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Who has (or is planning) a vintage kitchen?

posted by: lavender_lass on 02.13.2012 at 03:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

I know there are some of us, who are planning a vintage kitchen. I'm not sure what era is considered vintage, retro, etc. but I was thinking more 1920s to 1950s...but earlier/later are fine, too.

Do you have any pictures of your finished kitchen? Ideas for the kitchen you're planning? Favorite accessories and any places to find them? Did you hunt around flea markets and antique stores or buy online?

I thought this might be a fun thread. Thanks in advance :)


In followups, lots of people doing vintage same time as I am
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Vintage Kitchen Update

posted by: ljwrar on 12.21.2012 at 10:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been a lurker and occasional poster on these forums for a very long time. We were going to remodel a kitchen years ago but decided to move to a 1931 house with the original kitchen instead. We fell in love with the original features and wanted to keep what we could. The main goals of the update were to keep the original cabinets and tile and increase counter space. Storage was not really an issue because we have built ins and a pantry cabinet in the adjacent breakfast room. We still need to get some art upon the walls, but otherwise, we are done.

Here are some before pictures.

From the real estate listing.
1931 Original Kitchen

Stove and most of the usable counter space.
stove wall

The rest of the counter space.
future freezer and counterspace

All of the appliances by the only available outlet.
future refrigerator corner

Finished pictures.

The cabinet to the right of the window houses a water filter for the glass filler faucet below.
final sink wall

Custom recycle center. The other lower cabinets have pullout baskets from Lee Valley.
pullout out trash
The dishwasher is pretty close to the sink. Plumbing for the laundry room was already in this wall. The metal cabinet on the wall is from a salvage yard.
stove and dishwasher

More counter space!
counter over dishwasher

Even more counter space!
freezer and counter

freezer and extra counter

I found this cabinet on Craigs List.
recycled cabinet

recycled cabinet

The light fixture is from ebay. The Broan exhaust fan fit into the passive system from the 30's. The original system worked fairly well on its own. The added fan power just helps a bit.

Spice rack with vintage bottles.
spice rack 1

spice bottles

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


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RE: Member page (Follow-Up #62)

posted by: mama_goose on 06.10.2012 at 09:17 am in Kitchens Forum

By 'user page' I meant Member Page. And if anyone needs a tutorial in clickable links, here's an old favorite of mine:

Here is a link that might be useful: weed30's clickable links


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Finished Small 1946 Kitchen Remodel (with pics)

posted by: quelle4 on 11.16.2011 at 12:34 am in Kitchens Forum

I wanted to share a kitchen remodel that I'm so happy with and hopefully someone else can gain inspiration from it! After lots of hard work, our 1946 small kitchen remodel is over. Me and my husband purchased a small bungalow in the summer and have spent a few months fixing it up. The first thing that we have fully completed is the kitchen which we remodeled all by ourselves.

Our kitchen is very small (90 square feet) and since we were not doing any structural changes we were able to stay within a pretty small budget. When we started, the whole kitchen was covered in linoleum: flooring, backsplash and counter. Luckily the cabinets were of solid wood so we refinished those. We choose stainless steel counters for practical and economical reasons, put up subway tile on all the walls (!), installed black and white marble tile in a checkerboard pattern on the floor and purchased new appliances.

More info, pictures and the budget is available at Small Kitchen Remodel Before and After









All in all, we're very happy with the outcome. We turned our old looking kitchen into a bright and functional space. We stayed within a small budget, and the whole project took us about a month of solid work doing it ourselves.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Home Project Small Kitchen Remodel


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Summing Up Soapstone

posted by: marcia59 on 05.27.2013 at 02:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

OK, I've read approximately one bazillion threads on soapstone and I think I've got a grip on the material. Please correct anything I've got wrong.

Soapstone is not at all porous. This means it doesn't need to be sealed and, in fact, shouldn't be. Sealing can cause problems. It will not stain or etch.

Soapstone is a relatively soft stone, but the various types available to be used for counters can vary in hardness. The softer it is, the more likely it is to scratch or chip.

If you like the variable grey patina, you don't have to treat it at all.

If, like me, you prefer the even very dark grey or black look, it will need to be oiled or waxed. Oil is cheaper, but wax lasts longer.

When people say that soapstone is high maintenance, they're talking about the frequency with which it needs to be waxed or oiled if you want the dark and even look. It will need to be waxed or oiled pretty frequently at the beginning (maybe a couple of times a week for the oil when it's very new), but as it ages, the need for oiling or waxing to preserve the color diminishes substantially in frequency.

People love soapstone for the look and feel. There are granites that will give you a similar look when they're honed, but nothing looks and feels exactly like soapstone.

For no reason I particularly understand, the fingerprint problem that you get with honed black granites, particularly something like Absolute Black, doesn't happen with soapstone.

Different soapstone will be slightly different colors (black, varying shades of grey, sometimes some green) and will vary significantly in the amount of veining.

I assume that the closer you get to solid black, the more every bit of dust and crumb will show, as with any other solid black surface.

I'd add something about price compared to granite or quartz, but it seems to vary significantly with the particular material selected and regional differences. None of these are cheap.

Did I get anything wrong? Did I miss anything crucial?


click on this whole thread for lots of upkeep suggestions
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RE: Interesting hoods - please post pics! (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: pentimento on 07.08.2013 at 03:28 am in Kitchens Forum

Ivette's kitchen is one of my favorites; she included a simple yet unique and beautiful hood. You can read more about her kitchen at atticmag dot com by following the link below.

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


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Our New sort-of vintage White Kitchen finished

posted by: nanjeanne on 06.22.2012 at 08:51 am in Kitchens Forum

Really a lurker here but read often and gained to much knowledge so thank you all for your posts.

Some people may think our kitchen looks like the "before" picture . . . but we love the vintage look with all the modern conveniences we have now. We closed up an unnecessary door to the living room and widened and moved the opening to the dining room so we could gain space to move the refrigerator and have 6' of pantries.

Love our soapstone counters and sink. And we added more modern stools to give it some contrast. Just having space to move around has been fabulous. It's only been a little over a week so we're still adding touches to it and getting used to where we store things.

Overall kitchen:


View from the deck entrance

View from the new dining room opening:


We love the Anastacia Soapstone we used:

Last minute decision to make a cabinet to hold my cookbooks was a good one:


Our soapstone sink:


Best thing we did was closing a door to make room for the pantries with rollout drawers:


Mini pendants from Wilmette Lighting:



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cottage kitchen done, cream cabinets, wood floors

posted by: jossfan on 10.23.2010 at 10:51 am in Kitchens Forum

When we moved into this 1940's 1600 sq ft house in 2001 (800 ft each floor) we knew we that wanted to take a few walls down and transform both a small dark pine-paneled room and a cheery but substandard galley kitchen into something special. We also knew that we wanted to paint the paneling and blend it into the kitchen. The next decision was to extend the white oak flooring into the kitchen -- I hadn't intended to, but a KD said that a uniform floor would make the combined kitchen/dining area feel more spacious -- she was right! Next major decision was the switch from Blue Pearl granite (small granite blocks are NOT good for decision-making) to Volga Blue (highly recommend going to granite distributor warehouses - most enjoyable part of the reno.) Paint colors were a trial, we ended up with BM Misted Gray, it reads green with grey undertones, serious but not too somber. (Originally wanted Silver Sage, but it washed out with all the lovely new light in the room.) The rest was a journey, thank goodness for GW and FK blog -- amazingly wonderfully generously good info! Bless you all!
Here's what we ended up with:

no complaints!

We also replaced a window in the dining area with a bay window. The GC thought it was a bit extravagant, budget-wise, but it made all the difference for this northwest corner of the house:

there used to be a wall here!

We had the floor install/refinish arranged before we settled on a GC, and the result was pretty, but not level, which created some problems for the GC. Hindsight, would have let the GC handle the floor redo, would have been considerably more expensive, but the end result would have been much better. But I still love how everything turned out, and the kitchen is a dream to work in.

Here's a link to my slide show, where you can see the two decisions that made me the happiest -- hiding the MW in a cabinet with a 'flip-up-slide-back' door, and choosing a wood cabinet for my 'can pantry', making a great transition from kitchen to dining area.


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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: Painted cabinets - how to get the right look (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: sandn on 11.21.2011 at 01:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I couldn't agree with you more about the aesthetics of factory applied painted finishes.
And call me insane, because I hand painted my own custom cabinetry to get the look I wanted. I worked with my cabinetmaker who primed and scuff-sanded everything for me. Then, after all the cabinets had been fitted and installed, I gradually painted our kitchen, bit by bit. The Blum hardware we opted for throughout meant I could remove doors and drawer fronts with ease. My cabinetmaker built some of the cupboards so I could easily remove the inset side panels and waited to caulk some seams until I'd finished. My only regret is that I didn't get my cabinetmaker to spray just one coat of the paint over the primer, which would've saved quite a bit of time.
I love that the hand painted finish can be easily touched up, or even changed completely down the road. I used Farrow and Ball paint in their eggshell finish in Slipper Satin and Off-Black. The degree of sheen is beautiful. The look is polished, but handpainted--a big contrast to many of the factory finishes.
I don't have a photo loaded of my black island, but here's one of my upper glass cabinets in F&B slipper satin:

I don't regret the time at all.


brackets over tile
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Finished Kitchen! Urban Cottage with gray cabinets/wood counters

posted by: carrie_eileen on 02.03.2011 at 11:46 am in Kitchens Forum

The backstory: After lurking on this site for almost a year imagining what I would do to my kitchen and planning for a 2011 reno, I applied (on a whim) to be on a kitchen renovation TV show on the DIY network. It all happened so fast, that I had found out just a few weeks later that we were chosen, and then boom, demo. This all began in early December, and the final day of filming was yesterday! The entire reno took 3 weeks and was down to the studs. It was a whirlwind, and such a good experience - from the designer, to the producers and film guys, to the contractor. We are so grateful.

There were many frantic/crazy postings on my end, and everyone's feedback helped so much. Shanghaimom in particular helped me so much and was so patient, and also boxerpups, kateskurous, rhome410, dianalo, aokat15, and many many others patiently offered sage advice and insight. If I never acknowledged this in the threads, please know that you kept me sane and I so appreciated it. There are some details to be finished (I plan to trim in the fridge a bit tighter on top) but for the most part, we're done.

So here is the old kitchen:

And now the new:






The details:
We have a 1926 stucco house in Minneapolis, and really wanted to honor the time period and details and have it be congruent with the rest of the house. I call this my "new old kitchen." So, we went for a cottage feel with some industrial, contemporary finishes. I devoured details in peoples posts when I was planning, so I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

Counters: Reclaimed elm from an 1860s Wisconsin barn, finished with Waterlox. From Minomin Resawn Timbers in Hugo, MN. These guys are awesome, and the counters are breathtaking.

Appliances: LG counterdepth French Door fridge (love it), gas range, and steam dishwasher, with Faber hood in Diamante

Lights: Barn Light Electric radial flute pendant in galvanized above the penninsula; Sinclair white enamel pendant above sink. I love these!

Cabinets: Custom, painted in "Mourning Dove," a Martha Stewart color mixed in Sherwin Williams oil laquer

Floor: Marmoleum Click in Walnut and Silver Birch

Sink/faucet: Kohler "Cursive" undermount farmhouse sink in Earthen White, Vinnata faucet in Vibrant Stainless

Pulls and Knobs: Restoration Hardware 1.25" Aubrey Knobs, and 6" Ephram pulls in ORB

Stainless Wine Glass Rack and Spice Shelves from Pottery Barn online.

Wall Color: BM Monterey White in eggshell

Beadboard walls and ceiling, shelves, and crown: BM Simply White in Semigloss

Curtains: Ogee Ikat in Clay/Oregano from West Elm

Stools: Overstock 24" Tabouret Metal stools


sort of vintage,with modern touches, metal
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soapstone before/after rehoning

posted by: farmgirlinky on 06.25.2011 at 11:42 am in Kitchens Forum

Hope this is useful to some soapstone folks. We were overall happy with our Jucca soapstone counters from Dorado, but I was bothered by the higher-than-expected sheen after dry waxing, which had the advantage of making the iron and quartz veining "pop" more, but also made the counters easier to visibly scratch (scratches in the wax?) and perhaps more likely to have watermarks trapped under wax. I wanted a more traditional soapstone feel, and through remodelfla and others, reached Joshua of Creative Stone in Florida, who put me in touch with a former colleague of his in Pennsylvania, David Mellinger (267-644-8388) who just happened to be passing through Connecticut one week later. He rehoned our counters and oiled them with Clark Stanley's Snake Oil Liniment (=mineral oil), and we are thrilled with the difference. He sanded first with 80 grit, then with 150 grit. Water was involved in the final stages, too, but I was in the office when it happened and can't cite chapter and verse.) We are now officially thrilled with the soapstone instead of pleased/anxious. The veining is more subtle, but that's fine. At the risk of boring those who have seen pictures from this kitchen ad nauseum: the first two pictures are before rehoning, the latter are after rehoning:










wood with soapstone
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Finished project: tweaking a bizarre layout

posted by: kmcg on 08.22.2012 at 04:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

In June 2011, lisa a, lavendar lass, desertsteph, and a few others were so helpful with my kitchen design conundrum. I'm finally posting the results of those initial discussions, with thanks to everyone who helped!

So... we moved into an Edwardian house (1906) with a kitchen that was charming but not very functional. The sink and dishwasher were stuck in what was essentially a small pantry area, while the center of the room had a chimney from the furnace in the basement. Otherwise, the room was wide open and the cooktop and oven were all the way across the room from the sink. We removed the furnace and chimney first, and lived with it for awhile. The next step was to open up the pantry area by removing most of one wall, and moving the sink and dishwasher over into a new peninsula that provided necessary counter space and more storage. I filled the U of the pantry alcove with a better layout of cabinets - got some wonderful drawer space, a corner cabinet with a super susan, and a trash pullout.

It was a tiny project but there were big hurdles, mostly involved with the effort to make it look like the remodel never happened. It would have been easier to gut the room and start from scratch, but my husband and daughter would have none of it! So we re-used as much of the woodwork as possible, and matched the granite counters that were in areas of the room we didn't change. We kept the existing floor and lighting.

The biggest challenge was the cabinets: I wanted the new cabinets to be frameless cabinets that didn't clash with the inset cabinets that were already there. Space was at a premium, and I really didn't want to lose space to framed cabinets. So I bought RTA cabinets from Barker Cabinets in Oregon, and my brother/contractor paintstakingly painted the doors/drawers to match the rest of the kitchen. I found brass pulls and knobs that looked pretty close to the original, and strategically mixed the new in with the old.

My more visible splurges were a LaCanche range I found on Craigslist, the Miele dishwasher of my dreams, and the Kohler Indio sink in the Sea Salt color that I fell in love with. The fridge is a slightly dented Fisher Paykel from Craigslist (I got sick of looking for new ones that would fit the very odd-sized space). The faucet is by Blanco.

Here are some before shots of the pantry area where the sink and DW were:
Kitchen alcove

sink corner

Here's the framing from the old chimney, looking toward the pantry alcove. Sink/DW were around the corner behind the red stool. The future peninsula is outlined in blue tape:
looking toward sink alcove, framing is where chimney was removed; DW   sink beyond red stool; blue tape to mark peninsula

Here's the same view with the wall opened way up, and the new peninsula added:
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Before: This wall had a broken cooktop and an oven that is still limping along. Sadly, the copper pots went away with the previous owner:

After: Here's the new range:
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Looking past the new peninsula to the range wall:
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The new peninsula, showing dishwasher and sink. That's a powder room through the door, so I'm glad there's at least a peninsula dividing that area from the rest of the kitchen:
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I love my new trash pullout, made from an old cabinet that used to have 3 drawers. Now it has one big one, and a top drawer plus the old bread board:
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I'm also oddly thrilled by the drawer inserts I got from Lee Valley:
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Here's a good view of what the new cabinets look like (sorry about the reflection in the granite - it looks a little odd):
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And last, the new sink. I really like how the faucet, spray and disposal button sit down below the counter, which has really helped contain the mess. Please excuse the dirty dishes - not quite a pro photo shoot!
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

Thanks for looking. Gotta go clean my granite, now that these pictures have reminded me how pretty they can look :)

Here is a link that might be useful: The original angsty thread about planning the space


old and new mix
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RE: Looking for pics of Kohler Whitehaven installed (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: donaleen on 08.30.2012 at 10:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is what I hope to do with a pull out under the sink, more or less

Here is a link that might be useful: recycling pullout


farmhouse apron sink ideas plus other great BHG slideshows on small kitchens and cottage kits
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RE: Help finalize YELLOW color placement for my kitchen Today (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: donaleen on 09.23.2012 at 10:59 am in Kitchens Forum

My walls are Barley and my kitchen trim/cabinets are Windham Cream. Hope that helps.


BM barley - nice yellow
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RE: Arts and Crafts kitchens (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: sacto_diane on 01.31.2011 at 10:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

To quote Erik's Bungalow Manifesto "Gustav Stickley did not make kitchen hardware for your bungalow"....

Most 1910-1920 Bungalow kitchens were not the over the top arts and crafts kitchens that we see today. Jane Powell's Bungalow Kitchen book has a lot of great A&C kitchens that don't have the wood/hammer hardware that is associated with the the term Arts and Crafts today. Simple, clean with traditional materials all works well in the classic A&C Kitchen. I just wanted to bring it up as a another option to the all wood Stickley look




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Finished period kitchen - 1925 Craftsman Bungalow

posted by: tito on 12.02.2007 at 11:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am thrilled to finally be able to post photos of our finished kitchen. Most of the work was done last December and January, but it took until September to get around to installing the backsplash. Id have posted sooner, but about a week after the backsplash was finished, we made an offer on a new house so Ive been busy dealing with the buying/selling/moving process. Were heartbroken to be leaving our new kitchen (and our house in general), but Im planning to recreate much of it in our new house which was built in 1921.

Here are a few before pics:

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Heres what the kitchen looks like now:

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We tried to be true to the period of the house (1925 craftsman bungalow) without being rigid about it. In our effort to make the kitchen somewhat authentic, we kept the original floors, light shades, and built-in ironing board. We also chose inset cabinets and polished nickel hardware. No one would mistake it for the original kitchen, but it does feel like it belongs. We couldnt have done it without help from countless posters on this forum. Thanks for all the help.

Here are the details on the new kitchen:

Floors refinished original fir
Cabinets Brookhaven Louisburg
Cabinet latches Crown Hardware (polished nickel)
Countertops Soapstone
Backsplash Subway Ceramics
Faucet Cifial Highlands Wall-Mount (polished nickel)
Sink Rohl Fireclay single bowl
Light fixtures Original shades in new fixtures from Rejuvenation
Undercabinet lighting Pegasus xenon pucks
Paint Benjamin Moore Weston Flax


Dishwasher - Bosch Integrated 4 cycle SHV46-C13UC
Range - Bosch Integra Pro Electric Range HEI7282
Range Hood - Zephyr Hurricane
Refrigerator - Fisher & Paykel E522B


nice pale yellow color
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RE: How to maximize cabinet storage (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: maggie530 on 08.23.2012 at 12:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's a great link I came across.

Here is a link that might be useful: How Do I Plan For Storage


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RE: Why would a fabricator try to discourage soapstone? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: lavender_lass on 08.20.2012 at 03:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Marti- Have you ruled out formica? There are some very nice ones and they'd be a lot softer and less noisy than the granite. Just an idea...

Here's the link to that nice kitchen with the pass through that MamaGoose posted. I thought this was soapstone, when I first saw it :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to kitchen


note beadboard backsplash and laminate counters
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Garden transformation

posted by: thyme2dig on 08.08.2010 at 08:00 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Last summer we cleared out our backyard to start new borders. We still have to get the grass paths in between the beds and have a lot of mulching still left to do, but we managed to plant many, many trees and shrubs last fall and then moved bunches of shrubs this spring. It's really starting to fill in. Maybe I'll post another picture once the grass paths are completed. That's when the borders will really start to take shape. I've put in a handful of perennials so far this year and hope to keep filling in with them. Thank goodness for zinnias lending some nice color back there.

Late Summer:



I count my lucky stars every day that we have a good piece of property. Once I work in the backyard for a number of years I have a whole other side of the property to plant. Better start saving my pennies now!

What garden transformation has taken place in your yard whether a recent one or one from years ago? I'd love to see pictures!! I find before and after pictures so much fun to see what the gardener created from their blank slate.


see this post --garden tranformation to see my slope.
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RE: Benjamin Moore natural wicker/bone white cabinet color? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: jessicaml on 07.04.2012 at 11:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted the link to Shanghaimom's kitchen in your other thread because I thought it was interesting how a color that looks pretty beige in some spaces (I considered it briefly for a wall color to contrast with Cloud White), looks nice and creamy in her pictures; your perfect color might not be one you'd pick at first glance. Lighting is HUGE! White Dove is a popular one around here, but it looked grayish in my space, not creamy.

White Down Cabinets (Catsam's kitchen, about 1/3 of the way down the page)

*Lancaster White/Antique White cabinets (mamadadapaige's last kitchen...stock cabinet color was Antique White, but her 'matching' trim and baseboards are in BM Lancaster White)

Timid White Cabinets

Linen White Cabinets (halfway down, positano's kitchen - color-matched)

Acadia White Cabinets (jbrodie's kitchen - whiter in sunlight, darker in evening, and almost look two-toned in the varying light)

Mannequin Cream Cabinets (9th pic down, wine bottle on counter)

Seashell Walls (thanks to boxerpups)

I also found a thread where julie92 talked about painting her cabinets Navajo White and was having 2nd thoughts about whether it was too beige or not. Does anyone know if she changed the color or posted finished kitchen pics?


white cabinets
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RE: Will you PLEASE post a link to your kitchen?? (Follow-Up #42)

posted by: cotehele on 05.24.2012 at 06:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is mine.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Kitchen page


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RE: Glass door uppers? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: mama_goose on 04.12.2012 at 12:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

When I was planning the kitchen, I put together an album of glass door pics, mostly with contrasting background color.

Cabinets with glass doors.

Kitchen color album also has some... does corbels and cup shelves album.

They all tend toward vintage style. Sorry, I didn't keep sources--if anyone sees his/her kitchen, be sure to claim it!


fabulous ideas here
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RE: 99% Finished Yellow Kitchen-pics (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: hlove on 03.29.2012 at 11:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Also wanted to add that the door next to the fridge leads to a combo laundry room/pantry, where there is lots of storage for dry goods, etc.


Looking out to former screened-in porch:

For 2LittleFishies:


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RE: Stainless countertop in older style/period kitchen (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: theresse on 12.31.2011 at 08:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Haha sorry - I was just looking to see if I could find updated pics which I meant to include (though note I did include links to the kitchen that inspired me!!) and there are a few but they're not much different from other old pics of mine scattered throughout the forum...however at least there's the addition of a small drip rail and new pull-out breadboard! ;) Also the mistakes the past contractor had made are corrected but no one's going to notice them in the pics I doubt. Ok here's one - hope it works (has been a while since I did this!):

Kitchen pre-painting


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RE: How to widen narrow kitchen (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: breezygirl on 03.13.2012 at 01:34 am in Kitchens Forum

Here you are. Steps:

click on "share" above the photo you want to post
select the HMTL code
copy it
open up the GW message box
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RE: tongue n' groove backsplash or something other than than tile (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: boxerpups on 02.28.2012 at 04:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Lakegirl, Gosh I must have missed your post. Maybe these
can help you too.






pic 1,3 4,5 for shelves
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RE: For those with Bin Pulls / Cup Pulls on kitchen drawers... (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: dian57 on 09.08.2010 at 07:50 am in Kitchens Forum

When I was looking for cup pulls and knobs in an oil rubbed finish, someone on this forum mentioned Cripe Distributing for the best price. They were certainly right! 25 knobs or pulls for $14.00. $28 + shipping later and my whole kitchen was done. Much better than paying $5/per. They've held up beautifully and it's been over 2 years now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cripe Distributing


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RE: Knock-off Crate and Barrel French island (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: suzannesl on 12.13.2011 at 02:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yikes!! $999?

It is pretty, though.


measurements 54.5W x 28"D x 36.5"H - Are all counters 36 inches from floor?
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Modern California Bungalow Kitchen: Finally finished!

posted by: artemis78 on 10.28.2011 at 02:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

Okay, I might be using "finished" a little liberally"we're still not FKB ready and have a bunch of loose ends to finish up"but for all practical purposes, the remodel of the kitchen in our 1915 Arts and Crafts bungalow in Oakland, California is finally finished! Photos and details below. This was a partial DIY remodel, but we also relied on lots of wonderful tradespeople over the course of the project. I'm including the names of SF Bay Area contractors and vendors we especially enjoyed working with, since I found this information super useful when others posted it. If anyone is local and wants more info, just shoot me an email.

Cabinets: Custom, mix of flush inset and frameless (Martin Bernardo of California Kitchens & Furniture in Redwood City)
Colors: Benjamin Moore Aura in Acadia White (trim and inset cabinets), Sea Haze (frameless cabinets), and Wales Green (walls)"cabinets/trim are satin finish and walls are eggshell
Hardware (frameless): Rejuvenation Mission D pulls in polished nickel
Hardware (inset): 2" ball-tip hinges in polished nickel from Horton Brasses, small latches and Mission D pulls in polished nickel from Rejuvenation Hardware, and large bin pulls in polished nickel from Belmont Hardware in Berkeley.
Lights: Schoolhouse Electric Newbury (ceiling) and Union (over table) in antique black and Rejuvenation Skidmore (over sink) in polished nickel, all with shades from Schoolhouse
Counters: Barroca soapstone (M. Teixeira in SF) and beech butcher block (IKEA Numerar finished with low-VOC Waterlox)
Backsplash: Lanka Aquarello subway tile in frost with black 1/4" pencil liner (Tileshop in Berkeley and Art Tile in Oakland)
Shelves: IKEA Ekby brackets with douglas fir steps trimmed to fit (very creative thinking by Piedmont Lumber in Oakland!)
Flooring: Marmoleum Click tile in Eternity, Silver Shadow, and Volcanic Ash (Anderson Carpet & Linoleum in Oakland)
Range: O'Keefe and Merritt High-Vue 535 (existing)
Dishwasher: Miele Inspira G2142SCWH (Universal AKB in LA)
Hood: 36" Kobe RA094 (also Universal)
Sink: Kohler Cape Dory in white (plumbed by Ed at Bonafide Plumbing in Alameda"highly recommend!)
Faucet: Chicago Faucets 540 ( in Chico)
Refrigerator: Kenmore/Whirlpool model circa 1996 (existing, of course!)"will eventually be replaced with 36" counter-depth model

Island is temporary from the old kitchen, but is IKEA's Bekvam kitchen cart (love this; wish they made a bigger table version!) We will be replacing it with a 2' x 4' (or thereabouts) work table, hopefully with the same basic design. Table/shelves/shoe rack are also temporary while we figure out what to do there; no clue where they're from.

We were working with a huge-to-us-but-not-to-contractors budget of $30K that had to cover some significant structural work (most systems had not been touched since 1940 or before), so we had to make some tradeoffs along the way to keep costs in check. We managed to come in just under budget"woohoo!

While this remodel only took about three weeks of actual contractor work days (with some trades overlapping), it dragged out over several months, largely because by the end, we got DIY renovation fatigue and slowed to a snail's pace. The biggest delay was that we seriously underestimated how long the DIY tasks (painting, flooring, range hood + venting, sink install, tiling, a few others) would take us, since we were primarily just working weekends and learning on the fly. (This is also why we still have no floor thresholds and you shouldn't look too closely at the paint, which still needs touch ups in many spots...)

Our goals:

  • Add more contiguous and useful counter space
  • Add a dishwasher and ventilation for the stove
  • Reconnect kitchen with rest of house as far as light/flow"1939 remodel had cut off visual/physical connection between backyard and living areas
  • Create better flow in the kitchen and connect the breakfast room to the main kitchen, but preserve its separate function
  • Create a designated space for shoes, coats, and muddy dogs
  • Return the kitchen to an aesthetic more appropriate to the age of the house (a traditional and relatively well-preserved 1915 California Arts and Crafts bungalow)
  • Allow swinging door to swing into the kitchen, which it hadn't been able to do in decades

What we did:

  • Removed clay chimney flue (original to house and serving the stove, water heater, and furnace"latter two had to be moved or replaced as part of the project to meet current code)
  • Removed partition wall added in 1939 remodel
  • Removed moulding added in 1939 remodel and replaced with moulding matched to original
  • Removed ceramic tile floor; replaced with Marmoleum Click tile floating floor to lower overall floor height while preserving fir subfloor
  • Repaired plaster, leveled ceiling, rehabbed windows, and replaced all cabinetry and fixtures

Lots more to say on all of this so I'll put that into a separate reply to keep it simple. But here's the important stuff: the pics!

The old kitchen (second kitchen for our old house, last renovated in 1939 with a 2007 seller facelift):

The new kitchen:


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RE: Victorian industrial kitchen - long, all help appreciated (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mama_goose on 02.09.2012 at 05:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have three other flatwalls, all similar, and all purchased within a few miles of my home, so I'm sure you're correct.

You may have seen this thread if you've done searches for Victorian kitchens on GW, but I'll leave the link. You can also search on 'unfitted kitchens' for ideas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Victorian kitchens/vintage and unique


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Finally - posting my finished 1920's inspired kitchen....

posted by: buffalotina on 07.11.2010 at 01:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

MANY thanks to everyone here for all the help, advice and encouragement before and during my kitchen remodel. Some may remember my old blue kitchen posted about a year ago. My first plan was to do a partial remodel & retain some of the cabinets, but after good advice from this forum I finally realized that, sadly, everything would have to gothank you bmorepanic and caryscott for your frank advice on that topic! Much as I was fond of the old one, I really love the new kitchen and it is so much more practical than the original. The layout is essentially the same but now I have lots more counter space and the new cabinets are so much more functional than the old. The recommendations of people here to get all drawers for the lowers was brilliant. I LOVE my lower drawers. I was aiming for a cozy 1920's vibe, practical and not too ornate.

I cannot believe how much I learnt from this forum and it really made a huge difference to the outcome of my project. I shamelessly stole many of the design details from other kitchens I saw posted here.

Special thanks to Arlosmom.your kitchen is still my favorite and seeing various elements of it along the way helped me with my design.



Cabinets -- Brookhaven, Edgemont door in French Vanilla
Counters -- Absolute black granite, polished
Floor -- existing Wilsonart laminate (10 years old!)
Lights -- Schoolhouse electric (custom pendant over sink)
Range -- Bluestar, 30" in RAL 5007 (brilliant blue)
Hood -- Bluestar, 36" with 1200 internal cfm blower
Dishwasher -- reused existing, Miele
Work table -- John Boos, I finished the top with Osmo Top Oil
Sink Artisan, with grid
Faucet -- Grohe Bridgeford
Backsplash -- American Olean subway in ice white with black pencil liner & spectralock silver shadow grout
Pot & utensil racks -- Enclume
Cabinet hardware -- Schaub
Towel bar -- Gatco
Small white cabinet -- Home Decorators Collection
Roller shade -- custom made by Zwick Window Shade Co. (Chicago, IL)


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kitchen photos (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: arlosmom on 07.16.2009 at 09:58 am in Kitchens Forum

Tina, let's see if I can make this link work:

Here is a link that might be useful: pretty much finished slideshow


rest of her photos in arlosmom FKB
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Finished Traditional Kitchen (lots of pics)

posted by: jm_seattle on 03.05.2011 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

THANK YOU GARDENWEB! We got so many great ideas from this forum, and everybody was so incredibly helpful and generous.

Here are some pics and a few details:
Kitchen corner
Refrigerator and pantry:
Message center:
Message center with built-in chalkboard
Breakfast nook:
Breakfast nook
Our KD wanted an extremely large window area to bring in light, but made it fit into the old house by breaking it up and using leaded glass:
new leaded glass windows
Sink w/glass filler, runnels, & built-in compost bin:
Sink w/Runnels & built-in compost bin
Built-in compost bin close-up:
Built-in compost bin
Mug shelf:
Mug Shelf
Charging drawer. This entire cabinet is deeper than it appears because it is built into the interior wall behind it, gaining an extra 4" or so of storage space without creeping into the walkway in front of it:
Charging station built into drawer
Island cabinets:
Island cabinets wtih cutting board
Miele ovens installed as flush inset (I searched and never did find pictures of this, so hopefully these will help somebody else):
Miele appliances mounted flush inset
Cleaning closet in "invented space" from interior wall:
Cleaning closet
Extra depth for the vacuum was made by reducing the depth of the drawers under the pantry:
Cleaning closet
The placement of the outlet underneath the music player shelf allows the nasty cordness to be hidden from eye-level:
Music Shelf
Toe-kick heater vent. The toe-kick face under the message center & island is covered with stained oak flooring. From eye-level, the toe-kick absorbs the correct amount of light and gives the appearance of freestanding cabinets.
Under island heater vent
The freestanding appearance is clearer here:
Cabinet built-into wall
Drawers under nook seating area:
Under-seat drawers in nook
There is a powder room off the kitchen. This wasn't our first choice, but ended up being our only choice in this old house, and has been okay, especially considering its placement is directly next to the hallway and away from the primary cooking area:
Bathroom off of kitchen
Adjacent mudroom, which became part of the kitchen remodel. The door is to a laundry chute which we use mostly for kitchen towels & napkins.

Here is a link that might be useful: More pictures


check out the chrome switchplates.
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RE: how to raise a tiny antique gas range? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: farmhousebound on 02.06.2012 at 11:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

Not sure if you can tell much from the below picture, but DH raised our Chambers stove by ~2-3 inches by setting the feet on wooden blocks that I painted black. No one has ever noticed and they look like just an extension of the legs.



check out this huge and varied kitchen on google photobucket
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RE: cabinet painting (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: MIssyV on 01.24.2012 at 08:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

dkcclan....I painted mine over this past summer and have been living with them since. Its not hard, but very time consuming. I removed the doors and painted in my garage, but left the base cabs hung in the house and painted them right where they are at.

I had no idea how to do it, and had not yet come across this forum, and I just happened to stumble across the name and number of a professional painter in in portland, oregon (I am in ohio). these are the exact instructions he gave me and I followed.....

1. fill any holes you won't need with wood filler, let dry, then sand down entire door and filler area with 220 grit
2. clean with TSP and water
3. clean with Krud Kutter (found it at Lowes) with an abrasive pad, like the 3M green pads
4. Prime with oil based Zinsser "All Prime" cover and stain. 2 coats atleast.
5. Paint with a water based enamel, he recommended Benjamin Mooor's Satin Waterborne Impervo, using 3 coats. (oil based yellows over time) Just use a roller to apply, I found one at our local BM dealer that I liked, it was more of a spongey roller and worked well.

Sand between coats for a smoother finish. I will say that we had one cabinet made by a local woodworker and he brought them to me primed already, so all I had to do was paint them, and whatever primer he used left a smoother, nicer finish than what I got with the other doors. His primer was more of a glaze type if I had to guess, probably something special they use in their shop. It wasn't the traditional white primer we are all familiar with.

I am very happy with the results, my cabs look good and so far, they are holding up very well. I don't expect them to paint, chip or peel anytime soon. They wipe off very well (they are BM Linen White, so show smudges and spills from the kids). Just a wet rag cleans them up!

Good luck to you. Like I said, its a process, took me about a month to get them hung, but we had a lot of cabs to paint.

Picture of the doors he primed for me....

The rest of the doors/kitchen I primed and painted ....


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RE: Calling white kitchen owners for ideas of wall colors (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: willtv on 12.01.2011 at 06:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

Below is a link to our 1 year old kitchen reno.
The entire kitchen is black & white except for the walls where we wanted a little color.
The paint is a 50/50 mix of BM Pigeon Grey & Metallic Silver.
BTW the rest of our house is BM China White.

Here is a link that might be useful: Black & White Kitchen


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RE: @ judydel - Please Share Your Faucet Info (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: judydel on 11.12.2011 at 01:30 am in Kitchens Forum

editionK I don't know if you are still wondering about my garden sink faucet. I just saw your question and I apologize for not getting back to you earlier. I haven't been on GW for awhile. I'm glad akchicago directed you to the thread that identified my main sink faucet at least : )

Anyway, I bought fairly inexpensive gooseneck faucets for the garden sink made by American Standard, called Heritage. I got them at home depot. I needed wall mount, which they are. I like them well enough. I just with my farm sink had a sprayer.


for the American Standard country sink
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Somewhat Finished, Somewhat Budget... White Vintage Kitchen

posted by: janie-k on 02.25.2009 at 06:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is a preview of our not quite finished kitchen. It has been in this same state since before Christmas and I'm guessing it will be a bit before we get around to finishing things (such as molding and the backsplash). Anyways, I thought I'd go ahead and post it now, since I'm so grateful for all the kitchens (finished or not) I was able to see on this forum when I was in the planning phase.


Before Kitchen

This kitchen didn't start out as a budget remodel, but since we were/are doing a whole house remodel, by the end of the kitchen we had spent much more than planned and so the Kitchen budget was cut to 20K.

Some of the details...

Range, Dishwasher & Micro: GE Cafe
Fridge: Counter Depth Bosch
Floor: Ceramic Tile 13"x13" with 4" black marble insets.
Ceiling Lights: Restoration Hardware
Cabinets: Custom by local cabinet maker
Cabinet Paint: Benjamin Moore Aura Paint in White Dove (DIY)
Cabinet Hardware: Restoration Hardware
Sink: Elkay stainless zero radius sink from Home Depot (it can under-mount or top-mount)... we had a sad story involving a beautiful stainless farm sink received with shipping damage that lead to this sink. In the end I'm totally happy with this sink, so it all worked out :)
Counters - Wilsonart Oiled Soapstone Laminate in 3cm thickness to simulate soapstone. I couldn't decide between Soapstone or Marble, so we decided to go laminate for the time being... I'm actually so happy with it, I think it will stay for quite a while.
Breakfast Bar: Walnut top done by cabinet maker


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Creamy White and Soapstone Finished Kitchen with Pics!

posted by: grneyesct on 08.04.2011 at 08:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Cabinets: Custom cabinets built by my hubby some in place and some in my dining room, no joke!
Cabinet Paint: BM Satin Impervo, Ivory White
Wall Color: Behr, Ryegrass
Knobs: knobs4less Century Hardware, Highlander
Pulls: knobs4less Century Hardware, Baroque Circle
Countertops: Marisol Soapstone, from EleMar New England
Backsplash: Arabesque shape California Art Tile, Espanola
Flooring: Prefinished Teak installed ourselves
Sink: Artisan Sink
Faucet: Kohler
Appliances: are all Samsung
Lighting Fixture over sink: Rejuvenation, Ford Mills
Chandelier: Kichler

This took just about a year to complete. We utilized our family room for the kitchen and made the living room our main gathering place. My old kitchen will be re-purposed as a laundry room.

We have 2 or 3 minor things to tinker with. We need to move the family computer to the desk and put the stools in at the pennsula.

We're still debating what to do about window treatments - in a couple months when the leaves drop, we'll be like fish in a bowl.. any suggestions would be helpful!!

Please excuse the plastic that we left on the fridge.. lol Have no fear, I finally took it off. But some of the photos show with it on...

So here is my old kitchen which will become my laundry room. It is wedged in the center of the house. It measures 8x10.. and only had ONE drawer..



And this is the Family Room we moved the kitchen into:

We have tons (probably WAY too many) progress photos..Only going to post a couple to calm any question of these actually being built and painted in the space and in my dining room.. LOL



Forgive the Large Photos.. Photobucket and I werent getting along this evening and I got impatient trying to post this :)

Fridge Wall 2












I have to thank everyone here for being so fabulous!! I lurked 99% of the time, but I got a lot out of reading everyones posts, comments and advice.

I'll have to figure out how to unlock my kitchen albums on Photobucket so I can share the rest of the photos without boring you all to death ;P

~ Dana ~


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Finished (Moslty) Kitchen, white cabs, emerald pearl, pics

posted by: hmdennis on 10.23.2009 at 11:41 am in Kitchens Forum

The first and most important thing I want to share with all of you about my kitchen is my thanks. I have learned so much from this forum and the lovely people who post on it. I am mostly a lurker, but posted some anxious emerald pearl and cabinet spacing questions that people really helped me work through. I still need to paint the sliding french doors, and finish the curtains, but thank you and here we go.

We undertook a remodel of our kitchen, dining room, laundry room this summer. I have been inspired by the "Big Enough" house movement, and was determined to keep our 2000 sq. ft 1936 house true to itself while meeting the needs of our family of five. After 6 years in our house we decided that we really just needed a slightly larger dining room, and that all of our other needs could be met within the original foot print. The kitchen remains 16x9. The main structural changes we made were to bump the dining room out four feet, move the wall next to the refrigerator back 18 inches to create more space for the island and install larger, more energy efficient doors and windows.

Here are best before pics I have.

Kitchen Before

pantry area before

Dining room before

And here are some after pictures. (The laundry room paint looks day glo in these pics for some reason, but it is the same as all of the other rooms.)

Finished Kitchen 1

Finished kitchen from dining room
Kitchen view from french doors

Pantry open

Living and Dining Room

Dining Room

China Cabinet in Dining Room

There are more pics in my photobucket album linked below.

Contractor: Baerenk Construction (fabulous!)
Cabinets: Custom from Western Idaho Cabinets
Counters: Emerald Pearl Granite
Backsplash: Anchor Bay Tile- Soho in Bisque, and black liner from Home Depot. (Thanks to Jgarner53 for inspiration)
Windows: Marvin wood interior, aluminum exterior
Lighting: Schoolhouse electric
Wall Color: BM Windham Cream
Appliances: Existing and too many brand names to mention.
Sink: Sterling McCallister 33x9 single bowl
Faucet: Hanover by?

Favorite things: Emerald Pearl granite: it is stunning and bullet proof, deep single bowl sink, new single level island, dish drawer in island, new pantry.

Thank you again, see the link below for more pics.


Here is a link that might be useful: Heather's Finished Kitchen Album


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A year in the making. My new kitchen w/pics

posted by: oldhouse1 on 09.11.2011 at 08:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our home is a simple 1840 Canadiana. We were living life quite comfortably when we drove by a home we always jokingly said we would buy if it ever went up for sale. Well, there it was, a big for sale sign in the middle of the lawn. Long story short we moved from our 4 bathroom home to one 1/3 the size with one bath that also happened to be off the kitchen. We immediately set out to design a small addition which included a kitchen. That was three years ago. With the exception of the foundation and framing, this has been a complete DIY project. After a year and a month of doing dishes in the bathroom I now have a kitchen. It doesn't have alot of bells and whistles and although we didn't necessarily want a period kitchen we did want one that suited an older home.


Ikea Tidaholm cupboards, professionally sprayed in Cloud White with alot of customization. Unfortunately, these have since been discontinued.

AEG Electrolux 36" freestanding stove. Bought for less then half price because someone bought it, used it once and returned it because they decided they wanted gas. We don't have gas and recently put in Geo Thermal heating/air conditioning. Wasn't in the budget to bring in propane. Stove was so reasonable that if we decide to do so later we can.

Liebherr 30" freestanding refrigerator. Purchased for half price because it had a dent dent in the bottom half. Bought a new door so it was good as new, until they delivered it and dented the top half. They replaced the door. Neither will be installed until house is complete (just in case).

Ikea farmhouse sink and dishwasher. I'm actually very pleased that it works as well as it does.

Perrin and Rohl Aquatine faucet in polished nickel.

Island and Jam cupboard - Special Order from Camlen Furniture in Quebec. Purchased with hand planed top in pine and may or not replace with marble. Will live with it for a while.

10" random length pine floors. All hand finished and dinged and finshed with Waterlox. This alone took us several weeks. We love the finish.

Honed Absolute Black granite. Bought the kitchen at Ikea's 20% off sale. Rather then cash back you get Ikea gift certificates. Used these and another $1300.

Faber Inca Pro hood

Light fixture- Sescolite, Burlington, Ontario

Finished kitchen, $19 thousand including all the small stuff.

I would like to thank the GW community. I found you when most decisions had already been made but early enough to make some positive changes based on the vast amount of information shared on this site. I didn't ask for much advise but I can assure you that I read everything written on the subjects that I researched on this site and then some. I do not have the incredible knowledge that so many of you do who share so willingly to those who ask but have from time to time tried to help out on the very few subjects I know a little about. I have taken much more than I have been able to give. I am grateful to have had a place that I could frequent with people who share the same desire to have a kitchen of their dreams no matter their budget. And to those who think their day will never come, keep the faith. I never thought that I would get here. After seeing so many unbelievable kitchens, big and small, elaborate and understated, new and updated thanks for looking at mine.


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Wintersowing a cottage garden.

posted by: token28001 on 12.14.2009 at 09:33 am in Winter Sowing Forum

Just last year when I was a newbie, I read almost every thread in this forum. I'd stay up late at night trying to find more pictures of plants, how well this works, and so forth. I asked a lot of questions too. In the summer of 2008, I built a new bed in my side yard. I covered the existing soil with cardboard and leaf mold from the landfill. It's hard packed clay, so I needed to loosen it up a bit. Over the winter, I sowed my seeds, and planted out.

I also spent a lot of time in the cottage garden forum. There are some beautiful gardens there and wintersowing just seems to naturally go hand in hand with that type of garden. You can grow so many kinds of plants that it's hard to create a formal garden with so many choices and varieties available from seed. I wanted a cottage garden. Wintersowng made it happen.

Some things I learned from reading other peoples' blogs and posts on GardenWeb. Plant multiples. If you plant one of each plant, it tends to look like a hodgepodge. Planting multiples gives you repetition. I started with a hardy hibiscus, shastas, and rudbeckia. Then I scattered Hunks of Seedlings of various plants between those "anchor" points. Plant diagonally to the walkway, path, or street. It gives you a drifting look. Threes, fives, and sevens. Plant in odd numbers. Add in large foliage, vertical elements, mix small blooms with large gaudy blooms. Plant daylilies here and there for vertical interest. Add grasses. And shrubs. Don't be too worried about height and sizes. Cottage gardens tend to flop all over each other. If you don't like a plant, take it out. It's hard, I know. Next year, you'll sow more seeds of something you do like. Save seeds. Trade seeds. Spend time researching. Pay attention to sun exposure for the plants you're growing. Don't worry about the details of wintersowing. Provide drainage, a cover, label, and good soil. You will have some success. You will have some failure. Don't get too technical. It's supposed to be about having fun, right?

Just a few photos below of the process so you can get an idea of just how many plants you get from wintersowing. Not all plants were wintersown. Some were purchased, some were gifts, some were raised from cuttings and other means of propagation. Once you learn on technique, learn others. Plants do it in nature all the time. A stem touches the ground, gets covered with leaves, and roots to form a new plant.

December 15, 2008

February 12, 2009

February 26, 2009

March 2, 2009

March 29, 2009

April 10, 2009

May 24, 2009

June 12, 2009

June 21, 2009 - summer solstice.

July 19, 2009

On August 18, I injured myself with the lawnmower and a rock. The gardens went downhill after that. I couldn't get around much to water and rain wasn't coming as often as I needed it. Some plants thrived. Others wilted away.

August 30, 2009 - From the front porch, I was on crutches.

September 20, 2009 - the day before the official 1st day of Fall.

October 11, 2009. Lots of plants are done. Seeds collected. Seeds scattered. The garden is being put to bed for the winter.

Wintersowing works. Share your success for the newbies. Photos welcomed.


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Minor bulbs: mass planting

posted by: EGO45 on 09.27.2005 at 12:42 am in Bulbs Forum

Lately I'm getting lazier and lazier and this year I decided to try a new (for me) method: don't dig, just plant on a top of the existing soil.
Last year I start to built 'muscari river', but barely made my half way thru.

There were two reasons, a) not enough bulbs (I bought 300 only) and b) that bed never ever was cultivated, mulch simply cover hard native clay mixed with rocks. I spent much more time and effort to dig rocks than for planting itself.

This year I just removed top layer of mulch, slightly tilled what was tillable and simply placed bulbs on top of that so-called soil:

Then covered with 2-3" of old plain top soil:

and put back all original mulch:

Done. 400 bulbs were 'planted' effortless in less than 45 minutes.


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RE: Laughing at Plant Catalogs (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: gardenweed_z6a on 08.16.2011 at 11:11 am in Perennials Forum

"...negative and neutral ratings of WFF far outnumber the positive ones on a certain popular mail-order nursery ratings website."

When I first stumbled across the website referenced in the sentence above, I immediately looked up WFF seeing as it's here in CT and they produce such a fabulous catalogue every year. Imagine my stunned surprise to see they had over 50% negative ratings from customers. It was then I noticed Bluestone Perennials in the Top 30 list and became a satisfied, if novice, customer right up until I discovered winter sowing. Haven't placed an order with them since 2009 and am seriously rethinking the few items they offer that were still on my wants list. Thanks to WS & seed trading, I have stuffed my beds to the max and except for shovel pruning things I eventually decide I don't really like, have no desperate need to purchase much of anything.

A little OT but here's a couple WS pictures for echinaceamaniac...this is my pot ghetto:


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RE: My finished white kitchen ($8k budget) (Follow-Up #41)

posted by: noellabelle on 05.25.2011 at 08:39 am in Kitchens Forum


I love how the subway tile turned out too. I looked at more expensive ones, but I just didn't find anything that blew me away. I thought it would look okay with the ones I used, but it exceeded my expectations once they were up and I'm so happy with my pick! One thing that I did do was that I had some of those tile samples, and I used them to help me pick my cabinet paint.

I used the tutorial linked below to paint the cabinets. It was a lot of work and I got pretty burnt out doing it. I started in August of last year, and didn't get the doors back on until right before Christmas.

Filling the grain was a pain. I started out with regular wood putty. I did the drawers with that, and it took about 6 or 7 times of filling, sanding, filling, sanding, etc.

I found a different product for the doors. It was elmers wood filler I comes in a bigger tub than the normal putty tubes. I watered it down a little and used that to fill in the grain. It went quicker than the other way.

Doing it again, I would have probably not worried about the grain as much. I didn't mind it much from the beginning, it was dh that pushed for them to be smoother. And I might have used an oil based primer, staying with the water based paint. And I would have definitely used some kind of paint extender (floteral or something like that?) that I just recently learned about.

Here is a link that might be useful: Painting cabinets


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RE: Where is the quirky and modest thread? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: remodelfla on 07.27.2011 at 12:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here ya' go...

Here is a link that might be useful: modest and quirky thread


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Cute $6K kitchen redo

posted by: writersblock on 07.07.2011 at 02:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

While beekeeperswife's is unquestionably the glammest of them all, I had to investigate the other kitchens in the Nate Berkus newsletter. Although it's not in Bee's class, I thought this was a great job, especially considering they used those awful big box store unfinished cabinets:

Here is a link that might be useful: Flea Market Trixie's kitchen


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RE: Remodel of my teeny kitchen - seeking input! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: saw50st8 on 05.06.2011 at 11:10 am in Kitchens Forum

Wow this is tough! I'm another kosher cook, know the types of houses you are talking about...I'm playing around with it, but honestly, I think you are going to have to give something up.

I use Microsoft Visio. Some people really like ikea's software. There is also Google Sketchup, but I havent been able to get it to work well.


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RE: I need help with lighting... I can't think straight anymore! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: shannonplus2 on 02.15.2011 at 10:23 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm sorry, I can't answer your questions about lighting. I just wanted to let you know that I recognized the kitchen you said you didn't know whose it is. It's Klb_2000's. I'll link her kitchen photos below so you can see the entire kitchen, and maybe that will help you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Klb_2000's Kitchen


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My kitchen is done!

posted by: jgarner53 on 05.29.2007 at 01:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just moving the link to my kitchen photos over from the discussions section.

These are the specs:
Cabinets: custom flush inset by local shop
Paint: cabinets - BM Mayonnaise (also on ceiling & trim)
walls - BM Potpourri Green
Stove: DCS 36" 6-burner all-gas range with low backguard (required by my local code)
Hood: Vent-a-Hood Excalibur, 36" in Biscuit
Fridge: Amana 36" cabinet-depth top-mount
Dishwasher: Bosch Integra SHX57C03UC with custom panel
Sink: Franke fireclay sink, 28 inches
Faucet: Chicago faucet wall-mount in polished nickel
Soap dispenser: Rohl Perrin & Rowe LS850P (with NeverMT)
Airswitch: Franke, in black
Drawer handles/Door knobs: House of Antique Hardware black glass hexagonal knobs & bridge pulls
Countertop: Belvedere soapstone from M. Teixeira in San Francisco
Tile: Subway Ceramics 3x6 subway tile, Daltile black liner & 3/4" round, green liner "dots" from B&W tile in Riverside, CA
Floor: Marmoleum in Butter with Coffee accent strip
Light fixtures: Skidmore pendants and Jefferson ceiling fixture, from Rejuvenation
Undercabinet lights: LEDs from LEDtronics
Outlet covers, pushbutton switches and switchplate: House of Antique Hardware

Glass for new window and cabinet doors: salvaged wavy glass

Here is a link that might be useful: Jgarner53's kitchen


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RE: difficulty seeing pics on GW (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: skybird on 08.15.2010 at 10:53 pm in Rocky Mountain Gardening Forum

Hi again!

Refreshing the thread didnt change what I can and cant see, its just that Digit posted an additional pic before I refreshed it, and I could see that one.

I still see only the two red xs in a box for the post thats time stamped 1241.

I CAN see the dahlia in the post at 1406, and I can click on the picture and go to a PB page with the picture thats the same size as posted on RMG.

I CAN see the same dahlia in the 1424 post, but when I click on it in that one, all I get is a page wanting me to sign up for TinyPic!

And thats what I can and cant see for now!

And I dont understand any of the hardware OR the software, Digit! I just keep doing things till I find something that works! Computering is kind of like gardening for me that way!

And I was thinkin of getting a hiking GPS for my vacation this yearbutuhif they stalk you well might need to reconsider that! ;-)

But, about the pictures! Id REALLY like to figure out whats going on here!

Well, this is a photo I copied from somewhere and emailed:

I dont understand what you did there! [Im sure youre shocked!] If you just copied it from an email, where did you get a URL? Not that Id know what to do with the URL if I had oneunless it was all ready to copy and paste like the ones I have on Picasa! So if you copied it, did you "put it in" PB to get the URL?

Here it is under "properties."

And I dont understand AT ALL what you did there! WAY over my head! But those are the two pics I CANT see just the little red x!

And I can see both the ones posted with PB and TP, but if both those sites are "owned" by Photobucket, I dont understand why I can click on one and go to your picture page and click on the other one and just get the TP advertising! Since I can see both pics, I guess that doesnt really matter! It must have something to do with the URL they give you to copy!

When Matoad sent me the link to her Kodak Gallery album, I was planning to just copy the pics into Picasa so I could post them "the way I know how," but I tried everything I could think of, and I couldnt copy the pics! No matter what I did, all "clicks" led me to a Kodak page that wanted to make me sign up for an account to "save" them, and then it would have been in a Kodak album and not in Picasa, and from what I saw, I seriously doubt that I would have been able to transfer them from the Kodak album to my Picasa album! In any event, I didnt try! Dont really have any use for a Kodak Gallery account!

With all the other hosting sites, I can just right click on them and save them one way or another. Sometimes, usually, I can just click on "save picture as" and them stick them in Picasa (after which I have to transfer them over to Picasa WebAlbums to actually post them). Every now and then, that doesnt work, but then I can almost always just right click, copy the picture, paste it in an email, send it to myself, and from there it easily goes into Picasa. The Kodak Gallery is the first time I ever ran into a problem where there was NO way to save or copy them! And while I was looking around, it looked to me like Kodaks site is mostly set up to try to get you to buy things! No surprise there I guess, but I wasnt wild about that! I dont like to be SOLD things! So what I wound up doing with Matoads pics was to just copy the link to the album, like I would for any other site I wanted to post. It doesnt make ANY sense at all to me why you cant click on that link to see her pics! Non sequitur!

Misty, I dont understand your distinction between Goggle Photos and Picasa WebAlbums! Are there two different photo hosting sites by google? Im asking that seriously because if those were Picasa pics you posted, I cant click on the pics and go to the WebAlbums page to look at them, like people can (I assume everybody can!) with the ones I post from Picasa. So if theyre in Picasa, where are you getting the URL youre using to post them? Youre talking about the four size options on WebAlbums, so Id assume thats what youre using, but why cant I click on your pics??? This gets curious-er and curious-er!

Ive promoted this before, but I LOVE Picasa! Its SO easy! And if I can do it, ANYBODY can do it!

Now to the popup rant! I get SO fed up with ALL the advertising around here! The Live Links drive me WILD! Accidentally mouse over them and the popup covers half of the text! Yeah! I do the Opt Outoverandoverandover....... I dont like people "tracking" me, and I dont like "personalized advertising," so I clear my cache often, sometimes several times a day if Ive been surfingand you need to Opt Out every time you clear your cache! And then theres those NASTY little iVillage "boxes" that SLIDE in from the sideagainblocking half of what you WANT to read! I have all my available popup blockers blocking popupsand NOTHING stops that one! ANDa couple weeks ago not only were those nasties coming up over and over, they were showing up in SPANISH! Yeah! THAT makes a LOT of sense, iV!!! At times it IS enough to make you think its just not worth it anymore! And on the iV "mobile boxes" I REFUSE to chase it around the screen to click "no thanks!" If they worded that "differently" Id be tempted to click it!!! I usually just click refresh, but that wastes a lot of time too, waiting for it to refresh (Yes, Jay, GW is one of the SLOWEST sites I use too!), and, sometimes "the box"in SPANISHis BACK even after I refresh it! Sometimes I just X out of GW and pull it up again, but sometimes I get so frustrated that I just X out and say the h___ with it for now and do something else! On a positive note at least they DID get rid of all the sexually explicit advertising they had on the banner right after iV took over the site!

So thats MY rant! Id say its a GW rant, but its REALLY an iVillage rant!

Back to the picture problem! Can anybody else see any/all of the pics that are posted in this thread? And Im gonna post the link to Matoads Kodak Gallery album below again too! Id really like to know if anybody but me can go to that album from the link!

OH, MY!!! This is BEYOND weird now! To get the link to Matoads album, I went back to her thread, and TRIED to pull up the album to re-copy the URL. It came up BLANK for me this time! I tried opening it "in a new window" which is how I usually do it, and it came up blank that way too! I cleared my cache, which can sometimes be a miraculous fixer of problems, and it still came up blank! So I went back to her email, pulled up the album, and copied the link from therewhich I'm gonna post below, but I have very little hope that itll work for anybody! (And since I cant seem to find a way to put her pics in MY Picasa, I dont know of any other way to try to post them!) But, even curious-er, after pulling her album up from the email link, I went back to her thread and clicked on the link I posted againAND IT WORKED! Im TOTALLY lost here!

Try this! Can anybody see Matoads album HERE?

LOST in the incomprehensible world of the [SPIDER] WEB!


P.S. Im SURE there would be LOTS of takers for both your Hosta and your Pulmonaria if you bring some to the Spring Swap, Misty! Those are both things nobodys brought before!

P.P.S. I HAVE finally figured out the italic and bold stuff! :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: Matoad's


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RE: difficulty seeing pics on GW (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: mstywoods on 08.25.2010 at 10:02 pm in Rocky Mountain Gardening Forum

Silvergirl - looks like you are choosing Picassa's 'link' field and copying/pasting that. Skybird's right - that's for putting in an email.

Choose the 'embed image' field, copy and paste that into your post. It should come through like this (I took a screenshot of the Picassa page):

From garden

You can even go a step farther and click the 'select size' to choose what size you want the image to be - then highlight the 'embed image' field and copy and paste it into your post.

There are two other options as well, but I don't want to confuse you further, so just try the steps above and see it that works!


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RE: Arbor Garden in June--Lots of Pics (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: mollydog on 07.03.2010 at 11:26 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Thank you all. Our gardens take up about a half acre with lots of paths. Here is a view of the arbor from the left side. The malva reseeded itself in front this year and I didn't have the heart to tear it out, in fact, I love when that happens.

Arbor2 June 2010

The scarlet monarda were the size of apples this year, maybe from the wet spring?

birdhouse monarda

In another garden these guys were stealing the show.



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Lindybarts - inspiration photo

posted by: gr82bgrammy on 03.02.2009 at 12:49 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I saw this photo that you posted on another thread and I love this kitchen! Do you know who it belongs to? I'd love to know what color green paint is on the walls.


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Per request, a few pics of My3dogs home interior

posted by: my3dogs on 07.16.2008 at 09:44 am in Home Decorating Forum

Let me start by saying that I'm a newbie, and that my home is in southern Maine, near the coast. It is an old cape built in 1937, and a modest home of about 1700 sq. ft. I have owned it almost 22 years, and have added to it and updated it so it's perfect for me and 'my 3 dogs'! For those who haven't seen the exterior, here it is. I added the garage in the 90's.


I live on a small river which forms my irregular property line. I have many perennial are a few. This photo was taken in the spring, so not much is in bloom.

You enter through this 6' x 6' porch. 99% of furnishings, wall paper , chandy in here are from eBay.

I added this half bath years ago. The only bathrooms in the house when I bought it were upstairs and a 'rustic' one in the cellar!
I made the vanity from an old bureau that I bought for $100. Top is a remnant of Delicatus granite. Again, most accessories are from eBay.

Again, it's a modest home, and I remodeled the kitchen in the early 90's! It had a large wood stove in the kitchen when I bought it, 24" of counter space, and dark plywood cabinets. This remodel still works well for me today.

As you see from the above pic, some of the rooms still have their original, and beautiful (IMO) radiators. The house is primary heated with oil, but it also has electric heat, a gas fireplace in the LR that I put in, and the old kitchen wood stove is in the cellar now. I can use whatever is least expensive at the time, and won't freeze.

The back of the LR isn't that 'country, any more, and now looks more like this. The vintage secretary is the largest item I have ever bought on eBay. Hunting toile on the re-covered (but not by me) love seat is also from eBay.

I make all my own window treatments, and this is what is in the kitchen for the summer. A Pierre Deux 'Geraine' bargain from eBay.

Whatever fabric I use for the kitchen WTs, I also shirr on dowels that I mounted inside the glass doors, and use them to cover cook books etc, on the pantry wall in the kitchen.

Whew, I'll take a break and post a few more, if you want to see any....


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Victorian kitchen

posted by: mfrog on 10.02.2008 at 01:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

This kitchen is made up from mainly salvaged cabinets which we fixed up & painted all the same. The lowers were custom made because we wanted deeper & higher cabinets. The counter tops are beech (not from Ikea, theirs are too expensive) we bought from the wholesaler. The GE stove was bought from an appliance store who had rewired it & completely overhauled it. The stained glass windows were also salvaged. The entire kitchen including period lighting, custom cabinetry cost about $9,000.

Before: just getting the windows in.

kitchen - before

1951 GE double oven stove


breakfast nook



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RE: I'm finally DONE!! Here it is! (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: starpooh on 04.30.2008 at 01:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Ivette!

You've got email!
Everybody wants details of your kitchen... so I gathered everything I could find from the forum and sent it to you. Can you please approve it so I can add your kitchen to the FKB?

Thanks so much!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Ivette's photos


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RE: Do you have photo of wood counters with wood floor (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: pirula on 02.01.2009 at 10:22 am in Kitchens Forum

Here you go....cherry and white oak.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wood counters/wood floors.


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Kitchen Finished Pics-need backsplash advice

posted by: lanugget on 12.09.2008 at 12:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is finished except for a backsplash, and I need a few ideas. I have been a longtime lurker-sometime poster over the last few months. I have gotten a lot of great ideas and tips here, the best one being to look into having the cabinets made by a local cabinet maker. The start to finish time of this project was 8 weeks, with just a few hiccups along the way. Here is a before and after photo from the same view. I think if you click on them they will take you to some more shots.

2008-09-11 012



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Some pics of our stonework progress....

posted by: maureen1953 on 08.08.2007 at 05:46 pm in Gardening with Stone Forum

We've been working on terracing our backyard for the past 3 years, using
stone dug up from our own property, with the addition of some purchased
stone for the steps....we have a lot of work to go, but so far it looks

 Here's some pics of our ongoing backyard stonework project for
your enjoyment:


curving into stone wall...

at end of pond...

steps leading to terraces and greenhouse...







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RE: making big stone steps (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: ronda_in_carolina on 03.18.2008 at 09:43 pm in Gardening with Stone Forum

I am building steps next week (weather permitting). I typically take pictures of my projects as they progress.


Here is the hill I will be adding random steps to. The steps are not going to be evenly placed up the hill but instead random to keep the hill informal and to draw the eye upward. You can see 2 flat stones I have placed on the hill in the areas I think I will be adding the steps. I will also add one more (higher).

I did the stack stone wall myself last fall. I was all stoned-out and just couldnt bring myself to complete the steps. Now spring is in the air and I am recharged and ready to tackle the project.

Wish me luck...


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RE: subway tile & chair rail - how to finish the edges?? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: bill_vincent on 01.22.2008 at 05:30 pm in Bathrooms Forum

As for the chair rail, thatr's also an easy one. Miter the last piece, and then cut a "plug" for the mitered end:


You can get bullnose subway tiles finished on the short end or the long end. I'm not sure if Lowes sells them but a tile store will.

If they have the flat tile, they can get the trim, as well, and not just in the 2x6 cap.

A tile store will also have corners for the chair rail.

Not necessarily. Some lines don't HAVE corners.


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RE: subway tile & chair rail - how to finish the edges?? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: kgwlisa on 01.22.2008 at 08:08 am in Bathrooms Forum

One of the downsides to the very low priced tile at Lowes is that you don't have a lot of the trim options you would have if you bought the tile at a tile store. The color there is "gloss white" which isn't an exact match for "ice white" which is AO's tile store standard white.

Lowes does have a bullnose in gloss white but it's 2x6 (they have it in both gloss white and ice white so make sure you get the right white). It's not as elegant as being able to get actual subway tile with bullnose on the short side for ending things as you have to make a "frame" but if you can work with it, the Lowes tile is a great bargain. I think it would look nice for framing a niche though. I'm planning to use chair rail to frame my niche.

I'm not sure how to handle the return on the chair rail pieces and whether what you want to do would work but I'm sure one of the tile guys would chime in. I do think that it will create a very sharp corner if it works. Generally AO makes a rounded outside corner piece that can be used but again, not available at lowes.

The thing I did (purchased but not installed yet) was to combine lowes field tile with chair rail from a tile store. AO makes colored chair rails as part of their "sizzle strips" line in ice white, almond, sunglo, burgundy, olive, storm grey and gloss black. I went for the gloss black, which is an exact match for the black liners at Lowes. My tile store was reasonable for the chair rail pieces, a bit less than Lowes actually (their chair rails are no big bargain) but the 1/2 x 6" liners were about 3x the price at the tile store. You have to shop around. I didn't need any outside corners, I just did this because I wanted to, but it would allow you to use more trim pieces if you used a contrasting color to the white. To see the colors go to AO's site, go to designer basics and on the 3rd page are sizzle strips. Anything with a superscript "1" is available in chair rail. Their site does not allow a direct link that works.

Here is a picture of what I am planning to do, the field tile, liners and embossed deco is from Lowes and the chair rail is from the tile store. I'm no longer planning to use that floor, budget cuts had to be made to accommodate additional plumbing expense, so I am also using octagon and dot tile from the big box stores at $2.29/sf.


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White Subway Tile tub/shower remodel

posted by: cassidyhome on 07.30.2005 at 12:22 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We had a leak so we reluctantly tapped into our emergency savings account and started to create something beautiful and functional. The first step was to remove an old tub and tile surround, including old aluminum windows that wouldn't slide any more. We replaced them with vinyl retrofit windows with "Industrex" privacy glass and chose a non-opening window for the shower.

The tub is a Kohler Synchrony K-1195-L with the integrated tiling flange. The fixtures are all from American Standard "The Standard Collection." The toilet was the only thing we saved - it is a Kohler Memoirs Classic elongated.

The wall tile is Daltile Rittenhouse Square in Arctic White with a Portobello White Line Bordura accent piece which measures 1.5" x 8" and is installed 69" from the floor. The window sill is a white-gray marble with a polished finish.

The floor is Cerim "The Wood Collection" porcelain wood-look tile in the color "Ellinton." We chose two of the 3 available sizes - which measure about 20" x 8" and 16" x 6".

The walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore's Bleeker Beige (really Behr paint purchased at Home Depot). The door is a Simpson Shaker-style 5-panel. The trim was crafted by my husband out of MDF-thanks so much to posters on this forum who inspired the design.

The exhaust fan is a Panasonic WhisperLite FV-07VQL3 and the switches that control it are Leviton 6260M and 5634. The curtain rod is a Myson in a chrome finish and the curtain is a nylon "The Traveler".

Image hosted by

The photos are in my Photobucket account: and the password is Maggie


Here is a link that might be useful: Password: Maggie


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RE: classic/period/retro white hex/subway advice? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: mollyshumom on 07.26.2007 at 09:54 pm in Bathrooms Forum

My renovation is almost finished. The guest bathroom has white subway on the walls and white hex on the floor. The tiles we used are DalTile K101 3X6 on the walls and matte white 6501 2" hex on the floor, with del grey grout. The walls above the wainskote have not been painted yet.

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RE: classic/period/retro white hex/subway advice? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: jejvtr on 05.22.2007 at 11:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum


As promised over on kit forum -

Here's pics of master bath done last yr.

Rittenhouse subways and "no name" 1" hex w/a matte glaze - I searched everywhere for those! I think AMerican Olean does carry them - I found them at a local tile place for hmm I think 5$ sq ft

Mapei silver for grout

I would steer clear of any white grout - just a beast to keep clean over time

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I had nearly enough room to fit a 5'6" tub but went for the niche instead - storage is an issue esp w/console sink
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

this was a chest of drawers I re-did & put glass knobs & carrara top on

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Bill V was a HUGE help!

So much so - that he encouraged me to do my 1st tile job w/leftover tile

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Good Luck!


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RE: classic/period/retro white hex/subway advice? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bill_vincent on 05.21.2007 at 09:25 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Rittenhouse would be 100 white. As for the hex, the color name is white (very original! :-) ) As for the hex grout color, if you're looking to have the grey period look, look into the following colors:

Laticrete Silver Shadow or Light Pewter

Hydroment Mobe Pearl

Custom Building Products Platinum

Mapei Warm Bray


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RE: Do towels really stay on hooks? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: buffalotina on 02.05.2007 at 10:47 am in Bathrooms Forum

I love the towel hooks I used. I am so glad I got the idea of hooks from this forum. They are easy to use, the towels get dry, and DH finds it easy to put his towel on the hook:

The hooks I used are from Restoration Hardware, the big flat bit on top makes it really easy to get the towel on and keep it on:

For those following the other towel thread, these towels are RIGHT next to the toilet AND I have towels above it - no other choice in my small bathroom:



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