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RE: Kohler Stages 33 Sink in Island Question (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: muskokascp on 01.11.2013 at 11:03 am in Kitchens Forum

It's a prep sink = heavy worker in the kitchen. You will absolutely need and want more counter space beside it to be able to prep properly. I have the 33" stages in my island with about 6" on the side that faces the fridge (this is nice because there is just enough room to plop things from the Rf onto the island) and the rest of the long side of the island on the other. I have a large island (10'4") and believe me, during prep time stuff gets spread out beside the sink!


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Unusual Kitchen layout Input requested from those who cook!

posted by: dietitian on 06.23.2014 at 07:49 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi. We our layout is as seen in attached pic. Two unusual things I plan on doing:

1) cooktop (sorry my husband wrote range on layout, it is just a cooktop/rangetop) will be in front of a window. Another option is to ditch the window that is there and lose upper cabinets by placing windows on either side, but this is not ideal because we lose storage.

2) cleanup sink/dishwasher will be further off than it is in most layouts. I am doing this because I like to have my messy stuff out of my cooking way. I plan on putting all drawers in the island and have the silverware and dishes in the island closest to the table/cleanup area.

Will this work okay? anyone else have a layout similar to this already? I will have the prep sink be large enough to hand wash dishes.

I should mention that most days I have cleaning help in the kitchen, so an added bonus is that the person cleaning the dishes will be out of my cooking triangle.

Any advice/thoughts are greatly appreciated, especially from those who cook/entertain a lot.

NOTE: pic is close to scale, but not that accurate. I ran out of space when adding the table/kids snacks/cleanup area.


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RE: Looking for layout help? Memorize this first. (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: marcolo on 11.22.2014 at 08:50 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's what the NKBA says:

3. Distance Between Work Centers: In a kitchen with three work centers*, the sum of the distances between them should total no more than 26 feet. No leg of the work triangle should measure less than 4 feet nor more than 9 feet. When the kitchen includes additional work centers, each additional distance should measure no less than 4 feet nor more than 9 feet. No work triangle leg should intersect an island or peninsula by more than 12 inches.

* The distances between the three primary work centers (cooking, cleanup/prep and refrigeration) form a work triangle.

4. Separating Work Centers: A full-height, full-depth, tall obstacle [i.e., a pantry cabinet or refrigerator] should not separate two primary work centers.

5. Work Triangle Traffic: No major traffic patterns should cross through the work triangle.

6. Work Aisle: The width of a work aisle should be at least 42 inches for one cook and at least 48 inches for multiple cooks.

There's extra useful info in there. I bolded the most important bit. I think the four foot minimum is a bit doctrinaire. You can have a range across a 42" aisle from an island in a small kitchen. And if the fridge is next to the sink, it does not need to be four feet away. Etc.

My question is, where's Ice? If it's next to Fire, then Stone will be on the island, so the island will need a prep sink. If Ice is next to Water, you're all set.


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Finished Traditional Kitchen (lots of pics)

posted by: jm_seattle on 03.05.2011 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

THANK YOU GARDENWEB! We got so many great ideas from this forum, and everybody was so incredibly helpful and generous.

Here are some pics and a few details:
Kitchen corner
Refrigerator and pantry:
Message center:
Message center with built-in chalkboard
Breakfast nook:
Breakfast nook
Our KD wanted an extremely large window area to bring in light, but made it fit into the old house by breaking it up and using leaded glass:
new leaded glass windows
Sink w/glass filler, runnels, & built-in compost bin:
Sink w/Runnels & built-in compost bin
Built-in compost bin close-up:
Built-in compost bin
Mug shelf:
Mug Shelf
Charging drawer. This entire cabinet is deeper than it appears because it is built into the interior wall behind it, gaining an extra 4" or so of storage space without creeping into the walkway in front of it:
Charging station built into drawer
Island cabinets:
Island cabinets wtih cutting board
Miele ovens installed as flush inset (I searched and never did find pictures of this, so hopefully these will help somebody else):
Miele appliances mounted flush inset
Cleaning closet in "invented space" from interior wall:
Cleaning closet
Extra depth for the vacuum was made by reducing the depth of the drawers under the pantry:
Cleaning closet
The placement of the outlet underneath the music player shelf allows the nasty cordness to be hidden from eye-level:
Music Shelf
Toe-kick heater vent. The toe-kick face under the message center & island is covered with stained oak flooring. From eye-level, the toe-kick absorbs the correct amount of light and gives the appearance of freestanding cabinets.
Under island heater vent
The freestanding appearance is clearer here:
Cabinet built-into wall
Drawers under nook seating area:
Under-seat drawers in nook
There is a powder room off the kitchen. This wasn't our first choice, but ended up being our only choice in this old house, and has been okay, especially considering its placement is directly next to the hallway and away from the primary cooking area:
Bathroom off of kitchen
Adjacent mudroom, which became part of the kitchen remodel. The door is to a laundry chute which we use mostly for kitchen towels & napkins.

Here is a link that might be useful: More pictures


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RE: experience with wood counters? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: breezygirl on 11.08.2014 at 11:54 am in Kitchens Forum

I used black walnut planks for my island with prep sink. I've been enjoying it for three years. Mine are treated with Osmo Polyx Oil, which is a green and food-safe product. I like that it doesn't yellow the walnut or put a thick covering on it. It's easy to reapply to a small patch or to the whole counter. We've put many scratches and dents in it during the years, but I've learned to ignore them now. I also did runnels next to my prep sink for draining produce.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


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Help replicating Inspiration Kitchen Photo

posted by: Estalou on 05.25.2011 at 12:16 am in Kitchens Forum

I saved a kitchen photo that was posted on GW by Boxerpups (in a thread about Butcher blocks). I LOVE this kitchen, but have been unable to find the source of the image so that I can determine the materials to replicate.

Do you think the cabinets are painted gray? Distressed? Limed/pickled wood? Is that back countertop a charcoal soapstone? Dark limestone? Thoughts are much appreciated.


Image link: Help replicating Inspiration Kitchen Photo (36 k)


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RE: Beekeeperswife (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 06.28.2012 at 10:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm here!

Thanks for asking. The movers arrived on Monday with our stuff. Very exciting to be reunited with my things. What a thrill to have more than one pot to cook in! Got the kitchen unpacked as they were moving our stuff in. So, it was great to get one room "done". Of course, there is some tweaking to do regarding items and their locations.

Builder still has a punch list to complete. But we are so happy to be out of temporary housing. Here are some pictures.....I'll post more later.









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Cool Pantry--I need this

posted by: beekeeperswife on 10.25.2011 at 08:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

So the floor plan we are messing around with includes a walk in pantry. Currently it's being moved around to various locations in the kitchen/mudroom area.

BUT, check out this pantry I found on Houzz, it's just so cool, I had to share:

Teri Turan traditional kitchen

and poof,

Teri Turan traditional kitchen


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RE: Help deciding on countertops-new to forum (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: kitchen_maman on 07.08.2012 at 08:52 am in Kitchens Forum

This is what the general idea for the dining room. Our architect did a great job recreating it. We will have two chandeliers hanging over the table. I am thinking about this Feiss "Maison de Ville" with matching sconce. I was also thinking about a cone shaped chandelier from overstock. I think I want to use this over my sink though...decisions, decisions!!! okay, I can only load one picture from my computer at a time...sorry.


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RE: kateskouros - a question about one of your cabinets (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: kateskouros on 07.02.2012 at 08:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

hi, i'm here. just so busy trying to send two kids off to camp, figure out a way to get the GC to finish the house (without resorting to physical threats) AND sort through six years of stuff and move from the temporary house. i just found my crystal and china so had to wash everything and figure out where it goes in the new place. the good news: i found a miracle doc who has put me on BHRT and i am now better able to handle all the stress this mess has caused. i seriously feel GREAT.

so hopefully i can answer all of your questions. the easy one first: my ceilings are 9' tall. the island, FYI is 10'x6'. it's hard to reach the center to clean so i'm wishing i didn't spec it as deep, but c'est la vie. it is what it is and i still believe i needed the size to fill the space. another aside: you can't see it in the layout, but my turbo chef oven is located under counter in the island directly across from dishwasher #2, facing the windows.

note: the walk from the range to the refrigerator is 8-10 steps, depending if i'm standing right or left. it's definitely closer than it appears in the drawing. it's a large space but i the zones makes it work nicely.

this is a general layout of the kitchen. the dimensions are 22' wide x 17.5' (i think) deep. the breakfast room is off to the right and is 14' square, with a porch right outside for outdoor dining. formal dining room across the hall, other side of fridge/freezer wall.

this is the fridge/freezer wall. the center panels open up to reveal toaster oven, microwave (coming soon), coffee maker. also kept here will be cereal, bread, etc, ...your basic breakfast items, plus pop corn, et al. silverware is out and scattered waiting for the cabinet maker to come back and install drawer inserts. fridge is shown open on the left, freezer is on the right. here is it is in the closed, and open positions:


i'm not finished setting this up yet but to get a better idea of my zones, this is the baking cabinet. it houses -or will house my mixers, food processor, etc.; bowels, condiments, baking pans and all things baking will reside in the four drawers below. they're not set up yet so sorry no pics. the baking sheets will live in a base cabinet just to the right.


some of the shots are old, but i will update when i give my reveal -hopefully sometime within the next four years. interesting to note: i was not menopausal when we started this project, september 29, 2009. i guess it finally through me over the edge.


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kateskouros - a question about one of your cabinets

posted by: andreak100 on 07.01.2012 at 02:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

We're planning a cabinet similar to what you show in this picture, in that are thinking about putting granite in as a shelf/top in an area where we will be keeping the coffee pot and a few additional small appliances that may get some moisture around them. I wondered if you have any more photos that show what this looks like, if you are using that area as part of a similar function (things that may have moisture), any thoughts/opinions/things that would be good to know?

Also, did you use 3cm granite or was it cut down to a narrower width?



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Finished kitchen

posted by: yardboi on 06.29.2012 at 02:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

We've been back in the house for almost a year. I'm just now getting around to posting these. Everyone here was really helpful. You will probably notice elements from lots of the regulars. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


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Aqua & White Kitchen, moved in!

posted by: shkish on 06.25.2012 at 01:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been meaning to do this for a while, but with moving in, settling in and raising a baby and a 4 year old, it just got put on the back burner!

Our new home is finally complete! Here is our kitchen. Now, it's not perfect for everyone, but it suits me just fine :) We took our past experiences with what we've lived with in the last 3 homes and married with what I thought I wanted from gleaning through GW and magazines (and kitchen standards from NKBA). Some of it works exactly like I hoped, other things I'm still warming up to.

For budget reasons, I did an extensive amount of leg work to get everything I wanted! By searching online and locally for the best deals, coupons, free shipping, etc. I got almost everything to stay reasonably at our budget. I did have to let go of 2 major items, but they can be added later. First, the backsplash, a relatively do-able thing to add ourselves. (I originally wanted Oceanside Glass Tile's 1x2 rectangular shaped stained glass tile in iridescent white.) Second was the built-in china cabinet/buffet/bar in dining area. The niche is there waiting and for now our old beat-up vintage cabinet lives there... not what i'd envisioned, but working enough for now. And as it turns out, I've decided it's a good thing that it will be added later as I want to totally redesign the unit and get it priced by a local custom cabinet maker.

Paint: (all SW brand paint but colors are below)
walls in Kitchen - SW Sea Salt SW6204
walls in all other public areas - BM Natural Wicker OC-1
all trim - BM White Dove OC-17

4" Red Oak with a mix of 3 parts Natural & 1 part Antique Brown stains (sorry don't know company name). Floor guy also tinted one of the top coats a bit to make finish a tad bit darker, so that formula is only partially correct.

Cheaha Cabinets, painted Pinhoti door style in company's standard "Pure White" throughout home except on kitchen Island which is SW Rainwashed SW6211

3cm Cararra marble, honed, eased edge

knobs - Martha Stewart Living @ Home Depot 1 1/4" polished nickel "Finial Knobs"
Pulls - Martha Stewart Living @ Home Depot "3.75" Country pull" in polished nickel
pull-out trash bin - rev-a-shelf
interior doors - "Commonwealth" levers by Kwikset in Iron Black

Range - LG Studio 30" electric LSE3092ST
hood - Broan EW58 (with chimney extension FXNE58SS)
Microwave - LG LMV1813ST
Frige - LG LFX31925ST
Dishwasher - LDF6920ST
undermount Sink, main - Ticor S1205
undermount Sink, island - Ticor S815
faucet, main - Delta Leland in Chrome 978-DST
faucet, island - Delta Leland bar/prep in Chrome 9978-DST
soap dispenser @ main sink - target blue glass
garbage disposals @ each sink
air switch with countertop buttons @ each sink - ordered through Galaxy Tool Supply

School house pendants & semi-flush mount in Pewter by Savoy House through
4" mini recessed cans
Mariestad 6 light chandelier by Ballard Design
under cabinet LED dim-able lights - (custom kit, AWESOME customer service)

the "Tiny Kitchen" - designed by me, built by my dad, delivered by Santa
Child's easel - Land of Nod, honey finish
thru-wall dog door - trimmed out by our contractor to match our home, energy efficient locking unit by Freedom Pet Pass. (I highly recommend them!)

Also, we will be adding stools when we can afford them. Some of our images show two black stools, we borrowed those for a home pilgrimage we participated in. I have since decided that I definitely want white stools! What I'm holding out for is Crate and Barrel's "Vienna" stool or Design Within Reach's "Era Counter Stool" each in white.

That's all I can think of now, but I'm sure there will be more questions and I'm happy to answer!

FYI these 1st 3 pictures are fancy pics taken and digitally stitched by my husband with the computer (no clue how, that's his deal). Those pics were taken right before we had an open house on the local Spring Pilgrimage. The last 3 pics are from today, very much lived in and REAL. So it's why you see the booster seats, my daughter's easel, art supplies, the tiny kitchen, dog food and the dog door open...


kitchen with view of living beyond

kitchen (dining to right)





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Nice island and range (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: lavender_lass on 05.30.2012 at 09:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

Fishies- That's been my concern about the island top, too. I like the green island, but maybe a little darker top would be better.

I just saw this magazine (Country French) and I really like the darker butcher block and the range. Not just the color (it's a little too dark a blue) but the big vent/hood! Finally, a place to put my husband's french fryer and George Foreman grill (don't you love Christmas presents?) but he does like to use them...and this would finally get the oil and steam out of the kitchen :)

And, I think that island is wonderful! I'd have to turn it to fit in the space, but Rhome has made a good argument for a prep sink and I think the butcher block work area and the little marble table with stools would be a great combination. Yes, not as warm to lean on, but we will have the wood dining table, right behind it.

Here are the pictures and how I would hopefully fit that idea into my kitchen space...

From Lavender Lass farmhouse pictures

Another view of the range...but without the bull's head! LOL

From Lavender Lass farmhouse pictures

And my plan...

From Lavender Lass farmhouse pictures


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Please review my kitchen design!

posted by: lindsay221 on 06.24.2012 at 10:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

My husband and I are about one month into our new build. We will be working with a custom cabinet maker, but haven't gotten to the point of getting actual drawings or figuring out sizes of cabinets, etc. with him. We've spent a lot of time coming up with a design. DH did his own renderings, so that's what I'm posting for review. We are a family of 2 (most likely will not be having kids). We both enjoy cooking and typically cook meals together. Now that we'll have more room, we will definitely entertain more. The kitchen will be open to the family room. We will have a separate dining room. We will also have a 5' x 7' walk-in pantry. Some dimensions are included in the renderings (i.e. length of range wall, etc.). Ceilings will be 9 feet, with cabinets all the way up. The island measures 8' x 4'. All aisles are 42". The kitchen window measures approximately 7' wide by 4'6" high. The window faces South. We have already purchased a fridge (48" Liebherr) and range (36" Bluestar). We are thinking about doing an Advantium, but aren't quite sure yet. Prep will be done at the island. The butler's pantry will double as the coffee/tea center. We will have a small wine fridge there also. We have already learned so much from this site and would greatly appreciate any feedback on our design!


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Crazy idea or artistic genius? (pics included)

posted by: graceshan on 06.08.2012 at 02:29 am in Kitchens Forum

So I have this idea of doing concrete countertops for my kitchen laden with seaglass that we've collected off our local beach. Our house style is coastal craftsman. My husband is very nervous about the idea but told me to go ahead and express myself. I have a concrete guy chosen and he's done some samples for me. I've pretty much narrowed the color down to a sandy tanish (think hawaiian beach). My backsplash is a greenish blue glass... call me cheesy but I was thinking the counter could be the sandy beach and the backsplash the ocean :) All cabinets are white and floors are dark hardwood oak. See pics below. Now that I've set the stage...

I'm thinking the color should be somewhere between the whitish and light tan colors (first two) in this first photo:

I found out he can match BM colors so I'm off to look at paint chips tomorrow to see if I can find the sandy beach color I'm looking for. Any thoughts on the color??

Here's my bigger dilemma... he put some broken wine bottle glass pieces in a sample to give me an idea of what it will look like if I incorporate seaglass. Some of the pieces you can feel and if they are curved parts, there can be little "lips" on the edge. He can fill in some of them to a certain extent but he doesn't want the overall look to be patchy with a lot of fixes. My fear is that since my seaglass is all different shapes & sizes and if I get too many of those lips then food and dirt will get caught in the little areas between the concrete and seaglass. We are doing a huge 13' island and I want it to make a statement but not at the expense of practicality. So I need advice!
He did say I could come help place the seaglass so I can put exactly what pieces I want in there in whatever position. That thrilled me as I'd love to help create my counters first-hand.
I'm REALLY excited about this idea and want it to work out. I just need some input from others to see if I'm being crazy or if this sounds okay.... what do you think?? It's an expensive project to have something turn out yucky. So I want to be sure of it before taking the plunge.
Sample with his broken wine bottle glass:

Here are some more pics of samples next to my kitchen wall and tiles:

Some of my seaglass:

Kitchen layout:

I was thinking of having most of the seaglass in the radius area where people can sit up at the counter and maybe sprinkle out to the other parts of the island. I have 2.5 jars of it and just not sure how far it will spread or what will look good.
Thoughts, suggestions, anything???


kitchen layout
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RE: What style is this house (pic) and is it practical today? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: Renovator8 on 02.06.2012 at 05:50 pm in Building a Home Forum

Here is a rendering of the house the year after it was built. I also have the architect's construction blueprints and specifications including later modifications in 1903.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyway, Nini's kitchen!


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RE: Can you show me a nice 'neutral' color for the entire house? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: naparover on 03.01.2008 at 12:17 pm in Paint Forum

This may sound utterly crazy...but...ive been painting and repainting for 2 years looking for the right 'neutral'....something it utterly neutral, but has personality..not 'realtor beige'. After a slew of colors from BM and SW, all in the neutral/khakis etc., I landed on a color that, without exception, every person who has seen it has commented on how amazing it is and everyone loves it. Its actually a very warm gray from SW called Anew Gray -- it looks not so great on the fan deck, but when up, has some depth, is very warm...totally changes colors throughout the day and is quite stunning. It may be the light in my house, but anything that had any color in small quantities on the chips, once on the wall, took on way too much color. This gray is to me, the perfect neutral warm color. BTW, the whole house is one color....and its lovely. great flow. It was different colors prior and i was not loving it. If you have watched the show 'flipping out' on bravo, its definately one of their colors...its got a lot of personality, not boring...quite 'adult' and sophisticated.


neutral paint
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Finally finished~photos

posted by: katieob on 04.18.2012 at 09:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

It's been a long year, but we moved in a few weeks ago and we're so thrilled!
Again, I'm so thankful to all the gracious forum members here. I get so much great information and inspiration here and your encouragement with Round 2 has been so helpful!

This is a whole house remodel of a 1940's Cape that we purchased last Spring after selling our house. The kitchen is an addition. We still need to paint the window trim and wall above sink, but who knows when....Also, the black front and back door will have better handle hardware soon, just so you know...

I still seem to have giant pics from photobucket, apologies.

Cabs~ Shaker, inset, BM White Dove, custom (same cabinetmaker)
Counters~ Danby Marble on perimeter and walnut on island
Backsplash~Walker Zanger Gramercy Park in Heirloom White
Sink~Shaw's 30 inch
Faucet~Perrin and Rowe, polished nickel
Pendants~ Circa Lighting Small Yoke, polished nickel
Hardware~All PN. Schaub (thanks kateskouros) for appliances, RH Gilmore pulls, RH Glass knobs, Rejuvenation utility latches, Cliffside Brass icebox latches
Stools~Cottage Maine
Range~Viking (mistake, me thinks)
Pot filler~Rohl Swing Arm
DW~ Miele (I think Inspira?)
Fridge Drawers~Kitchen Aid (Love, love,love)
Microwave Drawer~Sharp 24 inch

Thanks for looking !!



Love the Liebherr fridge, thanks Marthavila.





Banquette. Will eventually have cushions, etc.


View from kitchen to front door



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White Kitchen w/ walnut, 99% finished and lived in!

posted by: alabamamommy on 03.15.2012 at 03:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello all - I was nudged out from under the newborn rock by a post yesterday, so I figured I'd share our final photos. With a caveat... I'm still on the hunt for the appropriate decorative pieces... a properly scaled urn or raised bowl for the countertop, an arrangement of the stuff in the glass cabs that works, etc.

Overall, I love this kitchen. It's proving very family friendly and I haven't had any issues with the primed shiplap as a backsplash. The marble island top DOES etch, but we're closing our eyes and hoping to make it to patinaland sooner than later. With 18 years of school fundraisers ahead of me, I'm certain we'll get there. But there's NOTHING like making pastries on it and I'm going to try my hand at fudge and candies soon!

Our FAVORITE spot, where we spend 70% of our time, is firmly planted on the BOOs block. Chop chop chop. Walnut end-grain... can't say enough. A quick sudsy soapy wipe after each prep and a once a month oiling and it's beautiful.

So here are the pics of our very lived in by a young family of five new kitchen!


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RE: Anyone with Alabama White marble? Backsplash question (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: athensmomof3 on 04.05.2012 at 08:02 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks all!

I guess more information would be helpful!

Very traditional painted brick georgian style house. I tend towards the simple, rather than the ornate. Dark stained (Coffee Brown) 5" wide white oak floors. Kitchen opens with a large paneled jamb into the den.

I love the concept of color (love blues and greens) but am scared to do it. . . I am a white on white person, so probably will go that direction.

Here are a few more pictures of the house so you can see the style. . .



Rest of kitchen and paneled jamb into den



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Granite installed! Jet Mist w/ Greige cabinets

posted by: rachelweeden on 04.05.2012 at 08:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Everyone -

A few months ago, I asked for feedback about pairing Jet Mist granite w/ my painted cabinets, BM Inner Balance. I went for it - and granite was installed today! I wanted to share some photos, to show how it turned out. I am really happy with the granite and the color combo with the cabinets. I mentioned to the granite installer that I was still choosing a tile for the backsplash, and he said 'You've got black countertops and white cabinets, how hard could it be?' If only he knew! LOL Any great ideas to help me get started...?

Cabinets are DIY painted BM Inner Balance
Countertop is honed Jet Mist


More pictures here:


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RE: Experience with these vintage-y sinks? Bayview, Gilford etc? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: senator13 on 03.20.2012 at 12:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

That makes sense. One of my favorite sinks (and kitchens) on Gardenweb has always been Arlosmom. I love that curved cabinet below it, too!
we kept the double drainboard sink that came with the house


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RE: Need Opinion on Light over Sink... (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: MDBmom on 03.21.2012 at 01:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

How about something like this--glass like you are looking for and a little more elegant to go with your look. I have seen it in person--it is beautiful and not too big:o) Not sure where you are in PA but the store FX Dougherty in Doylestown, PA has them so you could see it in person. Good luck!



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RE: Send pics of formal islands with corbels (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: boxerpups on 03.15.2012 at 07:25 am in Kitchens Forum

Here are a few more.

exotic granite

glaze molding











A few legs






White window



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RE: Send pics of formal islands with corbels (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: nini804 on 03.09.2012 at 10:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine doesn't have corbels, but I think it is pretty formal.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


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RE: Cabinets: Interior Quality vs Price Point (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: laxlady on 03.14.2012 at 11:00 am in Kitchens Forum

These are awful! I hope you can get your money back. I just completed a renovation and used Oxford Cabinet Shop. They are Amish and superb in quality, price and service. Their number is 717-529-0949 and they answer between 8 and 8:30AM Monday ,Wednesday and Friday. Worth every penny!


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Finished -- photos too

posted by: plllog on 02.11.2012 at 01:30 am in Kitchens Forum

Can you believe it? Did you think it would ever happen? I know I announced that the kitchen was finally finished weeks ago, but now I have proof. Never mind that I started planning in late 2007, had demolition in April 2009 and was moved back in a year after that. There were bumps and hiccups and life and work projects and once I could cook, it didn't seem to matter.

There are actually a few unfinished things, but they're not in the kitchen. The dining room door hasn't been made, but I'll have time to draft it soon. There are still some old kitchen things in the entry hall awaiting time to be relocated to their new homes (i.e., I have to clear room for them). Things like that.

I had a great GC, and an equally great, superlatively amazing GW Kitchens Forum who, combined, allowed me to have every little thing I wanted, and things as close to exactly the way I wanted them as human endeavor allowed. And if that took living for a year and some with a big box of grout taking up floorspace, so be it.

I owe more thank-yous than I can contain in one post. You all know about the advice and encouragement, the reality checks and the commisseration that happen here. More people contributed to the project than I can name, but I'd like to acknowledge a few who provided unforgetable inspirations. To Rhome410, I give all my thanks for taking seriously all but one of my bad plans, and for impressing upon me the importance of avoiding dark, useless corners. That advice literally shaped the Southwest corner of my kitchen, and was the one thing I had to model over and over and over again. The result is the best it can be because of that. To Igloochic, who early in my learning process explained to me the benefits of an outstandingly expensive European faucet and opened my mind to them, and many of the things that follow (it's a quality thing). Also, for introducing me to Ann At Home. To Jdesign for helping me find the glass I wanted in a form I could actually buy, and for amazing patience and helpfulness on this and the dining room door issue, going above and beyond just helpfulness.

I have a brevity problem. You know that if you've seen my posts. I promise there are very few paragraphs in my presentation and lots and lots of pictures (but small files so they should load decently). So I'll stop talking and get on with the big reveal (okay, you've seen and heard about a lot of this, but there's still plenty you haven't seen before)...


What, you expected an actual picture? Click the link. I promise you'll either love or hate what you find.

Okay, here's a picture. You've seen it before, but it sets the tone for and defines my kitchen. And was even my holiday letter photo last year (I don't usually do holiday letters, but a picture is worth a plethora of words and is much, much briefer).


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Finished Kitchen - creamy farmhouse (or some such thing)

posted by: buckheadhillbilly on 01.28.2012 at 08:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on my layout many moons ago. Thanks also to all of those who have posted their kitchen photos, so that I could join all the others in admiring, taking notes, clipping photos and building the ideas that would become my kitchen. I have finally finished building my house, moved in just before the holidays, and just now have a chance to post some finished pictures.










Now for the details (if I can remember them all!)

The cabinets are custom cabinets from a shop here in Atlanta called The Town Carpenter.
The cabinets are painted Sherwin Williams "Creamy White" with all of the black removed. This became known as "custom creamy" at the cabinet shop and they sold several more jobs of this color while my cabinets were being made.
The walls are painted Benjamin Moore's "You Are My Sunshine."
The floors are white oak from the trees we cut down while clearing the lot to build with multiple coats of tung oil - no stain.
The library ladder was made from the leftover floor boards with the same tung oil treatment.
The perimeter counters are honed Crystal Pearl Quartzite.
The island countertop is honed Virginia Mist.
The range is a 48" dual fuel Five Star (one gas oven one convection).
The hood is a Ventahood with a custom cover.
I have two dishwashers. One is a top of the line Kitchen Aid and one is a Miele.
The clean up sink is an Ikea Domsjo single bowl undermounted.
The prep sink is a Kohler stages 36" mounted wrong ways about.
The refrigerator is a SubZero and the freezer is a Thermador Freedom Column.
The warming drawer is a Miele.
The microwave is my old countertop model given a spot under the island. I'm not a fan of built in microwaves.
Behind the range is a sheet of brushed stainelss steel.
The other backsplashes are beadboard painted to match the cabinets.

I think that about covers it. I'll be happy to answer any questions and thanks again to the gardenweb community.


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RE: Can a quarter sawn or black kitchen be fun? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: boxerpups on 01.24.2012 at 09:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Every idea you have listed would be lovely.
What is your favorite? I love that you want to stay true
to the house style without giving up your loves.
You will come up with something that works. Don't give
up. You are already close when you say:

" ......I want the new kitchen to be fun and functional... We love the qs cabs but worry it could look too mission, and also too serious, ...."

Have you tried the sweeby test?

You might try to write a mission statement.
What do you want your kitchen to be? What feel, mood,
idea, style,? You have already chosen a sink. Now you can
build on that and go with the favorites in every catagory.
Don't let this tear you down, this is the time for fun.
Creativity, joy and exploration into what you truly LOVE.

Here is a link to the sweeby test.

Meanwhile here are some visual ideas. I tried to find ones
with your sink choice. And your pre-plans of

"........ white painted cabs w/ wood counters, black cabs w/ wood or marble counters, or quarter sawn oak cabs w/ honed granite counters.........."

Have you thought about mixing wood, black, white and oak?



Here is a link that might be useful: Sweeby test...


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Pip's Kitchen - updated photos

posted by: pipdog on 02.08.2012 at 12:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted my kitchen last year after our reno was mostly complete, but I never got around to taking photos of it after we got our banquette table and moved back in to the space. A friend of mine is a photographer and snapped some recent photos for us, so I thought I'd share the final, finished photos of the kitchen, one year later. Thanks again to this super helpful forum which helped us so much in this remodel!

--pip aka pipdog


Here is a link that might be useful: Original post with all the details


backsplash, countertops madre pearla
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