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Please show me your kitchen with new fluorescent lighting!

posted by: aussies on 05.09.2008 at 01:22 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm interested to see pictures of kitchens lit by new fluorescent lights - recessed, ceiling fixtures and/or undercabinet.

Please also give details if you can of what kind of lights they are - wattage? diameter/length? spacing? brand?

How do you like it? Anything you would do differently? Do you also have incandescent lighting in the same room? - how do they look together?

TIA!

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clipped on: 05.23.2008 at 09:41 am    last updated on: 05.23.2008 at 09:43 am

RE: Cutting costs? (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: raenjapan on 02.16.2008 at 09:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are photos from our last house. That kitchen renovation cost about $3500. We did all the labor ourselves (we're experienced DIYers, though). The cabinets came from a local cabinet maker and cost $1800 (these cabinets are used by a lot of local builders). They weren't the best in the world, but I think we can all agree it was a vast improvement. The counters are formica, which is just as no-maintenance as solid surface, just not as blingy. The tile was about $1 a sf. The only appliance we had to buy was the dishwasher. It took us about 6 weeks to finish the project. It can be done.


http://picasaweb.google.com/raenjapan/BeforeAndAfterKitchens/photo#5059127174229813810


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clipped on: 05.23.2008 at 09:33 am    last updated on: 05.23.2008 at 09:34 am

Did anyone NOT go with undercabinet lighting.

posted by: redroze on 04.10.2008 at 09:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

We're adding ample potlights and will have pendant lights above our island. Do we need to go with undercabinet lighting? Did anyone not go with it and are happy with their choice?

I understand the functional aspect of it but I don't like the glare that it reflect off of the countertops, and I almost wonder if they're needed.

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clipped on: 05.23.2008 at 09:28 am    last updated on: 05.23.2008 at 09:28 am

Obsessing over undercabinet lighting - advice requested

posted by: chefkev on 04.13.2008 at 12:43 am in Kitchens Forum

I am going back and forth endlessly about which undercabinet lights to get. I've looked at a bunch of old posts and am leaning towards fluorescent T4 or T5s. I know the Xenon's give off a more pleasing light (higher CRI), but I looked at them at the Menards display, and while they may be cooler than Halogen, they were still hot enough to burn my finger.

I have 4 cabinets (30", 36" and two 21") that the lights will go under. The T5s are lower profile and will only stick down 7/8" so they'll be practically invisible without adding any extra trim or valance. The T4s will stick down 1/2" more but come in more sizes so I effectively can get more light under each cabinet.

21" cab (T5-8w vs. T4-16w) 30" cab (T5-16w vs. T4-20w) 36" cab (T5-21W vs. T4-24w)

I have 6 incandescent can lights in an 11 x 15 kitchen, so I've already got pretty good lighting. Should I get the T5s because they stick down less, or will difference in wattage be significant enough that I'd better off with the T4s. Please give an opinion and help me stop obsessing - or at least help me obsess better. Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: link to pegesus lighting which carries both lights

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clipped on: 05.23.2008 at 09:00 am    last updated on: 05.23.2008 at 09:02 am

10K Budget Remodel...Done!

posted by: lishaana on 04.25.2008 at 10:03 am in Kitchens Forum

I just finished 2 kitchens in the last 4 months. The first is the kitchen to my new house (which I'll post in another thread) and the second is the kitchen of my Townhouse which will be going on the market this week(below)

I forgot to take a true "before" shot, but I have a few in progress shots. The kitchen was the original 1982 special with painted slab cabinet doors in not so nice condition, fake yellow- brown woodgrain laminate that looked nothing like wood. Hartco light oak parquet flooring that was in poor shape. Almond appliances all around (including the original 1982 coil range and OTR MW. And Almond sheet laminate as the backsplash.

Here are a few in progress pics(after the floor was replaced, and counters and backsplash removed).

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Here is a pic of the old flooring:

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Here are the finished pics:

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The details:

Total cost 10K. ALL of the work was hired out. I acted as GC.

Original cabinets with new unfinished doors bought from Evans cabinet and doors in TX. The doors were predrilled and supplied w/blum hinges by Evans. The doors and cabinet trim were painted by my painters in SW alabaster white. Crown Moulding was also added by my handyman. The old hinges were removed and the holes were patched by the painters. Total cost of doors (with shipping) $1300.

I also replaced all the interior shelving($60). The pullouts were in good condition.

Cab Hardware - ebay $55

Flooring: New site finished red oak HW to match existing 25 year old floor. Needed to combine 3 stains to get the right color (Gunstock, red mahogany and Golden Oak in equal parts). $1600

Counters: 12x12 Black galaxy granite tile (if we were staying in the house I would have done slab). $7.20/sq foot from HD during their special order flooring sale (1/2 the price of our local Tile store)

Sink: Ebay! 30" single bowl undermount from Tangent Direct (originally bought one from Galaxy Tools, but it was too big for the cabinet). $150

Faucet: Moen Renzo in Stainless steel ($150)

Backsplash. Inexpensive ceramic tile that mimics the Durango (mexican Limestone) tile I have in my new kitchen. $140

Appliances: Kept 2 year old stainless Bosch, Replaced almond panel w/ stainless one on existing Subzero ($360), New Range (GE JSP42 stainless slide-in) $1160 and OTR MW (GE JVM1740) $310

Labor: Painters(Painted room and cabinets), Handyman(crown moulding, installed new doors and cab hardware, installed OTR MW) Tile contractor(counter and backsplash) and Plumber. $4500

Hopefully this new kitchen will help sell out house fast!

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clipped on: 05.23.2008 at 08:47 am    last updated on: 05.23.2008 at 08:48 am

RE: subway tiles (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: cluelessinva on 05.18.2008 at 08:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks so much! The cabinets are maple Merillat Masterpiece. The style is Martel and the color is dove white. The paint is BM Gray Wisp, and the pendants are from Hinkley. The countertops are soapstone, but they still need to be honed and oiled. We still have quite a few finishing touches left, but we're getting there. Good luck!

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clipped on: 05.23.2008 at 08:36 am    last updated on: 05.23.2008 at 08:37 am