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RE: Step stool storage ideas? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jeri on 08.02.2010 at 11:30 am in Kitchens Forum

Im 57" 58 or taller with shoes on which is most of the time Im in the kitchen, and I use a step stool a *lot*. For me, I would not be happy having to always pull one out and put it away every time I needed it. In fact, Im thinking of getting another one since I use mine in the kitchen, the pantry and the laundry room.

I use a Library Kick Stool which works great and looks nice.


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RE: soapstone prone to chipping? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: mary_in_nc on 05.31.2010 at 02:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

My Green Mountain Original PA is 2 years old and I love it!! No chipping. No real scratches. Few surface level scratches from phone. They oil out easily. AND my Original PA has BEAUTIFUL veining. Your contractor does not know what he is talking about. GO for it!


Here is a link that might be useful: My kitchen with soapstone


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RE: Am I being unreasonable? (Follow-Up #41)

posted by: pfmastin on 03.07.2009 at 09:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm getting back to you with the resolution for my kitchen tile "after". He was here yesterday and I'm happy with the result. There is still a small piece at the bottom, but I can certainly live with it. I think it looks much better and I won't frown every time I look at it. No grinching, no charge. < s >



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Am I being unreasonable?

posted by: pfmastin on 01.06.2009 at 12:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is a photo of the outlet placement/tile work on a side splash in my kitchen. The contractor's response is that the installer "usually doesn't run the tile out to the edge of the countertop". The switch plates hang over the edge of the tile by 1/16" or so and I think it looks very odd.

It wasn't noticeable until after the switch plates were reinstalled (and of course, after the payment was sent because the grout had to dry for a day before putting switch plates back on). The installer is going to return my call. I don't think I'm asking too much, but am interested in your thoughts.



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RE: Sent back Expensive Backsplash...Do you like this inexpensive (Follow-Up #41)

posted by: bosspaige on 05.02.2010 at 09:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am leaning towards putting in the glass accent strip but am not 100%. I am going to have to invest in the Scotch Tape company but here are pictures with the accent strip at all the other heights. Sorry they are not the best pictures.

Here are two pics with it 4 rows up.


Here is a pic with it 2 rows up.

Here is a pic with it 1 row up.


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RE: Backsplash to warm up white-ish cabs & granite (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: boxerpups on 01.23.2010 at 08:16 am in Kitchens Forum

You have a gorgeous Kitchen!!!!!!!

I like the idea of tiny tumbled tiles but you really
could do anything. The tumbled tiles marble or travertine
might add a bit of texture and earthiness that would
compliment the brown in the other room you mentioned.

Google images spice drawer

Subway tile

Cappaccino glaze on maple

Tianon Hood by Francoise

Google images

Toulouse by Francoise Hoods

William Hefner

Designer Brooke Giannati

NVG counters

Kitchen Ideas blog

Fox Kitchens


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Vote! Marble or white tile/dark grout backsplash? (pic heavy)

posted by: honeysucklevine on 02.28.2010 at 03:23 pm in Kitchens Forum


Marble or white tile / dark grout backsplash???????

*If marble, then carerra or calcutta gold?
*If white tile, then beveled or nonbeveled?
*Is best tile size 4x8, 6x8, 3x6, etc?
*Visible or invisible grout?
(Lots of pictures below.)

Sketch of kitchen. White hood, white cabinets, wood floor, white range (neutral whites), black stone countertop, paint probably a warm off white (I made it yellow in the sketch to see it but it won't be yellow in real life).


Hood will look like this in white. No vertical bands.

Those things above the windows in the sketch are woodwork with crown that goes to ceiling like in traci's kitchen below:

Here are some kitchens with white tile and dark grout. (The 1st and 2nd picture are from a kitchen with beveled tile.)







Marble backsplashes:
Carrera with visible grout.

Carrera with invisible grout

Calcutta gold with invisible grout


Calcutta gold with visible grout

Unknown marble with invisible grout
Thanks for voting!!


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RE: Shelf above sink window or Wood Valence to match cabinets (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: kateskouros on 02.25.2010 at 11:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

i've seen less than a handful of valances i thought were done well. they seem a bit too superfluous to me. but open shelves i love! they provide an opportunity to do something beyond the expected.







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RE: Kitchens without island, any pictures (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: boxerpups on 12.10.2009 at 02:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are some kitchens without islands.
Mostly galley but it gives you a differnt look without
an island. I love them.

Atlanta Granite Bolue Eyes

This Old House Galley Kitchen

Country Cream Paint by Pratt and Lambert

Design Graphic 04

Rutherford Kitchen

Schild Hause Kitchens

Google Images


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RE: Any white cab pics with a more 'rustic' looking floor? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: nutherokie on 01.09.2010 at 10:56 am in Kitchens Forum

I can't tell exactly what the floor is in this pic, but you could easily imagine it as wood/brick or wood/stone:

Here are a couple of wood/brick floors:



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RE: Over the fridge cabinet (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: buehl on 12.17.2009 at 01:30 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine...and there's no place to dust. If you put doors on the cabinet and only open it when you're watching TV, then I think the dust will be less of an issue. Mine is right next to a 12" deep upper cabinet and I think it looks fine, better, IMHO, than a shallow cabinet, regardless of adjacent cabinets. (BTW...I did need 1/2" filler b/w the refrigerator & the adjacent cabinet to allow the adjacent cabinet's door to open a little more than 90o.)

There's a thread right now asking about TVs over the refrigerator. Zelmar posted her pictures.

One thing, I would suggest looking into getting doors that slide into the cabinet when opened for that cabinet over the refrigerator. Then, when the doors are open for TV watching, they won't be "hanging out" in the way of someone tall walking by or just in the way in general.

Here is a link that might be useful: Thread: TV over refrigerator question


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RE: Honed Black Granite, Soapstone, or Richlite countertops? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: stonegirl on 09.27.2007 at 07:39 am in Kitchens Forum

The Nordic Black Antique has a wonderful satiny texture to it and a very nice depth of color. We have done a number of really great kitchens with it. It is very hard and dense and does not require sealer. Because it is darker than a regular honed stone, the finger mark issue is not as prevalent on this finish. You could still use a good quality enhancer like MB-6 or Tenax Ager Tiger if you wish. It is a really easy stone to care for.


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RE: Honed Black Granite, Soapstone, or Richlite countertops? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: hest88 on 09.26.2007 at 10:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Like Teachbls, I opted for Cambrian Black antique as well, and for the same reasons. Nordic black antique and Virginia Mist antique are every so slightly more porous I believe, but are also good alternatives if you want a bit more veining.


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RE: Mixing a range and hood (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: staceyneil on 01.08.2010 at 08:34 am in Kitchens Forum

I have a NXR range with a Thermador hood. I actually don't even use the Thermador motor (its way too loud) and instead use a remote blower by Fantech (which is much less pricey than the remote blowers offered by the hood makers!) instead.

My hood (body only) was about $300 I think -it was a discontinued model at a local shop- and the remote blower was about $250 if I remember correctly. It's so much quieter!

We did the install ourselves, that would have added significantly to the price I am sure.


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Finished! Costa Esmeralda/Creamy Budget Re-Do!

posted by: bestyears on 01.03.2010 at 04:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well it took awhile... which in hindsight was a very good thing. Thanks to the collective wisdom here, I have a kitchen that I love AND that works well, AND that didn't break the bank!

First of course, the requisite ugly "blue/pink/oak/80's" kitchen... (all cleared out, ready to go!)


And here is where we enjoy our coffee and paper, bake, share meals, etc. today:



We pulled the cabinets out even with the front of our fridge because we never used them before. Now they store our cereal! And I added a couple of shelves for cookbooks and knick-knacks.

Our newly built shoe cabinet, which replaced a half-wall



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Details (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: bestyears on 01.03.2010 at 05:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you so much for the compliments! There are so many incredibly gorgeous kitchens here, it is a little intimidating to post!

ohmygosh, the details, the details -I forgot! Okay, in no particular order:

I always do all my own painting but farmed this one out after I got a really good price that included the cabinets, taking down the wallpaper, retexturing and painting walls, and repairing and repainting water-damaged ceilings in three rooms.
Walls are Ben Moore Coastal Fog.
Cabinets are Ben Moore Linen White
No grain filling, just two coats of primer and two coats of paint, and the inside of the cabs is done as well.
The floor is a laminate, which I will have to go look up.
The table was a $100 CL buy, and I refinished it (first time I've done that, LOL!)
Pendants are RH Benson from Ebay.
Faucet is Kohler Clairette (LOVE it!) from Ebay
Sink is from IKEA (LOVE it!)
I painted and distressed the chairs, which were our old kitchen chairs, but they are a bit too white, and eventually I'll get around to re-doing them.
The Fruit of the Spirit plaque is from ETSY.
The cabinet hardware is mostly IKEA and some came from LOWEs (the shorter pieces).
Chalkboard is IKEA.
Tiles are Emser Cape Cod series in cream (very pretty, crackled and glazey looking in real life).
The piece with the lighted top is also a CL find, and is actually an office armoire that I use for all my bill-paying, websurfing, etc.
Did I forget anything?
We still need window treatments and rugs. Any suggestions?


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RE: HELLLLP...Outdated Cabs (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: buehl on 01.06.2010 at 02:22 am in Kitchens Forum


You might want to resize it to around 300x400 or so. Right now it's 467x861...a bit too big for posting usually. (Resize using percentages to keep the proportions right.)

Just copy the code from the box labeled "HTML Code". An example:


how to post picture resizing
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RE: Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams - what did you pick/why? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: rhome410 on 01.04.2010 at 06:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

I think you probably know that we used BM Satin Impervo. It was the paint I read most raves about on the Build a Home and Painting forums at the time (including searches of older posts)...Other than Cabinet Coat, which seemed to have equally good reviews, but didn't come in the colors we needed, nor was available in a local store.


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RE: range hoods/baffels/filters/Oh, My! (Follow-Up #45)

posted by: warmfridge on 10.16.2009 at 06:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Pinch, I'm back from my road trip. It took all day but was infinitely more helpful than spending more time looking at internet pictures.

Looked at the Vent-A-Hoods first. Saw several models...they all look kinda the same, boxy and a little on the industrial side, although some have square corners, others have rounded edges...not much difference in appearance. They look sturdy and well-made. Turned one on, seemed to make average noise for a range hood (bear in mind that I was in a zillion sq ft showroom). Asked the salesman about cleaning...he showed me...take out 2 thumbscrews that hold the shield over the blower, wash the shield. Snap out another cover thing, wash that. Then wipe down the blower and the other exposed internal surfaces, put parts back on. Not too difficult but definitely more time consuming than throwing mesh filters in the DW.

Looked at Zephyrs next. He had the Breeze and ES1 models on display. These are Zephyr's 2 lowest CFM models...also looked well made, had mesh filters, but I don't think they are powerful enough for my needs. He also had a Tempest (with baffles!) there but I think it's too tall to fit in my space. I asked about the Hurricane or Typhoon...he told me that he doesn't keep them on display because nobody will buy them because they're so messy to clean. No Zephyr's for me.

Looked at a Broan Elite E661 (discovered the E662 has been discontinued). This looks much sturdier than the Allure I have now and also has much more CFM's. Mesh filters that go all the way to the front edge of the hood. Also has a delay shutoff, which I decided is a pretty nifty feature to have.

I decided to go with the Broan, pending my GC's approval. This high-end appliance place also quoted me a much better price than Lowe's or HD, so it does pay to shop around. Also discovered all these hood companies make nice fat, informative catalogs. You may want to go back to their websites and request a catalog.


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RE: Trash Pullout Under Sink? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: morton5 on 12.14.2009 at 11:01 am in Kitchens Forum

I love my trash/compost and recycling pullouts under my prep sink. LOVE THEM. I needed other base cabs in my island to hold prep tools and vessels. Eash pullout holds 9 gallons-- quite a lot, and I find I often empty them before they are full to keep down odors. I have a little space behind each can to hold special recycling items like CFLs, and a dust pan and brush.

I also have a 13-gallon trash pullout in a 12" base cab near my clean-up sink.

Here's a pic, and a link that gives the details:

Here is a link that might be useful: Trash pullouts under sink


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RE: Trash Pullout Under Sink? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: circuspeanut on 12.14.2009 at 10:19 am in Kitchens Forum

I'd exhort you to place the trash next to, not under, the sink. Depending on your configuration, the trash might need to be accessible to someone else while you're standing there at the sink with chicken-dripping fingers, leading to annoyance and divorce proceedings. (Although I recall that this is definitely a one-man kitchen, nevertheless, unless you have a second trash option, this is a real consideration.)

In addition, you want the trash next to but not UNDER you - don't have to step back, saving yourself an extra move. Place it on the side you're handed (left for lefties, right for righties) and you'll be amazed at how easy it is to work, leaving the thing pulled out while you work and simply giving it a hip bump back in when you're done. We have this and it's brilliant, love it.

Of course, ideally we'd all have 3 or 4 trash pullouts at various spots in the kitchen ...

PS: I can warmly recommend the design of our trash/recycling pullout, which is optimal for cleaning and stability:


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RE: Kenmore Elite DW (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: lee676 on 09.02.2009 at 11:31 am in Appliances Forum

Some are made by Electrolux (Frigidaire parent company) too.

It's usually fairly easy to determine who makes a Kenmore appliance by comparing the interior to other brands of the same appliance on the Sears showroom floor - in the case of dishwashers, look at the tub, the position of the detergent dispenser, the venting and heating element (on machines where they're exposed) and see which brand looks nearly identical to the Kenmore. The same approach works with refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, and dryers too. The insides are usually more similar than the outsides, since they make more of an effort to make the outside appear different by changing the shape and layout of the buttons and knobs.


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RE: Kenmore Elite DW - Rated at the top (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: lynn2006 on 10.18.2009 at 03:21 am in Appliances Forum

bumping this thread up since I am considering the Kenmore Elite also as one of the three dishwashers I like, along with the Bosch (44 and 46 dBA model) and the KitchenAid 41 dBA model.

I am just not sure about the Kenmore's silverware tray which is what bothers me. I like the way the Bosch looks the best but I like the silverware tray (comes apart) of the KitchenAid and I love the three small lights in the front of the Kenmore but wish their bar was slimmer and they had a better silverware tray.


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Finished Kitchen~White, Marble, Soapstone

posted by: katieob on 12.04.2009 at 02:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

A huge thank you to everybody on this forum who helped graciously with advice, photos, experience & info. What an incredible resource this is. Shout outs to Erikanh & marthavila for hood help, willowdecor for tile, all the stoners, and many more.

We moved in last week-bottom trim on fridge & dw are still missing, excuse the messy bottoms.

I'll be happy to provide details if anyone wants them.

Thanks for looking!





Marble Close Up


Soapstone Close Up



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RE: Finished Kitchen~White, Marble, Soapstone (Follow-Up #58)

posted by: katieob on 12.05.2009 at 09:46 am in Kitchens Forum

Good Morning~

Wow-thank you for your wonderful feedback! It means a lot. We acted as our own GC on this build & had no kitchen designer, so I was really flying by the seat of my pants. We did find an amazing cabinetmaker and I couldn't be happier with his work. I'll reiterate it-this forum was amazingly helpful.

Here are the details below. I will post some more photos of the adjoining rooms and half walls (drjoann) during the week as I unpack & organize. The room with the baskets is the playroom and our carpenter built the built in based on a Pottery Barn Kids picture. Rhome, the area behind the range wall is a mudroom with lockers & cubbies. We moved from a 2 bedroom in the city so I often just wander into the mudroom and stare. LOVE IT.

Any questions or details I miss, please just ask. I'm happy to answer anything.

Ceiling height is 9 and a half feet

Floors: 8 inch heart pine, tung oil & satin finish

Cabinets: Local cabinetmaker. Inset, shaker style with single bead in Ben Moore White Dove

Perimeter Counter: Soapstone (Green Mountain Original)
Island Counter: Calacatta Marble (Honed, 5cm)

Backsplash: Horus Art Tiffany (crackle, bianco)

Pendants: Restoration Hardware Benson (smallest size)

Hardware: Cup pulls are RH Gilmore, pulls are RH Aubrey, latches are Rejuvenation, and ice box latches are Clifside Brass. All are polished nickel.

Stools: Holsag Bulldog in Heritage Walnut (online through

Hood: Modernaire PS 26 (42 inches, 18 inches height)
Contact person was Pat Hartman

Range: Thermador Pro Harmony 36

Microwave: Sharp Drawer

Refrigerator: Sub Zero 42 inch Side by Side

Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel double drawers

Sink: Shaw's 30 inch

Faucet: Rohl (modern architectural series)

Potfiller: Perrin & Rowe Country series

Thanks for looking!


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RE: Hidden Gems (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: circuspeanut on 07.26.2009 at 03:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

We racked our brains for something to do with an 8" empty spot next to the fridge -- we ultimately nixed a broom closet in favor of slide-out bin shelves. They're little but very mighty, and hold a pantry's worth of stuff:

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RE: New ss French door refrig-hard to keep fingerprints off? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: julie94062 on 12.03.2009 at 11:08 am in Kitchens Forum

I bought Lysol wipes (in anticipation of the flu/cold season) and discovered they work incredibly well on stainless. They cut through grease, oil, fingerprints. I wipe with those, then use a microfiber cloth to dry. Very quick and easy. Works on stainless cooktops, too. (Of course I discovered this after buying 3 different stainless cleaners, which are still sitting here unused, lol).

Ha! Fleur, using the handles...what a concept :-) Amazing where fingerprints end up! What are they doing?! I find them in the oddest places.


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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!)


breakfast room

wet bar





mud room

laundry room

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


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RE: Help pick wall paint with buttery cream cabinets (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: eks6426 on 11.24.2009 at 09:22 am in Kitchens Forum

You can often borrow or buy a BM paint deck. This gives you lots of options and allows you to see the subtle differences between colors in your own home. After you get it down to a few choices, go back to BM and get the little sample paints and paint them on the wall so you can see the colors on your actual walls.

Also, don't forget to try the BM personal color viewer online.

I found owning the BM (and SW) paint decks saved me a lot of time going back and forth to get paint chips. Best $15 I spent.

As for your kitchen colors. What colors are in the rest of of your house? I could easily see some warmer shade of tan working in your kitchen. The strip that has Lady Finger (#1045) on it has nice warm undertones with a hint of peach but not an over the top peach. You might need to go to 1046-Sandy Brown or 1047-Deer Path to get enough contrast with your cabinets.


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RE: Help pick wall paint with buttery cream cabinets (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: plllog on 11.23.2009 at 07:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

A pale peachy color would combine both the reddish and the yellowish tones. Or a dark butterscotch.

For elegance and pop, but a little less airiness you could go for a soft taupe, like BM Stone Harbor. A blue green might work too, like BM Turquoise Mist.

You have a nice volume with a lot of great light. Your finishes are neutral enough that just about any pale, complex color will work. (Complex meaning that it doesn't just say "blue" or "orange" but has a bunch of tones in it.)

Paint a bunch of samples on the walls and see what you like best in different lights. It should look as good bright or cloudy or at night with electrics.


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Help pick wall paint with buttery cream cabinets

posted by: marcy96 on 11.23.2009 at 07:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi, my contractor wants to paint before he puts up the cabinets so I need to pick out the wall paint color for my kitchen and connected TV room. It's so hard for me to visualize a color without anything in the room. My cabinets are a buttery cream color with a brown glaze and a hutch in rustic maple chestnut. It's hard to see in the pictures, but the creamy cabinets have a yellowish tone to them, like french vanilla ice cream. My granite is nambian gold and the floor is red oak stained golden oak. The trim and ceiling will be white. I want the room to have a light airy feeling, but I still like some color on the walls. Thanks for your help!



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RE: chose the wrong granite for kitchen (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: hobokenkitchen on 11.22.2009 at 08:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Jenny, so sorry that you aren't loving your granite so far. Hopefully the creative people here can help!

I can help with the picture posting - the easiest way I have found is to do the following:

1: go to

2: browse for your picture

3: select the size you want - I ususally choose the 'message board' option

4: Click 'UPLOAD NOW'

5: Select the top line of html code

6: paste the code straight into your gardenweb post.

Good luck!


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RE: Please show your subway tile backsplash with accents (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: hmdennis on 11.22.2009 at 06:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

We did a bisque subway with a black pencil liner. Our counters are Emerald Pearl so we figured that we would keep the backsplash simple. You should look on the finished kitchen blog for some really beautiful ideas.

Kitchen at night



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RE: Please show me your pendant or semi flush over sink window (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: judydel on 11.22.2009 at 07:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Oh Jant I can't wait to see your reveal! Beautiful light and beautiful kitchen!!

This is what we are putting over our main sink. We have two of these in our mud room and one over our garden sink.



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2RE: Pls recommend a SW creamy white for cabinets. (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: jant on 11.21.2009 at 07:13 am in Kitchens Forum

Oh, this is in a satin factory finish so it's a bit creamier than it would be in a semi-gloss. I'm sooo happy I went with the satin.


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RE: Pls recommend a SW creamy white for cabinets. (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: jant on 11.21.2009 at 07:12 am in Kitchens Forum

SW Dover White... this is southern afternoon light coming in. I had already had it for several years in our vaulted, panelled sunroom and love it. Chose it again for our kitchen remodel. Just creamy enough.



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RE: backsplash paint failure - not now please (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: circuspeanut on 11.19.2009 at 10:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yowza! So glad you're safe.

I'd very warmly recommend sanding briefly, then trying again with Benjamin Moore's Aura paint made up in your brand's color. It literally dries to the touch in 30 minutes, is fully dry in 2 hours, has NO paint smell and built-in primer. Covers like a dream. You might be pleasantly surprised. They have a new Aura formula made specifically for kitchens and baths. Amazing paint, it's changed my life and I'll never use anything else.


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RE: Removing tile just put up... (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: kpaquette on 10.08.2009 at 07:57 am in Kitchens Forum

I definitely think that the right grout will allay your fears - something close to the same color of the tile will make it totally blend. Personally, I like it. I think it's a modern twist on subway, which is fine with the other modern twists in your kitchen (the pendants, stainless, faucet, etc.) I went for a 2x6 instead of a 3x6 for the same reason. We did white grout to keep it from being busy (in my small kitchen) and it totally changed the look from when it wasn't grouted.



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RE: Elizpiz or anyone who wants to give input on my backsplash di (Follow-Up #47)

posted by: elizpiz on 11.11.2009 at 10:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey Megpie! Still in decision making mode, I see. Aren't kitchen renos fun...? :-)

I love your chandelier and it will look so pretty with your kitchen. And definitely takes you even further from the original tile choice (as the design mavens here have so wisely said). Still, I would stay away from plain white subways. IMHO, it would look like too "much of a muchness", too bland. I *love* the tile on the left that Sweeby posted, more so than greta17's. And I still do like the multi coloured subway tiles I posted a while ago. If you went with something like marble, Sweeby's suggetsion to do herringbone is a great one.

...although my bias for colour doesn't make this my favourite choice.

What else is happening in the adjacent rooms? Colour schemes, favourite accent pieces that the BS could pick up on?



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My finished kitchen!

posted by: greta17 on 07.05.2008 at 11:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey everyone! I've only posted here a handful of times but read tons of information to help with our kitchen. This entire house was a complete gut and redo and a year after moving back in, we finally finished the kitchen. Pretty much the only thing we had left to do was the backsplash, but you know how that goes. Anyway, I thought I'd share some pictures because I always liked seeing people's finished product. Some of the pics are a tad blurry...I was having camera issues.
Pantry and oven wall
Island top
Close up of island granite

Cabinets - custom. Painted using Cabinet Coat colored in White Dove by BM
Floors - red oak stained medium brown
Countertops - Absolute black granite on the perimeter, Monte Bello granite on the island
Backsplash - Walker Zanger Newport Seaweed subway
Door hardware - ORB cup pulls on the drawers, and ORB egg shaped knobs on the doors
Faucet - Kohler Vinnata...the smaller one (I can't remember the dimensions, but I believe its about 2" shorter than the large one)
Lighting - the 2 lights over the island are mini-chandeliers I got from Lighting Universe online
Fridge - Jenn Air counter depth
Range - 6 burner Viking
Oven - 30" GE Profile
Microwave - LG
Dishwasher - Asko

Thanks to everyone who shared their information. Overall, we are very pleased with it. There are a few things I'd do differently but they are pretty minor. If it wasn't for this site, I'm not sure it would have turned out as nice as it did.


just paint over window; backsplash w floor
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RE: Elizpiz or anyone who wants to give input on my backsplash di (Follow-Up #42)

posted by: sweeby on 11.11.2009 at 02:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Glad to hear you're reconsidering on the backsplash tile!

While I really like the slate you posted, IMO, it was taking your kitchen in a very different direction -- from refined vintage into rustic country. And unless that was a deliberate move or you are located in a very special place (coastal Maine?), I thought it was probably a mistake.

If it were my space, I'd go with a colored shiny ceramic subway in a maize, sage, blue or glass-green, though a matte marble subway that's subtle and not too black & white could also work. I think glass would be too modern.

If you can't find the perfect color in a subway shape, a simple 4x4 or 6x6 laid diagonally with a few relief accent tiles would also be lovely, and much cheaper and easier to find.

Another possibility would be a small mosaic (pinwheel or basket weave) with small dots of black marble and the majority something else. Here are some stone mosaics from Maestro Mosaics, a well-regarded online supplier.


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RE: Stainless steel kitchen sink-Ticor 16 gauge vs. Kohler 18 gau (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: swickbb on 11.06.2009 at 09:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's my ticor 16 ga sink. It's awesome.

Plus it comes with these beautiful heavy duty grids with NO plastic that can melt!

And in this model, the sink prep side comes with a really nice deep stainless cup drain to capture the veggies that fall in. I've had the sink for a couple of months now and I'm really happy with it. One of the things I have no regrets about.


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Part2- What do u think of table/chairs with chandelier & kitchen?

posted by: judydel on 11.05.2009 at 10:43 am in Kitchens Forum

I posted a What Do You Think of This Chandelier? thread and so many of you responded with wonderful thumbs up comments. Thank you.

But now the question is do you think these table and chairs would also compliment my kitchen? The chairs are Gustavian reproductins made in Sweden and I am thinking of ordering them in Gustavian Grey (almost white). My walls are Gustavian Grey by Ellen Kennon. I already have the table and it is cherry with a stain that is similar to the back of the peninsula (which faces the dining area) and island.

Do you like the combination? Or do you think I'd be better served buying a more country kitchen style table/chairs? I have always loved Gustavian table and chairs and these chairs are very, very comfortable (to me anyway) and I like the fact that you can pop out the seat and replace the cover in seconds flat . . . no sewing involved.


This isn't my table, but mine is very similar


Bar stools

Kitchen glimpses



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RE: How far does your dounter-depth fridge stick out? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: circuspeanut on 10.25.2009 at 01:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

My Liebherr (which I think is the other true counterdepth brand) has that same kind of pivoting hinge which doesn't need extra swing space. It's truly 24 13/16ths deep, although the handles add a bit to that.

Liebherrs come in a number of sizes and I believe they are all dounter-depth, even the freestanding models like mine; I like the 30" for our smallish household, and others prefer the larger french-door versions.

Our biggest remodel splurge and a brand I can warmly recommend. The thing is so energy-efficient it's insane.

Here is a link that might be useful: Liebherr fridges


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Maybe this will help... (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: bestyears on 09.19.2009 at 11:32 am in Kitchens Forum

I just thought of this! Have you looked at Costa Esmeralda granite? We just put it in our kitchen and I love, love, love it. I suddenly realized it would look great with your mural, and when paired with white like you have, it becomes very much a neutral. It is ridiculously easy to keep up! There are other CE kitchens in the FKB that you could look at.



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Traditional Modern Pearl White Kitchen in New York City

posted by: scottielee on 07.16.2009 at 09:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

i am reposting for the Finished Kitchen Blog.
thanks to everyone here for generously sharing their renovating experiences, ideas, and wonderful pictures. here are some shots of my little kitchen renovated last year...better late than never right ^_^

Cabinets: Omega Signature, Maple in Parisian Pearl
Countertop: Statuary White Honed Marble
Islandtop: Craft-Art Brazilian Cherry
Backsplash: Bisazza Damasco Bianco Glass Tiles
Floor: Casa Dolce Casa/Casamood Neutra Silver Porcelain Tiles
Range: Wolf Duel Fuel DF304
Hood: Wolf Pro Wall PW302718
Dishwasher: Miele LaPerla G2830SCi/SS
Refridgerator: GE Monogram
Sink: Franke Kubus KBX-110-21
Faucet: Grohe Ladylux Cafe 33755SDO
Hardware: Bouvet Knobs 5201-25 and Bouvet Drop Pulls 5002-10 & 5008-18
Pendants: Flos Fucsia 1
Undercabinet Lighting: Kichler 10560WH & 10566WH
Stools: Emeco Kong and Emeco Stool


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