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New Kitchen Final Reveal!

posted by: sparkler39 on 11.03.2013 at 11:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

First off I wanted to say thank you to everyone for all the advice and tips over the past few months (especially you OntarioMom!)! We're all moved into our new home and are slowly getting settled in and unpacked. We actually moved in late August but I'm just getting around to uploading photos we took on the day we got our keys!

So here goes:

Full view
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Looking in from the living room
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Looking from the kitchen into the living room/entryway
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From the dining area
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Love those Vihara Minka tiles!
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Built-in wine rack
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Here's a list of the products we used (or at least the ones I remembered to write down!):

Cabinets: Integrity Cabinets Gulfbreeze Maple in Ebony
Pendants: Elk Lighting Elysburg 1-light Pendant
Counters: Formica 180fx in Bianca Luna
Sink: Kohler Vault Top-Mount Single Basin Stainless Steel Apron Front
Faucet: Delta Pilar Single Handle Pull-Down Faucet with Touch 20 Technology
Soap Dispenser: Delta Pilar Soap/Lotion Dispenser
Dispenser Conversion: Never MT Soap/Lotion Conversion Kit
Fridge/Freezer: Kenmore Elite 27.6 cu. ft. French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator #71053
Microwave: Kenmore Elite 2.2 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave #74223
Dishwasher: Kenmore Elite 24″ Dishwasher #12773
Range/Oven: Kenmore Elite 5.8 cu. ft. Double-Oven Gas Range #78923
Hood: Kenmore 30″ Italian-Designed Range Hood #50303
Backsplash: Sonoma Tilemakers Vihara Glass Tile in Minka Iridescent
Paint: Sherwin-Williams Lazy Gray SW6254
Flooring: Red Oak Common #2 finished in Minwax Provincial

Thanks again!

Here is a link that might be useful: House-Building Blog

This post was edited by sparkler39 on Mon, Nov 4, 13 at 9:52


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DIY toe kick drawer instructions

posted by: Bellsmom on 10.19.2013 at 12:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

I KNOW I used to have instructions on how to build your own toe kick drawers. But now that I am ready to do it, I can't find the instructions.

Does anyone have a link to good instructions on DIY toekick drawers? i remember generally how to do it, and I know it wasn't complicated. Just don't want to have to reinvent the wheel if someone can tell me where to find it.

Thanks as always,


clipped on: 10.19.2013 at 06:57 pm    last updated on: 10.19.2013 at 06:57 pm

RE: Our Kitchen Remodel Journey (Follow-Up #81)

posted by: gpraceman on 08.12.2013 at 09:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

For those of you interested in the final reveal.

Here is a link that might be useful: Journey's End - Final Reveal


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RE: Backsplash SS to hood or ceiling? Where to buy? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: theanimala on 08.16.2013 at 10:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

We did stainless steel mini tiles to the ceiling past the hood. Debated doing it both ways but like the result. Sorry it's not the best view as it's far off but it's all I have handy...

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What kind of backsplash tile is your favorite & why?

posted by: boone_2009 on 09.18.2013 at 04:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Never thought I'd have such a difficult time choosing a tile backsplash; would love to know your faves - type ( ceramic, porcelain, MOP, metallic, stone etc) and shape; if you would/wouldn't choose the same again for your next kitchen and why; if you have had any problems re maintenance with your current choice ( I just drooled over a pearl shell backsplash but have grave concerns re keeping it clean and lustrous).

Thanks! I look forward to your responses :-).


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RE: Tell me why you love your range... (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: buildinva on 10.02.2013 at 11:10 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm not the OP and I know this thread is old, but I'll chime in anyway! I love love love my induction range from Electrolux. It heats soooo quickly, cooks evenly, is highly responsive, and, my FAVORITE thing, is the easiest thing to clean in my whole kitchen! I would never go back to gas!!!!


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Custom Drawer Inserts

posted by: meyersdvm on 06.05.2013 at 12:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

I learned about Wood Hollow's custom drawer inserts from this forum. I ordered from their eBay site last Wednesday and my drawer inserts arrived very well packaged yesterday.

I love that they match my wood drawer interiors and leave no wasted space. They are well made and very reasonably priced at $35 each for cutlery and utensil inserts and $25 for a fluted spice insert. My spice drawer is in a bank of base cabs that are only 18 inches in depth, so standard inserts would not have worked.

Spice drawer
Utensil drawer
Cutlery drawer

Here is a link that might be useful: Cutlery Insert


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Corner Cabinet Space Calculations and Analysis

posted by: davidahn on 02.20.2013 at 02:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is an attempt at putting some numbers to the age-old question: what do I do with this darned corner?!? I have answered this question for myself, but thought my analysis might be helpful to others pondering this same question.

- Tried to standardize on a 24D x 48W blind cabinet
- Lazy susan & corner drawers required 36 x 36 corner cabinet
Total usable space is calculated based on the interior space of the drawer/pullout
Usable space given is PER TIER and calculated based on the footprint of the box
Multiply usable space by number of tiers/drawers for total storage area
Drawers and pullouts are 22” deep minus 5/8” drawer front/back
Drawer widths are box width minus 3/4” box sides, 1/2” drawer slide clearances, and 5/8” drawer sides
- Your cabinet builder’s specs may vary slightly from my numbers

Corner Cabinet Studies

Shelves & Non Corner Drawers
Plain shelves (not shown) maximize space use (88% of footprint due to plywood box sides and back) but minimize accessibility. The gold standard is drawers (see 'Non Corner'), balancing space utilization and accessibility (only 73% of footprint due to hardware and clearances), but obviously, two drawer stacks are NOT an option for a corner. Space efficiency should be compared to the drawer 'gold standard' rather than plain shelves which are a terrible idea for any deep cabinet, especially corner cabinets!

Corner Drawer
The corner drawer solution (53% of footprint, 73% of non-corner drawers) does have LARGE dead dead space in both corners, and awkward angles all over the drawers. The pluses are: you can store a lot of stuff by having 4 drawers (2728 sq in), and you can have access to ALL of your stuff. 4 corner drawers offer 81% of two 24W drawer stacks, but takes up 12.5% more floor space.

Super Susan
The super susan (60% of footprint, 82% of non-corner drawers). It’s impractical to do more than 2 tiers, and it lacks a certain sex appeal, and stuff can fall off and get lost in the dead space areas. There’s a maximized version of the Super Susan called the Korner King, which looks like it stores a LOT of crap, but it looks like a Frankenstein’s cabinet, an esthetic purist’s nightmare. For those not offended by its looks, functionally it has a lot of broken up pieces of storage of which only about 10-40% of your stuff is accessible at a time.

Custom Corner
My 'custom corner' (narrow pullout, wide side slide), my choice, has the same usable space as drawers per tier (73% of footprint), but a lot less accessibility due to the limitations the corner imposes. I chose it because while we have lots of storage space, I still wasn’t ready to seal off the corner. The large sideways slideout is perfect for items like our 60 and 100 qt pots that wouldn’t fit in drawers anyway (we occasionally cook for LARGE groups). The main pullout would have 3 tiers for more often-accessed items, for a total of 1494 sq in (514 s.i. x 1 full height slideout for big pots, 327 s.i. x 3 for front pullout), a decent amount of storage including a very large, full height side-slide. 2 L + 3 S tiers would give 2009 s.i.

Dead Corner
The simplest corner solution, the 'dead corner,' only gives 29% of the footprint in storage, or 40% of the storage of 48' of non-corner drawers. But if you use a 4-drawer stack, you get a lot of functional storage - 1348 sq in, though no room for tall/large items.

Magic Corner
Hafele’s Magic Corner offers that WOW factor when you see it gleaming and gliding in and out with soft-close. But it’s only 536 s.i. per tier (49% of footprint, 67% of non-corner drawers), 1072 total s.i. It could store more, but it’s designed to fit in more applications (21D cabinets, narrower cabinets), and therefore has a lot of dead space.

- Unlike straight base cabinets where there’s clear consensus that drawers are best, corners are ALL about limitations and compromise (and debate, with everyone having their own favorite corner solution that fits their needs)
- Drawers offer the greatest accessibility, and by using 3 or 4 drawers, you quickly make up for less space efficiency over 2-tier solutions. For example, even though the dead corner only offers 29% of the footprint of storage per tier, multiply that by 4 drawers = 1348 sq in, more than the Magic Corner’s 1072 s.i. and almost as much as the Super Susan’s 1550 s.i. with 144 s.i. smaller footprint. Despite the large dead spaces, the Corner Drawer offers a LOT of potential storage, up to 2728 s.i. with 4 drawers, though losing large item capability.
As impressive as the 'Magic Corner' solutions are to demo (I too “ooooh”ed at first), they are extremely costly (about $900 and up after hardware and baskets) and optimized to fit in shallower cabinets so have more dead space than other solutions.
My custom corner maximizes total use of the footprint area and also maximizes large and bulky item storage with relatively limited access to the inside corner area, while minimizing cost.
- As with marriage, there is no perfect match, only great or poor fits for your needs. If you’re unhappy with your corner solution, either ignore the limitations or find a better solution. Just don’t expect perfection!

Here is a link that might be useful: Korner King - not for me, might be right for you?


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Anyone use The Cabinet Joint- RTA online co. ?

posted by: Boops2012 on 09.17.2013 at 03:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

They have Scherr- that has gotten good reviews on here. Just wondering if any GW'ers have any experience with this co.?Trying to narrow down the cabinet quotes Ive gotten.


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RE: Question about soap dispenser (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: francoise47 on 09.16.2013 at 08:07 am in Kitchens Forum

Installing a dispenser for dish soap was a last minute decision. I'm glad we installed one.

If you decide you don't like using it for dish detergent, down the road, you could use the hole to install a filtered water tap or a hand lotion dispenser.

I highly recommend using the clever Never MT so that you don't have to refill the soap.


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