Tuesday, February 26, 2008

ttfweb's Kitchen

Finished our Kitchen

Contact: ttfweb (My Page)
Posted on Sun, Jan 13, 08
Link to kitchen photos: http://10kkitchenremodel.blogspot.com/



Friday, February 08, 2008

socalthreems' Kitchen

Kitchen is finally finished! YEA!

Contact: socalthreems (My Page)
Posted on Mon, Feb 4, 08
Link to kitchen photos: http://www.photobucket.com/albums/bb287/socalthreems/

  • Cabinets: Hertco cabs - clear alder, flopan door style with 3" stiles and beveled inside edge; color: wheat sheaf with heirloom finish on the perimeter and brandy with black accent on the island
  • Countertop: Verde butterfly granite with ogee edge
  • Backsplash: Studio Q backsplash subway tiles, basketweave tiles (handpainted), beadliner and chair rail
  • Appliances:
    ~ KitchenAid Architect Series 48" SS fridge, double ovens, dishwasher and warming drawer
    ~ Dacor builtin microwave and cooktop
  • Hardware: Top Knobs bin pulls and 1 1/4" round knobs in oil rubbed bronze
  • Faucet: Kohler Vinnata faucet in brushed satin nickel
  • Sink: Rohl Shaw 3618 fireclay sink in white
  • Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue paint. The Verde Butterfly actually has a bit of that color in it (totally unintentionally).
  • Lighting: LBL flute pendants (http://www.ylighting.com/lbl-hs194.html)


Thursday, February 07, 2008

nodirthere's Kitchen

Before/after pictures - oak to cream/glazed

Contact: nodirthere (My Page)
Posted on Tue, Feb 5, 08
Link to kitchen photos: http://www.photobucket.com/albums/gg27/nodirthere/

  • Cabinets: original oak, painted and glazed (see instructions below)
  • Countertops: Uba Tuba granite -ogee edge.
    I am so glad I did the slight arch on the island and little scallop in- last minute idea and it really made a difference.
  • Backsplash: acid washed tumbled travertine. The embossed tiles under mw and repeated under the glass cabinets were from Home Depot and ceramic -very inexpensive $3. They even have light switch covers that match the travertine there.
  • GE Cafe slide in
  • Lighting above and below cabinets are those little round halogen lights from HD.
We re-did our standard builder's grade oak. Re-used all the cabinets we had, filled the wood grain, painted and glazed-cut out the inside and put some glass. I actually had a painter paint and I did the glazing. We redid this for under $9500! That includes the granite, but not the new appliances. We recessed the "ovenwall" 1 foot-and added the foot to the island overhang for more stools and put the GE Cafe slide in where the gas cooktop was. A much more functioning spot and added much needed stool space
In full disclosure,my painter did everything but the glazing and design work and leg work- he did a fabulous job achieving the result I wanted. I wanted a more French country feel and did not want to see the oak grain at all. (I felt that would look less elegant and more rustic.)

This was the process on the cabinet doors (taken off)-product sprayed on unless otherwise noted:
  1. coat of Insl-x STIX Primer
  2. Spackled smooth coat of MH Ready patch by Zinsser (this was after an attempt w/a wood filler that proved to not fill the grain as much as I wanted- I wanted a piano finish, I'm sure there is something out there that would be easier, and there are lots of fillers we found, but they would not fill ALL the grain, so we went right to the MH.)
  3. Sanded w/hand sander -start out bigger grit end end w/fine-(120)
  4. Coat of Insl-x Stix Primer (this stuff really works)
  5. 2-3 coats of Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo-
    Custom color Formula:
    Pastel base 314-1B-1
  6. Hand glaze-Custom color Benjamin Moore Glaze
I used medium size sponge brushes and lots of paper towels-(use Viva -all the difference in the world!)- you could use cotton rags, but I found the viva was the easiest in keeping the rest of the cabinet clean by changing them out frequently.
There were so many coats of stuff that it made my corners less than 45 degrees and difficult to wipe the glaze on then wipe off leaving the glaze in the edge of cabinet trim. I had to create the line by painting it on w/pointy sponge tips and dragging it along the line. This is kind of hard to explain-think of when you are caulking and go back and smooth it out and the caulk stays in the corner of your line w/ a nice finish on the outside- same thing-I ran into problems when the corners got filled w/too much coatings and had to "create" the line- our else I would go back and wipe the whole line off.
Hope I'm explaining this ok-I did try brushes but found it easier to drag the glaze than brush it- I kept thinking there had to be a better way, but never did find one (it was about 45 min each cabinet). I only did the trim corners- I did not do the whole cabinet w/ a washed glaze effect- I have seen it but didn't think I wanted that much "aging" -and wasn't THAT confident in my abilities.

Other details-
All trim work was hardwood not oak, since we were painting it anyway-saved lots of $ w/ that. The "table legs" on the island are actually newall post for stairs sold at minards for $30, w/the ball cut off the top- hugely cheeper than buying an island leg!
The corner spindles are actually $12 wall corner guards from Minards and Home Depot. Wasn't sure about them and haven't glazed them yet because of that-now I'm just getting use to them. Filled in the difference between bead board and corner w/spackle-smoothed it out.
Beadboard just the big sheets-tried glazing it but just looked way too "stripey" and wanted to minimize the country look so left it alone.

Base trim- hemmed and hawed getting rid of the toe kick-especially w/ cream cabs- but so glad I did -all for that furniture look.
Glass cabinets were the cabinets above the wall oven-cut out the inside- had my local glass cutter fit some glass to the frame- glass shelf for inside cabinet. Cut 1 foot off the depth of the floor cabinets and reattached to the wall- lost the drawers.


jraz_wa's Kitchen

DIY soapstone/maple kitchen remodel

Contact: jraz_wa (My Page)
Posted on Mon, Nov 5, 07
Link to kitchen photos:
~ New kitchen: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/3763431#216598153
~ In progress kitchen: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/3763517#216608843
~ Old kitchen: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/3763480#216603890

  • Cabinets - Kitchen Craft, Salem in natural maple
  • Countertops - Marianna soapstone
  • Backsplash - 2" Chiaro tumbled travertine
  • Refrigerator - GE Profile 30" wide, bottom freezer
  • Microwave - GE Profile
  • Range - GE Profile dual fuel convection
  • Dishwasher - GE Profile
  • Faucet - Price Pfister Parisa Pullout
  • Soap dispenser - Price Pfister
  • Filtered water tap - Waterstone
  • Undercabinet lights - Sea Gull Xenon
  • Ceiling lights - Juno 4" over sink, 6" elsewhere, Alzak baffles in Haze
  • Floor - Oregon Myrtle, finished with OSMO Hardwax Oil
Filtered Water Faucet
Frameless Cabinets
Full Extension Drawers
Lazy Susan
Lighting: Under Cabinet
Peninsula without Seating
Plug inside Cabinet


Sunday, February 03, 2008

abd1's Kitchen

Finished White Ikea Stat Kitchen

Posted by abd1 on Fri, Feb 1, 08
Link to abd1's Gardenweb finished kitchen post
Link to abd1's kitchen photos

  • Cabinets -- Ikea Stat with 2 Rev-a-Shelf pullouts
  • Countertop -- Kashmir White granite
  • Backsplash -- Susan Jablon Mosaics; glass subway beach tile.
  • Range -- Bluestar 30" RCS
  • Hood -- Ventahood 9" 300cfm
  • Dishwasher -- Bosch
  • Fridge -- Jennair
We decided to go with Ikea cabinets and use the money we saved to upgrade the appliances. So far we love the cabinets and they are an incredible value. I'll probably be adding some lighting to them next year -- so I guess we're really 99% done. We also made some changes to the rest of the room such as installing recessed lighting, new windows and sliding door, removed a soffit, etc. Overall we're very happy with the room and love the kitchen.

Counter >28"wide
Counter-depth Frig
Frameless Cabinets
Peninsula with Seating
Pot Rack


jennyandretti's Kitchen

tah-dah!! the wait is over! thanks for the advice!

Contact: jennyandretti (My Page)
Posted on Tue, Jan 22, 08
Link to kitchen photos: http://www.photobucket.com/albums/s22/JennyAndretti/

  • Cabinets: 60% cabinets are from our old kitchen
  • Countertops: soapstone and butcherblock
  • Backsplash: thin brick
  • Appliances:
    - GE Monogram wall oven and warming drawer
    - Bosch counter-depth SxS 'fridge
    - Thermador 36" cooktop
    - Best by Broan 36" hood
  • Sink: Rohl Shaw's apron sink
  • Eco-friendly:
    -floors 50% recycled wood
    -home state grown (radius 25 miles) wood for countertops
    -built-in compost bin and recycling basket in countertop
    -60% cabinets are from our old kitchen
    -low-emission paint used on walls and cabinets
    -tung oil used on countertops
  • wall color is Pratt & Lambert's dried moss
  • beadboard soffit
Here's my pride and joy: the compost bin. As a tree-hugging eco-crazy person, I compost everything I possibly can. This makes it so much easier. I used to have compost ready for the pile out in the backyard laying all over our counters in bags or bowls or whatever was handy. In the summer, fruitflies would at least once, maybe twice sneak in, attracted to the rot. Once they decided that fresh fruit on the counters (good marketing towards the kids) looked OK too, it was war. I tried air-locked containers, but they were a pain since the air-lock was too tough in the midst of slippery wet peels. Taking it out to the compost pile right away was inefficient. So, the compost bin idea simmered around in my head until we made it reality with this project. As mentioned before, it's just a stock pot with the handle reversed in the lid. Mr. GC thought I was nuts, but thought of this great lid-flipping idea so the counter would be "more flat" for food preparation and plating. He also carved out sides for me to reach the lip of the pot for easy access for lifting out. Now that it's winter, the composting matter can "cook" a bit before heading outside and taking up precious space in the outside composter.

The recycling basket itself is from a bicycle shop. It was missing it's frame for a bike and I knew a use for it as soon as I saw it.
It's not too heavy to lift: I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to easily get a recycling container out of a space so far back in the corner. I like having a place to shove all the little stuff to get it off the countertops.