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Pip's Finished Kitchen! Lots of pics

posted by: pip on 12.21.2010 at 08:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to the many inspiring kitchens and knowledgeable people on this site, we just finished our 5 week remodel of our kitchen. The collective wisdom on this site helped us so much during the remodel!

The previous kitchen had been remodeled within the last 10 years, but it was separated from the rest of the home and lacked sufficient counter space for a family of four. We decided to tear down the wall that separated the kitchen and laundry room and expand into the dining room to give us more counter space. The windows in the corner were too low to run counters and that proved to be a design challenge. Instead of raising the windows which would have altered the architecture of the exterior of the home, we decided to make the area a banquette. We also moved the old doorway off the foyer and created two larger arches which open up the kitchen to the living and dining room.

The space was too small for an island, so we had our counter top fabricator make us a work table that is movable -- it has wheels and we can roll it out of the way if we want to open up the kitchen.

Details:
Cabinets - custom by Los Angeles cabinetmaker - maple shaker style (bar area is espresso finish)
Countertops - Madre Perla quartzite
Backsplash - White onyx staggered tile
Faucet - KWC Eve
Sink - Franke
All KitchenAid appliances, except for GE profile microwave Vent-a-hood
Lighting - onxy pendants purchased at Lighting Emporium
Pulls - Great Indoors
Floors - White Oak hardwoods to match the rest of the home
Paint- Martha Stewart "Fossil"

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and, of course, a photo of Pip himself, enjoying his new kitchen...
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RE: FINISHED! Daicey's kitchen (Follow-Up #37)

posted by: Daicey on 12.13.2011 at 03:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

The walls are painted gray owl, The door is rocky coast.

I should have specified these are Benjamin Moore

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RE: Please post pictures of your counter-tops (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: suzannesl on 11.01.2011 at 05:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Like this?

It's Kashmir Gold granite

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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #69)

posted by: suzannesl on 03.01.2013 at 10:24 am in Kitchens Forum

Wow. Travertine is really feeling left out here. We knew when we installed it that it wasn't the newest/latest thing, but we love it all the same. The blue tiles are from a glass mosaic sheet that we cut up and substituted in for random 1x1s in the travertine. The blues are light/medium/dark in both translucent and opaque.

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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #59)

posted by: nhbaskets on 01.20.2013 at 02:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Don't have much but here is mine.

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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #55)

posted by: catamount90 on 01.19.2013 at 10:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is the most recent photo of my DIY backsplash project. All I have left to do is grout and replace the trim.

The tile is Crema Ivory Bamboo: http://www.msistone.com/mosaic-hatches/crema-ivy-bamboo-stone/

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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #53)

posted by: badgergal on 01.19.2013 at 05:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

My backsplash picture disappeared in my earlier reply so here it is again.
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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #38)

posted by: mpagmom on 11.14.2012 at 02:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is mine:

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It is ming green small sunflower mosaic from Caledonia Tile in Indianapolis. Not sure of the grout brand, but it is bright white.

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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: dragonfly08 on 11.13.2012 at 10:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

Kept our backsplash the same thruout kitchen... They are Jeffrey Court Bellevue 3x6 ceramic tiles in Glacier (part # 519505) purchased thru Best Tile.

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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: lisa_wi on 11.13.2012 at 12:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

Another quartzite, though not JC Fire and Ice. This is from Lowe's. My counters are black pearl. The grout is Polyblend Butter Cream (Home Depot).

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Here is a link that might be useful: Lowe's Quartzite

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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: jodi_in_so_calif on 11.13.2012 at 12:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Jeffrey Court's Quartz Brick Fire & Ice.

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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: pghgolfgirl on 11.12.2012 at 08:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

Jeffrey Court Pietra Fire and Ice Quartz (enhanced). I believe the grout is gray mist (sanded).

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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: Bellsmom on 11.12.2012 at 06:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love the bright shine of many of these, but somehow these matte strips won my heart. I still love the look.
The corner under cabinet next to fridge

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The color is more accurate in the second picture.

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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: a2gemini on 11.12.2012 at 01:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is ours - I have to credit GW for all of the help in my decision making to get out of the ABB club!

Field tile and mosaic from Tile-Shop.com in California
Grazia Rixi Crema
Beach Mosaic

Accent pieces from Malsnee tile near Reading PA
Accent tiles - Impulse deco
Grout Tek Antique white

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The medallions are copper colored - but in this light - it doesn't look quite copper
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The beach mosaic just fits under the garden window!
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Close up of the medallion, field tile and mosaic - with some of the grout choices
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And where are the outlets hiding?
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Basic plugmold - not industrial - I was chicken and do have 3 outlets on the wall as some GW didn't like them - wish I didn't do any wall mount outlets - but this way, I do have a choice.
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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: sixtyohno on 11.12.2012 at 09:25 am in Kitchens Forum

Glass subways so the counters are the star.
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RE: White Quartzite is in (photos)! need help w/ backsplash (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: babs711 on 05.08.2012 at 09:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

I also have eased edges.

Thanks Jdknyc!!

Michelle, our cabinets are the white that the cabinet company we went with had. It's a soft white though. When I went to BM to see about matching our trim it was close to Frostine from the Affinity line.

I'm looking at samples right now. We have a white Oceanside glass sample with slight iridescence in it but it appears kind of flat, even grouted and mounted on thinset. The light isn't catching it the way I'd hoped it would. I guess I should be glad as its the priciest option I have.

I also have a true iridescent from Sonoma Tilemakers from the Vihara line. It's in the Puka shade. It's lovely. I'm not sure about going this shimmery all throughout the entire kitchen though.

The other two I have are Sonoma Stellar Glaze in Aquarius (a somewhat light greyed blue green) and a handmade crackle tile in a deeper greyed blue green.

We have BM Grey Wisp in the room right off the kitchen (which is painted Revere Pewter). So going in the greyed blue green realm is a serious option. I wasn't expecting to like it but when we propped them up on the counter they worked so much better than any of the white tiles did.

The Puka plays off both of the blue/green tiles really nicely and comes in a hex pattern. I'm thinking if doing that as an inset over the range with one of the other tiles as the main backsplash tiles.

I like the Aquarius shade but kind of wish it had the crackle finish the deeper shade has. So I'm trying to decide!!

Did you select anything??


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RE: 3 YRS later and it's time for a Backsplash (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: oldbat2be on 06.13.2012 at 08:47 am in Kitchens Forum

Lovely kitchen, another fan of the square tiles. Have you checked Heath tiles yet? Certainly not suggesting the green in this color, but the color variation is lovely.

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RE: Help!! I need my kitchen backsplash picked out (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ellendi on 01.15.2012 at 07:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

Grazia Rixi. They have crackle and although they are not handmade, they are made to look a bit uneven.

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RE: Ideas for offbeat, vintagey backsplash pattern/color? (Follow-Up #35)

posted by: Angie_DIY on 04.27.2012 at 02:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am finally back at this, and I think I have made some progress with your help. I will post some feedback to your comments and my latest ideas in a little bit.

To get the ball rolling, though, first I will post the money-no-object solution. (It's not that bad, at $35/sq. ft. Still too rich for my blood.) If I didn't care about the money, I think I would put this in. The curves would go nicely with my arches and curved stain glass window and range hood, I think.

I adore this! It is completely custom, so for $35/sq. ft. you get to choose the glaze, the height, and the focus point of the vortex!

Here is a link that might be useful: North Prairie Tileworks

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Who makes these sea green glass tiles?

posted by: minneapolisite on 05.25.2012 at 12:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Anyone know? I love them so much, but can't find them!

Found on Country Living website.

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Backsplash tile source (pale teal like dragonfly08's)

posted by: minneapolisite on 05.26.2012 at 09:06 am in Kitchens Forum

from pinterest (all time favorite):

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Starry Night (Follow-Up #51)

posted by: palimpsest on 04.14.2012 at 05:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

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wimbornewhiteDavinciwimbornewhite
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DeepSeaBlueLiveEdgeTableDeepSeaBlue-1

Blue Louise granite as to-ceiling slab on range wall
White Zeus Extreme Silestone counters
Cabinets color-matched to Metallic Blue Viking range
Omnia crystal and chrome hardware
Forbo linoleum in Cyanic Blue
Wimborne white walls
Schonbeck DaVinci crystal pendant
Mary Beth Thielheimer painting, 1st Dibs
Wishbone chairs, DWR
Live Edge table by Nakashima

I grounded the blue Louise in one of its colors and went white or crystal with the rest, with the exception of the live edge table.I don't think this is a cheat, using mostly white, I think it is an appropriate way to display the granite, simply grounded by one of its colors.

I was surprised at how many things I could find in this Teal-ish color, right off the rack. (I could even find a chandelier.) Teal is one of those colors decried as "so 80s" in the Decorating forum.

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RE: Design Around #18: Post Designs for Art of Kitchen Design. (Follow-Up #42)

posted by: purplepansies on 04.13.2012 at 07:06 am in Kitchens Forum

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backsplash - June in Amazonite and peacock topaz - Ann Sacks
Bluestar range
Rangecraft Broadway hood
soapstone counters
Blacno silgranit sink
Grohe Ladylux3 faucet
Marchella Dining table and chair from Pier One Imports
Jamie Young St. Croix pendant in seeded clean glass - laylagrace.com
rustic cherry floors
gray-blue paint

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I've always been intrigued by M.C. Escher's work. So I decided to try one . . . not sure how successful I was, but I like it.

First - the color. Every image I found of this work had slightly different color, some muted, others more saturated. So I chose the one I liked best and tried to be true to the spirit of the colors. The brown fish come out in the cabinets. At first I chose a slightly darker cabinet, which I liked better, but I really needed the glass arched cabinets on top, which I could not find in the darker wood. The blues, of course, come out in the backsplash and wall paint. The green in the backsplash, range, table and pendant. The hardest color to work with, for me, was the mustardy-yellow. I decided to have that color come out mostly in the floor, and would use dinnerware and accessories for more color. I only added the teacup and sugar and creamer; frankly, I got tired of searching for images that would work.

For me, the most important part of the art is the tessellation. I found these wonderful (and expensive!) Ann Sacks tiles that I adore. I decided to put the tessellation on the backsplash because, as tiles, it makes sense, but more importantly, I wanted it to be featured in the room.

Then there is the shape - I tried to echo the shapes in the art in the upper cabinet doors, the back of the chair, the arch of the cup pulls, the curve of the range hood, the legs in the table and the curves of the pendant.

Choosing counters, for me, always seems to be the hardest thing when I am not starting with them. Because of the business of the backsplash, I decided that I would go a uniform, gray soapstone to "soften" and ground the tiles. An undermount gray sink would fade away; again, so as not to take away anything from the backsplash.

So that's my story! I'm having trouble commenting on other's designs because I feel that the interpretation of art is so personal and what I see and feel from a piece of art may be very different than the designer. (Example - in my first kitchen, I only see the tan of the sand, the blue of the water and the blue and purple of the sky. I don't even notice the white in the clouds, so would never choose white as an element.)

This is a fun DAT, and in many ways, I'm finding it more challenging than steampunk!!!

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RE: 3 YRS later and it's time for a Backsplash (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: jessicaml on 06.13.2012 at 10:24 am in Kitchens Forum

Nice photoshopping! I think you've got me convinced on the squares, but not tiny, busy 1'' squares: at least 2x2, I think (but I'm no designer...just having fun joining the hunt).

The Walker Zanger company that makes the pretty subways tiles gbsim posted makes 3x3s in the antique linen color, too. It has a lovely crackle finish with some slight variation. Gorgeous.

I like these 2x2 burnt umber field tiles, too (ignore the bizarre hercules tile), but I think a little glossier tile might be better - too rustic for your modern kitchen?

These have some pretty variation (too much?), but it's hard to tell what the colors really look like:

4x4 vanilla frappe glossy glass

4x4 cappuccino glossy glass

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finished backsplash

posted by: klinger on 02.17.2009 at 06:58 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

I guess I'm finally finished this backsplash. I may do a bit more work on the tree of life and make it a bit more 3-d. I want to do my bathrooms next too though. This isn't as over the top as my last one but I hadn't wanted that. It is all oceana glass, millefiore, beads, glass globs. I do love the oceana glass and bought more of it.
it's hard to get a good picture of it,
Cindy


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RE: anyone bought appliances from ajmadison.com? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: bichonlover3 on 01.20.2009 at 04:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Bought my Electrolux Icon Pro kitchen from Big George's online and saved $4,000 over anyone else, even though I was told there could be no discount on Electrolux appliances. I even got a garbage disposal for free!

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RE: Help choosing fun cabinet colors... (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: mairin on 02.04.2009 at 09:19 am in Kitchens Forum

I had fun with a lot of the cabinetry colors too. In the mudroom I did BM Waters Edge (at first I thought it was too 'blue' but now I love it!), laundry room is Olive, guest bath is BM coventry gray

have fun with it, but I agree with everyone to make it belong to the rest of the house.

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Beautiful White Kitchen with whole house to match

posted by: houseful on 04.14.2008 at 08:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just had to post these for you. They were taken at a model home. I was so surprised because you just don't see this often here in Phoenix. It looked like something you'd find on the beach. There was marble everywhere else, but the kitchen is concrete to mimic soapstone, I guess. Notice also the extra deep counters around the sink.

BTW, those are padded, fabric walls in the powder room. It was neat to see, but not very practical.

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Buying Sink/Toilet Online

posted by: organic_smallhome on 04.18.2008 at 05:01 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Is this a bad idea? I was thinking of ordering from Signature Hardware.

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What was your best bathroom remodeling decision?

posted by: ashlander on 02.19.2007 at 12:40 am in Bathrooms Forum

We're having a difficult time making decisions for our bathroom remodel: choice of shower stall, toilet, flooring, counter, and perhaps even a fireplace. This will be the first and only remodel for our bathroom, so we hate to mess up.
Would appreciate any words of wisdom or advice.
What do you regret? What would you change? What was your best decision concerning the bathroom?

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Beautiful Backsplashes:Links to BreathTaking Pictures & Resources

posted by: cupofkindness on 06.21.2004 at 08:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

This thread is to provide links or in-text pictures of backsplashes that, unlike the other backsplash thread in the Gallery, are not a forum member's own backsplash. It is also to provide links/pictures to inspiring manufacturers and designers, tiles, stones, metals, glass and other materials that are backsplash elements. Please limit "conversations" about various links to the "Discussions" section of the Kitchen Forum so that this thread can be a resources list only. Please, please post any completed backsplashes or materials that you have come across as you have worked on your own backsplash. Let's start this thread with the gorgeous red tile backsplash that Sharon G found for me on a "Discussions" side of the Kitchen Forum. Thank you!

Here is a link that might be useful: Red Tile Range Mantle: Tile By Country Floors, Work By Jose Diaz Contractors

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RE: white granite (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: sharon_s on 04.15.2007 at 05:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Alku,

Here you go. I hesitate to post the picture, because the kitchen isn't done yet and it's not the best pic. But I decided to brave it. Ignore the rugs--they are just temporary.

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RE: Dissect my kitchen plan please (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: rhome410 on 05.10.2008 at 03:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

It took me a few days to find the photos, but here is a kitchen I was in a couple years ago that is similar to your plan, plus it also had a small project area, much like your pocket office. You can also barely make out a hutch-type thing between the island and the family room. It had posts at each end that went to the ceiling and created a nice definition between the rooms, plus the extra storage.

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RE: Best advice from this forum (Follow-Up #75)

posted by: soonermagic on 11.07.2007 at 02:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Bar none, the best advice I received on this forum was to hire a KD to get my layout correct. I built a new house and the architect just couldn't get the kitchen right. I posted the layout here and even with all the tweaks offered on the forum, I couldn't get it to feel right. Then, someone suggested her own KD to me. I was living in Dallas at the time, building in Oklahoma, and the KD I hired was in Seattle. But, for $500 she gave me the kitchen and mudroom layout of my dreams. Now that the house is constructed and we've been in for 2.5 weeks, I can honestly say that was the best $500 we put into the entire build. Get your floorplan right!

Also, there are a number of items that I simply would have never known about if it weren't for obsessively reading this forum:
The Franke Orca sink ... to die for.
Inexpensive but quality Ticor sinks for laundry and prep.
Plugmold giving me a crisp, clean and outlet-free backsplash.
The personal, real life stories shared here gave me the confidence to push back at the stoneyard and insist on marble for my island. It pairs beautifully with the soapstone perimeter. Now that I think about it, I probably never would have known about soapstone without this forum and I absolutely love it.
I know I would have never found my Bertazzoni range without reading the appliance forum. I had to order it from Boston because they had not yet reached Oklahoma at the time I was ordering appliances. For the money, I have a gorgeous, high-powered cooking machine.
I wouldn't have put in blum soft/self close glides, but I'm not all that impressed with them. Cool, yes, but they don't change my life. Full extension glides, though, are life changing.

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RE: Best advice from this forum (Follow-Up #96)

posted by: fern4 on 01.29.2008 at 07:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

So far: plug mold, undercounter light switch for undercounter lights, soapstone as a serious temptation and possibility, tilt-out shoe storage cabinet, (unresolved) concerns about Lagos Blue Caesarstone...and last but not least: knowing there are people to help! My main reason for writing is to bump this message up for new people.

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RE: update: backsplash opinions please -- all comments welcome! (Follow-Up #130)

posted by: karlau on 05.14.2008 at 09:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow, thank you tanders and kitchenredo08 for being interested in how it turned out. I PROMISE to put up some pictures within a week.

This project has had a lot of ups and downs. First, it took about three weeks for the material to arrive. When it came, I was thrilled; it was exactly what I hoped for.

Then came the really fun part: installation. I was talked into the idea that we could do this ourselves. Hmmmm, not sure how to characterize that decision since this post could potentially be read by the other party to the decision ;-). Anyway, let's suffice it to say that stone tile, especially a split face is not for the novice installer.

But we got it installed with just a few snafus. Then it was time for grout. We started using the pastry bag method, but abandoned it when my hand began to cramp. Switched to a float. BIG mistake. Grout EVERYWHERE in ALL of the nooks and crannies. Three weeks later and we're still chipping out grout. But we're getting close. Close enough where I'm loving it again.

So anyway, it's been an adventure. My advice to anyone who wants to do stone; hire a professional.

Again, I PROMISE some pictures very soon. I'm too embarassed to post my kitchen right now with chisels and nano scrub and sponges everywhere.

Karen

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RE: update: backsplash opinions please -- all comments welcome! (Follow-Up #94)

posted by: glassman on 03.17.2008 at 01:01 am in Kitchens Forum

karlau,

Your head must be spinning right now. Although it appears that youve nearly made up your mind, let me share some of my overall views on backsplash design. In my opinion good designs have these features:

1. A horizontal element. It can be a short (e.g., 5") backsplash, often of the same material as the counter top or a separator that is frequently between two variations of the same material (e.g., diamonds vs. squares, squares vs. rectangles, or small squares vs. large squares.) Furthermore the dividing horizontal element(s) is low on the wall. The element below it is not repeated vertically. Repeating is done in the top portion.

2. At least some element of the backsplash harmonizes with the counter top.

3. The backsplash rarely is the place to make a major statement. That can be done with other elements such as countertop, accessories, or lighting. The wall behind the cook top can be a place to embellish the backsplash pattern. Small contrasting inserts can be attractive.

The two links from this forum below (which you will have to cut and paste) are examples of what I consider to be attractive splashes that incorporate the features above:

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/gal1120432823701.html?6
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c73/mbwillett/remodel/Remodel042.jpg

I realize your situation is a little different because you have a stove and overhead microwave/vent., not a cook top and vent hood.

The link below is the backsplash my wife designed. It is similar to short backsplashes in that there is a painted wall component above it, although that portion is less than half of the wall in her case. Besides the obvious of allowing a color link to another or an adjacent wall, it solves two other problems: One is the issue of where to stop the backsplash at the end of a run of cabinets where the countertop and top cabinets end at different places, and also how to finish the top of the splash when you have under cabinet lighting.

Her backsplash shown includes both travertine and slate. The pencil lines of slate were cut from the bigger slate pieces used in the splash behind the cook top. Only the slate behind the cook top was grouted. The travertine was put up with only a very small gap to allow for small variations in the stone. I think grouting travertine completely changes its appearance, especially since it is so hard to keep grout out of the pores and voids of the stones.

Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: My wife's backsplash design

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RE: Has forum etiquette vanished... (Follow-Up #38)

posted by: chiefneil on 05.14.2006 at 12:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey reno_fan, no worries. We've swapped enough messages that you get a pass! Here's my photobucket album, let me know if you still can't view it. The master bath is on the very first page (took me a while to figure out how to organize the album), and I have the powder room photos up on one of the sub-folders.

Here is a link that might be useful: My photos

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RE: Ceasarstone for a cottage style kitchen? Color ideas? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: smarge on 05.13.2008 at 09:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

Sorry for the thread drift!!! (I'll get my own thread when my kitchen is done, promise!)

Anyone loving my backsplash might be interested in the following website, which is where I found my artist, Cindy Fisher. (I also had her come to NJ to install it b/c I'd been having trouble w/our tilers and wanted her to do it.)

She is excellent and easy to work with - highly recommended!

Here is a link that might be useful: Big Bang Mosaics

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