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Here's the mosaic! Finally!

posted by: becktheeng on 09.03.2009 at 11:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally got the custom mosaic for behind my cooktop in! I helped the artist do it. It's a mixed medium of tile, glass, shells, marbles, stones, look the two of us about 6 hours to lay it out with thinset. Then the artist came back and grouted it today. I love's a little funky when you are up close, but from far away it's gorgeous. The photos aren't the greatest because I took them under artifical light. Anyway, enjoy...

mosaic far away

Up close with flash
mosaic up-close flash

Up close without flash
mosaic up-close no flash


clipped on: 09.05.2009 at 10:22 am    last updated on: 09.05.2009 at 10:22 am

My backsplash! (Shaker cherry cabs/black counter kitchen)

posted by: roulie on 05.21.2009 at 08:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am a long-time lurker, finally coming out of the woodwork (and emerging from the haze of dust and debris that has been my kitchen for the past 5 months). My backsplash was installed today (grout tomorrow) and I am so excited that I had to share it! It took a while to find "the one": I tried lots of different things and had my heart set on Ming green 3x6 subways for a long time, but after the granite went in the Ming green just didn't look right. On my 100th (millionth? I lost count) trip to the tile store, I found this tile that I had previously ruled out for reasons I can't remember and when I brought it home it seemed perfect. It's a soft green with a crackle finish and a bit of brownish around the edges.

I love it!

More pictures soon, after the grout and the pendants go in sometime next week.

cambrian black granite with antique leather finish


my new kenmore induction range -- I haven't tried it yet!




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Another person who needs granite color help! (lots of pics)

posted by: kmgard on 06.21.2009 at 09:14 am in Kitchens Forum

Hubs and I drove an hour to go to three granite suppliers for our fabricator, and we still haven't picked a granite! I posted earlier about needing light counters because our floors and cabinets are fairly dark:

(excuse unswept floors-- they'd just been installed)

I really like the idea of quarts (maintenance-free, consistent light color, stain resistant, etc.), but unfortunately the cost on those here runs quite a bit higher than a lower-end granite. We've got approx. 60 sq. ft. of counter space, including a fairly large peninsula that will make the biggest visual impact.

After looking and looking at all the light-colored granites in our price range, one slab in particular caught my eye from across the room. We went to get a closer look, and both the hubs and I completely fell in love with this slab called "Coast Green." Yep, green.

It looked sort of creamy from a distance...

But as we got closer...

Definitely green.

With a flash:

I just don't know how green-- no matter how subtle-- will look in our kitchen! Appliances are stainless and we haven't picked a wall color. We loved that slab, but is it the right choice from a design standpoint? How about a resale standpoint? We're looking to sell in about 4 years. The right "unique" granite can really be a seller if it appeals to everyone, but I don't know if this does! Here are some of the other, more typical, contenders:

Giallo Ornamental:

Bianco Romano:

Millennium Cream (this is probably my runner-up if I can find another slab or work around the 'ink stain' thing):

But I just keep going back to this... sigh.

I think I just need someone to push us back to reality and say it's much better to go with one of the "safer" choices. It will be less of a headache when it comes to picking a paint color, and probably better for resale. If the green is out, then what should we choose??


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Calling it Finished.....White Kitchen....Costa....Glass

posted by: klutterkara on 07.11.2009 at 12:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well I have been in 6 mths and it looks like the last 1% will not be happening soon.
Few Details
Custom Cabinets painted SW Dover White
Costa Smerelda Granite
Subway glass tile from Arizona Tile
Bosch Induction and pop up downdraft
JennAir Oven and Warming Drawer
48" SubZero
20" tile from Arizona Tile
Burlap walls with nail head trim






Here is a link that might be useful: KarasKottage


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RE: If you have delicatus granite.... (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: daki on 08.07.2008 at 08:00 am in Kitchens Forum

When we iniially looked for granite, the granite yard/ warehouse had two very different looking granites both labeled "Delicatus". We liked the warmer looking one. When we finally picked out our granite, we ended up with Juparana Delicatus.

Here is one version of Delicatus we saw (this one was too grey for our kichen):

Here is one of the slabs of Juparana Delicatus we used and similar in color to one of the slabs that had been labeled plain Delicatus about a month earlier - it looks very peachy in this picture:

Here are some pictures after install. Once installed you tend to notice the overall color and tone first, then the patterns and inclusions.


clipped on: 06.15.2009 at 09:36 pm    last updated on: 06.15.2009 at 09:36 pm

Restoration $100 off coupon

posted by: worldmom on 01.17.2009 at 12:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just got an email from Restoration Hardware with a coupon for $100 off a $400 purchase. I'm going to use it for my cabinet hardware! The code is RNPR019. Hope it helps someone else. :o)


clipped on: 01.17.2009 at 01:20 pm    last updated on: 01.17.2009 at 01:21 pm

What a difference a year makes! Updated kitchen photo

posted by: stiles on 10.13.2008 at 03:20 am in Kitchens Forum

I have been reminiscing about how we were living at this time last year. We were living out of our garage and laundry room. It was painful and uncomfortable and I thought it would never end!

I originally posted pics of our 98% finished kitchen last March and I thought I would share this updated photo. We love our finished product and hopefully this will encourage all of you who are in the middle of your remodel to keep the faith! You too, by next year, will be enjoying your new kitchen.




Wouldn't change a thing.
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Finished Small Kitchen

posted by: lily1342 on 04.10.2008 at 12:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, it's 98% finished. The new fridge was just installed the other day and looks so much better than the old top-mount-freezer textured almond thing (didn't wanna post pics of that). It was pay-as-you-go and also partially DIY, so it has been a long long looooong process since demo last May. We didn't have a GC, did our own demo, stripped wallpaper, painted. I learned how to install light fixtures, tile a backsplash, use a compound miter saw. DH and I built the banquette out of birch plywood. We bought and added the decorative legs and bun feet and bought all the molding separately instead of ordering with the cabinets. I added the beadboard, brackets and shelf to the little "hutch" area. The floor plan is still the same as before - didn't change location of plumbing or tear down walls or anything major like that, only moved a doorway a few inches. Also, we didn't get new flooring, didn't even refinish the old hardwood (kind of regret that). All in all, the cost came to $26,513, and that includes everything. I say this for anyone who might be like I was before we started - I had no idea how much what I wanted to do might end up costing. In the very beginning, the idea stage, that was a worrisome unknown. I could have kept the total under $20K if I'd chosen another door style in the same line of cabinets and not splurged on the backsplash and also could've bought much less expensive fabric for the banquette cushions.

Now that it's done, I'm almost sorry I don't have a second kitchen to do, because I made tons of mistakes with this one. Also, I'd bought a few things way in advance and before I found this website. If I'd found GW a little sooner, I would've made a few different choices here and there. Still, this is the first new kitchen I've ever had and by far the best.

The old:
kitchen before

And now:
April 9 2008

kitchen before

west wall

Before - north wall

north wall

breakfast nook before

Banquette & new chandelier

kitchen before

The tall utility cabinet is the same old one, with new paint, new door and added crown and baseboard:
Old tall cab repainted


clipped on: 10.08.2008 at 09:15 pm    last updated on: 10.08.2008 at 09:15 pm

corner - super susan vs. blum corner drawers

posted by: wesg on 09.02.2008 at 08:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just starting the kitchen design adventure.

Our kitchen is smallish ~ 11 x 12 with two entrances. Layout is a U on one side with a bank of cabinets facing the open side of the U.

In short we will have two interior corners. My thought has been to use a corner sink in one of those corners and use the other corner for storage. Pots / Pans etc. since it is adjacent to the stove. Planning on using Sherr's cabinets.

Long preamble and here is my question. I'm considering the blum corner systems or a super susan in this second corner. I've seen a lot of discussion on super susan's but none on the blum corner drawer system.

I'm if anyone has experience with these and what the pro / cons might be.

Thank you very much for your assistance.


clipped on: 10.07.2008 at 03:36 pm    last updated on: 10.07.2008 at 03:36 pm

RE: show me pics of tile floors in white inset/soapstone kitch. (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: vwhippiechick on 09.28.2008 at 12:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have cream inset cabinets with Amazon soapstone. We have hardwood in the rest of the rooms on the first floor but they are old and we did not feel we could match them appropriately. So we went with Travertine - Premium Noce from Lowes. It is laid in a running bond pattern. We love it. Never shows dirt and it is the same color as our dogs fur so there you go - perfect.




Can't afford the cabs, but love the over sink lighting and valences
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RE: show me pics of tile floors in white inset/soapstone kitch. (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: erikanh on 09.27.2008 at 11:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

This kitchen has black granite countertops and the contrasting cream tile floors are lovely:

This kitchen has marble countertops but I think this floor would look stunning with soapstone counters. You could even do a dark grey square instead of black:


Love the top kitchen colors
clipped on: 09.30.2008 at 11:08 am    last updated on: 09.30.2008 at 11:09 am

What are your favorite sites to purchase kitchen stuff?

posted by: mygar on 04.09.2008 at 09:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love to see the posts where people list various sites that they like to browse or have purchased from with good results. I was hoping everybody would list them here so they would all be together.

I'll start:


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RE: 98% Finished Kitchen (Lots of pictures) (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: suzatwork on 09.29.2008 at 04:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

kmgard - My ceilings are 9'. The uppers are staggered 42" and 48" cabinets. The 48" cabs have about 5 inches of stacked molding to reach the ceiling, including a straight 1x3 and a large crown molding that is secured to its top edge. The rope molding is attached to the lower edge of the 1x3. The 42" cabs have just the crown molding piece. Here's a closer picture:

crown molding


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RE: OTR Microwaves - need advice! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: ngng on 09.29.2008 at 02:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ours is the Kenmore Elite (#80823) microhood/convection oven and I LOVE it! It is so convenient and the convection oven is great to use. I've used it all summer long without ever having to heat up the house by turning on the big lower oven. The exhaust is great (5 levels), optional venting to outside (we did this) or inside. This was highly rated by Consumer Guide products and Good Luck!

Finished kitchen!


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Finished - Before/After pictures (finally!)

posted by: mysterymachine on 03.01.2008 at 04:45 pm in Kitchens Forum


This one gives you a better idea of how tight it was in the actual kitchen - if the fridge was open and the oven was open at same time there wasn't enough room for a person between

The wall that was removed:

Sorry I couldn't find any pictures of the dining room "before" it was just a plain carpeted rectangular room.

Now for the good stuff.. the after!

I have to mention that many of the after pictures were taken by the GC's photographer and are copyrighted so cannot be used without permission (he said I had to say that before I posted the pics).

The dining table and chairs we had before. All the design was done by me with lots of help from gardenweb - especially on the layout (at first my DW didn't trust me to do it and wanted to hire a designer but I think I did really well) the exceptions are the acrylic in the dining room was designed by my GC and the cabinets in the dining I gave general layout to the cabinet folks but they did the finished design (kitchen cabs I did all the design/layout). I used google sketchup for all the design.

The structural changes were removing the dining wall and bumping back just the chunk of the wall behind the wall ovens a couple feet. I also added a pocket door into the opening from the TV room to the kitchen as well (the last of the "before" pictures is taken from where the pocket door was put in).

There are so many details I could spend an hour typing them and still leave something out - so instead if you have any questions ask and I will respond :) One thing not noticeable in the pics is the cupboard on the right in the dining cabs is actually a beverage fridge. There is pullout trash+recycle in both the kitchen and dining.

And people always ask about the diswasher, yes its an 18" dishwasher, and they always ask why I went for a small one - becuase its the only way I could get the layout I wanted with the dishwasher to the left of the sink and where I could unload the whole dishwasher without moving my feet. The efficiency in loading/unloading more than makes up for the extra loads I have to run. Its a Miele with the silverware tray and I would estimate I only lose about 20% capacity compared to my old dishwasher.

The backsplash was done by my brother, its completely custom cut (as in he had a pile of leftover slab of rock from some other jobs of his and he cut all the peices to the exact size so it would be 2 tiles high on point). I bought the fossils on ebay over a 3 month period or so.

What's sad is the granite is the highlight of the kitchen and none of these pictures show it well. If you look close on the 3rd picture there you can see that it has black streaks and the picture with the sink you can see dark streaks there as well (in that area the streaks are dark grey)

Any questions? :)


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RE: My DIY is finally finished (Follow-Up #36)

posted by: bamaspice on 02.22.2007 at 09:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you everybody...Thank you loriafopiano for the link.
We bought this house from a contractor who was going to flip it. It had been abused...some of the pictures show where the previous owner had tried to faux them.

The cabinets are Wellborn White thermofoil laminate cabinets. We peeled the laminate off it came off in sheets and underneath was the orange mdf. We then sanded, primed with behr premium primer and painted with American Tradition Jekyll Club Veranda Ivory. The island is American Tradition Safari Brown. I drew the legs and our handyman cut them out for me.
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The walls are SW flowerpot
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The backsplash was a shiny white plain tile and I thought I could remove it without destroying the drywall..I was wrong...I now know how to replace drywall. The tile is Daltile's Splitface mosaic in Sienna Classico. I installed the tile by myself and I'm really happy with it. I saved about $400 by ordering it from The tile behind the stove is hanging on top of the tile. It is made of resin and was on clearance at Fred's Super Dollar Store for $12.
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Here's a close up of the tile and the granite is Santa Rita. We hired someone to install the granite.
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The Hardware I got on ebay for $1 a cup pull and .50 a knob. It's Liberty Antique Brass from a company called Cripes Distributing. The pulls were made to stand off the cabinets but I made the holes bigger to make the pulls flush. The outlets as you can see in the upclose pictures are in a standard place...I worried about then but bought natural wood outlet covers at home depot and you really don't notice them.

If ya'll have any other questions let me know...I would love to help--Everyone here is so very supportive. Good luck to everyone!


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Under cabinet lighting Opinions?!?!?!

posted by: david123 on 09.29.2008 at 03:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

The electrician will be here in 2 days, and we never really discussed what kind of undercabinet lighting we want- not sure if there are many options out there, or are we stuck with what he will put in? Any opinions out there- I feel very uninformed.



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