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RE: Oh please post a photo of your backsplashes... (Follow-Up #50)

posted by: 1929Spanish on 07.15.2012 at 12:57 am in Kitchens Forum

We used Home Depot's lantern tile - sourced before I saw Beekeepers kitchen and found this wonderful forum - it's an affordable option for arabesque. It fit our house perfectly.


Here's a closeup:



clipped on: 07.17.2012 at 10:08 am    last updated on: 07.17.2012 at 10:08 am

GrumpyDave's happy new kitchen

posted by: grumpydave on 04.28.2012 at 04:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen renovation started in December and was supposed to be done in one month. Well, that stretched to nearly four months but now it's done!

This is NOT your typical GW white OTK. For a detailed running commentary with TONS of photos go here:

GrumpyDave's new kitchen

Here's the before with bleached oak, blue Corian, and blah tile:

And here's the after:

The old desk converted to a buffet is much more useful.

Blanco Supersingle thanks to the GW forums.

No more blind corners.

Built-in spice cabinet.

Two Super Susans.

On my web page I detail how all the drawers are used. I used to have ALL my utensils in one drawer with no dividers. It was a jumbled mess. Now I can split them between prep utensils in the island and cooking utensils under the cooktop. The organizers keep everything tidy.

My new "everyday" dishes. Dress them up. Dress them down. They go with everything.

Many thanks to everyone on Gardenweb. Lurking here for most of a year taught me a lot and helped me make the right choices.

Product Details

Floor tileKulture Woodland porcelain tile purchased from Arizona Tile. The new tile floor may very well be my favorite part of the whole project.

CabinetsSchrock Brantley in Cinnamon Cherry.

Cabinet hardwareAmerock Essential'Z pulls in satin nickel.
Amerock knobs in the 10 for $20 blister pack, satin nickel.

CountertopCambria quartz in Coswell Cream.

Backsplash tile4x4" Emperador Light tumbled marble bought from Arizona Tile. I was planning for more of a Crema Marfil look but the designer at the tile store convinced me to go with Emperador Light instead. Was she right? Probably.

SinkBlanco Precis Super Single Silgranit sink in Cafe Brown with color matched strainer and fitted stainless steel grid.

FaucetKWC Systema in stainless steel.

Soap dispenserMoen 3942 in classic stainless connected to a Never M/T.

RefrigeratorElectrolux EI23BC36IS counter depth french door with IQ touch. A bit of a gamble with all the bad reviews out there, but the vast majority of complaints are for the in-door water/ice dispenser which I don't have. Thus far this refrigerator has been perfect.

Wall ovenElectrolux ICON E30EW75GSS Designer series 30" single wall oven with wave-touch controls.

Microwave ovenElectrolux ICON E30SO75ESS Designer series high-speed oven. Never used one before but those who have them love them.

CooktopBosch NIT5665UC 500 Series 36" induction cooktop.

DishwasherMiele G5705SC Futura Dimension Plus.

Range HoodKobe CH2236SQB

Drawer linersCombination of Cushy Cupboards and Easyliner Solid in taupe. I actually prefer the Easyliner despite CC being all the rage on the Gardenweb. It's available locally and a lot cheaper to boot.

Drawer organizersMadeSmart bins in granite. Bought at Bed Bath & Beyond. They look great and they were pleasantly inexpensive too. The sizes are a bit inflexible when trying to completely outfit a drawer but in general they worked out just fine.

Overhead lightingSix CREE CR6 LED retrofit fixtures. I love these so much I replaced all the can lights in my house with them.

Undercabinet lightingHigh brightness premium LED light bars from

Soffit lightingI tried the 4" version of the CREE CR6 LED lights mentioned above but I think I'm going to switch back to standard PAR20 bulbs. The LEDs made for great task lighting but I get enough of that with the overhead and undercabinet lights. The soffit lights lend themselves more to soft ambient mood lighting where the incandescants excel.

CookwareDemeyere Atlantis series stainless and Scanpan CTX series non-stick. Although not technically part of the new kitchen, the change in cooktop from convection to induction required that I get all new cookware. I'm really looking forward to trying some top notch cookware for once. I certainly could have spent a lot less, and I probably will as I supplement with additional pieces down the road.

DinnerwareBryan China bright white wide rim china with a few Food Network brand bowls in Buttercream from Kohl's. Again, not technically part of the new kitchen but who wants to use chipped old dishes in their brand new kitchen? :)


clipped on: 07.06.2012 at 11:29 pm    last updated on: 07.06.2012 at 11:29 pm

white granite

posted by: gabeach on 04.02.2007 at 07:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

I apologize if this is a repeat post; it does not appear my first one posted.

Please post if you have white granite with a small bit of black or grey.

I went to W.Zanger today and they only had one possibility.
It was, of course, one of their most expensive slabs. The color was called Seafoam green.
It looked more white outside in the sun, but when we went inside and cleaned a scrap,it got a lot greener than I would want.

The rep was very nice and told me they get a lot of people in who are looking for white granite, but there is not a lot if it around. The yard literally had rows and rows of slabs, but the whiites were absent, and the creams were very busy with lots of black or brown or gold mottled in with the cream.

Also, they are closed for the upcoming 3 day weekend. So, if you plan to go look at granite this weekend, you may want to call first.


clipped on: 06.04.2012 at 10:21 am    last updated on: 06.04.2012 at 10:21 am

Possible cure for second or first floor F/L vibration woes

posted by: monaw on 01.31.2010 at 09:12 am in Laundry Room Forum

I'm about to have a Miele washer/dryer installed on second floor of my home and thought I would share this info/idea with anyone who is searching for possible solutions to the vibration hell that some speak of. First of all we have put a 3/4 inch piece of plywood which is screwed and glued down on top of oak flooring. I intend on using the following treatment other than using plywood instead of oak that this gentlemen did: (the following is copied)

"Heres what we did to solve the noise and vibration problem. I cant take credit for this solution as we read this solution in another review and tried it and it worked for us. I am VERY grateful I found the solution on the Internet. We have a weak floor that vibrated & the washer on spin cycle would travel around the floor due to the vibration. Leveling the washer was NOT enough to stop this problem. We had a local lumberyard cut us three 1"x12" solid oak boards to place on the floor as a solid base for our washer and dryer. We also put a stall mat on top of these boards. A stall mat comes in 4x6 dimensions and is inches thick. Its made of an extremely dense rubber material (one of these mats will weigh 100 pounds or more). The stall mats are available anywhere farm materials are sold. Sometimes they are called cow mats, or horse mats or even barn mats. They are made to cushion the floor for a horse or cow (and can withstand the wear and tear of 1400+ pounds of animal and their hooves and waste each day so theyre VERY durable). I bought ours for less than $40 so its NOT an expensive solution. You can cut the mat to size with a common utility knife. Just lift the edge of the mat and cut the proper width. Its not difficult. Once the washer and dryer are placed on this solid base, you wont have ANY problems with vibration or noise. Even an apartment installation would be adequate to dampen vibration to those below the apartment. It works great. The base looks professional too if you make it to the exact size of the washer/dryer combo".

I will post the results after installation.


clipped on: 05.24.2012 at 11:49 am    last updated on: 05.24.2012 at 11:49 am

RE: Electrolux EWFLS70J Washer long term review (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: chrispolk on 05.17.2012 at 02:08 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to anyone who has concerns, comments, feedback or questions about any Electrolux or Frigidaire appliances. This is not a sales pitch but rather a way for purchasing consumers to have a question and answer feedback session and gain more knowledge on features, dimensions, specifications, any known issues and any current promotions out there in relation to our products.

You may contact me at the email below with your questions and I will discuss our appliances further in detail!

Thank you for the opportunity to be a resource for you, and others, so feel free to pass my information along so we can address any unanswered questions!

Chris Polk
Online Outreach Representative
Electrolux Major Appliances, North America


clipped on: 05.24.2012 at 11:00 am    last updated on: 05.24.2012 at 11:00 am

RE: Does everyone hate front load washers/dryers or is it just me (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: twitter007 on 04.02.2012 at 05:14 pm in Appliances Forum

I never had any problems with my front door LG either. Like most people here, I also leave the door open.


clipped on: 05.24.2012 at 10:32 am    last updated on: 05.24.2012 at 10:32 am

Fabulous damask tile

posted by: oldbat2be on 04.26.2012 at 07:47 am in Kitchens Forum

Hollysprings introduced me to the idea of a damask tile on my backsplash post which intrigued me, and I've been searching ever since for the right one. I have found one which is definitely making my heart beat faster, had to share because it is so beautiful.

(Thank you holly!!!!)

MFR is architerra; best way to view the site is to go to I have ordered samples in a selection of colors.

The tiles are 6"x6" and you can either use the full 4x3 layout, repeated in a brick pattern, or create different pattens with a subset of the full pattern. Also, you select the background and detail colors, so great ability to customize.

Some Color Combinations:

I've attached a link to their full color palette.

Here is a link that might be useful: Color Palette


clipped on: 04.26.2012 at 01:27 pm    last updated on: 04.26.2012 at 01:27 pm

Please help me find these pendants!

posted by: shivy on 04.10.2012 at 02:56 pm in Lighting Forum

I love them and can't figure out where they're from. Picture is from

Capoferro Design Build Kitchens contemporary kitchen



clipped on: 04.10.2012 at 02:57 pm    last updated on: 04.10.2012 at 02:57 pm

My just-about-finished Super White kitchen **pics**

posted by: dragonfly08 on 03.28.2012 at 02:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our 10wk-long kitchen renovation that began on Jan 2nd finally came to an end 2 weeks ago. Moving into the kitchen has been a slow but fun process and we are enjoying every minute we spend in it. We are still missing some key items, an appliance garage (currently being made at the cabinet-maker's), microwave, furniture... but gradually, we are making this place the heart of our home.

House is a cozy colonial situated in central NY built in the 1980s that came with a magnificent piece of property. The inside, however, needed (and still needs) much update. We ripped out all the (irregular) flooring on the first floor and had them replaced. Structural changes took place in the mudroom/garage-entry area as well as the wall between kitchen and dining room (widened).

Prior to renovations, I had ZERO experience with reno of any sort, let alone in design. I stumbled upon GW and my world changed! You have all been fantastic and an invaluable source of information and support. I direct all my renovating friends here now! Your finished kitchens have all been sources of inspiration for me and I have most definitely borrowed some of your ideas (built-in paper towel holder, motion detector light switch in pantry, stone window sill...).

Lastly, this is my dream kitchen in the home we hope to raise our family in. White kitchens are fairly uncommon around these parts and so far, that is one main feature people are taken by when they first walk into our kitchen. I hope you all enjoy the photos!

Cabinets: Custom-made by Concepts in Wood (Syracuse, NY), Shaker-style doors, painted BM Chantilly Lace
Counters: Super white quartzite and titanium soapstone
Main Sink: Shaws Original Sink by Rohl - 30"
Main Faucet: Single Side Lever Country Kitchen Faucet with extended spout and sidespray by Rohl
Bar sink: inexpensive stainless sink from Ebay
Bar Faucet: EcoPure filter faucet (runs water from an RO system)
Range: 36" Bluestar with griddle
Hood: Vent-a-hood
Dishwasher: Kitchenaid
Refrigerator: old Kitchenaid that came with house (plan to replace in a year or 2)
Island pendants: Restored vintage hologen industrial pendants with original Heisey glass
Hardware: Highland Ridge by Amerock in 4" and 6"
Backsplash: Bellevue 3x6 ceramic tiles in Glacier by Best Tile


Before (view into dining room):

Before (view into garage entry):

Before (pantry with crazy-deep shelving):

Before (view into family room):










Coffee/Wine bar:

Titanium Soapstone:

View from Mudroom:


Microwave will sit on counter atop drawers:

Mudroom (closet on opposite wall):

I have to include this photo of our backsplash in the midst of being grouted, taken while my GC was at lunch. Amazing what a difference grout makes!

Lastly, a fun shot of my girls having fun with bubble wrap and packing paper one evening when I was trying to move all my junk back in:


clipped on: 04.05.2012 at 02:20 pm    last updated on: 04.05.2012 at 02:20 pm

Help critique my kitchen layout

posted by: shivy on 04.04.2012 at 10:46 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all, we're doing a major kitchen renovation- knocking down 3 rooms and a dormer wall and making one big open kitchen/dining area.
Below are pics of the kitchen design- the kitchen area is approx. 15'x12' (the dining area will be to the left of this). The island is over 8 ft long and little over 4 ft deep. We have a wine/beverage fridge and microwave drawer in the island. The range will be a double oven- we did not want a dbl wall oven. The columns are there to support where the dormer wall is coming down. We have the island meeting the columns because we want there to be some seperation between the kitchen and family room. However, this create a large amount of space between the island and fridge/stove area. Sink will be a 30'' overhung farm sink.

A couple of things we know already need to change:
- The right wall should only be around 12'
- the lip of the island should be flush with the columns, this will push the island in a little bit more and make the clearance between the island and fridge closer to 5' instead of 6'
- Thinking of moving the pantry to the other end of the kitchen and therefore getting rid of the angled corner base cabinet.
- taking out valance over sink and just continuing molding around
- moving the wine fridge to end of island

Let me know what you think- anything I'm missing? Any suggestions for helping close the over 5 ft gap b/w the island and fridge?



clipped on: 04.05.2012 at 01:16 pm    last updated on: 04.05.2012 at 01:16 pm

Please recommend your farmhouse sink

posted by: shivy on 04.04.2012 at 12:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

Please recommend one that cleans, drains and maintains well.



clipped on: 04.05.2012 at 10:28 am    last updated on: 04.05.2012 at 10:29 am