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RE: i hate the grout they used on my flagstone coping....please h (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: houseful on 08.19.2009 at 08:33 am in Pools & Spas Forum

Look into Aquamix grout colorant. I have never used it but have heard great things about it.


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RE: Thoughts on Pool Jewelz? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: Jack (Guest) on 03.18.2011 at 02:45 am in Pools & Spas Forum

Okay I did some checking into this and it appears to be legit. I called several pool companies like Shasta and others and here is what I found out. They have a 12 year warranty on the tile and the adhesive. I guess the company that makes the adhesive or glue that holds the tile in place did some test and they are pretty confident in their products ability to hold the tile in place for more than a decade.
This seems to me like the best warranty I have ever seen for a pool interior? Oh before I forget I saw a pool in Shasta's pool work with these Pool Jewelz glass tiles in it. So I'm thinking this may be worth taking a look at as something different for my own pool. FWIW.


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RE: What type of grout for glass pool tile? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: just-a-pb on 04.03.2010 at 06:34 pm in Pools & Spas Forum

We do quite a bit of glass work in pools.
Never heard of a silicone rubber grout.
More important is the thinset then the grout for adhesion. The surface must be properly prepared first, then you want to use a good white modified thinset. Then you can use a C-Cure or similar grout.

Dont know what type of glass you are using but they very greatly. Anything that is back meshed is not warrantied by the thinset company. Some of the thicker glass can also be a pain because of the weight.

You want to find someone that is VERY experianced in doing glass tile in pools. You usually pay a premium for this, but it will be worth it.


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RE: glass tile for pool waterline (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: ccipriano on 02.10.2010 at 09:05 am in Pools & Spas Forum

Glass tile failure is almost always due to improper installation. One of the most critical yet seldom done parts of the installation is sealing the area where the glass tile is installed. Another common mistake is with the thin set and grout installation. Thin set and grout have a 21 day curing time, this is also something which is seldom followed but yet critical!

Every manufacturer provides installation instructions which should be followed to the "T" if followed you should have no problems!

Good luck,

Here is a link that might be useful: Pools & Landscapes


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RE: May need hood options (modern aire may not go) (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: breezy_2 on 12.18.2008 at 09:03 pm in Appliances Forum

I had a similar challenge when I put in our Wolf in our last house. The problem was the SS "chase" which is the decorative cover (as you probably know) was about 2 feet and cost several hundred dollars. Each section came in 12 inch sections I think (and were EXPENSIVE)... I just remember needing less than even footage for my configuration. The next problem was that each extension piece created a visible (and IMO unsightly)seam. The dealer suggested I go to a good sheet metal fabricator (which i was going to have to do anyway to get one of the extension pieces cut down) and have one custom built which I did. In summary the cost was less than half and I was able to exactly spec the size. In my case I had the chase built exactly the width, depth and height of the hood resulting contant lines all the way to the ceiling. If memory serves me, the chase was 36 inches wide, about 12 inches deep and 42 inches high and the whole thing cost me about $200 and most ofthat was labor. If you want more the chimney look, then you would simply have the chase built smaller in width...probably just enough to cover the actual duct work.

Another option if you want more the cylinder duct look to the ceiling is to use commercial grade HVAC duct. I believe it comes in stainless, several diameters and sections up to about 10 feet. This stuff is not the same as the galvanized snap together stuff most people are familiar with or you see in residential work. It is very hefty and good looking.

Anyway, a good HVAC person should be able to help you or recommend soomeone.



HOODS ...original was Modern Aire
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RE: Inset cabinets.....why is everyone... (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: cribbs on 12.16.2011 at 06:32 am in Kitchens Forum

I would love to talk inset with you...either start another thread and I will chime in or call me direct at 910-639-3553 or and we can discuss. I hope this is not a violation of the forum to give out my number or email.

Travis Alfrey
Aberdeen, NC


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RTA cabinets, 6 square, lowes or conestoga

posted by: leelee5 on 06.03.2011 at 11:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Please, please would love all input. Our kitchen is gutted, it took us 2 months (ok 3 months) but we are 99% complete. I ordered the appliances and cannot decide on cabinets. I was going to order from a company called closeout cabinets but when I went in for the final drawing the sample cabinet display I was going to order (wheaton) was taken down and another put up which looks like garbage. He said he could still order it for me but gave me no explanation as to why it was no longer being displayed. My husband and I are both very handy and are considering RTA cabinets. I am considering 6 square or conestoga. Conestoga are a little more expensive but 6 square comes asssembled. I am also considering Shanadoah from Lowes. I would like cream cabinets, conestoga and shanadoah are available in real wood as the 6 square the center panel in only available in MDF. I am not sure how a MDF center panel on a shaker style cabinet would age. Any info would be appreciated, if I dont decide soon I think my husband will lose it. Any other cream shaker style cabinet info would also be welcomed. Thank You


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RE: RTA cabinets, 6 square, lowes or conestoga (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: katkatf on 06.04.2011 at 12:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've ordered a couple of RTA cabinets for my laundry room from Barker Cabinets. They look to have good quality construction and are pretty customizable. I really like that they are 100% made in USA; Barker is in Portland, Oregon. Dovetail standard, Blum soft close upgrade available. Lifetime warranty.

I got an email a couple of days ago that they were shipped, about 1 week after I ordered. I'll report back after I get them.

Just thought I'd give you another option.

Here is a link that might be useful: Barker RTA Cabinets


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Which appliances did YOU choose?

posted by: home4all6 on 01.01.2011 at 03:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

As I plot and plan and walk and measure and compute and draw and divide and *conquer* I am constantly plagued by fear of not making the right choices.
Aren't we all???
So I wondered if you all could share your final choices in appliances for your little or as much detail as you'd like to share.
I'll start with my current kitchen, which we've slowly renovated but haven't redone. We are a family of 6, all kids under 6 years old. I am not a hardcore cook, but would love to cook more, and as the kids get older, I'm able to involve them more, which is GREAT!

Fridge: GE Profile FD--w/water in door/not ice (love it)
DW: Bosch integra 800 series--so quiet, no issues
range: Electrolux 30" gas icon--works great, but issues with burners lighting and staying lit
microwave: still the oldy-moldy OTR one--blech...

We bought all at different times, and at closeouts/floor model discounts, so the prices were right :)


read the whole post by linking to it.
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Rev-a-shelf issue...

posted by: annec on 11.06.2007 at 06:13 pm in Organizing the Home Forum

I bought two rev-a-shelf ($80 each) slideout baskets online and they came with 2" thick mounting rails, way too big for my standard American cupboards. There was no indication of this in the ad. I called the distributor, and they returned my call promptly and were very courteous, but their solution was to "just cut the rails down." They're made of very thick birch and I couldn't make a dent with a hand saw..."don't you have a power saw?" I don't have a power saw, I'm not going to buy a power saw to make their product fit, and their solution was to "find a neighbor with a power saw." If I'd known I'd have to hire a carpenter I wouldn't have bought these. My solution was to return them and buy something I can use. Be careful what you buy online; I think these are European or something. Any comments?


ALTERNATIVES TO REV-A-SHELF or HAFELE are alternatives to Rev-a-shelf.
Also check HardwareHut for pricing.
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RE: How deep are your mudroom lockers? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: hollyh3kids on 05.23.2010 at 01:59 pm in Building a Home Forum

I LOVE LOVE LOVE our mudroom cubbies! They are 26in wide and 20in deep. We have a hook on the back and hooks on each side. So each cubby has three spots to hang stuff. You need to really think about the width because in the winter you have thick puffy coats that need room to hang. We have no problems with room. We also love NO 'bins' underneath for shoes. We are a family that loves to kick off our shoes rather than have to 'pick' them up to place them on a ledge or in a basket. Works great for us and keeps them out of the walkway. Here is a pic:


The tops are 14in deep. We only keep off season stuff up there like hats, gloves, etc. I really love that spot because we open the door and throw it in and no one sees it

the seat is 20in deep.

Our ceilings are 9ft and the lockers are 92in tall at the crown piece on top.

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RE: Please Help with Mudroom Plan (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: SummerfieldDesigns on 12.19.2010 at 05:10 am in Building a Home Forum

i think that the 18" depth is adequate ... gave you a deep drawer alternative ... love the charging station idea Image and video hosting by TinyPic..very clever!


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RE: Please Help with Mudroom Plan (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: SummerfieldDesigns on 12.18.2010 at 07:58 pm in Building a Home Forum

Image and video hosting by TinyPic


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Lee Valley link (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: inmydreams on 04.27.2008 at 06:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's the link to Lee Valley - great site!

Here is a link that might be useful: Lee Valley hardware for drawer dividers


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RE: Custom drawer insert - am I crazy? (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: inmydreams on 04.27.2008 at 06:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

My drawer dividers aren't complete, but I copied what Lois418 did and bought brackets from Lee Valley Hardware and then 1/4" dividers from Lowes. Inexpensive and totally customizable. Lois418 is on the finished kitchen blog but here's a link to her pics.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lee Valley dividers


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RE: Laundry Room help - pics (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: demeron on 01.02.2011 at 12:08 am in Home Decorating Forum

DH built this handy spot for our small laundry room:
From 2010-10-17


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Where's your dirty laundry live? Pics of pedestal/cubby solution!

posted by: rosieo on 10.28.2011 at 11:07 am in Laundry Room Forum

HELP!! I need a remedial course in laundry management, lol. We just adopted 2 children and moved to a farm where we're building a house (lots of mud/manure/kid stuff) so laundry has suddenly become complicated. Plus this is my first front loader and I'm debating the whole pedestal vs countertop thing.

BC (Before Children) it was easy. We each did our own laundry. We kept 2 baskets in our closets for whites and colors. When they were full we'd just bring them to the lr and wash.

But now I'm doing mine plus kids plus linens and it seems much more complicated to me. How do other families deal with it?

Right now I have a laundry basket in each child's closet but often when they come in I have them strip down and throw the muddy clothes directly into the laundry room.

So, I came across this DIY pedestal and got all excited.

At first I thought it looks like a great way to
1. get a great looking pedestal for cheap, and
2. corral all the dirty laundry that is presently living in an overflowing basket on my tiny lr floor.

But wait, don't I want to have a countertop over the W/D? Is this a better solution for stashing dirty clothes? (and thank you crazyhouse for posting it!)

This might be an even better solution because it would let me keep the countertop over the w/d, and still utilize cubbies for separating laundry.

Or has anybody here come up with an even more brilliant idea for dealing with dirty laundry?

Do you stash it in your bath/closet/bedroom until it's full and then drag it into the lr and dump it all out on the floor to sort? Or what?

Which is better, having a countertop running over the wd or having the pedestal? At first I was in love with the idea of having the countertop. (But probably I'd just keep baskets of laundry on it anyway, so they may as well live underneath, right?)

I'd appreciate hearing any thoughts on the pics or any ideas you have on managing dirty laundry. Thanks a bunch!


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RE: Where's your dirty laundry live? Pics of pedestal/cubby solut (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: mydreamhome on 11.07.2011 at 12:09 am in Laundry Room Forum

We just moved in our new home build a month ago & I absolutely LOVE how we did the laundry room set up. We are a family of 4 and somehow it seems like we generate enough laundry for a family twice that size! I knew something had to change in the new house because I was completely overwhelmed with the laundry room set up we had in the previous house (pretty standard setup). In the new house, we have 3 laundry pullouts--they are full size double trashcan pullouts from Rev-A-Shelf. Each can holds 1 full load of laundry for my 3.7cu ft front load washer. So we have 6 hampers/cans altogether--1 for lights, 2 for darks/colors, 1 for DH's uniforms, 1 for whites, & 1 for towels. When a hamper gets full, I just pop the contents into the washer. The laundry not only stays out of sight all the time, but it stays sorted too! If you go this route, make sure you specify the tall, full under counter height (with no space for a drawer above) trash cans. If you say 'hamper', you will get a single low hamper in each. If you just say 'trash pullouts' you will likely get the little short cans that would fit under your kitchen sink & won't hold anywhere near as much laundry. Feel free to use my pics to show your cabinet guy what you want.

Like you, we're on a large piece of property & most of the time the kids are stripping down in the laundry room & then headed straight for the shower. If they are clean enough to bypass the laundry room, I have them bring their dirty clothes into the laundry room after their shower/bath and they sort their clothes themselves into the proper bins. DH & I have a hamper in our master bath--I just bring it to the laundry room every couple days & sort the clothes into the proper bins.

I have a fairly simple set up & my laundry room is about 8.5' x 8.5'. My folding counter/hanging space/3 pullout hamper space is on the left as you go in, the sink is in the corner with a counter, upper & lower cabinet to the right of it, and the washer and dryer are to the right as you go in (conveniently located just across from the pullout hampers, folding counter & hanging space.)

These aren't the best photos as I had to use the webcam but you get the idea--haven't found the box with the battery chargers for the camera yet! Hope these help :-)

Front shot of Pullout Hampers/Trash Can Pullouts:


Middle Hamper Pulled Out:


Corner Sink w/ Counter & Cabinets to Right:


Washer/Dryer w/ Deep Cabinets Above:



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RE: Using inset on top and overlay (full or partial) on bottom? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: cjc123 on 11.20.2011 at 11:44 am in Kitchens Forum

Ours is done just that way. I did it for all the reasons you mentioned plus it was less money for the full overlay. We don't have a large kitchen and wanted as much usable space as possible. We did do our china hutch with all inset for a bit more of a statement and I wanted that furniture look. As I have mentioned before only 1 person in 1.5 years has noticed the entire kitchen isn't inset. The pantry is also full overlay. Click on the photo and it will take you to my album.
From Kitchen before and after

From Kitchen before and after


Full Overlay and Inset on Framed cabinets gives SAME space.

The only way full overlay gives you less space is if you go frameless (something you can't do w/ inset).

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My almost finished kitchen

posted by: mgkinz on 05.05.2011 at 07:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is what we have so far, I still need to accessorize, get wall hangings, window treatments, and various other knick knack things but I just couldn't wait to share :)


message center

looking toward eating area

beverage fridge in island

looking into kitchen from eating area

table and chairs

one more of the table...I'm just in love with it

view out the kitchen window...sorry it's one of my favorite parts :)



paper towel cubby


backsplash behind cooktop




cooktop and drawers

corner drawers....LOVE these

cookie tray shelves


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Finished Farmhouse Kitchen

posted by: angel411 on 05.15.2010 at 03:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm a long-time lurker and could not have built this house without this site! I'm posting in hopes of helping someone else like you wonderful people helped me!

Our house is a coastal farmhouse style in NE Florida. I dreamed of white shaker inset cabinets (Jbrodie's to be exact) so we gave our cabinet maker a picture of her kitchen. I was a little nervous because he had never built insets before, but I'd say he did a pretty good job! They are wonderful! (and ended up around $6,000 less than full overlays that were quoted from Kraftmaid)
The undercabinet lighting reads a little yellow, but the walls are a soft gray...we went with only a 4 in granite backsplash and it works well for us.
Please let me know if you have any other questions...I'm sure I left a lot out!

Cabinets- local cabinet maker, white shaker inset, BM Simply White
Hardware- Amerock Revitalize from
Countertops- Black Aracruz granite
Island Bar top- custom pine
Sink- Bella Lavello 30" Fireclay from
Faucet- Julianne Decor Design from
Wall paint- BM Edgecomb Gray
Refrigerator- Frigidaire Professional series
Microwave- Frigidaire Micro Professional
Wall Oven- Frigidaire 30" Professional
Gas Cooktop- Electrolux 5 burner gas
Downdraft- Broan
Dishwasher- Bosch
Pendants- Bronze dome pendants 76101-89 from
Floors- 4 in. prefinished pine from Lumber Liquidators
Barstools- Target
Dining Table- Harvest collection Pottery barn
















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That's Right, It's Another White Kitchen, $20K Budget, Finished!!

posted by: three_daisies on 03.11.2010 at 04:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all! Our ubiquitous white kitchen was completed in December and just now posting pics. I don't know how you all take such wonderful photos because I had a hard time capturing the kitchen well. The color is off and pics are fuzzy. Thanks to all you great GW-ers - I asked some stupid questions and absorbed a lot of info/wisdom by lurking which was certainly helpful as I navigated this process by myself (DH was of no help!).

I was the "KD" and GC. Our 1976 kitchen was barely functioning - all drawers were broken as were the ovens and microwave.

The only major changes were relocating the fridge where the old desk was, putting the micro over the wall oven, and having the pantry opening changed and double doors installed (and Elfa shelving inside). It's amazing how much storage we gained by those relatively small changes.

The only regrets are that I didn't have the patience to have hardwoods finished on site and that the backsplash grout turned out way too light...and I should have bought the Kohler Vinnata faucet (but I do love our Moen faucet anyway)! Other than that, we're pleased.

A few details:
Came in right about $20K.
Original cabinets were refaced by local carpenter/craftsman who also repaired, reinforced and rehabbed the cabinet boxes.
Carpenter built custom island and hood, pull out shelving.
Black galaxy granite
Daltile 3x6 white subway tile (Lowe's)
Cabinets, moulding, and door paint: BM White Dove
Wall paint: BM Lancaster Whitewash
Floors: prefinished red oak.
16 recessed lights and undercabinet lights added.


Before (oven wall & previous built in desk):





Island w/trash pullout (possibly my favorite feature)


New pull out drawers/shelves & fridge where old useless desk was:

What I would LOVE input on is

1. Window treatment ideas - for bay by table and over sink (kitchen faces west & we need sunlight control)

2. Where should I put my 15" flat screen TV?? On end of cabinet run nearest to table or in corner where red platter is by cooktop? We eat 90% of meals at the island anymore and barely use our kitchen table (other than for kids' homework), so TV visibility from table, while nice, isn't essential.


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RE: Stain color (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: circuspeanut on 01.27.2012 at 06:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm trying hard to envision what you mean, Christine.

Like this p[iece from Restoration hardware? Which is gray, but dunno about brown.

All I can think of with "brown + gray" is reclaimed wood, a la:

I suspect you're not really the type for rustic finishes, otherwise I'd say milk paint might be the way to go, since it can give you that translucent gray that still shows some of the wood. Alternately thre are some excellent dyes/stains available that simulate weathering effects on wood:

Here is a link that might be useful: you can get good quality driftwood stain from modelers, of all things


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99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone

posted by: jbrodie on 03.01.2009 at 06:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally! Our kitchen is finished! I never thought the day would come, and boy am I enjoying it. I owe so much to this forum. I can't tell you how much you all helped me. Thank you!!! I hope I can help others in return.

Hope I'm not putting too many pictures!





soap stone

Quick description (feel free to contact me if you have questions)
-Soapstone: Julia
-Cabinets: Custom, inset/flush shaker style with single bead (waiting to see if we get some issues resolved before I recommend the cabinet maker)
-Bookcase and desk tops: walnut
-Sharp microwave oven drawer (love it!)
-GE fridge
-Shaw 30 inch apron sink
-Wolf range top
-Thermador double ovens
-Vent-a-hood hood
-Dal tile
-potfiller: Newport Brass
-hot/cold faucet Newport Brass
-Main faucet: Mico
-Door to garage: one panel painted with chalkboard! The kids love this and it's fun to put messages to guests, each other, holiday wishes, etc.
-Pull out baskets (love these...I keep bread in one and potatoes, onions, etc. in the other)
-Wine shelf--love it!
-Bar stools from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (love these and they were so reasonable!)
-What would I do differently? More than 12 inch overhang on seating area of island (maybe 14-16 inch). And I might skip the bead board in the backs of the bookshelfs and glass cabs.

Happy kitchen designing to all! Thank you again!


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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)


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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!



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Finished Kitchen-warm white cabs, marble, wood counters

posted by: blakey on 03.29.2009 at 04:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can't believe it's complete, except for a bit of decorating, but it's so nice to be able to cook again. Thanks to everyone on this forum for the great questions, advice, photos, suggestions and support. I feel like I got so lucky when I stumbled upon this website just as we were getting started. It helped me tremendously and so many of the kitchens served as inspiration(you'll know who you are!)


breakfast room

wet bar





mud room

laundry room

Cabinets-Wood Mode
Perimeter Counters-Calacatta Crema-honed
Island top-Sapele Mahogany
Wall Oven-Miele
Refrigerator-Sub Zero
Main Sink-Shaw's Original Farm Sink
Wet Bar Sink-Sink-A-Link Hammered Copper


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Sneek Peek, Cabinets being installed!

posted by: tinker_2006 on 11.23.2011 at 07:10 am in Kitchens Forum

It's been a while since I posted, no time.. as DH and I are working hard to get this house to a point we can move in! We need to get our current home on the market while it is season in Florida.

Our home is a 1937 historic house, and we are trying to maintain a vintage feel.

Cabinets are build by a wonderful local Amish family, and the quality is wonderful! I struggled with the paint color and decided on Alabaster White (they use Sherwin Williams) Their standard was "Pearly White" and my only complaint is - I think they painted them the Pearly! In the kitchen.. I'm not 100% sure, so I guess it doesn't really matter - LOL, in the laundry room (the room with the beadboard - which is painted Alabaster) I see the difference. I'm not freaking out, so that's a good thing! LOL

I do wish I made the hood a little wider, but again.. it's okay. FLJoshua will be arriving Monday (maybe Tuesday) to template and install our soapstone - so excited!

The hardware I bought - seems too small - especially with the large bank of drawers... so need to think on that! (I'll take ideas - hint, hint).

From Sunrise - work in progress

From Sunrise - work in progress

From Sunrise - work in progress

From Sunrise - work in progress

From Sunrise - work in progress

From Sunrise - work in progress


This room I really see the difference in the Alabaster and the cabinets. It is something I can live with... but slightly disappointed the cabinets are a bit warmer in tone.

From Sunrise - work in progress


Millers Dutchaus
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RE: Quality all wood kitchen cabinets online or at big box? (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: oldbat2be on 08.26.2011 at 09:43 am in Kitchens Forum

Island will be Cherry, with Cordovan finish, distressed level 2. Perimeter, pantry/laundry room, and mud room will be Frosty White Colourtone on hard Maple. I ordered through, Brian Long,, who was very helpful.

CRP 10875 was door style we selected. You can find PDFs from different Conestoga sellers online. Date on this pdf is old but you can see relative pricing on doors / drawers (helpful). Order samples so you can see for yourself. Systems Catalog/4.0 WoodDoorsDrawers.pdf


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RE: talking myself out of beaded inset (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: missstella on 06.11.2010 at 11:32 pm in Kitchens Forum


I think the Schrock--Brantley door style and the Dynasty Omega door styles Williamsburg, Marco and Beringer can give an inset look partly because they all have a square edge, and a "routed" edge that look like the frame of an inset cabinet. Also, the use of glazes can be used to highlight these edges. Mind you, this is my opinion, but with a full overlay I think the eye can be fooled/satisfied with a cabinet like this.

I personally like the upper inset with a lower full overlay idea, I'm putting that in my idea book.

Hope this is helpful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Omega Williamsburg door


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RE: talking myself out of beaded inset (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: katsmah on 06.11.2010 at 09:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

With cjc123's permission this is a 'sneak peek' of her beautiful cabinets with the inset upper and full overlay lowers. I love this idea.



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RE: White inset door, single bead vs. no bead (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: penelopejosephine on 04.20.2010 at 01:25 am in Kitchens Forum

We did the bead on the inside of the door (instead of the frame). The thought of cleaning the groove on the frame was enough to make me wary. Once I saw a kitchen in person that had the bead on the door I knew I would be comfortable with the look. Also, we have the bead on all doors and most of the drawers (the shallow top drawers are flat because our cabinet maker needed the drawer face to be deeper to do the shaker style.

OT...Dotcomegone, your're kitchen always makes me swoon! I adore that backsplash!

Here's a picture (albeit not the best):

(the second photo you can see the flat top drawers)


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RE: White inset door, single bead vs. no bead (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: dotcomgone on 04.19.2010 at 11:59 am in Kitchens Forum

We have white inset but didn't do beaded for two reasons. First, it did add to cost. Secondly, space is a big issue in my kitchen and I needed the drawers to be flush. I love the look of beaded, but a neighbor who just did beaded mentioned to me the other day that the downside is the cleaning.

Here's a few photos of ours:




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Finished (almost) White Kitchen- PHEW!

posted by: dotcomgone on 01.19.2010 at 04:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to everyone on Gardenweb for their wealth of information. While I haven't posted often, I have utilized this site daily to find information and inspiration. Thank you for taking your time to share your kitchen ideas so that others can benefit from your experiences.

We are almost done. Just a kitchen table, island stools, desk area chair and accessories to go. Our project started in June and was substantially complete a few days before Christmas.

Unfortunately, I don't have before photos handy and used my iphone to snap these shots. Sorry for the quality. Our old kitchen was L shaped as well, a galley style with eating area. We had white 80's cabinets (solid door) with soffits. Counters were white square tile. Our worst feature was the powder room in the kitchen space and window that faced into our neighbors house (current range wall.) We expanded our kitchen by pushing out the range wall. Other than that we had to work within the space. Our main goals were moving the powder room out of the kitchen, storage, fitting in an island and eating area and respecting the age of our home (1906).

I am happy to share any details if anyone is interested.

Thanks again to all esp. those who helped me through a mini-marble crisis.









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Cabinets: Custom/Seattle- Baywood Cabinetry.
Paint- BM White Dove-oil based.
Island: Walnut stained just a shade darker than natural.
Floors: We discovered original Douglas fir floors throughout first floor of house and salvaged. We could not save fir in kitchen and patched in new there. Medium stain.
Countertops & backsplash: 2cm Calacatta Gold marble
Hardware: Polished nickel Schaub select cup pulls and knobs. Latches- Cliffside Industries polished nickel.
Paint- Green near nook- BM Baby Fern. Black on back door-
BM Black.
Lighting: Pendants- Juliska globe pendants, Amalia. Antique french chandelier in nook. Juno undercabinet lights.
Appliances- Miele optima dishwasher; Subzero 36" over/under; Wolf 48" range all gas, griddle and grill.
Sink- Shaw's Original 30".
Faucet- Perrin and Rohl bridge faucet with sidespray & soap dispenser.
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Yellow cabinets Kitchen progress pictures DIY

posted by: jterrilynn on 08.14.2010 at 12:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally making some progress on my little kitchen although husbands back is shot and so is mine. We still need to secure base cabinets,and have yet to rip out sink, dishwasher and upper counter area. Also waiting for the crown molding that both I and online cabinet site overlooked. Under cab lights are done, angled plugs done.
I can't wait for the install of the couple of mirrored doors and the glass backsplash. The special order 9 1/4" stainless behind range backsplash with a little 2" ledge looks way cool when I held it up. I'm reusing most appliances although frig & sink are new. The vases/pots up in the two display cabinets are just there for me to get an idea of scale and will not be used in final kitchen.
Friday was a good day on granite picks with me settling on two different granites, the warm golden color will be over on the section with the upper creamy yellow cabs with dark cherry bases. The dark granite will be honed and on the other side of the butcher block table at the sink and eat-in counter area.
I am still in search of a creamy light yellow subway or similar tile as a transitional peice between countertop and glass tiles in the two tone area. Seems most tile shops around me have gone out of business, those who haven't don't have much, the samples I ordered online are green-yellow...another pain! Help? progress pictures/?action=viewt=kitchenprogresspictures008.jpg" target="_blank">Photobucket progress pictures/?action=viewt=kitchenprogresspictures007.jpg" target="_blank">Photobucket progress pictures/?action=viewt=kitchenprogresspictures006.jpg" target="_blank">Photobucket


conestoga cabinets
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Not-nearly-done-but-since-you-asked pics

posted by: breezygirl on 01.13.2012 at 08:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to everyone who keeps asking me for new photos of the kitchen! We still have miles to go, as you can see.

Not done:
light fixtures
knobs on uppers
pantry door handle
drywall repair around outlets
kitchen table, banquette, chairs
DR chandy
DR chairs

Excuse any dirt or mess you see in the backgrounds!


Perimeter: Carrara marble, honed 4cm
Island: Black Walnut
Custom Cabinets: Cornerstone Cabinetry, painted BM Simply White
Hardware: Restoration Hardware Aubrey pulls, 4', 6' and 8'
Rangetop: 36' 6 burner Capital Culinarian
Hood: Rangecraft, Viser model
Fridge: KA built-in
MW: Sharp 24' drawer
Sinks: Blanco silgranit in metallic gray
Faucets: Hansgrohe high-arc










From the Dining Room.


Closeup of beverage serving area. (Wow, that's a lot of booze. We're really not alcoholics!) We entertain a lot so I plan to set up beverages, which end up to mostly non-alocholic, here. I rotated this in photobucket, but it shows here the other direction.


I bought these pendants on sale and plan to do a DIY mercury glass technique on them to see if I can cut the glare but not make them look cheap. If they don't work, then I'm not out much and will continue the hunt.


I'll put a link to my photobucket album with more pics. My flickr account was full so the album will only have pics since we moved back in.

Oh, and I said I'd post some pics of the new cats, too. That's next!

Here is a link that might be useful: more pics


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Staining Darker - New Kitchen Cabinets

posted by: oldbat2be on 02.26.2012 at 05:17 pm in Woodworking Forum

I've posted in the kitchen forums, about painting my island kitchen cabinets grey.

They are new (as of last November) but I dislike how red they are. I think they clash with the floors and again -- I simply dislike the color.


Staining darker might be a good compromise. If anyone could speak to what the process would be like, I would appreciate it. They are currently Cherry Specie, Cordovan Finish, 15% Sheen Topcoat, Distressing Level=Level 2. I am concerned about the topcoat; think this will have to be sanded down whether cabinets are painted or stained.

I do have leftover moulding pieces, so can experiment with color.

Thanks in advance,



conestoga cabinets
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RE: Does Anyone have White Conestoga Cabinets??? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: oldbat2be on 01.11.2012 at 09:07 am in Kitchens Forum

I do.... Frosty white, with Cambria Torquay. Went with Cabinet Joint (Brian) and was delighted with the process and the product. Their doors are FABULOUS.

Not finished yet, but getting closer....


Conestoga cabinets
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A year in the making. My new kitchen w/pics

posted by: oldhouse1 on 09.11.2011 at 08:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our home is a simple 1840 Canadiana. We were living life quite comfortably when we drove by a home we always jokingly said we would buy if it ever went up for sale. Well, there it was, a big for sale sign in the middle of the lawn. Long story short we moved from our 4 bathroom home to one 1/3 the size with one bath that also happened to be off the kitchen. We immediately set out to design a small addition which included a kitchen. That was three years ago. With the exception of the foundation and framing, this has been a complete DIY project. After a year and a month of doing dishes in the bathroom I now have a kitchen. It doesn't have alot of bells and whistles and although we didn't necessarily want a period kitchen we did want one that suited an older home.


Ikea Tidaholm cupboards, professionally sprayed in Cloud White with alot of customization. Unfortunately, these have since been discontinued.

AEG Electrolux 36" freestanding stove. Bought for less then half price because someone bought it, used it once and returned it because they decided they wanted gas. We don't have gas and recently put in Geo Thermal heating/air conditioning. Wasn't in the budget to bring in propane. Stove was so reasonable that if we decide to do so later we can.

Liebherr 30" freestanding refrigerator. Purchased for half price because it had a dent dent in the bottom half. Bought a new door so it was good as new, until they delivered it and dented the top half. They replaced the door. Neither will be installed until house is complete (just in case).

Ikea farmhouse sink and dishwasher. I'm actually very pleased that it works as well as it does.

Perrin and Rohl Aquatine faucet in polished nickel.

Island and Jam cupboard - Special Order from Camlen Furniture in Quebec. Purchased with hand planed top in pine and may or not replace with marble. Will live with it for a while.

10" random length pine floors. All hand finished and dinged and finshed with Waterlox. This alone took us several weeks. We love the finish.

Honed Absolute Black granite. Bought the kitchen at Ikea's 20% off sale. Rather then cash back you get Ikea gift certificates. Used these and another $1300.

Faber Inca Pro hood

Light fixture- Sescolite, Burlington, Ontario

Finished kitchen, $19 thousand including all the small stuff.

I would like to thank the GW community. I found you when most decisions had already been made but early enough to make some positive changes based on the vast amount of information shared on this site. I didn't ask for much advise but I can assure you that I read everything written on the subjects that I researched on this site and then some. I do not have the incredible knowledge that so many of you do who share so willingly to those who ask but have from time to time tried to help out on the very few subjects I know a little about. I have taken much more than I have been able to give. I am grateful to have had a place that I could frequent with people who share the same desire to have a kitchen of their dreams no matter their budget. And to those who think their day will never come, keep the faith. I never thought that I would get here. After seeing so many unbelievable kitchens, big and small, elaborate and understated, new and updated thanks for looking at mine.


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98.627% Finished Kitchen - Transitional White Inset w/ glass tile

posted by: theanimala on 01.02.2010 at 03:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

After reading this site daily for 6 months now and getting tons of great advice it's time for us to post our finished kitchen. In keeping with the style of the house we needed to go more modern than traditional, but we didn't want something too contemporary. Also, we couldn't decide on painted or stained cabinets, so we decided to do both by painting the perimeter while having the island stained.

Although we moved no walls, it ended up being a bigger project then we expected as the old tile floor went through our foyer, powder room and laundry room. Also didn't have correct sub-flooring, and we wanted to move some of the appliances around, etc. The reason the it is only 98.627% completed, is we still have 1.373% left to do, such as glass shelves in glass front doors so in cabinet lighting can shine all the way through, etc.


Cabinets - Inset Shiloh Homestead painted MB Softwhite, Island Maple stained Espresso
Flooring - Tile Fashion Coffee 12 x 24
Countertops - Ceasarstone Raven, Ceasarstone Misty Carrera - Mitred Edge
Main Sink - Franke 33" SS Apron - FHX710-33S
Main Faucet - Generic Costco Brand
Prep Sink - Elkay - ELU1618
Prep Faucet - Danze Como Pulldown
Refrigerator - JennAir CD FD - JFC2089HES
Ovens - Electrolux - EW30EW65GS
Warming Drawer - Electrolux - EW30WD55GS
Microwave - Electrolux - EL27MO45GS
Cooktop - DCS 36" Drop-in - CTD-365
Hood - Bosch - DKE9365AUC
Beverage Center - GE Monogram - ZDBC240NBS
Dishwasher - Bosch
Backsplash - White Glass subway tile from
Backsplash - Stainless Steel 1x2 tiles
Pulls - TopKnobs - Princetonian
Paint - BM 1542 Himalayan Trek






Sink Area:







Island - Backside:

Pantry Area - Closed:


Pantry - Open:


Lazy Suzan - Corner Pullout:


A big thank you to everyone who gave such great advice over the past few months. If anyone has any questions on what we like /dislike please let us know.


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RE: Mixing countertop materials... (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: boxerpups on 12.30.2011 at 05:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

here are a few..
Marble and granite, marble and soapstone, or wood and marble.









tile wall


exotic tile



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RE: Mixing countertop materials... (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: califkitchen on 12.29.2011 at 02:39 am in Kitchens Forum

I mixed countertop materials and cabinet colors- black granite with white cabinets on perimeter and white marble with black cabinets on island.

This was my inspiration picture:

This is my just about done kitchen:


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Finished Kitchen creamy white, lacanche, calacatta

posted by: tearose21 on 07.13.2009 at 07:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Posted earlier but pictures were too small. Hope this works.



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RE: Cutting Costs (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: beaglesdoitbetter on 06.18.2011 at 10:11 pm in Building a Home Forum

ICFgreen there were a few:

- Bellacor
- CSN Lighting
- Homeclick
- Lighting Universe
- 1 Stop Lighting
- Shades of Light (this store has some really unique pieces that were very different from things I saw elsewhere)
- Lighting By Gregory
- I got a 1930's art deco fixture on ebay (there's a bunch, probably not really going to fit in too well with your modern aesthetic, but if you haunt the ones that aren't buy-it-nows, you can get a great deal)

My strategy was to find a fixture on clearance on one site, and then do a search for the product name until I found it the cheapest since if it was on clearance on one, it was usually on clearance everywhere. It was time consuming b/c you can't just count on the Google product compare since sometimes there will be a coupon or something that lets you get it cheaper from a site that actually has a higher price. I also used Fatwallet Cash Back and a few other cash back sites, and googled for "coupon code" for any site I was going to buy from.

My 3 best deals, and again these are probably not quite your style but it might be useful for someone else):
- Progress Crawford Outdoor Lanterns These are regularly $186 or more and I got them for $62.00 each w/ coupon found by googling

- Sea Gull Highlands Large 15 light for great room (we needed a 4+ footer and everything else was very expensive, I got this for $1200 on a memorial day sale from this website.

- Progress Versailles This was a discontinued fixture and it is beautiful in person.

I am getting my custom cabinets from Dutch Wood Kitchens in Myerstown PA and I cannot possibly say enough good things or recommend them highly enough. They are mennonite (which is sort of like Amish) so no website, but here's a brochure. The quality of their workmanship is wonderful (dovetail construction, beautiful finishes, 3/4 plywood, etc). They are doing some extremely unique and difficult things for us (17 ft. high triangle bookcase going up to a vaulted ceiling, w/ library ladder), they are responsive and communicative, do beautiful CAD drawings, do what they promise when they say they will, get back to you quickly with quotes and drawings, are extremely nice (the person I am working w/ did like 40 drawings for one book shelf in my house to make sure I was completely happy w/ it because I couldn't find a design I wanted), have never ever said no to any idea I've had no matter how crazy and are very budget friendly. I've recommended them to at least 2 people on the kitchen forum who are using them and one persons kitchen is finished already and I gather turned out very well. My cabinets aren't installed yet but I've gone to visit them in the shop and they are coming along absolutely beautiful. If you are anywhere near PA, I highly, highly recommend them (they are going to Brooklyn for one of the people who found them off of here, so I don't know how far you are?). They also use domestic plywood w/ no formaldahyde (spelling?) and could probably use whatever other materials you want in order to be green, I don't know much about green design but they are very open and responsive to any ideas I have.


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Finished Kitchen (+1 Year)- White / Marble / Mahogany / Soapstone

posted by: i_m_fletcher on 03.01.2012 at 07:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Everyone-

Some of you might recall me, I posted my almost finished kitchen about a year ago. We recently had some new photos taken when our architect hired a pro for the day for a shoot. I figured I'd pay everyone a visit and share the new photos since my old ones were incomplete. The old thread is to old to be revived, so I'll try to repost the old original post below my new one for context as well. Hope you enjoy!

As I posted in my original thread, thank you to everyone who has posted here - your amazing example kitchens as well as your willingness to answer any questions was THE source for our ideas.

Money Shot:

Kitchen Island:

Sink View:


Fridge / Pantry:

Fridge / Pantry Revealed:

Bar Area:

Pantry / Freezer:


Kitchen Design Summary:

  • Cabinets: Painted Maple built by local cabinet maker - local is a suburb southwest of Boston. Inset doors, self closing drawers. The finish is a sprayed on pre-cat lacquer that is tinted to match the BM Ivory White color.

  • Cabinet Options: Includes pull out trash drawer wtih two cans to the right of sink. "Magic Corner" pullout in corner of L perimeter cabinets. Wicker baskets underneath microwave for fruit / vegetable storage. Vertical dividers in cabinet above oven. Spice drawer insert in top left island drawer. Knife drawer insert in top drawer to the left of rangetop. Dish drawer inserts (pegboard with adjustable plate holding pegs) in island drawers. Utensil and gadget dividers in misc drawers. Specialized rack on dry good cabinet that allows for storage on dor but puts weight in cabinet carcass.

  • Colors: Walls are Ben Moore Pittsfield Buff (HC-24) and the trim and cabinets are Ben Moore Ivory White (925).

  • Countertops: 3cm Calacatta Ruggine on perimeter, 5cm Utile Mahogany (edge grain butcher block) for island, 3cm Minas soapstone for pantry. Slab backsplash on perimeter is 2cm Calacatta Ruggine and slab backsplash for pantry is 2cm Minas soapstone.

  • Hardware: Mix of Restoration Hardware including Gillmore cup pulls (4in), Gillmore Knobs, Traditional Clear Glass Knobs and Bistro Pulls (8in and 6in). All hardware is polished nickel.

  • Lighting: Pendants are RH Clemson pendants in 14" size. General recessed lights are Cree CR6 LED lights. Oversink recessed lights are Cree LR4 LED lights. Undercabinet lights are xenon dimable light bars. In cabinet lights are xenon puck lights. all lights are dimmable.

  • Floor: Rift sawn white oak stained to match existing floor (seen in family room pictures.) Floor has radient heating underneath, hence the need for rift sawn.

  • Bar Stools: Pier One Mason Bar Stool in chocolate.

  • Rangetop: Wolf 48" gas open burner with grill and griddle. Model #RT484CG

  • Ventilation: Wolf 48" Pro Range insert in custom wood enclosure. Model #462212. Fan is 1200 cfm remote blower located on far side of garage (~20 ft connected by 10" duct.) Model #801642.

  • Ovens: Wolf E series double oven - convection on top, regular on bottom. Model #DO302FSTH

  • Dishwasher: Miele Optima II mounted to the right of the sink. Model #G2472SCVi

  • Fridge: Subzero 27" Integrated Fridge only - located on sink wall next to paired wall cabinet for dry good storage behind island. Model #700TRLH.

  • Pantry Fridge: Subzero 24" Undercounter Integrated Fridge located in pantry area on wall with freezer. Model #UC24R-LH.

  • Freezer: Subzero 27" Integrated Freezer only - located in pantry area. Model #700TFIRH.
  • Wine Cooler: Subzero Integrated full length wine fridge located in pantry area. Model #427GLH.

  • Microwave: Sharp R530 countertop microwave installed in custom enclosure within island. Cubbie for microwave is ~26" x 21" high.

  • Sink/Disposal: Franke Bowl and Half - model #PRX-120. Insinkerator Evolution Excell 1hp disposal. Bar sink is Franke KBX-110-13.

  • Faucets: Main sink faucet is Rohl U.4702 in polished nickel. Bar sink faucet is Rohl U.4759 in polished nickel. Filtered water faucet is Rohl A1365 in polished nickel.

  • Misc Appliances: Air Switch is Rohl polished nickel button with Insinkerator switch. Water filter is Watts Premiere UF3 from Costco.

  • Backsplash: once installed the backsplash will be Ann Sacks Glace tiles in Ice. The tiles will be 1x6 sticks in a running bond pattern.

  • Ceiling Speakers: 10" loudspeakers from Monoprice linked into Sonos wireless home music system (this system is amazing!)

I think that's everything... let me know if I've missed a feature someone wants to know more about. Hopefully this is useful for others that like me come here seeking input on designing their own space.


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RE: Does Gardenweb have a favorite white paint kitchen cab color? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: jessicaml on 03.05.2012 at 09:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Stumbled upon this while looking for another thread, but it seems to me that the whites mentioned most often (and there are LOTS of "perfect white" threads!) are Benjamin Moore Dove White, Simply White and White Cloud. My cabinets are in Ace Cabinet and Trim paint in a color match to White Cloud.


Correct color is cloud white
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RE: What should I plant in the shade? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: crueltyfre on 03.23.2011 at 09:45 am in Florida Gardening Forum

My yard is almost full shade. For shrubs, look up clerodendrum incisum, Whitfieldia elongata,or thunbergia erecta. All bloom in deep shade.


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RE: Pantry photos/ pics of pantries (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: rhome410 on 02.03.2009 at 08:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

A previous thread discussing and showing closet-style pantries.

Here is a link that might be useful: thread with closet pantries


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Pantry photos/ pics of pantries

posted by: rhome410 on 02.03.2009 at 02:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

There are some great pantry threads that will eventually be lost and Starpooh suggested I post links here so that others can post and, hopefully, we'll keep some of these resources alive for those planning pantries in the future. (She pointed out that threads 'live' longer here than on the discussions side of the forum.) There is one thread, in particular, that has awesome photos of pantry interiors that I can open through a link I've saved, but if anyone posts on it, it doesn't become current again. Starpooh has put it in .pdf form and it is too large to download here, so I've linked it below.

Here is another walk-in pantry thread with helpful shelf spacing guidelines/recommendations:

There is also a previous thread with photos of closet style pantries, which I'm still trying to track down. Of course, photos of pantry cabs will be helpful to people, too.

Anyway, here's hoping people will start showing off their pantries here, so we form a pantry album for others to consult.

Here is a link that might be useful: Thread as .pdf: Anyone Willing to Share the Inside of their Pantry?


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RE: Pantry photos/ pics of pantries (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: buehl on 02.04.2009 at 02:44 am in Kitchens Forum

I have a pantry suggestion... Ventilate!

Walk-in pantry -- can I see yours?

Would A Walk-In Pantry Be a Major Selling Point To You?

Wood or wire shelves for walk-in pantry

What size should a step-in corner pantry be?

Buehl's Pantry Pictures

And here's a preview:

The left side has 15" shelves and holds, top-to-bottom, cereals, snacks & drinks, gluten-free foods, small appliances, and two bins--one for yams & one for white potatoes. (Small appliance shelf now holds cookbooks. Toaster Oven & coffee maker are now on the floor.)

The right side holds, top-to-bottom, paper towels, baking/cooking supplies (next 3 shelves), small appliances, more baking supplies. The floor has a stool & paper plates.


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