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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: 09.30.2011 at 05:21 pm    last updated on: 09.30.2011 at 05:21 pm

Our new house is finished! My white kitchen...

posted by: nini804 on 09.22.2011 at 10:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Gardenweb friends!
You all have been so kind and I have learned so much from this site! I have been off-line the past month as we have been moving in to our new custom home. I joined GW this past winter, after our plans had been finalized by our architect...but I have incorporated so much from here into my finishes! We have a kitchen that is open to our breakfast room and family room, with a small butler's pantry between the kitchen and formal dining. I call the layout a "broken L with an island because I thought the architect was very cleaver to make the "corner" a little office space that also has the door to the pantry in it. This way, there is no "dead corner" in the kitchen. Maybe some people just starting could use this idea! :)

Anyway, here are the details:
Appliances: all KitchenAid, except for the Sharp MW drawer
in the island. Range is 36" dual fuel, with a
Cabinets: Mid-Continent, maple painted white, with soft
close drawers and doors. We chose all wood
Perimeter counters: Honed Carerra marble
Island top: Dark walnut, with a mineral oil finish
Floors: 5" wide white oak, stained 75% jacobean, 24% dark
Lighting: Pendants, Quiozel, I think. Breakfast chandy is!

Things I love so far: 1. Soft close!! Love!! Although we have it on all the drawers in the house, we only did the doors on the kitchen and butler's pantry cabs. Wish we had done it everywhere.
2. KA dishwasher and range...both of these have been wonderful so far, DW is so quiet and cleans really well. Range and oven are very easy to use and have nice, consistant heat. Plus, I think very pretty! :)
3. MW awesome, love it to pieces!
4. Under cab lights...never had these before, we have them on a dimmer, they are wonderful.
5. Walnut top...everyone who visits swoons over is a wonderful, warm surface.

Things I DON'T love:
1. Fridge! Counter-depth french door is awful! We had to buy an auxiliary fridge for the garage, and I am contemplating adding a fridge drawer to the island.
2. The distance from the range wall to the island seems a scooch too big, I think it is 48". I could have moved the island a few inches closer to the range.

I will do a seperate post about my experience with honed vs. polished marble (I have polished in the master bath.) There are pros and cons to each, I have found.

Anyway, Nini's kitchen!


clipped on: 09.30.2011 at 10:57 am    last updated on: 09.30.2011 at 05:20 pm

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



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RE: Antique white cabinets...what color granite? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: brianadarnell on 09.07.2011 at 10:10 am in Kitchens Forum

I love colonial cream with the white cabs. Have you seen the kitchen that was recently released with yellow river granite? It sticks in my mind because it was really beautiful. I'll link it below. I just did Brookhaven cabs in antique white. I used White Alaska delicatus granite. We just moved in so I haven't done finished photos,but here's a link to my gallery...One word of caution. Check the antique white in your space with your lighting...I think a whiter granite (bianco antico or delicatus) may make the shade of the cabinets look different than a more yellowy granite.


Here is a link that might be useful: Fromthesouth's beautiful kitchen


clipped on: 09.30.2011 at 04:34 pm    last updated on: 09.30.2011 at 04:35 pm

The finished kitchen, lots of pics inside, beer too!

posted by: jgopp on 07.25.2011 at 04:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey everyone, I know it's been a long time coming for me. I thought I was going to get a really good photographer to come in and take pics but it just hasn't panned out so I used my cell phone with the HD option on. Just a notice, it's not the greatest camera and my picture taking ability isn't that great, nor do I know how to use photoshop. So what you get is what you get. Hopefully they are good enough for you.

Now onto the details...

The project was conceptualized last October, construction began in mid November. We had semi functional use of it during Christmas but it still had a long way to go. After lots of structural repairs and slight idea changes along the way the project was probably completed with decorating done by late February. The place is considerably more functional and the floor is no longer going to collapse through to the basement. I decided to remove a large pantry which was taking up too much space, as well as remove the dining room closet which was too small to be used for anything. Those you can see in the before pictures. The lovely lady in those pictures is not me btw.

It took me many trips to the stores and many conversations to finally get everything dialed in exactly the way I wanted it. I feel that the style I have is very fitting to the home which is from 1922. Not sure exactly how I would categorize it but if I had to take a stab I'd say, somewhat traditional, somewhat french country, somewhat professional. But the final product came out very warm and inviting. We use the kitchen 10 fold now compared to the old one for entertaining purposes alone.

The old kitchen was a functional disaster and I wish I had some pictures of it before, but I only have pictures of the day of first removal. I have a video though of the kitchen before which I will post here...

Moving right along then... and since everyone loves to know what every little detail is I guess I'll have to run down the list which as follows:

Countertops: Super-white quartzite, and yes the island is all one single slab
Backsplash: herringbone Carrara marble with matte finish subway tiles
Flooring: Virginia hardwood wide plank hickory
Fridge: Sub-zero 36SXS
Micro: Viking designer series
Wall oven: Bertazzoni 24 inch classic electric
Range: 36 inch Bertazzoni gas
Hood: 40 inch Viking designer series with 650cfm
DW: Fisher and Paykel tall dishdrawer
Sink: Elkay stainless farmhouse
Bar sink: Kohler trough
Main faucet: Rohl country in satin
Bar faucet: Rohl country series, not exactly sure what model
Washer+dryer: Samsung front loaders
Chairs: Restoration hardware french cafe Madeline chairs
Other goodies: full extension soft close drawers, heavy cast knobs and pulls (some outfit in NJ) love the pulls because they actually are screwed directly into the face. The beer setup is a Khrome design tower with Perlick no drop faucets. Entryway color tiles on the stairs are from Pewabic pottery in Detroit, the steps are a shale of some sort.

Enough talk I'm sure you've already passed by all that and moved right down here to where I've stashed what you are all waiting for...



And completed:

Any other pictures of specific areas I will try and make happen if you'd like. Ask any questions as well, I'll be around to answer them for you. Thanks so much for looking, and thanks for the great ideas and the knowledge I've gained from using this fine website.


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RE: counter height stools (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jgopp on 09.15.2011 at 11:09 am in Kitchens Forum

I have the restoration hardware "Madeleine" bar chairs. They are awesome! Somewhat French country in my opinion which is why I picked them. Here is my best picture of them.


clipped on: 09.30.2011 at 02:00 pm    last updated on: 09.30.2011 at 02:00 pm

RE: What kind of backsplash do you have? (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: mpagmom on 09.08.2011 at 02:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am usually opposed to the 4" backsplash, but here's a kitchen where it really works.

This kitchen is from Ashley Goforth Design. Isn't it gorgeous???


clipped on: 09.30.2011 at 10:40 am    last updated on: 09.30.2011 at 10:42 am

RE: Searching for plain white basketweave floor tile (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: emmatux on 12.21.2008 at 11:34 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I found plain white basketweave at under porcelain.


BEST website for fun tile!
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RE: Blue and White Bathrooms? (Follow-Up #36)

posted by: jejvtr on 03.30.2009 at 08:10 am in Bathrooms Forum

Here's an old pic of our b&w bath



clipped on: 04.22.2009 at 08:21 pm    last updated on: 04.22.2009 at 08:21 pm

quite possibly the worst bathroom in the world: TRANSFORMED

posted by: na_praha on 03.11.2009 at 01:21 am in Bathrooms Forum

After a couple of months of hard labor, we're enjoying our new, vintage-style guest bath. especially given what we started with:

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Now for the much more appealing after:
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Additional photos are at the link below. Details:

- 100% DIY, completed for just over $2600
- Wall tile: Dal-Tile subways from HD with Delorean Gray grout
- Floor tile: Carrera marble hex tile from ebay, same grout
- Tub: Original, and unfortunately, you can tell
- Sink: Lowe's
- Sink Faucet: Price Pfister Ashfield in Satin Nickel - a waterspot MAGNET
- Medicine Cabinet: Lowe's
- Vanity light fixture: Commercial Electric, HD
- Soap holder over sink: vintage, ebay
- Polished Nickel cup and toothbrush holder: Restoration Hardware
- Shower fixtures: Peerless
- Wall paint: Dutch Boy Route 66
- Trim: Behr Creamy White

As always, many thanks to everyone on these boards for all your fantastic inspiration and insights.

Here is a link that might be useful: Additional photos of our new bathroom


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RE: Mind sharing b&w basketweave pics? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: jeanninepc99 on 03.20.2009 at 06:51 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We bought Laticrete's Silver Shadow grout (Mapei's Warm Grey is close). The floor isn't done, but here's the current state of things in the bathroom with a close up of the grout.

Grout without flash:

Grout with flash:


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RE: Mind sharing b&w basketweave pics? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: mosaic_king on 03.11.2009 at 11:08 am in Bathrooms Forum



2 sheets of basketweave


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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.






clipped on: 04.22.2009 at 09:18 am    last updated on: 04.22.2009 at 09:19 am

My Spa Inpsired Bath

posted by: bradleyj on 07.16.2008 at 03:51 am in Bathrooms Forum

I WAS going to remodel my kitchen, but my GF nixed that, insisting instead that my tiny, 4x8 (plus tub) vintage, original 1948 pink and baby blue bathroom go -- pronto! So it gave way to a spa-inspired, slightly enlarged 7x8 (plus shower) retreat - I scavenged an adjacent closet. My home is a 1000 square foot home in the Hollywood Heights conservation district of Dallas.
They say remodels cost twice as much and take 3 times as long as planned. Close. The demo began April 3 and was supposed to be done by May 7. The finishing touch (shower doors) was installed July 1, 2008. I estimated $25,000 and spent $37,000, including a $4000 "Ooops, my bad" contractor misbid on the plumbing in the signed contract. I bought nearly all supplies, fixtures and components myself, 95% online. NO problems!! This included:

Showerguard 3/8" glass doors
Soapstone floors from Vermont Soapstone
Glass mosaic tile - Winter Blend - Colorways, from
Scaraboo Tsunami sink (by Nameeks) -
Duravit Caro toilet and Gerebit carrier - eBay
Stiebl Eltron electric tankless heater
Sun Touch radiant floor heating - Home Depot
Jaclo Cubix collection shower fixtures, bath acessories, and rain showerhead - Chicagofaucets
Teak shower bench - Mr. Steam
Teak accessories - Teak4u
Hansgrohe Axor faucets - plumbersurplus
Panasonic Whisper Warm vent/heat/light - plumbersurplus
ItalBrass - soap dish and toilet brush - Ira Woods
Watermark mirror - Homeclick
lighting - Bellacor


Here is a link that might be useful: Pepto Bismal Palace


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RE: Too much white??? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: draconisskye on 04.17.2008 at 06:29 pm in Bathrooms Forum

This is a photo of our 90% completed DIY bathroom. It at least may give you some idea of what a tan floor looks like with the white wainscoting and fixtures. I will say the tan tile hides EVERYTHING, I am very glad we went with the color we did.



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RE: Perfect bathroom vent fan - does it exist? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: sjt2900 on 04.21.2008 at 12:50 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Panasonic Whisperwarm should do everything you ask. We got a switch for for ours that has on, off, and timer on it. We just finished installing our second Panasonic fan and they're fabulous. There not available in the Midwest, so I order from this company.

Here is a link that might be useful: RE Williams Panasonic Fans


clipped on: 07.10.2008 at 08:17 pm    last updated on: 07.10.2008 at 08:17 pm

what color for bathroom?

posted by: kgwlisa on 01.26.2008 at 08:04 am in Home Decorating Forum

What color would you paint a mostly black and white bathroom? I'm remodeling my bathroom and going for a black and white vintagey but not period look. I've decided to go more intense on the black accents than usual with a black chair rail rather than white and the outside of my clawfoot tub will be painted black as well, so there will be a fair amount of black "punch" to it.

I'd been sort of planning on silver sage for the wall/ceiling color (they will be the same, the ceiling is sloped) but now I'm second guessing. Here are a few images though.

Here are a couple of elevations that I drew, the larger one shows the actual tile layout with the band of black near the base but here's the general look. The sconces are black porcelain scones with turtle shades and the countertops will be black stone of some sort.

Here are the sconces:

Here is a picture of the wall tile with an old idea for floor tile (with a silver sage swatch). The colors are kind of dark and dingy in the pic because of lighting.

and here is the floor tile. It's going to be mostly a white on white field with a black border. Here is a small mockup of what it would look like at the scale of my bathroom:

and here is an actual picture of the tile:

and finally the grout will be a soft grey and the shower base is a grey and white terrazzo look corian, silver birch, this color (although not much will show outside the shower, just the curb):

So given all that, what color would you paint the walls/ceiling?

Thanks for any suggestions.


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