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soft seagrass? or sisal... with kids?

posted by: KCRemodeler on 08.08.2013 at 10:05 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I'm ISO a 9x12 natural fiber rug for my living seems the perfect fit for what I've got going on from a design perspective but I'm a bit worried about the practicality.

I have a 1 year old and 4 year old. Although this isn't our main play area, they will be walking in the living room an the occasional spill will happen. I've heard there are spray protectants for these this is a truly solution to making a seagrass rug practical?

Is there a rug out there that is soft enough that my family won't avoid the living room with bare feet?

Looking for recommendations to point me to the right rug. Thank you!!!


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terrible vibration from Miele washer spin cycle

posted by: highstrung on 09.25.2007 at 01:25 pm in Laundry Room Forum

It seems like a few of you may have had a similar problem...Our Miele, on our 3rd floor has a very powerful spin cycle. It rattles the kitchen ceiling, 2 floors below. We cannot change the location of the washer. To reduce vibration, we affixed the machine to the wood floor using brackets provided by Miele. Still no improvement. One suggestion was creating a concrete pad to "absorb" the vibration right under the machine. Help... any advice, thoughts, feedback is much appreciated, as we too feel like the Space Shuttle is launching in our kitchen every time we do a load in the washer.


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Color match to Shiloh polar white?

posted by: truffula on 11.22.2014 at 12:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to all the help on this board, my kitchen is almost done. We've installed Shiloh inset cabinets in polar white and they look really great. Has anyone matched this color in a benjamin white color? We are building some seats nearby and I would like to paint it a similar white since it's right next to the cabinets. Thanks to everyone who have helped with all the kitchen layout questions


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Cleaning Stainless Steel Refrigerator

posted by: marypearl on 08.28.2008 at 06:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Does anyone know of a cleaner for stainless steel that actually works? I've bought a couple of different brands and the nice soft towels that were recommended but cannot get the streaks out of the refrigerator. I would appreciate any tips you all can give me. Thanks.


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Think we have decided on White Macauba Quartzite for kitchen...

posted by: LLee2 on 02.18.2014 at 02:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can anyone comment on their experience with this stone and how it holds up? Also, if you have it... do you feel that it looks greenish in your kitchen? We are doing white inset cabinetry and then a dark wood center island. I found a lot that was beautiful but areas of it are pretty green and I am not crazy about having green. Has anyone had any luck finding a nice white/gray variation that doesn't have much green in it? We are in the NY/NJ/CT area so could travel around here to find the right stone.

Thank you so much for any advice you can offer!


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Basic lesson in under cabinet lighting? Recommendations?

posted by: Gigibozo on 03.24.2013 at 02:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can anyone give me a lesson in under cabinet lighting? Any recommendations? Tips? I don't have it in my current 20-plus year kitchen, so I am clueless.



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Banquette Bench: CKGM and Shelayne -- pics please!

posted by: BalTra on 03.29.2012 at 07:04 am in Kitchens Forum

On the heels of 2LittleFishies -
I'd love to see photos of the IKEA banquette benches - hopefully depicting the "filler" needed.
Can these benches be mobile, or must they be built in?
Thanks much.


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Almost Finished...lots of pics

posted by: michelle16 on 09.09.2012 at 08:28 am in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is not completely done, I will post more pics and details when it's finished. Still waiting on a glass door and draw from the cabinet maker.Still need backsplash, am thinking of something unique from artistic tile since I only have one wall of backsplash. Still need curtains and light fixtures are on backorder till October 8th.Thanks to all who helped me along the way.Michelle


Edgecomb gray. Gilmore pulls.
White Macubus Calacutta Quartzite
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erikanh~what size are your dish drawer pulls?

posted by: katieob on 07.15.2009 at 07:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Erika.

Hope all is well.
Finished pics soon?????

Our cabinetmaker thinks we should do 4 inch pulls (I'm doing the Aubrey from RH) to match our 4 inch Gilmore pulls. I think 4 inch will look too wimpy for those since they're appliances. Yours look right-what size? And are your Gilmore pulls all 4 inches?

Thanks as always,


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What size ? How many Knobs and Pulls on each drawer?

posted by: cflaherty on 10.04.2011 at 10:59 am in Kitchens Forum

Getting ready to order our door Knobs and Pulls for our Kitchen, Mudd Room and Half Bath. What is the recommendation for drawers that are the following sizes?

24 7/8
29 13/16


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super white quartzite irl--omg!!!!!!!!!

posted by: breezygirl on 03.18.2011 at 09:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've seen pics of Super White (like in Firsthouse's beautiful kitchen) and drooled over it. Gorgeous, right? I saw a slab IRL today and I have to say that it is about 100 times more beautiful in person.

I looked around for it in my area last year. No one had it, but I was told that it was very expensive. I gave up. Today while up in the big city, the kids and I had 30 mins before we had to leave for home. What's a TKO to do? Why, go to a slab yard, of course.

The salesman was taking me to see a stone that might work as a contrast to my Carrara when I walked around a corner and saw IT. I must a have let out an audible gasp because the salesman gave me a funny look. I was blinded by the beauty. The colors! The swirls! The glow! The depth! It's really indescribable.

I stammered quietly, "that's .....that's....oh my.". He said that the one, single, solitary slab they had was on hold. After checking the computer while I tried to keep myself from grabbed that huge slab myself and making a run for it, he reported that there were actually 2 holds on it. More slabs were supposed to ship on September of last year. Ha. That means it's not coming. Oh, the heartbreak!

I looked at a few more stones much less beautiful and headed dejectedly for the car. If the stars align just right, maybe my third place bid for that piece of heaven will be enough. So count yourselves lucky if you live in an area where more than one slab shows up more often than once a year.


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Removing Etch Marks from Marble

posted by: i_m_fletcher on 01.08.2011 at 10:38 am in Kitchens Forum

I've had my new marble counter tops for about three weeks now. As expected, I've created a few etch marks on the counter tops - primarily in the prep area between the sink and range top as well as a few really good ones next to the sink edge.

-Calacatta Ruggine (very similar to Calacatta Gold)
-Brushed Surface (lightly polished with some texture)
-Sealed by Fabricators
-Etch marks created by lime juice and orange juice

I was under the impression that once an etch mark is made (and it happens instantly) there's nothing that can be done except get used to the new mark on the counter top. I'm ok with this in general and actually like the idea that my counter tops will develop a patina over time.

That being said, those first few etch marks stick out like a sore thumb and are a little rough to accept. I set out to see if I could remove them. The good news is that I found a process / product that I feel is very effective at removing these etch marks. Details are in the photo illustrations below.

Small Etch Mark Next to Sink:

Same Etch Mark After Cleaning (proving it's really an etch not dirt):

Etch Removal In Process:

Counter Top After Polishing (Took <1 Min) and Cleaning:

Another Etch Mark:

After Polishing:

Here's a Shot of The Product I Used:

My question is, has anyone else used this stuff (or something similar)? Seems pretty easy and effective. Are there reasons that haven't occurred to me on why I shouldn't use this stuff? Is this common knowledge or an exciting development in the world of Marble counter top care here on Gardenweb?


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Finished Bathroom Reveal Thread

posted by: hobokenkitchen on 03.18.2013 at 10:05 am in Bathrooms Forum

There are so many beautiful bathrooms on this forum so I thought it might be nice to have a thread where finished bathrooms can be added as a 'one stop shop' for ideas for people planning bathrooms.

If you'd like to play along here are the rules:

1: Max 3 photos per bathroom.
2: Please add some details on your tiles/ fixtures.
3: Please keep comments to a minimum - I'm hoping this thread might be mostly pictures of finished bathrooms and the details to go along with them.

Please feel free to post your bathrooms! : )


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Where to buy knobs online?

posted by: buddysmom on 06.15.2014 at 09:57 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm actually looking for knobs for a bedroom dresser but I know the kitchen GW's will know:)

Can you give me some recommendations on where to get reasonably-priced knobs online?



Knobs online
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Kitchen reveal!

posted by: hbrrbh on 06.10.2014 at 07:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to everyone who so patiently answered my many questions. Here are some photos from our kitchen remodel. Our house is a center entrance colonial in New England, so we went with an eclectic/traditional look. The kitchen is on the dark side, so we went with white cabinets. Our prior kitchen was modern, but starting to fall apart. We gutted it, and took down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to open up the space.

Cabinets: custom made by Sharp Woodworking in Canton, MA. (Loved them!) Perimeter cabinets are painted BM Dove White; island and hutch are quarter sawn oak with a pecan glaze.
Pulls: .Cliffside cup pulls and knobs in Old Antique. Ordered online from The Knob Store
Counter: Leathered River White granite, fabricator was Select Stone in Billerica, MA
Floor: Oak hardwood (to match the rest of the house)
Double oven: Bosch 500 series double convection
Cooktop: Bosch 800 series, gas, five burner, 30"
DIshwasher: Bosch 500 series
Fridge: JennAir counter depth french door
Microwave: countertop Panasonic
Exhaust fan: Frigidaire (?) kept it to 400 cfms so we didn't have to deal with make up air, this was sufficient for our "non professional" cooktop
Sink: Franke Orca, with right side grid
Faucet: Kohler Simplice
island pendant: ? The only thing we saved from the old kitchen (other than the garbage disposal)
Backsplash: Fireclay, 3 x 6 Mushroom, ordered directly from Fireclay

Here are some photos -- we didn't do anything that unusual, put I'll be glad to post more if people have specific questions.

Sink wall (outside wall of the kitchen, window looks into a screened porch) This is the view from the dining room, across the island. And yes, we have the cooktop in the island -- we had this set up in our old kitchen and really like it.


Fireclay tile in mushroom with river white granite
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Restoration Hardware Pale Silver Paint

posted by: workinprogress_2008 on 03.31.2008 at 11:40 am in Paint Forum

Does anyone know what the perfect color match is to Restoration Hardware's Pale Silver paint in Benjamin MOore or Behr? Pale Silver is in the Silver Sage line of paint colors. I love Silver Sage but I have been warned that it maybe too dark for my LR/DR. Is there a good color between Pale Silver and Silver Sage -- they are both in the same color family but Pale Silver is a lot lighter. Thanks!


The perfect color match for Restoration Hardware colors
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Ordering Grazia Rixi samples which colors?

posted by: kam76 on 05.27.2014 at 06:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have white shaker cabinets, soapstone counter tops and a copper bluestar range and hood. Paint color is gray owl. What color(s) samples would you order to start out with? The show room is over 1 1/2 hours away from me so I want to be reasonably sure this is something I am interested in before making the trip.







Here is a link that might be useful: Rixi Tile Colors


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30" gas cooktop advice - bosch NGM8054UC or wolf?

posted by: mmc9876 on 11.21.2013 at 06:39 pm in Appliances Forum

I'm torn between the two below gas cooktops. The 30" five-burner bosch gas cooktop (top-rated on consumer reports) or the 30" four-burner Wolf gas cooktop. Must be a 30" and cooktop (vs. commercial-style range). I took my most-used pots and pans to the store and laid them out in various configurations; both cooktops fit perfectly.

Here are the details:

Bosch: html?source=browse

16,000 Btu/hr
10,000 Btu/hr (x2)
5,500 Btu/hr (x2)

15,000 / 950 Btu/hr
12,000/ 800 Btu/hr
9,200 / 300 Btu/hr (x2)

Any thoughts? Wolf is nearly $1k more expensive. I don't want to get it just for the sake of "Wolf is a higher-end brand". Wolf has simmer setting on all burners, but Bosch has two simmers, too. Bosch's center burner has higher BTUs, better for boiling water faster for pasta, etc. They seem equally easy to clean. Both auto-reignite, illuminated knobs. Cutout size similar.

I just cant decide!



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Cooktop (DCS, Bosch?), wall oven, Bosch built-in refrigerator

posted by: mossphl on 03.11.2014 at 10:54 pm in Appliances Forum

Gas cooktop: ideally, sealed burners with pretty high BTUs (11K+) on all (or most) burners, while also having decent simmer capabilities. It sounds like DCS with dual-stacked sealed burners might fit the bill at $1200. I had also looked at Capital Maestro, but I have read that the simmer is not as good.

For wall ovens, I am not that picky. The Bosch 500/800 sounds fine, and since we are doing a Bosch dishwasher, I am tempted to go with that. At the same time, I see that Bosch has a gas cooktop, and if we get enough Bosch, there are better rebates.

Background: I was originally looking at 30" ranges, then 36" cooktop with double wall oven. But now I am considering a gas cooktop with single wall oven and Breville smart oven - if the wall oven is under the counter, perhaps under the cooktop, then we gain additional counter space.


(1) Any more feedback on DCS cooktop vs other options?

(2) Will the DCS (or other) work over a wall oven? I looked at the manuals and it looks okay.

(3) Bosch 36" built-in fridge: I am wincing at the cost of a Subzero, so I am interested in comparisons to Liebherr, Kitchenaid and other built-ins. I wouldn't get the Thermador over the Bosch for the price difference.



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Layout question please

posted by: truffula on 05.27.2014 at 11:43 am in Kitchens Forum

Hello. I appreciate all the info on this board. I've even discovered Shiloh cabinets which I would never have thought of by myself. My kitchen is a u shape and I know several gardenwebbers have suggested that I lose the double oven (top would be a microwave/speed oven) and cooktop to gain more countertop space, but I just like the thought of not having to bend over alot and a smaller oven for everyday casserole use.

This is one configuration. Just wondered if you thought the dishwasher on a different wall from the sink was really odd? There would be enough room to open it with the person standing at the sink looking out the window. FYI, to the right of the sink, two undercounter washer/dryers have to go...

Would appreciate your thoughts about the dishwasher placement. It seems to be the best place to go without putting in a corner sink.



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What wall oven to go with Advantium

posted by: Laura_PA on 08.22.2012 at 10:26 pm in Appliances Forum

Help! I was going to go with the GE Monogram convection oven to pair with a GE Monogram Advantium 240 (which I chose after researching/debating over Electrolux, Miele etc with the help of the forums here and the search button) but after hearing things about GE from the kitchen cabinet guy and then seeing the horrible rating it gets from CR (not that I put 100% stock into those ratings, but I'd rather not see a 46/100) I am having 2nd thoughts.

so my question is - what 30" wall oven would perform well and also look good paired with the Speed cook? (I prefer the monogram styling over the profile).


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Which Kitchen Faucet Did You Choose? - 3

posted by: rococogurl on 03.08.2014 at 11:11 am in Kitchens Forum

Has anyone used the Kohler Vinnata lately? I've been seeing a lot of Waterstone and Delta but not that one.

That was the top pick 3 years ago, followed by Grohe Ladylux Plus and Kohler's Simplice.

Guess it's time to see what everyone is using now. I posted my high arc faucet last time but no change there (though I've thought about it because every time I clean it I think I should have the Kohler Sensate that you don't even need to touch).

What did you go with? Pics?


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Banquette anyone?

posted by: coleen3201118 on 05.07.2007 at 05:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

DH and I are discussing seating for our kitchen. He likes the kitchen table and chairs whereas I think a banquette is the way to go - I'm not opposed to keeping a round table, but I like the seating better (for at least 2 walls). After all, when we go out to eat I always go for the "booth" type of seat. Does anybody have a banquette or an opinion on one and is there any reason I may come to regret pushing this? Thanks!


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Shiloh white inset cabinets style

posted by: truffula on 05.17.2014 at 05:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

I saw the Shiloh cabinets in person today - people like them so much on this site - and I really do like them. I saw the Square Flat, Homestead, Heritage and Richmond styles. Polar white seems to be the one on display. I'm thinking square flat with beaded inset - also liked the richmond with plain inset. Does anyone like theirs? I see a lot of pictures doing a search but many refer to them as inset cabinets and don't specify which types they are. TIA!


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Has anyone purchased from efaucet?

posted by: mileaday on 09.04.2009 at 11:29 am in Bathrooms Forum

I can save some money ordering some of my bath items from but I have seen some negative reviews about damaged products and customer service. The money that I can save won't be worth it if I run into problems. Does anyone have personal experience dealing with this company?


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Replacing double wall ovens with range?

posted by: Andresrr on 04.16.2014 at 01:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are planning our kitchen remodel and are stuck at almost every detail. The latest is the decision between keeping our double wall ovens and cooktop or replacing with slide in range. Here are the particulars:

We'd happily move to a bigger house if we could afford it but we cannot. We may be there for the long run. In the six years we have been in the house, we have used both ovens exactly three times. Our children our young, we don't do holidays at my house but instead go to the parents. I don't like turkey.

We cook just about every day for a family of four. We bake maybe once or twice a week and must admit having the wall oven is very ergonomical. The second oven acts as storage for our cast iron cookware, which we use once or twice a week. Not a small thing actually.

I would say our kitchen is moderate size. Wall ovens are common in our area and I would say the current functionality is good overall.

A range would allow us to pick up cabinet space but not much in the way of counter space; at least as currently designed. Obviously, a range is also cheaper than double ovens, which is a consideration. Resale value I think should always be a factor as you never know, we could move sooner than we think.

Of course, we could comprise and get a single oven?


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Finished Kitchen - 20 pounds of sand in a 10 pound bucket

posted by: mamadadapaige on 10.29.2012 at 08:19 am in Kitchens Forum

Not sure if you remember last spring when I was working on the layout of my kitchen... super long list of stuff I had to get in there and a very challenging floorplan with a chimney and two staircases to work around.

You were all so helpful during that time and more recently too with lighting decisions.

My number one priority was seating for four and also being able to have the kids work with me - the peninsula allows both of those and it is working out SO well. I also love having so much more natural light coming in with two new windows (although the windows mean less wall cabinet space but I love having the light so I would still opt for this).

Here are some before pictures:
And After Pictures






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please recommend a stainless steel sink

posted by: AGK2003 on 04.10.2014 at 03:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

was originally planning on apron fireclay but quickly realized i would lose my mind if it chipped/scratched, so stainless it is. we are looking for an undermount, not too fond of the apron stainless sinks. we can go up to 36". please let me know what kind of you have and your experience with it. thanks!


Stainless steel sink
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ventless hood help

posted by: truffula on 04.09.2014 at 03:29 pm in Appliances Forum

Does anyone have a ventless 30 inch hood (over 400 cfm) that they would recommend? My KD is recommending a XOT30S or the Viking Professional Series VWH3010SS.


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White cabinets - shaker or raised panel

posted by: truffula on 04.05.2014 at 09:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

I see a lot of pictures of shaker cabinets and I think it's a beautiful look. I also like the raised panel styles (I tend towards traditional) but worry it may look a bit dated. Does anyone have a white kitchen with raised panel details?


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White Painted Shaker Cabinet Pricing Comparison

posted by: kompy on 05.11.2012 at 04:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

For my own personal use, I priced out a wall and base cabinet in a few of my cabinet lines to see where each line stood on price. These prices do not include any manufacturer promotions currently running. All include freight costs. I looked up...with a bit of difficulty, the prices of IKEA. I thought there would be more SKUs and doorstyles.

Shaker door style
Maple Wood
White Paint
Drawer guides: Whatever comes standard
No upgrades
Note: All are full overlay...except with Shiloh you can choose from full overlay or inset. Both are the same price right now. Ikea, Debut, KraftMaid and Plain & Fancy, all have full extension, soft close drawers as a standard.

Cost to Homeowner:
$600 to $650 for Ikea Akurum (req. assembly-$55 per box?)
$657 Debut Cabinetry: Oxford
$669 Medallion: Silverline Lancaster
$888 Shiloh: Shaker Inset (reverse raised panel shaker)
$916 KraftMaid: Atwater
$963 KraftMaid: Huntington
$983 Medallion: Potter's Mill
$987 Showplace: Pendleton
$1494 Plain & Fancy: Vogue Beaded Inset

So for 24' Lin. Ft of cabinets, costs would be:
$5,352 Medallion Silverline Full Overlay
$7,104 Shiloh Inset
$11,952 P&F Inset

I realize, much of this could change from dealer to dealer and region to region. If you add another brand of cabinet, I can add it to the list. Also some brands are higher on the extras like accessories, moldings and custom modifications. For cost comps in your area and for your kitchen, you still must do the footwork. But maybe this will help somebody.


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convection microwave recommendations?

posted by: melkel31 on 04.01.2014 at 07:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Remodeling our kitchen soon and we are getting a convection microwave to use as not only a regular microwave, but an extra oven for several times a year when I am always complaining that I NEED another oven! ;) Anyway we are going to mount in in a cabinet built in area so not an OTR microwave... Any suggestions on which convection countertop style to get? any help is much appreciated!


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Help for smallish, eat-in, trafficky kitchen layout?

posted by: smallhouse on 02.17.2014 at 02:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello everyone. Long time lurker, small time commenter, first time thread starter. I've learned so much from reading all of your posts, so before I ask this favor I'd like to thank you for your past expertise as well.

I would like to get some opinions about my layout if I could. This probably won't be actioned for a bit, but I figure it's never too early to get a game plan. For one thing, we want to rewire and replumb the house (and pay for it) before ripping out the kitchen. Any opinions on this order of operation? In any case, I figure it's best to have a kitchen layout in mind while proceeding with those items.

We are two adults. We both cook, but we have lived here 14 years and have gotten pretty used to not using the kitchen at the same time for the most part and just staying out of each other's way. So improving things for more than one person isn't a huge priority.

We have to retain some sort of eating space in the kitchen, since there is no other dedicated one in the house. However, there is heavy through traffic in the kitchen and I would like to do what I can to relieve the pinch point between the existing table and the fridge. Also, because of the proximity to the back door, one reason the table there isn't very functional for us now is that we tend to pile stuff on the table and/or chairs when we come in.

Every time I think about changing the placement of major appliances, it seems to make it worse instead of better. But, you guys are smarter than me about that kind of stuff so maybe you'll come up with something. The house is on a crawlspace and we want to replumb and rewire before doing the kitchen anyway, so the appliances can be moved. The only thing that might be kind of expensive is moving the hood, it's already vented through the roof.

The house is 1943, single story, crawlspace, plaster and lath walls (that sustained some cracks in Nisqually, not sure whether to repair some of them or demo/drywall). We don't want to make major structural changes, and I'm not sure where we could expand to anyway other than outside (ka-ching). I think the wall between the living room and kitchen is load bearing, and as you will see the kitchen is already not too ungenerously sized in proportion to the house. There was a kitchen renovation done in the late 70s, and we have some seriously far out finishes going on in there that have all seen better days. Just the top wall of uppers I think might be original, but they don't have doors and aren't very special or anything.

My skills of a measurer are not superb, I think I got tripped up by window and door trim on the left side of my drawing, but it should give the general idea. I'll post the empty room and current state for now, I do have an idea which I'll work on drawing and post next.

Thank you so much in advance for any help!

Here's the empty room.

Empty photo Emptyfloorplanresized_zps36b14f91.jpg

Current configuration.

Current photo Currentstateresized_zps44293e19.jpg

And the whole house, for context.

Whole house photo Wholehousecaptioned_zpsf414d1af.jpg

Thanks again!!!


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sourcing pulls

posted by: kam76 on 03.21.2014 at 02:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

Does anyone know where I might find pulls similar to this with the one screw on the outside showing:? This is pottery barn's newport pull but their website is awful and it doesn't appear that they sell these pulls individually- you have to buy them as a set 2 nobs 2 pulls which I don't want to do. I know Restoration Hardware's Aubrey pull is similar but I would like to have just one screw so I am not limiting my hardware options in the future.
I definitely do not want to go more than $10 a pull so I know that limits me.


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Grout Boost vs. Bostick Urethane Grout

posted by: bbstx on 03.20.2014 at 08:20 am in Kitchens Forum

My backsplash is going to be re-done. It will be white subway tile with light gray or maybe even white grout. I worry about staining the grout with grease and such, especially behind the range. The tile guy says he can add Grout Boost to the grout and it will be stain resistant or he can use Bostick Urethane Grout. Anyone here with experience with either?


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What kitchen layout planner software do you like?

posted by: truffula on 03.20.2014 at 09:30 am in Kitchens Forum

I think I need to play with the layout of my kitchen a bit and wondered what layout software you've liked and is fairly user-friendly? Thanks


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Kitchen Remodel DONE! Lots of pics...

posted by: maryannboffey on 03.26.2012 at 12:32 am in Kitchens Forum

THANKS to everyone who has ever posted information or pics on here, it's ALL been very useful and appreciated in our remodel!!!


Faucet: Rohl Country Collection C-Spout Deck Mount Bridge Faucet w/Sidespray, A1461WS, Polished Nickel, Metal Levers,

Sink: Rohl Shaw's Original, Rohl RC3018

Appliances: Kitchen Aid Dishwasher, Range, and Vent Hood, GE Monogram Microwave

Wood top: Black Walnut plank style, 1 �' thick. Ordered 4x8 size 'Contractor-style DIY', contractor cut down and routed, I did finish with Waterlox products from craft-art,

Pulls:, Duluth Pull Oil-Rubbed about $12.50 each, 4' and 6' used

Knobs: Home Depot, probably $3-4 each
Came in copper color, I spray painted them with Oil Rubbed Bronze

Lights:, 'Harlowe' $99 each

Tile: Dal Folio 1 series, 3x6 in AT01 SnowDrift

Countertops: Absolute Black in 'Antiqued' from Pental in Seattle

Corbels:, Legacy 9 1/2 Inch Curved Bracket Corbels

Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchen Pics


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How do I inventory/measure my stuff for best effect?

posted by: JessHS on 03.17.2014 at 10:00 am in Kitchens Forum

I have heard lots of people comment to inventory or measure their stuff to help in planning their new kitchens. I feel like that is what I need to do now, but I'm kind of stuck with how to actually do this. Is there a worksheet or some other guide to getting this done? Anybody have any advice?


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Light granite recommendations for white shaker cabinets

posted by: amandaray on 03.17.2014 at 08:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

My husband and I are renovating our kitchen with extremely dark bamboo floors (almost black), white shaker cabinets and white subway tile backsplash.

The next thing we are looking for are granite countertops. We are very torn on the color. We would like lighter countertops, perhaps something that looks good with light grey & light beige - as one of those colors will be the all-over kitchen wall color.

We love the look of carrara marble, but we are not willing to deal with the staining & frail nature of the material.

Any recommendations & pictures are much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!


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Kitchen layout advice needed - thanks

posted by: truffula on 03.18.2014 at 02:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

Kitchen gurus, I am renovating a kitchen in an apartment and hope for your input. This is what the kitchen looks like now

This is the proposed layout, keeping things in general where they are

The trick is that washer/dryers are allowed in the kitchen and nowhere else (it's an apartment) so a combined unit is hidden to the right of the dishwasher under the cabinet.
Here are some 3D renderings:

Possible banquette area not drawn to size

Things that are different from the original layout are the drawers under the gas range (for pots and pans) and a 27 inch double oven (one of which is also a microwave). Thanks for your thoughts.


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color combination quizz! (with cloud white)

posted by: barista9 on 03.11.2014 at 10:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

Which quartz would better match cabinets painted in BM Cloud white

1) CS Frosty Carrina
2) CS London gray

I keep trying (actually have my preference), but I just don't have the eye for it. If you've done either or something similar, please share.

thanks so much!


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Banquette Table: Round vs Rectangular

posted by: pat_123 on 04.24.2010 at 05:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

We will be putting a built-in L-shaped banquette into this space.

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I really have a hard time picturing it until the dry wall was in. Exact dimensions are to be determined. Maybe 5ft x5ft. Or at least 4ft x 4ft. GC wants to do piano hinged seats and I'm leaning toward under seat drawers.

In such a tight space, a round table would allow more walking space, but wouldn't a rectangular table allow folks to have more table space? I keep thinking the person sitting at the end would have to sit on the edge of their seat to reach a round table.

If you have a banquette, please share photos.



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Great blog entry about off-white paint

posted by: kathec on 02.11.2011 at 11:35 am in Kitchens Forum

It can be a major source of frustration. You Google 'til the wee hours of the morning, should I do White Dove, Mayonnaise, Cloud White, Marscarpone, Blah, Blah, Blah. Megan from Frugal Farmhouse Design posted about how she picks off whites. This is probably one of the most informative. I never would have thought to have the store print out the formula. Based on the tints, you can better determine which undertones it will have. Or maybe, narrow the field WAY down. I've been buying samples and have a list of samples I want as long as my elbow. Don't even ask me how much I've spent so far, LOL! So, take a look.

Here is a link that might be useful: Frugal Farmhouse Design Off White Paint


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BM Simply White Cabinets...White Subway?

posted by: rubyclaire on 03.15.2014 at 01:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am considering the option of a white subway (maybe in a herringbone pattern) with my BM Simply White cabinets, black leather counters, and BM Revere Pewter walls.

Has anyone found the perfect shade of white to go with Simply White cabinets?

Thanks in advance!


BM simply white cabinets, revere pewter walls.
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We are going with the Julien Classic but need help with sizes.

posted by: LLee2 on 03.10.2014 at 02:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

We will have 2 sinks - one in the island and the main sink. We do a lot of entertaining and have a large family so wondering if we should be going with 36" for the main sink or if that is just too big and if the 30" or 33" would make more sense. We want the 10" deep sink and most are between 16-17" from front to back.

I am trying to decide on the size for the main sink and for the island sink which will probably end up being more of a prep sink or for hand washing delicates (wine glasses, etc).

I would love any feedback to help with our decision.


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granite and backsplash

posted by: bklyncat58 on 03.09.2014 at 09:20 am in Kitchens Forum

I ordered a tan brown granite the guy came to do the template. he said I should use a 4" granite backsplash . but was planning to use a subway travatine tile for the backsplash. will this look funny with the 4" granite and then tile on top . all of the pics I see online the granite goes to the wall and backsplash meets it with grout at the seam . if anybody has pics of what this might look like please show me. thanks this is my first post.


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