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Our new house is finished! My white kitchen...

posted by: nini804 on 09.22.2011 at 10:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Gardenweb friends!
You all have been so kind and I have learned so much from this site! I have been off-line the past month as we have been moving in to our new custom home. I joined GW this past winter, after our plans had been finalized by our architect...but I have incorporated so much from here into my finishes! We have a kitchen that is open to our breakfast room and family room, with a small butler's pantry between the kitchen and formal dining. I call the layout a "broken L with an island because I thought the architect was very cleaver to make the "corner" a little office space that also has the door to the pantry in it. This way, there is no "dead corner" in the kitchen. Maybe some people just starting could use this idea! :)

Anyway, here are the details:
Appliances: all KitchenAid, except for the Sharp MW drawer
in the island. Range is 36" dual fuel, with a
Cabinets: Mid-Continent, maple painted white, with soft
close drawers and doors. We chose all wood
Perimeter counters: Honed Carerra marble
Island top: Dark walnut, with a mineral oil finish
Floors: 5" wide white oak, stained 75% jacobean, 24% dark
Lighting: Pendants, Quiozel, I think. Breakfast chandy is!

Things I love so far: 1. Soft close!! Love!! Although we have it on all the drawers in the house, we only did the doors on the kitchen and butler's pantry cabs. Wish we had done it everywhere.
2. KA dishwasher and range...both of these have been wonderful so far, DW is so quiet and cleans really well. Range and oven are very easy to use and have nice, consistant heat. Plus, I think very pretty! :)
3. MW awesome, love it to pieces!
4. Under cab lights...never had these before, we have them on a dimmer, they are wonderful.
5. Walnut top...everyone who visits swoons over is a wonderful, warm surface.

Things I DON'T love:
1. Fridge! Counter-depth french door is awful! We had to buy an auxiliary fridge for the garage, and I am contemplating adding a fridge drawer to the island.
2. The distance from the range wall to the island seems a scooch too big, I think it is 48". I could have moved the island a few inches closer to the range.

I will do a seperate post about my experience with honed vs. polished marble (I have polished in the master bath.) There are pros and cons to each, I have found.

Anyway, Nini's kitchen!


clipped on: 05.23.2012 at 06:33 am    last updated on: 08.09.2012 at 08:45 am

BS again..please don't be tired of my BS questions....

posted by: slonewby on 06.12.2012 at 05:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all! so many of you have helped me through this remodel and we are SO close to being done! I took a break from thinking about backsplashes due to brain overload...(many have been following my ongoing BS saga...sigh...thank you!!!) well, .....I'm back at it now, hopefully with a clear head. I've gotten the okay from hubby to do whatever I want (within reason). I really want the kitchen to stay light and airy. Most of the colored tile I've liked tends to feel "heavy" and glass is too contemporary. I have three questions for you...

1. Am I crazy to do a simple white subway tile? Some people have told me that plain subway in white lessens the elegance we have going on in there and kinda looks like we skimped on the BS. I love white and feel that the dark floor and busy granite add enough to the overall picture..what do you think?

2. Do you see using an accent tile to go along with the simple white subway? I was thinking about using three 4"X4" embossed decorative (white) tiles under each window but with as much detail we have going on, do I really need that to break up the subway?

3. Would off white muddy up the granite as much as I think it would? Our cabinets are not a stark white so choosing between white and offwhite is a hard thing for me.

Here are the pics ....please don't be too tired of seeing my kitchen~ :-)






Honestly, I've looked at cracked glass, greys, browns, creams, even pressed tin...and I keep coming back to simple, plain subways. No bevels, no arabesque, just plain subway. thoughts???


clipped on: 06.13.2012 at 01:59 pm    last updated on: 06.13.2012 at 01:59 pm

My Super White is In. And I think it's fab.

posted by: beekeeperswife on 05.15.2012 at 06:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

What a day. The giant hunk of rock showed up. It went perfectly. I'm in love with it. I'll just let the pictures tell the story... The island took 5 men to bring it in with several rests along the way. I heard them say it was the biggest piece they have ever moved. It is 10'3" long, but who is counting? And I only have 2 seams in the whole kitchen (none in the island)









Anybody else thinking beveled arabesques again? I am...

I'm so tired, it was a long day.



clipped on: 06.10.2012 at 07:48 am    last updated on: 06.10.2012 at 07:49 am

RE: Where do I put the front door? Design issues (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: theballs on 06.08.2012 at 02:32 pm in Building a Home Forum

Put in 6' wide double front door. Use the right hand side as main entry/exit. When you need to move a couch or fridge or something, you will be thrilled that you have a 6' opening to move it through. Plus, furniture for upstairs can go right up the stairs with the left hand side open.


clipped on: 06.09.2012 at 08:58 am    last updated on: 06.09.2012 at 08:59 am

Our New Catarina Coliseum White tile

posted by: gary1227 on 02.25.2009 at 12:02 am in Bathrooms Forum

We are just about to wrap our new construction build and our new master bath has turned out beautifully using the American Olean Catarina Coliseum white tiles.

We wanted the look of marble without the maintenance issues of real stone and we are very happy with this porcelain and ceramic product.

Here are are a few photos:





Materials used:

Floor Tile: AO Catarina Coliseum White Porcelain Matt Finish 12x12 Tiles

Wall Tile: AO Catarina Coliseum White Ceramic Polished 8x10 Tiles

Accent Tile: White Carrara Marble 12" Chair Rail

Vanity countertops and shower wall ledges: Caeserstone "Pebble" in polished finish

Faucets/Shower Heads: Danze

Shower Control: Hans Grohe

Hardware/Towel Bars/Lighting: Restoration Hardware

Tub: Toto 6ft AirJet Tub

Toilet: Toto


clipped on: 05.20.2012 at 08:59 am    last updated on: 05.20.2012 at 08:59 am

Granite is IN! BS help (again?!)

posted by: slonewby on 04.25.2012 at 10:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

The granite is in but not glued just yet...updated pics:

Photobucket is time to *really* discuss backsplash..... You can see a few dark tiles in the second pic and the cracked glass in green in the first pic.

Here is white subway tile:

I think the white subway is kinda icky and stark looking.
Here is cream subway:


better, but still not really right???
Here's that darn cracked glass:


We still keep gravitating to this. I've tried darker tiles...too dark, too brown. I've tried travertine...too "stone-ish". I want warm, shiny, "Romantic Homes" type feel....more suggestions anyone???

On a side note, do you think we should put granite in the window sills? We were also thinking of putting some crown moulding above the window with a small shelf over it....too much??

Thank you!


clipped on: 05.19.2012 at 06:19 pm    last updated on: 05.19.2012 at 06:19 pm