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RE: How many of you match your trim color to creamy white cabinet (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: Madeline616 on 04.02.2013 at 11:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

Like Phoggie, I did Ben Moore's White dove for the trim. The cabs are Acadia White, which is a warm creamy white.


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RE: Is a creamy cabinet with glazing passe? Should we skip the gl (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: bellacucina on 04.19.2011 at 08:46 am in Kitchens Forum

I went with a very light glaze b/c I think it gives a nice definition to the cabinet details, like the beaded inside edge (whatever that is called). Fwiw, my cabinet guy said that he sees the (current) trend away from the dark glazes over light cabs, but that the light chai and oyster glazes are still popular. Here's a pic. It's subtle I think:



white cabs with light glaze
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Finished Kitchen with Typhoon Bordeaux

posted by: pemberley on 05.31.2012 at 05:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our home is finally finished!!! Thank you all for your advice on the finish for my knobs and handles. After much agony I chose satin nickel. It went well with all of my stainless and my husband loved it. Enjoy the photos!!!







creamy white cabinets
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RE: Cab Quotes & show me Beaded Inset vs Inset (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 05.24.2012 at 09:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yep, tell Jason you are from GW. This way he can be prepared for another TKO customer! lol

Dutch Wood is family business. They are great to deal with. They are in Myerstown, PA.

Finestra, yours are the pale blue cabinets right? Did you know Jason is going to do an island in the showroom in that color?

My cabinets are full overlay "with little cabinet showing" is how they are described. They have a little groove need the edges of the doors. Lots of things are included in their base price (plain glass is not an upcharge, utensil drawer included, tilt outs under the sink, the insides of the cabinets are painted if you do painted cabinets, and so on). I was also able to ask for other Amerock hardware that he didn't have on display and I got it without an upcharge.



cabinet door style
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RE: Opinions Please on Wainscot & Paint Plan in Small Full Bath (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: sweeby on 03.19.2012 at 10:03 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I don't think your tile is too busy at all -- being a fan of elaborate tile layouts... We did something similar in our latest guest bath -- elaborately molded baseboard tile, herringbone subway wainscot, cigar rail, mosaic border, then cap rail. Only the mosaic was different, which is what you're proposing, right?


As for paint, I'm a recent convert to having the ceilings match the walls, assuming the paint is in the light-to-medium shade range. I think it's especially effective where ceilings are low as it de-emphasizes the break between walls and ceilings.


herringbone ceramic above 4x4s in Caroline's tub?
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RE: Torquay is AMAZING! (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: positano on 04.20.2012 at 05:41 am in Kitchens Forum

I used Torquay in my bathroom and I'm very happy with it. It definitely is creamy though, which I didn't mind. I paired it with white subway and it looks great. Mine has a lot of gray in it along with a little beige. It works well with my gray cabinet.
I haven't really used the bathroom yet, but I'm sure it will be easy to take care of!
From Bathroom Renovation

From Bathroom Renovation

From Bathroom Renovation


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Finally finished~photos

posted by: katieob on 04.18.2012 at 09:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

It's been a long year, but we moved in a few weeks ago and we're so thrilled!
Again, I'm so thankful to all the gracious forum members here. I get so much great information and inspiration here and your encouragement with Round 2 has been so helpful!

This is a whole house remodel of a 1940's Cape that we purchased last Spring after selling our house. The kitchen is an addition. We still need to paint the window trim and wall above sink, but who knows when....Also, the black front and back door will have better handle hardware soon, just so you know...

I still seem to have giant pics from photobucket, apologies.

Cabs~ Shaker, inset, BM White Dove, custom (same cabinetmaker)
Counters~ Danby Marble on perimeter and walnut on island
Backsplash~Walker Zanger Gramercy Park in Heirloom White
Sink~Shaw's 30 inch
Faucet~Perrin and Rowe, polished nickel
Pendants~ Circa Lighting Small Yoke, polished nickel
Hardware~All PN. Schaub (thanks kateskouros) for appliances, RH Gilmore pulls, RH Glass knobs, Rejuvenation utility latches, Cliffside Brass icebox latches
Stools~Cottage Maine
Range~Viking (mistake, me thinks)
Pot filler~Rohl Swing Arm
DW~ Miele (I think Inspira?)
Fridge Drawers~Kitchen Aid (Love, love,love)
Microwave Drawer~Sharp 24 inch

Thanks for looking !!



Love the Liebherr fridge, thanks Marthavila.





Banquette. Will eventually have cushions, etc.


View from kitchen to front door



white dove cabs
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RE: please tell me your paint colors in white/off-white kitchens? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: lanugget on 01.08.2009 at 11:15 am in Kitchens Forum

I used BM Lancaster Whitewash. I is truly a cream, not white at all (I don't think).




lancaster whitewash cabs
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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:




pass-thru detail

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


bone white cabs
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RE: For those with BM white dove painted cabinets (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: katieob on 07.22.2010 at 02:11 pm in Kitchens Forum


We have BM White Dove for cabs & all trim. We used BM Wickham Grey in the kitchen (the sliver over the sink window) and adjoining room. It's a light blue/grey that is very soothing and people always ask about. Hope this helps.





white dove cabs
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That's Right, It's Another White Kitchen, $20K Budget, Finished!!

posted by: three_daisies on 03.11.2010 at 04:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all! Our ubiquitous white kitchen was completed in December and just now posting pics. I don't know how you all take such wonderful photos because I had a hard time capturing the kitchen well. The color is off and pics are fuzzy. Thanks to all you great GW-ers - I asked some stupid questions and absorbed a lot of info/wisdom by lurking which was certainly helpful as I navigated this process by myself (DH was of no help!).

I was the "KD" and GC. Our 1976 kitchen was barely functioning - all drawers were broken as were the ovens and microwave.

The only major changes were relocating the fridge where the old desk was, putting the micro over the wall oven, and having the pantry opening changed and double doors installed (and Elfa shelving inside). It's amazing how much storage we gained by those relatively small changes.

The only regrets are that I didn't have the patience to have hardwoods finished on site and that the backsplash grout turned out way too light...and I should have bought the Kohler Vinnata faucet (but I do love our Moen faucet anyway)! Other than that, we're pleased.

A few details:
Came in right about $20K.
Original cabinets were refaced by local carpenter/craftsman who also repaired, reinforced and rehabbed the cabinet boxes.
Carpenter built custom island and hood, pull out shelving.
Black galaxy granite
Daltile 3x6 white subway tile (Lowe's)
Cabinets, moulding, and door paint: BM White Dove
Wall paint: BM Lancaster Whitewash
Floors: prefinished red oak.
16 recessed lights and undercabinet lights added.


Before (oven wall & previous built in desk):





Island w/trash pullout (possibly my favorite feature)


New pull out drawers/shelves & fridge where old useless desk was:

What I would LOVE input on is

1. Window treatment ideas - for bay by table and over sink (kitchen faces west & we need sunlight control)

2. Where should I put my 15" flat screen TV?? On end of cabinet run nearest to table or in corner where red platter is by cooktop? We eat 90% of meals at the island anymore and barely use our kitchen table (other than for kids' homework), so TV visibility from table, while nice, isn't essential.


white dove cabinets too bright?
Lancaster whitewash on walls, possibility on cabs?
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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.



frame above range
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RE: Tile experts - Help, please! Niche with marble shelf (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: shanghaimom on 04.04.2012 at 11:09 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hi Tina,

Not a tile expert by any means, but I just finished a niche that was also inspired by Stacyneil's.

When I asked the tile guy if I should pick up one of those prefab niche liners, he said that he prefers to do them from scratch so as to best accommodate whatever tile is being used. (Fewer cuts, etc.) For the marble shelves, he likes to use thresholds, which are thicker than the 12" marble tiles I was going to have him cut into shelves.

Our tall 10" wide niche fits all of our big pump bottles, misc stuff like shavers and bars of soap perfectly! In our case, it worked out so well that he did it without the prefab thingy-maybe yours could, too.


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RE: DIY budget elegant bathroom, almost done: pics... (Follow-Up #52)

posted by: staceyneil on 04.17.2011 at 09:56 am in Bathrooms Forum


onelady1dog2girls, I used "regular" grout in my master bathroom and kitchen. I'm really disappointed with the floor grout in the master bath. It stained immediately. In the second bath that I just did, I used epoxy grout on the floor (Spectralock) and it's fabulous. But it was a bit hard to work with, and I didn't want to have to do it on the walls and shower area. There, I used Tec Accucolor XT (the "XT" is important if you're looking for it) which is a highly modified grout. More modified than other modified grouts, if I understand right. It's alos a little harder to work with, but not too bad. And so far, it's been a breeze to keep clean.

Of course, white grout is harder to keep clean than darker colors. I used regular grey grout in my master shower floor and it hasn't been too bad, although that awful pink stuff does grow in it. That pink stuff hasn't touched any of the grout in my daughters bath (with the two grouts listed above) and they get the same amount of use and cleaning.

Terri, there are some photos of my master bath during the renovation here:

and here:

and here (this one has the most finished photos, at the top and halfway down the thread):

Here is a link that might be useful: staceyneil's master bathroom


grout reccomendatons
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RE: Stone Experts: Absolute Black Etched! What now? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: rocketmomkd on 03.31.2012 at 09:51 am in Kitchens Forum

Try a second test- rub the counter with a clean white cloth that has acetone on it. If any black comes off, your granite has been dyed to make it appear blacker than it really is. Acetone is uesd to clean granite after install to remove any residue and will not harm the surface. It will remove dye though. I would definitely show the sample to your granite supplier and ask questions. I wouldn't accept the slab your sample came from.


good to know.
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RE: Show me your subway tile! (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: brianadarnell on 03.21.2012 at 09:20 am in Kitchens Forum

Mine are a crackle finish, but its hard to tell unless you are up close.



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My finished kitchen (lots of pics)

posted by: Staceydux on 03.18.2012 at 02:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

I finally got around to taking pics of my kitchen. Unfortunately, I lost my nice camera during the renovation so these pics are taken with my old Blackberry. The quality does not do the kitchen justice. Anyway, here are the details:
1)Kitchen designer - The Cabinetry in Hingham, MA (Marlene was awesome to work with)
2)Contractor-Bob Burr Remodeling in Carver, MA
3)Cabinets - Perimeter cabinets by Medallion style Potter's Mill in Divinity. 2 Islands by Medallion, style Potter's Mill in Cherry with a Wheat finish.
4)Refrigerator - Thermador built-in 36 inch - paneled
5)Oven-GE Profile
6)Cooktop - Thermodor 5 burner
7)Hood- By XO
8)Trash Compactor-Kitchen Aid - paneled
9)Dishwasher - Kitchen Aid (we already had the DW)
10)Microwave Drawer by Sharp
11)Sink by Artisan - love this huge modern double sink
12)Faucet by Grohe
13)Pulls by Atlas - Sutton Place in Polished Chrome
14)Knobs by Atlas - Sutton Place Square Knobs in Polished Chrome
15)Counterop-Polished Colonial Gold Granite
16)Pendants over large island from Lowes (can't remember make)
17)Light over small island - by Solaris
18)Backsplash-White subway tiles by Oceanside glass in iridescent color Oxygen.
19)Backsplash color tiles - by Sonoma Tile - Style Vihara in Kahuna - iridescent tiles
20)Counter stools by New Pacific style Dylan in Creme. I need 1 more but this color has been discontinued.
21)Paint Color-Walls are Benjamin Moore in Feather Gray; Trim is Benjamin Moore custom color to match cabinets.
22)The legs next to the sink and on the island were ordered from the KD. Not sure of who makes them.

I think that covers it. Again, the pictures are poor quality because my phone takes poor pictures.

These were my helpers and troublemakers through the entire renovation:

This is 1 of 2 islands. This is the smaller island and is used for prep work:


This is the larger of the 2 islands. My husband, kids and I spend most of our time at this island. It's 9 feet. We still need 1 more counterstool:




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Traditional kitchen - finally finished (pics)

posted by: mratner on 09.12.2011 at 01:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks very much to everyone in this forum for many helpful hints and suggestions. Thought I'd share the views of the finished product.

Cabinets and hardware by Kraftmaid: Upper - painted, Biscotti with Coconut Glaze; Island - stained Cherry, Kaffe
Floors - existing, red oak refinished
Wall paint - BM Wheatfield
Granite - New Colonial Dream, from
Backsplash - Jerusalem Gold limestone, from Antico Stone
Mural (over the range) - mail-order from Jerusalem Pottery
Faucets - Brizo Talo, the main one SmartTouch
Sinks - Elkay
Range - NXT
Fridge - Samsung
Built-in Microwave/Oven - the 120V Advantium (GE Profile)
Dishwasher - GE Profile 580

All comments are welcome, thanks!

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creamy white cabs with white trim
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RE: Photos of White and Cream Together? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: sidney4 on 10.30.2010 at 09:18 am in Kitchens Forum

I faced the same dilemma as you. I have all white wood work but I really wanted cream colored cabinets with a brown or taupe glaze in my kitchen. I too have hardwood floors. I almost decided to match the cabinets to the woodwork but my KD talked me out of it. I was VERY nervous but I am so glad I deferred to her good judgment. I do love my cream colored cabinets. I used SW Wool Skein on my walls and I think that helped pull the two neutrals together. I'm afraid my picture doesn't do a very good job of showing the subtle differences in color. If you want I could try to take another picture using different lighting. BTW, my KD also recommended counters in the brown family. I had already decided on Venetian Gold but I just wanted to let you know my KD would have given a thumbs up to all of your choices.



creamy white cabs with white trim
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98.627% Finished Kitchen - Transitional White Inset w/ glass tile

posted by: theanimala on 01.02.2010 at 03:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

After reading this site daily for 6 months now and getting tons of great advice it's time for us to post our finished kitchen. In keeping with the style of the house we needed to go more modern than traditional, but we didn't want something too contemporary. Also, we couldn't decide on painted or stained cabinets, so we decided to do both by painting the perimeter while having the island stained.

Although we moved no walls, it ended up being a bigger project then we expected as the old tile floor went through our foyer, powder room and laundry room. Also didn't have correct sub-flooring, and we wanted to move some of the appliances around, etc. The reason the it is only 98.627% completed, is we still have 1.373% left to do, such as glass shelves in glass front doors so in cabinet lighting can shine all the way through, etc.


Cabinets - Inset Shiloh Homestead painted MB Softwhite, Island Maple stained Espresso
Flooring - Tile Fashion Coffee 12 x 24
Countertops - Ceasarstone Raven, Ceasarstone Misty Carrera - Mitred Edge
Main Sink - Franke 33" SS Apron - FHX710-33S
Main Faucet - Generic Costco Brand
Prep Sink - Elkay - ELU1618
Prep Faucet - Danze Como Pulldown
Refrigerator - JennAir CD FD - JFC2089HES
Ovens - Electrolux - EW30EW65GS
Warming Drawer - Electrolux - EW30WD55GS
Microwave - Electrolux - EL27MO45GS
Cooktop - DCS 36" Drop-in - CTD-365
Hood - Bosch - DKE9365AUC
Beverage Center - GE Monogram - ZDBC240NBS
Dishwasher - Bosch
Backsplash - White Glass subway tile from
Backsplash - Stainless Steel 1x2 tiles
Pulls - TopKnobs - Princetonian
Paint - BM 1542 Himalayan Trek






Sink Area:







Island - Backside:

Pantry Area - Closed:


Pantry - Open:


Lazy Suzan - Corner Pullout:


A big thank you to everyone who gave such great advice over the past few months. If anyone has any questions on what we like /dislike please let us know.


love the white glass subway tile
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Who makes this?

posted by: CEFreeman on 03.05.2012 at 09:14 am in Kitchens Forum

Francoise47 posted a picture of this interesting cabinet.
I'm wondering if anyone knows the manufacturer?
I'm particularly interested in the drawer faces, so if not the manufacturer, someone who makes similar drawers?



beaded inset cabinet style. Like style for master bath vanity.
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Pip's Kitchen - updated photos

posted by: pipdog on 02.08.2012 at 12:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted my kitchen last year after our reno was mostly complete, but I never got around to taking photos of it after we got our banquette table and moved back in to the space. A friend of mine is a photographer and snapped some recent photos for us, so I thought I'd share the final, finished photos of the kitchen, one year later. Thanks again to this super helpful forum which helped us so much in this remodel!

--pip aka pipdog


Here is a link that might be useful: Original post with all the details


staggered white onyx backsplash
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RE: Marble Subway Tile Help -- Pics! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: erinct on 07.11.2011 at 06:51 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks everyone!

mtnrdredux: Thanks so much for the other options! I'll try to check them out today. I would love something very plain with little veining, so maybe that second one will be the winner!!

celineike: I really love the arabesque too, but at $100+ a square foot we can only use it as an accent! Before I knew the price though I was a little worried that it could overwhelm the space. It could also be beautiful. I just couldn't visualize it.

avadoone: The arabesque is made by Raffi Glass (WaterJet Series - Marble Arabesque). For some reason I can't find anything about this tile on their web site. It looks like they only sell glass tile, but I'm surprised that they wouldn't offer something to go with that beautiful arabesque. If anyone has any ideas on how to find more info (I was looking for pictures of it somewhere), please let me know!! The small square in the picture is a 4x4 alyon white honed tile and it looks lovely with both but they don't make a subway.

Breezy and Abbeys: I thought about cutting the 12x12 tile into smaller pieces but when I searched on this site last night a few people cautioned that the edges may not look right and that the finished edges would defnitely look different than the ones we had cut. So I didn't think that was an option. Maybe I should talk to our tile installer to get his thoughts. Also, I can try to take a better picture today so you can see the two accents against the granite better. I would love thoughts on which one people think might look better, if either. I love the shape and design of the arabesque but the square one seems to blend better. I don't want a big rectangle to jump out at you when you look at that wall. I'm in the breezy camp where I want the backsplash to accent the granite and not steal the show! I was actually proud of myself for realizing that although I love the arabesque it may not work well all over the kitchen backsplash (and then the price helped me move on!).

Thanks again for all the help and ideas!!


arabesque tile by Raffi glass waterjet series
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RE: What material do you use for tub surrounding walls? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: cat_mom on 01.31.2012 at 11:00 am in Bathrooms Forum

There are different methods/materials that are used for creating a "watertight" tub surround. We used Hardibacker for the tub walls (a type/brand of cement board), thinset (instead of joint compound) for "spackling", and Hydroban, a brush or roll-on waterproofing membrane. Or, you could use plastic (sheeting) between the studs and cement board, or Kerdi (a cloth-like membrane) over your cement board instead of Hydroban (or Redguard, which is another roll-on product). The important thing is to lay the groundwork first, before you tile and grout. They are only as good as what lies beneath them.

As an added measure, we used TEC XT grout, which is supposed to be more stain, crack, mildew resistant than other grouts, and caulked at changes of planes (niche shelves, where the tile meets the tub). We sealed the grout with a penetrating solvent-based sealer (only type to use with the XT grout). We used STT's SB sealer, which was easy to use and had minimal odor, as well.

We also are in the habit of using a daily shower spray, and wiping down the walls after showering. Probably overkill, but we lived with our really cruddy bathrooms for too long, and spent a lot of time, effort (and $!) to turn them into nice ones. We want them to remain nice for many years to come, so to us, the extra effort is worth it.

If your shower door is in really bad shape, you might want to consider a new one (esp if you are totally remodeling the room). There are baked in and sprayed on treatments available for the glass to help keep them looking nice and clear longer. Squeegeeing the doors after every shower helps, too.


grout recommendation for bathroom
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Almost finished kitchen!

posted by: jamiecrok on 01.26.2012 at 08:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

We just moved into our house a few weeks ago so things are still crazy. The cabinet guy has to come back and finish up some things. He did slab door fronts instead of shaker on the drawers so he is remaking those. We were in such a hurry to get moved before the new year that we decided to work that out later.

I still need to pick out the backsplash and get the glass in the cabinets once he is finished.

So far my favorite feature has to be the drawers! We only have a few regular cabinets with pull outs which work well for things like my stand mixer. We used metal box sides and those things are stout!

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE my River White granite. By far one of the best choices in the entire kitchen.

The single bowl sink is AMAZING! We got the pull down faucet on clearance at HD for $65 and it is also really great. I wasn't sure about the pull down head at first but I have to say I really ended up loving it. The corner pantry has tons of space, we only have shelving on one wall and it fits everything well.

We did a pullout spice rack by the stove which has been really handy since I can see the spices instead of digging through the cabinet with everything falling out.

Also did a convection space saver microwave. Got it as a floor model at Lowes for $100 and that has been so great. I love to bake rolls in it for dinner instead of cranking up the big oven. One of the best deals of our whole build.

Bosch dishwasher really cleans well. I have had two other Boschs previously that didn't do as good of a job, this thing is amazing.

Other features:
-Xenon under cabinet lights
-Maple shaker style cabinets, full height 9 ft ceilings
-Bosch dishwasher
-Samsung French door fridge with 2 ice makers (another awesome deal from Lowes)
-Frigidaire Gallery slide in duel fuel gas range with warming drawer
-River White granite
-Soci stainless sink with grid
-Moen pull down faucet
-BM Nantucket Gray wall color


3/4" inch Hickory. Millstead hickory wood floor in autumn wheat.
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The finished kitchen, lots of pics inside, beer too!

posted by: jgopp on 07.25.2011 at 04:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey everyone, I know it's been a long time coming for me. I thought I was going to get a really good photographer to come in and take pics but it just hasn't panned out so I used my cell phone with the HD option on. Just a notice, it's not the greatest camera and my picture taking ability isn't that great, nor do I know how to use photoshop. So what you get is what you get. Hopefully they are good enough for you.

Now onto the details...

The project was conceptualized last October, construction began in mid November. We had semi functional use of it during Christmas but it still had a long way to go. After lots of structural repairs and slight idea changes along the way the project was probably completed with decorating done by late February. The place is considerably more functional and the floor is no longer going to collapse through to the basement. I decided to remove a large pantry which was taking up too much space, as well as remove the dining room closet which was too small to be used for anything. Those you can see in the before pictures. The lovely lady in those pictures is not me btw.

It took me many trips to the stores and many conversations to finally get everything dialed in exactly the way I wanted it. I feel that the style I have is very fitting to the home which is from 1922. Not sure exactly how I would categorize it but if I had to take a stab I'd say, somewhat traditional, somewhat french country, somewhat professional. But the final product came out very warm and inviting. We use the kitchen 10 fold now compared to the old one for entertaining purposes alone.

The old kitchen was a functional disaster and I wish I had some pictures of it before, but I only have pictures of the day of first removal. I have a video though of the kitchen before which I will post here...

Moving right along then... and since everyone loves to know what every little detail is I guess I'll have to run down the list which as follows:

Countertops: Super-white quartzite, and yes the island is all one single slab
Backsplash: herringbone Carrara marble with matte finish subway tiles
Flooring: Virginia hardwood wide plank hickory
Fridge: Sub-zero 36SXS
Micro: Viking designer series
Wall oven: Bertazzoni 24 inch classic electric
Range: 36 inch Bertazzoni gas
Hood: 40 inch Viking designer series with 650cfm
DW: Fisher and Paykel tall dishdrawer
Sink: Elkay stainless farmhouse
Bar sink: Kohler trough
Main faucet: Rohl country in satin
Bar faucet: Rohl country series, not exactly sure what model
Washer+dryer: Samsung front loaders
Chairs: Restoration hardware french cafe Madeline chairs
Other goodies: full extension soft close drawers, heavy cast knobs and pulls (some outfit in NJ) love the pulls because they actually are screwed directly into the face. The beer setup is a Khrome design tower with Perlick no drop faucets. Entryway color tiles on the stairs are from Pewabic pottery in Detroit, the steps are a shale of some sort.

Enough talk I'm sure you've already passed by all that and moved right down here to where I've stashed what you are all waiting for...



And completed:

Any other pictures of specific areas I will try and make happen if you'd like. Ask any questions as well, I'll be around to answer them for you. Thanks so much for looking, and thanks for the great ideas and the knowledge I've gained from using this fine website.


color in between coffers on ceiling
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Quartzite countertop

posted by: NaRo on 01.09.2012 at 04:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our counters-to-be, if all goes well.

Does anyone have experience with Calacatta Macaubus quartzite?



possibility for countertop in master bath
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RE: Questions for lolauren (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: lolauren on 11.20.2011 at 10:50 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks mpagmom!

My husband was also enamored with our countertop. It was one of the only items he cared about in the kitchen. :)

The antiqued Cambrian Black granite is not completely worry free, but it's not bad. If my hard water dries on the counter, it leaves a water spot that I have to buff out. It takes a little pressure to buff it. The same goes for anything oily that is left on the counter. The oil mark does go away, but needs to be buffed out first. To be fair, I usually just clean the counter with water and don't use a chemical/spray to help. The water/oil marks don't show up unless the counter is wet. I only notice when I'm wiping it down... as the water darkens the countertop, providing a contrast to the marks.

I think ours was sealed, but I can't say that with 100% confidence. It just seems that way from how water droplets pool on the counter. From reading about this granite and other leathered granites, I think the best route is NOT sealing it. It seems those with the sealed ones end up having some issues.

With all that said, we would pick this countertop again.

RE: island legs: Short answer: they aren't annoying and aren't dinged up.

Long answer: I could easily fit another stool or two at the island if the legs weren't there. If you need more seating, you might consider using corbels. For us, four stools were plenty and I loved the look of the legs. The three stools on the long side of the island have lots of room in between, so there is no reason for them to hit the island legs. With that said, I don't have kids. :) I imagine if there were kids abusing the island legs, a small touch-up kit of white paint would be an easy fix.

RE: life without pendants..... I like it just fine! I have the three cans above the island wired on a separate switch if I ever change my mind, but I didn't want another hanging light (or 3) in my "great room" area. There is a fan in the living room, chandelier in the dining room and entryway mini-chandelier.... all visible from the kitchen. I just felt it would be too much and that it would make the space less open feeling.


Info on cambrian black granite
Possibly use for Caroline's bathroom?
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RE: Anyone with the Black Cambria Leather (Antique) granite? (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: brosamj on 01.11.2008 at 12:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have the cambrian black antiqued and we have loved it. Surface is durable, little to no fingerprints and easy to maintain. Here is a picture of it and hopefully you can see some of the texture:



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RE: honed granite vs. quartz. Any opinions? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: stephct on 10.28.2011 at 09:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Eugenie-
I'm guessing you're in FFC since you were at Ring's End and based on your post about your son's car. ;) I was totally sent on absolute black honed until I started reading about it here. (actually I shouldn't say totally set I've been all over the place...marble, granite, soapstone). Anyway, I finally put a deposit down on leathered jet mist granite. I LOVE it! It's not a solid black like AB.I was going to do jet mist honed until I felt the leathered slabs...I don't know the best way to describe it, but they feel almost soft. Anyway, I don't know how they're going to do w/dust and fingerprints b/c I haven't had it installed yet, but I'm pretty sure every post I've read here from someone who has it loves it.

Everest Marble in Norwalk has some great slabs of Jet Mist right now. I don't think there were any more leathered ones, but I know they have a lot of honed (I was there last Saturday). If you're looking for a fabricator so far I've been really happy with La Pietra in Brookfield (ask for Fabiana).

I'll try to post a picture of my slabs. redo/?action=view&current=photo-18.jpg" target="_blank">Photobucket

Here is a link that might be useful: jet mist leathered slabs


possibility for Caroline's bathroom countertops?
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Can anyone identify this beautiful stone backsplash tile?

posted by: Fun2Learn on 01.05.2012 at 05:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

HI everyone. I really love this backsplash tile in the photo below--it looks like some sort of stone--maybe a type of slate or quartzite stone? Can anyone help me locate it, or at least give me a name to look under? Boxerpups posted this beautiful photo for me, from her collection of inspiring photos, (she is so very helpful!), when I was asking about backsplash tiles several months ago. I then got very busy and put the backsplash on hold, but kept thinking about the backsplash in this photo. We are finally ready to make a decision and install the backsplash(after a year of going back and forth, LOL!) I think this is the look we are after, and that it would look great with our honey-spice maple cabinets and cream colored granite, which has grey and light gold streaks and speckles of garnet, which would seem to tie in with the colors in this stone. I also think it would look great and help tie-in with the brick fireplace in the adjoining family room. (what do you all think?)
Thanks in advance for any help!


off white cabinetry color
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RE: Cleaning marble tile (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: cat_mom on 01.05.2012 at 11:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

We've been using 7th Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner (w/ Lemongrass and Thyme?) on our White Thassos tile in addition to the porcelain tile, grout, etc. in our bathrooms. I had called the company to find out if it was safe for the marble, travertine, and other natural stones, and was told it is--on sealed stone, which ours is. I spray it on the tub surround/tile/grout, let sit a bit, and then wipe/buff with a microfiber cloth (I spray some on the cloth as well before and while wiping the walls). No need to rinse.

The master bathroom is a year and a half old and it still looks like new.

FYI; after showering, I spray the tiles and the tub with Mrs Meyer's Daily Shower Cleaner (according to them it's stone-safe, some or maybe all of their other cleaners are not). I wipe the walls and tub down with a piece of paper towel a short while later (haven't found a new squeegee I like), which also helps to keep the tile and grout looking great.


cleaning tip for marble tile cleaning
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RE: DH thinks my pull choice looks cheap! (Follow-Up #55)

posted by: segbrown on 10.25.2011 at 12:37 am in Kitchens Forum

Ah, the Aubrey. I could never find anything I liked quite as much, either. I've had mine about 2 years, I guess, and I still love them. They have not gotten dirty, that's not an issue. No screws are loose, either. (Although I think our carpenter might have used different screws? I can't remember.) Good luck -- I know what you mean about the proportion and the feel.





paint color of island
maybe for master bath vanity with marble on top like in the picture
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Pic of our shower tile in progress and a question re grout

posted by: treasuretheday on 12.27.2011 at 08:10 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We're making slow but fairly steady progress now in our masterbath reno. The floor is tiled and grouted and the shower is about half-tiled. We're using a non-rectified porcelain tile with travertine deco accents and going with a 1/8" grout line. The shower floor, ceiling, niche interiors and horizontal accent row have 4" squares which are actually tumbled. Because I am sorting through those tiles to choose the most uniform, we are still able to use a 1/8" grout line despite their irregularity.


Other than choosing the color, we neglected to discuss grout options with our tilesetter prior to the floor being grouted. He used a non-epoxy Polyblend sanded grout on our floor.

The freshly grouted floor:


We have Ditra on the floor and a Kerdi shower. Our #1 goal is to avoid water penetration but ease of cleaning and avoiding any mold/mildew issues is a very close second. Am I correct that epoxy grout would be the way to go?

Would it be a good idea to switch to an epoxy grout for the shower? Unfortunately our chosen color doesn't come in epoxy but I'm told that an epoxy can be added to it... would that be ok or should we choose a grout that actually comes in epoxy?

Any advice is appreciated... Thanks!!!


shower tile layout?
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RE: Finished bathroom! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: stephanie_and_tim on 12.15.2011 at 01:09 pm in Bathrooms Forum


Hand shower: Hansgrohe
Other shower fixtures (rain shower, thermostatic, volume controls, etc.): Rohl
Sink: Grohe
Tub: Vintage tub clawfoot package with fixtures
Toilet: Toto Ultramax and Toto Washlet S300
Vanity: Beverly (from Amazon)
Tile: Manahattan 4x8 subway, calacutta gold mini brick mosaic (Stone Center online), Saime Zen Zero Natif light floor tile
Medicine cabinets: Home depot
Towel bar, light fixture: Pottery barn
Paint: BM Gray Wisp, I think :)


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Finished bathroom!

posted by: stephanie_and_tim on 12.15.2011 at 01:01 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I posted a while back looking for layout suggestions, see here.

Now the bathroom is done! We went with that layout basically.



I didn't post that much during the renovations, but I certainly read LOTS and LOTS of posts, so thank you all very much!


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More Fabric Samples, Opinions Please

posted by: boysrus2 on 11.17.2011 at 02:42 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I didn't have a solid winner from the first group of fabric samples in my previous post. Here are some new ones and the large trellis which I did show in my last post.

Which ones do you like with my rug? None of the samples are a perfect match to the Weimeraner wall color, but they do coordinate with it and the chairs won't be directly against the wall color. Next to white wainscotting (wainscoting?).

Thanks again for the help!





Lighting is not good in this pic but it does show most of the room.



Dining room paint color
BM weimeraner
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RE: Tile front for small bathtub (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: angie_m on 11.07.2011 at 12:00 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Kohler and American Standard are not the only plumbing fixture suppliers out there. I did not want an apron front tub in my bath remodel either. I bought a Bain Basa bathtub. Bain and Jason bathtubs both have standard size drop in tubs with integrated tile flanges. Both bathtubs are available as left or right drain, optional air, optional lights, etc..
As for an acrylic tub having to much "flex" for tile... maybe some of the cheap ones, but not the one I bought. It is solid as a rock.
Look for other manufacturers. You already have two different ones to start with. Bain bathtubs, and Jason bathtubs.


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FINISHED! Daicey's kitchen

posted by: Daicey on 11.14.2011 at 02:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

I thank you all for you helpful advice. It was nice to always have a place to turn for ideas or comfort! Thank you!

I consider myself very simple and I love all things earthy. We decided against pendants and wood floor in kitchen. We've added a new room & bathroom to our home & completely altered the outside. We have done new windows in the whole house & new walkways, siding, porch etc. Its been quite a project. Next year landscaping.

Medallion Cabinets
Platinum Santa Cruz with bead (in cab not door)
In Cherry with Pecan finish

Polished Jet Mist Granite

2 Blanco Silgranit Sinks in Anthracite
Super single & Blanco Performa single bowl (17.5 x 17)

Floor: Gazzini Slate works series, summer 18x18 tile (porcelain)& Teragren Paris Black Bamboo floor in new sitting room

Wolf 36" Dual Fuel with Best Hood

Full sized fridge is recessed into wall

Ideas from Kitchen web:
Silgranit sinks
Grid in sink
Spice drawer insert
Many drawers
Microwave drawer
There were sleepless nights and lots of second guessing (especially on doing the split floor). But we are happy with the result.

I'm not a great decorator so if anyone has any suggestions for window treatments, rugs, furniture etc. I'll take it!! We just put other furniture from elsewhere in our home in the space for now. Suggestions are welcomed!!

The Before (that tiny window in the right of photo is the only window to see backyard before!)


and After:





love the floor. For our kitchen?
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new calacatta-look porcelain is in

posted by: kateskouros on 04.18.2010 at 10:17 pm in Bathrooms Forum

and i think it will work out really well. at least i hope it will! i'm going to use it on the floor of a guest bedroom. they come in 12x12 tiles and i got them from our local best tile distributor. they are manufactured by a company named johnson and they are made in england.

i'm obviously not very good at arranging these things so hopefully the installer will be. 7-8 out of the dozen in the box have a lot of movement and cost was $3.89 sq. (i think they were on sale).

can you please give me an honest opinion on the look? to me they look pretty good, but i've not seen a lot of look-a-likes IRL. would you use inside a shower as well, or should i use white subways?

hand holding desperately wanted!


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RE: Builders Depot Direct calacatta subway tile (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: tilemarbleguy14 on 11.08.2011 at 05:53 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hi Blondelle,
I purchased from (same company as Builders Depot Direct - just an upgraded site apprently). I purchased their 12x12" Calacatta Gold before it even got to their warehouse. Here are the pictures of it - this is honed. It is excellent - probably the best I have seen.

I am not sure how long they will be able to hold the $12.95SF price - I bought the whole pallet 360SF - I can sell this on for jobs at $25SF. So when they realize the pricing it will probably go up a few dollars.



Here is a link that might be useful: Calacatta Gold from The Builder Depot


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RE: Please HELP me ! What type of Backsplash would you choose? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: jillsee on 11.08.2011 at 05:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

Could you do the mosaic tile in the backsplash area?
That's what we did (and grease stains aren't a problem.!)
I wouldn't worry about current trends, just go with what you love.
Btw...they have been using glass tiles for thousands of years, And the 81st station in Manhatten has 1930 glass tiles. It's just as tendy as any other material lol.


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RE: Tiles in bathtub surround (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: dedtired on 11.07.2011 at 08:58 am in Bathrooms Forum

I have white fixtures and off white tile, but not as beige as some above. I like the contrast very much.

Tub Shower


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Backsplash is finally in! Cherry cabs, ss, marble bs finally done

posted by: julieh1926 on 10.29.2011 at 11:32 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, after a long break in working on the home, we finally installed our backsplash after waiting about a year! I thought I'd share. It took forever to find a backsplash that worked with both the cherry cabs and the soapstone counters. We ended up finding a danby marble random plank tile and absolutely love it. Most importantly, our kitchen is finally done! Backsplash, window treatments, everything is in!

The backsplash is honed danby marble by Quarry Collection, their large planking mosaic tiles.

Thanks, as usual, for all the inspiration and help from everone on this board!

The coloring on some of these is a bit off, but you can get the idea.








backsplash, keep in mind for master bath remodel
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RE: matching fixtures in the bathroom?? please help!! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mongoct on 09.12.2011 at 04:34 pm in Bathrooms Forum

It does not need to match. But that's my opinion.

Some folk are more sensitive to matchy-match finishes than others. If you really feel compelled that you need to have it all match for your own satisfaction, then have at it. But if you're matching it because you think others may think your design choices odd...I encourage you to design for yourself. Not others.

More opinion:

Think of things being in groupings. The shower. The vanity above the countertop (faucet, etc). The vanity below the countertop (door/drawer knobs and pulls). And so on.

Sometimes everything all matchy-match is just wonderful. Sometimes it's overwhelming or monotonous. Too much of the same.

Too much variety can look haphazard and disconcerting to the eye. There's no flow.

But there's a sweet spot in between, I think all can be well as long as things somehow relate to one another.

I always go along the lines of style being one thing, color another, and finish a third. Again, it's usually good to keep them some of those three things related as you go from one grouping to the next.

A contemporary "some thing" might not look right next to a traditional "other thing", especially if one was a patina'd ORB and the other was polished chrome. All three things are different.

My master bathroom has to be the least matching of any I've seen. My wife picked out what she wanted, but we grouped things together. She chose ORB sconces, so I painted the mirror in between the sconces to match the color of the ORB. I felt having the mirror the same color as the sconces sort of added visual mass to that grouping. Without the ORB-colored mirror, the sconces might have looked lonely out there on their own. That's one grouping.

We have a polished nickel faucet on top of the countertop.
However, below the countertop, the knobs and hinges are brushed pewter. While different, they relate as they're in the same color family and similar in style.

My wife's countertop make-up mirror? Polished chrome.

In the shower? Polished Chrome. All by itself, its own grouping.

All that non-matching stuff, it may sound absolutely gawd-awful, and some might think it is. But my wife is happy with how it looks, and if she's happy, I am too.

One thing I will say is that in the design and construction phase, you fret over every detail. But after 6 months you'll probably grow blind to the things that kept you awake at night with worry.


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Small bath remodel on a modest budget. Finished!

posted by: girlcat36 on 11.11.2009 at 09:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum

My 5 x 9 bathroom was gutted March 1st, and it was a long haul, but it is finally finished and usable! I am very happy with the end result. I was going for a 'modern Bohemian' look; kind of eclectic.
I had a small budget, and except for the tile, most everything was purchased online.
I lived with the 'before' bathroom for 12 years(ugh), it was mildewed because there was no exhaust vent, the vinyl floor had been painted multiple times. It was the original builders 'budget special'.
Due to a severe mold allergy, it was time to properly vent and upgrade, finally!
I had a closet door moved to be accessed from inside the bathroom, and had a french pocket door installed; I covered the glass panes on the door with opaque window film.
The ceiling was bumped up and covered with white washed fir tongue and groove.
Before(oh, the horror):
BEFORE. Bad, bad bath.











Reading this forum proved to be enormously helpful, as I was overwhelmed by having to make decisions!


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RE: honed granite vs. quartz. Any opinions? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: mpagmom on 09.02.2011 at 08:05 am in Kitchens Forum

In general quartz costs more than granite, but that can vary based on granite chosen, edge treatments, area of the country, fabricator, etc.

Consumer Reports recently tested both and listed the price per square foot the same: $40-$100. Around here $40 a square foot is the installed price for low-priced granite (like Uba Tuba) with an eased edge. I'm sure honed Black Absolute would be a lot more. CR gave quartz an overall score of 84 and granite an overall score of 81. Both were very stain resistant, excellent for heat, cutting, and abrasion resistance, and fair for impact resistance. I'm sure they tested sealed granite for the staining test. Both can chip, especially if you have a squared edge. The only materials better for chip resistance were laminate, tile, and Corian, and those all have other issues.

You can order 12x12 samples from the Cambria website (about $23 each including shipping) so you can live with them a bit and see if you like the look. Caesarstone, Dupont Zodiaq, and Silestone are other brands of quartz. Cambria's Cambrian Black and Caesarstone's Raven would both have a look similar to Black Absolute. Quartz has a bit of a sheen to it, but it is not as shiny as polished granite. Some are available honed, but that is an exception and I'm not sure if honed quartz performs as well. You should test side-by-side with a sample of the granite you are looking at if you can.

Most quartz looks "plastic" to me so I had ruled it out. I recently got a sample of Cambria Torquay (white marble look) and it isn't at all plastic-looking. I tested it with everything I could think of (red wine, spaghetti sauce, black raspberry jam) overnight and it wiped up easily. I tried to smear it up with fingerprints and couldn't get them to show much if at all. If I pounded on the square edge I could get a tiny chip off. I love the look of it and may get it.

Let us know what you decide!


names of black quartz
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Survey: what color grout should I use on my back splash? pictures

posted by: enduring on 08.23.2011 at 08:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

One herringbone back splash space done but not grouted! Another to go, about half again as big. Doing this would not be everyones cup of tea. It took about 2 hours to do 1 sqft. There were so many edges to cut. I am slow but it was fun.
tiled without grout

how it's done!

Anyway, I am liking the darker lines and am thinking of using a med dark concrete gray color as grout. This is a carrara called Lansdale from The Tile Shop. It is variable in color but hardly any vaining. It is a mix of tans and grays. I like the expressiveness of the lines. What do you think, should I use a darker grout to stand out or a white grout?

close up of ungrouted herringbone back splash


Where can I use a herringbone pattern like this? So gorgeous.
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Another Backsplash Option

posted by: erinct on 08.21.2011 at 08:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm trying to finalize our backsplash and would love some input on whether we should do 3x6 subway tiles or 4x8 subway tiles (looking at White Thassos), and which mosaic we should use above the range. Our electrician already put in the outlets on a horizontal so that they would fall within a 3x6 tile, but I suppose we could have him move them up if people think 4x8 is better (the tile store thought it would be a cleaner look and make the space look larger, but I think the design box may get a little lost?!?).

Mosaic #1 with 3x6 tile:

Mosaic #1 with 4x8 tile:

Mosaic #2 (a bit concerned about how large the arabesque is and whether you'd see enough of the pattern to get the full effect):

Our cabinets are Simply White and our countertops are White Fantasy/Super White. In each mosaic we can basically choose any stone for each of the parts. I had thought I would do the larger parts in White Thassos and the smaller outlines in Carrera but now I'm kinda liking the first mosaic they way it is. I didn't want the design box above the range to stand out too much. Any thoughts?!? Also, any thoughts on whether the White Thassos will be too cool or white for the Simply White cabinets are welcome too!

Thanks so much for your help!!!


mosaic one for master bathroom shower? AMC, American Stone and Supply: Celtic pattern
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My kitchen is done! Here are before and after pictures:

posted by: Adrienne2011 on 08.22.2011 at 06:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Aside from installing the Roman shades on the French doors, a couple outlet covers, and the Lee Valley drawer organizers, we are done with our remodel. The washer and dryer were relocated from the mudroom (adjacent to the kitchen) to the master bedroom closet, and floors in the office and foyer were replaced at the same time as the floors in the kitchen and mudroom.

Here is what we used/bought:
Kraftmaid maple cabinets, all plywood, "Lindsey" style in chestnut
GE Profile appliances (we already had the dishwasher)
5" Brazilian cherry engineered hardwood, made by Owens Flooring
Cambria Windermere quartz counters
Tumbled Durango 4x4 backsplash, with a mother of pearl accent tile
Delta Victorian faucets in Venetian bronze
Minka Lavery Salon Grand light fixtures (we already had several in the house, but added another)
30" copper sink in "Fire and Ice" made by Dino Rachiele
Environmental Lights LED undercabinet lights
Baldwin handlesets for the French doors
small copper bar sink for the mudroom made by EcoSinks, purchased through Home Depot online
Weybridge outlet covers, found at Home Depot
2.5" wood blinds, purchased via Blindster (online)



Here's the mudroom:

This is part of the mudroom:

This is what the kitchen looks like if you're in the mudroom:

A simple open storage area for backpacks and coats next to a $40 shoe bench (we need some artwork over that shoe bench):

Utility cabinet in the mudroom with a blotch from dust on the camera - oops:


love how great the hardwood floors and cabinets look together.
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