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Knives and cutting boards

posted by: bahacca on 10.25.2011 at 04:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just curious what knives you have, what you love, what you don't, how you store them. Same with cutting boards.
I have 4 cutting boards-3 wood, 1 plastic of various sizes.
Knives-1 good Wusthof chefs knife.
I have 2 sets of knives in blocks-I do not like them at all. One is a henckels knockoff. The other I don't even know. I just know they are all dull and I hate them!LOL

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clipped on: 10.26.2011 at 12:02 am    last updated on: 10.26.2011 at 12:03 am

RE: Anyone have a Grohe pot filler? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: cat_mom on 07.25.2011 at 10:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have a SS Grohe pot filler faucet. It's a brushed SS:

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clipped on: 10.02.2011 at 03:55 pm    last updated on: 10.02.2011 at 03:56 pm

RE: Red Oak hardwood floors (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: boxerpups on 08.13.2011 at 05:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

I honestly believe light or dark is the same maintenance.
I have had natural light oak and now have dark stained
oak and the care is exactly the same to me. One does not
wear worse than the other. Wood in general is going to be
higher care than a ceramic tile. For me I would chose
beauty over function when it comes to my floors.

I have 2 boxers, 3 kids and a messy family.
I LOVE my dark stained red oak floors. My mother in law,
neighbors, a few friends told me I was crazy to go dark
with two dogs. I would do it all over again. Dh says:
"why did we wait so long."

Do they show dirt?
No. They are vacuumed weekly. And swept or mini vac'd
if something terrible happens.

Does the dog hair show?
No. I have boxers who have that horrific short hair that gets
into everything and is like porcupine needles to get out.
And have no issues. One dog is Brindle and the other a
flashy gold fawn. The dog hair does not show more or less
on a dark floor. Some folks on GW joke that get a dog
to match your floors is the key to clean.

Do the floors get scratched?
My dogs also have long nails. One is stubborn about trims.
Yes, they get scratched but it is minimal. I had travertine
floor tiles crack more than the scratches.
The stain is so deep into the wood that if they have a
tiny mark or scratch you can not see it.
My floor guys used bonakemi traffic. I've heard it's
awesome and for my floors I say yes. No scratches looks
like soft matte wood.

I love my dark stained wood.

What look do you love? Do you love light? Light can be
really pretty too. I will post some images below. Or do you
love the dark?

I find if I like something ( counter, tile, floors,
lighting...) it is not a horrible chore to clean it.
~boxerpups

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clipped on: 08.15.2011 at 04:04 pm    last updated on: 08.15.2011 at 04:04 pm

RE: Corner Suzan or Flush wall cabinet? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: buehl on 08.14.2011 at 12:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

Do you mean a blind corner cabinet as an upper cabinet? If so, those are worse than base blind corners. It's almost impossible to access things in the "blind corner" in an upper cabinet...unless you have very, very long arms and are tall so (1) you can actually reach inside the corner from the outside and (2) see what's there.

My MIL has blind corners in her kitchen...both upper & base and she doesn't use them...unless something falls back into them! She hates them!

Since you're wondering about a corner cabinet, have you considered what I think is called an "easy reach" that has a 90-degree cut (rather than diagonal)? For upper cabinets, I think they're the best option overall. I have a couple of pictures I saved for the future of BluBird's corner easy-reach cabinet.


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BluBird's Kitchen (Small)


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BluBird's Kitchen (small)

I think hers was built with one side wider than the the other but with a divider. They also are available 24" x 24" with a 12" opening on each side.


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clipped on: 08.14.2011 at 01:06 pm    last updated on: 08.14.2011 at 01:06 pm

White Kichen Facelift Reveal

posted by: domesticah on 07.19.2011 at 07:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all. Below are pictures of our kitchen facelift. I was inspired by the "something's gotta give" kitchen.
We finished the project just under 17K. I am so grateful for this forum and for the generosity of the many members who offered advice, pictures and information -- all of which were of tremendous and invaluable assistance. Thank you so much for all your help.
How we saved: My genius carpenter repurposed our cabinets and we were able to save big bucks on this aspect of our redo. Basically, he built frames around and in front of our cabs so I could have inset doors which I love. His not ripping out the cabinets allowed us to save our countertop and backsplash. We also kept our dishwasher, sink and facuet. Down time was 6 weeks.

Here are some of the details:

New Bosch Fridge
(Old whirlpool Dishwasher)
New Sharp Convection Microwave
The cabinets were made by our carpenter (LI guy: John Dicapua)
Drawer Hardware is Restoration Hardware (Aubry and Gilmore pulls) & Horton brasses hinges and knobs
Paint is BM Edgecomb Gray Walls
Cabinets are BM Simply White
Our existing granite is Bianco Romano
Existing Stove is Jenn Air
New Wood Countertop is from Hardwood Lumber Company "Character Walnut" (carpenter cut it) I finished it myself with waterlox!
Brackets under the upper cabinets from Capital Lumber
Feet under base cabinets from Osborne wood (they are shelf brackets!)
Columns on the island are from Tablelegs.com

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clipped on: 07.20.2011 at 10:18 pm    last updated on: 07.20.2011 at 10:18 pm

Inspiring GW Kitchens

posted by: mary_in_nc on 10.24.2010 at 11:22 am in Kitchens Forum

So, I am curious, which kitchens from GW inspired you the most when you were planning and designing your own kitchen? For me, there were three: Tito's kitchen- http://finishedkitchens.blogspot.com/2007/12/titos-kitchen.html , Collen's : http://finishedkitchens.blogspot.com/2007/12/coleen3201118s-kitchen.html, and my all time favorite GW kitchen Orchidluvr's (see below). I am looking forward to reading your responses!

Here is a link that might be useful: Orchidluvr's kitchen

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clipped on: 07.13.2011 at 07:11 pm    last updated on: 07.13.2011 at 07:11 pm

95% Finished Kitchen.

posted by: alabamamommy on 07.11.2011 at 04:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hiya folks! We're almost there. Moving in just weeks.

I've been waiting for it to be finished to take the final pictures, but I've come to the conclusion that if I wait for all of the "blue tape" issues to be addressed, for the cleaning crew to clean up the construction gravy and/or to borrow someone's wide-angled lens, well, then it will be filled with our stuff. And with baby #3 on the way, well, God knows how long before the boxes will be broken down and we're truly settled.

So, aside from a missing microwave, plastic still on the fridge doors (which are in the middle of their THIRD reinstallation) and general mish mash in the sandwich area - here's as close as we're going to get to photos of a finished kitchen this year : )

Details as follows:
Cabinets - Custom cabinet maker, inset shaker, SW Pearly White, Walnut Stained Trim
Floors - Teak hardwood stained Jacobean (very hard, does not absorb to typical Jacobean dark!)
Range - 48" Thermador Combo
Venthood - Ventaire with 1600 CFM roof-mounted blower
Sink - Franke
Faucet - Brizo
Pot Filler - DRATS I can't remember :)
Hardware Pulls - Amerock Highland Ridge, Polished Nickel
Hardward Knobs - Atlas
Countertops Island - Alabama White Marble 6cm slab
Countertops Perimeter - Caesarstone Pebble 2cm with mitered edge to 6cm
Island Chopping Block - Boos Block Walnut End Grain 4inch
Island Pendant Lights - Restoration Hardware Royal Seamaster (Discontinued)
Refridgerator - Thermador 30" Freedom Column
Freezer - Thermador 30" Freedom Column
Double/Single Oven - GE Profile
Backsplash - 4" Shiplap Wood Paneling whitewashed

I'm sure I'm forgetting lots... heck, I barely know my name. So if anyone has any questions, please let me know. You've all been wonderful, and I sincerely enjoy just knowing that a community of such substantial depth and helpfulness exists. I wish I could invite you all over for coffee!!

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clipped on: 07.12.2011 at 12:50 pm    last updated on: 07.12.2011 at 12:50 pm

I Finished my White Zen Kitchen!

posted by: celineike on 07.10.2011 at 05:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ahhhh, it's good to be done.
What fun this whole process has been!
Here's the low down.

We had a slab leak in February. The entire downstairs had wood floors and water had been leaking into them for weeks/months? we don't know. But long enough that the walls and cabinets were wet as well. So they gutted and we got to work.
Our old kitchen was a dark place for me. We have north facing window and the light was always dim. We also had light wood cabinets and dark greenish black granite (Uba Tuba?) on the counters, island and backsplash!!!! ugh! what a light sucker that was!

I had always known that if we changed the kitchen it would be to white. I know people say timeless doesn't exist in kitchens... but every decade I can think of has had white as an option. So I never thought of this a trendy thing. -til i got here, lol.
Anyway, White cabs and grey counters were the only things I had in mind for sure. The rest fell into place the more I looked around and if you see a part of your kitchen in here... THANK YOU!!!! I stole SO many details from GWer's.

Details...
Apparently we have a small kitchen,lol... didn't think so til i got here either, it's 13'x12'

Counters.... Qortstone perimeters in Cemento
Island & Bar is Statuary Marble
Butcher Block on Island.... oiled Dark Walnut End-Grain 18"x38"
Cabinets .... shaker, inset, framed
Paint on Cabs ...BM Cloud White
Paint on Walls ... BM Smokey Taupe
Hardware is mostly RH & Rejuvenation for the Latches (way worth that investment!) All Polished Nickel
Island now measures 38"x 84"
walkways are 38" on sink side; 42" on oven side; and 36" on fridge side... all plenty wide, i was worried about pushing these measurements.
Bluestar RNB 36"
Proline 36" Hood
Sharp MW Drawer
Kenmore Elite French door Fridge
Fisher & Paykel Dish Drawer Washer
Sink.. Krauss 33" double Bowl Stainless
Main Faucet is Hansgrohe Pull Down PN

Befores...
way before
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and after...
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Fridge wall, Appliance garage on right and coffee station on left
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Island with BB and Rubbish/Recycling Bins/drawers - love these!
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Bluestar tee hee
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I'll post some more pics of fun details. Things i liked seeing from other's kitchens and ended up adding to mine.

At one point, I had chosen everything and had a huge set back of worry that the whole thing would be boring instead of calm and bright and peaceful. Thank you all for your encouragement and opinions on various choices and ideas. This is such great forum with wonderful people.
I love how my kitchen turned out!

xo

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clipped on: 07.11.2011 at 12:16 am    last updated on: 07.11.2011 at 12:17 am

RE: Backsplash with Bianco antico granite (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: marble_com on 06.17.2011 at 10:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Attached is a video of a Bianco Antico kitchen with a 4x4 glass tile backsplash. Hope this helps and gives inspiration.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bianco Antico Kitchen


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clipped on: 06.17.2011 at 03:37 pm    last updated on: 06.17.2011 at 03:37 pm