Sunday, November 29, 2009

elizpiz' Kitchen

Century Home Arts and Crafts Sage Green Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling

Posted by elizpiz on Sun, Oct 11, 09
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  • Cabinets: custom made by Melo Woodworking, a local Toronto company (no web site!). Maple wood stained, painted, distressed and glazed by Homestead House. Colours used were Tapestry for the perimeter cabs and Cartier for the island. They did an amazing and painstaking job.
  • Countertops: "Java Black" soapstone counters by N&G Soapstone . The island countertop is made from reclaimed red oak planks.
  • Backsplash: Walker-Zanger Antequera Random Mini Brick
  • Appliances:
    • Liebherr RBI 1400 24" all-fridge with Biofresh
    • TurboChef double ovens, with custom RAL 3011 red oven door
    • BlueStar 36" cooktop with centre grill
    • Custom Modern-Aire hood, 1000 cfms
    • Miele Excella full dishwasher
    • Fisher Paykel single Dishwasher Drawer
    • Double SubZero freezer drawers
  • Sinks:
    • Main sink: apron front farmhouse soapstone sink from N&G Soapstone
    • Prep sink: Franke BBX160 Beach sink
  • Faucets:
    • Wall-Mount potfiller: Kohler K-7322
    • Main sink faucet: Kohler K-8761
    • Prep sink: Kohler Vinnata K-691
  • Hardware:
    • Perimeter cabinets: Whitechapel Hardware, based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    • Island and fridge: Architectural salvage from Olde Good Things in NYC
  • Bar stools: America Retold. Last place I saw them was at
  • Floors: radiant heated limestone from Marble Trend; it’s Jasman.
  • Paint: Wall colour in kitchen is Plaster by Homestead House; stairwell to basement and up to second floor is Benjamin Moore Buckhorn
  • Art: We have some great pieces, including my beautiful roosters from local contemporary folk artist Pey Lu, and a couple of pieces from my best friend and amateur artist, Vera.
Background Info:
Here’s what we did:
  • Knock it down and build it out. Our house is almost 100 years old and as such, the original kitchen was quite small – about 9x10. We have an unusually shaped lot, and the shape allowed for us to be able to knock down an exterior wall and build out.
  • Make it look unique and up to date but fitting with the rest of the house. The objective was to make the kitchen look like it was always there, with more up to date appliances. To achieve that, we had the cabinets hand-painted and distressed and chose heritage colours. We used reclaimed oak planks for the island countertop; the hardware is a combination of hand-forged cast iron from England and finds from architectural salvage. Countertops and the main sink are soapstone.
  • Find room for the "library"! An imperative was to find a home for my 300+ (and counting) cookbook collection. We achieved that through clever cabinetry and the acquisition of a beautiful old hutch.
Apron Sink
Base Cabinet>24in Deep
Wall Cabinet>36in High
Dish Drawer
Dishwasher Drawer
Full Extension Drawers
Garden Window
Gourmet Professional
Hood Custom
Induction Cooktop
Island with Seating
Knife Drawer
Lighting Recessed
Prep Area Multiple
Prep Sink
Pullout Pantry
Unique Hardware
Unique Window


Friday, November 27, 2009

dalerb66's Kitchen

Warm Modern Kitchen with Dark Cabinets

Contact: dalerb66 (My Page)
Posted on Mon, Oct 5, 09
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  • Cabinets: custom maple, "very dark brown" custom stain, reeded glass inserts in upper
  • Countertop: Delicatus White granite
  • Backsplash: Delicatus White granite
  • Oven: GE Monogram Double Wall Oven (ZET2SMSS)
  • Refrigerator: GE Monogram 42" Built-in (ZISS420DXSS)
  • Rangetop: GE Monogram 32" Gas (ZGU366NPSS)
  • Dishwasher: Miele Excella II Series (G 2732 SCi)
  • Range Hood: Kobe Wall Mount European Style 36" range hood (RA9436SQB)
  • Faucet: Danze "Parma" Single Handle Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet (D404558SS)
  • Soap Dispenser: Danze "Parma" (D495958SS)
  • Floors: oak with a very light stain
  • Paint: Olympic "Spiced Vinegar"

Background Info:
All of the lower cabinets contain drawers or some sort of pullout, except beneath the rangetop and sink: those are regular old cabinet doors. There is also a small "tray" cabinet to the left of the sink for cookie sheets, large cutting boards, etc.

Recessed lighting: It was important that that deep counter have good lighting but, given the height of the cabinet above, it was clear that the lights used there would be visible from just about every spot in the kitchen. My contribution was simply to pick a fixture that would look good when "exposed" and my electrician and cabinet guy worked together to make sure that the recessed opening was just right. (The rest of the kitchen uses the same type of under-cabinet lights, but they are installed in the standard, non-recessed fashion.)
Air Switch
Bar with Seating
Counter>28in Deep
Counter Depth Frig
Full Extension Drawers
Glass Doors
Lighting Recessed
Lighting Under Cabinet
Microwave Drawer
Peninsula with Seating
Soap Dispenser
Trash Pullout


mrao77's Kitchen

Fusion of Old and New: Contemporary Blue Kitchen with Vintage Touches

Contact: mrao77 (My Page)
Posted on Mon, Sep 28, 09
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  • Cabinets: Light maple, from Aristokraft (original). We kept the existing cabinets since there were in excellent shape and in the color of our choice.
  • Counter top: Volga Blue granite, aka Spectralite blue, Polare blue. A stone from Ukraine (from the river Volga) that has a black/greyish background with huge splotches of Spectralite crystals, that are blue and silver in different lights.
  • Backsplash: Himalayan white slate 4x4, mixed with glass 2x2 tiles from Daltile, Midnight and Daylight Shimmer.
  • Sink: Zero radius, 30X19, single bowl, 16 gauge, undermounted in brushed stainless finish
  • Faucet: Giagni, pre-rinse, spring faucet
  • Barstools: Eurway blue barstools
  • Table: Eurway glass dining table and chairs
  • Lighting: Island and pendant lights from Hunter, Blue Lagoon (mouthblown glass pendants with satin nickle trim)
  • Paint: Wall color from Sherwin William. I custom matched it to a color called Sterling Silver. We troweled on texture onto the stripped walls after priming with a oil based blocking primer, and then painted with two coats of paint.
  • Artwork: "Friday Night in Soho" by Michael Brown, Giclee on canvas.
  • Curtain: grommeted Panels in morning mist, BBB
  • Kitchen Rugs: "Checkered" from Kohls
  • Pot rack and pots 'n pans: Collection from grandmother, mom and some new additions, made to look vintage!
Background Info:
I planned a contemporary kitchen with modern lines and achieved the look. But I was unable to give up my collection of vintage pot 'n pans, pot rack and my grandmother's cookware. SO I incorporated them into modern kitchen- hence the fusion of Old and New!!

Bar with Seating
Cabs Wall>36in High
Coffee Center
Cutting Board Storage
Garden Window
Lazy Susan
Lighting Above Cabinet
Lighting Pendant
Lighting Recessed
Lighting Under Cabinet
Message Center Desk
Peninsula with Seating
Pot Rack
Unique Hardware


Sunday, November 22, 2009

gracesantacruz' Kitchen

Beach-inspired White Kitchen with Iridescent Glass and Stone Backsplash

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Posted on Sun, Jul 12, 09
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  • Cabinets: existing oak cabinets were painted with Kelly Moore Durapoxy eggshell finish in Swiss Coffee White.
  • Countertop: Caesarstone 6600 countertop in Nougat. Quartz embedded stone crystals offer polished shades of grey that match the stainless steel and any shade of white in the kitchen. Mitered eased edge hides any seam with the 2 1/4-inch edge.
  • Backsplash: tiles are Hakatai, Emperia Series Celestial mosaic blend TR640 - 2 shades of iridescent glass with white marble.
  • Hardware: crystal knobs and cup pulls from ebay
  • Main sink: Kohler sink Model # K-3351-L. Found on ebay, right side deeper (10-inch)
  • Main sink faucet: HansgroheMain
  • Bar sink: Round Kohler bar sink
  • Bar sink faucet: Hansgrohe Axor faucet with triple undercounter water filter.
  • Refrigerator: Jenn-Air white "floating glass" side by side. Cabinet was deepened to match the standard depth refrigerator so it appears cabinet-depth.
  • Ovens: GE Monogram. Top Advantium oven doubles as a 2nd convection oven or warmer, plus still a microwave.
  • Cooktop: Jenn-Air electric downdraft stainless
  • Dishwasher: Miele (it's silent)
  • Floor: existing solid maple planking, 5-inch wide by a company called Junker. The finish is simple polyurethane (prefinished)
  • Lighting: Juno mini undercabinet track lighting
  • Bar stools: Fancy chrome and acrylic bar stools found on ebay.
  • Wall paint: blue is "Hatteras Haze" from Kelly Moore. The other wall (goes into dining room area) is "Abalone White" from Behr.

Background Info:
We updated what was a mid-80's top-of-the line kitchen to a 2009 kitchen. We replaced the appliances, painted the oak cabinets, and replaced the 80's ivory colored 6-inch tile countertops and backsplashes.
Total cost was only a little over $20K because:
1) We kept our original cabinets by painting them.
2) We purchased all the appliances online and found good deals including no tax.
3) We did some DIY: backsplash, most of electric works, plumbing, and did not hire a general contractor.
4) Our painter is the fastest, most thorough, very affordable wonderful professional. He did the most tedious part of removing the wall papers and all the painting, which would have taken us months.

Cabinets: Painting the existing cabinet was another big decision. It is solid oak but after 25yrs, it was looking dingy. Our painter to use eggshell rather than semi-gloss swiss coffee, which turned out to be crucial. The Eggshell finish gave us much softer, classier tone. (i.e., looks more expensive). I was worried about stains and dirt on white cabinets, but because the dirt and stains show clearly, I can just wipe it with soapy sponge and in 2 seconds, they are gone.
Bar with Seating
Bay Window
Cabs Wall > 12in Deep
Cabs Wall > 36in High
Glass Doors
Lighting Pendant
Lighting Recessed
Lighting Under Cabinet
Peninsula with Seating
Prep Sink
Sink>30in Wide
Trash Pullout
Walk-in Pantry


Thursday, November 12, 2009

hobokenkitchen's Kitchen

White & Cherry Kitchen with Brushed Limestone and Walnut floors

Contact: hobokenkitchen (My Page)
Posted on Fri, Sep 4, 09
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  • Cabinets: Custom made in paint grade maple.
  • Floors: Pre finished Walnut with a Teak finish.
  • Countertops:
    Island countertop: Brushed Limestone.
    Perimeter countertop: One of the 'golds' but I forget which. I've seen something very like it recently which was called ' Colonial Dreams'.
  • Stove: 48' All gas Wolf range.
  • Hood: Wolf. We had ordered and received the vent-a-hood, but the duct work situation was so complex, that we ended up having to return the VaH and spring the extra money for the Wolf.
  • Fridge: 36' Stainless Steel Subzero.
  • Sink: Franke Orca.
Background Info:We ended up having to sell the house and move due to DH's work, so we never got to put in the backsplash. : (


Appliance Garage
Glass Doors
Island with Seating
Lighting Recessed
Microwave UC
Pullout Pantry
Wine Storage


Saturday, November 07, 2009

joycedc's Kitchen

56 Square Foot Urban Galley

Contact: joycedc (My Page)
Posted on Sun, Aug 16, 09
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  • Countertops: Absolute Black granite
  • Flooring: 12 x 12 black and white granite tiles
  • Paint: wall color is RL Chesapeake Sunset
  • Appliances:~ Stove: 24" Bertazzoni gas
    ~ Refrigerator: 24" Fagor frig

Background Info:This was a complete gut job...there was zero, zilch, nada worth saving from the 1982 mess that was there. I live in a small urban condo. I went with small in size but good performing appliances.


>12in Deep Wall Cabs
>24in Deep Base Cabs
>36in High Base Cabs
Counter Depth Frig
Dishwasher Compact
Lighting Under Cabinet
Sink Tilt-out


Sunday, November 01, 2009

marybeth1's Kitchen

Mary Beth's Cherry and White Kitchen

Contact: marybeth1 (My Page)
Posted on Thu, Aug 13, 09
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  • Cabinets: Cherry local cabinet maker. Perimeter is stained fruitwood with a brown glaze. Island is painted SW Creamy with brown glaze.
  • Countertops: Giallo Napoleon granite with an Ogee edge
  • Backsplash: Tumbled Travertine Subway tile and Honed Limestone Mosaic tile
  • Floor: Quartersawn White Oak; site finished with light brown stain.
  • Range: Maytag Gemini
  • Dishwasher: Bosch
  • Sink: Blanco Cascade in Biscuit
  • Under Cabinet lighting: Kichler Xenon Strip
  • Paint: BM Flowering Herbs
  • Dinette: Canadel in the antiqued finish

Glass Doors
Lazy Susan
Lighting Under Cabinet
Trash Pullout
Tray Divider