Gray kitchen in progress! Feedback please?

elsewhereMarch 21, 2012

I'd thought I'd post a few pictures from our current renovation and see if anyone has any feedback that might help tune the final decisions: floor stain color (possibly), backsplash, and paint colors for room.

A bit of context: this is kitchen in a 1891 shingle style house (the traditionalists might be a bit horrified - my renovation style tends to be a bit more 'honor the past without being forced to repeat it'...I was going for something a bit more contemporary that still makes sense in the space )

So, I'd really like your comments and suggestions (well, except for the 'how the #$& are you going to keep dark floors and white marble CLEAN...we know, we know...a potential disaster in the making, but hopefully a very beautiful disaster)

I understand my taste is not everyone's taste, it's just a chance to get fresh perspectives and I will probably not interact much other than to THANK YOU for your unvarnished opinion. Thoughts, links to photos, ideas on remaining color choices...anything and everything welcome.

Background

Cabinets - Farrow and Ball Cornforth White

Floor - Ebonized white oak (the photos read dark, but there is definitely grain showing through...will probably do a matte finish on final coat). One option that we are considering is to restain the floor (perhaps a mid-tone brown with some red) to pull in from the rest of the house.

Countertop - White Rhino marble.

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rhome410

You have me intrigued... Can't wait to see the photos.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 11:05AM
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elsewhere

Ugh...I'm new so uploading is a chore! I think this is the easiest way to do it

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 11:09AM
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elsewhere

The rest of the photos

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    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 11:19AM
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gardenamy

More pictures!!! But looks awesome from what I see. Sounds very interesting and I can't wait to see the final reveal!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 11:25AM
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joyce_6333

That is going to be a beautiful kitchen. I absolutely love our windows!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 11:26AM
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hsw_sc

I think it's beautiful! I love the subtlety of the Cornforth White and the dark flooring is going to be gorgeous and a nice contrast to the light cabs and stainless that you have going on so far.

I personally love dark floors but do not have them in my own home because I have two Golden Furtrievers. I just wouldn't want to have to grow a Swiffer Sweeper thingie on my right arm to follow them around with :)

Can't wait to see more!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 11:53AM
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caminnc

Gosh that is gorgeous! Looks like it is going to be a real work horse. I love all the windows too!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 11:59AM
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boxerpups

Stunning Start!
Looking forward to more beauty in the weeks to come.
Thanks for sharing.
~boxer

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 12:07PM
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Debbi Branka

Love your windows and LOVE your marble! The cabinets are beautiful and I think your floor will look awesome! Can't wait to see more :)

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 2:02PM
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rhome410

Really wonderful start you have there! And I consider that a giant understatement.

You have a fairly blank slate for many options when it comes to wall color or backsplash. You have a very classic look going, so could keep it up with marble mini bricks or ceramic subways, in either white or any light to medium color. You could add some bling with a tasteful accent pieces or a strip in glass or something colorful. You could even go a little whimsical with fun or more strongly colored tiles if you're that kind of person. A stronger contemporary statement could be glass or stainless tiles.

I tend this way, but I'd go with a grayed color on the walls... A grayed green or blue, depending on your preference....or a medium gray with green or brownish undertone could be nice, and would also lean a little contemporary.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 2:59PM
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lisa_a

Since I know others, like me, prefer to see images embedded in threads, I thought I'd do that for you.

I simply cut and paste the "HTML for Websites" code. If you need more help embedding images in threads, see the link below to read the Posting Pictures portion of the New To Kitchens? Posting Pics? Read Me! thread. (I had to reduce the size of your first image using html code. Other image reduction info in the thread linked below.)

I have no design feedback to offer (sorry, not my strong suit) but I had to tell you that I'm in LOVE with your range wall! And I'm totally green with envy.

Here is a link that might be useful: Posting Pictures info

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 3:42PM
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elsewhere

Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement. I'm one of those people for whom every decision becomes an efficient vehicle for self-torture :)

And thank you Lisa A for putting the photos inline and pointing me to the right resource!

There's been a number of great ideas to try out here..but honestly, no idea where the backsplash & paint choice will take me quite yet.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 4:17PM
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slateberry51

I think with those windows, it will be impossible to make your kitchen look bad. Fire, earthquake, tornado, infestation--I don't care, those windows--awesome!

OK, seriously, I've recommended this blog before, so some may think I'm a broken record (just a little disclaimer for CEFreeman :-), but anyhoo, try the Cote de Texas blog, especially her top ten design elements entries. #4 curtains has some kitchens you should see, for finishing touches inspiration. Her entry on Kitchens 101: elements to copy also has many photos and suggestions.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cote de Texas

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 4:22PM
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Lake_Girl

Try gray owl from BM. I've seen it on a blog, and it was beautiful in the kitchen that is similar to yours. Great job so far. Your windows are great!!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 4:29PM
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chris11895

Beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished kitchen!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 6:25PM
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babs711

I saw that white rhino at my slab yard but haven't seen anyone IRL or on GW use it. It looks great as does your kitchen. Thanks for posting these photos!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 7:33PM
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cardamon

Elsewhere, your kitchen is turning out beautiful. I'm sure you will finish it out and it will be stunning. I like everything especially the windows. I love light in a house. The rhino marble is really pretty.
Lisa a thanks for embedding- it is so much easier!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 7:52PM
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waterdamage

Looks great-- You could certainly go any of a zillion directions with these elements.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:04PM
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breezygirl

So gorgeous! If you're interested in a grayish greige, you might look at BM Nimbus. I painted my family room, open to the kitchen, Nimbus, and it's very calm and lovely next to my BM Simply White cabs and Carrara marble.

I tried and rejected BM Gray Owl. In my kitchen awash in lots of natural light, as is yours, it looked pastel green. My light value may be different than where you live, but it has a definite green undertone.

Looking forward to seeing your finished kitchen!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:04PM
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marcolo

The clerestory windows over the range are very nice--remind me of the windows installed, at great expense and with clever engineering, over fireplaces.

I would at minimum bring down the trim from the clerestory level down to the windows bordering the backsplash. Is that what the design calls for? The hood is looking a little floaty.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:09PM
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kateskouros

i'm intrigued. that looks seriously stunning so far. i can't wait to see the finish!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:11PM
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dianalo

I am confused.... your floors look great with the cabs and counters, so you need no real advice with those! I'd do a matte finish on the top because dark floors can show up every dust particle when the sun hits them if they are very glossy. I do love the dark look with your choices and would stick with it. We have a dark floor, darker than first intended, and we really like it.
For your other colors, I'd go for a soft palette. I could see a soft toned, very glossy bs in either ceramic or glass tiles. Jeffrey Court has some pretty "washed out" colors for ceramics... but you really can find many different colors, styles and shapes since your current materials are calm with no strong patterns.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:18PM
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boschboy

Looks great. Can't wait to see more. Love the style and color.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:19PM
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anna_chosak

I love your kitchen! Disclaimer: I have gray cabinets very similar to yours, so I'm a bit biased. :-) That is going to be a lovely and serene space, full of light.

I must say the drywall in the first picture looks purple on my monitor, and I was kinda digging that with the gray cabs.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:37PM
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carp123

looks awesome so far!! If you like blue...i could see a very soft gray/blue on the walls. Can you please tell me how high your ceilings are?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 11:23PM
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shelayne

I am DYING over all those windows! Stunning! This is going to be a showstopper--can't wait to see more!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 11:40PM
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jacabean

That is going to be a nice kitchen . Inset cabinets would have been a better choice.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 12:19AM
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elsewhere

Just a few notes on questions and feedback so far...

Trim will extend down to backsplash level, Marcolo. The bead matches original molding in the butlers pantry.

Ceiling height is 106 inches.

I don't regret going full overlay...although I recognize many prefer inset, it was a conscious choice. I might be in the minority, but i prefer the look of full overlay for drawers, and given the premium for inset from my cabinetmaker, it was a no brainer.

The windows are my favorite thing so far as well!

I am indeed leaning towards a subtle palette for the walls but might be a bit bold in the backsplash.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 12:44AM
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CKGM

There is a backsplash picture in Houzz that has me thinking of your kitchen but don't know how to post it! It was of a very serene white kitchen and marble counters with the most gorgeous, subtle blue gray subway tile that would be perfect in your space. Anyone know which pic I am taking about and knows how to repost?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 1:24AM
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elsewhere

Can you tell me the name of the designer and house location on the Houzz photo? I would love to see it.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 10:07AM
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silvergirl426_gw

I love gray in a kitchen too. You might think about BM Rockport Gray. It's one of their historical colors and one of my favorite bloggers (Steve from An Urban Cottage) painted his cabinets this color. (I know I know, you're not painting cabinets.) If you google it, a bunch of images come up for it in different rooms. I don't know how it looks at night. But it's a thought.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 5:42PM
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michelle16

looks great so far, I'm confused though, the cabs u say are painted white, they look grey, i may do a few in grey and would love to know the color of these cabs since it is such a soft grey, thanks, Michelle

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 1:48PM
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CEFreeman

slateberry51, after I quit pounding my noggin on the monitor, while my eye was still pressed against the screen, I saw the link. I'm heading over there to look. :)

This is just another absolutely beautiful space.
I want the serenity of these calm colors. I just love looking. Ok, legal voyeurism. But post more?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 1:59PM
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wolfgang80

Michelle--Cornforth White is a light gray from Farrow & Ball.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 2:22PM
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elsewhere

Here's a sneak peak of the tile going in!
We decided to go with 2 Ann Sacks tiles...

More pictures coming up as the kitchen gets completed.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 5:58PM
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cardamon

That's it! All this time and that beautiful kitchen and we get one small picture. Hope more will follow. Soon! Please. It looks really nice.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 7:44PM
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jjaazzy

Lucky girl, beautiful space......

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 7:57PM
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hags00

BM Thunder is my favorite gray paint colors.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 8:10PM
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chris11895

Yes, post more pictures please!!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 8:45PM
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elsewhere

Well, honestly, I wish it were further along! I promise to put up more pictures ASAP.

But things are getting done now more quickly - we have an awesome contractor and architect, thankfully, but it's trying on everyone's patience. My decision paralysis is not helping either :)

As another teaser, check out the ribbon stair into the kitchen -

Here is a link that might be useful: Ribbon stair

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 9:19PM
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elsewhere

The photo was taken before the plaster and glass bannister went in...

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 10:32PM
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mama goose_gw zn6OH

Oh, that's perfect for the 'Does your kitchen match your dog?' thread. He matches your stairs perfectly--what a beauty!

Here is a link that might be useful: kitchen/dog pics

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 11:12PM
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elsewhere

It's our contractor's dog, actually :) He instinctively knew where to sit when the camera came out.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 11:24PM
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ppbenn

Elsewhere
I LOVE your kitchen and stair really I do.
But your SWEET Border Collie oh I'm tearing up - miss our Jazzy BC -gone 2 years this summer. As soon as this house is finished we're off to the BC rescue! Does she like her new house?
Now back to your kitchen. Could you post exterior pics of the vent exiting your house with those windows please?
My inspector is giving me grief about my vent and my windows.
Is that tile metallic?
LOve it!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 11:30PM
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elsewhere

@ppbenn -

The contractor's dogs are very welcome guests when they visit. They have personality, intelligence, and a sense of humor in spades! Having the house torn up I don't dare try to keep a dog yet.

Exterior vent - it's nothing special, straight out. If you give me a few days I can take a picture of the exterior.

The tile is not metallic, it's just a trick of the dark gray in the light, I think.

I hope your project resolves smoothly so that you can bring a new BC home!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 11:38PM
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elsewhere

@ppbenn

Here is an outside photo of the range wall.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 12:20PM
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elsewhere

Just a follow-up to post a few pictures of our completed kitchen. The work was done by Trimitsis Woodworking here in Boston; Milton and his team are fantastic. Design was by Carol Marsh (also fantastic!), of Helios Design Group in JP.

Couple of high level points:

  • Cabinets - Crown Point, in Farrow and Ball Cornforth White.

  • Countertops - White Rhino Marble

  • Ebonized oak floor in custom stain.

  • Tile - Ann Sacks

  • Table - custom, from Western black walnut that a relative had sitting around in a garage for 40 years.

Shout out and many thanks to
Milton (more pictures here) and Carol!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 7:17PM
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kksmama

Oh the windows...the walnut...the ebony floors.....oh the windows!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 8:20PM
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MadsMama

That is a stunning kitchen! Love everything about it...beautiful job!!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 9:11PM
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SparklingWater

What a lovely retreat to cook and be in. It's very calming.

Did you do your own backsplash tiling? Wow. I'm thinking of practicing on boards to see if that's something I could handle. I like hands on work.

As my kitchen also has much gray, do you mind sharing your Ann Sacks tile color name? Is it Davenport by any chance?

Thank you. And enjoy your finished space.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 8:21AM
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msrose

Wow! Right out of a magazine!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 8:46AM
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oldbat2be

Elsewhere, just love it! Especially like the story behind the table. I'm off to explore your other links now:)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 9:48AM
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justmakeit

This is a kitchen I wold love to spend time in. Those gorgeous windows, that dreamy light! I love the way the wood of the table plays against the white cabinets and the black floor. Such an inviting space.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 9:58AM
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Gooster

Congratulations and thanks for coming back to post your finals. The windows and walnut are lovely. Love your dog as well! He/she sneaks into so many of the photos, it's great.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 2:58PM
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elsewhere

Thanks to all for the kind words! I am very happy with how it came out, and despite the restrained palette it is really nice how bright and open the space feels. SparklingWater, the Ann Sacks pattern above the stove is a "Sakura" pattern - I'm afraid I don't know what color gray this is, there are so many available, and I had a couple of samples made to get one that I was happy with.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 11:01PM
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sanjuangirl

Wow! You nailed it! It's beautiful and breathtaking! Such fabulous windows and the kitchen reads warm even with the white and gray! That's hard to pull off. Having those windows around your hood is such a cool idea. The table really marries all of the elements together, it makes me wish I could sit there and have coffee in the morning light.. Wishing you many happy years in that gorgeous kitchen.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 11:36PM
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gothaml

Love your kitchen! May I ask what Crown Point door style that is?

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 11:47PM
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ratrem

I love your kitchen, absolutely stunning. I love the style of old house but blending current style with old. I saw the street name on your link and think you live on one of my most favorite streets, a hidden gem for sure. We also were in Dot for 10 years just sold our 1880 Victorian last year. Such a great often misunderstood part of the city, with some of the best architecture in the area. Would love to see more photos of the house.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 12:48AM
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elsewhere

@sanjuangirl thanks so much - the architect's idea for the windows really pulled things together!

@gothaml Thanks, this is the Newport door. We're pretty happy with the Euro-style cabinets, though I think most CP customers prefer the full inset. They've held up extremely well, with no shifting.

@ratrem - Yes, you are right! We've loved living in Dot, it's really hard to explain to most, and I usually end up being too defensive or indulging in "boosteritis" especially if people haven't spent time around here. It has suffered from a simplistic picture. I think Boston has just so many great places to live - but given the great architecture , real community feeling, and proximity to downtown this neighborhood in most any other city would be completely unaffordable. But then again, look how quickly the image of Southie shifted - I guess anything is possible.

We're working to get other parts of the house finished - I'll be sure to share once things start pulling together. Thank you for the compliment - that "blend" was exactly what I was going for.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 1:46PM
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gothaml

*jumpy claps*

I am SO excited to see that you have the Newport door with the euro style cabinets from Crown Point. I was thinking of asking them to do that, but wasn't sure if it was an offering of theirs, and we are a few weeks away from being able to get quotes from cabinet makers. I think we would like to do inset on the uppers with the Newport door and euro style on the base cabinets. We are also thinking of going a combo of gray and white, but given our funky 123 year old brownstone we may do three colors of gray to help differentiate some of the cabinetry and to give it an "evolved" feeling.

Thanks for the info, and I am so envious of all the light, just lovely.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 2:56PM
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elsewhere

Sounds awesome, @gothaml. Crown Point is great to work with. If you read the thread, one commenter recommended the inset - I hear structurally, it makes a lot of sense, but OTOH it's nice squeezing out all the extra space from the euro style cabinets, and we haven't noticed any shifting at all. I think your approach with inset uppers sounds very elegant.

I really like the Farrow & Ball colors - incidentally, our darker gray on the wall is F&B too. Just about anything you might choose from that line would work well together. You might even consider planning a long weekend around it, if you have the time and are in the Northeast, to go up to visit the NH factory! The showroom is really incredible.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 3:50PM
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gothaml

@elsewhere My parents live a couple of hours from the factory, so we are hoping to drop the kids off there and make it a nice little overnight getaway. :)

Looking at your layout, is the pull-out base cabinet to the right of your cooktop for oils? If not, what do you use that for?

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 10:47AM
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elsewhere

@gothaml The trip will be well worth it. They pretty much have everything on display. We actually drove to a few quarries in the area on the same trip though we went with another thing entirely in the end - Danby marble is not so far away, and Sheldon Slate in NY is a short drive.

We are using the pull-out for oils, spices, that sort of thing. It's quite handy to have.

Have fun with the design, it sounds like it will be spectacular!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 5:36PM
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SDRBN

Beautiful kitchen - I was wondering if you could share the manufacturer of your sink and any updates on how your rhino white counters have been holding up? I am also thinking about rhino white, but I am concerned about etching and staining around the sink. Now that you've had them in for a while I was hoping you could provide an update!

    Bookmark   December 16, 2014 at 3:36PM
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