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Contractor threw away vintage door knobs

posted by: egnyc on 05.13.2009 at 08:34 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm getting towards the end of my renovation and just learned that my contractor threw away all of my vintage door knobs. The plans say that all door hardware is supposed to be kept. I was planning on reusing the knobs. I live in a building that was built around 1920 and the knobs were the originals, all in excellent condition. What do I do? There were 5 doors taken out that had these knobs. Now I need hardware for 5 new doors. I am so frustrated!


clipped on: 05.13.2009 at 11:05 pm    last updated on: 05.13.2009 at 11:06 pm

does your frameless shower door leak?

posted by: lisams58 on 04.26.2009 at 08:52 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hi! We are getting close to finishing up a master bath remodel and I have to decide on a shower door. My dream is a frameless shower door with a stationary panel- no u channel for mounting - all clips. The opening is 5' long. I am planning a 26" door with the rest stationary panel. The door would be hinged off the wall so the door and panel meet where water will come off our bodies.

I have had estimates from the local glass company who sells cr laurence products and from a plumbing supply store that sells Basco doors. Both have said that if I choose to use all clamps (no u channel) that they will make me sign a release that states I understand it will leak.

Can anyone tell me how much their shower door leaks - are we talking drops of water, or puddles of water? Do you get much leaking where the door and panel come together? I just got rid of a frameless sliding door and I hated keeping it clean! But I don't want to be cleaning up water off the floor every day either.

Thanks for any and all opinions!


clipped on: 05.07.2009 at 11:43 pm    last updated on: 05.07.2009 at 11:44 pm

Trip to North Carolina?

posted by: lorila on 08.25.2008 at 11:45 pm in Furniture Forum

We are building a home and plan to buy a house full of furniture. Is it worthwhile to make a trip to North Carolina? We are looking at lines sold at Baker (Barbara Barry, Jacques Garcia) which are currently on sale at 40% off. How does the North Carolina furniture trip work? Is there a specific place to go? Thanks from an amateur (but getting quite an education).


clipped on: 05.03.2009 at 09:22 pm    last updated on: 05.03.2009 at 09:22 pm

RE: what ideas have you 'borrowed' from other GWers? (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: rmkitchen on 04.17.2009 at 12:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

It is really hard to see, but a dishdrain is a wide, flat area which slopes down to the sink. We have a permanent dishrack out. (I don't know if your children are still in the sippy cup phase, but you know how they always come out of the dishwasher dripping? So ours come out of the dishwasher straight to the dishrack, and throughout the day as I get it together I put them away. Admittedly, they usually stay there until it's time for a drink!)

Anyway, so the dishrack sits perfectly in the dishdrain with no water slopping around the countertop, onto the floor, etc. Maybe there is a way to get runnels perfectly aligned with a dishrack, but not 'round here! We do have runnels on the other side of the sink and we also love them -- for placing a colander (although that could also work beautifully on a dishdrain), freshly washed produce (which wouldn't drain as well on the dishdrain), a cutting board (if we're chopping something juicy), etc. I'm glad we have both, because the way we use them they serve totally different purposes.

That's my love affair with the dishdrain!


clipped on: 04.27.2009 at 11:06 pm    last updated on: 04.27.2009 at 11:06 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: 04.02.2009 at 12:04 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2009 at 12:04 pm

Calling all Grohe Bridgeford owners

posted by: tagliatelle_2006 on 04.01.2009 at 07:42 am in Kitchens Forum

I have been experiencing very low flow (1.5 gal/min) from my Bridgeford -- its actually been this way since we installed it but the installer said the flow regulators these days are very conservative. There was so much going on when we redid the kitchen that I focussed on bigger things and thought I would deal with this later. When I contacted Grohe recently via email, they were not that helpful (one word responses, or only attaching the diagram without explanation). I have not been happy with their customer service so far, and am surprised since this forum gives them such high ratings. The pressure is supposed to be anywhere from 2.2 gal/min to 2.5 gal/min. I checked the flow regulator and cleaned it, and they sent me a new one, but that doesn't change anything. I'm getting 3 gal/min without the regulator but water splashes all over the place so something needs to go in there. Before I call a plumber, I'm wondering if anyone else has had the same problems?

I also can feel the water changing from hot to cold to hot to cold when both are on full blast --- but Grohe said this is normal? This hasn't happened with any other faucet I've ever owned and doesn't seem normal to me. I'm ready to ditch this expensive faucet and go to Lowe's and get another Moen.

Looking for feedback to help check my sanity before I call Grohe again this week and try one more time for some help.


clipped on: 04.01.2009 at 12:10 pm    last updated on: 04.01.2009 at 12:32 pm

Moen Woodmere pulldown

posted by: egnyc on 03.29.2009 at 07:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

Does anyone have this faucet? I have been looking for reviews and have not been able to find much information.


clipped on: 03.29.2009 at 07:13 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2009 at 07:13 pm

Faucets - Grohe Bridgeford, Kohler Simplice or Kohler Vinnata

posted by: egnyc on 03.29.2009 at 01:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

I need help picking my faucet. I was going to get the Grohe Bridgeford pulldown but I am worried that I won't like having to keep the button pushed to use the spray. So now I am looking at the Vinnata or Simplice from Kohler. I have read mixed things about the Simplice. I originally ruled out the Vinnata because it is too big but I just saw that I can get the secondary sink faucet, which is a little smaller. I welcome any advice. I am getting either the Franke PRX-110-21 or PCX-110-21. They are both D shaped sinks from the Elements collection, just different depths (another decision I am having trouble with).

I would greatly appreciate any advice. I should be ordering the sink and faucet within the next couple of days.


clipped on: 03.29.2009 at 01:09 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2009 at 01:10 pm

Should I avoid marble?

posted by: conn123 on 03.24.2009 at 11:13 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi, Just read "Everyone is trying to talk me out of soapstone" thread and felt that could be me writing if you substitute marble for soapstone. After much indecision on what would go with cream cabinet w/ glazing without making cabs look yellow in any way and also without clashing with cherry island and saltillo floors, I am (with help from many of you) leaning twds Crema Luna marble. Idea is to provide continuity and tie some of the disparate elements (cream and cherry cabs, saltillo tile floors) together. (See link below for one of my inspiration kitchens).
But GC, stone designer (who sells both granite AND marble) and DH are warning me that I will regret it at the first red wine stain...I'm thinking I'll be ok w/ the patina and the care but thought I'd run by all of you. Thanks for your help...again...

Here is a link that might be useful: cream kitchen


clipped on: 03.29.2009 at 02:20 am    last updated on: 03.29.2009 at 02:20 am

Black stain on Oak

posted by: jennifer_in_clyde on 09.28.2005 at 03:36 pm in Woodworking Forum

I'm hoping to stain my red oak peninsula cabinets black...or a black with a deep brown tint. I've been "practicing" to see if I can achieve the finish I want, but think I need a more highly pigmented stain. I've been working with Minwax in ebony - and after 7 coats am getting "close" to a black color.

Is this to be expected or are there products that will allow me to achieve a deep color in fewer layers.



clipped on: 03.19.2009 at 12:22 am    last updated on: 03.19.2009 at 12:22 am

rmkitchen's Finished Kitchen for the FKB

posted by: rmkitchen on 08.08.2008 at 10:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our finished kitchen album can be seen here.

With the risk of coming across as gauche I am going to include approximate prices for our items (for our kitchen which was done January - May 2008). I was terribly nave when it came to determining our budget and found it immensely beneficial when others here would give prices. (in all fairness, it sometimes made me feel bad either that we werent as hoity-toity as others as well as making me feel ridiculous for spending so much when others achieved fabulous kitchens for a fraction of our budget) It gave me a real-world benchmark, and hopefully it will help someone else put their own project into some perspective. I wish more posters would share their budget I think its that helpful. Let me preface this by saying I'm in Boulder, CO -- prices will vary continent-wide. We are less expensive than the San Francisco Bay Area and more than RTC, NC.

Caveat: I absolutely believe and know our kitchen could have (and Id argue should have) been done for significantly less. Like our gorgeous countertops / backsplash were ridiculously expensive and I could have had a white marble for less than half. However, every time I look at the marbles from which I could have chosen I realize I would have been v. unhappy and any amount spent on them would have been too much. So it was "smart" to spend more to get what I really wanted and what I LOVE. ("smart" having a v. fluid definition depending on my mood!)

We (I) shopped around like crazy (love the internet!) for our appliances, hardware, etc., and feel I did a fabulous job getting the best prices for these itemseverything was either on special or purchased on sale or using some sort of incentive. But at the end of the day, the appliances were still expensiveexactly what we want / need, though. At the end of the day, the hardware was still expensiveexactly what we want / need, though. At the end of the day, the cabinetry was still expensive. (Although I actually have mixed feelings about thisfor the level of detail I wanted and all the bells & whistles we got Im not sure it was expensive. The semi-custom lines at which we looked [i.e., Cuisines Laurier, DuraSupreme] were coming in significantly higher. If we'd gone with framed we could have come in for less, but not gotten the exact door / hood I wanted. If there were an IKEA nearby [the closest is in Utah], we probably could have used their boxes and had doors made up elsewhere. But we went neither of those routes.)

Our kitchen is approximately 13w x 21'l (not completely true, as only one side is 21' long; the other wall is 11 1/2'). Our ceiling is 9 high (the upper cabinets are 47 " high with crown moulding running from the top of the cabinets up to the ceiling).

cabinets, ~$55K
custom frameless painted (catalyzed lacquer) a custom white, island painted BM Onyx
all drawers full-extension with Blumotion glides and all doors with Blum soft-close hinges
one Rev-A-Shelf wood drawer divider
one Rev-A-Shelf plastic double tier flatware divider
custom wood drawer dividers (five drawers)
steel pegboard "broom closet" pull-out (thanks to dianalo for sharing inspiration pictures)
three chrome pull-out pantry units (Rev-A-Shelf)
four spice pull-outs (Rev-A-Shelf)
pegboard with wood "divider" dowels in (three) dish drawers
foot pedal four-canister trash / recycle unit (thanks to lowspark and alku05 for the foot pedal instructions), Rev-A-Shelf
magnetic chalkboards (two)
hood (design inspiration courtesy of mwardlbs lovely hood)
maple butcher block island countertop with bow detail
tempered, safety glass-front doors and glass shelves
delivery and installation of these cabinets and attached custom crown moulding (but not including cost of custom crown which was ~$350)

appliances, ~$22K
refrigerator: Thermador 30" Fresh Food Freedom Column T30IR70
freezer: Thermador 30" Frozen Freedom Colum T30IF70
oven: Gaggenau 30" BX281610 convection double oven, (thanks to the supportive folks in the Appliance forum who talked me through this decision & held my hand as we waited five+ months for its delivery)
cooktop: Thermador Professional Series PCG366E 36" gas, six burners
vent: Broan 900 cfm external blower 332H
microwave: Sharp Over-The-Counter R-1214
refrigerator drawers: GE Monogram 24" ZIDI240PII
(delivery and installation of above appliances was ~$700)
instant hot / cold faucet and tank: Mountain Products Little Gourmet MT1401
under-sink water filter: Culligan
sink: Bates and Bates S2133.SS stainless apron front
faucet: Pegasus Professional Kitchen, from Expo (thanks to susanandmarkw)
soap dispenser: Danze Parma
dishwasher: KitchenAid KUDS03FTPA
air switch for above-sink light: Mountain Plumbing, stainless
disposal: Insinkerator Evolution Cover Control
hardware, ~$1,100
pulls: Restoration Hardware 4" Gilmore Pulls, polished nickel
knobs: Restoration Hardware 1.25" Cut Glass Knobs, polished nickel
fridge / freezer pulls: Hickory Hardware Studio 13" bright nickel
broom closet pull: Hickory Hardware Studio 5" bright nickel

lighting, ~$300
undercabinet lighting: Pegasus Associates Microfluorescent T4 fixtures
lighting inside cabinets: line voltage (120V) xenon pucks, American Lighting

countertop & backsplash, material, fabrication and installation ~$19K
Calacatta Xtra (seriously, thats its name), honed, 3cm, with eased square edge thanks to mnhockeymom for the inspiration!), runnels and a dishdrain
backsplash: Calacatta Xtra, 2cm
island butcherblock countertop provided by cabinetmaker

painting, ~$1K
walls: BM 871 Pearl River, Regal Matte Finish
ceiling: 50% BM 871, Regal Flat Finish
wainscoting: BM Impervo, custom to match cabinetry
toekicks: BM Onyx (which I painted myself with "help" from our puppy)

floors, price unknown as bundled in with installation of hardwood for entire first floor and staircase
red oak, "popped" with water then one heavy coat of Dura-Seal Ebony Stain (thanks to my husband for finding out how to get the dark finish I wanted from red oak), three coats of Bona Satin Water-Based Sealer

construction, ~$16K (I think, as it was bundled in with a nearly-whole house remodel)
removal of old cabinets, closing up old doorway to dining room, framing new entrance to dining room, moving almost all electrical plus some new, moving all plumbing plus much new, drywall (inc. smooth-coating existing orange-peel), fabricating / installing wainscoting in breakfast nook and sink wall facing family room and new casing around sliding door and window, crown moulding installation and painting

kitchen designer, $3K
we contentiously parted ways v. early in the process, but not until she had suggested moving the doorway to the dining room down the wall, and we love this change

Things we love
or, what we did right
-Sans doute moving the opening into the dining room down the wall so as to make a U-shape kitchen was the smartest thing we did. It has increased the function / made better the ergonomics tremendously!

-Full Marble Backsplash. It's gorgeous and I LOVE getting to see my true love, the marble, from many different vistas. If we'd had the marble as just our countertop the only time I would've seen it is when I was working on that counter. Now I can see it when sitting in the breakfast nook, when walking into the family room. It is absolutely the star of our kitchen!

-Large, single bowl, apron front sink. Having all that continuous room for washing large pots / pans / baking dishes is so incredible! I love how the apron front eliminates any lower back pain not far to reach into the sink. We also have no splashing, as opposed to what we had with a shallower, drop-in sink.

-Raised dishwasher. It just makes sense! I know many love their dishdrawers but as we run a full or nearly-full dishwasher nightly, it would not have made sense for us to have dishdrawers.

-Side-opening wall oven. I was on the fence a long time on this one: that oven set (the Gaggenau 30" double wall ovens) was really expensive, but oh how we love the side-opening mechanism! It just makes so much sense.

-Foot pedal trash. Hands full of broccoli remnants + foot pedal trash = genius.

-Magnetic chalkboards my children adore them! My older son (four years-old) loves drawing his robots and writing; my younger son (two years-old) loves standing and "coloring." We love being able to keep our timer and grocery list in a central and easy-to-locate spot.

-Full freezer and full refrigerator: we wonder how we lived before with combined units. It sounds insane, but for our vegetarian family with little children we are absolutely utilizing these separate units to their fullest.

-Polished nickel hardware: its beautiful. Its just beautiful, and it takes a lot of work to get them looking icky / dirty; plus, I have to say they are a breeze to clean (when they do get icky)!

-Integrated Dishdrain: we had it carved into the marble on the right side of our sink (our dishrack sits atop it), and we LOVE not having a puddling countertop. We love not having a wet dishtowel or a rubber mat.

-Flatware and Dish Drawers right next to the dishwasher. Unloading the dishwasher requires just the slightest turn of the hips its an ergonomic dream!

-Getting our puppy one month to the day after the remodel started (and three months before it ended). It was such hard work miserably hard, puppy-training and living amidst chaos (as we were doing nearly the whole house). But man-oh-man am I glad we did it all at once! I am so grateful to have had all the ick and dreck at once. (Shes a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and we swear shes part-cat: v. gentle, smart, affectionate. Shes never ever growled / been angry with our two little children, and our youngest is not the gentlest. He loves the puppy, but his love can be a bit rough. Cavaliers are also known for loving cats, and our youngest cat is the puppys best friend. They adore each other. But the puppy really really loves the children.)

-Not fighting. In our normal lives my husband I occasionally bicker were married and were both strong, opinionated people. But for some strange (and miraculous) reason, we never had a fight during the entire remodel; we got along splendidly and truly were a team. Well, maybe not a team: I was definitely The Chief, but he was 100% on board and totally supportive. I wish I knew why that was because Id like to bottle it!

Things we dont love
or, things wed do differently
(There are only two things we absolutely wish wed done differently, things which we notice [and which irk us] on a daily basis. Ill list those two first.)
#1 thing which drives us crazy
-Think about where countertop accoutrements (inc. countertop appliances) would live when planning light switches. I had one undercab light switch put, I thought, in an inconspicuous spot near the corner. I absolutely should have figured out where Id be putting our toaster because, as it happens, the toaster now blocks the light switch. Weve tried moving the toaster around but thats just the spot where it makes sense. But yet it doesnt make sense because it blocks the light switch. This is already frustrating and totally stupid on my part!

#2 thing which drives us crazy
-Pantry pull-outs. HATE them! Maybe hate is too strong a word (not really), but we realize now we would have been so much happier with standard shelves, not even roll-out shelves! (although those are divine) We have the pantry units from Rev-A-Shelf and find a) they are "adjustable" in name only, b) they dont hold as much as youd think, and c) a space-waster. If wed had shelves we could have stacked cans or seen at one glance all our dry-goods. As it is, we have to pull out three separate units and honestly, we think its crap. Never again!

(These other things are things which wed do differently in the future but which arent frustrating us daily.)
-Broom Pull-out isnt deep enough to hold our stick vac. Wed told our cabinetmaker it needed to be 6" deep, so the pull-out door is 6" deep, but the way he built the support for the steel pegboard eats up an inch, so the interior usable space is only 5" deep and not enough to hold our stick vac.

-24" deep lower cabinets. Too shallow! We didnt realize until too late (as in, unpacking into this kitchen) that our penultimate kitchen had 32" deep lowers. What a difference! In all fairness to myself (as in, trying to make myself feel better), given the tight quarters of this kitchen we could not have afforded even 30" deep lowers; well, we could have, but then we would have lost our island which we are really enjoying. Next kitchen will be really different!

-Symmetry. I dont know if its just for symmetrys sake or for my husbands, but flanking either side of the cooktop are spice pull-outs. Granted, hes got them both filled to the gills with his goodies, but I could really use those 6" in my stack of baking supply drawers. Given the particulars of the layout of our kitchen the symmetry there would not have mattered.

-Having our microwave built-in. My husband was adamant he did NOT want a built-in microwave (the kind which have the trim-kits, I mean), so we found the Sharp over-the-counter microwave. Turns out there was some sort of "miscommunication" with the GC (so I guess Im responsible). The "problem" is that the drywall behind the microwave wasnt removed and reframed so as to accommodate the 1.5" the microwave juts out past its surrounding cabinetry. Its already not bothering me so much, but when I do think about it I think "I wish wed been clearer." Hopefully Ill learn to live with it because I just dont want to pay for the work!

-Double Ovens. Weve always (well, in the US) had double ovens and I love to bake, so I never thought of a single oven. But so far, Ive only been using one oven and as were the strictest of vegetarians its not as if well ever have a turkey in one and pie in the other. I think how differently the space (& money) could have been utilized . Who knows?

Why We Chose a Pure White Kitchen
I happen to love a white kitchen (clearly). I also love a creamy kitchen, a modern kitchen, a wood-tone kitchen and a colorful kitchen. Based on the layout of our house (both the floorplan as well as orientation), as well as our existing furniture, I knew "traditional" would make the most sense for this kitchen, and I am not complaining!

Our kitchen is also an interior kitchen: there are two windows in the breakfast nook end (one faces due north, the sliding door west), and the windows in the family room are all also facing due north. We get no direct sun in these rooms. The windows are large so do let in the light, but the quality of that light is different from a room which faces (predominantly) east, south or west.

It also might be my imagination, but I find the light here (in the Rocky Mountains, 5,400 feet elevation) to be a white light. When we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area the light had much more yellow to it, but here, it's clear and pretty white. I know artists like north light because of its purity, so maybe that's what I'm seeing. ???

Anyway, so based on our lighting conditions and based on my desire for a bright, cheery, and bright (again) space, pure white was really the only choice. Oh we tried many variants of creamy colors, inc. my beloved BM Calming Cream (which is the trim throughout our house -- it is the palest yellow, like a really old oil-based white paint which has yellowed with time). But none of them were "right." None of them gave me the bright, cheery, and bright (again) space I wanted and, for my emotional well-being, needed. (I feel blue in underlit, dark spaces.)

I still feel lust when I see all these gorgeous creamy kitchens posted here on GW, but in my heart-of-hearts, I know those would not have worked in this particular space.

I also appreciate that there are some who are quite vocal about their distaste for a white kitchen (or all-white anything), and I can appreciate that. Believe me, I do NOT look good in all-white (I am really fair and I look washed-out when wearing too much white, esp. a white shirt without a big necklace to break up the white from the shirt and the white from my face!) But this is absolutely the right kitchen for this space and for us in this space. When people have come over, the kitchen makes perfect, natural sense in the context of the rest of our home (and its furnishings). Can't beat that!

About the black island: I like it, but I do sometimes wonder if a dark, stained island would have been better. I just don't know. At the time (of planning), I was against it because I was worried how it might go with or fight the floor color. But what we have is this soft black and I like it!


clipped on: 03.09.2009 at 03:53 pm    last updated on: 03.09.2009 at 03:57 pm

I must share my Orla Kiely canisters. Take a peek.

posted by: caligal on 02.18.2009 at 11:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

These retro pear canisters have made me change my kitchen colors. I love them!
They are a heavy ceramic with nice fitting lids.
From Target.



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92% Finished White Kitchen

posted by: wascolette on 01.14.2009 at 01:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

This has been a long time coming (5 years), but I thought I should post these now as it may be much longer before the kitchen is 100% finished. We are using the kitchen now and the remaining things are minor, toe kicks, painting corbels on island, refrigerator panels, glass in cabinets, etc. My wonderful DH who has done the whole house construction almost single handedly (except kitchen cabinets which a friend of ours made w/ DH helping) installed the soapstone. We did have the marble yard mitre the island top edges and install. They did a beautiful job. It's wonderful to actually be using the kitchen after all these years. My range sat in our garage for at least 2 years! Surprisingly, one of my favorite features is the pull out garbage/recyle bins. It's such a simple thing but I really love it.

Cabinets - custom
Cabinet paint - BM Atrium White
Wall paint - BM Barley
Isand paint - P&L Copenhagan blue
Range - Lacanche Cluny
Refrigerator - Kitchenaid
Dishwasher - Kitchenaid
Faucet - Hamat
Sink - Shaw 30"
Counters - Soapstone (Black Minas)
Island - Calacutta Marble
Backsplash - 3x6 handmade subways from local tile shop
Floors - Kahrs
Stools - Ballard Designs catalog
Pendant Lights - Washington by R.A.M. Lighting
(purchased online at Lighting Universe)
Knobs & Pulls - Amerock Ambrosia in Weathered Nickle







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Finlandia Green Soapstone - or whatever it is - photos

posted by: lisadelrio on 01.17.2009 at 10:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to all who post for all your good info and advice!

I've been lurking here for months while we've been building our new house. I wanted Julia soapstone for the kitchen. I couldn't find it in St Louis, but saw Finlandia Green at the fabricator's and fell in love.

We abused our sample by pouring all sorts of things on it before we committed to it. Nothing seems to affect it. It's also hard. It does look a little better oiled. There is hardly anything on the internet about it, so I thought I would post a couple of photos.


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How easy is it to put a dent in your soapstone?

posted by: erikanh on 01.14.2009 at 01:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just got this email from the kitchen showroom that is quoting my countertops:

"Soapstone is not a good surface for the kitchen as far as I know. It is soft and it stains also. I had it when I was a kid and it was very soft. We stripped the tops and threw them away along with a soapstone farmers sink. Wish I had it back, probably worth some money. It seems like a good looking top but dents easily. You could peal it with a fingernail."

I know he's mistaken about it staining because it's completely non-porous, right? I guess I need to get a sample of soapstone and beat on it for a while and see just how soft it really is.



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Question for kdwlisa

posted by: aunttomichael on 02.28.2008 at 07:50 am in Bathrooms Forum

Hi, there! I have been following your renovation with interest. Your floor tile is gorgeous and I think the idea of combining the Cartwright vanity with the marble slab pedestal is brilliant. I can't wait to see the end result.

I was wondering if you'd share where you got the marble slab pedestal. Is it vintage? Now that I have two bathrooms now I am eyeing our little powder room downstairs....



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Frameless shower door is in - photo!

posted by: tartanhabit on 06.28.2008 at 01:28 pm in Bathrooms Forum

The frameless shower door went in this week ... another thing checked off the list. We live in the Bay Area and Wilson Glass made and installed it.



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Dimensions for doorless walk-in shower stall....

posted by: idranoel on 01.08.2009 at 04:36 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I once saw a full bath that had a walk-in shower that was so deep that it didn't even need a door. Most or all of the hall-like stall that went to the shower head was graded so that you didn't have to worry about water escaping the stall. Incidentally, the stall had cool exposed copper water supply lines. Anyway, does anyone know what dimensions would be appropriate for such a stall and what degree of grading would be appropriate?




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About 95% Done Kitchen - Finally!

posted by: donna214 on 01.10.2009 at 03:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello Garden webbers. Although an infrequent poster, I have been an avid lurker for over a year and have laughed and cried along with all of your happy and sad moments. I gained invaluable insight and became totally kitchen obsessed in the process. I'd like to share pics of my just about done kitchen, but first, some of the during reno shots.

This is my kitchen during demo. This room has now become my dining room.





Here is a link that might be useful: And After


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Traditional Black/White Bath

posted by: tussymussy on 12.02.2006 at 04:15 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Here's our new bath with subway tiles, and radiant floor heating and frameless glass shower. Lots of thanks to all of you for your ideas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Classic Bath


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Tec 'Dove Grey' or Custom Building 'Platinum for my white subway?

posted by: tigernyc on 08.26.2008 at 01:14 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hi! I am choosing between these 2 grouts to go with my white subway tile. The Custom Platinum is lighter. Anyone have anything good or bad to say about either?

I am really open to both. My (former) designer had suggested the Platinum, but it looks very light, and I hear it gets even lighter after it drys. I like the subway tile work to be seen, as opposed to being one big sheet of white. But of course, I do not want it too dark....



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Subway grout, hate, just okay?

posted by: pupwhipped on 10.30.2008 at 05:27 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Could you please tell me what grout color you used with your subway tiles? Do you love it, hate it, or is it just okay? I'm specifically interested in those of you who have used white subways. My tiles in my shower are American Olean Ice White...probably about as white as you can get. I THINK Daltile's Gloss White is similar. I will have white hex tiles from AO on the floor of the shower and bathroom. They are white but not as white as the Ice White color. I think I would like a darker color grout for the hex tiles then for the subways.

If possible, could you please tell me the specific color and BRAND of grout you used? So far I've looked at Mapei and Prism charts. Needless to say, I'm confused and my head is spinning. My bath is about halfway tiled now and it's lookin pretty good. I would hate to ruin it with the wrong grout. Oh, and of course, I would love any upclose pics of your grout if you have them.

Thank you very much to anyone who reads or replies.



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B & W checkerboard/subway tile kids' bath

posted by: hoffman on 01.13.2008 at 08:43 pm in Bathrooms Forum








Kohler Memoirs toilet & sink
Kohler pinstripe faucets & accessories
Kohler villager tub (the only one that would fit)
Rejuvenation medicine cabinet, pushbutton switches & light fixtures
Daltile subway tile & black liners
marble mosaic checkerboard floor tile
Pottery Barn Kids towels & shower curtain
BM "white satin" paint
Nero Marquina (black) marble windowsill


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Bill, is this guy right?

posted by: mercurygirl on 10.08.2008 at 03:40 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I found a 20 year tile veteran who seems very methodical. He agreed to do my small job, but insists on using Densshield (sp?) instead of cement board, which he says does wick water. I checked some other sources and some agree. What do you think?


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Greeenboard in Shower

posted by: kellykids on 12.07.2008 at 10:24 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I have recently renovated my bathroom. While the shower looks fabulous, it has come to my attention that laying tile directly on the greenboard is a bad idea. My tile guy did this but said that since he used about 1/2 inch of thin set it is fine. I have my doubts and would love another expert opinion. Also, now that it is done, what would you do from here? We did seal it with Dupont's Stonetech Bullet Proof sealer. I am afraid we are going to have mold growing in wet sheet rock in a few months.


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almost finished kitchen - creamy cabs/marble/reclaimed pine floor

posted by: ahneb on 04.02.2008 at 10:16 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all --

Here is a link to my almost completed kitchen, it's been a long haul and I'm so excited to finally say it's almost done. I have been a quiet but very tuned-in user of the forum and it's amazing knowledge. Thank you all - I stand on the shoulder of giants like Momto4kids, pirula,zolablue and so many many more. thanks!



cabinets: plain and fancy - buttercream/shaker door
countertops: honed calacatta d'oro
floors: reclaimed heart pine- shenandoah plank
sink: Shaw's original
faucet: newport brass in polished nickel
pendants: Wilmette Lighting Company
range: LaCanche
wall oven: Wolf
tile (yet to be installed): Pratt and Lambert watercolor series 3x6


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RE: Finished Kitchen Pictures (except backsplash) (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: alliern on 12.06.2008 at 11:40 pm in Kitchens Forum


Sorry it took me so long to get back to you but the pendants that I used in the kitchen are the mini cargo pendants by Wilmette Lighting...about $112 each. I love the type of light that they give off...crisp and clean.

Sunnny...You can look up other posts of mine on the building a home forum if you would like to see more pics of my house. I don't feel comfortable posting our entire house plans on here. They are custom and were a collaboration between my architect and myself.


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RE: Finished Kitchen Pics...Just About!!! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: gglks on 11.15.2008 at 08:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

redrose....i can breath easy now!!!! i'm sooooo glad you liked it as i have loved your kitchen all along!!!!

erikahn...i was so nervous i forgot to send out any details!!! i will try my best...

cabinets-omega/dynasty wyatt door style in pearl. island is alder/chestnut

counters-costa esmerelda granite

hardware-restoration hardware...gilmore pull and plain knob

lights-silvered glass (bought the last 2 that ballard designs had...napa style doesn't have them anymore either)

sink-kohler verity stainless farmhouse sink

faucet-price pfister treviso (also from someone on this day sale on amazon for $98 bucks)

appliance-all jenn-air except cooktop is thermador 6 burner, microwave is bosch convection...and yes, i was the crazy one who sent out a post on the "yellow" light on the microwave...also, love the jenn air dual zone wine cooler. kind of put that in at the end of the design process and i really like it.

paint-sherwin williams grecian ivory

i think thats it.....


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Help...Please show pics of your creamy white kitchens

posted by: acountryfarm on 11.01.2008 at 10:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

So to all you creamy white kitchen owners. Please share pics.

I have honed, black countertops w/ creamy cabs. Black islands topped with Carrera. Do I have last minute angst? I am just not feeling good when I walk in the kitchen. This is what I have dreamed of and planned for. Will it change with light. I am crestfallen. I walked in to the kitchen today with all the paper off and the paint done and just felt.... well not really pleased. What is my problem ???
I also meant to take pics but left camera in other car. Will share soon though.

Please share pics, I know there are a lot of you with similar combinations.
I just need some reassurance, hope thats all it is.


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Calling Deee--Honed Virginia Mist Granite

posted by: marita40 on 10.15.2008 at 06:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Deee--are you still checking the forum? Is there any chance you could post a few more photos of your beautiful honed Virginia Mist granite? I think I want to go with this granite but I haven't found any others who have used it. Are you still liking it? Does it stain or leave water marks. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!


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pull down faucet

posted by: mjd190 on 12.11.2008 at 06:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am looking to buy new faucets for our kitchen renovation. We are looking for a main faucet and prep sink faucet. I had it narrowed down to Kohler Simplice-the new one with the handle on the faucet- or the Moen Ascent. The Moen is twice as expensive, so I am trying to find out more about the Kohler faucet. For those who have the faucet I hope you can answer this question. I have received two different answers when I phoned Kohler. I want to know how far the hose pulls out of the faucet. The two answers I have received are 16 inches and 26 inches.
Thanks in advance for your help


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RE: Matte tile or gloss with granite? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: redroze on 12.09.2008 at 10:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

I chose a matte tile with our glossy granite. I like the contrast and it allows the granite (ours has lots of depth and inclusions) to be the main focal point. And like you, I just preferred matte tiles. GWers pointed out that many people do matte marble counters or matte soapstone counters with glossy tile, because of the contrast in textures.

Not the best photo but you get the idea...


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Would love to see pics of white bathrooms

posted by: raehelen on 11.29.2008 at 08:00 pm in Bathrooms Forum

OK- we're getting closer to actually getting started. Have wavered back and forth on vanity for our basement BR. Originally wanted white beadboard (48"- two banks of drawers), then ordered one in hickory from our frakken (Love Battlestar) kitchen company that went bankrupt, cuz I don't know, it just looked good... Got the granite top but never rec'd the vanity, so now have to shop around again. Got a quote from the frakken carpenter who has so far taken over 3 months to finish off the few doors and drawer fronts missing in our kitchen for $1700, no thank you very much. Went shopping today, and would have bought an expresso shaker style, but not in stock, and we weren't totally thrilled with them- drawers were also expresso inside- too dark...

Then thought maybe I should go back to the original vision... needed to see white bathrooms, and wouldn't you know it, my main bathroom is white counter, white cabinet, white floor (OK it has blue fixtures, but still...), sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees... Anyhow, I am now more comfortable with staying with a white beadboard vanity, our granite has some colour, but toilet is white, and shower will most likely be white on white cultured marble (honed if possible), and floor is shown under the granite sample which is actually lighter than the counter itself.

But, I still would love to see pics of bathrooms where most of the appointments are white, just to let me sleep better. So many decisions, and I'm running ragged.



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What was your best bathroom remodeling decision?

posted by: ashlander on 02.19.2007 at 12:40 am in Bathrooms Forum

We're having a difficult time making decisions for our bathroom remodel: choice of shower stall, toilet, flooring, counter, and perhaps even a fireplace. This will be the first and only remodel for our bathroom, so we hate to mess up.
Would appreciate any words of wisdom or advice.
What do you regret? What would you change? What was your best decision concerning the bathroom?


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My finished 'glamour vintage' bathroom

posted by: mrslimestone on 02.09.2008 at 06:22 pm in Bathrooms Forum

My master bathroom is finally finished. I nearing the end of a long gut renovation and I wanted to share the sole completed room in the entire house! Size is approx 10x5ft in a 100 year old home.

Sorry about the lighting in these photos. I need to add bulbs in the sconces.

Floor tiles: Marble basketweave with ming dot accents
Wall tiles: The no name subway tile that was in stock at tile shop finished with victorian cap
Vanity, Medcine Cabinets, Lights, Shelves, Faucet, Towel Bar: Restoration Hardware
Toilet: Toto Promenade
Wall Color: Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore
Shower: Sign of the Crab exposed with handheld

Im planning on adding some fluffy towels, a potted orchid, some photographs on the far wall and teak bench to finish it off. Any other suggestions appreciated.

Just wanted to thank everyone on this board for being such a great resource. I come here with questions and always leave with an answer from a simple search or posted question.

More photos:


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Granite in Brooklyn / Queens???

posted by: simoneb on 09.30.2008 at 12:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all,

My husband and I are going to try and pick out granite this weekend. Any recs for a good/not to expensive place in Brooklyn or Queens. We live in Manhattan, but prices seem to be better in the outer boroughs...



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My finished kitchen (with pictures)

posted by: sundownr on 10.28.2008 at 07:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have spent literally hours and hours reading this kitchen forum and learned so much. Some I learned too late to use in my kitchen but next time ... :)

I especially loved looking at all of the finished kitchens so I'll post mine, warts and all.

This is standing in the kitchen looking towards the dining room and living room. There originally was a wall separating the kitchen/DR where the change in flooring is. I had the carpet pulled up and refinished the original 1930's oak floors. I also need to call the lighting store and get some more chain for that chandelier. I had them center the outlet in the room in case we want to center the table but swag it where the table is now and there wasn't enough chain.

I need to replace some of the DR chairs but I do love the upholstered pieces. They were my mom's and this is the only place I could use them. White is not a good color for my house/family but I'll reupholster when needed. The DR table isn't as light as it looks here. It doesn't match the wood on the upholstered chairs but it is a much deeper, richer color.


This shows the new kitchen and office space. We gutted the kitchen. It was 3 rooms in a 16 x 13 space. We also added 16' straight back to have a breakfast room, desk and laundry room. The original kitchen ended where the green/blue quilt is hanging on the wall. (No, the quilt doesn't live there. I made it over the weekend and I'm still working on it.)


This is standing by the new door to the kitchen from the driveway.


This is standing approximately in front of the quilt looking towards the kitchen/DR/LR


This is standing next to the refrigerator looking into the office area. I promised myself I wouldn't let the desk get too cluttered. Need to work on that :) The laundry room/dog room is behind the door on the right.


Cabinetry over stove

Wine rack over refrigerator. I recently read this is a bad idea. I guess we'll have to drink fast :)

Pantry - behind the two doors next to the quilt. Lovely, isn't it - haha.

The over the door spice rack from Container store.

Love, love, love the stove and ovens. You may be able to see the notes I have taped on the oven dials to show how many degrees each one is off. Parts are here and they'll be repaired next week. Don't you love the embroidered towels? I found the pattern on ebay and have only made these two. Five more to go.


This came directly from these forums. The stone guy wanted to do the runnels without the drop/slope to the sink. I printed the picture that I had seen here and had them do it like this. Love it! They did too. The salesman nor the installers had seen it before.


Final thoughts. Soapstone on the island, marble on the two counters between the DR and kitchen and also on the desk in the office and stainless steel on the counters and backsplash along the stove wall. Don't have any regrets about these choices. I didn't "love" any flooring so picked up some cheap porcelein tile. Alabaster white on cabinets and walls. May add color with paint or art. Haven't decided yet.

Favorites: Pull out trash, pull out cookies sheet drawer and another pull out cookie sheet drawer that we are using for our most used pans and skillets. Best drawer ever. Love the pantry and I've never had one. Will probably add a third door to the pantry because there is shelving back there and it's way too hard to use. Original plan was a sliding rack to hold cans, etc but that never happened and I like it the way it is. Spice rack - I spent hours on the internet and in stores looking for a large rack. Finally made it to the container store and they had the components to do an over the door rack with as many shelves as you need. I may add one on the other door for can storage and free up some of the shelves for dishes. I like the two work stations at the desk. I still have two kids at home, 12 & 14, and the extra work spot and computer are so handy when 2 or 3 of us needs/wants to be on the computer at the same time. Very handy.

Regrets: The "planner" I used wasn't specifically a kitchen planner. She did have some good ideas and she was the subcontrator for the kitchen cabinets. That turned out to be a 4 month nightmare. Ended up hiring someone else to finish and rebuild most of the cabinets. What's done is done but I'll never (famous last words) have work done like that without references. The contractor recommended her but she flaked on them too. When planning the kitchen I expressed a concern to her about not having enough cabinets and she did some calculations and told me I had way more than I started with. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The kitchen is full and I still have boxes full of dishes. I don't think I would have designed the kitchen differently because I love it the way it is but I wish I had known. The refrigerator: we chose a counter depth 36" wide. I really wanted a 48" and the husband vetoed that. Dumb move. This refrigerator holds so much less than the old one. Now we have our old refrigerator running outside in our old laundry room off of the carport. The island: I wish I had overhang on both ends. There is enough room to have done that and we use all 3 sides but there isn't any overhang on the refrigerator end. I also don't like the pendant lights over the breakfast table. I'm thinking of replacing them with a ceiling fan. This room gets hot when it's a 100 outside.

All in all I love my kitchen. I could spend all of my time in here. Over the weekend I brought the sewing machine in to the breakfast room and worked there because of all of the light and the windows. (Light was very high on the criteria list for the kitchen.) I still need window treatments - probably just white blinds. I also need some color somewhere but haven't decided what or where. The worst is behind us so now we'll just enjoy it.


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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???


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Know good fabricator in Northern NJ ?

posted by: tigernyc on 10.01.2008 at 09:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Any suggestions appreciated. I am in Morris County. Thanks!


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What are your favorite sites to purchase kitchen stuff?

posted by: mygar on 04.09.2008 at 09:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love to see the posts where people list various sites that they like to browse or have purchased from with good results. I was hoping everybody would list them here so they would all be together.

I'll start:


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Best Advice thread: online retailers you recommend

posted by: mrs-mjt on 06.19.2008 at 12:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

I LOVED the best advice thread and noticed several mentioned using online retailers for purchases. Would you please share the retailers you recommend and what you purchased (sink, knobs, faucets)? Thanks!


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Glass tile accent strip - where and how wide?

posted by: biondanonima on 08.10.2007 at 05:02 pm in Bathrooms Forum

First, thanks to everyone who has already given me advice and suggestions with tile - you guys are awesome! Now that I have figured out what tile I'll be using, I need to know where to put it!

I'm using 3x6 white subways for field tile up to wainscot height. A white chair rail cap will take the place of the black cap shown in the photo (the horizontal cap, not the random vertical - that corner will be tiled normally). I'll be using a 3-tile-high accent strip of blue glass mini-subways (1"x2") underneath the cap, then white subways to the wood-look porcelain floor (with cove base). This accent strip will completely encircle the room.

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I want to do another accent strip in the shower, though, and I'm not quite sure what to do there. There will be glass shower walls so it will be visible at all times. That area will be tiled to the ceiling. I have considered using a 6-tile-high strip at eye level (dissecting the window), which I'm sure would be nice but maybe too blocky? I could do 2 3-tile-high strips instead...

I've also considered adding a single row of the glass mini-subways near the floor (on top of the cove base or maybe one row up), just to add a little visual interest and color down lower. Anyway, I'm totally open to ideas, so put on your design caps! Thanks everyone!!!!!!!


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