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RE: Backsplash questions - where to end and edging options. (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: Muffett on 01.29.2014 at 01:00 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks Icskaisgir... I'm approaching the finish line. I've been shy about posting and have just started to after lurking (and learning ) for months! Here's a photo of more of the kitchen where you can see the Schluter on either side of the hood and the window...can't wait to peel the protective film off the appliances! LOL


Fancy Backsplash to the ceiling behind the hood and smaller line around the kitchen
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Reveal of our smallish white and gray kitchen

posted by: erhm on 04.06.2013 at 08:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been hanging out here for a few months and have learned a lot. Plus I always love seeing what other folks have done and I adore the pictures of newly renovated kitchens. We are now done with our remodel so I thought I'd return the favor! Here goes.

The old kitchen had a bunch of issues: not enough storage or countertop space, no ventilation, peeling paint on the cabinets, hideous vinyl floor, and stained butcher block countertops.

Here's the old kitchen:
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There was a bunch of unused space in the eating area--we stuck our microwave and recycling bins in this area:

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Although the old kitchen had a number of issues,we found the layout to be reasonably functional (given the constraints of the house--it's a 1935 brick colonial with a 1970's-era addition on the back). We did not have the budget or the patience for a major remodel that would involve an addition and/or moving walls around, and we generally like the layout of the rest of the house. So we decided to keep the basic floorplan while replacing everything and making some changes around the edges. We added shallow lower cabinets and a strip of countertop to the wasted space in the eating area, with open shelving above. We added an externally vented hood and switched to a wood floor that matches the rest of the flooring on the first floor of the house. We went with two big lower drawers instead of cabinets for pot and pan storage. Here are some pictures of the new kitchen--I'll list all the details at the end.

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Counters: Caesarstone Raven
Floors: oak stained to match the rest of the first floor
Cabinets: local custom shaker cabs in "frosty white"
Hardware: Top Knobs
Sink: Kohler Whitehaven
Faucet: Delta Allora
Backsplash: Solistone Mardi Gras in Carollton
Range: GE Cafe gas with double oven
Dishwasher: Bosch SHX33RL5UC
Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid Counter Depth French Door
Hood: Zephyr Savona 30"
Microwave: GE Profile with trim kit
Paint: Martha Stewart Spring Melt
Table: Room and Board Aria in white
Chairs: Ikea Sigurd in dark gray

We are very happy with the end result. I'm particularly pleased with how all the colors came together. We LOVE the new backsplash. I had seen a few pictures online of how the tile looked installed, but it's hard to envision in your own space with just a single sample tile. The tile is a greenish gray that varies depending on how the light hits it. It's actually uniform in color, but it appears variegated because of the light effect. It has a little bit of shimmer but isn't too showy. I had originally thought we would go for gray paint on the walls, but our dining room is painted green so I started looking at grays with some green in them, and we ultimately ended up with paint that is green with a gray overtone (Spring Melt from Martha Stewart at Home Depot). The pictures don't do it justice, but it coordinates really well with the backsplash and I find it really soothing. I also really love our new hood--going from no ventilation to this is a huge improvement! The Zephyr Savona is a chimney-style hood but it has a rounded edge that makes it a little sleeker looking.

Based on everything I've learned over the last few months it seems like a lot of what we did is right in line with current trends (quartz counters, white cabinets, some open shelving, farmhouse sink), but we love it so I'm not too concerned about it looking dated in a few years. Plus we are planning to stay in this house for years to come, so no worries about resale.

Let me know if you have any questions. I benefited so much from seeing and hearing about others' decisions--would be happy to help if I can!


Love the backsplash
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RE: Sneak peek - typhoon bordeaux green is in! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: akcorcoran on 04.03.2013 at 09:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yay - thanks, everyone!

I nearly had a nervous breakdown because I was choosing a stone with movement and color and not something super neutral that you see in most "trends" these days. But my cabinets were neutral and creamy and they really surround the kitchen, leaving the island as the centerpiece. There is a bronze glaze in the cabinets that you can't really see in the photos - why do we always end up taking them at night in the worst lighting? :-) Anyway, it really came out just as I imagined it!

I am SO excited for when the backsplash goes in because the glass tile is beautiful.

The lights are my latest up-all-night-dilemma so if you've got ideas, I'd love to hear them. I so appreciate GW!

Here's a closeup of the border with the travertine and the paint color. And then the second photo of the four 1x1 glass tile colors - those are the colors being used in the "feature" in the backsplash for the rangetop, underneath the hood. There are 2x2s in green that have a single pattern from the border (the cris-crossing circles) and then the colors make up the background. Hopefully it's backsplash jewelry!


Tantrum tile with Typhoon bordeoux.
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RE: Talk to me about corner sinks - are they ever OK? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: jakuvall on 02.12.2013 at 08:01 am in Kitchens Forum

They can solve counter issues- I always do recessed corner bases instead of just a straight angled one. Gives better clearance to adjacent cabinets, makes access to wall cabinet and behind sink much easier.
Pics below- drawing, both the photos show a large single sink (undermounts in laminate) the dark one is a 39" base, the QS oak is a 42" base in progress in the showroom.


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RE: Want to change out a portion of my backsplash, need opinions! (Follow-Up #38)

posted by: juliet11 on 10.03.2012 at 10:01 am in Kitchens Forum

It's too bad that staining and enhancing your tiles didn't make them less pink.

I love crackle tiles too. My backsplash is also Grazia Rixi in crema (with noce accents) and in real life it is not as white as it appears in a2gemini's photos. Here's a photo of mine:

If you have a Home Depot nearby, I found that Leviton wall plates in Light Almond are very close in color to the crema tiles, as you can see in my photo.

Rixi also comes in a yellow color called dore. I found a thread that has photos of Rixi crema and dore next to each other so you can compare.

Here is a link that might be useful: Comparison of Rixi crema and dore


Backsplash option
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Quick Decision Needed on Backsplash

posted by: mamasheshe on 10.02.2012 at 03:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have a small 30" area under my microwave. Should I do the regular perimeter backsplash with 4" of deco mosaic, blue pencil and white tile, or fill it completely with the deco mosaic?


microwave nook
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RE: Recessing the fridge, how will it look? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: marcy96 on 09.04.2012 at 08:27 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine, recessed into the wall studs (before the backsplash was up).

Fridge wall before backsplash


corner cabinet and micro shelf
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Our DIY kitchen is finally finished!

posted by: rocketmomkd on 08.28.2012 at 03:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

I want to thank so many of you who answered my questions, or asked question I was thinking of also! You've helped me make many decision and think about things I wouldn't have thought of on my own. We started this renovation on Feb 1, 2012 and just completed the last of the finishing touches. I'd still like to put in some decorative items, but I'll put them in as I find them. The only thing my dh didn't do himself were the countertops. He did everything else. I did just a little, mostly painting in the kitchen and the ajoining dining room and family room. We still have work to do in the dining room, like new table, crown molding and carpet. Not in a hurry though. I just want to spend some time enjoying my new kitchen. I know you've all seen so many white kitchens already, and this is my third one, but I still love a white kitchen!
Some details:
Cabinets- Shenandoah Mission, maple linen finish
Counters- Absolute Black granite
Backsplash- Carrera marble, honed 4"x12" tiles
Floor- Basalt Nero 12"x24" porcelain tile
Faucet- Delta Trinsic
Sink- Vigo zero radius stainless steel
Refrigerator- LG
Range- GE Profile electric convection
Dishwasher- Bosch



The window above the sink will be removed.



And After:



micro shelf
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out of the abb and into the abt2

posted by: a2gemini on 08.24.2012 at 09:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Drum roll please!
We are out of the ABT club! We actually have a backsplash. The only leftovers are the trim and table - therefore the ABT2
Here is a sneak preview of the backsplash - I was hoping the trim would be done today but didn't happen. The table is on order and the Amish builder called to see if we could modify the dimensions slightly.
I wanted a little something more over the cooktop and considered a second accent row - but just didn't feel right, so hunted while visiting DM and found the accent pieces.
The pictures look more white than in reality

Backsplash - Grazia Rixi Crema
Accent row - Beach
Accent tiles - Impulse deco
Grout Tek Antique white

South and West wall

East Wall

East wall close up

South wall - cooktop area

It is really hard to take pictures due to the windows in the area - but hopefully when totally done, we will have a full set of good pictures!

Thanks for all of your inspirations - especially CKGM and Chitown!


Backsplash - simple but with detail.
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RE: Crazy Idea, Crazy Me? Both? Neither? (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: suzannesl on 08.18.2012 at 11:16 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm a big fan of Talavera/Mexican tiles, but I gotta say that using cut-off strips of lots of different patterns doesn't do it for me. Couldn't you find one you like that uses whole tiles?


Warning: I was in a restaurant restroom last week that used talavera field tiles which were so sub-par it was embarrassing. Be sure that you actually see the goods before you install.


Ideas for patterned backsplash
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Need backsplash ideas - natural cherry with busy granite

posted by: labbie on 08.13.2012 at 10:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've read through so many backsplash posts my head is swimming. Huge thank you to this board for all the help thus far, and hope you can help us zero in on a backsplash choice.

We love our granite and want it to be the star, so want to keep backsplash simple. Thought was to pick up on the cream in the granite to keep the kitchen light (wood cabinets and soon to be cork flooring). Doesn't sound hard, right?! We do like the natural look of honed travertine or marble but fear the natural variation may prove too busy.
We don't want to go very contemporary, but so far are drawn to the 2x8 tile as an option for something different than the usual subway.

Appreciate any thoughts- thank you!

Kitchen today (floor will be cork, pendants tbd)

Close up of Golden Crystal granite, hard to get good photo. Rust, creams and grays/black.

Another shot with some samples up. Ivory honed travertine and berkshire honed marble (on the random strip mosaic).


Wood Hood
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RE: Beautiful blue tile posted a while ago? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Steph2000 on 08.05.2012 at 01:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi, circuspeanut. My memory isn't perfect, but it seemed the tile was close to that color. It was applied floor to ceiling in the picture.

I've been digging through my files and looking at the threads. I think it might be one of those unfortunate examples of a pic disappearing after a time. I keep forgetting that happens a lot around here.

In my digging, I did happen to run across the pic sas95 posted of a Walker Zanger Ceramica Alhambra in green tones going floor to ceiling, which is also stunning and in an earthy green colorway. Egads, it is gorgeous.


I wonder what happened to that blue one...perhaps it will show up.


Green variegated tile
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RE: Builder's last nerve... (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: may_flowers on 07.26.2012 at 09:16 am in Kitchens Forum

Also consider the look of the chimney in your design. Your over-the-range cabinet mimics the one over the fridge, and I would be reluctant to mess with the symmetry too much. It's what makes your kitchen so different from everyone else's.

I personally don't care for a long chimney up to a 9 foot ceiling. It looks too tubey to me. I have 8 foot ceilings, and the chimney part of my hood is only about 22 inches tall. I have the Broan EW58. I like the squared-off chimney and deep hood. You also need to set your cabinets back at least two inches from the sides of a chimney hood, so your cab dimensions will change slightly. Will the builder want to do that?

Another alternative is a pro-style canopy hood. It fits right in between the cabs, so no changes are needed to the cabs. I really wanted one but we didn't want to spend hundreds more.

Here's ours.


Chimney Hood example
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As good as it gets for now-Finished kitchen minus backsplash

posted by: senator13 on 07.22.2012 at 10:13 am in Kitchens Forum

We moved in last August to our new home that my husband built himself. I thought that we might have a backsplash before now, but we had many more pressing things to get done in our new home. I wouldn't say the backsplash is at the bottom of the list of to-do items, but it isn't near the top, either. So I decided that I would post the mostly finished kitchen and then I can add backsplash photos later.

As far as kitchens go, it is perfect for us. We designed it ourselves, after reworking the layout many, many, times. I am still really pleased at how well it works for our family of four and a dog. Our kids are little (4 and 6), so we needed to build a kitchen that could take some wear and tear for many years to come. My favorites in the kitchen are the cabinets, induction stove, farm sink and the Marmoleum (althought the Marmoleum is actually one of my favorite things in the house, since we have it in several rooms). The only thing I would do differently if I had to was maybe add a little more lighting in the center of the kitchen. My challenge with this is that my husband did not want cans, so I really struggled with figuring out a good lighting plan. It actually works great at night, but mid-day it could use different lighting. Here are the details of the kitchen:

Stove: Kenmore Elite Induction (which I believe they are no longer selling). I love this stove, really, really, love it. Like more than my husband some days :) Induction is awesome, especially for the messy cook, like me. And the oven has lots of great features that I didn't have before, either.

Cabinets: Custom made by a local Amish cabinetmaker. Quartersawn, white oak with Natural Genimni Finish. Soft close drawers and doors, but no other inserts or other add-ons.

Hardware-Amerock, Highland Ridge, Oil Rubbed Bronze

Diswasher: Used from my MIL house. It works great for the time being, but is 7 years old.

Farm sink: Kohler Dickenson. The cast iron on this sink is great. No chipping, so scratching, so marks. I am not gentle to this sink, but it looks brand new. It weighs 300+ lbs, so the cabinetmaker needed to plan for that.

Faucet: Danze D422057RB Opulence Two Handle Kitchen Faucet with Matching Side Spray, Oil Rubbed Bronze: Great faucet. I prefer the side spray, especially for the look since I wanted a bridge faucet. The bronze looks great on it. We do have well water, so I need to take the screen out of the faucet periodically when it gets some sand residue in it.

Range hood: Cavaliere Stainless Steel 30" x 20" Wall Mount Range Hood with 900 CFM: For our use, and for the money, this works perfectly. The higher levels are a little nosy but I rarely run those for an extended time except when I am cleaning the oven. We need to still get a custom top made for the extention since we have a slope in the celling. We have a metal worker that will do this for us at some point.

Lighting: Center light: Landmark 66138-1 Chadwick 1-Light 14-Inch Pendant, Oiled Bronze

Light over side pantries: ProTrack
Classic Pewter 32 3/8" Wide 4-Light Ceiling Light Fixture

Lights over bar top: Machias. Replica Schoolhouse Pendant Light made by Etsy seller Lamp Goods. She was an absolute dream to work with. They are great lights and she let me do some customization to them.

Refrigerator: So my husband and I may be the only people on the planet who actually still prefer top freezer configurations, which didn't make for a lot of options. We ended up with a GE, which has worked well. My only complaint is that it doesn't have a freezer light, but that seems to be the standard for almost all the top freezers.

Microwave: Panasonic Prestige NN-SD688S. Perfect size for our family. Great microwave that re-heats much more evenly than others we have had. Perfect size for a shelf, too.

Barstools: I took monthes after we moved in (6 to be exact) to figure out the stools I wanted in this space. I wanted ones that were good for small kids (backs, no swival), and comfortable for adults (curved) and look nice. I finally found these and we are very happy with them:

Flooring: Marmoleum sheet in Caribbean. I love this floor, I would marry this floor. Best thing since sliced bread. Seriously, I am so happy we picked this floor for the kitchen, three baths, foyers and laundry room. So easy to maintain and it looks great and feels even better underfoot.

Countertops: Yes, Virginia, they are laminate. I went through many trials of soapstone before I realize that it would not work for me or my family, but I do still swoon over them in other people's kitchens (so keep those pictures coming). I was about to get honed granite, but I really didn't love it more than the laminate. A year later, I can honestly say I haven't missed not having granite, quartz or soapstone, other than what they look like. Mine were built by my husband out of two sheets of plywood (not MDF) for the substrate, and then laminated with Arborite in Black Grit. I think they look great and since I have never had the option of putting hot pans on counters (I had Corian, butcher block and Formica before), I don't miss anything.

So I think that covers everything. Whew. Let me know if you have any questions that I didn't answer!

From Gardenweb photos

Closeup when the cabinets where being made

From Kitchen cabinets

From Gardenweb photos

From Gardenweb photos

From Gardenweb photos

Flooring after it was installed:

From Gardenweb photos

Cubbie spaces above the pantry where I like to keep some of my vintage items:

From Gardenweb photos

And the view from my kitchen:
From 2012-06-11

From 2012-06-11


quartersawn oak
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Help me choose a dining table & Cab Color Please! : )

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 07.19.2012 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

OK, long story short we sold our dining table b/c it had 4 legs and wouldn't work with a banquette bench. The kitchen/DR is one room but the dining area is 16x12. I don't want anything too formal but not too casual either! Kids will be at it regularly and don't want to have heart attacks on a regular basis.

In the kitchen area, our cabs are yellow lowers with marble counters, white uppers; white island with walnut butcher block. Floors are wood stained Provincial.

Now that we got rid of existing DR furniture we don't have to stick to certain colors table and cabinetry. We are planning 4 feet of cabinetry on either side of banquette bench/table. SO, wondering if I should do a wood colored cabinetry, or try white or something else? The woodwork/molding is white.

A few inspiration photos even though you've probably seen them:


Imperial Danby

walnut top:


chrome pull


this light:

with this fabric & backsplash:

I went to Arhaus Furniture today and liked a few things. My favorite is this COPPER top table. It felt great and has some special finish (wax?). They said it's pretty indestructible. I wondered if it would work with my fancy cottage look?
I'd get a rectangle.





Another is the Kensington which is really cool but I'm afraid too rustic?? My GC has this table with a glass top on it. I think it's great b/c the kids couldn't ruin in too much, but I think spills inside those nooks and crannies would be awful.




Then there's a Tuscany one that comes in different finishes...


What do you think? Other suggestions? Oh, and what color cabinetry?



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Oh please post a photo of your backsplashes...

posted by: berardmr on 07.13.2012 at 04:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I need some inspiration. The cabinets will arrive soon and the contractor is scheduled to begin his work in a few weeks and I don't have a clue about a backsplash. I'm open to anything and everything. Somebody rescue me with some good ideas before I scream!! The backsplash is the last choice I need to make!


Plethora of backsplash ideas
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Finished kitchen

posted by: yardboi on 06.29.2012 at 02:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

We've been back in the house for almost a year. I'm just now getting around to posting these. Everyone here was really helpful. You will probably notice elements from lots of the regulars. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


Microwave Nook
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RE: Soap dispensers installed in granite? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: juliet11 on 06.26.2012 at 09:37 am in Kitchens Forum

We recently got a Delta pulldown faucet (Ashton) and installed the soap dispenser that came with it. We like it - it does look less cluttered than a separate soap dispenser on the counter. You can fill it from the top. We use ours for dish soap and haven't had to refill it that often.

Here's a photo of ours:


backsplash and soap dispenser
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Another 8 ft ceiling question (chimney range hood?)

posted by: secondhalf on 06.23.2012 at 09:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi again- you were all so helpful with the pendant question- now I need emergency help. I have to order the cabinets Wednesday and I am having second thoughts about the chimney style 36" hood. Do they look too squat in rooms with 8 ft ceilings? Guidance (again) would be appreciated!! I'd love to get the chimney because (1) DH likes it and (2) I'm already scraping the ceiling of my cabinet budget and don't want to have to buy more...


read whole post for hood options.
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RE: Will you have to walk around too much in your kitchen? (Follow-Up #52)

posted by: a2gemini on 06.18.2012 at 09:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

LOL - It is making more sense to me know.
I was worried about the DW to the right of the sink and no where to unload - but sounds like you have a plan.

One thing that I did before finalizing - I put stickies around the kitchen and then practiced "baking", "prepping", "cooking" and "cleaning" and tweaked until it all worked!

Did you see the post of our pull out pantry? Loving it! I really need to take updated pictures - the refrigerator is in its home and the pantry is packed - but this is the our pantry (and we now have hardware to open it!)


So far, we have kept the mice to the basement - and hoping they never figure out there is another level....
I am also hopeful that the new siding is keeping them at bay - we made it all winter without any critters in the basement.

I'll be watching your plan develop.


pull-out pantry next to fridge
angled cabinet to end run
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RE: Induction cooktop or range (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: avidchef on 04.29.2012 at 08:45 pm in Appliances Forum

I have been comparing the burner specs, placement, and oven size on four inductions. The GE clearly has the largest oven (5.3) and the Verona the smallest (3.0). GE and Verona have warming drawers, Electrolux has a second oven, whose usefulness has been the subject of discussion. Viking claims to have the largest oven in the industry at 4.7 - I guess they ignore GE. The GE, Electrolux, and Viking have both freestanding and slide in. Verona has only free standing. GE has the largest burner (11) while Viking's largest is only 8 and Verona's largest is 8.75. Electrolux's largest is 10. For those who make a lot of soups, I believe the hob size is very important. Interestingly, Vikings largest burners seems to have less power then GE's largest burner. Although when comparing both 8 inch burners, Vikings is stronger and almost the equivalent of GE's largest burner. What all this means in terms of cooking - I don't really know. Perhaps the induction cooking mavens can interpret my chart and tell us if there are significant practical differences. As for me, I am still torn between the electrolux and the GE. I went to six appliance stores today and none had them on the floor. If anyone know of stores in NJ that have them on display, please let me know.

Burners Largest Burner 2 Burner 3 Burner 4

GE 11 RF 8 LF 8 LR 6 RR

2400-3700 1850-2500 1850-2500 1300-1800

ELECT 10 RF 8 LF 7 LR 6 RR

2400-3500 2400-3400 1900-2600 1500-1900

Viking 8 LF 7 RF 7 RR 6 LR

2300-3700 1850 1850 1400

Verona 5.75 RF 7 LF 7 LR 8.25 RR
1400-1900 1850-2500 1850-2500 2300-3200

I noticed when I previewed the chart the numbers ran together. I have redone it several times, but for some reason it will not post the way I designed it. I hope the chart will be comprehensible.


Great detail on induction comparison
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RE: Racing Red Induction (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: luv2putt on 06.15.2012 at 11:05 am in Appliances Forum

Installed with some new pics ...





30" Viking Induction
Custom Colors
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RE: Any colourful kitchens out there (or moderately colourful)... (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: Angie_DIY on 06.17.2012 at 11:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Gosh, I was thinking of offering up plllog's kitchen as an exemplar -- only to find that I was the first person you named!! :-)

I honestly didn't think that this would put me in the upper echelon of GW colorful kitchens!


window behind range
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As promised - More pictures(lots)

posted by: a2gemini on 05.05.2012 at 04:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

I was going to wait to post more pictures but so many of you wanted more pictures, so here you go.
We have about 50 % of the handles on the cabinets, fridge is still paying rent in the dining room (DH wants it back), UC Plugmold not installed, decorative lighting, above counter and shelf (in sun room), and still have to figure out the conundrum with the drawer below the Wolf.
The floors will be lightly sanded and finished the week of May 15th.

Of course - everyone's favorite - the backsplash!!!
Today, I saw a table that is perfect in size and shape but the wrong height - colors are perfect but the price is not!

Here we go.... Hang on for the roller coaster ride. I like to sit in the front car with hands over head.... Type T for Thrill personality...
Lighting for pictures is not great - sorry

Main L shape kitchen run -

Oven/fridge wall sans fridge...

Short end of the L - showing countertop

Sink and Garden Window (dust included as i have not cleaned up the mess)

Close up of sink and Waterstone faucet (so far my favorite item in the whole kitchen!!) It is so smooth and the flow is just perfect!!

Last minute addition to the kitchen - the pull out pantry when we figured out that we didn't need to rebuild the wing wall to the left of the fridge. (now where is that fridge again!)

Cooking zone storage drawer 1

Cooking zone drawer 2 - there are still spaces available...

Bake zone drawer 1

Bake zone drawer 2

Super Susan

Corner cabinet - I know a lot don't like these - but it works for me - top 2 shelves have a basic copco 18 inch lazy susan. Works to store my ceramic dishes and have lots from the A2 Art Fair

Above oven storage

Above missing fridge storage

Usual trash pull out - want to see about a hands free pressure switch - I just ordered one from Lee Valley - inexpensive if it doesn't work

Seam 1 at the corner - hard to even see!

Seam 2 at the cooktop (better than the sink in my mind) You can see it but I can't even feel it!

Dish drawer - but you saw this before...

Hope I haven't bored you too much. When I was a youngster, we had 12 pictures to a roll, so couldn't get too carried away!

Thanks for all of your support!!!!


Brookhaven Autumn Cherry with Brown glaze.
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RE: Cab Quotes & show me Beaded Inset vs Inset (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: FiveZs on 05.25.2012 at 09:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Our cabs are inset and beaded. Your prices seem reasonable. Our pricing didn't have a large upcharge for beaded this was not the case on other quotes we recieved. I am in NH. We had Brian Eagen Custom Cabinentry build our cabs. I have no regrets. As you will see in our photos, we are still a work in progress. I decided I was going to finish the cabs myself. I will not tackle that again. I have no regrets as they are coming along wonderfully. It's just a huge project. I am painting the island. We are thinking a burgundy like color, but we are up for suggestions.

I just realized we need to take new pix. All the perimeter cabs and wet bar are finished. I just have the island to paint and other small finish work.


Cabinet stacked to counter
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Our message center in mudroom with DIY magnetic chalkboard

posted by: aokat15 on 05.23.2012 at 11:25 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi All -

Just wanted to post a pic of our newly set-up message wall in our mudroom! I got some ideas from other threads on here so I wanted to share for anyone else who is planning. I made the magnetic chalkboard very easily and inexpensively off of the how-to on the blog linked below.

The other pieces are from the pottery barn daily system. I'm excited to have another area checked off my to-do list!

Here is a link that might be useful: Magnetic Chalkboard Blog


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99% done!! **Pic Heavy**

posted by: christine40 on 03.26.2012 at 08:51 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks for everyones help during this remodel process! Here some some pictures! Still more to do--waiting on the light over the table, waiting on a new table and barstools, window treatments, ect! But you get the idea!

Cabinets-Custom by local cab maker BM OC-11 Clay Beige
Island espresso stain on Cherry
Granite-Typhoon Bordeaux
Backsplash-Sonoma tile--limestone field in olive green, crushed glass accents in tweed, and mosaic in dry creek blend
Hardware-Alno, flat black
Appliances-Jenn Aire
LIghting-Hubberton Forge-Exos
Wall Paint-BM Stardust

Family Room:
Marble-Emperador Dark
Fireplace Extroidair gas insert

Desk Area

View from Family room


View from kitchen to family room

Fridge wall

View through kitchen and family

sink wall


Stove wall


Typhoon Bordeaux
Stove accent backsplash
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White Kitchen w/ walnut, 99% finished and lived in!

posted by: alabamamommy on 03.15.2012 at 03:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello all - I was nudged out from under the newborn rock by a post yesterday, so I figured I'd share our final photos. With a caveat... I'm still on the hunt for the appropriate decorative pieces... a properly scaled urn or raised bowl for the countertop, an arrangement of the stuff in the glass cabs that works, etc.

Overall, I love this kitchen. It's proving very family friendly and I haven't had any issues with the primed shiplap as a backsplash. The marble island top DOES etch, but we're closing our eyes and hoping to make it to patinaland sooner than later. With 18 years of school fundraisers ahead of me, I'm certain we'll get there. But there's NOTHING like making pastries on it and I'm going to try my hand at fudge and candies soon!

Our FAVORITE spot, where we spend 70% of our time, is firmly planted on the BOOs block. Chop chop chop. Walnut end-grain... can't say enough. A quick sudsy soapy wipe after each prep and a once a month oiling and it's beautiful.

So here are the pics of our very lived in by a young family of five new kitchen!


Dark accent trim
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RE: Handmade Subway Sources (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: boxerpups on 03.02.2012 at 06:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am biased because these two are from New England.

Brittany and Coggs

and Trikeenan tile


Trikeenan has gorgeous glass window "mosaic"
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Finally have a backsplash!

posted by: kngwd on 03.02.2012 at 10:02 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, I've had a functional kitchen for months & months now...actually pushing a year!! But somehow those last little things never got down. So now I finally have a backsplash! I must say it wasn't my first choice (the budget ran out ages ago!!!), but I am very happy with it! DH spent his whole mid-winter break (he's a teacher) getting it up and I love!! Hopefully I'll have window treatments, grout and switchplates by the weekend & I'll post better pics!!!




Backsplash idea
Ceramic tile + glass mosaic insert
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A fun pop of color...?

posted by: ayerg73 on 03.02.2012 at 09:08 am in Kitchens Forum

So, I'm thinking I need more pizazz in my tile choice.

What do you all think of a fun green? Maybe not exactly this color, but close. I think it pulls the green out of the veins in the soapstone. Also, my dining room that will be open to the kitchen after the reno has a green, cream and black color scheme. (I JUST realized that and thought I should tie it in - DUH! Shows how much we use that room, huh?)

Again, please excuse my sloppy photoshopping....


I just discovered Fireclay Tile and I'm totally loving their debris line!


Fireclay Tile - Debris.
Crackle Subway
Uses recycled content.
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RE: Microwave quandary - where can I fit one? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: dianalo on 02.19.2012 at 11:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

You can put a shelf for a micro and it does not need to be so shallow. We got one that makes the micro float by itself, but I have seen upper cabs made for a micro where the bottom of the cab is a shelf that is deeper than the cab. I know Ikea makes one like that if you need a visual.

Our micro on the shelf was installed 13" off the counter because that height worked for all of us. I like that it is not too high, yet you can use the counter below it still. It also is too tall for any young visiting guests. Our boys were 8 & 9.5 at the time of installation and they could just reach the top buttons.
The real benefit to a shelf type location is you can use any micro in that spot if the one you have conks out.

Here is a link that might be useful: our shelf


Option for microwave shelf
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RE: Can a quarter sawn or black kitchen be fun? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: senator13 on 01.23.2012 at 01:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is my q/s cab kitchen with black counters. Mind you it is brand new, so I don't have a lot of finishing touches that I think will make it more whimsical. I have a great cow picture that is going to be hung, as well as a lot of vintage items that have color. Good luck!

From Gardenweb photos

From Gardenweb photos

From Gardenweb photos

From Gardenweb photos


Mission_Quartersawn Oak
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Almost Finished- Light and Dark Kitchen with White Alaska Granite

posted by: brianadarnell on 12.03.2011 at 10:25 am in Kitchens Forum

First of all, thank you to everyone who contributed so much to this kitchen. I learned so much and made so many wise decisions because of information I gained on this site. I found this site just as our new build construction began and was able to utilize all of the wonderful information into my kitchen design for function, even though I already knew exactly how I wanted the kitchen to look.

We ended up completing the house project ourselves so finalizing the kitchen and getting settled has taken some time. Hosting Thanksgiving for 14 was a major catalyst in the effort to at least get our main floor permanently decorated. Now the only thing missing is the barstools!

from the great room
Side by Side Refrigerator- Love it. I hated the previous french door refrigerator we had. So happy to go to the side by side.
Angled Corner cabinet- I know these aren't popular, but the storage is fabulous for all of our stemware.
Cabinet on the back of the island- its amazing how much fits under there!
Microwave cabinet- Since we don't use the microwave that often, I'm glad we hid it. With our open floor plan, I didn't want it visible from the great room and dining room except when in use.
5 Piece Drawer Heads- these were an upgrade, but I love the way they look.
Drawers, Drawers, Drawers- Love them! I had a lot of drawers in our old house and went with all drawers this time except for the sink base and the corner susan.
Pantry- Custom designed the shelf layout.
Lower Corner Cabinet-
Dining Room Table- just off the kitchen. Thanks for your help on selecting the table. It was delivered just a few days before Thanksgiving. It has one more leaf that we take out for everyday use.

Some details:
Kitchenaid Appliances-
Refrigerator: KSC525MVMK
Wine Cooler: KURG24RWBS
Dishwasher:KUDE40FXSS panel ready
Range: KDRS467VSS
Lights: International Lighting 23341057 London Mist Four Light Seedy Glass Bell Pendant
Backsplash- Horus Cristalli Crackle Subway in Bianco
Knobs and Pulls: Alno Creative Inc knobs:ALN56206 1 1/4" / pulls 3 1/2" cup pulls solid brass in barcelona finish ALN56510
Faucet- Moen Brantford in Stainless
Disposal- Insinkerator Evolution Series
Sink- Blanco Silgranit in Biscuit with Offset drain Diamond Single Basin #440196
Granite- White Alaska/Delicatus
Cabinets- Brookhaven in Antique White for Perimeter and Matte Brown with black glaze for the island. Door style is edgemount recessed
Floors- 5" wide white oak quartersawn vertical grain with glitza (no stain)


Brookhaven Edgemont Recessed
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RE: designnov, any pictures yet? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: designnov on 11.12.2011 at 10:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

here they are! Door style is inset, square flat panel with soft white paint and cherry coffee stain with black glaze. We are happy so far. Also went with dovetailed drawers and soft close. The soapstone looks amazing - hopefully we will be completely finished in a few weeks. Hope this helps in your decision - let me know if you have any questions. Hope the pics come out - first time posting pics.





Island - cherry coffee stain with black glaze
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RE: Kitchen cabinets to the ceiling? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: sally123 on 10.22.2011 at 07:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

My cabinets go all the way to our 9-foot ceilings. Here are some pictures (note: the table, chairs, and stools are all leftovers from the previous kitchen and will be replaced):


cabinet color
example of stacked cabinet
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Check out my Sandstone Kitchen and Bath counters

posted by: bh401 on 10.18.2011 at 02:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ok guys, you were a lot of help on this build and I know it's been a while since I asked for help. We didn't get to move in until the end of June(was supposed to be the end of February). I'm still not done decorating but I think the kitchen is presentable enough.

Oh, please ignore the date stamp. I took these this morning but my camera had died and I didn't fix the date.
Normally it's brighter but of course the day I have time to take pics is the day that it turns off cold and rainy!!

The bar slabs actually up on a matched up when the slabs were first chosen. We spent over 3 hours with templates matching up the waving lines.(So I wouldn't have weird seams) Of the 3 on that section around sink, only the end one was cut correctly. Some of you my remember my rant earlier this year! So, I had to chose 2 more slabs for sink piece and to the right of sink. The piece that was cut correctly was my favorite piece and I still wanted it, even though now I have a strange seam.

Hope I'm not wearing you out with pics. Here's a couple of the master bath that also has sandstone.

Here's a shot showing more of the bathroom and peek of the closet. BTW, I LOVE my Elfa!! And yes, I have a chandy in the closet and over the tub!! Hubby asked "why, nobody with see them?" Answer-I WILL!! THEY ARE FOR ME!!!

Thanks again to all of you who gave me advice on my kitchen. I absolutely love it!! And a special thanks to Boxerpups for the helpful pics and the pep talk to do what I wanted even when most every one poo-pooed it!


another example of a corner sink - this one with DW immediately next to it.

36" sink in 38" base

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RE: Backside of Peninsula (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: biochem101 on 10.05.2011 at 12:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

True, you can put a MW down there instead of a range.

Bad pic showing MW on shelf under peninsula.


stacked cabinet
Microwave Under COunter
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RE: Backsplash - in progress pix (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: NYSteve on 08.04.2011 at 10:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Studioist: I'm in Rockland County, and our GC does not sub out any of the detail work like trim carpentry or tile work -- he has his own guy. It's Provenza Contracting.

jilsee & Elab1: Thanks!

brianadarnell: lol ... or not!

Here are some more pix to give you some perspective (still no grout).


They started tiling each wall in the center of the "focal point" -- the sink in one case and the cooktop in the other -- which is why those focal points look so great. But it's also why the tile ends a bit short of the edge of the counter on each run.

We're thinking about a way to "finish" it off. We could use a pencil molding or, as our GC suggested, cut some tiles to 2x4 and run a single course (vertically), staggered (like bricks) on each of the two edges. I'm not sure ... but there is currently too much wall reveal and about an inch of counter with no backsplash at each edge. Thoughts?


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RE: We Got Granite (Sienna Bordeaux; Pix) (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: NYSteve on 07.14.2011 at 01:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks again, everyone, for the compliments. We really love the sense of motion through that big island... Now if we can ever get the electrician and plumber to show up, we could make some progress in turning this all functional!

Redhead47: Our granite place had both Sienna and Typhoon -- so at least some people think they are different. The Typhoon samples that we saw all had more white, while the Siennas had, well, Sienna :)

ae2ga: The hood is part of the Omega cabinet line - it's a mantle-style wood hood, and we got a prestige insert/blower to go with it.

As for the backsplash, here's what we're doing, first in sketch form:

The main field is 4x4 tumbled marble, fairly neutral color; tile run "straight"
Random dots: Scarlet crushed metal 2x2 tiles, turned 45 degrees.

Over the cooktop is a metal framed rectangle, filled with a diamond pattern:

The diamond pattern consists of these pieces (all in a diamond shape, though):
25% plain tumbled marble:

25% etched marble with a burgundy pattern on itL

25% scarlet crushed glass:

25% "marrone" crushed glass (kind of greyish taupeish).

These colors don't do the pieces justice, but you should get the idea.

(What's cool is that lets you design these custom blends right on-line.)

Not too much happening except over the cooktop, and there we drew on all of the existing colors in the cabinets and marble. Thoughts?


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RE: Electric receptable under cabinets? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: jscout on 10.07.2011 at 05:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Sorry I haven't responded. Been working with my contractor getting my appliances in the last couple of days. I don't know what brand of plugmold they are. The electrician asked to if he could supply it, because that way be could have better control of the product. He said I would only have to pay his cost which I thought was fair. I also plan on adding LED lights along the front side, but that will be toward the end of the project.

I was at HD the other day and I think these might be the same or similar to the ones they sell there. I don't think these are tamper resistant, so they may or may not pass code in some jurisdictions. So far the electrician has done everything to code for my town, so it's possible that my town is fine with this.

In any case, those strips are about about 1 1/4 inches wide and about 3/4 inches deep, which explains why they're flush with my 3/4 inch light rail. They were installed about an inch off the backsplash so if I ever have to plug in a block power supply I should have some clearance. There is a larger junction box at the beginning of the run where the wire nuts are. It's double the thickness and the only part visible above light rail level at some angles.

I did ask about installing them at a 45 degree angle, but the electrician said these were so low profile that a 45 degree angle would have made them more visible. I didn't argue with him, because I thought it would be fine. I didn't have any problem locating an outlet when looking to plug something in.

Here's a close-up:


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RE: Electric receptable under cabinets? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: jscout on 10.05.2011 at 08:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are mine. The GFCI is at the breaker.

Eye level:

Along bottom of cabinet:

Counter level:


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RE: Medallion vs. Kraftmaid (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: marcy96 on 09.26.2011 at 08:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I installed Schuler cabinets from Lowe's in my kitchen a couple of years ago. They are the same as Medallion. I love the finish and the construction, so I say go with Medallion. They will also customize most of their cabinets for you. Here's a picture of my kitchen.

Dining area after


ideas for "pantry" wall
Hutch is 5.5' wide and 21" deep (bathroom vanity to avoid custom size.
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Finished Rustic Modern Kitchen with Soapstone

posted by: countrygirl217 on 09.30.2011 at 05:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

I want to start by saying THANK YOU GW community! This has been a wonderful source of information. I started lurking/occasionally posting two years ago when we were going to remodel our house at the time, then we found out we were moving so we didn�t do it then we bought our house now that we basically gut-remodeled the entire house, save the master bath. I am not sure how I have survived a whole house remodel, living like gypsies for four months in a new town with a 3 year old and 18 month old, but somehow I did and I give all the thanks to GW for helping me make the remodel simply spectacular.

Our original plans for our house were only to replace the carpet with wood and tie into the existing oak flooring that was in areas of the house. The oak ended up being terrible quality, unable to be refinished, and had extensive water damage that wasn�t apparent until the old owners vacated. So the project moved to replacing all flooring in the house to gorgeous wide plank walnut. Then the walnut started going down and the oak cabinets, which I had planned on keeping in the kitchen because they were custom good quality cabinets, looked extremely dated and the countertops were ugly, IMO. We found electrical issues (the house is in an area that codes are routinely broken). Somehow along the line we ended up with a whole house remodel, including 3 � bathrooms and a kitchen. I feel much better knowing what is behind my walls now! We are thrilled with the end product as well. The problems we encountered along the way mainly stemmed from the fact that we did not have a GC over the project and my husband ended up heading up the project. It was time consuming and stressful! Next time we�ll hire a GC, but there better not be a next time because this is our forever house!

The things I changed in the kitchen were mainly just cabinets and finishes. Luckily we had a Wolf wall microwave/oven combo and Wolf gas cooktop purchased within the last year from the seller. I replaced the DW and refrigerator (defective and history of causing water damage�not taking a chance on the walnut) and took the wall oven/microwave out of the corner cabinet to free up some space, which allowed me to replace the old 36" Sub Zero that was 16 years old to the 42" Sub Zero brand new. I also took out the "bar sink" because I didn�t feel like I needed a second sink, and it was in a bad location so if I was going to change the bar sink to a prep sink I�d have to re-plumb and move locations and I just couldn�t handle that at the time. I kept the cooktop in the island mainly because I couldn�t find a better spot for it on the wall without messing up the window corner and wall oven combo. Island cooktops aren�t my favorite, but I�m hoping it�ll grow on me. Other than those things, the layout is the same but I did make the island straight instead of the strange bad Feng Shui crooked island. I can�t imagine standing at an angle to cook on that island cooktop for 16 years. ACK!

DW: Bosch
Wine Fridge: Sub Zero
42" refrigerator: Sub Zero
Cooktop, wall oven/convection microwave: Wolf
Countertops: Soapstone
Sink: 36" Shaw Original single bowl, white
Faucet: Kohler Simplice in stainless
Perimeter Cabinets: Canyon Creek Cabinets out of Seattle, maple painted color-matched BM Cloud White with a liquorice glaze
Island Cabinets: Canyon Creek rustic alder taupe stain with liquorice glaze
Hardware: Top Knobs Aspen cup pulls, handles and knobs in medium bronze
Floors: Wide plank walnut consistent with entire house
Rugs: Dash and Albert Montana Stripe
Kitchen table: Antique store find stripped and refinished by a local craftsman
Kitchen chairs: Borkholder Windsor chairs bought unfinished and finished to match the table by local craftsman (not finished yet, so not shown)
Island counterstools: Palacek
Pendants: Hudson Valley Randolph
Chandelier: Hudson Valley Menlo Park
Paint color: BM matte in Bleeker Beige















corner sink (farmhouse)
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Creamy White Delicatus Finished Kitchen

posted by: breadandsuch on 09.03.2011 at 09:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

I would like to thank all of the gardenwebbers who took the time to answer my questions, calm ny fears, reassure me during my mini panic attacks, and for allowing me to be part of a community who understood exactly what I was going through. Here are pics of my finished kitchen :)

Cabinets...Shiloh cool white with cafe glaze
Range...Wolf 60 inch dual fuel
Hood...Wolf 60 inch
Fridge...GE Monogram 48 inch
Microwave...GE Monogram Spacesaver
Dishwasher...GE Monogram
Sink...Julien 30 inch, 7 mm edge
Faucet, Pot Filler, Soap Dispenser...Grohe Ladylux3
Backsplash Tile...Walker Zanger 2x6 6th Avenue Canvas Gloss
Mini Pendant Lights...Home Depot
Dining Table...Pottery Barn Bennet
Chairs... Pottery Barn








Microwave "built-in"
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NOW it'd finished!

posted by: blonde1125 on 09.26.2011 at 07:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

First of all, I hope the pictures I posted show up. It's been a while since I posted and it seems a little different than I remember.
I haven't been on here a lot lately, but I must admit that a year ago when we were in the midst of our renovation I was on this site several times a day! All of you that post on this site were such a wonderful source of ideas an inspiration. We almost finished the kitchen about 10 months ago. But now it is finally finished with window treatments and the new tile that just went in last week.
While my kitchen is not as large or grand as some, I am truly thankful for my larger more usable space.
Here is a rundown of what we did:
Bumped out the back wall 5 feet
Reconfigured the whole room
Added an eliptical window in the new space
Changed the floor from tile to hardwood
Repositioned the windows
Added in ceiling speakers and a sound system
Enlarged the entrance way from 3 feet to 5 feet
The details
Custom Amish made cabinets painted in SW Casa Blanca
Giallo Ornamental granite
Sonoma tile in Stallar Candlelight glaze
Electrolux counter depth french door refrigerator
Kitchen aid DW
Bosch Dual fuel range
Bosch MW
Amerock Allison hardware
Delta Leland faucet
60/40 sink ( I can't remember the mfgr)
Walls SW Blonde

Here is a link that might be useful: Tiled kitchen


Kitchen has 42" corner sink with 26" sink.
Detail behind the stove
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Another Garden Web Inspired Finished Kitchen ( Lots of Pics)

posted by: LRy511 on 09.05.2011 at 04:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

My new kitchen makes me smile. I have to thank everyone at the Garden Web Kitchen Forum for giving me wonderful, practical ideas to help create my new kitchen. I also have to thank my DH for allowing me to do what I wanted to do in this kitchen, mainly white cabinets.

I have lived in this house for 13 years and always knew one day we would (God willing) renovate the kitchen. At first I wanted to change everything as far as layout, however, as time went on I discovered the layout really worked well and all I need to do was tweak a few areas. I needed to create a larger prep zone; I needed the garbage bin to by my prep zone and not half way across the kitchen. I also needed move the microwave away from the range at the request of my four children. I switched the refrigerator and wall oven to shrink the work triangle. My DH and I debated whether to put in a narrow island/ table or keep our kitchen table. We decided the space would be too small for an island and I liked the family sitting around the table and talking to one another and not seated bar style.

Many thanks to the Garden Web for giving me the impetus to ask if we could raise an obtrusive beam (left over from a 1985 renovation) into the ceiling. This beam caused the 6" vent pipe to run through several cabinets severely limiting my storage space. All gone now! This alone helped to create more storage space .We also expanded the opening into the family room and eliminated a door into the dining room and upgraded the windows to tilt-ins.

Range: Electrolux Induction Cooktop Range with second oven.
Wall oven: Electrolux single wall oven
Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid Architect II French Door Refrigerator (KFCS22EVMS4) Love the water feature inside!
Dishwasher: Kitchen Aid KUDE40FXPA panel ready. And Yes! you can integrate a Kitchen Aid if you know up front you need to allow for an extra �" in length. My CG put an extra �" sheet of sheet rock on the wall and cut out the space for the dishwasher. We had plenty of room to accommodate the Kitchen Aid and make it look integrated.
Microwave: GE Monogram ZEM200SF
Hood: Broan Elite Rangemaster Power Pack RMP17004
Cabinets: Dura Supreme: Crestwood series
Arcadia Classic, Maple perimeter in classic white
Arcadia Classic, Cherry Hutch peninsula
Granite: New Venetian Gold
Hardware: Amerock 96mm Westerly Pulls in Satin Nickel
Amerock Revitalize Knobs in Satin Nickel
Sink: Franke Orca sink, Love,Love,Love!!!
Faucet: Kohler K-690 Vinnata in polished chrome
Lotion Dispenser: Kohler Fairfax collection
Backsplash: Sonoma Tile; market collection, Ashbury Series in Mojave ( 4x4, subway, bead liner and moulding) also, Tumbled Honey onyx .
Under cabinet Lighting: Utilitech LED under cabinet lights
Flooring: Verde1999, Moonstone 20 x 20 porcelain tiles.
Charging Drawer
Wall Color: BM 1639 Windy Sky

message center:
charging drawer:
eating area:
Future Roman Shade Fabric for windows:
Orca Sink:
love the lowered outlets:
Drawers for pots:
New Floor:
Sam loves it too!
integrated dishwasher:
Thank You looking at our pictures!


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RE: Point of order: floor plans (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: buehl on 11.27.2010 at 01:00 am in Kitchens Forum

Some people include their floor plans in their finished kitchen's photos, some do not. If you check the Finished Kitchens Blog and go to the "FKB Categories" you can look for kitchens that include layouts/floorplans. [See the "Read Me" thread linked below for more information.]

Are you asking what a zone is? Prep Zone, Cooking Zone, Cleanup Zone, etc.?

The "Read Me" thread has a description of the various zones in the "Planning for Storage" post (scroll down to find it).

Also, for some additional discussion, see this thread:

Thread: Death to the Work Triangle??

Basically, a "zone" is a work area that contains the things you need for a particular task. E.g., the "Cleanup Zone" contains a sink, DW, and relatively close proximity to a trash pullout and dish storage. The "Cooking Zone" contains the range/cooktop, pots/pans, cooking tools & utensils, etc. The "Prep Zone" contains prep tools & utensils, small appliances, very close proximity to a sink w/o crossing large distances, a trash pullout/can, and close proximity to the Cooking Zone.

Zones should follow the workflow....Refrigerator --> Prep Zone --> Cooking Zone --> Serving Zone --> Cleanup Zone

There should also be no zone-crossing if at possible. E.g., you should not have to cross the Cleanup Zone to go from the Prep Zone to the Cooking Zone. Additionally, you should strive to avoid obstacles in the various zones...the DW should not open into the Prep or Cooking Zone, for example.

Here are some pics of the zones in my kitchen. Note there are some differences in "secondary" and "tertiary" prep zones, but the primary ones are the same (Primary Prep Zone, Cooking Zone, Cleanup Zone).

Cooktop wall zones:

Zones - Cooktop Wall

Prep & Cooking Zones & Baking Center on Cooktop Wall

Sink/window wall zones:
Zones - Sink Wall

Cleanup Zone on Window/Sink Wall

Here is a link that might be useful: Read Me If You're New To GW Kitchens!


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layout (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: cluelessincolorado on 09.22.2011 at 11:26 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's a photo. Lovely - you KNOW you wanted to see my trash this morning...



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RE: Corner sink question (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: live_wire_oak on 03.16.2010 at 10:13 am in Kitchens Forum

A corner sink cabinet is one of the most unsupported spots for your countertop. In a regular sink base, you have the sides and bck of the base right there no more than 36" x 24" apart to support that sink full of water. In a corner situation, you basicaly have a big 36" square with one corner clipped. That's not as strongly supported, and it's why corner sinks are regularly done incorrectly by many KD's and granite fabricators.

To get a sink forward enough in a base without scooping the base (never a good idea, but potentially really disastrous in a corner sink installation) you need a larger base than most people think you do. A 36" corner sink base will successfully accept the installation of a 25" sink without scooping the sides. If you "have" to scoop the side, then you haven't used a large enough base. If you scoop the sides, you've just voided your cabinet warranty and your installer will need to install extra support in that base to compensate for the support you just chiseled away.

If you want a 33" sink in a corner installation, you're better off with a 48" base plus adding a sink cradle. If your line doesn't have a 48" base it can be created with a door front and fillers used as supports. It will also need wall cleats and interior support. 48" is too large a space for most people to give up, so they end up with a 42" base and the sink either more than the 3" back from the edge, or they end up scooping the sides to pull it forward. I've seen several installations where the sink was back 5"-6" from the edge, and that's just uncomfortable for your back. I already told you how disastrous scooping the base can be in a corner installation. So, that leaves using a larger base, or a smaller sink if all you have is 36" to dedicate to a corner. Or put the sink elsewhere.

This is why I don't care for corner sinks. They're awkward to use in the kitchen unless you only have a 1 person kitchen, and they're difficult to really do correctly in installation so that a stone counter is fully supported. They're also completely unsuited to using with a laminate countertop, so they aren't budget friendly choices.

If your design is locked in, you can get a LOT of dishes in a 25" single sink! Single sinks are more "the rule" nowadays than the exception. They can suit a modern DW using family more than having a double sink can.

You will have some people say I'm overcautious in my recommendations, but when dealing with hundred pound slabs of stone in your home, I much prefer the safer engineered approach rather than the, "It'll be allright."


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RE: Can we talk Corner Sinks?? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: vizslalover on 12.02.2008 at 02:44 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm still here :) The small cabinet to the left of the sink is a 3" spice pullout which we have found very handy. Some people balk at putting the spices next to the range but we haven't noticed any huge issues so far (almost 2 years now).

It is possible to open the oven while someone is standing at the sink as long as they are conscious you're doing so and move over a bit.

Our kitchen is quite small, as you may have guessed, so we only have the one sink. Our DW is located to the right of the sink and is spaced off by a 12" drawer stack (which is obviously not especially accessible when someone is standing at the sink). We keep the kind of items you mentioned under the sink... cleaning supplies, soapstone oiling supplies etc.


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Finished...cozy soapstone kitchen! Lots of pics.

posted by: fivefootzero on 07.25.2011 at 01:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally finished with the exception of some floor molding that can't be seen.

Old kitchen:

Kitchen 2

Kitchen 1

New kitchen:











Cabinets: Decora Hawthorne (no faux pegs) with Pheasant stain
Countertops: Belvedere soapstone from M. Teixeira
Sink: Kraus 23" Single Bowl 16 gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink KBU10
Faucet: Delta Leland single handle with matching soap dispenser
Range: Kitchenaid slide in KGSS907SSS
Microwave: Kitchenaid KHMS2040WSS
Refrigerator: Kitchenaid CD French Door 72" height KFCS22EVMS
Dishwasher: Bosch SHX58E15UC
Backsplash: Home Depot Carrera Marble subway tile with pencil tile accent
Hardware: Amerock BP1590-WID Wrought Iron Dark Pulls and Amerock BP1586-WID Wrought Iron Dark Knobs
Undercabinet lighting: Juno mini-track lights

Still undecided about what to do with the door that leads to our yard. I would like to eventually get a single french door. But right now, the color is basically the color it came (primed). I'm undecided about whether to paint it white or the wall color. I'm also ambivilant about the lighting...the pendants are a bit too southwest feeling for me, but we needed to pick something and be done so this was it.

Thanks to everyone for their help, support and guidance.


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RE: 36 or 30 inch sink base? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: sue_ct on 01.14.2009 at 10:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love my trash pullout and my 36" sink base. My trash pullout is IN my 36" sink base:

trash pullout 2

BUT, that does not resolve the issue of the person at the sink having to move. I just couldn't give up another cabinet for trash. My kitchen just isn't big enough. The GD gets in the way so I can't have two trash cans, but it makes the bottle for my neverMT very easy to access, and I keep a box of extra trash bags next to it.



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Here's another try with photos (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: bbtondo on 09.02.2011 at 11:03 am in Kitchens Forum





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RE: Way cool Lee Valley organizers: way too much? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: lowspark on 06.30.2011 at 03:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I used the Lee Valley dividers and I'm very happy with the results. Learned about 'em here, by the way.

They were very easy to deal with. I used a rubber mallet to tap them into the wood. Didn't take a whole lot of effort. I bought the wood strips at Lowe's.

I didn't want to hammer the dividers directly into the drawers because I didn't want permanent holes in the wood. So I made a frame for each drawer and attached the dividers to that frame. The entire set up in each drawer is fully removable without leaving any permanent signs of ever having existed in the drawer.

Here are pix:


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RE: All cherry or white uppers/cherry below? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: jessicaml on 06.29.2011 at 02:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

My first instinct was white or light backsplash and white counter, to tie in the uppers so they're not randomly floating, something like this:
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But I also really like this pic posted earlier by boxerpups (again with the white backsplash/wall tying in the white uppers):
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Inside my drawers... :-) (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: analysisparalysis on 08.21.2011 at 04:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

Okay, here's the inside of the pantry - the top "half" is shelving, the bottom half, roll out shelves:
From New Folder

Soup drawer pulled out:

From New Folder

Cookware drawer (bottom drawer below cooktop):

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Copper pots and pans (these are SUPER heavy!)in middle drawer below cooktop:

From New Folder

Utensil drawer immediately below cooktop:

From New Folder

Knife drawer to right of cooktop:

From New Folder

Cooking spices - pullout to right of cooktop:

From New Folder

Baking spices - pullout to left of cooktop (and nearest the baking center on the far left run of the long counter):

From New Folder

Dishware drawer, just to the left of the sink:

From New Folder

Garbage pullout - left side below apronfront sink:

From New Folder

Garbage pullout and cleaning supplies pullout (both below sink):

From New Folder

Cookie sheet storage above double wall ovens:

From New Folder

Today's artwork: :-)

From New Folder

Let me know if there's anything else you'd like to see! :-)


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RE: Help with Offset Drain Kitchen Sink (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: katsmah on 06.26.2011 at 12:24 am in Kitchens Forum

My sink cabinet size is 27" and I couldn't find a reasonably priced undermount offset drain sink, so I asked the plumber to squeeze the plumbing in the right rear of the sink. I purchased a Kohler D bowl sink with the drain in the rear.

My little sink cabinet holds my trash pullout on the left - the Simplehuman pullout fit perfectly, the large dish detergent bottle for the soap dispenser behind it. The plumbing and cold water filter in the right rear and a small recycling container in the right side front. Works very well for me.




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RE: Corner cabinet mess, advice please (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: buehl on 08.23.2011 at 12:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

There's also the 90-degree cut corner cabinet. If you have a custom cabinet maker, it could be sized to the way you wan BluBird's:

BluBird's Kitchen (small)

BluBird's Kitchen (Small)


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RE: Post pics of your favorite feature of your cabinets please! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: beaglesdoitbetter on 08.22.2011 at 02:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine aren't done but here's some pics of some things I incorporated:




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RE: I'm not sure I like full it just me? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: sandesurf on 08.20.2011 at 03:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love our full overlay. I think they look "traditional", more than modern. ?



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RE: How do Antique White Glazed Cabinets Wear Over Time? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: weedyacres on 08.19.2011 at 08:36 am in Kitchens Forum

We put glazed cabinets (Vanilla Bean with some kind of dark brown glaze) in our kitchen 4 years ago and they're wearing just fine. I didn't pick the style so they'd look "not brand new," though. I like the glaze because it adds dimension and contrast instead of just being a wall of off-white.


Microwave shelf so it's not a true undercabinet mount.
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RE: Where to put handles on Tall Pantry Cabinets? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 08.10.2011 at 01:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yes. I have thoughts. Watch where the user's hand goes naturally, becuase, that is where it is going to go regardless of where you put that knob.

My doors don't look to be as tall as yours, but we put the knob in the middle, and guess what? Nobody uses it, they just reach for the upper corner of the cabinet to open it.

Here's what mine look like (sorry, the photo is far away):


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Our small budget kitchen is... done (mostly)!

posted by: maybeiloveyou on 08.03.2011 at 11:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Windows, blinds, and lights need to be fixed, but it's done for the most part! We had a small budget so we couldn't do anything too extreme (Calcutta marble is sadly only in my dreams!). Also we live in a condo, so walls can't come down or anything. Kitchen is roughly 9x10'. It thankfully only took about a month to get everything done. Everything was done through Lowe's and they did a great job.

Cabinets are Shenandoah Dominion in Maple Spice
Countertops are LG Viatera Quartz in Cabo
Sink was included for free (Lovello)
Faucet is Moen Renzo
Dishwasher is Maytag
All other appliances are GE (only new one is the OTR microwave)
Floor is Del Conca Noce ceramic tiles

Our old 25yr old kitchen

Ignore the finger prints on the dishwasher and the utensils in cups! Left over from our no-sink days lol.

There's a seam in there... somewhere ;)

There's a seam in here too.

Super susans were really dark so I stuck some battery powered LEDs on the side (see bottom of:

With the lights!


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