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RE: washer and dryer location (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: worthy on 04.29.2013 at 10:32 am in Building a Home Forum

and some don't accept flexible metal venting for dryers--rigid metal only.

The flexible venting impedes airflow. If the run exceeds 25 feet, it is advisable to consider a dryer duct booster of some sort.


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RE: Budgeting for window treatments (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: bird_lover6 on 03.27.2013 at 08:38 pm in Building a Home Forum

I would look into ready-made curtains at Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn (Peyton linen-cotton blend).

The RH linen curtains are fantastic quality for ready made. If you just need a pair of curtains for a bedroom, for example, you can also check ebay for RH and PB curtains for less than retail price.


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RE: Desperately need counter stool help! (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: localeater on 04.03.2013 at 03:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am sorry, I completely forgot the swivel criterion when I posted two suggestions. Here is a swivel I really like. It is very similar to the third option you posted in your original message. I do also like that one, this one just looks more balanced because of the leg formation. Also I think it will disappear more, because the bakc and seat will form one line of fabric by not having an open back. The fabric on the example doesn't disappear obviously. It comes in a choice of 15 different metal finishes and 108 different fabrics. The seat is a comfort seat which means it is padded on all the edges not just the seat surface. You can find it at wayfair, or other places. It is the Nicholas by Trica.
From GW Photos

Have you looked at any of the old GW counterstool threads?

Here is a link that might be useful: counter stool thread


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RE: Desperately need counter stool help! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: localeater on 04.03.2013 at 12:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am someone who just passed the counter stool hurdle so I empathize. I heartily second what debrak said. I learned that the pedestal base can mark your floors and eliminated them from my criteria.
Can we narrow your criteria more?
One of your options is backless, and one has a low back. Have you sat in either of these types of stools? My DH insisted on a back, and really disliked low back. I think you should try both back styles somewhere and see if you like them.
A dark base will blend into your dark island. A chrome base will pop and draw the eye. Which do you think will work? Personally, I see a dark base in your space. I don't however think this needs to mean you need a wooden stool, there are lots of warm dark metal finishes.
I also think you may want to wait on the stools until you have at least a hint of a direction on the backsplash and the window treatment(if there will be one). The cohesiveness of these three elements is really important and once you lock in on one of the three the others become limited.
For example if you went with a soft washed blue or green backsplash tile I could really see a dark wooden base stool with a fabric that played with the color.
I am sorry to say I don't love any of your choices, that's probably because the pedestal base and the backless removed them from my own personal list. Here are two that I do like, both are what I consider "modern, but not too modern": the first is the Knicker stool from BluDot, the second is from West Elm.
From GW Photos
From GW Photos


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$4K DIY Bathroom Renovation

posted by: mabeldingeldine on 03.31.2013 at 07:28 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We had been planning a more substantial bathroom renovation, but instead are planning to put our house on the market in the next year, thus we opted for a modest renovation.


current bath floor

We tore up the old tile floor, replaced the subfloor with new plywood, replaced the toilet, made new doors for the vanity and wall cupboard, built a beadboard surround with a small cabinet around the vent stack, added beadboard wainscot, installed new vinyl plank flooring and a new toilet.

We left the tub, but tore out the old surround, which was tile on drywall. Amazingly, there was no mold behind the tile. We had to rebuild the fixture wall and re-do a lot of “innovative” plumbing from the PO. We added blocking and 2 grab bars, and 2 niches.

Our goal was $3,500 but the plumbing issues and fixture wall rebuild pushed us over budget. One of my favorite features is the outlet in the wall cupboard where my hairdryer stays plugged-in and hidden -- a GW hint for sure.






We still have to find towel hooks, finish making new door trim and its adjacent baseboard, and paint the door, but it is done enough to post, especially since I don’t know when the door trim will be finished, let alone when I will settle on a paint color for the door.

Kraus sink and faucet ordered from Amazon
American Standard Clean Cadet from Lowes
American Olean 4-in x 4-in Earthenware Ice White ceramic wall tile
Oracle Stone and Tile 1x1 Bianca Carrara polished marble mosaic tile
Carrara pencil tile from Home Depot
Marble door threshold for vanity windowsill from Home Depot
Laticrete Spectralock Grout in Silver shadow
Redi Tile Niche inserts
Moen Kingsley Grab Bars
Moen Brantford Shower trim
Moen curved shower rod
Grohe Bao Showerhead
Grohe Relexa Rustic handshower and slide

SW Silverplate on walls
SW Butter on vanity
SW Animated Coral vanity interior
SW Full Moon on ceiling
SW Butter with added white on music cabinet

Old music cabinet, re-painted
Old mirror from a tag sale
White seersucker shower curtain from Country Curtains
Antique milk-glass knobs from local shop
Trashcan - old enamel pail with cook-pot lid cover


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RE: people with open shelves or no uppers (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: allison0704 on 01.27.2013 at 07:07 am in Kitchens Forum

lol If I redo, it won't be in the near future. There are always so many other things on my plate!

Jenny_from_the_block used Zellige Moroccan tiles in her kitchen, having first read about them on Atticmag. Such pretty colors.

Here is the color chart from the collection Mosaic House offers

Here is a link that might be useful: Zellige Tiles


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RE: people with open shelves or no uppers (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: rococogurl on 01.26.2013 at 08:09 am in Kitchens Forum

My tile is Ann Sacks Sur La Mer, Mexican made. A few of us used it back in 2004, when prices were gentle. It is soft, michou, with a watercolor wash effect on the surface plus the high gloss glaze. Here's the same ochre I used in a single color, staggered, in a friends former kitchen (done right after mine).

Here's a similar look to mine (not staggered) from Steven Gambrel but with Moroccan tile, which is what I'd use today.


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RE: people with open shelves or no uppers (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: pps7 on 01.25.2013 at 10:11 am in Kitchens Forum

I also have painted walls only. Here are a few pics from my inspiration file with a backsplash.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


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RE: Unofficial ABB president looking to retire (Follow-Up #75)

posted by: francoise47 on 03.17.2013 at 08:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

Everyone has made so many beautiful suggestions for tile. But many of them seem too decorative, pretty and curvy for the look you seem to be aiming for.

A couple of inspiration kitchens that seem close to the rustic-modern look you may be trying to achieve:

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RE: single basin stainless steel sink recommendations (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: alwaysfixin on 03.13.2013 at 07:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

I was going to buy a Kraus stainless steel sink until I switched over to a Blanco Silgranit sink. But if I were going to buy a stainless sink, I'd go with Kraus as has already been mentioned. The Kraus stainless sinks are the thicker 16-gauge, and the sinks come with sink grid and strainer for free. Many other sinks are the thinner 18-gauge. We like the thicker 16-gauge because it makes the sink less noisy and more solid-feeling.

Although we decided against a stainless sink, we ended up buying a Kraus faucet, and really like it. What a lot of bang for the buck. I recommend buying Kraus products from expressdecor, cause our faucet arrived quickly and beautifully packed. Expressdecor had the best price cause they also usually offer a coupon for anywhere bet. 5% and 15% off (it's on the home page of the website). I have no affiliation with the company - I just liked purchasing from them.

I wanted to add that you should tell your friend that often the "free" sinks that the installer throws in aren't that great. It could be a shape you don't like (perhaps your friend prefers a rectangular sink to the D-shaped sink that the installer has). And the gauge may be thin, rather than the thicker 16-gauge I mentioned. Or perhaps the free sink is not the right size. Find out what size is the sink cabinet, and let that size guide what the sink size should be, not what the contractor has available as a freebie.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kraus Sinks at Expressdecor

This post was edited by alwaysfixin on Wed, Mar 13, 13 at 19:08


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RE: Anyone Have the FX180 Formica Countertops? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: saskgal on 12.23.2009 at 10:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just realized I called the formica finish "etching" and it should have been "radiance" sorry about that.

Here is a pic of my new pullouts. I especially love my trash pullout, it is high enough I just stand beside it and peel potatoes, the peels just drop into garbage.


My cookiesheet pullout



Name of Formica. Place for baking sheets
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RE: Help! Who has led lights in glass cabinet with wood shelves (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: jakuvall on 03.14.2013 at 11:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

In cabinet are 2013 with NO track, under cabinet are 2015 in a track. Track is set at an angle of about 30 degrees if I remember. (Have to check drawing.)
For some people the 2013 put out enogh light to keep them happy. I typically use the 2015.
Since counter is not very dark reflection is not very noticeable. A deeper track is available that cuts the reflection of individual bulbs. No dimmer was used, we intended one but they are a bit annoying in paractice. The direction you rotate your finger on the dimmer changes. Haven't found a solution to that yet.


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RE: My picture heavy contemporary kitchen reveal! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: amandasplit on 03.03.2013 at 06:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Tiles - 3x13 Glass Tile from AKDO. Icelandic Blue. We thought they were going to be green and ended up blue. They are growing on me.

Also, thank you guys so much for all the kind words!!!!


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RE: Do I have to have a backsplash? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: coolbeans on 03.02.2013 at 01:51 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I also opted out of a backsplash with my granite countertops. Benjamin Moore told me to double-prime the new sheetrock to improve water resistance. We painted with AURA Bath & Spa in matte as well. We're not up and running yet, but I'll report back on how it goes.


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RE: Have you used Quality (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: kateskouros on 02.26.2013 at 08:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

quality bath is a class A operation. i bought EVERYTHING from them to outfit our new house. i worked with mimi, but everyone there is great. their pricing was very fair and service is top notch. even though we received our last delivery over a year ago, i had an issue with one of the toilet seats and they had a new replacement seat sent over the very next day.


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RE: Looking for lower price on Crossville Tile (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: bob_cville on 11.07.2007 at 05:39 pm in Flooring Forum


I've just started looking for tile for a backsplash and found an online place to purchase Crossville tile. I haven't checked back at the local tile store to see whether they now have a lower price, but the same tile I got locally for $8.64/sq ft, is available at for $4.38/sq ft :-(


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RE: Enclosing trash cans in cabinets? Inconvenient hassle? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: buehl on 02.23.2013 at 03:03 am in Kitchens Forum

You could get a foot pedal for the trash pullout...hands-free!

We've had a 2-bin trash pullout for almost 5 years now and so far no "smelly cabinets". The front bin is for trash; the back bin is for recyclables.

Do you have "smart" dogs? In our old kitchen w/a standalone trash can, our Standard Poodles learned how to open the can by pressing on the foot pedal (they also figured out how to open the child-gate we initially used to keep them out of the kitchen when needed!) They know where the trash is now, but they can't get it open!

Here is a link that might be useful: Häfele's Foot Pedal (you can buy the foot pedal separately)


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RE: no uppers (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: ratrem on 01.01.2013 at 09:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

Bee yes time has been flying by, and I love the tall dish drawers too, no more bending and it suits our needs perfectly.

Fistmap- I love having "no" uppers, but I would absolutely miss the open shelving I have. It is a must for me for dishes I use on a daily basis mixed in with a few for decor. I think no uppers can be done easily if you have some pantry storage and/or willing to do some open shelves for mostly used items.
We fit our extra dishes/glasses in 2 27" drawer.
Here is a better shot of our open shelving, the brackets were put in the studs so can hold a lot. Most our plates are in the dish drawers, all of our dishes we use on a daily basis fit here. My 3 year old has her own drawer under one of the dish drawers that holds all her plastic plates, utensils, cups and bowls, so she can reach it and put he own dishes away. Works very well for us:



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RE: What did you introduce to your GC that impressed them? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Ginny20 on 02.18.2013 at 10:56 am in Kitchens Forum

Ecosmart 6" recessed LED's from Home Depot. GC suggested CFL's. When he saw these self-trimming, dimmable LED's, he said he was going to put them in his own house.


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RE: Help me choose a faucet, please (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: carolml on 02.16.2013 at 09:44 am in Kitchens Forum

I have the Hansgrohe Allegro E, three in fact, all different sizes for different sinks. The spray feature locks on and it has the magnetic return. I think I have to turn the faucet off to return to normal flow but I can't remember (it's all so new and I'm not at home just now, so I can't check). I really like these faucets and the largest of them (main sink) was bought at Costco, so was cheaper than both of the smaller ones.


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RE: Spray Foam - Worth it? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: energy_rater_la on 04.14.2011 at 11:03 am in Building a Home Forum

foam for the roofline is a good investment.
foam for the walls is not a good investment.
instead of foaming the walls, add the foam to the
exterior of the wall by sheathing the house with
rigid foam sheathing. tape and seal all the foam sheathing boards, caulk sole plate to slab.
insulate walls conventionally.
incorperate air tight drywall approach through out the house. this will stop air movement through walls and allow conventional insulation to perform.
it will also drop the 25+ year ROI to half.

an unvented attic (foam on roofline) will keep
mechanicals and ducts in semi conditioned area.
this will also make attic to living space air infiltration
less of an issue.

check out for your location
and educate yourself with unbiased information rather
than mfg's websites that are selling products.
your state's dept of energy will also have climate specific
info for you.

there is another thread on this site that covers this info
in greater detail.

best of luck.


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RE: Instant hot water, large house tankless water heater (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: mydreamhome on 02.06.2013 at 08:55 pm in Building a Home Forum

You need a recirc pump. Some of the newer tankless systems are available with them built in. We have one, it cost us a few hundred to have it added and installed. Hot water available in 4 seconds flat ~50' from the water heater with the recirc pump. Without the pump, it takes longer than 2mins to get hot water in the shower during the winter & even longer at the sinks. Most front load washing machines won't trigger the tankless hot water heater for warm or hot washes. Even if they do, the drum fills with mostly cold water before the hot ever makes it to the machine. Definitely a plumbing upgrade that makes a difference.

Hope this helps!


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RE: Taj Mahal - I think it's ''the one'' (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: camphappy on 01.29.2013 at 01:12 am in Kitchens Forum

That leather finish is from Da Vinci in San Carlos, CA. They had the best selection when I was looking last summer and it looks like they still do. Pietra Fina in Hayward also had some nice slabs as well as other quartzites.


Taj Mahal in leather finish!
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RE: My new backsplash (nat cherry cabinets, dakota mahogany grani (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: catamount90 on 01.23.2013 at 10:50 am in Kitchens Forum

"Question: I've been wondering how to grout it and have the grout be recessed so the tiles pop. It looks like that's what you did. What method did you use to achieve that? I've felt that if the grout were flush, it wouldn't be as interesting. Also, what color grout did you use? Thanks!"

Hi frozenelves8. That grout is unsanded Bone from Custom Building Products (also available at Home Depot). It is the same color grout used in the example Home Depot uses:

Also, the "recessed grout" happens when running a sponge over the grout. That is just part of grouting and will happen no matter which grout you decide on. You will remove more or less depending on how much pressure you apply to the sponge as you wipe it down. Generally though, it's hard to mess up.


Home Depot tile and backsplash! Elegant for bathrooms!
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Taj Mahal - I think it's ''the one''

posted by: msrose on 01.26.2013 at 05:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

I saw Madre Perla a couple of weeks ago and it's the first thing I've seen that I really love. The problem was it was a grayish greenish color, which was beautiful, but doesn't go with the colors in my house. I walked into a granite place today and right when you walk in the door was this gorgeous slab of Taj Mahal. I knew it was "the one". It obviously was "the one" for several other people, because they had six slabs and all six had a hold on it. The guy told me one woman put a hold on it and then went home and told her best friend about it. The best friend came in and loved it just as much and decided she had to have it also, so she put a hold on it. Then there was a 3rd person that put a hold on it. He told me to find a fabricator and then check back when I'm ready to install to see if they're still on hold, because sometimes people change their mind, so I'm trying to track one down now. I just hope I can afford it now that I've decided it's "the one".




Taj Mahal or madre perla - former is warmer
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Traditional Modern Pearl White Kitchen in New York City

posted by: scottielee on 07.14.2009 at 10:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

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


Backsplash tile wood island and omega cabs (for Color)!
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Shaker Quartersawn Oak, 1908 Foursquare Kitchen Remodel Complete

posted by: davetz1 on 10.04.2009 at 10:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our summer kitchen remodel is complete in our 1908 Foursquare home. We opted for somewhat of a period-true design along with flsuh inset cabinets.
Many thanks to members here for posting, input and ideas. Special mention to kitchenkelly for her banquette design and photos.
Let me know what you think and thanks for looking!

Here are the details:
60% DIY (Demo, electrical, plumbing, paint, finish trim, tile, knobs and pulls)

Timeline: Summer 2008 - design finalized; July 1, 2009 -groundbreaking; July 22, 2009 - first meal in kitchen, appliances back in; early September, 2009 - finish details such as trim, backsplash, counters, knobs and pulls complete.

Cabinets: custom built stained Quartersawn Oak
Counters: Zodiaq Woodland Grey with integral runnels (drainboard)
Sink: Franke OAX-110 Super Single
Faucet: Kohler Forte (ebay)
Back Door and Transom (Fullview with operable
blinds): Thermatru
Casement Window: Anderson
Appliances: various Stainless steel - Amana, GE (counter depth fridge)
Range Hood: Vent-a-Hood PRH-9130-SS (ebay)
Lighting: Sconces - Schoolhouse Lighting Hand Painted Emory
Pendant and Semi-flush - Rejuvenation
Undercabinet lights - American Lighting Brushed
Fan: Emerson Atomical Brushed Steel (ebay)
Speakers: Bose 190 In-Ceiling with independant volume controls
White Plugmold
Knobs and Pulls: Lee Valley Antique Pewter
Doorknobs: VanDyke's Restorer's Octagon Knobs with Brushed Nickel Backplates
Backsplsh Tile: Dirk Elliott Breeze Subway Tile
Decorative Insert Tile (in upper cabinets): Motawi 6"X6" Mountain and Valley Landscape tiles
Banquette: Custom design based on kitchenkelly's and Crownpoint's (painted maple and stained oak), self built
Drawer slides: Blum Tandem self close/soft close undermount
Door hinges: Blum with Soft Close

Without Further adieu, the photos:





Packing up

Our temporary sink - lots of takeout, no paper plates!


Drywall finishing

Floors refinished

Cabinet installation

First meal cooked in the new kitchen - from the Farmer's Market

Counter installation

My little helper

Backsplash complete

Backsplash with Plugmold and Undercabinet Lights

Leaded Glass Window Insert

Motawi Tiles

Banquette, Fridge, Microwave

Overall Southwest Aerial View

Here is a link that might be useful: For the whole set of photos - check out the website and slideshow


Quarter sawn oak cabs with custom gel finish (?) backsplash and counter have nice feel together. Morass tiles!
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RE: Finished White Kitchen! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: robinst on 12.30.2009 at 04:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ok... I am having trouble resizing some of the pictures on photobucket. Here are a couple of more detail pictures.

Pull out spice racks

Appliance Garage


Carreras tile backsplash info in finished kitchen blog (how to order from lowes)
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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.)

Old kitchen

Corresponding view

Old family room:

Corresponding view

Old dining room (both visible walls are now gone)

Corresponding view

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)


Taupe island. Wish we could move stovetop
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finished cherry kitchen with stone

posted by: tateland on 04.18.2010 at 12:23 am in Kitchens Forum

I cant believe I am actually submitting my kitchen. Thanks to all who have answered questions, Bill Vincent, for all your grout advice. Jamielo, (you were my original inspiration) and Elizpiz, your backsplash blew my mind. Our house is 1950's so if anyone remembers the original mint green tile and black linoleum. Sorry no before pics We kept the original kitchen footprint but knocked the wall out that faces the kitchen table (it was a small doorway) now the fun stuff

Cherry inset cabinets with natural finish
Uba Tuba granite
AZ Tile stacked stone backsplash in Golden Gate (took 9 months to pick out but glad I didn't settle I found exactly what I envisioned)
red oak floor to match original throughout the house
Kohler Simplice faucet
Ticor sink
Maytag french door fridge
Kobe 30" range hood
Miele double ovens
Thermador 5 burner cooktop
Miele Incognito dishwasher
Amerock Forgings foursquare pulls and knobs (thanks Jamielo)
Bed Bath and Beyond stools
undercabinet and recessed lighting


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Finished! White, Statuary, and Aqua Grantique

posted by: niffy on 05.22.2010 at 02:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Egad, I think it is done - well except for the dinette chairs that are on a container somewhere in the Pacific, and the base moulding for the fridge/freezer. Done enough, anyway....
I owe GW a great debt for many things, but a special thanks to all the marble lovers out there whose kitchens convinced me to go for it. I almost became a Virginia Mist convert, too, until I happened upon this brushed Aqua Grantique which fulfilled all my soapstone/marble/but low maintenance fantasies.... Margieb2- if you are still around, thank you for your arch! We had the half walls/columns on our plans, and once I saw yours, I knew EXACTLY how ours needed to be trimmed. We owe you big time.

So details....
Cabinets: custom, antique white. Island is maple stained dark walnut with a dark glaze or something.
Hardware: Polished nickel pulls and knobs, through cab company
Island countertop: statuary marble, honed
Perimeter countertop: aqua grantique (a granitic gneiss, apparently) - brushed finish
Backsplash: statuary 12x12 cut down to subways, statuary herringbone, and cut statuary slab
Floors: Brazilian walnut
Walls: SW Silvermist
Chandeliers: Schonbek New Orleans mini
Appliances: 30" Gaggenau fridge/freezer columns, GE Monogram Advantium 240 oven, GE Monogram Convection single oven, Wolf 36" induction cooktop, Miele La Perla dishwasher, and GE Monogram microwave (in end of island)
Sinks: Rohl 30" and Kohler Irontones for prep
Faucets: Rohl Country in polished nickel (avoid the burgundy felt "protective" bags. They stain when wet - stain things like new white marble. Don't ask how I know. Bags. Are. Evil.)

Hood/cooktop wall:

Sink wall (well, part of it anyway):

Fridge/freezer wall:

Perspective on location of pantry/butler's pantry:

Breakfast room and Family room:

Breakfast room hutch:

Aqua Grantique Close-up:

Countertop and Backsplash:

Cooktop backsplash:

Built-in Pantry (across from butler's pantry cabinets/counter)


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Kitchen finished! White cabs, quartzite, leathered black. Whew!

posted by: babs711 on 07.14.2012 at 12:25 am in Kitchens Forum

We moved into our new build about three weeks ago. While I say the kitchen (and house) are complete, some things are missing that need to be done like counter stools that aren't here yet, a window seat cushion, upholstered chairs at the table that will be ordered, BLADES for the living room ceiling fan that aren't in yet. I've hardly hung a thing on the walls and am working on window treatments now. You get the picture! But we're in! And the months of planning and stewing are over! So here are some pics of the kitchen/dining/living room. I'm sure I'll have updates as I go.

Cabinets: Eudora Frameless
Island countertop: White Macaubus Quartzite
Perimeter countertop: Leathered Absolute Black Granite
Sink: Kohler Riverby Cast Iron
Faucet: Moen Woodmere in Stainless
Hardware on solid doors/drawers: Amerock Highland Ridge in polished nickel
Glass knobs and Bin Pulls in polished nickel: Van Dyke's
Range & Dishwasher: Thermador
Refrigerator: Kitchenaid Pro
Refrigerator Drawers: Electrolux
Sharp Microwave Drawer

Close up of the tile. It's hard to get an accurate color since it's so glossy. It's more blue/green than portrayed in pics:

I was standing on a chair when I took this. I feel like it makes the dining table look like toy furniture! Ha!

Behold...the unfinished bar and the fan with no blades. We live in the deep judging the fan! Behind those closed doors lies my DH's very unfinished man cave.

And you'd know that the day after I took these, my new sofa cushion inserts came in. It's all fluffy and new looking again. Oh well!

The Pantry is actually the same color as the entry you see right past the range wall in the kitchen (BM Gray Wisp). But I didn't use a flash so it looks funky here:


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Finished pics - Creamy white, stained island

posted by: marmoreus on 01.25.2011 at 11:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is long overdue (we finished at the end of last August), but I wanted to thank all you Kitchen forum members for the great help. Thank you, thank you!!! I've really appreciated all the great information on this site. It has been such a helpful resource as we built a house for the first time.

On to the pictures.







So far the kitchen is working out really well for us. Other than not loving the performance of my wall oven, I am happy with how it all turned out.

The details:

Perimeter cabinets: Decora (Chantille finish on maple)
Island cabinets: Sorrento (Hermosa finish on alder)
Backsplash: Walker Zanger Gramercy Park (Heirloom White and Pipe Smoke)
Granite on perimeter: Antiqued Nordic Black (love this!)
Granite on Island: Alaskan White
Pendant lights: Schoolhouse Electric
Knobs & pulls: Amerock Highland Ridge
Barstools: Restoration Hardware (bought during Friends & Family sale--20% off--yay!)
Wall color: BM Revere Pewter
Flooring: walnut w/ Waterlox finish
Sink: Shaw's farmhouse sink
Sink faucet/soap dispenser: Danze Opulence
Range: NXR
Wall oven: Kitchenaid
Fridge: Bosch
Dishwasher: paneled Bosch
Micro: cheapo GE

Thanks again!


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RE: White Beveled Arabesque In Our Kitchen? Bee's opinion please! (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: EAM44 on 01.18.2013 at 09:19 am in Kitchens Forum

Anything Bee has used is going to be gorgeous - but I think you're missing an opportunity here to add some life to your very calm space. If the arabesque makes your heart flutter then use it. Bee used it in combination with a heart-stoppingly beautiful grey stone with white inclusions. Yours is a vanilla colored solid surface paired with white cabs. The effect will not be the same.

You have a beige countertop, white cabinets and floor - you could choose the most intricate, eye popping bs on the planet and have a more vibrant, luxurious looking space. You also have very little wall space to cover, so even the most delicate handmade stained glass, or water jet cut stone tiles will be budget friendly. I would encourage you to look around a bit more, and try to incorporate the blue you love into the bs. Definitely check out the Artistic Tile website (link below).

Artistic Tile Eden

Artistic Tile Danse Azule
Artistic Tile Herringbone Peacock Blue

Artistic Tile Flapper Floral

Artistic Tile Thre Color Diamond

Here is a link that might be useful: Artistic


tile for backsplash with bluestone countertops?
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RE: Please post pictures of your counter-tops (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: circuspeanut on 11.01.2011 at 08:12 pm in Kitchens Forum


copper counter? Pewter? Love!
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RE: Please post pictures of your counter-tops (Follow-Up #110)

posted by: ratrem on 07.31.2012 at 10:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Taj mahal quartzite:





taj mahal or madre perla quarzite? White amber backsplash?
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RE: Is there a warm, white granite/quarzite? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: Steph2000 on 10.21.2012 at 08:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is called White Pearl Granite. It is over at HOUZZ and many marble lovers are discussing it. However, it does seem to lean to the cool compared to the warm side to me, so it is likely not what you are looking for.


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Pip's Finished Kitchen! Lots of pics

posted by: pip on 12.21.2010 at 08:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to the many inspiring kitchens and knowledgeable people on this site, we just finished our 5 week remodel of our kitchen. The collective wisdom on this site helped us so much during the remodel!

The previous kitchen had been remodeled within the last 10 years, but it was separated from the rest of the home and lacked sufficient counter space for a family of four. We decided to tear down the wall that separated the kitchen and laundry room and expand into the dining room to give us more counter space. The windows in the corner were too low to run counters and that proved to be a design challenge. Instead of raising the windows which would have altered the architecture of the exterior of the home, we decided to make the area a banquette. We also moved the old doorway off the foyer and created two larger arches which open up the kitchen to the living and dining room.

The space was too small for an island, so we had our counter top fabricator make us a work table that is movable -- it has wheels and we can roll it out of the way if we want to open up the kitchen.

Cabinets - custom by Los Angeles cabinetmaker - maple shaker style (bar area is espresso finish)
Countertops - Madre Perla quartzite
Backsplash - White onyx staggered tile
Faucet - KWC Eve
Sink - Franke
All KitchenAid appliances, except for GE profile microwave Vent-a-hood
Lighting - onxy pendants purchased at Lighting Emporium
Pulls - Great Indoors
Floors - White Oak hardwoods to match the rest of the home
Paint- Martha Stewart "Fossil"




and, of course, a photo of Pip himself, enjoying his new kitchen...


madre perla quarzite counters and white onyx backsplash
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Butcher block is installed!!

posted by: hobokenkitchen on 10.23.2012 at 03:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Now we really are just down to the backsplash and window seat cushion.

Here it is! We may put another coat of oil on to darken it another shade.....
Can't wait to see my husband's face when he walks in and sees it there! : )

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Love everything. Note low chandelier in front of fireplace to make it cozy (bottom is around 6'4" so husband can walk underneath.).
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RE: Refinishing White Oak Floors: Stained or Natural? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: sombreuil_mongrel on 11.20.2010 at 02:32 pm in Old House Forum

You can stain them. I have seen them in ipswitch pine or provincial and IMO it gives a nicely toned-down "instant age" look.


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RE: bosch induction 500 or 800? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: debbienp7 on 11.02.2012 at 04:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

I went with the 36" 500, but it is not installed yet so I can't speak to how it works. I bought it through Sears Outlet online. It was $1200 plus $200 shipping. For the price, I couldn't justify the 800.


bosch induction from sears outlet online
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