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RE: white granite (Follow-Up #95)

posted by: maheshsingh on 06.28.2012 at 10:08 am in Kitchens Forum

The best white granite available is Kashmir White Granite. This Granite is beautiful and with the black and grey spots. These spots called as Garnets.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kashmir White Granite


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RE: Reccs for a creamy white to go with light granite like Coloni (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: NewSouthernBelle on 06.06.2012 at 03:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

We just finished our kitchen and have Colonial Cream. I did SW Dover White for the cabs and a grey stain for the island cabinets. My white is a warm white but still very white - not off-white at all. Do a search here for white paint and you will come up with several threads discussing what various people did several with pictures (not that pictures are that helpful for white though. It is just too hard to capture the true color so that is why you have to test for yourself.)

Some people here have done:
BM Cotton Balls
BM Simply White
BM Mayonnaise
(I thought I had a list written down but I can't find it)
I tried BM Marscapone but I think it has weird yellow or pink undertone. I can't remember which.

Someone did BM Nimbus a while back - it is a very light grey. It looked great.


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RE: Our Kitchen Remodel Journey (Follow-Up #70)

posted by: gpraceman on 07.19.2013 at 04:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

I saw another GWer with these custom drawer inserts and decided to get one for our cutlery. It was $35 plus shipping, which seems like a good deal for a custom insert. We just needed to provide them with the inner dimensions of the drawer. Its much nicer than the store bought one that we had which didn't take up enough of the drawer space.

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They also custom make up other types of kitchen organizers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wood Hollow Cabinets

This post was edited by gpraceman on Fri, Jul 19, 13 at 16:04


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RE: Our Kitchen Remodel Journey (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: gpraceman on 05.07.2013 at 08:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, we are reopening our dishwasher search. I decided to double check reviews on the one that we ordered and found a bunch of negative reviews that I hadn't seen before.

Now we are looking at Bosch 800 Plus series and a Miele Classic model, as they are highly regarded here and have far fewer negative reviews that I have seen. Both will end up being more expensive than the KitchenAid, especially the Miele.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bosch 800 Plus vs. Miele Futura Classic


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RE: Our Kitchen Remodel Journey (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: gpraceman on 05.11.2013 at 12:46 am in Kitchens Forum

We decided upon the Bosch SHX7ER55UC dishwasher instead of the Miele. I just couldn't justify the extra cost and less of a warranty.

Bosch SHX7ER55UC photo Dishwasher_zps8cdbf301.jpg

Bosch SHX7ER55UC photo Dishwasher2_zpsc1c08471.jpg


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RE: Our Kitchen Remodel Journey (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: gpraceman on 05.04.2013 at 02:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

For appliances, we are going with SS, as we liked that in our last home. Dishwasher, wall oven and microwave are KitchenAid. Cooktop is Whirlpool Gold with a Whirlpool island vent hood. Considered online reviews before settling on these.

We didn't want a combo oven and microwave, as the first thing to go out is the microwave and then you have to replace the entire unit. So, we will have a countertop microwave above the oven with a trim kit around it. Our cabinet maker even adjusted the heights of the oven and microwave since DW is fairly short.

We liked the Whirlpool cooktop better than the KitchenAid one. It was better rated and we like that the grates don't slide around and scratch the stainless steel. They are recessed down into the cooktop. For our type of cooking, this cooktop should be just fine. I considered a BlueStar cooktop or rangetop and couldn't justify the extra cost. DW didn't like the idea of cleaning the open burners either.

Ordered the appliances from Lowes. They priced matched sales from Sears, Home Depot and Best Buy. Saved $1062 off of Lowes regular prices by sale shopping. On top of that, we are getting back $600 from Lowes for the amount that we spent on appliances and a $300 rebate from KitchenAid. After rebates, appliances will have cost us a shade over $4000. That makes up for our budget overages on cabinets and counter tops.

Cooktop - Whirlpool Gold GLS3665RS
Cooktop photo Standalone_1175X1290_zps3aae365c.jpg

Island Range Hood - Whirlpool Gold GXI6536DXS
Island Vent Hood photo VentHood_zpse2350382.jpg

Convection Oven - KitchenAid KEBS109BSS
Convection wall oven photo ConvectionOven_zps784ac159.jpg

Microwave - KitchenAid KCMS1655BSS
Microwave photo Microwave_zpsf9ab9838.jpg

Microwave Trim Kit - KitchenAid MK2160AS
Trim kit for microwave photo MicrowaveTrimKit_zps60993ef0.jpg

Dishwasher - Bosch SHX7ER55UC
Bosch SHX7ER55UC photo Dishwasher_zps8cdbf301.jpg

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RE: Almost Finished Pics - long time coming... (Follow-Up #45)

posted by: aokat15 on 02.10.2012 at 01:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ok - here are some more details:

Countertops - Donna Sandra Marble

Cabinets - M.A. Miller custom-made Amish cabinets (see my post above). Can't say enough great things about them - fantastic to work with and very affordable. They are out of Cleveland but travel the country (have done jobs in Boston and San Fran)

Appliances - subzero fridge, wolf range, bosch paneled dw and f&p single dishdrawer paneled in island, Faber blower. Got some great deals with getting floor models and love them so far.

Sinks/faucets - Franke farmhouse sink, Kohler prep sink in island, Rohl country faucets with sprayers. Potfiller is Newport Brass (not installed yet)

Paint - walls are BM Wickham Grey and cabinets are BM China White. China White is the trim color throughout our house and I love it - it's a really rich white and definitely looks great with the marble

Finishes - faucets are polished chrome; hardware and lighting are polished nickel

Lighting - all hudson valley but different series - pendants are pelham collection, semi-flush are edison, sconces are sutton. I knew from the start I wanted industrial pendants and schoolhouse semi-flush, but the sconces took me so long to decide on - as I wanted to make sure the lighting all came together. Thanks so much for all the great feedback on that!! I bought almost all of my lights at - great service and great prices!

Backsplash - Hortus Art Tiffany Crackle in bianco

Hardware - Restoration Hardware - gilmore knobs and pulls, aubrey handles on the dws, oversized drawers, and trash pullouts

Ceiling is Azek composite beadboard - 6"x18' planks painted in oil-based BM ceiling white

Rug - Ethan Allen - for some reason I can't find it on their website right now so I don't have the name, but if you go into a showroom I'm sure you'll see a swatch. Reversible (if you remove the tag) and great with kids

Fireplace surround - black pearl granite. Thought a simple black would look the best with all of the white around it and the Donna Sandra marble... was open to absolute black as well but the black pearl was slightly better priced.

Thank so much again! Let me know if I missed anything!


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RE: For those of you with white cabinets and white subway tile... (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: rmkitchen on 12.31.2008 at 10:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Have you seen redroze's wonderful kitchen? She has white cabinets (not cream) and a beautiful white tile backsplash (by Heath Ceramics). They don't match but they certainly complement. Also suanandmarkw's kitchen (of the "Something's Gotta Give" inspired kitchen), socalthreem's kitchen, soonermagic's kitchen and mwardlb's kitchen (a personal favorite) are a few which immediately come to mind of having white cabs with white subway tile.

I wonder if the grout color is really the key .... I wish you so much luck!


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RE: Positano, are you there? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: positano on 05.25.2012 at 06:17 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi Lake Girl,
My Sonoma tiles in the kitchen are very creamy and I did use the antique white laticrete from lowes. I love the way it came out. Definitely no blue, just a nice beige/gray. I'm not sure how it would look with white subways, I would do a sample board though. Grout was definitely the hardest decision, take your time and pick the right one.

In my basement bathroom I used bright white subways with silver shadow laticrete and I'm very happy with the way it turned out. More of a silvery gray that defines the tiles. I don't see it as blue.

My paint color in the kitchen is Benjamin Moore Crown Point Sand. It's very neutral and changes a little throughout the day.

Hope that helps!

Here is the Sonoma Tile with antique white grout

From Positano's Finished Kitchen

Basement bath with white subways and laticrete silver shadow

From Bathroom Renovation

From Bathroom Renovation

I also used silver shadow on the marble hex shower floor

From Upstairs and Basement bathrooms


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RE: Oven opinions, please (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: lee676 on 10.29.2013 at 06:19 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

The Gaggenau would be my first choice if money was no object, largely for the side-opening door as well, although it also has an abundance of cooking options and just oozes high quality. The new ones with the soft-pushbutton door opening are especially nice. But money was an object, so instead I recently bought this $950 oven from Spanish manufacturer Fagor-Brandt, which offers up much of what I love about the Gaggenau for 1/4 the price. The side-hinged door lets me reach my food without leaning over or around a drop-down door, and the glide-out racks (a $440 accessory on the Gaggenau) make it even easier to insert or remove cookware - even installed below the countertop, I can reach the top rack without leaning downward. It also offers fast preheating, a convection mode, and several other cooking options. Several glide-out trays specifically sized to be as large as possible and still fit into the oven are included. It's quiet. And it cooks evenly and reliably. At 24" wide and tall, there's enough space left over when installed under a countertop for a 6" height drawer beneath the oven, convenient for cookware. The controls are mostly straightforward, and they have a quality look and feel, as does the door itself. There are a few design quirks, but overall this is an impressive effort for an under-$1000 oven.

I'd also consider the Gaggenau ovens if you can afford them - they're offered in several size configurations - not just a 24"w x 24"h but also 30"w x 30"h, and a double 30" oven. In addition to the features I already mentioned, you can get a rotisserie, pyrolytic self-cleaning, a heated pizza stone, a new iPhone-like high-res display, and much better interior lighting. Used Gaggenaus show up on CL and eBay frequently, especially the 24"/60cm ovens that have been sold for decades. They used to offer 27 and 70cm wide ovens, and used is your only option for these as they were discontinued a few years back in favor of the new 30"w ovens. These became available sometime in the '00s; expect to pay well upward of $1000 even for a used Gaggenau that's 27" or 30"w; a 24" can be found for less but check condition and features on these; I opted for a new Fagor over a used Gaggenau at only slightly higher cost, but the cutout sizes are the same in case I find a great deal online for the Gaggenau I really wanted. They also sell an excellent steam cooker that fits nicely next to their conventional ovens

I'll also rep for the GE 30"w, 30"h oven that fits two ovens into the space of a single oven, and as such is also easier to use because the doors are so short, even though they open downward. The upper oven is higher and easier to reach than the top rack in other single 30"w ovens, because the control panel is on rather than above the door, allowing the cooking cavity to be placed behind rather than below the knobs. These normally sell for upwards of $3000, but GE is discontinuing the GE Profile models with the "eyeball" shape for more conventional styling, but they haven't revealed what the replacement for this model will look like, or even if they'll be one at all, and for now they're offering $1000+ price breaks on the Profile 2-in-1. No matter what you choose for a conventional oven, a GE Advantium 240 volt wall oven makes a great second oven/microwave/high-speed oven/warming drawer/toaster. Incredibly versatile; I use it more than the "regular" oven... So fast; so easy to use; so tatsy! What's not to like? You give up intertior space for the over-the-cooktop versions that must fit between 24" deep rather than 12" deep ovens

If you want a single 27"w or 30"w oven, the Electrolux is first-rate and affordable, with quiet operation, open-door broiling, nice glide-out racks, excellent controls and lighting, and accurate cooking amongst their high points. The 30"w models (single or double) are available in their upscale Icon series that have large plate glass that covers the entire inside surface making them easy to keep clean (shown below) for a vista view of the food cooking within. The buttons on most of these go dark except when you need them, lending it a clean uncluttered appearance. You can also get a matching high-speed oven to place over a conventional single unit, or a warming drawer below.

Finally there's the 27" Frigidaire with the side-opening door, an unspectacular oven except for that feature and its low price. Available in black and white only, no stainless. It does have a convection mode, and it's the only currently available oven sith a side-opening door in the common 27" width. I've written about all of these extensively in the appliance and kitchen forums.


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RE: fitting pop up and cooktop in 24' deep cabinet (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: kashmi on 07.19.2012 at 11:08 pm in Appliances Forum

Scrappy25: By removing the back panel, which was inset in the sides of the cabinet, we gained that extra 1/2". Then we had to stabilize the cabinet, which is why we created a new back, but outside of the cabinet walls.

I'm attaching a link to the Bosch downdraft installation manual. On Page 9 the instructions say, "All illustrations and dimensions are based on standard 24" deep by 36" high American style base cabinets with 25" countertops." I'm not certain we needed to remove the back; that's just what the contractor did (it may be that the older downdraft required more space). See below for how much space within the cabinet you'd need.

Here's how the spacing for the cutouts breaks down.
0.25" (minimum) behind the downdraft
2.25" cutout for the downdraft
20.0" for the Bosch induction cooktop (36" variety)
2.25" in front of the cooktop (beginning at the front edge of the countertop).
24.75" total
NOTE: The total is slightly less than the assumed 25" countertop depth. The cooktop and downdraft just take up 22.25" inside the cabinet.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bosch Downdraft Installation Manual


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RE: Link or post of Katieob's kitchen pictures? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: katieob on 10.04.2010 at 02:30 pm in Kitchens Forum


Sorry for the delayed response. I haven't been on GW as much lately. Thanks for your kind words. I think mine is a "coming soon" kitchen on the FKB. Here are some photos that won't show in the thread anymore. Don't know why. Any questions, I'd be happy to help. Good luck!









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RE: I think I might like Caesarstone? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: francoise47 on 10.05.2011 at 10:28 am in Kitchens Forum

Dear Katie,

One of my kitchen inspirations (along with your former kitchen, of course!) was the This Old House PBS kitchen in the Newton Centre remodel. They used Caesarstone "Concrete" for their perimeter counters. It looks beautiful with the Farrow and Ball Wimborne white painted cabinets.

Again, I sort of which I'd had the guts to go with Cement or Raven Caesarstone since my new cabinets are Wimborne White (like the Newton Centre kitchen) and both Raven and Cement look great with my cabinets color. I love the simple softer gray look you get with Caesarstone that you just can't get with most honed black granites or oiled soapstone. But I caved to the snobbery in my area around "real stone". Functionally I am delighted with the granite because I don't worry about it for one minute.
But aesthetically I still prefer the color and texture of the quartz composite counters.

This Old House Newton Center

Here is a link that might be useful: Newton Centre PBS episode


concrete ceasarstone
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RE: I think I might like Caesarstone? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: jmcgowan on 10.04.2011 at 07:45 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi Katie,

I will see if I can get a photo. Here's a shoot from House Beautiful, maybe this appeals to you? Caesarstone is on these counters, I think it looks great. (Also, I just discovered that you can search on this term on HB, a bonus!)


"Newport-based architect Steven Laurin designed the island, reminiscent of a farm table except for its top of CaesarStone. Interior designer Meg Braff chose the large double pendant fixture to balance out the large island and warm up the kitchen of this summer home." -- on p. 15 of 65


Here is a link that might be useful: House Beautiful Link


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I think I might like Caesarstone?

posted by: katieob on 10.02.2011 at 07:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

I'm having an identity crisis.

I was always a natural stone gal (namely soapstone and marble). Lately, though, I'm loving photos of Caesarstone Raven (in polished). I'm considering it for my perimeter with 2 by 6 white crackle subway tiles.

The following attracts me:

The chunky, beefy edge (is that thick edge the 3cm option?)

The dark grey/charcoal color rather than black. And no, I don't see myself not oiling the soapstone.

A little bit modern, sleek in an otherwise traditional scheme (white inset, polished nickel hardware, walnut island top, wood floors). Cottage glam ???

The juxtaposition it might offer, surrounded by more rustic elements (wide planked pine floors, walnut island, painted cabinets)

Can it work with a Shaw's farm sink?

I'm supposed to go to the yard this week to pick out my soapstone slabs, but I might be picking up Raven samples instead. Here are some photos making me love this option~

Celineike's kitchen. Hers is Qortstone, but I'm thinking that is only available in California. I LOVE the color and the look:

Ina Garten's Kitchen of the Year 2009, under construction:

Ina's again, in use (fake use, but humor me):

Ina's island:

I don't really know what my question is.



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RE: No longer dusty! (Kitchen 99.9% done) (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: AboutToGetDusty on 07.18.2012 at 10:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Oh, the details...
PA soapstone, Schuler white icing cabinets, Gabriella undulated 3x6 warm white field tile, Artistic Tile Granada Smoke water jet mosaic, Amerock hardware (free promotional from Lowes), Rohl Country faucet, GE Cafe dual-fuel range, Kitchenaid fridge and d/w. Pantry is Schuler pinot noir with Emtek knobs. Kitchen pendant is from a local home/garden store - I had to have it "fixed" to become this kind of pendant - it was sold as one that plugs in and swags. The mudroom lights are Shades of Light. New deadbolts are from Nostalgic. Paint: kitchen and mudroom are BM Healing Aloe. Hallway and dining room are BM Stone Hearth. Molding paint is matched cabinet paint in kitchen, and in the rest of the new area it�s matched to the rest of the house trim. Bathroom wallpaper is Thibaut Como Silk (actually vinyl).


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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!





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! 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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white kitchen/soapstone/marble - reveal!

posted by: bridgetmalone on 10.23.2013 at 01:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Everyone - Finally getting around to sharing some pictures of my finished kitchen! This site has been immensely helpful as we went through this process. Let me know if you have any questions for me regarding what we chose...I agonized over every single choice.

We encountered a number of issues from a decorative pillar/wall that was actually containing radiator pipes wrapped in asbestos (uh oh!) a bad cut by the counter top guy resulting in a gap. We worked around everything and we are thrilled with the end product.

The before:

The after:


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