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RE: Kashmir White alternative to Blanco Romano? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: gail428 on 04.04.2009 at 03:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have been living with the Kashmir White on my island for about a month and I love it - 3 kids, and we haven't been using the table because I'm returning it, so the granite has been surviving snacks, meals and homework no problem. I did seal it twice just to be sure, and will probably seal it more often than if I had a darker color, but I don't find the sealing to be a big deal at all. I really wanted Danby Marble, but knew it was not the right choice for my home right now - sorry my pictures are not great - I haven't posted my kitchen yet because I'm trying to take better pics, but it sounded like these might help you now!

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clipped on: 04.12.2009 at 02:02 am    last updated on: 04.12.2009 at 02:02 am

Fire and Ice backsplash and a hardwood floor?

posted by: morton5 on 08.25.2008 at 06:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Early on in my planning, I made a decision that I would keep the red oak floor I currently have in my kitchen, and refinish it.

I'm wondering now, though, if a hardwood floor goes with the other elements of my kitchen: espresso cabs, stainless appliances, euro-hood, and Jodi in So Cal and berryberry's Fire and Ice backsplash. The overall look is contemporary, and I'm excited about it, but am now wondering if the hardwood floor passes the Sweeby test. What do you think? Does this backsplash call out for a slate or slate-look-alike floor? Here is a link to a thread that shows both Jodi's and berryberry's backsplashes.

One of the reasons I decided to keep the hardwood is that it is easier on the legs, but boy, has it been hard to keep good-looking in my kitchen. It was refinished 5 years ago, but it has not held up well. Refinishing again means doing the whole ground floor because of the open plan. We'd use an oil-based finish this time.

Here is a link that might be useful: Examples of Fire and Ice

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clipped on: 04.07.2009 at 01:23 pm    last updated on: 04.07.2009 at 01:24 pm

Cherry Cabs and Soapstone - Just a Dream??

posted by: kitchenredo2 on 04.05.2009 at 01:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

I went to look at soapstone slabs on Friday and I really am taken with them. I originally thought I would want black, but these have quite a bit of veining and my DH, who didn't want soapstone at all, fell in love with the veined slabs! The question is, will they go with my cabinets (which of course are ordered and are due to arrive next week)?

I have cherry cabinets (slab front) with a toffee stain so they are on the dark side. My kitchen is very sunny - it has windows on the north wall and sliding glass doors on the east wall (about 9 feet of glass). I was originally looking at lighter counter tops (to contrast with the darker cabinets) but they became very washed out in that room (and the shiny granite became very reflective and I wasn't happy with how it looked).

The kitchen will be contemporary. I am planning on painting the kitchen a creamy white to allow the cabinets and the countertops to stand out. I will also have a black fireplace on the south wall, which I think will tie-in nicely with the counter tops. I have stainless steel appliances, brushed nickel faucets. I will use the pendant lights and other accessories add other colors to the space. The floors will be the existing hardwoods - I am planning on keeping them the same color, unless I have to change it to make the cabinets and the SS work better in the space...

Here are photos of the cabinet and the soapstone (why I didn't take a photo of the cabinet next to the SS is beyond me - I think I was more concerned with my 3 year old getting crushed by a slab...). And a photo of the black fireplace (for some reason I don't have a shot from the kitchen side). Do you think I can do this?

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clipped on: 04.05.2009 at 06:31 pm    last updated on: 04.05.2009 at 06:31 pm

Finished 1930 Spanish Kitchen - photos

posted by: yesdear on 03.30.2009 at 01:33 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi everyone...

DW and I promised last fall to update with photos once we were complete. We're 99.9% there, so here we go! (I tried posting on the Gallery section with modest success.)

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Range - CornuFe in basic black.

Frig - Liebherr 60" built-in.

DW - Miele Optima with panel front.

Cabinets - locally made face-frame of birch with inset panel & bead detail on doors, melamine interiors, Blumotion hinges and all the internal bells & whistles.

Countertops - Brazilian Black soapstone with radiused corners and eased edge. Runnels by the sink. Mahogany top on the beadboard hutch.

Sinks - Rohl Shaws Original 30" apron and 15" undermount prep with ISE Evolution disposers.

Faucets - Kohler Vinnata (K-690, K-691)in brushed nickel.

Cab hardware - "Duluth" 6" pulls and 1.25" knobs in brushed nickel from Restoration Hardware.

Appliance pulls - Top Knobs 12" pulls in BN. The DW has one mounted horizontally--also serves as towel rack!

Floors - Original 1930 tongue-in-groove fir, sanded, repaired and refinished after removing 2 layers of linoleum.

Windows - Custom arched 3-lite pull casement, based on a ~1930 design I saw in the neighborhood.

Lighting - Schoolhouse Electric, all fluorescent GU24 except the pendants (too small for GU24 bulbs). Different ceiling mounts in kitchen, pantry and laundry.

Hood - Best PIK 45 with custom arched drywall enclosure and remote switch.

Tile Mural - from Tierra y Fuego in San Diego CA.

Backsplash - custom 2.5 x 5" Chardonnay color handmade subway by Ken Mason Tile, Long Beach CA.

Paint - all BM, Mountain Lane "Aura" green accent, Cloud White "Aura" wall base color, Lemon Chiffon oil-base on cabs and trim.

Our CKD is Dana Jones, "The Kitchen Consultant," in Long Beach, CA. Our GC is Bob Kaplan of Long Beach, CA.

Thanks everyone for the great ideas and inspiration. We are sooooo happy!!

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clipped on: 03.30.2009 at 02:18 pm    last updated on: 03.30.2009 at 02:20 pm

DOwndraft cfm's, do you regret not having more?

posted by: daven on 04.11.2008 at 09:30 am in Appliances Forum

I'm planning a 30 inch induction cooktop on an island. An overhead hood is not an option. I've had such varied advice about the cfm's required that my head is spinning. I'm considering a Thermador downdraft. The duct run is about 15 feet with one angle.

How many cfm's do I need. Is 600,900,1200 the right choice??
All help will be greatly appreciated. I don't want to make a big mistake here.

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clipped on: 03.30.2009 at 12:46 pm    last updated on: 03.30.2009 at 12:46 pm

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!

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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 paint...fun! 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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clipped on: 03.29.2009 at 07:05 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2009 at 07:06 pm

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!)

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mud room

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

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clipped on: 03.29.2009 at 06:34 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2009 at 06:55 pm

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:

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and detail of backsplash behind stove:
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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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clipped on: 03.29.2009 at 06:18 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2009 at 06:54 pm

best downdraft vent for a 36 inch frigidaire gas cooktop

posted by: vetchu on 03.28.2009 at 11:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

hi there!

i am new to this website and have really found a lot of useful information each time i checked in =0)

i wanted to see if you have any suggestions on brands of downdraft vents that are good to be used with a 36 inch gas cooktop on an island........

thanks!

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clipped on: 03.29.2009 at 06:52 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2009 at 06:52 pm