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Our new(ish) kitchen, finished! Pictures

posted by: ebse on 10.16.2009 at 05:35 am in Kitchens Forum

We finished a few months ago and have been so busy enjoying our new kitchen that I haven't had time to post. Thanks to everyone for your help along the way!
Here's what we used:
Brookhaven cabinets
jet mist honed granite
Shaw's original sink
4" white oak flooring
Restoration hardware hardware and pendants
KA fridge
Electrolux ovens
Bosch DW
GE induction cooktop (probably my favorite thing)
Pottery barn stools



clipped on: 10.18.2009 at 01:00 am    last updated on: 10.18.2009 at 01:00 am

Granite's In! (jet mist honed)

posted by: ebse on 07.02.2009 at 06:28 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all,

We're so excited, the granite was installed yesterday. This is the beginning of the end (I hope!) Here are some pictures.



clipped on: 07.22.2009 at 03:46 am    last updated on: 07.22.2009 at 03:47 am

Finished Kitchen creamy white, lacanche, calacatta

posted by: tearose21 on 07.13.2009 at 07:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Posted earlier but pictures were too small. Hope this works.




clipped on: 07.21.2009 at 01:11 pm    last updated on: 07.21.2009 at 01:11 pm

Finished Kitchen-warm white cabs, marble, wood counters

posted by: blakey on 03.29.2009 at 04:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can't believe it's complete, except for a bit of decorating, but it's so nice to be able to cook again. Thanks to everyone on this forum for the great questions, advice, photos, suggestions and support. I feel like I got so lucky when I stumbled upon this website just as we were getting started. It helped me tremendously and so many of the kitchens served as inspiration(you'll know who you are!)


breakfast room

wet bar





mud room

laundry room

Cabinets-Wood Mode
Perimeter Counters-Calacatta Crema-honed
Island top-Sapele Mahogany
Wall Oven-Miele
Refrigerator-Sub Zero
Main Sink-Shaw's Original Farm Sink
Wet Bar Sink-Sink-A-Link Hammered Copper


clipped on: 04.17.2009 at 05:51 am    last updated on: 07.02.2009 at 02:18 pm

99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone

posted by: jbrodie on 03.01.2009 at 06:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally! Our kitchen is finished! I never thought the day would come, and boy am I enjoying it. I owe so much to this forum. I can't tell you how much you all helped me. Thank you!!! I hope I can help others in return.

Hope I'm not putting too many pictures!





soap stone

Quick description (feel free to contact me if you have questions)
-Soapstone: Julia
-Cabinets: Custom, inset/flush shaker style with single bead (waiting to see if we get some issues resolved before I recommend the cabinet maker)
-Bookcase and desk tops: walnut
-Sharp microwave oven drawer (love it!)
-GE fridge
-Shaw 30 inch apron sink
-Wolf range top
-Thermador double ovens
-Vent-a-hood hood
-Dal tile
-potfiller: Newport Brass
-hot/cold faucet Newport Brass
-Main faucet: Mico
-Door to garage: one panel painted with chalkboard! The kids love this and it's fun to put messages to guests, each other, holiday wishes, etc.
-Pull out baskets (love these...I keep bread in one and potatoes, onions, etc. in the other)
-Wine shelf--love it!
-Bar stools from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (love these and they were so reasonable!)
-What would I do differently? More than 12 inch overhang on seating area of island (maybe 14-16 inch). And I might skip the bead board in the backs of the bookshelfs and glass cabs.

Happy kitchen designing to all! Thank you again!


clipped on: 04.17.2009 at 06:02 am    last updated on: 04.17.2009 at 06:03 am

Redroze's Finished White and Espresso Kitchen

posted by: redroze on 03.15.2009 at 01:17 am in Kitchens Forum

So...I was waiting for a couple of things to happen until I posted finished kitchen photos. I was waiting for our kitchen table and chairs (ordered and on the way) to come in. I was waiting to figure out how to accessorize my open shelves. I was waiting for our desk chair to arrive and for my husband to purchase the computer monitor. I was waiting to pick up a beautiful rose bouquet to throw in a vase and place on our island. I was waiting to figure out how to take better photos with my new digital camera (and Christmas gift from my husband). And finally, I was waiting for the perfect overcast sky in which to take these photos. And then I thought, to heck with it!!!

I spontaneously decided to just post the near-finished photos tonight. I'll post finished/finished-finished/no-really-finished photos on my website once all of the above happens, so feel free to visit it again in a couple of weeks. But for now, enjoy!

This forum has some of the most generous and spirited people I have ever encountered. I loved and still love coming to a place where people are as enamoured with design and details as much as I am, and dedicate so much time into making their house into a home. I love reading your stories and helping out whenever I can. I wanted to celebrate the success of our kitchen with all of you, and thank you as deeply as one can in the online world, because I can honestly say that our kitchen would never have turned out this way if I didn't "find" all of you on GW. So, thank you.

Click on the link to my website below for more photos and all the details.

Redroze's White and Espresso Kitchen


clipped on: 04.16.2009 at 02:53 pm    last updated on: 04.16.2009 at 02:53 pm

which granites don't need to be sealed?

posted by: teacup_princess on 04.10.2009 at 10:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

Is there a list somewhere of types of granites that don't need to be sealed? Does anyone know off-hand of any of the cheaper granites that don't need sealing?

Finally, in a completely unrelated question, can you put sink drains in granite. I got a quote for a soapstone and a granite. They both included a price for a drain board. Was this a mistake? I was under the impression that you couldn't do that with granite.


clipped on: 04.11.2009 at 06:48 am    last updated on: 04.11.2009 at 06:49 am

Kitchens for people who hate to clean?

posted by: silverspring on 03.19.2009 at 10:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

I hate to clean, and it's amazing to me that some people actually *enjoy* cleaning. Wow.

What shape kitchen is best for a slob? How do you prevent a slob from putting everything on the counters? What sort of organization system would work best for a person who loves to cook, but wants to run and hide after the cakes have been eaten?

I'm maybe moving, and into a home that has a tragic-shaped kitchen. We're planning to build an addition and make a kitchen from scratch.

What would you do? Restaurant kitchen with floor drains and built in high pressure washers? Anyone have a commercial dishwasher (like the kinds they have in school cafeterias)? My kids are voting for one of those counter height refrigerators with the sandwich trays on the top, seems like it would make hosting sandwich making parties a lot easier anyway.


clipped on: 04.10.2009 at 06:27 pm    last updated on: 04.10.2009 at 06:27 pm

virginia jet mist granite -pics, anyone?

posted by: shanghaimom on 03.20.2009 at 09:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are considering using this as a soapstone alternative. If anyone has used this, I would love to see installed pics. TIA!!


clipped on: 04.10.2009 at 04:20 pm    last updated on: 04.10.2009 at 04:27 pm

Sealing granite.....

posted by: mrs-mjt on 01.17.2009 at 11:50 am in Kitchens Forum

Our granite countertops have not been sealed yet (long story) so have to find someone to do it or do it ourselves. If you've sealed your own granite, what did you use? What can I expect it to cost if I hire it out? any other tips, cautions, etc...? Thanks!


clipped on: 04.10.2009 at 04:20 pm    last updated on: 04.10.2009 at 04:20 pm

to beat a dead horse- follow up Q on dk honed granite v. soapston

posted by: ebse on 04.08.2009 at 01:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Please help... I've read all the posts but still dont understand the major pluses and minuses of soapstone and dark honed granites.

What are the pluses/minuses of a honed dark granite (looking at jet mist) vs. a soapstone? I did read the posts and I've learned that soapstone can scratch, but develops a "patina" so that is part of the allure, but my specific question is, how does a dark honed granite compare? Why would one choose a soapstone over a dark honed granite?
What about finger prints?
Overall maintenance?

The girl at the granite yard told me soapstone is a "labor of love" and she threw a bunch of analogies at me regarding soapstone v. honed granite but she really lost me and my head is spinning, and any help would be wonderful.


clipped on: 04.10.2009 at 04:17 pm    last updated on: 04.10.2009 at 04:17 pm

Jen4268? Question about your Nordic Black Granite

posted by: ebse on 04.08.2009 at 07:46 am in Kitchens Forum


Someone here posted a link to your kitchen in response to a posting of mine regarding granite for white/off white cabinets and wood floors. I love your Nordic Black. I don't understand what the finish is though. Is it honed? POlished? Or is "antiqued" the finish? Granite boggles my mind.

Is it easy or difficult to maintain? Would you recommend it? Thanks!


clipped on: 04.10.2009 at 04:16 pm    last updated on: 04.10.2009 at 04:16 pm

Where can I find those pendants that look like one big shade?

posted by: ebse on 04.10.2009 at 10:46 am in Kitchens Forum

The only ones I've seen are from restoration hw. The best way I can explain it is a large shade hanging from a cord. Im sure there is a better way to describe, but I'm at a loss.

Anyway, they seem pretty common, but the only one I've seen is RH.

I'd also love some recommendations for lighting websites.


clipped on: 04.10.2009 at 04:06 pm    last updated on: 04.10.2009 at 04:06 pm

What honed black granite do you have and LOVE?

posted by: momali3 on 09.06.2008 at 07:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

I saw a model home today with kitchen done in honed black granite but don't know which one, don't think it was Absolute Black, though, as looking closely, I saw some faint specks of lighter colors, very faint. I loved, loved the look and was all enthusiastic about getting honed black, but then read all the negatives here on GW. Read from the expert who installed honed AB in many homes and regretted it. What is a good black to hone? I want to hear from those of you who truly love yours and find it not hard to keep, if there are any out there! And with honed black, any with tile backsplash and if so, what sort of tile? I know that soapstone is a good alternative to honed black granite, but keep hearing it's more expensive but HOW MUCH more expensive???


clipped on: 04.09.2009 at 10:11 pm    last updated on: 04.09.2009 at 10:11 pm

Honed Black Granite, Soapstone, or Richlite countertops?

posted by: tahoebo on 09.26.2007 at 09:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been doing lots of research on this site about countertops and I was hoping for some advice. I really like the look of a matte dark stone and was excited to look into black honed granite but was appalled after touching a sample and seeing all my fingerprint smudges. After reading posts on this forum, looks like that's a common problem. So now I'm really interested in soapstone. Has anyone else tried to decide between the two? And to make things more complicated, I've also stumbled onto black Richlite and Nordic Black Antique granite. I've seen neither of those in person but they look good online! My head hurts. I'm definitely looking for a very warm natural look, not glossy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


clipped on: 04.09.2009 at 10:07 pm    last updated on: 04.09.2009 at 10:08 pm