KRIP: Kitchen Remodel in Progress

karin_mtJanuary 19, 2013

Hello my fellow GardenWebbers,

I am excited to report that our kitchen is in tatters. On purpose, of course. :)

We're doing a refacing, rather than a gut remodel. The layout is fine and we're sensitive to the idea of throwing away perfectly good cabinet boxes. We're trying to keep the budget around $7K, we'll see!

I'm not patient enough to hold off on posting until it's time for a glamorous reveal (plus, what if it never looks glamorous?) so instead I'll share some in-progress pics.

The original kitchen, strictly builder-basic, not that there's anything wrong with that. But we're slowly working our way through the house and making it contemporary, which has been a terrifically fun process!

Install of the Wild Sea bar top. We used a remnant piece of stone because I can't live with the idea of cutting up a whole slab just for my pleasure. But the remnant pile offers tons of possibilities and is really fun to search through. The installers were attentive to details and they fussed over the seams for a good long time. They didn't even mind me giving them a geology lesson on the origins of Wild Sea in the meantime.

Wild Sea got its name from the wavy pattern, properly called cross-bedding. The rock is sandstone that is mostly quartz but also has pretty garnets in it.

I am in love with our own little piece of geology, right in the kitchen. :)

I know you'll appreciate this photo, where DH demonstrates a GW technique to determine size, spacing, elevation, and quantity of pendants. We weren't even sure if we wanted pendants until we tried this. Gosh, even just the balloons looked great! So that's a yes for pendants. Two of them, from Denmark.

Next up: countertops. We chose a modern laminate in a silvery color with a subtle, linear texture. The edge of the countertop is a neat slice of Baltic birch, which adds to the linear effect. Don't mind the blue tape!
Oh, the countertops were all raised 2 inches. We are tall folks and DH has back issues. We love to cook and this will make our kitchen hours more comfortable. We love the new height.

Of all the things I could not wait to replace in the old kitchen, the sink was at the top of the list. The annoying, double-basin sink with neither side large enough to be useful; scratched-up, dirty-looking, bleh! You get the idea. Now we have a sleek Kohler Vault. Just look at it! Beautiful! So square and modern and shiny. I could go on.

Hey, have I mentioned how cool this sink is? It warrants another view.
We purposefully selected a shallow sink, which in effect raises the floor of the sink. This allows us (especially DH) to be much more upright while doing dishes.
Also note Wild Sea windowsill.
The faucet was pre-existing, which we bought a few years ago in a desperate play to make the kitchen more modern.

New cabinet doors will be Baltic birch, slab front, and will go to the ceiling. In this photo the builders were just test-fitting them and seeing how it would all lay out.

More of the same. The challenge for the builder is to cover every possible inch of the old oak frames, so there has been a lot of strategizing in the corners. I think it will work out well. DH is happy, builder is happy (mostly), and I'm happy. Who knew that was possible?

Inga gets a test drive on the Wild Sea. Don't make a habit of this, Inga!

That's where we're at for now. It's been a fun week. Next week we get the cabinet doors for real, and then new pullouts for the pantry and pots-n-pans, plus new super Susans in the corner cabinet. The following week will be backsplash and lighting.

The only decisions left to make are cabinet pulls and soap dispenser. Ideas welcome!

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Thanks for sharing your project! It looks like it's going to be great. I love the transition!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 9:13PM
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I had a birch kitchen two houses ago, you will love it, it glows like no other type of wood.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 10:03PM
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I appreciate your work-in-progress reveal very much. I like it all. Very lovely granite, and I am impressed on your environmental green decisions. The new laminate is intriguing with the small texture adding lines. What a difference the new cabinet doors offer. Excited to see the rest.

Btw, thanks for the tip on how to check potential pendant placing and look. I'd never have thought of that simple technique.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 10:11PM
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Ok, please explain how you got your test balloon pendants to light up.
Wildly wonderful idea that maybe I missed on here before.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 10:23PM
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Oh, that's funny, the balloons do look illuminated. But they aren't, it's just the flash from the camera. I think using white balloons helped to mimic the look we're after. The pendants will be clear.

Modern Pendant Lighting design by Tampa Lighting Fixtures Interior Deluxe

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 10:55PM
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Lovely job so far. Those pendants are beautiful and so is the Wild Sea bar top. The sink is really nice too--don't you love it when you FINALLY get a workable sink ? I hate double basins I told my SIL she would have been happier with a single, it is non functional, water goes everywhere. Thanks for sharing this. Looking forward to seeing the birch doors...

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 11:19PM
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Totally cool - I love your choices (and your hubby is kind of a dish!). At some point down the line you may want a boxed-in fridge. In case you do, ask your contractor to cut a piece of birch for you now, so the wood will match and it doesn't throw off any of your spacing. The in-progress images are a lot of fun to see.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 9:06AM
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Thanks people!

EAM, yes, I married well. :) DH is certainly the best feature of the kitchen.

I had been thinking about putting panels around the fridge. The side panel is easy but then what do you do at the top? Do the upper cabinets above the fridge need to be pulled all the way forward so they are flush with the front of the fridge? Or other solutions? I agree that would be a nice way to go.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 9:33AM
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Looking good! I heard about the ballon technique but mocked mine up out of paper to the "almost exact" measurements. Here's what my mock up looked like. (Notice there is no handsome husband in the picture! And they don't look illuminated like your balloons did)

You asked for hardware suggestions so I will throw out this one: Hickory Hardware's Greenwich collection. I used 10 inch pulls on my doors and even longer ones on my drawers. I think they lend themselves to a modern/contemporary look. Here is how they look on my island cabinetry. You can see pictures of them on my drawers too if you want. ( just click on the picture and it goes to my album)

Can't wait to see your finished kitchen. It is going to look glamorous!

This post was edited by badgergal on Sun, Jan 20, 13 at 10:50

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 10:17AM
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I love your bar top! It's beautiful.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 10:48AM
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Such a great and inspiring thread. Thanks so much for sharing. I love the way your cat's wild eyes are reflected in the "sea"... looking for fish no doubt. This is going to be a beautiful kitchen, wishing you guys many happy times!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 11:00AM
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Oooh, what a great project. The wild tea countertop is GORGEOUS, and your laminate goes so well with it. Fab cabinets too. Love your DH's pendant trial method, very ingenious!!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 12:41PM
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Oh wow ... I love everything! The birch cabinet faces are beautiful and I love all your countertop choices. You're doing a great job!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:21PM
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Badgergirl, are those rolls of toilet paper?
That's brilliant, too!

I love the in progress. It sounds like it's going so well it's fun instead of the poor nightmares we usually hear.

I happen to think Inga is a perfect accessory to the countertop. After all. Cats are works of art. Sometimes they're just a piece of work, but...

Very fun. I am also impressed with your care about not wasting. I'm of the same vein. and Inga. I've got my own Ingas.

More as you go, please!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:52PM
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I'm so happy everyone is having a good time (at least mostly) with your kitchen remodel. It's nice to hear these things actually go well sometimes.

Your Wild Sea is gorgeous. Your husband doesn't hurt the view either. ;) Sorry hopefully we can contain ourselves and keep the catcalls to a minimum.

My parents have an early 1960s ranch with Birch cabinets. They are lovely and work with so many styles.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 2:30PM
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I also saw the Kohler Vault sink the other day, and it looks awesome. I know it's a drop in, and the 'lip' is suppose to be very shallow to make sweeping things into the sink easy. Have you tried wiping anything over the sink edge yet?

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 2:35PM
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Looks great! Love love love the stone on your bar.

We used these pulls, I was,inspired by theanimala's pulls installed horizontally.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jamison pulls from Pullsdirect

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 3:16PM
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Aww, you guys are so sweet. What a treat to come home from a day of work (teaching skiing, which is fun, but it's still work!) to lots of positive vibes here.

Badger, your pendant mock-ups do look like toilet paper - too funny! But very handy in a pinch, right? What a beautiful, shapely kitchen that is.

IowaCommute - yes, the Kohler Vault lip is tiny. Amazingly small, like the thickness of a credit card. Stuff wipes up easily, so much better than the silly, bloated lips on most drop in sinks. That was a big selling point with us.

Thanks for the suggestions on pulls. The Jamison is similar to what we had before and we could just reuse them, or perhaps longer ones in the same style. I like the way long, linear ones look, as Badgergal has.

Inga certainly brings glamor to the kitchen, as she does everywhere she goes. As we know, cats and kitchens are a natural combination.

As for sweet DH, he is blushing over here! But he's got a fantastic design sense, particularly when it comes to the spacing of things. So he's involved every step of the way. One of the best things about our projects is how we make design decisions together. We used to have different tastes which always made the process tense. But now we have both converged toward the contemporary style and we almost always agree right away. So lucky!

I will post more pics when we have the cabinet doors installed. Should be the end of the week. And the builder is getting us Blum soft close hinges, goody!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 8:21PM
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When I boxed in my fridge I did pull the cabinet forward. How far forward you'll want to pull it depends on a number of things including your cabinet height and fridge hinges, but if you're considering it, definitely do it now if you can. Enjoy all your efforts - it's going to be really nice.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 11:23PM
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Wow, it's really looking lovely! Your silvery countertops look terrific and I am looking forward to seeing your refaced cabinets and the installed pendants .

I'm with Eam44 and everyone else: more pictures of the kitchen and DH too!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 6:39AM
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OK, here are pics from week 2 of the kitchen resurfacing project.

We had a couple of quiet days while the builders put the finish on the cabinet doors. By midweek the doors were ready and the kitchen underwent a huge transformation.

Wow! So sleek and modern! What an amazing difference from the old orangey-oak tones.
The builder did an impressive job at covering up the old frames and making the gaps between doors extra tight.

I have wished for pullouts here for several years. The builder made these so the fit is perfect. Here, Pearl the Manx cat tests the payload capabilities. She weighs at least as much as a cast iron roasting pan!

Today was move-in day which was so much fun! I had a great time deciding what goes where. This view makes me really happy!

The previous setup had the World's Lamest lazy Susan. It was flimsy plastic and was only useful for holding lightweight items like rice noodles, taco shells and drinking straws. Lazy indeed. These are Hafele Super Susans which are beautiful. The builder did not have fun squeezing in the upper shelf and Susan, but he pulled it off.

One of the downsides of keeping the old cabinets is that some of the interior shelves are looking a bit worn. This is especially true under the sink where moisture has damaged the wood. A clever solution was to use some of the extra laminate from the countertops and make a shelf liner. The bonus is that it is waterproof and will be easy to keep clean.

Here is this evening's alpenglow out the kitchen window. Last summer we replaced this window which is what made us step on the slippery slope of redoing the kitchen. Replacing the window meant damaging the backsplash tile, and any of the replacement tiles we liked were too modern for ol' Oakey kitchen, so... we put the whole thing on hold while we took a deep breath and worked on a plan for a remodel.

So that's this week's installment of KRIP! We are still having a great time with all of this and are pleased with how everything is turning out.

Next up is backsplash and lighting, and perhaps cabinet pulls should we ever be able to decide. Thank goodness for the Blue TapeTM method for now.

The backsplash tile is going to be the highlight in here, but the first batch was defective. The whole project was delayed 2 months while we waited for replacements, and now the next batch will arrive on Tuesday. I fear that it may have similar defects, which will be hugely disappointing. So we are holding our breath!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 11:45PM
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Thanks for posting this in progress report. I kind of like it better than just a final reveal. It's interesting to see how things go along and what tricks people use to figure things out... such as the balloon trick.

It's looking really good! The birch doors look fabulous.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 12:14AM
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Love seeing the progress! It looks so nice already!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 12:15AM
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It's nice that you are documenting the progress. I kinda gave it up at one point, but since we were going DIY style, it dragged on for too long.

Beautiful kitties!

We have Wild Sea for our bar tops. I saw it at one yard and called my DH to report excitedly that I found the stone! When he went over and we were walking over to the deep end of yard to see it, I asked him to guess the cool name of the stone. He took one guess and it was off only by one letter!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 12:58AM
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If your DH's brain operates the same way as mine, he calls it "Wild Seed." That is what we call it between ourselves, then I find myself really watching my pronunciation when I am at the stone yard. :)

Anyway - how cool that you have the same stone. It does not appear to be too common. Have you posted pics of yours? I'd be keen to see it.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 9:18AM
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More pics of the hubby please.


Love how your kitchen has turned out. It is hard to imagine that this sleek space was once builders grade oak similar to what so many of us tore out. Can't wait to see what it all looks like when it is completed. The views aint bad either.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 10:45AM
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Oh my -- do they sell those views at Home Depot? That's what I want for my kitchen! The rest is pretty lovely too ;) Congratulations - I think you're doing great work.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 12:41PM
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That view!!! I would happily volunteer to do the dishes everyday if I were looking out at that!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 3:16PM
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It's looking great! That view is gorgeous.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 4:07PM
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Thank you guys for the encouraging words. It really helps!

Leeber, it's a deal! Bring your favorite sponge.

We are so fortunate for the views around here. Certainly that is one of the best assets of the house. The original kitchen window had a big, stupid divider right down the center that blocked the view terribly. It was ironic because both the window and the sink below it had dividers that made them so much less than ideal.

But the actual reason we changed out the window is because we added a bunch of nearby windows in the garage, and when viewed from the exterior the one old window looked cheesy next to three new windows. That is the rule of remodeling, isn't it? Wherever you stop, the adjacent stuff looks terrible all of a sudden. Thus the slippery slope...

Here is a midsummer, mid-construction view that is kind of interesting.

This post was edited by karin_mt on Mon, Jan 28, 13 at 16:36

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 4:35PM
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Karin (Stone Whisperer):
Looking great!
The glow from the view of the mountains reminds me of the pretty glow from the Wild Sea counter....very nice!

Post more whole kitchen pics. I want to see the sink area with the other new cabinets behind! So exciting for you!!!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 11:28PM
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Karin, it's looking great. I love birch and your birch and modern and your builder seems to be doing a terrific job. In many ways, it's more difficult to remodel without doing a gut job, and I applaud your concerns for keeping the good stuff.

Those mountains look familiar. My daughter goes to school in Missoula. Her old bf has a 'place' near Kalispell/Whitefish and we are MT lovin' midwesterners here.

Enjoy. Thanks for posting now. Keep us in the loop.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 12:45AM
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Between the window and your hubby, your kitchen has great views. ;-) I really like how everything is coming together with the cabinets and counters. Wild Sea always catches my eye at the slab yards. I am curious to see how the counter edge looks with the laminate after the tape comes off.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 1:21PM
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Ok, week 3, here we go!

This week's excitement was backsplash. There was some drama with the tiles, which I am really not happy about, but I won't let that derail my overall jubilance for the way everything is coming together.

From Kitchen Backsplash in progress. I was tiptoeing around the builders all day, balancing my excitement over the way it looks with my micromanaging tendencies to deal with defective tile. From Kitchen More backsplash-in-progress. The tile has a frosted finish for a subtle, ethereal effect (or so I like to think). From Kitchen

This morning we pulled out the tile wedges and the blue tape. Hmm, that makes it even better!

From Kitchen

The afternoon light seems to fill up the glass. I have to mention that the blue soap bottle is from Specialty Bottle, which I learned about here on GW at Christmastime. We'll get a real soap dispenser next week, but at least this one is an attractive stand-in. From Kitchen

I did some baking this afternoon. Pumpkin bread - which I freeze and then pack a few slices each day into my skiing backpack for chairlift snacks.
Oh! Also new lighting which DDH (an extra D because he's so dear) installed today. The larger of the two lights we got about a year ago and we realized the smaller version would be cool over the sink. DDH did a fantastic job of getting everything lined up exactly. He is so anal about that, which I totally appreciate. And who knew these glass fixtures would work so well with the backsplash? From Kitchen

Looking the other direction toward the living room. I knew this stove would look kinda bad with all the new stuff around it. But DH didn't entertain my thoughts of replacing it now. We'll wait for it to get really old first.

From Kitchen

The finalists in the Great Grout Pageant. DH and builder like the 3rd from the right. I like the one all the way to the right. I will likely let the boys have their way. I have micromanaged so many things so far, so maybe I'll play along just to demonstrate that I can!

Stay tuned for week 4 (and final for the time being): we get grout, pendants and LED undercab lights. Oh and we even get new switchplates! (yeah, another thing that I totally micromanaged. I got the builder and the electrician to simultaneously shake their heads at me.)

After next week we will pause to figure out a plan for new flooring. The old flooring is driving the builder crazy! We will also paint and do curtains.

Pumpkin bread is all done and smells so tasty. And now turkey stock is simmering away satisfyingly. So life is good in the kitchen world. Thanks for reading!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 7:32PM
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It is looking fabulous!

I see you considered warmer colors that would emphasize the background color of your amazing granite over the counter grey - did you not like the way these looked? What do you think of something a tad darker than those beiges, like eco-friendly Starglass Urethane grout in Amber below?

Here is a link that might be useful: Grout

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 8:11PM
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Gorgeous! Your palette kinda reminds me of sixyohno's beautiful kitchen.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 8:22PM
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EAM, I pulled some of those warmer tones out of the sample pack and we'll give them a try. Good thought. I also like the idea of eco-friendly grout. All along I'd just been thinking white for the grout, or very pale grey. I certainly am pulled far to the cool end of the spectrum. Perhaps I'm overcompensating for the former builder's oak?

Remodel, oooh, that's a compliment! I saw her kitchen way back when we first starting picking out the different elements of our kitchen and I was psyched to see a completed picture of the same vision we had. Of course hers is several notches more deluxe than ours, but at least the style is similar. Now I will go look at what color grout she has!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 10:23PM
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Continuing to look good along the way to fabulous!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 2:02PM
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Karin_mt, your kitchen looks great! All aspects of it. I see you're in MT. Any chance you're near Bozeman? Would love to know where you purchased your laminate countertops and where you'd recommend looking at granite slabs? Would love to support a local business but we're on a tight budget, which I fear will make that tough? Thanks for the help!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 12:23PM
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Your kitchen is beautiful! What a great transformation! Love your ceiling fixtures, BS, birch cabs, counters (both granite and formica). Can't wait to see when the pendants and hardware are installed. Keep those pics coming, please!!!!

PS The first kitchen I thought of when I saw your cabs was love2cook4six's. It's in the FKB. She has some really unique hardware, too.

Here is a link that might be useful: love2cook4six's kitchen

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 1:49PM
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Wow- you are moving right along!
My DH would never be able to handle that - he would measure everything for weeks on end!
Thanks for the progress reports!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 4:17PM
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I LOVE your kitchen. Great choice of materials.
However, I have one question: Your upper doors are now up to the ceiling, but did you replace the upper cabinet boxes, too? On one of your pictures it looks like you didn't. If not, what does it look like when you open the cabinet doors?

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 6:36PM
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Karin, this is gorgeous. I love your Wild Sea. If I had seen that at a stoneyard, it would have been my choice, too. Love the birch, too. And here is proof positive that laminate can be fabulous. The whole thing is coming together beautifully. I agree - it's fun to see it as you go along.

Also very jealous of your view. Maybe I should print it, have it blown up, and paste it over my kitchen window.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 8:45PM
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Oh wow, I have been remiss about updating this thread. Hard to believe it's been a month since I shared the last batch of pictures. Alas, February is always a crazy, crazy month because it's the thick of ski season and there are no days off to be had! (yay!)

I will get some new pics up asap. We now have grout, cabinet pulls, undercab LEDs, switchplates, a soap dispenser and pendants. We do not have paint and flooring as we are still stuck on both. But I bet if I post pics you all will have suggestions.

Your questions:
MT Wren - yes we are outside of Bozeman, good guess! The stone is from Montana Tile and Stone. They have a huge selection. A delightful place to look at slabs and they have tons of remnant pieces too. The formica is from Simkins Hallin. But the countertop itself was built by our contractor. He does an awesome job so I'd be happy to provide his name if you like.

NoSoccerMom - correct, we did not replace the cabinet boxes so it was a bit of a challenge to make that work out. I will post a photo tomorrow but what they did was build a frame around the top part of the cabinet so it pretty much looks like a continuation of the same cabinet. But, there is no "lid" on the cabinet so you see the ceiling at the very top. It's so far above my head that I don't notice anything, it just looks normal to me.

Flowers - wow, lovetocook's kitchen is amazing! All that interesting wood detail and funky hardware. That is some impressive craftsmanship.

Thanks for the encouragement. Stay tuned for more pictures soon, I promise!


    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 8:52PM
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That's just such a creative idea with just extending the doors. Really looking forward to the pictures of the ceiling high doors and what's behind them.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 10:51PM
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Thanks for the quick reply. We'd love the name of your contractor, if you don't mind sharing! My email: Many thanks!

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 3:20PM
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For Nosoccermom,

Here are photos of how the extended cabinets look:

On this photo you can see how the old cabinet box was wrapped in new wood. Along the left edge you can see the birch overlying the old box. Since we really like the look of the laminations, it makes a cool effect at the edge of the wood.

Here are a couple shots of the kitchen with recent improvements:
From Kitchen From Kitchen From Kitchen

I like the photo above. It shows the linear texture of the countertop plus the birch laminations.

Next, I have some questions. Got paint suggestions? From Kitchen

This is the view looking out from the kitchen. We've got two shades of grey that we really like. And one shade of green that is going to change (the very small wall to the left). One obvious choice is to keep using those because they work well with the contemporary theme and it would help everything match. The downside is that it might become a bit boring. We have some splashes of bright green in pillows and blankets, so we could use this color on the half wall below. From Kitchen

Here is another angle showing all the various walls. Like most kitchens, there is not much wall space. It's more fragments of wall areas.

Thanks for ideas and advice you care to offer! I am off to gather paint chips this afternoon. I love paint chips. :)

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 3:39PM
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Any progress on your paint selection?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 5:46PM
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Not really. We're still thinking of something in the realm of grey and greenish grey. No particular plan is jumping out as the right one, so we are just admiring the paint chips and waiting for divine intervention, I guess. :)

Thanks for checking in - ideas are welcome!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 9:32AM
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How did I miss this? You're doing a terrific job. Is that the 25" Vault? It's a beautiful sink.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 12:13PM
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I am impressed with your progress and your kitchen. I am not sure how to help with your paint color - I am just ogling your gorgeous kitchen for now.

If you go to a BM store - sometimes they have the bigger paint chips to purchase -but still get a sample paint as it does look different on a wall.

Look what is hiding behind my ovens - I wonder what the new owners will think when they buy our house in about 20 years and decide to renovate...

Or what the neigbors thought of our garage door palette for our house - our old garage doors - I had fun with the neighbors and they got to vote. I ended up mixing 2 colors together and using a custom color.

Have fun!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 12:34PM
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Karen, It looks really great. Do you mind telling me the details about your tile. I love the frosted glass look.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 1:28PM
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Seems like it might be fun to bring over a green that nods to the new tile for that small wall?

I'd be tempted to go with something dark to ground the half-wall looking into the kitchen. Perhaps a charcoal gray?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 3:32PM
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Thanks for the comments!

Writersblock - yes, that's the 25" Vault, which also comes in a shallow depth (7" rather than 9.5") to alleviate back pain for DH. It's working out beautifully and is one of our favorite features of the new kitchen. My Mom just bought the same one for her new kitchen too.

Localeater - the tile is AKDO, frosted in a color called Seashell. I also love the frosted look and it seems that options are more limited in frosted vs shiny. Sadly, I would not recommend them to anyone else. Their quality control is terrible and our first batch was all mottled and defective. So we waited 9 weeks for a new lot and many of those were also mottled. In the end it worked out and we love the look but if you can avoid this particular brand I would do so!

A2Gemini - I love the patchwork quilt garage door! Looks like modern art and it might have been tempting to leave it like that. I like the little paint sample time capsule behind the ovens - what a fun little thing to leave behind to make the next occupants scratch their heads.

Steph - those are great ideas, thanks! I hadn't thought of a darker grey for the half wall. We could use the same BM Pewter that is in the living room - that could easily work. And certainly we need a little green paint in there somewhere!

I think I need to take some new pics and do a little photoshop action. Personally, I want a plum color behind the sink to add some punch and pick up the garnets in the Wild Sea stone. DH isn't into that idea but maybe some photoshop might be more convincing?

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Thanks for the sink info, karin.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 11:15PM
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