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RE: Calling cliff_and_joann---I need your expertise! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: cliff_and_joann on 11.21.2009 at 06:17 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi Nancy, Oak will stain dark. Here is how to finish it.
We seal all wood before staining it. I either use BLO
(boiled linseed oil) or de-wax shellac.
If you use Blo, you apply it with a rag and rub off the excess -- wait three days and then sand it lightly, clean with a tack rag and then apply the stain. Apply the stain with a rag and rub off the excess stain after a few minutes.
Let it dry thoroughly (sometimes you need to wait 48 hrs before applying waterlox)
when the stain is dry -- again lightly sand with fine sand paper and tack clean.
Then begin to apply the waterlox.
Apply the 'original' waterlox (thin coat) with a rag.

I like to wait 24 hours between coats of waterlox.
I apply several coats of not sand between
the coats of waterlox. When you are satisfied with the finish, then lightly sand with 0000 steel wool, clean with a tack rag and then give it the 'final coat' of waterlox.

Note: to get the oak wood to stain evenly, I prefer BLO
in fills in the softer areas (the darker areas, which is chactoristic in oak)

What stain are you using? I have good luck with minwax oil based stains. I mix English chestnut, Special walnut, and golden Pecan...


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FINALLY !! A pic & house update

posted by: acountryfarm on 11.15.2009 at 01:27 am in Home Decorating Forum

Hi all you long time GW's and new ones too.
I am finally posting a picture update and a brief bit on what has been going on.
We have been in our new home for 8 months (can you believe it).

Finally got a 3 year mortgage in August. Whew !!!
We moved in with so much to do and have been plugging away ever since. We had painting, plumbing, some electrical & lighting, landscaping, stair flooring, exterior trim refinishing & painting, tile work, grouting, sealing, cabinet pulls, doorknobs, the list goes on & on.
This list does not even begin to deal with the issues we had with poor workmanship & builder issues. We had much to re-do.


We have had an amazing journey with a wonderful summer.
The children learned what having space to run & play was, we entertained, had bon fires, hosted wonderful parties, planted, harvested, watched the sunrise & the sunset, & most of all ( as most of you know my position of faith) thanked God for His wonderful provision.

My life is not better because I have a beautiful home, but it is definitely richer because I have a place where we can serve others and offer a meal, a bed or as the case right now a piece of land to put up a tent. My children, I hope are seeing that service to others is where the real rewards in this life are.

I have tons of photos, there is much left to do. We don't have all the pulls on, nor the doorknobsf, we have touch-up painting, decor, furniture, etc still let in to do in several areas. Everything takes longer than you think thats for sure.
For those of you who started this journey with me, enjoy the fruit of your support, advice, love & prayers. There are days I thought I would never make it.
For those of you who are new, just remember your dream and keep on going, even when things are not so good.

Warning.....pic heavy, the dining room pics were from 1st b-day from grandmothers 91st b-day. The las few pics are from my moms 70th b-day, we had a country hoedown, boy that was fun.


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RE: Anyone have pics of their beadboard ceiling? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: acountryfarm on 11.16.2009 at 05:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

By now many of you have seen my finished house pics but here are a few of the beadboard ceilings in the boys rooms before finished. Also one in the kitchen.
We used pine T & G


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RE: please, please post your kitchen pics of white cabinets! (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: stiles on 10.06.2009 at 11:27 pm in Kitchens Forum


I love all these white kitchens! I am a long time lurker and like to post this pic since it is my favorite of my kitchen! Thanks (I need to learn to shrink the pic)


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RE: Blues (Follow-Up #51)

posted by: buddyrose on 03.03.2009 at 07:47 pm in Home Decorating Forum

BM Palladian Blue. A soft neutral green/blue. Temp. furniture & light. Still painting/renovating:

Image and video hosting by TinyPic


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RE: calling all ming green basketweave owners (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: mlk58 on 09.27.2009 at 11:13 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Uh, I dunno. It's, uh, white. Here's a photo (same grout throughout -- as you can see, it's barely visible on the basketweave floor):



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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #77)

posted by: blakey on 04.01.2009 at 05:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine:



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RE: Dividers for the cabinets over the oven or fridge (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: kompy on 09.21.2009 at 09:50 am in Kitchens Forum

I sell several cabinet lines and I like KraftMaid's the best. You can order them as a kit and install inside any cabinet line. Even with one of my custom lines, I will order KM kits instead and have my installers put them in.

I like them because they have 'wooden channels' so the dividers can slide in and out and be removed, if needed.

I really do not like the plastic ones. I'm sure they function fine, but they look cheap to me.

Here's a photo over a refrigerator.



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RE: Dividers for the cabinets over the oven or fridge (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: buehl on 09.21.2009 at 11:16 am in Kitchens Forum

I used what Kompy is probably saying looks "cheap"...vinyl coated metal. He's right, they were very inexpensive. However, at the time I didn't know how I wanted them to be arranged so I got something to "tide me over" until I finalized my decision...but these worked so well that I just kept them.

A big thing I like is that they're adjustable and no holes had to be drilled into my cabinet or shelves...they aren't screwed in nor do they have permanent channels. They just sit on the shelf and are held in place by the weight of the trays, etc.

They're actually 3 sets of dividers placed next to each other (I think two may be "overlapping" each other)...I can remove one if I want to and I'll still have a "normal" surface (i.e., nothing sticking up from the floor or down from the top of the cabinet to get in the way of storing something level there.) I can also turn the shelf over if/when I need to.

I got them at they are...


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RE: Willowdecor - what color grey/green paint (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: willowdecor on 09.13.2009 at 09:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi! Sorry I missed this! The paint on the cabinets in the pantry are Ben Moore Fieldstone #1558 - The coordinating kitchen walls are one shade darker #1559 Arctic Shadows. Because I have so much light in the kitchen the walls read like Fieldstone even though they are Arctic Shadows.

I love this color and get lots of compliments on it. It is a warm neutral and really easy to live with.

Hope that helps - here is the link to the kitchen.

Here is a link that might be useful: BM Arctic Shadows #1559


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RE: Knives on magnetic strip (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: erikanh on 09.12.2009 at 09:28 am in Kitchens Forum

I have a magnetic knife holder from Ikea mounted on the side of my oven cabinet near my cookotp. I believe it's about 18 inches long. It is strongly magnetic and holds the knives very securely. I used Command strips to mount it so that I didn't have to drill into the cabinet.



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Bake Zone

posted by: jeri on 09.08.2009 at 07:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

I was reading an article about the Top 10 Kitchen Trends. One of the Trends are Zones (not new to us! :-) and in the section that discussed this was the picture below. I think this is a super cool idea and thought some of you might too.

Bake Zone


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RE: Ripping hardiplank for window trim? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: brutuses on 04.27.2009 at 07:06 pm in Building a Home Forum

We used treated wood with our hardi plank siding.



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RE: Another glassfront cab question - pls share thoughts! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: lesmis on 08.29.2009 at 05:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

You can use lighting that runs down a track mounted to the very front inside of your cabinets. These sit inside the front corners of your cabinetry but most require a transformer because they are low voltage so you'll need to plan ahead for this or talk to your electrician to see if it's possible with your current set up. This allows you to have light running down every shelf. It's purely for mood lighting or to highlight what you have in your cabinetry. The lights themselves snap into the track so you can put as many or as few as is allowed by the transformer and the electrical load capabilities. I have only one per shelf per side.

What they look like when turned on, mine are on a dimmer so I can adjust the brightness.



Kat :)


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RE: FINALLY! Found the red paint color! (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: labradoodlemom on 08.29.2009 at 09:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Momto4booys, and everyone else...

I apologize for dropping the ball on this and not posting the code sooner. It totally slipped my mind!!!!

Here's the code:

Sherwin Williams CUSTOM COLOR CODE: 14406

If they can't find it in their computer system, let me know and I'll provide my Sherwin Williams store phone number because they have it under my account!


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RE: Crazy backspash design question - please help (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 08.26.2009 at 08:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can't comment on how to make it work but thought I'd post one of my favorite inspiration kitchens which has a niche behind the cooktop.



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RE: No upper cabinets (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: elizpiz on 08.16.2009 at 11:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

No uppers here as well. Our GC originally suggested two uppers flanking the pantries on either side of the kitchen (next to the windows), but as I worked through what would go where, I didn't think we'd need them. In that way too we were able to go for bigger windows.

LWO, I agree that functionality is key. I still have everything I need within the easy reach that you describe (especially glasses, dishes, cutlery, spices etc), and not having uppers has never been anything I've regretted.

pps7, here's our kitchen.

three stools at island

long shot

and a couple of shots of the walls where the uppers would have gone:





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Love this kitchen - Had to share

posted by: redroze on 08.13.2009 at 12:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

I saw this kitchen on one of my favourite blog sites, Urban Grace Interiors (please no spam images!!!) =) This kitchen is gor-geous with a capital G. I like how they use the straight, modern hardware with the classic white cabinets. The awning-style hood is awesome, i've never seen it before.


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RE: No upper cabinets (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: erikanh on 08.15.2009 at 05:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love the look of no upper cabinets. The only uppers I have are in my dish hutch.

One of my inspiration pics, Crown Point kitchen:


From Cote de Texas blog:


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marble & soapstone installed today! photos

posted by: katieob on 08.07.2009 at 03:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

Everything went very smoothly and I am so excited.
Thanks to GWers (stoners) who shared all their marble and soapstone experiences, pictures, and info-made me confident when I chose the slabs and I'm so pleased with the results (giddy......hugging the installers!)

Now we're waiting for the cabinetmaker to return from vacation & put in upper cabs... Excuse the mess.








Thanks for looking,


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Secret Sources. Finding the best Ingredients

posted by: rubyfig on 07.30.2009 at 04:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

A sideline from the discussion on spice storage, I thought I would share a few of my all-time favorite mail order food "finds". Please add your favorites!
Here are mine:

For SPICES, Seasoned Pioneers. They export to the US. Their spice mixes are "one stop" for marinating and seasoning veggies, fish, meat, etc. and they bother to tell you which seasoning they like paired with which type of food. The mixes come in no-fuss air sealed zip packets and they are color coordinated by cooking region (which makes them easy to pair):
Seasoned Pioneers

For COFFEE, this is our all-time favorite source (whole bean). Although we have our favorites, I can't think of a coffee we didn't like. Seth Appell is as passionate about sourcing coffee as I think it is possible to be, and the end product shows it! He knows his stuff. "For a friend" Coupon code 31221 will save you $5 off your first order.
Old Bisbee Roasters

For CHICKENS we searched high and low for a year before we found this source for poultry. If you expect chicken breasts to be large enough to fill you, this is not for you. The organically fed chickens are small heritage breeds that are raised cage free in a safe and sanitary environment. The meat is very flavorful and the texture is as it should be (and we use every last bit of them!). Fabulous for eating and especially for homemade stocks.
Rainbow Ranch Farms

plllog, would you mind adding your Saffron source to this thread?


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RE: Question about Granite overhang for bar top (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: ccoombs1 on 07.27.2009 at 10:34 am in Kitchens Forum

I tried to get away with just using flat steel plate to support my granite and even though they were nice and thick, once I screwed them down they still flexed. So I took the plates back to work and had the bottom gusset added to make them more like the counter-balance plates. They work great now!

Another big thing to consider is the structure that the support plates will be attached to. If these plates are screwed into the top plate of a pony wall (like mine are), the weight of the granite will try to twist the top plate of the pony wall. Make sure that top plate (2x4) is well attached to the studs below it or it may try to separate from the wall.




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RE: Hidden Gems (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 07.16.2009 at 01:55 am in Kitchens Forum

Bumping this up...all you experienced kitchen remodelers, we newbies need your advice!

These are lifted from my friends's blog...thought some of them were worth listening to:
I have often mentioned that there are things I'd have done differently if I could do my home renovation over again. Well now that we are building a new house, I have the opportunity to do so. Here are some thoughts. I'll keep this post to the kitchen for now. I expect this will be a multi-part series!

Kitchen things I'd do again:

Big, ginormous, single bowl sink. Those two-bowl sinks are utterly useless. I love my enormous 32" wide, 10" deep sink. You can hide all your dirty dishes until AFTER the dinner party. And you can soak stuff. I hated my little sink where half my saute pan would stick up and out of the sink. Like I said, it was USELESS.
Big center island. I love a big workspace.
Prep sink + clean-up sink. Two sinks are essential. But consider placement (see below).

Double oven. Love it for entertaining a crowd.
Warming drawer. Ditto - great for entertaining.

Easily accessible garbage. I have one garbage pull-out by each sink. One has recycling + garbage and one is just garbage. We fill both.

Massive firepower at the cooktop. I have 22k BTU output on two of my burners which I find really useful for bringing big pots to boil or to do anything with a wok. No wimpy cooktops for me.

Dishdrawers. I love my Fisher Paykel dishdrawers. True, they are noisier than others but I love the convenience and ergonomics of the drawers. F&P now has a "tall" drawer which sounds really good to me. I particularly like them for glassware and for ease of loading and unloading.

Tapmaster. I can operate my sinks hands-free. It's very convenient when your hands are covered in raw chicken goo.
Glass-front cabinet doors. Brightens everything and prevents guests from wondering where the heck the water glasses are.
Drawers, drawers and more drawers! Can't get enough of them. With full-extension glides and the soft-close feature. Doors on lower cabinets are a way builders get by on a budget because they are cheap. And mostly useless. The worst thing ever in my opinion? Pull out drawers *behind* cabinet doors. Too many steps.

A walk-in pantry. Honestly, it's just about my favorite thing in my kitchen.

Kitchen things I might rethink or do differently this time around:

Stainless steel everywhere. Fingerprints much? EVERYWHERE! People with children, think long and hard about this. There are some nice new finishes with coatings that make this less of an issue. But kids have a way of imprinting their whole hand right in the middle of the stainless fridge door immediately after you've wiped it. Drives me bonkers.

Black counters. I like dark, simple, "quiet" stone but black is not a good idea. Shows dust and, in my case, everything else. Beware the honed black granite. Dumb, dumb, dumb of me.
Zero-radius corners in your sink. Fancy stainless steel sinks have these sharp corners. The rounded corners are easier to clean. The sharp corners get kinda funky.
A desk space. I have a 27" wide "drop-zone" as you enter my kitchen. That small space is where all the junk goes, including mail. It's entirely too small. Next kitchen will have a very large space for mail, coupons, phone, etc.
A recharging station. I don't have one but I need one.
More space for cutting boards and vertical storage of cookie sheets, cupcake tins, etc. I have one 12" lower cabinet and I need at least double that space.

Garbage disposals. I have one at each sink but I think I may only need one at the clean-up sink. I'm going to try to compost my prep sink remnants. I may not install a disposal at all this time and see how it goes. Seems very non-green to me to have these.
Prep sink placement. In my current kitchen I thought I wanted to space my sinks out so I put my prep sink in the island. But the cooktop is on the wall diagonally behind the prep area. So when I cook, I am always chopping on the island, then I have to turn around and transport the chopped stuff nearly 4' to the cooking zone. Not efficient at all.
On a similar note - a potfiller over your cooktop is pretty sweet if you can swing it. I may not get a potfiller exactly, but I think I will put the prep sink in very close proximity to the cooking zone. That way you get both water and a drain near where you cook. I am always skimming gunk off a pot of something or other and then hoping it doesn't drip on the way to the sink. Between that and the drippy produce from my cutting board, it's messy.
Microwave placement. Mine is a tad too high for me and definitely too high for the kids. I am pretty sure I am going to mount just below counter-height this time. Or just at counter height. I think I am going to put the microwave on a shelf and ditch the built-in kit. The kit costs almost as much as the appliance!
While I love cooking with gas, I am considering an induction cooktop. Induction is incredibly efficient and very sleek looking. Also very easy to clean and very safe for kids. I was thinking that I would couple this with a single wok burner so I can get the romance of the flame (and the "wok hee" thing going on with my stir-fry) but it's not the most cost-effective solution since many wok burners cost more than a whole cooktop. I might put the wok burner outside though so I don't need to put a wind tunnel-like ventilation system into this new kitchen. Also, the gas cooking makes the kitchen really warm up on already-warm summer days. With induction, more heat is going into the pan and less into the room. Still torn about this because I really covet a griddle and that's only happening with gas.

Ventilation. I have a supposedly kick-ass Vent-a-Hood today and for some reason it sucks at sucking. It's a big blower and it ain't quiet. I know it's pulling grease out because I see all kinds of gunk when I clean it. But I can have it running full speed and the room still fills with smoke when I'm wokking. Although a downdraft is kind of stupid as I am fighting physics, I have been thinking of it for the next kitchen only because of the aesthetics. I need to think this one through more.
Plugs and my island. Not enough and not well-placed. Maybe plugmold next time. I've seen people run it just under the lip of their countertops or right under their upper cabinets. I think Sheila Lukins (one of the Silver Palate cookbook ladies) recommended it somewhere.

Two dishwashers. I love my drawers but I am thinking that having one other dishwasher that is of the "standard" variety would be good.
30" deep kitchen counters. Normal counters are 24" deep. The wall where I have my sink is 30" deep and it's so much more useful than the conventional depth. First off, my sink is really large and the extra depth helps with that. But it also helps give workable space even if you have small appliances on the counter. The extra little bit really helps. You don't need special cabinets. They are all "regular" depth. I just had them set forward a bit.

Refrigeration. I have a 48" GE Monogram side-by-side today. It has super cold spots and occasionally food freezes in the fridge in a cold spot. I think this is where the dual compressor thing would be handy that Sub-zero has. Only I don't have that kind of budget. A fridge should not cost as much as an automobile unless it keeps your food cold and gets you to and from work everyday. Generally I need a lot of refrigeration space with 3 growing boys and only enough time to do one big shopping trip per week. I think I may do two 36" refrigerators. Two of everything seems to be the theme here. Thank goodness I have a large kitchen. But I don't want to spend a fortune on both purchasing and then running too many compressors. While I like the built-in look, I may abandon it for cost reasons. And no more side-by-sides. The freezer configuaration is lame.


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Traditional Modern Pearl White Kitchen in New York City

posted by: scottielee on 07.14.2009 at 10:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

thanks to everyone here for generously sharing their renovating experiences, ideas, and wonderful pictures. here are some shots of my little kitchen renovated last year...better late than never right ^_^

Cabinets: Omega Signature, Maple in Parisian Pearl
Countertop: Statuary White Honed Marble
Islandtop: Craft-Art Brazilian Cherry
Backsplash: Bisazza Damasco Bianco Glass Tiles
Floor: Casa Dolce Casa/Casamood Neutra Silver Porcelain Tiles
Range: Wolf Duel Fuel DF304
Hood: Wolf Pro Wall PW302718
Dishwasher: Miele LaPerla G2830SCi/SS
Refridgerator; GE Monogram
Sink: Franke Kubus KBX-110-21
Faucet: Grohe Ladylux Cafe 33755SDO
Hardware: Bouvet Knobs 5201-25 and Bouvet Drop Pulls 5002-10 & 5008-18
Pendants: Flos Fucsia 1
Undercabinet Lighting: Kichler 10560WH & 10566WH
Stools: Emeco Kong and Emeco Stool


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RE: 13 inch cabinet crown? Sounds huge! Positano...anyone? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: erikanh on 04.30.2009 at 11:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

mybrowneyedgirls, your cabinet guy should provide you with drawings or photos to show you exactly how your cabinets will look with 13 inches of molding so that you don't have to just try and imagine what it looks like. I usually like cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling, but 13 inches just seems way too much -- it's almost 1/3 the height of your cabinets -- especially since you said your cabinets are Shaker style. To me, Shaker means simple, clean lines. I don't think 13 inches of molding lends itself to a Shaker style. I hate to be the lone dissenting voice, but I'm afraid it will look extremely top-heavy.

Here's a Shaker kitchen with simple crown molding, probably no more than 3 inches tall, and a good amount of space above the cabinets. I think it's gorgeous. What do you think?

From Crown Point website

Here's another stunning kitchen with lots of space above the cabinets:


If you're worried about dust collecting up there, you can do what I've seen other people on the forum do. They place paper towels up there that can easily be changed out every now and then.

Good luck!



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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!)


breakfast room

wet bar





mud room

laundry room

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


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RE: looking for past post of beautiful kitchen (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: positano on 07.21.2009 at 09:14 am in Kitchens Forum

I think your talking about Jbrodie's kitchen.It is definitely one of my favorites!

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


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RE: RTA Inset Cabinets? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: sombreuil_mongrel on 07.18.2009 at 12:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

I redid my kitchen as a DIY in '06-07. I am a very experienced carpenter with lots of woodworking equipment, and I do build some cabinets. I did not have the kind of shop space to do en entire set of cabinets, nor the time. I first developed the design, and found that Conestoga would customize the door styles to get something like a door I loved from Omega Dynasty line. I ordered an upper and lower door sample (different styles) and was so impressed by the precision and great condition they arrived in.
I received my unfinished cabinet package (99 boxes on 9 pallets)in a little over two weeks. The shipping from PA to WV was free, it even came on a Conestoga semi trailer (they do their own delivery for large orders, ship UPS for small ones).
The boxes go together easily. The finishing was obviously a lot more trouble than the assembly. I used old-fashioned mortise butt hinges for my inset doors, which have no adjustability and require total precision of fit. There are non-mortise hinges that allow some adjustment, but I wanted a particular look.
I wouldn't foresee that painting them would be a particular problem for you, if you ask in the paint forum you can get some good advice; apparently there is a new type of paint called "Cabinet Coat" that lays down smooth as glass and in impervious to stains and wear. I have seen pictures of new woodwork painted with it and it's very impressive. To paint doors it's better to do them off the cabinets, and you need a vast amount of room to lay them all out. I stained, and did some steps (like a 7-step finish) off, and final finishing on the cabinets. I finished the moldings etc., off, and touched up after nailing them up. The cabinet doors come ready-to-stain, the faceframes need a good scraping/sanding to remove the 100-grit cross-grain sanding marks.
You will be getting cabinets nearly as good as Dynasty, Plain & Fancy, or Crown Point, (not as good as Kennebec) for a literal fraction of the cost.
One final caveat, nothing is returnable unless damaged, you will get what you ordered, so go through the list with a fine-tooth comb and make sure everything works together.
The upper cabinets:
Finished Countertops!

My Glass-door inset wall cabinets:
Worthwhile viewing

My full-overlay base cabinets:
Tiger-grained base boards

Inset hinge detail:

It's quite an undertaking, but great sweat equity, or how to end up with nicer cabinets that you would want to buy, if you are in my income bracket.


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RE: Hidden Gems (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: laxsupermom on 07.15.2009 at 04:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

The buyers of your home will be so lucky to come into such a beautiful space. Your kitchen is one of my favorites and sits in my inspiration file for the next go around.

I love my wall cab knife pullout. It's behind a filler strip and keeps the knives away from the kids, but off my counters.

knife pullout

My next kitchen will also have some of the great hidden things I've seen here like toe-kick drawers, or that great paper towel cubby.


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RE: Hidden Gems (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: alice462 on 07.15.2009 at 09:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

I, too, love these kinds of threads -- but I can't look too closely as we are mostly complete, and I really have to be satisfied at this point -- my DH might disown me if I complained about one thing!

Anyway -- I'm short and our youngest is 6. We knew the micro would be on a shelf above the counter so our solution was to make a step out of the bottom drawer.

This is the "snack area" --- frig and freezer on each side, prep sink, bread drawer, micro is now in empty space above and toaster oven is on counter also. Kids utensils and small plastic cups are in drawers.


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calling all bm linen white cabinet owners

posted by: labradoodlemom on 07.14.2009 at 02:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been pretty MIA lately (mainly due to some major disasters with our carpenter and the fact that we're now 6 weeks behind schedule!), but, we're finally at the point where cabinets are being built and I need cabinet color chosen. I'm 99% sure I'm going with BM linen white, but I was hoping to maybe see some pictures from those of you who have used it!



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Finished Kitchen creamy white, lacanche, calacatta

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

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




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Kitchen design scheme

posted by: julyshewillfly on 07.10.2009 at 11:53 am in Kitchens Forum

This is an inspiration board I put together for my kitchen reno. It's such a basic style that I wanted to personalize it a bit with things like slate flooring instead of wood, a colored backsplash, and a reclaimed furniture piece instead of a built in island.

I threw my plates into the mix for the sake of completeness. Plus, I just think they are really cute!

Suggestions? My house is a classic 1920's colonial.

Any ideas on where to a vintage-y looking freestanding island? The one in the photo is over $8000 so its not a real option.


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RE: Show me your pic of bead board backsplashes, pretty please! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: boxerpups on 07.03.2009 at 11:31 am in Kitchens Forum

I love beadboard. My porch has all white beadboard walls
and ceiling.
Here are some pics I have collected. Maybe they can
help you.





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Not a backsplash but a ceiling I love this. OscarShamamian



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BLING! Bathroom done... Lots of photos.

posted by: pharaoh on 11.30.2008 at 12:14 am in Bathrooms Forum

Here is my long awaited DIY Bathroom Remodel. We are calling this 99% finished :)

Original Finishes – 60s cultured marble counter, 70s metallic wallpaper, 80s peel-n-stick vinyl tiles, no shower

My main Design aesthetic was –BLING!

Finishes – Polished, high gloss, clean
Primary Shapes – Square and sharp
Colors – Metallic, white, transparent, brown
Materials – Wood, marble, chrome, glass, crystal

Duration – 1 year to design, plan, shop and import
6 months from demolition to completion

List of projects
1. Vanity – Floating vanity made from bubinga, an African rosewood. Finishes in gloss waterlox varnish
2. Mirror frame – Bubinga
3. Shower panels – Bookmatched Bubinga with 5 coats of marine varnish
4. Shower doors – Hydroslide from CRL, 3/8" starphire glass
5. Shower panel – Wood and chrome (ebay)
6. Toilet - Ebay
7. Shower wall and bathroom floor – Pure white Sivec (Macedonia) marble 18x18 (over Schluter ditra/kerdi)
8. Bathroom walls- Custom made Starphire glass tiles 4"x18"
9. Tile inserts – Swarovski 1"x1" Foiled crystals
10. Sink – Marble vessel sink
11. Faucet – Chrome waterfall vessel faucet
12. Towel bar, tissue holder – Chrome Danze Sirius
13. Sconces – Candice Olsen Chrome/Crystal Sconce
14. Chandelier – Chrome Snowflake with Swarovski crystal
15. Countertop – ½" Tempered starphire glass with 4" chrome standoffs
16. Window – Aluminium double glazed with laminated privacy glass
17. Door – Laminated privacy glass
18. Door lever – Chrome Omnia
19. LED lighting - under the floating vanity and edge lit glass wall tile




Finally, the LED mood lighting (cycling color)


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RE: Color comparison generator or something like that (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: rusty11 on 07.01.2009 at 04:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Was this it?


Color Charts for matching paint colors between companies.
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RE: counter height window pictures please (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 02.09.2009 at 11:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

here are mine... they are bumped out about 8"... inside and outside pic for you.


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RE: Store Pots and Pans with Lid On or Off? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: akchicago on 06.29.2009 at 11:14 am in Kitchens Forum

I divide this question into two categories--(1) pots and saucepans, and (2) frying pans.

I store pots/saucepans with lids on as others have said. Mostly because I don't want to be fumbling to find the right lid when I am pulling out my saucepans or pots. Also, I would worry that if I nested my pots without the lids, in order to save space, that method might (a) scratch the inside of the pots, and (b) warp them.

One thing I did that was SO helpful was to de-clutter my pots and pans collection when I redid my kitchen. I had pots/pans that were old and scratched, or were sizes I never used, or I didn't like their handles so I didn't use them, or were super-cheap bad ones from college (yikes!) or were just plain duplicates (I had FOUR 2-quart saucepans--how did I do that?--I have no recollection...). I figure no one could have as bad a collection as I had, but I did reduce my pots/pans storage by about 75%. So, look at your cookware and see which ones you truly use, and EDIT, EDIT, EDIT.

As to my frypans, I do nest them (they too benefited from de-cluttering!). At the suggestion of this forum, I found at the Dollar Store small round soft cloth trivets. I put a cloth trivet between each fry pan so the pans don't scratch each other. I rarely use a lid on my fry pans, so I bought a "universal lid" just for my fry pans for the times I need one. I have really saved space by nesting the fry pans.

Here is a link that might be useful: Universal Fry Pan Lid


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RE: How did you trim your vinyl windows (pics please) (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: acountryfarm on 06.20.2008 at 12:39 pm in Building a Home Forum

ellied - I hate to disappoint you but the natural wood you see is fingerjointed hemlock. Everything you see will be painted white.
Thanks for the compliments.
Here are some interior doors.

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RE: How did you trim your vinyl windows (pics please) (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: acountryfarm on 06.20.2008 at 12:09 am in Building a Home Forum

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RE: White kichen pics needed and island info for new home (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: boxerpups on 06.25.2009 at 12:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

How exciting for you Stephanie!
You deserve to have some fun this summer planning.

I would be your own GC if you can. Hire a cabinet maker,
who has a good reputation. Or a cabinet installer who can
work with a brand of cabinets. Visit kitchen centers to
see the different brands of white. Get a feel for what you
want. Maybe meet with a Certified KD. People don't realize
that KDs can actually help you save money.

Meanwhile put together your favorite features. A little
note book or a document folder on your pc. Cabs and
Appliances tend to be the biggest expense in kitchens but
a KD could advise you better.

One thing I did was contact all the kitchen cabinet makers.
Kraftmade, Merrillat, Diamond, Aristocraft, Yorktowne,
Thomasville, PlainandFancy.... And ordered for free their
brochures. This helped me to think about the features, the
look and borrow ideas.

And start thinking about the little features and shop on
Ebay, Overstock, Craig's list... Faucets, Lighting, door
knobs, Backssplash tile, Appliances....
Keep a list of things your new kitchen will need and
set up a budget of what you want to spend where.

Enjoy the dreaming...
Here are some ideas below and link I just posted with white
kitchens on GW.


This old house

Proximity Presents

Covenant Kitchens




Classic Kitchens


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Soapstone counters


Verana Inspirations

Sustainable designs


Here is a link that might be useful: black counters the main choice for white cabs?


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RE: Somewhat OT...What's wrong w my kitchen towels? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: cat_mom on 06.22.2009 at 10:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Try the Flemish Wonder towels (by Ritz)--they really absorb a ton, even when really damp, and we dry them using Bounce sheets in the dryer all the time.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wonder Towel


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RE: Does this look weird? new shaw's sink :( (Follow-Up #44)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 06.21.2009 at 11:12 am in Kitchens Forum

hi ebse,
Just wanted to post that picture of the sink from the showroom I'm working at (the dark wood of the drip board picks up on on the island which is dark stained quarter sawn oak with a carrera marble top). Looks like you got some good advice from others above and I very much agree that blakey's sink is gorgeous and could work in your situation.

Best of luck! are things improving on the home front?

Brookhaven Farm Sink


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GE Monogram 'In Use' Update

posted by: beaverlake on 12.13.2007 at 03:46 pm in Appliances Forum

Some of the longer-lurking readers may remember that we were building a timberframe home and kept fighting delays. During that time I submitted many postings about research I did along the way. In the end I ended up scrapping about 1/2 of my ideas and we became poster-children for Monogram.

I thought some of you might benefit from our 6 months' experience living with the following:
1. Microwave
2. 36" all refrigerator
3. 36" all freezer
4. 30" double oven ("new style")
5. 48" cooktop (6 burners, grill, no griddle)
6. Dishwashers (two of them, the model with the lights)
7. Wine chiller
8. Beverage cooler

Like I said - "poster children" (and not exactly deprived appliance-wise)

Here's what we've found:
1. Microwave - does what it's supposed to, but we have had service twice for a bad moisture sensor for the reheat function. It does have a powerful high setting

2. Fridge and Freezer - IMHO the best interior layout in the market including the new Freedom/Gagg towers. Both interiors are laid out the same except that the freezer doesn't have enclosed drawers. Fresh foods stay fresh longer than in previous fridges (Kitchenaid, GE). Temp is constant in both units and constant within the units (checked with thermometers). The freezer "works" and for some reason we don't miss the in door ice and water (we installed a Franke filtered water/hot water Little Butler faucet at one of the sinks). BUT since we have a 22 x 45 foot open plan room quiet is important and the compressors are noisier than I would like. We've had one compressor replaced already because of noise and it did make a difference.

3. Oven - interior capacity of the new ovens is great. The all-drawer-glide racks are great and very easy to take out or move. They stay in during cleaning and that works. Heat is even, roasts done right, broiler works well, etc. Multi-rack convection works well (ribs, frozen pizza, Christmas cookies). "Proof" can be used to keep plates warm (not hot) and food warm (mind the germs though, it's well below 175). Usability is great with easy-to-figure out controls for both ovens, dual timers, and dual temp indicators that show actual oven temp after setting the desired temp. Probes work well. BUT - the entire oven seems to be calibrated low (temp dials, probes, etc.) - I have yet to check vs an oven temp, but experience tells me we're off on the whole shebang by about 10 degrees. AND we've had a service call for the oven lights with started blinking when I was removing a rack (vibrating the oven cavity liner). The tech (yes, he's been here three times now) mentioned a bad batch of halogen bulbs so he's send me a *dozen*.

4. Cooktop - another Monogram (OEM DSC w/a few changes that I think are improvements) that does pretty much what it is supposed to and it does it well except as noted below. The simmer is amazing. I had chicken stock on simmer for use with slow-cooked risotto and the liquid just kept "turning" in a 3-quart calphalon pan. Rice left on simmer barely sticks to the bottom of a LeCrueset pot even way after the cooking was supposed to be done. High heat is HOT. For most cooking the burners hold a very steady temperature. The grill isn't a jet engine, but it does function very well for an integrated indoor unit (vs our last Thermador which had about the same BTU rating). I grilled mass amounts of shrimp and chicken at my 60th a few weeks ago with no problem. BUT - like any of the "circular" burner designs there is a "cold spot" in the middle of the burner and on high the flame really spreads out. So much so, in fact, that you can't really use it effectively on less than a 12" pan or large pot. This is disappointing because the reversible grate with the "wok holder" really works - but most of the heat goes up the side and isn't concentrated. Overall a great unit with the exception of trying to use the extra-high heat in pots/pans of a smaller diameter including, unfortunately, a wok. Again - this is not unlike any of the "circular" burner designs. (Note to the Bluestar crowd - I was almost one of you, but in the end, side-by-side, some of the mfg quality/finish issues - though small - pushed me over to the GE. That and the fact that ALL burners can simmer very low and all burners can blast very hot even if it is a spread out flame).

5. Dishwashers - Dead quiet (and I mean quiet), they clean very effectively and that's really what it's all about, and they have versatile racks. The interior lighting that I thought was a gimmick actually turns out to be a very handy feature. After coming off Bosch and then Whirlpool, however, the racks have taken some getting used to and I'm not certain I like them. The design tends to make larger dishes "fall foward". This was really a problem for me until I noticed that one side of the lower rack had two tines sticking up and the other side had three. If the large plates are on the side with two tines the problem nearly disappears (duh-o!). Nearly. The "flop down" wine glass stem holders on the top rack "flop down" a little too easy. We had a service call thinking we had a leaky gasket on one unit. Turns out that there was a factory "upgrade" that fixed a water condensation/draining problem in the vent tube. The swap out fixed the problem - but it was another post-sale service call.

6. Chiller/cooler - IMHO the wine chiller is the best bargain in this type and size of appliance (single zone) if you want a small unit in the kitchen. We never hear the compressor (same for the cooler). It has good capacity, and the drawer-fronts can be removed and the wood can be stained and finished to match the cabinets. We got the beverage cooler with the digital glass front and it's kind of cool (sorry about the pun) and hides the contents until you hit the light button that's cleverly disguised on the top end of the handle. The cooler also holds about a dozen wine bottles (of white, naturally).

Overall - I think that Monogram represents high value in high-end appliances (no, I'm not a dealer). I'm not happy that we've had three visits from our new friend at GE Service - but I will say the experience has been very positive from scheduling through repairs. Not once did I feel like my sanity was being questioned, that I was being unreasonable, or any other negative experiences I've read about on the Forum. Add to that the fact that you can actually negotiate on price and you've got a pretty good package.

Next time (yes, there will be - this house went over the top on over-runs so we'll be at it again in another year or so)...

1. Micro - who knows?
2. Fridge/freezer: we'll check out the Therm/Gagg towers, revisit Monogram, or just get real and drop back to a good "plain old fridge" and put the money in my home theater. Noise will be less of an issue since I'll have a dedicated listening room in the next house. Still, the Monogram interior on the all fridge/freezer is VERY compelling.
3. Ovens - Gagg is in a different price class, but I'll check out the new Gagg 30" combined with their steam oven on top. Almost went the 27"oven/steam oven combo for this house but had to cut back. The Monograms really work well, but Gagg has an appeal. In the end I'll proabably do Monogram again.
4. Cooktop - induction, hands down - probably Gagg. The new units are competitively priced, the Vario units provide the flexibility I want, and they are high powered. I'll probably combine Vario unitsto make two cooking stations (with the teppan-kaki griddle and electric grill) and use two smaller vents. The GE works well but I'm through dis-assembling a cooktop to clean up afer every use. Period. Having cooked on induction, I'm hooked (the Gagg wok unit). And I really want two independent cooking stations so the Vario units are a perfect fit.
5. Dishwaser - if it weren't for the racks I'd do Monogram again in a heartbeat. Another potential big bargain in the high end market, but check out the racks carefully beforehand. That said - I'll just have to wait and see what's available in two years.
5. Wine chiller/bev cooler - I'd do the bev cooler in the kitchen again but if I do another chiller it's an inexpensive Vinotemp from Costco in the laundry room or basement.

Bottom line - I'd do Monogram again in this house. They are good performers (with the noted exceptions), the service is first rate (unfortunately I've had to learn this the hard way), the problems we've had aren't serious and have been corrected on one visit, and for this "class" of appliance the price is right.

As always, if you have specific questions please drop me an email.


Ps - I purposely avoided discussing the vent. We have a 1500cfm exterior fan (Viking/Broan) but last-minute clearance problems meant ditching the Viking liner and going with a smaller Farber unit that would fit. It works, but its all wrong (and very noisy from the small filter/high air movement combo even on low speed).

Pps - Franke sinks ++; thought the SS grates were another gimmick but they really do provide additional functionality that's hard to explain but the experience is positive (for some uses not the least of which is to effectively raise the bottom of a deep sink and saving my back). Franke Little Butler ++. Blanco "stone" finish sink in the laundry room is a --; it's white, I have stains that won't come out, and a couple of small chips from not-excessive or harsh use - and since it's under a granite slab any kind of return/replacement is out of the question. Waste King disposers - not bad, but I'll do Insinkerator the next time (as in the past). Top of counter mounted "air switches" for the disposals are a nice touch and don't cost an arm and leg.


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My finished kitchen--creamy cabinets, Caesarstone, black walnut..

posted by: jenos on 06.18.2009 at 09:23 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi---even though my kitchen has been finished for a year and a half, I just figured out how to post pictures, so I thought I'd share! I am STILL on this forum daily since I LOVE checking out other people's wonderful ideas. Thank you to everyone here--and on the appliance forum--who helped when I needed it!Photobucket




Butler's Pantry

Breakfast Nook


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Finished! The reveal

posted by: nats-md on 03.29.2009 at 11:37 am in Kitchens Forum

The GW was a real help in our kitchen reno (part of larger addition). It started last March, the kitchen was functional by Thanksgiving, and now, finally, after re-painting the walls last weekend, is ready for the public. Thanks to so many inspiring kitchens -- especially mamadadapaige, yesdear, tons of others.

I'll throw in a few before pictures to give you a flavor of what we started with:

before and


Here are some others:


breakfast area

and detail of backsplash behind stove:

Thanks again for all of the inspiration and information on this forum!

A few details:
Cabinets - Crown Point frameless
Counter - soapstone (Green Mtn Original from Philly Soapstone)
Backsplash - Mexican talavera from tierra y fuego in San Diego
Wall color (current, after repainting!) - BM Revere Pewter
Nats - MD


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Best cookware for induction?

posted by: dccnm on 06.23.2004 at 02:27 pm in Cookware Forum

After LIVING on the kitchen site for the last few months, I've decided to go with an induction cooktop (AEG). Now I'll need to buy new pots/pans. I currently use my 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, and 5 quart pots the most. I have a nonstick frying pan for eggs, and a very large calphalon that I love but honestly only use for a few dishes. The other loved, but not often used pot is 12 quarts (great for large portions of pasta and potatoes). I'd miss that.

So, without taking out a second mortgage, what pots/pans would be the best for me? My research suggests that the Demeyere Apollo might fit the bill but I decided to ask the people who aare using them, not selling them!



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RE: Island overhang for seating - what support would you recommen (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: cloud_swift on 07.20.2007 at 05:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Another way to do invisible support is to use bar steel under the island top. That is what was done for our 15" overhang:

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Ours are routed into the plywood underlayment for our 2 cm granite so the bottom of the overhang is flat. Here is a more close-up picture. My DH took the picture with a tape measure in case we ever need to know where the bars are under the granite.
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The end result - no corbels, no legs:
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We found old 12" overhang usable for a counter height overhang but the 15" more comfy.


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RE: lights + plugmold = big light rail? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: jamesk on 05.21.2007 at 05:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have the Sea Gull linear strip lighting that Jeri mentions above. It's under the cabinets at the front edge.

At the back of the cupboards is angled plug mold. Naturally, the wiring for the lighting an plugmold was installed before the backsplash went in, but the plug mold wasn't installed until after the soapstone backsplash was in place.

The angled plug mold makes it possible to plug in appliances without having to crane my neck to find the outlets.

The upper cabinets have a about a 1-1/4" recess under them which is sufficient to hide everything. Here's a photo looking toward the cabinets.


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RE: lights + plugmold = big light rail? (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: jamesk on 05.21.2007 at 07:23 pm in Kitchens Forum


Yes, the under cabinet lights are on a dimmer. It's an ordinary Lutron low-voltage dimmer. The transformer for the lights is in the attic space above the kitchen. I don't hear any noise from it whatsoever. As a matter of fact. I'd sort of forgotten that there was a transformer.

The plugmold is on a GFCI circuit. The GFI outlet that provides the protection is mounted in the back wall of the cupboard above.

I'm not sure why the electrician did it in black, but perhaps because the switch plates on the soapstone backsplash below are in black. Anyway, It doesn't matter, I seldom see it. It usually has a stack of plates in front of it.

Glad you like my cupboard bottoms :-)


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