isn't too "tech-y".....

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Finished Kitchen

posted by: scrapbookone on 05.25.2007 at 01:34 am in Kitchens Forum

I meant to post these photos back in February after we finished our kitchen remodel but time has flown by. We flipped when we found out how much our GC wanted so I became the GC. We started the demo work on January 6th and our kitchen was complete February 9th. 34 days! The last day I had the plumber, the electrician and the reverse osmosis person here. They thought I was crazy.

I wanted to thank everyone on this forum for all your help and suggestions. Reading everyones experiences and looking at the blogs was really helpful.

Here's a before and after photo. The island is at three levels. The high side houses the convection/microwave and a warming drawer.

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local, Precision in Brentwood.
Bin pulls

RE: Finished Kitchen (Follow-Up #5)
posted by: scrapbookone on 05.25.2007 at 02:47 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks for the compliments. Here are all the details.
Granite- Geriba
Backslash tile- Encore Ceramics; Treasures color Truffle 3x6 subway and 3x3
Cabinets- Precision Cabinets & Trim (Northern CA) Door Style- Long Island Finish- Swiss Coffee w/ glaze
Knobs and Drawer Pulls- Horton Brasses (custom color)
Shaw's Original 30" Sink
Appliances- Dacor (we have a raised vent on the island)
Dishwasher- Miele
Faucets- Rohl Single lever country kitchen faucet w/ hand spray A3608WS
Switch plates- Restoration Hardware Ceramic

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Details (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: nodirthere on 02.06.2008 at 05:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow- Thank you all so much for all your wonderful compliments! I never did a forum before and have learned so much from all of you-hope I can give some knowledge back. Many have asked for details so here they are- I hope this will save someone else some time. In full disclosure,my painter did everything but the glazing and design work and leg work- he did a fabulous job achieving the result I wanted. I wanted a more French country feel and did not want to see the oak grain at all.(I felt that would look less elegant and more rustic)
This was the process on the cabinet doors (taken off)-product sprayed on unless otherwise noted:
1. coat of Insl-x STIX Primer
2. Spackled smooth coat of MH Ready patch by Zinsser (this was after an attempt w/a wood filler that proved to not fill the grain as much as I wanted- I wanted a piano finish, I'm sure there is something out there that would be easier, and there are lots of fillers we found, but they would not fill ALL the grain, so we went right to the MH.)
3. Sanded w/hand sander -start out bigger grit end end w/fine-(120)
4. Coat of Insl-x Stix Primer (this stuff really works)
5. 2-3 coats of Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo-
Custom color Formula:
Pastel base 314-1B-1
6. Hand glaze-Custom color Benjamin Moore Glaze
I used medium size sponge brushes and lots of paper towels-(use Viva -all the difference in the world!)- you could use cotton rags, but I found the viva was the easiest in keeping the rest of the cabinet clean by changing them out frequently.
There were so many coats of stuff that it made my corners less than 45 degrees and difficult to wipe the glaze on then wipe off leaving the glaze in the edge of cabinet trim. I had to create the line by painting it on w/pointy sponge tips and dragging it along the line. This is kind of hard to explain-think of when you are caulking and go back and smooth it out and the caulk stays in the corner of your line w/ a nice finish on the outside- same thing-I ran into problems when the corners got filled w/too much coatings and had to "create" the line- our else I would go back and wipe the whole line off.
Hope I'm explaining this ok-I did try brushes but found it easier to drag the glaze than brush it- I kept thinking there had to be a better way, but never did find one (it was about 45 min each cabinet). I only did the trim corners- I did not do the whole cabinet w/ a washed glaze effect- I have seen it but didn't think I wanted that much "aging" -and wasn't THAT confident in my abilities.
Other details- all trim work was hardwood not oak, since we were painting it anyway-saved lots of $ w/ that.
The "table legs" on the island are actually newall post for stairs sold at minards for $30, w/the ball cut off the top- hugely cheeper than buying an island leg!
The corner spindles are actually $12 wall corner guards from Minards and Home Depot. Wasn't sure about them and haven't glazed them yet because of that-now I'm just getting use to them. Filled in the difference between bead board and corner w/spackle-smoothed it out.
Beadboard just the big sheets-tried glazing it but just looked way too "stripey" and wanted to minimize the country look so left it alone.
Granite is Uba Tuba-ogee edge- I am so glad I did the slight archon the island and little scallop in- last minute idea and it really made a difference.
Base trim- hemmed and hawed getting rid of the toe kick-especially w/ cream cabs- but so glad I did -all for that furniture look.
Glass cabinets were the cabinets above the wall oven-cut out the inside- had my local glass cutter fit some glass to the frame- glass shelf for inside cabinet. Cut 1 foot off the depth of the floor cabinets and reattached to the wall- lost the drawers.
Tile backsplash is acid washed tumbled travertine. The embossed tiles under mw and repeated under the glass cabinets were from Home Depot and ceramic -very inexpensive $3. They even have light switch covers that match the travertine there.
Lighting above and below cabinets are those little round halogen lights from HD.
Ok- that's all the detail I can think of -someone asked how this came to be- I poured through 100's of magazines and websites for a long time- and saved pictures that I liked-also I visited the big stores and took all their cabinet catalogs I could- those really helped w/the wood bridge detail over the window and those details. In painting cabinets you can hide lots of mistakes and miscuts w/ putty and spackle-would do it all over again-
Hope this helps someone save 1 trip back to the hardware store! Thanks again for the kudos-nodirthere (in reference that I do not garden, not the cleanliness of my house- I can assure you my kitchen doesn't look like this today)-Gotta go shovel out -got 12" at least in n. Illinois today......


Glazing tips.
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RE: #@(*! Glass tile is making me crazy - mini subways, other id (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: rococogurl on 07.19.2007 at 03:24 pm in Bathrooms Forum

First of all I would tile all the way to the ceiling on the main shower wall and on the window wall. I'd go over the window, tile the jut out, and behind the heating pipe. I have the same bathroom and the verticals make it look narrower. I'd get rid of them.

As for the horizontals -- If the mini subs are too expensive, why not use mosaic squares, which might save you as much as $6/foot?

Let me show you a bathroom done like that which I feel is gorgeous. I love the way that looks. I'd also run the color around the as a border at the same height as the top of the window, to create a line there and make it look more integral. There are 3 or 4 different sizes of tile done in the same color and it looks very rich. If the subs on the walls had been white and the borders and floor were the same then that also would be nice.

My friend only did wainscot tile because she doesn't have a regular shower in that bath, as you can see. But they put the rail at exactly the right height to tie in the window. I'm suggesting the reverse for yours, essentially.

Also, I'm not loving the very dark floor with nothing to tie it into on top. If you did a wenge look floor and then some java colored glass mosaics in the border it would make more sense to me than 3 colors that don't relate. The floor will look like an afterthought otherwise IMO. Alternately, use tile in one of the border colors on the floor.


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RE: Cabinet Painter SF Bay Area Recommendation Please (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: ging9 on 01.26.2008 at 10:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

debs3 and thedinos,
Sorry i didn't get back when I had planned. With the remodel, holidays and a computer problem I had a difficult time getting back to the thread. I love love love my cabinets. We finished the remodel Christmas Eve and thank goodness since I was having dinner at my house. Here is the information: Larry Ingram with Ipaint and his number is (408) 768-7778. He is out of Hollister. I cant say enough about his work and professionalism. I confirmed with him that it would be ok to post the info and he said he would appreciate it. I hope this helps you if you haven't already found someone. If you have any more questions please let me know. I will respond more quickly now that I am up and running again.


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RE: (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: sharon1 on 12.02.2007 at 12:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's a pic of my kitchen, you've probably seen it already, I just haven't taken the time to post it in the fkb.

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His name is David Plascencia (209) 604-4377, he's out of Denair or Delhi (I can't remember), but it's around the Turlock area. He's a young guy, and it's a mom and pop shop. I was very hands on as far as details, beadboard backs, finished cabinet ends, drawer styles, wire mesh doors, etc. He can bascially do whatever you want, but it helps if you know what you want. His initial quote was a little lower than what we finished with, because of all the details I added, but his price was still much much lower than anyone else and it included the install.

If you need more info drop me an email.



Custom Cabinet guy in Denair
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RE: Sound Deadening for Existing Wall (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: FredWolf on 07.08.2005 at 11:14 am in Home Repair Forum

Remove the existing drywall. Insulate the space with fibreglass, or better yet cellulose. Attach the drywall with resilient bars so the vibrations are not transmitted as much. Put on two layers of firecode rated X, 5/8ths inch thick drywall, with padding underneath the edge to isolate vibrations from the floor. Prime & paint the drywall, and you're done!

This approach worked well for us, you cannot really soundproof much more than this in your situation.


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RE: Kit to make an arch from a square corner? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Glycera on 12.08.2005 at 07:41 pm in Remodeling Forum

Here are a couple of sites to check out: InstaArches and Creative Corners. I had three square openings converted to arches, and the builders used Creative Corners because of the special case presented in my remodel: Two of the converted openings are in 8"-thick masonry walls, and the InstaArch system is strictly for standard 4" walls. Here are a couple of photos showing how the Creative Corners product worked.

In the first photo, you can see that we had to use two kits (four pieces of the white foam) to fill the thickness of the masonry wall. This foam is extremely dense, and the overhanging edges were trimmed off with a hacksaw. The scond photo shows the finished result, after plastering and painting.



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RE: Paint island a french country cream - suggestions please!!!! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: madsprayer on 10.19.2007 at 11:00 pm in Kitchens Forum


I do this professionally and I do not understand why your designer thought it was a bad idea. I have seen stunning results with this combination, and would not hesitate at all.

I spray most of my work, but this is what I would do if I had to use a brush:
(I prefer to use only milk paint on painted cabinets due to both its outstanding durability, easy clean-up, and quick dry time)

Clean entire surface with TSP solution mixed with water. Sand lightly with 320 grit sanding sponge

Prime island with Bin Shellac based primer. Sand lightly again with 320 grit sponge.

1 quart Snow White EF Finishes Milk Paint
1 pint Buttermilk Yellow EF Finishes Milk Paint
* Mix 1/2 pint of Buttermilk Yellow and 1 quart Snow white together and add 10% tap water...stir completely
Apply 2 - 3 coats to attain your desired coverage.

Sand lightly again 320 grit.

1 pint Van Dyke Brown EF Milk Paint Glaze Effects
* Use artists brush to lightly color recesses and profiles and immediately wipe down, repeat until you get the look you want. If the glaze starts to dry too fast simply add water or use a dampened cloth to remove more easily.

Apply 2 coats EF Topcoat Poly Satin finish.

Wait 8 hours

Sand LIGHTLY 320 grit 1 last time.

Apply finish coat Satin Poly.

The piece will look like it came from a top manufacturer

or you can pay somebody like me $500-$800 to spray, glaze, and finish it.

EF Finishes Milk Paint is available from Woodcraft dealers, which have stores nationwide and on the web. It is slightly more expensive than BM but it is a much higher quality finish for fine wood. The Ben Moore product for this application is Impervo enamel, which is used for industrial applications and has not changed much in the past 20 years. Simply, you can do much better.

Hope this helps!


Great instructions!
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Responses and thanks for looking ! (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: tofoi on 08.23.2007 at 12:12 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks for the kind words, we're excited to be so close to being done.
ehoops - the pendants only came in one size and the backsplash came from (thanks to someone here on GW who had used them previously)

auntiebubba - yes they came down to measure and work with us on the kitchen and installed it as well. His workshop us up there and he was here in the BA before moving up that way. The finisher was Proper Wood Finishing out of Sunnyvale, Michael was incredible !!!

sharkm - yes we did a gut of the kitchen, and some pretty extensive work on the rest of the house (taking out a load bearing wall, dropping a floor, master bath gut and remodel, steam shower install, stealing space from a laundry room into another bath to gain a Master walk in closet, replaced all the windows, added new French Sliders, Slider and French Doors, new flooring/vanity and plumbing in another bath, full copper repipe, new flooring, lighting and paint throughout) The original timeline was 6 weeks but we added on some stuff and of course there were scheduling issues (windows delayed etc). We just can't wait to be DONE.

huang - thanks, we're so happy to see our plans realized. The island is across from our pantry which is a walk in about 66.5" x76". Its a good size and all we did was move the door so it opens up where the range is vs opening up into the island. It was originally larger but we shortened it in length and width by about 6". It's still really big and will store so much, more than we even have. Plus we've got power at both ends for anything that needs to be plugged in, with the prep sink, knife drawer. Feel free to email me if you have any questions :-)


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RE: Yet Another Backsplash Quest! (long with some whining) (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: igloochic on 07.20.2007 at 09:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

I found a wonderful ceramic tile made by Statements that I think compliments granite wonderfully. My granite is Vulcan gold, and I picked the "honey crackle" to go with mine, but they also make crackle in other colors including a couple lovely blues. Frankly, I'd highlight that blue and do a light blue subway, but that's just me. They do come in white as well, but the key is the crackle glaze which mimics the granite a bit in a textural way (I don't know how to say that...but they work great together).

Here's a picture of mine:

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The tile is Statements Status Hand Made Crackle Finish. They do other finishes but the crackle is best. In the crackle they have three choices as well (I think handmade, and a couple more). I'll warn you, these aren't cheap. They were about $68 a sq ft, but you can get the crackle in cheaper lines as well if you don't go with the handmade. I had to go with that because the honey color is only done in that line (It's not even on the website...I had to call and get Statements to make it for me).

They come in all shapes and styles you can imagine, including ropes, etc. You could consider doing a white crackle and then accenting with a beautiful blue...but frankly...I'd just do blue LOL

Your cabinets are beautiful by the way. I really love them! I think the robin or seafoam would be fabulous with them. They're bright, but soft if that makes sense (scroll to the bottom of the page to see them). You can email them to ask about a dealer so you can see the tile in person. It's much prettier in person than on the net. And, if you don't mind paying for it, they'll pretty much do any of the colors on this page in crackle if you go with the handmade line, so all the blues or whites would be ok choices.

Here is a link that might be useful: statements status tiles


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RE: 1 or 2 pulls on 30' drawers? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: mdmc on 06.16.2007 at 10:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our drawers are 32" and we have 2. I think we could get by with 1 ( we have blumotion) but I like the look of 2. I think it is a matter of personal opinion.


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Finished White Kitchen (Something's Gotta' Give-inspired)

posted by: susanandmarkw on 06.02.2007 at 01:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

After an eight (!) month delaydouble the time it was supposed to takewe are finally in our new, custom-built home. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be our dream home, has turned into more of a nightmare. The house appraised for $195,000 less than it cost us to build, and that was with a generous, sympathetic appraiser on our side. Were currently deciding whether to take legal action against our builder (not something we consider lightly, as neither my husband nor I have ever even been involved in any legal action beyond a traffic ticket) for the sub-par work, and a myriad of other things that were undone, or simply done wrong, on our home. (Everyone we talk to says we have a case, but that the reality of civil action is that it can take years, cost a fortune and result in a big fat zero, even when you win, which is the only thing holding us back. We dont want to throw good money after bad.)

Unfortunately, the woodwork (cabinets, etc.), which we paid more than $50,000 for (labor only; another $30,000 in materials), is one of the worst things in the house. (The other is the paint job which, though we paid at least the going rate, probably a bit more, is absolutely deplorable. A fifth grader with a paint-by-numbers watercolor kit could have done a better job. To top it off, the painter and/or the trim carpenters vandalized our house and stole from us at the end of the project.) We have un-sanded, inferior wood (cheap pine, plywood as finish material and mahogany balsa); doors that are already warped and/or wont open and close, drawers that dont slide, broken hinges, crooked openings, un-level shelvesjust a shockingly terrible job all around. And, though I picked my appliances before the foundation was even poured and we had totally custom, site-built cabinets, not a single appliance fits correctly, other than the slide-in range. (Until the drawers and doors went inthe last two months of the projectall these things were not readily apparent.) Weve had quotes of $30,000-$50,000 to repair the cabinets and another $15,000-$20,000 to repaint. All just to get those things to what they should have been to begin with (weve already put more than $100,000 into paint and trim work alone.) Every tradesperson that comes into our home is appalled by what we received for the money we paid.

Ive been debating for a while about whether to post anything at all, because of all these problems, but finally thought Id go ahead and do so since I spent so much time on these forums researching and courting advice from others. Plus, the baby fell asleepshocking surpriseso I actually had almost a half hour free, which is virtually unprecedented in my new role as mommy. Right now, our kitchen looks pretty good on first glance, but when you start to really look closer and use things, you see all the problems, and there are many.

Of course, there are good things too and its still a BIG step up from my last kitchen. (My inspiration, as Ive talked about here at length, was/is the "Somethings Gotta Give" kitchen.)

I love, love, LOVE my giant pantry. At 12.4 x 6.2, its bigger than some rooms, and a true indulgence; roomy enough for dozens of trips to Sams Club and appliances too. (I like clear, uncluttered kitchen counters.)

The under-cabinet pot rack, which I had to fight for because no one wants to do anything "different," is working out well and I no longer have dusty pots and pans. (Though, because of its placement, I cant get to it when the left dishwasher is open.)

Im different than many here, in that I didnt do, and didnt want, a lot of fancy pull-outs, pot drawers, etc. I really dont mind standard shelves, as bending down and sliding have never seemed terribly troublesome to me, maybe because Im ultra-neat and organized and keep things in tidy rows with lids on, etc. (I know thats easier when your cabinets arent overstuffed and Im lucky enough to have a wealth of cabinet space.)

The only really "unique" things I did, besides full extension glides and floor-to-ceiling cabinets, was the under-cab pot rack, an open storage area for my cutting board right above the knife drawer (in-drawer block) and an extra-large, extra-deep drawer to keep all my canisters in, something I also had in my last kitchen. It works out great and keeps the counters clear; Ive got flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, wheat flour, Splenda, cocoa and more all in one placeI use airtight canning canisters with the attached lidwhere its easy to access and use, straight from the drawer.

What I wouldnt do again? Im not sure how much Ill actually use the steam oven and Im glad I didnt pay full price for it. (I settled for non-matching finish and wrong-way door open, but paid about 70% of list.) The same with the Tap Master. It works, but Im not totally crazy about it, and I could definitely live without it. The only dud is my Jade fridgeironically the single most expensive appliance. I purchased from EuroStoves and, despite efforts on their part, it still doesnt work right (ice maker non-functioning and freezer icing up upon arrival). I really, REALLY wish Id chose something different and am sick that I paid $6,300 for an appliance that hasnt worked properly from day one and that EuroStoves/Jade has, so far, refused to replace.

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For those that care, heres whats in my kitchen (appliance mini-review to follow)

Flooring: Premium Black 24x24 tile from
Countertops: Nordic Black Antique 3 cm granite (3 cm Bianca Romanosp?on hutch)
Backsplash: traditional white subway tile with gray grout (Da-Lite)
Cabinets: Shaker-style, inset, flat-panel doors (site-built, custom), painted white
-Pegasus Professional Kitchen Faucet (from Expo Design Center) in brushed nickel on the island and main sink
-Pegasus Old-Fashioned Pull Down in brushed nickel in my butlers pantry/beverage center.
Soap/Lotion Dispensers: brushed nickel off-brand from Lowes
Sinks: brushed, stainless "D"-shaped undermount by C-Tech-I (all purchased on eBay from seller "euro-sink")
-10-inch deep "Britania" (model LI-200-L) is my main sink
-12-inch deep "Patras" (LI-800) is my island prep sink
-"Betica" (LI-700) in my butlers pantry/beverage center.
-brushed nickel bin pulls on drawers via eBay (seller: cabinethardwaredesigns)
-glass knobs, pulls and bin pulls on hutch from
-latches: Cliffside Solid Brass Cabinet Latch (in Satin Silver) from
-Bluestar range (model #RNB366BSS; six burner with both 22k burners up front and simmer in middle back; island trim)
-Prestige High Capacity hood insert 40" (UIBTF400EC15; $1,575) with Prestige remote blower for pitched roof 1,600 CFM ($890)
-GE Profile Advantium (SCB1001KSS)
-GE Monogram 24" stainless steel wine reserve (ZDWR240PBS)
-2 InSinkErator Evolution Excel garbage disposals with air switches (STS000)
-beverage center fridge: Jenn-Air 36" counter-depth side-by-side with dispenser (JCD2295KES)
- GE Monogram 30" double oven (ZET2SLSS)
- Jade 48" Side by Side Refrigerator (RJRS4870A)
- 2 Bosch Integra 800 dishwashers (SHV99A13UC; $1375.55 ea.)
- Gaggenau 24" Steam Oven (ED 221)

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


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RE: Bay Area building supplies (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: sharkm on 05.27.2007 at 03:12 am in Bathrooms Forum

I'm in the bayarea and just finished the kitchen and the guest bath. Currently I'm doing the master bath and the kids bath. We found a few places that we could find the tiles, counters, sinks & accessories.
All in all, the Bay area is large and there are many building supply stores. I really did not have time to go through all, I use and just search in on the area. The few araa that I've been shopping in is around Bayshore in San Francisco, Hayward, San Leandro and Oakland.
Uni-Tile and Marble in Hayward - They also had a location in SF but Hayward had MUCH better selection. All their stuff- counter top, cabinets, sinks & tiles are from China.
I just purchased the counter top and the sinks for the kids bath room there today.
Best Tile in San Francisco. They have pretty good selection, from cheap to brand name stuff. I got all the tile for my guest bath and 1/2 bath there.
While you are at Best Tile, you should check out the other stores along Bayshore blvd. There is Floor Craft - which sells everything from appliances to tubs to tiles. I also purchase a few pieces of accessories from them. There are others along there.
I also purchase a few items from Kingway in San Leandro.

Hope it helps.


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RE: install pocket door in new wall build in front of existing wa (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: oruboris on 06.01.2007 at 04:44 pm in Remodeling Forum

Have you considered an... shall we call them 'out of pocket' doors? Barndoors, actually, but that seems to carry a negative conotation for some.

Really though: they can be contemporary or rustic or mid-modern. Don't work in a victorian type setting, but can be adapted to most other styles.

Lots of options at this site, including brushed stainless round track, concealed track, etc.

Here is a link that might be useful: click


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Is this going to be okay?

posted by: beth35 on 06.01.2007 at 12:54 am in Kitchens Forum

I ripped out the wall between my kitchen/den on the back side of my house and the dining room/living room on the front side of my house. I'm thrilled with the openness of the space and don't regret it. What I am worried about is my Kitchenaid mixer that I use all the time and want to keep on my island. The problem? With a one level island, I could see my mixer from the front door. So, I played around with the height of different parts of the island and decided to raise the corner of the L on the L-shaped island, so that it would block the view of part of the island, and while I was at it, made it big enough to fit the microwave, too. I had to compromise a little on the design to make it work and now I have to decide to go with it.

This is my first attempt to attach pictures, but I'm going to try to attach a view from the front door, a close up, and one from inside the kitchen. My cabinets will be a creamy white and my countertop will be verde butterfly. The granite will go on top of the bookcase and there will be an overhang on each side, flush with the front of the bookcase on a 45 degree angle. The granite will also be on top of the tall part. My cabinets are custom, built on-site.

Do you think this is going to look okay when it is finished? I don't want a pop-up mixer shelf thing and after spending an hour and a half with the builder playing with it this morning, I don't think there is any other option. I think it kinda distracts from the kitchen, but then, that was the point. There's no problem seeing the other parts of the kitchen when you get closer.

Thanks for looking! Hope this works...
(Actually, I don't think it is, so I will try to put the link in, too)


Here is a link that might be useful: My kitchen


check back to follow up on.
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Backsplash that became a wallsplash project

posted by: pharaoh on 03.19.2007 at 12:32 am in Kitchens Forum

You have seen my DIY kitchen remodel in a previous post. We hadn't finished the backsplash and started working on some ideas. One thing lead to another and now we have a wallsplash!

The kitchen link

The fossils are from wyoming. The background is limestone.
The wall is split faced slate. The frame is red birch to match the rest of the kitchen.


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RE: My DIY is finally finished (Follow-Up #51)

posted by: bamaspice on 02.23.2007 at 09:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

Everybody-- Thank so so much---You all are so talented and this forum can help anyone---So much fabulous advice.

Flyleft-- Fred's is also online...I still have bathrooms to do also---Thank goodness there aren't as many cabinets!!
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RE: My DIY is finally finished (Follow-Up #36)

posted by: bamaspice on 02.22.2007 at 09:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you everybody...Thank you loriafopiano for the link.
We bought this house from a contractor who was going to flip it. It had been abused...some of the pictures show where the previous owner had tried to faux them.

The cabinets are Wellborn White thermofoil laminate cabinets. We peeled the laminate off it came off in sheets and underneath was the orange mdf. We then sanded, primed with behr premium primer and painted with American Tradition Jekyll Club Veranda Ivory. The island is American Tradition Safari Brown. I drew the legs and our handyman cut them out for me.
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The walls are SW flowerpot
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The backsplash was a shiny white plain tile and I thought I could remove it without destroying the drywall..I was wrong...I now know how to replace drywall. The tile is Daltile's Splitface mosaic in Sienna Classico. I installed the tile by myself and I'm really happy with it. I saved about $400 by ordering it from The tile behind the stove is hanging on top of the tile. It is made of resin and was on clearance at Fred's Super Dollar Store for $12.
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Here's a close up of the tile and the granite is Santa Rita. We hired someone to install the granite.
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The Hardware I got on ebay for $1 a cup pull and .50 a knob. It's Liberty Antique Brass from a company called Cripes Distributing. The pulls were made to stand off the cabinets but I made the holes bigger to make the pulls flush. The outlets as you can see in the upclose pictures are in a standard place...I worried about then but bought natural wood outlet covers at home depot and you really don't notice them.

If ya'll have any other questions let me know...I would love to help--Everyone here is so very supportive. Good luck to everyone!


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My DIY is finally finished

posted by: bamaspice on 02.22.2007 at 12:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to everyone on this board---Remember we had thermofoil laminate cabinets...I removed the laminate and then painted and glazed. We also had feet made for the cabinets. Thanks to everyone for all the support. Especially,thanks to Bill V for holding my hand. Everytime I look at the tile...I get tickled!! Who would have thought..I could do it myself :-)

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RE: LOOKING for: Salmon Patties/Cakes (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: danain on 04.12.2006 at 01:06 pm in Recipe Exchange Forum

Jessie, mine is Paul's favorite way to eat salmon. I do them only with fresh salmon, that is the key.

Fresh Salmon Cakes

2 cloves garlic; minced
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 dashes Tabasco (or 1 teaspoon Old Bay)
1 egg yolk (or egg white)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons real mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (less if table salt)
fresh ground pepper to taste
2/3 cup coarse white bread crumbs
1 pound fresh salmon
1/2 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil

In a small bowl, combine garlic, onion, Tabasco, egg, parsley, mayonnaise, salt and pepper; set aside. Remove skin and bones from salmon and cut into small cubes (about 1/2-inch); place in a medium bowl and gently stir in bread crumbs. Gently fold egg mixture into salmon and bread and refrigerate at least 2 hours before shaping into 4 patties.

Carefully coat the outside of each patty with Panko crumbs. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot and add salmon cakes. Fry the cakes until brown, about 4 minutes on each side turning only once. Serve with lemon wedges or your favorite tarter sauce.

*May substitute cracker crumbs or bread crumbs for the Panko.



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I Baked a School Of ' Salmon Cakes '

posted by: hawk307 on 04.19.2007 at 10:33 pm in Cooking Forum

The first school were shaped like fish but I burnt them.
So, I did another batch but just made them 4 " round and
flattened them to 3/4 inch. Don't sound like as much fun
but they " were " good . Here's the recipe .

Baked Salmon Cakes

Chopped small , 1/3 cup of : Onion, Celery , Red Bell Pepper and
Micro wave for 2 minutes. Let it cool .

In a Bowl , put 1 - 14 oz. can of Pink Salmon and break up larger pieces.

Sprinkle with : Black pepper and add:
teasp. of Garlic , Onion Powder and level teasp.of Old Bay Seasoning.
2 level teasp. of Parsley flakes
3 heaping tablespoons of Mayonnaise
Fold and Blend this together and add: cup each of Flavored and Plain bread crumbs.

Beat 1 egg and add 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder, beat well.
Add this to the Salmon mix and blend with a fork ( Just enough to mix it through.)
If the mix is too wet add a little more Bread Crumbs

Make 6 Balls ( work easy ) and flatten slightly to 4 inches round and inches thick
.I baked them on a cookie tin , lined with Aluminum Foil, sprayed with Pam

Bake 20 to 25 minutes at 320 Degrees. Then brush with melted butter and
Broil on Low for 5 minutes or until a Golden Tan.
Serve Hot or freeze separated w Plastic wrap , in a Zip Lock or container.

Bon Appetite


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RE: how to post pics from photobucket? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: alku05 on 05.16.2007 at 02:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Glad, you need to use html to code for a clickable link. You can us a A HREF code for that. I find the library of html codes linked below useful for getting examples of how to use html code.

Here is a link that might be useful: Html codes


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RE: Banquette anyone? (Pic) (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: kitchenkelly on 05.12.2007 at 11:08 am in Kitchens Forum

I am doing a banquette for my tiny kitchen (actually had to sit in the sink base cabinet to take this picture.) My contractor had a great idea on storage: He said that most people don't use the storage when it has the hinged top (too much of a pain to remove cushions and move table.) He suggested adding long drawers!

Karencon - Thanks for the idea on making cushions.
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RE: Unpaid notice from electrician's vendor - what do I do? (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: ljwrar on 05.11.2007 at 12:48 am in Kitchens Forum

Rawdeal and Toomuchtochoosefrom,

Each state has different laws. Here is a link to a general explanation of lien releases.

In California, the payment process works as follows:

A contractor submits a bill for a progress payment and includes "conditional lien releases" from the GC and subcontractors. A "conditional lien release for progress payment" states that once the GC is paid and pays the sub they give up their right to lien the property for work covered under that payment.

Once the GC or sub is paid, they need to send in an "unconditional lien release for progress payment". This document confirms the GC or sub has been paid for this work to date. You should not make the next payment until all subs and the GC provide the "unconditional releases".

If all subs but, say the plumber, send in the release, you can make the next payment, but withhold the amount billed for the plumber until you receive that release. This is your leverage to be sure the GC paid the plumber.

For the final payment, the process is similar (except for one more thing that I will discuss later) but you need to get "conditional releases upon final payment." This document states that once payment is made, the GC or sub releases all rights to lien the property for this project.

Here is the one more thing. In California, a supplier will record a pre-lien notice with the city or county to reserve lien rights in case of non-payment. The pre-lien notice gives the name of the supplier and the subcontractor. Before making the final payment to the GC, I would check with my city to find out who filed pre-lien notices on my property. Before making the final payment to the GC, I would insist on final UNCONDITIONAL lien-releases from all suppliers that recorded a notice. This would prove the suppliers were paid in full on the project.

The link below is to the forms used in California. I found them by googling "california lien releases". You can probably do the same for your state.

I hope this helps.


Here is a link that might be useful: CA Lien Release Forms and Information


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RE: Does Anyone Do Chair Rails in Rooms Anymore??? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: karenforroses on 10.09.2006 at 07:42 pm in Home Decorating Forum

gagesgranny, Thanks. I'm so glad you like it. The top is Basic Khaki and the bottom is a custom mixed bisque that was matched to our bisque kitchen cabinets. I love the soft, subtle difference. Here's another picture of the walls with the cabinets.

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like the seating.

idea - put shallow drawers in table. make table longer than seating to push plush with wall when not in use?

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Home Show 2007 Inspiration Photos

posted by: judithva on 05.09.2007 at 02:58 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi all,

It is time for another Home Show for my area. I took about a 100 photos I will add more later (it takes a long time) LOL.

Most popular decorating colors was Browns, and the teal blues, with some dark reds in other homes.

Warning!!! If you like these photos, please save them, I don't have enough room on my Photo acct to hold these too long.

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I have quite a few more, I will post MORE tomorrow.


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RE: 'The Sweeby Test' - anyone save it? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: starpooh on 04.23.2007 at 12:35 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm packrat.... have alot of old threads saved.
I can add this to the FKB - with Sweeby's permission, of course.
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The Sweeby Test
Posted by Sweeby (My Page) on Fri, Dec 2, 05 at 15:11

A couple of recent posts have referred to something that has been jokingly referred to as 'the Sweeby test', and it's been suggested that a separate thread on that topic might be helpful.

The situation is this -- You're trying to decide between several different options (backsplash, flooring, island size or configuration, countertop material -- whatever), and all of the options being considered look good. Functional and financial considerations are certainly important, but among the thousands of highly functional good choices -- There are so many options to choose from! Which to choose and how to decide?

My suggestion was to try to figure out what you needed the element in question to contribute to your kitchen. To start by focusing on your kitchen as a whole, from a far-off hazy distance -- to wander off into your favorite kitchen fantasy and think about what it feels like, not what it looks like. (Your real kitchen please, not the one where Brad Pitt feeds you no-cal chocolates while George Clooney polishes the brass knobs on your Lacanche.) Then using mood words, describe what your dream kitchen feels like:

warm or cool, tranquil and soothing or energetic and vibrant? calm, happy, dramatic?
cozy or spacious? light and bright or dark and rich?
subtle tone-on-tone, boldly colorful, textured?, woody or painted?
modern, traditional, vintage, rustic, artsy, retro, Old World, Arts & Crafts, Tuscan?
elegant, casual? sleekly simple, elaborately detailed, or somewhere in between?
pristine or weathered, professional or homey?
whimsical, sophisticated, accessible, romantic? masculine or feminine?
How much zing? and where?

The list goes on and on...

Once you've identified the way you want your space to feel, then write it down as best you can. Try to freeze that feeling in words so you can refer back to it if you find yourself losing your vision or going off track.

Then look at where you are so far with the elements you have, and ask yourself if you're on the right course to create your dream? Odds are, at any given point in time, you'll be part way there, but that you'll need to go a little more this way, or a little more that way to move closer to your dream. Try to figure out what direction you need to go, what the missing element is that you need to add, (or just as important, if neutral background is what's needed) and write a 'Mission Statement' for your ideal backsplash / flooring / countertop:

"The perfect backsplash for my kitchen will add an enement of romance and whimsy, while not disrupting the calm and soothing tone-on-tone color scheme or diverting attention from my beautiful granite."
"My ideal countertops will provide the 'zing' my kitchen is missing right now, adding an element that is modern, rich, sophisticated and dramatic."

Then evaluate your potential choices against this Mission Statement. Odds are, one of your options will further your dreams while most of the others, though beautiful, take your kitchen down another path.

That's what I've got. What else can we add?


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Almost finished... pic.

posted by: sharb on 12.26.2006 at 01:49 am in Kitchens Forum

Here is a photo of my almost finished kitchen. I have spent the last hour trying to figure out how to post a link to an album on Shutterfly and can't seem to do it. So, for now, just one photo.

We started our remodeling on June 1 and our furniture was delivered back to the house last Tuesday. It has been a very busy week and I'm exhausted, maybe that's why I can't figure out Shutterfly!

I want to thank everyone here for invaluable help. I would have hated facing this alone, there was always a place to go for help.

We still have things to do, some moldings have to be added, the fireplace has to be finished, etc., but it's livable. We still have boxes to unpack and I have nothing on the walls yet, so decorating has to be done, but I can cook, do dishes, etc..

As soon as I figure out Shutterfly, I will post more photos. SharB

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RE: Finally FINISHED!!! final design plan (Follow-Up #45)

posted by: cubby14 on 11.09.2006 at 10:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Beth here is the layout of our final design.

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Finally FINISHED!!!

posted by: cubby14 on 11.08.2006 at 12:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

This was a mostly DIY with a few things contracted out. Went pretty smoothly only a few glitches. We started in early June and were finished except for the trim work at the beginning of September. I still need to paint the pantyr door but all in all it is great.

Things I love:
* induction cooktop it is so fast and responsive and after a regular electic cooktop it is heaven.

* huge island we got rid of kitchen table and don't miss it a bit.

* corner lazy susan so much more usable than old blind cabinet

* step in pantry had deep pantry shelves and hated them love being able to see things (only 12" deep shelves) feels like more space even though it isn't.

* no soffit even though I can't reach the top of anything without a stool.

Things I don't love:
* sink is too deep I am 5'2" and my back hurts when I am doing anything in it silgranite double bowl 9" bowls.

*faucet it is Price Pfister and has never worked correctly, sprayer leaks after fixing twice. It is being replaced as soon as I find something.

One regret:
* only getting the 30" four burner induction cooktop instead of the 36" six burner.
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Here is a link that might be useful: link to before and after photos


same cabinets, diff. stain, almost same floorplan.
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