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99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone

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

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

Hope I'm not putting too many pictures!





soap stone

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

Happy kitchen designing to all! Thank you again!


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RE: Need white subway tile recommendations (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: lilydixie on 08.03.2010 at 03:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

We used this 2x6 subway from The edges are fairly straight but the surface has that "wavy" finish that gives it a hand made look. I LOVE it!!! Price was about $8.00 SF with free shipping.

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Here is a link that might be useful: Tile Shop 2x6 Subway


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Tiling Around Backsplash Electrical Outlets

posted by: wren14 on 08.02.2010 at 01:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm getting ready to install my subway tile backsplash, but I'm not sure how to tile around the electrical outlets. I'm not sure if I should tile just up to the edges of the plate so that it will be flush with the tile, or if I should tile under the plate so it is on top of the tile. I'd rather tile under the plate but I'm not sure how to get the outlet to protrude from the box. I read somewhere that you can buy spacers that will extend the switch/plug out from the box but I can't find them at the home improvement store. Does anyone have any suggestions based on their experience. Thanks.


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Positano's Finished Costa Esmeralda Kitchen!!!

posted by: positano on 10.17.2010 at 02:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Everyone!
I am so happy to finally post my finished pictures. We were done with mostly everything in spring of 2009, but it took me so long to pick out a backsplash.I am glad I waited and got to live with the kitchen a bit. I chose a very neutral tile, so I can spice it up with accessories. I love to change my colors with the seasons. This is my fall kitchen with orange as the accent. For Christmas I add red, and for spring turqouise and yellow. I make inexpensive window treatments with fabric so I can change that out too.I didn't have time to do an orange window treatment before I took these photos. And I have to work on that wall with the black just feel down so it looks a little off!

I want to thank so many out there for your help!!! I couldn't have done it without you. If you can believe it I really wanted the marble, soapstone and white cabinets kitchen, but this one really goes with my home beautifully. Some of my inspirations were Mamadadapaige, GGLKS, Erikanh, blakey, and so many others!
This was done on a budget since this won't be our forever home. We took down a wall between a small kitchen and small dining room. Everyone said don't do it and lose your dining room, but I am so glad we did. It really changed the way we live in this house. We have a relatively small island and it is the most used piece in the kitchen. We love it!

Some of the details-
Costa Esmeralda granite
Adelphi cabinets in eggshell
Kitchenaid french door counter depth fridge
Kitchenaid dishwasher
Kitchenaid wine fridge
DCS gas 5 burner range
Kobe Range Hood
Delta Victorian Pull down faucet
Kichler undercabinet lighting
Island Pendants- Kitchler Industrial
Backsplash- Sonoma 2x6 tile in Krazy Krackle
Behind the range- Herringbone mosaic Krazy Krackle
Grout - Laticrete Antique White
Sink- Kindred
Harvest Pedestal Table-Pottery Barn
Parsons Chairs- PB
Bar Stools- 2 Schoolhouse and 1 saddle from PB
Drum Shade over table- Veraluz Tweed Shade
Floors- Oak with Minwax Special Walnut Stain
Paint- Crown Point Sand- Benjamin Moore

I have found my choice to be so easy to take care of. The granite hides things and doesn't show fingerprints. The stainless just needs a wipe with a wet microfiber every now and then followed by a dry one. And the wood floors have been much better than the white vinyl we had before.

Thanks again!! Maybe I will post more pictures thru the seasons when I change it up. There are lots of pictures, I tried to add some befores so you can see the change!
Click on the album for even more.

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Here is a link that might be useful: Positano's Finished Kitchen


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I Finished my White Zen Kitchen!

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

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

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

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

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

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

way before

and after...


Fridge wall, Appliance garage on right and coffee station on left

Island with BB and Rubbish/Recycling Bins/drawers - love these!

Bluestar tee hee

I'll post some more pics of fun details. Things i liked seeing from other's kitchens and ended up adding to mine.

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



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Finished White and Gray Kitchen Reveal

posted by: 1pandora on 07.11.2013 at 09:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

We finally finished our remodel the end of May. With kiddos home for the summer, not having any renovations errands to do, enjoying the finished outcome, its been hard to get motivated to put our finished pictures and information up, but here it is:

Cabinetry-custom made by Summit Custom Cabinets(local) � painted BM Simply White, island stain- custom color

Wall Paint- Kitchen-BM Nimbus Rest of house-BM-Revere Pewter

Flooring- 5" quartersawn, rustic grade, hand scraped white oak- 50% Dark Walnut- 50% Provincial

Appliances-Refrigerator-Samsung, Everything else-GE Monogram

Sink � Blanco Diamond Single Bowl-White

Countertops - Granite (island)- Bianco Romano Quartz Ceasarstone Raven(perimeter)

Backsplash-Marble Random Strip Bianco Venatino

Pendants -Sundance Catalog- Meridian

Cabinetry Hardware- Colonial Bronze - Distressed Pewter

4 Panel Sliding Glass Door- Home Depot-Anderson Doors & Windows

Barstools - Pottery Barn- Jacquelyne Counter Height stools

I don't think I have anything special that I haven't seen elsewhere, but I do have everything I love. I do not regret any choices or decisions made.

From the before pictures, you can tell that our 1978 house was very sectional and not opened up. We were very fortunate that we had a screened in porch off our kitchen that we were able to convert to kitchen space. The opening/doorway from the kitchen into the living room was only about a four feet opening. In the remodel, we were able to open the space between the two. Has made a huge difference. We also removed the wall between the now dining room and the living room. I love this-it gives us a line of sight from the kitchen to the front door. Previously had to walk out of kitchen and actually into the entry way to see who was at the door. We made a lot of structural changes in an older home into a much wanted open concept. This also included adding support in the basement to support the removal of a load bearing wall on the main level.

If I have left out any details that you would like more information, let me know.


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Reveal: Long & Narrower White, Grey & Green EIK

posted by: gooster on 07.01.2013 at 12:31 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, we are about 98% done (need a resized DW panel) and before July starts I felt I'd post a reveal (a bit pic heavy). Thank you to everyone who answered my questions and provided useful insight via other posts and discussions. My main regret is that I didn't join the discussion earlier.

The kitchen is a 12' 3" wide by 26' 8" long space formed by combining an existing formal dining room with an existing kitchen. The existing dining room is being relocated to a combined formal living/dining space. The family room, foyer and hall bath were also touched during the remodel. The home is a 1930s modified Colonial Revival with Art Deco touches throughout, in an in-city neighborhood on narrow(er) lots in Northern California. That mix informed our targeted style inspiration, which was Traditional with a touch of Hollywood Regency (replacing the black and white with grey and white). The hard-to-change items were kept relatively neutral, allowing easy updates in the future.

This kitchen replaced an existing white (thermafoil) kitchen, which replaced a white kitchen. The kitchen may have been mint green or yellow in its lifetime as well, but has been mostly white over the years. The layout was restricted by our desire to keep the corner windows and side windows, to preserve the exterior architecture and stay faithful to the original designs in the neighborhood.

This remodel was all done via services of a GC and KD, with us taking almost a solitary lead in design choices (blame us). Originally, another wall was due to come down to better connect to the Family Room (which is 90% done).

The budget was considered moderate (but high to us) and I am willing to post details, but I know that this can be somewhat sensitive and almost controversial subject.

Here are the details:

Cabinetry: Crystal Cabinet Works, Belmont door, beaded inset in Keyline and full custom. Colors are Cotton White on PGM and Cinnamon on Cherry. Features include pullouts, wood drawers, soft close, plywood sides, and integrated end panels. Made in Minnesota.
Cabinet Hardware: Schaub, Empire
Counters: Caesarstone Piatra Grey, 2cm, mitered edge
Farmhouse Sink: Porcher
Island Sink: Kohler Iron Tones
Faucets: Danze Opulence
Backslash: Carrara 3x6"
Window Shelf, Table Top: Bianco Carrara
Pendants: Maxim Metro
UCL: InspiredLED, customized Designer Series bars and tape lining glass cabinets
Recessed: Halo 4", subsidized by utility company
Range: CornuFe Albertine in stainless
Hood: Modern-Aire PS24, powder coated body in RAL 9037, pulled from counter
DW: Bosch 500, paneled
WD: Viking Pro
Fridge: Viking Pro, CD FD with trim kit
MW: GE Spacemaker
Disposals: Insinkerator Evolution
Windows (added last year): Pella Architect, double hung and casements with roll-up screens
Table Base: Custom
Banquette: Coventry, Ballard Designs
Counter Stools: Marcello, Ballard Designs
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore, "Spa"
Ceiling Color: Benjamin Moore, "Chantilly Lace"
Floor: White oak, quarter sawn random blank with beveled edges. Custom matched and stained to blend with the original flooring

Here are a few "before" shots:

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Original cooking area, with no nearby counterspace:
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Original dining room -- this is the wall that came down:
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Here is the final -- sorry for the photo quality, it was twilight:
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The corner sink is not ideal, but works with the original architecture. The second island sink is key:
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Corner banquette at the other end. We went with moveable furniture pieces to give the flexibility to move to a table in the future:
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Cherry island in the center. Perhaps could have kept the one end cabinet as all drawers, per the GW consensus. Went for symmetry:
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Towel bar in narrow pullout is handy. Trash pullout is next. Either side of the range are tray storage and a spice pullout:
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Backsplash closeup -- went with low profile outlets under the cabinets or low and horizontal against the counter:
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Banquette. The seats lift up for extra storage. These were chosen rather than built-ins to keep the layout flexible. The table base is covered in another thread:
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View down the side of the island -- still need some artwork and new/vintage accessories (different pillows, kitchen gear). Under the island lip are recessed outlets, including two USB ports for electronics/iPhone charging. The counterstools swivel, which is why they were chosen:
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Microwave storage in a pop up cabinet -- sized to handle multiple different brands:
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Here are the requisite piggy shots -- sitting on a "pig pen" of Carrara:
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And Jake the Corgi holds reign -- and the valance feet are one of our favorite finishing details:
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And some bonus pics (Sorry for the lengthy posts) -- the Family Room from years ago, prior to renovations:
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Preview of the fireplace for you Arabesque fans... I was going to use this in the kitchen but it was going to be too busy:
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This post was edited by gooster on Thu, Jul 4, 13 at 14:32


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Finished Kitchen: White-ish, charcoal counters and blue glass bs

posted by: alexx on 05.29.2013 at 12:30 am in Kitchens Forum

First, thank you to everyone who participates in this forum for keeping me sane during this project. Reading the threads of those who had the same detailed questions, being able to ask questions. I am grateful.

I both overthought the kitchen and stressed over the details and in many cases, the attention to detail and research really paid off (I had a good idea of what needed to go where around the sink, the importance of good seams, etc.) I also stressed over details of whether I picked the right backsplash, pulls, color cabs, etc. In the end, I like it so much and it is so much better than it was but I’m not sure I could change thinking about it so much in whatever our next remodel project is (Lesson learned: educate yourself, pick something, make sure it is installed correctly, then let it go and enjoy.)

We had a white kitchen for 8 years before the remodel and still liked it. So guess what, I wanted another white-ish kitchen. I don't care if it is on or off trend. We wanted the light (only one window in the kitchen) and we are happy with this choice.

We began our kitchen remodel in December 2012 (ordered the cabs, began the engineering drawings as we were removing a load bearing wall and needed to put in a huge support beam), the cabs arrived a month later, and it took another month to get the permits. Then after three more months, we are finished (minus the dimmers for the lights.) Happy May 2013!

Our family is thrilled with the result! We had a few major goals:
1) Open up the wall of a galley kitchen that only had a pass through so that the person in the kitchen (me) didn’t feel cut off from the rest of the activities happening in the dining and living areas.
2) Create more counter space. We did this mainly by raising up the window to counter height and adding cabinets below. Also more counter by adding the overhang peninsula.
3) Add storage. We had boxes everywhere. Now there is a place for everything. We pared things down to only those that we love and are functional. We gave away mismatched stuff and yes, bought a new set of dishes (at Target.)
4) Get great countertops (ours were cut up, stained and not in great shape--they were butcherblock that could’ve been refinished but my DH and I really wanted quartz and he wanted “antimicrobial” so we ended up with Silestone.
5) Oh, and my DH would say this is #1: we have an oven that closes all the way, heats at the correct temperature and a range hood that on which he doesn’t constantly hit his head.

The look:
We were going for clean, not too modern, not too traditional. A blue pottery bowl and the ocean/beach were my inspiration. Off white shaker cabs (called Coconut), charcoal grey counters, a blue/grey tile floor that looks a lot like barn wood, pale blue glass subway backsplash and a linen shade that looks like sand or very pale driftwood (adds a little texture.)

The details:
-Diamond kitchen cabinets. Shaker (5 piece) all wood (except the middles of doors which are MDF) in a color called Coconut. I didn’t want a stark white. Purchased through local wholesaler but also available at Home Depot etc. Not sure the wholesaler really saved us money. We had some problems with fillers matching our GC had to paint. A pain but we really do like the cabs.
-Countertop: Silestone in a color called Altair with a 1.5 inch mitered edge and 1.5 inch overhang over the cabinets. (that may be the same thing.) We ended up using 2 jumbo slabs. 15 inch overhang on the dining room side.
-Backsplash: Ann Sacks, Lucien, color: Azure, size: 3x6
-Hardware: Restoration Hardware, Bistro pulls, Brushed Nickel in 6 and 8 inch sizes. Restoration Hardware “Traditonal Clear glass knob”on glass cab (1.25 inch)
-Faucet: Delta 9197T-DST, Cassidy, with Touch2O technology (touch on and off) in Arctic Stainless color
-dishwasher: reused our Bosch
-Sink: Elkay, EKELU281610 (10 inches deep)
-Refrigerator: Samsung, RF4287HARS, full depth
-Range: LG, LDG3016ST 30 inch
-Range Hood: Kobe, RA-092 36 inch hood, (RS9236SQB)with baffles no mesh, 6 inch round ducting,
-Counter Stools: Restoration Hardware, Remy, Backless, Gunmetal
-Undercabinet lights:, 24 inch bar in neutral white, HBNW24
Floor: Tile that looks like wood. Grey/Blue/Brown. (Best I can read my notes, I lost this original invoice is Ott color: YM 207, about 35.5 length and 7.75 inches wide, grout “Winter Grey”
-Shade: Custom size through, pattern: Korithos, color: Fleck, Style: Roman Flat
Paint: BM Edgecomb Gray (on wall in kitchen, family room and living room) Trim: Dunn Edwards: Swiss Coffee (throughout house)
-Microwave: Panasonic from Target to fit the opening.
-Drawer organizers: Bed, Bath and Beyond, various, bamboo
-Canned lights: unknown, 4 inch, LED
-In beam lights: unknown (inset puck lights) LED
-air switch. Unknown
-air gap: Delta bought with faucet. Same color.

Still to do:
Put in dimmers and find some sort of bumpers for the doors (or maybe hinges that don’t allow some of the doors to open past 90 degrees)

-Someone on GW suggested keeping a notebook of invoices, orders, bids, notes to GC. I did that and it has been a terrific resource. I highly recommend this.
-I wish I were here on the day of the floor tile and electrical install. I would’ve had the tile guys mix the tiles up a little more to my liking (I had some favorite patterns).
-I wish we had room for the pendant lights I had planned in the beam but they would’ve hung too low and obstructed the view for which I opened up the kitchen. It is a clean look and nothing to clean ☺
-The red mixer may or may not stay. It is my 16 year old DS's favorite color and we have used it for years in our baking projects (maybe emerald green???)

THE INSPIRATION (I love pottery!)
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The glass hutch for dishes--seeded glass:
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Tile floor:
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Transition between saltillo tiles (throughout the house and I was not replacing) and new tile floor:
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So many drawers!
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Undercab lights:
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Ceiling lights:
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Bad pic but LED lights in beam over counter--all dimmable:  photo DSC_1165.jpg

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My husband's favorite--a TV--it has an arm that pulls out and can be watched from the counter--sorry for the small pics (iphone):
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pantry cab insides (each of the three are 24 inches wide)
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and yes we used one of our cabs for water--I wanted it hidden and we have the shelves in case we change our minds later:
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The seam (we got so lucky it was small and they did a great job):
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The seam from a bit further back:
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One more angle (that is the door to the garage--it may or may not end up with a chalkboard insert)
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Thanks again and good luck on your projects!

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White/white/white kitchen refresh FINISHED

posted by: wi-sailorgirl on 06.04.2013 at 11:39 am in Kitchens Forum

Hopefully the subject warned you that if you're not a fan of white kitchens, you definitely will not like this one. Fortunately, I am (and have been as long as I can remember).

This was more of a refresh than a reno. The cabinets, counters, sink and backsplash are all new. The floors and all appliances are not (we've replaced them all slowly over the last 11 years of owning this house). Although we only changed a few things in the kitchen in this latest go-around, I don't think there's anything left save for the basic layout that is the same as it was when we bought the house. So maybe this was really an 11 year reno!

Anyway ... photos (and lots of them). Details at the end.

Before (about three years ago). I know, it's not really bad looking, but the cabinets were in rough shape and I hated the dust-collector shelf on top of them.
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The inspiration picture (from Coastal Living magazine):
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Walnut trim on the mantel hood (thanks to Katieob for the inspiration). The panel above the mantel flips open for additional storage around the vent.

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The hutch and upper cabinets flanking the sink also have glass sides and I'm so happy we did that. It makes it feel so much airier. Dimmable LED lighting in the cabinets. The lighting looks a bit sickly green in some of these photos but it's actually a slightly cooler white (we didn't want to go too warm with the lights).

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When we bought the house, a stackable washer and dryer were walled in next to the fridge. We move the laundry several years ago and used the area as a pantry but the half wall on one side sort of stuck out into the space. We removed that and did a built-in pantry around the fridge. The difference in depth was probably less than a foot but having that protrusion into the room gone makes a huge difference in a small kitchen.

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Pantry area (we weren't planning to light it but we had extra LED strip lights left so we stuck some in there. Love the area for the roll-out dog food and step stool and of course I love having my microwave in there where we're had it for several years).

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Vertical storage over the fridge. Should have done more of this.
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Probably my favorite thing in the entire kitchen (other than the backsplash). I love not having stuff on my counters.
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A shallow drawer pulls out for cutting boards and oven mitts.
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By the dishwasher we need a spacer so the hutch would match up with the cabinet above but I told our cabinet guy to find some kind of storage to stick in there. I think it's really meant for spices but I obviously don't need spices there so we use it for various dog potions and pills and the big bottle of Advil.

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A few detail shots:

We planned the double molding around cabinetry as a design element but it ended up really saving us when it came to the molding because our ceiling is incredibly out of level. We took up the difference in that second piece of molding and you can't even tell now that the room is horribly crooked.

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The glass knobs. Love them SO much.
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Close up of the backsplash (with my little walnut tray).
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And lastly, the other side of the kitchen, which is where a lot of the color comes into the room. I painted the door black on a whim this winter and love it. The barn light over the sink was originally white but I spray-painted it black after the cabinets went in because I thought it would be good to pull the black over to that side of the room. This is our back door so we walk straight into the kitchen, so it's not just a functional space but a major thoroughfare as well.

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I took off all the window treatments (nice lined bamboo roman shades) to paint but I kind of like it with them off. I could, however, stain them a walnut color to match the other accents in the room. So I'd love to hear opinions on whether you think they should go back up.

Cabinets: Custom cabinets made by a local cabinet maker (he's done other things in our house too and always does a great job). Painted (several times, but let's not talk about that) Benjamin Moore Cloud White

Countertops: Caesarstone Eggshell (aka Osprey if you're outside the U.S.) Island is walnut butcher block, I think from Blockhead Blocktops in Michigan.

Hardware: Emtek Georgetown glass knobs (1.25") and Restoration Hardware Aubrey pulls in polished nickel (and yes, we had the problem with the screws breaking off and replaced them all).

Cabinet glass: Bendheim glass, mouth-blown clear soft seeded (a splurge but I'm so happy we did it). I need to take a better picture of the glass so you can see it to appreciate it.

Backsplash: 1-inch mother of pearl mosiac, purchased through Key West Tile (the source listed in the article I used as inspiration), but I've seen the same or very similar tile online through Glass Tile Mosiacs. Polyblend grout in Bright White.

Vent hood: Kobe 36-inch insert. We have an existing downdraft but when we replaced our range several years ago we had two ranges to choose from that would work with that venting situation, so we installed the overhead vent now so when it comes time for a new range (hopefully many years from now) we aren't limited in our selection. Plus, it works MUCH better than the downdraft (both vent outside).

Appliances: All existing Jenn-Air

Paint colors: Anything white is Cloud White. Walls are Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (previously they were Revere Pewter which is still a favorite color but I felt it was too dark with the tile).

- Large Thomas O'Brien Hicks pendant in polished nickel over the island. Even though this like is rather ubiquitous, I couldn't help myself. I still love it even if it's everywhere. It is polarizing though: people either love it or hate it.
- Barn Light Electric sconce over sink. It was white for several years but I spray-painted it black
- Roost glass cylinder lights over kitchen table.
-UCLs and in-cabinet lighting is LED strip lighting purchased locally. Sorry, I don't know the brand.

Sink: 32-inch single-bowl Kraus stainless steel

Faucet: Hansgrohe Talis S (DO NOT buy this from Home Perfect. I had a horrible experience, ended up filing with the credit card company and just buying the faucet for $10 more through Amazon.)

Let me know if I've forgotten anything. Special thanks to the helpful folks here, particularly the friendly voices on the Small Houses board as well as some of the experts here. It's no secret that I drew a lot of inspiration from many of your kitchens including Breezygirl, Katieob and Beekeeperswife.

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98.627% Finished Kitchen - Transitional White Inset w/ glass til

posted by: theanimala on 03.24.2010 at 08:27 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 - Caesarstone 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.


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RE: Please show me where you store your large serving bowls (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: oldbat2be on 06.07.2013 at 09:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ccfuss07 - Home Depot (supplies) and DH for the rest :). (Thanks, I showed him your comment and he loved it).

Below is a link to a good thread about vertical storage, in which I link to the dividers I purchased. We found that you will need to cut these so why not build what you need in the first place? They're not inexpensive and as we retro fitted multiple cabinets, it wasn't long before DH was creating required parts.

Hlove, what a fun kitchen!

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to vertical storage thread


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RE: Please show me where you store your large serving bowls (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: oldbat2be on 06.06.2013 at 09:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

I was so tired of stacking bowls but hadn't planned for the serving bowls I like to use daily.

Vertical storage dividers were the right solution for us, along with deeper upper cabinets (18").p, which we already had as part of our renovation (deeper 30" countertops). Lately we retrofitted our uppers with these. We purchased these but DH says he could have easily made.

Elbow grease. Take the time to plan out where you will put everything in your current kitchen. The task seems overwhelming but it's really the only way to plan for the new space. Or said differently, measure twice, cut once.

Love, love, love these. I smile every time I put the bowls away. These are in the cabinet to the right of the stove and near the dishwasher.

This is why I love the kitchen forum. When you come up with a fabulous solution, it's so nice to share with others.


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MOP backsplash in, walls painted, all done w/ real pics soon

posted by: wi-sailorgirl on 05.31.2013 at 02:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Whew. It's over. Took way longer than it was supposed to, but after a massive paint fest on Memorial Day to get the crown caulked and touched up and the walls painted, we're all finished. I'll take "real" pictures this weekend, but here's a quick cell phone shot of my favorite thing in the kitchen: the mother of pearl backsplash. This is where it all started for me and every decision hinged from it. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

This is a pic I snapped while the grout was still drying. I can't wait to show you the rest.


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RE: Square vs. rounded countertop corners (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: beeps on 06.13.2012 at 10:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is a graphic of different edges. I'm going with eased edges to go with the more contemporary look. (Although considering beveled also.) As someone said in another thread, the full bullnose looks somewhat dated now, although frankly I still like it. It looks more finished to me for some reason than the eased edge. Notice that with the eased the corners aren't 90 degrees.


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RE: Square vs. rounded countertop corners (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: rocketmomkd on 06.13.2012 at 10:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's something I just found. This is pretty helpful for me since the showroom didn't have all these corners on display. I couldn't find anything good to show inside corners.



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RE: Spice Storage help (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: breezygirl on 05.27.2013 at 06:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm curious why you think a spice drawer isn't enough space. I could fit at least 96 spices in my 15.75" wide drawer, although I only store about 90 (including all my specialty salts). A drawer is so much easier to use than a cupboard. One pull of the drawer and everything is visible with labels. No hunting around or moving jars to get in the back. My spice drawer is one of THE best things about my new kitchen. (Ignore the blue tape labels with my hand writing.)

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


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Full Kitchen Reveal...lots of pictures!

posted by: bowyer123 on 05.22.2013 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello~I thought I'd go ahead and post the pictures to of our kitchen. This is new construction and we moved in back in early March. We planned this build before I found this amazing site. Knowing what I know now from reading the posts here on GW, I would have made a few changes, but we are very pleased overall. (Some of you may have seen it when I showed my BS last week, so sorry if this is redundant).

The kitchen measures approximately 21' wide X 15' deep. The ceilings are 10' tall. Cabinets are custom built. I hope you enjoy and feel free to ask any questions you may have, and thank you for answering mine as we progressed.

The island is 9'-2" x 4'-8" The granite, which we love is delicatus juparana.

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Another view

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The floors are site-finished quarter and rift-sawn white oak stained in 'spice' color, I forget the manufacturer. The distance between the cook top and sink is wider than what is usually preferred, but we love it...lots of room to maneuver and great for entertaining a crowd. It's 56" wide.

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We went with the 'package' of Thermador appliances. Dual Topaz dishwasher (LOVE having 2 of them!) and a 33" Krauss single-bowl SS sink. I need to find better outlet covers, ones not so wide, and possibly not white...looks a bit odd.

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Alsoi went with a Krauss faucet. I love it, my wife thinks it is a bit too large. For the price, $300, I feel it is a good deal and looks fine. We wanted something to stand out and give some height on the island. The Waterstone we liked was just too much money, maybe we will get something different down the road. The soap dispenser needs to be longer, and this one 0 stars for it! Also, there are drawers inside the two sets of doors on either side of the cook top. Looking back, I wish we had just used regular drawers, but we may elect to do that in the future.

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The double ovens work great and are accurate with the temperatures, I have used 2 thermometers to verify this. The microwave is huge inside, but a handle would be better...there are constantly fingerprints all over it...having 4 kids doesn't help!

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Storage on both ends of the island and the back as well...we like it! No knobs on either side, we don't want to 'catch' them as we walk by.

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Different pulls up high for the small glass-fronts

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A good look at the granite island

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3 x 6 Henry tile is bone finish...color is off in picture, but we like this tile

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A look at the BS. 36" Thermador cook top. PS...that is a Lodge griddle/grill, we love it and it gets used nearly every day. Best $45 dollars spent in a long time. 600cfm hood from Thermador.

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42" Thermador fridge, no in-door ice, we have another fridge in our nearby laundry room. Again, very happy with this refrigerator.

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A few more...just for fun!

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I hope this helps someone, and I figured I'd get some pictures while it was relatively clean! Have a great day!


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ABB club, buh-bye! Backsplash is

posted by: bowyer123 on 05.16.2013 at 08:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

It's been a while since I asked for help from fellow GW-ers, thank you for your ideas. We decided to keep our BS simple and let the granite be the star. We're very happy with how it turned out.

We weren't sure if we wanted longer tiles, wavy tiles or even colored tiles. We went with the pattern over the cook top to add some interest and break up the very long wall of tile. The wavy tiles were nice, but a bit busy...we weren't sure if we would like it long-term. The tile we chose is from Henry tile, 3" X 6" crackle-finish in their 'bone' color.

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RE: I need pictures of White Subway tile (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: theanimala on 04.30.2010 at 05:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's ours, a bit different as we used white glass tiles.



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RE: I need pictures of White Subway tile (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: sally123 on 04.30.2010 at 01:26 am in Kitchens Forum

I used mini-subways. Probably not what you are looking for, but I can't help it. They're just so cute.


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RE: I need pictures of White Subway tile (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: redroze on 04.28.2010 at 02:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine - Ann Sacks, brand is Heath Ceramics, colour Chalk White, 2x8, handmade unevven edge. It makes the tiling trickier as your grout lines have to account for the unneven edges.


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I need pictures of White Subway tile

posted by: justmejulie on 04.27.2010 at 11:00 am in Kitchens Forum

I am planning on basic white subway tile for my backsplash over a blackish granite. I am looking at all kinds. Glossy straight edge, hanmade uneven edge, beveled. If you have subway tile, especially white can you please post a picture? Also if you could let me know what color grout you used that would be so helpful also. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! :o)


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Who makes gorgeous crackle subway tiles that look hand-made?

posted by: Fun2Learn on 03.26.2011 at 12:42 am in Kitchens Forum

I have been searching and searching for just the right tile for my backsplash, but I am not finding exactly what I want. Can any of you tell me who manufactures gorgeous, crackle-glazed subway tiles that look hand-made and aren't ridiculously expensive? (preferably under $20 a square foot, if possible). (I am assuming that an authentic hand-made tile would cost much more, but if you know of any that aren't too expensive, I'd love to know about those, too!)

I love the traditional, old- world, classic kind of look. I love tiles that have lots of variation in surface texture and in the glaze color. It does seem to be hard to get that glaze variation in the off-white color I am looking for; I have only seen that in the darker colors. Maybe an off-white tile with an overglaze of a slightly darker shade would give the look I am after? Does anyone know of a tile like that? I need a "biscuit", "cream", or "bone" type of color to blend with my light, creamy colored granite. I'd love to see photos of your tiles and backsplashes, if you have any.

Also, if anyone has any subway tile backpslashes with decos and/or borders/listellos, etc., I'd love to see them for ideas. I'd also love to see any examples of 2-tone subway tile backsplashes (where the border or decoratives are different colors than the field tiles). I've seen that done on some beautiful sample boards in various tile shops, but have never seen it in real life. Thanks so much.


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RE: Anyone complete their London Gray or Frosty Carrina counters (Follow-Up #36)

posted by: elbyphoto on 04.25.2013 at 09:52 am in Kitchens Forum

Our London Grey countertops are being installed on 5/3! Cabinets are anxiously awaiting.....


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RE: Kompy UPDATE: My Plain & Fancy Kitchen in Progress (Follow-Up #54)

posted by: kompy on 04.30.2013 at 06:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

Erinf8, Here's my hardware information.

Purchased from: Hardware Resources

Jeffrey Alexander Brand
Belcastel Series » Order # MO6373NI

I got the matching knob and the matching polished nickel cabinet latches for the upper-most wall cabinet doors.

You can purchase them at other online vendors as well.

They are very well made, incredibly shiny (Bling!) and heavy.

See weblink below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hardware Resources


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Reveal of our smallish white and gray kitchen

posted by: erhm on 04.06.2013 at 08:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been hanging out here for a few months and have learned a lot. Plus I always love seeing what other folks have done and I adore the pictures of newly renovated kitchens. We are now done with our remodel so I thought I'd return the favor! Here goes.

The old kitchen had a bunch of issues: not enough storage or countertop space, no ventilation, peeling paint on the cabinets, hideous vinyl floor, and stained butcher block countertops.

Here's the old kitchen:
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There was a bunch of unused space in the eating area--we stuck our microwave and recycling bins in this area:

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Although the old kitchen had a number of issues,we found the layout to be reasonably functional (given the constraints of the house--it's a 1935 brick colonial with a 1970's-era addition on the back). We did not have the budget or the patience for a major remodel that would involve an addition and/or moving walls around, and we generally like the layout of the rest of the house. So we decided to keep the basic floorplan while replacing everything and making some changes around the edges. We added shallow lower cabinets and a strip of countertop to the wasted space in the eating area, with open shelving above. We added an externally vented hood and switched to a wood floor that matches the rest of the flooring on the first floor of the house. We went with two big lower drawers instead of cabinets for pot and pan storage. Here are some pictures of the new kitchen--I'll list all the details at the end.

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Counters: Caesarstone Raven
Floors: oak stained to match the rest of the first floor
Cabinets: local custom shaker cabs in "frosty white"
Hardware: Top Knobs
Sink: Kohler Whitehaven
Faucet: Delta Allora
Backsplash: Solistone Mardi Gras in Carollton
Range: GE Cafe gas with double oven
Dishwasher: Bosch SHX33RL5UC
Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid Counter Depth French Door
Hood: Zephyr Savona 30"
Microwave: GE Profile with trim kit
Paint: Martha Stewart Spring Melt
Table: Room and Board Aria in white
Chairs: Ikea Sigurd in dark gray

We are very happy with the end result. I'm particularly pleased with how all the colors came together. We LOVE the new backsplash. I had seen a few pictures online of how the tile looked installed, but it's hard to envision in your own space with just a single sample tile. The tile is a greenish gray that varies depending on how the light hits it. It's actually uniform in color, but it appears variegated because of the light effect. It has a little bit of shimmer but isn't too showy. I had originally thought we would go for gray paint on the walls, but our dining room is painted green so I started looking at grays with some green in them, and we ultimately ended up with paint that is green with a gray overtone (Spring Melt from Martha Stewart at Home Depot). The pictures don't do it justice, but it coordinates really well with the backsplash and I find it really soothing. I also really love our new hood--going from no ventilation to this is a huge improvement! The Zephyr Savona is a chimney-style hood but it has a rounded edge that makes it a little sleeker looking.

Based on everything I've learned over the last few months it seems like a lot of what we did is right in line with current trends (quartz counters, white cabinets, some open shelving, farmhouse sink), but we love it so I'm not too concerned about it looking dated in a few years. Plus we are planning to stay in this house for years to come, so no worries about resale.

Let me know if you have any questions. I benefited so much from seeing and hearing about others' decisions--would be happy to help if I can!


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RE: Gap between cabinets and ceiling (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: erhm on 04.30.2013 at 08:44 am in Kitchens Forum

We added a soffit to fill the gap between the tops of our cabinets and the ceiling--didn't like the idea of cleaning up there and thought it would look uneven. I think it looks fine--here's a picture:  photo IMG_1724_zpsb6ba103b.jpg


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Does a marble backsplash work w/ Cambria Torquay

posted by: Doba on 04.29.2013 at 10:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, my demo started today. I am trying to decide what backsplash to use with the Cambria Torquay. My floors will be similar to the table color in the background (wood - golden oak) and BM Simply White for the cabs. I have glass, ceramic and marble options. If I went with the marble subway tile, I would use the herringbone for the area over the range and the 3 x 6 tiles everywhere else. I welcome your thoughts. I don't know if I should try to place real marble with a quartz top.


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RE: Does a marble backsplash work w/ Cambria Torquay (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: SparklingWater on 04.30.2013 at 08:43 am in Kitchens Forum

Two other possibilities in glass from Emser Ceramic & Porcelain to offer contrasting material and add depth that I bookmarked for light toned quartz countertops:

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Here is a link that might be useful: Emser tile link:


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Kompy UPDATE: My Plain & Fancy Kitchen in Progress

posted by: kompy on 04.27.2013 at 11:55 am in Kitchens Forum

I posted a few months ago. I went through a divorce in 2010 and purchased a 1930's Colonial. I finally got around to remodeling my bath and kitchen this year.

Here's my before! Not bad for almost 60 years old. The cabinets had solid birch end panels. The range was cool but the oven's thermostat was unreliable. I never really knew what it was heated to. LOL. The oven door would fall open easily and was dangerous.



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My kitchen 93.8467% finished! tons of pics!

posted by: quelyn on 04.28.2013 at 11:19 am in Kitchens Forum

Hello! My husband and I did the reno ourselves since I was hosting a baby shower and had to have it completed by yesterday (Saturday!) Eek! We got most of it done, had a great time at the shower, but I have to say thanks to you Kitchen forum peeps, I cannot tell you how many times my husband and a referenced this forum to look for hints, ideas, answers, etc. Unbelievable resource this is! And now for some pics (sorry they were taken with my phone...) My husband is fabulous and every single thing in the kitchen except for the countertops! He even did the beautiful ceiling and cabinets! (although he is a cabinetmaker by trade :) )

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The counters are marble and my ceilings are 9 feet so I am not sure how tall the uppers are but they are the standard off the counter and extend all the way to the crown. Thanks for all the kind comments!

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RE: Has anyone installed Caesarstone London Grey or Frosty Carrin (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: gooster on 04.22.2013 at 08:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Oh, I'm sorry, I made a mistake by posting images that were too large. The White got truncated. Let's try this one:

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Here's a close up of the edge, which shows the color under different lighting

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Piatra Gray, Installed (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: gooster on 04.18.2013 at 06:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

The OP blondelle also asked to see the Piatra Grey. Here's the PG, just installed this morning. It reads a little more of a brown undertones in the photos than in real life.

Against White:
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Against a cherry stain:
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A long view of the island, showing more of the slab; the lines are caused by a reflection from the ceiling
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And as a bonus pic, contrasted against the true Carrara Bianco marble that is going on the raised ledge/sill (an original detail we chose to retain)
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Has anyone installed Caesarstone London Grey or Frosty Carrina?

posted by: blondelle on 03.01.2013 at 08:36 am in Kitchens Forum

I think some gals here mentioned they chose London Grey for their counters. Has anyone done the install of it yet? Would love to see, if you have. Also would love to see the Piatra Gray and the Frosty Carrina if anyone has installed those. They are all gorgeous.


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Countertops installed--love them, but have an issue.

posted by: WMA89 on 04.19.2013 at 02:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

My Corian Sea Salt countertops were installed yesterday. I was so nervous about how they would actually look in place as I was working from a very small sample. But I absolutely love them and am very happy with my choice. The only problem is the corner radius. When the template guy was here I specifically said I didn't want rounded corners and to make them as square as possible. Well, they arrived rounded. I don't know what the radius is, nor did the installer--he guessed 3/4". He told me this is standard and there was not much they could do now. Because these countertops have been delayed due to a variety of issues, our remodel has been significantly held up. So I thought I would live with it. However I keep looking at it and wondering if they could come back out and cut the corners on-site. My biggest issue is the way it looks on the built out hutch cabinet. Any opinions? This has been so stressful (we've been living in the basement since September), and I hesitate to start any new battles, but I don't want have big regrets down the road.
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Basement Kitchenette Mini-Reveal

posted by: mpagmom on 04.18.2013 at 01:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

Steph2000, this is for you!

When we built our house last year we set aside an 11.5-foot long stretch of wall in the basement for a kitchenette. My brother brings his family from overseas once every couple years and they stay about a month. Because they have strict religious dietary restrictions, it is always best for them to have their own kitchen space (for example, none of the dishes, cookware, or utensils they use should ever be exposed to pork). When he isn't visiting I use the freezer for overflow (and very occasionally the refrigerator) and the oven a few times a year (maybe baked potatoes in the summer or a turkey at Thanksgiving).

We had electrical and plumbing added by our builder, but we planned to install a kitchen later. Much later. Until my brother called in October and told us he planned to visit in a month. I wondered if I could put in a kitchen in a month and quickly decided I could.

I may have chosen Ikea cabinets anyway to keep costs down, but now I was definitely going with Ikea because I didn't have time for anything else. And it was nice that I could fit the whole kitchen in the back of my minivan. I found out my brother was coming on Sunday, planned the kitchen Monday-Wednesday, purchased the kitchen Thursday, installed the cabinets Friday-Saturday, and had the countertops measured for granite on the following Monday. Everything but the backsplash installation was done by the time my brother arrived, and I finally got around to that early this week.

Ikea was having one of their "10% off if you spend $3500" sales, so I got everything from them that I could to get the discount - cabinets, granite, sink, garbage disposal, and accessories. They usually have a 25 sq. ft. minimum for countertop installations but they did mine anyway even though it was half that. The installers did a nice job, too. I already had the range and refrigerator from a previous house or I would have considered stainless.

Oh, and I know putting the range in a corner is not optimal, but I did it anyway because that was the layout I liked best. It does meet our state building code, which says only that the range must be installed according to the manufacturer's specifications. The manufacturer says this is OK. My brother uses the oven quite a bit, but almost never uses the stove. Maybe they make rice now and then. If someone were using the stove often, I would beg them to only use the burners on the left.

You can't beat Ikea for ease of installation. We are not big DIY-ers and the hardest part was probably the light rail and top trim. I agonized over drilling holes for the knobs, too, but they came out OK.

So here it is. I'll give as many details as I can remember, but if you have questions feel free to ask.

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The basement is a walkout, and the picture above was taken with only natural light. The puck lights inside the cabinets were obviously on, and I have them on a motion sensor switch so they come on when you enter the basement. It's a nice night light for my son (who has a bedroom down there) and my husband (who has an office down there). The light is not really that yellow, that's the photography.

The picture below shows the texture of the glass in the cabinets. It isn't quite clear, which I like. It is actually more opaque in real life than in this picture. I'm sure I'll put more stuff in these cabinets at some point.

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And this shows a closer view of the granite, backsplash, and Ikea sink:

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Here are the details:

Ikea Adel white cabinets (they are kind of an off-white)

Ikea knobs (I think they are called Fintorp)

Steel Grey granite

AKDO 3/4-inch x 3/4-inch Carrara Bella honed marble backsplash

Ikea Bredskar 20" undermount sink with collander

Daltile City View Seaside Boardwalk 18"x18" floor tile

Tri-flow faucet from local water filtration company

Zephyr Breeze II Range Hood

Samsung RB195ACBP Refrigerator

GE electric range

LED undercabinet lighting is from American Fluorescent AMF-LUL24WH

LED puck lighting is from WAC Lighting HR-LED 85-WT

SW Comfort Gray paint

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RE: New Caesarstone Frosty Carrina & London Gray light marble loo (Follow-Up #63)

posted by: blondelle on 04.13.2013 at 06:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

This 2 x 4 marble subway tile from Crossville looks nice with the Frosty Carrina. It's not carrara so no heavy gray tones and it has a mix of whites that ties in the warmer white of the FB. It's less creamy than it looks online. Daltile also has a white marble that's not carrara that I think would work too. Subway in that is 3 x 6. I haven't seen that one in person but it seems to lean towards the creamy and it's not very busy. It's on their site.

Here is a link that might be useful: Crossville Unicorn


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RE: New Caesarstone Frosty Carrina & London Gray light marble loo (Follow-Up #59)

posted by: NessaB on 04.10.2013 at 10:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our Frosty Carrina counters were installed last week. Here's a picture of them. As you can see they are not busy at all, they look almost solid white until you get close to them. The veining is very subtle. We're matching them with a Carrera basketweave backsplash which should be installed in the next week or so.
Pricing in Canada is very reasonable, I'm surprised at the quotes I'm seeing in earlier posts. We paid $4200 for the stone and fabricating.


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RE: Limestone a bad idea for counter? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: lovetodream on 03.21.2013 at 10:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

I don't know if you'd like this, but I just had LG Viatera Natural Limestone installed (today, actually, so still processing that it is DONE).

We're not finished with the kitchen so pardon the drawers that aren't adjusted correctly, etc, but here it is taken with a camera phone.

(p.s. we paid $50/sq ft for 3 cm at HD)


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Another backsplash post!

posted by: msrose on 04.06.2013 at 10:52 am in Kitchens Forum

I don't have a complete remodel like most of you, but I'm obsessing over my backsplash just as much. I always hate posting pictures of my kitchen, because my camera makes my cabinets look worse than they really are. In person, they don't look bad. I have Taj Mahal countertops.

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Here's the samples I have so far.

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I'm leaning towards the 3rd one, but just can't commit yet.

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Like most of us on here, I adore Pipdog's backsplash and have been looking for something that would give me a similar look. I found one that I thought might do the trick. It's Sonoma Tilemakers Vihara Annika Silk:

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I finally found a place locally that had it and It didn't look the same in person as on the web. Here's a small sample they gave me. I told them I really needed to see a larger piece, so I asked them to order a sheet of it. That was 2 weeks ago and I'm still waiting for it.

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I did manage to find white onyx one place, but it didn't look like pipdog's to me. I forgot to take a picture, but it looked similar to the honey onyx except whiter.

Here's another look I love, but I haven't been able to find anything similar that looks good with Taj Mahal.

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Here's the flower tile. I didn't ask the price at the place I found them locally, but I found it online for $40 something, so I think it may be more than I want to spend.

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Do you have carrera marble backsplash? Is it kitchen friendly?

posted by: cathy725 on 04.07.2013 at 04:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm in the middle of my remodel and I'm trying to figure out my backsplash. I've got some carrera marble 3" x 6" tiles that might be the answer. It looks good with the current paint, but until I get the granite in, I won't be able to make a final decision.

What has been your experience on how this type of backsplash holds up to cooking, grease, splashes, etc. I will seal the marble and the research I've done shows that sealing it will help keep it looking good. I've found more information on marble countertops than actual marble backsplashes in use (lots of pretty pictures, though).

Thanks for any information on marble backsplashes in action. My granite will be volga blue, my walls are a light gray, and I think this might work for my backsplash!


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A good weekend for tiling in MD...

posted by: fouramblues on 04.07.2013 at 09:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey, everyone! I haven't been around much lately. I guess my TKO-ness is slowly waning as my kitchen nears completion. It's not finished yet, but we're getting closer! Here's what it looked like early yesterday morning:

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And here's what it looks like today:

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Finally, here's a closeup so you can really see the tile (suggested by our own EAM44!):

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The last pic shows the color the best. I tiled it all by myself, and it looks as though I was drinking while tiling, but I swear I wasn't! (I sure had a few last night, however!) But know what? I still love it. :) I'm going to tile all the way up on either side of the window, and I'll use a grout that's darker than the tile, since I like the way the shadows look now. But that'll have to wait until I have a free weekend with good weather.


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RE: New Caesarstone Frosty Carrina & London Gray light marble (Follow-Up #56)

posted by: gooster on 04.08.2013 at 12:41 am in Kitchens Forum

Templating for my Piatra Grey counters is this week! Getting excited about it all, of course. I've decided to be brave and we're mixing it with some real Bianco Carrara marble in parts of the kitchen.

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RE: Tile guy refused to install my arabesque backsplash" (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: shanghaimom on 04.08.2013 at 09:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

I agree, you're fortunate the tiler didn't attempt a job he knew he couldn't do well.

Hopefully, your GC will find someone else who feels confident and comfortable with the installation. Or, put a toilet in the kitchen and see if he'll give it a go. (The tile, that is.)
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RE: Hardware color on white cabinets (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: TorontoTim on 03.15.2013 at 08:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

We did a stainless sink in marble counters, a stainless Kohler faucet (stainless, not finished to look like stainless) and the knobs/pulls are all a brushed silver color. They were actually just cheapy Amerock pieces I got at Home Depot.

Now, depending on the rest of your decor and taste, something closer to solid black (I'm not a fan of oil rubbed bronze - I prefer a cast iron look) would work. You could also do a stainless faucet and crystal knobs on the cabinets.

There's no wrong answer - just buy what you love and ignore the advice of a kitchen designer.

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Looking for a black/gray matte countertop

posted by: threegraces on 02.09.2013 at 12:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

I was all set on enhanced (which I don't fully understand), honed opalescence as it fits the budget, but then I saw scary pictures of water spots and smudges. I thought that would be more of a problem with polished showing smudges but apparently not.

It must be:
-dark gray/black
-matte or at least not highly reflective
-relatively uniform/low movement
-relatively bulletproof
-<$100 sq/ft installed (for reference the honed opalescence is running $75-85 in my area)
-it does not have to be granite but I would like stone

I used to have time to be utterly, wonderfully TKO but with a baby, I'm TBO(totally baby obsessed) and TTO (totally tired out). Appreciate the help.


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Mpagmom--how's the tiling going??

posted by: breezygirl on 06.26.2012 at 09:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm so anxious to know how its going! Pics? I'd love to see how it's shaping up. :)


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RE: Mpagmom--how's the tiling going?? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: mpagmom on 07.08.2012 at 08:50 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks, berardmr. It is ming green sunflower mosaic tile from Saltillo Tile Imports in Canada. The only place I know where you can get it in the US is Caledonia Tile in Indianapolis. They ship quickly for a pretty reasonable rate. I ordered samples before placing my order. It comes in a couple different marbles besides ming green. I liked the carrera, but it isn't nearly as interesting.


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A little bit of sneak preview

posted by: justmakeit on 04.01.2013 at 10:46 am in Kitchens Forum

As I posted a few days ago, I went on vacation while the contractor was working, and I came home to a more finished kitchen than I left. Still not finished by a long shot, but getting there. As I type this, the guys are doing some finishing work -- baseboards, finishing the floating shelves -- and tomorrow the electrician and plumber are coming. Until we get a few more of the appliances up and running, I'm toiling away in my basement temp kitchen. Still practicing that whole patience thing :-)






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RE: Do you recognize this pull? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: pipdog on 03.08.2013 at 06:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here it is - it's a Belwith pull


Here is a link that might be useful: Belwith pull


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Finished Kitchen Pictures!

posted by: ayerg73 on 05.28.2012 at 05:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

After over a year of planning and lots of great advice from this forum, it's time for the big reveal! The kitchen is finally finished!!

Ok - here are all the details...
Cabinets - custom builder. Shaker style. Full overlay. Painted cabinets - Colored Lacquer used is same color as SW Impressive Ivory.
Wood cabinets - natural cherry.
Hardware - Amerock Highland Ridge in Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze. 128mm and a few 3" pulls on small drawers.
Countertops - Anasazi Soapstone from The Stone Studio in Batesville, IN
Backsplash Tile - Debris Tile from Fireclay Tile. 2x6 subways in Kelp Green with swirl accents.
Fireplace Tile - Modern Mythology Phoenix Mixed Stone Mosaic
Paint - Walls are SW Krypton. Trim is SW Impressive Ivory at 50% intensity
Floor - Historic Blend Hickory floor from Tennessee Wood Flooring with hand distressing and square nail holes. 3, 4 & 5" planks, mixed.
Range - Bertazzoni Dual Fuel 48" range in black
Hood - Vent a Hood
Dishwasher - Bosch 800 Plus
Microwave - Sharp 24" Drawer
Sink - Blanco Silgranit Super single in Anthracite
Faucet - Grohe Concetto in Chrome
Soap Dispenser - Elkay Deluxe in Chrome
UCL - Neutral White LED strips from Environmental Lights
Pendants - Kichler Sayre 12" in ORB
Chandelier - Murry Feiss Sullivan Collection in ORB

The old kitchen was not in a terrible state, it was just not functional for us. The double ovens wouldn't close and we'd been reduced to duct taping them closed. The cooktop didn't cook anything evenly and the tile was coming up. There was also a ton of wasted space, which just irritated me when I couldn't find a place to store anything.

I knew I wanted a traditional range because I have short arms and always worried about burning myself when getting things out of the wall ovens, so I knew that a layout change was in order. We also had a very dark space with almost no natural light. We opened up the room to the dining room and put in light colored cabinets with lots of great lighting. The room definitely doesn't feel dark anymore. YAY!

Here's what we were working with before:
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And here's what we have now...









Love the dog food storage. It makes feeding time a whole lot easier.

And my spice/knife drawer - thanks to Breezy for the idea!

It seems like just about every decision in our space has been touched in some way by you guys. Thanks for helping us create our dream kitchen!


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How do you store a LARGE collection of spices?

posted by: cj47 on 02.10.2008 at 12:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

For those of you who keep large numbers of spices, what storage solutions do you employ? I currently store my spices in two (overflowing) 10X18 narrow boxes slid into narrow cabinets next to the stove. I also have a wall rack where the everyday spices reside--various cinnamons, peppers, salts, salad seasonings and the like. We are planning a major renovation in our home, including a new kitchen. I need ideas on how to manage the spice inventory. I love to cook, and I do use them all. So, those of you with large spice inventories--please, please, share your storage solutions with me! If you can manage it, pictures would be MOST appreciated!!

PS, I live near Penzey's. It's a both a blessing and a curse. :-)



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Kitchen Reveal - Traditional Quiet White Kitchen

posted by: ArchitectMamma on 03.03.2013 at 09:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

When the second oven blew out last summer on our 20 year old Viking, we knew the writing was on the wall to renovate the kitchen. Our home was built in 1919 and when the previous owners had renovated the kitchen in 1990, they “modernized” the kitchen, removing some of the original moldings that matched the rest of the house, adding black formica, checkerboard tile, and a professional, albeit oversized, range. We wanted to create a new kitchen with style choices appropriate to the simple detailing of our red brick Georgian home, restore the moldings, and create more storage space. The first thing we did was to remove the soffit that ran around the perimeter of the kitchen. Sure enough, it was hiding piping that offset just below our finished ceiling. We were able to abandon a redundant radiator on the floor above and re-route the piping into the ceiling. This gave us not only more storage but also the feeling of a much higher ceiling than 8’-3.” We were able to keep the flooring intact and re-use the existing dishwasher. In addition to my role as designer, I also was the GC. Although I am pretty quiet here on the forum, I learned quite a bit from all of you and just knowing we were all going through the same thing together helped quiet my nerves when I thought I couldn’t take another day of this. Thank you!!!

Cabinets: Custom inset shaker style by Dutchwood Cabinetmakers painted Sail White
Hardware: Westerly pulls by Amerock in Satin Nickel, Hafele butt hinges in Satin Nickel
Paint: Walls: Benjamin Moore_Coastal Fog // Trim: Benjamin Moore _Linen White
Tile: Dal-Tile Rittenhouse 3x6 in Biscuit
Countertops: Madreperla Quartzite
Range: 36” Wolf, all gas
Hood: Vent-a-hood
Refrigerator: 36” SubZero French Door
Dishwasher: Re-used KitchenAid
Sink: Franke KBX11028 with sink grid
Faucet: Rohl/Perrin & Rowe Traditional Bridge Faucet
Filter Faucet: Kohler Traditional Wellspring Beverage Faucet
Filter: Multi-Pure
Recessed lights: Halo 4” incandescent
Pendant lights: Restoration Hardware, 8” Benson pendant in Satin Nickel
Undercabinet lighting: Kichler Xenon

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More photos are on photobucket, if they ask for a guest password, it is Gardenweb.

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2LittleFishies Yellow Kitchen Reveal !!! LONG!

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 02.08.2013 at 09:07 am in Kitchens Forum

OK, here is my finished yellow kitchen thread! Can't believe it is here!
I can't thank ALL of you enough (or at least those who shared in my vision!) for all the help. Like most of us I really spent so much time on every decision. I joke that nothing happened by accident.
There are so many of you that contributed your thoughts and ideas but I want to especially thank lavender_lass and marcolo for all of their wise words and helping me find and stay true to my vision.
I found the hardest part of renovating is not going off track every time you have to make a decision and not letting others sway you to do things you really don't want to do!

What is NOT finished:
*Still waiting on banquette bench for between the 2 built-ins
*New Dining Table
*2 ends of the Backsplash Tile are not installed yet b/c they were sent back to manufacturer to get a bull-nosed edge.
*Custom light switch cover to match BS tile.
*Deciding on window treatments-whether or not to do them...


*Custom Cabinetry- Gilreath Cabinetry in Harrisburg PA
Perimeter is 36" finished, island is 34" high, baking area 33" high

*Colors of Cabinetry- BM Barley 199, BM Mascarpone AF-20 Cabinets were finished with a catalyzed lacquer (not paint) and clear top coat.

*Wall Paint- Kitchen- BM Elephant Tusk OC-8
Dining Area/Living Room BM Woodlawn Blue HC-147
Living Room BM Putnam Ivory HC-39

*Countertops- Vermont Imperial Danby Marble 3cm (purchased from PMI in NJ); Black Walnut 2" Thick Island Top finished with Satin Waterlox (constructed by our Cabinet Maker)

*Island Size is 9 feet x 51 inches *We keep 5 stools at the island but 6 fit fine (2 at the end)

Thermador CIT365GM 36" Induction Cooktop (mirrored finish)
Electrolux Icon Double Ovens- Professional Series E30EW85GPS6
Electrolux Icon French Door Fridge- Professional Series E23BC68JPS5
Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher- SHV7ER53UC
Miele H4080BM Speed Oven
Marvel 60RDEBBO Fridge Drawers

*Floors- Red Oak finished with Minwax Provincial Stain and Vermeister Commercial Finish Poly. Matte

Renovation Hardware Gilmore Cup Pulls in Chrome
Top Knobs Cabinet Latches in Chrome
Emtek Old Town Clear Knob in Chrome
Schaub & Company 6" Chrome Pulls and 12" pull for Dishwasher

UCL & In Cabs- Seagull LED lights 3000K temp
Drum Pendants- Lamps Plus
5 light Chandelier- Visual Comfort- Michael S Smith Eiffel Chandelier in Polished Nickel

Main- Kohler Whitehaven K-6489 36" Apron Front Cast Iron Sink
Prep- Kohler K-6584 Iron/Tones Cast Iron Sink

Main- Moen Woodmere in Chrome S7208C
Prep- Moen Woodmere Prep Faucet in Chrome S6208C
Soap dispensers- Moen
Pot Filler- Moen Showhouse

*Insinkerator Evolution Essential Disposal
Insinkerator Instahot Faucet F-HC2215 Chrome
Insinkerator SST-FLTR

*Backsplash by Wizard Tile
Design is Ribbons & Feathers with Crackle Glaze in Custom Color

*Stools- Counter Height from Grandinroad

BEFORE: This project included pushing out the entire back of our 1950 Cape 7 feet. Also, removing about 5' of our living room wall which involved moving the basement steps over. Removing a wall between the dining room and kitchen, adding a covered porch. We also did all new siding and other exterior things but I'll stick to inside.

Kitchen was originally a galley measuring about 19' x 9 1/2'. Dining Room was about 8 1/2' wide. Now it's really one large room 28' x 16 1/2'. Kitchen side alone is 16' x 16 1/2'

Choosing reveal photos was worse than narrowing down pics for our Wedding Album! SO sorry in advance for the quantity! Hopefully you'll never have to ask me for more pics : )

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Most of my drawers like these are adjustable which I'd highly recommend. If they weren't I wouldn't have been able to remove partitions to fit taller pieces.

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Key Cabinet

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My KitchenAid

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TV Pocket Doors Over Fridge

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Thanks, Breezy : )

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Storage at Back of Island (Shelves are 9 1/2" deep)

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MY ORGANIZATIONAL SPOT (cork back, file drawer, printer, BluRay player, desk items, charging drawer)

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CUSTOM SLIDING DOORS-- These were at one point supposed to be pocket doors but I didn't want to close off views by having 3' of wall pocket on either side so came up with this which is working well at blocking sound but still gives an open feeling to the space.
I also love the 3 lights on the top so it's less busy and easier to clean!

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The blue looks brighter than it does IRL:

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THANK YOU GW for this FUN, FULFILLING, (and often STRESSFUL) Experience : )

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No longer dusty! (Kitchen 99.9% done)

posted by: AboutToGetDusty on 07.18.2012 at 10:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you, Gardenweb!!! Couldn't have done it without you :-) We still need a couple of things, like two missing glass shelves, and we're replacing the door hinges on the basement and porch door. And now that it's pretty much done, I'm itching to design my dining room because it's just not speaking to me next to the kitchen ;-)
So check out the two Rev-a-shelf 3" pullouts that I wouldn't have known about it without your help :-) Now I feel better about the 6" of "oops" space! I still need to post a picture of the velcro'd on sink legs so you can all vote. But here is a bunch of pictures - I'm tickled pink with my first try at kitchen design. Had to make compromises with an old house, like the above-sink soffit that had to stay, and we had some frustrations. But with our budget and time constraints, we are very pleased with the results. Now if only some key kitchen items would come out of hiding (where art thou, baking sheets?!)
Kitchen pictures:


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Basic lesson in under cabinet lighting? Recommendations?

posted by: Gigibozo on 03.24.2013 at 02:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can anyone give me a lesson in under cabinet lighting? Any recommendations? Tips? I don't have it in my current 20-plus year kitchen, so I am clueless.



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Reno. Is. Done. Kitchen reveal at long last!

posted by: phylhl on 03.14.2013 at 01:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

Demo started last April. The last screw went in about 2 weeks ago. The trauma has subsided a bit, hence I was able to get it together and post pix of the baths.

Master bath:

Other baths:

And now for the kitchen!



Our little bar area:






Where we keep the dog food:

The view into the family room, now open to the kitchen (oh now how to furnish that room?!?)


the microwave hiding spot (garage door/pocket door):

Pantry - just 12" deep

Mudroom - widened by about 1 foot:

Mudroom bench

Here's some general info:
Granite - Bianco Antico
Tile backsplash - Red Rock 2x8 in Twig
Hood - Modernaire in Oil rubbed bronze with blackened steel accents
Lights - Hudson Valley Garrison (bronze) and Winfield pendants (bronze)
Faucets - Rohl
Knobs - colonial bronze in pewter and brushed nickel, pulls Omnia brushed nickel, and mudroom pulls/knobs Emtek in bronze.

Thanks to the many GWers who helped me address and navigate the issues as they arose. I only wish I'd discovered GW when I was going through the design! But we love it and it's incredibly functional.


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Out of the ABB Club (close enough anyway!)

posted by: lisa_wi on 11.13.2012 at 12:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

After visiting 7 tile stores, looking at Ann Sacks, Sonoma, Jeffrey Court, and many others I finally made a decision on a backsplash for my green and cream kitchen. The project is not quite complete. I still need to rent a wetsaw to finish up the row right under the cabs and below the window plus find the matching caulk, but it might be a couple more weeks and I didn't want to wait any longer to post my reveal!

And the winner is:

Random Quartzite from Lowe's at about $9 a square foot! The grout is Polyblend from Home Depot in Butter Cream. The stone is enhanced as well.

The quartzite ended up being the perfect thing to tie all my colors together and still give me the warm, slightly rustic touch I wanted and it was very budget friendly! I love that I didn't pay any shipping and I can return what I don't use.




Here is a link that might be useful: My Kitchen Reveal Thread


clipped on: 03.22.2013 at 08:53 pm    last updated on: 03.22.2013 at 08:53 pm

May be late to this tip for cleaning stainless but

posted by: golddust on 09.07.2012 at 03:04 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I just have to share in case there is anyone left besides me that doesn't know.

I used WD40 on my refrigerator and dishwasher and I think it is the best secret I have heard about yet. Has anyone else tried this?


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pics of retro backsplash with pencil liner?

posted by: fouramblues on 01.20.2013 at 01:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been taking a break from kitchen stuff recently. My budget and, frankly, my interest/stamina had dwindled. But we really want to get the backsplash in this spring, so I need to get all my ducks in a row. I hope you can help!

A while ago I posted for help deciding on what to do with the BS. Here are pics of my ABB kitchen:



You came up with lots of great ideas in that thread, but the one that just seemed right was donaleen's suggestion of a vintage-vibe BS with pencil liner. (Thanks, donaleen!) I might take artistic license with the height. Here's the photo example she posted (sorry, I don't know to whom to give credit!):


Do any of you have other examples of this type of simple BS with pencil liner? I think it would really help me envision what it'll look like in my space.

Many thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: my old backsplash thread


See soffit
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Think I picked cabinet pulls, finally!

posted by: williamsem on 03.13.2013 at 07:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Think we will go with the Amerock Westerly pulls. I have 3 drawer stacks that are 27-30 inches, so I'm thinking the 160 mm one for those (largest they make before the appliance pulls).

Now to figure out if I want pulls or knobs on the uppers, and what to do with the pull out units (12 in spice and tray, and 12 in pantry).

Style choices take me forever. Do these look ok together?

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Got my backsplash tile yesterday, wanna see?

posted by: fouramblues on 03.13.2013 at 01:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

We broke ground a year ago tomorrow on our kitchen bumpout/renovation. Seems like forever ago! We've still got a punch list as long as my arm, but it doesn't bother me much since we've had a fully functional kitchen since the end of July. The biggest thing left to do is the backsplash.

Yes, the backsplash... I got lots of help on GW and decided to go with a vintage-inspired 12" grey subway splash with chocolate brown pencil liner (thread below).

So I ordered and received all the tile. It just left me cold. The color was just too bland in my kitchen. (Yes, I had previously bought lots of samples.) And, though DH was happy to have the splash decision made, he really wanted a more contemporary splash. So I returned all the tile and let DH be in charge of round 2. He chose a linear porcelain tile that EAM44 suggested in a much older backsplash thread. The color sample suggested in that thread made the cabs look anemic, so we got samples of a different color, which we both ended up loving. And, finally, here it is in the boxes:


And here it is next to cabs (color is most accurate in photo above):


No installation date yet, but it's in the not-too-distant future. Thanks, GWers for all the help getting to this point!

Here is a link that might be useful: vintage-inspired splash thread


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Pip's Finished Kitchen! Lots of pics

posted by: pip on 12.21.2010 at 08:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to the many inspiring kitchens and knowledgeable people on this site, we just finished our 5 week remodel of our kitchen. The collective wisdom on this site helped us so much during the remodel!

The previous kitchen had been remodeled within the last 10 years, but it was separated from the rest of the home and lacked sufficient counter space for a family of four. We decided to tear down the wall that separated the kitchen and laundry room and expand into the dining room to give us more counter space. The windows in the corner were too low to run counters and that proved to be a design challenge. Instead of raising the windows which would have altered the architecture of the exterior of the home, we decided to make the area a banquette. We also moved the old doorway off the foyer and created two larger arches which open up the kitchen to the living and dining room.

The space was too small for an island, so we had our counter top fabricator make us a work table that is movable -- it has wheels and we can roll it out of the way if we want to open up the kitchen.

Cabinets - custom by Los Angeles cabinetmaker - maple shaker style (bar area is espresso finish)
Countertops - Madre Perla quartzite
Backsplash - White onyx staggered tile
Faucet - KWC Eve
Sink - Franke
All KitchenAid appliances, except for GE profile microwave Vent-a-hood
Lighting - onxy pendants purchased at Lighting Emporium
Pulls - Great Indoors
Floors - White Oak hardwoods to match the rest of the home
Paint- Martha Stewart "Fossil"




and, of course, a photo of Pip himself, enjoying his new kitchen...


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Ceasarstone seam, how bad would it look? Please share some photos

posted by: Beenana on 03.01.2013 at 07:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm trying to decide where my countertop seam should be. I'm using Ceasarstone Organic white. My architect thinks that the seam should be right in the middle of the sink so you only see short lines. I feel like it's right in front of my face and that would bother me. But if I push the seam off to the side (close to the corner). It would be a long cut all the way. I just wanna know how bad it would look. Anyone has experience with this? Please share. I seen some photos online some of them are pretty obvious and some aren't. Look at this link here. I think they did a good job!

Here is a link that might be useful: Ceasarstone seam


clipped on: 03.13.2013 at 09:20 pm    last updated on: 03.13.2013 at 09:51 pm

Finished Creamy White Kitchen

posted by: kfroddy on 04.18.2010 at 10:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted this kitchen when we finished it -- about three years ago -- but after getting a couple of follow-up questions, realized that it never got posted to the FKB. Hopefully it works this time.

Here are (hopefully) the pics:









Here are the particulars with my comments about how I like them three years later:

Cabinets: Mouser, custom inset, maple "China" painted finish (almost identical to Dove Wing, Benjamin Moore paint); cherry, burnished autumn (I think that's the finish) under the bar -- These cabinets have held up so well. I don't find them hard to keep clean like I thought I would, and I have two very young children. I just use the Guardsman polish Mouser recommends. They haven't shown any cracking or anything like others had reported about painted white cabinets when I was debating whether I should go ahead with them. I'm so glad I just went with what I loved!

Also, word of advice: make sure to take inventory of everything you own and think hard about where you are going to put it all when designing your cabinets. Not until I did that did I realize that I didn't need a specific "pots and pans" drawer -- the height of my pots could fit in a normal drawer, even when stacked. Using normal drawers allowed me to fit in a shallow top drawer for spatulas, etc. I can't imagine not having that shallow top drawer. Also, consider using the cabinet above the refrigerator as a place to store cookie sheets, muffin pans, extra pot lids, etc. We just put a few dividers in -- wonderful use of space!

Countertops: Black Pearl Antique granite -- I LOVE my countertop! Talk about low-maintenance! The "antique" finish gives it a soft feel like soapstone and shows no fingerprints like a honed finish. The black pearl granite is better than absolute black in hiding dirt because it has a little variation in color. I wanted soapstone, but had to be realistic about my lifestyle, and this was a perfect choice. I get so many compliments about this countertop (got at Marble Systems in Fairfax, VA).

Backsplash: Marble subway tile in Creme Marfil (light cream), polished -- Still lovely, and I've completely neglected it!

Pendant Lights: Restoration Hardware -- They are like jewels, giving the kitchen more interest.

Paint on walls: Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware

Hardware: Cup Pulls from Restoration Hardware, brushed nickel

Range: Wolf 36" all gas -- This is the one thing I'm not totally loving. While I like the look a lot (the red knobs make me smile), we had some issues with the stove-top "exploding" (gas build up b/f turning on with a bang) and then not lighting, etc. The non-sealed burners are a pain for someone who has no time to dote on them. You have to make sure everything is lined up just right. A lot of heat seems to escape from the oven -- it heats up the kitchen a lot, and the outside gets really hot to the touch. If you have the oven going, you can't cook delicate sauces. The oven doesn't really cook things evenly. Whatever is cooking furthest from the convection fan cooks a lot faster than the portion near the fan. If you get a Wolf, get the extended warranty. They are very very good about coming out and tweaking it. While I adore the look, I had better, consistent performance from my old lower-end range. You really need to cook a lot to get a "feel" on how it cooks so you don't burn things.
Hood: Vent-a-Hood, Nouveau Pro -- Does a very good job, although it's pretty loud (not unusually so though)

Sink: Franke Oceania -- Another thing I still absolutely love. A large one-bowl sink is a must! We use the colander as a drying rack, which keeps drying dishes off of the counter and "in" the sink.

Faucet: Grohe Ladyluxe - Looks nice and performs really well

Refrigerator: LG, French door -- I don't love this fridge, but it's fine. I find that if I put lettuce/spinach near the back, it freezes sometimes. A cabinet-depth fridge is a lot less space than I was used to -- thank goodness we kept the old fridge in the garage.
Warming Drawer: GE Monogram - We use this more than we thought we would
Dishwashwer: Bosch -- Nice, basic, quiet DW. Beware of water streaks on the stainless front panel -- just can't get them out, but they aren't super noticeable, so it's not that big of a deal.

Microwave/Additional Oven: GE Advantium -- Much better use of space and money than a second oven, although we don't use the Advantium much because there isn't a lot of guidance about how long to cook things. They mostly tested brand-name processed food and tell you how long to cook those items, but don't give guidance on how to figure out how to program your casserole.


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New Shitake Caesarstone

posted by: LLando on 04.19.2012 at 05:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Has anyone seen the new "shitake" caesarstone? I just got a sample of it, and I think it is beautiful. I was all set to go with Raven caesarstone, then I saw this color! I would love opinions - do you think shitake is a classic color? Thank you so much!


clipped on: 03.12.2013 at 01:20 am    last updated on: 03.12.2013 at 01:20 am

Life with soapstone--patina pictures galore

posted by: bayareafrancy on 08.04.2008 at 03:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been wanting to post these pictures for so long, but I've had horrible "soapstone elbow" from obsessive oiling, and I haven't been able to type much.

I don't baby this stone at all. In fact, I don't even use cutting boards very often (simply because I have a teeny kitchen with no good place for them). This is terrible for my knives, of course, but I like the nicks and scratches on the stone.

I have 2 kinds of 'wear' on my counter. One that I love, and the other that I don't love!

What I love are the marks of usage--scratches, dings, teeny chips. I want more and more of those. I'm restoring an 80 year old kitchen, and I want the counter to look as old an used as the rest of the kitchen.

Everyday look in my main (teeny) work area (you can see lots of fine white knife marks and scratches):

Another view:

After oiling (beautiful, but leads to pesky water marks, rubber marks, etc. as soon as I start using it)

What I don't love are the water marks! Argh, those pesky water marks! They drive me batty. They are only a problem if I oil the stone. If I leave it gray, the only thing that "stains/marks" it is oil (cooking oil, butter, etc.) but that can be washed off, The water marks mostly happen when something hot (like a dish right out of the dishwasher, or a lid from an in-use pot) is placed on it. The hot item seems to "steam clean" the bee's oil right off the stone. I can't figure out any solution to this.

Removed hot dish from microwave, placed lid here:

But the water marks I don't quite understand come from non-hot items. If the stone is freshly oiled, and I place a wet drinking glass on it, it will leave a ring. The ring (if faint) sometimes fades in a day or two, but not usually. Actually, I don't think think the ring is actually fading. I think the oiled area is fading to match the ring.


Water marks from regular glasses of water, and drips/puddles (these drive me batty). Am I the only one who gets these?:

Oh--the other thing that leaves rings is anything absorbent that can lift the oil out of the stone. So, I get a ring under my ceramic compost jar (the ceramic is unsealed on the bottom). Or flour spilled on the counter. Or rubber bottomed shoes (e.g. if I stand on the counter in sneakers or crocs, it will leave tread marks that won't go away until oiling. Or if I sit an appliance with rubber feet on the counter, it leaves footprints.)

All of these marks disappear with oiling. But constant oiling is hard for me and my poor elbow. So I'm thinking about "going gray."

Here is the everyday look in my other work area:

Another view (not for the faint hearted):

Of course, I still adore my soapstone. But I do with I could keep the dark look without battling all the water marks.

I've been painting the kitchen for a couple weeks now. It has been great to have mineral spirits and paint sitting right on the counters without worry. Of course, the mineral spirits stripped the stone back to gray. And I"m thinking of leaving it that way. Luckily, any color of soapstone works in my kithcen. But I do adore it dark.

But, black or gray, spotty or not, I love my soapstone!




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Raven Caesarstone--real pics please!

posted by: jerseyshoremama on 01.07.2009 at 09:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

I would love see real pics of installed raven caesarstone!!! thanks~


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Please post picture of your backsplashes

posted by: minty88 on 11.09.2012 at 04:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am trying to get ideas for my backsplash. The posting on pictures of countertops came out so well, I wonder if anyone would be interested in showing their backsplashes too.

Could you please include the name and color of your backsplash along with the name and color of your grout?

Thanks in advance.


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white granite kitchen countertops

posted by: annsch on 01.02.2012 at 03:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Sorry if this is overkill on countertop talk. I am new to the forum. Just beginning a kitchen remodel. Thinkin of white granite kitchen countertops. Anyone have pix or pros and cons of your white granite? Advice?



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My picture heavy contemporary kitchen reveal!

posted by: amandasplit on 03.03.2013 at 06:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi GW!! I found this forum right before we ordered cabinets and I couldn't be more grateful. Although I didn't post as often as I read (which was A LOT) I just love looking at all your beautiful kitchens so here I am posting our final pics. Many thanks, especially to Beuhl, who was our de facto KD.

I’m not sure if I’m going to do a good job at explaining what all got changed, but here goes. And let me know if anyone has any questions!

Kitchen before :

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The picture below is the old family room (what we now use as a dining room) and you can see the kitchen through that small doorway with the doggy gate. On the other side of this wall was the dining room (what we now are using as a family room).

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We knocked out the wall between the family room and dining room, and widened the opening to the kitchen. It was a lot of demo:

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And here’s what it looks like now (please excuse the snackers):

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Here’s the view from the new family room (still need stools for that peninsula):

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View from the new dining room:

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View from the back wall to the new family room (old dining room):

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Back wall:

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Stove wall:
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LOVE the Thermy :

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What’s a contemporary kitchen without open shelving!

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The peninsula is to the right under the shelves:

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Here are some shots of the island (btw, the best thing about the remodel was adding a sliding glass door):

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Some more random shots:
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Does anyone have any suggestions for the far wall color? Green made sense before but now not so sure…
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Thank you to anyone who’s made it this far!

This post was edited by amandasplit on Sun, Mar 3, 13 at 18:38


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RE: Tray Divider Over Fridge (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: buehl on 03.19.2010 at 02:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

GW Tip...Instead of putting the trays & tray dividers on the floor of the cabinet and a shelf above, put the trays & tray dividers on the shelf and the have the smaller/shorter place for platters, etc. beneath sitting on the cabinet floor.

In most cases (especially if your trays are over ovens), you can reach the bottom of things on a shelf a few inches up. For trays, cooking racks, cookie sheets, etc., you only need to get to the lower corner and pull, you don't need to reach the top of the item to remove.

This setup allows you to be able to access not only the items in the tray dividers w/o a stool, but also the platters, etc.

Like this:


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