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White Kitchen Reveal and More

posted by: marthastoo on 04.13.2014 at 02:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I stumbled on Garden Web one year ago when DH and I thought we'd might want to redo our kitchen. Long story short, we ended up selling our house and buying a fixer upper that had stood vacant for 3+ years. There was torrential rainstorm the day we settled and when we walked into our new home, there were fountains of water spraying into our basement. That pretty much sums up our experiences in our new home. There is always something going wrong (think the movie The Money Pit), but just when we think we can't take it anymore, there is a blanket of powdery snow on the forest trees that surround the house or a host of recently erupted daffodils ripple in the breeze on the bank of the ravine behind our house.

The kitchen was original to the house, with green painted cabinets that were quaint, but the layout of the kitchen was inefficient. The following listing photos make it seem very light and airy. It's called Photoshop. Notice how the cabs look white. They're actually a medium green.
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Here's a photo from my phone when we went to look at the house - dark and dingy best describe the room.
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We moved a doorway, made the walk-in pantry smaller (sacrilege, I know), added a utility sink and cabs in the mudroom/laundry room/pantry area, but the structure of the room stayed basically the same.

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Stole this idea from Houzz - I love having all my cooking utensils organized and easy to reach and no longer in a jumbled mess in a drawer.
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My Wood Hollow inserts (thanks to GW!)
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My Thermador microwave drawer - I had to have my cabinet maker come back to make it flush with the cabinet, but he made good on it. :)
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My daughter wanted to pose for the photo: an action shot of the inside of my beautiful Thermador column.
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The banquette and desk area: I know a lot of people don't use theirs but I live at my desk. It's where I do my work (I had 4 filing cabinets made) and I can watch TV in two rooms from my location. Normally I have my purse and other work paraphernalia scattered on the glass top. I can spread out all my papers on it - I love it! It also has USB outlets behind my laptop.
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I had asked about the banquette fabric several months ago and decided to go with a neutral gray. Yes, I went for the "pops of color" with the red ikat and turquoise.
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Kitchen Details
Custom Cabinets - Painted maple beaded inset in BM Chantilly Lace (debatable since our can of Chantilly Lace is whiter than our cabinets!) by Oxford Cabinetry, Oxford PA, all drawers and doors soft close
Island - Alder with gray stain
Perimeter countertops - leathered steel gray granite
Island countertop - Calacutta marble
Wall color - BM Genesis White
Wolf rangetop
Bosch 800+ dishwasher
Thermador Freedom Columns - 24" refrigerator, 18" freezer
Electrolux Wave Touch double oven
Thermador microwave drawer
Dornbracht Ultra faucet
Franke Orca sink
Broan Best PIK33 1200 CFM hood
Hudson Valley Lighting Gardner urn pendants
Capiz shell drum chandelier from Horshow
Backsplash - Encore crackle tile in mint
Porcelain Tile - Ceramiche Campo Galliano Rox Beige Natural
Crate and Barrel Turner stools
Pottery Barn Napoleon chairs and table

Laundry room/mudroom/pantry
I don't have any before pics of this because it didn't really exist. It was just an area from the garage to the kitchen with a closet with the washer and dryer and a walk-in pantry.

Electrolux washer and dryer
Moen Arbor Sense Touch Faucet
Kingston Brass Filtered Water Faucet
GE water filtration system
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Also stolen from Houzz - drying rack that I love. The only thing is the top rack is very high and I need a step ladder to reach it. Now, people coming in the house don't see my drawers hanging to dry. LOL
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Powder Room
The original powder room was so scary looking that nobody used it for several months until it was gutted and renovated. Here's the listing photo:
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Not so scary? Try this more accurate photo from my cell phone. Dark, dark, dark plus the linoleum that looked like it had 5 decades of urine on it. :\

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Restoration Hardware vanity and fixtures in polished nickel
Visual Comfort sconces
Kohler Archer toilet
Clarke and Clarke Augustus smoke wallpaper
AKDO basketweave carrera marble tile with carrera select and black galaxy tiles for border
Old mirror
Vase from Anthropologie

We enlarged the vanity nook and added a soffit to hide some plumbing.

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My favorite things:
My Dornbracht faucet
Comfy banquette (I fell asleep on it once)
Bosch dishwasher that cleans so well (my old Maytag was a gunky piece of junk)
My kitchen desk
The marble island
Dimmable LED undercabinet lights
My Thermador that keeps produce fresh literally for weeks
A utility sink
Filtered water that's not in a refrigerator to cause drips and stains
A beautiful powder room I'm not embarrassed to have guests use!

The biggest mistakes (and there were many) during the process:
Plumber switched the kitchen and utility faucets (even though I had clearly labeled them)
Chandelier too far over to the right (we were too tired to try to make them move it over 3")
I would have made the drawers flanking the rangetop more symmetrical
I wouldn't have picked those fabrics again. Oh well.

I'm just glad it's over (well, for now). This house is a lifetime of projects. We also redid the kids' hall bathroom but it's a constant mess so no pics now. In a few years, we have a attic room addition and master bath remodel on deck. On a happy note, all daffodils in the photos are from our very overgrown but beautiful property. :)


clipped on: 04.13.2014 at 04:07 pm    last updated on: 04.13.2014 at 04:07 pm

RE: My Kitchen Facelift Journey (Follow-Up #81)

posted by: ajsmama on 03.31.2014 at 10:25 am in Kitchens Forum

The good thing about the shellac (has to be dewaxed) is that it will stick to anything and anything sticks to it. So you can clean your old stained oak cabinets with mineral spirits to get any grease/dirt off, brush on a coat of the shellac, and prime right over it with no worries whether the original finish was poly or lacquer and if the new paint will stick to it.

Now, what type of acrylic primer did you use? If it has stearates it it, you might want to put another coat on and sand (then follow up with mineral spirits to get the dust off), b/c the stearates in it will help fill the grain in the oak (I'm assuming you won't hae much grain showing through on the original cabinets with the original finish and the shellac on there).

General Finishes makes a good waterborne acrylic sanding sealer for very big pores/grain. You might even have to use a grain filler on the new cabinets, don't know how heavy the grain is. You can ask for more help on Paint forum.


clipped on: 04.02.2014 at 09:42 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2014 at 09:42 pm

RE: Kitchen Remodel DONE! Lots of pics... (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: desertsteph on 03.26.2012 at 01:08 am in Kitchens Forum

here's a few from her site. many more out there to look at!

beautiful kitchen!









clipped on: 04.02.2014 at 09:37 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2014 at 09:37 pm

A year in the making. My new kitchen w/pics

posted by: oldhouse1 on 09.11.2011 at 08:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our home is a simple 1840 Canadiana. We were living life quite comfortably when we drove by a home we always jokingly said we would buy if it ever went up for sale. Well, there it was, a big for sale sign in the middle of the lawn. Long story short we moved from our 4 bathroom home to one 1/3 the size with one bath that also happened to be off the kitchen. We immediately set out to design a small addition which included a kitchen. That was three years ago. With the exception of the foundation and framing, this has been a complete DIY project. After a year and a month of doing dishes in the bathroom I now have a kitchen. It doesn't have alot of bells and whistles and although we didn't necessarily want a period kitchen we did want one that suited an older home.


Ikea Tidaholm cupboards, professionally sprayed in Cloud White with alot of customization. Unfortunately, these have since been discontinued.

AEG Electrolux 36" freestanding stove. Bought for less then half price because someone bought it, used it once and returned it because they decided they wanted gas. We don't have gas and recently put in Geo Thermal heating/air conditioning. Wasn't in the budget to bring in propane. Stove was so reasonable that if we decide to do so later we can.

Liebherr 30" freestanding refrigerator. Purchased for half price because it had a dent dent in the bottom half. Bought a new door so it was good as new, until they delivered it and dented the top half. They replaced the door. Neither will be installed until house is complete (just in case).

Ikea farmhouse sink and dishwasher. I'm actually very pleased that it works as well as it does.

Perrin and Rohl Aquatine faucet in polished nickel.

Island and Jam cupboard - Special Order from Camlen Furniture in Quebec. Purchased with hand planed top in pine and may or not replace with marble. Will live with it for a while.

10" random length pine floors. All hand finished and dinged and finshed with Waterlox. This alone took us several weeks. We love the finish.

Honed Absolute Black granite. Bought the kitchen at Ikea's 20% off sale. Rather then cash back you get Ikea gift certificates. Used these and another $1300.

Faber Inca Pro hood

Light fixture- Sescolite, Burlington, Ontario

Finished kitchen, $19 thousand including all the small stuff.

I would like to thank the GW community. I found you when most decisions had already been made but early enough to make some positive changes based on the vast amount of information shared on this site. I didn't ask for much advise but I can assure you that I read everything written on the subjects that I researched on this site and then some. I do not have the incredible knowledge that so many of you do who share so willingly to those who ask but have from time to time tried to help out on the very few subjects I know a little about. I have taken much more than I have been able to give. I am grateful to have had a place that I could frequent with people who share the same desire to have a kitchen of their dreams no matter their budget. And to those who think their day will never come, keep the faith. I never thought that I would get here. After seeing so many unbelievable kitchens, big and small, elaborate and understated, new and updated thanks for looking at mine.


clipped on: 03.27.2014 at 09:25 pm    last updated on: 03.27.2014 at 09:25 pm

RE: Kitchen estimate - white beaded inset cab with cherry island (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: robinson622 on 12.10.2009 at 01:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Sure, Aileen. I have to first give credit to "repaintingagain" for posting the original info and showing her beautiful island. You can see their workmanship if you search her name.

Oxford Cabinet Shop
120 Quarry Road
Oxford, PA 19353
Phone: 717-529-0949 (they only answer M-F, between 8:00-8:30am)
Message line: 610-932-3770 (leave a message for Jacob Fisher)

My husband and I worked with the son, Jacob. The father is also Jacob. He spent plenty of time with us, and he wasn't pushy. Good Luck!


clipped on: 02.27.2014 at 09:54 pm    last updated on: 02.27.2014 at 09:54 pm

Silver Crackle Backsplash done!

posted by: romy718 on 12.18.2013 at 03:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

Remember those taupey tiles on my counter & my disappointment about no blue tiles? Well, these are essentially the same tiles. Encore sent me an additional 2 boxes of custom made tiles, which got me about 20 tiles with a "hint" of blue. I think I may have tortured my KD, the tile supplier & Encore because honestly as I can't locate those 20 tiles.
We love the end result. My photos are not capturing the colors, which change by the hour. Predominantly they are varying shades of watery gray and as Marthastoo described, they "sparkle".
Warm walnut floors below the cardboard.


clipped on: 02.24.2014 at 07:45 pm    last updated on: 02.24.2014 at 07:45 pm

RE: Again with the lazy susan questions. Anyone seen this done? (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: Bellsmom on 12.07.2013 at 01:30 pm in Kitchens Forum


I don't see how you can have supersusans and attached doors. Sort of by definition, supersusans operate independently and each susan rests on a fixed shelf. The kind of susan you describe would have to have a center pole and no fixed shelves or else doors couldn't rotate.

I may be the person who posted pictures of using the space beside susans to store cookie sheets and such.

I have frameless cabinets with super susans and bifold doors. Because my cabinet maker did not custom build the susans, there is about 1 1/2 inch of space beside each susan.

I can't find my post about using this space, but here are some pics:

This shows the way items can be slid into the spaces beside the susans and also UNDER the susans.
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one last image:
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And this shows most of the items I have stored alongside or under the susans.

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By the way, I have had NO problem with the doors being marred by bumps. If I had a center pole I definitely would not be able to store my Nesco cooker or my sous vide supreme on a susan. They are both just too large, and I want them where they are convenient.


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RE: Corner Cabinet Space Calculations and Analysis (Follow-Up #49)

posted by: robotropolis on 02.20.2014 at 12:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thought I would upload a photo of my costco corner to this thread. Thanks to arlosmom for coming up with such a genius, cost effective solution that was super easy for my cabinet maker to understand. This particular cabinet is only 20" deep (wall jog) and it was so helpful to have a solution that could size to any cabinet.

This post was edited by robotropolis on Thu, Feb 20, 14 at 12:27


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Ivory White, Linen White, White Dove BM Color Dilema

posted by: taatjben on 03.03.2009 at 05:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been reading several posts on the white/off white cabinet color choices, but still want some more help.

The three we have been most interseted in are:

Ivory white - hint of yellow?
Linen white - hint of tan, yellow?
White dove - hint of grey maybe?

We are going with tropic brown granite, and flooring and backsplash have not been decided.

Any thoughts. We've been trying to decide this for a month now. Maybee (definetly) being too picky, but still would like help.

Thanks so much. In April, we will have gone one year from starting the project, With the last 2 months using a utility tub. With two kids, we need to get this done...


clipped on: 02.13.2014 at 06:51 pm    last updated on: 02.13.2014 at 06:51 pm

Everything I Wanted to Know About Drawers...

posted by: aloha2009 on 02.02.2013 at 06:31 am in Kitchens Forum

I was hoping to make this thread not only informational for myself, but that other information regarding drawers could be collected together. This is all about function.

Obviously to maximize storage and ease of use, drawers are the way to go.

Some things that are not so obvious are about framed, frameless and inset cabinets.

Another is how do cabinet manufacturers differ (if any) on the available usage.

The usage of 3 drawer vs 4 drawer (or even 5 drawer) stacks.

Determining the width of cabinets for your kitchen.

If you have answers to any of these please proceed.

Framed, frameless and inset cabinets utilize differing INTERIOR usable measurements. Please specify the type of cabinets you have (framed, frameless or inset) your manufacturer (or custom), the size of the cabinet, and what the entire TOP drawer INTERIOR measurements are (width, length, height). I stated top drawer only for comparison purposes since only the height should change from drawer to drawer. Perhaps certain manufactures have better storage in their cabinet lines.

Why did you choose cabinets with 4 drawer (and 5 drawer) stack when you did? How many do you have? How did you deal with the "horizontal lines" differences between your 3 and 4 drawer stacks? Just one aesthetic question isn't too bad.

Though wider cabinets are highly prized here, why did you choose narrower cabinets, instead of the widest available that would fit in your kitchen?

If there is anything else, I haven't though of to ask to have this thread be as complete as possible regarding drawers, please feel to add.


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RE: Custom Drawer Inserts (Follow-Up #35)

posted by: kksmama on 10.27.2013 at 09:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

I ordered four of these and love them, much better than anything else for both form and function. Here are my suggestions for anyone who wishes to order:

1) Measure carefully, and consider whether the screw heads for your handles should be subtracted. My inserts were too tight a fit, and my dh took a power sander to them to take off 1/16". So my experience was the opposite of Foxcrane's.

2) Draw what you want, including the orientation of things like spice racks. One of my four inserts arrived damaged and un-usable because the slanted spice risers were designed for front to back bottles and I had measured with the intention of lying them in the drawers sideways. They re-made it for me, which was excellent customer service!

3) Inquire about having inserts made without the thin bottom piece, I didn't and am not sure it is an option - perhaps it adds needed stability - but I would've preferred not to have it.

My drawers are all really big, and have to hold a variety of things, so these were a fabulous value for me. I'd definitely use them again.


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2LittleFishies Yellow Kitchen Reveal- Part DEUX!!!

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 02.10.2013 at 10:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

HERE IS PART 1 if you want to read other comments/questions answered:

OK, here is my finished yellow kitchen thread! Can't believe it is here!
I can't thank ALL of you enough (or at least those who shared in my vision!) for all the help. Like most of us I really spent so much time on every decision. I joke that nothing happened by accident.
There are so many of you that contributed your thoughts and ideas but I want to especially thank lavender_lass and marcolo for all of their wise words and helping me find and stay true to my vision.
I found the hardest part of renovating is not going off track every time you have to make a decision and not letting others sway you to do things you really don't want to do!

What is NOT finished:
*Still waiting on banquette bench for between the 2 built-ins
*New Dining Table
*2 ends of the Backsplash Tile are not installed yet b/c they were sent back to manufacturer to get a bull-nosed edge.
*Custom light switch cover to match BS tile.
*Deciding on window treatments-whether or not to do them...


*GC- Merrick Construction, NJ

*Custom Cabinetry- Gilreath Cabinetry- PA
Perimeter is 36" finished, island is 34" high, baking area 33" high

*Colors of Cabinetry- BM Barley 199, BM Mascarpone AF-20 Cabinets were finished with a catalyzed lacquer (not paint) and clear top coat.

*Wall Paint- Kitchen- BM Elephant Tusk OC-8
Dining Area/Living Room BM Woodlawn Blue HC-147
Living Room BM Putnam Ivory HC-39

*Countertops- Vermont Imperial Danby Marble 3cm (purchased from PMI in NJ); Black Walnut 2" Thick Island Top finished with Satin Waterlox (constructed by our Cabinet Maker)

*Island Size is 9 feet x 51 inches *We keep 5 stools at the island but 6 fit fine (2 at the end)

Thermador CIT365GM 36" Induction Cooktop (mirrored finish)
Electrolux Icon Double Ovens- Professional Series E30EW85GPS6
Electrolux Icon French Door Fridge- Professional Series E23BC68JPS5
Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher- SHV7ER53UC
Miele H4080BM Speed Oven
Marvel 60RDEBBO Fridge Drawers

*Floors- Red Oak finished with Minwax Provincial Stain and Vermeister Commercial Finish Poly. Matte

Renovation Hardware Gilmore Cup Pulls in Chrome
Top Knobs Cabinet Latches in Chrome
Emtek Old Town Clear Knob in Chrome
Schaub & Company 6" Chrome Pulls and 12" pull for Dishwasher

UCL & In Cabs- Seagull LED lights 3000K temp
Drum Pendants- Lamps Plus
5 light Chandelier- Visual Comfort- Michael S Smith Eiffel Chandelier in Polished Nickel

Main- Kohler Whitehaven K-6489 36" Apron Front Cast Iron Sink
Prep- Kohler K-6584 Iron/Tones Cast Iron Sink

Main- Moen Woodmere in Chrome S7208C
Prep- Moen Woodmere Prep Faucet in Chrome S6208C
Soap dispensers- Moen
Pot Filler- Moen Showhouse

*Insinkerator Evolution Essential Disposal
Insinkerator Instahot Faucet F-HC2215 Chrome
Insinkerator SST-FLTR

*Backsplash by Wizard Tile
Design is Ribbons & Feathers with Crackle Glaze in Custom Color

*Stools- Counter Height from Grandinroad

BEFORE: This project included pushing out the entire back of our 1950 Cape 7 feet. Also, removing about 5' of our living room wall which involved moving the basement steps over. Removing a wall between the dining room and kitchen, adding a covered porch. We also did all new siding and other exterior things but I'll stick to inside.

Kitchen was originally a galley measuring about 19' x 9 1/2'. Dining Room was about 8 1/2' wide. Now it's really one large room 28' x 16 1/2'. Kitchen side alone is 16' x 16 1/2'

Choosing reveal photos was worse than narrowing down pics for our Wedding Album! SO sorry in advance for the quantity! Hopefully you'll never have to ask me for more pics : )

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Most of my drawers like these are adjustable which I'd highly recommend. If they weren't I wouldn't have been able to remove partitions to fit taller pieces.

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Key Cabinet

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My KitchenAid

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TV Pocket Doors Over Fridge

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Thanks, Breezy : )

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Storage at Back of Island (Shelves are 9 1/2" deep)

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MY ORGANIZATIONAL SPOT (cork back, file drawer, printer, BluRay player, desk items, charging drawer)

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CUSTOM SLIDING DOORS-- These were at one point supposed to be pocket doors but I didn't want to close off views by having 3' of wall pocket on either side so came up with this which is working well at blocking sound but still gives an open feeling to the space.
I also love the 3 lights on the top so it's less busy and easier to clean!

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The blue looks brighter than it does IRL:

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THANK YOU GW for this FUN, FULFILLING, (and often STRESSFUL) Experience : )

Here is a link that might be useful: PART 1 of REVEAL

This post was edited by 2LittleFishies on Wed, Nov 27, 13 at 12:58


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Will you PLEASE post a link to your kitchen??

posted by: susied3 on 05.22.2012 at 04:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have to say, I've spent the last 4 days probably over 20 hours of searching, here, google, FKB, every way possible, as to NOT bother you with this, BUT, I can't find MANY kitchens that I have notes on, with questions, and thought maybe if people would post the link to their original kitchen reveal, or progress pics, it might help others with questions as well.

I have a list of TWENTY SEVEN names that I have specific questions about your kitchen! I thought maybe the link to a thread with info might answer many without having to bug everyone personally!

In addition to those 27, I already have 32 threads saved in my favorites, some have the answers, some not, so will probably have to "bug you" for those. :)

So, if you have it, will you post it? PLEASE??



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Finally - Final Kitchen Pictures

posted by: lucretzia on 09.26.2010 at 10:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Sorry but many other competing activities my time so I finally have had a chance to get DH to upload the pictures of the completed kitchen.

Product details...
* Cabinets - Inset painted maple (Oxford Cabinet Shop)
* Backslash - 1"x2" quartzite (Walker Zanger)
* Counters - PA Green soapstone
* Floor - 12"x24" porcelain (Mediterranean Tile & Marble)
* Appliances - Bluestar 48" range, KitchenAid 36" refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Prestige 48" 1200 CFM hood insert (Reno's)
* Faucets - Rohl Country (Grande Central)

A huge thanks to everyone on the forum who spent the time to look at my ideas, provide great feedback, and calm me down when I thought the project would never end up right.

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More Pictures


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michelle16 & anyone else interested- custom cabinet quotes are in

posted by: beaglesdoitbetter on 01.11.2011 at 11:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

michelle16- we got our quote from oxford. They came in at just over $36,000 but he said they weren't sure if he had gotten every detail and we'd have to sit down again if we wanted to make sure. So, he's about $2000 more expensive than Dutchwood.

We saw the Dutchwood cabinets on Saturday and they were great. Very small showroom but it had everything you'd need to see in it (all kinds of pullouts, soft close drawers, hoods, appliance garages, etc.). We're actually going to a house on thursday of a lady who used them who worked w/ our builder in the past and will get to see her whole kitchen.


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