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A twist on the white kitchen - not final but in the home stretch!

posted by: alabamamommy on 02.10.2011 at 01:05 am in Kitchens Forum

Listen up you wonderful, helpful, creative and generous souls. This woman's spent the past 8 months lurking and learning and dreaming and editing and taking notes, and fretting and so on and so forth. But now I can't take it anymore. Even though the kitchen isn't done... they finally placed my island slab and I can't take it anymore. I have to share.

So are some snaps of our 90% finished kitchen. You won't see the wall with freedom columns without their doors, or the lunch station without it's backsplash, the pot filler, the appliance garage doors, the glass shelves to replace the wood ones currently or even any blasted hardware (shakes fists in the air still). But you'll get the general idea!

Without further ado - my island:


So - lemmie hear your cheers for the final mile...
"Don't lose your mind! Don't lose your mind! Don't lose your mind!"

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A bit OT: checkerboard floor

posted by: kelleg on 05.06.2008 at 06:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are building a house and are considering black and white marble in the entry (my DH has always dreamed of this). Does anyone have a checkered floor anywhere in their house? I would love to see pictures if you do. We may or may not do this and we are trying to decide if the squares should be the same size (checkerboard) or if we would just inset little squares in the white tiles.

I might also consider a checkerboard in the mudroom (maybe even in Marmoleum!!!).

I am posting here b/c someone may have this type of floor in the kitchen. Also, this forum seems to get the most traffic. I may post on flooring a decorating too. Thanks.

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RE: what granite edge did you choose and why (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: boxerpups on 03.03.2010 at 11:19 am in Kitchens Forum

I wish I had chosen this edge. I keep telling myself my
next house I will do this.

Book Edge

This one below is my edge. And it is lovely. DH likes
this edge better with our dark granite. But If had
megabucks and was doing Marble I would get the book edge.


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Need help with fireplace built-ins design...

posted by: lolauren on 02.23.2010 at 11:08 am in Building a Home Forum

Hey - I posted this on fireplaces, but haven't seen a reply. Wanted to try here also.

I am trying to design the built-ins and mantle for my fireplace area in great room.



This is what the plan has for dimensions. About a foot on either side of the built-ins and about a foot between the fireplace unit and the built-ins..... the built-ins can be 9 foot maximum (not including the molding on top.) The wall they are on is vaulted and much higher.

I have not been able to find any photos online of what I want.

We will have a flat screen tv above the fireplace (we know the risk... the fireplace will never be on, though.) I like the look of a double mantle or something like this:



However, I do not like open bookcases.

Has anyone seen anything similar that has completely closed off cabinets as built-ins? I am struggling to find any examples to show my cabinet maker... I don't like the idea of filling up bookcases with clutter. I'd rather have storage and hide the items within....

Any ideas? THANKS!

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Finished~Thanks for the help

posted by: katieob on 01.30.2010 at 03:41 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hello.

I am mostly a lurker here, but received great advice from time to time on windows, doors and more. Just wanted to say thanks. We moved in around Thanksgiving & have a lot to do (paint columns, landscaping, etc) but we're so happy to be in. Good luck to those of you still in the trenches!
Katie

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Countertop overhang on Shaws Apron Sink

posted by: cncnh on 08.08.2009 at 06:20 am in Kitchens Forum

I have a 30" Shaw's Apron Sink in my new kitchen. The guy from the stone place was over yesterday to measure for the granite countertop. He asked if I wanted the countertop to overhang the sides of the sink by 1/4". Because of the irregularity of the sink, he said they normally do this, But they can also step it back to reveal a bit of the top edge of the sink. However, then the caulking shows and he said it can be more difficult to clean.

Question: How much do your counters overhang the sides and back of your apron sink? What looks best?

Thanks! Camille

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RE: Please post pics. of great room/kitchen views (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: segbrown on 01.12.2010 at 01:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted one in another of your threads, but here are a couple more:

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RE: mudroom question / request pics of mudroom lockers (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: mnhockeymom on 05.10.2008 at 08:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Anita - I redid our mudroom in conjunction w/ the kitchen renovation and I copied the lockers that I had just done in our last house (we moved across country unexpectedly). It's a design that I came up with after being frustrated over kids boots/shoes being left all over my old mudroom floor. I love this particular locker design because it incorporates two spots for shoes AND a spot for boots (rain or snow boots) for each kid/locker PLUS it has a drawer for seasonal stuff (hats/mittens, lunchboxes, scarves, sports gear) and it has a shelf above for more stuff. The space is an L-shape and on the short end I did a bench for DH and me w/ hooks above on the beadboard wainscot but left it open below for some of our shoes. At the corner of the L, I did square cubbies where I keep water bottles and backpack snacks, video cameras, extra sports gear etc. Along the wall opposite the lockers, I continued the high beadboard wainscot and put up hooks for guests' coats and bags. It's not a huge space but it really works great! Here's some pics:

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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!

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Quick description (feel free to contact me if you have questions)
-Soapstone: Julia
-Cabinets: Custom, inset/flush shaker style with single bead (waiting to see if we get some issues resolved before I recommend the cabinet maker)
-Bookcase and desk tops: walnut
-Sharp microwave oven drawer (love it!)
-GE fridge
-Shaw 30 inch apron sink
-Wolf range top
-Thermador double ovens
-Vent-a-hood hood
-Dal tile
-potfiller: Newport Brass
-hot/cold faucet Newport Brass
-Main faucet: Mico
-Door to garage: one panel painted with chalkboard paint...fun! The kids love this and it's fun to put messages to guests, each other, holiday wishes, etc.
-Pull out baskets (love these...I keep bread in one and potatoes, onions, etc. in the other)
-Wine shelf--love it!
-Bar stools from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (love these and they were so reasonable!)
-What would I do differently? More than 12 inch overhang on seating area of island (maybe 14-16 inch). And I might skip the bead board in the backs of the bookshelfs and glass cabs.

Happy kitchen designing to all! Thank you again!

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Finito! one more white/marble/soapstone kitchen

posted by: segbrown on 12.06.2009 at 01:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've posted in dribs and drabs, so this isn't exactly an unveiling, but we are 99% done. Thanks to everyone; I've been reading this forum for years, even in the "pre-model" we did a few years back (minor update). I am also greatly indebted to my wonderful designer and contractor; I lucked out there.

Before pics: we moved the kitchen into the family room, the dining room into the kitchen, and the breakfast area into the dining room. (The living room turned into the family room, and the office will soon turn into the living room ... more to do around here.)So these photos are not exactly classic before/afters. (And it's a snowy day, so bright outside, not the best for pics. Oh well.)

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Old family room:
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Old dining room (both visible walls are now gone)
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I was previously opposed to knocking out both walls, but I am glad we did. For the way we live, it works much better. Entertaining is a cinch now. Because the kitchen is vaulted but the other ceilings are low, it doesn't feel like a huge empty space (that's what I was worried about). And I liked my "other" house, just not the kitchen. It was awful.

I'll post details here, and more specific photos in a subsequent post.

-Cabinets-
Aspen Leaf Kitchens in Denver/Berthoud, CO; proprietary Primer White, BM Taos Taupe on island and butler's pantry, and custom-stained antique pine on breakfast hutch

-Appliances-
SubZero BI-36U fridge, pro handle
Wolf 48 DF range with 4 burners and double griddle
Viking 54 in. hood liner with heat lamps
Thermador DWHD64EP dishwashers
KitchenAid KBCO24RSBX three-zone beverage center
SubZero 700BCI refrigerator/freezer drawers
Sharp 0.8 cu ft microwave

-Counters-
Minas soapstone on perimeter cabinets and hutch
Calacatta gold marble on island and butler's pantry

-Hardware-
Restoration Hardware Gilmore cup pulls, Aubrey knobs and handle pulls, Clear Glass knobs in antique brass, and Season knobs and Hanson pulls in ORB

-Sinks-
Main: soapstone farm sink crafted by Terra Bella/Denver CO
Prep: Ticor S3650

-Faucets-
Main sink: Kohler HiRise bridge with sidespray
Prep sink: Kohler HiRise bar faucet

-Lighting-
Wilmette Clark pendants in ORB (breakfast nook)
Wilmette LaSalle wall sconces in antique brass (later photos)
Visual Comfort Classic Ring chandelier in AB (dining room)
Visual Comfort Four-Light Siena pendant in AB (butler's)

-Island stools-
Ballard Designs Dorchester counter stools in rubbed black (all other furniture and rugs previously owned)

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RE: subway tile pattern (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 12.21.2008 at 07:54 am in Kitchens Forum

oh, thank you!

the tile was in stock so it was just about a week to come from their warehouse to the tile store where I picked it up. I had the tiles butted right up to each other so the grout lines are as small as can be, maybe 1/8". I think I used TEC Birch for the grout... was going for a bit of a cream/gray combo to pull in the cream steaks in the counters/tile and gray in the stainless appliances. It is a fairly glossy tile with a crackle finish. I will post some closer up pics below:

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RE: subway tile pattern (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 12.19.2008 at 10:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

thank you! it is by walker zanger. color is bone china and it is in their Gramercy Park line.

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RE: subway tile pattern (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 12.18.2008 at 05:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

I did 2x6 subway with herringbone behind the stove (which included a 1/2" x 6" stick liner). here is a pic:

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clipped on: 11.30.2009 at 10:06 pm    last updated on: 11.30.2009 at 10:06 pm

New bathroom almost done

posted by: sweeby on 02.28.2009 at 12:43 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Thought I'd post some pictures of our 99%-complete new bath. As you can see, the bedroom beyond isn't done yet, and there's no door yet, but the bath itself is about done - Yay!

Paint - Ellen Kennon Gustavian Grey
Vanity - Medallion in Knotty Alder wood, Walnut stain
Sink & Toilet - Toto Baldwin/Clayton
Faucets - Husdon Reed
Field Tile - Emser Classica in cream
Accent Tile - Walker Zanger Mizu
Floor - Walker Zanger 'White Cloud' marble, honed.
Countertop - Walker Zanger 'White Cloud' marble, polished.
Wall Sconces - Can't remember!
Fixtures - Kohler Bancroft

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RE: Matte or Shiny Subway Tile with Soapstone/Creamy Cabinets? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: boxerpups on 10.10.2009 at 07:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

My vote is shiny tiles with your soapstone.
~boxerpups

visuals to help you vote.

Simplicity Kitchen 1107

ReclaimedHomeblog

From WhiteVortex

Okay this matte looks BEAUTIFUL. Maybe I need to rethink
my vote. This image is from Oldhomenewlife

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FINISHED (99%) White/Soapstone/Stainless kitchen!!

posted by: kpaquette on 09.16.2009 at 10:10 am in Kitchens Forum

It's been a WHILE since I posted - I was waiting for DH to finish the backsplash! I still need to get rugs (the one that's there is temporary) and I excluded pics of the adjoining DR since it's currently housing our waiting-to-be-installed storm windows, and a temporary dining room table.

Quick history - this was a total inside/out renovation of a 1870 Victorian cottage. It's tiny. We didn't have much room to expand things, we were stuck with the original house footprint for various reasons. The inside ended up being totally gutted, every interior wall removed, staircase relocated, 1/2 bath added...it was QUITE THE ULCER MAKER. haha. We had drama with the cabinet glaze - we hated it so we ended up having the brand new cabinets painted. But it came out beautiful. We're happy. :-) The deets:

Thomasville cabinets, painted with BM Cloud White. Island is BM Castle Walls.
Wall color BM Gray Wisp
Julia Soapstone (hasn't been oiled in 2 months)
Liehberr fridge
BlueStar stove
FP dishdrawers
Grohe Bridgeford faucet
Schoolhouse lighting fixtures
Meridith Art Tile 2x6 subway
Ikea shelf over stove
Vent-A-Hood hood
Crate and Barrel stools
Floors are quartersawn oak with walnut border - just poly, no stain.

Before: Dh is standing in mudroom b/c there was no other place to put the microwave.

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My Granite Pictures (swickbb request)

posted by: jan_jan on 07.28.2009 at 12:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are some pictures of my granite you wanted to see. It comes across different on different screens. I went to my girlfriends after I sent her pictures and it looked totally dark and brown on her screen. Anyway, you know the colors so I'm sending them hoping they come across right. It even looks darker on my screen than in real life.

I have heard it called White Piracema, White Beaches, Wave, and I'm sure there are lots of other names. I looked at granite for months and months and it was amazing to watch the slab colors and variations change. Some are super swirly with lots of blue and green and some have more rock and stone look to them with lots of gray and white. All of them were white piracema but new shipments would come in and the look would totally change. Anyway, I love it. The color is great in my home and flows with the rest of the house. We live by the beach and I can't tell you how many different aspects of this granite remind me of different parts of the beach from the sand, to the blue/green pieces that look like sea glass. Everyone has different taste, and for me, this is my perfect granite.

I also want to let you know I think this granite is bullet proof. I know it's not but I tell you the babying stage left quickly as you saw in my other post ("my granite is stressing me out") and now myself, my husband, and my two kids are using it like it was the old plywood counters. We finished the kitchen and summer hit and we are using the heck out of it. I have left things on it overnight by accident...even RED WINE! I get busy putting kids to bed and don't clean off the counters good before going to bed. I have found pizza, tomato sauce, coffee stains, a pile of cut lemons and limes from a cocktail party the night before, and no stains. I'm a stay at home mom and my kitchen gets its use. It was sealed and I will continue to seal it as directed becuase it is working great. Also, I think the colors variation and the colors in this granite are just like camouflage. I don't see crumbs or dirt. I wipe off my counters thinking they are clean only to find coffee, sauce, and all kinds of crap on the paper towel. It's unbelievable how great this granite is at hiding stuff. I wish I had known how easy it was going to be so I wouldn't have stressed over it so much. I can't recommend it enough or tell you enough how much I love my granite! :) I really like it...can you tell? :) Here are some pics...

You can email me with anymore ?'s or for more pictures.

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RE: timeline for picking stuff out for new build (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: coffeehaus on 08.24.2009 at 09:13 pm in Building a Home Forum

There was a thread on this in 2007, but a search did not find it. I have a printed copy and to summarize jaymielo's list...

At contract signing or ASAP after:
1. Stone selection (exterior)
2. Fireplace selection
3. Window and door selection, color (Order early! It took a long time for ours to come in.)
4. Siding, fascia, soffit selection
5. Roofing
6. Tubs/showers. Fiberglass or tile? Shower curtain or glass door?
7. Insulation (fiberglass, foam)

During framing:
1. Finalize plumbing fixtures, sinks
2. Cabinet/vanity/island/pantry design
3. Flooring and counters (tile, granite, laminate, hardwood, vinyl, carpet)
4. Wiring for lighting/switches, fans, telephone, TV/cable, stereo, computers, home theater, security, and piping for in-house vac.
5. Finalize trim selections
6. Appliances (you have to know the exact sizes)

When drywaller starts:
1. Interior stain/paint colors
2. Exterior colors. Think about garage doors, what colors are available?
3. Lighting fixtures, indoors and outdoors

Later decisions include vent covers, outlet/switch covers, door hardware, towel bars/hooks in bathrooms, decking material, etc.

We found it VERY helpful to take photos of all of the walls while they were still open, but after the wiring went in. Inevitably, the drywallers cover up a switch or outlet. Having a photo to refer to helps in locating the phantom switch under the drywall. Don't forget to label the photos so that you know which room it is!! It's also helpful to know where all the plumbing is behind those walls.

Anyhow, below is a link to a similar, recent thread. Good luck, and don't forget to relax and have fun! Think about how lucky you are to have all of these choices.

Here is a link that might be useful: Checklist

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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #89)

posted by: peachieone on 04.05.2009 at 08:19 am in Kitchens Forum

This is an older "in progress" photo but it shows the island pretty well. It has "Ivory Elegance" granite top and the rest of the kitchen is done in Brazilian Sopstone countertops. The Island houses two fridge drawers,a wine fridge, good sized prep sink and cupboards. Photobucket

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Finished Kitchen-warm white cabs, marble, wood counters

posted by: blakey on 03.29.2009 at 04:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can't believe it's complete, except for a bit of decorating, but it's so nice to be able to cook again. Thanks to everyone on this forum for the great questions, advice, photos, suggestions and support. I feel like I got so lucky when I stumbled upon this website just as we were getting started. It helped me tremendously and so many of the kitchens served as inspiration(you'll know who you are!)

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breakfast room

wet bar

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sink

bookshelf

island

mud room

laundry room

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

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marble & soapstone installed today! photos

posted by: katieob on 08.07.2009 at 03:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

Everything went very smoothly and I am so excited.
Thanks to GWers (stoners) who shared all their marble and soapstone experiences, pictures, and info-made me confident when I chose the slabs and I'm so pleased with the results (giddy......hugging the installers!)

Now we're waiting for the cabinetmaker to return from vacation & put in upper cabs... Excuse the mess.

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Thanks for looking,
Katie

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Actual Kitchen Map (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: buehl on 07.18.2008 at 12:45 am in Kitchens Forum

Like Raehelen, I created an MS Word document...well, actually two.

The first was a list of everything I had in my old kitchen plus everything that should have been stored in the kitchen but wasn't.

The second document was a "map" of my kitchen. First, I took a picture of my kitchen design and, in MS PowerPoint, labeled each cabinet & shelf/drawer. There were two pictures, one for each side of the kitchen. Then, I saved them as "jpg" images. I then inserted them into an MS Word document, each on its own page. I then created a table with one row for each shelf/drawer.

My last step was to map the items from the first document to the cabinets & shelves/drawers in the second document.

That document is now in our new kitchen and is used by everyone to remember where everything goes.


This process worked great!


Now, here's my map/list (sorry the pics are so big, but when I made them smaller they were illegible!):

Sink/Window Wall Kitchen Map (medium)

Cooktop Wall Kitchen Map (medium)

HTH!

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RE: Island color & stools~Help please.... (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: boxerpups on 06.19.2009 at 08:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are some pics that might help with the
kitchen seating ideas.
~boxerpups


Bungalo Bliss
bungalo bliss 2

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Erikanh suggested this kind and here it is in
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Higherground.com
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Live Aux
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covenantkitchens
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harmonyandhome peacockdesigns
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Island color & stools~Help please....

posted by: katieob on 06.19.2009 at 02:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

We broke ground on our new home in December & things are rolling along to the finishing stage. Great news-except it is very easy & fun to "clip" posts and tear pages out of magazines. But, actually finalizing and executing it in your (hopefully forever) kitchen? Not so easy for me. So please chime in:

Plan: white, inset cabs with soapstone on the perimeter & walnut stained island ( 8 by 5 with four stools ) topped with 5cm honed calacatta marble.

I love "alliern's" kitchen & it was one of my inspirations. My kitchen set up is almost identical to hers & my cabinet maker is basically copying her island (Thanks alliern!)

I am a bit stumped as to what stools I would use? I was planning on black all wood with an "X" back. Too dark with the dark island?

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This got me to thinking about doing the island in a color rather than the walnut stain. Maybe a french grey? Slate blue? What stools then?

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Floors are 8 inch wide heart pine.
Stools must be all wood.

Help. I cannot even ask my husband's opinion on this. He really won't care either way. He just wants me to love the kitchen & stop asking him to look at pictures of islands :)

Thanks as always,
Katie

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Thank you Sweeby ! (aka inspiration can come from anywhere)

posted by: rubyfig on 06.12.2009 at 06:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello all,

Like many of you, I have a file of inspiration images for the kitchen, but, save for shaker style doors, mine didn't seem to have a consistency in countertops, colors, or materials.

But when I took the Sweeby test and pulled out the images I had squirreled away (and not just the images of kitchens), a few patterns emerged. I found I like:

1) classic, but graphic patterns
2) a contrast of textures
3) things that look like they have a history, or a life before I took them on
4) a little something unexpected
5) the idea of the kitchen as laboratory (to a point).

I don't think most of these photos are all that common, so I thought I would share :)







































Thank you Sweeby! This makes it so much easier going forward.

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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: 99% finished. Off White kitchen. So HAPPY!! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 05.29.2008 at 02:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

darn. i screwed up my image posting again. i will try again.
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My hutch finally has a top! Pics

posted by: lesmis on 05.06.2009 at 02:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all, we are finally starting to unpack and put things away even though everything isn't quite done yet. We still need our BS done, trim around the doors, etc. but today my cabinetmaker put in the last little bits that still needed finishing including my brackets and a beautiful tiger maple slab on my hutch. I have a tiger maple tea table in my living room so I knew from the very start that I either wanted an old piece of reclaimed pine or tiger maple on my tiny hutch beside my refrigerator. I finally decided on tiger maple because I love the look of it.

Since my kitchen isn't that large I couldn't do much in the way of an unfitted kitchen like I would have liked, we just needed the storage too badly to have too many furniture style pieces but I did want to have at least one piece that looked like furniture so I had them build a small hutch to hold my decorative items and a place for my tea stuff.

I used my insta-hot, which was hooked up last night, for the first time today and it was SO nice to sip my cup of tea and admire my new kitchen! I am now heading out the door to an antique store to try and find a lovely little glass/crystal sugar bowl to hold my sugar cubes...as if I needed one more thing! I suppose that once the TKO is done when the kitchen is nearly complete it moves on to TDO (totally decorating obsessed?!)! Oh my poor husband will love that!

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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #77)

posted by: blakey on 04.01.2009 at 05:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine:

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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 01.01.2009 at 11:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

Lets just say I could have been a heck of a lot more creative if budget weren't a concern. Here is what we ended up with which suits our needs very well and was a good deal less $$ than what we originally had drawn.

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RE: Pictures of hex tile with accents or border? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bill_vincent on 03.03.2009 at 05:26 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I've done a couple of different kinds of borders with hex tile. Here are three:

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RE: where's your microwave--pix requested (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: clinresga on 10.12.2008 at 03:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

We're in the edlakin school: we wanted the ability to hide it when company came, but to keep it open and accessible during day to day life for ease of access:

Closed:

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Open:

MW open

We debated how to have the door open. We thought about using the Richlieu hinge system but it left the door extended outwards when open. We went with the garage door hinges that allow the door to be concealed when open, though we're aware that they tend to be finicky and difficult to keep in alignment. We'll see.

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Help: Photo Shoot at MY house THIS week!

posted by: soonermagic on 03.04.2008 at 07:17 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I could really use your help. The local home magazine is doing a spread on my house on Thurs and I need to make sure it's ready. I've lived on the home building and the kitchen forums for the last 16 months while building my house. I've lurked here for decorating ideas, so I'm now introducing myself. Hello!

So, I asked a decorator to come over and help me finish the accessorizing, but I could still use your collective eye. I hope you're willing!

I'm going to post a ton of pictures. Please pay attention to accessories. I'm willing to move anything around the house. I'm not a photographer, so hopefully the mag's photog will have a better eye for composition.

**Living Room** Concerned that it's too drab in color. Decorator wants to move the flowered chair from landing (below) to this space and move the two brown chairs up to the landing. I think the landing is perfect as it is and don't want 2 OK looking rooms. OPINIONS PLEASE

Living Room

Living Rom

Living Room

**Stairs** Again lacking color!
Stairs

**Dining Room** (OK so it's still the same room, but it's our dining "space" I suppose. Someday we're going to get fabric arm chairs for the ends of the table, but didn't find the perfect chairs for the photo shoot (one of the things I hired the decorator for). Should I set the table? I have great white dishes from PB that pop against the dark table ... perhaps I'll set the table and post a separate pic.

Dining Room

I will put some flowers on the hutch (red tulips in the mercury vase) for some color:

Hutch/Pantry

Should I put apples in the large vases on this sideboard and apples in the long white dish (didn't have enough apples on hand today), or could do apples in the vases and a flower arrangement here? Ohter ideas??

China Cabinet

**Kitchen** I normally have stuff piled in the middle of hte island, but decorator says to leave the expanse empty with just the bowl of apples on the end. I do think that's a good suggestion. Do the accessories on the counter look good? How about the mantle ... looking OK?

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

**Laundry Room** One of my favorite rooms!

Laundry

Laundry

Laundry

**Master Bed** OK, I need to get rid of the alarm clock and need to put some fresh flowers on the bedside table. Should I stage this with a tray, cup of coffee, little bud vase, etc on the bed?

Master Bed

Master Bed

Master Bed

**Master Bath** So, I KNOW I need to clean the shower glass and will do so before the shoot, so please overlook. For the photos, I'll set a glass of wine and a book on the tray across the tub. I need bamboo in the vases on the counter, but can't find any, so will just put something green in those. Anything else?

Master Bath

Master Bath

Master Bath

Master Bath

**Landing** (My favorite room ... other than kitchen). This is the chair that decorator wants to move to the living room and switch with the 2 big brown chairs. What do you think?

Landing

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Landing

Landing

**Hubby's Room** So, this is the room where I let hubby have complete license, so it's full of Star Wars and University stuff, but he did a good job, I think.

Hubby's Room

Hubby's Room

Hubby's Room

Hubby's Room

I happily welcome any suggestions, as I want our home to present as best it can in the magazine. Thanks!

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Kitchen Finished Pics-need backsplash advice

posted by: lanugget on 12.09.2008 at 12:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is finished except for a backsplash, and I need a few ideas. I have been a longtime lurker-sometime poster over the last few months. I have gotten a lot of great ideas and tips here, the best one being to look into having the cabinets made by a local cabinet maker. The start to finish time of this project was 8 weeks, with just a few hiccups along the way. Here is a before and after photo from the same view. I think if you click on them they will take you to some more shots.

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rmkitchen's Finished Classic White / Black / Marble Kitchen

posted by: rmkitchen on 08.05.2008 at 07:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Before, view of kitchen from family room

After, view of kitchen from family room

Before, overview of kitchen; entrance to dining room is in between wall ovens and refrigerator

After, overview of kitchen; former entrance has been closed up (is now my baking corner) and new entrance to dining room is not in shot but is in between refrigerator and freezer

Before, view of eating area

After, view of eating area with new wainscoting

Before, view of pantry

After, view of pantry, broom closet pull-out and freezer

primary flatware drawer

knife drawer

easy dishwasher unloading

doors around oven and refrigerator open

broom closet pull-out

Many (many!) more pictures are in my finished kitchen album.

I joined GW the v. first day I "found" it online. I was doing research on soapstone and a link to this forum popped up and I read it. If Id had any idea the amount of time Id spend here and the relationships Id come to have, I never, ever would have picked as pedestrian a handle as "rmkitchen." But I thought Id just be here on GW that one time. Nearly fourteen months later and ha ha on me!

Well, its still not "done": were waiting for roman shades to be made and I need to wash those windows . But Im feeling silly having a finished kitchen and waiting for some roman shades! So its not magazine-worthy, thats okay. I had a really hard time deciding whether to attempt the vanity shots or how we really live. Because seeing everyones pristine, to-die-for kitchens hurt my self-esteem, I decided to do a warts-and-all. Youll see fingerprints on the cupboard doors, smudges on the polished nickel hardware and crumbs on the floor: even still, I think it looks pretty good. Also, since my photographic skills are poor it made the choice really easy!

With the risk of coming across as gauche I am going to include approximate prices for our items. I was terribly nave when it came to determining our budget and found it immensely beneficial when others here would give prices. (in all fairness, it sometimes made me feel bad either that we werent as hoity-toity as others as well as making me feel ridiculous for spending so much when others achieved fabulous kitchens for a fraction of our budget) It gave me a real-world benchmark, and hopefully it will help someone else put their own project into some perspective. I wish more posters would share their budget I think its that helpful. Let me preface this by saying I'm in Boulder, CO -- prices will vary continent-wide. We are less expensive than the San Francisco Bay Area and more than RTC, NC.

Caveat: I absolutely believe and know our kitchen could have (and Id argue should have) been done for significantly less. Like our gorgeous countertops / backsplash were ridiculously expensive and I could have had a white marble for less than half. However, every time I look at the marbles from which I could have chosen I realize I would have been v. unhappy and any amount spent on them would have been too much. So it was "smart" to spend more to get what I really wanted and what I LOVE. ("smart" having a v. fluid definition depending on my mood!)

Same about our sink, well, similar. We searched and searched for a stainless apron front single bowl sink, and the one we liked the best was the Bates & Bates. My husband insisted on a low gauge (thick steel). Only after our kitchen was complete did I learn about the Lavello. While not as thick as ours (ours is 12 gauge, the Lavello 16 gauge), I think for the >$1,000 price difference we couldve lived with it!

We (I) shopped around like crazy (love the internet!) for our appliances, hardware, etc., and feel I did a fabulous job getting the best prices for these itemseverything was either on special or purchased on sale or using some sort of incentive. But at the end of the day, the appliances were still expensiveexactly what we want / need, though. At the end of the day, the hardware was still expensiveexactly what we want / need, though. At the end of the day, the cabinetry was still expensive. (Although I actually have mixed feelings about thisfor the level of detail I wanted and all the bells & whistles we got Im not sure it was expensive. The semi-custom lines at which we looked [i.e., Cuisines Laurier, DuraSupreme] were coming in significantly higher. If we'd gone with framed we could have come in for less, but not gotten the exact door / hood I wanted. If there were an IKEA nearby [the closest is in Utah], we probably could have used their boxes and had doors made up elsewhere. But we went neither of those routes.)

Our kitchen is approximately 13w x 21'l (not completely true, as only one side is 21' long; the other wall is 11 1/2'). Our ceiling is 9 high (the upper cabinets are 47 " high with crown moulding running from the top of the cabinets up to the ceiling).

cabinets, ~$55K
custom frameless painted (catalyzed lacquer) a custom white, island painted BM Onyx
all drawers and roll-outs full-extension with Blumotion glides and all doors with Blum soft-close hinges
one Rev-A-Shelf wood drawer divider
one Rev-A-Shelf plastic double tier flatware divider
custom wood drawer dividers (five drawers)
steel pegboard "broom closet" pull-out (thanks to dianalo for sharing inspiration pictures)
three chrome pull-out pantry units (Rev-A-Shelf)
four spice pull-outs (Rev-A-Shelf)
pegboard with wood "divider" dowels in (three) dish drawers
foot pedal four-canister trash / recycle unit (thanks to lowspark and alku05 for the foot pedal instructions), Rev-A-Shelf
magnetic chalkboards (two)
hood (design inspiration courtesy of mwardlbs lovely hood)
maple butcher block island countertop with bow detail
tempered, safety glass-front doors and glass shelves
delivery and installation of these cabinets and attached custom crown moulding (but not including cost of custom crown which was ~$350)

appliances, ~$22K
refrigerator: Thermador 30" Fresh Food Freedom Column T30IR70
freezer: Thermador 30" Frozen Freedom Colum T30IF70
oven: Gaggenau 30" BX281610 convection double oven, (thanks to the supportive folks in the Appliance forum who talked me through this decision & held my hand as we waited five+ months for its delivery)
cooktop: Thermador Professional Series PCG366E 36" gas, six burners
vent: Broan 900 cfm external blower 332H
microwave: Sharp Over-The-Counter R-1214
refrigerator drawers: GE Monogram 24" ZIDI240PII
(delivery and installation of above appliances was ~$700)
instant hot / cold faucet and tank: Mountain Products Little Gourmet MT1401
under-sink water filter: Culligan
sink: Bates and Bates S2133.SS stainless apron front
faucet: Pegasus Professional Kitchen, from Expo (thanks to susanandmarkw)
soap dispenser: Danze Parma
dishwasher: KitchenAid KUDS03FTPA
air switch for above-sink light: Mountain Plumbing, stainless
disposal: Insinkerator Evolution Cover Control


hardware, ~$1,100
pulls: Restoration Hardware 4" Gilmore Pulls, polished nickel
knobs: Restoration Hardware 1.25" Cut Glass Knobs, polished nickel
fridge / freezer pulls: Hickory Hardware Studio 13" bright nickel
broom closet pull: Hickory Hardware Studio 5" bright nickel

lighting, ~$300
undercabinet lighting: Pegasus Associates Microfluorescent T4 fixtures
lighting inside cabinets: line voltage (120V) xenon pucks, American Lighting

countertop & backsplash, material, fabrication and installation ~$19K
Calacatta Xtra (seriously, thats its name), honed, 3cm, with eased square edge thanks to mnhockeymom for the inspiration!), runnels and a dishdrain
backsplash: Calacatta Xtra, 2cm
island butcherblock countertop provided by cabinetmaker

painting, ~$1K
walls: BM 871 Pearl River, Regal Matte Finish
ceiling: 50% BM 871, Regal Flat Finish
wainscoting: BM Impervo, custom to match cabinetry
toekicks: BM Onyx (which I painted myself with "help" from our puppy)

floors, price unknown as bundled in with installation of hardwood for entire first floor and staircase
red oak, "popped" with water then one heavy coat of Dura-Seal Ebony Stain (thanks to my husband for finding out how to get the dark finish I wanted from red oak), three coats of Bona Satin Water-Based Sealer

construction, ~$16K (I think, as it was bundled in with a nearly-whole house remodel)
removal of old cabinets, closing up old doorway to dining room, framing new entrance to dining room, moving almost all electrical plus some new, moving all plumbing plus much new, drywall (inc. smooth-coating existing orange-peel), fabricating / installing wainscoting in breakfast nook and sink wall facing family room and new casing around sliding door and window, crown moulding installation and painting

kitchen designer, $3K
(we contentiously parted ways v. early in the process, but not until she had suggested moving the doorway to the dining room down the wall, and we love this change)

Things we love
or, what we did right
-Sans doute moving the opening into the dining room down the wall so as to make a U-shape kitchen was the smartest thing we did. It has increased the function / made better the ergonomics tremendously!

-Large, single bowl, apron front sink. Having all that continuous room for washing large pots / pans / baking dishes is so incredible! I love how the apron front eliminates any lower back pain not far to reach into the sink. We also have no splashing, as opposed to what we had with a shallower, drop-in sink.

-Raised dishwasher. It just makes sense! I know many love their dishdrawers but as we run a full or nearly-full dishwasher nightly, it would not have made sense for us to have dishdrawers.

-Side-opening wall oven. I was on the fence a long time on this one: that oven set (the Gaggenau 30" double wall ovens) was really expensive, but oh how we love the side-opening mechanism! It just makes so much sense.

-Foot pedal trash. Hands full of broccoli remnants + foot pedal trash = genius.

-Magnetic chalkboards my children adore them! My older son (four years-old) loves drawing his robots and writing; my younger son (two years-old) loves standing and "coloring." We love being able to keep our timer and grocery list in a central and easy-to-locate spot.

-Full freezer and full refrigerator: we wonder how we lived before with combined units. It sounds insane, but for our vegetarian family with little children we are absolutely utilizing these separate units to their fullest.

-Polished nickel hardware: its beautiful. Its just beautiful, and it takes a lot of work to get them looking icky / dirty; plus, I have to say they are a breeze to clean (when they do get icky)!

-Getting our puppy one month to the day after the remodel started (and three months before it ended). It was such hard work miserably hard, puppy-training and living amidst chaos (as we were doing nearly the whole house). But man-oh-man am I glad we did it all at once! I am so grateful to have had all the ick and dreck at once. (Shes a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and we swear shes part-cat: v. gentle, smart, affectionate. Shes never ever growled / been angry with our two little children, and our youngest is not the gentlest. He loves the puppy, but his love can be a bit rough. Cavaliers are also known for loving cats, and our youngest cat is the puppys best friend. They adore each other. But the puppy really really loves the children.)

-Not fighting. In our normal lives my husband I occasionally bicker were married and were both strong, opinionated people. But for some strange (and miraculous) reason, we never had a fight during the entire remodel; we got along splendidly and truly were a team. Well, maybe not a team: I was definitely The Chief, but he was 100% on board and totally supportive. I wish I knew why that was because Id like to bottle it!

Things we dont love
or, things wed do differently
(There are only two things we absolutely wish wed done differently, things which we notice [and which irk us] on a daily basis. Ill list those two first.)
#1 thing which drives us crazy
-Think about where countertop accoutrements (inc. countertop appliances) would live when planning light switches. I had one undercab light switch put, I thought, in an inconspicuous spot near the corner. I absolutely should have figured out where Id be putting our toaster because, as it happens, the toaster now blocks the light switch. Weve tried moving the toaster around but thats just the spot where it makes sense. But yet it doesnt make sense because it blocks the light switch. This is already frustrating and totally stupid on my part!

#2 thing which drives us crazy
-Pantry pull-outs. HATE them! Maybe hate is too strong a word (not really), but we realize now we would have been so much happier with standard shelves, not even roll-out shelves! (although those are divine) We have the pantry units from Rev-A-Shelf and find a) they are "adjustable" in name only, b) they dont hold as much as youd think, and c) a space-waster. If wed had shelves we could have stacked cans or seen at one glance all our dry-goods. As it is, we have to pull out three separate units and honestly, we think its crap. Never again!

(These other things are things which wed do differently in the future but which arent frustrating us daily.)
-24" deep lower cabinets. Too shallow! We didnt realize until too late (as in, unpacking into this kitchen) that our penultimate kitchen had 32" deep lowers. What a difference! In all fairness to myself (as in, trying to make myself feel better), given the tight quarters of this kitchen we could not have afforded even 30" deep lowers; well, we could have, but then we would have lost our island which we are really enjoying. Next kitchen will be really different!

-Symmetry. I dont know if its just for symmetrys sake or for my husbands, but flanking either side of the cooktop are spice pull-outs. Granted, hes got them both filled to the gills with his goodies, but I could really use those 6" in my stack of baking supply drawers. Given the particulars of the layout of our kitchen the symmetry there would not have mattered.

-Having our microwave built-in. My husband was adamant he did NOT want a built-in microwave (the kind which have the trim-kits, I mean), so we found the Sharp over-the-counter microwave. Turns out there was some sort of "miscommunication" with the GC (so I guess Im responsible). The "problem" is that the drywall behind the microwave wasnt removed and reframed so as to accommodate the 1.5" the microwave juts out past its surrounding cabinetry. Its already not bothering me so much, but when I do think about it I think "I wish wed been clearer." Hopefully Ill learn to live with it because I just dont want to pay for the work!

-Double Ovens. Weve always (well, in the US) had double ovens and I love to bake, so I never thought of a single oven. But so far, Ive only been using one oven and as were the strictest of vegetarians its not as if well ever have a turkey in one and pie in the other. I think how differently the space (& money) could have been utilized . Who knows?

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank so many of you for your incredible kindness and support, both here in the forum and offline via e-mail. Ive developed a genuine fondness for many here, and seeing your handles online always brightens my day. To a one, thank you. You are my community.

xo

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RE: Can I have my microwave shelf covered? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: laurel88 on 08.26.2008 at 10:44 am in Kitchens Forum

Here are pictures or ours with the garage style door opened and closed. The cabinet is 18 inches deep and is recessed into the wall 3 inches.

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Finsihed Creamy White and Soapstone Kitchen - Pics!

posted by: mary_in_nc on 07.17.2008 at 01:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally the last details of the kitchen are finished and I feel I can finally post pictures! So many thanks to all of you on GW, especially you stoners!

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white granite

posted by: gabeach on 04.02.2007 at 07:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

I apologize if this is a repeat post; it does not appear my first one posted.

Please post if you have white granite with a small bit of black or grey.

I went to W.Zanger today and they only had one possibility.
It was, of course, one of their most expensive slabs. The color was called Seafoam green.
It looked more white outside in the sun, but when we went inside and cleaned a scrap,it got a lot greener than I would want.

The rep was very nice and told me they get a lot of people in who are looking for white granite, but there is not a lot if it around. The yard literally had rows and rows of slabs, but the whiites were absent, and the creams were very busy with lots of black or brown or gold mottled in with the cream.

Also, they are closed for the upcoming 3 day weekend. So, if you plan to go look at granite this weekend, you may want to call first.

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We're in the Home Stretch!- Teaser Pic

posted by: mary_in_nc on 05.28.2008 at 06:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally my GC is wrapping up the project! All of our appliances are installed! And plumbing is hooked up! Still have left: last of hardware, couple of doors on order, finish installing glass in doors. All in time for DH to have surgery Friday on his neck for some herniated discs. Keep him in your prayers.

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Pretty much finished kitchen...

posted by: coleen3201118 on 10.24.2007 at 03:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am as close to done as I will probably be for a while... This was a kitchen/family room addition/remodel. I'm still thinking about window treatments, but we're going to have to live with it for a while before I make any commitments - then again, I may leave them as is. As is the case with so many others on the GW, NOT ONE of my decisions was made without the input of everyone here. I'm really happy with the way everything turned out. Our whole family is really enjoying the space. Hopefully, this link to the photos works.

http://s243.photobucket.com/albums/ff215/coleenmills/

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RE: White or Antiqued/Glazed White (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: zoey_neohio on 11.07.2007 at 06:16 am in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is on hold because I can't decide on the color or tone of white for the cabinets either. My dream kitchen was white cabinets, dark counter and wood floor just like yours, but there have been kitchens posted here that are creamy white that I am loving. So, should I stay true to my dream or change? Sometimes I think the white are just too stark.

I guess the question here would be to those who choose white... Why white and not creamy white? And for those that chose Creamy white...why not white? What made you pick the color you did?

Buffetgirl, when I saw the url's you posted, I knew exactly whose kitchens they were. I have them saved, also!!

Here are some more of my favorites. What to do....what to do??

What's not to like?
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Sooooo cottegey
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Love it!!

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Oh, and this is very nice!
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RE: White or Antiqued/Glazed White (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: rmkitchen on 11.06.2007 at 08:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love those kitchens, too! And like you, we'll be doing a black & white kitchen: white perimeter, black island. I really, really wanted a clear, true white (like your latter) for our cabinets; my husband did not. I KNEW I had to get what I wanted, otherwise I'd always begrudge the "dirty-looking" cabinets.

Well, we brought samples home and all the clear, true whites were just too bright, too blue for our space. We tried many different whites. Many.

It turns out that for our space a creamier white (not a white with a glaze, as you mentioned) is the way to go. They'll be Sherwin Williams' Dover White.

You might also want to check out this gorgeous kitchen. It's a bright white (Sherwin Williams' Pure White) and I think it looks great there, with their lighting conditions.

Have you brought the two samples home to see how they look in your space? I'll be interested in hearing what you think.

Good luck!

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RE: Our kitchen's maiden voyage/hate my rangetop? (Follow-Up #61)

posted by: chefkev on 03.04.2008 at 02:20 am in Kitchens Forum

Grill pans are great for steaks, but so are cast iron skillets. For a really great indoor steak: Preheat your oven to about 350, get your pan good and hot, season it lightly with oil, season meat, place in pan and sear or grill for about 2 minutes per side (until nicely browned or good grill marks). Remove pan from burner and place in oven til desired doneness (timing will depend thickness of steak). Use touch method or my favorite, a probe thermometer placed sideways in the center of the steak. 105 degrees = rare, 110 = med rare, 115 = med. This is the temp right when it comes out of the pan - it will carry-over cook to the correct end temperature. (If you're going to cook it more than medium, I don't want to know about it, but for God sakes don't go over 120.) Remember to allow it to rest loosely covered for 3-7 min depending on size of steak. This gives the juices a chance to reabsorb back into the steak so that when you cut into it, the juices don't all go onto your cutting board or plate. The advantage of finishing the steak in the oven is that the lower temperature means the steak will tighten up less towards the end and therefore stay juicier. This should also mean it is pink or red all the way through the middle and not just in the very center. Experienced grillers achieve this same effect my moving the meat to a cooler zone on the grill once it has good grill marks. Take thin steaks off right away though or they'll be overdone. If you are so motivated, a great pan sauce can be made from the drippings and brown bits in the pan and reducing a little bit of wine while the steak is resting. If your doctor isn't already spazzing about your cholesterol (like mine currently is), a little butter swirled in at the very end along with your herb of choice makes it even better.

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RE: Subway Tile - What grout size and did you go Epoxy ? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: soigne on 10.19.2007 at 03:36 am in Kitchens Forum

Chefwong, I think it will look great.

North40mom, I didn't want to post any shots of my kitchen until it is complete, but you asked so nicely...here is my backsplash:

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RE: Subway Tile - What grout size and did you go Epoxy ? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: soigne on 10.17.2007 at 05:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Tile: Subway Ceramics, 3"x6", White #10
Grout: Tec, unsanded, Dove Grey

1/16" grout lines.

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