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I Finished my White Zen Kitchen!

posted by: celineike on 07.10.2011 at 05:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ahhhh, it's good to be done.
What fun this whole process has been!
Here's the low down.

We had a slab leak in February. The entire downstairs had wood floors and water had been leaking into them for weeks/months? we don't know. But long enough that the walls and cabinets were wet as well. So they gutted and we got to work.
Our old kitchen was a dark place for me. We have north facing window and the light was always dim. We also had light wood cabinets and dark greenish black granite (Uba Tuba?) on the counters, island and backsplash!!!! ugh! what a light sucker that was!

I had always known that if we changed the kitchen it would be to white. I know people say timeless doesn't exist in kitchens... but every decade I can think of has had white as an option. So I never thought of this a trendy thing. -til i got here, lol.
Anyway, White cabs and grey counters were the only things I had in mind for sure. The rest fell into place the more I looked around and if you see a part of your kitchen in here... THANK YOU!!!! I stole SO many details from GWer's.

Apparently we have a small kitchen,lol... didn't think so til i got here either, it's 13'x12'

Counters.... Qortstone perimeters in Cemento
Island & Bar is Statuary Marble
Butcher Block on Island.... oiled Dark Walnut End-Grain 18"x38"
Cabinets .... shaker, inset, framed
Paint on Cabs ...BM Cloud White
Paint on Walls ... BM Smokey Taupe
Hardware is mostly RH & Rejuvenation for the Latches (way worth that investment!) All Polished Nickel
Island now measures 38"x 84"
walkways are 38" on sink side; 42" on oven side; and 36" on fridge side... all plenty wide, i was worried about pushing these measurements.
Bluestar RNB 36"
Proline 36" Hood
Sharp MW Drawer
Kenmore Elite French door Fridge
Fisher & Paykel Dish Drawer Washer
Sink.. Krauss 33" double Bowl Stainless
Main Faucet is Hansgrohe Pull Down PN

way before

and after...


Fridge wall, Appliance garage on right and coffee station on left

Island with BB and Rubbish/Recycling Bins/drawers - love these!

Bluestar tee hee

I'll post some more pics of fun details. Things i liked seeing from other's kitchens and ended up adding to mine.

At one point, I had chosen everything and had a huge set back of worry that the whole thing would be boring instead of calm and bright and peaceful. Thank you all for your encouragement and opinions on various choices and ideas. This is such great forum with wonderful people.
I love how my kitchen turned out!



clipped on: 01.17.2013 at 08:07 am    last updated on: 01.20.2013 at 08:52 am

RE: Paper Towels--To Those With Built In Holders (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 12.11.2012 at 11:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello All! I Just came back to this thread to get some hints on how I can get our paper towel roll to not roll so much that too many towels come out. I think beagles has a spring and I'd love a pic. My cabinetmaker isn't aware of any 3rd party solutions for this.

He DID, however, do what I think marcolo mentioned above. I didn't really ask him to specifically although I did tell him I wanted to try to store towels behind it... It's quite tight to pull out (which is good) so perhaps he made it so the glides are not as smooth here?

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Pretty Cool! NOW, if I could just get the dowel to roll more slowly or figure out the spring thing!


clipped on: 01.19.2013 at 11:43 am    last updated on: 01.19.2013 at 11:43 am

Paper Towels--To Those With Built In Holders

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 06.08.2012 at 08:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

For those that have these.... do you still like them? Is it an issue with dirty/wet hands grabbing the towels (dirtying cabs and/or getting them wet)??

Would you do it again?

beagles I think?-




clipped on: 01.19.2013 at 11:41 am    last updated on: 01.19.2013 at 11:42 am

Where to get wood counters

posted by: kelleg on 12.26.2008 at 10:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have been thinking about getting a wood countertop on my island (4x8). I got a bid from my cabinet maker who made the top on his island out of Brazilian cherry. His bid was very expensive. I am looking to a local place which carries reclaimed wood. They sent samples and from what they sent, I am not that excited. I want to look into other options. Another friend here has a wood top, but she got it through her KD and doesn't know the source. My KD doesn't work for a store. I don't know that she has a local source.

Does anyone have websites they like for wood counters? Any other thoughts on how to find a local source (phone book?). Also, how much do they normally cost? I am thinking walnut, cherry or teak. I don't need the "end grain." I would like an ogee edge, however.

Thanks for any information.


clipped on: 09.10.2012 at 01:22 pm    last updated on: 09.10.2012 at 01:22 pm

Finito! one more white/marble/soapstone kitchen

posted by: segbrown on 12.06.2009 at 01:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've posted in dribs and drabs, so this isn't exactly an unveiling, but we are 99% done. Thanks to everyone; I've been reading this forum for years, even in the "pre-model" we did a few years back (minor update). I am also greatly indebted to my wonderful designer and contractor; I lucked out there.

Before pics: we moved the kitchen into the family room, the dining room into the kitchen, and the breakfast area into the dining room. (The living room turned into the family room, and the office will soon turn into the living room ... more to do around here.)So these photos are not exactly classic before/afters. (And it's a snowy day, so bright outside, not the best for pics. Oh well.)

Old kitchen

Corresponding view

Old family room:

Corresponding view

Old dining room (both visible walls are now gone)

Corresponding view

I was previously opposed to knocking out both walls, but I am glad we did. For the way we live, it works much better. Entertaining is a cinch now. Because the kitchen is vaulted but the other ceilings are low, it doesn't feel like a huge empty space (that's what I was worried about). And I liked my "other" house, just not the kitchen. It was awful.

I'll post details here, and more specific photos in a subsequent post.

Aspen Leaf Kitchens in Denver/Berthoud, CO; proprietary Primer White, BM Taos Taupe on island and butler's pantry, and custom-stained antique pine on breakfast hutch

SubZero BI-36U fridge, pro handle
Wolf 48 DF range with 4 burners and double griddle
Viking 54 in. hood liner with heat lamps
Thermador DWHD64EP dishwashers
KitchenAid KBCO24RSBX three-zone beverage center
SubZero 700BCI refrigerator/freezer drawers
Sharp 0.8 cu ft microwave

Minas soapstone on perimeter cabinets and hutch
Calacatta gold marble on island and butler's pantry

Restoration Hardware Gilmore cup pulls, Aubrey knobs and handle pulls, Clear Glass knobs in antique brass, and Season knobs and Hanson pulls in ORB

Main: soapstone farm sink crafted by Terra Bella/Denver CO
Prep: Ticor S3650

Main sink: Kohler HiRise bridge with sidespray
Prep sink: Kohler HiRise bar faucet

Wilmette Clark pendants in ORB (breakfast nook)
Wilmette LaSalle wall sconces in antique brass (later photos)
Visual Comfort Classic Ring chandelier in AB (dining room)
Visual Comfort Four-Light Siena pendant in AB (butler's)

-Island stools-
Ballard Designs Dorchester counter stools in rubbed black (all other furniture and rugs previously owned)


clipped on: 08.25.2012 at 09:32 am    last updated on: 08.25.2012 at 09:33 am

Anyone have double sinks in 60' vanity?

posted by: corgimum on 01.20.2010 at 01:01 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I'm debating whether to install 2 sinks when I remodel our upstairs hall bathroom. Currently there is one sink and plenty of counter space on each side. Two sinks would be more for resale than necessity. We are not planning a move but if I'm going to get a new vanity and counter top should I think about doing this? My concern is that it will be too crowded.
FYI- It's a 4 bedroom house with a master bath and the hall bath upstairs where all of the bedrooms are located.


clipped on: 03.16.2012 at 03:43 pm    last updated on: 03.16.2012 at 03:43 pm

Completed Remodel - Pictures

posted by: anonymouscuban on 09.16.2010 at 05:46 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Back in January, some of you helped me out with the space planning and design of my master bedroom and bath. I thought I would follow up with some pictures of the completed room. I started work on this project in March and finished about 2 weeks ago... well, there is still some decorating and finishing touches but all the major stuff is done. It took a little longer than I thought. I got sick in the middle of the project for a week. After many long hours of blood, sweat and tears, it's finally done. I want to thank you guys for all your help.

Here is what it looked like before... the last room in the house to get done.


clipped on: 01.09.2011 at 05:25 pm    last updated on: 01.09.2011 at 05:25 pm

Waterproofing and niches

posted by: annettacm on 07.22.2006 at 09:20 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Okay, I'm afraid to ask, since my shower is already 1/2 done. My contractor put in a sloping 4x4 cement shower floor and tiled it with 2" mosaics. He is in the process of putting Wonderboard (concrete board?) up on the wall studs and is tiling over that. After reading many of Bill's posts re: Kerdi and Laticrete and other names, should he have used some sort of something to waterproof the shower? This came up because I was researching building a niche and Bill said he uses Laticrete. I mentioned that to my GC and he said he'd never heard of it. Should I be concerned? He is using concrete board, so that's good. The builder of this house just had regular drywall up, and we had nothing but problems. Now, after all this money spent, I'm still concerned.

Also, is a 3" deep niche too small? And if it fits, can it be in the wall full of plumbing? Thanks.


clipped on: 07.23.2006 at 11:48 am    last updated on: 07.23.2006 at 11:48 am