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Okay, so I think I'm done...Thank you ! (PICS)

posted by: margieb2 on 07.29.2008 at 10:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

So I think we're pretty much done except for the bar stools and a couple of other small items. The process went much more quickly than we anticipated. Demo began First week in March and the kitchen was complete by the end of May. The contractor was a dream and there were no major problems or surprises (other than the electrical safety hazards that were uncovered during demolition!)

I owe the resourceful, knowlegeable, creative, and talented members of this forum my heartfelt thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge and inspirational kitchens.

In particular, thank you to Zolablue, rococogurl, sharb, jamesk, allison0704, bella_4, charlie 123, momto4kids deanna1949, and artteacher, AMONG MANY OTHERS...for sage advice and kitchens that helped shape my kitchen vision. We had a number of setbacks, one big one due to DH's job loss. But I have to say, everything's worked out for the best.

We kept the original footprint of the room but swapped a peninsula for the island. We were a bit apprehensive aobut this as the trend is to do the revers but this setup works really well for us, creates better zones and a better flow.

SO here's a before:Before: From great room

And After:





Pantry cabinet

Spice storage


Knife drawer

Super susan

Julien Classic 30 x 18x 10



Like the backsplash!
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RE: Glass spice jars outlet other than SpecialtyBottle (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: cocontom on 06.26.2008 at 05:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

I used Penzey's- I was there anyway, so it was easy. I think they were about 1.25 each.


spice bottle resource
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RE: dark cabs, light counters. show me your paint or splashes. (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: alku05 on 06.03.2008 at 10:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine:


We had the red color in our old kitchen and my DH was very attached to it. With our kitchen, only the window walls are painted so it was the perfect opportunity to be really bold with the color. And the best part is that if we get bored with it a few years from now, the white backsplash and counter will allow us to pick just about any other color that we'd like.


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found a cool site with alot of awesome kitchen pics

posted by: lucky32 on 06.23.2008 at 01:03 am in Kitchens Forum

I was looking for inspiration and ideas and found and looked at their kitchens under showroom link....WOW they have some wonderful stuff.... tansitional, traditonal, and modern\contemporary kitchens that are just beautiful if anyone needs ideas!
holy cow I just went back and looked, they also have bathroom and cabinetry pics... I liked them all! haha as u can tell I'm easily entertained! :)


backspash ideas
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98.5% Finished Kitchen ! Lots of Pictures

posted by: tinker_2006 on 06.05.2008 at 04:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

(Note: I am not the best photographer!!)

We moved into our new house 5 days ago. I know some of you will recall my posts of despair... first about the sick, sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I felt I made a big mistake with the Cherry cabinets instead of the cream color I have always loved. I felt I would feel like I was living in a cave and I even had thoughts of moving in and having them painted or refaced immediately! But I am absolutely loving the Cherry! It's rich and elegant, and I think it is perfect!

Then the granite on the island.. the edge was made incorrectly, and I thought it was UGLY and way too chunky, but now that it is on, and the island is near completion, I am really starting to like it A REAL, REAL LOT! The granite situation gave me so much stress at the end of our build, with the fabricator refusing to do anything. They have however, called 2 days ago, and changed their minds, and did agree to replace it if I decided I didn't like it. (probably heard I had intended on reporting then to the BBB).

They still have to put a few cabinet pulls on, and finish up the sides of the island, but it is really just about done.

I am really loving the kitchen, and only one issue is where they put the kitchen sink (which is our fault, we did approve) and the sink shape - I don't care for it, and failed to look it up, and approved the work-order with it. It's 2' too far over, but I think we will just live with it for a while and see how it functions for us. We are not serious chef's in the kitchen by any means!

That's it - I couldn't have done this or made it through this without all of your support and guidance!!

















Kitchen table - really almost matches, but I didn't do that on purpose! We have a new one ordered 9 weeks ago, that is on it's way to us. Hope it works!

Cabinets: Made by cabinet shop (they make the boxes, and order doors, hood and trim from Conestoga Wood).
Granite: Golden Oak/Madura Gold
Backslash: Dal-tile Sienna Gold travertine
Floors: Mahogany, by Anderson
Sink: Kindred Estate
Faucets: Kohler Fairfax
Pendant over island: Savoy House "Marion"
Refrigerator: Jenn Air French Door
Cook-top: 36" GE Induction
Ovens: GE Profile: Advantium & Convection
Paint: Kitchen is Porter "Rich Amber" Breakfast area is SW Blonde.


beautiful cherry kitchen
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RE: Just updated my powder room - pics (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: thetews on 11.01.2007 at 09:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Thanks for the compliments!

flyleft, The base paint is (Home Depot brand) Behr Interior Satin Enamel; color is "Fall Mood" (PWL-87). It's painted on with a roller (cut in at ceiling and corners with a brush). The next day I put on the glaze coat. I had them mix the top paint to a color that was the same as the base, but 25% lighter. The paint lady recommended 50% or 75% lighter, but I wanted a really subtle effect for the powder room. Anyway, the top paint is mixed 1 part paint, with 4 parts glaze. The glaze is Behr Faux Glaze (No, 748, whatever that means). So I mixed 1 pint of top paint with 1/2 gallon of Glaze (and still had lots left over), then applied the mixture with a rag. You just get the rag wet, wring it a little and then begin pressing it, all bunched up, onto the wall. You can do harder or softer for different effects, and you can do more sparsely or more completely for different effects. I did fairly hard (since it was so light) and pretty completely.

Here's an upclose picture of it:


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Just updated my powder room - pics

posted by: thetews on 10.31.2007 at 07:35 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I just updated my powder room. It had an old cheap looking vanity, a very ugly light, outdated wallpaper, a horrendously loud vent fan, and a toilet that needed to be plunged whenever my mother-in-law visited.

I removed everything including the wallpaper, painted the ceiling white (it had been white, but had yellowed), painted the walls and applied a very subtle faux finish with glaze. I replaced the fan unit (but not the box), installed a new vanity from Costco with granite countertop and porcelain sink, and a matching mirror. We replaced the toilet with a AS Cadet 3, elongated, comfort height (yay!) and installed new brushed nickel faucet and light fixture and new brushed nickel towel holder and tp holder. I also removed the door, lightly sanded it and painted it glossy white, and I painted the door trim and new baseboard the same. Also installed new quarter-round. Only think I replaced were the nice white ceramic light switch and outlet covers. I still need to get a nice soap dish and lotion dispenser, which I'll look for this weekend.

I think it came out really great. Sooooo much better than before. Here are a couple of pictures. The walls are actually a light chocolate, not quite like they look in the pictures. I wish there weren't so many reflections in the pictures, but I'm not sure how to avoid that.

Next week I'm going to start a similarly minor update to the upstairs hallway bath, and in January it'll be a total gut and re-do of the master bath.

My updated powder room:


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Bathroom finished! Photo...

posted by: brugloverz9 on 05.15.2008 at 05:14 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Thank you all who helped me make decisions on my new bathroom. I am very happy with the way it turned out!
Yesterday was the final work and today the final now it is officially finished!

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RE: Finished our small powder room -- I mean small! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: jmfromil on 01.21.2008 at 08:57 pm in Bathrooms Forum

hmsweethm, I love your powder room! And that original door is gorgeous!

sandsonik - check out this thread. We used a 16" depth kitchen cabinet topped with granite, a Kohler Caxton undermount sink and offset faucet because of our space constraints. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: link with pics of very small powder room


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RE: How do you store a LARGE collection of spices? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: loves2cook4six on 02.10.2008 at 01:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have mine stored the same way as lascatz's:

Mine are in a 18" wide by 30" deep draw next to the cooktop and under the baking area. I store all my spices and seasoning except for salt and pepper in this draw. I used 3 oz glass bottles ordered from and labeled them with my labeler.


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RE: kitchen sinks (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: pbrisjar on 05.08.2008 at 06:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I got my Blanco sink here:

It was about half the price as Expo and the best price I found online.

Here it is installed:

I love it. The only real trick is that because the surface is slightly textured, it grabs on to liquids.


another silgranite resource
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RE: kitchen sinks (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: cll2008 on 05.08.2008 at 05:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

I bought mine online at Homeclicks for a great price. Sink came in 3 days. I have also read good reviews on
I have the 1 3/4 Blanco Silgranit in Anthracite (black). It is not installed but I took it out the box, it's beautiful and big.

Good Luck, Crystal


silgranite on-line resource
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HELP! Backsplash installed today .. think i hate it

posted by: lisa226 on 04.10.2008 at 09:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

HI there..its been a while since i have been on here .. my kitchen and whole house remodel is in month nine and the kitchen has been almost complete for months except for backsplash installed in doors...knobs and some molding to hide the cabinet now i am sitting here freaking out....i was going for the english garden look,,,,i had initially ordered white tile which turned out looking dirty against my antique white cabinets and in a perhaps 'stupid moment " i made the mistake when they took the white tile back and asked if i want them to reorder the white i said no and went with a oatmeal color and i am hating is not grouted does not match with all my pretty white pink pottery i love and im getting ready to rip it out....some one stop cost 900 dollars and that does not include the installation..... if i rip it out tonight i might get it off the wall easy????? my husband is on the way im going to try to post pictures here ......thoughts please....






^ i wanted the white. what have i done????


bianco romano granite
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diy kitchen finally complete

posted by: honeydiy on 04.30.2008 at 09:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

Some of the larger room photos (including the one below) were taken before the backsplash grouting was done, we'll need to update those later.

There are other albums on this link which show scenes "before" and "during" the project.


Here's our list:

Cabinets - Medallion, Brookhill F2, Chestnut Stain
Countertop - Granite, Santa Cecilia Light
Backsplash - Ceramic Tile: Panaria Ceramica, Navona Dorato
Metal Tile: Metal Border s.r.l.,
Anticati Series, Listelli Daisy
Over range, Tozzetti Pillow
Sink - Blanco Silgranit, Super Single, Anthracite
Faucet - Cucina Candelabra
Hardware - Top Knobs
Appliances - KitchenAid
Floors - Natural Red Oak
Lighting - Minka Lavery Mission Inn

Table - Canal Dover
Chairs - American Heirlooms

Here is a link that might be useful: Honeydiy's finally finished kitchen


love this kitchen!
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RE: My Granite (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: cpang74 on 03.17.2008 at 12:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks-I do think that the one most places display is the light-b/c I kept thinking I didn't really have Santa Cecilia when I would see it other places! haha

Our tiles we special ordered at Lowes! We also saw that at Louisville Tile...not sure if you have one of those near you? We were going to do our entire backsplash with the accent tiles and the plain tiles from the same company-but they are PRICEY! The whole backsplash would have been over $3000 and not in the budget. So we are doing the black noir travertine and just using the rust accent tiles....doing that we are doing the whole backsplash for under $600! huge difference! The tiles are to be in today at Lowes-I can't wait!! Glad you like them as much as I do!


more on the tile option
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RE: My Granite (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: cpang74 on 03.17.2008 at 01:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

I don't have any pictures yet-but I did post a picture of the tile accents we are using. It's a Westminster Heritage Metal tile...we are doing small ones as accents throughout the backsplash and larger one behind the range with a border....using the rust color in these and a travertine called noir in the main tile...I can't wait! It should *I HOPE* be done this week and then I will be able to post some pictures. Although my kitchen is not as magazine worthy as others! :) I am in love with the changes all the same!

Here is a link that might be useful: rust accent tiles


tile option
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RE: foot-pedal for trash or push-button trash? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: lowspark on 04.28.2008 at 01:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm not familiar with the button kind aside from seeing it discussed here, so I can't speak to its usefulness or do any kind of comparison.

I do have the foot pedal though and I love it. I'm not much of a DIYer but I was able to install it myself. Learning about that pedal on this forum by the way, is what clinched the in-the-cab trash for me. I must have hands free trash.

The pedal should not be used with soft close because the soft close is trying to pull the drawer shut, and the mechanics of the pedal fight to get & keep the drawer open so they would be fighting each other, and I guess you'd have to force the drawer to close every time instead of just pushing it till it catches.

The pedal is made for frameless cabs, although someone here has adapted it for framed. It attaches to the underside of the floor of the trash cab, in the toe kick area. I don't actually step on it, I just kick it or press it forward with my toe/foot. When you install the pedal, you can determine exactly how far the cabinet opens when you use the pedal. Mine is a double bin (front is trash, back is recycle) and I have it opening to just over half way so that the recycle bin is only exposed about an inch or so and the trash bin is fully exposed.


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RE: foot-pedal for trash or push-button trash? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: buehl on 04.29.2008 at 02:29 am in Kitchens Forum

There are some pictures and instructions from MeToo2 in the Home Galleries. Here are the links to those pictures:

From the "Pull Out Trash" thread started by ColdTropics on Fri, Jul 20, 07 at 2:43

Posted by metoo2 (My Page) on Wed, Aug 15, 07 at 19:27

Front View when cabinet is shut:

View of foot pedal when cabinet is open. Keep in mind this view will be hidden when trash cans are in the cabinet:

Metal plate mounted on bottom back of door. This is the plate that is 3.5" tall--to deal with a face framed cabinet:

Finally, looking at the bottom of the cabinet. Glued a scrap of wood to the back of the face frame.

Posted by metoo2 (My Page) on Wed, Aug 15, 07 at 20:01

muscat: The rails are always attached to the door-regardless of whether your trash cans hang from a rail, or your trash cans sit on a base. In your picture, the cans sit on a base.

I believe that my modifications will also work with your situation (cans sitting on a base). However, you will need to make one minor modification that I did not do. That modification has to do with the elastic cords that come with the pedal.

Elastic cords (ie, bungee cords) pull the door open when the pedal is kicked. You would have to alter where the front of the cords are mounted inside the cabinet. Very easy to do.

Earlier posts on this thread refer to a version of the Hfele pedal for trash cans which sit on a base. I have not seen this product. I suspect they use the identical pedal, but altered the instructions relative to the location where to mount the elastic cords.

Posted by lowspark (My Page) on Fri, Jul 20, 07 at 11:02

I'm not sure what the door mount kit is, but you have to have a pull out trash in order for the foot pedal to work.

In other words, your trash bins should be hanging from a rail attached to the door OR sitting on a shelf attached to the door. The door should pull open like a drawer (not swing open like a normal cab) and as it pulls open the trash bins come out with it.

Note that Hfele makes two different pedals, one for the bins hanging from rails and one for the bins sitting on the shelf. I'm not clear on which one you've linked to above. Also note that these foot pedals are designed for frameless cabs. I don't know if they can or have been used on framed cabs and would be interested to hear about that if anyone has.

Here are the links I have to the two kinds of Hfele pedals:

Pedal for trash can which hangs from rails

Pedal for trash can which sits on base

Note: In both cases, the foot pedals are toward the bottom of the page


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My finished Kitchen pics - Susan4664

posted by: susan4664 on 04.18.2008 at 09:04 am in Kitchens Forum

Here is my finished kitchen...

Maple cabinets with dark cherry finish-Custom built by a local cabinet maker.
Peacock Green granite countertop
Dark Andino tumbled marble backsplash
Black appliances
SS sink
Hansgrohe faucet, soap dispenser. Kohler water filter line.



Kitchen front


Kitchen side


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RE: ER need help...cherry vs. painted cabs/we don't agree! (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: karenforroses on 04.27.2008 at 05:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have all off-white and it isn't hard to keep clean at all. A wipe with a cloth when necessary. The solid use of light color really lightened and opened up my kitchen (which although not tiny, is not huge either), and after two years with it I can still say it was absolutely the right choice for me. My husband does like wood stain better, but he said "The kitchen is yours - I don't cook - so do it the way you want it." A kitchen remodel is the most expensive thing you do in your home, and you'll be living with it for a long time, so take the time to be sure about what you want. Keep looking at lots of magazines, forum pictures, etc. and tag all the ones that "speak to you". Hold off until you're sure.

South wall & Island

Pantry Wall


Offwhite cabs with white appliances.
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RE: Painting baseboards and doors (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: igloochic on 04.26.2008 at 01:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

I don't like BM products for trim or doors because they aren't strong enough. I prefer instead to use Sherwin Williams. In paticular they have a fabulous primer that can be used without any sanding, which is a BIG deal for a good finish. You can paint your heart out with cheap paint and find that while it looks good will literally peel off in a week.

If you click on my name and look at my clippings you'll see (down a bit) the one I posted about the paint I used for my trim. It gives you the products at sherwin williams that I like to use. I also only do trim and doors in gloss if I'm using latex (which I always do) because it's stronger than other sheens). The instructions give color numbers for a brown tinted primer and a deep brown paint. If you take the printed instructions to SW they'll weed out the products from my instructions and mix it in any color you want (the primer is normally white). The primer is KEY to a good finish as well as a high quality brush and patience. I like one coat of primer and two of paint.


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