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Finished Finished! Rancher Remodel, dark to light! (tons pix)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 06.28.2010 at 02:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are done, we are moved in.....after 17mos living with my mom and enduring living out of cardboard boxes! Love love love my new kitchen!! Thank you to all of you who deeply inspired me (redroze,elizpiz,rm,theanimala,segbrown,many many more!), and I hope you don't mind that there's a piece of each of your kitchens that I copied because I admired it so much. I learned so much by lurking, reading everything then finally posting.

THINGS WE LOVE:
--Our cabinets were so reasonable and they work beautifully. We LOVE Precision Cabinets! Their install was immaculate and perfect. When we had a glitch with the warming drawer, they fixed it perfectly! While I couldn't afford every "bell & whistle" inside the cabinets, I love them.
--White Princess honed. It's gorgeous and I no longer have the OCD urge to constantly wipe my counters (our old granite was polished). I also love my backsplash done in the same material--I am attracted to visual simplicity so couldn't pick a tile :)
--Cheap dishwasher. Paid $500 and we love it.
--Deep cheap sinks. Our main Ebay sink is awesome($500)! Love the 10" big single bowl. The island sink was cheap too, and is the perfect size, $150.
--White everywhere and one big room. Not for everyone, but my DH and I love the big open light-filled room. Far cry from the dark rancher that it was. We tore down two walls and raised the ceiling.
--The soapstone buffet. It was a remnant piece and I love that it doesn't match the rest of the kitchen. Sets it apart and boy does the texture feel nice!
--The papertowel niche. Not important, but I like that the towels are off my counter and totally accessible.
--The two hidden cabinets in the island near the stools. All my Xmas dishes, Thanksgiving platters and everything fit in here!

THINGS WE WOULDN'T DO AGAIN:
--The Vent Hood: Modernaire was a NIGHTMARE to deal with here in the NorCal area. You have to go through a distributor who will upcharge you $2,000 to order a hood. Modernaire won't sell directly to anyone who is in the area of one of their distributors. The rep here was a complete idiot, ripped me off and in the end didn't deliver what I had ordered. I had to then hire someone else to fix the goofs. Not worth it!

--Order our range through AJ Madison. Total pain to get this stove delivered. The rest of our appliances came without a hitch but the delivery of the range was a disaster. They refused to deliver it until we had a concrete pathway, but our city had some issues with solid pathways and the runoff, etc. Had 4 delivery dates and they turned around each time and refused to bring it in the house. In the end I would have purchased this through our local store (there was no discount on this by buying on internet, unlike the other appliances).

THINGS WE STILL NEED TO DO:
--Help me pick kitchen table chairs! Those pictured are folding chairs for holidays. Our old ones were falling apart, so we ditched them in the move. What should I put there?
--Shades ordered and we are waiting for them to come and be hung.
--The stools (CB2 Vapor) are too tall and we need to have the legs cut down. They only come in 30" or 24" and one is too tall and the other is too short. Sigh.

THE DETAILS:
Cabinetry�Precision Cabinets, Brentwood, CA; painted in stock color which matches Simply White
Walls�BM Simply White
Kitchen Counters�White Princess granite, from DaVinci Marble & Stone in San Carlos, CA, with 2.25" mitred square edge
Buffet Counter�Brazilian Black soapstone from Texeira, SF, with no edge finish
Door and Drawer Pulls�Top Knobs, Square Pulls, Polished Chrome; ordered off the internet
Main Sink�Ebay purchase 36" SS Farmhouse w/apron front , single bowl, flushmount
Island Sink�Dawn 19X17 single bowl, undermount
Main Faucet�Blanco Meridien Semi-Professional in Brushed
Island Faucet�Santec Penza pull out in Brushed
Refrigerator�Electrolux WaveTouch; ordered off Homeeverything.com
Dishwasher�Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III; ordered from AJ Madison
Microwave Drawer�Sharp 24"; ordered from AJ Madison
Range�Viking Range w/6 burners and griddle; ordered from AJ Madison
Hood� Modernaire custom hood
Trash Compactor�GE Profile in SS; ordered from AJ Madison
Warming Drawer�Kitchenaid Architect Series II; ordered off Homeeverything.com; panel from cabinet co.
Backsplash�White Princess granite
Windows�Semco
Flooring-DuChateau pre-engineered floors in Lugano
Big Slider Door�Custom made 10� bypass doors by McFarland Doors, w/custom screen
Island Pendants�Hudson Valley Pelham 13" ordered from Butler Lighting
Breakfast Table Pendant�Round 26" linen chandelier by Restoration Hardware
Buffet Sconces�Boston Library Sconces by CircaLighting.com

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Cabinetmaker Gone! Finally Time to Talk BS!

posted by: motherof3sons on 10.19.2012 at 09:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally! We can talk backsplash. I checked and the cabinetmaker's truck, trailer and tools are gone! Five months past the due date, but hey - what's a few months living in a house with a partial kitchen and no cabinets in the master bath?

The cabinets are a blend of stained cherry and paint, counters are walnut and Kashmir Creme. While searching for the granite, I found this Glazzio (formerly Mirage) mosaic in the Flower series. It immediately caught my eye and I have had it for months - just waiting.

My first thought was to do the entire backsplash in the mosaic. Perhaps this is a bit overkill as it is a pretty bold pattern. Though I must say many GWer's have a fantastic BS with bold color and pattern that make me swoon. Thought number #2 is to be safe and pair it with a nice "subway" tile. And, I must admit I have always loved subway tile - long before it came in style - again.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated from the many talented GW members! Thanks so much in advance.

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Cabinetmaker Gone! Time to Talk Backsplash Part II

posted by: motherof3sons on 11.25.2012 at 05:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello all,

I have the tile setter scheduled for mid December and need to make a decision ASAP! A big shout out to OLDBAT2BE for helping with the photoshop mockups. She is the "bees knees" for doing this for me. Thank you OB2B!

A bit about us. It is just DH and me - LOVE being an emptynester. We are a family 12 - 8 adults and 4 kids (3, 2, 1 and 6 mo). We hangout in the kitchen most days or are within steps. The floor plan is open and casual. It is literally one large area that serves three needs - living, dining, cooking. There are craftsman influences throughout the house, but nothing purist.

The upper cabinets are painted cream with cherry accent, lowers stained cherry and floors gunstock oak. The counters are Kashmir Creme and Walnut.

Below are the possible tile patterns with their respective mockups. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks in advance my GW friends!

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RE: Divorced....new house....finally my dream kitchen? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: cat_mom on 03.08.2013 at 02:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

We've had travertine in our garage entryway for years now, Ripped out what we put in, and replaced with new travertine only because we were putting it in the FR and needed to maintain flow/continuity from the entryway into the room. It was easy as anything to maintain and clean.

We also have the same travertine as the original entryway travertine in our guest bathroom, and the new travertine in the FR and guest bedroom. We have a different travertine in the hall bathroom. I wash the floors using a splash (or capful or two) of Marbalex, from SCI, and water. I use a sponge mop, and no rinsing necessary. I sealed the floors using a good quality solvent-based impregnating sealer (STT's SB sealer), and won't need to re-apply it for years. It washes up easily, and looks terrific.

We used TEC's XT grout, which is supposed to be their more stain-resistant (and mold and mildew resistant), stronger, less crack-resistant grout, You don't have to seal it, but can, using a solvent-based sealer. We used almond grout in the hall bathroom (2 1/2 years ago) and it looks exactly the same as it did when it was installed.

We wear our shoes in the house and only mop the floors every couple of weeks (sometimes more often, sometimes less).

HTH!

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Floral Tile Mini-Reveal

posted by: grlwprls on 03.03.2013 at 12:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

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Where tile meets the ceiling (SW Mountain Air):
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And a tight detail shot behind the prep sink:

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Sorry for the somewhat lousy iPhone quality pictures. We have to do a small ceiling repair tomorrow so the tiles are about a sheet and half shy of the ceiling (temporarily) behind the stove. They cover this entire wall and are the focal point of the entire kitchen. I'm so excited!

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RE: Can you Identify this Tile? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: pipdog on 01.09.2011 at 03:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

regina, I like that particular combination, right down to the orange drapes and color accents. It looks somewhat similar to our backsplash, which is a white staggered onyx tile. It's not 1x1, but generally has the same neutral look as your inspiration tile. We went with light quartzite counters (Madre Perla) which picks up the green, beige and grey colors in the backsplash.

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RE: Porcelain tiles that look like wood (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: swtsae on 05.17.2012 at 02:22 pm in Flooring Forum

We just finished the install of our porcelain plank wood tiles. We love em, and think they turned out great.

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RE: Please post pictures of your counter-tops (Follow-Up #103)

posted by: pipdog on 07.31.2012 at 12:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

Madre Perla/Mother of Pearl:
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loving my new (almost) black flatware

posted by: laurainlincoln on 12.20.2012 at 12:25 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I have been on the lookout for new flatware for about a year or so (to replace my wedding flatware from 15+ years ago...)

I really could not find anything inspirational enough to drop the money on. And the flatware I did end up loving was handwash only.. and um, no to that.

After realizing we were now in a desperate situation with forks, I found some matte black flatware at Design Within Reach. It is more of a deep dark grey in person and looks so striking with my chunky white Bennington Pottery. Different, but low key at the same time. Who knew flatware could make girl so happy? Just had to share :)

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RE: Taj Mahal Quartzite (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: packergirl on 04.30.2012 at 11:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

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Pip's Finished Kitchen! Lots of pics

posted by: pip on 12.21.2010 at 08:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to the many inspiring kitchens and knowledgeable people on this site, we just finished our 5 week remodel of our kitchen. The collective wisdom on this site helped us so much during the remodel!

The previous kitchen had been remodeled within the last 10 years, but it was separated from the rest of the home and lacked sufficient counter space for a family of four. We decided to tear down the wall that separated the kitchen and laundry room and expand into the dining room to give us more counter space. The windows in the corner were too low to run counters and that proved to be a design challenge. Instead of raising the windows which would have altered the architecture of the exterior of the home, we decided to make the area a banquette. We also moved the old doorway off the foyer and created two larger arches which open up the kitchen to the living and dining room.

The space was too small for an island, so we had our counter top fabricator make us a work table that is movable -- it has wheels and we can roll it out of the way if we want to open up the kitchen.

Details:
Cabinets - custom by Los Angeles cabinetmaker - maple shaker style (bar area is espresso finish)
Countertops - Madre Perla quartzite
Backsplash - White onyx staggered tile
Faucet - KWC Eve
Sink - Franke
All KitchenAid appliances, except for GE profile microwave Vent-a-hood
Lighting - onxy pendants purchased at Lighting Emporium
Pulls - Great Indoors
Floors - White Oak hardwoods to match the rest of the home
Paint- Martha Stewart "Fossil"

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and, of course, a photo of Pip himself, enjoying his new kitchen...
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Pip's Kitchen - updated photos

posted by: pipdog on 02.08.2012 at 12:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted my kitchen last year after our reno was mostly complete, but I never got around to taking photos of it after we got our banquette table and moved back in to the space. A friend of mine is a photographer and snapped some recent photos for us, so I thought I'd share the final, finished photos of the kitchen, one year later. Thanks again to this super helpful forum which helped us so much in this remodel!

--pip aka pipdog

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RE: hardwood - pre-engineered or natural? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: GreenDesigns on 11.23.2012 at 10:04 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

You are confusing your terminology.

Wood comes in two categories: solid and engineered. Solid is exactly as it sounds, solid pieces of wood. That was what was traditionally used in older home construction as older homes were all built on crawl space or basement foundations that had low moisture issues. Or, in most older homes, if they had a damp basement, the rest of the house was so leaky that the humidity wasn't trapped in the home.

Engineered wood is layers of cross grain wood like plywood. It was developed in order to deal with the moisture issues that slab construction has so that a wood floor could be installed in that situation and be stable and not cup. Concrete is like a sponge, and a big slab of it on the ground with no moisture barrier underneath will suck up enough water to make a solid wood floor cup pretty dramatically. Engineered also manages scarce natural resources better as only the top layer is created from the finish wood. That allows a rare or desirable wood to "stretch" much further in production than it would if you only used solid boards. The downside to having a thinner layer of the finish wood is that it can be sanded down and refinished fewer times than solid hardwood can.

The other two categories of wood flooring are pre-finished and site-finished. And they are exactly as they sound. Pre-finished wood gets a coating at the factory and goes down fast, without you having to worry about dust and dirt getting into the finish or the smell running you out of the house. Pre-finished can have very very tough topcoatings on them that will not wear through for the life of the wood. They will, however, dull somewhat from wear over time. It can be screened and recoated when the wear paths start to look duller.

Site-finished can provide you with a custom stain color that you may not be able to find with a pre-finished product. And if you have a good quality flooring professional, you may not have too many issues with inclusions in the finish. Thanks to water borne technology, there are also products available that will not have high VOC content, but all site finished flooring will produce some smell when applied, so if you are sensitive to those issues, you may not want to go that route.

There are a few myths that this site promulgates about hardwood flooring, with the top myth being tha site applied finishes somehow provide more "protection" for the wood because it somehow makes an impervious sheet that liquids cannot penetrate. That simply is not true. The first heating and cooling cycle that the home undergoes will see the wood do what wood does, which is to shrink when there is less moisture in the air and swell when there is more. That will break any "bonds" that any finish may have provided between the boards, even if it doesn't look like that to your naked eye.

A second myth is that pre-finished flooring cannot be refinished. If the top layer is thick enough, of course the floor can be refinished if you want to change your mind on the color and sand back to bare wood. However, "refinishing" isn't necessary with modern floor finishes---either site finished or pre-minished---if you keep up the proper regular maintainence. That includes using the proper products to clean it, such as an "authorized" wood flooring cleaner. NO ORANGE OIL OR OIL SOAP PRODUCTS SHOULD EVER BE USED ON WOOD FLOORING! They leave a residue that you cannot remove, and if the finish becomes dulled in the traffic paths and you need to screen and recoat, then you cannot do so as those products will retard proper adhesion of the finish. You will have to sand down to bare wood and start over if you use those products.

If you do the periodic screen and recoat, say every 7-10 years more or less depending on traffic and pets, then your floor can last the lifetime of the home.

So, a floor can be solid wood and either site finished or pre-finished. Or a floor can be engineered and pre-finished or (rarely) site finished. There are good cases for the use of both products. Just don't buy into the myths that only site finished solid wood is "upscale". That is NOT the case.


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RE: BM Revere Pewter (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: mairin on 02.19.2009 at 02:20 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here's revere pewter in our hallway (kitchen and bfast nook aren't done yet). I think it's turning out to be a very nice color, not too cool or warm, almost cameleon like. HTH

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RE: Mairin, *what* color is your dining room? Love it. (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: mairin on 05.11.2009 at 07:14 pm in Home Decorating Forum

oops. sorry, a picture would have been helpful!

here's the bfast nook

I used revere pewter in the kitchen/butler's (not much wall space), halls and stairwell since it's so open. here's the hallway

and just because I mentioned it, here's a picture of my dining room (not anywhere near the color you were talking about!!) obviously a work in progress. no money right now for table and chairs! BM Black Raspberry

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