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Finally My Kitchen Reveal

posted by: ItsTheDetails on 10.21.2014 at 11:27 am in Kitchens Forum

In 2010 we purchased my grandparents 1939 Cape Cod house that they had built for them. We have the original blueprints from when it was built, and it was sold in the 60's to another owner and which we purchased it from them. The kitchen was remodeled in the 70's, with original floor plan in place. We soon realized that we would have to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room, to make the kitchen function better. Remodel started in spring 2013, and what seem like forever to get done. We did everything ourselves except the counters and some electrical.

Cabinets - Lowe's Schuler New Haven Maple White Icing
Counters - Soapstone ( it was just marked Brazil )
Appliances - GE Cafe, Sharp Microwave Drawer, Edge Star Beverage Cooler
Lighting - Pottery Barn Paxton Lights
Backsplash - Allen & Roth Polished Subway Tile
Hardware - Lowe's
Sink - American Standard Brand New from Habitat Humanity ($10.00)
Faucet - Price Pfister Brand New from Habitat Humanity ($30.00)
Flooring - Original Fir plank under layment we sanded and stained.

This is are fourth kitchen remodel and it will be our last. Things that I would have done different, I wish we had put a filler board between the microwave and beverage cooler, to me it looks crowded. The filler on the right of the fridge cabinet was suppose to be smaller, but the gas for the stove was over an inch over more then anticipated, so everything shifted to the right.

This post was edited by ItsTheDetails on Fri, Oct 31, 14 at 11:48


clipped on: 12.24.2014 at 12:53 pm    last updated on: 01.02.2015 at 12:40 pm

Almost 12 months later.. kitchen reveal

posted by: thedork on 08.25.2014 at 06:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm sorry for the delay - thank you all the great people in this forum for the advice, the encouragement and amazing ideas!

PS I still don't have the island pendants but already know what I want to buy :)


clipped on: 12.31.2014 at 12:53 pm    last updated on: 12.31.2014 at 12:53 pm

RE: Cabinets + moulding that goes to 9 ft. ceiling (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: HomeChef59 on 12.30.2014 at 05:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is a nice option. Dropped soffit with band of molding and crown molding.


how to nicely handle soffits
clipped on: 12.31.2014 at 12:23 pm    last updated on: 12.31.2014 at 12:24 pm

Finished White Kitchen Mini Reveal

posted by: WMA89 on 08.08.2014 at 04:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

This forum was invaluable when we we designing and overseeing the build of our kitchen remodel. I learned so much about what makes a kitchen not only work aesthetically, but functionally as well. I love, love this new kitchen. There is a designated place for everything, which makes keeping it organized so much easier. We finished the kitchen about six months ago. The remodel turned into a bit of a nightmare and took 15 months. I've been so busy getting settled back into the house that I've neglected posting the final results.

This kitchen remodel was part of a fairly major remodel of the living areas of a late 60s brick ranch we purchased two years ago. The original kitchen was tiny, as you can see in the photos. We took down the wall between the kitchen and small family room. We also pushed a couple feet into an oversized foyer, as well as a foot into the existing dining room in order to make more space for the kitchen. The ceiling was already vaulted in the family room, but we extended this into the kitchen during the remodel. If I were to pick my two favorite things about this kitchen it would be the Corian Sea Salt countertops and the Franke Orca sink. I love, love these countertops. These are a maintenance breeze, and I love the way they feel. Many people, including my builder, were skeptical when I said I wanted Corian but were blown away with the results. I also really like having all the drawers for dishes, as well as the small drawers in the glass hutch where I store flatware. Makes unloading the dishwasher so easy! Here are some basic details:

Cabinets: Custom
Cabinet Paint: BM Simply White
Counters: Corian Sea Salt
Island top: Mahogany with dark walnut stain
Sink: Franke Orca
Fridge: Sub zero
Rangetop: Wolf
Wall oven: KitchenAid
Hood: Superior
Floors: Oak, stained with dark walnut/provincial mix

Thanks so much to everyone on the Kitchen Forum who answered my questions and shared ideas. I owe you all!
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clipped on: 08.19.2014 at 03:51 pm    last updated on: 08.19.2014 at 03:52 pm

wanted to share pictures of my kitchen with you

posted by: Super45sonic on 06.10.2014 at 01:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello all,

My kitchen remodel was completed a few months ago. I have been very happy with the final product and wanted to share some of the pictures with you. Much thought was put in during the planning in order to incorporate the needs of the dogs and improve general efficiency in the kitchen. The footprint was kept almost identical in this 9'x16' medium size galley kitchen. But things are now much better organized. I will start with a couple "before" pictures.

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And this is the final product. I wanted to keep a white kitchen with (mostly) white appliances that have stainless steel as accent. The countertop is white macaubus quartzite while the backsplash is marble. Even though I want the cabinets to be (off) white, I do want to designate a run of cabinets for the dog and wanted to indicate as such. So a different color was used. From pull out storage to food bowl drawer to water bowl alcove, her needs are met.


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Now you see why I spend the first few minutes of each morning staring and admiring my kitchen before I start my day?

This post was edited by Super45sonic on Tue, Jun 10, 14 at 13:28


clipped on: 06.11.2014 at 04:38 pm    last updated on: 06.11.2014 at 04:38 pm

Kitchen finished! White cabs, quartzite, leathered black. Whew!

posted by: babs711 on 07.14.2012 at 12:25 am in Kitchens Forum

We moved into our new build about three weeks ago. While I say the kitchen (and house) are complete, some things are missing that need to be done like counter stools that aren't here yet, a window seat cushion, upholstered chairs at the table that will be ordered, BLADES for the living room ceiling fan that aren't in yet. I've hardly hung a thing on the walls and am working on window treatments now. You get the picture! But we're in! And the months of planning and stewing are over! So here are some pics of the kitchen/dining/living room. I'm sure I'll have updates as I go.

Cabinets: Eudora Frameless
Island countertop: White Macaubus Quartzite
Perimeter countertop: Leathered Absolute Black Granite
Sink: Kohler Riverby Cast Iron
Faucet: Moen Woodmere in Stainless
Hardware on solid doors/drawers: Amerock Highland Ridge in polished nickel
Glass knobs and Bin Pulls in polished nickel: Van Dyke's
Range & Dishwasher: Thermador
Refrigerator: Kitchenaid Pro
Refrigerator Drawers: Electrolux
Sharp Microwave Drawer

Close up of the tile. It's hard to get an accurate color since it's so glossy. It's more blue/green than portrayed in pics:

I was standing on a chair when I took this. I feel like it makes the dining table look like toy furniture! Ha!

Behold...the unfinished bar and the fan with no blades. We live in the deep judging the fan! Behind those closed doors lies my DH's very unfinished man cave.

And you'd know that the day after I took these, my new sofa cushion inserts came in. It's all fluffy and new looking again. Oh well!

The Pantry is actually the same color as the entry you see right past the range wall in the kitchen (BM Gray Wisp). But I didn't use a flash so it looks funky here:


clipped on: 07.16.2012 at 02:19 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2014 at 07:55 pm

RE: Show me your cabinet knobs and pulls!! (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: michelle16 on 11.05.2012 at 10:26 am in Kitchens Forum

Glass knobs on glass doors, latches on other doors, ill post another picture of the pulls in polished nickel.


clipped on: 02.24.2014 at 03:49 pm    last updated on: 02.24.2014 at 03:49 pm

The Most Half-a$$ed Reveal Ever

posted by: danielleg on 01.08.2014 at 01:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Am I gonna get banned for that title? I hope not.

Hello everyone. I'm strictly a lurker around these parts...more active in the Home D�cor forum (if you can call what I do over there "active"). I had big plans for this reveal. Big plans. I was gonna go buy flowers...and go down to the little butcher shoppe that sells organic milk in those cute little glass bottles...and put cookies under my cake dome...and generally stage this place to within an inch of its life. But, then I didn't.

I am in a major rut. Is it possible to have a midlife crisis at 34? I just don't have any energy right now. I'm just outside of Boston, so seasonal depression may very well be a factor in this. Regardless, I did want to document my finished kitchen somehow, for the sake of posterity. So, here is the one picture I have of it so far (which is really just a cell phone pic I sent to my mother). Sorry for being such a wet rag. I need some encouragement to finish this job.

If anyone would like info on any of the details, just ask. This was what I would call a high/low reno. The cabinets, countertops and stools are all from Ikea. Most of the appliances are Jenn Air, except for the range, which is the 48" Wolf DF. I really am gonna try to get some more pics. I was pleasantly surprised by our hardware (Amerock), so at the very least I'll try to get a close up of them. Thanks for "listening" to me vent like a crazy woman.

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clipped on: 01.23.2014 at 12:59 pm    last updated on: 01.23.2014 at 12:59 pm

Kitchen - and First Floor - Renovation is DONE!

posted by: cwalen on 10.28.2013 at 11:58 am in Kitchens Forum

After 4 long months, our renovation is DONE. We are so pleased and I owe a huge THANKS to this board for inspiration, advice and guidance.

Backstory: We have a 1936 Cape Code that we purchased in 2008. The kitchen was updated by previous owners in the mid 90's. Dark Cherry, traditional cabinetry, laminate counters, almond appliances, and ceramic beige tile floors. Problem is, the kitchen was too closed off and offered no eat in options, and very small and closed off from rest of house. house.

First Floor

Other issues with the first floor include a very under-utilized left side of the house, with a formal DR that was in the farthest place from the kitchen - complete opposite corner of the first floor. After 5 years we also realized we really do not need a traditional full office. We are on laptops and work where ever the kids are located.

So we met with two contractors, went with the one with the best 'vision' and talked about what walls could go. We came up with a design that created a large formal 'great room' on the left side of the house, opened up and expanded the kitchen into the family room (the former living room), and converted the breakfast room into a mudroom with a larger coat & utility closet, built in cubbies for the kids book bags, etc, and a small 'command center' desk.

New First Floor Layout/Design

First Floor-1

Finished Kitchen







Looking from new family room space into open concept kitchen:


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New Formal Great Room




Cabinetry: Diamond Amhearst maple in painted white. We saved $ with a partial overlay cabinet.

Hardware: RH asbury pulls for drawers in chrome and chrome knobs for doors.

Counters: Honed marble carrara. I did my own 'meg ryan' treatment - twice - with lemon juice scrub downs and made it more honed and more matte. Love!

Backsplash: carrara marble subway tiles. Major score - Lowe's mistakenly marked these at $1.50 sq ft, so I bought the whole store out. This ended up costing me less than $100 for my backsplash.

Appliances: Electrolux gas slide in range, electrolux convection microwave, electrolux french door fridge, bosch dishwasher.

Faucet: Delta Leyland in chrome. Delta soap dispenser in chrome with a Never MT unit. Debated on whether or not I needed one, and so glad I got it...I love it.

Flooring: Had original HW floors refinished in a walnut shade. African slate for mudroom in hopscotch pattern.

Paint: Behr classic silver for whole first floor. Trim in Behr classic white. Mudroom cubbies in Valspar Gotham Gray

Window coverings: Custom 3.5" plantation shutters throughout first floor in Behr classic white.

Lighting: schoolhouse pendants from and all existing brass fixtures swapped out for brushed nickel or chrome. (Chrome in kitchen, brushed elsewhere). LED hard wired undercabinet lighting.

This post was edited by cwalen on Mon, Oct 28, 13 at 16:00


clipped on: 10.31.2013 at 04:43 pm    last updated on: 10.31.2013 at 04:43 pm

Finished: Striped Marble in the Attic

posted by: shanghaimom on 06.08.2013 at 02:52 pm in Bathrooms Forum


We have been remodeling our attic into a master suite. The bathroom used to be an ugly mustard-colored 80's kitchen. This kitchen came in very handy when we remodeled our main kitchen a few years ago, but I couldn't wait to make it it go away!

With GW, I have learned everything I needed to know to make it happen! (I learned a LOT from a few mistakes I made in a downstairs bath remodel last year, too.)

The marble is honed Montclair Danby Striato. You can scrub this stuff with Ajax, which sold me!

Porcelain 12x24 floor tile is called Burma Negro. It looks very much like slate, but is so much easier to take care of.

Shower is Hansgrohe Axor Cittero pipe + handshower. There have been a few discussions about shower systems lately--I really like this setup.

The beam going through is original--the house was built in 1889. I also kept and refinished all of my old original doors and hardware. I wan't going for a period look, but wanted this bath to fit with the rest of the house. There is another bathroom installed in the 1920's with the original carrera slabs and white subways, and this new one has a similar vibe.

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clipped on: 09.18.2013 at 02:22 pm    last updated on: 09.18.2013 at 02:22 pm

Justmakeit just made it -- finished kitchen photos

posted by: justmakeit on 06.08.2013 at 01:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

I know it's customary to thank the GW forum for all the help in doing research and getting feedback, but I can't imagine anyone spending more TKO time poring over posts old and new than I did. Anyone who's spent time here will recognize the debt my kitchen owes to mpagmom, breezygirl, a2gemini. But many others have helped in many ways, large and small, seen and unseen. The generosity of the folks in this community is amazing, and helpful even for those of us who don't post often.

I'm an empty nester (at least for now), DH and I are vegetarians, and DH is a celiac. I cook dinner every night DH is in town, from scratch. We decided to renovate not because the kitchen was so bad, but just because we thought it could be a lot better. Wow, were we right! I wanted something uncluttered, bright and airy, using the same footprint as the original kitchen. I toyed with the idea of opening up the kitchen to the dining room, but took to heart Rosie's comment that it's sometimes nice to have a different room to be in. My house didn't seem to want to be opened up that way, and I like having my little kitchen dominion be separate. We did, though, add three big windows across the back of the kitchen, bumping them out about 14 inches, and running the counter out to them. This is definitely the best part of the kitchen for me -- light, air, more counter space, the illusion of a bigger kitchen. Not much of a downside there.

Here are a few details:

Cabinets: Ovation On-U Frameless
Cabinet pulls: Tob Knobs Princetonian
Counters: honed Ocean Stone quartzite
Floors: Duro Design glue-down cork
Stove: 36" Bluestar
Refrigerator: 36" Liebherr
Warming drawer: Dacor integrated
Dishwasher: Bosch (only thing we kept from the old kitchen)
Microwave: Countertop Panasonic
Sink: Custom stainless steel, two bowls, 9" and 21"
Faucet: Waterstone 5300
Backsplash: Sunflower Ming Green and Thassos, also 12 x 12 Thassos in toaster nook
Hood: 36" Vent-a-Hood
Windows: Marvin
Wall paint: Benjamin Moore Moonshine
Ceiling cans: 6" Ecosmart LEDs from Home Depot
Under cabinet lights: LED puck lights
Pendant over kitchen table: TBA, ask me 6 months from now if I've picked one by then (decision fatigue has definitely set in)

First, the old kitchen (my daughters were sad to say goodbye to the chile pepper border):




And now the new kitchen:

Stove wall

Window wall

The all-important toaster niche for DH:
Fridge wall

Breakfast nook


Window run 1

Window outside

The window's deep enough that this wand really helps with opening it. (Thanks for expert window wand modeling by DD.)
Window wand

The other result of such a big window bump out was that we needed battery operated shades -- !
Window shades

We took an empty space in the back hall, just outside the kitchen, to put in a dumping ground/charging station/recycling bin/phone area. Soooo helpful! Gets the junk out of the kitchen.
Back hall junk counter

We also transformed the back coat closet into a handy pantry.

Breakfast table

The GC made this little between-the-studs niche for me, which I asked for on a whim. It's incredibly useful, though, for stashing little odds and ends like the garage door remote.
Niche closed

Niche opened

We needed a plug on the sink run where there was no backsplash. GW to the rescue -- I found this one in an old thread. KD likes it better than any other he's tried.
Pop up plug, open

Unseemly faucet love.
Running water

Cork floor.
Cork floor and old slippers

Spice drawer.
Spice drawer

Double decker dish drawer -- two drawers behind one drawer front. DH was alarmed at the extra step required to get to the silverware, but he's adjusting nicely now.
Double decker dish drawer

Double decker plastics drawer

Elf, straws and preserved lemons

Edited to add yet another photo.

This post was edited by justmakeit on Sat, Jun 8, 13 at 15:03


clipped on: 08.20.2013 at 08:27 am    last updated on: 08.20.2013 at 08:27 am

RE: Show me your white kitchens with wood floors (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: soibean on 08.07.2013 at 09:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine. We put in red oak floors to match the rest of the house. So far no issues with them.



clipped on: 08.20.2013 at 08:04 am    last updated on: 08.20.2013 at 08:04 am

RE: open shelving - love it or leave it? (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: justmakeit on 08.14.2013 at 06:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow, it's good I didn't read how impractical my open shelves would be before I did the kitchen :-) I actually agree with circuspeanut that it is a very personal decision with a lot of factors going into it. I'm really happy with ours. I cook every day, and having all the mis en place stuff at my fingertips is hugely helpful. The top shelf is purely decorative. I get up there and dust about once a month, which doesn't seem prohibitive to me, and the rest of the stuff gets used so often it doesn't gather dust. YMMV. (I should probably add, it's just DH and me, no pets.)

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clipped on: 08.20.2013 at 07:48 am    last updated on: 08.20.2013 at 07:49 am

2LittleFishies Yellow Kitchen Reveal !!! LONG!

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 02.08.2013 at 09:07 am in Kitchens Forum

OK, here is my finished yellow kitchen thread! Can't believe it is here!
I can't thank ALL of you enough (or at least those who shared in my vision!) for all the help. Like most of us I really spent so much time on every decision. I joke that nothing happened by accident.
There are so many of you that contributed your thoughts and ideas but I want to especially thank lavender_lass and marcolo for all of their wise words and helping me find and stay true to my vision.
I found the hardest part of renovating is not going off track every time you have to make a decision and not letting others sway you to do things you really don't want to do!

What is NOT finished:
*Still waiting on banquette bench for between the 2 built-ins
*New Dining Table
*2 ends of the Backsplash Tile are not installed yet b/c they were sent back to manufacturer to get a bull-nosed edge.
*Custom light switch cover to match BS tile.
*Deciding on window treatments-whether or not to do them...


*Custom Cabinetry- Cabinet Maker in PA.
Perimeter is 36" finished, island is 34" high, baking area 33" high

*Colors of Cabinetry- BM Barley 199, BM Mascarpone AF-20 Cabinets were finished with a catalyzed lacquer (not paint) and clear top coat.

*Wall Paint- Kitchen- BM Elephant Tusk OC-8
Dining Area/Living Room BM Woodlawn Blue HC-147
Living Room BM Putnam Ivory HC-39

*Countertops- Vermont Imperial Danby Marble 3cm (purchased from PMI in NJ); Black Walnut 2" Thick Island Top finished with Satin Waterlox (constructed by our Cabinet Maker)

*Island Size is 9 feet x 51 inches *We keep 5 stools at the island but 6 fit fine (2 at the end)

Thermador CIT365GM 36" Induction Cooktop (mirrored finish)
Electrolux Icon Double Ovens- Professional Series E30EW85GPS6
Electrolux Icon French Door Fridge- Professional Series E23BC68JPS5
Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher- SHV7ER53UC
Miele H4080BM Speed Oven
Marvel 60RDEBBO Fridge Drawers

*Floors- Red Oak finished with Minwax Provincial Stain and Vermeister Commercial Finish Poly. Matte

Renovation Hardware Gilmore Cup Pulls in Chrome
Top Knobs Cabinet Latches in Chrome
Emtek Old Town Clear Knob in Chrome
Schaub & Company 6" Chrome Pulls and 12" pull for Dishwasher

UCL & In Cabs- Seagull LED lights 3000K temp
Drum Pendants- Lamps Plus
5 light Chandelier- Visual Comfort- Michael S Smith Eiffel Chandelier in Polished Nickel

Main- Kohler Whitehaven K-6489 36" Apron Front Cast Iron Sink
Prep- Kohler K-6584 Iron/Tones Cast Iron Sink

Main- Moen Woodmere in Chrome S7208C
Prep- Moen Woodmere Prep Faucet in Chrome S6208C
Soap dispensers- Moen
Pot Filler- Moen Showhouse

*Insinkerator Evolution Essential Disposal
Insinkerator Instahot Faucet F-HC2215 Chrome
Insinkerator SST-FLTR

*Backsplash by Wizard Tile
Design is Ribbons & Feathers with Crackle Glaze in Custom Color

*Stools- Counter Height from Grandinroad

BEFORE: This project included pushing out the entire back of our 1950 Cape 7 feet. Also, removing about 5' of our living room wall which involved moving the basement steps over. Removing a wall between the dining room and kitchen, adding a covered porch. We also did all new siding and other exterior things but I'll stick to inside.

Kitchen was originally a galley measuring about 19' x 9 1/2'. Dining Room was about 8 1/2' wide. Now it's really one large room 28' x 16 1/2'. Kitchen side alone is 16' x 16 1/2'

Choosing reveal photos was worse than narrowing down pics for our Wedding Album! SO sorry in advance for the quantity! Hopefully you'll never have to ask me for more pics : )

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Most of my drawers like these are adjustable which I'd highly recommend. If they weren't I wouldn't have been able to remove partitions to fit taller pieces.

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Key Cabinet

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My KitchenAid

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TV Pocket Doors Over Fridge

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Thanks, Breezy : )

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Storage at Back of Island (Shelves are 9 1/2" deep)

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MY ORGANIZATIONAL SPOT (cork back, file drawer, printer, BluRay player, desk items, charging drawer)

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CUSTOM SLIDING DOORS-- These were at one point supposed to be pocket doors but I didn't want to close off views by having 3' of wall pocket on either side so came up with this which is working well at blocking sound but still gives an open feeling to the space.
I also love the 3 lights on the top so it's less busy and easier to clean!

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The blue looks brighter than it does IRL:

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THANK YOU GW for this FUN, FULFILLING, (and often STRESSFUL) Experience : )

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Almost Finished...lots of pics

posted by: michelle16 on 09.09.2012 at 08:28 am in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is not completely done, I will post more pics and details when it's finished. Still waiting on a glass door and draw from the cabinet maker.Still need backsplash, am thinking of something unique from artistic tile since I only have one wall of backsplash. Still need curtains and light fixtures are on backorder till October 8th.Thanks to all who helped me along the way.Michelle


clipped on: 09.10.2012 at 05:06 pm    last updated on: 09.10.2012 at 05:06 pm

It's done and I love it!

posted by: mpagmom on 08.30.2012 at 04:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our house is a new build and we started moving in about 2 months ago, but I just got the last dining room shade hung last night. I've been posting pictures here and there and wasn't really planning doing a "reveal," but a couple people asked about it so here it is. If nothing else, it can show people what NOT to do. :)

I know it sounds trite, but I REALLY want to thank all of you for your help. Buehl was particularly helpful in tweaking the design. Rhome410, steph2000, breezygirl, and many others were there for me during my backsplash angst. I had already chosen my windows before I saw PPS7's kitchen, but seeing hers helped me feel comfortable with the decision. Her kitchen also inspired my island design. I can't name everyone that inspired me, but know that I appreciate your input.

I was going for a calm kitchen with easy-care contertops. My husband was going for "happy." When I told him about the sweeby test, he responded by writing this:


"I want my kitchen to be tranquil, soothing, calm and happy. It should be cozy and bright, too.

"The perfect backsplash for my kitchen will not add an element of romance or whimsy but it might have a fish tile in it. Even a bear tile would be nice, as long as it's not within striking distance of the fish.

My perfect countertop will be level and divert attention from the mess my kids have made in the living room. When friends see it they will remark, 'Have you lost weight?' and 'You're looking quite dashing today!'

But most of all, my ideal kitchen will make my wife happy. Every time she sees it she'll smile at both the design and with fond memories of the process she used to create it. My ideal kitchen will perfectly match my wife's kitchen mission statement, even if it doesn't quite match mine."

Isn't he cute? I'm not sure if I have fond memories of the process - it's more of a fog. I was trying to make a million decisions about the entire house, so some details fell through the cracks. I don't know who picked out the crown moulding, but it wasn't me. I told the KD I wanted something simple, and sometime later this was installed. At least it's 10 feet off the ground! But I still smile when I see the backsplash, and I feel like the space is happy. Oh, and it works great as a kitchen. I just tested out the lunch-making, breakfast-eating, homework-finishing morning rush for the last week and it came through for me!

On to the details:

Cabinets: Locally-made Amish painted white (it's their standard white)

Countertops: Leathered Kodiak Brown granite

Backsplash: Sunflower mosaic in ming green marble from Saltillo Imports (purchased from Caledonia Tile in Indianapolis) and AKDO 3/4" x 3/4" mosaic in ming green light (it's supposed to be all light, but there seems to be dark in there)

Floors: White oak stained with Minwax Provincial and finished with satin polyurethane

Walls: Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray

Knobs and pulls: Restoration Hardware Lugarno knob in satin nickel and Restoration Hardware Asbury pull in satin nickel

Faucets: Brizo Solna (loved the hidden pullout spray) standard and bar-size

Sinks: Silgranit precis super single bowl and large bowl

Stools: West Elm rustic counter stool (thanks PPS7!)

Pendants: Kichler 2665OZ in olde bronze

Refrigerator: Samsung RF266 in platinum

Dishwashwer: Bosch SHX68R55UC in stainless

Range: GE Cafe Electric

Hood: Zephyr Breeze with baffle filters

Lighting: All-Pro 5" LED recessed lights, LED under-cabinet lights, and LED puck lights.

And here are the pictures (finally!)

Full view of kitchen

Range wall


With lights on

Close-up of tile


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Half bath reveal (pics) and a question about pedestal sinks...

posted by: joannemb on 07.06.2012 at 01:09 pm in Bathrooms Forum

This is our VERY tiny half bath---
Dh put in hardwood (goes throughout the entire first floor) and wainscotting. He built the cupboard in the wall and lined it with chicken wire (my idea---it was cheaper and easier than glass.) The faucet and sink are American Standard and the hooks on the wall/toilet paper holder are from Pottery Barn. Got the schoolhouse lights online, and the wall color (although it looks very washed out in the picture) is Comet Dust from Valspar.





My question for those who have pedestal sinks is, do you have a problem cleaning the crease between the wall and the back of the sink? It gets kind of grimey back there after a while and is REALLY hard to get into that crease to clean. Any ideas?


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RE: Beekeeperswife (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 06.28.2012 at 10:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm here!

Thanks for asking. The movers arrived on Monday with our stuff. Very exciting to be reunited with my things. What a thrill to have more than one pot to cook in! Got the kitchen unpacked as they were moving our stuff in. So, it was great to get one room "done". Of course, there is some tweaking to do regarding items and their locations.

Builder still has a punch list to complete. But we are so happy to be out of temporary housing. Here are some pictures.....I'll post more later.









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Aqua & White Kitchen, moved in!

posted by: shkish on 06.25.2012 at 01:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been meaning to do this for a while, but with moving in, settling in and raising a baby and a 4 year old, it just got put on the back burner!

Our new home is finally complete! Here is our kitchen. Now, it's not perfect for everyone, but it suits me just fine :) We took our past experiences with what we've lived with in the last 3 homes and married with what I thought I wanted from gleaning through GW and magazines (and kitchen standards from NKBA). Some of it works exactly like I hoped, other things I'm still warming up to.

For budget reasons, I did an extensive amount of leg work to get everything I wanted! By searching online and locally for the best deals, coupons, free shipping, etc. I got almost everything to stay reasonably at our budget. I did have to let go of 2 major items, but they can be added later. First, the backsplash, a relatively do-able thing to add ourselves. (I originally wanted Oceanside Glass Tile's 1x2 rectangular shaped stained glass tile in iridescent white.) Second was the built-in china cabinet/buffet/bar in dining area. The niche is there waiting and for now our old beat-up vintage cabinet lives there... not what i'd envisioned, but working enough for now. And as it turns out, I've decided it's a good thing that it will be added later as I want to totally redesign the unit and get it priced by a local custom cabinet maker.

Paint: (all SW brand paint but colors are below)
walls in Kitchen - SW Sea Salt SW6204
walls in all other public areas - BM Natural Wicker OC-1
all trim - BM White Dove OC-17

4" Red Oak with a mix of 3 parts Natural & 1 part Antique Brown stains (sorry don't know company name). Floor guy also tinted one of the top coats a bit to make finish a tad bit darker, so that formula is only partially correct.

Cheaha Cabinets, painted Pinhoti door style in company's standard "Pure White" throughout home except on kitchen Island which is SW Rainwashed SW6211

3cm Cararra marble, honed, eased edge

knobs - Martha Stewart Living @ Home Depot 1 1/4" polished nickel "Finial Knobs"
Pulls - Martha Stewart Living @ Home Depot "3.75" Country pull" in polished nickel
pull-out trash bin - rev-a-shelf
interior doors - "Commonwealth" levers by Kwikset in Iron Black

Range - LG Studio 30" electric LSE3092ST
hood - Broan EW58 (with chimney extension FXNE58SS)
Microwave - LG LMV1813ST
Frige - LG LFX31925ST
Dishwasher - LDF6920ST
undermount Sink, main - Ticor S1205
undermount Sink, island - Ticor S815
faucet, main - Delta Leland in Chrome 978-DST
faucet, island - Delta Leland bar/prep in Chrome 9978-DST
soap dispenser @ main sink - target blue glass
garbage disposals @ each sink
air switch with countertop buttons @ each sink - ordered through Galaxy Tool Supply

School house pendants & semi-flush mount in Pewter by Savoy House through
4" mini recessed cans
Mariestad 6 light chandelier by Ballard Design
under cabinet LED dim-able lights - (custom kit, AWESOME customer service)

the "Tiny Kitchen" - designed by me, built by my dad, delivered by Santa
Child's easel - Land of Nod, honey finish
thru-wall dog door - trimmed out by our contractor to match our home, energy efficient locking unit by Freedom Pet Pass. (I highly recommend them!)

Also, we will be adding stools when we can afford them. Some of our images show two black stools, we borrowed those for a home pilgrimage we participated in. I have since decided that I definitely want white stools! What I'm holding out for is Crate and Barrel's "Vienna" stool or Design Within Reach's "Era Counter Stool" each in white.

That's all I can think of now, but I'm sure there will be more questions and I'm happy to answer!

FYI these 1st 3 pictures are fancy pics taken and digitally stitched by my husband with the computer (no clue how, that's his deal). Those pics were taken right before we had an open house on the local Spring Pilgrimage. The last 3 pics are from today, very much lived in and REAL. So it's why you see the booster seats, my daughter's easel, art supplies, the tiny kitchen, dog food and the dog door open...


kitchen with view of living beyond

kitchen (dining to right)





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cluttered chaos to clean and calm: finished!

posted by: carriea on 12.30.2010 at 05:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

I finally figured out how to post photos and wanted to share our finished kitchen. While I didn't post often, I lurked ALL the time and gleaned invaluable advice from this forum. Many thanks to the GW collective insights!

Cabinets maple painted white dove; end piece - cherry wood
Countertops: honed antiqued Carrara marble
Sink blanco
Faucet- hans grohe
Fridge - Kitchenaid
Ovens and cooktop Thermador
Microwave drawer - Sharp
Hood - Best
Backsplash - Ann Sacks
Paint - BM Silver Marlin

Here it is: I tried to arrange photos before and after...
















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Pip's Finished Kitchen! Lots of pics

posted by: pip on 12.21.2010 at 08:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to the many inspiring kitchens and knowledgeable people on this site, we just finished our 5 week remodel of our kitchen. The collective wisdom on this site helped us so much during the remodel!

The previous kitchen had been remodeled within the last 10 years, but it was separated from the rest of the home and lacked sufficient counter space for a family of four. We decided to tear down the wall that separated the kitchen and laundry room and expand into the dining room to give us more counter space. The windows in the corner were too low to run counters and that proved to be a design challenge. Instead of raising the windows which would have altered the architecture of the exterior of the home, we decided to make the area a banquette. We also moved the old doorway off the foyer and created two larger arches which open up the kitchen to the living and dining room.

The space was too small for an island, so we had our counter top fabricator make us a work table that is movable -- it has wheels and we can roll it out of the way if we want to open up the kitchen.

Cabinets - custom by Los Angeles cabinetmaker - maple shaker style (bar area is espresso finish)
Countertops - Madre Perla quartzite
Backsplash - White onyx staggered tile
Faucet - KWC Eve
Sink - Franke
All KitchenAid appliances, except for GE profile microwave Vent-a-hood
Lighting - onxy pendants purchased at Lighting Emporium
Pulls - Great Indoors
Floors - White Oak hardwoods to match the rest of the home
Paint- Martha Stewart "Fossil"




and, of course, a photo of Pip himself, enjoying his new kitchen...


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Finally - Final Kitchen Pictures

posted by: lucretzia on 09.26.2010 at 10:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Sorry but many other competing activities my time so I finally have had a chance to get DH to upload the pictures of the completed kitchen.

Product details...
* Cabinets - Inset painted maple (Oxford Cabinet Shop)
* Backslash - 1"x2" quartzite (Walker Zanger)
* Counters - PA Green soapstone
* Floor - 12"x24" porcelain (Mediterranean Tile & Marble)
* Appliances - Bluestar 48" range, KitchenAid 36" refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Prestige 48" 1200 CFM hood insert (Reno's)
* Faucets - Rohl Country (Grande Central)

A huge thanks to everyone on the forum who spent the time to look at my ideas, provide great feedback, and calm me down when I thought the project would never end up right.

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RE: Need some opinions on painting stair rises white or staining (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: kitchenkelly on 09.30.2010 at 07:59 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I have white risers because I liked the look and I have painted trimwork. I have a runner now so I don't have any issues with scuff marks. Here are a few pics:

before stairs

after stairs


clipped on: 10.05.2010 at 07:24 pm    last updated on: 10.05.2010 at 07:24 pm

Finished Finished! Rancher Remodel, dark to light! (tons pix)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 06.28.2010 at 02:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are done, we are moved in.....after 17mos living with my mom and enduring living out of cardboard boxes! Love love love my new kitchen!! Thank you to all of you who deeply inspired me (redroze,elizpiz,rm,theanimala,segbrown,many many more!), and I hope you don't mind that there's a piece of each of your kitchens that I copied because I admired it so much. I learned so much by lurking, reading everything then finally posting.

--Our cabinets were so reasonable and they work beautifully. We LOVE Precision Cabinets! Their install was immaculate and perfect. When we had a glitch with the warming drawer, they fixed it perfectly! While I couldn't afford every "bell & whistle" inside the cabinets, I love them.
--White Princess honed. It's gorgeous and I no longer have the OCD urge to constantly wipe my counters (our old granite was polished). I also love my backsplash done in the same material--I am attracted to visual simplicity so couldn't pick a tile :)
--Cheap dishwasher. Paid $500 and we love it.
--Deep cheap sinks. Our main Ebay sink is awesome($500)! Love the 10" big single bowl. The island sink was cheap too, and is the perfect size, $150.
--White everywhere and one big room. Not for everyone, but my DH and I love the big open light-filled room. Far cry from the dark rancher that it was. We tore down two walls and raised the ceiling.
--The soapstone buffet. It was a remnant piece and I love that it doesn't match the rest of the kitchen. Sets it apart and boy does the texture feel nice!
--The papertowel niche. Not important, but I like that the towels are off my counter and totally accessible.
--The two hidden cabinets in the island near the stools. All my Xmas dishes, Thanksgiving platters and everything fit in here!

--The Vent Hood: Modernaire was a NIGHTMARE to deal with here in the NorCal area. You have to go through a distributor who will upcharge you $2,000 to order a hood. Modernaire won't sell directly to anyone who is in the area of one of their distributors. The rep here was a complete idiot, ripped me off and in the end didn't deliver what I had ordered. I had to then hire someone else to fix the goofs. Not worth it!

--Order our range through AJ Madison. Total pain to get this stove delivered. The rest of our appliances came without a hitch but the delivery of the range was a disaster. They refused to deliver it until we had a concrete pathway, but our city had some issues with solid pathways and the runoff, etc. Had 4 delivery dates and they turned around each time and refused to bring it in the house. In the end I would have purchased this through our local store (there was no discount on this by buying on internet, unlike the other appliances).

--Help me pick kitchen table chairs! Those pictured are folding chairs for holidays. Our old ones were falling apart, so we ditched them in the move. What should I put there?
--Shades ordered and we are waiting for them to come and be hung.
--The stools (CB2 Vapor) are too tall and we need to have the legs cut down. They only come in 30" or 24" and one is too tall and the other is too short. Sigh.

CabinetryPrecision Cabinets, Brentwood, CA; painted in stock color which matches Simply White
WallsBM Simply White
Kitchen CountersWhite Princess granite, from DaVinci Marble & Stone in San Carlos, CA, with 2.25" mitred square edge
Buffet CounterBrazilian Black soapstone from Texeira, SF, with no edge finish
Door and Drawer PullsTop Knobs, Square Pulls, Polished Chrome; ordered off the internet
Main SinkEbay purchase 36" SS Farmhouse w/apron front , single bowl, flushmount
Island SinkDawn 19X17 single bowl, undermount
Main FaucetBlanco Meridien Semi-Professional in Brushed
Island FaucetSantec Penza pull out in Brushed
RefrigeratorElectrolux WaveTouch; ordered off
DishwasherWhirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III; ordered from AJ Madison
Microwave DrawerSharp 24"; ordered from AJ Madison
RangeViking Range w/6 burners and griddle; ordered from AJ Madison
Hood Modernaire custom hood
Trash CompactorGE Profile in SS; ordered from AJ Madison
Warming DrawerKitchenaid Architect Series II; ordered off; panel from cabinet co.
BacksplashWhite Princess granite
Flooring-DuChateau pre-engineered floors in Lugano
Big Slider DoorCustom made 10 bypass doors by McFarland Doors, w/custom screen
Island PendantsHudson Valley Pelham 13" ordered from Butler Lighting
Breakfast Table PendantRound 26" linen chandelier by Restoration Hardware
Buffet SconcesBoston Library Sconces by

Before Remodel
Family room:Before Remodel
Before Remodel



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RE: Coloring kitchen floor tile grout? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: on 07.19.2010 at 04:49 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi Kellia,
My name is Ken Sherman, President and founder of This Old Grout. I thought I'd shed some light on your grout problem. You are correct in looking at a grout colorant to solve the problem.

Because grout is porous, it will readily absorb dirt and spills. These stains quickly become permanent and can spoil the look of a whole room.

Even grout that is "protected" with a clear penetrating sealer will absorb spills and dirty mop water and will become uneven in color.

Grout colorants, grout dyes, grout paints and grout stains as they are called, go way beyond the level of protection a clear sealer can provide. Further, they restore the grout right back to a completely uniform color and shade of your choice. You can match your original color or change your grout to any other color without removing it.

The main advantage of a grout colorant, apart from the fact the grout looks new again, is the stain proofing qualities of the grout after it has been color sealed.

Color sealed grout is stain proof. That means even if something spills on the grout and is left to dry, it wipes away with soapy water and looks brand new again. Now please don't take this the wrong way, but none of the grout colorant companies (This Old Grout included) work for NASA, and we haven't invented a way for grout colorant to vaporize dirt from the grout surface. :) Any dirt left on the floor after mopping will still be there when the floor dries. Over time the dirty buildup will cause the floor to look dingy. But there is a solution to that....DRY THE FLOOR.

Every time you mop, dry the floor. Puddles of dirty water are dirt left on the floor when the water dries. Even a good rinsing leaves dirty residue on the floor.

Imagine after you mop your floor and rinse it you took a big white terry cloth towel and dried the floor with it...would that towel still be white? I can tell you from experience that it will not and that using your spouse's good white towels will cost you just under $60 for a new set from Target. :)

Color sealing your grout is the answer to your uneven color issue. No matter what you clean it with right now, it's never going to look new, or stay looking new unless it is color sealed.

Grout colorants are easily applied. In your case, I would recommend cleaning the grout with an easy to use prep cleaner. The prep cleaner will make the grout and the grout colorant bond together in a way that it will not come off (10-15 year durability).

After color sealing, maintain the grout with a neutral pH cleaner and lots of water when you mop. And remember to dry the floor. Your grout will stay clean. I've been back to projects my company completed in residential kitchens back in 1997 and with a drip of Dawn dish washing liquid and a paper towel, I can wipe away 13 years of dirty buildup to reveal grout that is brand new underneath.

Ken Sherman
This Old Grout
866-OLD-GROUt (866-653-4768)

Here is a link that might be useful: Easy DiY Grout Cleaning and Restoration Kit


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Calling Marble Backsplashers, please

posted by: rjr220 on 04.01.2010 at 04:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am in lust with this Sarah Richardson kitchen backsplash (thank you amyrsq)

My question is to all the current marble backsplashers -- do you have a problem with etching? Do you get "drops" or sprays of an etch pattern say, if you are juicing a lemon?
Did you seal or treat the BS in any way?

Just wondering. I found 12 X 35 carrera tiles today that are gorgeous and affordable -- I love this backsplash and hope that it will complement my Black Venata -- Thanks!


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Finished! White, Statuary, and Aqua Grantique

posted by: niffy on 05.22.2010 at 02:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Egad, I think it is done - well except for the dinette chairs that are on a container somewhere in the Pacific, and the base moulding for the fridge/freezer. Done enough, anyway....
I owe GW a great debt for many things, but a special thanks to all the marble lovers out there whose kitchens convinced me to go for it. I almost became a Virginia Mist convert, too, until I happened upon this brushed Aqua Grantique which fulfilled all my soapstone/marble/but low maintenance fantasies.... Margieb2- if you are still around, thank you for your arch! We had the half walls/columns on our plans, and once I saw yours, I knew EXACTLY how ours needed to be trimmed. We owe you big time.

So details....
Cabinets: custom, antique white. Island is maple stained dark walnut with a dark glaze or something.
Hardware: Polished nickel pulls and knobs, through cab company
Island countertop: statuary marble, honed
Perimeter countertop: aqua grantique (a granitic gneiss, apparently) - brushed finish
Backsplash: statuary 12x12 cut down to subways, statuary herringbone, and cut statuary slab
Floors: Brazilian walnut
Walls: SW Silvermist
Chandeliers: Schonbek New Orleans mini
Appliances: 30" Gaggenau fridge/freezer columns, GE Monogram Advantium 240 oven, GE Monogram Convection single oven, Wolf 36" induction cooktop, Miele La Perla dishwasher, and GE Monogram microwave (in end of island)
Sinks: Rohl 30" and Kohler Irontones for prep
Faucets: Rohl Country in polished nickel (avoid the burgundy felt "protective" bags. They stain when wet - stain things like new white marble. Don't ask how I know. Bags. Are. Evil.)

Hood/cooktop wall:

Sink wall (well, part of it anyway):

Fridge/freezer wall:

Perspective on location of pantry/butler's pantry:

Breakfast room and Family room:

Breakfast room hutch:

Aqua Grantique Close-up:

Countertop and Backsplash:

Cooktop backsplash:

Built-in Pantry (across from butler's pantry cabinets/counter)


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98.627% Finished Kitchen - Transitional White Inset w/ glass tile

posted by: theanimala on 01.02.2010 at 03:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

After reading this site daily for 6 months now and getting tons of great advice it's time for us to post our finished kitchen. In keeping with the style of the house we needed to go more modern than traditional, but we didn't want something too contemporary. Also, we couldn't decide on painted or stained cabinets, so we decided to do both by painting the perimeter while having the island stained.

Although we moved no walls, it ended up being a bigger project then we expected as the old tile floor went through our foyer, powder room and laundry room. Also didn't have correct sub-flooring, and we wanted to move some of the appliances around, etc. The reason the it is only 98.627% completed, is we still have 1.373% left to do, such as glass shelves in glass front doors so in cabinet lighting can shine all the way through, etc.


Cabinets - Inset Shiloh Homestead painted MB Softwhite, Island Maple stained Espresso
Flooring - Tile Fashion Coffee 12 x 24
Countertops - Ceasarstone Raven, Ceasarstone Misty Carrera - Mitred Edge
Main Sink - Franke 33" SS Apron - FHX710-33S
Main Faucet - Generic Costco Brand
Prep Sink - Elkay - ELU1618
Prep Faucet - Danze Como Pulldown
Refrigerator - JennAir CD FD - JFC2089HES
Ovens - Electrolux - EW30EW65GS
Warming Drawer - Electrolux - EW30WD55GS
Microwave - Electrolux - EL27MO45GS
Cooktop - DCS 36" Drop-in - CTD-365
Hood - Bosch - DKE9365AUC
Beverage Center - GE Monogram - ZDBC240NBS
Dishwasher - Bosch
Backsplash - White Glass subway tile from
Backsplash - Stainless Steel 1x2 tiles
Pulls - TopKnobs - Princetonian
Paint - BM 1542 Himalayan Trek






Sink Area:







Island - Backside:

Pantry Area - Closed:


Pantry - Open:


Lazy Suzan - Corner Pullout:


A big thank you to everyone who gave such great advice over the past few months. If anyone has any questions on what we like /dislike please let us know.


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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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Family Room-Updates w/ Pics

posted by: lisa_mocha on 10.04.2009 at 07:22 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi there,

We've just completed a few cosmetic updates...
In the hallway off the 2nd floor family room, we replaced the carpet with hardwood that matches the FM room. We also replaced baseboards throughout the home.
Finally, I've moved an old pine commode and have installed shelves and painted the hallway same colour as FM.

Now to decide on a creamy shade that will go on the wall/upper staircase to 3rd floor. It's now Mannequin Cream and I find it too yellow with the Beacon Gray.Right now, BM Acadia White, White Down and Albescent are in the running. (but I change my mind daily:))
Has anyone here used these colours?

I've posted a before pic of the fireplace wall. We had bought cabinets to place beside the FP once TV was mounted over FP. We just painted them white, but I find something is off with them...
I likely should have paid the extra $ to have built-ins done. Still have to decide if we want to try to add more trim (at the bottom to make them look more built-in). Also-we need to fix the gap between cabinets & mantle but need to get an electician in beforehand to do his thing w/ the wiring for tv in behind. you prefer the look with the urns in front of FP or without? Should I edit some of the 'stuff' on top of cabinets and shelves? DH says I have way too much 'junk' on display (If he had his way, there'd be nothing there...anything decorative is junk to him lol)

Thanks for any suggestions on paint for hallway and comments for accessorizing...






clipped on: 11.04.2009 at 02:42 pm    last updated on: 11.04.2009 at 02:42 pm

Buttermilk is your friend ...we are at 500 now LOL.

posted by: trailrunner on 11.02.2009 at 03:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love love love cooking with buttermilk. Not just any buttermilk but the Bulgarian kind that is so thick on the top that you have to shake and shake to get it blended. It is the most wonderful product. I get it at WalMart and it keeps for weeks and weeks, much like yogurt.

OK here are 3 ways to use it. Starting with the Buttermilk biscuits. I will say here and now that I use only "real" stuff to cook. I don't like to put one single calorie in my mouth unless it is really yummy. I find that you eat way less when what you eat tastes wonderful and has great " mouth feel". There was a French woman who wrote a book about this a few years back. She was right on , at least I think so.

Buttermilk biscuits ( adapted from Cook's Illustrated)

Place 2 c AP flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp baking soda

pulse till it is blended...few seconds.

Using a large hole grater , grate 5 Tbsp of frozen salted butter on top of the flour. Alternatively cut the butter into 1/4 inch dice and freeze on a plate. Pulse only till it is mixed...few seconds. Better to have tiny pieces of butter . Now pour this into a chilled bowl and add about 1 c very cold buttermilk. Toss lightly till every bit of flour is good and wet. Don't over mix just toss lightly. It may take even more. More is better than not enough. Gently turn the dough out on a well floured countertop. I use my soapstone . Turn your convection bake to 500. Have a flat shiny cookie sheet ready, and spray with Pam. Lightly pat the dough with floured hands till it is 1/2 to 3/4 " thick. Using a well-floured biscuit cutter press firmly straight down to cut the biscuits. DONOT twist the cutter and they won't rise. Reflour before each cut. Take the scraps and push them lightly up next to the other scraps and cut more. Donot overlap them. Smoosh them together from the sides...this is a scientific term:) Place the biscuits on the cookie sheet so they are just touching. Bake at 500 for 12-15 min in the top 1/3 of the oven till nicely golden brown.

Buttermilk Cornbread (adapted from Vegetarian Epicure)

Preheat convection oven to 375. Have a 9" iron skillet on the low/med heat on the stove and have a 1-2Tbsp of butter ready to put into the skillet.

1 1/4 c unbleached flour
3/4 c whole grain cornmeal ( I use yellow stone ground)
4 Tbsp sugar
5 tsp baking powder ( yes this right)
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 c buttermilk
2 Tbsp melted butter

Combine dry stuff really well. Combine wet stuff ( use lesser amount of buttermilk and add more when folding together if you need to, to make a nice batter, should not be dry more like thick cake batter)

Add wet to dry and gently mix by folding under and will start poofing due to the baking soda. Donot overmix but be sure there are no pockets of dry stuff.

Put the butter into the hot skillet and it should sizzle but not burn or smoke. Immediately add the batter and place in the 375 oven for approx. 30-35 min. Toothpick will be dry when it comes out. Again use the top 1/3 of the oven.

Best buttermilk pie crust and quiche filling ( adapted from Moosewood Cookbook)

Using the same technique for the biscuits , in the food processor combine 1c AP flour and 1/3 c grated or finely chopped butter. Don't over mix. Pulse a few seconds. Pour into cold bowl and add 3-5 Tbsp cold buttermilk till all is moist. Will blend a little more firmly than with the soft biscuit dough. Press into a disk and put in fridge for 1 hr. Make filling:

Beat 4 large eggs, 1 1/2 c cold buttermilk, 3 Tbsp flour, 1/4 tsp salt. That is it. It is the base for whatever you want to do now. Roll out the crust and fit into a 9-10 " pie plate or loose bottom tart pan. If you use the loose bottom pan make sure you have it on a cookie sheet...ask me how I know this LOL.

Cover the bottom of the crust with grated cheese...add toppings....anything you love...mushrooms that are sauteed, fresh chopped spinach, red bell peppers and purple onions...anything at all Pour the above custard over the toppings and then bake at 375 for 45 min till set in the middle and a silver knife comes out clean. It will bake quite a bit faster in a tart pan than in a pie dish as it is more shallow.

OK there you have it my 3 favorite buttermilk recipes and how to use the convection settings for even browning and perfect results. Let me know how it goes and PLEASE post pics...I love pics. Caroline


clipped on: 11.02.2009 at 07:41 pm    last updated on: 11.02.2009 at 07:41 pm

What was your best bathroom remodeling decision?

posted by: ashlander on 02.19.2007 at 12:40 am in Bathrooms Forum

We're having a difficult time making decisions for our bathroom remodel: choice of shower stall, toilet, flooring, counter, and perhaps even a fireplace. This will be the first and only remodel for our bathroom, so we hate to mess up.
Would appreciate any words of wisdom or advice.
What do you regret? What would you change? What was your best decision concerning the bathroom?


clipped on: 08.30.2009 at 10:09 am    last updated on: 08.30.2009 at 10:09 am