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What did you like best/least

posted by: debr on 01.15.2007 at 07:41 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi everyone. We just finished a bath project and are about to start the planning stages for the kitchen remodel. In your collective experiences, what things did you like the best about your kitchen remodel and are "must haves" and what didn't work so well (if anything). Thanks, everyone.

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clipped on: 01.15.2007 at 10:28 pm    last updated on: 01.15.2007 at 10:29 pm

RE: Want to brag about how you saved money in your new kitchen? (Follow-Up #39)

posted by: stevia_ on 01.14.2007 at 11:37 am in Kitchens Forum

What I considered to be the greatest value for money spent was an efficient and beautiful kitchen designed just the way I would use it.

The best thing I ever did to save money, get more of exactly what I wanted, and avoid some expensive mistakes was join this group. I spent hours and hours over the course of several months before I even made one purchase.

I not only saved a lot of money on my purchases but I also avoided buying some things I thought I wanted. I also ended up with some very useful things I never even knew existed before (such as the NeverMT and steam ovens). I am very grateful for all the people here on this group.

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clipped on: 01.14.2007 at 11:39 am    last updated on: 01.14.2007 at 11:39 am

Farmhouse Kitchen Fans--new thread

posted by: abfab on 12.11.2006 at 06:46 am in Kitchens Forum

We are still working on our kitchen, in the gutted house, and I just wanted to throw some questions out for all you farmhouse kitchen fans. I'm not a true farmhouser, not having a true farmhouse--our house is a 100 year old gambrel roofed dutch colonial. It used to be three floors, two apartments and now it will be three floors, one house. The first floor will have a kitchen that is open through an square arch, to a dining room that will seat ten and might have some sofa space. I'm aiming for white shaker cabs, painted finish, with soapstone counters, a dropped marble baking area, and two big sinks, a bluestar stove (unless something makes me change my mind) and a big island with sink and prep area facing the dining room. I guess my question is is the kitchen going to be too starkly black and white? What would you all do with the backsplash? I'm afraid the classic white subways, even if rippled or detailed in some way, will look way too white considering that you will be looking into the kitchen from the dining room at all times.

abfab

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clipped on: 12.12.2006 at 12:21 pm    last updated on: 12.12.2006 at 12:22 pm

Le Creuset and the New York Times bread...pic

posted by: trailrunner on 12.11.2006 at 09:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just took it out of the oven. It is remarkable but it does work !

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The forum police censored us !!!!!

posted by: organic_donna on 12.03.2006 at 09:11 am in Kitchens Forum

Last night I returned from a long day at work and turned on my laptop. I was looking forward to reading the latest on mariposatriacionera's post on bathroom ettiquette. I know it was getting kind of gross, but it made for a good laugh. Poof, it was gone. I found it basically DOA at the conversations forum. I felt like we were five year olds being sent to the principal's office. I don't like being censored as long as the post is not offensive. What is the difference between mari's post and the posts about tipping the granite guy's or feeding your workers lunch?
I joined this forum to learn about kitchen's, and learn I did. I stay here to try and help other people. Sometimes a post comes up that veers a little off subject and I enjoy reading those posts too. I love to laugh and you guy's have made me laugh a lot. If all we do is answer questions about granite we may get bored and leave the forum. We all need a post that takes the stress of the remodel off our minds from time to time.
I just found out myself about the conversation side of this forum. That's where mari's post went.
I was debating about posting this topic, I don't want to start a big debate, but it botherd me that we were censored.
Donna

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clipped on: 12.03.2006 at 10:20 am    last updated on: 12.03.2006 at 10:20 am

organic donna's finished kitchen.....finally

posted by: organic_donna on 11.11.2006 at 09:16 am in Kitchens Forum


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FINALLY....my kitchen is finished. I owe it all to my friends at gardenweb. I didn't want to take up too much space, so I only put in a few pictures. It's really modern and I know it's different from what most people like. Thanks again for all of the advice.
Donna

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clipped on: 11.23.2006 at 03:35 am    last updated on: 11.23.2006 at 03:37 am

Part 1, since I have the time ~ long

posted by: maddiemom6 on 11.19.2006 at 09:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well I got a funny email from a forum member this evening. She/he expressed worry that I really did not have a kitchen I was redoing and perhaps I was hanging around the board because I was lonely! bwhwhahahaha. I took it as a hint that I needed to post up some photos.

Things have been slow over all since my dh had his heart-attack but the past few weeks have seen some progress so I shot some photos tonight. WARNING.. these photos have in no way been stylized.. and yes my kitchen is that messy right now :) thus is the nature of working on and using a kitchen all at the same time. Some things are just not pretty!

So here we go.... this is a view looking into the kitchen from the center staircase and keeping room. The floors are hardwood and will be painted just like in a traditional Summer Kitchen. The large open area in front of the baking island ( where the bench is) is where the kitchen table will go when I find something that works. the red work cart does not belong there. The fan is new and matched two others in the room. The old pot rack is going to go but only when I can find somehting to replace it with that has lighting. You can see the awful old wallpaper on huge sofit.. the sofit must stay but the wallpaper will come down this week.

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Moving right along as you walk into the kitchen and turn right you will see the very skinny kitchen staircase that goes to my sewing room and my husbands meditation loft. The blue cabinet is our family hub and holds chargers, kitchen sound system, phone books and the like. The stairs are going to be painted and the walls of the stair well are going to be papered in a most wonderful vintage waverly paper that I am going to use for the whole kitchen. Next to the hub you can see the old cooking chimney.. cool hu?

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Ok.. so if instead of going right you go left when you come into the kitchen you will run into my funky red jelly cupboard. It holds my pantry items, canned goods and dry snacks for the kids. The wall behind it will be papered. the dog is China, my Great Dane.

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So.. now you are facing left and into the butlers pantry and snack area. The French door with the awful glare leads out to our second story deck. You can see yet another ceiling fan and your first look at the lowest part of the vaulted bead board ceiling that was painted blue just this week. You can also see the new track spots that shine down on the work surface of the prep island. To the left in the photos are the 2 mini fridges. More about those in the next photo.

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This is a shot of the the BP wall. The two mini fridges are just off the floor at lowes but meet the needs to hold the kids breakfast and cold snack foods. Two bottom cabinets on either side hold cereal and other drinks that are stored till they go into the fridges. The broodie box wll be mounted to the wall after it is wallpapered. It will hold the cereal bowls and such. This area will also serve as buffet space when we have parties. The two tall cabinets are from England. The closer one serves as a broom closet and the further one holds homeschooling supplies.
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The next shot is from in the main prep space, to get oriented you can see the back french door and the broodie box. The half blue painted this is my main prep space. It has a sink in it to the far left and a raised hutched back. The pressed tin has been cut but it just leaning up there till I can get it sealed and put up. The middle space underneath with hold every day platters, casserole dishes and such. The far bottom will be covred but hinge up for long term storagen for chafing dishes and such.

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The next shot is head in to the main space.. you can see the range and the new vent overhead. The pipe will be covered when I get an idea of what I want to do. The windows will open in on side hinges and I am still undecided on what to do for a back splash. To the far right you can see the main storage in the kitchen. It is made from multiple military issue oak file boxes. It's huge and it's heavy but it holds a ton. Above that are the damily dishes on the open shelves with stationary windows above.

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So there you go.. the first half. Hopefull I will post up the second half of the kitchen in the next day or so!

Enjoy and feel free to ask questions. As you see and I do too!... we have a long way to go ub from the empty box and doing it all with cash we have gotten pretty far in the past year.

Maddie

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clipped on: 11.20.2006 at 09:04 pm    last updated on: 11.20.2006 at 09:05 pm

Kitchen/breakfast room curtain pics anyone?

posted by: catbird on 11.20.2006 at 10:12 am in Kitchens Forum

Most of the pictures in the finished kitchens blog were made as soon as the GC walked out the door and few show the total look with curtains, pictures on the wall, or other decorations. We'll have a wall of windows in our breakfast area and, to me, the reno won't be finished (and I can't eat breakfast in my nightgown) till I have something on them. In fact, I'm thinking that finding (but not necessarily buying) a fabric I love for curtains might help me make decisions about other things.

If you've hung curtains in your finished kitchen/BR, please post pictures of them. We'd love to see your ideas. Thanks.

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clipped on: 11.20.2006 at 11:54 am    last updated on: 11.20.2006 at 11:55 am

Show me your drawer dividers for dishes

posted by: njmom on 11.12.2006 at 11:11 am in Kitchens Forum

For those of you who store dishes in drawers, would you please post pix. I have approx. 31 1/2" X 24" drawers (inside space) and I'm perplexed as how to keep dishes in them without slippage. Many thanks.

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clipped on: 11.12.2006 at 11:21 am    last updated on: 11.20.2006 at 10:31 am

RE: Part 1, since I have the time ~ long (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: stevia_ on 11.20.2006 at 10:06 am in Kitchens Forum

I love, love, love what you are doing. PS I love your cat, what a great cat.

After the fake opulance of the 90s, the geese of the 80s, and the hideous (fill in the blank) of the 70s, I too am ready to return to the simple, functional, and beautiful southern kitchen where practicality reigns supreme, right after a good sense of humor. The brooders are fantastic, the use of colored cabinets heartwarming.

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clipped on: 11.20.2006 at 10:08 am    last updated on: 11.20.2006 at 10:09 am

Should we worry. . .health issues?

posted by: vedazu on 11.13.2006 at 10:10 am in Kitchens Forum

I recently took notice of the fact that I a lot of serious grunge had collected under the very slight overhang on my undermounted sink. I got in there with a toothbrush and tried to splash some bleach in the crevices. The same day, someone had posted pictures of dogs being bathed in their large single sinks, and babies, as well. Sorry, I've got to say that e-coli and parasites do not belong in the kitchen sink, but that's maybe my personal squeamishness. From a scientific point of view, is this safe? Do these critters and pathogens just die after a short period? One doesn't ordinarily prepare food in a bathtub, so we needn't be concerned, but what precautions are necessary to go from dog's behinds in the kitchen sink to preparing a raw salad?

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clipped on: 11.20.2006 at 09:21 am    last updated on: 11.20.2006 at 09:24 am

Is Home click still a no-no?

posted by: mariposatraicionera on 10.23.2006 at 01:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

I had read some bad reviews about this company, but I've been checking out their prices on many items, and see they're giving 10% off and no tax! I did call my plumbing supply company and other places to see if they'd match these prices, but of course they won't, so I'm wondering...is it worth taking the risk to shop at HC?

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clipped on: 10.26.2006 at 01:26 am    last updated on: 11.12.2006 at 11:46 am

Before drywall, what electrical needs did we miss?

posted by: rosie on 10.05.2006 at 07:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Or, what are you glad you put in beyond the usual basics? I really need to post this one for other rooms, too. We've always had old homes with an outlet (or two when we were lucky), in each room and a light hanging from the ceiling, and my eyes are crossing trying to figure out what we haven't thought of for now and future needs before the drywall goes up. Any and all suggestions would be very gratefully received.

Our kitchen has: Coffee, toaster and microwave counter beside the fridge, which will have TV over it. Pantry storage wall with broom closet. Prep island with prep sink. L-shaped main counter holding sink/DW, cooktop/oven, and secondary prep area (small appliances used here). Phone and cookbook (laptop dump site?) shelves finishing off lower cabinets of main counter. Banquette seating with table. Thanks.

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clipped on: 11.12.2006 at 11:42 am    last updated on: 11.12.2006 at 11:43 am

Where do you feed your pets and hide your pet food???

posted by: stevia_ on 10.25.2006 at 11:52 am in Kitchens Forum

I am getting to the wire where I need to make a decision over this one. This is one of the main reasons why I wanted a remodel. I had originally been happy with just a storage place for those huge bags, but now I really don't want to see have the bowls out on the floor to kick around.

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clipped on: 10.26.2006 at 01:18 am    last updated on: 11.12.2006 at 11:22 am

Traditional work triangle-not

posted by: paulines on 11.04.2006 at 03:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

In my mind, the tradition fridge-sink-range work triangle is highly overrated. I much prefer the fridge on the fringe of the kitchen space (with easy accesibility to seating, the DR & FR). I feel it's far more efficient to keep kids & guests out of my *real* work area (sink-prep counter-range) and have to take a few extra steps to retrive cold storage items.

Your thoughts???

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RE: Water Purification Systems (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: frankie40 on 06.08.2006 at 05:15 pm in Appliances Forum

I just installed an Aquasana purification system, and I don't know enough to know if it's better or worse than the others mentioned here. However, the manufacturer claims it's won a "best buy" award from Consumer's Digest for the past 3 years. Here is the website:

http://www.aquasanausa.com

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RE: Water Purification Systems (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: reddart67 on 06.07.2006 at 08:45 pm in Appliances Forum

A GE merlin RO system is better than just about any system with a tank.

Here is a link that might be useful: Google: GE merlin

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RE: Water Purification Systems (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: msrevise on 06.07.2006 at 12:10 pm in Appliances Forum

I bought this system from plumbingsupply.com; it's made by American Plumber. I wanted something that would filter out chlorine as well as bacteria. However, it won't be hooked up for another week or so.

http://www.plumbingsupply.com/filters.html

Scroll down toward the bottom and you'll see undersink water filter systems listed in a box. I bought my own faucet separately.

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vintage on a budget?

posted by: lhf79 on 10.03.2006 at 07:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

We REALLY need to remodel a very bad 1960's remodel the kitchen in our "new" 1925 English tudor cottage. My dream kitchen includes painted (slightly off white) inset cbainets,a farmhouse sink, beaded board or subway tiled backsplashes, soapstone counters, glass knobs, bin pulls and of course an "invisible" refrigerator. Then I come back to reality and look at the bank acount..ugh!! Any suggestions for pulling off a vintage feel kitchen at a more modest price point? Alternate suggestions for my wish list? I am open to any and all suggestions. I'd REALLY appreciate photos of any vintage remodels. Thanks!!!

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This thread has some links for vintage items.
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Does anyone know where to find this?

posted by: bcinderella on 09.30.2006 at 02:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

I LOVE the Texashottie kitchen. I am trying to find a "similar" item of the wrought iron piece she has over her cooktop. I have searched the web like crazy. Any ideas?
Thanks!
Cinderella

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