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RE: Cabinet Help - Mid range quality cabinet? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: sixtyohno on 01.19.2012 at 10:44 am in Kitchens Forum

We did Schuler at Lowes. Our kitchen is 13x 11'7 plus a 5' peninsula. We spent less than those estimates. Schuler is the same as Medallion. Medallion has several different lines. Our cabs are beautifully made and the finish is excellent. We wanted simple slabs because the marble is such a statement. Hope this helps.
Laura
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RE: Small Kitchen..Can I mix cabinets finishes? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: brickton on 08.30.2011 at 01:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

If I ever questioned this look, paulineinmn's kitchen sealed the deal that I love it. Double heart. Teeny-bopper crush. Love.




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Soapstone is IN - midway kitchen reveal (tons of pix!)

posted by: tnhillbillytoo on 07.11.2011 at 12:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have been stalking this forum for a couple of years planning our kitchen renovation. Our soapstone is finally in so I thought I'd do a mid-way reveal of the work we've done so far. We built the house in 1998 and the kitchen was what we could afford at the time. It really needed to be reworked to make it more functional. Dh and I are MAJOR DIY'ers. The only thing we've hired out is the counters so it has been LONG and SLOW (we started Dec 26 last year) but we are getting there ;) I still need to paint most of the doors/drawer fronts, but you'll get the idea of where we're going I hope...

We added a 2nd story to the house to accommodate all the kids (4!) and the extra weight cracked the ceiling in the open doorways (2) between the kitchen and living room. We narrowed the doors a bit and added transom windows above.

Before (actually, kind of during. I had already narrowed the door and was working on the drywall :)
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After...
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This is ::almost:: a before of the kitchen. We had already put the new paint on some of the walls, done the ceiling, added can lights, and painted the cabinets beside the sink window. Notice the dorky white formica with the oak edge. Oy, what was I thinking!?!?!?
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We added new crown and trim along the bottom of all the cabinets...
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The original refrigerator and cabinets (although we had moved the cabinets UP-- see the red paint line? That was originally where they hung)...
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We cut eleventy-billion holes in the ceiling and added a bunch of can lights. The original kitchen only had one light in the center of the room @@. It's nice being married to an electrician ;)
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Putting in the bead board ceiling to cover the eleventy-billion holes...
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Ripping up the hardwood floors. I would never, never, NEVER suggest putting hardwood in your kitchen. My dishwasher and ice maker leaked and ruined my floors not once, but TWICE. Never again!!! (FYI - my boys LOVE demo LOL!)
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This is the view through the pantry door. We gutted it down to the studded walls and cut holes in the ceiling to move/add lights. My whole kitchen used to be that red color.
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The other half of the pantry "L"
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Now for the afters :) No criticizing my housekeeping skills LOL! Everything is still junked up from things being out of place, but you get the idea. I used a fisheye lens to shoot most of this so everything would be in one picture but the fisheye lens makes the cabinets and walls look curved on the edges of the pictures. I can assure you, everything is actually straight :)

View through the pantry door. We covered the ceiling with pressed tin...
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The other half of the pantry "L"
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Slightly different angle so you can see the plate rack we built into the wall :)
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New refrigerator and re-worked cabinets :) (there's still hardwood under the refrigerator. We will pull it up when we move it to lay the tile. That sucker is HEAVY!)
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Cooktop area (ignore the junked up dining room)...
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Looking toward the pantry (the pantry door is nearly in the center of the picture)
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Standing in the pantry door looking into the kitchen (see the unpainted doors? LOL!) We have a new oven ordered that is stainless to match the other appliances, but it is not here yet. We're putting cabinet doors over the microwave because we hardly ever use it.
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The sink side...
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I LOVE that big ol' vein that runs the length of my sink cabinet!!!
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Our soapstone was procured from Dorado Soapstone in Atlanta and installed by Premier Surfaces out of Huntsville, AL (yes, we live in TN). If you call Premier, tell Merry that Michelle sent you ;) Merry went above and beyond the call of duty to find the perfect stone for us. She worked with Chris (the owner I think? of Atl. Dorado) and after I talked at length to him on the phone, he hand picked my slabs because I abhor the color green and needed a hard variety of soapstone (the harder the soapstone, the more green it typically is). Since he found my slabs somewhere in NC (!!) I trusted his judgement and told him to purchase them sight unseen. My stone is very, VERY hard, but has very little green. Exactly what I wanted! I actually stabbed the surface of a piece of scrap with a screwdriver l and barely made little pockmarks. Perfect for a house with 4 kids :) The install looks great. I have no water rings or any of the problems some other GW'ers have reported. I'm officially in LOVE!

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RE: kitchen lights are going in!!! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: aokat15 on 06.26.2011 at 11:51 am in Kitchens Forum

Here are some pics - with the new lights on! Pendants over island, semi-flush lights over range windows, and sconces above sink :) it definitely made me smile all day to have gotten those put up... finally!! It's amazing how such small details can make me ecstatic at this point...


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Countertops - Donna Sandra Marble... love love love this! But even though it's technically a marble it looks a lot like Super White and White Vermont granites
Cabinets - M.A. Miller custom-made Amish cabinets. Can't say enough great things about them - fantastic to work with and very affordable. They are out of Cleveland but travel the country (have done jobs in Boston and San Fran)
Appliances - subzero fridge, wolf range, bosch paneled dw and f&p single dishdrawer paneled in island. Got some great deals with getting floor models and love them so far.
Sinks/faucets - Franke farmhouse sink, Kohler prep sink, Rohl country faucets
Paint - walls are BM Wickham Grey and cabinets are BM China White

I think that's the big stuff. Again - thanks so much and I'll be hopefully posting more soon!
Hudson Valley Lighting!

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is backsplash color right

posted by: jean1967 on 06.23.2011 at 05:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm thinking of using Encore Ceramics "smoke" as a field tile(subway). It is the color of the field tile in the sample with the swirl design. Also I would be using the mini blend shown on the sample as an accent. My hesitation is that the backsplash would have no white so I'm ignoring the white in the cabinets and marble island which is in the foreground in the photo. But the veining in the marble has the colors in the mini blend. Also the island is a distressed gray

I can only find photos of kitchens with white cabinets/soapstone/marble with white subway. Is the tile I'm considering too brownish for the rest of my color scheme. My initial reaction was that it added some warmer color that I liked but I don't want it to look like it belongs in another kitchen

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RE: How To Use Ikea to Get a Custom Kitchen (High Quality) (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: sarahhomeremodel on 06.23.2011 at 11:26 am in Kitchens Forum

Their cabinet bases are a seriously good way to reduce your kitchen remodel cost - you can still look custom, though. When my sister re did her kitchen she used ikea cabinets and decided she wanted nicer countertops so that would be the focus, and it wouldn't scream "Swedish Walmart!"

She actually was on a tight budget - and didn't want to jump on the all granite train - so she made a DIY wood countertop out of a Black Walnut pre-fabbed plank (or is it "blank.." I'm not a wood person). The finish she used was a waterproof Tung Oil that she got at the same place. Anyway, looks incredible. If I can get a photo this weekend, I will.

I'm seriously this websites number one fan now. Definitely the MOST cost effect thing in her kitchen. Also happens to be the MOST custom looking focal point of her kitchen.

This pic isn't her kitchen, I took it from the place she got it (Store.Craft-Art.com). She doesn't have that edge profile either, but the top looks exactly like that.

Sorry for huge pic!

Here is a link that might be useful: Wood Countertop - custom look option


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RE: Countertop Schizophrenia (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: boxerpups on 06.17.2011 at 08:26 am in Kitchens Forum

Here are few maybe they can help.
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Metropolitan Cabinets Boston
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Black Counter

Abruzzo 222
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Kennebunk Cabinet co.
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Kennebunch Maple kitchen painted
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Black Counter

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RE: I know I settled my uppers, but what about all doorless?? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: lightyears on 06.16.2011 at 01:10 am in Kitchens Forum

Okay, this is what I was thinking. See how the blue espresso machine can tuck neatly against the wall under the shelf? Of course breezy's would be wider so she could store more things under there. It would also echo breezy's other cab that runs to the countertop.

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No worries if you don't like the suggestion. I'm just happy I figured out how to post pics. ;)


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RE: I hate hoods! alternatives? (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: anna_chosak on 06.12.2011 at 08:22 am in Kitchens Forum

Mine is being made by ModernAire (they are great to deal with, Pat Hartman in particular--big company quality with a small company service mentality). It will look sort of like this, only in black and wider:

The base price for a non-stainless steel 48" wide was somewhere in the neighborhood of $2K. It's when you start adding higher CFMs and bands and pot rails that you get into the $5K neighborhood.


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RE: Can Solid Surface Go Cottage? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: pricklypearcactus on 06.09.2011 at 11:48 am in Kitchens Forum

I am no expert on solid surface or cottage style, but I was watching "Sarah's Summer House" the other day where she styles her "cottage kitchen". She uses a lot of soft colors, worn/lived in finishes, and very little contrast to achieve her cottage kitchen.

"learns from a salesperson that contrast is better, so "we" settle on the possibility of Staron Sanded Mocha, since I don't hate it"

Do not settle and do not rely on sales people for design decisions. I love contrast, but your sales person is an idiot if he/she says "contrast is better". Better than what? Contrast is a design decision and it really depends on what style, look, design you are going for as to whether or not you should have contrast. Personally, I love contrast but when I think of "cottage" style, I certainly do not think of sharply contrasting colors.

What color(s) do you like/want? If your husband liked white, do you? I think white countertops and white or cream cabinets would be lovely in a cottage kitchen. I also think cream or pale gray, blue, beige, green could also just as easily work. Find out what you like, what inspires you, and then go from there.


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Love the colored neutral look of sarah's kitchen.
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Pictures of my new kitchen!

posted by: joan2121 on 03.22.2011 at 06:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally some pictures and a chance to tell all of you at GW how grateful I am for all the help I got on this forum. It all started by looking at your pictures. And I became TKO! Since we were doing a complete remodel- removing walls and putting in all new windows and doors, I needed lots of help! We started in October and were up and running by the Holidays, but needed a few cabinet doors and misc stuff before I felt finished.
My husband did a lot of the work himself. The first biggy was the windows to the counter, bumped out - I never would have known about that.So many of you helped me decide on how to do that. Buehl even told us HOW to do it!! Nine feet of windows and no uppers on the sides of the sink?? DH thought I was crazy, but I was able to show him so many pictures that you guys posted.
I still need some decorating, and the backsplash (which you can see over the range) I am doing creme white subway with crackle.
I love the dining area table, but not too crazy about the chairs- We got it at High Point NC and the chairs came with it. What do you all think? Would 4 Windsor or Parson be better and just use the black arm chairs for the ends? The light over the table was in the house, and we just put it up until I get one. What kind do you think would look good?
Thank you!
I know how much your pictures meant to me when I was planning, so hope mine help some one else.

What's in my kitchen thanks to GW advice!
Never empty soap dispenser
Franke orca sink: Love the removable grid
Air switch
Lee Valley drawer dividers
Cabinets are Kraftmaid Garrison in Canvas: Love all pull outs, Blum motion, and drawers!
KA Dishwasher
KA CD refrigerator
GE Monogram range, hood and 240V Advantium
Granite is Giallo Ornamental
Paint color: BM Bennington Gray (looks green by the windows, it's more light the other side)


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I like the layout!
Thanks guys for all the kind words. I was so excited to post my pictures! Wish I had remembered to fix up the bookshelf at the end of the island! I just added those baskets the other day and need to play around with that area more! Thanks to your input, I am online now shopping for parsons chairs to add to the set .
Jillsee: Yes, it is Avanti. What a challenge that was. We had 18 inches in that space and that size is custom and cost big bucks. So, we got this 15 inch cooler and have fillers on each side. Luckily it worked out!
Brianadarnell: I love this granite. You will be very happy with it!
Mythreesonsnc: I took a piece of my granite, cab door and piece of floor to the Benjamin Moore store and a wonderful designer there helped me pick that color. We painted the living room Brushed aluminum. They go well together. The backsplash is imperial bianco crackle.
Babs711: The cabinets are Canvas by Kraftmaid. I shopped like crazy for a table. This one is a Martha Stewart by Bernhart, and discontinued. We got it at Furniturelandsouth in NC (we spend two days there buying furniture) I like the base and the way the table top is thick. Plus- it has two leafs that go on the end to open to 108 inches! I wanted a farm style look without being too kitcheny since it will also be our dining room. Stanley had one that is similar. If you want all my other brands and research, let me know- I'll be glad to share.
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RE: 99% finished. Off White kitchen. So HAPPY!! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 05.29.2008 at 02:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

darn. i screwed up my image posting again. i will try again.
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I am glad you like the granite. I live in Massachusetts and shopped around at various places for Soapstone. When I went to Gerrity Stone in Woburn, one of the designers suggested the Ocean Green granite as a lower maintenance option. I'm not sure I would have come across it on my own.
The hardware on the cabinets came from the cabinet company which is Crown Point out of New Hampshire. It is the polished nickel cup pulls on the draws. On the upper cabinets I have the old fashioned latches (which you can't really see as the upper's have mostly not been installed yet). and then on the lower's just the little knobs. I think a company called Horton Brasses supplies Crown Point with their hardware.

The hood I purchased through Range Craft out of New Jersey. It was a bit of a gamble as I ordered without seeing anything but an image on their website. Here is a link to their site. They were decent to work with and the hood arrived as expected and was crated incredibly well (it took my contractor 20 minutes just to get the thing out of the crate). You can customize your hood anyway you want (copper, stainless, chrome, etc). Mine is called the Taconic... I really liked the Baroque too but that one was quite a bit more $$ due to all the curves.

http://www.rangecraft.com/

The butcherblock top is end grain brazilian cherry from Grothouse Lumber. I found out about it from fellow GWer's and couldn't have been happier with how the whole process worked out. Their turn around time is very quick and they were easy to work with. My architect did me a favor and placed the order for me which saved me about 25%.
http://www.glumber.com/

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RE: Here we go again.... (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: brickton on 06.02.2011 at 04:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

Katie- I'm psyched to get to see another kitchen from you. I wanted to chime in with the source of your photo. It's from "for the love of a house" blog.



(click for link to kitchen post)

The kitchen, the master bath, the barn... okay the whole house is worth checking out. The writer of the blog (Joan, maybe?) helped me out when I asked for specific details on her trim so I wanted to make sure she got credit for the photo/kitchen. I've seen it pop up a lot uncredited and that's just a shame in that it deprives people seeing the rest of the gorgeous house.


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Here we go again....

posted by: katieob on 06.02.2011 at 03:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all~

I'm hoping some of you remember me and my plight.
I'm really excited because we found a house in a great location and we are renovating before moving in. The kitchen will be part of the expansion, so starting from scratch. I'll be asking a lot of questions (again) so thanks in advance for bearing with me!

This kitchen will be smaller and on a stricter budget (no 5cm calacatta this go round, but lots of kids on the street-my, how priorities shift). Probably a little more cottage in style than the last kitchen. The house is a shingled, modified Cape built in 1940.

Some things I'm hoping for~ Inset, white (cream, maybe?) cabs, less uppers/more windows, upper cabs with glass doors and brackets, same hardware as before, soapstone perimeter and maybe walnut island.

Here's the single photo I'm currently loving:
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First question: The architect's early sketch has the range in the corner. I'm open to anything. Opinions? Anyone have photos of this IRL? Boxerpups?
I can't get SharB's photos to open. This probably means cabinetry as a hood and no ModernAire ):

I'll be back with lots of questions as things progress. I'm glad to be back!
Thanks for reading.

Katie

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Finished Kitchen Finally!! Pics

posted by: laur66 on 05.15.2011 at 08:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello GWers,

I am so happy to be the person saying that our kitchen is finished. I have lurked on this site for months and received invaluable advice and ideas. I didn't even know that there was such a thing as a single sink for a kitchen when I started this process! I can honestly say without this forum I would not love every little bit of my kitchen the way I do. Thanks!

Before (realllllly ugly)

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After (love it!!)

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Here are the details:

Cabinets - Kitchen Craft Lexington Maple Seashell
Granite - White Springs
Appliances - Kitchenaid
Hood Fan - Venmar Jazz
Cabinet Hardware - Restoration Hdwe Grafton 4" pull and 1.25" knob brushed nickel
Faucet - Hansgrohe Allegra E chrome
Sink - Kraus 32"
Floor - Engineered Maple
Lighting over table - DVP lighting
Pendants - Progress Lighting P3290-09
Wall Colour - BM Revere Pewter
Backsplash - Bellavita H-Line pearl

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RE: Handmade Tile Recommendations? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: francoise47 on 05.09.2011 at 09:20 am in Kitchens Forum

You might check out Mosaic Houses's hand made moroccan bejmat tiles. Michael Smith used them in a 2" x 6" format in the House Beautiful kitchen of the month, 2007 I believe. In my humble opinion, this is one of the most beautiful classic "English style" kitchens Michael Smith has ever designed.


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Finished Handmade Tile Backsplash!

posted by: doonie on 07.16.2010 at 05:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am thrilled my backsplash is finally grouted. I wanted to post and share how pretty these tiles are. The decorative pieces are Brittany & Coggs. The field tile is Winchester in the colors of maize and peridot, still expensive, but less than the Brittany & Coggs. Both tiles possess the lovely undulations inherent in hand made tiles.

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brittany & coggs-- $9- $45 per tile, per doonie.
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Anyone have 2 colored cabinets (upper different color from lower)

posted by: ejbrymom on 05.03.2011 at 05:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love this look. But wanted to know if others do it.....if so what made you pick two colors. Are you still in love with it?
Can you share pics?

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RE: Anyone have 2 colored cabinets (upper different color from lo (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: aktillery on 05.04.2011 at 08:38 am in Kitchens Forum

In my old house I had two colors. Stained and glazed maple on bottom and glazed cream on top.

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RE: I think I love these pendants. Is there an affordable knock- (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: shanghaimom on 04.03.2011 at 11:31 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi Wendy,
Since you liked the other Capiz shell fixture, I thought I's show you this one from Currey. In person, the finish is slightly more of a silvery-gold than gold-gold. They look cool and handmade!

Layla Grace site has them for $296.

I'm considering them for myself and recently put three in a client's kitchen. Her kitchen is very informal (Three kids under 4) and they look great! (I could email you a pic if you like them.)

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RE: Advice on how to keep kitchen in style with the rest of the h (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: staceyneil on 04.22.2011 at 08:22 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi Newbie,
Your home is the same vintage and basic style as mine (I'd say bland ranch, rather than MCM ranch) except that it looks like you have casement windows where our original casements and horizontally paned double-hungs were replaced by a PO with divided light double hungs.

I think this is a tough style of home to renovate, since there's no strong original style to begin with. I come from a family of architects, and I've always been really sensitive to retaining architectural integrity and not wrecking a home's original style with "re-muddling". Yet, this house stymied me... it wasn't MCM enough to really embrace that aethetic. And, otherwise, a pretty blank slate, as you say.

I'll describe what we are doing- maybe it can help you in some way.

In our case, we're renovating this home to be a beautiful place for us to live for a few years, but ultimately for resale. So most of our decisions are made with the local market (somewhat upscale, coastal New England) in mind.

I guess you would say that we're doing the renovations in a "transitional" style (though I hate that term...) Or perhaps "modern cottage". The exterior will be shingled in natural grey/beige cedar, with somewhat craftsman/Asian-inspired details that seem to go with the long, low structure and deep eave overhangs. Cedar trellis and pergola over the garage doors, varnished fir very simple craftsman door... stuff like that.

When we first bought the house, what struck as the "right" thing to do was to use a lot of natural materials and textures. The best thing about the property is the huge yard and natural setting, so we wanted to celebrate that and do the "bring the outside in" thing by using natural materials like wood, slate, marble, stone. And that is in keeping with the craftsman aesthetic as well.

We like modern, and have a collection of mid-century Danish pieces as well as newer modern stuff. So parts of the house are modern, but with softer touches. For instance, in our modern master bath renovation, we re-purposed the house's original 1950's exterior back door (5-paned glass) as the bathroom door.

Here are some pictures:
The house when we bought it (we removed the shutters right away!):

Kitchen renovation in progress:

master bathroom:


DD's bath:

Dining area:

Hearth seating area in kitchen (used to be the old living room)

Pantry/coffee/desk area of kitchen:


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RE: Bring on the Banquettes!! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: allison0704 on 04.20.2011 at 08:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are some informal banquettes:

Here is a link that might be useful: informal banquettes


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RE: Will my kitchen be special, unique, memorable? (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: johnliu on 04.20.2011 at 08:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

White marble counters and all white cabinets with maybe a teeny strip of walnut - it sounds somewhat monochromatic, possibly a little hard to distinguish from another ''white kitchen''. Just speaking for my personal taste, I would look for more color, more contrast, more risk. More unexpected, more unconventional, more odd.

I am not familiar with all the kitchens you listed, but the ones I do recall all have that. Sochi has lines as crisp as a razor blade, plllog has her Janis Joplin psycho hippie pattern, rhome swings every which way with her finishes, you listed some other kitchens with contrasting colors and weird towel piggy elements, and so on. I'm not sure if any of those rooms are all essentially one hue, one material on top, and one material on the sides. ''Risk'', and the embracing of it, may be the common element.

Suppose you just step back for a bit and imagine - let's suppose I wasn't going to be stuck with this kitchen for decades, let's suppose the money was as nothing to me, let's suppose I didn't live in a neutral house - let's suppose I've dumped my husband, drive a supercharged Porsche, have wild parties with hard-drinking friends, am always jetting off to Thailand and Istanbul, and in 5 years am going to burn this house down - what kitchen would the risk-loving and regret-free me want then?

Just go nuts and see what you come up with. After you throw out the ideas that are obviously crimes against humanity - orange shag rug, etc - maybe you'll have some ideas to take further.

If this train of thought results in you divorcing your husband, burning your house down, and jetting off to Istanbul with some hard-drinking friends, well, have a great time!


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RE: Steampunk Kitchen? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: histokitch on 07.12.2010 at 03:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

I did a semi-steampunk thing with some of my choices in my 1895 Tudor. My lights are all salvage, as is the mirrored backsplash at my wetbar. Everything is out or behind glass. I would have gone further if not for resale, which is a real consideration with us. It's not totally done yet, but you get the idea....

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Deciding on cabinets to flank bay window

posted by: judydel on 07.03.2010 at 04:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi

My main kitchen is 85% done (waiting on da man) and now I'm looking into buying cabinets to flank our bay window. I'll eventually want a built in window seat also.

What about some thing like this? Do you think I should paint the units to match our off white cabinets, or should I stain them to match our island/breakfast bar? Whatever I do, I'd like the bead board baking to be a contrasting color. I want one to have drawers on the bottom for our tablecloths, and I want one to have a cabinet bottom to store our stereo equipment. I WONDER IF I CAN HAVE A PAIR MADE LIKE THIS THROUGH CABICO OR IF I HAVE TO FIND THEM MADE AS FURNITURE?

Thanks for your help ; )

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My hutch finally has a top! Pics

posted by: lesmis on 05.06.2009 at 02:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all, we are finally starting to unpack and put things away even though everything isn't quite done yet. We still need our BS done, trim around the doors, etc. but today my cabinetmaker put in the last little bits that still needed finishing including my brackets and a beautiful tiger maple slab on my hutch. I have a tiger maple tea table in my living room so I knew from the very start that I either wanted an old piece of reclaimed pine or tiger maple on my tiny hutch beside my refrigerator. I finally decided on tiger maple because I love the look of it.

Since my kitchen isn't that large I couldn't do much in the way of an unfitted kitchen like I would have liked, we just needed the storage too badly to have too many furniture style pieces but I did want to have at least one piece that looked like furniture so I had them build a small hutch to hold my decorative items and a place for my tea stuff.

I used my insta-hot, which was hooked up last night, for the first time today and it was SO nice to sip my cup of tea and admire my new kitchen! I am now heading out the door to an antique store to try and find a lovely little glass/crystal sugar bowl to hold my sugar cubes...as if I needed one more thing! I suppose that once the TKO is done when the kitchen is nearly complete it moves on to TDO (totally decorating obsessed?!)! Oh my poor husband will love that!

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RE: who makes Barrel Range Hoods? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: laurainlincoln on 03.31.2011 at 11:00 am in Kitchens Forum

I love the Modernaire barrel hood! It was going to be a total cluster to source that where we live, so we went with the barrel from Ventahood - we have really liked it. This is not the best picture but maybe helps? I love the barrel shape, I think it classic but still a little different.

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who makes Barrel Range Hoods?

posted by: celineike on 03.31.2011 at 09:42 am in Kitchens Forum

like KatieOB's.. hope it's ok to ref her pic!!
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Oops! (Follow-Up #44)

posted by: lavender_lass on 03.12.2011 at 01:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

That south wall (the little one, between the seating area and the dining area) should be one foot longer. I forgot to add a foot, when I took a foot off the island. This will make the walls the same length (3'), on either side of the kitchen entrance, when viewing from the dining table. I'd love to find some old brackets to put on either side, like Sarah Richardson did, in her farmhouse.

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RE: Seen your kitchen...what's the rest of the house look like? (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: pirula on 03.10.2011 at 05:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow. Such absolutely exquisite homes! This is wonderful

I'll play! Although I warn you, it's nothing to the above. Incredible!

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Positano's Finished Costa Esmeralda Kitchen!!!

posted by: positano on 10.17.2010 at 02:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Everyone!
I am so happy to finally post my finished pictures. We were done with mostly everything in spring of 2009, but it took me so long to pick out a backsplash.I am glad I waited and got to live with the kitchen a bit. I chose a very neutral tile, so I can spice it up with accessories. I love to change my colors with the seasons. This is my fall kitchen with orange as the accent. For Christmas I add red, and for spring turqouise and yellow. I make inexpensive window treatments with fabric so I can change that out too.I didn't have time to do an orange window treatment before I took these photos. And I have to work on that wall with the black frames...one just feel down so it looks a little off!

I want to thank so many out there for your help!!! I couldn't have done it without you. If you can believe it I really wanted the marble, soapstone and white cabinets kitchen, but this one really goes with my home beautifully. Some of my inspirations were Mamadadapaige, GGLKS, Erikanh, blakey, and so many others!
This was done on a budget since this won't be our forever home. We took down a wall between a small kitchen and small dining room. Everyone said don't do it and lose your dining room, but I am so glad we did. It really changed the way we live in this house. We have a relatively small island and it is the most used piece in the kitchen. We love it!

Some of the details-
Costa Esmeralda granite
Adelphi cabinets in eggshell
Kitchenaid french door counter depth fridge
Kitchenaid dishwasher
Kitchenaid wine fridge
DCS gas 5 burner range
Kobe Range Hood
Delta Victorian Pull down faucet
Kichler undercabinet lighting
Island Pendants- Kitchler Industrial
Insinkerater
Backsplash- Sonoma 2x6 tile in Krazy Krackle
Behind the range- Herringbone mosaic Krazy Krackle
Grout - Laticrete Antique White
Sink- Kindred
Harvest Pedestal Table-Pottery Barn
Parsons Chairs- PB
Bar Stools- 2 Schoolhouse and 1 saddle from PB
Drum Shade over table- Veraluz Tweed Shade
Floors- Oak with Minwax Special Walnut Stain
Paint- Crown Point Sand- Benjamin Moore

I have found my choice to be so easy to take care of. The granite hides things and doesn't show fingerprints. The stainless just needs a wipe with a wet microfiber every now and then followed by a dry one. And the wood floors have been fantastic...so much better than the white vinyl we had before.

Thanks again!! Maybe I will post more pictures thru the seasons when I change it up. There are lots of pictures, I tried to add some befores so you can see the change!
Click on the album for even more.

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Here is a link that might be useful: Positano's Finished Kitchen

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RE: Can you show me the cabinet over your fridge please? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: red_eared_slider86 on 12.07.2010 at 12:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

Tontam, I am going to be of no help to you. I have a larger gap above my RF -- 6 inches. I thought we were putting a 24in cab up there, but my KD switched to an 18in cab without telling me, I think because the RF manufacturer said I had to have 2 inches of clearance above for ventilation. I would have been fine had I not wanted the light rail. And yes, the gap does bug me.


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RE: 15' upper cabinets (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: red_eared_slider86 on 02.01.2011 at 05:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

In this pic, you see my MW cab, which is 18" deep and flanked by 12" deep cabs. I wish I had thought of making those on the side 15" deep. I'm 5'10", and working in front of the MW is a little annoying because it is "in my face", but I think 15" would have been perfect (and I could have used the extra depth for storage on either side.) (Lowers are standard 24" deep.)

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RE: Rethinking neutrals :) (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: boxerpups on 02.05.2011 at 09:00 am in Kitchens Forum

LL,
Wood is beautiful. I think people forget that wood is
a great surface. It scratches no more than granite or
marble or steel. Is fantastic to work with and can really
soften a white kitchen space.
~boxer

Material and Source Blog

Kitchen with Crown molding

Devos Woodworking Walnut Island

Devos Woodworking Island walnut

The Kitchen Farmhouse

Endura Wood


Bumbenhauer

Links about wood counters

Wood Counter?
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0620154929750.html

wood countertops and heat
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg1110384326294.html

Can we talk about wooden counter tops again...please.
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg1012474012519.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Wood Kitchen Countertop


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RE: Show me your pics of kitchens w/o islands... (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: raenjapan on 02.25.2011 at 05:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is ours. I find it very comfortable to work in.

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RE: Pictures of wood kitchens please! (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: jolsongoude on 10.29.2010 at 02:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

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RE: Pictures of wood kitchens please! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: circuspeanut on 10.29.2010 at 10:19 am in Kitchens Forum

Medium cherry cabinets with fir floors and fir trim:

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RE: Need help! My gut is telling me don't do it...... (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: boxerpups on 02.22.2011 at 06:45 am in Kitchens Forum

I agree 100% LDB63,

You are not ready to commit to a color. All the ideas are
excellent. Birch, Maple, Gray...

But what do you really love and what does your DH really
love. I would say have a carpet picnic with a bottle of
wine, brie, crackers, strawberries and make this into a
beautiful project. Get your library books, magazines and
sit down to choose all your favorites. After compare
notes, share ideas and compromise.

(And if that does not work there is always Laxsupermom's
tips on getting your kitchen done. Another thread)

You might discover you can do both. Midtown with a few
white accent pieces and ubatuba.

~boxer

Take a dark marker to these and pretend it is ubatuba.

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RE: Beadboard Ceiling paint finish? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: boxerpups on 01.07.2011 at 07:07 am in Kitchens Forum

Ditto,
SemiGloss here. I am having one put in...I can not wait.
Here are some ideas.
~bp

GJ Kitchen blog

House Beautiful Mag

Beadboard

An Urban Cottage Blog
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RE: pennyround tiles--lolog72? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: lolog72 on 02.12.2011 at 10:50 am in Kitchens Forum

Hey! Glad you like them! Mine are actually from Ann Sacks... part of their basics line and really affordable. I've attached a close-up pic below. They're glossy and actually white with a faint gray ring around the outer edge. The grout is a white.
As far as installation goes I would recommend a pro. My contractor's tile guy butchered the first attempt. He got halfway up the wall and it was totally crooked and uneven. I had them scrape it off, ordered more tile and found a tile guy who had experience with penny rounds. The sheets are on mesh and they can move around a lot of too much thinset is used. It also takes some skill to lay the sheets so you don't see where one ends and the next begins. After a rocky start on the first installation attempt, the 2nd guy did a good job and they're my favorite thing in the kitchen. Because I'm examining every inch I do still see unevenness in some of the rows, but it's nothing that anyone else has ever noticed.

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RE: Going tile shopping again (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: prill on 02.12.2011 at 08:59 am in Kitchens Forum

Good luck - any idea what you're looking for this time? This is the Winchester Tile in Sudbury which would be really pretty with your beautiful soapstone.

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A twist on the white kitchen - not final but in the home stretch!

posted by: alabamamommy on 02.10.2011 at 01:05 am in Kitchens Forum

Listen up you wonderful, helpful, creative and generous souls. This woman's spent the past 8 months lurking and learning and dreaming and editing and taking notes, and fretting and so on and so forth. But now I can't take it anymore. Even though the kitchen isn't done... they finally placed my island slab and I can't take it anymore. I have to share.

So are some snaps of our 90% finished kitchen. You won't see the wall with freedom columns without their doors, or the lunch station without it's backsplash, the pot filler, the appliance garage doors, the glass shelves to replace the wood ones currently or even any blasted hardware (shakes fists in the air still). But you'll get the general idea!

Without further ado - my island:


So - lemmie hear your cheers for the final mile...
"Don't lose your mind! Don't lose your mind! Don't lose your mind!"

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RE: Is two-toned too much? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: boxerpups on 02.02.2011 at 12:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love two toned kitchens. I do not think it is trendy or
that it would be dated. At least not anytime soon, as this is
an effect that can lend itself to many different kitchen
decor styles. It can be country, contemporary, rustic,
organic, modern, urban, english, french, spanish revival...
It is timeless.
I agree with you that you can lighten up the space with
going lighter on the uppers.
~boxer

Crabtree Kitchens
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Luxury Kitchens
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Kitchen and Bath Ideas

Chocolate Cabs

BHG

Attic Magic

Detroit Home Magazine
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RE: Beadboard Ceiling paint finish? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: aokat15 on 01.07.2011 at 10:50 am in Kitchens Forum

We just had our beadboard ceiling installed and we did ours in oil-based paint (as will be all of our trim). The shine is unbelievable especially with the natural light coming in from the windows. Here are some pics - our kitchen is still very much in progress so please excuse some of the other details. Also, this was a dreary snowy day and we didn't have our lights in, but you can still see the reflection from the windows.


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Finished Kitchen! Urban Cottage with gray cabinets/wood counters

posted by: carrie_eileen on 02.03.2011 at 11:46 am in Kitchens Forum

The backstory: After lurking on this site for almost a year imagining what I would do to my kitchen and planning for a 2011 reno, I applied (on a whim) to be on a kitchen renovation TV show on the DIY network. It all happened so fast, that I had found out just a few weeks later that we were chosen, and then boom, demo. This all began in early December, and the final day of filming was yesterday! The entire reno took 3 weeks and was down to the studs. It was a whirlwind, and such a good experience - from the designer, to the producers and film guys, to the contractor. We are so grateful.

There were many frantic/crazy postings on my end, and everyone's feedback helped so much. Shanghaimom in particular helped me so much and was so patient, and also boxerpups, kateskurous, rhome410, dianalo, aokat15, and many many others patiently offered sage advice and insight. If I never acknowledged this in the threads, please know that you kept me sane and I so appreciated it. There are some details to be finished (I plan to trim in the fridge a bit tighter on top) but for the most part, we're done.

So here is the old kitchen:
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And now the new:
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The details:
We have a 1926 stucco house in Minneapolis, and really wanted to honor the time period and details and have it be congruent with the rest of the house. I call this my "new old kitchen." So, we went for a cottage feel with some industrial, contemporary finishes. I devoured details in peoples posts when I was planning, so I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

Counters: Reclaimed elm from an 1860s Wisconsin barn, finished with Waterlox. From Minomin Resawn Timbers in Hugo, MN. These guys are awesome, and the counters are breathtaking.

Appliances: LG counterdepth French Door fridge (love it), gas range, and steam dishwasher, with Faber hood in Diamante

Lights: Barn Light Electric radial flute pendant in galvanized above the penninsula; Sinclair white enamel pendant above sink. I love these!

Cabinets: Custom, painted in "Mourning Dove," a Martha Stewart color mixed in Sherwin Williams oil laquer

Floor: Marmoleum Click in Walnut and Silver Birch

Sink/faucet: Kohler "Cursive" undermount farmhouse sink in Earthen White, Vinnata faucet in Vibrant Stainless

Pulls and Knobs: Restoration Hardware 1.25" Aubrey Knobs, and 6" Ephram pulls in ORB

Stainless Wine Glass Rack and Spice Shelves from Pottery Barn online.

Wall Color: BM Monterey White in eggshell

Beadboard walls and ceiling, shelves, and crown: BM Simply White in Semigloss

Curtains: Ogee Ikat in Clay/Oregano from West Elm

Stools: Overstock 24" Tabouret Metal stools

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RE: Arts and Crafts kitchens (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: chrisa62401 on 02.01.2011 at 04:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

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RE: Arts and Crafts kitchens (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: zelmar on 01.31.2011 at 10:22 am in Kitchens Forum

One of my favorite kitchens is Robin_d's in the "in progress" section of the Finished Kitchens Blog. It has elements that make me think Arts and Crafts without going overboard. I think it's the plate rail, dark cabinets, wall of tall cabinets, door and wood-trimmed windows that does it for me (I'm linking to the kitchen below--hopefully it works.)

Crown Point has an Arts and Crafts section (Crown-Point dot com, look under "styles".)

Dh and I both really like the Arts and Crafts style. We put a few elements into our 1912 farmhouse.

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