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Floor stain- coffee brown

posted by: MrsBrad on 01.05.2014 at 11:42 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm not sure if this is the best forum to post in or if the flooring forum would be better. But we are getting our oak floors refinished and stained in our kitchen this week. I am leaning toward duraseal coffee brown. I am looking for a medium/ dark rich brown stain with no red undertones. I would love for the wood grain to show through. I know I don't want super dark like ebony. My floor contractor suggested provincial, said its a popular option, but I think it's lighter than I want. I haven't had a chance to test out each color on the floor yet. I'm hoping to do that tomorrow. I would really love to see some pictures and hear experiences from those of you who have gone through this process. Has anyone used coffee brown? We plan on using a satin finish.

This is a photo with floors I love:


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Caesarstone Calacatta

posted by: AGK2003 on 11.12.2013 at 07:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

Has anyone seen a sample of the caesarstone calacatta classic? The AU site says it's coming out in early 2014. Was wondering about this since i've pretty much come to terms that I am a super messy cook and can't do any natural marbles.


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RE: Does warm-glow under-cabinet LED lighting really exist? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: theresse on 10.05.2012 at 04:09 am in Kitchens Forum

I had inquired in a post almost identical to yours and others on this site had lead me to the Seagull Ambiance linear undercab lights. I'm really happy with them. I got the dimmable xenon bulbs because - like you - I can't stand the coldness of the bright LED lights. Even the ones that claim to be warmer don't seem warm to me at all. These ones are wonderfully warm and very thin, too, hiding well. If you don't care about being able to dim them, I'm assuming you can just get them without the dimming. They'll get hotter than LEDs but it's never been a problem for us. I'll stick a picture of ours installed. I wonder how different they'd look over a stainless counter if they were LEDs?! You can pop out the bulbs and put in LEDs if you want in the future (they're interchangeable).

I'll also include a gardenweb link where others are going on about these lights as well.

Hope that helps!

Gray painted kitchen

Here is a link that might be useful: Thread with lots aobut Seagull lights


Undercouter lights
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RE: Does warm-glow under-cabinet LED lighting really exist? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: lisa_wi on 10.05.2012 at 12:26 am in Kitchens Forum

I used these in warm white on the recommendation of my electrician and I'm very happy with them.

Here is a link that might be useful: LED strip lighting


Undercounter lights
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Under Sink & Over Fridge organization - show yours?

posted by: miruca on 09.14.2013 at 02:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

It's cabinet organization time - do you have pictures of how you have organzied your under sink or over fridge cabinets?

In my stash of GW pic's I found just a couple on these two topics - and I'm thinking that there probably are lot more ideas out there. If so, would you share?

Below are the ones from others that I found in my picture stash..sorry, I don't have the GW names to go with them.

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RE: Island cooktop.....where do you store your cooking utensils? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: MizLizzie on 08.18.2013 at 06:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

gothaml, yes, that is a little cutting board. We ordered a standard 4-shelf pull out, and then removed a shelf. We could have gotten away with the 3 shelves but weren't sure how it would work.

Our cabinet contractor drilled holes with . . . dunno. A giant divot bit? Or maybe he was just good. He covered the surface, I think, in masking tape before cutting. Anyway, we had an extra shelf if he screwed it up.

After the crocks were dropped in, I was able to adjust the shelf beneath so that the crocks just barely rest on the shelf below, but each mfg may have a different drilling standard for shelf pins. Ours were Holiday. But this was more for appearance than weight-bearing.

I will link the container we dropped in below. As I think on it, the first we got came from Container Store. You can see that they have a little lip to catch on. I would get both sizes and measure. Our pull-outs are in a bumped out stove area so we used the larger but YMMV.

I don't really mind crocks on the counter but for us it was a matter of having 4 cats and a lot of cat hair. I always felt I needed to rinse before using, just in case. Paranoia, in part. And also being a utensil slut, as I may have mentioned . . .

Here is a link that might be useful: Utensil crocks at Container Store


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RE: Island cooktop.....where do you store your cooking utensils? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: MizLizzie on 08.18.2013 at 03:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Oh, I have just been waiting to post this pic. ;-) Love my utensil pull out. Bought the tubs at Amazon and my installer drilled the holes. Perfect fit. Jay Rambo and other mfgs will make these custom, but I expect they cost a lot.


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RE: Apples to Oranges: KD's, framed/frameless, Shiloh/Diamond? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: Mrs_Nyefnyef on 09.01.2013 at 09:35 am in Kitchens Forum

In my experience, frameless cabinets cost less, not more as Suzannesl said. In fact, if your quote for framed cabinets had cost less than frameless (for a similar kitchen design), I would be worried about the quality. It is more crucial with framed cabinets that everything be very precise and well-made so that drawers and doors fit properly in their frames.

I agree with Suzanne that in a 11 x 15 kitchen, the increase in storage space that you get with frameless cabinets is not critical. Having said that, I think everyone always wants as much storage space as possible in a kitchen, even if you have a large one. I would always choose frameless, just for that alone. That's cause I have really a lot of dishes, platters, glasses and bakeware!

Another way to decide between framed and frameless is the aesthetic of your home and your kitchen. You say your home is a new build. Framed cabinetry is considered a more "traditional" look. If your home was a Victorian--just as an example--framed cabinetry would be appropriate, though we certainly see frameless cabinets in older homes as well. We see framed in more contemporary homes too, but I am trying to give you ways to make up your mind between the two types of cabinetry.

Also be aware that if you choose framed cabinets, make sure to go semi-custom for the upper cabinets and order them at 15" deep instead of the standard 12". That is because framed cabinets have some of the interior room taken up by the frame, and if your dishes are more 10.5" or more (which is common), you will not be able to fit them in a standard 12" deep framed upper. You also won't be able to fit wide-diameter glasses in more than two rows deep. I think getting 15" deep uppers is the most crucial decision when choosing framed cabinetry.

This post was edited by Mrs_Nyefnyef on Sun, Sep 1, 13 at 9:38


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RE: Have you cooked a turkey on convection roast? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: badgergal on 09.02.2013 at 11:21 am in Kitchens Forum

I used the meat probe and convection roasted this stuffed turkey last Thanksgiving. As you can see it browned up nicely. It was moist and tender. I did not tent it. The convection temperature was 325. I have a GE profile oven. Love using the probe for roasting. The meat has alwas come out just perfect. I also use convection bake all the time for making multiple racks of cookies. Each rack bakes up evenly. I have the auto recipe conversion feature turned on so that the oven automatically converts regular baking temperatures to convection baking temperatures. Convection baking temperature is 25 degrees lower than regular bake.

This post was edited by badgergal on Mon, Sep 2, 13 at 13:38


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RE: Miele dishwasher owners, please share pics of your loaded dw? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: rococogurl on 09.01.2013 at 12:17 pm in Appliances Forum

My suggestion is to load back to front, organized by size. This photo shows 16 dinner plates, 12 pasta bowls, 10 soup bowls, 8 wine glasses plus in one load.

I like silver ware to face center, on its side for the most part (though not necessary a later dinner party photo makes clear).
Also on bottom rack, in the back, I frequently have the tines down on the back quadrant to accommodate bowls. Things can also be stacked on top of those. All my ss cookware goes into the dw as well.

Riedel wine glasses.

Cutlery from dinner for 18

The Method tabs are quite soft. I cut them with kitchen shears and keep them in the airtight container under the sink. I order several bags at a time and cut up one bag to refill the container. Light loads/light soil gets 1/2. Heavy get whole. Extra heavy or very full or baked on cookware gets a whole Finish Quantum tab. Anyone who has been using Miele tabs and throwing them in with the wrappers needs to remember to remove the Finish bricks from their wrapper. I had a surprisingly clean load one time with a wrapped tab left in the cup.

This post was edited by rococogurl on Sun, Sep 1, 13 at 12:33


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Beekeeper's Wife -- Question about your kitchen

posted by: amybinva on 03.23.2011 at 08:10 am in Kitchens Forum

Saw a blurb about your kitchen in another forum on white cabinets and light granite counters. Would love to see photos if you have them? Thank you!!


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Bianco Antico Granite

posted by: sarina on 08.23.2013 at 01:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

Anyone have pictures of this granite. Do you like it? Is it very porous requiring a lot of sealing. I looked at a couple of slabs at the granite yard. It seemed to have some quartz in it at least in the bright sunlight in the yard. If anyone remembers me from before I am a blue pearl lover and had my blue pearl for 8 years and never tired of it . In my new kitchen though the cabs are darker and the kitchen does not get the natural light my old one did . So hubby thinks my blue pearl might be to dark in there .So if you have Bianco Antico Granite and have any info and pictures you want to share I would really like that . Thank you :)


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Can you help me ID this great shower head and handshower?

posted by: gothaml on 08.02.2013 at 10:04 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I found this in a magazine, but of course there are no sources listed.....

I appreciate all the help in advance!


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Please post pics of your organized cabinets and drawers

posted by: sanjuangirl on 07.19.2013 at 03:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are almost finished with our kitchen, just need to have the island slab installed (next week) and the new wood floors put in. Unfortunately we're doing this backwards and should have decided on wood first so the demo of our tile could have been done before our kitchen renovation; my DH only decided yesterday that we should add it to our budget.

I've decided to start putting some stuff back so we can begin cooking again. I really want to be organized this time around. It's not in my nature but I'm going to make every effort!

Some of the organizational skills here on GW scare me in their thoughtful thoroughness. I'm hoping some of it rubs off on me as I put all of my things back in place.

I would appreciate photos.



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Gray kitchen in progress! Feedback please?

posted by: elsewhere on 03.21.2012 at 11:03 am in Kitchens Forum

I'd thought I'd post a few pictures from our current renovation and see if anyone has any feedback that might help tune the final decisions: floor stain color (possibly), backsplash, and paint colors for room.

A bit of context: this is kitchen in a 1891 shingle style house (the traditionalists might be a bit horrified - my renovation style tends to be a bit more 'honor the past without being forced to repeat it'...I was going for something a bit more contemporary that still makes sense in the space )

So, I'd really like your comments and suggestions (well, except for the 'how the #$& are you going to keep dark floors and white marble CLEAN...we know, we know...a potential disaster in the making, but hopefully a very beautiful disaster)

I understand my taste is not everyone's taste, it's just a chance to get fresh perspectives and I will probably not interact much other than to THANK YOU for your unvarnished opinion. Thoughts, links to photos, ideas on remaining color choices...anything and everything welcome.


Cabinets - Farrow and Ball Cornforth White

Floor - Ebonized white oak (the photos read dark, but there is definitely grain showing through...will probably do a matte finish on final coat). One option that we are considering is to restain the floor (perhaps a mid-tone brown with some red) to pull in from the rest of the house.

Countertop - White Rhino marble.


Crown point overlay Newport
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Wood wainscoting vs subway tile in master bath

posted by: crl_ on 04.01.2013 at 06:58 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We are redoing a very small master bathroom. My priorities for finishes are durability and ease of cleaning. We intend to stay in this house for another twenty or thirty years, so durability is particularly important to us. I am going for a vintage vibe, but not necessarily period perfect bathroom in a French revival style house built in 1926.

Other finish choices are a grey marmoleum floor, cast iron white tub, white toilet, white vanity with soapstone top. The shower over tub area will be white subway tiles with a grey ceramic liner.

I have been debating white wood wainscoting (maybe beadboard) or continuing the white subway tiles around the room as a wainscoting.

The contractor I think we will be using (our top pick out of five estimates, just need to check one more reference to feel like we have done complete due diligence) has suggested wainscoting because it is less expensive. Cost difference is $1100. We would rather pay less, of course, but we could make the extra cost work by prioritizing other expenses--either outside of the project or by going with a less expensive vanity and less expensive countertop.

I think the pros for tile would be durability and more consistency with the vintage feel, plus in a very small bathroom perhaps minimizing the number of materials is better visually?

What would you do and why?



Wainscoting bathroom
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