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My just-about-finished Super White kitchen **pics**

posted by: dragonfly08 on 03.28.2012 at 02:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our 10wk-long kitchen renovation that began on Jan 2nd finally came to an end 2 weeks ago. Moving into the kitchen has been a slow but fun process and we are enjoying every minute we spend in it. We are still missing some key items, an appliance garage (currently being made at the cabinet-maker's), microwave, furniture... but gradually, we are making this place the heart of our home.

House is a cozy colonial situated in central NY built in the 1980s that came with a magnificent piece of property. The inside, however, needed (and still needs) much update. We ripped out all the (irregular) flooring on the first floor and had them replaced. Structural changes took place in the mudroom/garage-entry area as well as the wall between kitchen and dining room (widened).

Prior to renovations, I had ZERO experience with reno of any sort, let alone in design. I stumbled upon GW and my world changed! You have all been fantastic and an invaluable source of information and support. I direct all my renovating friends here now! Your finished kitchens have all been sources of inspiration for me and I have most definitely borrowed some of your ideas (built-in paper towel holder, motion detector light switch in pantry, stone window sill...).

Lastly, this is my dream kitchen in the home we hope to raise our family in. White kitchens are fairly uncommon around these parts and so far, that is one main feature people are taken by when they first walk into our kitchen. I hope you all enjoy the photos!

Details
Cabinets: Custom-made by Concepts in Wood (Syracuse, NY), Shaker-style doors, painted BM Chantilly Lace
Counters: Super white quartzite and titanium soapstone
Main Sink: Shaws Original Sink by Rohl - 30"
Main Faucet: Single Side Lever Country Kitchen Faucet with extended spout and sidespray by Rohl
Bar sink: inexpensive stainless sink from Ebay
Bar Faucet: EcoPure filter faucet (runs water from an RO system)
Range: 36" Bluestar with griddle
Hood: Vent-a-hood
Dishwasher: Kitchenaid
Refrigerator: old Kitchenaid that came with house (plan to replace in a year or 2)
Island pendants: Restored vintage hologen industrial pendants with original Heisey glass
Hardware: Highland Ridge by Amerock in 4" and 6"
Backsplash: Bellevue 3x6 ceramic tiles in Glacier by Best Tile

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Before (pantry with crazy-deep shelving):
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Coffee/Wine bar:
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Titanium Soapstone:
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View from Mudroom:
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Pantry:
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Microwave will sit on counter atop drawers:
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Mudroom (closet on opposite wall):
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I have to include this photo of our backsplash in the midst of being grouted, taken while my GC was at lunch. Amazing what a difference grout makes!
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Lastly, a fun shot of my girls having fun with bubble wrap and packing paper one evening when I was trying to move all my junk back in:
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clipped on: 03.30.2012 at 11:43 am    last updated on: 03.30.2012 at 11:44 am

Plz show me your beautiful fireplace? please

posted by: momto4inor on 11.16.2010 at 12:41 am in Building a Home Forum

Thanks for all your help on my previous post trying to figure out a specific stone for our fireplaces. Unfortunately, we didn't hit it. HOWEVER, I'm taking on a new approach. Will you show me pictures of your beautiful natural stone fireplaces? Please?

We will have an outdoor fireplace and an indoor fireplace. The outdoor is full masonry, the indoor is a Heatilator, wood burning fireplace. I'd love to see your beautiful fireplaces, but PLEASE only if you can identify your stone for me! No more falling in love with something that we can't find! :) I'd post this on the FP forum, but it has no traffic ...

Appreciate your help!
Momto4inOR

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clipped on: 02.20.2012 at 08:58 pm    last updated on: 02.20.2012 at 08:59 pm

Finished kitchen!! (picture heavy!!)

posted by: mick2 on 11.19.2011 at 12:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have been lurking on GW for several years now and we finally did our kitchen renovation this past summer. I have learned so much on GW and would not have my kitchen as it is today without all of the help on GW.....so THANK YOU!!
We knocked a wall down between the kitchen and the room next to the kitchen (should be the DR but we moved the DR to a different room). So now the kitchen encompasses 2 rooms. Everything went rather smoothly other than our contractor who died 6 weeks into our 10 week project (very sad).

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Cabinets: Custom - Triple A Custom Wood (Lancaster PA)
Granite: Juparana Persa
Paint: BM: Maryville Brown
Double Ovens: Wolf DO30-2FS-TH
Refrigerator: Kitchenaid 42" French Door Built In KBF042FTX
Hood Insert: Best PK2238
Undercounter Beverage Fridge: Marvel 6SBAREBB0L
Microwave: Sharp 24" microwave drawer KB6524PS
Range: Capital Culinarian CGRT484G2
Warming Drawer: Miele ESW4812 Convection Warming Drawer
Dishwashers: Miele Optima G2472 SCVI w cutlery tray
Main sink: Franke Orca Single Bowl undermount 31" X 20"
Prep SInk: Elkay SS Undermount EFRU191610
Main faucet: Kohler Vinnata K690-BN
Prep faucet: Kohler Vinnata K691-BN
Cabinet hardware: Schaub Ancient Bronze Corinthian pull, knob, appliance pulls
Backsplash behind rangetop: custom
Tile floor: 12" X 12" ZENDO color: dust
Chandelier: Minka-Lavery: Aston Court MIN4755-206
Pendants: Minka-Lavery ASton Court MIN4751-206

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clipped on: 02.16.2012 at 02:55 pm    last updated on: 02.16.2012 at 02:55 pm

Finished Kitchen for the FKB

posted by: LRy511 on 10.06.2011 at 07:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

Sorry if you have seen my finished kitchen. I am posting it here for the Finished Kitchen Blog. Thanks.

My new kitchen makes me smile. I have to thank everyone at the Garden Web Kitchen Forum for giving me wonderful, practical ideas to help create my new kitchen. I also have to thank my DH for allowing me to do what I wanted to do in this kitchen, mainly white cabinets.
I have lived in this house for 13 years and always knew one day we would (God willing) renovate the kitchen. At first I wanted to change everything as far as layout, however, as time went on I discovered the layout really worked well and all I need to do was tweak a few areas. I needed to create a larger prep zone; I needed the garbage bin to by my prep zone and not half way across the kitchen. I also needed move the microwave away from the range at the request of my four children. I switched the refrigerator and wall oven to shrink the work triangle. My DH and I debated whether to put in a narrow island/ table or keep our kitchen table. We decided the space would be too small for an island and I liked the family sitting around the table and talking to one another and not seated bar style.

Many thanks to the Garden Web for giving me the impetus to ask if we could raise an obtrusive beam (left over from a 1985 renovation) into the ceiling. This beam caused the 6" vent pipe to run through several cabinets severely limiting my storage space. All gone now! This alone helped to create more storage space .We also expanded the opening into the family room and eliminated a door into the dining room and upgraded the windows to tilt-ins.

Appliances:
Range: Electrolux Induction Cooktop Range with second oven.
Wall oven: Electrolux single wall oven
Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid Architect II French Door Refrigerator (KFCS22EVMS4) Love the water feature inside!
Dishwasher: Kitchen Aid KUDE40FXPA panel ready. And Yes! you can integrate a Kitchen Aid if you know up front you need to allow for an extra �" in length. My CG put an extra �" sheet of sheet rock on the wall and cut out the space for the dishwasher. We had plenty of room to accommodate the Kitchen Aid and make it look integrated.
Microwave: GE Monogram ZEM200SF
Hood: Broan Elite Rangemaster Power Pack RMP17004
Cabinets: Dura Supreme: Crestwood series
Arcadia Classic, Maple perimeter in classic white
Arcadia Classic, Cherry Hutch peninsula
Granite: New Venetian Gold
Hardware: Amerock 96mm Westerly Pulls in Satin Nickel
Amerock Revitalize Knobs in Satin Nickel
Sink: Franke Orca sink, Love,Love,Love!!!
Faucet: Kohler K-690 Vinnata in polished chrome
Lotion Dispenser: Kohler Fairfax collection
Backsplash: Sonoma Tile; market collection, Ashbury Series in Mojave ( 4x4, subway, bead liner and moulding) also, Tumbled Honey onyx .
Under cabinet Lighting: Utilitech LED under cabinet lights
Flooring: Verde1999, Moonstone 20 x 20 porcelain tiles.
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Wall Color: BM 1639 Windy Sky
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clipped on: 02.16.2012 at 10:28 am    last updated on: 02.16.2012 at 10:28 am

Waterlox/Stain Recipe for White Oak

posted by: kaib on 08.22.2010 at 07:43 am in Flooring Forum

We made a great deal on unfinished white oak flooring.

Does anybody have experience, or a suggestion for a stain (mixed with the first Waterlox application) which would give the white oak the slightly burnished darker feeling of a lightly stained red oak floor with Waterlox finish?

Thanks, K

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clipped on: 02.15.2012 at 11:52 pm    last updated on: 02.15.2012 at 11:57 pm