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RE: Finished White Kitchen -- need help with backsplash PLEASE! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: karen44_2008 on 06.24.2010 at 05:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks everyone for such kind words.

beekeeperswife: were you thinking the tall vase for the island and/or the pass-through?

breezygirl: The island pendants are Tech, Mini Echo, in aquamarine. Yes, those are Top Knobs Princetonian pulls. The stools are slipcovered, bar height. I purchased them at walmart.com; they are Bay Trading Couture Covers barstools. The slipcovers I purchased at grandinroad.com, only because this was the only site I found that carried that design. Grandin Road also has the stools but they were cheaper and quicker from walmart.com. I like subway tile too but DH didn't and designer said it was too retro for our space. We really like the idea of iridescent tile but can't come up with color.

cawaps: I like the idea of the circles too. The glass in the transoms (doorways and over the sink) is Bendheim EcoGlass Coral (kinda wavy) so I'm also wondering if I could pull that movement into the backsplash.

jterrilynn: DH and I really like the glass and stone mix and we think it would work also since the adjoining great room has a stone fireplace. We got the granite at Stone Technologies in Woburn, Mass and it was the only place I saw Costa Esmeralda Rose. Looked online, never saw it. Think the guy said it's from Iran, didn't really care for that.

annettacm: The Oceanside colors that matched perfectly were Spruce irid, Cane non-irid, White irid, and Clear matte. We also liked Walker Zanger Rainbow irid, Harvest non-irid, and Amber irid.

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Finished White Kitchen -- need help with backsplash PLEASE!

posted by: karen44_2008 on 06.24.2010 at 01:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

So, I have posted a handful of times and received much appreciated advice. We have finished, except for the backsplash, and thought I would share my white kitchen and request ideas for backsplash.
We love Oceanside Glass and had decided on a custom blend that utilized the same colors as found in the granite. However, now I'm worried it would be too matchy. So, could I solicit some free advice? It's only that smallish area between fridge and pass-through to dining room.
Also, I need some help with chotchke...any ideas? I am so against clutter, so not much required and have two kids under six, so can't be anything too expensive or valuable ;-)
Thanks,
Karen

High-level details:
Granite: Costa Esmerelda Rose (pic makes rose look different...it's actually more brown, like the cherry floor)
Cabinets: Adelphia Legacy, painted Sherwin Williams Creamy White
Fridge: Jenn-Air 48" built-in
Stovetop: Thermador
Ovens: Electrolux Icon
DW: Miele integrated
Lighting: mostly Tech Lighting, some Hubbardton Forge
Raised Eating Surface: edge grain Cherry custom-made by local carpenter

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RE: Finished! White, Statuary, and Aqua Grantique (Follow-Up #60)

posted by: niffy on 06.11.2010 at 11:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow- everyone is so complimentary! We are still doing some behind the scenes tweaking with our cabinetry (some doors and drawer fronts being repainted or remade - so currently missing!) - so it is nice to see the big picture again through your kind eyes.

To answer a few of your questions:
rhome and ejbrymom- a few more pics below(sorry I don't have more family room ones at the moment).

lynnhb3 and irishcreamgirl - counter stools (yes they are counter height) are the "Laura" stools by Little Bird Furniture. You can find them online. We just got our side chairs from Little Bird also - the "Anna". They aren't in the photos. NOT inexpensive, but honestly, the most comfortable counter stools you ever could imagine. LOVE them!

kellykath- my perimeter countertops are just shy of 25" deep total (1" shallower at the X cabinet, as that area is slightly recessed to make it stand out from the rest). 24" cabs with a 1" overhang.

aokat - the fridge/freezer columns are each 30", plus the bookshelf/drawer area between them is 24". There is a 3" area of cabinetry on either side of fridge and freezer, so total area is about 90".

OK, more photos of kitchen and nearby areas....

View of kitchen from family room (ignore the missing "feet" on the fridge freezer area. They're coming!):
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kitchen office desk area (actually just around corner, and attached to mudroom, so as to avoid the Junk-on-the-Island syndrome that has plagued us our whole lives). Middle of the upper cabinet has AWESOME mail and magazine slots that we designed to organize incoming and outgoing personal and business mail etc. Color in here is SW Sea Salt btw...:
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Opposite wall of kitchen/mudroom office. Contains file drawers, garbage pullout, second garbage pullout with built in shredder, 4 charging drawers for each family member, and then lots of places to organize the kids school papers, etc behind those big doors:
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And.... the mudroom. One locker per family member, plus a big closet (not visible - on opposite wall). Almost forgot to design a sink in here- that would've been a disaster!
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RE: Finished! White, Statuary, and Aqua Grantique (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: niffy on 05.24.2010 at 12:24 am in Kitchens Forum

Hello again and thanks for the nice compliments everyone!

Mairin- I think I cross-posted with you yesterday. Hello! We ended up using a builder called Oakley, based out of Downers. Cabinets were by Brakur (southwest, toward Joliet). We have been in since the very end of January, and gradually getting settled. Having the photographer scheduled lit a fire under my rear to get some pictures hung (oh WAIT - none of my gold frames match my new coastal color scheme and nickel fixtures!!) and put some finishing touches on things. Not that I have any window treatments yet or anything.... We'll get there, right? I'll try to get some other house photos up soon. We really love how it all turned out.

sippimom- the chandelier over the breakfast room table is by Hudson Valley - the Berwick in polished nickel.

rhome- I shall try to get a few better "big picture" pics up. I didn't take any the other day b/c I'd have been in the way of the real photographers. I went back that night to get some and couldn't get the lighting right so the ones I have are crummy. Now I have to wait for the kitchen fairies to bring me a clean kitchen again;)

For those interested in the Aqua Grantique, there's a link below to the only supplier out there. I saw the polished and brushed versions and opted for the matte, slightly textured brushed - but the polished was beautiful as well and very marble-like. The stone is supposed to have 0% absorbency, although we didn't find that to be true. We didn't seal it at first, and we did get a lot of rings and water marks that were removable. After sealing, it behaves perfectly and is hard like granite. We used STT sealers SB and FE products for all our stone and (knock wood)- they are great so far.

kateskouros- I searched and searched for statuary subways (HOURS of my life in the car), to no avail.... The 3 different types of stone in our backsplash came from 3 different places. I almost caved and ordered the subways from Ann Sacks, but after having just returned some to another place where the actual tile I was given looked very different from the samples, I was leery.... I ended up buying the 12x12's from a stone yard, where I could see them all first. The installer did a great job cutting them down. There was a tiny bevel around the perimeter, so they used some type of hand sander and did a quick swipe around the perimeter of each cut piece to give it a matching tiny bevel. Cost to cut down about 45sf of tile was $300 bucks and well worth it!

Best thing about the kitchen is that I am actually cooking in it. It is so much fun to be in a pretty space that is functional, especially after 15 months in a rental that taught us the importance of layout and proper aisle sizing! Planning and building the house had sucked up my time for 2 years- we are glad to have some quality family meals now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aqua Grantique supplier

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Finished! White, Statuary, and Aqua Grantique

posted by: niffy on 05.22.2010 at 02:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Egad, I think it is done - well except for the dinette chairs that are on a container somewhere in the Pacific, and the base moulding for the fridge/freezer. Done enough, anyway....
I owe GW a great debt for many things, but a special thanks to all the marble lovers out there whose kitchens convinced me to go for it. I almost became a Virginia Mist convert, too, until I happened upon this brushed Aqua Grantique which fulfilled all my soapstone/marble/but low maintenance fantasies.... Margieb2- if you are still around, thank you for your arch! We had the half walls/columns on our plans, and once I saw yours, I knew EXACTLY how ours needed to be trimmed. We owe you big time.

So details....
Cabinets: custom, antique white. Island is maple stained dark walnut with a dark glaze or something.
Hardware: Polished nickel pulls and knobs, through cab company
Island countertop: statuary marble, honed
Perimeter countertop: aqua grantique (a granitic gneiss, apparently) - brushed finish
Backsplash: statuary 12x12 cut down to subways, statuary herringbone, and cut statuary slab
Floors: Brazilian walnut
Walls: SW Silvermist
Chandeliers: Schonbek New Orleans mini
Appliances: 30" Gaggenau fridge/freezer columns, GE Monogram Advantium 240 oven, GE Monogram Convection single oven, Wolf 36" induction cooktop, Miele La Perla dishwasher, and GE Monogram microwave (in end of island)
Sinks: Rohl 30" and Kohler Irontones for prep
Faucets: Rohl Country in polished nickel (avoid the burgundy felt "protective" bags. They stain when wet - stain things like new white marble. Don't ask how I know. Bags. Are. Evil.)

Hood/cooktop wall:
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Sink wall (well, part of it anyway):
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Perspective on location of pantry/butler's pantry:
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Breakfast room and Family room:
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Breakfast room hutch:
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Built-in Pantry (across from butler's pantry cabinets/counter)
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RE: ''It Doesn't Have to Wash Dishes as Long as It's Quiet'' (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: dadoes on 05.03.2010 at 07:00 pm in Appliances Forum

Jo Ann, there were dishwashers in the 70s and earlier that did a fine job without prerinsing. Scraping, yes. Rinsing, no. I recall the first dishwasher my family had was a KitchenAid in 1975. We didn't prerinse then, and haven't with any dishwasher that followed.

Have your hubby take a look at this picture of how a cherry cobbler dish went into my machine, and how it came out on the Normal cycle.

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RE: White subway tile backsplash. What color grout? Black? White? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: chachashea on 04.15.2009 at 10:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is my first ever attempt to post a photo. Subway Ceramics in Avalon White with alabaster white grout. Counter is Minas black soapstone; faucet is brushed nickel.

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RE: Finito! one more white/marble/soapstone kitchen (Follow-Up #35)

posted by: segbrown on 12.07.2009 at 10:48 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks again, you guys ... this is kind of overwhelming. :-)

Answers: the ss shelf is used as a warming shelf and as storage during prep, or other times that there are a lot of dishes going. I really like it, but I might should have had some holes or slots drilled in it for ventilation, because it blocks part of the back burners. The issue with that, though, was we didn't want it sagging, since it's so long. I don't think it will be a problem, b/c the hood is pretty powerful, and it does seem to still suck up almost all of what's coming off the range. The underside of the shelf will need cleaning, though.

And I have trash pullouts to the right of each sink:

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lots more photos (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: segbrown on 12.06.2009 at 02:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

entry from mudroom/garage
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cabinet order screw-up (I didn't want this kind of pullout), but it's working fine. I will probably take out the other shelf, too, and just use the two
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still need to paint over vent below refrigerator
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cookie sheet/vertical storage (faux drawers)
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refrigerator drawers in hutch (usually have lunch/kid stuff, still extra party beer in there now)
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forgot some things (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: segbrown on 12.06.2009 at 02:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

-Backsplash-
US Ceramic 6x8 in. bright white with Pewter grout

-Stainless shelf-
Custom, 13x86 in.

-Floor-
Prefinished 5" oak planks in "Tudor Brown" (from ProSource/Denver_

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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
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Old family room:
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Old dining room (both visible walls are now gone)
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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.

-Cabinets-
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

-Appliances-
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

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

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

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

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

-Lighting-
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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RE: Off white cab, subway tiles backslash too white, need advice (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: megpie77 on 05.03.2010 at 01:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ah, a topic I may be able to help out with. We recently installed off the shelf (Lowe's) white subway tile. The brand is American Olean (not sure about the spelling!). I remember reading in a magazine that in a white kitchen there should be varying shades of white to keep it from looking sterile, just as someone mentioned above. When my husband installed it he and my mom both liked how it looked: as if it had been grouted with gray grout. I knew I didn't like this look but was almost talked into it. I mention this because of your previous statement

"i have always loved the white subway with white grout look, but i donno, with the different shades, i might have to try something else, and that really worries me because i am detouring from what i originally like. "

Stick to what you like or you won't be happy. I almost went with gray grout. Perhaps it may look better or more appealing but it is not the look I'm going for. And since you've mentioned that you are worried about the shade of white you've chosen change it now before it's too late. I personally think it will look great but being that you are questioning it makes me think it is not really what you want and are hoping to be talked into liking it.

But if you stick with your tile I wouldn't go with a cream grout but rather one that matches the tile and blends nicely.
To answer your question
In my opinion the color of the grout makes a difference. Just look at kitchens with white subway with gray grout vs white grout and you'll see what I mean.
I don't think an off white grout will make it blend with the cabinets better, it could make it look soiled. White will make it look whiter but IMO cleaner. I say keep the backdrop (backsplash) simple. As someone mentioned above you will have things on the counter to break it up. I plan on putting more items on our counters and the gray grout for me would be too busy. Not to mention I'm not the tidiest-so I need everything else to be simple.

I sure hope I did't confuse you! Here are pics of our off white cabinet, BM moonlight white, though not quite as creamy as yours, with white subway tile and bright white grout. Below is a link to segbrowns kitchen. I think the pewter grout in this kitchen looks great because of all the other elements. But with such creamy cabinets as yours I'm not sure about gray/pewter grout.

Gray grout look (before grouted). My cabinets look quite stark here but are really creamier in person. Hopefully you can see a difference in the shade of the cabinets compared to the white subway-it is hard to capture in a pic!
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RE: Off white cab, subway tiles backslash too white, need advice (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: donnakay2009 on 05.03.2010 at 01:28 am in Kitchens Forum

okay, here's ours:

Looking into breakfast nook

I worried that our subway tiles wouldn't be the same color as our cabinets, and that the white in the Bianco Antico wouldn't go together somehow. But once it was all installed, the colors blended together just fine.
From your photos, it looks like it will all go together beautifully in your kitchen. Having the different subway tile seems to take the colors in the granite right up to the cabinet creaminess. I like it!
Redroze has written about the creamy hint in her paint color going well with the granite, and the color of her own sink being "off" a bit...but it's still just fine with them, as I recall. People write on this site all the time about not wanting colors to be too "matchy-matchy." I'm sure your own instincts will work for you. Good luck with this! And welcome to the Bianco Antico club. We're a "happy lot" of folks. I love our granite.

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RE: White subway tile backsplash. What color grout? Black? White? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: redroze on 04.13.2009 at 08:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

This probably won't be the popular opinion, but we did white grout with our white subway tile. Our granite is a warm colour but I wanted the grout to compliment the white tiles with a hint of grey, so the granite was the star. We're clean cooks so we decided not to seal the grout, based on some advice we got here on GW as well as other research. If you're a "messier" cook you can seal the grout.

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RE: What is the rationale for grey grout with white subway tile? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 06.26.2008 at 10:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

i too went with a light gray grout (name was Birch). it is very subtle but give just a little bit of contract to the tile. also, i felt it tied in just a little bit with the stainless steel appliances.

the tile installer left me his swatch kit of grout samples and I played with them a while before selecting Birch (and was in a toss up of going with this (fairly subtle) vs. something with slightly more contrast).

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RE: finished! Vintage Cream in the City (Follow-Up #68)

posted by: shanghaimom on 05.03.2010 at 01:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

oldhousegal, Gosh,do everything you can to keep the back stairway!! We are SO glad we did, although our builder thought we were nuts to give up all that cabinet, counter and floor space which were so limited to begin with. We almost never use our front stairs now and it really adds to the old-house quirkiness that makes them interesting. I removed tens of layers of paint from the hinges on that door (and two others) and found these!! I think the door adds a lot of character to the kitchen.Photobucket
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RE: finished! Vintage Cream in the City (Follow-Up #41)

posted by: shanghaimom on 05.02.2010 at 10:45 am in Kitchens Forum

Thank you, thank you, thank you! (o:

The fixture over the dining table is an old-fashioned linen and wire Chinese lantern which was black wire but i painted it all antique gold. (It took me about three weeks to paint.) I then found a fixture , ditched the shade and rigged up this shade.

Here is a pic of the pass-thru from the other side. It was a great solution for us...I get the light from the breakfast windows, plus the visual connection with that space.
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RE: finished! Vintage Cream in the City (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: shanghaimom on 05.02.2010 at 12:12 am in Kitchens Forum

Thank you so, so, much for the very kind words. This was a labor of love for me and it is gratifying to hear all of the positive comments from other TKO people. I am just starting to use and enjoy the space, as I have been caring for a very sick relative (hospice) here in my home for the past 5 months. My family hardly remembers what home cooking was like, between the remodel and me not having a spare second. And yes, we are so happy to be back in the USA!

junicb--the transom window in the breakfast nook was one I found down the street at an antique shop and my miracle-working carpenter guys made a neat frame in the wall for it to hang in. It allows light through from the little mudroom area on the other side.
fleur222--the stained cabinetry is knotty alder.
elizpiz--here is a closer pic of the backsplash. (Like everyone, I luuuuurve YOUR kitchen!! I tried to order the same counter stools you have, but they were backordered for ages. I actually have four now-it looks different than in the photos.)Photobucket

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finished! Vintage Cream in the City

posted by: shanghaimom on 05.01.2010 at 09:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all,

We are finally finished with our kitchen remodel of our 1889 home. I have been a daily (truthfully, sometimes HOURLY) lurker and sporadic poster for almost two years. There is NO WAY I could have planned this remodel without the help of GW--We were living in China for over 5 years and I had to do all of my planning from there. This meant NO MAGAZINES, nor could I visit showrooms and see anything in person. Every time I had a question, I seemed to be able to find a thread about it. Not to mention all of the inspirational photos!!! I was so afraid of missing an important tidbit! (We were 13 hours ahead there, so I could easily miss a thread as it fell off onto pages two, three, four...)

Anyway, many thanks to all of the great TKO people who contribute to this forum.

Photos first! Details at the end. (o:

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Berta!
kit

cabinetry--local custom painted in BM Bone White oil-based enamel
walls-- BM Ballet White
counters--Zodiaq quartz Mystic Black (kind of a charcoal color)
pulls--Amerock Revitalize in Burnished Bronze
sink--Ticor zero-radius SS508
faucet--Kohler Vinnata in Vibrant Polished Nickel
range-36" Bertazzoni Heritage Series in Anthracite
hood- Vent-A-Hood NPH9-136
backsplash- 3" hexagonal Calcatta marble
pendants--Hinckley Knickerbocker (these are on clearance all over for a song right now...)
windows--Marvin double-hung cottage style

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RE: All drawer kitchens - please post photos (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: dotcomgone on 04.19.2010 at 10:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Below my counters I have only one cupboard and that is under the sink. 3 of my drawers are double deep but appear to be separate drawers. One is the trash/recycling below. Two are drawers to the right of the range that have baking items in one, food in the other. Hope this helps.

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RE: All drawer kitchens - please post photos (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: julie94062 on 04.19.2010 at 11:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have doors under the sink, 2 sets of doors with pullouts on the far side of the island for seldom used/tall stuff, one narrow door where I put my stepladder, one 14" door that has extra shelves inside for horizontal storage of baking dishes. Otherwise, all drawers! Love them! Everything is easily accessible.

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RE: Capital 48' Range - Manual vs. Self Cleaning (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 03.09.2010 at 01:34 pm in Appliances Forum

Happy to help push you forward....my firt rotisseried chicken:

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RE: GE Advantium (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: smarge on 02.11.2010 at 12:29 pm in Appliances Forum

I love my Advantium and use it daily as an excellent microwave and several times a week as a speed cook (I tend to use my Miele wall oven before using the regular convection feature of the Advantium, but I give them both a serious workout at Thanksgiving!

Here's mine installed:

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This picture was taken when my son was 7 years old. He's 9 now and easily reaches anything in this oven - he heats his own pancakes (I freeze extras when I make them so he can have pancakes on school days.)

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I strongly recommend installing a deep drawer underneath your ovens to store the accessories. The Advantium comes with two large circular trays that constantly have to be switched, depending on whether you are using the microwave (glass tray only) or the speed cook/baking functions (metal tray)

My Miele oven also has rotisserie attachments and a special filter that is needed for roasting splattering meats, as well as a temp probe.

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While I'm designing your oven area, I may as well tell you how awesome it is to have trays, cooling racks and enough space to store my extra oven racks right handy above the ovens! Plan your kitchen to store things near where they will be used!

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RE: GE Advantium (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: cali_wendy on 02.06.2010 at 01:45 pm in Appliances Forum

Tigerdunes...yes! :)

It works well for our needs including microwaving, quick speed cook dinners (i.e. chicken), quick baking needs.

I haven't used it for baking cookies or things like that because I just use my convection. But, it works well for quick dinners. I am sure I haven't fully exploited its uses yet.

My only word of caution is be careful where you install it. Ours is installed above a pantry cabinet where the bottom of the Advantium is about even with the bottom of the upper cabinets. Because the door of the Advantium opens like an oven door, I have to stand on my tip-toes to get things out of it. I'm 5'4 1/2''.
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Tah-daahhh, the Backsplash is In !!!!

posted by: beekeeperswife on 03.29.2010 at 04:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

My faaabulous backsplash is in. In case you missed the drama, I was fretting endlessly over what to do with my backsplash. Then megpie sent me a link to a beveled arabesque tile, which I liked. After looking at the tile online, I realized that the company, Mission Stone & Tile, was having a contest. I entered my kitchen's photos and a few weeks later, I received an email that my kitchen was chosen. The tile was awarded in exchange for "after" photos so that they could use them on their website.

This was the big weekend for installation. It was not as easy as we thought it would be. A friend who installs tile ran the show while my husband and I offered any assistance we could. We worked from 10 am Saturday to 12:30 am Sunday. (We stopped due to not wanting to alienate the neighbors--the tile saw was loud). Started again on Sunday morning and finished around 4:30 pm. Very long installation.

We decided to end the tile about an inch below the hood. It looks great. Here are some early photos, the switches are not hooked up yet, but you get the idea.

Thank you to everybody who helped me out with so many of our decisions regarding this tile, so without further delay I would like to present to you....Beveled Arabesque Tile:

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RE: pictures of warm white cabinets with lighter granite (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 02.15.2010 at 01:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

My cabinets are painted BM Cloud White, and the darker ones are stained "peppercorn". My granite is Bianco Antico, and although it has lots of brown, gray, taupe in it, it reads "light".

Keep in mind that you will get to a point where you have to decide about your backsplash. I had this vision way back when that I wanted a chocolate colored backsplash, but I learned that it would really look like a tunnel, since I had the light cabinets and counter. I'm pretty sure we are going with a matte white 2x8 tile for that. Currently, my backsplash area is painted.

Here are recent "not completed yet" pictures. btw, today marks 9 months since demo began. Yep, we have just crossed over that dreaded "I could have made a human faster" mark.

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RE: pictures of warm white cabinets with lighter granite (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: cali_wendy on 02.15.2010 at 12:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our cabinets are BM Linen White, granite is honed Colonial Gold, backsplash is tumbled Crema Marfil marble, walls are green and floors are white oak with medium brown stain. We have an open concept with plenty of natural light, but a couple of big trees that keep the house from being super bright. I wanted something light because I wanted the medium floors and I have darker wood furniture. Although it is pretty monochromatic, it still feels warm and cozy to me.

I don't have great finished pics yet. Here are some from Christmas and another with better lighting. Hope you can get the idea despite the poor lighting.

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Kitchen looking towards dining/dry bar.

Kitchen from dining.

Kitchen with island

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RE: pictures of warm white cabinets with lighter granite (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: marcy96 on 02.12.2010 at 05:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have creamy white cabinets with Namibian Gold granite. What granite did you choose?

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RE: Does a toe kick go under a panelled dishwasher? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: cali_wendy on 02.28.2010 at 11:38 am in Kitchens Forum

We have toe kick skin below our paneled dishwasher. I requested it from our cabinetmaker. He used magnets to attach it so that it can be removed for servicing.

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I did it! DIY copper countertops

posted by: circuspeanut on 07.24.2008 at 02:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

Background: this is my first house, and I am doing an extreme DIY kitchen using recycled cabinetry and refurbishing many already existing aspects of the 1920s bungalow kitchen.

I've never been a granite fan and wanted something warmer that would fit in just right with the well-used, modest coastal bungalow style of my place. So ... I made my own copper countertops! For a price just under $21/sf, this was even more reasonable than plastic or butcher block, and vastly more durable. It's green, it's recyclable, and has the right historical feel to it for the house.

We used mdf as a substrate and basically "laminated" heavy-gauge copper onto it. This took many steps (I detailed the process in the metalworking forum), but I think the results are really stunning and wanted to share some pics for anyone else interested in exploring copper. Well, OK, I did need to brag, just a little. ;-)

Not quite all done yet, but hopefully enough to post a teaser. They look a little rough in the pix; I will be cleaning and buffing the copper smooth again when I've mounted the sinks.

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On the advice of other copper countertop owners (ahem! you know who you are), I plan on simply waxing them and letting them patinate to their little hearts' content.

Then .. on to tiling the backsplash and refinishing the fir floors. *whew!*

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DIY copper countertop

posted by: jenathegreat on 11.22.2004 at 05:18 pm in Metalworking Forum

We'd like to cover our countertop base with copper sheeting. We've found it locally and online in 3'x10' sheets in either 16 oz or 20 oz.

We've never worked with metal, but since there are only 2 straight runs of countertop, we'd only have to cut out a hole for the sink and cooktop, and bend the metal to cover the edge of the plywood. We plan to bend it over and under the base and fasten it to the bottom and also have it curve up the wall to form a little backsplash.

1) See any problems with this plan? Anything wrong with using copper sheeting?
2) Will we be able to bend it without any special tools? What will we need to cut it with? I really have no concept of how hard or flexible either 16oz or 20oz copper sheets would be.
3) Recommend either 16 or 20oz?
4) How do we handle the outside corner?

Thanks for any advice or warnings...

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RE: Kitchen Hardware and other ideas. Looking for feedback. (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: positano on 04.22.2009 at 06:19 am in Kitchens Forum

I just happen to see this finished kitchen yesterday. She painted her cabs dark and gives step by step instructions.
I think it makes such a difference!

Here is a link that might be useful: girlwithaspirins kitchen

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RE: Kitchen Hardware and other ideas. Looking for feedback. (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: allison1888 on 04.15.2009 at 10:32 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's a site that has lots of options. Also, I love the red accents -- will liven up the space.

Here is a link that might be useful: hardware

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Kitchen Hardware and other ideas. Looking for feedback.

posted by: niley on 04.15.2009 at 10:01 am in Kitchens Forum

We switched our kitchen hardware out 5 years ago, but now we are ready to make the switch again. We are stuck with our oak cabinets due to other investments we have made in our house. The original cabinet hardware was brass with white porcelain and we switched that out to a black traditional hardware. We are wanting to move a little more contemporary. We tried the "standard" round contemporary pulls and the were a little too contemporary. Let me know what you think of our current selection. It might be hard to tell from the picture, but the new hardware is satin nickel.

We are planning a neutral back splash and some red accents in the kitchen. We are open to other kitchen suggestions from the everyone....paint, backsplash, accent color.

Thanks for you feedback.

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