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RE: Pls help me choose granite! (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: sterlingsilver on 10.14.2009 at 10:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Quote: **Sterling silver, our honey onyx is like the one in the sample without the red line through it. We're having it cut in half, into 6x12 rectangles and laying it in a brick pattern. We will have a mosaic strip of 2x2 honey onyx tiles about 2/3 of the way up. We're only doing the backsplash behind the range/under the vent hood, which is about 52" wide. I wish we could do it along the entire wall, but it's too expensive! I'll post pictures when we're all done. It will be awhile though. They are just pouring the foundation today. **

Wow, sounds fabulous! But now I've got to ask, why are you cutting down large tiles to 6 X 12 instead of using honey onyx subway tiles? Do the larger 6 x 12 tiles make the kitchen look larger (versus the 3 X 6 subway tiles) or something?

And subtle red lines really do grow on you, the onyx looks so gorgeous once it's in place. You can see the crystalline structures, waves, shading, and depth to the stone that's just brilliant, very warm and rich looking.

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clipped on: 10.15.2009 at 03:41 pm    last updated on: 10.15.2009 at 03:41 pm

RE: Show me your mini-brick backsplash... (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: linda-z on 01.15.2008 at 09:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine. It's honey onyx. Haven't grouted it yet. I will. Just can't figure out what color grout to use to keep it looking bright and rich!

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clipped on: 10.08.2009 at 11:06 pm    last updated on: 10.08.2009 at 11:07 pm

RE: Seal Verde Peacock? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: sterlingsilver on 04.05.2009 at 12:18 am in Kitchens Forum

How can I tell if it's already been sealed or not? If it's *not* sealed, does water still bead on the surface?

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clipped on: 04.05.2009 at 12:22 am    last updated on: 04.05.2009 at 12:22 am

What do you splurge on?

posted by: wjswe on 03.01.2009 at 10:28 pm in Money Saving Tips Forum

Our topics are always about how and what we save....but what is it that you will actually splurge on? What can you not live without??

I have to have my bottled water. The water here is gross and I do not like the filters that go in the fridge or the ones that you place on the sink. Now I mostly buy it by the gallon (usually the Wally World brand)but sometimes I buy the individual ones at Sam's.

What about you?

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clipped on: 03.16.2009 at 08:11 pm    last updated on: 03.16.2009 at 08:11 pm

Tsdiver's Almost Finished Kitchen w/ dumbwaiter & soapstone

posted by: tsdiver on 03.07.2009 at 02:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

So, you are probably wondering who is Tsdiver, right? Well, I was around here a long time ago. As a matter of fact, the kind folks here at the Kitchen Forum helped me design our kitchen. It was quite a thread! I can't thank you all enough!

This was a whole home remodel due to a flood, so it took quite some time to complete (actually, we are still not done yet). I don't know when I will actually finish the last bits, so I might as well post it now.

Unfortunately, I am also a member of the "tear down your backsplash" group. I was sick to my stomach over it, but once again, the good folks here at the Kitchen Forum, got me going in a better direction, and helped me complete a backsplash we just love! We still have a lot of little things left to do...decorate, molding pieces, etc.

This kitchen is upstairs above the garage. We use the manual dumbwaiter all the time!

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clipped on: 03.07.2009 at 10:22 pm    last updated on: 03.07.2009 at 10:23 pm

Kitchens the focus of Washington Post Home section

posted by: anne999 on 03.05.2009 at 11:48 am in Kitchens Forum

Numerous articles about kitchen design, inlcuding an article about an open plan chef's kitch and an article on Christopher Peacock kitchens. The weekly home chat has Peacock answering questions as well.

Here is a link that might be useful: Washington Post Home and Garden page

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clipped on: 03.06.2009 at 11:13 pm    last updated on: 03.06.2009 at 11:13 pm

Help with Ugly Kitchen

posted by: southernstitcher on 02.28.2009 at 11:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is very 70's. Floor is new, as is fridge and cooktop. 24" tiny wall oven is new enough.
What would you do with this? As I can't seem to post photos inside the message on this forum, I've included a link to the flickr album. There are left and right side photos as it's a galley kitchen. We can't do much else because instead of expanding the kitchen by using the adjoining dining room - we decided to keep it a dining room when we inherited lots of dining furniture that means a lot to us.
We did the floors when DH was insisting he wouldn't allow me to do ANYTHING else with the kitchen.
So, I have a carpenter who can rebuild or reface whichever I want. He is trying to talk me into building of course. He does beautiful work and could put a hard, furniture grade finish on them. He is suggesting that because if I have newly built, I could possibly change some of the kitchen layout to be a bit better. He suggested moving the fridge from where it is to the opposite end of the same side, and replace with countertop and cabinetry.

On the other side, do the same with the pantry (you can barely see it, it's on the other side of the cooktop). The pantry would go next to the wall oven, and the the junk area next to the wall oven would go. (We're going to rip that out regardless). Again, where the pantry is would be countertop. The lack of counter space next to the cooktop really took me aback when we bought this house. He can build a new wall oven unit to accomodate the 24" now, but a 27" in the future, which is a cool thing.
The opening where you see my kitty standing is the little doorway to the dining room. I don't want to close that in.

I do have a decorator coming, and intend to keep a rustic, country feeling overall. So, I'm not sure how cabinets finished like the Kitchen Maids I've seen would be very rustic. I like the exposed beams and other rustic molding on the wall. DH does not want painted cabinets, which is fine. But, I'm wondering if we're stuck keeping the same shade of finish to match the other wood?
So, just any suggestions please. What would you do with this kitchen? Is it hopeless? My budget is fairly flexible.
One other thing. The carpenter told me that the way these cabs are built they probably wouldn't withstand solid countertops. They are not solid boxes, in other words. I was debating between solid and formica. Not sure if granite is worth it in this neighborhood of starter 70's homes! But, we're here to stay. I'm so lost.....

Here is a link that might be useful: UGLY KITCHEN PHOTOS

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clipped on: 03.01.2009 at 11:42 pm    last updated on: 03.01.2009 at 11:43 pm

Emergency! Need backsplash ideas for Verde Butterfly Granite

posted by: skd2boys on 01.14.2009 at 08:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

HI, I keep changing my mind on backsplash for our kitchen. I need to give my final decision tomorrow. I have Dover White cabinets, Verde Butterfly countertops and creamy yellow color walls. (more cream) Simply irresistable by BM. I have one choice where the backsplash is all white with different textures. The other is more cream with yellow trim around the cooktop. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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clipped on: 03.01.2009 at 11:20 am    last updated on: 03.01.2009 at 11:21 am

bad flea problem. Advantage quit working

posted by: chinchette on 01.14.2009 at 11:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Oy. We have fleas. Applied Advantage and it is not working. Is anyone else having this problem with Advantgage? We are in Florida. We have a cold snap. still have fleas. I put down Borax on the rugs. I'm vacuuming a lot.

This has not occured before, that the fleas won't quit even with Advantage. I'm also feeding my dog garlic and brewer's yeast, and putting the latter on his coat.

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clipped on: 03.01.2009 at 11:18 am    last updated on: 03.01.2009 at 11:18 am

OT (sort of) What exactly is DirectBuy?

posted by: worldmom on 02.28.2009 at 09:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

I see commercials for DirectBuy all the time, and I'm wondering what it is and how it works. I get that it's some sort of a discount club, but is it worth it to be a part of it for smaller remodeling projects, or does it only pay off with building entire homes or something? Anybody want to clue me in?

This is all pure curiosity for me as I live in Montana and I see from the map on their ads that we are nowhere near a "showroom."

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clipped on: 03.01.2009 at 11:17 am    last updated on: 03.01.2009 at 11:17 am