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RE: ARgh! Are there ANY full-depth refrigerators that look built (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: xoldtimecarpenter on 12.19.2009 at 11:34 am in Kitchens Forum

The problem with full-depth refrigerators is that they are usually 6" deeper than the standard 24" countertop, so they protrude. To make a full-depth fridge look built in, increase the depth of your countertops to 30", if you have room, and most kitchens actually do. This slso give you 30" more counterspace - a very nice feature. Then wrap the refrigerator with your cabinet material. For more information see Off The Wall Kitchens: Living Without Upper Cabinets.


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RE: Old period kitchen. What's not overdone re. counter/backspla (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: honeychurch on 01.10.2010 at 10:29 am in Kitchens Forum

I also have an old house and am doing a more period-look kitchen. We are doing soapstone counters, a portstone brick floor, milk-painted cabinets in off-white and dark sage green, and an aged copper backsplash (only over the cooktop). Our kitchen is relatively big and we have two windows which I hope will balance some of the darker elements; the other thing that should help is a light wall color and the fact that we will only have 2 upper cabinets plus the hood.

Some people also do a painted beadboard backsplash.

This website has a lot of pretty milk-painted cabinets, lots of colors even in one room:

Here is a link that might be useful: period look kitchens


link to fabulous milk paint french, swedish, eclectic, vintage
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RE: Mixing Painted And Natural Wood Cabinets? (Follow-Up #49)

posted by: alice462 on 12.05.2009 at 08:06 am in Kitchens Forum

Here is how we mixed wood and painted.





I have had any number of folks say "I thought that hutch was an antique piece of furniture that you moved in here". The island and hutch are both built of alder, but stain on hutch is slightly lighter than island. Painted cabinets are poplar w/milk paint.

Things that I like and think worked for me: frig wall is only cabinets that go to ceiling; no crown on hutch to differentiate it; drawers of hutch are flat as opposed to raised panel on rest of kitchen drawers; drawers on hutch are slightly graduated; used same knobs and hinges on all cabinets to tie them together; love my farm sink - large enough for roasting pan +; frig wall is kids' wall where they wash up out of my way. I love that my cabinets' color shifts w/the day -- they never really look as "blue" to me as they do in these pictures. They appear much more gray IRL. I, too, looked around my house to "see" it - we tried hard to have the cabinet doors match other built-ins in the house, used same crown as is found in rest of house. Our house is a replica of 1760 Williamsburg and the original owner/builder paid close attention to detail -- I tried to honor that as we went through this reno.

I love your ideas, not to mention your delightful writing style! Best of luck w/your project!


milk paint on cupboards
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RE: Do you like your beadboard backsplash? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: angelcub on 01.09.2008 at 05:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have it and love it. It's the individual boards, not the panels. We also have installed it in all three bathrooms, the laundry/multi-purpose room and the dining room. DH installed it over the drywall using glue, Liquid Nails, I believe. We've never had any separation and believe me, we would if there was going to be any since we live practically on top of the San Andreas fault. : ) I'll link you to pics of it in the kitchen.

Here is a link that might be useful: beadboard backsplash.


this is my dream style kitchen....everything I like
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RE: Do you like your beadboard backsplash? (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: soofriver on 03.01.2008 at 08:53 am in Kitchens Forum

We have bead board as a back splash. It is painted white and composed of individual boards (not panels). We have been happy with it!


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RE: I'm back. Please help! Want to update kitchen. Pictures attac (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: biochem101 on 10.11.2009 at 10:50 am in Kitchens Forum

It is a little more difficult to find photos of white appliance kitchens, as opposed to say stainless appliances.

Here are a few I found showing the white appliances with white cabinets, followed by white appliances with birch cabinets. Personally I like the birch-type-color (which I realize is not too different from what you have) with white appliances. If you like modern, flat doors may really make the space look more updated (and less country/cottage).


clipped on: 10.28.2009 at 01:10 pm    last updated on: 10.28.2009 at 01:11 pm

RE: Disappointing search for the right cup pull hardware (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: dawn_t on 09.20.2009 at 01:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just measured my pulls and they're approx 1 1/8" deep.
They're not inexpensive but they're good and sturdy and fit hubby's hands well - we really like them.
I think they're called French Farm Suite. Ordered them online at Lee Valley.


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RE: Hardware: concealed or showing for a painted cream kitchen? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: katieob on 09.21.2009 at 01:37 pm in Kitchens Forum


We used exposed hinges on our single beaded inset cabs. Photos always helped me decide on such things. Good luck.




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RE: Honey Oak Cathedral Cabinet Help (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: boxerpups on 09.18.2009 at 06:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

One thing you could do would be to replace the upper door
with a new door. It won't be as cheap as painting but
it might change the look a little.

Here is a link to new doors. There are many on the web.

White kitchens Googled image

Another interesting option (If you are good with tools)
is to take all the upper doors off. Use them as a template
to build new doors out of wood.

And a third option is to take all the doors off.
Flip the doors over. Take off all hardware and hinges.
Putty and paint over all holes. Put the hinges on the
inside (which used to be the outside)
the doors will be flat on the outside now. Re hang them.
They will have no arch on it at all. Just flat and a bit
more modern.

How to covert cabinet doors to glass cabinet doors

Ideas to inspire your update

Painting and adding glass

Turn the uppers into shelves

Uppers different than lowers from HGTV

Just shelves not uppers and wow does this look updated.

Take the doors off and just paint and wow this
could look lovely too
Google image


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RE: Please help. Can't decide copper or nickel for cabinet hardwa (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: stiles on 10.06.2009 at 11:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is a pic of our cabinets with Old English Copper from topknobs. I don't have a glaze on my cabs but I really like this color of knob/pull. This picture shows the knobs and pulls to be quite shiny but they don't always translate this shiny in person. The 2nd pic shows with stainless oven and copper hood.
beverage center

view of stove from main sink


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RE: Ikea butcher block countertops (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: chloe_s_mom on 05.31.2009 at 06:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have the oak one on my sink island - absolutely love it. I've used mineral oil and have cut on it. Now I'm re-thinking the look and will consider sanding and then waterloxing it instead.




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RE: Ikea butcher block countertops (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: mfrog on 06.01.2009 at 02:27 am in Kitchens Forum

We have the oak in this house finished with 5 coats of polymerizered tung oil. I don't cut on them, I see them as countertops, not cutting boards. I had european beech in my last house, (not from Ikea, but very, very similar) which was finished with mineral oil. I found the mineral oil not as nice as the tung oil.

new kitchen

cast iron sink


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