Finally finished! Walnut, quartzite, idea kitchen with pics

vsalzJanuary 3, 2012

I will post pics and follow up with description and info.



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Wow, what a difference! It looks great.

A question for you: did cabinetnow have the ikea drilling patterns or did you have to provide those?

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 1:26PM
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Ok here are the details:

FYI, that is DH in the first picture and my realtor in the third.
My inspirations were zacksdad's And bosche's kitchen.

Cabinet boxes: ikea
Doors: unfinished walnut from cabinets now. Ordered online. came unfinished. I rubbed down with tung oil to get that finish. So simple.
Knobs: topknobs. Ordered online.
Sink: whitehause. Online.
Prep sink: ikea
Cooktop: Kitchenaid 6-burner with grill.
Fridge: maytag 30-inch (only thing that would fit after my window sizing debacle).
Faucets: moen lindley (both on sale at homedepot).
Backsplash: faux tin panels purchased at lowes. They are the cross hatch silver color.

Some may remember that I ended up with 309 extra feet of walnut when I tried to order toe kick from a local lumber yard. We used every inch of it. I made the end panels, wine rack at the end of the cabinet run, toe kick, shelf above fridge, and fillers.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 1:27PM
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We provided the drilling pattern. Because all the hinges were adjustable (even the little latch pieces that come with the idea drawers) it wasn't hard at all.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 1:31PM
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    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 1:47PM
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That's quite a transformation! I'm sure you're loving it. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 1:53PM
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I"m a big fan of using IKEA boxes to create a custom kitchen. Well done! Love the look of your quartzite too. I'm assuming that the island was a piece you bought/had/found etc... that you repurposed? I can't imagine being able to do inset with IKEA frames.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 2:07PM
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Wowie, that's gorgeous! What a change. The walnut is beautiful and that hefty countertop is WONderful. Any story on the island?

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 2:13PM
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Hi Vsalz:

You did an amazing job--congratulations on a beautiful kitchen!

Do you mind sharing what the name of the quartzite countertops is? I am thinking of using walnut cabinets, and I love the look of marble, but it is not practical for me. I had not considered quartzite, but those are gorgeous, and coordinate beautifully with the walnut.

How is the quartzite holding-up? As I have not looked into quartzite, I'm wondering if it has the same issues with etch and stain as marble? Sure is gorgeous.

Well done!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 2:26PM
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Very pretty! Love the windows! Would you mind telling me which whitehaus sink you have? It looks pretty deep.


    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 2:30PM
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Holy windows (and view)! Wow! And I love all the nooks and crannies--especially the wine rack. What a great way to maximize space. And your quartzite is a knockout!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 2:40PM
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The quartzite is called fantasy brown. It is white with brown and grey linear patterns. The grey is almost green. Goes great with both the stainless and walnut. It performs like granite (no etching or staining so far).

The island was purchased from a store called razzmatazz in Phoenix. In my last kitchen redo, I planned for a large island. The cost o cabinets and granite was around 6k. And we were going to have to have our Saltillo tiles redone after moving cabinets back to comply with code. I found this island for $1400 and it is a movable piece of furniture, so no code issues. I will take it with me in next move. The top comes off for moving, and they have other colors and styles. They import them from a company in Mexico, so I am sure they can be shipped.

I don't have the sink info with me, but it is 36" wide and 10" deep double bowl fire clay. My criteria was that it had to be plain and have straight sides.

Pot rack is a piece of decorative metal I bought at kirklands and painted black.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 3:37PM
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Soooo beautiful! What a great job of putting together a fabulous looking kitchen. It's unique and rich with character. I love it. Your countertops are really beautiful. I remember your hectic day with lumber shopping and how they loaded all of that wood into your car! What a happy ending to that episode for you. Congrats on a wonderful job and kudos that you did so much yourselves!!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 3:47PM
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I appreciate it! Did you move the country ducks into a bathroom or something?

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 3:50PM
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Beautiful transformation! I love the stovetop between the windows. You did a great job as your own GC. Your creativity and woodworking ability is impressive. The pot rack, wine rack, etc look so professional!Enjoy

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 4:13PM
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Springroz- you made me laugh. I took the hammer to the ducks myself. That was a good day. Here's another picture that shows you the wallpaper border hidden behind the cabinets.

And we have a large stained glass window in the second floor addition that features a pheasant. Lovely.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 4:15PM
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What a transformation -- you did a great job! The large windows make such a difference. It is awesome that you get to enjoy the view from your prep zone, range and clean-up zone. The quartzite looks great with the walnut and I love the substantial edge. In the photos, the counters read very "light" without being white. Do they seem light in person too? I like the way you cut back the counters around the range top so it does not have to stick out as far as corner units often do.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 4:30PM
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Another huge fan of using IKEA boxes with custom fronts.

This is AMAZING! That walnut is so luxurious--I want to pet it! And that quartzite is WOWOWOW!

You did such an incredible job, I actually gasped when I scrolled to your "after" pics. The door style is perfect in your space!

Big BIG congratulations!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 4:52PM
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So creative and beautiful. The windows are wonderful. I love what you did behind the stove. Your finishing was brave and it came out terrific. Congrats

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 6:08PM
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Beautiful!!!! Are your floors teak handscraped - love them! You did a great job!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 6:17PM
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gorgeous! i love your cabs and the quartzite is spectacular!!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 6:26PM
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Wait....wasn't it only last month you reported on the wood ordering snafu?? And now you're DONE???!! If so, then I'm about 21.7 times slower than you at finishing a kitchen.

I can't believe those are Ikea boxes. The walnut is lovely, as are the quartzite and the view. I've never seen that quartzite before. Great job!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 6:42PM
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Gorgeous! What a huge transformation! I'm majorly in love with that island! What a find!! Congrats!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 6:44PM
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Such an amazing difference!!! That quartzite and that view are vying for my vote for my fave thing in your kitchen!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 7:15PM
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Yep- its only been a couple of weeks since the wood nightmare. DH gave up his entire break to DIY with me. He is awesome.

Quartzite reads white. Here is a better picture of the color up close. I didn't want anything pink or orange.

The cutout around the cooktop was a happy mistake. -- original plan was to put cooktop under a window, but I wanted a grill and my only options were jennair or finding downdraft. After reading a bazillion sites that said "your whole house will be ruined if you have a corner cooktop," I went with my gut and did it anyway. I am big on symmetry and I wanted the three columns flanking the windows: fridge, cooktop, pantry/microwave. I was willing to lose the space and planned to Pull cooktop flush with the cabinet run on either side. We were going to use fillers to create proper clearance for all the drawers. But DH wanted easy access to the gas valve, so we tried the 9 inch cabinet I got at Ikea to use as filler next to the fridge. Perfect. One side holds spices and the other side (sans shelves and back --for the gas valve) holds all my cookie sheets. I put a rev a shelf 5-inch pullout for glasses next to the fridge. Because the knob plate on the front of the cooktop sticks out, we couldnt run the little doors to the top, which turned out fine because we needed a place to put outlets anyway. The "cook nook" is now our favorite part of the kitchen.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 7:22PM
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I am sooooo glad you went with your gut.
Your kitchen is stunning. Fantastic transformation.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 7:27PM
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Curious about your use of tung oil. I had an interesting experience. We have some older tongue/groove knotty pine cabs:when we bought the place,they were pretty dirty,and have to leave this kitchen as is, in this vacat house for now.An antique dealer said clean with cotton wool-I also did some stripping of the old varnish-ended up with bare pine-fairly fragile/soft due to age and didn't know what to do. A friend challenged me to just do tung oil whereas I though-restain/ topcoat with satin polyurethane. Couldn't decide-I did one door with just tung oil and a second door with the stain/topcoat. Know what-they are indistinguishable. Because it's easier-I did all the doors in tung oil--over time takes cleaning and repeat applications and now has developed a patina which also seems to be toughening the surface a bit-no knicks-and this is soft pine. Tung oil is a DIY dream.Did you love working with those door fronts? Really beautiful...think you'll find them natural and durable.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 9:18PM
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Smashing! Love the corner range, what a transformation! I think I would be very happy to cook (or sit and watch -- like the view too) in that kitchen. Congratulations! -- Oldbat2be

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 9:38PM
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Wow, this is gorgeous. You did a great job. Love the cabinets and the quartzite goes great with them. Especially love that wine rack! Enjoy your beautiful new space.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 9:41PM
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Well, that is totally, wholly, absolutely,completely, no-stone-unturned gawjus! What a wonderful transformation. Congratulations!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 10:52PM
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Wow! What a fantastic transformation! I love the quartzite and the extra thickness, and I love all things walnut so definitely love your cabs. And good on ya for finding a way to use 12x the walnut ;) Looks great. Hope you're loving every inch of it!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 11:47PM
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It's very cool to see such a traditional kitchen done with Ikea cabinets. So many neat things here. I love the walnut with simple tung oil finish, the wood really looks fantastic. Is the island top copper?

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 12:11AM
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You all are such fantastic cheerleaders. DH read the thread when he got home and commented that it must be gratifying to hear positive feedback. You have no idea how much so. I have lurked here for years and reviewed every finished kitchen dozens of times to cull the good ideas. You all have shown me I should be more vocal in my praise of others too!

For the tung oil- it is a DIY DREAM. You literally paint on with a sponge brush, let sit for five minutes, and wipe it off. Repeat a few times and it builds up a natural hard finish. I went with walnut so I wouldn't have to stain at all. My dad is a woodworker and he recommended it. Plus, if a cabinet does get marred, all you have to do is sand a little and reapply oil. Any type of polyurethane or shellac would require refinishing. Here is a picture of the doors raw and with one coat of the oil. I wish I had known about it years ago.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 12:47AM
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Great Job and it is crazy that you used all that trim! I guess you needed it anyway.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 7:44AM
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Oh my gosh, I just love and am completely intrigued by that cabinet finish. So, I am a dummy, how difficult is it to figure out how to order the ikea bases and then the appropriate doors. Who did all of the trim work? You have at least convinced me that I can do the tung oil finish, even though I am seriously DIY challenged. However, it is getting to that point that has me concerned. Did you do the finish with everything installed and in place (base cabinets), and then stain the doors and intall?

One option we are looking at is custom cabinets, so if we ordered them unstained and finished ourselves, I am wondering if the cost of the walnut upcharge would be a wash when you deducted the cost of the finishing. Boy, now my head is spinning with the possibilities. Seems like a better idea to actually get walnut then to get maple and try to stain to a walnut like color.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 9:03AM
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Wow! What a beautiful update! From ho hum to va-va-va-voom! Love, love, love the walnut. Enjoy and pat yourselves on the back a few times over!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 10:51AM
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You can totally do it. The one thing I was afraid of was staining and finishing. The tung oil takes care of it.

Cost for all my ikea boxes and drawers: $900
Cost for doors: $1500
Cost for extra walnut cut to order, veneer tape, and oil: $900

For an entire kitchen.

Here's what I did. Plan your kitchen like you would using any cabinet line. Then, when you figure out what boxes you need, go to ikea or the web and order. The one problem is that they have limited sizes. For example, I originally ordered a 27" oven, but Ikea doesn't make a cabinet that size. The ikea hackers site shows you how to cut down a cabinet, but DH didn't want to so we just reordered the 30" oven.

Then, we installed the cabs. Putting together an ikea cabinet is as simple as assembling a kids toy. All you need is a flathead and philips screwdriver and a hammer. Their pieces all fit together perfectly and you just turn the screws to lock in place. The hammer is for nailing on the back with little finishing nails. Do one and the rest take literally 10 minutes each. You could order the doors before you do that by simply ordering doors identical to the ikea sizes. The sizes are all online. We waited until cabs were installed because we had some wonky sizes (we also repurposed two existing drawer bases that were in the kitchen before.
I had the doors predrilled for hinges (full overlay frameless hinges you can buy at lowes in packs of 10). The ikea drawers come with Blum pieces that you just screw into the back of the drawer front then snap into the drawer. We covered the edges of the cabs with walnut veneer tape just in case there were spaces between the doors. That way you wouldn't see white in the crack- it would be wood. The veneer tape cuts with scissors and irons on. I oiled it and it looks exactly like the wood.

On the end panels- I had ordered toe kick cut from a local woodworker. I specified 3/8 inch by 4 inches. I needed 309 inches and they gave me 309 feet (another story). We used that wood to build shaker end panels with nothing more than a nail gun and chop saw. But if you didn't want to do it yourself, just order doors large enough to use as end panels. I planned to do that until I ended up with all that wood.

I oiled the backs of the doors before we put up. I also oiled the toe kick before. Everything else I oiled in place.

Before, I have used thomasville and kraftmaid. Their cabs have never been less than 10k. For the difference in money I got the cooktop I wanted and put in the windows. I would do this again in a heartbeat. DH was very skeptical about all of it- online unfinished doors, veneer tape, ikea cabs . . . And now he agrees it was the smartest kitchen we have ever done. It looks like a 40k kitchen for half the cost.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 11:44AM
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I don't normally fall in love with traditional kitchens, but yours is great! I think a big part of it is the big windows and having few upper cabs. It just looks like someplace I would feel at home.

The pot rack is great.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 12:04PM
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Love your kitchen! You did an amazing job!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 1:09PM
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What a makeover! I love all the creative effort and thought you put into it! The walnut is amazing... if only I knew how simple it could be, we'd be saving a few $Ks. I've never seen that quartzite either, and it's gorgeous. It looks thicker than the usual 3cm. And the view... wow.
By the way, I'm sure everyone had the same "aha!" moment when you mentioned the extra 309' walnut! haha... congratulations on being finished!!!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 5:54PM
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Another note... our demolition began 2 days ago and here is something the guys found when they removed the trim/frame around one of the kitchen doorways:

Seems like ducks around the kitchen were pretty trendy at some point!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 6:23PM
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Here's a better picture of the multiple ducks working together. It was a shame they had to go.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 9:43PM
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Wow. You are very talented!! And this is one of the few wood kitchens I have seen here that makes me reconsider my decision to do painted...


    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 12:31AM
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Now that I've studied your photos more I'm wondering if you would mind sharing the kitchen/dining floorplan? I am still in the layout phase and your space looks somewhat similar. I love that your island manages 5 stools too - I know you said it is a furniture piece. Could you share the dimensions if possible and also the spacing between your kitchen and dining table?

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 12:45AM
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Oh my! What an amazing difference. You must feel fantastic! Good for you on going the DIY route. I'd be intimidated on some of the finer details to do on my own. I love your pot rack, it's such a fabulous idea (and beautiful design). Beautiful job and congrats!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 4:06AM
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Your kitchen had me dropping the f-bomb rather early in the morning! Love it! My keyboard is dying so I will keep this short. The walnut on the walls really makes it! And I usually am not a fan of corner ranges but this looks really really good. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 7:30AM
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Let's see if I can explain this. The space was divided into three small rooms. The living room ran the front of the house toward the view (we are up on the mountain and can see all the way to the great salt lake 30 miles away). The dining room and kitchen sit behind it. They were separated by a bank of cabinets into two tiny rooms.

Here is the bank of cabinets from the dining room side (they were that pink white-washed oak):

Here they are from the kitchen side:

We were in the house 1 day when we ripped those out to open the space between the living and dining room. (note- the oven was in that wall. I haven't had an oven for a year and a half. I am an expert toaster-over chef now. Even cooked thanksgiving dinner in it!). I knew I didn't want a formal dining room. I love this set up. We mostly have parents of our kid's friends over. So I seat grow ups at the table and kids at the island. I have gotten 11 stools around that island. I would use this same set up in a house I built. Here is a picture standing in the same place as the first picture:

The wall at DH's back is the wall between the kitchen and living room. That went two days after we moved in. We bought the house for the view and we wanted every room to have one.

Picture from same general area. Fridge is in roughly the same place in both pics.

My island is 38" by 88" and sits 42" from the table. My family of 5 uses the island for all our family meals.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 1:06PM
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I just had to say again, that you have really done such a beautiful job, and it must be even sweeter knowing that your creativity and hard work resulted in all of that! My tastes typically lean more contemporary for kitchens, but I still am drooling. If you were located closer, I would try to talk you into letting me hire you to be my project manager, kitchen designer, visionary extraodinaire.

So, I don't know if I have such vision to DIY it, despite that you say it is a piece of cake, but your kitchen did inspire me to call my cabinet guy to inquire about walnut. A 35% upcharge, but you save money on the staining process (they just do a clear finish)....seriously considering it as money that will be well spent.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 3:41PM
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Vsalz would you mind sharing the approx cost for your walnut cabs ? I just got a quote for a finished rta walnut bath vanity for $5k. I just chose solid wood walnut shaker doors. It seemed surprisingly high. Is it cause of the wood?

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 11:23AM
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Vsalz just read thru the threads and iser you did post your doors cost! Thanks so much for sharing all the info! I will have to give cabinets now a call. Pricing sounds much better than the other place i got quoted for

On an off topic, can you apply a stain before you rub the tung oil? I assume the stain would have to be oil also?

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 12:09PM
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It looks like you're on a different planet from where you started!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 1:13PM
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Beautiful job!! Amazing transformation. Question...what are your floors?

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 1:38PM
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Mich- doors were less than $100 a door. Ikea cabinets less than $100 each. So you could do a vanity for WAY less than $5k. And yes, you could stain before oil. Just make sure you sand between each coat. I am now in the sanding reoiling process. As the cabinets absorb the oil, the grain rises a little so sanding between each application makes it super smooth. But personally, I dont think they need any stain. They are darker than my last cabinets, which were cherry with coffee stain.

Leigh- floors are engineered. Mohawk. Hand-scraped. We wanted dark but not too red. I don't remember the color, but they're NOT the darkest. DH wanted really dark. This sample was much lighter than the ebony color. Flooring guy said darker shows every single bit of dust and toe prints if you walk barefoot. So we went with the lighter color and are very happy. They read as dark as the ebony sample but hide dirt. And the handscraped are great. They got a little beat up in the reno, but we used a stain stick and can't even tell.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 2:42PM
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it is just awesome! the kitchen AND the view! oh, lucky you!

the wood is beautiful - and I love the finish on it.

I was going to ask how you like your corner cooktop - but you said you love it... It isn't something I'll be doing but I'm glad you posted it as it might be an option for a number of others.

'We covered the edges of the cabs with walnut veneer tape just in case there were spaces between the doors. That way you wouldn't see white in the crack- it would be wood. The veneer tape cuts with scissors and irons on. I oiled it and it looks exactly like the wood.'

I wondered about the box trim. Is that all you did - you didn't have to cut wood to put around it? (I don't want to be cutting wood)

I was thinking of just changing out my base cabs to drawers next yr or so. I planned to look on CL and at the restore for drawer bases. I really like the IKEA drawers but figured I'd never be able to put them together. You give me hope that I could. I think I'll get a drawer stack from them and give it a try (w/o the fronts tho). There's an IKEA store w/in about 30 miles of me. I just want slab drawer fronts so those should be easy enough to get from somewhere like Scherr's. I was more concerned about how to finish the box edges.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 5:56PM
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We have the same cabinets as your originals and only 3 more weeks til they go away. Thanks for the inspiration!
Love it!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 7:10PM
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Oh, I just love it! Hubba hubba! Such a great inspiration for those of us who are just starting this journey. I adore your "cook nook" and I agree -- it's the perfect symmetrical solution. The windows, the quartzite. Splendid. When can I come over? LOL

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 8:29PM
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Come on down!

Desertsteph- I cannot emphasize how easy it is to put ikea stuff together. All the holes are drilled, everything is marked, and all you do is screw it together. If you can replace a light-switch plate, I swear you can put together a cabinet, drawers and all. The absolute hardest part is making sure you have the pieces facing the correct direction. But if you mess that up, unscrew and flip it around.

As to the tape, is was so easy. Here are a couple of pictures of the edging with the oil applied. All you do is snip the ends and iron on. And I hate to iron.

As to the corner cook nook-- AWESOME. I want to send out an email to all the corner-range haters showing them how it can be amazingly functional. I really don't feel like I lost any space and yet we gained so much with the unobstructed view.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 8:55PM
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What a beautiful kitchen. Congratulations!

I am in the beginning stages of planning to remodel. Your cook top is in the corner, near the sink. That is what I have in mind too. Does it work well for you? Any input will be appreciated.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 12:48PM
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Your kitchen is beyond gorgeous! I have been researching the same quartzite you put in. Thanks for posting the pics as it is good to see it in something other than a little sample. If you haven't done so already you might want to look at the care info on the Cambria website so you don't accidentally damage it. From what I read it cannot be repaired and it would be expensive to have to replace.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cambria care and maintenance

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 2:06PM
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Garden pixie- the cooktop in the corner is absolutely the best layout I have ever had. I know the web pages always say not to do it, but here's why it works for me:

1. Obviously because of my windows. I was forced to choose between corner range and downdraft or blocking the view. The corner allows my full-strength vent hood, and with the grill, we needed it.

2. I spend most of my cook time prepping. Having the range in the corner opened the long counter for full prep. It functions exactly like I thought. Food goes from fridge, to prep sink, prep counter, stove, off stove into cleanup sink, in that order. If the cooktop was centered, I would be prepping in the corner (again). I would rather cook in the corner and spend the majority of my time prepping on the long run (and looking out the window).

3. The width of my cooktop. It's 36", so dh and I can both fit there if need be. I think that helps.

4. Symmetry. I mentioned before it makes my head hurt not to have it. The corner layout gives me three pillars (fridge, cooktop, pantry) around my two windows. It just looks right to me.

5. Zoning. Cooktop in the corner gives me one dedicated run for prep and one for cleanup. In a house with 3 kids, this layout is perfect. It also helps having two sinks- one dedicated to each zone. Dh wasn't sure about it because kitchen is small, but it totally works because two zones don't cross. Our pots and dishes are stored in the drawers under the cooktop or next to it, so cleanup zone and prep zone both have access without crossing.

I love it!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 6:36PM
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Wow! What a Gorgeous transformation!!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 7:52PM
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vsalz - thx so much for the info on putting the IKEA cabs together and the edge trim! I'll go over your info a few times and save your post for when it's time for me to change my base cabs out. I missed your post until now! geeze, I'm slow... lol!
thx again! you sure make it sound easy enough. And in the past I always liked ironing!

I'll only need 5 drawer stacks and the under sink cab - can't be that much work - right? and no one here to rush me or give me a deadline for it - lol!

and as I've looked at the bases I have, only 2 really need replaced - the others just need the trim, drawers and drawer fronts. 2 have drawers already also - tho, I'd like to change from 3 drawers to 4 in those stacks.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 4:36PM
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Beautiful! And your creativity is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 5:17PM
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Holy moly! I just saw this. Congratulations! I can't believe the transformation-- and that it's DIY and that you found so many ways to save money. I don't normally love dark wood cabinets, but the combination you came up with is lovely, rich-looking, and just perfect for the space.

You and your DH must be so proud!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 7:05PM
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Rich, warm, inviting kitchen. You and DH are so smart, and knowing how you pulled this off makes me admire the whole project even more. Walnut is my favorite wood, and I never could have imagined that it could be had for your price. Thanks for the tip on tung oil. I wish I had known about it a long time ago.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 9:46PM
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Love your kitchen. I think the most amazing thing to me is the layout. It is SO not traditional, but looking at it actually built (not just a schematic) I can visualize it working really, really well.

Wish I could do tung oil: it looks fun. But I have serious nut allergies and apparently it is a no-no for me.

Beautiful countertops! A stone we don't see much on GW. Note to mic111: vsalz has quartzite, which is a type of natural stone, like granite or marble. Cambria is a brand of "engineered quartz" which is also a great product but an entirely different beast and does not apply to her.

    Bookmark   February 29, 2012 at 10:49AM
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Desertsteph- piece of cake. You can easily change the stacks because the drawers are all purchased separately. The instructions say line up with hole x and y for three drawers, and x, z, u for four drawers. So simple.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 1:17AM
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What beautiful soap bottles you have in your fabulous kitchen!!!!

Do you mind sharing your source vsalz?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 7:58PM
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Just saw this. They are from target.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 10:07PM
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How did I miss this? Totally awesome.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 8:26PM
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What is the name of the quartzite counter? Is this Brown Fantasy? It looks amazing! Wow!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 5:04PM
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Yes-here in Utah they call it fantasy brown and it is considered a granite. We had to pull pieces off another job to get the kitchen done (which gave me one seam that isn't invisible, but I can live with). The slabs were literally being sold out from under me. I was driving to my fabricator to see the two slabs they had when the guys in the shop cut one of them for another kitchen. So the coordinator calls the slab yard to hold two more and in the time I drove from my fabricator to the slab yard, they had sold one of them. It was a really bad day!

    Bookmark   March 3, 2013 at 12:16AM
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I can't see a way to email you privately. Your project inspired me to go the IKEA box with custom doors approach. I am crazy about one of the door styles from Cabinet Now. I have some questions about ordering from them that their customer service rep could not answer.

Which of their prebore options work with the IKEA hinges? Did you have any issues with the prebored doors not lining up with the correct locations on the cabinet boxes?

Thank you for your help and posting your project here. I have learned a lot from what you did!

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 3:22PM
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Your kitchen is amazing! And it's so interesting that your old kitchen is exactly the same style as mine. I think I'll copy a lot from your new one when I remodel mine. I am wondering if you can help me with a few details.

1. What did you use for the cover panels? Walnet plywood board with tung oil? Where can I get it? I am not sure if I find it in HD or Lowes.

2. I love the frame hanging on top of the island. Can you share the source of it?


    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 9:38AM
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Just saw these. Sorry for the delay.

We drilled our own holes to match the Ikea drawers. everything was adjustable, so no worries on being perfect. Just did standard predrill on cabinet doors.

For the cover panels, we actually used pieces of walnut that were 3/4" by 4". We just set them side by side and nailed them to the cabinets to make a panel, then created a framework as trim out of the same material. Homedepot and lowes don't carry walnut. I had it cut at a lumber mill in my town. Usually used only by contractors, but very helpful. The iron pot rack was a piece of iron I got at kirklands and spray-painted black. The hooks are from ikea.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 11:50AM
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vsalz, I'm fairly new here, and didn't see your reveal first time around. I can't think of enough adjectives to do it justice, but stunning, fabulous, fantastic come immediately to mind!

How are you liking the tung oil finish, a year in? My son's Eagle Scout project involved tearing out the 80-yr-old pipe organ at our church (it could no longer be repaired), and refinishing the maple cabinet to house the sound system equipment. He used tung oil because he felt it was more in keeping with the age of the piece than polyurethane, and it certainly is user-friendly (very necessary, when teenage boys are doing most of the work). I think he put 4 coats on most of it; 6 coats on the horizontal parts. It is beautiful.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 2:42PM
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Thanks annkh. The tung oil is still beautiful a year later. We haven't had any dings, so I haven't had to sand and reoil. Still looks as beautiful as day I did it.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 5:20PM
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I am looking for this EXACT layout with a corner hood, but I think that's the Baumatic corner fan, correct? It appears to be discontinued? Do you have a vendor that can get me one, or at least let me know cost?


    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 2:05PM
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Beautiful kitchen!

I like your corner range and the windows on either side.

And yes, it's an inviting kitchen!

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 9:26PM
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You said it looked like a $40,000 kitchen. No, it doesn't. It looks like $100,000 kitchen!

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 9:49PM
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Okay, I am stumped.... what is more gorgeous - the kitchen - the view - or the handsome guy standing there. Vsalz, you have it all!!!!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 3:00AM
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vsalz.... I don't know if you are still hanging around, but... I have been trying to find the company you used for the doors - I have searched for "cabinet now". The only one I found by that name was in Las Vegas and had horrendous reviews. Can you send me to the right place. TYIA.

Hope you are enjoying that super beautiful kitchen.


    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 1:07AM
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Not cabinet now plus.

I haven't read reviews, but mine were perfect in every single way. You can customize to the quarter inch. And I had them in about 3 days. I can't say enough good things about my experience. I did order one extra $40 shelf to qualify for free shipping,which saved me $300. And now they have all kinds of finishing pieces too.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 1:56AM
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This was definitely not the site I was at before, so I typed something in wrong! Nevertheless, I am now working on my 22 yr old daughter's state taxes at 2AM because she just informed me she wasn't aware they needed to be done today and she is working almost 10 hrs, so... being the good mommy that I am... but I can't wait to play with the site tomorrow. A sincere thank you to you. Lynn

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 2:37AM
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Lynn- I look forward to seeing what you get!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 2:11AM
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I have ordered a few doors from Cabinetnow - one is the walnut one that you used - your kitchen is so rich and warm. My plans are to use the tung oil as you have as I can see why you are so pleased with the results.

But.. I am back to "stupidity". I "get" the bases. You buy the frame (and hinges too I guess from what I have seen) from Ikea and the doors from Cabinetnow. Makes sense to me.

But... If you have a frame for the lower base, how do you get the drawer boxes without drawer boxes fronts - since I will be also ordering these from Cabinetnow? I have been all over the site and I am just not seeing it. For those of you who have done this, please just point me in the right direction. TY

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 11:20PM
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I purchased the drawer boxes from IKEA. They were blume hardware and faceless. Then you order the faces from cabinet now. I used the measurements off ikea faces as my guide to order. The drawer instructions tell you which holes to use in the box to put the drawer hardware in depending on if you are using a 2\3\4 stack. Our biggest fear was that we wouldn't line the faces up correctly when we attached them to the drawers, but it turns out the hardware that comes with the drawer boxes is fully adjustable.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 8:44AM
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I love this kitchen! Great job! Lots of great advice here.
thanks so much for sharing!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2014 at 3:10PM
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One thing I want to ask...are you concerned about the wood expanding at all? I have heard that this could be a problem is some parts of the country.

thanks again, awesome job!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2014 at 3:14PM
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Gabytx12-- just saw this. We have had no issues at all in the extreme Temps of Utah.

Of course, I have now moved to Texas. Another kitchen . . .

    Bookmark   January 3, 2015 at 10:46PM
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I sure hope that decorative thing in the cooktop corner hasn't caught fire yet.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2015 at 9:33AM
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