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RE: Can I achieve this look? Feedback needed! (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: BlackChamois on 12.03.2012 at 11:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

And the inspiration fireplace ...


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RE: Even bigger tv over fireplace? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: angc on 11.02.2012 at 12:30 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I hadn't even thought about the scale of the tv and fireplace itself. The current trim above the mantle is 64". The bump out and top of the mantle is 74" wide. So, would a 55" tv would fit as long as we lose or redo the trim above the mantle
I will have to look into clearances for the insert. It has always been weirdly off balance, but maybe it is that way for a reason. We want to install a blower too, which may limit things.
I really like the idea of just setting the tv on the mantle for now. That would bring it down 10". We won't be able to start the construction project until Dec. or Jan. anyway, so that is where it will have to be for now.
If I had my way, the tv would be in an armoire to the left and I would have a pair of sofas and accent chairs flanking the fireplace. We had a similar setup for almost 2 years. It looked nice, but we battled over the one good place to actually see the tv. Happy family, happy life. I'm willing to live with this setup until our oldest heads to college in 2015 and her sister follows the next year.
Do you think making the fireplace darker would help the tv blend in more? A smaller soapstone surround and all the trim painted dark, gray green. I saved this pic for last year, but the budget nixed it. Now, we could do it.


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RE: Even bigger tv over fireplace? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 11.02.2012 at 08:22 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Pretty room. I can see lowering the tv and mantle. I'm not a fan of how the stone surround is so much higher than it is wide. The stone looks very similar to the Egyptian copper corian I have in my bath!


clipped on: 11.04.2012 at 09:35 pm    last updated on: 11.04.2012 at 09:35 pm

Even bigger tv over fireplace?

posted by: angc on 11.02.2012 at 07:48 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

After our current tv went bad after only 4 years, DH is finally able to get a newer, meaning bigger of course, tv for our family room. It is the only living space on the first floor. The front door opens directly in to the room which is open to the kitchen and back hall. The layout is like a shotgun or row house.
When we remodeled this time last year, we bought new furniture and rug and refreshed the entire first floor. In other words, no new furniture or changing the layout. The sectional, though not my first choice, is cozy and comfortable. It really fills the space too. I only have 3 ft from the back of it to the wall, so the sectional can't move much.
The current 42" tv is already borderline too high. If you sit on the ottoman or anyplace other than the corners of the sectional, you crane your neck. Drives me a little crazy. I think we'll end up with a 55" monster this time.
We have to redo the fireplace for this to work (shhh... don't tell DH). I am thinking if we lowered the mantle 10" or so, it will at least be at a comfortable height. We will still be too close for optimal viewing, but it may work. We can the change the trim. This is my inspiration. Wrong style, but you get the idea-

Here is our room now
Do you see any problems/issues with my idea? We'll hire out the project to a the contractor from our last redo. He's a perfectionist, so I know he can do just about anything. Lower the mantle, re-trim( scouring Houzz for more ideas), replace the travertine surround (woohoo), and....? It is a direct vent fireplace so I was thinking we could maybe recess into the bump out, buts hat happens when this tv dies?
Any ideas greatly appreciated!


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Kitchen finished! White cabs, quartzite, leathered black. Whew!

posted by: babs711 on 07.14.2012 at 12:25 am in Kitchens Forum

We moved into our new build about three weeks ago. While I say the kitchen (and house) are complete, some things are missing that need to be done like counter stools that aren't here yet, a window seat cushion, upholstered chairs at the table that will be ordered, BLADES for the living room ceiling fan that aren't in yet. I've hardly hung a thing on the walls and am working on window treatments now. You get the picture! But we're in! And the months of planning and stewing are over! So here are some pics of the kitchen/dining/living room. I'm sure I'll have updates as I go.

Cabinets: Eudora Frameless
Island countertop: White Macaubus Quartzite
Perimeter countertop: Leathered Absolute Black Granite
Sink: Kohler Riverby Cast Iron
Faucet: Moen Woodmere in Stainless
Hardware on solid doors/drawers: Amerock Highland Ridge in polished nickel
Glass knobs and Bin Pulls in polished nickel: Van Dyke's
Range & Dishwasher: Thermador
Refrigerator: Kitchenaid Pro
Refrigerator Drawers: Electrolux
Sharp Microwave Drawer

Close up of the tile. It's hard to get an accurate color since it's so glossy. It's more blue/green than portrayed in pics:

I was standing on a chair when I took this. I feel like it makes the dining table look like toy furniture! Ha!

Behold...the unfinished bar and the fan with no blades. We live in the deep judging the fan! Behind those closed doors lies my DH's very unfinished man cave.

And you'd know that the day after I took these, my new sofa cushion inserts came in. It's all fluffy and new looking again. Oh well!

The Pantry is actually the same color as the entry you see right past the range wall in the kitchen (BM Gray Wisp). But I didn't use a flash so it looks funky here:


Look at the family room layout.
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Tutorial for Posting Photos

posted by: country_smile on 03.27.2011 at 06:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I made this tutorial for those who do not know how to add photos to their posts. I use the photo-sharing site of "photobucket" and the tutorial was made with a Mac but hopefully it will be helpful to those using other types of computers.

A tech comment: The free account I have on the screencast site I use is limited to a certain amount of bandwidth (or # of views of the video) but it clears at midnight on the 15th of each month. If by chance is doesn't work, you can check back on the 16th of the month to see if the bandwidth has been reset (which means the video will be enabled to play again).

Here is a link that might be useful: Video Tutorial to post Photos


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RE: Don't make the same mistake(s) I did thread. (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: igloochic on 03.13.2011 at 01:51 am in Home Decorating Forum

Sew...we had a 12 inch overhang in out texas home without supports. It functioned great, looked cool :). Ok that is until the one day it just fell off...a big chunk from a natural fizzure (the stuff is covered with them). It was about three feet long and up to 18 inches deep. Broke the cabinet beneath it and gouged the back of the counter. Broke a very nice bar stool and damaged the floor. The lack of supports cost somewhere in the neighborhood of five grand.

Learn to love them :).


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RE: My new Miele is installed! (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: larsi on 03.08.2011 at 05:33 pm in Appliances Forum

I too have a new Miele dishwasher. So congrats...I know the excited feeling. I am on my 5th Miele DW, they are excellent.

I found the Cascade Powder to clean horribly. I even called Cascade, and they told me A LOT of people are having issues, since the powder went Phosphate Free. They mailed me a bag of Cascade Complete All in 1 packs. So know I either use them, or the new Miele tabs. After comparing loads done with Cascade packs and Miele tabs...I do see that the Miele tabs are in fact better. The dishes, glasses and utensils feel silky, they are spot free, shiny and just great.

I use the Miele Salt and Miele rinse aid. I did order Somat Salt off is less expensive than the Miele branded salt, rinse aid and detergent tabs. This is what Miele always used and recommended before they had their own brand. Somat salt, rinse aid and dishwasher tabs are the #1 rated brand in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I always used Somat when in Europe, and plan to switch back, once I finish my Miele tabs.

Hab' doch Spass mit deinem, neuen Geschirrspueler!! :)

Miele told me, that if you set the water hardness to 4 or less...the salt will NOT be used. Keep that in mind.


clipped on: 03.09.2011 at 01:36 pm    last updated on: 03.09.2011 at 01:36 pm

Finished pics - Creamy white, stained island

posted by: marmoreus on 01.25.2011 at 11:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is long overdue (we finished at the end of last August), but I wanted to thank all you Kitchen forum members for the great help. Thank you, thank you!!! I've really appreciated all the great information on this site. It has been such a helpful resource as we built a house for the first time.

On to the pictures.







So far the kitchen is working out really well for us. Other than not loving the performance of my wall oven, I am happy with how it all turned out.

The details:

Perimeter cabinets: Decora (Chantille finish on maple)
Island cabinets: Sorrento (Hermosa finish on alder)
Backsplash: Walker Zanger Gramercy Park (Heirloom White and Pipe Smoke)
Granite on perimeter: Antiqued Nordic Black (love this!)
Granite on Island: Alaskan White
Pendant lights: Schoolhouse Electric
Knobs & pulls: Amerock Highland Ridge
Barstools: Restoration Hardware (bought during Friends & Family sale--20% off--yay!)
Wall color: BM Revere Pewter
Flooring: walnut w/ Waterlox finish
Sink: Shaw's farmhouse sink
Sink faucet/soap dispenser: Danze Opulence
Range: NXR
Wall oven: Kitchenaid
Fridge: Bosch
Dishwasher: paneled Bosch
Micro: cheapo GE

Thanks again!


family room furniture layout/ fireplace cabinets
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RE: Support for overhang on granite counter top. (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: brickeyee on 08.01.2008 at 08:13 pm in Remodeling Forum

Wood is not really a suitable support for large overhangs of stone.
You would have to use inch thick plus thickness wood to provide enough support.
If the stone manages to flex even a tiny amount, it cracks.
Like glass, it is strong but brittle.
Add in any weak spots in the stone and you are asking for a failure.

Steel is a suitable strength member for stone.
It is both strong enough, and when installed correctly will greatly reduce the chances of failure.
Steel epoxied into slots in the stone is about as good as it gets.


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RE: How deep should the island/pennisula over hang? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: sherilynn on 01.16.2011 at 01:24 am in Kitchens Forum

As deep as your stool seat and room for knee clearance for any corbels. I wish my overhang was a bit deeper myself. Also, if you have granite, do not forget to get the heavy gauge steel plate under the entire counter top for support. Here's a photo (during the modification of cabinets and failed finish) of the metal plate that is probably bullet proof thickness!

If you do not use a metal plate, (some people use plywood, which brings other problems), then your granite could crack should someone plop their fanny up on the counter to sit when you're not there and it not have proper support. Things go on in your home when you're not there and kiddos are left alone... no matter what their ages! I know of a teen boy that jumped off an island counter years ago and the counter cracked because it did not have proper support. It fell a few minutes later. And corbels or L brackets are not real support; they are decorative.

Here is a link that might be useful: metal plate


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RE: thought about double vs. single sinks (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: never_ending on 01.10.2011 at 08:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have been researching this same question trying to make a decision too. It seems to be a 50/50 deal.

I have no room for a prep sink and my 48" vintage beauty that I have now eats up very valuable counter space. With a remodel we get a chance to get anything we want, but not everything!

For me the question really seems to be if my decision turns out to be wrong, what will be the easiest to live with based on my needs.

Based on that I can share why I *think* I am now leaning single vs the D shaped double.

I use my dishwasher for everything I can.

Any hand washing is usually large pots that I will fill with soap and water and use as the dishpan and I only rinse with the sprayer.

Deep is important to me to stow dirties.

Air drying can be done on the counter and at my house that IS usually better at my house because they WILL get put away then.

I can't say I would keep one sink free because even now that is not the case. =) One has dirties, the other has clean. I have a deep bowl double sink now, and will sometimes air dry dishes in that bowl now, and wash (in a pot) from the exact same size shallow bowl on the other side.

Since I am down sizing it struck that the small side of the *new* double sink would probably be too small to hold any of my air drying and/or too small to hold my needed washing- so really what would be the sense? If you are looking up grade your sink size,then I would imagine that has it's own set of reasoning.

My 48" sink- perfect if you have the room!



Basketweave tile?
clipped on: 01.11.2011 at 11:52 am    last updated on: 01.11.2011 at 11:52 am

Lolauren's finished kitchen -- photos! -- white, inset, shaker...

posted by: lolauren on 01.02.2011 at 10:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can finally post photos of my kitchen from our new construction house! I am very relieved to be able to say that. I designed every detail in this kitchen down to the inch and loved the design process. This forum was my biggest help and inspiration, so thank you to everyone!!

I had to cut myself off from posting too many photos. So, the rest of the album is here: ALBUM

Or, for the slideshow version: SLIDESHOW

Please feel free to ask questions.


Cabinets: Huntwood (Custom) Cabinets with shaker, inset doors (Huntwood does custom cabinetry. The color is their white paint option, as opposed to their creamy option. The closest match I can find to this is between Benjamin Moore's "white" and "super white." My door trim, baseboards, etc. are all BM's "Super White." It is just slightly brighter than my cabinets, but not noticably.)

Countertops: Cambrian black granite in a leathered/antiqued finish

Backsplash: White US Ceramics 3x6 subway tile

Appliances: are all Frigidaire Professional, except for the Electrolux cooktop (and my cheap GE microwave in the pantry)

Hood vent: I have no idea. It was whatever the builder used standard. I didn't splurge here, but the unit works perfectly.


* Main Sink: Grohe Bridgeford Bridge faucet with sidespray in ORB

* Island Sink: Grohe Bridgeford pull-down faucet in ORB

* Reverse Osmosis/cold water faucet: Newport Brass (I had to add this after the fact, upon learning that I needed a RO system. The Newport Brass model matches the Grohe faucet surprisingly well. The finish is almost identical.)

Sinks: Blanco Silgranit sinks in anthracit - larger is BlancoPrecis Super Single and smaller is BlancoPrecis 15.5" x 19.5"

Hardware: Rejuvention Hardware latches, pulls and knobs in ORB

Flooring: Lewis & Clark hardwood - color is Beacon Rock - wood is hickory - very distressed (this is a small company... it isn't the line Shaw offers)

Paint: Pittsburgh Paint's "Moth Gray" cut down to 75%

Window treatment: I didn't want any window treatment in the kitchen, but some days the sunset glares on me when I'm cooking dinner. To solve this, I put in a cellular shade that is almost completely hidden when closed. It looks like there is no window treatment, unless I really need it during those 10-15 minutes of glare.

Lighting: 10 recessed lights - I ended up opting out of pendants so the space appears more open. The three recessed lights above the island are on a different switch, for less light or future pendant additions.

Counter stools: Sturbridge Yankee Workshop's "Henry Leather stools" in black

Island dimensions: 51" x 91"

Island overhang: 19 inches on the long side, 11.5 inches on the short side (it was supposed to all be 19", but nothing ever goes right in construction! I still would prefer 19", but this doesn't bother me now with the stools in.)


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Photo of my pantry. (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: sharb on 10.30.2007 at 10:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is a photo of my pantry. It was completed almost a year ago. Yes, it was painted, but we didn't put anything in it for maybe a month after it was painted.
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I have more items in the pantry than did when this photo was taken, but it is just more of the same stuff.

I think it is just a musty, stale smell from lack of air circulation.


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RE: Height between pantry shelves? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: buehl on 01.16.2009 at 12:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is what we did in our corner step-in pantry:

[The MW, btw, didn't fit so it is not in the pantry as originally planned.]

Also, SharB once posted her measurements but the thread has long since fallen off. I saved them and here they are:


[Sharb's] pantry measures 4 feet wide by 5 feet deep.
Starting at the top:

18" top shelf to ceiling (Things I don't need often or are lightweight.)
15" to next shelf (cereal boxes, etc.)
10" to next (canned goods, etc.)
10" to next (canned goods, etc.)
16" to next (small appliances)
20" from bottom shelf to floor (extra waters, heavy items)

The depth of the back shelf and the right side 12". The left side is 6" and holds my [SharB's] husband's hot sauces and other small items.


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RE: Pip's Finished Kitchen! Lots of pics (Follow-Up #57)

posted by: pip on 12.22.2010 at 11:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

hi trailgirl, we got the full size KWC Eve. I also like the KWC Systema - it has the sprayer. In retrospect, we probably should have chosen that one for the sprayer, but I liked the Eve design a little better. It's a bummer you can't test out faucets at the showroom. As for the lip for the backsplash, we just ended the tile and they caulked the edge.

cookpr, so far we are happy with the KitchenAid dual fuel range. Easy to clean and cooks nicely (although the real test will be over the holiday when we bake the turkey and the fixins). We considered the Wolf 36 in/6 burner but ultimately ended up getting a great deal on the KA appliances so that was the reason we selected it. But so far no complaints.

Pip says thanks for all the love!


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Pip's Finished Kitchen! Lots of pics

posted by: pip on 12.21.2010 at 08:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to the many inspiring kitchens and knowledgeable people on this site, we just finished our 5 week remodel of our kitchen. The collective wisdom on this site helped us so much during the remodel!

The previous kitchen had been remodeled within the last 10 years, but it was separated from the rest of the home and lacked sufficient counter space for a family of four. We decided to tear down the wall that separated the kitchen and laundry room and expand into the dining room to give us more counter space. The windows in the corner were too low to run counters and that proved to be a design challenge. Instead of raising the windows which would have altered the architecture of the exterior of the home, we decided to make the area a banquette. We also moved the old doorway off the foyer and created two larger arches which open up the kitchen to the living and dining room.

The space was too small for an island, so we had our counter top fabricator make us a work table that is movable -- it has wheels and we can roll it out of the way if we want to open up the kitchen.

Cabinets - custom by Los Angeles cabinetmaker - maple shaker style (bar area is espresso finish)
Countertops - Madre Perla quartzite
Backsplash - White onyx staggered tile
Faucet - KWC Eve
Sink - Franke
All KitchenAid appliances, except for GE profile microwave Vent-a-hood
Lighting - onxy pendants purchased at Lighting Emporium
Pulls - Great Indoors
Floors - White Oak hardwoods to match the rest of the home
Paint- Martha Stewart "Fossil"




and, of course, a photo of Pip himself, enjoying his new kitchen...


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RE: drawer inserts? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: pudgybaby on 12.02.2010 at 10:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

We made custom inserts using the Lee Valley insert makers linked below. I learned about them on this forum. They are easy to make, but take a little time. I only have a pic of our silverware drawer, but we made inserts for many drawers, including spatulas and all the other random gadgets.


We have our knives in an 18 inch drawer (frameless), actually in the same stack as the siverware. We used a Wustoff in-drawer knife block: it holds 14 knives and we have room on the side of the knife block for our can opener, a couple of pair of scissors, and measuring spoons. We got ours at Sur La Table, but you might be able to find it cheaper elsewhere:

Here is a link that might be useful: Lee valley drawer dividers


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Beadboard or other wainscoting?

posted by: judydel on 12.11.2009 at 10:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

We were planning on beadboard wainscoting for one wall in our dining room. But after seeing katieob's reveal, I am wondering if we should consider wainscoting like in her beautiful home. Opinions welcome. Here are a few photos, which you probably have seen already, to give you an idea of our space. You can't see the wall we're considering treating like this. It's runs the length of the table across from the french doors.

I'm also including a photo of katieob's space to show her gorgeous wainscoting!


We have beadboard behind our garden sink, which is around the corner from the dining area.

And we have beadboard going up our new stairway.

katieob's home!!


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RE: Which dishwasher? Miele or Kitchenaid? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: antss on 12.16.2010 at 10:45 am in Appliances Forum

Miele - definitely.

Unlike with a lot of other brands, the lower level Mieles are the same chasis ect as the higher level ones. As you moove up you get a water softener, you get more flexible and adjustable racks, additional insulation on the top, and more wash programs like "cheese" and the top top has an automatic door opener and closer. More features. With Bosch you are getting different construction (plastic pans) different heaters, pumps ect as well as the creature comforts of racks and programs.

Re: hubby's rational, what did he think was flimsier? The racks, control buttons, ???? Miele has excellent build quality. Still a family run company, with KA you get Whirlpool's massive operation behind you which isn't a plus.

There are drawbacks to Miele and euro dw's in general - you should read the threads around here before you leap in, but I'll give you a condensed version.

Rack spacing is closer together to allow more dishes, but it can be a problem if you have thick clay type dishware. You also have to get with the program and load it in an orderly manner for best results. Can;t throw stuff in willy nilly plied up on each other. Some don't like a machine especially a relatively expensive one like these having so many procedures to follow.

You must use rinse aid, and even then plastic lids and sippy cups that pool water will not completely dry. You can place plastic anywhere though.

The silverware tray is love hate- most love -it even if it takes a bit of getting used to for them. Patent ran out a few years back and lots copy it now after years of officially bad mouthing it.

They can be sensitive to water and soap combos. If you have hard water - get a model with a softener and they tend not to like gel soaps or eco friendly kinds.


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RE: Pics of your 27' drawers with one versus two pulls? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: rjr220 on 12.15.2010 at 10:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

My drawers are a few inches bigger or smaller than yours, but here they are:

my pots drawers: 31", I put 2 handles per cabinet maker suggestion:

Bowls and appliances

The 4 stack (on the right) is 25" wide, with one handle.


Even though there are 2 handles on the big drawer, I only use one at a time -- there is usually something in the other hand! I think aesthetically it looks better on the big drawer -- think I could have gone either way on the 4 stack if it were 2 inches wider.


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~98% finished kitchen

posted by: itsnotrocketscience on 12.15.2010 at 09:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

First a big thanks to the many who helped me along the way. My kitchen works better thanks to you. If only I discovered this site a bit earlier!

I still have some finish trim, painting and a few other odds and ends to do. This is the first day in 3 months I have a working kitchen!

I'll provide some details here, I'll fill in the rest when I get around to the Finished Kitchen Blog.

Things I'm really glad I did: large corner susan, three full extension drawer for pots and pans and stuff, spice rack in upper cab to right of range, ''vitamin'' rack (as DW calls it) in pantry, sticking with the plan to include an island even though it is a wee one, trash pullout in end of island. To soon to say how tickled I'll be with my appliances, but I sure like how they look.

Things I would do differently given the chance: more drawers instead of lower doors, a tad better budget management (oh that homeowner induced scope creep is a bugger), a little different lighting arrangement (like one that doesn't give me a sunburn when at full blast). Not any really big woulda shoulda couldas here - I'm happy!

Countertop: Lemonela quartzite from a local yard - I seriously don't think anymore of this stuff exists anywhere.

Appliances: range - Capital Culinarian; hood - Modern Aire; frige - Liebherr freestanding french door; dishwasher - Miele Diamante; speed oven - Miele; warming drawer - Miele

Sink stuff: sink - Koehler Executive Chef; faucet - Kohler Vinnata; instant hot water system - Everhot hot/cold; filter - Bodyglove; soap dispenser - Kohler; air switch for disposal. Hmmm, I'm in California, where's the air gap for the DW? Shucks, I guess I forgot.

Cabinets - Smallbone custom beaded frame, flush inset, Blum hinges and guides, maple melamine interior. Custom stained and finished. Island done differently, it is distressed and darker.

Backsplash: honed and filled travertine, ''Premium Italian'' 12'' x 12'' floor tiles cut into 4'' x 4'' tiles by my granite fabricator, edges eased. 1-1/2'' buttons made from left over counter top material, milled to approximate thickness of tile. I don't recall the grout color.

Floor - existing - Anderson Mountain Hickory Golden (the few spots where new floor was laid sure doen't match the old very well.

Hardware - Jeffery Alexander, Symphony and Venezia lines

Now the pix:












And just to show how much DW and I love our dog, we kept his dog door and stoped the cabinet short (this used to be under the overhang of the peninsula).

This is how much we love our dog.


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RE: Let's talk about window treatments! (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: laurainlincoln on 12.13.2010 at 03:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Okay, mine were installed on Saturday and I am pretty happy with them considering how terrible I thought they would be (normally, I am a total optimist) - the coloring looks a little weird (peachy) in the photos, but they are very neutral and give some warmth to the space. They are easy to operated and I do like the clean lines. The kithcen is all one shade and the family room is three shades but they operate with one cord.

It is very cozy at night to have them all down. We went outside mount to maximize light and although they cover the chunky trim that I love, I would rather have the light. Hope this helps someone else - window treatments are BRUTAL.




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Progress pix - nearing the finish line!

posted by: itsnotrocketscience on 12.11.2010 at 09:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

I had a few moments to take a coupla snaps today. Backsplash was installed Thurs and Friday, no grout yet - that will be done on Monday. GC says it will be sealed on Tuesday, the same day the electrician and plumber will finish their work. Appliance installation Wednesday.

I received some wonderful advice about back splash choices on this forum, but in the end I stuck with travertine. Sorry to disappoint anyone! ;-) DW and I found a filled and honed 12'' x 12'' floor tile we liked very much, very light vanilla colored, relatively fewer pits. Our granite contractor cut them to 4'' x 4'' and eased the edges. He also made some buttons from our quartzite.

Anywho, here are a few pictures. More to come next week.

Sorry for the giant photos...on my way to a holiday party, no time to compress.









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RE: Does your faucet have 'locking dual spray control'? (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: boxerpups on 12.13.2010 at 10:10 am in Kitchens Forum

I have a very boring faucet and it DOES have the locking
spray. Price Pfister Parisa. The day we were shopping my
DH was bored to tears by my shopping for a faucet.
He turned to me in avid frustration after I asked him for
the millionth time.

"Honey which do you love the best?"

"I hate them all the same just choose one already."
Yes he is easily impatient.

So I grabbed the PP for it's price and reputation not
on beauty. I wish I had spent more time really
thinking about which faucet to buy. I still covet
the Delta Allora. And love the Ladylux, the Bellefleur
is amazing... so many to choose so few kitchens to play with.
Maybe Santa will bring me this one under my tree.

Kohler Simplice

Delta Allora ( I covet this one)

Danze Bellafleur (Elegant)

Hansgroe (Looks like the work horse of the kitchen)



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RE: Lauzon wood flooring - Very happy! - Pics (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: kge9 on 09.06.2009 at 05:11 pm in Flooring Forum

I've been using a microfiber mop to sweep. Then I spray Bona on a clean microfiber mop and go over the floor. My installer told me to get the Bona kit. I didn't but I got the spray bottle of Bona which I use sparingly. I got it in Bed Bath and Beyond with a coupon. I've had solid red oak in my kitchen for about 15 yrs. and have always used a microfiber mop for sweeping. In the kitchen I use to damp mop with plain water and if needed a little soap on stubborn spots, since the kitchen needs more maintenance. Now I've been using the Bona or 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water and then damp mopping. I also dry the floor with a towel if I'm using the water/water and vinegar.


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finished kitchen for blog

posted by: cubby14 on 11.08.2006 at 01:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

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Finally finished a mostly DIY remodel.

Cabinets: Medallion Calistoga in Cherry Pecan finish
Granite: Russian Sable (similar to Tan Brown in color but less chunky and a little more movement)
Backsplash: Tumbled marble in Alexandria 4x4 on diagonal and 2x2 straight separated by a border of scroll liner villagio tile.
Floors: natural white oak engineered planks
Viking 30" Induction cooktop
Kobe range hood
KitchenAid Counterdepth side by side refrigerator
Kitchenaid double ovens
GE spacemaker microwave
Sink: Blanco silgranite double bowl (antracite)
Faucet: Price Pfister Marielle (soon to be replaced)
Undercabinet lights: Kichler Xenon

Got rid of soffit on cooktop wall, changed fridge wall to look more built in, took out old flourecent fixtures and replaced with cans, moved sink, replace garden window, removed window and relaced it with a door to outside. added double ovens.

Thanks for looking and for the Kitchen forum for being so helpful and informative.

Here is a link that might be useful: kitchen album before and after


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RE: please tell me the name of a cream tumbled stone for backspla (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: blubird on 12.06.2010 at 10:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's a picture of my ivory travertine. It has been enhanced and sealed.

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The grout is Tec Sandstone (IIRC)



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RE: Please post pics of cabinets with golden oak floors (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: cheri127 on 12.08.2010 at 09:10 am in Kitchens Forum

We stained our floor golden oak with medium brown cabinets. Our floors aren't as "gold" as the old floors were though.

recessed sink base


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RE: Can you show me the cabinet over your fridge please? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: irishcreamgirl on 12.07.2010 at 02:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

We also have about a 3 inch gap. I haven't done anything about it yet because I haven't selected our new refrigerator. (I'm having a really had time paying more money to have less room in a counterdepth SS just so it will "look good!")
We have extra trim to fill in with if we have to.

Our kitchen is still a work in progress......needs tile and wall paint.


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RE: Pictures of wood kitchens please! (Follow-Up #48)

posted by: julieh1926 on 11.10.2010 at 08:48 am in Kitchens Forum

We're not quite done, and I haven't posted any pictures yet (hopefully will have a final report soon!), but here's a sneak peak of our natural cherry cabinets with soapstone counters! This was mostly a DIY job.

Sorry they're a bit blurry.

view of the kitchen from family room:
view from family room area into kitchen

wine rack wall:

wine rack, pantry & other storage

appliance garage -- closed

view of kitchen

island with cooktop


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RE: cherry cabinets with white or red oak floor? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: boxerpups on 11.28.2010 at 07:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love your kitchen KittenKat, It just proves my personal belief that oak floors with cherry cans can be gorgeous.

Here are a few more Cherry and wood floors for Trailgirl. ~boxerpups







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RE: cherry cabinets with white or red oak floor? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: kittenkat_2002 on 11.28.2010 at 11:50 am in Kitchens Forum

The floors are white oak with 2 coats of semi gloss Bona poly and 1 coat of satin Bona poly. We remodeled a 1950s house and patched in existing white oak with boards where needed.
The cabinets are cherry with a water based stain but I don't know the color, the cabinet maker mixed two stains. It's more brown than red though.



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RE: cherry cabinets with white or red oak floor? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: staceyneil on 11.27.2010 at 07:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

I had existing red oak floors (with clear poly, no stain) and natural cherry cabinets. Almost picked Costa Esmerelda, too :)
Her it is not finished yet, and before the cherry cabinets darkened up. It's even prettier now that the cherry is a little darker and richer.


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