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White Kitchens = Boring = Old people...

posted by: jeri on 01.24.2010 at 02:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

or so says my husband. :-(

I sigh when I see the beautiful white kitchens with white marble, but my husband says marble is boring and for 90 year old people.

We are planning on medium dark wood floors Brazilian Cherry, Santos Mahogany and Brazilian Teak are current contenders. And, I dont mind mixing it up a bit such as marble for the counters and butcher block for the island (or vice versa). Or perhaps soapstone for the perimeter counters and Marble for the island?

Please post (pictures or links) to kitchens that you think might just change his mind.

Any other ideas to help are also appreciated!

Fortunately, I have time to work on this - the kitchen remodel is several months away.

Thanks!

Jeri

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clipped on: 01.25.2010 at 02:34 pm    last updated on: 01.25.2010 at 02:34 pm

Laundry/Mud Room Eye Candy - please post yours!

posted by: oceanna on 11.28.2007 at 09:37 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here are some pictures I've collected of laundry rooms to use for inspiration for when I redecorate my own, so they may as well inspire you too.

Please add your own pics! (These pics come from around the web plus from here, so if I posted a picture of yours, please proudly claim it as such!)


Okay, your turn!

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clipped on: 01.05.2010 at 04:57 pm    last updated on: 01.05.2010 at 04:57 pm

Pictures of my new Country Kitchen! (YEAH!)

posted by: indecisive101 on 12.02.2009 at 11:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

After a month without a kitchen, its finally done!
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clipped on: 12.03.2009 at 10:17 am    last updated on: 12.03.2009 at 10:17 am

Couldn't make up my mind about cabinet color . . .

posted by: farmhousebound on 09.14.2009 at 07:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

. . . so I did both! I originally wanted green cabinets in my kitchen but my color scheme changed a couple of times over time and I decided to do the cabinets the same as the trim--BM Mayonaise. Well, I had the doors/drawers painted when DH installed the cabinets and farmhouse sink. When looking at the base cabinets painted mayonaise and picturing the shelves above, all I could picture was too much white, so after talking to DH I decided to go back to green. DH told me before repainting the doors/drawers, he wanted to install to see what, if anything, needed to be sanded down to insure they closed good (these are custom made and not the best but turned out good for us for our space). I looked at the results and liked. The more I looked, the more I liked, and DH agreed, so . . .

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Ignore the windows--not finished painting--but couldn't wait to post. We are getting close to being able to post pictures of the rest of the kitchen (I think) and I am really excited how things are working out. I still have to refinish a large piesafe that will be going at the end of the run of these cabinets.

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clipped on: 09.15.2009 at 02:12 pm    last updated on: 09.15.2009 at 02:12 pm

Finished Kitchen-warm white cabs, marble, wood counters

posted by: blakey on 03.29.2009 at 04:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can't believe it's complete, except for a bit of decorating, but it's so nice to be able to cook again. Thanks to everyone on this forum for the great questions, advice, photos, suggestions and support. I feel like I got so lucky when I stumbled upon this website just as we were getting started. It helped me tremendously and so many of the kitchens served as inspiration(you'll know who you are!)

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breakfast room

wet bar

range

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mud room

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Cabinets-Wood Mode
Perimeter Counters-Calacatta Crema-honed
Island top-Sapele Mahogany
Range-Wolf
Wall Oven-Miele
Refrigerator-Sub Zero
Dishwashers-Miele
Main Sink-Shaw's Original Farm Sink
Wet Bar Sink-Sink-A-Link Hammered Copper

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clipped on: 09.14.2009 at 03:54 pm    last updated on: 09.14.2009 at 03:54 pm

Morton5's Finished Kitchen: Ikea and Fire and Ice

posted by: morton5 on 05.27.2009 at 11:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

We completed our kitchen seven months ago, but I've procrastinated on posting finished photos. Here they are at last!
Thanks to all for your many helpful ideas and comments as I went through the process.

I planned the kitchen myself-- a little tricky as the room is not rectangular. I originally planned a white/soapstone kitchen, but ended up going with a more earthy scheme because the kitchen is open to the FR, and also I thought the colors would be more family and pet friendly-- we have 5 kids, a dog and a cat. We are all very happy with our new space, and the surfaces are indeed forgiving.

We remodeled mainly because I disliked the downdraft range on my island. Plus, the cabinets were looking pretty shabby and some of the doors were splitting. I cook a lot, often for a big crowd, and I am loving the efficiency of my new kitchen.

Here are the details:
Cabinets: Ikea Tidaholm oak in black/brown, and Adel birch in medium brown (in pantry area and planning peninsula). I chose Ikea because I love their organization systems and their Blum tandembox drawers and glides. I assembled all of the cabinets myself and changed the edgebanding to match the door/drawer fronts. I was kind of excited to find "Made in Italy" stickers on all the Tidaholm doors. My GC's carpenter installed the cabinets. All drawers are full extension with soft close.
Pulls: Hickory Hardware
Granite: Madura Gold
Backsplash: Jeffrey Court's Fire and Ice, enhanced, kashmir grout (thanks Jodi in SoCal for the inspiration)
Range: Bluestar 36" RNB with island trim. The cabinet run on the range wall is pulled out 3 inches.
Hood: Futuro Futuro 48" plane (980 cfm)
Ovens: GE Monogram Advantium over ZET
Dishwasher: Bosch Integra 800 series
Refrigerator: Samsung French door RFG297. We pulled out surrounding cabs to make the fridge look built-in.
"Kid fridge" 24" LG LRBP1031 in Titanium-- love it! Holds the kids' yogurts, drinks, fruit, ice cream, frozen baked goods, ice packs-- and keeps the kids out of my way. In the same footprint as refrigerator drawers, I got twice the space at half the price. Between the Samsung and the LG, I have almost 40 cu. ft. of refrigerator/freezer space.
Faucets: Grohe K4 (prep sink) and Alira (main sink)
Tapmaster at main sink
Soap dispensers from Never MT web site
Sinks: Zero radius, 15 gauge stainless from Ebay-- 30" at main sink and 23" at prep sink
Table: Oak from reclaimed antique floor joists, from Ebay (barnseeker.com)
Chairs: Bonded leather from Overstock-- love them
Floors: Red oak, Refinished and stained Minwax golden oak, 3 coats of oil-based poly
I kept my old kitchen light fixture and ceiling fixture. I'm still planning on adding a couple of puck lights to the shelf behind the hood-- I have outlets at the tops of the high cabs, with a switch next to the range.

Thanks for looking!

Kitchen

Here is a link that might be useful: Morton5's finished kitchen

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clipped on: 09.11.2009 at 11:51 am    last updated on: 09.11.2009 at 11:51 am

I love my prep sink!

posted by: morton5 on 12.13.2008 at 10:57 am in Kitchens Forum

Forgive me for bragging, but I love my prep sink. It is close to my refrigerator, range, and ovens, and has 66 inches of counter space and two drawer stacks beside it:
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What makes it really special, though, is how much my GC was able to fit into a 30" sink base for me. I have a 16x21x10 zero radius sink, a compact disposal with airswitch, a Never MT, and two 8-gallon trash pullouts. The trash cans (Ikea) come with a dividing mechanism, so when warm weather returns I can separate my non-recyclable trash into compost stuff and dump stuff. We were able to do all this with just millimeters to spare, but we did it! The trash pullout set-up is a modification I learned from Ikeafans.
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The only sacrifice I had to make was that we had to flip the orientation of the zero-radius sink in order to fit the plumbing in the space between the trash cans. But I have grown to like it this way (water hits the drain better), and wish I had turned around my main sink, too. My GC is my hero!
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clipped on: 09.11.2009 at 11:44 am    last updated on: 09.11.2009 at 11:44 am

Finished Kitchen creamy white, lacanche, calacatta

posted by: tearose21 on 07.13.2009 at 07:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Posted earlier but pictures were too small. Hope this works.
Trisha

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Love the counters and the black walnut!
clipped on: 09.10.2009 at 10:17 pm    last updated on: 09.10.2009 at 10:18 pm