Tuesday, January 30, 2007

ketinmd's Kitchen

ketinmd is finally finished

Contact: ketinmd (My Page)
Posted on Thu, Jan 18, 07
Link to kitchen photos: http://www.photobucket.com/albums/j224/ketinmd/ketinmd%20is%20finally%20finshed/

  • Cabinets: Custom natural birch, flush inset
  • Granite: Ubatuba
  • Backsplash: Sonoma Tantrum
  • Floor: Casa Dolce Casa Porcelain
  • Dishwashers: Bosch
  • Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid cabinet depth
  • Oven: Jenn-air (the only thing we used from the previous kitchen)
  • Main Faucet: Kohler forte
  • Prep sink faucet: Bach Minuet
  • Cooktop: Thermador
  • Pulls: Amerock
  • The table and chairs and stools are all nichols and stone
My camera really washed out the colors. The backsplash tiles are a gold color and a green, both of which do a good job of drawing those colors out of the granite. Also, the color on the walls, which came out white in these shots, is actually a cream.


Sunday, January 28, 2007

outwest's Kitchen

U-shaped Maple Kitchen with Sea Foam Green Granite

Contact: outwest (My Page)
Posted on Sun, Jan 14, 07
Link to kitchen photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/starpooh/Outwest

  • Cabinets: Wellborn Maple Light Premier series with solid wood dovetailed drawers in 'Madison Square'.
  • Granite: 2 cm. Sea Foam Green over plywood with laminate edge and quarter round edging
  • Appliances:
    ~ KA counter depth 24.5 cu ft refrigerator
    ~ GE Profile 30" cooktop
    ~ GE Profile 30" convection/bake oven
    ~ GE Profile dishwasher
    ~ GE Profile convection microwave combo
    ~ Elkay double sink
    ~ Danze faucet
    ~ Kenmore garbage disposal
  • Hood: Wellborn Cappuchino with different railing then provided (used the molding instead) and left plain on the face. Scroll on hood purchased at Lowes and painted.
  • Niche tile: We kept the floor tile and purchased 4x4 tiles in the same kind for the niche: Durango Porcelain tile with decos. Mosaics picked off a 12X12 sheet for the edging on the niche.
  • Paint: Swiss Coffee by Dunn Edwards
  • Undercabinet lights: Pegasus line voltage hardwire xenon.
  • The plate is a copper and tin handmade plate from Turkey.
Additional info:
After living with my new kitchen for two years I wanted you to add these thoughts to it:
I wanted to add why I did some of the things I did, which is different than many people on the forum have done. First, I have a 9X12 U shaped kitchen in an open floor plan. I did not want the wall taken down and an island made between the family room and the kitchen because I would lose too much cabinet space up top and my house is already almost totally open. If I made the hanging cabinets, I would have this weird hole between the counter and cabinets, but another reason we didn't take the wall out was because it is a load bearing wall and would have required $$$$$ to reconfigure the house! Also, looking at piled up dishes wasn't attractive to me.
The end of the kitchen had always been closed off because there was a little double oven right on the end. I chose to get a full sized oven down below and totally open up the end making it a curve so as to draw people into the kitchen and I could converse and see out, too. I love the curved granite and cabinets. It also almost doubled my counter space to the right of the stove. I lost the double oven, but made up for it with a convection microwave. I chose, and this is where I seem to be alone, to actually have the microwave ON the counter *gasp* LOL. I did it because with a U shaped kitchen you end up with these huge spacious, practically unusable corners that are very deep. There was lots of room to place it and it is very convenient and easy to reach. I have the microwave in one of the corners and fruits and onions in the other corner.
I varied the height of the cabinets so that we didn't feel like we were boxed in by cabinets.
The other thing I did that was different was to not get the spinning corners. I needed all the storage space I could get and the spinning lazy susan corners lost too much room. I am very happy I did that. It is not at all hard to reach items in there because the corner doors open fully and flat. It also gave very large shelf space for very large pans that don't fit easily other places. Those huge upper corner cabinets had glass put on them so they didn't look so enormous. I have loads of space in those.
I also totally ignored all the advice on the forum and chose to:
Have a double sink rather than one giant sink. I love having a deep sink on the left to hide dirty dishes, but a clean shallower sink on the right to use.
I do not have any of those deep drawers that everyone seems to like. I chose to get a traditional pot cabinet under the electric range, but added pull out drawers so I could get to them easily.
Since I have a smaller kitchen, I still wanted a full sized pantry. We moved the garage door over four feet to make room for it. I got a full depth pantry, but added pull out drawers so I could reach everything in the back.
Instead of another set of drawers to the right of the stove, I chose to do one vertical cabinet to place all the baking pans in. It fits all my large flat stuff and it is very easy to access.
I got a very simple bullnose edge to the granite for my simple kitchen.
In a small kitchen, I worried that a busy tile backsplash would be distracting. We just did a simple granite backsplash, but made it taller that usual. That way it met the coolio niche shelf we had made and the niche became a focal point because it is surrounded by white paint instead of a tile. It also served an easy to clean area for stove splashes and I don't have to worry about cleaning splashes off of paint.
The other thing that was very important in my narrower kitchen was a counter depth refrigerator with french doors. Having the narrower doors means when someone is using the refrigerator it is not blocking floor space, so another person can walk by without any trouble. I did get a large counter depth one (24 cf), so I can actually get a turkey in the freezer if I need to.
The garden window added light, which I have been really happy to have and I now have orchids that love that area and have bloomed two years running in there.
I went with xenon undercabinet lighting, which I have used daily for over 2 years now and have yet to have to change a bulb! Wow.
I regret none of our decisions. Going with dark green granite seemed a risk (what, green?), but I love the neutral green color with the light maple cabinets.
I thought you could add my thought to my kitchen somehow since having a U kitchen is a little different than people with large open kitchens and it has different considerations because of that.

Ceiling Fan
Counter-depth Frig
Garden Window
Glass Doors
Lighting: Under Cabinet
Pullout Pantry
Soap Dispenser
Trash Pullout
Unique Window


Sunday, January 21, 2007

charlie123's Kitchen

Pictures of my almost finished kitchen!

Contact: charlie123 (My Page)
Posted on Mon, Nov 13, 06
Link to kitchen photos: http://www.photobucket.com/albums/q52/imanning/

  • Cabinets - Plato custom inset in Diamond White
  • Counters - Honed AB granite (love it!)
  • Backsplash - Walker Zanger Tribeca Series, 2 by 4 inch subway tiles in Carrera marble
  • Sink - Shaw's Original 30"
  • Faucets - Expo's Pegasus brand
  • Refrig. - Sub Zero 700 series fully integrated (to look like an armoire)
  • Cab. hardware - Restoration Hardware
  • Sconces - Restoration Hardware
  • Pendants - Seagull Lighting
  • Paint - Dunn-Edwards "Flaxen"
  • Floors - mahogany from a company called Provenza - color Gold Dust.
Our remodel included a 180 foot addition to expand the kitchen, new hardwood floors throughout the downstairs, extensive molding work and many, many bumps along the way.

The counters are Honed Absolute Black Zimbabwe. I originally wanted soapstone but was discouraged by how easily it scratches and dings. The honed granite gives a comparable look to soapstone and has a very soft natural feel to it.

For the sink we have columns that are pulled forward about an inch from the cabinets and the sink is pulled forward about 2.5 inches from that. The granite was cut out to follow the lines. We have a positive reveal on about 1/2 inch on the sink. The granite has a 1" overhang all around the cabinets and just follows the lines of our columns that are pulled forward.

The kitchen is roughly 20 by 20. I also have a wall with built in fridge/freezer and a desk area. In the other corner I did not show our table area in front of the french door. The island is 8 feet by 4.5 feet and the aisle between the range and island is about 3.5 feet. I have read that 4 feet is ideal but you don't want any narrower than 3.5 feet. We have doors, drawers and a wine fridge on the island that all open without problems. Also the oven doors open with enough room for someone to still pass by. The aisles on the sides of the island are wider, a litte over 4 feet but it all feels very comfortable space wise.


Monday, January 15, 2007

stillg10's Kitchen

Finished Ikea Adel White Kitchen

Contact: stillg10 (My Page)
Posted on Sun, Jan 14, 07
Link to kitchen photos: http://www.photobucket.com/albums/n45/stillg10/


  • Cabinets: Ikea Adel White
  • Granite: Tan Brown
  • Appliances:
    JennAir Counterdepth Refrigerator
    Cooktop: GE Profile JP930BKBB
    Kenmore Downdraft Exhaust
  • Flooring:Butterscotch Bruce hardwood
  • Faucet: --33-755-SDO Lady Lux CafĂ© Grohe
  • Sink: provided by granite installer—single D shape 8 ½” deep undermount
  • Lighting: recessed lights, two pendants and track lighting (not sure—electrician son bought and installed by him). If someone really wants to know, I can find out.


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

kmbmommy's Kitchen

kmbmommy's (almost!) finished kitchen!

Contact: kmbmommy (My Page)
Posted on Tue, Jan 9, 07
Link to kitchen photos: http://www.photobucket.com/albums/p302/kmbmommy/

  • Cabinets: Kraftmaid, Lindsay Cherry with Ginger Glaze, 36" and 42" upper cabinet heights
  • Granite: Verde Peacock, 3 cm, eased edge
  • Backsplash: Sienna, tumbled 4x4 and 2x2, Fawn sanded grout
  • Floor: Porcelain tile, Sparticus Maximus (Gold) 20", Fawn sanded grout
  • Refrigerator: Thermador TKBUDT4860A 48" built-in
  • Cooktop: Thermador SGSX365CS 5-burner gas
  • Hood: Thermador HS36BS 36" w/ 600 CFM internal vent
  • Backsplash: Thermador KHS36QS 36" Keep Hot Shelf
  • Oven/Microwave Combo: Kitchenaid KEHC309JSS 30" electric (Ultima)
  • Sink: Franke RGX170 triple SS sink
  • Faucet: Grohe Ladylux Plus, SS
  • Dishwasher: Kitchenaid KUDS02FRBL with integrated panel
  • Paint: Special blend of Benjamin Moore 523 (Ivy Lane) and 524 (Hiking Path)
  • Pendants: Lowe's
  • Chandelier: Hudson Valley 585D-SN-415M
  • Undercabinet Lighting: xenon pucks
  • Hardware: Richelieu #2310396 195 (Brushed Nickel) pulls and Richelieu #9041 195 (Brushed Nickel) knobs
  • Vacpan
  • NeverMT


maconiteasy's Kitchen

Ikea Applad White - Before & After

Contact: maconiteasy (My Page)
Posted on Sun, Dec 10, 06
Link to kitchen photos: http://www.photobucket.com/albums/o220/maconiteasy/Kitchen%20Before%20and%20After/

  • Cabinets: Ikea Applad White w/ Ikea Lansa handles
  • Countertops: Ikea Beech butchblock
  • Appliances: Kitchenaid Architect Series (Lowes)
  • Exhaust Hood: Sirius (from the web)
  • Main sink: Ikea two-bowl with drainboard and Blanco faucet (from the web)
  • Coffee sink: Elkay with drainboard and Blanco faucet
  • (both from the web)
  • Cable Lighting: Ikea and Home Depot
  • Ceiling Fluorescents: Lithonia (Home Depot)
  • Undercabinet Lighting: Cyberlux LED Aeon ProHB
  • Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Bagel
  • Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams Interactive Cream
  • Refrigerator Enclosure Paint: Sherwin William Hearthrob
  • Trim: Benjamin Moore White 314 01
  • Flooring: Hevea Parquet (Lowes)
  • Backsplashes: White Maple Veneer (local hardwood supplier)
  • Outlet covers: White Maple (from the web)
  • Column: White Maple Veneer (pine column and capitals from Lowes; veneer from local supplier)


Monday, January 08, 2007

aptosca's Kitchen

Pinch me! I don't believe it! It's done!

Contact: aptosca (My Page)
Posted on Mon, Dec 18, 06
Link to kitchen photos: http://s3.photobucket.com/albums/y80/CLZ51/Kitchen%20remodel%202006/

  • Cabinets: Kraftmaid, Brockington style, Toffee stain, Birch wood.
  • Granite: Verde Butterfly 3cm.
  • Backsplash: Verde Butterfly 2cm, 4" H.
  • Appliances:
    Wolf 30" All Gas Range,
    Jennair 36" Hood,
    JennAir 48" Euro style Built-In Refrigerator,
    GE Triton XL Dishwasher.
  • Main Faucet: Cucina Brigida
  • Filtered Water Faucet: Cucina Acqua 200.
  • Sink: SS 30" Kindred Model US1930/90RK/E.
  • Floor: Marazzi Montagna Cortina 16" porcelain tile.
  • Pendants: Progress Lighting, Savannah Collection, Burnished Chestnut.
  • Flourescent undercabinet lights: GE
  • Recessed Lights: Halo
  • Hardware: EXPO solid brass cup pulls and knobs, Rust Bronzed finish.
  • Paint: Kelly Moore One Coat Eggshell. Ceiling/skylights - "Antique White" (49), Walls - "Leafy Lettuce" (KM971-L soft celery green)

The actual kitchen measurements are 12'W x 14'L with 8' ceilings, The breakfast room is 10'W x 10'L.

This kitchen remodel was a total DIY job, except for the granite countertops, that took almost 7 months to complete. There were a lot hassles and problems, but we made it to the finish line. I want to publicly praise my DH for all his hard work and the long hours he put into making it a reality.
So far I love the island the best. I never had one before. We got reduced size cabinets (18"W) so I could have an island. The island measurements are 21"W x 75.5"L. I know that sounds small on paper, but it is a great workspace. I use it constantly. I store all my appliances underneath and it will be my prep area. I do love the red garnet in the VB granite too. When the sun from the skylights fall on the island it sparkles. I love it!