Tuesday, May 25, 2010

arlosmom's Kitchen

New "Antique" Kitchen in 1905 Foursquare

Contact: arlosmom (My Page)
Posted on Tue, May 24, 10
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  • Cabinets: Crownpoint (I ordered them primed and hand painted them myself with Ben Moore OC13 oil based satin impervo)
  • Countertops: Santa Rita soapstone
  • Backsplash: antique subway tile with Pratt & Larson egg and dart accent liner tile
  • Cabinet hardware: antique latches and pulls, mostly from ebay
  • Flooring: reclaimed heart pine in random widths from 8"-13"
  • Lighting: antique lighting that we cleaned and rewired
  • Range: Wolf all gas
  • Range hood: Viking insert in custom steel powder coated hood
  • Dishwasher: Bosch with cabinet panel
  • Refrigerator: Amana that we purchased when we bought the house, but cabinet built for 36" counter depth
  • Sink: double drainboard sink came with the house; my guess is it dates to the 1930s
  • Faucet: Chicago faucet with custom spout ordered from Baths From the Past
  • Paint: wall color is Dusty Trail from American Pride (certified "green")

When we bought our 1905 foursquare house in 2004, it was in very original condition with few updates or changes. That was a big part of the appeal for us. The widow who owned the house before us had been here since 1942, and she and her husband had raised their five children here with only one bathroom.

I loved the original kitchen, but it was small and had no dishwasher (and no place to add one), and very limited cabinet and counter space. It also had 4 doorways, a back staircase, and a low window to work around. We made the original kitchen into our breakfast room (changing as little as we could about the space), and built a rear addition with the new kitchen, a small walk-in pantry, powder room, and screened porch. We tried very hard to keep the look and feel of the original kitchen and make a space that fit with the character of the whole house. The new kitchen space is approximately 10' by 17'.

Whenever possible, we incorporated materials that were original to the house, salvaged or antique. The wood floors, lighting, cabinet hardware, sinks in both the kitchen and powder room, doors (to the pantry, powder room and screened porch), and stained glass panel are all old.

Broom Closet
Cabs Wall>12in Deep
Cabs Wall>36in High
Cutting Board Storage
Feature: Drainboard
Feature: Full Extension Drawers
Glass Doors
Hood Custom
Inset Doors
Lighting Pendant
Lighting Under Cabinet
Microwave Shelf
Pot Rack
Sink>30in Wide
Spice Storage
Trash Pullout
Unique Hardware
Unique Window
Walk-in Pantry
Salvaged building materials (flooring, doors, hardware, lights)


Monday, May 24, 2010

cdecker1's Kitchen

Cherry and Copper Kitchen

Posted by cdecker1 on Fri, Sep 19, 08
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  • Cabinets: Starmark American cherry drawers with easy glide and full extension
  • Countertop: main island has New Giallo Venziano granite (Brazilian).
  • Backsplash - 6 x 6 travertine tiled backsplash that I sealed with border I hand-painted in bronze and real copper paint and sealed, Rhombus of crema marfil marble framed in bronzed tile liner,
  • Thermador 6 burner (wok and simmer) pro style range with built-in titanium griddle and maple block cover
  • Miele master chef double stainless ovens (large) with convection, rotissere, proofing, etc.
  • Reticulated TV, Computer and house automation control panel in one
  • Custom cherry range hood with warming lights and exhaust
  • 48" Built in Kitchen Aid refrigerator with custom cabinet overlays
  • Kitchen Aid warming drawer with chafing dishes and moist/dry heat control
  • Costco beverage fridge stainless and tempered glass
  • Main sink double deep bowl copper farmhouse custom from Sarah Janes with front embossing on copper farm sink
  • Danze copper pot filler
  • Hardware: handles from Top Knob in antique copper, Sonoma venetian and copper bronze cabinet pull
  • Copper deep bowl prep sink, Danze copper faucet, air switch and soap dispenser
  • Bosch dishwasher
  • glass frosted pantry door
  • coffee bar are with lighted niche and built in Kitchen Aid Ultima speed cook, micro, convection oven
  • Floor: 20x20 travertine classic chiara Emser tile
  • Island pendant Maxim Via Roma greek bronze finish

Air Switch
Apron Sink
Baking Center
Baking Drawer
Bar with Seating
Bay Window
CabinetsBase >24"deep
CabinetsBase >36"high
CabinetsWall >12"deep
CabinetsWall >36"high
China Hutch
Coffee Center
Counter >28"wide
Counter-depth Frig
Dish Drawer
Drawer Dividers
Full Extension Drawers
Glass Doors
Custom Hood
Island with Seating
Knife Drawer
LightingAbove Cabinet
LightingUnder Cabinet
Message Center/Desk
Microwave Shelf
Pegged Plate Organizer
Plate Rack
Plug inside Cabinet
Prep Area (Multiple)
Prep Sink
Rollout Trays
Sink >30"wide
Soap Dispenser
Spice Storage
Tray Divider
Unique Hardware
Walk-in Pantry
Warming Drawer
Warming Lights
Wine CoolerADA compliant with mobility scooter turning and reach ability to micro/oven/speed cook and undercab fridge and lowered eating/prep area too.
Reticulated TV, Computer and house automation control panel in one.


Friday, May 21, 2010

sw_in_austin's Kitchen

IKEA Tidaholm, Soapstone and Steel

Contact: sw_in_austin (My Page)
Posted on Sat, Feb 6, 10
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  • Cabinets: IKEA, Tidaholm door style (European white oak; solid oak frame with veneer center), except for custom-built pantry and one shallow cabinet beneath the bookcase, stained ebony; bookcase and cart also custom built of steel angle-iron uprights and IKEA butcher block shelves
  • Countertops: Beleza soapstone from Dorado Soapstone in Austin
  • Backsplash:
    • Tile: Sonoma Tilemakers (from our favorite tile store, Architerra); subways are Star line, 3x6, color Trellis Green; glass tiles are Tantrum 1x2, color Tazo (chosen because it matched the green inclusions in the soapstone)
    • Grout: Light gray (maybe Oyster Gray?)
  • Hardware: Restoration Hardware Aubrey pulls in brushed nickel, 4-inch on doors, 6-inch on drawers
  • Lighting:
    • Pendants in front of windows: Meridian from Sundance Catalog
    • Pendant over kitchen table: IKEA (a placeholder to get the final inspection done; I was looking for a cone-shaped pendant to echo the Meridian pendants but with a solid or frosted shade; I couldn't find one in time and now we'll probably have this forever)
    • Undercabinet lights: Microfluorescent T4 light strips from Pegasus Associates Lighting (online)
  • Sink: Ticor S112 from Galaxy Tool Supply
  • Faucet: Kohler Essex with side spray in brushed nickel
  • Appliances:
    • Range: Kenmore Elite
    • Dishwasher: Kenmore Elite
    • Refrigerator: Kenmore (existing)
  • Floors: Existing long leaf pine (refinished)
We are more than happy with our decision to use IKEA cabinets. They cost about $6,000 less than a comparable kitchen done with Kraft Maid in maple. Because we saved those dollars we felt comfortable spending more on the soapstone and the backsplash. And we are completely happy with how the cabinets look and function. Who knew I could love full-extension, soft-close drawers so much?

The old kitchen was original to the house, which was built in 1945. The cabinets were painted metal, there was no dishwasher, too little storage, and counters were crowded with microwave, toaster oven, and dish drainer. We lived with it for 15 years (we intended to redo it much sooner but other projects -- two kids not the least of those -- intervened).

The kitchen functioned well, layout-wise, and we left the main elements in place. We removed a strange peninsula at one end of the long side and took the wall between kitchen and dining room (behind the stove in the picture below) down to half-height. We took out a door to the backyard that we never used and replaced it with a window. We took out a hot water heater closet (and put in an on-demand unit that hangs on an exterior wall), which gave us 4 additional linear feet of cabinets and counters.

At the last minute we decided to make a space within our new pantry (white doors at right below) to house the microwave. It got the micro off the main counter and having it out of the way is just fine. The pantry was custom-built to fit in the space of what had been a shallow regular-height closet. Now it gives us floor to ceiling storage.
We pulled the base cabinets next to the refrigerator out 5 inches to keep our existing frig from sticking out; the counters here are about 30 inches deep. We also hung 30-inch-tall uppers here (others are 39-inch) with a floating shelf (of IKEA butcher block) below.
We had a cart built of butcher block and steel from the local welding shop that slides under the counter. The bookshelf above was built of the same materials. The black cabinet at right was built by our carpenter to fit a shallow spot to the right of the new window. One slab of soapstone took care of most of the counters, but using butcher block over this section worked out perfectly.
Sills for the new windows made of soapstone tiles. Much better than the old painted wood.

We had this big blank wall (cabinets here wouldn't have left room for the table where we eat almost all our meals) so we painted a piece of masonite with chalkboard paint and bolted it to the wall. The corkboard covers the circuit box, which would have cost $1500 to move.

We love steel so we had the pass-through top made of 1/2-inch sheet steel.

Our carpenter built the bookshelf and the cart, based on an idea I showed him from a magazine. He was skeptical but it turned out great. The corners of the butcher block are routed out so the steel (which is just angle iron from a local welding shop that we wire-brushed clean and sealed with spray poly) would sit flush.

We painted the toe kicks black. Our contractor said it would make them disappear, which it sort of does. I like that it also echoes the black elsewhere. The carpenters built 2x4 frames for the lower boxes to sit on, rather than using the IKEA leg system. I think it was to make certain that the soapstone was well-supported and to make sure the long run was level, given the inherent unevenness of our 65-year-old floors.
The soapstone and the wood are just shoved as closely together as possible. The butcher block sits on a L bracket that runs from front to back screwed into the side of the cabinet; the wood is attached to the bracket from underneath. We thought about putting a bead of clear silicone on the seam but since that area is rarely used for prep we haven't had any trouble with junk building up in the seam (which is fairly minimal; they did a good job of getting a tight joint).

Cabs Wall>36in High
Ceiling Fan
Counter>28in Deep
Frameless Cabinets
Full Extension Drawers
Lazy Susan
Lighting Pendant
Lighting Recessed
Lighting Under Cabinet
Microwave Shelf
Open Shelving
Peninsula without Seating
Plug Inside Cabinet
Portable Serving Cart
Reach-in Pantry
Trash Pullout
Cold-rolled steel counter
Custom built steel & butcherblock bookcase and cart (cart rolls into niche under counter)


Saturday, May 15, 2010

chinkle's Kitchen

Italian Kitchen

Contact: chinkle (My Page)
Posted on Thu, Feb 4, 10
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  • Cabinets: Laureldale Amaretto Creme Glaze, by KitchensForLess.com in Culver City, CA Charlie Torres is wonderful to work with. This is an online store where you have to know what you want and they place the order for you.
  • Countertops: Typhoon Bordeaux granite. Purchased from a Prefab Granite Company
  • Appliances: stainless. From the GE Cafe Series, love them and ordered them online also
  • Backsplash: from Reclaimed Chicago Common Brick Veneer Tile from BrickSalvage.com in Rockford, IL
  • Pendants: from Lowes
  • The Island is my pride and joy, it was built by my son Andrew (age 20) he is very talented and I knew he could do it. He mostly got his skills from wood shop in high school. I found an island that I liked on the Internet and asked him if he could do it for me. We purchased the 4 posts from Osborne Wood Products and the Butcher Block Top comes from California Butcher Block in Irvine, CA. I told him what I wanted in drawer sizes and I needed a place for my cookbooks and of course I needed the bottom shelf, he did the rest. It's Perfect.

Counter Depth Frig
Lazy Susan
Lighting Above Cabinet
Lighting Under Cabinet
Open Shelving
Spice Storage
Trash Pullout


Sunday, May 09, 2010

neumamom's Kitchen

Classic Country Kitchen: White/Maple

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Posted on Tue, Jan 26, 10
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  • Cabinets: Custom-built, solid maple cabinets,
    • Painted SW Ivory Lace (matches trim and doors)
    • Dove-tail, soft-close drawers
    • Pull-out garbage cans to the left of sink
    • Corner next to range, lazy susan (asymmetrical)
    • Built-in pantry right next to the refrigerator. Lower half has six long pull-out drawers. Upper half has swing-out shelves with shelves behind and shelves on doors.
    • Pull-outs for pans in island across from range
  • Countertop: Tropical Brown granite
  • Backsplash: 4" tumbled travertine that has been sealed, in a brick pattern. Outlet covers in faux stone match almost perfectly
  • Appliances:
    • Jenn-Air, Eurostyle
    • Full-depth Refrigerator, Recessed
    • Dual Fuel Convection Range
    • Dishwasher
  • Plumbing
    • Sink, Oliveri stainless steel
    • Brizo faucet
    • Sink-top disposal switch
    • No ugly air gap for the dishwasher
  • Flooring: Anderson Lincoln Planks, sand color, 3/8"
  • Hardware: Amerock Ambrosia Euro Stone Sq Pull in a rustic pewter finish. The knobs #BP4485-WN, pulls BP4483-WN. From Home Depot.
  • Paint: My cabinets match my trim and doors. My wall/ceiling paint color is not super dark but it is a nice contrast with the white cabinets and molding.


We built our house 17 years ago and decided it was time for an update. The original kitchen was very small, closed off, and dark so we took out a large walk-in pantry and knocked down the garage wall and borrowed a 6' X 8' from the garage. This little change made a huge difference and completely transformed our kitchen into an ideal space that looks like it has always been there. It blends very well into the existing dining room and living room giving it a very open look.
I love having lots of light! All of our lighting including the undercabinet can be dimmed. We are extremely happy with the undercabinet Xenon lighting.

Island dimensions are 39" x 86", 42" aisles on both sides, 48" from range.
I wanted the island to look like a farm table. There is plenty of room for seating and for getting through the aisle when people are seated or standing at the island.
Originally I was going to have a prep sink in the island and am glad I opted out because it took up too much valuable storage space.



Saturday, May 08, 2010

segbrown's Kitchen

White Cabinets, Taupe Island, Pine Hutch

Contact: segbrown (My Page)
Posted on Sun, Dec 6, 09
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  • Cabinets: Aspen Leaf Kitchens in Denver/Berthoud, CO; proprietary Primer White, BM Taos Taupe on island and butler's pantry, and custom-stained antique pine on breakfast hutch
  • Countertops:
    • Minas soapstone on perimeter cabinets and hutch
    • Calacatta gold marble on island and butler's pantry, polished
  • Backsplash: US Ceramic 6x8 in. bright white with Pewter grout
  • Appliances:
    • SubZero BI-36U fridge, pro handle
    • Wolf 48 DF range with 4 burners and double griddle
    • Viking 54 in. hood liner with heat lamps
    • Thermador DWHD64EP dishwashers
    • KitchenAid KBCO24RSBX three-zone beverage center
    • SubZero 700BCI refrigerator/freezer drawers
    • Sharp 0.8 cu ft microwave
  • Hardware: Restoration Hardware Gilmore cup pulls, Aubrey knobs and handle pulls, Clear Glass knobs in antique brass, and Season knobs and Hanson pulls in ORB
  • Sinks:
    • Main: soapstone farm sink crafted by Terra Bella/Denver CO
    • Prep: Ticor S3650
  • Faucets:
    • Main sink: Kohler HiRise bridge with sidespray
    • Prep sink: Kohler HiRise bar faucet
  • Lighting:
    • Wilmette Clark pendants in ORB (breakfast nook)
    • Wilmette LaSalle wall sconces in antique brass (later photos)
    • Visual Comfort Classic Ring chandelier in AB (dining room)
    • Visual Comfort Four-Light Siena pendant in AB (butler's)
  • Island stools: Ballard Designs Dorchester counter stools in rubbed black (all other furniture and rugs previously owned)
  • Stainless shelf: Custom made by a metal fabricator. Size is 13x86 in. Used as a warming shelf and as storage during prep.
  • Floor: Gatsby Hand-Sculpted Oak by Armstrong in Tudor Brown, 5" solid plank, prefinished, style 755. Purchased from ProSource.
  • Paint:
    • Wall color in kitchen is BM Elmira White
    • Kitchen trim is BM Super White
    • Dining room is BM Champion Cobalt

Dimensions:The kitchen area is roughly 19 ft by 15 ft (the longer dimension is the sink wall with the door, the shorter is the range wall). This doesn't include the breakfast area, which is another 6 ft on the 15-ft side. Aisles are 48 in., and there is quite a bit of space in front of that window.



Monday, May 03, 2010

melinrk's Kitchen

French Country Kitchen with Pressed Tin Backsplash

Contact: melinrk (My Page)
Posted on Mon, Feb 1, 2010
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  • Cabinets: Brookhaven, Pelham Manor raised door style. Cherry stain with charcoal glaze. Includes all panels & mouldings. From In House Kitchen Bath Home, NY, NY www.inhousekbh.com
  • Countertops: Gold & Silver granite (or Golden Silver), double arch edge (counters, inside sink & window sills), 3 window sills & cut in drain board. From Barocco Marble & Granite, Chestnut Ridge, NY
  • Backsplash: Tin ceiling design #209, stainless steel with flat moulding #903 for behind cooktop. From Classic Ceilings Classicceilings.com
  • Hardware: Spanish Gothic by Hickory Hardware Shophickoryhardware.com
  • Island: custom. From Belmonte & Sablich, Garnerville, NY. Dimensions 5'x2' plus a little overhang of the granite.
  • Refrigerator handles: custom from Eric David Laxman, Garnerville, NY ericdavidlaxman.com
  • Hood: custom made by GC, plus mouldings to match cabinets
  • Appliances from Silver City, Spring Valley, NY:
    • Rangetop, Dacor 6-burner EG366SCH/NG
    • Dishwasher, Miele G2183SCVI, paneled
    • Fridge/Freezer, Kitchenaid 42" 25cu side by Side KSS042FTX, paneled
    • Trash Compactor, Kitchenaid 15" KUCS03FTPA
    • Single wall oven, Kitchenaid KEBS107SS
    • Built in Microwave, Kitchenaid KBHS109SS
    • Vent, Prestige 1200cfm UIB34S2
  • Plumbing:
    • Sink – Kohler Undertone large D-bowl 37½"x 18½"x9½" K3185
    • Faucet – Show House by Moen Waterhill Wrought Iron 1-handle w/side spray S711WR
    • Soap Dispenser – Moen 3942BL
    • Insta Hot – Insinkerator Indulge Antique Dispenser F-GN22-MBLK
    • Disposal – Insinkerator, 1 horse power Pro-XL, continuous feed
    • Pot Filler – Danze Opulence single handle wall mount D205557BS
  • Curtains: Waverly yellow and blue. Discontinued but may be available on ebay.

Dimensions:The kitchen is 17' on the sink side, 11' on the oven/fridge side by 13 1/2' wide.
The dimensions of the island itself are 5'x2' plus alittle overhang of the granite. The space between the island (from the outside of the overhang) to the fridge is 40". The space between island and sink is 41" and the space at the end of the island between it and the cooktop is 38". Going from the bottom, left and around (to the right of the sink), 21" cabinet, DW, 33" sink base w/4" bump outs on either side, trash compactor, 2-30" cabinets, corner super susan, 21" drawer set, 36" under range top cabinets w/4" bump outs on either side, 21" drawer set, corner super susan, 15" drawer set, wall ovens w/33" drawer under, then fridge.
Uppers are (starting at same point) 40" cabinet, window, 2-42" cabinets, 18" cabinet with filler at end, back wall is just hood & wwall & windows, filler at corner, 33" cabinet, 15" cabinet, 33" cabinet above wall oven, then fridge. All lower cabinets have pull outs, above fridge has dividers.


  • Contractor: Angelo Menna of Menna Building Corp.
  • Plumbing: John M. Hartel & Co, Pearl River, NY
  • Cabinets: Jayne Zeigler Jaynez@inhousekbh.com

  • Cabinets - $25,500
  • Hardware - $475
  • Appliances - $14,000
  • Island - $3,200
  • Refrigerator Handles - $600
  • Hood – $300 plus some painting costs, plus the mouldings, included in cabinet price. Built by GC.
  • Granite (perimeter) – $5000 (included 3 window sills & drain board)
  • Granite (island) - $850
  • Pot Filler - $233
  • Sink - $675
  • Faucet - $416
  • Disposal - $400
  • Soap Dispenser - $82
  • Insta Hot - $590
  • Window treatments for 2 new windows - $604
  • Backsplash (materials)- $1000
  • Backsplash (labor)- $750
  • Floors refinished - $1000
  • Contractor fee - $4250 – worth every penny
TOTAL - $78,335.72
I am in a suburb of New York City - and the prices reflect that.
We sold our old kitchen on Craig’s List for $1,500.

The space is different than the original kitchen. Behind the original was a small powder room and tiny laundry room. Each had a window in it. First we did a small addition on the other side of the house for a powder room and big laundry room, then we knocked down the wall and opened up the space. We actually had to move both windows several inches - annoying but well worth it to achieve the symmetry needed.

My GC built the hood. He carved it with wood, covered it with masonite, then sheetrock. Then it was painted, plastered & glazed. The mouldings were all ordered with the cabinetry so it matched. Obviously the guts of the vent cost $, but the hood itself cost me a days labor plus materials, paint, etc.

Coffee Center
Counter Depth Frig
Cutting Board Storage
Drawer Dividers
Frameless Cabinets
Full Extension Drawers
Gourmet Professional
Hood Custom
Instant Hot Water
Island without Seating
Lazy Susan
Lighting Recessed
Lighting Under Cabinet
Rollout Trays
Sink Tilt-out
Sink>30in Wide
Soap Dispenser
Trash Compactor
Tray Divider
Unique Hardware
Wicker Baskets
Unique backsplash - pressed tin ceiling tile look, in stainless as backsplash.