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Calling all happy soapstone owners!

posted by: anna_chosak on 05.23.2011 at 08:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am considering soapstone for my perimeter counters. There are some varieties on sale at M. Tex right now. If you're happy with your soapstone, please tell me which variety you have. If you experimented with others before choosing and found them too soft or whatever, please let me know that as well. TIA!

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clipped on: 09.20.2011 at 01:36 pm    last updated on: 09.20.2011 at 01:36 pm

White Kichen Facelift Reveal

posted by: domesticah on 07.19.2011 at 07:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all. Below are pictures of our kitchen facelift. I was inspired by the "something's gotta give" kitchen.
We finished the project just under 17K. I am so grateful for this forum and for the generosity of the many members who offered advice, pictures and information -- all of which were of tremendous and invaluable assistance. Thank you so much for all your help.
How we saved: My genius carpenter repurposed our cabinets and we were able to save big bucks on this aspect of our redo. Basically, he built frames around and in front of our cabs so I could have inset doors which I love. His not ripping out the cabinets allowed us to save our countertop and backsplash. We also kept our dishwasher, sink and facuet. Down time was 6 weeks.

Here are some of the details:

New Bosch Fridge
(Old whirlpool Dishwasher)
New Sharp Convection Microwave
The cabinets were made by our carpenter (LI guy: John Dicapua)
Drawer Hardware is Restoration Hardware (Aubry and Gilmore pulls) & Horton brasses hinges and knobs
Paint is BM Edgecomb Gray Walls
Cabinets are BM Simply White
Our existing granite is Bianco Romano
Existing Stove is Jenn Air
New Wood Countertop is from Hardwood Lumber Company "Character Walnut" (carpenter cut it) I finished it myself with waterlox!
Brackets under the upper cabinets from Capital Lumber
Feet under base cabinets from Osborne wood (they are shelf brackets!)
Columns on the island are from Tablelegs.com

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clipped on: 09.20.2011 at 01:05 pm    last updated on: 09.20.2011 at 01:05 pm

Finished Kitchen - Creamy with Walnut

posted by: mythreesonsnc on 09.18.2011 at 09:20 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi GW,

We've been busy unpacking and moving. I keep planning to post my finished kitchen, but have been so slow actually getting it done. Always messy, and never quite "done." But, not sure it ever will be!

Thanks to all for so much help and inspiration. My layout definitely was made more functional after asking for help from you all, and the details and pictures are so helpful as well. I have enjoyed watching so many kitchens come together on this forum and I hope my pictures and details will help some people with their decisions. Thank you all!

Some details...
The house is new construction, so I was able to get out my graph paper and outline my ideas. It has been a really fun process, though it is nice to finally get to live here!
Cabinets: Local guys (Hogan and Co) --- painted Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan. ( It looks doesn't look tan at all though because the floors are dark)
Paint: Walls BM Greenbrier Beige, Trim Manchester Tan
Backsplash: Honed Crema Marfil 3x6
Appliances: Subzero all-fridge, Subzero all-freezer, Wolf rangetop, Sharp microwave drawer, Kitchenaid fridge drawers, U-line fridge freezer drawers (in butler's pantry), Kitchenaid dbl ovens and kitchenaid dishwasher drawers.
Floors: Random width walnut (3, 4, and 5 ") finished with oil based poly in satin.
Counters: Island: wide plank walnut finished with Waterlox, perimeter granite: White Diamond granite
Sinks: Prep sink- Ticor, Island sink- Shaw's, Butler's Pantry - hammered copper from Copper Sinks online
Faucets: Kohler Fairfax in prep, Perrin and Rowe at island (the water sprayer annoyingly drips) and Kohler Vinnata in Butler's pantry

The main part of the kitchen is really just the range wall (with fridge and freezer flanking), opposite the island, which has the sink, a dishwasher, trash /recycling and microwave. The other cabinets /drawers are extra storage. Things I love in here: The big drawers below the rangetop for pots and pans (definitely big here on GW), the spice pull-outs, and the floors.
Here are some shots...

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If you look the other way, the range wall is opposite the fireplace in our keeping room. We love the openness of the layout. There are hidden doors above the window seats (see the paint on either side of the fireplace, those are big toy closets, accessed from above the windowseats, we love this)
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Breakfast area. The drawers on the right are fridge drawers. This is very handy. My kids have zero reason to get into the range area fridges. We keep milk and all drinks in here. This I love!
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Prep pantry: Small little area, so hard to get a good shot. It is hidden behind these barn doors....
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Oven side:
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Sink side, with pass-through to breakfast area:
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Butler's pantry:
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Pantry (before we organized):
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The other side of the pantry, we put a counter. This works great for setting down groceries, preparing stuff, etc. I still want to find baskets that fit in the cubbies below.
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And that's it.... now that I just previewed, I realized all of these pics came out giant.... how annoying! I am not sure how to re-size them without uploading again. Sorry about that!

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clipped on: 09.20.2011 at 10:11 am    last updated on: 09.20.2011 at 10:12 am