Wednesday, June 15, 2005

pammo's Kitchen

White kitchen, green island, cherry counter

Contact Pammo (My Page) Posted on Fri, Mar 11, 05
Link to kitchen photos:

• Subzero 690 refrigerator (we had at the start), with new custom panels
• 36" F&P Iridium gas cooktop
• 2 F&P Iridium 30" electric wall ovens
• Miele dishwasher (also had from the start) with new custom panel
• Sharp R90-GC high-speed microwave in a 27" wall-mount installation kit
• 36" Vent a Hood with custom panel/cabinet
Plumbing Fixtures:
• Mexican travertine marble sink 18 x 30 (ebay seller "naturalstonesinks")
• Mexican hammered copper prep sink 17 x 22 (ebay seller from Texas)
• Drains from
• Faucets and soap dispensers – Kohler Fairfax in vibrant brushed bronze
• Reverse Osmosis filter from Sears (only comes in polished chrome)
• Xenon undercabinet strips – Seagull "Ambiance"
• Halo recessed lights
• Lutron switchplates, outlets and dimmers in Terracotta
Custom cabinets - base 30" deep; uppers 18" deep
• Perimeter "L":
o Counters are 36" high.
o Cabinets are brush-painted white with brown glaze and clear lacquer. BM Decorator's White on the perimeter cabs. The island is a BM custom mixed color. Not sure what glaze he used, but it's the same orangey brown on both. There's a coat of clear lacquer over it.
o Pulls: 3" Carpe Diem "Triangle" in Satin
• Island:
o Butcher block counter is 34 1/2" high.
o Granite bar-top is 38" high.
o Cabinets are brush-painted green (custom mixed color) with brown glaze and clear lacquer.
o Knobs and pulls: Pottery Barn knobs bought 2nd hand on ebay; plus two 3.5" matte antique English pulls from
• Rev-a-shelf corner cabinet insert (5207)
• Futterer (I think) sliding pantry insert
• American cherry countertops by Grothouse Lumber (
• Granite bartop is Kashmir Gold.
• Italian ceramic tile: "Melange" by Floor Gres (
• Accent tiles: Above cooktop: Greyhounds by Facsimile; Above sink: local tiles from Bucks County, PA. I found the tile source. She's in New Hope. Katia McGuirk tiles
Paint is Donald Kaufman
3-casement window is Marvin. We replaced a narrower 2-casement window.
Oak floors were original to house.
Stools are Pottery Barn "Tibetan."
Capresso C1500. It was outrageously expensive but we love it. It really does make an excellent cup of espresso or coffee, far better than any other machine we've used in the past. The link below is to what looks like a newer model. Capresso I buy fair trade espresso beans if I'm shopping in the right place for them, otherwise I buy Starbucks espresso roast. I found the Bucks County beans too oily for the grind I like - they kept gumming up the machine
The dining table is from a company in Iowa called Sticks. They sell their stuff through galleries, and you can order pretty much anything you want. We needed a bigger table and when we saw a design like this in a gallery we just fell in love. We gave the company the size and shape we wanted, an idea of colors, the theme (4 seasons, one of their standards), and sent them photos of our family and a list of sayings to inscribe along the edge of the table, and they did the rest.
I had no idea how beautiful it would be. I didn't know that the base would be two tree trunks, etc. We were stunned and still are. One of the best parts is the lazy susan, which has transformed our meals into much more civilized affairs. We're a family that sits down together, all 6 of us, every single night, for a meal. So the table was an investment that made sense, a way of honoring our coming together.
Some of the sayings on the border: Honor your teachers, Get Sand between your toes, eat your veggies, follow your own path, speak only what is kind, necessary & true, do your best, dance in the moonlight, travel far, come home for love. . . .
Dining Table source - Sticks

The wood is holding up well. We went with Grothouse Lumber because they were close enough to come out and template and install. Some of the other companies were further away. As far as damage to the wood goes, if it does get burned or stained you can always sand that part of the counter a bit and reoil to renew the top. This is especially true if you finish with something like tung or another oil, rather than polyurethane. In the latter case, you have to refinish the whole counter before resealing.