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RE: Size of Euro Style Bar Pulls? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: pharaoh on 03.06.2008 at 02:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

I got mine from here


EBay source for euro style bar pulls
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RE: Two rooms with common wall- how to paint? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: flatcoat2004 on 03.02.2008 at 10:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

I was wondering exactly the same thing about a week ago. My contractor has replaced several cased openings with arched openings, and bullnosed the drywall corners, so there was no clear place that I could see to transition paint colors. I was thinking I had to paint the entire interior a single colour !

Then his painting guys showed me how they tape off the edge of the bullnose, and it really looks fantastic. It is quite subtle (if the colours are reasonably close to each other) and accentuates the beautiful opening ...

This transition is from BM Elemental to BM Refined. The chair rail isn't finished in trim paint yet.

This is Elemental to Honeymoon ...

The edges look slightly uneven but this is a closeup ... it looks fabulous and subtle in the rooms.


Like these BM colors
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RE: Litter Box Placement Recommendations (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: lightlystarched on 01.08.2008 at 08:26 am in Kitchens Forum

I don't have a kitty, but I saw this idea a while back and it almost made me change my mind. Scroll down to see the neat litter box hideaway made from the Hol storage box.

Here is a link that might be useful: Litter box ideas


IKEA litter box idea
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Neato MCM Rooms

posted by: chicoryflower on 12.15.2007 at 07:49 am in Home Decorating Forum

Some of these are drop dead gorgeous, some are a tad frightening - they're mostly fun, though.

I'm sure some of you have already see this, but for those of you who have not...

Here is a link that might be useful: Swank Pad


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posted by: auntjen on 11.19.2007 at 05:55 pm in Home Decorating Forum

This is really cool! Has anyone ever done this?

Here is a link that might be useful: Bookcrossing


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Sneak Peek at WZ Stacked Slate Backsplash

posted by: slc2053 on 11.19.2007 at 01:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally after having cabinets in since January...we have a's almost complete....It is Walker Zanger's stacked slate...

We anguished over this as it is so different than any other is very uneven and it is not grouted (although we may grout some areas that have distinct gaps, but the product overall is not made with the intent to grout..I know Bill don't agree)

It took forever for us to be sure that we wanted this product, then we ordered it and got it in and many of the 4 inch by 16 inch mesh sheets of it were broke..but we managed to work with it. Also the pieces looked very dull in our garage so we felt for sure we would enhance it, but now that it's up, it looks great and we're seriously debating sealing it, but leaving it to it's natural look vs. enhancing it.

We also debated how to "end" the tile because it is so uneven (surface) and because our top cabinet ended 2.5 inches short of the bottom edge of the countertop (this is the photo we posted). So, we decided to leave the slate the way it came which is leaving the ends of the pieces stagged and worked our way up the wall, moving in slightly with each piece. We now have a stemware rack hanging below the end cabinet (rack was made by a friend and was stained to match cabinets). Our granite is uba tuba, but you can't see it in photo.

Thanks to all who said "go for it!"

We are thrilled with the results and will post finished photos when we post our 100% done kitchen posting, which should be very soon!

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RE: Tumbled copper slate backsplash (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: needanap on 11.17.2007 at 09:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

We also chose copper slate for our fireplace, and it was just tiled. Still have to stain the molding piece around the floor edge, and need to buy a new fireplace screen, but seeing your beautiful copper slate inspired me to post. I used a sealer/enhancer on the tiles which brought out more color and luster.

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and here was the fireplace before (with some other tiles I was considering:

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RE: Tumbled copper slate backsplash (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: terriks on 11.12.2007 at 04:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

The backsplash ties in with our 3 sided fireplace
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Tumbled copper slate backsplash

posted by: terriks on 11.12.2007 at 10:56 am in Kitchens Forum

I haven't really posted here since we built our house two years ago. I wanted to do my own tile backsplash and it's taken this long to get it done!
I bought the tile over 6 months ago and just finished. I painted wood outlet covers with craft paint to match the tile, which is tumbled copper slate. The grout is "tobacco" by Custom. The granite on the counter is tan brown. We plan to replace the actual outlets with brown ones. We also need to caulk between the counter and the backsplash.
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RE: Tumbled copper slate backsplash (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: terriks on 11.12.2007 at 02:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks for the compliments. When we were building the house I considered upgrading to a "flashier" granite, but decided to go with one of the "builder grade" granites and do something special with the backsplash. The trim around the mosaics behind the cook top is the same copper slate in a pencil trim.
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Here are a couple of pictures showing the overall kitchen:
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Finished Henrybuilt Kitchen (almost)

posted by: axxis_rose on 08.15.2007 at 05:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is almost finished. The contractor did not order enough tile so I am waiting impatiently for it to come in and have it installed. In the meantime I thought I'd share some photos and my thoughts on my choices.

Many thanks to this forum for all the support and advice throughout this process. Honestly, I don't know what I would have done without it, from picking appliances to mini-crises about flooring, paint, counters, gas leaks and various other headaches. When we bought the apartment in Dec it had a narrow galley kitchen separate from the dining room. We knocked down the wall between the two rooms and gutted it, adding new plumbing, electrical, new flooring, appliances and cabinets. We were going for a slightly industrial, modern, clean look that was also warm and inviting. The whole project took around four months.

Cabinets: bamboo cabinets by Henrybuilt
Range: Bluestar 30" RCS line("the builder's model,"no frills), with island trim and center grate
Hood: Viking 36" recirculating
Countertop: Caesarstone in Concrete, not honed
D/W: GE Monogram
Refrigerator: Fisher and Paykel
Sink: Julien 30" zero radius, 8" deep, with sink grid
Faucet: Grohe Minta
Water filter faucet: Blanco Alta bar faucet
Floor Tile: Porcelain, "Rainforest Blue"
Backsplash: Heath Ceramics, 3 x 6 subway in Opaque White
Undercabinet Lighting: LED

CABINETS: I am in love. They turned out even better than I had hoped. All the lowers are drawers, except for one tray cab, and the undersink flip down. The drawers are full extension, soft close. The one thing I would not do again is the undersink flip down and drawer. The drawer handle kind of gets in the way when standing there washing dishes, but I have gotten used to it. The flip down is a waste of space. I think I keep maybe one sponge in there. The uppers are glass lift-ups and touch latch for the top row. The one to the left of the range has a slightly longer door for pulling. No, it does not get hot in the wine rack above the fridge--it might have to do with the thickness of the cabinet, or the fact that the fridge vents from the side and not the back.

RANGE: I love the cooking power and aesthetics of the Bluestar. I do not like cleaning the cast iron surface very much. I had to season it and sometimes when I wipe it whatever I am using leaves little fibers behind. This model does not have convection or self-cleaning oven, which is fine for my needs.

HOOD: I chose the Viking because of its small profile and the recirculating kit, not because of the brand. I didn't actually find much out there that would work in my set-up. I was doubtful that the recirc hood would make much difference, but it really does with cooking smells. Having 3 windows in the kitchen/dining area helps too.

COUNTERTOP: I wanted something uniform in color, medium grey, and not too shiny. Really, I wanted limestone. I considered Pietra Cardosa (a shist) but did not like all the cloudy veining. I needed something low-maintenance. Some of you may have read my posts about problems with the Caesarstone; its not exactly maintenance free because it gets pretty streaky. I thought I could just hot water/sponge it but that leaves big streaks like cleaning a shiny car. But I can spill oil and beet juice all over it without a care. And it matches the cabinets pretty well.

D/W: I chose the GE Monogram for one reason onlyit has a straight handle across the front which matched the range and the fridge. There really are not too many models out there that have this, surprisingly. I did not do much research on this d/w and unfortunately it stopped working within 2 weeks. The computer went berserk and started beeping all the time, flashing lights, and eventually died. The customer service has been great and they sent someone out pretty quickly, ordered new parts and installed them. Its working finefor now.

REFRIGERATOR: I wanted a fridge with a bottom freezer that was not one heavy pull-out drawer, so that my 3 yo can open it herself for popsicles and eventually other things. This one has a door, then 4 drawers inside. I really liked the looks of the F & P, and the size is perfect for my layout. It is a lot roomier than it seems, very smartly organized. I like this fridge ALOT.

SINK: Catmom turned me on to Julien and I am ever so glad! A great sink, love the size. I ordered the one with the shallowest depth because DH is tall and I figured he might have trouble with a deep sink thats undermount. I use the grid everyday. I do wonder, who came up with the idea of a high faucet plus deep undermount sink? There are splashing issues, and its tough for tallish people. While it looks great its not the best development in kitchen design.

FAUCETS: I love the hidden spray on the Minta. As for the filtered water faucet I didnt like the looks of the usual filter faucetsthey remind me of the dentists office. So I tried a bar faucet and it works great.

FLOOR TILE: Everyone who sees it thinks its stone. Its porcelain and so far I have not had any issues with leg, foot, or back soreness, which I thought I would since I used to have a wood floor in the kitchen. It helps that I wear flip flops around the house and not go barefoot.

BACKSPLASH: This Heath tile just looked so different to me from other subway tile. I started with machine made subway tile and thought it looked too sanitary next to the bamboo cabs. Too bad, because they were so much more affordable and available. I liked the off-white color of the Heath, the not-too-glossy appearance and the slightly irregular, handcrafted look. Unfortunately because they are handmade and my contractor did not order enough it takes 4-6 weeks to get more. In the photos they look more lumpy than they do in person, not sure why. I am thinking medium-grey grout with this. Youll notice the plastic covering behind the faucet to protect the un-grouted drywall. Ugh!

UNDERCAB LIGHTS: I chose the LEDs because I was worried that all the recessed halogen lighting in the kitchen would be too hot (it's not). And, their slender profile worked really well with the cabinets. Henrybuilt offered Xenon, and I requested LEDs instead. I like them, but some people might find them not bright enough.


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Here is a link that might be useful: Henrybuilt kitchen


clipped on: 10.15.2007 at 08:07 pm    last updated on: 10.16.2007 at 02:00 am

RE: Need modern tle backsplash advice (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: biondanonima on 10.15.2007 at 09:11 am in Kitchens Forum

Oh, one more thing - I found a GORGEOUS stacked 1x4 ceramic tile by Porcelanosa when I was looking for backsplash - it comes in blue and green, and I think the green would look GREAT in your space. Very modern look. It was also EXTREMELY reasonable at only $7 psf. It looks like mosaic, but it's actually an 8x12 tile with grout lines "carved" into the tile.

Here's a link to a pdf catalog - the duo series is on the last page -

Here is a link that might be useful: Porcelanosa Duo Verde


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