Creamy White and Stainless Reveal

meyersdvmJuly 2, 2013

We are 99% done so it is time for the reveal!

Thanks to GW the new kitchen is very functional as well as pretty. We lived in the house about a year before undertaking the kitchen reno and learned what worked (view) and what was sorely lacking (storage and counter space). We kept the sink in the same spot, but moved the range to be centered on the wall and recessed the refrigerator into the laundry room behind it.



Cabinets- custom, painted with BM Mascarpone
Granite and Backsplash- Prada Gold with large ogee edge, window wall is 6cm ogee over flat polish
Knobs/Pulls- GlideRite Deco Rope in satin nickel
Wall Color- Ellen Kennon Enhanced Classic Cream
Flooring- Tigerwood
Sink- Silgranit Performa 1 3/4, Metallic Grey
Faucet and soap dispenser- Delta Talbott in stainless
Hood- Broan E64000 36 inch
Range- Frigidaire Professional Induction 30 inch freestanding
Refrigerator- LG 31 cu ft French Door
Dishwasher- Bosch 500 series
Window Treatment- DIY Roman Shade in Sunbrella fabric
Lighting- EcoSmart 6 inch LED recessed lights with Lutron Maestro dimmer, Inspired LED strips in glass cabs and under cabs
Glass- seeded glass
Art work- my kiddos in Lil Davinci frames so I can easily change out their masterpieces
Dog- Golden Retriever

This post was edited by meyersdvm on Tue, Jul 2, 13 at 21:03

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I have GW to thank for my airswitch, Never Mt, toekick Drawers, Proper ventilation, stacked cabs and above all designing with zones in mind.
Counter edges:


Decorative toe kicks:

Toe kick drawers:

Tray and cutting board storage

Garbage and recycling

Drawer inserts:

Full height sink cabinet doors (no false panel for easier access)

I love my baking station on the window wall and the prep zone/clean up zone has everything within one step. I am cooking so much more already that I better start running more or I am going to gain a LOT of weight!

Thanks again for all the advice and input from the helpful members on GW :)

This post was edited by meyersdvm on Tue, Jul 2, 13 at 21:13

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 9:01PM
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Holly- Kay

Wow! That is one absolutely glorious kitchen. I would be cooking all day every day in a space that beautiful! Your granite is one of the most stunning I've ever seen. Just love every aspect of your well planned and beautiful space.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 9:11PM
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What a gorgeous space!!! Your granite is beautiful. I love how your added so much more work space in your kitchen. Great job!!!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 9:24PM
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I cant believe how much bigger it looks! Smart to put the fridge tucked in the wall. And all the organizers.
Stunning counters. Love the water view!
Nice to hear its a joy to work in. Really really pretty.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 10:44PM
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Beautiful! Your floors are gorgeous, btw. Didn't you have a thread going about the bumped out baking center? Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 11:01PM
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Your kitchen is great, but your dog is beyond adorable!

Seriously thank you so much for sharing your kitchen details! It looks great and so functional.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 11:03PM
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Wow! Its beautiful. I'm a huge fan of white cabinets/cream walls, that cream wall color is perfect.
Great layout & great organization, I'm sending my cabinet maker a picture of your tray storage drawer!
Love the granite backsplash, the hardware, your floors. Its all really elegant & beautiful, congrats & enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 11:07PM
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Love love love your kitchen! I am so happy to see a sink/dishwasher on a penninsula looking into a dining space because that is what my kitchen is going to be and it is hard to find examples. Yours looks fabulous.

Can I ask what the upper stacked cabinet sizes are? 30"/18"? Do you have 9 foot ceilings?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 12:09AM
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    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 1:15AM
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Gorgeous cabinets, stunning kitchen, love your golden!!! I greatly enjoyed your reveal; thanks for taking the time to share.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 2:13AM
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You really got a lot of bang for your buck ! I love all the clever storage and the brightness of the new window . Fantastic job. c

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 2:17AM
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Gorgeous! I can't stop staring at your cabinets, they are so beautiful and well done. Everything goes together perfectly and the special storage is wonderful. BTW, what is in the cabinet to the left of the center drawers under the window? It looks unique. Love the personal touches, DIY shades, kids art, and especially your fur baby!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 5:14AM
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O - that granite counter and splash! You could not have used anything but the granite for the splash. A geologist's dream (karin-mt, what say you?). Beautiful floor, too.

So sorry, however, about that view from the sink. jk, of course!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 7:07AM
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Fabulous! Love the granite including the backsplash, the bumped out baking center, hood, cabinets, the use of artwork - it is all gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 7:43AM
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Lovely! Even the floor has so much personality (and coordinates with the dog!) and that granite, oh, that granite. Going up the wall to give us a better look, wow! Toekick drawers, stacked cabs, and full-height sink doors, you can store AND GET TO everything. The faucet is so elegant, nothing to get in the way of the view of your family enjoying your cooking, oh, yeah, and the water, too. Excuse me, I'm going back to gaze at the tiger wood floor now.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 8:18AM
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Love it all!! Your decorative toe kicks, the clever storage, the counters, window wall, and baking station... are inspired...I could keep going...Enjoy your new space and all that new cooking energy....

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 8:21AM
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Beautiful transformation. I felt cramped looking at the stove in the "before" pictures and my shoulders noticeably relaxed looking at it in the "after" pictures. So much more breathing room.

That granite is gorgeous! And I love that you carried it up as the backsplash to really show it off.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 8:49AM
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Your space is so beautiful!

I especially love the floors, decorative toe kicks, and your gorgeous four-legged accessory.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 9:12AM
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Ya know, it's always a good sign when you've got a smiling critter in the "after" pics! Your old kitchen was by no means ugly, but that new one is gorgeous.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 9:22AM
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Lovely! Looks like you have planned very well. Love your toe kick drawers!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 9:52AM
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I'm (almost) speechless. Your kitchen is amazingly beautiful. I never saw such lovely granite....the color and the "creamy-ness" are show stopping. The cabinets, floor...also stunning. Put that together with your drop dead gorgeous view and I'd never leave the house.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 10:10AM
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Congratulations! I really appreciate how you took the limitations of the room and squeezed out maximum space. The toe kick drawers and other cabinet details are great, and I love your stacks. That is an amazing edge on your baking station.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 10:46AM
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I love your kitchen and your Golden : ) He/she looks like a happy camper. Everything is beautiful, I love your granite and what you did with the edges. Great creativity, kudos for giving it something special and making it your own. I was going to say kudos for giving it an edge but that would be too much of a pun!!! Great job!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 11:02AM
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Holy crap! You turned a closed in little space (at least that's how it looked in the Before pics) to a fabulous, open, functional kitchen. You must have twice as much storage space, and your counters are beyond gorgeous.

Oh, and I am in love with your furball!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 11:03AM
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Your window is magnificent! I noticed how lovely it was way before I noticed the stunning view, what part of the country do you live?

The floors are stunning, as are the cabinets, granite, the bump out baking station with that great long stretch of counter space! You did a fabulous job of positioning the hardware on the cabinets, especially the narrow ones. Great toe kicks!

Congratulations on a beautiful, functional, not to mention gorgeous kitchen! Enjoy with your happy doggie!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 11:04AM
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This is one of those kitchens where the more you look, the more there is to like. Love the cabinet style, the toekick drawers, the hardware, the floors, the Golden.

How are you liking the Frigidaire range?

EDIT I can't find that range anywhere, even on frigidaire's site--all I see is the hybrid slide-in, so very curious about it.

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    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 11:11AM
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Very nice. I love the countertop edges and how the granite really warms up the kitchen. I'm still in the thick of planning but seeing this makes me happy for once I will be done.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 11:35AM
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Your kitchen is beyond gorgeous! The feel of it is so peaceful, open and light. It does look so much bigger. You are so very blessed to cook in such a delightful place. You did really really good! Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 1:02PM
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Thank you for all the compliments. All the warm fuzzies help validate that it did turn out as well as I hoped!

Here are a few more details and answers to ?s

Trailrunner- the window is the original one, the only change is the window treatment and the counters running into the sill. I never realized I had such a nice big window on that side of the kitchen until we started demo- LOL

SanJuan- We are in west central FL

Writersblock- The range was purchased online from AJ Madison this spring. I just looked, but it is no longer on their website. I love the induction and the convection oven has been very accurate. I hope it's not a bad sign that they are not carrying it any longer. At least I bought it with Amex to double the warranty...

Legallin- How astute you are! I forgot to post my microwave cab. We don't use it that often, mostly I use it to soften butter for baking or maybe to make some veggies for a quick dinner. It is a bit low for everyday use, but since I have kiddos that will soon be of a more helpful age, they can bend down for me.

Kam76- Here are the dimensions. We have just shy of 9 ft ceilings

Once I decided to do a full height splash, I wanted plugmold to avoid cutting holes in the granite slab. I got it on one side, but sparky wasn't able to do it due to a firebreak on the other side. I opted for a 4 gang receptacle instead. My coffee pot lives there and it is very convenient to have the extra outlets available. Best of both worlds, I guess. Also note the new BlendTec. All the VitaMix posts enabled me. I love that thing!

I had originally planned for the 6cm edge to be on all parts of the kitchen, but due to vein matching and the unavailability of a 3rd slab, I had to limit the stacked edge to the window wall. This worked out in my favor since the focus ends up only on the baking station and it is much harder to clean! I love it, but am glad I have a simple ogee edge in my everyday prep area. This also made it possible for me to have the full height splash on the range wall. Since the stone was 3cm and the fabricator was unwilling to cut it down to 2 cm, I had them bevel all exposed edges of the splash so I don't have such a thick edge.

The refrigerator alcove still needs a shelf above the fridge. When DH gets to that remains TBD as I have a long list of other projects for him :) I have plenty of depth and width (as well as height), but I didn't think about the fact that if you opened the doors into the trim, I would get dents/creases in the stainless. I can access everything with the doors only open 90 degrees, but ended up pulling out the fridge so the doors could open fully. This led to a change in the cab next to the fridge. It was originally a drawer on top, but the drawer would now have hit the fridge. Some things you can't plan for I guess.

A couple other tidbits hopefully someone may find useful-
I replaced the recommended GU10 halogen bulbs in the range hood with LED bulbs. Now my kitchen is exclusively lit with LEDs.
I totally love my Kohler sink strainer. I have always had el cheapo strainers if I even had one at all. The Waste King L-8000 disposal is a beast. It is much quieter than the old KitchenAid and has an in home lifetime warranty.

I splurged on my cabs and counters and tried to save everywhere else. Amazon open box deals saved a ton for my sink, faucet, sink strainer, etc. The hardware was a steal at less than $2 per knob/pull from Overstock. I found them from GlideRite at the same price with free shipping when I went to order extras.

We were so blessed to be able to do this that I felt so bad about complaining about renovation woes to friends/family. I had initially planned for a lot more intricate details, but am so glad I restrained myself. Classic and elegant is what I wanted and think I achieved. I have to pinch myself that it is MY kitchen :)

This post was edited by meyersdvm on Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 18:11

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 1:35PM
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Meyers, I totally understand your strainer joy! My sink isn't installed yet, but I have spend an inordinate amount of time playing with the strainer... Imagine what I'll be like when I have soft-close drawers and hinges to play with!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 3:03PM
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You have so many complements that I wasn't going to bother posting however... that sink and the counter combined are absolutely stunning. Wow.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 3:24PM
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Beautiful job!! You clearly spent a lot of time thinking through the details and it shows! I love the bump out baking center. That will be a lot of fun as your kids get bigger! Congrats! Beautiful golden too. It really does look like s/he is smiling!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 3:33PM
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FANTASTIC in every way! What a difference the extra height makes in the 'after' cabinets vs the 'before'... I love all the details- the furniture style toe kicks, the edge on the granite, the stacked cabinets, the hood. All wonderful! What a great space and what a wonderful lesson about how much of a difference can be achieved even when staying within the same footprint. (We are staying more or less in the same footprint so this was especially inspirational for me.) Also, I love your hidden microwave. How clever! Must bookmark this one.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 4:47PM
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wow, gorgeous! he microwave cab is brilliant. I also love your granite choice with your cabinets. it is so creamy and lovely. the view is also stunning of course..

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 6:52PM
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Wonderful example of form PLUS function! Great job. I've clipped several photos for inspiration. Small spaces sometimes make you think harder, but then they work really well!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 6:56PM
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blfenton beat me to the punch. I noticed how wonderful your sink and granite looked in one of your first photos--just perfect!

Everything is beautiful! Wow!!!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 7:41PM
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While i'm a fan of wood stained cabinets, I really do like your kitchen, particularly the granite backsplash.

We did the same granite backsplash as the counter tops and after 7 years we are still loving it! It it sooooo easy to clean, which doesn't hafta be done all that often, plus I like looking at the granite from a distance, (without having to go into kitchen and stand right over it , to see it).

I'm glad I "Finally" got company as far as backsplashes go.
Good luck with your Kitchen, I hope You are as happy with it after 7 years , as we are!


    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 8:20PM
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so lovely.......Great work.... You have good instincts!! I wonder why more people don't do the contiguous counter and backsplash in the same granite-it's a great all looks so pulled together. Love how it's light and fresh but without being a "beach house kitchen"'s a huge upgrade-so enjoy!!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 8:49PM
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The window,
The creamy white cabinets,
The lovely granite . . .

all add up to one big Ahhhh. Ahhhh as in cozy, homey, friendly. Exactly the "feel" I hope to achieve in my kitchen! I love it.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 9:38PM
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That is one of most gorgeous granites (& BS) I have ever seen. I am envious of your storage and your view.

I was not aware of the Frigidaire pro induction range.

What a sweet-looking dog, too. :)

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 9:59AM
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Something that I caught on second glance: no pendant lights. I'm starting to realize that I like simple, clean design, and pendants aren't always necessary.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 10:14AM
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Love your kitchen! We also put the same granite as the counter on the back splash 10 yrs ago and are still loving it. You will never tire of this gorgeous kitchen. Great choices all around!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 12:34PM
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Your kitchen is divine - so warm and inviting. Do you think you could show a close up of the drawer pulls?

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 2:52PM
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Thank you all for the validation :)

The full height splash was a decision I worried over. Many of the darker granites that I have seen used as a slab backsplash really darkened the kitchen. I spent a small fortune on tile samples but none were right. The fabricator warned me that even if I had all the colors perfect, the added pattern from any other material may be too busy. The full height splash makes me smile every time I see it. Keeping the stainless splash for function also helps break up that much stone.

MrsPete- I considered adding a pendant over the baking center since the wiring was there already, but it was slightly off center and I have a tendency toward OCD for things matching up. That was also one of the areas I retrained myself from adding too many details.

Renov8r- here is a quick iPad photo of my hardware. One of the big benefits of working with a custom cabinet maker is he had to rout out the trim for the handles to fit in the narrow drawers.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 3:59PM
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I saw your organized drawer post and just had to search for your kitchen! :)


You did an amazing job. I just can't stop looking at the pictures of your beautiful kitchen. You thought of everything and the result is really lovely and so calming.

This post is coming with me to the KD, so when I am told it can't be done, I have proof!

Congratulations and may you enjoy many, many happy days in your beautiful space!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 9:01PM
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Love your gorgeous granite -- reminds me of a slightly melted hot fudge caramel sundae. Love your sunny window, your spacious baking area, your induction range, your floors, and your Lil DaVinci frames. And your clever cabinets and inserts.

Love that your kitchen has plenty of room for dancing, should it become necessary while waiting for cookies to bake (I have been a kitchen dancer way longer than that ServoDrive guy!).

Love love love your gorgeous doggie.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 11:44PM
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Wow, I somehow missed this the first time around. Gorgeous kitchen! The granite really makes everything so interesting. Love the toe kick detailing. Congrats.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 10:29PM
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Absolutely beautiful!! I love the new window and your lovely window treatment, and that granite and backsplash is gorgeous (love the edge detail too).

By moving the fridge and enhancing the window like you did, your new kitchen seems 10 times bigger than the old. Great job, congrats on your wonderful new kitchen.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 2:15PM
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Sorry I missed this when it was first revealed. Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! Love that rock with your cabinets and sink. Just beautiful!

And I really, really love your Golden! So sweet! :)

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 6:21PM
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I love the style of the double kitchen cabinets, the white shade you used, the beautiful mixed hardware knobs and handles, the gorgeous counter, the beautiful Tigerwood hardwood floors, the appliances chosen, the big window, the granite going up the wall as your backsplash, and just the overall look. Your Golden is the added special touch! Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 7:16PM
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