White kitchen in Southern Spain

petra66_gwJuly 24, 2011

Nearly a year ago we started the complete renovation of our kitchen and now we are finally finished. We had planned to be ready by Christmas, some hiccups in the process prevented that... Never mind, we're done!

My name is Petra and I share a small Spanish country home in Andalucia, Southern Spain with my dad and a Labrador named Quinn.

I have learned a great deal just by reading on this forum and by looking at the pictures provided by many of you, so writing this post is, in a way, a big 'Thank you all so much'.

This is my home, the kitchen is situated on the righthand side, with a covered porch in front of it.

These are three shots of the old kitchen, I especially loathed the open storage and the double round sink plus the fact there was no dishwasher.

Left side (north wall):

Centre:

Open storage on the right (south) wall:

In these photos you can see we set up a temporary island to see if this would work for us. It could be argued that it is a barrier island, but it works very well for us. This is the layout we finally decided on, we received many good and thoughtprovoking ideas from members of the Ikeafans site. I had not discovered the GardenWeb Kitchen Forum yet, otherwise I would have posted these plans here as well.

The kitchen is roughly 14' x 14'.

We demo'd the kitchen ourselves, cleaned and lightly stained the beams, painted the walls and built the cabinets. The rest of the work was carried out by Kelly, our wonderful GC or by subs (floortile and granite).

Underfloor heating:

Building up:

Temporary kitchen:

Granite going in:

Kelly busy with tile install:

End result:

Left (north) wall

Centre

Right (south) wall:

Island:

Detail of backsplash (lovely yellow plum jam thanks to a neighbour's gift of 6 kgs of yellow plums):

Details:

Kitchen: Ikea with Stat fronts (colour is comparable to BM Simply White)

Granite: Blanco Perla, also known as Luna Pearl, Bianco Sardo

Island worktop: Ikea Numerar oak butcherblock

Stools: Ikea Ingolf, counterheight in antique pine.

Sink: Ikea Domsjo, single bowl apron front fireclay sink

Faucet: Grohe Concetto with pull-down

Cooktop: Bosch 5-burner gas

Hood: Siemens

DW: Siemens

Oven: Ikea Nutid with pyrolitic cleaning

Knobs and pulls: Ikea Antik brushed nickel

Lighting: Ikea Magnesium track lighting on the beams, Ikea Grundtal pucks (under-cabinet lighting), Leroy Merlin LED-strips

Backsplash: Ceramicalcora white beveled subway tile, shiny white 4" x 8"

Backsplash accent: Susan Jablon Mosaics Bijou 1x3" subway in glossy and frosted.

There is a funny story to how the accent in the backsplash came about, I had ordered two sample sets from Susan Jablon and decided against a whole backsplash in glass. However, I could not bring myself to just throw the lovely glass subways in the bin, either! So I thought up the accent stripe and used nearly all sample tiles there, glossy and frosted alternating. Here you see the tile just before I picked the order in which I wanted them put up on the wall:

More photos of the kitchen and the rest of the house can be found on Photobucket, I have provided the link below. I'll be happy to answer any of your questions on details of the kitchen.

It has been quite an adventure, I would not have gotten this far without the help of many, this wonderful community included! Thank you!

Love, Petra

Here is a link that might be useful: White kitchen in Southern Spain

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MCMesprit

I confess -- I loved your kitchen BEFORE the renovation. But I love it even more after! You blended old and new beautifully. Love the accent backsplash. Am deeply envious of that cook top :)

Congratulations!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 12:59PM
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phoggie

Amazing...love it~ I ache for that person who is on his knees taking up that floor tile~~~oh my, what a beating his knees are taking~~ But this is beautiful...enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:08PM
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celtinNE

Oh Petra - it's just beautiful. You must be so happy with the outcome. I totally agree w/ MCM I loved your b4 pix too. Enjoy!!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:10PM
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natal

It's such a comfortable, inviting-looking kitchen. Love the band of color in the backsplash!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:15PM
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remodelfla

Oh Petra.. I am so happy for you! I love what you did and KNOW how hard you worked. Love the light bright feeling and the creativity and simplicity of the backsplash. It looks absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:19PM
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plllog

Petra, it came out beautifully!! And even if the island is a barrier, it's not a long way around it. I particularly love your sample set backsplash accent! All those complex colors in the white field are just fabulous. Love that chunky shelf too. :)

Congratulations!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:19PM
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ptamom

Sigh....when can I come vist you. My gosh the landscape is beautiful, and home, kitchen, and man with tan calves/thick dark hair. LOL You have done a lovely job at re-energizing your space. I will be dreaming about your open beamed ceilings, joyful backslpash and.....

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:24PM
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EllenMel

Muy bonita, Petra!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:31PM
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juliekcmo

Really great.

I think you have a lovely space with great function.

And the colored tile in the backsplash is my favorite part of all! It makes the kitchen come alive.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:41PM
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boxerpups

Amazing.
The white cabinets and shiny tile add a flare of
elegance to the warm, friendly and charming space. I love
the book nook, the exposed beams in the ceiling and
the soft tone spanish tile floor. The kitchen is glorious.
Congratulations. Oh and the nifty dog bowl stand is
something I covet. (my boxers babes could love that)
~boxerpups

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:49PM
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doonie

I love your kitchen! What a great idea to use up that beautiful tile in your happy backsplash.

Wonderful setting and charming home:)

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:53PM
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dianalo

I love the bones you had to work with and how your new space looks like it belonged there all the while.
The colorful band of accent tiles are going to be shamelessly copied by GWers for years to come....
Bravo!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 2:02PM
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lazydaisynot

What an inviting, bright, happy space. I love the exposed beams, the serendipitous multicolored glass tiles and the mix of old and new. I was in Seville last October and took train trips to Cordoba and Granada. Such beautiful vistas. I loved thinking about the homes we were passing and the lives of the people who live there.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 2:04PM
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Adrienne2011

I love the happy, colorful accent tile stripe! What is the red feathery long skinny object? I thought it was chiles, but then near the coats it looks like a type of scarf.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 2:06PM
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allison0704

You all did a great job! I love the little rainbow of color around the room. Enjoy your new kitchen.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 2:08PM
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trailrunnerbiker

What a beautiful use of the space. It does indeed look as if it belongs...I think that is a true testament to your design choices...it fits. c

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 2:16PM
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beckysharp

Energetically serene or serenely energetic?! It is lovely, Petra. It's great to see how an Ikea kitchen responds to different settings and imaginations. And love, love the backsplash -- what a great way to recycle samples!

I hope you and your father enjoy the new kitchen for many years to come.

Becky

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 2:47PM
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stephct

Wow! Your house is so beautiful. You did such a fabulous job with the kitchen. I think your backsplash might be my favorite thing! What a great idea.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 3:00PM
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cardamon

It looks wonderful Petra. I love the band of color in the backsplash. It looks so warm and inviting, a kitchen designed by someone who loves her home and it shows. I am a labrador lover myself, your Quinn is beautiful.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 3:29PM
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liz_h

You have made a wonderful kitchen - beautiful and functional. I love what you did with the sample set! The insets of really pop.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 3:47PM
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liz_h

I forgot to add - I love the exterior of your house! Are the baskets with the dish towels also from IKEA?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 3:49PM
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desertsteph

"The colorful band of accent tiles are going to be shamelessly copied by GWers for years"

I thought I'd be the odd ball with the BS accent strip being my favorite! wow! and the flooring...and the display shelf... and the beams... the WHOLE kitchen! awesome!

just plop it in my space and i'll be a happy camper!

a beautiful job with preserving the character of the room.

also love the outside of the home - and the benches.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 6:07PM
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VickieHallmark

Beautiful!!!
I especially love how you kept the exposed brick detail and incorporated it behind the hood. It's nice to have that reference back to the original character of the house. I know you're going to enjoy this kitchen SO much!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 6:20PM
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laxsupermom

Beautiful transformation! I love how you used the sample tiles! Great idea to incorporate the exposed brick area into the range hood focal point. Enjoy your beautiful kitchen!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 6:48PM
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SusieQusie60

Petra - it's all so lovely. I could stare at that one corner with the display shelf forever!!!!!!!

SQ

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 7:05PM
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katsmah

Beautiful! Add me to the list of those who love the backsplash accent tiles. You did a wonderful job with this kitchen.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 7:07PM
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clg7067

I also love both kitchens. The before kitchen had an artsy/earthy feel. The new kitchen is much more functional. Very nice!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 8:50PM
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oldhousegal

What a beautiful kitchen! I especially love that display shelf, and the fact that there are so many places to store wine! A great kitchen to celebrate- I hope you thoroughly enjoy it!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 10:21PM
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senator13

I love that accent tile and the story that comes with it! You did a fabu job putting this all together. It looks so warm and inviting.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 10:30PM
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edie_g

Well I've never been to Spain, but I kinda like the kitchen...

Great job making it more functional without losing the character. The rainbow strip is a nod to the original multicolored tile splash. I like the grooved panel on the island echoing the beaded board cabs but on a bigger scale. I would love to have your heated floors.

Is that a freezer next to the fridge?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 11:00PM
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cat_mom

Count me in as an admirer!!! It looks like a happy kitchen!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 11:30PM
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celineike

I also kinda loved your before look.
But of course the after is fantastic!
I'm partial to the cabinets, I have them in my mudroom too.
Well done! Enjoy.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 11:36PM
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sam1981

I like the before and the after! Beautiful job.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 8:07AM
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houseful

Wonderful job!! I go weak in the knees for Spanish architecture. And that glass listello is awesome!

How much land do you have?

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 9:35AM
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brickton

I'm so glad that you kept at least some of that awesome exposed brick / stucco feature, it adds so much character to the kitchen. Great job!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 10:26AM
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schoolhouse_gw

I really, really like the kitchen too. The exposed beams of the ceiling just open the whole room up. Like MCMesprit, I also loved the "before", altho I realize there was a storage issue. It's very inviting and lovely.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 1:47PM
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petra66_gw

Thank you for all your kind and appreciative reactions, especially the rainbow listello and the display shelves are liked by many of you.

MCMesprit: I love that cooktop, especially the centre wok burner. I am sure many happy meals will be cooked on it.

phoggie: that's my dad you see scooting around, one knee on a cushion, breaking up the floor with a jackhammer. He always tells me he doesn't mind this sort of jobs, but looking at this picture it looks awful. I know you had your share of knee trouble, so I can imagine your feelings.

plllog: the shelves are a happy accident, really, like the rainbow tiles. The island top is constructed of 2 butcherblock tops stuck together, the offcuts form the shelves.

ptamom: Yeah, Spain has it all ... :-)

boxerpups: Funny thing is, Quinn only eats his kibble from these bowls. He will only drink from this bowl, which I made for him:

dianalo: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, isn't it? :-))

lazydaisynot: Lovely cities, I am very fortunate to have these beauties less than a 2hr drive from my home:

Adrienne2011: You are absolutely correct, those are dried chilies. I just needed a place for them till the shelves were put up (to make sure they hang down next to the shelves), so that's why they ended up on the coatrack.

liz_h: Yes, the baskets with kitchen and teatowels are from Ikea, I could't find them on the US site, but I know the Ikea sites are sometimes not complete. I give you the link of the Spanish Ikea site, so you have at least the name of the product.
http://www.ikea.com/es/es/catalog/products/90177457

desertsteph: Those benches are a prettyaddition and a lovely seat for an early morning cup.

VickieHallmark, Brickton: we would have loved to keep the entire strip of exposed untreated brick, but it would have been impossible to keep it clean behind the cooktop. I tried some protective products on other bits of brickwork around the kichen but they all altered the appearance of the bricks too much. In the end I decided that this was a 'function over form' thing and went with tile behind the cooktop.

oldhousegal: Yes, what better way to fill up 2 difficult spots ... :-) The M�laga region was once famous for its sweet wines, a vine disease put an end to the extensive production in this region. Still, Spain produces many fine wines so we are never without.

edie_g: Yes, that's a freezer. Way smaller than what you are used to, but it serves us well. We try to cook from scratch everyday, so we can make do with a smaller freezer.

houseful: We are fairly certain that the original property only consisted of the central part of the house. The 2 extensions left and right were later added on. The house stands on 5.000 square metres, which is roughly 1,24 acres.
This shot was taken at the bottom of our field (which forms about 2/3 of the total plot).

We let our neighbour use most of the plot to graze his young horses. Here they are on the plot next to ours:

Once again, thank you for all your lovely comments and interest in this little corner of the world. For those interested I've added some extra pictures of places near to where I live.

Love, Petra

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 2:47PM
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houseful

Wow! A little piece of heaven!! Thanks for the pictures!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 2:53PM
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lazydaisynot

The views are breathtaking. Thanks so much for the photos.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 3:33PM
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blfenton

Thanks for posting all the pictures. Always nice to see where someone else lives. In the kitchen- I really like how you warmed up the space with the wood on the island, in the corner open shelf and the beams. All tied in and looks great.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 5:43PM
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abbeys

What a beautiful house and kitchen! Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 6:48PM
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rhome410

Very nice transformation!! Thank goodness all the wood remained. If I'd seen your backsplash before doing my kitchen, it may have well been my inspiration. I love the simplicity and the bling of color!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 7:46PM
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westsider40

I want your kitchen! I want your house! I want your gardens! I love your sights!
And I know the coatrack was just made for my jacket!

You did a beautiful job in a lovely house. Hmmmm. I'll have something with garlic and potatoes and chili and a glass of wine. Something green, too.

Wishing you and your father many smiles at home.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 10:20PM
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houseful

I was so taken with all the other photos, I don't know how I missed the window treatment in this picture! I want one exactly like it! In fact, I'll take two! ;>D

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 11:43PM
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aliris19

My, how nice. I like the sheen on your - is that a stove? - that reflects the island in front. And the plaster-brick opening above the hood. And what everyone else said. It's very nice to dream about these kitchens in lands so far away. Thank you for expanding this north-ameri-centered forum.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 12:55AM
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elba1

I do love that glass accent tile - congrats to you on your new space!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 7:38AM
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kellykath

Oh my! Hmmmm, I'm having a hard time with this one. I just can't form an opinion - I think I will have to take a vacation and get a closer look at what appears to be a gorgeous interior and an amazing exterior. Your view, the horses, the "feel" of the open space outside - how nice to have a property like that with the ability to create a beautiful kitchen. Oh - I have put on my glasses, now I see the beautiful color strip - GREAT idea! I better see if my passport is up to date - I'm having a hard time determining what stain was used on the beautiful chairs. Yep, it's too hard for me to get the "real - feel" of this kitchen . . . and it's been a long summer with the college kids back home - I'm ditching everything here so leave out a bottle of wine on that beautiful counter! Enjoy

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 11:18AM
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petra66_gw

aliris19: That's the wall oven, I got lucky in the Ikea As-Is section and found a floor model at half-price (with full warranty). It's the Nutid wall oven with pyrolitic funtion.

Kellykath (and others who like to travel): :-) There is one American airline that lands in Malaga, the airport nearest to us. If anyone ever would like to stop by, I'm sure something could be sorted out.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ikea Nutid oven

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 12:56PM
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chicagoans

It is so beautiful! I love the beams, the exposed bricks behind the hood, and your use of the sample tiles as an accent is fantastic - a nice splash of color. Great job!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 2:43PM
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Laurie

Beautiful! I love your entire kitchen!

I have Luna Pearl granite as well. I have heard that it is also called Bianco Sardo, but I was not aware some call it Blanco Perla. That is good to know.

I like how the subway tiles are beveled and I love the thin colored tiles.

Enjoy your new kitchen!!!

-Laurie

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 11:50PM
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ellaf

This is really lovely, especially the backsplash.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 9:13AM
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desertsteph

loved looking at your other pics of the house, land and area. so beautiful!

i like the idea of a small upright freezer - will have to look more here for one. didn't see one yet with a nice handle on it like yours has.

and the slide out bins (under counter) that you have towels in - what brand are they? Are they just available in your area? would like to find those here where I could get some - they look so handy for a number of things - in the kitchen and in a bathroom. So far I haven't found anything like them thru google.

will have to drool over your pics some more I'm sure.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 10:13PM
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petra66_gw

Hi desertsteph, the freezer is a Liebherr. Bit of an upmarket brand here in Spain, but it copes very well with the summer heat and it is very energy efficient. I just checked the US website, it looks like Liebherr sells only its tall models in the States.

The slide out bins are by Ikea, they are called Rationell Variera. I tried to find them on the US website, but didn't see them, which does not mean Ikea USA does not sell them, the Ikea sites are notorious for being incomplete. I linked the product from the UK site for you. If you are near to an Ikea look for them in the kitchen department.
HTH, Petra

Here is a link that might be useful: Ikea pull-out container

    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 2:36AM
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desertsteph

thx so much for your rely Petra. I've looked online here for the small uprights too - not a huge selection - at least not with a good well known name and good reviews! oh, and in my price range. I'll keep on eye on what comes out new and try to figure just where it might 'live' in my new place - maybe next yr!

and the pull out - IKEA! figures... we do have a store w/in about 30 miles or so. I'll try to get over there sometime soon. i have a feeling if I get inside the store I'll be in there looking for a long time! I also bookmarked the link you provided so I can find it again.
thx so much!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 10:12PM
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dutchaccent

Petra, I adore your kitchen! I was going to do a natural maple kitchen, but after seeing your kitchen I have sincere doubts! It's just gorgeous!!! Congratulations!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2011 at 10:54AM
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lisa_a

Oh, my goodness, I missed your reveal (I was on vacation) but I'm glad I found it now. Lovely, lovely transformation and a wonderful mix of old plus new. I especially love how you kept some of the unique brick detail around the range hood. Enjoy your new kitchen!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2011 at 1:47PM
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onerae

Beautiful house...charming kitchen...I love the floors.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2011 at 4:16PM
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lemonlime

WOW! This is my new dream kitchen! Just perfect. The colored glass tiles are fantastic, and I actually have a sample board of the glossy tiles. I didn't think they were "useable" because of the foam board and backing. Did you remove everything down to the bare glass before installing them?

Anyway, just heavenly. I hope you're enjoying your new kitchen!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2011 at 12:30PM
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petra66_gw

Hi lemonlime,

I received the glass tiles as all separate pieces, not on a sample board. Some had the mesh backing still attached to them, so I suspect they were all pieces cut from larger 'mats'. I removed the mesh and any excess glue that got stuck to the sides. I left on the white coating at the back. HTH, Petra

    Bookmark   September 4, 2011 at 4:21PM
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lascatx

Wonderful! I missed this earlier, but wanted to let you know I love your kitchen and especially the glass liner in your backsplash. It's a tribute to the multi-colored tiles that were there but with a fresh treatment. Clean, fresh and yet warm and charming.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 6:37PM
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lemonlime

Thanks Petra, that's helpful info!

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 10:21AM
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debrak_2008

I love your backsplash! I immediately thought...where should I order color sample tile from? Your kitchen is now bookmarked in my favorites file. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 11:19AM
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BalTra

So so happy to see ikea cabs looking beautiful and appropriate to the style of your stunning home.
Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 3:13PM
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petra66_gw

Debrak_2008: the glass tile are from Susan Jablon Mosaics, I mixed glossy and frosted tiles. I am sorry I missed your question.

For those feeling tentative about using a low-cost kitchen cabinet system like Ikea: everything is working smoothly and as new after 3 years of hard use.

HTH, Petra

Here is a link that might be useful: Susan Jablon mosaics 1x3

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 3:30AM
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debrak2008

Petra, thank you for responding. We ended up just doing a black pencil line. Your backsplash is still one of my favorites! Glad you are enjoying your kitchen.

Debra

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 8:28AM
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liriodendron

Always a treat to start the day with another viewing of Petra's great B/S!

Liriodendron

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 9:16AM
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petra66_gw

Oh, does time fly ...
My white Ikea kitchen was installed 5 years ago and I thought a follow-up would be usefull.

I regularly see questions like: ¨Do Ikea cabinets hold up well over time?¨ and ¨Do you regret choosing white cabinets?¨.

Well, the answers are quite simple: the cabinets look like the day they were installed and the drawer hardware is running as smooth as ever, even when filled to capacity. I have no pantry, so everything is in drawers, and you can stow amazing quantities of dry goods and cans.

As for the colour (a white comparable to BM ´Simply White´), yes, you see everything on them, but in a positive way. Meaning that you clean them up sort of straight away and therefore ending up with a clean kitchen.

I am still thrilled to bits with my hard working Ikea kitchen.
HTH, Petra

And totally not kitchen related, but beautiful, the garden in spring:

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 6:43AM
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crl_

Thank you fir the follow up! Still a gorgeous kitchen!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 10:03AM
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feisty68

Wonderful kitchen, and a look that has held up very well over 5 years :) .

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 12:26PM
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