First Look - White and Cherry Shaker Kitchen Almost Done

soibeanFebruary 5, 2013

A year and a half since we started planning, four months since demolition day, and we are nearly done. I have to say, so far, I love everything about the new kitchen, and I owe so much of it to GW!

I am not trying to be "timeless" or "classic". I have tried to be true to my own contemporary aesthetic. I'm saving a bit of personality for the backsplash, which is on order and won't be installed for a couple of months.

When the last few bits are finished, I will also post pictures of the eating area, mudroom, and family room, which were all part of the renovation. Plus I'll add some before pictures and some pics of my favorite gadgets and accessories. For now, I'm just so excited that I had to share!

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jentrex

Nicely done! What faucet do you have? Is that River White granite?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 12:52PM
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mabeldingeldine_gw

Gorgeous, I love the pendants!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:01PM
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chelsea252

Beautiful kitchen!! This is similar to the look I am trying to achieve. Can you tell me more about your cabinets. Are the painted cabinet doors/drawers wood or MDF? What about the stained island?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:04PM
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fourkids4us

Lovely kitchen! I really like those pendants - very subtle.

Would you mind telling me the dimensions of your kitchen? I'm considering a similar layout based on the size and shape of my kitchen. I'm especially curious to know the length of your sink wall, the length of your stove wall, going all the way across the doorway and including the depth of the oven cabinetry, and then the length of the wall your ovens and fridge are on. Also the dimensions of your island and the width of the aisles on each side.

I look forward to seeing the remainder of your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:12PM
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Debbi Branka

Very beautiful!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:39PM
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chiefy

Ooh - Gorgeous. Love, love, love that island. What type of granite is that?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:56PM
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soibean

Jentrex - the faucet in the island is by Rubinet. I saw a similar one in mamadadapaige's kitchen, and it was almost exactly what I was looking for. The granite is called "Snowflakes" - the veining is not as linear as river white, and it has less cream in it. I searched for months to find a granite and just happened to see this one on my fifth trip to that supplier. Was going to get quartzite, but just couldn't afford it. We are very happy with it so far.

chelsea52 - the cabinets are custom, by the GW-famous Dutch Wood. The perimiter cabinets are maple painted BM Dove White, the island is cherry with a mahogany stain.

fourkids4us - the sink wall is 9.5' long, the cooktop wall (including wall ovens) is 17' 10". Fridge wall is 8' 9"; there is actually a door beyond the fridge and then another wall with a pantry cabinet. Island is 7' x 4.5'. Aisle width is slightly different for each section (due to various constraints), but smallest is about 40" and largest about 42". Wish I had a little more between the fridge and the island, which is the major traffic area, but just couldn't fit it.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:56PM
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Laura517

Gorgeous! LOVE IT! Great job! Love the granite with the cherry island! We will have something similar...Where did you get your cup pulls and knobs?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:59PM
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Molly Phillips

Awesome! Beautiful! What backsplash did you choose to add the personality you mentioned? (Only asking out of curiosity - leaving it blank is still lovely)

Most importantly, where did you get your pendants?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:06PM
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purrus

Beautiful!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:11PM
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pricklypearcactus

Stunning! I really love the combination of the counter with the cherry island. And the pendants are really lovely.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:22PM
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mjocean

Very beautiful. I especially like the pendants and granite. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:27PM
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rebeccamomof123

Well done! Beautiful taste - I also love the pendant lights. Hope you enjoy this lovely space for many, mnay years!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:50PM
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beekeeperswife

Gorgeous!!!!!!!!

Are those the Juliska pendants? Love them.

And wait a second.....are those inset cabinets????

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 5:46PM
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beekeeperswife

Gorgeous!!!!!!!!

Are those the Juliska pendants? Love them.

And wait a second.....are those inset cabinets????

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 5:47PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Very lovely and functional, like all the storage. A person could actually cook in there.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 5:54PM
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sanjuangirl

I don't blame you for being excited!!! It's gorgeous! The Cherry and warm white look stunning together. Would love a peek inside the drawers.....

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 5:55PM
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taggie

Absolutely beautiful!! Wow, that granite is heart-stopping, and I just love your glass cabs and the whole layout. Terrific!

What are the little cabinets in the counter-height cab beside the coffee maker? Or are they drawers?

Great job, congratulations!!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 6:35PM
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soibean

Thanks everyone for the kind words!

chiefy76 - the granite is called "Snowflakes". I only saw it at one supplier, and that was on my fifth trip or so. We were about to buy something else when I walked by it and decided to take it on the spot. For anyone in the Boston area, I can tell you where I found it if you're interested.

Laura517 - the pulls are RH Gilmore 4" in polished nickel. The knobs and appliance handles are Amerock Highland Ridge in polished nickel.

lovetodream - the backsplash will be Seneca Tile Glassic crackled glass tile, 4x4 in three different colors. Hope I can pull it off. The pendants are called Clarity, by WAC Lighting; a lot of places seem to carry them. I was really worried when they were installed that they are too small for the island, so I'm encouraged that people like them.

bee - yes, the cabinets are inset. Not frameless, unfortunately. Actually, I did a combination of inset and full overlay, though I wish I had done inset throughout. The drawers are mostly full overlay. I have two sets of F&P DishDrawers (one set next to the cooktop, one in the island...long story, it's a kosher kitchen). I was inspired by seeing how Dutch Wood did the panels for your DishDrawers, so I knew that Jason could make the panels line up with the other drawers in the run. And thanks to your warning about the remote control in the new models, I found the older models with the control panels on the front! Jason did so many custom things for me, I couldn't be happier. I could do a whole post just on the little customizations.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 6:37PM
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soibean

taggie - just saw your post. The apothecary drawers beside the coffee maker were one of my little extras - I wanted a place to store k-cups easily and conveniently. They're great!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 6:41PM
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EATREALFOOD

Beautiful, all of it.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 6:50PM
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michoumonster

that is beautiful! i love the natural brightness and the pendants are gorgeous!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 6:53PM
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p.ball2

Really nice. Love the glass doors. .
Enjoy!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 7:03PM
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beekeeperswife

smacking my head...

duh, inset, not frameless....

of course they do inset...

It must be the daily snow here that is making me lose my mind. I feel like I'm in The Shining...

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 7:20PM
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Bellsmom

Really lovely.
I like the surprise touches of blue, the pulls, the white, the cherry.
Heck, I like the whole darn thing.
Can't wait to see the ''personality'' in the backsplash!

Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 7:29PM
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legallin

Beautiful! Can't wait to see the BS!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 8:01PM
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scrappy25

soibean, just a stunning kitchen! I would love to see a post on all your customizations! Pretty please.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 10:04PM
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westleyandbuttercup

Gorgeous!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 10:09PM
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ppbenn

Beautiful! And DW went to Boston?
Really like the cherry Island with that white granite. Wish I could find it, the granite, here in Pa.
Cant wait to see the BS

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 10:10PM
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deedles

Very, very lovely. Yes a post on your customizations and if you have any clever drawer uses/organizers. Love the arched window, BTW. Very nicely done.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 10:11PM
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parks

It's all great! What is that blue color? Soooo pretty. I LOVE the k-cup idea in the apothecary drawers. Very clever! I wish I had read that before my cabinets were ordered!!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 10:40PM
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badgergal

Everything about your new kitchen is simply lovely. I can't decide which element I like the best- must be because they all work so well together.
Congratulations on a job well done.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 11:11PM
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rebeccamomof123

Kosher kitchen - than Mazel tov!!;) I am in the Boston area, and would LOVE to know where you got that granite. My kitchen starts next week and we have to pick out our granite this weekend. Thanks in advance. Again - enjoy your spectacular space. (PS: Love the k-cup drawers!)

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:55AM
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Sherrie Moore

Very beautiful!! Just the style that I am planning for my remodel. Looks great can't wait to see more pictures!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 7:18AM
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localeater

Looks beautiful, just seems to exude a feeling of calm. I love those pendants.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 7:32AM
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karin_mt

Wow!

I will join the chorus of fans who love your pendants! So cool yet not at all distracting like many pendants can be.

And the Snowflakes granite, wow, you scored with that one! It actually reads a lot like marble in the photos.

The overall design reflects a lot of thought and everything plays together nicely. You must have really sweated the details and the result is brilliant. Congratulations!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 9:05AM
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Jfay

So Pretty. Every white kitchen I see pulls be back to that style.

I like the mix of inset cabinets for your uppers and overlay for the lowers. Did you choose "ultra overlay" for the drawers?

Thanks for the sneak peek.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:03AM
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mjocean

Soibean,

Please tell us your paint color.
MJ

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:48AM
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annsch

STUNNING!!!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:51AM
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soibean

ppbenn - Dutch Wood delivered to us, but did not measure or install; that was done by the GC. I thought they were going to use a shipping company, but they actually drove everything up themselves! Working with them was really a pleasure.

parks/mjocean - the paint color is BM November Skies (2128-50). There is a lot more of it in the eating area and mudroom, still being finished.

Rebeccamom123 - we got the granite from CBS Exotic Stones in Winchester. www.cbsstones.com It would be worthwhile to call and see if they have it in stock - they told me it sells out as soon as they get it in, with white granites being so popular these days. It's worth a trip there in any case because they always have a great selection of beautiful slabs.

karin_mt - yes, I sweated every single detail! I am a systems analyst/designer by trade and an analyst/designer by nature. I was essentially my own KD and it took me a year until I was satisfied with the layout and design. It was while researching appliances that I found GW and I've stuck around ever since. And your help was invaluable to us in selecting a countertop - it allowed us to feel confident of the type of stone we were seeing, regardless of how it may have been labeled. DH holds you in such high esteem, he called to tell me - "if karin_mt likes the kitchen, that is truly high praise!".

Anyway, I love to cook, and everything is optimized/tailored to the way I work. Suddenly getting everything I've wished for all at once, I'm like a kid in a candy store!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 11:46AM
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p.ball2

I think you were the kitchen that Dutchwood delivered two days before installing mine. They had to put my install off a day because they got stuck in snow and got back very late from Boston. They did not have time to load the truck so put me off for day. No worries, I was fine with that.
Really do love your kitchen!

Question:do you have magnetic catches at the base of your doors? I have them at the top only but my doors are very tall and with the glass they are a bit more flexible so am considering magnetic catches at the bottom as well. This will keep doors from getting warped BUT the catch will be in the way.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:07PM
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hosenemesis

Love love love those pendant lights.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 1:13PM
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ILoveRed

Beautiful. I love everything, but I really love your frig pulls.

Just a really nice and warm space. Well done.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 1:34PM
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Gooster

Congratulations! Everything is coming along beautifully. I have a similar color combination in construction right now, so I am so glad to see your photos. I especially like your counters, there is great movement to them. I see there are small red flecks in there, which ties to your island color nicely.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 1:56PM
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Laura517

I can't stop looking at your photos!
I am in RI not too far from Boston and am in search of granite for our new kitchen, so please do share where you found the "Snowflakes"- it is gorgeous!

Thank you!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 8:35AM
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fouramblues

Lovely, simply lovely. I would love to cook in that kitchen. Well done!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 8:55AM
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soibean

Laura517 - check with CBS Exotic Stones in Winchester, MA. cbsstones.com

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 9:25AM
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gr8daygw

beautiful!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 10:38AM
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MarinaGal

Really beautiful! The layout looks well thought through - I was appreciating all of the details. Add me to the chorus of people who are praising your pendant lights - very elegant and simple at the same time. Congrats on your remodel!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 12:00PM
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sbp725

I'm new to this board, but just had to jump in to say this is gorgeous!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 1:31PM
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ginny20

Just lovely! Love how the glass pendants mirror the glass in the doors. The granite is perfect. Great job. Congratulations!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 2:40PM
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kksmama

Love your kitchen, soibean, did quick search to find the reveal after you posted in another thread. Are you in the ABB club? I'm stressing about the size of my island, width of walkways, and scale of pendants, and all 3 are similar in your kitchen! Do you ever rethink those things, now? It all looks amazing in pictures!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 5:36PM
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tbo123

Booooootiful..
I want one just like that:)

2 quick questions if I may.
Were the cabinets sprayed or brushed?
Do you know the size of the stiles and rails of the doors?
Thanks. Great job.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 6:17PM
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soibean

kksmama - you can see the finished kitchen post with my backsplash. I linked to it below. I probably should have been ABB longer because my first attempt was a disaster and I decided to pay to have it ripped out and replaced with something completely different. And even the new one, I assumed that the tiles would be spaced further apart with more prominent grout lines but found out too late I was wrong.

tbo123 - cabinets were sprayed. I tried measuring the stiles and rails - they seem to be 2 5/16" wide.

Here is a link that might be useful: final reveal thread

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 2:25PM
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