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RE: Chair rail in dining room - darker color on top or bottom? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: loribee on 02.16.2010 at 04:43 pm in Home Decorating Forum

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WAIT...I followed a rule and did something right, lol?
When I said that this was what I wanted in our DR, everyone tried to talk me out of it~
Good luck, Jamaraz with your decision. :)

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RE: Does anyone have New Venetian Gold and Tumbled Marble Backspl (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: monkeyjac on 05.01.2009 at 07:01 am in Kitchens Forum

I have New Venetian Gold and tumbled marble backsplash. I don' have any good photos that both the granite and the backsplash close up. The first photo shows the tumbled marble backsplash, the second shows the granite, the third shows them together. HTH

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RE: Where are your island electrical outlets? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: segbrown on 12.11.2009 at 01:06 am in Kitchens Forum

KD used fake drawers that flip down:

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This is the other side of the island, but it's the same; outlet is behind the "drawer" with the cup pull

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clipped on: 01.25.2010 at 12:41 pm    last updated on: 01.25.2010 at 12:42 pm

White/ Cherry/ Limestone and Granite Finished Kitchen

posted by: hobokenkitchen on 09.04.2009 at 12:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is a very belated view of our previous kitchen. I got so much help with it, that here I am again planning our new one!

Cabinets: Custom made in paint grade maple.

Floors: Pre finished Walnut with a Teak finish.

Island countertop: Brushed Limestone.

Perimiter countertops: One of the 'golds' but I forget which. I've seen something very like it recently which was called ' Colonial Dreams'.

Stove: 48' All gas Wolf range.

Hood: Wolf. We had ordered and received the vent-a-hood, but the duct work situation was so complex, that we ended up having to return the VaH and spring the extra money for the Wolf.

Fridge: 36' Stainless Steel Subzero.

Sink: Franke Orca.

We ended up having to sell the house and move due to DH's work, so we never got to put in the backsplash. : (

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Favorite bits:

The pull out pantry was SO useful! Literally ate up cans and cereal boxes etc.

On either side of the fridge the piece above the drawers flips down (think secretary desk). These acted as our appliance garages and you just pulled the toaster or whatever onto the flipped down piece and used it as the countertop. Very useful.

The brushed limestone. It's gorgeous and visitors had great fun trying to find the fossils in it.

The floors - just fell in love with the color.

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RE: Counter Depth Confused ??? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: buehl on 09.20.2009 at 02:48 am in Kitchens Forum

What we recommend doing here, is "building in" the refrigerator. This makes the refrigerator look built-in and hides the sides...whether the refrigerator is surrounded by cabinetry or not. Some people surround the refrigerator by walls and then mount the cabinet above b/w the walls. However, I think it looks much more finished to use finished end panels even if the refrigerator is surrounded by walls. But, that's my personal opinion. Here's how to do it:

  • Surround the refrigerator on both sides with 3/4" finished end panels that are as deep as the refrigerator carcass/box + the distance b/w the back wall & the back of the refrigerator.

    • This "distance" in the back is the amount of room behind the refrigerator needed for air clearance, anti-tilt mechanism, plug, and/or plumbing for ice maker & ice/water dispenser. This hides the sides but does not interfere with door hinge operation.

    • The finished end panels are "flat" or plain panels that are the same wood and have the same finish as your cabinets. (You can put fake doors on top of the finished end panels if your refrigerator is at the end of a run or is "stand alone" with one or two fully exposed sides.)

  • Next, mount a full-depth cabinet above the refrigerator and b/w the two end panels.

    • When I say "full-depth", I mean the depth of the refrigerator carcass.

    • If you cannot afford or cannot get a full-depth cabinet for above the refrigerator, then take a standard depth over the refrigerator cabinet (usually 12" deep) and pull it forward so it's mounted flush with the front of the end panels. You won't have the advantage of deep storage, but you'll still have the visual advantage of looking full-depth.

As an example:
  • My refrigerator's carcass is 24-1/8" deep.

  • The back of the refrigerator is right around 1-7/8" forward of the back wall.

  • This means the distance b/w the back wall and the front of the refrigerator carcass is approx 26" (24-1/8 + 1-7/8).

  • The end panels surrounding my refrigerator are, therefore, 26" deep.

  • The doors of my refrigerator stick out another 4-3/8". So, the depth of my refrigerator box and doors but w/o handles is 28-1/2".

  • The door handles stick out yet another 2-5/8", bringing the total depth of my refrigerator to 31-1/8".

  • The cabinet above my refrigerator is 36" wide x 24" deep.

Here are some pictures that tell the story of building in a refrigerator:

(1) 26" deep finished end panel is the depth of the refrigerator carcass + gap b/w refrigerator & back wall.

The 26" finished end panel covers the entire black side of the refrigerator plus the gap behind the refrigerator. It looks much more finished this way.


(2) Finished end panel all the way to the floor on the side w/cabinets


(3) 26" Finished end panel on the side of the refrigerator against the wall

Even though there's a wall next to the refrigerator, we still put in a finished end panel. I think it looks more finished with the end panel on both sides rather than just one. Additionally, the wall is only about 24" deep. While this means we didn't need filler to allow the doors to open fully, it also meant it would not quite cover the black sides of the refrigerator...so the 26" deep end panel covers the couple of inches that would have otherwise shown beyond the wall.


(4) Finished end panel all the way to the floor on the side w/the wall


(5) Full-depth cabinet above the refrigerator

Note there are several inches of filler b/w the top of the refrigerator and the cabinet above. This will allow me to put in a taller refrigerator in the future. It gives me some wiggle room height-wise. The alcove itself is 36" wide and should fit all future 36" wide refrigerators.

Some people put in a piano hinge door that swings up where the filler is over my refrigerator. It's a great idea that I had difficulty getting my Contractor to do, so I let this one slide. If you do put in a door like that, it gives you a place to store platters, flat baskets, or other things that are long and shallow.


(6) Full view from right front of "built-in" refrigerator


(7) Full view of "built-in" refrigerator

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clipped on: 12.16.2009 at 03:19 pm    last updated on: 12.16.2009 at 03:19 pm

let's try this again (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: karalouise on 10.11.2008 at 09:13 pm in Kitchens Forum


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RE: Backsplash Design Inputs - Brick Travertine w/ Quartzite mosa (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: marciab10 on 11.11.2008 at 07:21 am in Kitchens Forum

I love your design! Please do post the name/make of the mosaic. We still need to tile around our master br fireplace and I think that might work.

We also combined travertine tiles with glass mosiacs for our old world kitchen

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clipped on: 09.28.2009 at 11:28 am    last updated on: 09.28.2009 at 11:33 am

Help picking tile floors, pics included

posted by: theanimala on 06.25.2009 at 10:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you to everyone who has helped us with our other decisions. We have our cabinets arriving in 2 weeks, and finally decided on our countertop. Now we need to pick the flooring.

We are going for a slightly modern kitchen, using Shiloh Homestead inset cabinets in Softwhite for the outerwalls, and the island being a dark espresso.

We have narrowed down the countertops (with help from you all) to CeasarStone Raven on the white cabinets, and CeasarStone Misty Carrera on the dark island. Appliances will be stainless steel, and we plan on introducing more color on the walls and back splash (glass tile of some sort).

We are looking for tile that will pull some of the colors of the countertops and the cabinets. We are looking at squared tiles of 18" x 18" to be placed diagonally, or rectangular tiles in 12" x 24 staggered. Whatever we buy is going to go not only in the kitchen but in the powder room, laundry room, and front foyer, so we are looking at 650 SF, so we better LOVE it (or at least not regret it).

So far we have narrowed it down to these three tiles, although tomorrow we are going to try to find some that give the look of slate.

This tile is called Metro Leather, and it really does have a leather look to it.

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This is a different colored Metro Leather. It is the very small tile on the bottom right. We ordered a sample today.

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Ergon Mikado - this will be the staggered 12x24 tile:

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Kitchen Layout:

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Thanks again, and I welcome all opinions!

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clipped on: 08.24.2009 at 09:39 am    last updated on: 08.24.2009 at 09:39 am

Okay, so I think I'm done...Thank you ! (PICS)

posted by: margieb2 on 07.29.2008 at 10:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

So I think we're pretty much done except for the bar stools and a couple of other small items. The process went much more quickly than we anticipated. Demo began First week in March and the kitchen was complete by the end of May. The contractor was a dream and there were no major problems or surprises (other than the electrical safety hazards that were uncovered during demolition!)

I owe the resourceful, knowlegeable, creative, and talented members of this forum my heartfelt thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge and inspirational kitchens.

In particular, thank you to Zolablue, rococogurl, sharb, jamesk, allison0704, bella_4, charlie 123, momto4kids deanna1949, and artteacher, AMONG MANY OTHERS...for sage advice and kitchens that helped shape my kitchen vision. We had a number of setbacks, one big one due to DH's job loss. But I have to say, everything's worked out for the best.

We kept the original footprint of the room but swapped a peninsula for the island. We were a bit apprehensive aobut this as the trend is to do the revers but this setup works really well for us, creates better zones and a better flow.

SO here's a before:Before: From great room

And After:
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Pantry cabinet

Spice storage

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Knife drawer

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Julien Classic 30 x 18x 10

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RE: Painted white or wood stained? How do you decide? (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: needsometips08 on 07.15.2009 at 02:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

For the counter, I am hoping to find a granite that is very calm like the White Princess one firsthouse_mp just found. I love the idea of quartz, but they just keep looking so modern and not warm.

I am up in the air about the glaze too. I have time to decide that.

Sweeby test:

The feel:
Warm
Elegant
Comfortable
Tranquil
Homey
Light
Traditional yet a clean look not overly ornate or foo-foo
Mix of finishes

I want my kitchen to be a palatte of calm, tranquil, yet striking features that have depth and exude warmth. I want to create a kitchen that feels warm and homespun, yet wrapped in elegance. I want natural sunlight to bathe the space, and warm woods underfoot. I want creamy white to sit side by side with natural wood with brown/yellow undertones. I want the countertops to feel clean and unbusy. I want my backsplash to have a calm and uniform sparkle to it something that adds zing without clutter. I would like the focal points to be a gorgeous island, a beautiful wood hood, and the archway millwork with the armoire and chandelier in the background.

Inspiration kitchens:

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RE: Painted white or wood stained? How do you decide? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: eastcoastmom on 07.14.2009 at 10:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

believable buff antique white cabinets Pictures, Images and Photos

^^^ Here's another picture - from a past GW thread. I also wrestled with the idea of doing the painted cream perimeters and different color for island vs. all white vs. stain and creme island (and we won't even get into how much I really love contemporary) however the creamy perimeters and cherry islands are just what I kept being drawn to and envisioning. I have also just always liked a bright, light kitchen (and being able to see when something is dirty). On the other hand, a close friend has a dark perimeter, buttercreme island and wood floor and I just love it. Either can be absolutely beautiful.

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clipped on: 08.23.2009 at 02:29 pm    last updated on: 08.23.2009 at 02:29 pm

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

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clipped on: 08.03.2009 at 08:18 pm    last updated on: 08.03.2009 at 08:18 pm

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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clipped on: 07.28.2009 at 07:49 pm    last updated on: 07.28.2009 at 07:49 pm

RE: Handle on Jenn Air Panel Ready French Door Fridge (JFC2089HT) (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: gary1227 on 07.20.2009 at 08:53 pm in Appliances Forum

Below are a couple of photos of our Kitchenaid refrigerator with the custom panels and cutom handles. The panels do cover the entire door. It is a counter depth model, the doors will stick out a few inches beyond the cabinets.
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