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RE: Need help with granite selection! (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: mjocean on 09.29.2012 at 12:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Soibean (cute name),
I just emerged from my 6 month search for the perfect stone in the Boston area - I feel your pain! I lke stones 1 and 2.

Below are the web sites of Boston area distributors:
1)Elemar, Plymouth & Lowell, MA (Lowell warehouse much larger)
2)MS International, Norwood, MA (on the other end of University Ave from Marble & Granite)
3) Premier Stone, Walpole, MA (small warehouse)
4) Century Stone, Inc, Braintree, MA (I'm told they are more expensive but I don't know this from personal experience)
5) Boston Granite Exchange, W. Bridgewater & Haverhill, MA (the warehouse in haverhill is MUCH larger)
6) CBS Stones, Winchester, MA
7) Greater Boston Granite, Lowell & Tewsbury, MA
We purchased our slabs from Greter Boston Granite. We did not visit their tewksbury warehouse so I'm not sure which is larger. The stone they display on their web site labelled "Piracema White" is our stone. I think they have 1 left like it. I also posted a photo of another Piracema White they had in their warehouse ~1 month ago (may still be there).
Best of luck!!


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Need help with granite selection!

posted by: soibean on 09.28.2012 at 05:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

Today was my first time looking for granite. I thought I knew what I wanted - a white-based granite with a lot of black-veined swirly movement. I thought I would definitely choose Piracema light. However, the base color was much closer to sand than white, and the slab had a lot of blotchiness in addition to veins. I am curious what others think.

My cabinets will be white, except for the island, which will have a dark cherry stain. I have tiny samples at the bottom of each picture for reference. I saw three types of granite. Here is the Piracema:


clipped on: 09.30.2012 at 06:56 pm    last updated on: 09.30.2012 at 06:56 pm

Almost Finished...lots of pics

posted by: michelle16 on 09.09.2012 at 08:28 am in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is not completely done, I will post more pics and details when it's finished. Still waiting on a glass door and draw from the cabinet maker.Still need backsplash, am thinking of something unique from artistic tile since I only have one wall of backsplash. Still need curtains and light fixtures are on backorder till October 8th.Thanks to all who helped me along the way.Michelle


clipped on: 09.10.2012 at 09:02 am    last updated on: 09.10.2012 at 09:02 am

RE: 3 or 4 drawers per cabinet stack? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: buehl on 01.31.2011 at 10:18 am in Kitchens Forum

Here are the dimensions of mine...

Drawer Dimensions


clipped on: 06.10.2012 at 04:20 pm    last updated on: 06.10.2012 at 04:20 pm

Kitchen Cabinets in Massachusetts

posted by: 39york on 06.09.2012 at 05:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm replacing the cabinets in a kitchen of modest size in the suburbs of Boston. My quote from Lowe's was $12K. The quote from a famous high-end cabinet company was $42K. I'd like to find a middle-of-the-road supplier of cabinets that does a great job of making inset doors and drawers. Any suggestions?


clipped on: 06.10.2012 at 09:32 am    last updated on: 06.10.2012 at 09:32 am

New CC rangetop installed!!

posted by: dhuston on 05.09.2012 at 08:30 pm in Appliances Forum

Well not really installed just put in place waiting on gas hookups.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

I want to thank Trevor at Eurostoves for making this buy a smooth experience. The wrong model was sent originally and he promptly remedied the problem and had a new one sent from the factory. It arrived exactly when he said it was. Thank you very much Trevor!

I have little problem with the cabinet that was made for it though. Seems the sell sheet doesn't really show that there are lips on the side for the granite to go under. So my cabinet maker didn't know to account for the countertop thickness and now there is a gap below the rangetop. Not a major problem, nothing a piece of filler cant fix. Just a little info in case anyone else is getting a rangetop.

Thanks to everyone here! Never would have known about the Culinarian if I had found GW.


clipped on: 05.10.2012 at 09:30 am    last updated on: 05.10.2012 at 09:30 am

RE: Does anyone regret their white cabinets? (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 02.20.2012 at 04:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Painted my current kitchen white with oil based enamel paint.

Now we are moving to new house with a new kitchen. Choosing a white-ish cabinet for new kitchen.

This time, it's not paint but catalyzed lacquer. It's supposed to hold up better than paint. Not supposed to chip. Time will tell, I'm sure. But the finish is supposed to be excellent.

I've never had any trouble cleaning my current cabinets.


clipped on: 03.08.2012 at 10:31 am    last updated on: 03.08.2012 at 10:31 am

New To Kitchens? Posting Pics? Read Me! [Help keep on Page 1]

posted by: buehl on 02.20.2012 at 01:02 am in Kitchens Forum

Welcome! If you are new to the Kitchens Forum, you may find the following information and links helpful.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)/Articles pages contain helpful information about how to navigate this site as well as the world of kitchen renovations.

The Kitchen Forum Acronyms will help you understand some of the acronyms used frequently in posts.

The Finished Kitchens Blog has pictures and information about many GW members' finished kitchens. Not only can you see them alphabetically, but there is also a category list if you're looking for specific things like a kitchen w/a Beverage Center or a kitchen w/a mix of dark and light cabinets. Access the FKB Categories Page via a link in the navigation panel on the right of any FKB page. Additionally, there is a link to "In-Progress Kitchens" for those members' kitchens that are not quite ready for the FKB. There is also a link to kitchens that are ready for the FKB but have not yet been added. To access the "In-Progress Kitchens", the "Coming Soon Kitchens", and the "FKB Categories", see the links in the navigation panel that is on the right side of each main FKB page.

The Appliances Forum is very useful when you have questions specific to appliances.

To start off the kitchen remodel process...take the Sweeby Test. Then, move on to Beginning a Kitchen Plan.

Other topics such as layouts, planning for storage, and stone materials are discussed in later topics in this thread. Even more information can be found by doing a search on the forum.


  • Before posting a question, please search the forum. There's a very good chance someone has already asked the question.

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How are the home page and the Forum organized? (based on the Kitchen Forum's FAQs entries)

  • The Kitchens Forum home page lists 30 thread titles, starting with those that don't yet have a response. After the unanswered threads, threads are listed in order of most recent response. That first page displays the last 2 hours or so of activity. (If there is no response to a thread in an hour or two, the unanswered thread usually starts to drop.)
  • Below the thread list are page numbers 1-67 for the total 67 pages of threads available -- capturing maybe 2 months or so of threads, less when the Forum is busy.
  • Below that (and at the top of the thread list as well) is a space for you to switch to the Conversations or Gallery "sides" - these are set up similarly but are not nearly as active.
  • Next down is a Search box -- very important! This is also the Search box you should use (not the one at the top of the page.)
    • Always refresh the page two or three times b/f assuming a thread has disappeared right after starting it.
    • As to searching...a thread will not be found doing a GW search for up to 24 hours after it has been started. This may seem too technical, but...searches are done against what are known as "indexes". Indexes use key fields/words to find things. iVillage only indexes threads once a day. So, that means that until your thread is "indexed", it won't show up in a search. If you start a thread just before the index is taken, you will be able to retrieve your thread by searching soon after creation. If, however, you start your thread right after the daily index, then you will have to wait almost 24 hours for the next index.

  • Next is a place for you to start a new thread. And finally there are some instructions and links at the bottom.

Kitchen Forum "Sides"

Discussions: This is the "side" you are on. It is for on-topic discussions concerning kitchens...renovations, use of, etc.

Conversations: This is the "side" where you can post off topic threads such as regional get-togethers and non-kitchen subjects.

Gallery: This is the "side" where members often post pictures...especially if you're posting a lot or a finished kitchen. (Note: This is where StarPooh, our FKB person, wants you to post your finished kitchen prior to having it added to the FKB.)

Again, welcome and good luck! The journey is wild, sometimes bumpy, but fun and very rewarding in the end!

Here is a link that might be useful: Coming Soon - The New Finished Kitchens Blog!


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