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RE: How do you know you're getting a quality faucet? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: buddyrose on 04.03.2009 at 07:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

When I buy faucets I look for a solid brass body with ceramic disc cartridge inside. I don't think your faucet has either. To me that's not a good faucet. But it could last years anyway. I also don't want anything plastic because eventually plastic cracks and then you have a leaky faucet.

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RE: My finished kitchen. (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: sharb on 09.28.2007 at 06:10 am in Kitchens Forum

Yes, my cabinets were painted at the factory and there is a glaze on them. Off hand I don't remember what they called this color, but the wall color that most closely matched them is "Rich Cream" by Benjamin Moore.

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Wall color that matches Sharon's cabinets
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RE: pros and cons of windows that go all the way down to the coun (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: buehl on 07.24.2008 at 03:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have windows down to the counter!

Pros: A lot of space behind the sink for faucet room, dishes (overflow), plants, etc. Also, gives a more open feeling to and much more light in the kitchen.

Cons: The only one I can think of is that granite costs are slightly more...at least for us as ours is a bay window.

We LOVE our window to the counter...it used to be only 22" off the floor w/a table squished in....this is so much better!

Here are a couple of pics:

Sink and Bay Window

Sink Wall from FR

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RE: The ball is officially rolling-- SO excited (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: gglks on 11.22.2008 at 10:08 am in Kitchens Forum

ditto!!!! my kitchen was recently finished and i almost never leave it.....sitting here right now checking out the kitchen forum!

if you can do this, i would recommend your window coming all the way down to the meet the countertop. i can post of pic if you need one. we made that change and it is one of my favorites. you wouldn't believe how much bigger the view feels!!!! actually, i'll post a photo so you can see what i mean....

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good luck!

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My finished kitchen.

posted by: sharb on 05.07.2007 at 10:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm sorry it has taken so long for me to post photos of my kitchen. Life has been busy. I just had the house tented for termites this week. My husband is still climbing Mt. Everest and I've been helping babysit for grandchildren. But, I'm loving my kitchen. I don't know if I would go through everything again, but it's over and I love it. If I could do over, there are definitely things I would do differently, but I'm sure no matter how many times I did it, there would be things to improve on.

I want to thank all of you for answering questions that I had. This has been such a great place to share ideas. During a kitchen remodel there is no one else who is as interested as another person doing their own remodel. Thanks. Sharb

Cabinets, perimeter: Premier Custom-Built, Inc. Maple, Beaded inset-1", Door Style-Cambridge 1", Drawer Head style -Cambridge 1", Finish Name: White/GR, Finish family: Cloister
Cabinets, island: Premier Custom-Built, Inc., Wood species: cherry, Door: Beaded inset - 1", Door style-English Cambridge-1", Drawer Head Style: English Cambridge-1", Double pegs on all four corners, Finish Name: Ant. Honey/RU/WM, Finish Family: Colonial Rustic
Knobs and hinges: Gerber ORB
Counter (perimeter): Kashmir Gold Granite
Counter (island): Caesarstone honed Jerusalem Sand
Backsplash: Jerusalem gold
Range: Viking VGSC486-6G Burgundy 48" All Gas with six open burners, 12" wide griddle/simmer plate, double oven, self cleaning, Brass trim, Stainless Steel high shelf,
Range Hood: Burgundy Viking with brass trim.
Refrigerator: 48" Sub-Zero with Top Knobs handles
Sink: Herbeau Fireclay Farm House Sink - White
Faucet, main: Herbeau "Royale" 2 Hole Kitchen Mixer with Wooden Handspray - Finish Weathered Brass
Faucet, Prep Sink: 18" Bates & Bates, Copper, round, hammered
Faucet, prep sink: Herbeau "De Dion" Single Lever Mixer with Wooden Disc Cartridge and Handspray - Finish Weathered Brass
Soap & Lotion Dispenser: Herbeau Weathered Brass
Water Dispenser: Herbeau Weathered Brass
Dishwasher: Miele
Fireplace: Honed Calcutta Marble, custom
Microwave/Convection: Viking
Counter Stools: Ethan Allen
Beverage refrigerator: Viking
Wine refrigerator: Viking
Paint: Benjamin Moore-Rich Cream
Trim paint: BM Custom
Chandeliers: Custom, Uni Lite, Anaheim, CA
Windows: Marvin
Floors: 5" & 7" hand hewn hickory/pecan planks, med-dark finish
Powder Room:
Cabinets: Premier Custom-Built Inc., German glass, milk paint
Hinges and Knobs: Gerber
Faucet: Herbeau with weathered brass finish.
Counter top: Jerusalem Gold
Flooring: King Gold with Calcutta marble keys
Chandelier: Fredrik Ramond
Sink: Kohler

Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchen Photos

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RE: Can't Believe It's My Turn to Share a Finished Kitchen! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: lleet on 06.16.2008 at 11:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you so much! I really am pleased with how it turned out. My biggest fear was that we had the opportunity to do what ever we wanted and that I would mess it all up! :-) So thanks for the kind words. I did have the help of an interior designer for the layout. I had an inspiration picture that I was focused on from the start. It may all the difference because the choices really are overwhelming and there are so many beautiful combinations out there.

The island and bar countertop are honed Danby Calcutta marble. I really liked the honed look and am hoping it will disguise etching better. The island is honed Milley Gray marble, with a butcher block edge. The butcher block is a place holder for walnut that is on order. We originally fell in love with a brown granite, but its was super expensive and I just couldnt justify it. The plan was to use granite on the island since its more durable, but I couldnt find anything I liked. The Milley Gray was $37 sq ft, and the color blended with the house so we decided it was a sign from the kitchen gods.

Ravmd All the cabinets where custom made on site. It sounds a bit extravagant, but it was actually significantly less expensive that what Ive seem others pay. The carpenter works with our contractor and did all the wood work in the house. Basically, we drew it, he made it. All the cabinets, including the island are maple. The stain on the island is one coat of walnut and one coat of ebony stain.

boysrus2 the lights are from Horchow and they were my splurge. Our house is an 1920s Tudor, so we tried to incorporate as many original elements as possible. The arch to the bar mirrors the arch from the other side of the dining room.

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RE: Where to get wood counters (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: allison0704 on 01.11.2009 at 06:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

You can only get replies emailed to you if you start the thread and request them when starting the thread.

I don't chop on mine.
I don't put hot cookie sheets on mine.
I've only treated twice in 3 years. Good Stuff for Wood.
I think it's practical and have had no problems.
I have a sink. No water damage, but we're good about wiping splatters.
Mine is not butcher block. Not all wood counters are butcher block. Butcher block is more cost effective.
Less than the granite I selected for rest of kitchen and laundry room.

You are officially TKO. :D (Totally Kitchen Obsessed). Welcome to the club!

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RE: Best advice from this forum (Follow-Up #54)

posted by: reno_fan on 09.11.2007 at 11:46 am in Kitchens Forum

Kitchen, I'll post as soon as I can find a replacement USB cable for my camera.

It's really not very exciting, though. It's clear tubing (like the kind you see on aquariums) attached to the bottom of the soap dispenser thing, and then extends down through the lid and into the bottom of the bottle of soap. (We just drilled a hole in the top of the bottle and shoved the tubing down.) So low tech! The tubing is something like $.23/ foot and we bought 2 feet. Super easy.

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RE: Best advice from this forum (Follow-Up #51)

posted by: reno_fan on 09.11.2007 at 08:03 am in Kitchens Forum

Dh and I made a "never mt" out of tubing bought for $0.46 at Lowes.

I thought it was a cool idea, so I called DH over to the computer. He looked at it and said, "I can make that." Half an hour later we had a never MT!

Worked like a charm.

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RE: Best advice from this forum (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: chmpgntst on 07.18.2007 at 04:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can I change my answer? I really like this that I stole from Dmlove---
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I love not having all those cords on my desk/countertop! So best advice from this forum... details make the difference!

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White Cabinets for a French Country Kitchen??

posted by: dreamsalive on 01.14.2009 at 12:13 am in Kitchens Forum

I've been going back and forth between white cabinets (or off-white) and creamy cabs with a glaze. I'm going for a french country look, so stylistically, creamy cabinet with glazing is more french country, but my heart is telling me to do classic white. I don't want cabinets that will date themselves. I'm afraid all of this glazing is a little trendy and will be out in 10 years, where white cabinets really never go "out". Do you think painted & glazed cabinets are trendy? You opinion please!

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Where to get wood counters

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

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

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

Thanks for any information.

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RE: Wood Countertops - Where to Buy (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: reno_fan on 01.05.2009 at 09:41 am in Kitchens Forum

I had a black walnut island top (with a sort-of ogee edge) in my last house. Our carpenter (who built our kitchen) fabricated the wood island top.

He cut us an amazing deal on the countertop, and it was STILL double the cost of granite. Had we paid full retail for that countertop, it likely would have been 3 times the cost of granite.

Black walnut is NOT cheap, and wood counters need special attention when making to keep them from warping, splitting, etc.

Expect the quotes to be higher than you expect!

If I remember correctly, my island was about 5 or 6 feet by 3.5 feet. I know we paid $1400 for the island top, and that was mostly material. Our carpenter (friend) made almost nothing labor-wise, and did it as a favor for us.

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