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November's finished kitchen for FKB

posted by: november on 03.05.2008 at 01:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are the details:

Cabinets: Plain & Fancy, Dove White, Shaker inset doors, slab drawers
Pulls: ORB from Home Expo
Countertop: Honed Absolute Black granite
Island top: Maple butcher block from Grothouse Lumber, 52"x96" with oiled finish
Ovens: Kitchenaid Architect II Series 30" double wall oven
Cooktop: Kitchenaid 36" Architect II
Dishwasher: Kitchenaid Architect II
Refrigerator: Kitchenaid Architect II
Vent Hood: GE Profile
Main Sink: Elkay 30" undermount
Prep Sink in island: Elkay
Main Faucet: Kohler Fairfax
Prep Faucet: Kohler Fairfax
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Moonshadow










butler pantry

view from mudroom doorway



View from breakfast nook

breakfast nook


clipped on: 03.13.2010 at 06:42 pm    last updated on: 03.13.2010 at 06:42 pm

pendant question - how many over island?

posted by: marja on 03.12.2010 at 03:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

My island will be 36" wide and 60" long. I found some gorgeous red mini pendants at HD. I bought 3, but my question is, is that too many over my island? Should I only use 2? (I can always return one).
While I'm at it, how do you decide exactly where to place the lights? My contractor said the ceiling (including wiring) needs to be finished before he installs the cabinets. What if I am off by a few inches?


clipped on: 03.13.2010 at 05:38 pm    last updated on: 03.13.2010 at 05:38 pm

My finished kitchen--creamy cabinets, Caesarstone, black walnut..

posted by: jenos on 06.18.2009 at 09:23 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi---even though my kitchen has been finished for a year and a half, I just figured out how to post pictures, so I thought I'd share! I am STILL on this forum daily since I LOVE checking out other people's wonderful ideas. Thank you to everyone here--and on the appliance forum--who helped when I needed it!Photobucket




Butler's Pantry

Breakfast Nook


backsplash- walker zanger grammercy park in antique linen
clipped on: 07.09.2009 at 04:26 pm    last updated on: 07.09.2009 at 04:28 pm

Somewhat Finished, Somewhat Budget... White Vintage Kitchen

posted by: janie-k on 02.25.2009 at 06:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is a preview of our not quite finished kitchen. It has been in this same state since before Christmas and I'm guessing it will be a bit before we get around to finishing things (such as molding and the backsplash). Anyways, I thought I'd go ahead and post it now, since I'm so grateful for all the kitchens (finished or not) I was able to see on this forum when I was in the planning phase.


Before Kitchen

This kitchen didn't start out as a budget remodel, but since we were/are doing a whole house remodel, by the end of the kitchen we had spent much more than planned and so the Kitchen budget was cut to 20K.

Some of the details...

Range, Dishwasher & Micro: GE Cafe
Fridge: Counter Depth Bosch
Floor: Ceramic Tile 13"x13" with 4" black marble insets.
Ceiling Lights: Restoration Hardware
Cabinets: Custom by local cabinet maker
Cabinet Paint: Benjamin Moore Aura Paint in White Dove (DIY)
Cabinet Hardware: Restoration Hardware
Sink: Elkay stainless zero radius sink from Home Depot (it can under-mount or top-mount)... we had a sad story involving a beautiful stainless farm sink received with shipping damage that lead to this sink. In the end I'm totally happy with this sink, so it all worked out :)
Counters - Wilsonart Oiled Soapstone Laminate in 3cm thickness to simulate soapstone. I couldn't decide between Soapstone or Marble, so we decided to go laminate for the time being... I'm actually so happy with it, I think it will stay for quite a while.
Breakfast Bar: Walnut top done by cabinet maker


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Did anyone use laminate????

posted by: mommy2taylor on 03.03.2009 at 12:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

So now come the cuts in the budget, we are considering laminate. Can anyone give me some pictures of their laminate countertops so I can stop thinking that I am somehow shortchanging myself!


clipped on: 03.04.2009 at 03:35 pm    last updated on: 03.04.2009 at 03:35 pm

Finished Kitchen Pictures (except backsplash)

posted by: alliern on 11.24.2008 at 12:22 am in Kitchens Forum

Hello! I am happy to finally be able to say that our house is done and we moved from NYC to Colorado 3 weeks ago! Here are some pictures of our new kitchen...I am so enjoying it! I am still undecided about what to do for a backsplash...have to make a decision soon but I wanted to live in the house for a little while before deciding :)

DW, Fridge, microwave/convection oven (Kitchen Aid)
6 burner dual-fuel 36" range (Thermador)
Thermador Traditional Silent 42" Hood w/remote blower
Perimeter countertop Black Minas Soapstone from Dorado Soapstone
Island Countertop Honed Statuario Marble
Perimeter Cabinets custom built with BM Simply White paint
Island Custom Built Alder
Floor Owens PlankFloor 6" Walnut with Satin Water Based Polyurethane
Delta Allura Faucet and soap dispenser
Danze Pot Filler
Cabinet hardware from Restoration Hardware






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Read Me If You're New To GW Kitchens! [Help keep on Page 1]

posted by: buehl on 12.07.2008 at 01:17 am in Kitchens Forum

Welcome - If you are new here - you may find the following information and links helpful.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages contain helpful information about how to navigate this site as well as the world of kitchen renovations.

The Kitchen Forum Acronyms will help you understand some of the acronyms used frequently in posts.

The Finished Kitchens Blog has pictures and information about many GW members' finished kitchens. Not only can you see them alphabetically, but there is also a category list if you're looking for specific things like a kitchen w/a Beverage Center or a kitchen w/a mix of dark and light cabinets.

The Appliances Forum is very useful when you have questions specific to appliances.

To start off the process...take the Sweeby Test. Then, move on to Beginning a Kitchen Plan.

Other topics such as planning for storage can be found by doing a search on the forum.


  • Before posting a question, search the forum. There's a very good chance someone has already asked the question.
  • When using the "search" function, be sure to use the search box on the bottom of the page, not the top!
  • In the Subject, the site changes the inches indicator (") to a foot indicator ('). We don't know why. To compensate, use two single qoutes and it will appear as a double quote in the Subject. Luckily, the double quote works in the message box.
  • When composing a new thread, you have a couple of options:
    • Have replies emailed to you: check the box offerring this option. However, you must have "Allow other users to send you email via forms at our site." box checked in your profile for this to work (see the "Your Profile" link at the very top of the page)
    • Insert a link: When you "preview" your message, you will be provided with two boxes for a is for the link itself and the second is for the name or description of the link.

  • When using the "Clip this post" option (far upper right corner of each post, small print), remember that only the current post is clipped, not the entire thread. Also, you are allowed a maximum of 50 clippings. Once you reach this max, you will no longer be able to clip or email posts.

How are the home page and the Forum organized? (from the FAQs)

The Kitchens Forum home page lists 30 thread titles, starting with those that don't yet have a response. Then threads are listed in order of most recent response. That first page displays the last 2 hours or so of activity. (If there is no response to a thread in an hour or two, an unanswered thread starts to drop down.)

Below that are page numbers 1-67 for the total 67 pages of threads available -- capturing maybe 2 months or so of threads, less when the Forum is busy.

Below that (and at the top of the thread list) is a space for you to switch to the Conversations or Gallery "sides" - these are set up similarly but not nearly as active. Conversations and Gallery.

Next down is a Search button -- very important!

Next is a place for you to start a new thread. And finally are some instructions and links at the bottom.

Kitchen Forum "Sides"

Discussions: This is the "side" you are on. It's for on-topic discussions concerning kitchens...renovations, use of, etc.
Conversations: This is the "side" where you can post off topic threads such as regional get-togthers and non-kitchen subjects.
Gallery: This is the "side" where members often post pictures...especially if you're posting a lot or a finished kitchen.

Posting a link

There are two ways to post a link:

Using the provided boxes below the "Message" box:

  1. Insert the link in the Optional Link URL box
  2. Type in the description or name of the item being linked int the Name of the Link box
  3. If this is a new Post, then you won't see these two boxes until you "preview" your message.

To insert a link inside the "Message" box,

  1. Copy the following into the "Message" box where you want it:
    <a href= http://www.XXX/>Description</a>

  2. Next, replace the http://www.XXX/ with your link
  3. Now, replace the Description with the description (words) you want displayed with your link.

With either method, you will see your link when you "preview" your message

Posting a picture from your photo hosting account (e.g., PhotoBucket)

FAQ: Adding Pictures and Links [Note: If using PhotoBucket, copy the code from the line/box labeled "HTML Code"]

Posting a picture from somewhere other than your Photo hosting account

  1. Copy the following into the "Message" box where you want the picture to be:
    <img src="http://www.XXX/image.jpg">

  2. Next, replace the http://www.XXX/image.jpg with the address of the image.
  3. When you "preview" the message, you should see the picture


Layout Help

We often get requests to help with layouts. Many of us enjoy doing this but it would help if you can post a copy of your layout, preferably to-scale.

  • The best place to start is to draw up your kitchen (to scale, if possible) either without cabinets & appliances if you don't know where to start or w/your proposed new layout if you have something to start with. Regardless, measure and label everything...walls, ceiling height, widths of doors & windows, distances between windows, walls, doorways, etc.

  • If you cannot move plumbing or gas, mark them on your drawing as well.

  • Mark all doorways & windows (w/dimensions) and label them as to where they lead. If they're actual doors, mark how they swing.

  • It also would be helpful to see the connecting rooms, even layouts so you see how they interact with the kitchen and/or extend the kitchen feel and flow.

  • Make note of traffic flows in and out of the kitchen

Make a list of things like:

  • What are your goals? E.g., more counter space, more storage, seating in the kitchen (island? peninsula? table?), etc.

  • Do you plan to merge two rooms/areas (e.g., Nook and Kitchen into a Kitchen only)

  • Where are you flexible?
    • Can windows or doorways change size?
    • Can they be moved?
    • Can windows be raised/lowered?
    • Can any walls come down?
    • Does the sink have to be centered under a window?
    • Does it have to be under a window at all?

  • Do you bake? Do you want a coffee/tea/beverage center?

  • What appliances do you plan on having (helps to figure out work flow, work zones, and types of cabinets...upper/lower vs full height, etc.)
    • Range or Cooktop?
    • Single or Double or no Wall Oven?
    • Warming Drawer?
    • MW? (Advantium, drawer, OTR, countertop, built-in, shelf?)
    • DW? Standard or drawers? If drawers, 1 or 2?
    • Refrigerator CD or standard depth?
    • Vent Hood?
    • Other?
    Sizes of desired appliances (e.g., 30" or 36" or 48" cooktop; 36" or 42" or 48" wide or other Refrigerator? Counter depth or standard depth refrigerator, etc.)

  • Pantry: Walk-in or cabinets?

***** Very Important *****

Is there anything you:

  • Can't live without?
  • Definitely don't want?
  • Would like if you can find a way?

This information will be valuable to not only you, but also any Kitchen Designers you may hire or talk to. Additionally, if you've been haunting the site, you'll notice that we also help with almost all aspects of the remodel, including layout help.

If you do ask for help, then all of the above information will help us help you. Sometimes we stray from what you think you want to give you some ideas that you might not have thought of, but it's your kitchen and you can veto anything...we may argue for something (we're good at that!), but in the end it's what you want. And remember, we are just giving you ideas and possible layouts, in the end when you finalize your design it's whatever you want and decide on! After all, this is your kitchen! [Keep this in mind if/when you use a Kitchen Designer--it's your kitchen, not his or hers...don't let them talk you into anything unless you're sure it's what you want!]


When your kitchen is complete, please submit it to the Finished Kitchens Blog! This way your kitchen will join others in inspiring and helping newcomers!

Add your kitchen to the FKB!

Again, welcome and good luck! The journey is wild, sometimes bumpy, but fun!


Links from above:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Kitchen Forum Acronyms:
Finished Kitchens Blog:

Sweeby Test:
Beginning a Kitchen Plan:

Appliances Forum:

FAQ: Adding Pictures and Links:

Add your kitchen to the FKB!:


clipped on: 01.29.2009 at 02:44 pm    last updated on: 01.29.2009 at 02:45 pm

How to use dedicated pantry space best?

posted by: cassieanne3 on 01.27.2009 at 01:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

We are currently in the building process of a new home. I have space set aside for pantry space. It is approximately 13ft wide by 3ft deep. I do not have to use all the space, and I can split it up into 2 pantry closets, etc. I have much flexibility in my decision. However, I do not know how to best arrange this space.
What kind of doors should I use? Bifold? Sliding? Regular door? What would look good in a kitchen?
My cabinets will be dark cherry with a cream island.
I would love any and all advice you can give.
Disregard the small walls in the storage/pantry space. I could do something like that and split them up, but right now it is all open.


clipped on: 01.27.2009 at 06:45 pm    last updated on: 01.27.2009 at 06:45 pm

Dimensions Corner Walk/in pantry

posted by: todds on 01.26.2009 at 12:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

What are the min/typical dimensions for a corner walk-in pantry? I think Buehl has one.

I remember this was discussed in a post in the past but can't find it in a search.


clipped on: 01.26.2009 at 05:13 pm    last updated on: 01.26.2009 at 05:13 pm

MDF Painted or Wood Painted Door

posted by: odiegirl13 on 11.13.2008 at 12:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am shopping for new cabinets and want to get a painted door but I am having trouble figuring out whether to go with an MDF or wood door. I love the Wood-Mode Sonoma door, which is a shaker style, I just don't think I can afford it. I am also getting conflicting information about frameless vs. face frame. From my perspective I love the frameless but some retailers have said that they are not as sturdy? I can live with face frame because I want full overlay. Does anyone have any opinions? This is my first posting.


clipped on: 01.24.2009 at 08:40 am    last updated on: 01.24.2009 at 08:40 am

Help: Photo Shoot at MY house THIS week!

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

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

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

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

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

Living Room

Living Rom

Living Room

**Stairs** Again lacking color!

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

Dining Room

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


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

China Cabinet

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




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




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

Master Bed

Master Bed

Master Bed

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

Master Bath

Master Bath

Master Bath

Master Bath

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





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

Hubby's Room

Hubby's Room

Hubby's Room

Hubby's Room

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


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RE: Please help me choose cabinet paint (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 01.14.2009 at 10:52 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi I have a similar situation as you. My windows and patio doors face north, north east. I have high ceilings and windows that go almost all the way to the ceiling and I love the light that comes in. Love that it isn't too hot in the afternoon and that it isn't shining right in my eyes.

My cabinets are creamy white. The cabinetry company put the finish on in the factory, however, I took a sample to the paint store and matched my color almost dead on to BM Lancaster Whitewash - it is one of their historic colors.

For the trim, I went with Lancaster Whitewash and for the walls I went with 25% of Lancaster WW.

I really like the way that it looks and that it is fairly sparse thereby allowing the flooring to contrast nicely and allowing paintings on the wall to come to life in a way that don't on boldly colored walls.


here are a couple of pics:


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