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RE: Wainscotting painted anything other than white? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: ellenm08 on 10.27.2011 at 07:53 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Love lisa0527's idea of the wallpaper. It is hard to find an image of wainscottting in any other color besides white...but of course Houzz to the rescue and I found some :)
I personally think this would look smashing with that tile: (it's white, but carrying that charocal color above makes for a great look!)
Donna DuFresne Design eclectic bathroom


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RE: mahlgold -- backsplash decisions? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: malhgold on 05.08.2010 at 09:15 am in Kitchens Forum

Well...I was all set to pull the trigger on the "corrugated" tile
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and then I saw this fireplace and am trying to figure out how to translate this idea onto my backsplash. I really love the chevron design and how they laid the backsplash in 3 different patterns.
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RE: Vanity with white subway tile (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: door1 on 01.22.2011 at 01:37 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Here is mine. Still no hardware on the drawers! The cabinet is stained with an ebony stain. My DH built it.PhotobucketPhotobucket


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pics of Heath Tiles pre-grout

posted by: celineike on 06.28.2011 at 09:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Guys !
I thought this might be informative. I had my Heath Tiles put in today. They are hand made and very wavy in a straight weird kinda way. they need to be spaced at 3/8". Without the grout they look pretty crazy, but after grout they will have a soft look.
I mixed 2x6, 2x8 and a few 2x12. I asked the tile guy to keep them very random and he did a good job of it, although it's a little easy to follow the lines up. But It'll be fine.

Here's a couple of pics.
I'll do some more after grout tomorrow
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RE: Help With Tiny Powder Room (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: bob_cville on 03.01.2011 at 06:13 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I put in a powder room that is almost exactly the same dimensions 36" x 6'6". I went with a Toto UltraMax toilet. I think the code specifies that there be 24" clear in front of a toilet. For the sink I also didn't like the look of a pedestal sink, but also didn't find any vanities that I liked that were shallow enough (front to back) to fit within the code-mandated space.

I ended up using a "semi-cassa" style sink that sticks out from the vanity, and then built a custom wall-mounted vanity from left over ipe deck boards.


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RE: Size of sink for corner sink base? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: footballmom on 04.29.2009 at 02:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Lnersesian, it looks like you have the sink front instead of the corner sink base cabinet. Is that true? The sink front does not have sides on it and is placed so that the front attaches to the cabinets on either side and the base is formed and placed by the installer. There is no cabinet totally surrounding the cabinet. I spoke with a KD at lowes yesterday and he told me that having the sink front allows for more space in the cabinet below the sink and allow for the granite installer and sink installer( usually the granite guy) to place supports more easily under the sink and attach them to the wall and the other cabinets. It sounds logical. He stated that this allow for a larger sink in the cabinet. G


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RE: Let me see your charging stations! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: jterrilynn on 12.11.2010 at 05:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is ours...
The first picture is the electric on back wall of the cabinet to get port station.
Second picture is inside cabinet electric to wall electric.
Third picture is an angled plug strip.
The forth picture shows the water proof flexible electric line used behind drawer. This line is weighted the same as a pull-out faucet is under your sink and moves with opening drawer.
The fifth picture is the finished product in a drawer above the trash pull-out next to sink.

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RE: Help with a sink base cabinet and apron sink (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: BossaNova on 07.26.2011 at 10:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Lisa - our cabinets are custom, and the base is exactly 24". This isn't the most flattering picture, as we are mid-installation, but it gives you an idea. We have a garburator on the right side and a pull-out for cleaning products that will be installed on the left.

Good luck!


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RE: White Subway Tile / White Hex (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bill_vincent on 07.24.2011 at 04:15 pm in Bathrooms Forum

These are bathrooms I just did a couple of weeks ago. All used a grout a little darker than I usually recommend (Hydroment Delorean Gray), but that's the taste of the homeowner:

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This is more the color I recommend for BOTH the subway tile, AND the hex:

Laticrete Silver Shadow:
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or Mapei Warm Gray:
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and now with grout! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: celineike on 06.30.2011 at 04:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

We mixed the grout color. 1/2 Bright White and 1/2 Snow White.
I like it! :D
the whole backsplash reminds me of exposed brick - but clean ;o)

and sorry for these sorry a$$ camera phone pics! Real ones coming soon.
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RE: show me pics of your 4x5 bathroom (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: staceyneil on 07.22.2011 at 08:35 am in Bathrooms Forum

I think the key is a big mirror and overly-adequate lighting (an overhead light plus bright sconces). Shiny surfaces like tile or metallic wallpaper would also help.

These aren't mine, but are all interesting small (windowless?) powder rooms:

okay, this one has a window but its one of my favorite powder rooms ever!

or you could embrace the dark and go for rich and cozy


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RE: Advice on honed vs polished granite (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 04.01.2011 at 10:42 am in Kitchens Forum

I orginally had shiny uba tuba and when I cleaned it, it sparkled! looked SO good. I used a damp papertowel and some vinegar windex and then would promptly dry it with a clean/dry kitchen rag.

I now have honed Ocean Green granite (meant to achieve the look of soapstone). It is holding up VERY well. It is lower maintenance than the shinier granite in that you really can't tell when its dirty - hides A LOT whereas it was easier to see crumbs, etc. on the shiny.

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RE: show me your rectangular vanity sinks (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: pps7 on 06.23.2011 at 10:44 am in Bathrooms Forum

I love our memoirs sink. I think you will be happy with that choice.

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RE: Staceyneil photos? Carrara + Braz Cherry (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: staceyneil on 05.03.2011 at 07:24 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi ca mom,

I'm not sure my situation will help you much, but I'm happy to post pics... I have natural red oak floors, American Cherry cabinets in the kitchen and painted Dove White cabinets in the pantry/bar, Carrara perimeters and American Cherry (Waterlox'd) island top and pantry/bar top.

I, too was worried about having too many different wood species. We'd originally debated a bunch of different species for the island top, but in the end decided to stick with the same species as the cabinets, since the oak floors were already right there and we were worried that adding another color and grain pattern into the mix would just be too much. In the end we really like it. The island top is different enough from the cabinets, in it's heft and slightly different sheen of finish, that it doesn't read as a huge monolithic block like weer were worried it might. People always comment on how much they love it when they walk in.

Here are some (old) pics. These are pre-trim and pre-backsplash and the pantry isn't grouted yet nor the desk drawers installed. I'm sorry I have been posting the same old pics for over a year now... We're waiting for a few cabinets to be fixed by the cabinetmaker, and I PROMISE that I'll take new pics after that's finally complete.


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RE: Bertazzoni Thread #3 (Follow-Up #97)

posted by: soonermagic on 11.13.2007 at 06:46 pm in Appliances Forum

My Berta is finally up and running. I am extremely pleased with it. It took a number of tries to get the oven to light consistently, but I have it down now. Ligthing the burners is no problem to me. It's fun to cook on and I'm certainly enjoying it.

This is her first meal:


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RE: Who makes the longest lasting, best stone impregnator/sealer? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: staceyneil on 03.04.2011 at 09:14 am in Home Decorating Forum

Porous Plus by Miracle is considered far and away the BEST impregnating sealer by stone professionals. I use it on all my marble and quartzite. If you go to the Miracle web site there's a chart of recommendations. Porous Plus may be overkill for travertine, I never had that so I'm not sure. In which case their Miracle 511 would be great, and less expensive.

Here is a link that might be useful: Miracle Sealants


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RE: Best Granite Sealer (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: stonegirl on 06.04.2009 at 11:43 am in Kitchens Forum

Oh boy! That is almost like asking what is the best car! There are very many choices and very many really good products out there. You could probably ask 10 different stone guys and have about 15 different recommendations.

StoneTech makes good sealers, as does Miracle. Dry-Treat is one often mentioned and of course STT sealers, although the last two are geared more to supplying the fabricator than the homeowner.

Sealers that I would never recommend are the products from the TileLab range you find at Home Depot. They are very low in solid content and are ineffective at best.

Whatever sealer you use, read and follow the instructions carefully and be sure to buff off all excess sealer. For maximum effectiveness, each application of sealer needs to fully cure before the next application - normally about 24 hours.

Here is a how-to for sealing:
You will need the following:
1. Home improvement strength alcohol
2. Lint-free rags or unprinted paper towels (the "Rags in a Box" disposable paper rags found at home improvement stores are really great for this)
4. Paint pad (those hard, fluffy coated pads they use to apply paint)
3. Sealer

What to do:
1. Clean your counter tops by wiping them down to remove any food residue.
2. Wipe the counters with a rag soaked in alcohol. (Be sure to follow the safety instructions on the container)
3. Once the counters are clean and dry, apply the sealer with the paint pad. You can pour a little puddle and spread it with the paint pad. Work in smaller, manageable areas.
4. Leave the sealer for the recommended time and buff off the residue with the lint-free rags. Be sure to TOTALLY remove all excess sealer or you might end up with streakiness and smudginess. Change rags often to prevent smearing excess sealer.
5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until all your surfaces are sealed.
6. Leave sealer to cure for 24 hours and test for water absorption. Drip water on the stone to see if the stone still darkens. If it does, another application of sealer is in order.
7. Repeat the entire procedure until water beads up and no longer darkens the stone.

Do not think that more is better. Work with smaller quantities of sealer and properly clean up after each application. Your results will be better than trying a single , heavy handed application.

For daily cleaning, just use a couple microfiber towels (one dry and one slightly damp) Clean counters with the damp one - you could add some soap to it if you wished - and buff dry with the dry rag. No fuss, and pretty easy

You could use a product like StoneTech's Revitalizer or the 3-in-1 from Granquartz as an occasional sealer maintenance cleaner


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RE: Sochi--Luce di Luna sealer? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: sochi on 06.11.2010 at 10:51 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi again - I heard from my fabricator. They used an industrial silicone-based sealant from GranQuartz, called 413S. I'm not certain that it is available to individuals (as opposed to fabricators), but it might not hurt to ask your fabricator about it. I've pasted in a link to the product on the GranQuartz website.

Here is a link that might be useful: Silicone Stone Sealant


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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.

THINGS WE LOVE:
--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!

THINGS WE WOULDN'T DO AGAIN:
--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).

THINGS WE STILL NEED TO DO:
--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.

THE DETAILS:
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 Homeeverything.com
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 Homeeverything.com; panel from cabinet co.
BacksplashWhite Princess granite
WindowsSemco
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 CircaLighting.com

Before:
Before Remodel
Family room:Before Remodel
Before Remodel

After:
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RE: Finished Finished! Rancher Remodel, dark to light! (tons pix) (Follow-Up #87)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 07.11.2010 at 01:27 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks again everyone for the really NICE comments. We have been in almost three weeks and are loving being settled. However, for some reason the dust seems to still be everywhere!

Chinchette: I had an inspiration for this--check out Walker Warner Architects and look at the Sonoma House. I could not even come close to being able to afford these people, but I did have these photos which I used to help me visualize what I wanted. I hired an independent architect instead who copied the style and then we of course had to re-align this style to fit our much more meager budget. Also, there's an architect named Howard Backen of Backen Gillam Architects who has done some beautiful stuff--again, I'm an admirer from afar. He designed a resort called Solage Resort and I took elements of his style from that place too.

We put in some dormers above the entry and we put in a tray ceiling in living room. We opened up the walls of the kitchen/family room and raised the ceiling up to the roof. House
Before:
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But of course some of my biggest and best inspiration came from all of the GWers and their kitchens! And because I didn't have a designer to pick everything out and reassure me, you guys held my hand through every decision--it's amazing how much emotional support is needed when making a decision about granite! LOL!

Here is a link that might be useful: Walker Warner


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A sneak peek at my QS white oak kitchen cabs

posted by: senator13 on 07.07.2011 at 09:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, my Amish cabinet maker is about 1 week out from finishing and installing our cabs. I stopped by to see him today and took a couple pictures. I am very happy with the way they look, and feel. Now I won't be able to sleep until I see them again :)

Upper door fronts. This small door is for above the microwave. A couple of the doors will have glass in the upper two pieces.

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The sink cabinet. Obviously without the doors, but with my Kohler Dickenson sink.

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The back panel that will go on the raised counter, as well as a couple more of my cabs (and someone else's-no white ones for me this time).

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RE: All cherry or white uppers/cherry below? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: BossaNova on 07.05.2011 at 09:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

We did a very small kitchen in our coach house and went with the dark espresso lowers/creme brule uppers and a light quartz composite counter and found that there was enough "lightness" to put in some architectural handmade ceramic tiles for the backsplash that are a dark green glaze. I was pleasantly surprised how uplifting the light uppers actually are!

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RE: Anyone have 2 colored cabinets (upper different color from lo (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: shanghaimom on 05.04.2011 at 02:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I considered this--love the look! Here is a photo of a neighbor's kitchen, who used the same builder we did. This was done about 8 years ago--seems like a timeless look, especially in an older home.
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New creamy white cabinets

posted by: paulineinmn on 03.26.2011 at 09:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just got my upper cabinets painted and thought I'd post a section of the cabinets to share the color. I've read a lot on GW about different whites - it is hard to find one that is just right! I was looking for an off-white that would give a vintagey, period feel to the cabinets, like they were put in back when the house was built (1911).

We used the new BM Advance paint (waterborne - a new alkyd that goes on like oil but cleans up with soap and water, has low VOCs, and is not supposed to yellow). The color is BM Aura "Paper Mache" and we're really happy with the results. The color really pulls the veining out of the soapstone.

These photos are at night, with just a couple bare bulbs in the kitchen. In daylight, especially late afternoon, the paint takes on a creamier (but still not too yellow) look.

Next week the doors go on and I'll post more photos!

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RE: Backsplash in (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: breezygirl on 06.29.2011 at 05:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

OK......Drum roll, please..... (I recommend you sit down for this.)

Range wall

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Sink wall

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marble/tile/gumwood

Gooseberry pies!

first pies

pies/rangetop

And look at this gorgeous wall of butterfly prints. I think I want one too!

west wall

If you click on one of the last couple photos, it'll take you to her photobucket album where you can see some before photos also. Highly recommend seeing them.

Sayde, your kitchen is truly beautiful. The gumwood cabinets are unlike anything I've ever seen. They make me want to have unpainted cabs, and that's hard to do because I don't like wood cabs!

The details are amazing, from the hood to the tile. That's one stunning room! Thank you for showing it off!

Darn, I just noticed these pics are small and I can't find a way as a guest in her photobucket to make them bigger. Click on the one of the last few and you can see them bigger for yourself.


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Kitchen progress (pics)

posted by: paulineinmn on 05.10.2011 at 10:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

I thought I'd share some photos of my kitchen - it's getting there, but still need to get the cabinet doors on, install the breakfast bar/counter, finish the stairway and landing, and get a range/hood (The last one, a GE cafe, leaked gas out of all 5 burners, plus only one burner turned up beyond low heat. I'm getting a Bertazzoni.).







Looking down into kitchen from top of little stairway.









Looking into kitchen from bottom of little stairway.








Same place, different angle.









Looking towards landing.








Looking towards landing. The bottom cabinet with no doors on has a bunch of shallow pullout drawers. The top part (without the doors) is sort of a hutch thing that will have glass doors.









Looking out towards dining room. The top part of the upper cabinets (the part that has a painted interior) will have glass fronts. After we had everything planned, we ripped out the fake ceiling (which was right at the junction between what is now the painted and unpainted part of the cabinets) and lo and behold, there were cabinets up there! Just like the ones I had planned on! You can sort of see one of my pendant lights sitting on the shelf, it's called the Berlin pendant and it's by Roost.









I love my sink and my faucet! Sink is a Shaw fireclay sink (30"), faucet is Rohl in polished nickel.









Sink and soapstone and mother's day flowers.









Closeup of soapstone.









Looking into kitchen from what will be the tv room area. Breakfast bar/counter is going on top of the stub wall, where the flowers are.



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Anyone use a mid-tone Farrow & Ball on kitchen walls?

posted by: paulineinmn on 03.27.2011 at 09:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have creamy white upper cabinets, cherry bottom cabinets and soapstone counters. I posted this photo already under another topic, but might as well post it again here because I'm asking a different question...

I'm trying to come up with a nice mid-tone color for the walls and have become intrigued with Farrow and Ball, partly because the palette is beautiful - and limited! I wonder if anyone has used a warm medium-toned neutral (or any other mid-tone color) on their kitchen walls - and if so, how it turned out. The floors are maple, and the trim is going to be the same tone as the lower cabinets.

There's an adjacent room that is open to the kitchen - a casual tv room, facing south - that needs paint for the walls too. There is an office near the tv room that has a medium tan-olive-warm color (BM, can't remember the shade) on the walls. So I'd like to stay in the brownish, neutral, warm family. This is hard!

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RE: Seeking photos of light upper cabs with wood lower (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: xand83 on 04.05.2011 at 09:01 am in Kitchens Forum

We did white up top and beech on the bottom:

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RE: Show me pics of your bright, wood kitchens!! (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: kitchendetective on 05.17.2011 at 01:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

This one, from Boxer's photos above,
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is from a House Beautiful that I happened to peruse last night, in case you're interested. It was designed by a husband/wife/designer/architect team for their own home in L.A. The cupboards are comprised of solid boards of rift sawn oak with a pale gray wash. (The island is 11' x 4' and the marble, of course, is Calacatta Oro. I thought it had an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional elements.)


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RE: All cherry or white uppers/cherry below? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: jessicaml on 06.30.2011 at 12:56 am in Kitchens Forum

flwrs_n_co has a good point. Here's a better example of white counters & backsplash (more classic to fairly contrast with the soapstone everyone loves):

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RE: Anyone have 2 colored cabinets (upper different color from lo (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: lisa_a on 05.04.2011 at 05:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks! I agree with you - it still looks great after several years. It's not as trendy and that probably helps.

Here are a few of my inspirational photos:

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Sunset 2010 Dream Remodel. Click on the link below to see more of this kitchen and the house.

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Studio Stratton

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Square Deal Remodel

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Kitchen Lab

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JS Design Build

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Attic Magic (or maybe that should be Attic Mag and I goofed on the tag?)

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I forgot to label the source for this hutch and it's too long ago for me to remember. If anyone knows, please let me know so that I can give them credit.

You can google the first 5 kitchens to see more of the contractors' or designers' work

Here is a link that might be useful: Sunset Dream Remodel 2010


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farmgirlinky kitchen before/after -- too long, too many pictures

posted by: farmgirlinky on 04.23.2011 at 10:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

Apologies in advance for a long post! and thanks to many thoughtful GW denizens who served as sources of inspiration to this frequent-lurker, sometime-poster: xoldtimecarpenter, rhome47, marthavila, palimpsest, buehl, boxerpups, marcolo, johnliu come to mind, among others.

We live in a 1910 house in urban Connecticut, and have been gradually renovating it for the last ten years. We hope to live here another twenty--thirty years or so, next stop would be assisted living vs. skilled nursing! So: nardellos-to-the-wall renovation, amortized over decades.

The original space included a walk-in pantry, originally the ice-box room, and the "telephone closet", which we ripped out when we moved in. The "servant's dining hall" and kitchen had long since been combined into one room. So the "before" space was raw and ugly but functional, and we installed our old Aga range and were happy for a decade. Five years ago we acquired the Subzero when our old fridge gave up the ghost. Maybe I pronounced the old fridge dead while it still had a thready pulse, but I hated it. With this renovation we ordered an Aga Module to append to the old 4-oven gas-fueled Aga range, so that we could turn the latter off in the warmest months. In the winter, we are glad to have a separate heat zone in the kitchen, where we tend to live. The rest of the house is kept just above freezing. The windows and doors were restored, except for one new window that was built to match the old ones.

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Steven Marchetti of Peix & Marchetti is our friend and architect. The space was gutted last August, and our excellent builder friend Allen Mathes built around the Aga and the large refrigerator. Allen built a fir "floor" on the ceiling and "strapped" it. The Aga is vented into the old flue and could not be moved -- the range hood could only be vented through one bay between joists to the rear of the house, so we held our breath until the custom Rangecraft hood arrived and was installed and fit like a glove: that's why the ducts are assymetrical. Very Terry Gilliam.

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The floor is cork, and here is a picture of unwaxed Jucca soapstone countertop. The cabinetry is custom-made in New Haven, by fantastic Bryan Smallman:

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Here are the just-about-finished pictures: there's a little trim to be done yet. We love the kitchen and it works well -- prep sink at the window and the utility sink accessible from both sides of the island are especially handy, because several cooks can work comfortably together and clean-up seems more communal. The Profi faucet is terrific for clean-up, also accessible from both sides because it is side-mounted on the Julien undermount steel sink. Friends off to one side at our old kitchen table seem happy and it they're not, we just pour more bourbon....

We worked with an architect friend, and were influenced by a favorite space, the Yale Center for British Art: the palette and the quiet feeling of the materials were what we tried to emulate, even as almost every material in the museum was switched for something else. Tennessee Golden Oak became vertical grain fir (oak today isn't Louis Kahn's oak), travertine became cork (who wants to stand on stone?), brutalist concrete became soapstone (who wants to worry about sealing concrete). Steel is still steel! The cream Aga that we have had for years dictated the choice of the biscuit fireclay farm sink and the cream ceramic subway tiles.

I have this idea that it's okay to mix a lot of materials if the palette is restrained, or it's fine to mix a lot of colors if the number of materials is restrained, but I'd be interested to see examples of lots of materials AND lots of colors working well. But that's just me.

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I'll list materials in a subsequent post. Again, sorry for the many pictures: I get cross-eyed trying to post these things! Let me know what you think. Except maybe you, marcolo ;)
Lynn

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RE: Show me pics of your bright, wood kitchens!! (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: boxerpups on 05.16.2011 at 10:49 am in Kitchens Forum

I have a few images, not my kitchens but lovely.
Floors, counter, backsplash and even undercab lighting
can add brightness to a space.
~boxer


Do you mean frosted glass? Or frosted paint?
Frosted uppers glass....

white counter

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My white carrara dream bathroom finally done UPDATED (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: jenskitchen on 01.17.2011 at 08:41 pm in Bathrooms Forum

So now I can say I'm officially done. Here are a few more shots of the finished product

The glass shower door is installed now:
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Someone asked to see the upper cabinet opened. I have 8(!) outlets inside of my tower.
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Our contractor built a beautiful cover for our baseboard heating that really blends with the woodwork on the walls

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This is the final version of the vanity with the mirror installed.

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RE: Herringbone pattern in backsplash (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: kittenkat_2002 on 11.28.2010 at 11:39 am in Kitchens Forum

Here is a photo of the herringbone pattern behind my cooktop.

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RE: Help - natural cherry cabinets with soapstone (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: holligator on 05.14.2009 at 08:24 am in Kitchens Forum

Well CookingMama, as Rita mentioned, we have the combo of natural cherry cabs and soapstone counters, and we LOVE it. We also removed the wall between our kitchen and dining room, and our window trim even sounds similar to what you describe. Our kitchen is not what I would call light-filled, but other than that, these pics might give you an idea about whether you'd like that combination...


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RE: Where to find modern cabinet pulls like these? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: staceyneil on 10.04.2010 at 07:51 am in Bathrooms Forum

Mine look sort of like the ones in your pic, and they do not need to be inset into the wood. Link below...

Here is a link that might be useful: Colonial Bronze Edge Pulls


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RE: Backsplash for Soapstone counters (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rjr220 on 10.04.2010 at 09:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

I did both that you mentioned -- subways and 1x1 glass tiles. I used Daltile 4x8 Matte Arctic White, and Sumi E Ogari Natural 1x1's

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Prep are

Our SS is veiny, so we didn't want anything to compete with it -- the 1x1's work with it. Post pictures of what you chose!


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Finished Kitchen: Cherry, Soapstone, Marble

posted by: kittenkat_2002 on 09.18.2010 at 10:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

We remodeled our kitchen as part of a complete remodel/addition. The kitchen moved from the front of the house to the back. We had no counter space and cow wall paper.

There are certainly things that I wanted to do like add a niche behind the cooktop. I do wish that I would have at least explore bumping out the sink

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Beleza Soapstone
Carrara marble island
I didn't intend to get all GE appliances
120v GE Monogram advantium
Monogram oven
36 inch Monogram cooktop - sadly I choose this one because the knobs light up. I've left the burner on by accident a few too many times.
GE Fridge and dishwasher
XO Hood
Paint - BM Silver Lake
Faucet = Grohe Ladylux
Insinkerator air switch
SInk - Blanco Silgranit Diamond super single -This could be my one big opps. 1.) I didn't realize until I saw it being installed that I would never be able to change out the sink with out tearing up the counter. I'm sure I love it but still. 2.) I choose this sinks because of the side drain, which is a moot point with a sink grid

Backsplash - Daltie 3x6 arctic white
Cabinets - Customer cherry cabinets with a waterbased stain
Floors are oak with oil based Bona poly 2 coats semi-satin, 1 coat satin
Lights - Pendants are Potterybarn Rustic; Dining room pendant light is Restoration Hardware

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RE: Semi-modern bathroom.. Tile is almost finished!!! Beautiful!! (Follow-Up #35)

posted by: staceyneil on 01.04.2010 at 07:31 am in Bathrooms Forum

Thanks guys! The wall color is BM #1493 (Zenful or Morning Dew). It's a slightly green, warm neutral. I had a frustrating time with wall color... the palette I'd originally chosen was based on all creamy whites with some tan/gold from the calacatta gold marble, much more on the brown-and-white side of neutral. But the glass tiles, though they had seemed opaque, did pick up the grey color of the thinset and came out looking a whole lot cooler and blue-er than I had envisioned. At first I was heartbroken as it threw off the rest of my vision. Then we tried 5 or 6 paint color swatches on the wall, and this one really warmed the space up. We also used a warm white (BM Atrium White) on the ceiling rather than my standard bright white. So the space is a little cooler and more spa-y than orginally planned but it does look beautiful. I can't wait to get the mahogany cabinetry in there!! (Hoping to do tht next weekend...) Oh- and we did not get Starfire glass so the shower walls will also pull some blue-green in too...

firsthouse_mp: I have not gotten the TP holder yet, so I can't help you! All the ones that go best with my chosen faucets and lighting are the vertical type, and I don't think I want that kind. I like the horizontal kind that has an arm on one side only. So I'll keep looking...

This past weekend we:
-installed all the lighting and made it operational
-trimmed all the doors/windows in the bathroom and closets and painted it (a PITA since we had to rout radiused edges on every piece to match the old house trim!)
-installed the Toto toilet (also a PITA. We've installed a half-dozen "normal" toilets on wood floors and they took maybe an hour each. This one took us SIX hours! Most of that was drilling the mounting holes -which Toto requires unlike normal ones- in the porcelain tile. Damn that porcelain is tough!!! We have a hammer drill (!) and even with that it took us about two hours, not including another hour driving back and forth to get more diamond drill bits... we went through SIX of them. Jeez Louise!
-installed the bathtub. We were scared to do this, since we had NO access under the tub except at the drain end. And we had to get the feet level on the floor (which wasn't level to begin with) and then insulate around it and pour a mortar bed. it was pretty stressful but it's now in and feels pretty darn solid!


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RE: Noise problems with KitchenAid CD French-Door fridge? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: susie1010 on 01.11.2010 at 03:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have a CD GE Cafe with bottom freezer and internal water and ice. We did not want to connect a water line to the refrigerator for auto ice/water. After we started using the refrigerator, we noticed all kinds of "clicking, burping noises". GE customer service wasn't sure what it was so scheduled a repairman to come out. Meanwhile, I thought I should take a look at the manual. Apparently, if you are not going to use automatic ice/water, there is a switch inside the ice tray that needs to be turned off. My poor ref. was "straining" to make ice. All is quiet now. Repairman cancelled.

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