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Hippiechick's DIY kitchen- ''Are they ever really finished?''

posted by: vwhippiechick on 05.29.2008 at 10:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have resisted posting "finished" pix as we are still planning some modifications to the cabinets. But I wanted all the posters who have helped me so very much to see the final product before they have drifted away. Thanks to all who answered my questions and gave opinions on my selections - everyone was so supportive and helpful.

Here is the lowdown on the materials:

Mouser Custom Cabinetry - Creme Distressed with Square Inset Coventry doors and Knotty Alder with Russett stain Square Inset Amity Doors
Paint - Cafe by Devine (THE most difficult choice)
Electrolux Icon 36" Dual Fuel Range (lovelovelove it!)
Electrolux Icon 36" Vent Hood
Tapmaster - toekick activation (the best recommendation by GW'ers)
Samsung French Door Refrigerator
Asko Prostyle (whatever that means) dishwasher
Danze Parma Prerinse stainless steel faucet (aesthetic is so-so but function is exceptional)
Danze Parma SS soap/lotion dispenser
Travertine Floors (running bond pattern) "Premium Noce" 18"x18" from Lowe's (killer deal on these)
Soapstone Counters - Amazon prefab'd by Maine Soapstone (great company-did exactly what they said they would)
Ticor single bowl sink (another great recommendation from this forum)
Stainless Steel Quilted backsplash - Ebay vendor -Rigidized Metals (great customer service)
Lisbon Linen - curtain fabric
Berenson Hardware - cup pulls and knobs

From the old kitchen:
Chandelier from Lowe's
Freestanding island with butcherblock top from local furniture store
Vintage Hoosier Kitchen cabinet - wedding gift from grandmother

We are still planning some modifications to make the alder cabinets look more furniture like. We will put an alder paneled backsplash with custom corbels and panel the dishwasher with alder. We are also discussing a backsplash under the painted cabinets on either side of the vent hood - possibly cream colored subway tiles??

The decorating touches seem to stump me. We need pictures etc to pull it all together and give it that really complete look. Any suggestions are welcome!!

BEFORE - The old kitchen- that pink was not easy to live with but eventually you sort of get desensitized to it. ;-)

Before pix

More install - it took two full days

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This is the area where we plan to use the paneled backsplash, corbels and integrate the dishwasher with an alder panel.


We are really enjoying the changes. Thanks again to everyone!


White cabinets + alder cabinets, alder island
clipped on: 06.07.2008 at 04:21 pm    last updated on: 06.07.2008 at 04:22 pm

Time to Share My Inspiration Pics

posted by: ccinga on 04.26.2008 at 11:22 am in Kitchens Forum

I have been collecting inspiration photos for almost three years. I have decided it is time to share some of them. For the most part, these are from multi-million dollar homes. Believe me, I do not live in a multi-million dollar home. But, there are details that can be scaled down and incorporated into our DIY renovation.

We were to begin our project last fall ... but nature caused us to delay. The drought in North Georgia brought about water use restrictions. My DH has a company that was impacted by this. No money in ... meant no money out ... meant no renovation. Now waivers have been given to certain areas of water usage and we have the opposite reason for delay ... too much work means no time to DIY. We are hoping to begin our project in August to be completed by the holidays.

During this hiatus, I have been drooling over the photos in my inspiration album. I thought maybe some of you would enjoy seeing the collection. I may have one or two that I have saved from the kitchen forum or hgtv. If you recognize yours, please accept it as a compliment. If you would like for me to remove it, please let me know. BTW Alison0704, your kitchen is one of my favorites, but, I will not post it.

This is my favorite kitchen from the hundreds of photos I have collected.

Inspiration 1

I'm not sure what draws me to it ... everything about it contradicts what I like. It has white cabinets ... I like stained. It has tile floors ... I like wood. It has white backsplash tiles ... I like warmer colors. BUT ... I love the crown molding. I love the stove surround and over-mantle. I love the contrasting finish on the island. I love the thick, fat island legs. I love the lighting and the semi-coffered ceiling. I guess I just figured out what draws me to this kitchen ... the details.

I think I could spend the rest of my life in this room and be as happy as "a bug in a rug". Does any of it inspire you?



Tall ceiling- white cabinets
clipped on: 06.05.2008 at 08:04 pm    last updated on: 06.05.2008 at 08:05 pm