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RE: trying something new with the Miele ovens... (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: wizardnm on 09.15.2011 at 02:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

I been having fun with the dried tomatoes. I did the first batch last weekend and finally got around to uploading a couple of pictures.

Here are some in the oven...

...and tada....the finished product.

I can say that the dehydrate cycle on the Electrolux Icon oven has been tested and works great. I have another four racks drying right now.

The brighter colored tomatoes to the right are plain with a sprinkling of Kosher salt.
The darker tomatoes on the left were a bit more involved. I soaked the prepared tomatoes in a bottle of merlot for 24 hours, then sprinkled with a mixture of sweet basil, oregano and parsley. Salted and dried them. They taste wonderful, ready for appetizers and pizza.

Now I'm checking out recipes that call for sun dried toms! Anyone that has a recipe using them....please post!!!



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RE: White quartzite owners: Please show your BS and paint color (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: babs711 on 06.05.2012 at 10:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

I really need to bring my good camera to the house with me because my iPhone just isn't getting accurate light at all. These are as good as I can get with the lighting. We used a muted blue/green (it was actually called gray/green) crackle tile. Our paint is BM Revere Pewter. The camera is reading the paint as more beige than it actually is. It's got more gray in it. It's a good "greige" shade.

I took this yesterday without good lighting and before the grout was in. It's not the best representation but you can see a glimpse of the white macaubus in the photo:

Grouted today and the only angle I could get better lighting:

Close up of the tile. Those purple sections are light reflections:

Sink wall, obviously too dark to really tell anything:


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White Kitchen w/ walnut, 99% finished and lived in!

posted by: alabamamommy on 03.15.2012 at 03:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello all - I was nudged out from under the newborn rock by a post yesterday, so I figured I'd share our final photos. With a caveat... I'm still on the hunt for the appropriate decorative pieces... a properly scaled urn or raised bowl for the countertop, an arrangement of the stuff in the glass cabs that works, etc.

Overall, I love this kitchen. It's proving very family friendly and I haven't had any issues with the primed shiplap as a backsplash. The marble island top DOES etch, but we're closing our eyes and hoping to make it to patinaland sooner than later. With 18 years of school fundraisers ahead of me, I'm certain we'll get there. But there's NOTHING like making pastries on it and I'm going to try my hand at fudge and candies soon!

Our FAVORITE spot, where we spend 70% of our time, is firmly planted on the BOOs block. Chop chop chop. Walnut end-grain... can't say enough. A quick sudsy soapy wipe after each prep and a once a month oiling and it's beautiful.

So here are the pics of our very lived in by a young family of five new kitchen!


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finished backspash pic

posted by: marmoreus on 10.01.2010 at 10:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi there,

I tried to post this to a thread where I asked for input, but since it's fallen off the site, it won't let me. Anyway, as a thank you to those who helped and for anyone looking for a picture of Walker Zanger Pipe Smoke in action (I had a real hard time finding any) here ya go!

Tile used: Walker Zanger Gramercy Park (Heirloom White and Pipe Smoke)



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RE: Dark Stain on new unfinished White Oak (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: westiegirl on 12.03.2011 at 05:09 pm in Flooring Forum

My husband and I installed and finished approximately 1900 square feet of unfinished white oak in our new build. We used Waterlox for the finish instead of a poly product.

With the method we used, we mixed the stain in with the Waterlox for the first coat and basically "mopped" it on. No wipe off needed. For the next two coats of Waterlox, we just used the plain Waterlox, with no stain added. With this method, it is not necessary to sand between coats. We had it sanded to finish grit prior to starting the Waterlox process.

We did do multiple sample boards of the Waterlox and stain prior to starting the entire area. Added the Waterlox to the stain and not do the wipe off changed the color considerably. It definitely added an amber undertone to the stain.

Here is a picture of the finished product:



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RE: A New (Yellow) Direction! Would love input! (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: melaska on 01.29.2012 at 03:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

I fell in love with oldhouse1's kitchen the instant I saw it. I LOVE the yellow she's BM Windham Cream.

Here are some pics - I linked the original thread below if you want to see more pics & info.

oldhouse1's kitchen on Gardenweb, Wall color is BM Windham Cream.

oldhouse1's kitchen on Gardenweb, Wall color is BM Windham Cream.

oldhouse1's kitchen on Gardenweb, Wall color is BM Windham Cream.

Here is a link that might be useful: oldhouse1's kitchen


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Almost Finished Pics - long time coming...

posted by: aokat15 on 02.09.2012 at 02:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm still waiting to finish up some small details - such as having my potfiller installed - but I thought I'd post my almost finished pics. I've posted some pics along the way, but here is where we're at now. It's been almost 2 years since we purchased our home and we are slowly coming to the end of a long whole house renovation and addition. Gardenweb has been an amazing source for inspiration and guidance - thanks for all of your help along the way. Let me know if you want any info.

To the right of my refrigerator is an oversized walk-in pantry. There are temporary shelves in there now... someday soon we'll have cabinets and nice shelving and I'll share those pics as well :)


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Finally - Elizpiz's Finished Kitchen

posted by: elizpiz on 03.25.2009 at 12:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, here it is I am finally posting my finished kitchen. A quick "before and after" full album linked below.

So, before....

View from basement stairs

And after...

The beautiful Horsefeathers bookshelf

Some background and few details:

Our house is almost 100 years old and as such, the original kitchen was quite small about 9x10. We have an unusually shaped lot, and the shape allowed for us to be able to knock down an exterior wall and build out. Here is the original floor plan:

Original floor plan

I love to cook but for all of my adult life I have never cooked in a kitchen that was bigger than 9x10. I've never had a dishwasher before, unless DH counts (we didn't have one in my family home either) and the efficiency in our "zone" came from being able to reach everything because the space was so darn small!

The objective was to make the kitchen look like it was always there, with more up to date appliances. To achieve that, we had the cabinets hand painted and distressed and chose heritage colours. We used reclaimed oak planks for the island countertop; the hardware is a combination of hand forged cast iron from England and finds from architectural salvage. Countertops and the main sink are soapstone.

An imperative was to find a home for my 300+ (and counting) cookbook collection. We achieved that through clever cabinetry and the acquisition of a beautiful old hutch.

But most of all, we wanted the kitchen to be the heart of the house, and it really is. I can honestly say that we don't sit in the living room anymore!

We started the project in May and it was completed in December. The past few weeks have been spent getting the finishing details (stools, etc). Along with the kitchen, we rewired the house, excavated down to a new laundry room, added storage, repainted everything, redid the bathroom in the basement etc etc... It was a house reno disguised as a kitchen addition.

We didn't work with a designer - the ideas were ours, brought to life by our GC - and primarily me spending *hours* right here with all of you dear GWers. So THANK YOU for all of your generosity, your advice, your wisdom and your passion for all things TKO I wish I could throw a giant GW party to give you all a big hug!

Top notes (feel free to contact me if you have questions):
Soapstone counters
Custom cabinetry
Liebherr fridge
TurboChef double ovens
BlueStar cooktop with centre grill
Modern-Aire hood
Walker-Zanger backsplash
Miele Excella full dishwasher
FP Dishwasher Drawer
Kohler faucets: potfiller, main sink, prep sink
Hardware perimeter cabinets: Whitechapel
Hardware island and fridge: architectural salvage from Old Good Things in NYC
Bar stools from America Retold

Fair warning my album has lots of pix I just couldnt bear not to include the details.


Here is a link that might be useful: Elizpiz's Kitchen Slideshow


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RE: I need Exhaust fan 101 (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: clinresga on 11.09.2008 at 10:20 am in Kitchens Forum

tsherman: first, a quick hijack, then back to your question:

I am not even sure what Kenneth is trying to say, other than advertise his services. I think some of his statements are silly at best. "You will become bored with a focal point"--what?? A focal point is simply a way to organize the visual elements of a kitchen. Kitchens without some focus can look ungrounded and visually distracting. There's no instinctive direction for the eye to focus.

Our new kitchen has a range as a focal point. It's a Lacanche Cluny 1400 in an alcove which conceals a Modern-Aire custom 64'' hood liner with a remote inline Fantech FKD-10XL blower and LD-10 silencer. I think it's an effective focal point:

Here's a photo: (please note that this is an early photo during the renovation (final pics are forthcoming now that our backsplash is in) but you can get an idea of the look):


BUT...the important thing for us is that this range alcove cooks fabulously! The LC range is wonderful to cook with, and the ventilation is absolutely phenomenal, both due to the hood, as well as the design of the alcove.

So, my point is that "focal point" and function absolutely do not conflict. In mamy ways I believe a visual focal point when done well should function well too--remember, form and function are closely interrelated.

Now, on to his specific point. If I read Kenneth correctly, he's questioning the decision to move the MW undercounter? There are many arguments pro and con (search the Applicance forum for many threads) but it's certainly one option. What I'm confused about is whether Kenneth is really suggesting keeping the MW over the range.

The only option worse than an OTR MW for ventilation is no ventilation at all. If it's a recirculating MW all you're doing is blowing the same fumes, odors, and combustion gasses right back into the kitchen. If it's a vented MW, the performance, measured in cfm of air extracted, is miserably poor. Your KD is right on the money in suggesting truly functional ventilation.

Ventilation is a complex issue, which is often poorly explained. There is a ton of great information on the Appliance Forum. This is one of my favorite threads:

help please with ventilation

Once you're reviewed this come over and post questions to the Appliance forum. There is, strangely, a large group of ventilation gurus there who love to offer opinions.


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RE: substitute for this walker zanger tile? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: rmaxharrj on 03.21.2010 at 01:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

How about the glass tiles at Stone and Pewter accents? We used their Sumi-e 1x1 mosaic tiles as an accent in our master bath and love, love, love them. They were expensive, but definitely not $45/sf, although I can't remember exactly the cost.

They also have beautiful slate borders and tiles as well.


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substitute for this walker zanger tile?

posted by: november on 03.21.2010 at 10:41 am in Kitchens Forum

I've fallen in love with walker zanger's weave tile in equator after seeing in in calliekim's kitchen here. It seems to cost about $45/sq ft, which is over our budget. I've looked at the Susan Jablon site, which seems to have good prices, so maybe we'll do that. Has anyone else used or found a green iridescent brick tile that doesn't cost $40+?

Here is a link that might be useful: walker zanger weave tile


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RE: Show me pics of your bright, wood kitchens!! (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: boxerpups on 05.19.2011 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks kitchendetective.

The images below are all I have. I can not remember
where I found these images. I think it was from someone
blog, they were images of a kitchen that won an award.
Maybe NKBA not sure.


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RE: Show me pics of your bright, wood kitchens!! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: sparklekitty on 05.15.2011 at 04:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

I also struggled over painted versus natural wood, so I used both. I don't have any recent photos (new light fixtures) and still need a backsplash & to do something with the stools (from a kitchen from another house, want to recover and paint.) But you get the idea. The corner of my kitchen faces north and the neighbors have big trees so we don't get a ton of direct sunlight. The cabinets are natural red birch, which has a prominant but subtle grain that you can't really see in the photos. The pantry cabinet and the island is painted white-ish. We used soft gray pietra del cardosa on the perimeter counters to ground things, then the white and gray supreme white quartzite to keep it bright. I also think the white trim on the windows brightens things as well.

I love a natural cherry kitchen, but thought it would be too dark, though in retrospect I think it would have been lovely to have cherry lowers and painted uppers (and I think I have seen that in some photos recently.)

I do think lighting can make a huge difference. We only put in four recessed lights, have two small halogen pendants over the island and are large pendant over the sink and honestly I am not happy unless they are all on and planning on putting in two more cans and having dimmers.

August 2010


I also love the natural wood as the upper and white or other painted on the lower as sadiebrooklyn has done, as well as the reverse. If you really love wood, it can definitely be done in a "bright" way.


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RE: The finished kitchen, lots of pics inside, beer too! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jgopp on 07.25.2011 at 04:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've got a few more photos now that the sun is out of the way...


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The finished kitchen, lots of pics inside, beer too!

posted by: jgopp on 07.25.2011 at 04:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey everyone, I know it's been a long time coming for me. I thought I was going to get a really good photographer to come in and take pics but it just hasn't panned out so I used my cell phone with the HD option on. Just a notice, it's not the greatest camera and my picture taking ability isn't that great, nor do I know how to use photoshop. So what you get is what you get. Hopefully they are good enough for you.

Now onto the details...

The project was conceptualized last October, construction began in mid November. We had semi functional use of it during Christmas but it still had a long way to go. After lots of structural repairs and slight idea changes along the way the project was probably completed with decorating done by late February. The place is considerably more functional and the floor is no longer going to collapse through to the basement. I decided to remove a large pantry which was taking up too much space, as well as remove the dining room closet which was too small to be used for anything. Those you can see in the before pictures. The lovely lady in those pictures is not me btw.

It took me many trips to the stores and many conversations to finally get everything dialed in exactly the way I wanted it. I feel that the style I have is very fitting to the home which is from 1922. Not sure exactly how I would categorize it but if I had to take a stab I'd say, somewhat traditional, somewhat french country, somewhat professional. But the final product came out very warm and inviting. We use the kitchen 10 fold now compared to the old one for entertaining purposes alone.

The old kitchen was a functional disaster and I wish I had some pictures of it before, but I only have pictures of the day of first removal. I have a video though of the kitchen before which I will post here...

Moving right along then... and since everyone loves to know what every little detail is I guess I'll have to run down the list which as follows:

Countertops: Super-white quartzite, and yes the island is all one single slab
Backsplash: herringbone Carrara marble with matte finish subway tiles
Flooring: Virginia hardwood wide plank hickory
Fridge: Sub-zero 36SXS
Micro: Viking designer series
Wall oven: Bertazzoni 24 inch classic electric
Range: 36 inch Bertazzoni gas
Hood: 40 inch Viking designer series with 650cfm
DW: Fisher and Paykel tall dishdrawer
Sink: Elkay stainless farmhouse
Bar sink: Kohler trough
Main faucet: Rohl country in satin
Bar faucet: Rohl country series, not exactly sure what model
Washer+dryer: Samsung front loaders
Chairs: Restoration hardware french cafe Madeline chairs
Other goodies: full extension soft close drawers, heavy cast knobs and pulls (some outfit in NJ) love the pulls because they actually are screwed directly into the face. The beer setup is a Khrome design tower with Perlick no drop faucets. Entryway color tiles on the stairs are from Pewabic pottery in Detroit, the steps are a shale of some sort.

Enough talk I'm sure you've already passed by all that and moved right down here to where I've stashed what you are all waiting for...



And completed:

Any other pictures of specific areas I will try and make happen if you'd like. Ask any questions as well, I'll be around to answer them for you. Thanks so much for looking, and thanks for the great ideas and the knowledge I've gained from using this fine website.


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RE: Small bath remodel on a modest budget. Finished! (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: girlcat36 on 11.17.2009 at 06:50 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Thank you all so much! I am thrilled to have gotten such a positive response to my bathroom on this forum.

I did not expect such interest in my remodel, so I didn't keep good track of what things were and where I got them. I will put links in to the items, and sorry, but I don't know how to shorten the links(doh!).
The vanity was from Overstock, and I paid too much(in my opinion) for it, 600.00. It included the 'marble' top. The only sources at the time for a vanity with this look were Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware---both stores were way out of budget.
I believe Lowes makes a similar vanity now at a much better price.

The best price on the Bancroft soaking tub was 375.00 shipped at HD. The price is now up to 467.00, yet last week it was 415.00 at HD. Prices online really seem to fluctuate. This tub is only available online, and must be shipped to your home, and not the store.

The toilet is a Toto Vespin. The best price I found is here:

I think that price(316.00) is slightly less than what I paid.

The sink faucet is Dazzle by American Standard:

The price on the faucet has gone up considerably since my purchase.

The chandelier is from Walmart, and only available online. It is the perfect size for a small room, and has the option of being a plug-in.

Now for the tile(boysrus2)!!
I really think that this is the tile that I used, but I think the price is less in-store.

Boysrus2---I will pop in to HD next time I am in the area, and see if they still have the tile; if so I will make note of the product number for you.


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RE: Small bath remodel on a modest budget. Finished! (Follow-Up #82)

posted by: girlcat36 on 09.03.2011 at 01:11 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Thank you, skeetie, and danielitav!
Since this thread has been resurrected, I will take the opportunity to update on my bathroom, two years after completion.

Things that I love:
*Fully skirted toilet, so easy to clean---I will never go back to nooks and crannies. The Toto toilet is great, none of the clogging problems that I have had with my last two toilets in that bathroom.
*No baseboards! I ran the floor tile straight up the wall. Again--super easy to clean!
*Reorientating the hall linen closet to open inside the bathroom.
*Pocket door with glass panes--no regrets!
*Deciding on a shower niche in addition to a corner shower shelf. Shampoos go on the niche, bar soap and razors on the shelf
*A light inside the shower. How did I live without it?
*A mildew resistant heavy cotton shower curtain instead of glass doors or plastic shower curtains. There have been no problems with shower water coming through the cotton. easily washed and dried with bleach to keep clean. No glass doors to keep clean, and no icky plastic to wrestle with. This was a budget decision. Initially I wanted glass and I just couldn't afford it.
*Going with a handheld showerhead in addition to my fixed showerhead. Makes cleaning the shower a breeze! When I get to renovating my second bathroom it will have the same setup.
*The tongue and groove fir ceiling; I think it's the best thing in the room.
*Kohler Bancroft soaking depth tub! Could never go back to a shallower depth after having this! No problems with it.
*I did not install a medicine cabinet over my sink even though storage is limited in my small bathroom. I still do not regret that decision; I love the decorative mirror.
*I still love the mixed finishes that I chose--some chrome, some verdigris, some nickel, and some oil rubbed bronze. It still looks great to me.
*The Azek trim used to frame the tub area is holding up great.

Things I might have done differently:
*Chosen a better quality fan for inside the shower. GC knew I was on a budget, so he chose the most economical one. It is too loud for my taste. Also it is wired to turn on and off with the shower light, I would have preferred it to be separate.
*My vanity. I love the look, but the quality isn't great, and I bought it online from Overstock. It was supposed to have a marble top, but honestly I am not sure what kind of stone it is. It is cream colored and shows water spots like crazy. The storage drawer is a little sticky as well; there are no drawer glides. At the time of my reno, it was the only vanity in this style I could find that was in my budget. Now I see similar styles at HD and Lowes for much less! Go figure!

Other decisions:
We did not put in a wall hung toilet paper holder. I use a chrome toilet paper stand and that is just fine.
I did not hang any permanent towel bars or hooks. I couldn't decide where to put them, so instead I just hung a Command hook(chrome colored) to hang my towel on. This has held up just fine and I see no need to actually install bars or hooks permanently.



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More photos (Follow-Up #95)

posted by: jbrodie on 03.03.2009 at 08:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are the photos as promised:

For Todd, here's the cab above the stove:

Family Room (This room is still not finished. We have a media cabinet coming for the big wall and that long table will go behind the sofa. The coffee table and chair belong in another room, so eventually I need to get at least a coffee table. Suggestions? Round? Square? Dark wood? I'm at a loss. All I know is I want it to be a good place for playing games and doing puzzles with the kids.)


Dining Room (I still need to find sconces. Any ideas? I've been looking and looking and just can't figure out what style to go with. I don't want to spend a lot of money either. I also am in search of a piece of art for that wall between the sconces).


desk area

Stove area



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Answers to a few more questions (Follow-Up #96)

posted by: jbrodie on 03.03.2009 at 08:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are answers (mostly to questions emailed to me) that I thought I'd post in case they're helpful to anyone:

1. Yes, Teixiera sells the stone and does the fabrication. You can have someone else do it, but I think it's good to go with them because they are so experienced with it.

2. Birds: Little one with curly tail on bookshelf from Pier 1 (on sale, so likely not there anymore). Big one in desk area is from Pottery Barn recently.

3. Pottery: Almost all of the pottery, including white cups in glass cabinet are made by my fabulously talented brother. Visit his web site! You can also find a link to his hilarious contraption, the "Hound Round" which is sort of like a giant hampster wheel for dogs!

4. (long one!) For soapstone there's a lot that
determines the price. For example, we originally were going to get Cobra and
that comes in smaller slabs and you only pay for the square footage you use.
When we switched to Julia it added up to more even though the square ft.
price was less, because with Julia you pay for the whole slab regardless of
whether you use it all (which we didn't). We needed two slabs. Also, with
the Cobra we would have had some seams in the large part of the island (this
is why we switched varieties). When we switched to Julia there was an extra
$600 charge for having the large part of the
island in one piece because it's harder to fabricate and requires more
people for the installation because it's so heavy. Hope that all makes

A couple of important things I learned about shopping for soapstone: 1. Make
sure you go with one of the harder varieties. Some of the samples I got
could be easily chipped just by hitting them with a spoon. Ours is one of
the harder varieties. So far (knock on wood) we have a few little scratches,
which I'll eventually sand out, but no chips. One of my friends went with a
softer variety and it's chipping all around her sink. 2. Make sure you get a
sample and test it for hardness and watermarks. I don't know why, but some
varieties have horrible problems with watermarks. I have one friend who says
she just runs a sponge over it and it leaves a watermark until she oils it
again. I have another friend who has no problem with watermarks at all. We
get some, but mostly just around the sink where the oil wears away quicker.
I just keep a rag with some oil under the sink and run it over that area
every few days and it's fine. Also make sure to test your sample with oil,
because it looks much different!

One last thing. If you're going with Teixiera (which definitely has the best
selection in this area), start looking as early as possible. Sometimes they
have a lot to choose from and other times it's fairly sparse. We were lucky
they got the Julia in about a month before we put the counters in. I think I
would have hated seams in that part of the island. If you know you want
soapstone, you can put a deposit down and reserve some particular slabs, and
if they get a kind in later that you like better they will let you change.
It didn't cost us anything to make the change.

5. Here is info. for our painter: He's
extremely meticulous and a sweet guy. Our puppy had emergency surgery while
he was painting our cabs and he was so sweet with her and would watch over
her for me when I had to go out. My husband calls him Picasso :). Tell him I
sent you!

Did I miss anything???

Here is a link that might be useful: Pottery by David Pier (and the Hound Round)


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RE: 99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone (Follow-Up #65)

posted by: jbrodie on 03.02.2009 at 06:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Okay, here's what it says on the tile box. It doesn't say dal tile...but I could swear that's what it was.

Cracked Ivory
3x6 field tile
Earthen Art Folio

As for the grout. The tile guy picked the closest match and I don't know what it was called. I'm not totally thrilled with the grout because it has a pink tint in certain light.

And while we're on the topic of cookbooks...I'm obscessed with cookbooks! Current favorites are Food to Live By and the King Arthur Flour baking books Just got the whole grain one and it's great. Made this recipe the other day (minus the espresso powder) and they were so yummy (though didn't look a thing like the picture--the dough was a bit crumbly and so I formed them into balls so they were more "short and fat"!)
This is the first time in my life that I've had properly funtioning appliances. It's so fun to cook now that things actually turn out as they should!


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RE: 99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone (Follow-Up #54)

posted by: jbrodie on 03.02.2009 at 03:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I still can't believe this response. You are all too nice!

elfmom--Are your cabs factory finished? If so, I don't know that you could paint over them without sanding them down, which would be a shame. I would ask an experienced painter. We ordered our cabs unfinished and had a painter (awesome painter if anyone needs one in SF Bay Area on the peninsula) paint them. Spraying was much less expensive than brushing, but it did make as thick of a coat and we liked the idea that with the final brush area we could touch up without it being noticeable. That's part of the reason that we went with painted over the factory finish white that is "baked" on, and also we didn't like the look of the finishes our cab maker did and saw some in a home nearby that they made and it looked like the finish chipped easily. I guess if you order from the big companies with the factory finish it's much more durable than when you go with a custom cabinet maker in California...I guess they can't use the same chemicals to make it durable due to CA regulations. I have a friend that has the glaze. Her kitchen was one of my inspirations and it's gorgeous (I'll ask her if I can post some of the pictures I have of it). I think it looks great, and it hides the dirt! Everything shows on my cabs, but with the glaze you can get away with more!

mamabirrd--We like the Natura. It doesn't smell, which is great! We wanted to be as green as possible. The only place we didn't use it is on the cabinets because from everything I read on this site and talking to guy at the paint store, it sounded like Aura was a better bet for holding up to the beating cabinets get. A lot of people on the forum also like Fine Paints of Europe for cabinets, but that's $100 per can!

chinchette--The chairs at the desk (also the same ones at our dining table) are from Crate & Barrel. They are quite comfortable and once we get cushions will be even more so! I do have to say, they are not the most practical. A friends child was over recently and stood on a chair and little piece broken off the side of the seat. My husband glued it back on, but I can tell it's not going to last. Once we have cushions (C&B only has cream and black ones, and we want something in between) they will be more protected, which will be a good thing! Also, they will be tricky to clean if anything is ever spilled or if it gets dusty inside. The great thing is they are only $129! Here's the link:
Our barstools were a great deal too and are extremely comfortable. $350 for two and Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

For the chalkboard idea, I have to give credit to Sunset Magazine. I saw a picture a couple of years ago and tore it out. It's one of my favorite things. I often write a message near the top and then the kids decorated the bottom.

I know I still owe some people the tile name, and I'll try to get out there to take a look at it soon!


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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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My new kitchen--minus a few details. . .lots of pictures.

posted by: debsan on 03.14.2009 at 11:41 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, it's been almost done now for a couple months. Still need to figure out backsplash. Anyone have any ideas for me? I have some copper tiles that I'd planned to use as accent tiles, but I can't find the perfect combo. Trouble is, the kitchen is dark, so everything seems to look too dark. I was leaning toward something green that might complement the copper tile, but since I haven't found anything that's just right, I may go with a nice light neutral like white or off-white. I love carrera, but I'm not sure how it would look with the rest of the kitchen. Also, the range hood is going to get a copper accent on the front soon.

Here's the kitchen & dining area



Oops, I should have closed that cabinet door.


Ahhh . . that's better!





Prep island is great--especially the cool trash chute with trash pull out and the fun & funky copper veggie sink.


One more close up of that trash chute. Homage to the trash chute, because I love it so much!




Front of island, with outlet for the laptop(s). Perfect for drinkin' coffee & catching up with GW.


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RE: Holligator-More pics of your kitchen, please? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: holligator on 05.02.2008 at 10:37 am in Kitchens Forum

Awww, thanks so much for the compliment! Mine's not in the FKB because, well, it isn't finished. :) It still needs a backsplash and paint and a kitchen table and chairs before I can call it finished. But, in the meantime, I'm always happy to share pics...

The big view...

My pantry cabinets...

Another view of the pantry wall that shows off the pterodactyl in my island...

My fabulous soapstone with runnels by Florida Joshua!

Before and after comparison...

Some details:
-Custom cherry Shaker cabinets in a natural finish
-whatever brushed nickel hardware my cabinet guy had
-Black Venata soapstone counters by the one and only Florida Joshua
-Kitchenaid counter-depth fridge
-Fisher & Paykel dish drawers
-AGA Legacy range
-Ventahood Excalibur hood
-Ticor sinks
-Kohler Vinnata faucets
-pendants from Rejuvenation
-tongue and groove pine ceiling
-Mediterranean walnut travertine floors


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Steam Oven Experiments

posted by: zartemis on 12.31.2011 at 09:59 pm in Appliances Forum

Cook Illustrated recommends roasting carrots in a hot oven (425 F) for 45 minutes, but for the first 15 minutes keeping them enclosed in a foil wrap to steam. I figured that's one of the things a steam oven can do, no foil needed. It's a simple recipe, calling only for butter, salt, and pepper. I'm lazy, I dumped the carrots into the steam oven pan, seasoned and plopped in the butter:

Although there are number of steam roasting options, I chose to replicate the original time, temp, steam settings of the original recipe as close as possible.

So I set it for 100% steam, 430 degrees for 15 minutes, then lowered the steam to 0% for the last 30.


From appearances, I was afraid they might be dried out inside, but underneath the caramelized exterior it was very moist. Nice and sweet!

It might have come out the same using a midrange steam/roast setting for the whole time, but this was an easy way to replicate the recipe as is.


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Almost done! White and espresso cabs, volga blue/marble tops

posted by: tilenut on 11.16.2011 at 01:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

With many thanks to the generous contributors to GW, here are a few pics of our nearly done kitchen. Still need to do backsplash. This is part of a a total reno.
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Here is a link that might be useful: New kitchen


really pretty kitchen -- see link.
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cooking with cast iron

posted by: paulwheaton on 09.20.2006 at 06:17 pm in Cookware Forum

I learned of gardenweb some time ago when somebody sent me this e-mail: "Just a quick note on your "Organic Lawn Care for the Cheap and Lazy" page. I found it since it is mentioned frequently on forums...."

Well, I hope this is an okay thing to do ... I wrote another article. Kinda like that one. I have spent years on it and it still needs a bit of work. The driving force behind it is rather similar: something I'm keen on; something that can save the world if I post it; something where if I show it to experts, they will gladly point out where I need to learn more!

I call the article "using a cast iron skillet ain't so hard!" and it can be found at

I hope you'll take a gander at it! Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: using a cast iron skillet ain't so hard!


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RE: Designing a Home Canning Kitchen (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: lamb_abbey_orchards on 01.16.2010 at 01:40 pm in Harvest Forum

Thanks so much to everyone so far who has been kind enough to offer their input, suggestions, and (most recently) photos. Im stepping into foreign territory when it comes to a canning kitchen, so its really helpful to learn from other peoples experiences.

Im not completely done designing the kitchen, but there are a few parts of it that are now pretty much decided:

1) The room will indeed be 8 x 7, comprised of a 24" wide U-shaped counter that wraps around the little kitchen on three sides, with a 3 x 6 aisle inside of the U.

2) Directly opposite the door, at the bottom of the U, will be a 33" wide double sink with 12" deep bowls. The sink will have a commercial faucet system with a pull-down spray head. The model of sink Ill be going with will be this one:

3) Ill definitely be adding a wall-mount pot filler behind the cooktop to be able to fill large pots while directly on the cooktop. The model of pot filler Ill be going with will be this one:

4) Floor will be tile with central drain to enable the floor to be hosed down to be cleaned.

5) Ive gotten rid of the original 2 burner idea, and have upgraded to a 5-burner cooktop which will be center along the left counter top. The cooktop will have two 9,500 BTU burners, one 14,000 BTU burner, one that adjusts from 5,000 to 1,200 BTUs, and a powerful central burner that adjusts from 18,000 to 450 BTUs. The cooktop will be this model specifically:

6) Ill be designing the cupboard space beneath the counters to maximize their storage capacity. To do so, Ill be adding two Hafele storage units that will take full advantage of the blind space in the far two corners of the room beneath the counters. Ill be going specifically with these Hafele LeMans units:

7) The long countertop on the right side of the room will be for cooling, labeling and packing. The top shelf of the storage area beneath it will accommodate a couple wooden boxes, each the size of a case of quart canning jars, so I can easily sterilize the jars in the main kitchen and carry them to a shelf in the canning kitchen to be stored out of the way until needed.

8) I'll be adding a large butcher block to the counter space between the sink and the cooktop, and will be cutting a hole (probably 6" wide) in the counter top, right next to the butcher block, so any organic material to be composted can drop through the counter into a large composting bucket, much like this set-up:

9) The room will ventilate both via a 12" x 72" awning window above the cooktop, as well as through a powerful ventilation fan in the ceiling that has a built-in humidity censor.

This indeed will be a small canning kitchen and run the risk of feeling a bit cramped, however there will only be one person using it at a time. I think if I clean as I go, and keep everything in its proper place, out of the way, this little kitchen should be capable of great things.

Id love to get peoples feedback on the list of choices I've listed above. If there are red flags Im simply not seeing at this point, its best to get them pointed out now!

Thanks again for all of the great ideas and input.



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A year in the making. My new kitchen w/pics

posted by: oldhouse1 on 09.11.2011 at 08:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our home is a simple 1840 Canadiana. We were living life quite comfortably when we drove by a home we always jokingly said we would buy if it ever went up for sale. Well, there it was, a big for sale sign in the middle of the lawn. Long story short we moved from our 4 bathroom home to one 1/3 the size with one bath that also happened to be off the kitchen. We immediately set out to design a small addition which included a kitchen. That was three years ago. With the exception of the foundation and framing, this has been a complete DIY project. After a year and a month of doing dishes in the bathroom I now have a kitchen. It doesn't have alot of bells and whistles and although we didn't necessarily want a period kitchen we did want one that suited an older home.


Ikea Tidaholm cupboards, professionally sprayed in Cloud White with alot of customization. Unfortunately, these have since been discontinued.

AEG Electrolux 36" freestanding stove. Bought for less then half price because someone bought it, used it once and returned it because they decided they wanted gas. We don't have gas and recently put in Geo Thermal heating/air conditioning. Wasn't in the budget to bring in propane. Stove was so reasonable that if we decide to do so later we can.

Liebherr 30" freestanding refrigerator. Purchased for half price because it had a dent dent in the bottom half. Bought a new door so it was good as new, until they delivered it and dented the top half. They replaced the door. Neither will be installed until house is complete (just in case).

Ikea farmhouse sink and dishwasher. I'm actually very pleased that it works as well as it does.

Perrin and Rohl Aquatine faucet in polished nickel.

Island and Jam cupboard - Special Order from Camlen Furniture in Quebec. Purchased with hand planed top in pine and may or not replace with marble. Will live with it for a while.

10" random length pine floors. All hand finished and dinged and finshed with Waterlox. This alone took us several weeks. We love the finish.

Honed Absolute Black granite. Bought the kitchen at Ikea's 20% off sale. Rather then cash back you get Ikea gift certificates. Used these and another $1300.

Faber Inca Pro hood

Light fixture- Sescolite, Burlington, Ontario

Finished kitchen, $19 thousand including all the small stuff.

I would like to thank the GW community. I found you when most decisions had already been made but early enough to make some positive changes based on the vast amount of information shared on this site. I didn't ask for much advise but I can assure you that I read everything written on the subjects that I researched on this site and then some. I do not have the incredible knowledge that so many of you do who share so willingly to those who ask but have from time to time tried to help out on the very few subjects I know a little about. I have taken much more than I have been able to give. I am grateful to have had a place that I could frequent with people who share the same desire to have a kitchen of their dreams no matter their budget. And to those who think their day will never come, keep the faith. I never thought that I would get here. After seeing so many unbelievable kitchens, big and small, elaborate and understated, new and updated thanks for looking at mine.


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SMARGE- your backsplash?

posted by: chinchette on 07.20.2009 at 01:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

SMARGE, you may have told the story of your backsplash before, but I couldn't find anything on searching. I LOVE it. I would love to hear the story of what occurred with your ex-designer in regards to the backsplash. So there was some controversy, eh? I can see why they became your ex. Also, who did the back splash? How did you or they come up with that idea?

I've been toying with the idea of taking up mosaic and your backsplash is a definite inspiration. I'd like to hear more about it. I think that it totally makes your kitchen. Its my favorite thing I've seen on the forum.


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RE: Potager Gardens (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: pineridgepotager on 12.10.2006 at 08:48 pm in Potager Gardens Forum

Hello, Spidey.
At my blogsite, see a drawing of my relatively new potager garden design and list of the great design reference books and websites I used. There is my detail text describing each step taken in my posting 'Design and Construction'. LEt us know what you decide upon. My potager is coming along, not completed, but a wonderful deisng and discovery journey...plants get expensive.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sharing Thyme


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RE: Questions for Miele oven folk (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: chinchette on 11.26.2006 at 05:44 pm in Appliances Forum

rococogurl, I am really not a baker, We only made one pizza and my son really liked it but I don't eat it. On Thanksgiving I just threw my potatoes in on the rack next to the turkey toward the end. I don't use a roasting pan, just put the bird right on the rack and the juice collects in the drip pan that slides in under it. There was plenty of room in racks above the turkey but, I didn't bake any goodies. I've even thrown in potatoes similarly when I'm rotissing.
I haven't found the oven whimpy. I bake potatoes at 500 and the rotiss at 500.

The Miele guy I talked to that was the most helpful is out of SF and he demonstrated the product for many years and has cooking classes to show people how they can multi task in the oven. They promote that you can cook a salmon on one rack and a pie on another and not mixing of smells. Wish I could eat sugar!! Anyway, my guy was SUPER helpful in telling me about the oven. You were super helpful in telling me all about rugs. Let me fish out his number: Keith at 800-843--7231 ext 8720. He doesn't answer right away but you can leave a message and he will call back. He told me he would plan out a whole menu for me for a party.

As for the perfect clean, my broiler pan is definately perfect clean. The rotiss was the item for me because of my limited diet I wanted the best chicken possible. Saw your thread in kitchens. Some interesting ovens out there that might fit your bill.


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RE: how can I learn about conifers (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: mckenna on 06.07.2006 at 12:18 pm in Conifers Forum

I am still pretty new to conifers also. I like books by Adrian Bloom and the Conifer Encyclopedia. Look on EBay or Amazon for the encyclopedia as it can be expensive. The web forums seem to be one of the better places to learn, especially about the countless cultivars. There is a conifer nursery in Woodstock, IL called Rich's Foxwillow Pines where you can see many of these plants.



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Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

posted by: starterdude on 01.21.2006 at 01:27 pm in Conifers Forum

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Pinus reflexa
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Pinus nigra 'Hornbrookiana' August

posted by: conifers on 02.22.2006 at 07:41 am in Conifers Forum

The Harper Collection; August 2005



Was on a mission. Correct cultivar spelling 'Hornibrookiana'
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RE: Where do you buy? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: mrgpag on 05.18.2006 at 01:38 pm in Conifers Forum

If you head out for Yahara, you might want to check out this place as well. Reportedly operated by a couple public garden/arboretum managers and I hear they carry a great selection of the unique conifers. I've never been to either of these but plan to check out both in a week or so. As far as I know, Stonewall Nursery doesn't have a website.
Stonewall Nursery
763 US Highway 14
Oregon, WI 53575-2822


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RE: Where do you buy? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: mrgpag on 05.18.2006 at 09:26 pm in Conifers Forum

jenwestie - there's another place you may wish to visit in the same immediate area as Stonewall Nursery. Just a mile or so south of Oregon, Rt 14 crosses County Road A. Turn east and go another mile or so on County A to the Flower Factory Nursery. I hear they are THE best in southern Wisconsin for perennials and other plants


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RE: Where do you buy? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: mrgpag on 05.25.2006 at 09:45 pm in Conifers Forum

Trip report for some Wisconsin nurseries -

Cottage Grove Nursery in West Salem is a very neat and well-kept business offering some very nice landscape size conifers at a decent price. They also have a nice selection of perennials. I can see why they have become "basic's" favorite. And if you visit and are greeted by an attractive young lady with a big pretty smile - tell her you "heard about you (referring to the business of course) on the internet" and watch her blush. What has that girl been up to LOL

Flower Factory just south of Oregon has to be the premiere perennial grower in the upper midwest. So many selections and set in a great farmstead setting. Great display gardens for shade plants, rock garden plants, and troughs. A "must see" if in the area.

Stonewall Nursery - also just south of Oregon. I wasn't sure what to expect and was blown away with their selections. And I could not resist a pinus parviflora 'Goldilocks' which is now waiting to be planted in my property. LOTS of great landscape size unique conifers - very similar to Fox Willow Pines or Gee's but on a somewhat smaller scale. Jenwestie shouldn't have any problem at all finding something to start a new collection if and when he/she visits their nursery. And they do have a recently established website - see link below

Yahara - I didn't get over to this nursery as I was running out of time if I wanted to get home tonight before dark. The folks at both Flower Factory and Stonewall had good thing to say about this recently started nursery. I would say a visit would be worthwhile if in the area.

Here is a link that might be useful: Stonewall Nursery


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Abies koreana

posted by: dansgrdn on 01.08.2006 at 10:13 pm in Conifers Forum

The colors on both of these are actually better for me in the spring and summer but it was a nice day so what the heck.

Abies koreana 'Goldener Traum':
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Abies koreana 'Aurea' ('Luminetta')

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Spring cones:
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Sorry, couldn't resist, can't wait for spring. Later, Dan


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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Aurea'

posted by: conifers on 02.22.2006 at 10:54 am in Conifers Forum

The Harper Collection; August 2005




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Pinus flexilis 'Commanche'

posted by: dansgrdn on 04.25.2006 at 09:39 pm in Conifers Forum

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Favorite view

posted by: dansgrdn on 05.17.2006 at 09:45 am in Conifers Forum

This is my favorite "view" in my backyard. The Pinus contorta 'Spaan's Dwarf' took a beating this past winter but the rest of the plants are doing well.

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RE: how can I learn about conifers (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: redwingconifer on 06.07.2006 at 09:34 pm in Conifers Forum



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RE: how can I learn about conifers (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: conifers on 06.07.2006 at 07:44 am in Conifers Forum

I've photographed (with names) quite a lot of conifers for most peoples standards, so be free to browse through these photos as often as you'd like to.

(when a photo has been "clicked on" - a name will appear but in a running "string" of letters which you'll need to break apart, i.e., PiceaabiesFluke.jpeg - = Picea abies 'Fluke'.)

Then The American Conifer Society Website:

And then suppliers of some of these plants - which some may take years to find (or never even found at all).

I hope you're rich for your own sake! (or like me, can live with smaller specimens to start with)

I realize there's more to it than this, but I'm sure this will keep you occupied for a while!

Welcome to the world of conifers and their cultivars. This "hobby" has been referred to as 'Addicted Conifer Syndrome' which many folks in this group clearly has! Pretty soon you'll want to propagate conifers for a living:) "The Final Stage" - I believe - of 'ACS'.

Regardless, welcome!



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