Thursday, November 23, 2006

michoumonster's Kitchen

finally done! hooray!!

Contact: michoumonster (My Page)
Posted on Tue, Nov 14, 06
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets: Kitchen Craft in maple
  • Countertops: Wild Sea granite
  • Backsplash: WZ glass
  • Floors: travertine
  • GE Monogram undercounter wine frig
  • Kitchenaid counter-depth French Door frig
  • 36" Wolf AG range
  • Futuro moon crystal hood
  • Kitchenaid S series dishwasher
  • Kohler faucets and soap dispenser
  • Blanco sink
  • Rev-a-Shelf mixer lift
  • Lee Valley pullout shelf with adjustable baskets
  • undercabinet microwave/toaster oven
  • lighted frosted glass cabinets
  • Juno undercabinet flourescent task lights
  • halogen ceiling recessed lights


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

soovhappy's Kitchen

Long Time Member Finally Posting~

Contact: soovhappy (My Page)
Posted on Sat, Nov 18, 06
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets: original oak; refinished
  • Countertop: tile
  • Backsplash: unique Mosaic backsplash
  • Faucet: Price Pfister
  • Sink: FrankeUSA Granite
  • Appliances: Frigidaire, GE
  • paint: Ralph Lauren Venetian Red from Home Depot (had it mixed at Walmart in Kilz paint. Not only is it cheaper, but it covers sooo much better.)

The kitchen (oak) cabs were done with (shhh, some people don't care for this idea) Minwax Polyshades. The main color is Olde Maple and the accents, glass cab doors, counter trim and two small cabinet doors over the stove as well as the island, are Mahogany. Easy, peasy! I just cleaned them with Spic-N-Span, took the doors and hinges off and propped them on pots and old paint cans on the covered kitchen table. I used two coats on everything. No sanding involved as it goes over existing varnish, poly, etc.

Tip? Keep a wet edge. Load the brush (foam leaves too much air and can cause bubbles) and apply quickly, finish with a long stroke and voila. I did use 000 steel wool, lightly, the second day before the second/final coat. Let them dry overnight (and between the two coats) and then rehang. I've added two photos to the end of my kitchen album so you can see the difference it made. My cabs were stained in the photo but I had glazed the detail in black prior to the Minwax Polyshades. I was able to do all 23 cabs and 11 drawers in a few weekends (I work full time) with my space issue. Didn't want to do this in the garage due to dust, etc.


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

cubby14's Kitchen

Finally FINISHED!!!

Contact: cubby14 (My Page)
Posted on Wed, Nov 8, 06
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets: Medallion Calistoga in cherry Pecan finish
  • Granite: Russian Sable (similar to tan brown but less chunky and a little more movement)
  • Backsplash: tumbled marble Alexandria no enhancer just sealed with a deco liner from Villagio tile scroll liner in bronze.
  • Flooring: Natural white oak prefinished planks
  • Appliances: KitchenAid cabinet depth refrigerator, double convection ovens, GE spacemaker microwave, Viking 30" induction cooktoop and Kobe range hood.
  • paint: Sherwin Williams Inviting Ivory
  • barstools: Sedona Swivel
  • the wrought iron rack and the baskets are both from Longaberger
This was a mostly DIY with a few things contracted out.

Things I love:
  • induction cooktop it is so fast and responsive and after a regular electic cooktop it is heaven.
  • huge island we got rid of kitchen table and don't miss it a bit.
  • corner lazy susan so much more usable than old blind cabinet
  • step in pantry had deep pantry shelves and hated them love being able to see things (only 12" deep shelves) feels like more space even though it isn't.
  • no soffit even though I can't reach the top of anything without a stool.

Things I don't love:

  • sink is too deep I am 5'2" and my back hurts when I am doing anything in it silgranite double bowl 9" bowls.
  • faucet it is Price Pfister and has never worked correctly, sprayer leaks after fixing twice. It is being replaced as soon as I find something.
One regret:
  • only getting the 30" four burner induction cooktop instead of the 36" six burner.


Monday, November 06, 2006

ranchreno's Kitchen

'As done as it's going to be' new kitchen!

Contact: ranchreno (My Page)
Posted on Sun, Nov 5, 06
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets - custom Amish cabinetmaker. Cherry with medium stain, modified shaker. Hardware is stainless bow pulls on both cabinets and drawers
  • Granite - Silver Black (aka Black/Silver Pearl)
  • Floor - site-finished red oak with cherry stain
  • Appliances - mix of KitchenAid and GE Profile. Liked the KA counter-depth fridge design better, but love being able to bake in the "warming drawer" in the GE range.
  • Lighting - RAM schoolhouse pendants
  • Sink - Silgranit 1 3/4 in anthracite. Faucet is Kohler Forte.
  • Backsplash - HD 1" slate mosaics
  • Paint color - SW Convivial Yellow


lucia27's Kitchen

Kitchen is done!

Contact: lucia27 (My Page)
Posted on Tue, Oct 31, 06
Link to kitchen photos:

  • cabinets: Shaker style maple (Lowe's Shenandoah Breckenridge Maple Honey)
  • countertop: Santa Cecilia granite
  • backsplash: tumbled marble
  • floor: Anderson Hickory Laminate
  • Kenmore UltraSteel (stainless look) sxs fridge, stove (smoothtop) and dishwasher
  • Kenmore stainless steel microwave
  • Kohler Forte faucet (pull out)

Kitchen is about 10'x13'.

We did a small scale remodel, budget less than $20k (no change to the existing footprint). replaced floor, cabinets, countertops, and appliances; removed drop ceiling and installed pendant and recessed can lights.

We started with a target budget of $12-15k and ended right at $17. The key reason we went over budget was a switch from Corian to granite about halfway through.

Here's how it broke down:

Cabinets - $5200 - we had a 10% credit from Lowes due to some issues with the ordering of our front door. I was extremely impressed with the quality and shipping of the product from Lowes

Labor - $4500 - this was our problem; we had significant quality issues with our GC and the subs he used. We ended up calling in a plumber to fix issues with the diswasher/disposal install (about to ruin my new floor when the dishwasher leaked the first time I ran it) and had our neighbor help hide some of the cosmetic issues with cabinet install

Granite - $3800 - the granite is Santa Cecilia light (although I think it's got more gold than the true SC Light)

Appliances - $2100 - waited for a 20% off sale at Sears (while I would have loved going more high end for appliances, we have so much other work to do on the house, I couldn't justify it. I can always upgrade appliances later). We chose the stainless look b/c of the fingerprint issue - I'd go crazy trying to keep it clean with my 21 month old around!)

Tile - $620 - we used tumbled marble and a burgandy ceramic "racing stripe" to pick up the cranberry color in the granite

I bought as much as I could on sale, with gift cards, on ebay, etc. I shopped around as much as time would allow - I found my knobs and pulls online cheaper than Lowes had them, then found them at Home Depot cheaper than online.


Friday, November 03, 2006

greystone's Kitchen

It's finished and I love it!

Contact: greystone (My Page)
Posted on Wed, Oct 25, 06
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets: Omega Dynasty, Marion Squre in Alder wood with a truffle finish
  • Granite: Golden Leaf (counters and backsplash)
  • Flooring: Antica Ceramica d'Arte in Aspen Lodge 18x18 with lt. smoke grout
  • Refrigerator: LG cabinet depth
  • Bar frig: Avanti BCA5102SS (we love this-beverages are COLD
  • Gas cooktop: Kitchen Aid 36"
  • Hood: Kitchen Aid
  • Microwave/Oven: Kitchen Aid, both convection
  • Dishwasher: Kitchen Aid
  • Sink: Blanco
  • Faucet: Blanco 157090
  • Soap Dispenser: Blanco 911375
  • Door Hardware: Amerock Guardian Galleria - brushed nickel
  • Undercabinet Lighting: Kichler
  • Paint: SW Croquet Tan
  • Barstools: Chatham Park 30" w/swivel and leather seats
Island is 10 feet long.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

jejvtr's Kitchen

Finished kitchen - finally posted - thanks all!

Contact: jejvtr (My Page)
Posted on Sun, Oct 29, 06
link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets – Custom Mahogany with James house finish – Interior paint BM HC Hampshire Gray by Kennebec Cabinetry – Maine – lifetime warranty
  • Hardware – Carpe Diem – cricket cage w/cobblestone finish
  • Range – Viking VGIC36 – All gas w/convection Stone gray
  • Refrig – JA French door
  • Garbage disposal - Waste king -1hp w/lifetime guarantee
  • DW – Miele
  • Hood - Zephyr
  • Microwave - GE
  • Counter – Victoria Classico honed
  • Sink – 30" Kindred kss5u
  • Faucet – Franke 300
  • Flooring - new white oak w/Provincial stain w/4 coats of oil based poly –finished onsite
  • 5 new Marvin Windows – single pane with energy panel
  • Lighting – Alkco cans, - Under cabinet alko halogen low voltage
  • Paint – BM eggshell custom color – by local BM dealer
  • Table/chairs – lucky me! New Baker set (see old!)
  • custom mosaic backsplash from Lebanon (via ebay)