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RE: Have pic of a Shaws farm sink NOT bumped out much? (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: frenchkitty on 07.23.2010 at 10:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi, I don't know how to explain, just show how we mounted our
faucet. We did not bump out our cabinets. If this helps, then, Yeah! If not, hi, how are you? They say a picture is
worth a thousand words....

Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Sink


clipped on: 08.07.2010 at 06:41 am    last updated on: 08.07.2010 at 06:41 am

RE: Your experience/practical advice is requested concerning mudr (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: mairin on 01.23.2010 at 12:27 pm in Home Decorating Forum

looks like you've gotten lots of good responses, but here's a picture of our mudroom.

we have 3 kids (well 2, plus an infant - so he doesn't really count yet!). we only had enough space for 4 locker areas (wish we had five now that our family expanded). I wasn't sure we would use it because the powder room sink is so close, but the sink in the mudroom has been a life saver for those sandy hands, muddy feet, etc.). really glad that's in there. I love having the benches to sit upon to put on shoes. We keep our shoes 'loose' under the bench/drawer area which seems to work well enough. The coats hanging out in the open doesn't bother me (it is a mudroom, after all and just for our family to see). The hooks might be sturdy enough to handle a really heavy bookbag, but I'd think it best for shelves as well. I LOVE having the drawers - it's made keeping all the little items more tidy (I've got girls, so hair stuff, jewelry, etc.). we use the upper cabs and drawers for mittens, hats, and other overflow. The corner shelves now have bins for school work and lots of JUNK! this is also where we have plugs for any electronics that need to be charged.

these pics are when we first moved in (May) so limited visual of coats, boots, etc, but you get the idea.


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RE: is a thermostatic shower important? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: mongoct on 05.13.2010 at 01:35 pm in Bathrooms Forum

There is another difference between the two...not sure if it matters to you, but I'll pop off anyway:

Most PB valves have a single control handle on the valve that controls both temp and water flow. When you rotate the handle to set the temp on these valves to a warm to hot temperature range, you're also turning the water on to full flow. There's no tweaking of the flow volume at higher temperatures, for the most part it's either full on or off. So to get 102-degree water you're also getting full flow. If you were to try to reduce the volume to a trickle flow, as you reduce volume you're also turning the temperature down towards full cold. So the only reduced flow you can get out of a PB valve is of cold water.

Now, if this valve is part of a shower head/tub faucet combo, there's usually a diverter lever that you can throw to get water either out of the shower head or out of the tub faucet. That lever can be partially swung to change volume flow a bit while maintaining temperature.

TS valves have a setting for water temp, and it's a "set and forget" type of knob. You can set it to your desired water temp and leave it there for the next 20 years. They then have a separate volume control for water flow. So with TS valves you can easily have a trickle of 102 degree water or a full volume of 102-degree water.

There are always variations on the above, but that's the basic volume/temp comparison between a TS and a PB valve.


clipped on: 05.14.2010 at 12:04 pm    last updated on: 05.14.2010 at 12:04 pm

Kitchen Aid Appliances

posted by: kartmom on 07.11.2009 at 11:46 pm in Appliances Forum

My husband & I are looking at purchasing Kitchen Aid appliances tomorrow from Sears to take advantage of some savings. Most are from the Architect Series II. Looking at a double oven w/convection, 5 burner drop in cooktop, french door fridge, dishwaser and hood. I can't seem to find any reviews on Kitchen Aid appliances online (Consumer Reports has pretty much nothing on Kitchen Aid) but was told by the sales lady they are top of the line. Any reviews on any Kitchen Aid appliances purchased in the last year or so would be greatly appreciated ASAP. Thank you.


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RE: GE Advantium (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: smarge on 02.11.2010 at 12:29 pm in Appliances Forum

I love my Advantium and use it daily as an excellent microwave and several times a week as a speed cook (I tend to use my Miele wall oven before using the regular convection feature of the Advantium, but I give them both a serious workout at Thanksgiving!

Here's mine installed:


This picture was taken when my son was 7 years old. He's 9 now and easily reaches anything in this oven - he heats his own pancakes (I freeze extras when I make them so he can have pancakes on school days.)


I strongly recommend installing a deep drawer underneath your ovens to store the accessories. The Advantium comes with two large circular trays that constantly have to be switched, depending on whether you are using the microwave (glass tray only) or the speed cook/baking functions (metal tray)

My Miele oven also has rotisserie attachments and a special filter that is needed for roasting splattering meats, as well as a temp probe.


While I'm designing your oven area, I may as well tell you how awesome it is to have trays, cooling racks and enough space to store my extra oven racks right handy above the ovens! Plan your kitchen to store things near where they will be used!



clipped on: 02.11.2010 at 01:31 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2010 at 08:35 pm

Traditional Classic Styled White kitchen- 99% finished!

posted by: muranogirl on 01.21.2008 at 12:06 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi girls! My kitchen is almost finished. Although not a reno, it was a self built home and we are still finishing areas of the house including the kitchen. I had asked you for help choosing a backsplash, and thank you all so much! We chose a creamy matte subway in a 1 x 2 mosaic. It should come in this week and I've attatched photos of it. I'm so excited! Sooooo.... here's our 99% finished kitchen!
Creamy white cabinets (arctic), island in Alder stained with burnt sienna by Westridge Cabinets.
White Kashmir Granite
Black Iron pulls and knobs
Kenmore Elite Stainless appliances, including fridge, dishwasher, mircrowave, slide in range, garborator.
Delta aberdeen faucet
Daltile 1 X 2 mosaics full body porcelain tiles in "buiscut"
Wall paint Creamy White benjamin moore, Ceiling paint custom-mixed light gray, trim paint cloud white by BM.
Central vac pan/kick under island
Island measures 5 feet by 8 feet and features 6 inch turned leg posts extended to the corners. (island fits 4 bar stools)
Flooring, engineerd hardwood oak by bellefloor in wenge.
Wine rack on end of island.
Triarch "The Classic" pendants over island.

The backsplash that I've ordered.

view from livingroom
(please ignore the mess, we were tiling the entry in this photo)

Pantry door has since been frosted..


clipped on: 03.27.2010 at 05:00 pm    last updated on: 03.27.2010 at 05:00 pm

RE: pictures of warm white cabinets with lighter granite (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: cali_wendy on 02.15.2010 at 12:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our cabinets are BM Linen White, granite is honed Colonial Gold, backsplash is tumbled Crema Marfil marble, walls are green and floors are white oak with medium brown stain. We have an open concept with plenty of natural light, but a couple of big trees that keep the house from being super bright. I wanted something light because I wanted the medium floors and I have darker wood furniture. Although it is pretty monochromatic, it still feels warm and cozy to me.

I don't have great finished pics yet. Here are some from Christmas and another with better lighting. Hope you can get the idea despite the poor lighting.


Kitchen looking towards dining/dry bar.

Kitchen from dining.

Kitchen with island



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RE: pictures of warm white cabinets with lighter granite (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: muspic on 02.12.2010 at 01:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

I cannot show you actual pictures yet of the granite installed but have cream cabinets and have chosen lady's dream granite
( backsplash has some green and floor is a rusty cork)

From granite


clipped on: 03.10.2010 at 07:55 am    last updated on: 03.10.2010 at 07:56 am

RE: please list all marble look countertops (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: kitchen1921 on 03.09.2010 at 12:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

All right, as requested, here are some more pictures of the Corian Rain Cloud in my still-under-construction kitchen:


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RE: Kitchen Aid Appliances (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: sunschyn on 07.25.2009 at 10:44 pm in Appliances Forum

We just got KA counter depth french door fridge which I love. I would highly recommend it. Very quiet, great layout. We also got a dishwasher, which I've used only 3 times but seems to be fine (we had a KA dishwasher before it and thought it was great). We also got the double wall oven with the convection/microwave on top. I'd read about the burnout of the circuitry with the self-clean feature but that issue has been resolved and I saw somewhere a website that listed all the model numbers that were affected and the newer ones (that would currently be in stores) were not on the list. I haven't used the ovens enough to comment on them one way or another. The microwave feature works just fine, though.


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RE: full depth fridge 'built in look' next to cabinet run (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: marcy96 on 03.01.2010 at 08:15 am in Kitchens Forum

You can recess it into the wall studs without having to protrude into the dining room. That will gain you about 3-4 inches. Also recess the plug into the side stud. That's what I did with my fridge and I was able to use 26" fridge panels and 24" base cabinets.


clipped on: 03.01.2010 at 09:28 pm    last updated on: 03.01.2010 at 09:28 pm

RE: HELP!! I can't make paint color decision! (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: pickle2 on 02.23.2010 at 08:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

Beautiful sideboard! Your colors all sound so beautiful together. Calming and restful.

Came home and Beleza looks quite green so may not be helpful to you in pics. I'll take some tomorrow.

I know you're doing wainscot for backsplash, but I wanted to toss up these photos just for fun. (This is what I keep coming back to whenever I want to use Old White instead of doing my green thing.) Trikeenan's Sharkskin and Milk White mix:

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And this is their random whites blend (Fog, Crackle White, and Milk White):

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clipped on: 03.01.2010 at 08:25 pm    last updated on: 03.01.2010 at 08:25 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



clipped on: 02.16.2010 at 04:23 pm    last updated on: 02.16.2010 at 04:24 pm

Slide-out range hood? Please advise!

posted by: careme_fan on 04.17.2009 at 04:43 am in Appliances Forum

Hello all hood experts:

I am considering a 36 in slide-out hood (this is for a smallish kitchen in a condo) that will be ducted out through the ceiling. The cooktop is a 36in Miele induction. A slide-out would work really nicely in this small kitchen and I seldom do any massive frying. This being said, I would like kitchen smells not to spread through the entire apartment and keep noise under control.

I found a few slide-out models on the web from Broan, Faber, and BestByBroan, but the only variable speed I found is only 300cfm, and the max I found is 600 cfm.

So a couple of questions:
(1) Is this type of hood, effective? Or the fact that all extend only about 18 in. limits their performance a lot? Anyone has any experience with them? Is 300 cfm way too little?

(2) Should I give up, and just go for a PS1010 from Modern Aire that everyone seems to love? (Extends 23in)

(3) Any other manufacturer to consider? Here is what I found:
1. Broan Elite Silhouette
Variable speed 300 CFM

2. Faber velvet
600 CFM, 4 speeds

3. Faber Jewel
600 CFM, 3 speeds, a different design seems to have a larger capture area.

4, Faber Crystal
500 CFM, 3 speeds

5. BestbyBroan U102I
500 CFM, 4 speeds

Many thanks!


clipped on: 02.09.2010 at 10:59 am    last updated on: 02.09.2010 at 10:59 am

Looking for medium-light aqua blue that isn't shocking

posted by: eks6426 on 01.06.2010 at 04:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have this image of a medium-light aqua blue wall color in my head but I'm having trouble finding the right actual paint color.

I will have warm white cabinets, lighter granite with some carmel and grey tones and then walnut colored floors.

I want the walls to be the aqua but it needs to be a more subtle version...not like the bottom of a pool. I think it needs to have a decent amount of grey to tone it down. Can anyone make any paint color selections. I have the Benj. Moore and Sherwin Williams paint decks.



clipped on: 01.10.2010 at 07:42 pm    last updated on: 01.10.2010 at 07:43 pm

I have a single bowl sink now and ....

posted by: tntw on 12.19.2009 at 07:05 am in Kitchens Forum

I LOVE it. I cannot believe I almost didn't get it. I really wanted a double sink 50/50 like I had but was having a hard time finding one in 30" that I could afford. And last minute switched to a single bowl.


The only think I might have done different would have been not so deep. Mine is 10" and add the 1" of granite and it's 11 inches. I can touch it with my fingertips but not my whole hand. LOL. Being 5'2" that's a DUH on my part. If you're short consier an 8" because after the granite you're at 9" which would probably be perfect.

But I'm really happy with the single bowl. So if you're debating GO FOR IT.



clipped on: 12.28.2009 at 09:17 pm    last updated on: 12.28.2009 at 09:17 pm

white cabinets/dark counters & floors

posted by: saraciss on 09.07.2009 at 06:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

We're building a new house and I'm trying to plan my dream kitchen. I'm totally in love with the kitchen from the movie Something's Gotta Give, so I'm planning on white inset cabinets, dark counters and dark wood floors. Here's my question. My husband wants to use granite. Is black absolute honed(I don't want polished) going to look to drastic against white cabinets? Should it be a dark gray? And if so, is there a really dark solid gray granite? And should I do bright white cabinets or more of a cream color? I never thought there would be so many decisions! Thanks in advance for any input!


clipped on: 12.27.2009 at 08:57 am    last updated on: 12.27.2009 at 08:57 am

please, please post your kitchen pics of white cabinets!

posted by: threeboys2love on 09.30.2009 at 11:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Doing sort of a linen white cabinet with a mahogany wood island. Countertops are a quartzite called Madre Perla - looks like a marble with beige, white and grayish greenish veins. I want to do a marble subway tile. Please post pics of your kitchens. I need some ideas. Not sure what type of floor to do - wood? Tile? What colors? Lighting ideas. Barstool ideas. Want to go for that updated cottage look. I've looked at so many pictures, I'm not even sure what I like anymore. Please help. Thanks!!!!!!!


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Massachusetts Granite Fabricators

posted by: meg_ma on 09.11.2009 at 09:10 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm looking for recommendations for a granite fabricator - we're in central MA. Our cabinet maker recommended TBR Marble & Granite in Foxboro, but I'd like to do some comparison shopping! Thanks -


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