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Out of the ABB Club (close enough anyway!)

posted by: lisa_wi on 11.13.2012 at 12:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

After visiting 7 tile stores, looking at Ann Sacks, Sonoma, Jeffrey Court, and many others I finally made a decision on a backsplash for my green and cream kitchen. The project is not quite complete. I still need to rent a wetsaw to finish up the row right under the cabs and below the window plus find the matching caulk, but it might be a couple more weeks and I didn't want to wait any longer to post my reveal!

And the winner is:

Random Quartzite from Lowe's at about $9 a square foot! The grout is Polyblend from Home Depot in Butter Cream. The stone is enhanced as well.

The quartzite ended up being the perfect thing to tie all my colors together and still give me the warm, slightly rustic touch I wanted and it was very budget friendly! I love that I didn't pay any shipping and I can return what I don't use.




Here is a link that might be useful: My Kitchen Reveal Thread


clipped on: 01.29.2013 at 05:37 pm    last updated on: 01.29.2013 at 05:37 pm

RE: My finished white kitchen ($8k budget) (Follow-Up #41)

posted by: noellabelle on 05.25.2011 at 08:39 am in Kitchens Forum


I love how the subway tile turned out too. I looked at more expensive ones, but I just didn't find anything that blew me away. I thought it would look okay with the ones I used, but it exceeded my expectations once they were up and I'm so happy with my pick! One thing that I did do was that I had some of those tile samples, and I used them to help me pick my cabinet paint.

I used the tutorial linked below to paint the cabinets. It was a lot of work and I got pretty burnt out doing it. I started in August of last year, and didn't get the doors back on until right before Christmas.

Filling the grain was a pain. I started out with regular wood putty. I did the drawers with that, and it took about 6 or 7 times of filling, sanding, filling, sanding, etc.

I found a different product for the doors. It was elmers wood filler I comes in a bigger tub than the normal putty tubes. I watered it down a little and used that to fill in the grain. It went quicker than the other way.

Doing it again, I would have probably not worried about the grain as much. I didn't mind it much from the beginning, it was dh that pushed for them to be smoother. And I might have used an oil based primer, staying with the water based paint. And I would have definitely used some kind of paint extender (floteral or something like that?) that I just recently learned about.

Here is a link that might be useful: Painting cabinets


clipped on: 08.02.2012 at 04:47 am    last updated on: 08.02.2012 at 04:51 am

RE: Pics of apron/farmhouse sinks mounted above counter (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: boxerpups on 12.26.2011 at 06:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am a little late to the party.






clipped on: 01.11.2012 at 04:51 am    last updated on: 01.11.2012 at 04:51 am

RE: Photos of range at the end of a cabinet run (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: aa62579 on 10.12.2011 at 05:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Other photos from that same kitchen:

Bosch Kitchen Appliance

Bosch Stainless Steel Cooking Appliances


clipped on: 10.15.2011 at 06:25 am    last updated on: 10.15.2011 at 06:26 am

Help me pick a granite! Natural maple cabinets/dark floors

posted by: uniquelyyou on 01.08.2011 at 01:00 am in Kitchens Forum


This is my first time posting. We are in the process of updating our kitchen.

We have natural maple cabinets (with brushed nickel hardware) and super dark (almost black) hard wood floors. Right now we have black appliances, but are considering upgrading to stainless. Our walls are a pea green color. I would say overall our home is decorated Pottery Barn style, with a few modern touches, if that helps at all.

I'm stuck on what color granite to go with. I've considered Venetian Gold, but find it kind of "generic" and standard. I also took a sample of Tan Brown but I'm not sure if it's too much dark with the floors and black appliances. I feel if we went with a super dark counter we would need to for sure go the stainless route for counters.

I would love any suggestions you have for granite that would look good, and pictures would be awesome if you have some.

Thank you so much!


clipped on: 10.10.2011 at 05:26 am    last updated on: 10.10.2011 at 05:27 am

RE: Clear glass pendants over island- too bright? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: johnnyl53 on 01.27.2011 at 05:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

I happen to be a big fan of pendants using halophane glass but you pay for these. they have the advantage of being basically clear but the glass is ribbed in such a way that it diffuses the light and even magnifies somewhat lower watt bulbs. Halophane glass was invented back in the late 1800's I believe and one of the advantages was it made weaker gas light and later incandescents look brighter. I have my eye on this one for a purchase at some point in the future. Not quite as clear as the ones you are interested in. Wilmette Lighting makes this as well as several other styles using halophane glass. Actual vintage pendants from the 30's are about 3X the price.



clipped on: 01.27.2011 at 05:21 pm    last updated on: 01.27.2011 at 05:21 pm