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PIC: Medallion cream cabinets were delivered! Love them!!

posted by: tinycastles on 01.08.2011 at 12:50 am in Kitchens Forum

Just wanted to share in case there are others out there in kitchen land who lust after cream (not white) kitchen cabinets...See pic below- Medallion cabinet in Oyster Heirloom. Pic was taken w/cell phone in our storage warehouse, so not the best lighting.

I ordered Medallion cabinets for our new kitchen after seeing how well they have held up for my mom. I was also super picky about the finish. I wanted a cream, not too yellow, but not a cool (grey) cream either. Most of the eggshell and ivory finishes were still too light for my liking. I also wanted some distressing and glazing, but not overdone.

Here's a summary of what I looked at. I got quotes from Omega (Dynasty), Bertch, Shiloh, and Medallion. Bertch price point was good (similar to Medallion), but to be honest I just could not find the cream color that I loved. I got a door sample in the Parchment finish, but it seemed very manila envelopey, almost a taupey cream if that makes sense. Dynasty's price was ridiculously high....I'm talking Range Rover parked in my kitchen high. Definitely did NOT love their cream colors that much to justify that kind of $$$. But since we're talking money....Had money been no object, I would have gone with the Shiloh cabinets in the Old World finish. It's their newest finish that is available in a number of shades, including two cream shades-Custard and Cornsilk, both are gorgeous. The Old World finish is definitely an upgrade. Its not just a color; its glazing, crackling, distressing, etc. a real furniture look. A little bit too high for my budget though (still considerably cheaper than Dynasty) Once Shiloh was priced out with their standard painted, glazed, distressed finish it was actually closer to Medallion. I believe more expensive, but only by a few thousand. Sadly, once the Old World finishes were ruled out, I didn't love any of the other cream/glazing options.

I've always loved Medallion cabinets in the Oyster Heirloom, so thats what I ended up going with. Medallion was having a big sale, so I got the whole shebang for a very good price-we're talking 5 1/2" crown, light molding, all plywood boxes, finished ends, lots of big drawer bases, a gorgeous hood cabinet. Plus with Medallion the Oyster is considered a "premium" finish and you automatically get soft-close, full-extension dovetail drawers. Will definitely post pics once cabinets are installed.

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like color of door!
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Where is your microwave located?

posted by: ejbrymom on 04.26.2010 at 06:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Where is your microwave located?
I have a OTR microwave and I am trying to relocate it creatively so I can get a wood hood over my range. :)
Please share pics. thanks!


Look at ideas for next to frig
clipped on: 04.27.2010 at 06:34 am    last updated on: 04.27.2010 at 06:35 am

outlet for recessed frig

posted by: rjr220 on 04.20.2010 at 04:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

I THOUGHT that I had clipped the thread about putting the electrical outlet in the side stud for a recessed frig. But not so. I did a search, couldn't find the thread. Does anyone else have the thread, or have you done this yourself?

My electrician is coming on Thursday for rough in and I want to show him a picture if he hasn't done this before.

Thanks, Rita


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Morton5's Finished Kitchen: Ikea and Fire and Ice

posted by: morton5 on 05.27.2009 at 11:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

We completed our kitchen seven months ago, but I've procrastinated on posting finished photos. Here they are at last!
Thanks to all for your many helpful ideas and comments as I went through the process.

I planned the kitchen myself-- a little tricky as the room is not rectangular. I originally planned a white/soapstone kitchen, but ended up going with a more earthy scheme because the kitchen is open to the FR, and also I thought the colors would be more family and pet friendly-- we have 5 kids, a dog and a cat. We are all very happy with our new space, and the surfaces are indeed forgiving.

We remodeled mainly because I disliked the downdraft range on my island. Plus, the cabinets were looking pretty shabby and some of the doors were splitting. I cook a lot, often for a big crowd, and I am loving the efficiency of my new kitchen.

Here are the details:
Cabinets: Ikea Tidaholm oak in black/brown, and Adel birch in medium brown (in pantry area and planning peninsula). I chose Ikea because I love their organization systems and their Blum tandembox drawers and glides. I assembled all of the cabinets myself and changed the edgebanding to match the door/drawer fronts. I was kind of excited to find "Made in Italy" stickers on all the Tidaholm doors. My GC's carpenter installed the cabinets. All drawers are full extension with soft close.
Pulls: Hickory Hardware
Granite: Madura Gold
Backsplash: Jeffrey Court's Fire and Ice, enhanced, kashmir grout (thanks Jodi in SoCal for the inspiration)
Range: Bluestar 36" RNB with island trim. The cabinet run on the range wall is pulled out 3 inches.
Hood: Futuro Futuro 48" plane (980 cfm)
Ovens: GE Monogram Advantium over ZET
Dishwasher: Bosch Integra 800 series
Refrigerator: Samsung French door RFG297. We pulled out surrounding cabs to make the fridge look built-in.
"Kid fridge" 24" LG LRBP1031 in Titanium-- love it! Holds the kids' yogurts, drinks, fruit, ice cream, frozen baked goods, ice packs-- and keeps the kids out of my way. In the same footprint as refrigerator drawers, I got twice the space at half the price. Between the Samsung and the LG, I have almost 40 cu. ft. of refrigerator/freezer space.
Faucets: Grohe K4 (prep sink) and Alira (main sink)
Tapmaster at main sink
Soap dispensers from Never MT web site
Sinks: Zero radius, 15 gauge stainless from Ebay-- 30" at main sink and 23" at prep sink
Table: Oak from reclaimed antique floor joists, from Ebay (
Chairs: Bonded leather from Overstock-- love them
Floors: Red oak, Refinished and stained Minwax golden oak, 3 coats of oil-based poly
I kept my old kitchen light fixture and ceiling fixture. I'm still planning on adding a couple of puck lights to the shelf behind the hood-- I have outlets at the tops of the high cabs, with a switch next to the range.

Thanks for looking!


Here is a link that might be useful: Morton5's finished kitchen


clipped on: 04.18.2010 at 04:29 pm    last updated on: 04.18.2010 at 04:29 pm

Hobokenkitchen's New, Modern Kitchen for the FKB

posted by: hobokenkitchen on 12.16.2009 at 06:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Cabinets: Custom made Mahogany veneer with all soft close cabinets and drawers.

Appliances: Range: 36' All Gas Wolf Range
Hood: 36' low profile Wolf hood
Refrigerator: 30' Subzero built in fridge freezer
Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher drawers

Countertops: Quartzite - natural stone seen under the names 'Monte Carlo' , 'Mother of Pearl' and 'Madre Perle'. Harder (and more brittle) than granite. This particular quartzite does not appear to etch.
Fabricated by Wolf Granite in Philadelphia.

Flooring; Ceramic Tile with metal infused into it. Purchased at Artistic Tile in 6 x 24s.

Handles: Purchased at - amazing pricing compared to other sources.

Faucet: Danze Parma pull down faucet in stainless steel purchased on ebay.

Sink: Stainless steel, zero radius apron sink purchased on ebay.

Backsplash: Tao toffee purchase at

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Here's a close up of the ceramic floor. You can see the metalic sparkles from close up only. From the dining room you can't tell, but when you are actually on the floor you can see the sparkles.

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Here's a pic of the two seams at either side of our sink (we picked a small slab).

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and the quartzite slab before fabrication:

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like farmhouse stainless steel sink
clipped on: 04.18.2010 at 04:28 pm    last updated on: 04.18.2010 at 04:29 pm

finished cherry kitchen with stone

posted by: tateland on 04.18.2010 at 12:23 am in Kitchens Forum

I cant believe I am actually submitting my kitchen. Thanks to all who have answered questions, Bill Vincent, for all your grout advice. Jamielo, (you were my original inspiration) and Elizpiz, your backsplash blew my mind. Our house is 1950's so if anyone remembers the original mint green tile and black linoleum. Sorry no before pics We kept the original kitchen footprint but knocked the wall out that faces the kitchen table (it was a small doorway) now the fun stuff

Cherry inset cabinets with natural finish
Uba Tuba granite
AZ Tile stacked stone backsplash in Golden Gate (took 9 months to pick out but glad I didn't settle I found exactly what I envisioned)
red oak floor to match original throughout the house
Kohler Simplice faucet
Ticor sink
Maytag french door fridge
Kobe 30" range hood
Miele double ovens
Thermador 5 burner cooktop
Miele Incognito dishwasher
Amerock Forgings foursquare pulls and knobs (thanks Jamielo)
Bed Bath and Beyond stools
undercabinet and recessed lighting


Love backsplash, colors, style of cabs, love large pantry for both sides of our dining room window, love the way the 'frige is enclosed
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Relative cabinetry prices: brand vs. brand

posted by: stretchad on 03.29.2008 at 11:43 am in Kitchens Forum

We're going to redo our kitchen but aren't quite ready to approach Lowes/HD for quotes on cabinetry. I was wondering if anyone has sufficient knowledge to know which brands are generally cheaper or more expensive. My assumption is that ikea is the cheapest, but I'm not sure how it goes from there.

SO, can those of you who respond supply your ranking of cabinet brands from cheapest to priciest?
This might help those of us who are early in the planning stages...


clipped on: 04.17.2010 at 09:23 am    last updated on: 04.17.2010 at 09:23 am

Tell Me Your Favorite Tile Companys

posted by: sivyaleah on 04.12.2010 at 01:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm researching tile for my backsplash. At the moment, the only top names coming into my head are Ann Sacks, DalTile, Artistic Tile and Armstrong.

What's really sad is I work in the design business, although not directly any longer with specifing these products, which is probably why the names of manufacturers is escaping me. If it were 2 years ago I probably could remember at least a dozen of them. Now, not so much.

Anyway - I could really use some other names. There are a couple of Ann Sacks tiles which are calling me but I'm not totally sold on anything yet, and I have time to decide (I'm not closing on the house until May 10th, so I can't even start purchasing anything until my mortgage wraps up, don't want to jinx anything!).


clipped on: 04.13.2010 at 06:41 am    last updated on: 04.13.2010 at 06:41 am

Wall is Out, LIght is In... Redoing a '49 Cape's Kitchen (thx Bue

posted by: kris_ma on 04.12.2010 at 10:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Last September I posted a rendering of our kitchen AFTER cabinets had been ordered and budget was pretty well set (better late than never). Buehl offered several suggestions for improvement and helped us find some ways that we could improve on the plan even that late in the game - thanks to Buehl's helpful sketches, we were able to make some changes that helped me get a beam moved to open it up a bit more, and a prep sink that I didn't even know I needed (but use constantly!), and an island that's exactly the right size to allow maximum seating yet without "cramping" the style of any of the workers in the kitchen. I am forever grateful, Buehl, thank you.

Background: This is a 1200 sq. ft home, with a an 8x16 kitchen which was an 8x8 working area with an eat-in 8x8 table space. We spent 10 years "dancing" with each other while prepping or cleaning because, believe me, I'm not the type to insist on doing all the cooking or clean up myself (my math figures that 4 eaters = 4 helpers, hehe)

While the footprint remained the same, the remodel took out a load-bearing wall that also had hvac and electrical things in it that had to be re-routed. It involved setting a steel i-beam into the ceiling, this wall stuff ate nearly half of budget but because our primary goal was to open up a cramped space, we felt it was worth it. We kept appliances that we had already replaced (7 yr. old fridge, and 2 year old stove and dishwasher), this helped keep the rest of the budget in line. Sticking with stock and semi-custom cabinets helped, too. We worked with a very flexible contractor (Chuck Hall at Cornerstone Construction in Framingham, MA) that let us do some of the work ourselves (tiling, painting, etc), as well as all of the shopping for fixtures, this saved us time and money, and also allowed us to work in so many of the great ideas shared on this site (air switch for GD, Ticor sink, etc).

Here is a before pic: the kitchen was evidently updated sometime in the 70's.

Before:  faux slate and harvest gold everything

Here are some after's and link to the album:



2010:  Wall is Gone
2010:  Two Rooms Become One
Link to album:

Cabinets: Maple (java stain) Bertch Marketplace (stock) and some Bertch Legacy (semi-custom)
Counters: Giallo Sabbia granite (Brazillian)
Backsplash: Eiffelgres tile
Windows and Slider: Marvin Integrity (fiberglass exterior, wood interior)
Lighting: Restoration Hardware Optic pendants
Appliances: existing
Sink (main): Kraus 29"
Sink (prep): Ticor
Faucet (main): KWC Disko pre-rinse
Faucet (prep): Grohe Minta
4-5" recessed can lights
2-fish eye spot lights

Hidden storage above fridge
2 Amps and Airport Express in Pantry drive in-ceiling speakers from laptop
Pull-out trash
Air Switches on counter for garbage disposals
Full Extension, soft-close Drawers
Two-tiered rev-a-shelf pull-out for pots and pans
low-profile Lighting Under Cabinet
Rollout shelves in Pantrys
Soap Dispenser
NeverMT on main sink

I always found it helpful when others shared their costs of renovation, so in the spirit of helpfulness to those still planning, the total cost of our renovation was in the 50K ballpark: of that about 10K was on cabinets, 5K on fixtures, 3K on granite. The other costs I don't have broken down but covered plumbing, hvac, and general construction, including: demo, engineering, wood floors fingered into the old, steel I-beams + posts, 2 new windows, new sliding door, plaster walls, installation of cabinets.

Here's a link to additional pictures:


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RE: Need Help - Backsplash in Contemporary Kitchen (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: cat_mom on 04.04.2010 at 11:06 am in Kitchens Forum

We used glass tiles (varying size narrow strips--Opera Glass from Artistic Tile, comes in about a dozen diff colors) in our contemporary kitchen. I do like the tile you're considering--will be very clean, yet dramatic.

daki--don't recall if I've seen pics of your kitchen before (probably have, but forgot!)--but I LOVE it!!!!! I could be very at home in your kitchen!

Here's mine:

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SONY Bravia

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clipped on: 04.08.2010 at 06:45 am    last updated on: 04.08.2010 at 06:45 am

Show me your 'dark wood' kitchen!

posted by: mom2cohen on 02.10.2010 at 10:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

I need inspiration and ideas but almost everything I have seen here (while absolutely beautiful) is white!

We are doing dark espresso cabinets and I can't believe how difficult it is to find pictures of kitchens with cabinets this color! I would LOVE to see pictures of kitchens with dark cabinets....Thanks so much!!!


clipped on: 04.08.2010 at 01:07 am    last updated on: 04.08.2010 at 01:07 am

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!


Like this kitchen
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