My finished kitchen!

gthigpenJuly 5, 2008

Hey everyone! I've only posted here a handful of times but read tons of information to help with our kitchen. This entire house was a complete gut and redo and a year after moving back in, we finally finished the kitchen. Pretty much the only thing we had left to do was the backsplash, but you know how that goes. Anyway, I thought I'd share some pictures because I always liked seeing people's finished product. Some of the pics are a tad blurry...I was having camera issues.

Pantry and oven wall

Island top

Close up of island granite

Details

Cabinets - custom. Painted using Cabinet Coat colored in White Dove by BM

Floors - red oak stained medium brown

Countertops - Absolute black granite on the perimeter, Monte Bello granite on the island

Backsplash - Walker Zanger Newport Seaweed subway

Door hardware - ORB cup pulls on the drawers, and ORB egg shaped knobs on the doors

Faucet - Kohler Vinnata...the smaller one (I can't remember the dimensions, but I believe its about 2" shorter than the large one)

Lighting - the 2 lights over the island are mini-chandeliers I got from Lighting Universe online

Fridge - Jenn Air counter depth

Range - 6 burner Viking

Oven - 30" GE Profile

Microwave - LG

Dishwasher - Asko

Thanks to everyone who shared their information. Overall, we are very pleased with it. There are a few things I'd do differently but they are pretty minor. If it wasn't for this site, I'm not sure it would have turned out as nice as it did.

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caligirl_cottage

Gorgeous! I love those backsplash tiles, and the lighting. It's all really beautifully done! Congrats!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2008 at 11:47PM
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nymommy

Beautiful!!!! Love the backsplash and granite!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 12:06AM
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california_dreamer

So very pretty! I love your backsplash- it was worth the wait IMO. Beautiful!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 12:10AM
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brutuses

Absolutely beautiful. Love your chandi's!!!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 12:11AM
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athomewith3

Your backsplash is just beautiful!!! It all works so well together. Now sit back and enjoy......

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 12:46AM
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Jean Popowitz

Peaceful and elegant! Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 12:48AM
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oceanbaby_2008

Your kitchen is gorgeous!

Can I ask about something? How many inches do you have between your range and the island? We are trying to do a kitchen with a very similar layout to yours, but we can't really find the space to fit in the island, given how many inches of clearance we think we need. How big is your island?

Thank you!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 1:05AM
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rhome410

Wonderful. Simply beautiful!

I don't think I've heard of your island granite before, but it's gorgeous.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 1:42AM
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pharaoh

Mahvelus!! Well executed, looks beautiful...

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 1:55AM
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mollyred

Greta, it's beautiful! You must be delighted. Congratulations, and may you have many happy years in this fine kitchen.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 2:03AM
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acountryfarm

Your kitchen looks simply beautiful. I too love the island granite and the chandi's. How nice to have a gorgeous space to cook in. Enjoy !!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 3:13AM
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mominthedubc

Fantastic looking kitchen! You must love it. Congratulations.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 4:13AM
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mo_sgal

Absolutely stunning! I gasped when the picture came up on my monitor!! So peaceful and pretty. I love the color of the backsplash and what it brings to the party! Well done!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 8:00AM
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rosie

VERY repetitive but so accurate--gorgeous! And so beautifully elegant in the way it all comes together. Good job!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 8:55AM
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holligator

Wow--what a great job you did on everything! The backsplash really adds something special to your kitchen. It was a great choice.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 9:02AM
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rmkitchen

Looks so pretty. Your backsplash and chandeliers just make the room sing ....

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 9:19AM
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gthigpen

oceanbaby_2008 - space between range and island is about 42". It works very well. The island itself is about 6' long x 4' wide. Plenty big for food prep and using as a spread for parties.

Thanks everyone for the compliments!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 9:22AM
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malhgold

Simply stunning. Everything looks beautiful together. Love the color of the subway tile. Very different. Also love the granite on the island.

What color does the base color of the granite read? Is it more white, creamy? I'm not typically a granite person and I think it's just beautiful.

Congratulations!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 10:00AM
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shannonplus2

Love the whole kitchen, but the backsplash is particularly outstanding.

What exhaust did you use over your rangetop?

P.S. How DO you keep it so neat? Everything is so spotless LOL!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 10:09AM
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marybeth1

All I can say is WOW! It is absolutley breathtaking. You did such a nice job. Makes me really re-think having stained cabinets. You pulled off crisp and clean but still made it look warm and inviting. Way to go!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 10:13AM
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Laurie

I love everything about your kitchen! I like how you have a special place for those two plates displayed above the range hood. Everyone loves the backsplash, including me...can we get a picture of it taken a little closer?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 11:01AM
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redroze

Your kitchen is a beauty! May I ask what paint colour you used on the walls? Also, is your backsplash glass or ceramic tile?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 11:10AM
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morton5

I love looking at the finished kitchens, especially when they are as beautiful as this one! What a gorgeous, classic space! Enjoy! Thanks for the pics and the details.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 11:16AM
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boxiebabe

Ditto what everyone else has already said! Love the backsplash.. love the chandaliers... love it all! Kudos! You've done a very nice job.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 11:22AM
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jowbo

Looks great....congratulations...can you tell me about your stools...just what I was looking for...thanks!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 11:45AM
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ritamay91710

Very pretty!!!
I go back and forth between wanting white cabinets and dark!!
Yours makes a strong point for white. Very crisp.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 12:10PM
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katmandu_2008

I LOVE it! We are doing a very similar thing (white with black perimeter + dark island with light top) - starting soon - and I have been so indecisive on backsplash but yours has given be guidance and inspiration! Beautiful!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 12:30PM
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gshop

WOW was my first thought upon seeing your pics! Your kitchen is BEAUTIFUL! I love the way you have the brownish tones along with the black and white. It give it a very personal touch. The island granite and backsplash are great together. I also love your chandeliers! All the details are wonderful, thank you for sharing it all with us! What an inspiration!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 12:32PM
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merrygardener

What a great spot to gather and cook! Beautiful.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 1:32PM
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igloochic

I hope the rest of the house turned out half way as wonderful as the kitchen :) It's georgeous.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 1:41PM
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berryberry

WOW - I usually do not like kitchens with white cabinets - but with your granite choices, paint color and especially your back splash, you did a killer job. One of the best white kitchens I have seen

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 2:47PM
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gthigpen

Thanks again everyone! I'll try to answer some of the other questions.

Island granite - the base color is creamy. It has black, brown, gray, and olive green veining/spotting. The island itself is maple stained to look like cherry.

Backsplash - it's ceramic. We went back and forth between a cream colored marble and this and ultimately chose this because of its simplicity and how the olive green color tied into the island top.

Barstools - Target. They are ORB with a tan microsuede cushion. It was hard to find stools that we liked in a counter height that weren't riduculously expensive.

Wall color - Kilem Beige by SW. Almost the entire downstairs is painted this color. I chose it because it was a nice neutral. Now that I've lived with it for a year now, I still like it but am not in love with it. It's very 'blah' to me. One day I'm going to paint in a more yellow toned beige....right now I'm liking Pittsfield Buff by BM. But as I've got about 2000 sq. feet to paint, it will be awhile before I get to that project!

How do I keep it so clean? LOL...I don't! I moved almost everything off the counters and piled it onto our breakfast table while I took these pictures. With a 4 and 2 year old, our kitchen rarely is clean!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 3:03PM
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positano

Wow, is your backsplash olive? On my monitor it looks brown, I like it even more if it's olive!

Fabulous kitchen, thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 3:18PM
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yvette123

Bellisimo!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 4:09PM
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amck2

Just lovely - Love how you balanced all the tones, and your backsplash gives me incentive to perservere in completing mine. Beautiful, classic look!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 4:21PM
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cat_mom

I thought I'd posted yesterday, but alas, had not. So, add me to the list of admirers of your beautifully done kitchen!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 4:38PM
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janefan

Scrumptious!! Simple, elegant...lovely!!!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 5:53PM
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laxsupermom

Your kitchen is so gorgeous. The backsplash is classic and beautiful, but the color makes it even more special. Waiting to find just the right tile really paid off. Well done!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 6:56PM
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mindimoo

Gorgeous, really!!!

I love the slight French feel with those beautiful chandeliers and the traditional sink and hood cover. Well done!!!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 7:04PM
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shannonplus2

Greta, you may not have seen my question earlier - what exhaust are you using over your rangetop? What cfm's? Thanks.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 7:09PM
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raehelen

Very nice,

When someone made the comment about white kitchens, I had to go back and look- somehow it doesn't come across as your typical white kitchen- you've done an amazing job with the colour choices- I thought it was perhaps out of a magazine article!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 9:53PM
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cooperbailey

Absolutely beautiful! Just beautiful!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 9:54PM
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morton5

Change the paint color in the rest of the house if you must, but I vote for keeping this color in the kitchen. It looks great!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 10:14PM
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kelleg69

Your kitchen is beautiful. Great job!!!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 10:24PM
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gthigpen

shannonplus2 - Sorry! I just knew I missed a question. Vent hood is a 600 cfm by Vent-a-Hood. It's basically just a liner that's made for a custom wood cover like ours. It's fairly quiet on it's low setting but can be a bit noisy on the high setting. But it works very well and we've had all 6 burners cooking at once.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2008 at 11:08PM
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reno_fan

Gorgeous!!!!

Greta, I think our kitchens may have been separated at birth! Love the chandeliers. I have the same ones over my island!

It truly looks like a magazine kitchen. LOVE the backsplash.

Twin kitchens:

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 9:29AM
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mary1805

Oh wow, I just might have to steal your backsplash, that looks awesome with the white cabinets and black granite. I will also have polished absolute black granite (not honed) and I love the combination. The whole kitchen is really stunning, congratulations!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 10:13AM
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gthigpen

reno_fan - LOL! I think your kitchen might have been one of my inspiration kitchens! I remember loving the chandleliers and your backsplash. Your picture reminded me that I still don't have window treatments. Oh well...I'm still calling my kitchen finished!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 10:22AM
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oldhometara

What a lovely kitchen! It really does look like something out of a magazine. The backsplash, cabinets, countertops, lighting - I love all of it! Congrats on a job well done.

Can you please share any other details on your gorgeous handeliers (mfg/model/etc)? I would like to find them on lightinguniverse and see if one would work in my hallway. Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 9:42PM
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susanlynn2012

I just love your kitchen! It truly looks like I am looking at a magazine spread of the kitchen of the year. I was surprised that your hard wood floors was oak since I love them so maybe oak is beautiful as long as it red oak and is not the golden oak veneer on my kitchen cabinets that is my next project after my floors in my home. Now I will be open to oak floors thanks to your beautiful picture.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 10:01PM
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Jean Popowitz

Fantastic! Love the chandeliers!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 10:57PM
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phoggie

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.....this is one of the nicest kitchens I have seen on this forum.
That backsplash just sets the whole thing off. I am like another poster....I can't make up my mind about white or stained....this just might have done it for me....now to convince DH.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 3:26PM
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lleet

Beautiful! Congrats! Love the back splash color....

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 10:00PM
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cheri127

Very,very,very pretty. Love the chandeliers!!!! You did a great job. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 10:42PM
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jowbo

forgot to ask...do the seats of the stools swivel?? its just what I've been looking for, but I think I need a swivel so the kids aren't always sliding the stools..thanks!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 10:53PM
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positano

Love your kitchen, especially the backsplash and granite. I've been looking around for the granite and can't seem to find it. Any other names that might come up for it? Any suggestions for it in the NJ area? I love that it has olive in it, would go with my home beautifuly!

How do you like the JennAir CD french door?

Thanks so much, job well done!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 9:43PM
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mustbnuts zone 9 sunset 9

How did I miss this thread before! What a beautiful kitchen! It is Gorrrrrrgeous! Congrats on a finished kitchen. It looks great. Very pretty!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 9:01AM
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gthigpen

For some reason I stopped getting notified of new posts. There were some new questions....

oldhometara - you asked about the chandeliers. I pulled up the old email that had the receipt from Lighting Universe. The description says "Minka Lavery Castlewood Walnut w/Silver Leaf HighlightsÂ,(3)60w B10 Cand C Incand, Height: 18.5" - Diameter: 13.75"" The part # was 2323511 3122-301. They were only $77 each.

jowbo - yes the stools swivel. Yet another function my husband had to have.

positano - We're in Dallas and I only saw the Monte Bello granite at one granite yard and we looked at about 4 different yards. I did a search on this site and on google and was unable to find it. I do remember that it was from Brazil. We really do love it and get many compliments on it. And yes we love the Jenn Air CD fridge. It's fairly roomy but we also have a garage fridge that we use. I'm not sure the CD fridge would be big enough for a family of 4. I do have one complaint about the fridge....most of the time when shutting the doors they both close but every once in a while if the left door gets shut "softly"...i.e. is closed when only open a little bit....it doesn't have enough "shutting power" to close all the way. So we have to keep an eye on that door to make sure it's closed. But it probably only happens 1 out of 20 times we close it.

I really need to take updated pictures...my camera appears to be functioning normally again so my pictures aren't blurry anymore.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 4:20PM
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blakey

Really nice job! I love how your backsplash pops. The room is beautifully restrained but has its touches of whimsy in just the right places.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 5:37PM
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positano

Thanks Gretal- I'll keep looking for the granite, it really is beautiful. How is your absolute black to clean?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 7:16AM
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gthigpen

positano - I think the absolute black is very easy to keep clean. That was a fear of mine before we got it. So we were looking for soapstone or honed black granite. My neighbors had honed absolute black and once I saw their kitchen I didn't like it. It was too dull. They even said it showed a lot of smudges and always looked dirty. And for some reason Dallas only had the green soapstones...I wanted the gray/black slabs. Anyway, so we went with Absolute Black. Yes, you do see every little water spot and crumb, but one swipe with a sponge or a rag and it's clean. Complete opposite is my Monte Bello granite...I can't tell if it's dirty or not. Even when I clean it I can't tell if I've gotten it all so it's invariably dirty all the time. In any case, I love them both and I think they look good together.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 12:32PM
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positano

I'm still striking out on the monte bello. Anything that you think it might be close to? I need to order my cabinets soon and I can't decide if I should make my island dark or not. If I could find the right granite it would help me decide. I did see your backsplash tile at WZ. They only have 60sq ft left and are discontinuing it.

Thanks for the info about the absolut black. I'm also looking at Cambria Black antiqued.

Hope your enjoying your kitchen!!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2008 at 9:41PM
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hammybee

Timeless and tasteful. It does not get any better tha this.
You nailed it with the subway tiles.
Could you tell me the dimensions of your kitchen, please.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2008 at 10:24PM
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susanlynn2012

What a stunning kitchen! Congrats on a finished beautiful kitchen that I am in love with. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2008 at 10:30PM
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kat123

Greta, we are also in Dallas. Your kitchen is beautiful! We've done almost the same thing....Volga Blue granite (but comes off as black and has huge chunks of mica running through it). Our cabinets are white. Our backsplash also came from Walker Zanger, but our horrible contractor had a tile guy install it when we were gone and it looks like a drunk installed it! We have to have it all torn out and done over. We are finished with our substandard-robber contractor and now need a quality tile guy to redue the backsplash. Do you have anyone you'd recommend? Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 12:22AM
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alice462

Add me to the list of admirers! I am not usually a fan of "white" kitchens, but the way you balanced the light and dark in here is so warm and beautiful. It is fantastic!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 7:26AM
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imrainey

Sweet! Bet you LOVE it!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 6:28PM
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gthigpen

positano - the Monte Bello fell into the category of white or cream granites. Try these names....Yellow River, Gallio Beach, or Juperano Cerrado. I was able to find it online by a google of "Monte Bello brazilian granite".
http://www.naturalbeautystone.com/page/page/4198551.htm
http://www.swtile.com/cat_view.asp?catid=18

hammybee - I'm not sure of the exact dimensions, but I'd say the main area of the kitchen (not including the breakfast area) is 13'x 10'. If we included the breakfast area (which contains the pantry and microwave/wall oven), then it's about 15' x 17'

kat123 - we did our tiling ourselves so I have no one to recommend. I'm sorry! If you need a painter, let me know because ours is fabulous!

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positano

Thanks gretal, thank info helps a lot. I'll keep looking, I'm so sad I've seen nothing like it.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 7:23AM
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jessie21

gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 9:03AM
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