Raven Caesarstone--real pics please!

jerseyshoremamaJanuary 7, 2009

I would love see real pics of installed raven caesarstone!!! thanks~

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kelleg69

Have you seen smarge's kitchen? Look her up. She used Raven.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 11:31PM
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smarge

For some reason all my old posts have fallen off the kitchen thread! Here are the pics I have of my counter. Someone else had started a great thread on Raven in honed, showing those pics, which was nice for someone considering both to see. It's too bad that thread is lost, and I can't recall who the poster was. We both LOVED our Raven countertops. My island countertop is Danby marble, by the way, and like all the marble in my house, it etches extremely easily.

Hope these are helpful. Free free to ask questions!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 4:30PM
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jade_jade

Your kitchen looks really nice smarge. What white did you use for your cabinets and how is your polished raven countertop holding up?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 7:30PM
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blondie859111

Smarge,
Can you tell us about your wood floor? It's beautiful!
Thank you.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 9:22PM
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poppy09

Sorry to hijack this thread--but to smarge: would you mind sharing details about your STUNNING backsplash(es)? I first saw your kitchen months ago, and couldn't find any information on it. I love your kitchen--Raven countertops, marble island, and your gorgeous backsplash!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 9:55PM
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firstmmo

I have Raven (polished) in my bathroom. It reads very true dark gray. Smarge's up close pics are good. When you stand back, the counters look very monochromatic and you can barely see the pattern. My fabricator told me we could get it honed too.
From Menlo Farmhouse

From Menlo Farmhouse

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 12:43AM
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smarge

I've been away for a while (renovation done, so I just come back to GW off and on in case anyone asked a question I could help with)

jade_jade - my floors are Ipe wood, aka Brazilian walnut. Ipe is an incredibly dense wood and had held up to my two labrador retriever's play/running very well! I would recommend it.

poppy09 - my backsplash was custom made by an artist I found online, Cynthia Fisher. She lives in MA, and we worked together via emails/phone calls until it was ready for installation. She normally mails her work with detailed installation instructions, but we were able to convince her to come do the installation over two days herself. My backsplash is featured on her website, which I'll post a link to below. She is amazing!

The inspriation for the backsplash started with the tree. My husband and I really like the "Tree of Life" and wanted it to be featured in the heart of our home. We also love Chagall's work, and asked Cynthia to try to capture that feel. I think she did a wonderful job!

The other one, over my sink, was meant to complement the tree without trying to copy at all. There are no bits of mirror or surreal colors to that mosaic, but it is still something beautiful to look at when I'm working at that windowless sink.

Here is a link that might be useful: Big Bang Mosaics

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 9:26AM
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blackchamois

smarge - if you're still out there ... what color white are your cabinets painted? Raven has moved up on my list of counter choices and though I know there are so many white paints, all of which would probably go, I do like yours. Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 4:55PM
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dmm_rockville

Ceasarstone Raven Counter
Trikeenan tile
Benjamin Moore glass slipper paint
Cabico Cabinets
Top Knobs hardware
Zephyr Hood
Viking Range
Natural maple floor

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 4:25AM
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blackchamois

dmm - are your counters honed or polished? I am very close to finalizing my counters and probably will go with Raven. Just not sure if I should have them honed or not.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 6:13PM
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Linelle

I thought it was not recommended to hone quartz.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 6:27PM
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mitchdesj

here are mine

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 6:47AM
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mitchdesj

another view

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 6:48AM
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erhm

Mitchdesj, I love your kitchen--thanks for sharing images! Would you mind saying what you used for your backsplash? I like how it's subtle but adds some interest and it coordinates very well with the countertops. We have raven countertops and white cabinets are are trying to figure out a backplash.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 7:59PM
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blackchamois

Add me to the list of Raven owners! I just ordered mine today. They were templated and will be installed on Monday! I will be sure to post pics along the way! I am doing an eased edge with 1.5" overhang.

Linelle - "I thought it was not recommended to hone quartz." I have been told that you can do it, however, you must sign something from Caesarstone acknowledging the *risks* (I am NOT honing mine.)

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 11:43PM
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mitchdesj

erhm, thanks for saying that; my bs tile is a basket weave pattern of glass tile and marble, my designer sourced it so I have no clue what the company is or the model.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 9:49AM
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Mags438

Smarge, realize this is an old thread but had to comment - it's beautiful. I notice you installed ipe. I have been looking for ipe installer for a while for an exterior application. What type installer did you use? I'm on the east coast. Seems regular hardwood installers I contacted are not very experienced with ipe. Hope u see this; didn't see an email addy in ur profile

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 12:47PM
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