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Custom Roman shades for less?

posted by: janine09 on 01.04.2010 at 01:29 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I got an astronomical quote for custom roman shades..700 per window (and they are small windows). If I purchase the fabric, is there anywhere reliable that can make a custom standard roman shade for me?


clipped on: 01.04.2010 at 06:08 pm    last updated on: 01.04.2010 at 06:08 pm

tub niche and pencil rail questions

posted by: doctj on 12.19.2009 at 04:54 pm in Bathrooms Forum

for a tub wall niche, do the tilers do it when they're installing the tile board or does it need to be framed out first?
I'm ordering tiles on line and I'm not sure where pencil rail or chair rail should be.
Should I put chair rail in the front of the tub and pencil rail where the shower tiles abut the wall?
I also have a knee wall between the shower and the tub do I need pencil rail there?
Thanks in advance


clipped on: 12.29.2009 at 07:06 am    last updated on: 12.29.2009 at 07:06 am

Finito! one more white/marble/soapstone kitchen

posted by: segbrown on 12.06.2009 at 01:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've posted in dribs and drabs, so this isn't exactly an unveiling, but we are 99% done. Thanks to everyone; I've been reading this forum for years, even in the "pre-model" we did a few years back (minor update). I am also greatly indebted to my wonderful designer and contractor; I lucked out there.

Before pics: we moved the kitchen into the family room, the dining room into the kitchen, and the breakfast area into the dining room. (The living room turned into the family room, and the office will soon turn into the living room ... more to do around here.)So these photos are not exactly classic before/afters. (And it's a snowy day, so bright outside, not the best for pics. Oh well.)

Old kitchen

Corresponding view

Old family room:

Corresponding view

Old dining room (both visible walls are now gone)

Corresponding view

I was previously opposed to knocking out both walls, but I am glad we did. For the way we live, it works much better. Entertaining is a cinch now. Because the kitchen is vaulted but the other ceilings are low, it doesn't feel like a huge empty space (that's what I was worried about). And I liked my "other" house, just not the kitchen. It was awful.

I'll post details here, and more specific photos in a subsequent post.

Aspen Leaf Kitchens in Denver/Berthoud, CO; proprietary Primer White, BM Taos Taupe on island and butler's pantry, and custom-stained antique pine on breakfast hutch

SubZero BI-36U fridge, pro handle
Wolf 48 DF range with 4 burners and double griddle
Viking 54 in. hood liner with heat lamps
Thermador DWHD64EP dishwashers
KitchenAid KBCO24RSBX three-zone beverage center
SubZero 700BCI refrigerator/freezer drawers
Sharp 0.8 cu ft microwave

Minas soapstone on perimeter cabinets and hutch
Calacatta gold marble on island and butler's pantry

Restoration Hardware Gilmore cup pulls, Aubrey knobs and handle pulls, Clear Glass knobs in antique brass, and Season knobs and Hanson pulls in ORB

Main: soapstone farm sink crafted by Terra Bella/Denver CO
Prep: Ticor S3650

Main sink: Kohler HiRise bridge with sidespray
Prep sink: Kohler HiRise bar faucet

Wilmette Clark pendants in ORB (breakfast nook)
Wilmette LaSalle wall sconces in antique brass (later photos)
Visual Comfort Classic Ring chandelier in AB (dining room)
Visual Comfort Four-Light Siena pendant in AB (butler's)

-Island stools-
Ballard Designs Dorchester counter stools in rubbed black (all other furniture and rugs previously owned)


clipped on: 12.15.2009 at 06:04 am    last updated on: 12.15.2009 at 06:04 am

Finished Kitchen~White, Marble, Soapstone

posted by: katieob on 12.04.2009 at 02:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

A huge thank you to everybody on this forum who helped graciously with advice, photos, experience & info. What an incredible resource this is. Shout outs to Erikanh & marthavila for hood help, willowdecor for tile, all the stoners, and many more.

We moved in last week-bottom trim on fridge & dw are still missing, excuse the messy bottoms.

I'll be happy to provide details if anyone wants them.

Thanks for looking!





Marble Close Up


Soapstone Close Up



clipped on: 12.04.2009 at 08:01 pm    last updated on: 12.10.2009 at 06:01 am

Bathroom done - photos

posted by: monicae on 09.27.2009 at 09:52 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I didn't do much posting but did take in a lot of the advice from the various threads (this is a great resource. This is a relatively small master bath and the toilet is in a tiny alcove so you'll just have to trust me that there is a toilet in the room. :-) Please excuse the before photos, I think I was so sick of the room I gave up on tidying it up.


clipped on: 11.03.2009 at 06:22 pm    last updated on: 11.03.2009 at 06:23 pm

Please post your pics of 2x8 subway tile backsplash

posted by: mybrowneyedgirls on 10.12.2009 at 03:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am considering Adex 2x4 crackle subway tiles in the Hampton collection. I was on the phone with a local tile shop that carries these today, and the salesman told me the tiles also come in 2x8. He said a lot of costumers are requesting this size and I should consider this as well. I think it sounds interesting and would be a little different than the usual, but would still be the subway look I was going for. I am having a hard time visualizing this, though. Does anyone have this, and if so, could you please post pictures? Or if you have inspiration pictures of a backsplash in this size, that would be helpful, too.


clipped on: 10.13.2009 at 06:05 am    last updated on: 10.21.2009 at 05:48 am

Best Granite Sealer

posted by: stpindell on 05.03.2009 at 10:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

We need to seal our granite countertops. What is the best sealer out there that is user friendly?


clipped on: 07.06.2009 at 08:38 pm    last updated on: 07.06.2009 at 08:38 pm

What color shutters would work with the yellow siding?

posted by: positano on 06.13.2009 at 03:51 pm in Home Decorating Forum

The shutters are an ugly brown color and the roof is orangey brown. The roof has a few more years in it, but I would like to change the shutters now. What color would work with the yellow and the brown roof? I was thinking a Sag Harbor grey color or maybe white?

OR should I just wait a few years till the roof becomes a grey color?

Any photoshop help?

From April 2009


clipped on: 06.23.2009 at 08:08 am    last updated on: 06.27.2009 at 07:15 am

Duron Tobacco Road ~What looks good with it?

posted by: caramia on 03.29.2009 at 08:34 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I think I have the formula for Tobacco Road and really like it! I am planning to paint most of my 1st floor with it. I need something for my LR tht looks really good with it. The room is an empty slate. All that;s staying in there is a white sofa and a piano. Any suggestions? I'm open to anything! (well most anything!)


clipped on: 03.31.2009 at 12:09 am    last updated on: 03.31.2009 at 12:09 am

Finished Kitchen-warm white cabs, marble, wood counters

posted by: blakey on 03.29.2009 at 04:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can't believe it's complete, except for a bit of decorating, but it's so nice to be able to cook again. Thanks to everyone on this forum for the great questions, advice, photos, suggestions and support. I feel like I got so lucky when I stumbled upon this website just as we were getting started. It helped me tremendously and so many of the kitchens served as inspiration(you'll know who you are!)


breakfast room

wet bar





mud room

laundry room

Cabinets-Wood Mode
Perimeter Counters-Calacatta Crema-honed
Island top-Sapele Mahogany
Wall Oven-Miele
Refrigerator-Sub Zero
Main Sink-Shaw's Original Farm Sink
Wet Bar Sink-Sink-A-Link Hammered Copper


clipped on: 03.29.2009 at 08:43 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2009 at 08:44 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: 03.24.2009 at 07:20 pm    last updated on: 03.24.2009 at 07:20 pm

99% done cottage kitchen

posted by: jrdip on 04.28.2008 at 07:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just wanted to thank everyone for letting me vent and ask questions over the past couple of months. Did I thank everyone enough for letting me vent? We are almost done with our complete house remodel of a 1929 bungalow and just in time for baby! It has been a long process filled with many headaches but I wouldn't change a thing and am so glad we decided to do renovate this house. It is a very small kitchen but through careful planning and editing it is a very efficient kitchen for us and how we live and cook, and somehow I managed to stay within my 22K budget. Here is a list of all products used and I hope yall enjoy.
Thanks, Jen

wall and trim color: sw alabaster white
cabinet color: sw mindful gray
cabinets: armstrong cabinets
countertops: honed carrara marble
cabinet hardware: rh dakota 6" pull in aged pewter
appliances: ge profile
sink: whitehaus 30" farmhouse sink (I got this for 300!)
faucet: 75 off of ebay
tile: daltile 3x6 folio subway handmade and handglazed subway tile
shades: lowes sahara roman shades
sliding door track: crown industrial
sconces: visual comfort library sconce
lighting over counter: custom made
stool: antique milk pail










clipped on: 03.12.2009 at 07:00 pm    last updated on: 03.12.2009 at 07:00 pm Cant get onto this site anymore

posted by: snickysnacker on 03.04.2009 at 12:40 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I found (the actual web address is while browsing here on this site a while ago and I love it. You type in the paint color name and then this site tells you other paint brands that match it or are close to it. Now, I cant get onto it, what gives??


clipped on: 03.05.2009 at 09:10 am    last updated on: 03.05.2009 at 09:11 am

Do these pendants work with my kitchen? pics

posted by: positano on 01.29.2009 at 03:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, we still have a lot to do. But I'm trying to figure out the pendants, so the electrician can finish up. My BIL is doing a lot of the finishing work, so we are at his mercy when he can get to it. Still need to put up the hood(stainless), pendants, light over table, backsplash, trimwork, crown molding to the ceiling and toe kicks.

I found these Kichler pendants in Old Bronze. They are similar to the Hudson Valley ones, just a much better price. They don't come in satin nickel, just polished and olde bronze. I kind of like the dark element to go with the stools and dark table, but not sure if it's too much in a small kitchen. And the ceilings are only a little over 8 foot. BIL thinks we should do recessed above the island, but I really like the ambience the pendants could give. And they would be on dimmers which I love. If you think I should forget the pendants let me know. I don't want it to be too busy.

Here are some of my choices:

Kichler olde bronze pendant

Crate and Barrel extension table

I like the idea of this striped pendant to bring in some color.

Or maybe something like Mamadadapaige's in bronze

or just a drum shad over the table

Here is my kitchen with the darker stools

From January 2009

From January 2009

From January 2009

This is part of the living room that you see from the kitchen

From January 2009

When DH comes home I can have him hold up the pendants and take a picture. Sorry these don't look so clear. My camera is terrible.

This is a picture from cottage living that I loved the darker pendants in.

Thanks for the help!

Here is a link that might be useful: orange striped room and board pendant


clipped on: 03.04.2009 at 03:06 pm    last updated on: 03.04.2009 at 03:06 pm

New Cream cabs installed....feel like I went too creamy!

posted by: positano on 01.10.2009 at 07:51 am in Kitchens Forum

They are beautiful, but I wish I had gone a little whiter. It looks terrible with all the white primer and I know once we paint the trim and the walls it will help. The lighting isn't done either, so I'm hoping that will make it less creamy.

Anyone else feel this way when they had the cabinets installed?


clipped on: 03.04.2009 at 03:06 pm    last updated on: 03.04.2009 at 03:06 pm

dlm2000....Can you tell me about your staircase runner?

posted by: kitchenkelly on 10.27.2007 at 09:41 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I love your staircase runner and was hoping that you could tell me about it. It is exactly what I am looking for. Do you know the manufacturer? Is there a padding under it? How is it attached? Can I just have yours? :)



clipped on: 01.30.2009 at 07:51 am    last updated on: 01.30.2009 at 07:51 am

Come take a peak at my Costa Esmeralda!

posted by: positano on 01.16.2009 at 09:05 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, it went in yesterday and I have to say I just love it!! Definitely feels a little more green than I thought, but there is also lots of grey/blue too. Really looks beautiful and a breeze to keep clean. Doesn't show fingerprints and crumbs. Sorry these aren't the best pics. I have to work on my camera. You can click on the pictures to see them bigger and more of the album.

So, now onto paint, backsplash,pendants, chairs and stools. The paint is going on the big wall behind the island and around the table/window wall.We are having all new trim put up, and crown molding over the cabinets/I would like that wall to stand out a little from the granite. Not sure what I'm going to do there yet. Thinking of Espresso bar stools and table...unless you think black would be better.

From January 2009

From January 2009

From January 2009

From January 2009


clipped on: 01.20.2009 at 06:11 am    last updated on: 01.20.2009 at 06:11 am

Looking for Bill V!! Tile grout and sealer question for you (pics

posted by: positano on 01.18.2009 at 07:32 am in Kitchens Forum

We had our mudroom and bathroom tile installed yesterday. I went with the Mirage Slate Military Green tile like Kitchenkelly. It's a porcelain that looks like slate. I absolutely love it, the pictures make it look more brown and gold than it is. More of a green/gray with touches of brown. I went with natural gray sanded grout from Laticrete. A last minute pick up at Lowes. Last night the grout looked perfect, but this morning it looks much lighter. I was told to seal it, not sure with what. I happen to have Tile Guard's Enhance and Seal or TG's Penetrating Sealer. Got these back when I was testing granite samples.

Can I use these or do I need something special, will the enhance and seal darker the grout? I've seen a post about making grout darker.
He also said I could walk on it this morning, but shouldn't I wait 24 hours? When do I seal it?

Thanks so much, I remember Kitchenkelly posting that you helped her with her decisions.

From January 2009

From January 2009


clipped on: 01.18.2009 at 04:01 pm    last updated on: 01.18.2009 at 04:01 pm

Metal shelf on Brothers & Sisters kitchen

posted by: redroze on 11.23.2008 at 07:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

So we've figured out what to hang above our cooktop, on the subway tile backsplash. It went in today by the looks fabulous but some of our electrical isn't working so I'll have to post pics some other time.

I love the idea of hanging a metal ledge for various things. The Something's Gotta Give kitchen has it for smaller items such as spices, but the Bros&Sisters kitchen has larger items. I like the look of both but prefer the wider one from B&S. Does anyone know where I can find this metal shelf?

SGG kitchen we all know and love:

B&S kitchen:

The B&S ledge looks an awful lot like this one from Ikea, but I'm not sure if the B&S one is a metal grid like this. It is 10.6" in depth, 31" in length, which seems similar. Has anyone who watches the show gotten a closer look at it?


clipped on: 01.06.2009 at 09:07 pm    last updated on: 01.06.2009 at 09:07 pm

ultimate layout challenge - odd island in gorgeous kitchen

posted by: celticmoon on 12.02.2008 at 06:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello layout folks!

My sister wants to fix her troubling island situation. She calls her kitchen "a range and hood surrounded by cabinets". Kitchen has lovely Peacock-ish custom cabinets exploiting every inch, and she wants to leave the perimeter alone. Given that, the cabinet to cabinet open space in the middle is 11'4 sink run to shallow cabinet and only 9'3" from fridge wall to the step dropoff.

range island

Problems are
1) the midget island with 36 range and large hood and only 12 inches counter either side.
2) a 20 inch aisle, yes that is 20!!, at a loadbearing corner near the Advantium wall (at left corner edge of range island above).
3) two steps down to the breakfast area, that start without a visual cue because counters continue for the step.

Here is the floorplan with counters shaded - much of cebinetry is full depth to the ceiling.

Here's view toward family room:
steps down to breakfast room

View back toward DR and hall to the right
kinda double islands

And the step 'issue'
Link to other pix at the bottom.

So what do you suggest?????

I think I have an idea but want your "fresh eyes".


Here is a link that might be useful: my sister's beautiful dysfunctional kitchen


clipped on: 12.03.2008 at 01:17 pm    last updated on: 12.03.2008 at 01:17 pm

Off-center table & DR chandelier

posted by: linley1 on 10.27.2008 at 09:10 pm in Home Decorating Forum

We are finishing the remodel on our new house and I'm trying to decide on lighting. In the DR, we added a set of 4 panel French Doors which open are centered in the room and are directly across from the arched entry. The current chandelier is also centered in the DR.

I have a breakfront I love which I want to use in the DR but it will mean that the DR table will then be off-center. I know that normally the chandelier is centered over the DR table but will this look bad since the French Doors are such a focal point in the DR?


clipped on: 10.28.2008 at 10:02 am    last updated on: 10.28.2008 at 10:02 am

99% finished. Off White kitchen. So HAPPY!!

posted by: mamadadapaige on 05.29.2008 at 02:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

Will write more about particulars later, but wanted to post some pictures. There a just a few small things left to do and I haven't totally moved back in (note: no cookbooks, display pieces, utensils, coffee maker, etc) but I will get to that this weekend.

I included a picture of the Sharp microwave draw that someone had wanted to see. Also, included close-ups of the backsplash (very plain but to my taste), and spice rack which I can't wait to use!







clipped on: 10.24.2008 at 03:52 pm    last updated on: 10.24.2008 at 03:52 pm

Cambrian Black Owners (or stone experts) - please help!

posted by: bungalowdawn on 10.08.2008 at 12:09 am in Kitchens Forum

So we finally got our countertops installed today. Went with Leathered Cambrian Black. The guys who installed it did not want to seal it, recommended against it, said you would have to really work hard to apply it right or it would be a mess (not instilling confidence here), etc. They are having to re-do one piece so they did seal that for me to demonstrate how it would change the color, be streaky. I couldn't tell much of a color difference.

Anyway, the question is, should Leathered/Antiqued Cambrian Black be sealed? And if so, with what exactly? I have to say that it seems like the oils of a hand are leaving long-lasting marks on the unsealed portion of the countertops which makes me worried that unsealed is not the answer.

However, I don't want to have problems with it clouding up on me either. I'd love to not have to seal, but what I'm seeing so far makes me think maybe it needs it???

Also, maybe one of you stone experts can help me on this part. When I saw the slabs in the yard, there were some whitish drippy marks all along the top half of the slabs. Looked like maybe limey rainwater residue or something. I told them I couldn't approve it that way. They assured me it would come off. I said, show me. They had a guy get some "sealer" and he wiped a big spot and it looked clear (in broad daylight, sealer still wet). So I signed off. They said it would all be cleaned off before fabrication.

So they get through the grueling install today (days off my life, I think) and what's one of the first things I notice? Faint, but very noticeable streaky drippy marks in multiple places on the countertop.

What do I do? The top is now glued on, sink undermounted. They have to come back for the one fix they need to do and I want to be ready to tell them what I expect. Obviously, I'm not going to settle for this, but I want to be sure they don't screw it up more. How can we take care of these marks? Will sealer help? They are in the section that wasn't sealed. Can they buff it out or something (doubt it with leathered finish)? A poultice? Have you seen this before? I'm freaking out a bit.

Any advice on either or both of these topics would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


clipped on: 10.08.2008 at 01:31 pm    last updated on: 10.08.2008 at 01:31 pm

Undercabinet lighting dummy - decision decision decision!

posted by: snowang on 07.29.2008 at 06:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ok, I did go to HD and Lowes and check out their displays, but most of them don't work. I will have cream cabinets, UbaTuba countertop, white subway tile backsplashes and the existing ceiling mount fluorescent lighting remains. It's a 10X10 gallary kitchen. I'd like something fairly low cost, with a warm yellowish hue. The ceiling light is pretty bright for whatever kitchen task I have, so these undercabinet lights will mostly for ambience purposes. I already purchased several to start with:

GE T5 Fluorescent Lighting
LED from Costco

sorry, have to run, will finish this posting later...................


clipped on: 09.15.2008 at 07:16 am    last updated on: 09.15.2008 at 07:16 am

my xenon undercabinet lights are too hot!

posted by: nomorebluekitchen on 09.13.2008 at 06:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Please let me know what kind of undercabinet lights you love and why.

For our upstairs kitchenette (finished in May, just being used now as the main kitchen is being gutted) I put in these Xenon under cabinet lights:

Yowza, they are HOT! I had them on for a few hours this afternoon and then turned him off; several hours later the bottom shelf of the cabinets is still warm to the touch. That whole section of the room just radiated heat. I had assumed I'd do these in the main kitchen, too, but now that I've actually used them, I wouldn't buy them again.

I read a few threads of people saying they had xenon and didn't have a problem with heat. Mine are enclosed which might make a difference, but even if they're open that heat is still generated, it is just dissapating through the room instead of staying trapped under the cabinet, right?

I read several references to flor. t-2 lights but when I google that, the only hit I get is right here on the forum. Anyone know more about these? And



clipped on: 09.15.2008 at 07:02 am    last updated on: 09.15.2008 at 07:02 am

Can I see pictures of your D shape sink ?

posted by: positano on 09.11.2008 at 01:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I only have a 27 inch cabinet. A D shape sink will give me a little more room. I'm looking at the Ticor S405. Have any pictures with the faucet off to the side? It doesn't have to be Ticor, just want to show DH what it will look like.



clipped on: 09.12.2008 at 09:55 pm    last updated on: 09.13.2008 at 06:45 am

Does anyone have a gas slide in range that they love?

posted by: positano on 07.27.2008 at 08:06 am in Kitchens Forum

I was looking at GE Profile with convection, but some of the reviews were not great. Anyone have it?

Any other suggestions, seems like there are not too many options for slide ins. I need to put a microwave over it too.

I posted on the appliance forum, but thought I'd try here.



clipped on: 07.27.2008 at 10:34 pm    last updated on: 09.11.2008 at 07:24 am

Walk-in pantry -- can I see yours?

posted by: jeannie_kitchen on 05.24.2008 at 06:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have a walk-in pantry, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to configure the shelving.

We have moved the door from where it was in our old kitchen, and it now opens into the mudroom. Our mudroom is very small, and always a mess. So I'm thinking of possibly having hooks on one wall of the walk-in pantry for coats, and the other wall for food.

We have a second step in pantry that is off the basement stairs that we will probably use for bulk storage items.


clipped on: 09.01.2008 at 09:37 pm    last updated on: 09.01.2008 at 09:37 pm

Help !!! Kitchen Pantry

posted by: tahoe3 on 08.15.2008 at 01:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are working on on new walk in kitchen pantry. I need help building the shelving, what is the normal distance between the shelves, another words how far apart should my shelves be????? Any ideas or comments from people who already have these pantries, what they like, don't like, wish they had???



clipped on: 09.01.2008 at 09:35 pm    last updated on: 09.01.2008 at 09:35 pm

Stonegirl and others, Cambrian Black Antique and enhancer

posted by: jb1176 on 07.06.2008 at 07:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been searching for something I thought Stonegirl wrote about either using an enhancer or not enhancing Cambrian Black Antique. I think I also recall that the enhancer had to be a certain type - I think there are two types and I can't remember what Stonegirl said. I've done a search on this here and can't find what I read - wonder if it was on If she or anyone else can recall what the recommendation was I would like to know.

My salesperson at the kitchen and bath shop is trying to talk me out of Cambrian Black in an antique finish and going with an engineered stone of similar look. I am resisting the recommendation. I'd like to have a professional's opinion about using an enhancer on Cambrian Black Antique or on Nordic Black Antique before a final decision about this issue is made.

Thanks for the help.



clipped on: 07.06.2008 at 08:20 pm    last updated on: 08.07.2008 at 08:18 am

help needed! ebony stained hardwoods

posted by: lleet on 06.06.2008 at 10:08 am in Flooring Forum

Since the day we started our remodel, I knew I wanted very dark hardwood floors. Now that we are at the point of staining the floors, the floor guy is telling me he can't do it.

They put down one coat of minwax ebony stain, and while it is dark, it's no where near the look of ebony floors I have seen in pictures, ect. (I know every picture looks different in lighting, etc - not trying match exactly, just the spirit of...) We have quarter-sown red oak, so I do understand about the grain and know it probably wont ever look exactly like the pictures.

The floor guy is saying he's never had anyone say they didn't think ebony was dark enough, and that he NEVER use two coats of stain on a floor.

Am I being unreasonable to ask for ideas on how to achieve the look I want?

Does anyone else have a recommendation?

Thanks in advance!


clipped on: 07.27.2008 at 08:13 am    last updated on: 07.27.2008 at 08:13 am

where is everyone buying their Title 24 recessed lights online?

posted by: jeng on 07.24.2008 at 12:06 am in Kitchens Forum

Any leads on some good deals? I need to buy 10...



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Names of hard soapstone

posted by: pluckymama on 07.15.2008 at 06:35 am in Kitchens Forum

I see mention of people having hard or soft soapstone, but don't know which ones are which. Can you list the names of soapstones that are known to be harder and less prone to dings? Pics would be great too. Thanks.


clipped on: 07.16.2008 at 06:27 am    last updated on: 07.16.2008 at 06:27 am

Tell me about your favorite kitchen faucet !!!

posted by: momomomo on 07.13.2008 at 11:05 am in Kitchens Forum

I am renovating my kitchen now and it goes towards to the end finally. I bought brand-new appliances, sink, counter top and so on. I feel happy about my decision so far. But I can't make up my mind on kitchen faucet. Please share your experiences and thoughts of your faucets with me. Single or triple hole? Pull-out faucet vs wide spread? which brand?
Please tell me anything about faucets for me!!



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under counter lighting and reflexion

posted by: yolande_1951 on 07.08.2008 at 09:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have an odd question. We went looking for under counter lighting and realized that on black (Volga Blue or Angola Silver)shiny granite, we could see the reflexion of the florescent under counter lights. This is disturbing to us.

Is there a reflexion with all undercounter lights?

Any comments.



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Essen faucet or other from galaxy tool supply?

posted by: jessie21 on 07.08.2008 at 09:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I ordered my sink today from galaxy tool supply and the woman I talked to said I would get a discount on a faucet if I chose one of theirs. Although their website is still on the fritz so I couldn't see much, on ebay they have an Essen faucet that looks nice. I was wondering if anyone has ordered their faucets from them and if so, what kind? Are you happy with it? Anyone have an Essen? thanks!


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jodi in so calif---your tile backsplash?

posted by: pupwhipped on 03.13.2008 at 07:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

Jodi, your tile backsplash is gorgeous. Can you please tell us all the name of it? Wouldn't mind knowing where you got your spice rack either. HA! Thanks for any info.


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Finished (for now) kitchen photos - modern victorian

posted by: mrslimestone on 02.24.2008 at 12:46 am in Kitchens Forum

I posted my soapstone photos a few weeks ago but Im finally getting around to posting finished* photos. (*I'm not truly finished as I still have to get glass shelves made for the upper cabinets, get a window treatment and put in that missing lightbulb but lets call it finished for now)

Finished kitchen
Finished kitchen

Thanks everyone for tremendous resource this board has been! Its so helpful to have a panel of experts there 24/7 at the ready.

Here are all the specs
Cabinets: Plain & Fancy, Kent Door, Buttercream Color
Appliances: GE Cafe Microwave, Range & Dishwasher, GE Profile French Door Fridge
Countertop: Black Venata Soapstone from MTex
Backsplash: Vintage Subway tiles from repurposed from original bath elsewhere in my house
Pendant Lights: Hinkley Knickerbocker
Undercabinet/In Cabinet Lights: LED ewCove 12 in strips
Sink: Shaw Fireclay
Faucet: Rohl Country Bridge in Polished Nicel
Paint on wall: Woodland Snow by Benjamin Moore (flat)
Paint on trim: Bone White by Benjamin Moore (Semi)
Paint on Ceiling: China White (flat)


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My finished kitchen!

posted by: greta17 on 07.05.2008 at 11:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey everyone! I've only posted here a handful of times but read tons of information to help with our kitchen. This entire house was a complete gut and redo and a year after moving back in, we finally finished the kitchen. Pretty much the only thing we had left to do was the backsplash, but you know how that goes. Anyway, I thought I'd share some pictures because I always liked seeing people's finished product. Some of the pics are a tad blurry...I was having camera issues.
Pantry and oven wall
Island top
Close up of island granite

Cabinets - custom. Painted using Cabinet Coat colored in White Dove by BM
Floors - red oak stained medium brown
Countertops - Absolute black granite on the perimeter, Monte Bello granite on the island
Backsplash - Walker Zanger Newport Seaweed subway
Door hardware - ORB cup pulls on the drawers, and ORB egg shaped knobs on the doors
Faucet - Kohler Vinnata...the smaller one (I can't remember the dimensions, but I believe its about 2" shorter than the large one)
Lighting - the 2 lights over the island are mini-chandeliers I got from Lighting Universe online
Fridge - Jenn Air counter depth
Range - 6 burner Viking
Oven - 30" GE Profile
Microwave - LG
Dishwasher - Asko

Thanks to everyone who shared their information. Overall, we are very pleased with it. There are a few things I'd do differently but they are pretty minor. If it wasn't for this site, I'm not sure it would have turned out as nice as it did.


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Finished Small Kitchen

posted by: lily1342 on 04.10.2008 at 12:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, it's 98% finished. The new fridge was just installed the other day and looks so much better than the old top-mount-freezer textured almond thing (didn't wanna post pics of that). It was pay-as-you-go and also partially DIY, so it has been a long long looooong process since demo last May. We didn't have a GC, did our own demo, stripped wallpaper, painted. I learned how to install light fixtures, tile a backsplash, use a compound miter saw. DH and I built the banquette out of birch plywood. We bought and added the decorative legs and bun feet and bought all the molding separately instead of ordering with the cabinets. I added the beadboard, brackets and shelf to the little "hutch" area. The floor plan is still the same as before - didn't change location of plumbing or tear down walls or anything major like that, only moved a doorway a few inches. Also, we didn't get new flooring, didn't even refinish the old hardwood (kind of regret that). All in all, the cost came to $26,513, and that includes everything. I say this for anyone who might be like I was before we started - I had no idea how much what I wanted to do might end up costing. In the very beginning, the idea stage, that was a worrisome unknown. I could have kept the total under $20K if I'd chosen another door style in the same line of cabinets and not splurged on the backsplash and also could've bought much less expensive fabric for the banquette cushions.

Now that it's done, I'm almost sorry I don't have a second kitchen to do, because I made tons of mistakes with this one. Also, I'd bought a few things way in advance and before I found this website. If I'd found GW a little sooner, I would've made a few different choices here and there. Still, this is the first new kitchen I've ever had and by far the best.

The old:
kitchen before

And now:
April 9 2008

kitchen before

west wall

Before - north wall

north wall

breakfast nook before

Banquette & new chandelier

kitchen before

The tall utility cabinet is the same old one, with new paint, new door and added crown and baseboard:
Old tall cab repainted


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Need help with creamy cabinet colors

posted by: positano on 06.20.2008 at 03:37 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Anyone used these colors? BM Creamy White, BM Lancaster WHite , and BM Monterrey White.

I'm looking for an off white that doesn't have too much yellow or pink. I tend to gravitate to the grey/greens too.

This was my inspiration picture...I'm scared to go that dark, but I love it. Not sure on the color in the picture.

cottage living


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where to buy knobs and pulls?

posted by: waime54 on 06.18.2008 at 06:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Anybody have a reputable website for knobs and pulls?? Been trying to call "simply Knobs and Pulls' but no one answers or calls back.


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How did you decide on your white paint color for cabinets?

posted by: shortycake on 04.22.2008 at 03:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are having our cabinets painted white. There are so many choices! We are thinking of a creamy white, slightly off white.

How did you decide on yours? Please post any pics of white cabinets and the name of paint used.

Also, what paint sheen do you use on cabinets?


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Which white to use for cabinets

posted by: snickysnacker on 10.24.2007 at 11:05 pm in Paint Forum

I have all white appliances and I am going to be repainting my currently honey oak cabinets with Cabinet Coat. I have looked at a vast array of whites. Does anyone have any suggestions on BM whites to use? I was considering BM Dove White but I really like SW Greek Villa a lot on the swatch that I have.
I am in the process of painting my walls SW Fired Brick, if that matters.
Thanks for any suggestions or input.


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painting cabinets

posted by: danaoh on 05.22.2008 at 04:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have read the posts on this forum as well as the painting forum. I still am not real clear on what to do -
So - I have dark wood (real wood) cabinets. I use TSP, or do I use liquid sandpaper, then primer, then paint. Do I have to sand or take the cabinets down to bare wood? If I have to take it to bare wood, I quit- LOL. Husband says he will help, but I know that means he will carry the doors down to the garage for me, then fix me a coke while I work. Thanks


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Any Pics of Painted Cream Cabinets??

posted by: netshound on 07.12.2006 at 05:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm painting my kitchen cabinets from a horrible knotty pint to a Swiss Cream. Do any of you have any cream cabinets in your kitchen that you could post pics of? Color is something I am horrible at! I never know what looks good with what. Should I contrast the cabinets with a darker counter-top? I am NOT good at this!!!


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What are your favorite sites to purchase kitchen stuff?

posted by: mygar on 04.09.2008 at 09:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love to see the posts where people list various sites that they like to browse or have purchased from with good results. I was hoping everybody would list them here so they would all be together.

I'll start:


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A bit OT: what flooring for mudroom

posted by: kelleg on 04.01.2008 at 07:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

I know this is the kitchen forum, but since these areas are often close together, I would love input on this. My kitchen will be hardwood. What do you have in your mudroom???


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Looking for Kitchenkelly

posted by: positano on 04.08.2008 at 11:42 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi there,
I love your kitchen floor, the mirage military green tile and I'm trying to locate it in NJ or NY. Do you have any contact numbers I could try? The website doesn't say where I could find it?

Are you happy with it? Does it clean easily? Show dirt, footprints etc? It looks great in your kitchen and I love the 12x24 size. I think it would be perfect for my kitchen and mudroom area.

Thanks so much!!


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Need a good kitchen designer in the Bergen County, NJ area

posted by: positano on 03.10.2007 at 08:26 am in Kitchens Forum

Anyone have a good KD that they can recommend? I'm in Bergen County, NJ. Was thinking of going to Home Depot Expo and having them do it. Any thoughts?


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