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Granite ideas

posted by: rose-red on 05.17.2012 at 08:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have Old Chicago Brick floors, cream cabinets. I am having a difficult time finding pictures of this combination on-line. The floors have the following tones: terracotta red, gold, cream, light grey mortor. The floors are busy, so I wanted a consistent granite that doesn't have a lot of movement. The temporary countertops are plywood and I painted them black just to see how a black granite would look. I looks bad, just wrong with the floors. Thinking of a cream granite. Don't want New Venetian Gold or anything similar. I know 4 people who have that granite and although it is very nice, it is just too common here where I live.

Also, kitchen has a few open shelves made of antique cypress, and a hammered copper farmhouse sink with bronze faucet. Kind of a country rustic look with bead board cabinets and beadboard ceiling. The shelves and bartops are supported by rustic iron brackets, rustic iron hardware on cabinets.

Since I have so much going on in this kitchen, I need a simple solid granite that is not too busy. I'm planning to do a 4 inch tall granite backsplash with beadboard above it as a backsplash.


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posted by: motherof3sons on 06.26.2012 at 08:24 am in Kitchens Forum

Bee - Inquiring how things are going for you. Based on past posts, you were to close in mid June. Hope everything is okay and you enjoying the new home.


clipped on: 11.28.2012 at 06:00 pm    last updated on: 11.28.2012 at 06:00 pm

Would a pendant w/bulb showing make you crazy?

posted by: amac514 on 10.28.2010 at 02:04 am in Kitchens Forum

Yes, I am still obsessing over a fabulous set of pendants - they are such a great color and ceramic and I so want them...

Here's the dilemma - they are 10" diameter and about 3 inches high so about 1 1/2 inches of the light bulb sticks out underneath them. I have a small kitchen and two of these go over my peninsula. They are in sight everytime you walk into the room. Are the bare bulbs going to be a problem? Ugly? Bright?

I have seen many other pendants that have some of the bulb exposed - do any of you have them and like/dislike having that bulb show?


clipped on: 11.18.2012 at 01:38 am    last updated on: 11.18.2012 at 01:38 am

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:


clipped on: 10.18.2012 at 11:30 am    last updated on: 11.17.2012 at 12:41 pm

99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone

posted by: jbrodie on 03.01.2009 at 06:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally! Our kitchen is finished! I never thought the day would come, and boy am I enjoying it. I owe so much to this forum. I can't tell you how much you all helped me. Thank you!!! I hope I can help others in return.

Hope I'm not putting too many pictures!





soap stone

Quick description (feel free to contact me if you have questions)
-Soapstone: Julia
-Cabinets: Custom, inset/flush shaker style with single bead (waiting to see if we get some issues resolved before I recommend the cabinet maker)
-Bookcase and desk tops: walnut
-Sharp microwave oven drawer (love it!)
-GE fridge
-Shaw 30 inch apron sink
-Wolf range top
-Thermador double ovens
-Vent-a-hood hood
-Dal tile
-potfiller: Newport Brass
-hot/cold faucet Newport Brass
-Main faucet: Mico
-Door to garage: one panel painted with chalkboard! The kids love this and it's fun to put messages to guests, each other, holiday wishes, etc.
-Pull out baskets (love these...I keep bread in one and potatoes, onions, etc. in the other)
-Wine shelf--love it!
-Bar stools from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (love these and they were so reasonable!)
-What would I do differently? More than 12 inch overhang on seating area of island (maybe 14-16 inch). And I might skip the bead board in the backs of the bookshelfs and glass cabs.

Happy kitchen designing to all! Thank you again!


clipped on: 10.30.2012 at 11:58 pm    last updated on: 11.10.2012 at 11:21 pm

Mistake: Walnut Island Top Was Done w/ Waterlox instead of OIL???

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 11.07.2012 at 10:22 am in Kitchens Forum

On the phone my cabinet maker mentioned the last coat of Waterlox was done on the island but I wanted it oiled. I wonder if I should leave it?

I don't think I'll be cutting on it but like the look of oil. I wonder if the WL scratches easier etc? We will be eating at it and using constantly.

Any thoughts?


clipped on: 11.09.2012 at 11:57 pm    last updated on: 11.09.2012 at 11:57 pm

New pendant lights installed. :)

posted by: cali_wendy on 04.26.2011 at 02:31 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, thanks to all of the great GW feedback, I was finally able to choose some pendant lights for over our island. A special thanks to shanghaimom who suggested the pendants that I ended up purchasing.

I originally thought that I wanted to go down a more "organic" route for the pendants, but I think these capiz shell lights work beautifully in the space. The brown finish on the iron really looks nice with our Barcelona finish hardware on the cabinets. The shell on the lights has a pretty silvery sheen to it, which plays well with the small of amounts of stainless we have plus the brushed nikle faucet. When the lights are on, they cast a warm glow that looks lovely against our Linen White cabinets.

Thanks again for all of the feedback on my previous post that led me down a path to making the right decision. :)

The lights are the Regatta pendant from Currey & Company. I purchased them through Layla Grace during a 20% off sale and ended up paying $237 each. I am very happy with the purchase. with the new, pretty pendants my barstools, dining light, breakfast nook light and wall sconces are looking pretty sad. And, so it begins... Ha ha.

Here's a photo I took late Saturday night after I finished hiding eggs and putting together my DD's Easter basket. Not the greatest, but I'll try and get something better during the day when the light is nice.

Thanks again GW friends! You're the best.



clipped on: 10.28.2012 at 12:11 pm    last updated on: 10.28.2012 at 12:11 pm

Kobe 36" hood?

posted by: kailaemiko on 09.21.2012 at 01:07 am in Kitchens Forum

I don't have any idea which series of Kobe under the cabinet is good. . Anyone has Kobe hood? I'm looking for 36" under the cabinet hood


range hood
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RE: professional faucet versus tall faucet with pull down (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: davidro1 on 04.23.2010 at 11:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Sandca, my reasonably priced suggestions for "professional" faucets with a huge spring "pull" spray (like a pre-rinse or not) along with a rigid spout faucet all together on a single-hole stem and mixer are these:
--- Ikea's Hjuvik (either large height about 30"+-, and small, about 18"), and
---'s Vigo or Geyser.
The springs allow a lot of movement.

Sandca, the 10.151.991.700 Ono faucet has a rigid pipe and a pulldown that is almost invisible, and looks better "in person" than on the web. It's like the Eve but the pipe is not bell flared so it's even more discreet.

You asked about faucets that "can be adjusted for both types of water flow" i.e. both a soft spray and a jet spray. Is this what you were asking? I think that the $5 add-on aerators they sell in hardware stores can do this. But paradoxically I am not aware of any faucets that cost hundreds and that have these two options in them.


clipped on: 10.26.2012 at 12:43 am    last updated on: 10.26.2012 at 12:43 am

ROHL faucet help

posted by: michelle16 on 05.23.2012 at 11:01 am in Kitchens Forum

I want to buy a Rohl faucet, because I know they have a good repuation for quality. I also have purchased the Rohl shaws farmsink. What I don't get is why the bridge style faucets jumpin price for the country collection you can get it for only 600, and then the perrin and Rowe is like 1300!! is the quality any different from the two?? The problem is I like the style alor more from the Perrin and Rowe collection, and it's so much more money. I don't know if I canjustify spending 1300 and then another 150 for the soap dispenser.Any thoughts or similiar quality faucet for less?? I like the waterworks ones but they are also very pricey. Anyone lese pay this much for a faucet?? Thanks, Michelle


clipped on: 10.25.2012 at 12:30 am    last updated on: 10.25.2012 at 12:30 am

Finished Kitchen: Circa 1840 Working Farmhouse, IKEA Budget Reno

posted by: brickmanhouse on 08.19.2010 at 01:46 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all,

Well, we've finally got a (mostly) finished kitchen! This kitchen's been in the planning stages for 8 years and I've been in and out of this forum for just about that long-- wow, time flies! Whether I've posted or just lurked, the information I've gotten here has been INVALUABLE.

I can unequivocally say that my kitchen would not look anything like what it does without this Forum, and for that I offer my profound gratitude-- there is, quite literally, no way I could have done it without all of you, past and present.

So, here are the photos of the finished result:

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For the entire album with detailed photos, just click on the link below any of the photos above!

Here are the details:

Cabinetry: IKEA Lidingo White (with glass uppers) for the perimeter, Tidaholm Brown/Black for the island
Island Knobs & Pulls: Anne at Home Farm Collection and Lewis Dolin Glass Cup Pulls (from
Perimeter Knobs and Pulls: Anne at Home Horse Collection, generic polished chrome knobs, cup pulls, and bar pulls (from
Wall Paint: BM Revere Pewter
Trim, Hood, and Fireplace Paint: Valspar Bright White (from Lowes)
Perimeter Counters: IKEA Butcher Block, stained Black with India Ink and sealed with Waterlox
Island Counter: IKEA Butcher Block, sealed with Watco food safe butcher block sealer
Main Sink: Whitehaus 36" farm sink (from
Island Sink: IKEA single Domsjo, undermounted instead of the usual overmount installation
Faucets: IKEA Hjuvik
Refrigerator: Because we grow a lot of what we eat (so we don't need to store much) and have a large fridge in an adjacent laundry room, we chose a generic small undercounter fridge (Home Depot, off the shelf)
Wine chiller: Sunbeam (Home Depot, off the shelf)
Dishwashers: Kenmore and Hotpoint, both existing and 5-7 years old
Microwaves: 8 year old Kenmores
Island Oven: IKEA Datid 30"
Hood: ProLine 36" range hood (from eBay)
Range: IKEA Praktfull Pro A50
Backsplash Behind Range: Handthrown Williamsburg brick (local brickyard, left over from another project)
Flooring: Lumber Liquidators, Hand Scraped Teak
Island and Sink Pendants: IKEA Ottava
Cabinet lights: IKEA Grundtal single puck lights
Chandelier over the Table: Progress lighting, black 5-light chandelier (Home Depot, off the shelf)
Fireplace: Style Selections 36" Vent Free LP fireplace (Lowes, off the shelf)

A few notes about the remodel, just to hit some discussion points I see come up a lot in this Forum:

Our kitchen lives in a big old 1840 farmhouse, which has been part of a working farm since the day it was built. Originally it was soybeans, but now it's part of a gentleman's farm (horses, heritage gardens and poultry), so everything has to be hard wearing and practical. It needs to stand up to heavy traffic, mud, hay, tools, and the occasional chicken (though usually when they wander in, they don't go much further than the family room, because they like the television). That definitely informed our choices for surfaces-- they needed to be hard cleanable, and ultimately easily refinished or replaced down the line.

Because the entire house already has strong architectural elements (huge moldings and built-ins), we worked within the style we already had-- all the kitchen moldings, mantels, panels and cabinets match (or are closely styled after) what already exists in the house. We definitely didn't do a period kitchen (we wanted a 2010 layout with all the conveniences), but we wanted the kitchen to look like it belonged in the house.

The big thing for us was budget-- believe it or not, the entire kitchen was done for UNDER $20K. Four big things contributed to that:

1/ We DIY'ed the ENTIRE project, start to finish. The only thing we hired out was the gas line install for the fireplace and range, because state law requires it. Other than that, all planning, demo, sourcing, and construction was on us. Might be why it took us 8 years. . .

2/ We reused what we could, and scrounged a lot, especially construction materials (which could have been buckets of money, considering all the custom work we did in the space), and kept what appliances we could. It was also a great way to be environmentally responsible on a project that, let's face it, has a lot of non-necessities involved.

3/ IKEA, IKEA, IKEA. If you're anywhere reasonably close to an IKEA, and you're on anything approaching a budget, go check it out. The cabinet quality for the price can't be beat (except for a few pockets of custom cabinet makers), and there are a lot of great accessories, appliances, lighting and other things to be had for a terrific price. As always, you have to pick and choose your items for quality and value, but at least in our experience, it is definitely there to be had for the buyer with a good eye.

4/ We didn't go for major appliance upgrades. Our whole family LOVES to cook (and eat!), and we wanted a great looking, functional space to do it all in, but we just weren't convinced that we needed more than the basics right now. If we want to upgrade down the line, it's easy enough to do, but right now our Wolf budget is standing in our barn eating hay, and our LaCanche budget is steered towards this Show Hunter prospect I have my eye on . . .

So there's our formula for a great kitchen that works for us considering the (kind of odd!) parameters we had. Hope you all can take at least something useful away from our experience.

I've submitted the kitchen to the FKB, and I'll answer whatever questions you've got. . .

Thanks again, everyone!


clipped on: 10.15.2012 at 12:31 am    last updated on: 10.15.2012 at 12:32 am

Finished Creamy White Kitchen

posted by: kfroddy on 04.18.2010 at 10:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted this kitchen when we finished it -- about three years ago -- but after getting a couple of follow-up questions, realized that it never got posted to the FKB. Hopefully it works this time.

Here are (hopefully) the pics:









Here are the particulars with my comments about how I like them three years later:

Cabinets: Mouser, custom inset, maple "China" painted finish (almost identical to Dove Wing, Benjamin Moore paint); cherry, burnished autumn (I think that's the finish) under the bar -- These cabinets have held up so well. I don't find them hard to keep clean like I thought I would, and I have two very young children. I just use the Guardsman polish Mouser recommends. They haven't shown any cracking or anything like others had reported about painted white cabinets when I was debating whether I should go ahead with them. I'm so glad I just went with what I loved!

Also, word of advice: make sure to take inventory of everything you own and think hard about where you are going to put it all when designing your cabinets. Not until I did that did I realize that I didn't need a specific "pots and pans" drawer -- the height of my pots could fit in a normal drawer, even when stacked. Using normal drawers allowed me to fit in a shallow top drawer for spatulas, etc. I can't imagine not having that shallow top drawer. Also, consider using the cabinet above the refrigerator as a place to store cookie sheets, muffin pans, extra pot lids, etc. We just put a few dividers in -- wonderful use of space!

Countertops: Black Pearl Antique granite -- I LOVE my countertop! Talk about low-maintenance! The "antique" finish gives it a soft feel like soapstone and shows no fingerprints like a honed finish. The black pearl granite is better than absolute black in hiding dirt because it has a little variation in color. I wanted soapstone, but had to be realistic about my lifestyle, and this was a perfect choice. I get so many compliments about this countertop (got at Marble Systems in Fairfax, VA).

Backsplash: Marble subway tile in Creme Marfil (light cream), polished -- Still lovely, and I've completely neglected it!

Pendant Lights: Restoration Hardware -- They are like jewels, giving the kitchen more interest.

Paint on walls: Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware

Hardware: Cup Pulls from Restoration Hardware, brushed nickel

Range: Wolf 36" all gas -- This is the one thing I'm not totally loving. While I like the look a lot (the red knobs make me smile), we had some issues with the stove-top "exploding" (gas build up b/f turning on with a bang) and then not lighting, etc. The non-sealed burners are a pain for someone who has no time to dote on them. You have to make sure everything is lined up just right. A lot of heat seems to escape from the oven -- it heats up the kitchen a lot, and the outside gets really hot to the touch. If you have the oven going, you can't cook delicate sauces. The oven doesn't really cook things evenly. Whatever is cooking furthest from the convection fan cooks a lot faster than the portion near the fan. If you get a Wolf, get the extended warranty. They are very very good about coming out and tweaking it. While I adore the look, I had better, consistent performance from my old lower-end range. You really need to cook a lot to get a "feel" on how it cooks so you don't burn things.
Hood: Vent-a-Hood, Nouveau Pro -- Does a very good job, although it's pretty loud (not unusually so though)

Sink: Franke Oceania -- Another thing I still absolutely love. A large one-bowl sink is a must! We use the colander as a drying rack, which keeps drying dishes off of the counter and "in" the sink.

Faucet: Grohe Ladyluxe - Looks nice and performs really well

Refrigerator: LG, French door -- I don't love this fridge, but it's fine. I find that if I put lettuce/spinach near the back, it freezes sometimes. A cabinet-depth fridge is a lot less space than I was used to -- thank goodness we kept the old fridge in the garage.
Warming Drawer: GE Monogram - We use this more than we thought we would
Dishwashwer: Bosch -- Nice, basic, quiet DW. Beware of water streaks on the stainless front panel -- just can't get them out, but they aren't super noticeable, so it's not that big of a deal.

Microwave/Additional Oven: GE Advantium -- Much better use of space and money than a second oven, although we don't use the Advantium much because there isn't a lot of guidance about how long to cook things. They mostly tested brand-name processed food and tell you how long to cook those items, but don't give guidance on how to figure out how to program your casserole.


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Finished Farmhouse Kitchen

posted by: angel411 on 05.15.2010 at 03:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm a long-time lurker and could not have built this house without this site! I'm posting in hopes of helping someone else like you wonderful people helped me!

Our house is a coastal farmhouse style in NE Florida. I dreamed of white shaker inset cabinets (Jbrodie's to be exact) so we gave our cabinet maker a picture of her kitchen. I was a little nervous because he had never built insets before, but I'd say he did a pretty good job! They are wonderful! (and ended up around $6,000 less than full overlays that were quoted from Kraftmaid)
The undercabinet lighting reads a little yellow, but the walls are a soft gray...we went with only a 4 in granite backsplash and it works well for us.
Please let me know if you have any other questions...I'm sure I left a lot out!

Cabinets- local cabinet maker, white shaker inset, BM Simply White
Hardware- Amerock Revitalize from
Countertops- Black Aracruz granite
Island Bar top- custom pine
Sink- Bella Lavello 30" Fireclay from
Faucet- Julianne Decor Design from
Wall paint- BM Edgecomb Gray
Refrigerator- Frigidaire Professional series
Microwave- Frigidaire Micro Professional
Wall Oven- Frigidaire 30" Professional
Gas Cooktop- Electrolux 5 burner gas
Downdraft- Broan
Dishwasher- Bosch
Pendants- Bronze dome pendants 76101-89 from
Floors- 4 in. prefinished pine from Lumber Liquidators
Barstools- Target
Dining Table- Harvest collection Pottery barn
















clipped on: 10.08.2012 at 12:01 am    last updated on: 10.08.2012 at 12:02 am

Finally finished~photos

posted by: katieob on 04.18.2012 at 09:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

It's been a long year, but we moved in a few weeks ago and we're so thrilled!
Again, I'm so thankful to all the gracious forum members here. I get so much great information and inspiration here and your encouragement with Round 2 has been so helpful!

This is a whole house remodel of a 1940's Cape that we purchased last Spring after selling our house. The kitchen is an addition. We still need to paint the window trim and wall above sink, but who knows when....Also, the black front and back door will have better handle hardware soon, just so you know...

I still seem to have giant pics from photobucket, apologies.

Cabs~ Shaker, inset, BM White Dove, custom (same cabinetmaker)
Counters~ Danby Marble on perimeter and walnut on island
Backsplash~Walker Zanger Gramercy Park in Heirloom White
Sink~Shaw's 30 inch
Faucet~Perrin and Rowe, polished nickel
Pendants~ Circa Lighting Small Yoke, polished nickel
Hardware~All PN. Schaub (thanks kateskouros) for appliances, RH Gilmore pulls, RH Glass knobs, Rejuvenation utility latches, Cliffside Brass icebox latches
Stools~Cottage Maine
Range~Viking (mistake, me thinks)
Pot filler~Rohl Swing Arm
DW~ Miele (I think Inspira?)
Fridge Drawers~Kitchen Aid (Love, love,love)
Microwave Drawer~Sharp 24 inch

Thanks for looking !!



Love the Liebherr fridge, thanks Marthavila.





Banquette. Will eventually have cushions, etc.


View from kitchen to front door



clipped on: 10.06.2012 at 12:13 pm    last updated on: 10.06.2012 at 12:14 pm

Plywood or particle board boxes on your kitchen cabs?

posted by: ni_2006 on 03.06.2008 at 07:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are trying to decide whether we should spend the extra 10-20% to upgrade to plywood frames. How many of you with new kitchens have plywood vs particle board? Is it worth upgrading to plywood?

I am sure this has been discussed many times before, but I was not able to find much information. Please help!


clipped on: 10.04.2012 at 02:04 am    last updated on: 10.04.2012 at 02:05 am

No longer dusty! (Kitchen 99.9% done)

posted by: AboutToGetDusty on 07.18.2012 at 10:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you, Gardenweb!!! Couldn't have done it without you :-) We still need a couple of things, like two missing glass shelves, and we're replacing the door hinges on the basement and porch door. And now that it's pretty much done, I'm itching to design my dining room because it's just not speaking to me next to the kitchen ;-)
So check out the two Rev-a-shelf 3" pullouts that I wouldn't have known about it without your help :-) Now I feel better about the 6" of "oops" space! I still need to post a picture of the velcro'd on sink legs so you can all vote. But here is a bunch of pictures - I'm tickled pink with my first try at kitchen design. Had to make compromises with an old house, like the above-sink soffit that had to stay, and we had some frustrations. But with our budget and time constraints, we are very pleased with the results. Now if only some key kitchen items would come out of hiding (where art thou, baking sheets?!)
Kitchen pictures:


clipped on: 10.01.2012 at 11:18 pm    last updated on: 10.01.2012 at 11:18 pm

My finished kitchen/fam.rm. pics - - Thanks GW!!

posted by: bellacucina on 04.12.2011 at 04:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks GW'ers for helping me design my dream kitchen!!! Basically, we kept the same floor plan but relocated and changed the door to the deck and the windows (added 2 extra). We started with a KD that gave us some preliminary floor plan ideas, but quickly were on our own when we didn't hire her GC partner for the construction. And so I turned to GW, and I really don't think I could've done it without you! If you see elements of your kitchens in mine, remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ☺ Thank you for your inspiration and advice. Thanks especially momqs (my friend & neighbor) who lived thru the process right before me and gave me so many tips, cautions and survival skills.

My goal: a timeless kitchen with high power (gas BTU) range and a second oven to facilitate my love of baking and cooking.

We also had a terrific GC who said it would take 8 weeks and delivered. If you are near in the SW Philly 'burbs and need a recommendation, just email me!

I still need finishing touches, like photos, pops of color etc.... and probably will be turning to the Decorating Forum for help on that!

Some pics:














This shows the Marron cohiba withoout the sunlight shining on it,

and with it:

Guess which feature was all DH's planning?


The details:

Range: Capital Culinarian 36" with wok grate
Hood: Rangecraft (curvette)
Fridge: Liebherr 2x 24", cabinet depth, smartsteel
Oven/Micro combo: Electrolux Icon 30"
DW: Miele Optima II
Faucets: KWC Eve for main sink; Eve soap dispenser; Eve Demi for island sink; Kohler simplice for mudroom

Water filter: Royal Doulton ceramic
Airswitches/ disposals (2): insinkerator
Sinks: Krauss SS near-zero radius for main and mudroom; "Belmont" sink from for island
Granite: "Ice Brown" on island- Fabulous experience with StoneMasters in Kennett Square (Thank you Beekeeperswife!!!!) And "Marron Cohiba" on perimeter; and honed absolute black (or something like it) on the FP

Cabinets: Wellsford Cabinetry, Stowe, PA- Crystal White with Oyster glaze on perimeter and Cherry with Sable glaze on island; full overlay
Hardware: Amerock "Revitalize"

Backsplash: Walkerzanger "Helsinki" minibricks and 1x1s
Flooring: Qtrsawn Whiteoak site finished in Minwax (25% ebony with 75% red mahogany plus 3 coats semigloss poly with 1 finish coat of satin)
Windows: Anderson
French doors: Pella with internal shades

Paint: BM aura matte Ashley Gray walls; ceilings cut to 50% in family room and *about* 25% in the kitchen. BM aura matte Wolf gray in mudroom. BM aura Marscapone trim and cabs (cabinet coat)

Pendants: Jamie Young (large St. Charles in mercury glass)
Chandy: Quoizel DW1824 "Downtown"

Stools: overstock cosmopolitan dark brown leather (Thank you GW!)
Chairs: overstock Soho cream leather (Thank you Beekeeperswife!)
Table: Costplus Worldmarket Charlotte table 42" round w/ ext.


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Anyone use Quartzite Counters?

posted by: teched on 01.21.2008 at 04:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

So, been stone shopping today with poor DH who broke his foot over the holidays and is on crutches. We were overall disappointed in what we saw in granites, but we saw two Quartzites that we loved. Has anyone used quartzite? I am a geologist, and I know it is metamorphosed sandstone, but I don't know how it holds up in the kitchen. The ones we love are Rainforest Brown and Forest Green. Would love to see pictures of these installed and hear how they hold up.


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My just-about-finished Super White kitchen **pics**

posted by: dragonfly08 on 03.28.2012 at 02:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our 10wk-long kitchen renovation that began on Jan 2nd finally came to an end 2 weeks ago. Moving into the kitchen has been a slow but fun process and we are enjoying every minute we spend in it. We are still missing some key items, an appliance garage (currently being made at the cabinet-maker's), microwave, furniture... but gradually, we are making this place the heart of our home.

House is a cozy colonial situated in central NY built in the 1980s that came with a magnificent piece of property. The inside, however, needed (and still needs) much update. We ripped out all the (irregular) flooring on the first floor and had them replaced. Structural changes took place in the mudroom/garage-entry area as well as the wall between kitchen and dining room (widened).

Prior to renovations, I had ZERO experience with reno of any sort, let alone in design. I stumbled upon GW and my world changed! You have all been fantastic and an invaluable source of information and support. I direct all my renovating friends here now! Your finished kitchens have all been sources of inspiration for me and I have most definitely borrowed some of your ideas (built-in paper towel holder, motion detector light switch in pantry, stone window sill...).

Lastly, this is my dream kitchen in the home we hope to raise our family in. White kitchens are fairly uncommon around these parts and so far, that is one main feature people are taken by when they first walk into our kitchen. I hope you all enjoy the photos!

Cabinets: Custom-made by Concepts in Wood (Syracuse, NY), Shaker-style doors, painted BM Chantilly Lace
Counters: Super white quartzite and titanium soapstone
Main Sink: Shaws Original Sink by Rohl - 30"
Main Faucet: Single Side Lever Country Kitchen Faucet with extended spout and sidespray by Rohl
Bar sink: inexpensive stainless sink from Ebay
Bar Faucet: EcoPure filter faucet (runs water from an RO system)
Range: 36" Bluestar with griddle
Hood: Vent-a-hood
Dishwasher: Kitchenaid
Refrigerator: old Kitchenaid that came with house (plan to replace in a year or 2)
Island pendants: Restored vintage hologen industrial pendants with original Heisey glass
Hardware: Highland Ridge by Amerock in 4" and 6"
Backsplash: Bellevue 3x6 ceramic tiles in Glacier by Best Tile


Before (view into dining room):

Before (view into garage entry):

Before (pantry with crazy-deep shelving):

Before (view into family room):










Coffee/Wine bar:

Titanium Soapstone:

View from Mudroom:


Microwave will sit on counter atop drawers:

Mudroom (closet on opposite wall):

I have to include this photo of our backsplash in the midst of being grouted, taken while my GC was at lunch. Amazing what a difference grout makes!

Lastly, a fun shot of my girls having fun with bubble wrap and packing paper one evening when I was trying to move all my junk back in:


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