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RE: Cabinet Hardware (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: buehl on 05.09.2008 at 10:10 am in Kitchens Forum

I agree with Ccoombs, "builder grade" is usually cheap quality. Try some of these sites that others have used for some of the better knobs & pulls, their prices are usually pretty good... (hardware index)

eBay in general once you know what brand/design you want...e.g., Sonoma Hardware (eBay store)

For some unique or unusual knobs & pulls (not necessarily inexpensive!):



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OMG, I Finally have progress--cabinets!

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 03.06.2014 at 09:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

After watching everyone's progress and waiting and waiting for something to show...I finally have my cabinets in.

Island (Imagine my marble hood on that back wall!!):
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Pantry in that doorway:
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That hopefully will look like this soon:
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They need to paint those dividers in the pantry white...don't like the wood color. There are a few imperfections, but they will fix all that. Our cabinet company, Precision Cabinets, is really good about making everything perfect. Woo hoo!!

Here are some gratuitous pics of bathrooms because I love them so much:
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RE: Time to shop for under- and in-cabinet lighting (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: gooster on 10.29.2013 at 09:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

Most people tend to mount the UCL towards the front, so the light shines down directly over the work area.

I used LED bars (Designer Series) from InspiredLED. You can email them your cabinet layout and they will send you a design and quotation. They can be interconnected via ROMEX in the walls, reducing the number of transformers required. My quotation was 1/3 the cost of the local lighting specialist.

Some manufacturers make LED light bars with integral transformers/drivers (direct wire).


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RE: magnetic board, white board behind cabinet door? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: SadieV on 03.27.2013 at 09:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

I did a type of utility/broom cabinet where we lined the doors with magnetic markerboard. Once the size of the doors was determined, I ordered the board online from US Markerboard -- they cut it to size. The cabinet maker framed it out on the inside of the doors. I don't remember where I got the idea from, but my cabinet maker hadn't done anything like that before that either. Since then, though, he has used the idea a few times. We lined the back of the cabinet with pegboard so everything can be moved around if necessary. Love the magnetic markerboard. It puts the clutter out of sight.


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RE: undercabinet lighting for open shelving? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: Caspian101 on 10.29.2012 at 06:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just completed LED strip lighting that would work in your shelves. The gear is from superbrightleds. It is very DIY - solding wires onto LED light strips, routing groves into the underside of cabinets etc. but the results are great. The lighting is warm, bright and dimmable. I used a 12 V system and the 1/8 deap aluminum inset track with frosted covers.
You would be able to do with with open shelving and the lights would be virtually invisible.


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RE: Finished Kitchen - 20 pounds of sand in a 10 pound bucket (Follow-Up #42)

posted by: mamadadapaige on 10.29.2012 at 05:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

thank you all again! sayde, i know you aren't on GW all the time so glad you saw this and like it! you were very helpful to me in many ways including moral support. thanks!

bee, I am north of Boston - there seem to be a few of us up here including chris11895, oldbat2be, boxerpups and more I'm sure. If you're ever in the area, please come by.

Amanda, Re: the barndoor. My contractors routed out a channel in the bottom of the door and then recessed and screwed a mounting plate with a bracket that keeps the door from rocking back and forth or scraping. I will post a picture - the picture shows the bracket with the door all the way open. They did trim out the opening - I had them make the top trim on the other doors and windows about 1/4" deeper to make it stand out but on this particular door that would have worked against us so the top piece is only a smidge deeper. Even still with the way the hardware mounts to the door, there was a gap such that you could see into the basement stairwell. My carpenters added a piece of wood along the back of the door so that it makes the door thicker along the edge so there isn't a gap. I will show a picture of this as well... if you look closely you can see the line where the door ends and the applied bit of wood begins.

The hardware came from the barndoor hardware company. I have the standard flat track. it comes in 2' incremental lengths and your contractors cuts it down on site. I think I could a 6' track and they cut a bit off. The door glides like silk. I am very happy with the functionality of it and most especially since it allowed seating at the peninsula without a door opening and closing behind you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Barn Door


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sink installation photos (Follow-Up #52)

posted by: ship4u on 05.05.2012 at 08:20 am in Kitchens Forum



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RE: Antique/ Vintage Farmers Sink (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: nutherokie on 04.30.2012 at 05:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Kamkar2006,

I used a 1920s Kohler double-basin farm sink in my new construction kitchen. It's still...still...still not finished, but here's a shot to give you an idea how we used it. Also, do a search for Arlosmom. She has a gorgeous double drain-board (if I remember correctly)farm sink in her vintage kitchen. It seems like there are others, but I can't recall the names.

no toe kick


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RE: Farrow & Ball paint on kitchen cabinets (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: rococogurl on 05.15.2010 at 04:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

greenlola. Corona brushes and those skinny 4" rollers for the flat surfaces. Sand smooth + a good primer (Fresh Start works well) and then 2 coats. The paint is clay-based so it has excellent hiding qualities. I love the surface. Here's a b&a with my kitchen using Dauphin and Stony Ground.

Here is a link that might be useful: Before & After - Dauphin


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RE: Breezy- thanks for your storage idea (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: breezygirl on 04.05.2012 at 12:06 am in Kitchens Forum

Susie--I used dozens of the smaller TCT4 tin. I have a row of the larger TCT8 in the back for spices I use a considerable amount of like chili powder and cinnamon or that are bulkier like bay leaves and star anise pods.

TCT4 hold 4 oz, which is about the same as a regular-sized spice jar. I buy almost all of my spices in bulk now so that was less of a consideration. My still-packed label maker is a Brother p-touch.


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RE: ok, I've figured it out (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mamma_dukes on Thu, Mar 29, 12 at 0:08 in Kitchens Forum

I give up, time for bed!
Another view, Uploaded with Snapbucket


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RE: Design: please help me style my kitchen! (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: CEFreeman on 03.24.2012 at 02:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

You might have read me moan over beaded inset cabinets. They absolutely call my name. Or maybe they moan back at me.

I think you can move in this direction without being raped on door prices. Something to consider: They make doors with a beaded edge that can be inset so mimic the beaded inset look. has a square beaded door here, and a rounded bead here. I'm considering the latter with the style of the drawer. No stiles and rails, just the beaded w/ a flat panel.

I'm also looking at the Cabinet at their CRP-10334, their Windham, and their 1439.

So if you're buy doors, there are some options right there to get the cleaner, inset look. gives GREAT instructions on how to measure.

I love the monochrome look of that beautiful blue kitchen. I agree that taking off some of the upper doors and continuing the color would help you move in that design direction.

I can see a sleek, stainless farm sink as mentioned, but the bigger chunky ones would disrupt the line. I would also consider a wood or paneled hood in the same color.

Is your granite in that neutral color? Those lights can be had. I even still have a page up from another thread here.

I think achieving the look isn't all that far off. It's just "adjusting" your nonnegotiables.


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RE: Splashing Issue with Farm/Apron Sinks?? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rococogurl on 03.25.2012 at 03:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's some info from a Kohler expert that should help you figure out whether the sink and faucet will work well together.

Here is a link that might be useful: Why Kitchen Faucets Splash


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RE: Lascatx or other Whitehaus Metrohaus owners (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: Angie_DIY on Wed, Mar 28, 12 at 1:08 in Kitchens Forum

Detroit! So good to hear from you! Oui, mon amie. Il est meilleur, bien sur! Thanks for remembering me and checking in.

Well, more pix? I suppose it is okay to highjack one's own thread. Did you see the DIY soapstone countertops thread? (

Going back a little farther, I posted a thread with progress pix. (Linked below, and here:

And here is one from the appliances forum (

I will spare you: here is the money shot:

I put in cabinet doors and drawers today. I can't post pix of those before the big reveal! (Unfortunately, I will be going on a work assignment for 2 mos. starting Sunday. I was so close to finishing, but it will have to wait. I am very happy though.)

Hi, Susie. I don't know your project, I must confess. Do you have a thread to point me to? I am not sure that I am "moving right along." I am on month 10 already! But, yes, DIY goes slowly, no? I am sure it will be worth it for you in the end. Best of luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: Progress


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RE: Show me your walk-in pantry lighting (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: mtnrdredux on 11.30.2011 at 04:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Andi K,

My wood counter is about 12" deep, and the shelf is 11 1/4. Some photos below.

One of my fave things is the swinging door ( which stays open too if you prefer).

Head on:


PhotobucketRight (freezer drawers on bottom)


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RE: Lighting (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: TorontoTim on 09.16.2011 at 11:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm liking our 4" lights installed in our 9 foot ceilings. I've put 23 of them on my main floor/kitchen at this point.

Contraste Lighting CA2000D retrofit cans with T2000 trims (nice Made in Canada lights - not Chinese junk from Home Depot - buy your lighting from an electrical supply place).

Our under/in cabinet lighting is dimmable LED pucks - 1.75" holes. I also used them above the window and sink. Got them through LED Lighting Canada in Edmonton for $24 each I think. Less than many places. Don't get suckered into $100 LED pucks.

LED was a must in my mind given the heat of Xenon and I didn't want florescent.






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RE: Your refrigerator area pic's (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: alku05 on 06.03.2011 at 01:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine:




The cabinet that borders the hallway opens towards the hallway so it is a wide but shallow cabinet rather than narrow and deep. It's also 27" so that the standard depth fridge is fully inset. The cabinet over the fridge is a standard 24" deep one, but the space behind it is built out so it's flush with the others. The narrow cabinet by the corner is used as a broom closet.


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RE: Looking for floor and fireplace tile ideas. (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: boxerpups on 05.26.2011 at 09:36 am in Kitchens Forum

Here are some ideas....















Porcelain Floor tile called Saturnia

Daltile Ceramic Continental Slate color

Armstrong Tile floors
Now for fireplace ideas....







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New creamy white cabinets

posted by: paulineinmn on 03.26.2011 at 09:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just got my upper cabinets painted and thought I'd post a section of the cabinets to share the color. I've read a lot on GW about different whites - it is hard to find one that is just right! I was looking for an off-white that would give a vintagey, period feel to the cabinets, like they were put in back when the house was built (1911).

We used the new BM Advance paint (waterborne - a new alkyd that goes on like oil but cleans up with soap and water, has low VOCs, and is not supposed to yellow). The color is BM Aura "Paper Mache" and we're really happy with the results. The color really pulls the veining out of the soapstone.

These photos are at night, with just a couple bare bulbs in the kitchen. In daylight, especially late afternoon, the paint takes on a creamier (but still not too yellow) look.

Next week the doors go on and I'll post more photos!


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RE: Calling All Copper Heads! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: allison0704 on 11.03.2010 at 05:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been a copper lover since 1988. We used a copper pipe for stairway handrail in our last home. Also kitchen curtain rods.

Like Chefneil, mine runs through out the house and starts outside:

Pots between garage doors:

Copper cupola, gutters, downspouts and dormer roofs:

Front door lantern:

We even clad the chimney in copper (HVAC company did it) and the chimney cap:

From the Atticmag house tour, sliding panels over great room TV:

Range hood:

Pine hutch backsplash:

Coffee station sink and faucet:

Powder room sink:

Laundry room backsplash, sink and faucet:

Sconces on upper back veranda:

Copper pots on FP hearth and mantel, lower level den:

Head/footboard inserts (DS guest room):

Tray (I decoupaged the old leases on the tray):

Several light fixtures and sconces either have copper color accents or look like copper, but are not "real" copper. Several accessories are copper, but one of my favorites is this birdhouse:

Here is a link that might be useful: house tour


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RE: Show me your hoods....and the knick knacks. (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: boxerpups on 10.28.2010 at 09:36 am in Kitchens Forum

shame shame shame on me, not for the hood porn but for the
dreaded K and K word.

For my punishment... Here is more hood porn.

Galzed Kitchen Cabinets


CLX kitchens


Vintage Brick



Decor Happy Blog




Precision Cabinet Trim

Metropolitan Marble Baltic Granite


Francoise Hoods



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RE: Show me your hoods....and the knick knacks. (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: boxerpups on 10.27.2010 at 05:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hoods? Did anyone say Hood Eye Candy? Or has some GW
once said Hood Porn?

Here are a few favorites. I hope they help you with your
knic, knacs.


Tianon Hood by Francoise

Gwyneed Valley

Camille Garro

Revival Kitchen

Corner Stone Builder

Gurte Kitchen

Burman Cab

Chris Russell of Boston Area Cabinet maker
Hood CLose up


Newlywed diaries blog

Between naps on the porch blog


Brooke Giannetti
Vintage Brick

I have more hood porn.
Hope these help, if not I will post more later.
I am off to my book club. And I sure wish it were
a book on kitchens. : ) Be back later.


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RE: Baking center in two places? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: rhome410 on 10.07.2010 at 11:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I guess you could say I have what you're talking about. My official 'baking center' is across the aisle from one side of my island. The KA mixer sits on the counter, and is used there. The flour, sugar, flavorings, etc. are in the cabinets above. In the cabinets below are measuring spoons/cups, rubber spatulas, baking pans. In the island, where I do kneading, rolling out, and putting things in pans, I have my bread mixer, bread pans, cake decorating tools and cookie cutters. But I think of it as one baking cetner, it just happens to be on both sides of me when I'm in that aisle. :-)


These photos are a little old. Since then, I turned the bottom left cabinet into vertical baking sheet storage, so have pie and cake pans in the bottom drawer...So those things swapped spaces. I also moved the tea from the upper cabinet and have more room for extra baking supplies.




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RE: Calling Shelly_K.... Pantry plans? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: shelly_k on 09.30.2010 at 05:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can wall:
*shelves are 4 inches deep and 8 1/2 inches tall, starting at 18 inches from bottom. (I have 9 foot ceilings in here.)

*Bottom two lower shelves from all the way around are at 18 inches and 36 inches from floor and they are 12 inches deep.

Baking shelves:
*Start at 54 inches from floor. Bottom baking shelf (where Crisco is) is 9 inches deep. Above that where cake mixes are is 6 inches deep. Bottom two baking shelves are 8 inches high and top two baking shelves are 7 inches tall.

To the left of baking mixes:
*bottom shelf where oats is is 13 inches tall. Two shelves above are 9 inches tall and all three shelves are 9 inches deep.

Where pasta is:
15 inches tall and 10 inches deep. Two shelves below pasta are 9 inches tall.

22 inches deep and at 36 inch height as is the snack shelf where cookies are and stuff. (I wanted snacks and cereal within kids' reach).

Shelves above counter:
11 inches tall and 12 inches deep.

Let me know if you need any other measurements! The top shelf around my pantry is at 88 inches from the floor which is the tallest I can get something up there on my tippy toes. (I am 5'8").



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RE: Finally - Final Kitchen Pictures (Follow-Up #65)

posted by: lucretzia on 09.27.2010 at 10:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

susied3 -
Hardware is Amerock Revitalize satin nickel (liked the depth of the handles).
Oxford Cabinet Shop will paint their cabinets from a range of manufacturers so I was able to choose Sherman-Williams Creme SW7556.


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RE: Walnut Island top used as cutting board - photos & finish det (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: petestein1 on 09.16.2010 at 09:24 am in Kitchens Forum

MyThreeSonsNC... The island is actually 100" long (8'4") and 50" wide (4'2") -- not the 8' x 4' I previously mentioned -- and indeed, the boards run the entire length of the island. And yes, they're pretty wide too -- 7" on average.

Have I had any problems with warping, curving, cupping... anything like that? Not at all. I think it helps quite a bit though that the boards are a full 1 5/8" thick (the edge has a bevel on the bottom so it doesn't appear quite as a thick to the human eye.

Also, the boards are edge glued the entire length of the island and doweled together quite frequently I imagine. Floorboards that have cupping problems are rarely edge glued at all, let alone the entire length.

Finally, you say you don't know where to draw the line -- I'd encourage to make sure the island top is made by someone you like and trust and decide through a conversation with them. If they're worth your money they'll stand by their work and come back to fix any problems.

AlabamaMommy, you ask where I got the beeswax. I used Liberon brand beeswax that came in 200 gram solid bars (not the paste or liquids -- they already have additives). It turns out to be the same stuff my cabinet maker used for the initial batch. I'm pretty sure I got mine from Amazon but a quick Google search turns up tons of sources.

I think that answers all the new questions. Keep 'em coming!



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Walnut Island top used as cutting board - photos & finish details

posted by: petestein1 on 09.14.2010 at 01:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Almost two years ago I contributed to some posts about using my island top as a cutting board and got some helpful advice. I thought I'd post an update.

As part of a full renovation our kitchen island got a nice beefy top made of black walnut. Even though everyone thought I was nut, I said I wanted to use part of it as a cutting board. After all, it's a kitchen, not a museum. With that in mind, I had to come up with a food-safe finish for it. What I chose, based on advice here, was nothing more than a hand-rubbed application of mineral oil and bees wax.

I'm happy to report that it's been over a year and everything's gone great. First, the island looks great. Everyone comments on it the moment they see it.

Second, using it as a cutting board has worked out quite well. The wood is more than hard enough to stand up to my knives. Not having to get out a cutting board, and then keep all my chopped whatever on the cutting board as I work... it makes life so much easier. For those who told me I needed to do something akin to butcher-block -- making the island top out of end-grain... well, you were incorrect. End-grain would have been harder no doubt but the walnut is more than hard enough. And worst case? I break out a power sander and 1/64" of an inch later my island would be in immaculate condition.

No doubt, the knife leaves marks in the wood. But the wood is "busy" enough that you can only see them if you go looking for them and your eye is within 12" or so of the counter (photos below).

Oh, for those worried about food safety, I still don't get raw meat on the counter (though I think it would be fine as long as I cleaned up with soap and water afterwards). And we don't chop anything "stinky" like garlic or onion though we do work with other aromatics like rosemary and thyme. 15 months later and the counter has no odor of any kind.

Third, the finish. I was worried about this but in the end it's been fine. I melted some furniture-grade beeswax on the stove, added mineral oil (about 2 parts oil to 1 part wax) and let is solidify into a semi-hard paste. I rub it in, let it stand (sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes overnight), and then I buff it out.

At first I was doing this every few weeks but now I only do it every 2 months or so. I could probably stand to do it a bit more often in the quadrant I use as a cutting board, but, well, you know, life gets in the way.

For the first 6 months or so if you left a wet glass on the counter for more than a few hours we were getting drink rings. I had to lightly sand those out and rewax. But now we seem to have a deep enough coating that we haven't had a drink ring -- or any mark of any kind -- for over 6 months.

How do I clean it? A soapy sponge. Simple as that.

Ready for photos? Ok, here's the island as whole:

Take a good look at the image above. Can you see where I've prepared over 100 meals? You know -- the section where I've sliced up thousands of peppers and cucumbers and apples and peaches and melons and tomatoes and potatoes and celery and carrots and parsnips, etc, etc?

Okay, the "cutting board" area is the left side of the island, from the bottom of the photo to the sink. That 25% of the island is the designated "cutting board" section.

Yes, the board closest to the left of the photo has a lot of lines in it, but those aren't knife marks, that's "tiger-striping" in the wood -- I chose that board for there on purpose in case I needed camouflage for knife marks.

Ok, ready for a close-up of the knife marks? This photo was taken from about 8 inches away:

...looks like a cutting board, doesn't it? ;-)

So what problems do I have? Well, we have a lot of friends and cook a lot of meals together, People like to help. Once they get past the "What??! I can cut right on the counter???!?" moment I have two problems.

First, it's hard to keep them in the designated 25% that I use as a cutting board. Yes, the knife marks are subtle enough that they could probably work anywhere but I still haven't let go.

Second, these same people occasionally use a bread knife that can take some comparatively pretty big chunks out of the top. This has only happened once or twice, and with a coat of wax the marks pretty much disappear. But still, it's stressful.

Bottom line? I strongly encourage people to explore using an island top as cutting board. Second, a food-safe finish is easy! Third, I love my new kitchen. :-)


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RE: Copper Farmhouse Sinks: Rounded or Flat apron??? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: prill on 08.30.2010 at 03:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

I didn't do a copper sink, but I did retrofit an existing cabinet for a fireclay apron front sink. Here is the support system my carpenter added.




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RE: Kitchen layout Help Please! (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: parislove on 07.30.2010 at 09:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

I installed Rev a shelf drawer pull outs on our lower cabinets a couple months ago and that is where all the non drinking dishes are. I like it much better than having dishes in upper cabinets. It is MUCH easier to get & put away dishes.

The cabinet for glasses is still above the dishwasher. The function of the island is mostly prep and place to sit and eat/talk. Husband likes the island for free prep space which is why we didn't put main sink or cooktop there.

I am unsure about the butler's pantry. We mostly just put it their at the builder's suggestion. It isnt anything I'm excited about, but unsure how to use the space so we still have walkway to dining. We are VERY excited about walk in pantry.

I am considering repocating the windows to have a more functional kitchen. I've been looking at pictures of kitchens to find something else that I can LOVE! I did find this and thought maybe three arch windows in a row along the exterior wall would look just as nice.


I also found an inspiration picture similar to my inspiration picture!!


Isn't it gorgeous?? Oh, we are planning on having dark cabinets/white walls, which is another reason why we are looking for lots of sunlight in the kithcen (plus, I LOVE natural light in my living space).

Lots to think about!!


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Thank you for my kitchen! (Long, lots of pics)

posted by: jsweenc on 07.05.2010 at 02:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

Start: Jan. 19, 2010
Finish: July 5, 2010

It is not an exaggeration to say that this kitchen is a result of GWs collective wisdom. I did not ask that many questions but I gleaned untold amounts of information from searches and reading and participating in others threads and revisiting the FKB every time I had a new detail to conquer.

There are so many of you who have a good eye for the big picture as well as details when looking at layouts; and even more impressive and appreciated is that you take the time to walk each person through with honest, detailed feedback and encouragement. Thank you for looking so consistently at all the posts requesting help. rhome and buehl come to mind immediately -- I know there are others who do that as well and I am sorry for not remembering everyone to acknowledge.

Many others have kitchens posted to the FKB that gave me great inspiration, answers to questions and solutions to problems. You were a huge help and didn't know it, and I wish I could list every single one of you! (Many of these were not white shaker inset kitchens.)

Special thanks to jrueter for counter help and encouragement, among other things -- aside from the layout itself, that was one of my biggest challenges.

It feels good to be finished, and now I hope I can start to give back a fraction of what I received. Thank you to everyone!

DW - Bosch
Like - Gets dishes clean
Dont like - Plastics are wet in am unless I leave the door ajar; door catch is already broken, door won't stay halfway open (should be covered under warranty)
Hood - VAH PRH18, 36", 350 cfm (wish I had gotten more, salesman talked us out of it)
Fridge - Whirlpool Gold french door
Range - Electrolux Induction slide-in; still learning it but love it so far
MW - Sharp

Tar River Custom Cabinets, Creedmoor, NC, white inset with Blum glides
Like - Looks, the 30" and 36" drawer bases
Dont like - Not as much useable space with inset; drawer glides dont all work smoothly

Counters -
Leathered Impala Black, 3 cm, 3" radius corners, 1" radius corners, no radius
Love - Easy to keep clean, dont show fingerprints, just the color I was looking for in a matte finish (didnt want shiny)
Dont like - sink reveal is not uniform, slightly negative in most places (I asked for flush, was told that slope of sink prevented exact flush but in one area its actually positive, one its flush, so sink is not set in perfectly; not being picky and preferring to have it finished, I am leaving it alone)
Supplier - Daltile
Fabricator - The Countertop Factory, Raleigh NC

Wood counter - Walnut edge grain, classical edge minus one bead from; finished for non-food use

Sinks - Blanco Silgranit in Anthracite ordered from
Clean up - BlancoDiamond Super Single (drop in) 33"
Prep - BlancoPrecis Large (undermount) 24"
Like - Looks, size, location, maintenance
Faucets - Delta Leland 978 (Main) 9978 (Prep) (ordered from
Like - Looks, function, ease of use

Hardware - Amerock
Like - Looks, feel
Dont like - One set of cup pulls, on my one deep drawer, were not placed well but it was too late by the time I saw it

Pendants - Edison by Hudson Valley, with glass # D12 (~$600 total for 3 pendants)
Like - Looks, adjustable length
Tracks - WAC

Paint - Timberlake Painting, Mickey Smith
Kitchen walls - BM Quiet Moments (LR walls @ 50% formula of QM)
Laundry walls - Valspar Safari Beige
Garage hall walls - Valspar Oatbran (on same strip as Safari Beige)
Trim, ceiling, etc - White gloss (dont know color, just agreed with painter to do white)

Floors - red oak, refinished with oil-based poly satin finish

Windows - Monarch double casement

Backsplash - Adex Neri White 3x6 beveled subway tiles, 1/2 round liners

Trash pullout, tall pan divider

Sweeby Test
warm or cool, tranquil and soothing or energetic and vibrant? calm, happy, dramatic?
Cool, tranquil, soothing, calm

cozy or spacious? light and bright or dark and rich?
Open, spacious, light, bright

subtle tone-on-tone, boldly colorful, textured?, woody or painted?
Simple, unobtrusive, painted (maybe not exactly subtle but not bold, overstated colors)

modern, traditional, vintage, rustic, artsy, retro, Old World, Arts & Crafts, Tuscan?
Backdrop rather than focal point, no particular theme, time period or style to stand out (vintage would be closest but not overtly so)

elegant, casual? sleekly simple, elaborately detailed, or somewhere in between?
Casual, simple (not sleek), understated touches of elegance, but not be intimidating

pristine or weathered, professional or homey?
Simple, summer cottage; Clean (pristine?), homey

whimsical, sophisticated, accessible, romantic? masculine or feminine?
Accessible, maybe a touch of whimsy and zing (in decorative elements); Neither overly masculine nor feminine (functional, clean straight lines for ease of construction, with a few rounded edges to soften)

How much zing? and where?
Quiet, unobtrusive but a breath of fresh air so when people walk in, invites but does not distract from fellowship

I've been saying "I really like my kitchen". DH was surprised that I wasn't saying "I love my kitchen". That's because it wasn't truly finished and clean until today when we got everything hung and most everything put away (still a few very minor things to do). So as of today, I can say "I LOVE my kitchen". I also LOVE my utility room just as much!

We are not completely finished with the house; we plan to add to the front to expand the LR and add a MBR. With the kitchen construction, we were all crammed into a small room together during the day, but with the addition, we have a refuge with our new kitchen.

View 1
Photobucket Photobucket
Still need a piece of molding on either end to cover up the holes made to install Plugmold, which I couldn't stand and had replaced with Sillites

View 2

View 3

View 4


Mudroom Photobucket

Baskets - World Market
Bag - Belvah, custom embroidered by
Shelf - salvaged from 200 yo house DH bought for office
Hooks - Pier 1 Imports

Pantry Photobucket
Countertop and pullout shelves recycled from previous kitchen
Upper shelves built by carpenter

Laundry from kitchen


Laundry toward kitchen


Communication center and laundry shelving
4" shelves built by carpenter
Upper box shelves - Pottery Barn Outlet
Calendars, etc -
Fabric boxes - World Market, Target

Here is a link that might be useful: Photobucket link


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RE: Those of you with long pulls... (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: theanimala on 03.29.2010 at 09:30 am in Kitchens Forum

eks6426, thanks for the compliment on the horizontal door handles.

rtorgy1, as eks6426 commented we have our handles horizontally. DH thought I was crazy when I said I wanted them that way but even he agrees now it was a great choice. It is not unnatural to open at all and it looks different, which is what we wanted. Here's a quick picture showing the drawers and doors, all horizontal.



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RE: Change of plans...literally (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: homeagain on 03.25.2010 at 03:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

I wanted to thank everyone for the responses. The last few weeks have been busy and I just managed to work on this again. I've incorporated your responses and came up with the following floor plan...
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I am considering distressed cherry for the coffee bar and sink base, as well as the dishwasher fronts. A blue/green/gray with brown glaze for the island and laundry. And a soft white for the remaining kitchen cabinets.

The color scheme...
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RE: Change of plans...literally (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: homeagain on 03.10.2010 at 03:28 pm in Kitchens Forum


Thank you! I can't believe you took the time to do that. I spent last night drawing elevations after all the advice and came up with something very similar to what you have for the perimeter cabinets.

Our table is a 48" square antique farm table so it would meet bmore's suggestions for space clearance. We currently have 5 ft from the table edge to each side wall and 3 ft from the table to the back wall and 3 ft to the island edge. I'm guessing I can wait until it is framed out and then decide. I could always just use the back of the fireplace as a focal point and have it completely covered in stone on all sides.

We have 3 children. The oldest leaves for college this fall and the middle child does competition sports and trains 5 days a week 3.5 hours a day. So, for the most part it is only the youngest and myself at home. I do all of the cooking and DH helps with clean-up.

I like the idea of the table pushed up against the island rather than permanently attached, but our current table would not be substantial enough to pull this off. It may be time for a new table!

Anyway here are my elevations...If you'll remember from my earlier thread I am leaning toward a combination of three cabinet colors; white, blue/green/gray, and stained wood.

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Change of plans...literally

posted by: homeagain on 03.08.2010 at 09:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

I spent about 6 months working on the plans for our new home since I couldn't find the perfect floorplan online.

Several months ago I started requesting bids from builders who advertised as design/build, so that they would be able to turn my drawings into actual working plans.

My first two bids came in over budget by $40-$75000. We are determined not to have a jumbo rate mortgage so it is very important to come in on budget. The builder I am currently working with pointed out right away, after looking at my drawings, that by deleting some corners and making simple roof lines that we could save some money.

So, back to the drawing board. The kitchen was affected the most. By deleting the bumped out breakfast room I had before and moving the kitchen wall all the way to the left to line up with the garage we were able to delete several corners and simplify the roof.

Here is the kitchen side of my new plan. The breakfast room will not have as much light as previously, but we plan to have 3 or 4 windows over the sink and french doors in the breakfast room. I moved the fireplace from the opposite wall of the family room so that it could be a two sided fireplace shared between both spaces.

The kitchen sink and dishwashers will be centered on that wall, not offset as currently show. I am sketching this in excel so very limited about what I can do.

I'm hoping to stretch the island to 7 ft instead of 6. There will be three barstools on the breakfast room side.

Do you feel this is a workable floor plan? Is the space too large? Is the double sided fireplace overkill? What should I do with all the corners? Where should the prep sink be positioned in the island?

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RE: Lacanche Ranges Part 40 (Follow-Up #40)

posted by: clinresga on 03.28.2010 at 02:55 pm in Appliances Forum

FWIW, with our Cluny 1400, I have the simmer plate over the warming cabinet and the 18K burner centrally. I like this a lot as I don't use the simmer plate that often, but with the SS cover over it, it functions as a wonderful landing zone for anything hot. I also like being able to reach all burners without having to move left/right, which might be an issue with the simmer plate centrally.

BTW, I've also posted on this before, but I purchased an extra grate. It's the same two-piece burner grate that sits over the 18K burner, and it also is an exact fit over the simmer plate burner if you remove the actual plate. That gives me two 18K burners, which I find helpful when cooking a major meal--e.g. searing on one 18K burner and boiling pasta in a big stockpot on the other. The main caveat is that the opening around the simmer plate burner is much wider, so anything that spills can drip down into the range, but as long as you're careful it's not a big deal. However, most of the time I leave the simmer plate in place as I really use the landing zone all the time.


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RE: Lacanche Ranges Part 40 (Follow-Up #42)

posted by: cheri127 on 04.01.2010 at 12:19 pm in Appliances Forum

Clinresga, I bought the flame tamer recommended by someone on this thread (part of the missing posts) and it is perfect! I can simmer sauce for as long as I like with no hot spots, no scorching and no blowing up the house (I had to turn all my burners back up after having them go out a few times...very scary).

Here is a link that might be useful: Norpro flame tamer


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Juno lights with wheat haze trim finished-pics included

posted by: chris45ny on 03.20.2010 at 04:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

DH has finished the recessed lighting in our kitchen.. Used 5" Juno cans (IC20R) with the wheat haze tim/white outer ring and long neck 50 watt halogen floods. There are 9 cans plus existing recessed light over the sink. There is a TON of light in the kitchen with the lights on. DH very proud of his install as he is not an electrician-no shadows over the counters. Repairing ceiling where old fixture had been was not impossible-doesn't look like hole was ever there. Still have to install dimmer switch. Thanks to remodelfla for her earlier thread on recessed lights and everyone else here who have helped with info/advice. Here are some pics.

Before picture of kitchen with old light fixture.

New recessed lights-off.

New recessed lights on.


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RE: Built-in Hutch Ideas/Photos? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: boxerpups on 02.27.2010 at 06:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow I love all the cabinets above.
Marcy96 that stone with the wood is a perfect match.
Segbrown, gorgeously done. I love the cooler too.

Here are a few more to add to your ideas.


JEM Cabinets

Charles Lantz Cabinetry

Creative Custom Kitchens

Devos Woodworking

Holden Construction

HD Woodworking


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RE: Antique paver floor in kitchen (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: nutherokie on 01.06.2010 at 01:53 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi Kellykath! I haven't had much luck seeing newly installed brick floors in person. As I'm sure you've noticed, they're not a common choice. I've seen ancient brick floors in Santa Fe and New Orleans and they're gorgeous.

Our house will be single storey, but the entry, kitchen, dining room, back entry will be one level and the living room, library, bedrooms will be two steps down. The steps will occur between the dining and living rooms (there will also be a see-through fireplace between the rooms). This gives me a natural transition point. Brick in the upper rooms (sounds like Pentacost), wood in the lower rooms. A wood edge on the top step will make the transition.

As for apprehension? Heck yes! Everyone seems to look at me like I'm crazy when I mention it, and I've almost changed my mind several times. But it is a look I've loved for years and I think I'm just going to close my eyes and do it.

Squirrelheaven, I'm a huge fan of your photoshopping! From what I've researched, to do a mortarless installation, you put down two layers of 15 lb. felt, lay the pavers on the felt -- tightly abutted -- then sweep fine sand into all the joints. You then seal the floor which stabilizes the whole thing, prevents stains to the brick, and keeps the sand from being vacuumed up. I'm planning to use Ring Brick Floor Sealant on the excellent advice of Lynninnewmexico who has beautiful brick floors.

The Boral Brick saleslady was very skeptical of an interior application, but her boss said he could think of no drawbacks and that many people are interested in brick paver floors, but fail to plan ahead for thresholds and transitions. Sorry for the dissertation!


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RE: Antique paver floor in kitchen (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: nutherokie on 12.17.2009 at 09:47 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi Kellykath,

I'm planning brick pavers in the kitchen and dining room of my new house (just breaking ground), so I've collected some inspiration photos. Some are in kitchens, some not. I'm planning to use new Boral tumbled pavers laid without mortar -- so no grout lines. Anyway, hope these help you envision your space!
from Cote de Texas:
from Southern Living:
From Napa Style catalog:
From Veranda - this is the brick I intend to use:


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RE: Please post photos of your baking area (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: jeri on 01.08.2010 at 05:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Oh - I just posted this in the thread about Baking Area Height. This is not mine - but I thought it looked like a good idea

Bake Zone


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RE: Please post photos of your baking area (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rhome410 on 01.06.2010 at 02:07 pm in Kitchens Forum




We use the island across the aisle for loading pans and rolling out dough. Both the mixer counter and island counter are about 33-34" high. I am swapping the cake and pie pans with the cookie sheets, etc. and creating vertical storage in that right hand cabinet.


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RE: Please post photos of your baking area (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: kateskouros on 01.06.2010 at 12:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

zelmar: i don't know if i ever told you, but i love your baking center! looks beautiful but also very functional. great space.
we're in production now, probably installing next month but here's a drawing of mine. it's an armoire with permanent marble slab inside and mixers, food processors and other small baking appliances will all live inside. planning a plug mold in the back. LCD will also live here.


deawing of armoir baking center
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Do you have soapstone AND forgetful children?

posted by: cleo_2007 on 01.20.2010 at 07:17 am in Kitchens Forum

Here is my new thing I came up with to help my son remember what he needs to do before school...I write his list right on the counter where he eats breakfast so he can't miss it.



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RE: Looking for a Kitchen with cabinets right up to the fireplace (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: erikanh on 09.27.2009 at 02:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Was it mine?



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RE: white cabinet paint (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: boxerpups on 09.11.2009 at 12:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Oh so many whites so little time.....

BM-Simply White
BM- Mayonaise
Behr Powdered Snow
Pratt and Lambert Indian Ivory
(not sure if this is still around but it was a creamy white)

If I remember some of my other favorite whites I will
list them. Meanwhile thought you might enjoy
this link
and the one below...


Here is a link that might be useful: White Paint


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24' wide 'Hutch'

posted by: judydel on 09.08.2009 at 02:19 am in Kitchens Forum

I am getting ready to order cabinets to flank our bay window. These floor to ceiling cabinets can only be 24" wide. Do you have something similar to this and have a photo to share?

Here is a photo of our 30" wide "hutches". I would want something similar but without the appliance garages, and maybe with open shelves on top instead of glass front cabinets on top (The upper cabinets would be to display china). On one side I would have a base cabinets with doors, and on the other side I'd have a bank of drawers.

I'm just worried that floor to ceiling cabinets that are only 24" wide will look too narrow. Any thoughts? I'll eventually have a window seat built into the bay window area, which will tie the flanking cabinets and window together.



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RE: Different counter/island base color schemes, design opinions (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: boxerpups on 09.05.2009 at 10:06 am in Kitchens Forum

3 Daisies,
You are a genius!
The charms of a sweet young girl telling her Daddy what
her favorite granite is can be far more effective than the
requests of a tired, fatigued, depleted, exhausted,
overwhelemed, and worn out wife. Using your sweet little
girls was Genius! And sort of puts the issue to rest.
Every Daddy loves his girls.

Now on to the look. I can never decide. All would be
amazingly beautiful. I can see why you posted this

Which one??? Gosh, they could all work wonderfully.So all
I could do was post some pretty pics that might help sway
you one way or the other. But I still could not choose
one option.



Brown base cab marble island and black perimeter

Black and Black counters

Bead board sep island



Okay not the black galaxy.
Even the butterblock would look nice... Lordy I don't know
which one.


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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #63)

posted by: cuisinista on 02.12.2009 at 01:40 am in Kitchens Forum

LA Tuscan Kitchen Here's another one. Our cabinet maker built this French-style butcher block into one end.


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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: igloochic on 02.06.2009 at 05:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine is STILL not finished (needs wood trim around baseboard and trim on corners) but here are a few's 33x43 (box size) and has 3/4" overhangs.

The inside of the panel end:

There's a sink on top:

And you can just see that the empty cupboard is now book shelves (which hold DS's chalk and toys)


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RE: Annie's salsa mix...big hit (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: annie1992 on 08.06.2005 at 09:53 am in Harvest Forum

That's it, Patris!! I'll send a jar of my salsa to Oprah and she won't be able to resist us. Bwahahahahahah.....

And it only took me five YEARS and countless batches before I got it to the point where I love it. Piece of cake.

Here's the recipe. Note that I cut the vinegar way, way down and pressure cook mine. If you want to HWB it you may, but the vinegar will have to be increased to one cup. You can also sub lemon juice or lime juice for the vinegar for a different flavor (although I tried taking out the cider vinegar altogether and that wasn't right either).


8 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped and drained
2 cups chopped onion
1 cups chopped green pepper
3 5 chopped jalapenos
6 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp pepper
1/8 cup canning salt
cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
16 oz. tomato sauce
16 oz tomato paste
Mix all ingredients, bring to a boil, boil 10 minutes. Pour into hot jars, process at 10 lbs of pressure for 30 minutes for pints.

Makes 6 pints

Enjoy this, and happy canning.

Annie (blushing)


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99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone

posted by: jbrodie on 03.01.2009 at 06:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally! Our kitchen is finished! I never thought the day would come, and boy am I enjoying it. I owe so much to this forum. I can't tell you how much you all helped me. Thank you!!! I hope I can help others in return.

Hope I'm not putting too many pictures!





soap stone

Quick description (feel free to contact me if you have questions)
-Soapstone: Julia
-Cabinets: Custom, inset/flush shaker style with single bead (waiting to see if we get some issues resolved before I recommend the cabinet maker)
-Bookcase and desk tops: walnut
-Sharp microwave oven drawer (love it!)
-GE fridge
-Shaw 30 inch apron sink
-Wolf range top
-Thermador double ovens
-Vent-a-hood hood
-Dal tile
-potfiller: Newport Brass
-hot/cold faucet Newport Brass
-Main faucet: Mico
-Door to garage: one panel painted with chalkboard! The kids love this and it's fun to put messages to guests, each other, holiday wishes, etc.
-Pull out baskets (love these...I keep bread in one and potatoes, onions, etc. in the other)
-Wine shelf--love it!
-Bar stools from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (love these and they were so reasonable!)
-What would I do differently? More than 12 inch overhang on seating area of island (maybe 14-16 inch). And I might skip the bead board in the backs of the bookshelfs and glass cabs.

Happy kitchen designing to all! Thank you again!


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RE: Kitchen Islands - Lets See Your Pics (Follow-Up #41)

posted by: igloochic on 02.09.2009 at 06:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our grout is called Pear. The tiles are Statements Status Hand Made Crackle finish (in a modification of their honey color). I don't know why that finally came to me LOL since I always forget.

I love the tiles and used them in our closet as well (for a desk backsplash). But I'd be sure I had my granite IN HAND before I ever order custom color tiles again!


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Please help me find 'Inspiration Kitchens'

posted by: katieob on 05.04.2009 at 08:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

A while back there was a great thread where everyone posted their folders of inspiration kitchens. I remember Erikanh posted some beauties. I can't seem to find it & I would love to take a look again. I'm at a stage where photos are actually helpful for "execution" rather than just "theory"...finally!

Thanks all.



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RE: Is it possible to make brass pulls darker? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: circuspeanut on 04.15.2009 at 07:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yes! I've used this myself a number of times for bright brass that needs to match my vintage hardware. Easy peasy. Just dunk the knobs in the solution and wait until they're the right color, then take out and spray with lacquer (optional) to hold the finish.

Link below:

Here is a link that might be useful: Brass Darkening Solution


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