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RE: HELP!! I can't make paint color decision! (Follow-Up #50)

posted by: pirula on 02.24.2010 at 02:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

thank you pickle2! The cabinet paint is an FPE color from their "Selekt" fandex. #7430, I believe.

Here's another hood shot:


Yes amberley, I think the pale powder would be a lovely accent to the Old White and everything else you're doing. And I think it'll show up just fine.


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RE: Pics of polished stone counters with rustic/matte backsplash? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: boxerpups on 02.01.2010 at 09:18 am in Kitchens Forum

I love the idea of a slate backsplash and cream inset
cabs. The polished counter will bring more light
since it will reflect. It will look lovely.

I have a few pictures that might help you visualize.
And some with cream and slate floors. Maybe they can help.

Laughing Sun


Slate BS


Google images of sink and window

Glazed Kitchen cabinets
( I know this is not what you are looking for exactly)

Parisian Kitchen


first photo backsplash
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RE: Best Size for a Mudroom, Laundry Room, Pantry?? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: mydreamhome on 03.19.2012 at 11:17 pm in Building a Home Forum

Do you have a floorplan yet? That would help alot.

We have plenty of space in our mudroom at 8'x12'. We opted not to section off our cubbies to allow for greater use of the space. Ours is very similar to your inspiration pic above but without the dividers and we have 6 baskets on the open shelf. We also added a set of tall cabinetry that houses a concealed print center & office/school supply storage in that space.


Our laundry is 8'x8'8". We incorporated alot of organization in our laundry. We had the cabinet guy install 3-2can full height trash pullouts in the laundry as concealed hampers. All laundry is sorted as soon as it is brought into the laundry room into the appropriate bin. When the bin is full, you just dump it in the washer--a full bin is exactly 1 load! We also have a large sink, plenty of counter space, plenty of cabinet storage & a place for hanging clothes. While we don't have a pull down ironing board, I do have a spot for my collapsing ironing board that is out of the way.


Our pantry is located under our U-shaped staircase and is huge--it houses all the canned goods, dry goods, kids' snacks, cereals, Costco sized paper goods, etc + my cake decorating supplies & pans, crock pot & there is a spot for my swiffer, swiffer vac & broom. The pantry is an L-shape measuring 3'8" x 9'4" at the entry down the long leg of the 'L' & 8' x 4'6" down the short leg.


Hope this helps!


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RE: Copper countertop update (pic) (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: Dando on 03.09.2012 at 11:12 am in Kitchens Forum

bumble doodle: Okay, here ya go. Kinda worried about the black nickel hinges and knobs. (maybe they should be copper colored, but, if those were copper....then the faucets would have to be copper...then the "everything" else would also).
I think it'd be TOO MUCH. I'm counting on the countertop to be the "splash". If I change the hinges/knobs, it might take something away? Besides, there will be stainless in there also...just not possible to keep going with copper.
THOUGHTS??? Are those okay, or should I consider changing the hinges and knobs?


copper counters with grey/blue
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Copper countertops a resale success! (retroactive reveal)

posted by: circuspeanut on 09.12.2012 at 09:40 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, we put our beloved bungalow up for sale last week. (A tip for the wise: NEVER allow 2 weeks to finish painting the exterior of your house yourself.) Those of you who walked me through the remodel of my kitchen 4 years ago know how much I adore it, and it's a wrench to let it go. So, despite my dislike of "reveals", here it is as a last hurrah.

I feared that my DIY copper countertops & vintage stove/fridge would turn people off, but to the contrary, folks LOVED them. We got 6 offers in the first 2 days on the market and were under contract for well over the asking price in 3. I suppose another point of this post is to point out that DIY need not be a buyer turn-off, nor is the dearth of granite and stainless steel -- hopefully a reassuring data tidbit for those considering something new and different but gnawing fingernails over the standard cautious "neutral for resale" advice.

Those who know my kitchen will immediately see that we replaced our O'Keefe & Merritt with a Chambers range for the sale. Great story: I bought the Chambers locally from Craigslist, and as things turned out, the seller was a Kitchen Forum member as well. Small world, even up here in the wilds of the Northeast! We had a laugh over the awkwardness of meeting someone in person only known formerly via an unusual online handle.

And as luck would have it, the house we purchased had a wonderful vintage GE fridge, so we were able to swap that out and keep our Liebherr, too.

Our realtor took great kitchen photos for the listings. For those who've only seen bits and pieces in my posts, here's the kitchen in its entirety:

Floors: vintage douglas fir, refinished with waterlox and waterbased poly
Cabinets: solid cherry inset with inlays, Heritage Custom Cabinetry, recycled from Habitat for Humanity and re-customized to fit the space
Countertops: DIY roofing copper and copper bar
Sink: Whitehaus 501 27" fireclay
All hardware: vintage from eBay
Faucets, main sink: Moen Aberdeen and Moen AquaPur filter in Polished Copper
Facuet, prep sink: Kohler Essex in Vibrant Brazen Bronze
Lighting: fixtures from Schoolhouse Electric with vintage glass shades
Backsplash: New England Art Tile in color Harvest
Stove: Chambers 90-C (formerly O'Keefe & Merritt 600)
Hood: Sirius 901 insert, tile & design all DIY
Fridge: 1950's General Electric (formerly Liebherr 30")
Paint color: BM Cambridge Heights in matte Aura

Again, thank you all, collectively, for the wonderful insights and advice. I look forward to depending heavily upon you as I embark on this next kitchen remodel in our new old house!


3rd pic down pot hanger
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RE: copper, zinc, or walnut... very different, love them all. (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: circuspeanut on 01.25.2012 at 06:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

Copper patina, here you are:


after 1 year:

after 2 years:

after 4 years:

Both copper and zinc can be kept from developing a patina if you lacquer them. Depends on how you want to use the surface (for cutting?). I like any of the materials you're considering; hard to say without seeing the rest of the kitchen space.



copper counters darkening over time
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RE: Matching faucets to copper countertop (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: farmgirlinky on 05.28.2011 at 05:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm attaching a picture of our battered 100-year-old butler's pantry copper sink and the Herbeau faucet and handspray we intalled about nine years ago.



older copper counter
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RE: Cream cabinets, copper and walnut counters - Thanks GW! (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: circuspeanut on 05.17.2010 at 03:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

lisa_a, here's a photo of my older copper counters, with a new and an old penny, to give you an approximation. Unless you sand/polish/seal constantly, you won't have the shiny raw look for very long:

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more copper patina shots
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RE: DIY copper countertop #2 (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: circuspeanut on 04.10.2010 at 11:28 am in Metalworking Forum

Yikes, all my photos vanished. Once again!

Steady exposure to water will patinate some areas more quickly than others. Around the sink rim and faucets:
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The light salmon spots here, for instance, are where a lemon was dripped on the way in or out of the fridge and not wiped up, removing the patina. It darkened again in about a month:
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The surface is endlessly changing according to use. A dinner guest last weekend actually asked whether it was marble (!):
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Someone on the kitchen forum wanted hardcore copper counter usage pictures. Here you go:
The Crime:
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The Cleanup:
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Same spot, a few months later:
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The place where we had to seam two sheets along the "L" of the peninsula has held up admirably, in fact it gets less obvious as time goes on; certainly no worse than many solid surface seams I have seen:
at install:
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a year later:
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It does ding, as you can see from the long side of the peninsula where a castiron pan was dropped. But we honestly find this just adds to the charm.
right after ding:
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a year later:
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What would we do differently?

If I could have afforded it, it would have been nice to have had the metalworker bend all the counter corners as he did for the farmhouse sink. It's a sleeker (and possibly safer) option than the sharp square corners. We don't have kids so we're not too worried, but it might be a consideration for families.
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If I were doing it again, I'd be sure to keep the sheets flat while stored. We rolled them for about a month while we figured out how to do the project -- we've had some slight bowing where the sheets want to return to that original rolled shape. It might also have been prevented with a vacuum press or other means of "ironing" the sheets before or after gluing.
We got our 4' x 10' copper sheet (Revere copper) from a local building supply distributor -- I'd look into that option before ordering bigger sheets online; most everywhere has a lumberyard or materials supply that has the sheets in stock for roofing contractors.

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copper counters mess over time
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RE: Show me your copper sink or countertops (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: circuspeanut on 04.30.2010 at 01:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are our copper countertops. We made them ourselves, and just adore them. What are you considering for your kitchen?

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copper counters
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Cream cabinets, copper and walnut counters - Thanks GW!

posted by: vermonter_2009 on 05.16.2010 at 01:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are almost done - just need to add a few light fixtures! GW has been a huge help - thank you all! Especially Circus Peanut for the advice and instruction of our copper countertops and Buehl for advice on our layout.

Here are some pictures taken this morning (we moved back in a week ago and still have many boxes to unpack and put away - ugh..)










copper counter with cream range
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