Finished Kitchen

mmhmmgoodAugust 26, 2012

First of all I feel like I must say a thanks to everyone here on the Gardenweb Kitchens forum. I found this site midway through the process while researching my countertop choices and quickly became an addict. I've found many useful, helpful, insightful ideas here that I've been able to incorporate into my new kitchen. It really is much better for having found this site. So thanks to all of you!

My DH and I were totally newbies to the reno process and ended up biting off a huge project. We started with a kitchen renovation plan, which grew into a general renovation of the main floor with some structural changes. Those spilled over into structrual upgrades in the basement and project creep turned it into a full on mainfloor and basement gut job. We had (mostly) excellent people working on our project, but there is also no question that the GW community here helped to keep me sane through the various bumps in the road. So again, thanks for that.

We've been done (or at least almost done ...) about 6 months now and I LOVE my new kitchen. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and there is nothing like working in a space that functions well, with the details important to me having been chosen by me. And it helps that I think it's pretty too!

Without further ado, here are photos and details of my kitchen (including some details of the dining room since it's completely open). And there's a few more in the photobucket album if you care to open it. Enjoy!

Cabs: Norcraft, frameless, maple, door style - "Firefox", paint/stain colours - "Mission White", "Rapture Red" and "Weatherstone"

Hardware: Amerock Blackrock satin chrome finish

Countertop: Anastacia Soaptsone sourced in Canada from M.Tex via Greensville Soapstone. Crappy fabricator to remain nameless.

Backsplash: between uppers and lowers - Tierra Sol Rex Bianchi 12"x24" cut to 10"x12", behind cooktop - Tierra Sol 1.2x1.2 Palissandro Polished 3D Mosaic

Paint: BM colour matched to ICI "Wood smoke", hallway and stairwell "Mansard Stone"

Floor: existing red oak floor refinished with Java stain

Prep Sink: Kohler stages 33"

Cleanup Sink: Ticor S3650

Faucets: Grohe Ladylux3, Chrome finish

Drinking water faucet: Insinkerator HC-wave, polished chrome finish

Hood: Faber Stilo 36"

Cooktop: KitchenAid 36" Induction KICU569XBL

Oven: KitchenAid 30" KEBS107S

Microwave: KitchenAid built in KBHS109S

Main Fridge: LG 36" counter depth LFC21776

Bar Fridge: Danby 20" DAR482

Dishwasher: Miele Inspira series

Island lighting: Kendal "Optica" 6 light chrome & crystal light bar x 2

Dining room chandelier: Elk "Dione" 6 light chandelier polished chrome finish with white fabric shade

Bar stools: Chair tech "Venice", Black and chrome

Fireplace surround: refaced with Eldorado stacked stone "Black River"



The kids' kitchen too ;)

Island cabs:

Island soapstone detail:

Island pendants:

Backsplash closeup

Spice drawer awesomeness (thanks GW!)

And one just for DH:

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Oh yeeeeeeaaa! I've been wondering how those awesome red cabs were doing! I keep thinking I'll see them pop up here on a finished kitchen one day, and here they are! You did them proud. What a great space. Vibrant, yet cooly sophisticated. I'll be back to look more tomorrow. My eyes are too tired to appreciate all the details right now. But I did notice that familiar spice drawer. :)

Congratulations on being done!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 5:03AM
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Me thinks you should be very proud, and very pleased.

What a dramatic before /after contrast!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 6:51AM
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I love red, and the island is gorgeous.
Let's see, love your use of color, layout, cabinets, light fixtures, floors, fireplace, BS and the soapstone.
I may have missed something in my gushing, lol, but seriously, your home is beautiful.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 7:21AM
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Sherrie Moore

Love the beautiful open kitchen you have done!! Love the cabinets and backsplash!! Love the large island too!!

So is that a beverage fridge under the countertop on the perimeter cabinet side? And a dishwasher in the island?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 7:29AM
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What a beautiful transformation! Love all the changes, it looks great! Congrats.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 7:42AM
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Absolutely gorgeous!! How did you wait 6 months to show it off? Do the kids love their new space too? Our kids are young adults now but are home often and I think they're as excited as we are- our renovation grew just like yours did but we are just in month one of the gut/rebuild.

I especially love your soapstone- and the red island gives a perfect personality to the whole space. Thanks for sharing it!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 7:43AM
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It is so beautiful! I love pretty much everything, you did such a wonderful job putting everything together. I also really like that it looks lived in!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 9:05AM
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    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 9:57AM
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Wow! That's a great kitchen. I love that you have space for the kids' play kitchen too. I'll bet your little ones love to play kitchen while you work in the real one.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 10:14AM
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Wow! That's a great kitchen. I love that you have space for the kids' play kitchen too. I'll bet your little ones love to play kitchen while you work in the real one.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 10:18AM
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Who makes that gorgeous Java stain you used on your floors? My monitor resolves it with a grayishness to it. Is that right?

And those pendant lights! WOW!

And red...
Anything red...

Given the fact this morphed with a "While we're at it.." virus, I'd love to see the rest of the house.

You changed the ENTIRE feel of the place!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 10:23AM
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Thanks for the kind words!

breezy: I LOVE the spice drawer. One of my favourite GW inspired bits. It gets lots of comments from guests ;)

buckeyemom: yep, beverage fridge at the edge of the perimeter run ... just handy to the backdoor. And DW in the island.

secondhalf: it took 6 months for the tinies to let me have 20 minutes to take photos when the house was (mostly) clean. Managed to snap these while they were both sleeping just before we had some house guests. The stars aligned for that brief moment. I know they like our new space, but mostly I think they're happy that we have a functional fridge (where the milk hides) and that mommy and daddy are less stressed out!

kellienoelle: I can show you lived in ... My kitchen and my house look like this pretty much only in my dreams. And not even really then, since I don't mind that our house is actually lived in. But for perusing "after" shots, I do find it easier to get the sense of things without all the usual chaos so I did my best to eliminate most of the lived-in-ness. Glad it shows through a bit anyway!

CEFreeman: I'm sorry I don't know the brand for the stain, but it was one of the only things chosen on site and I didn't have the presence of mind to pay attention at the time. It does have quite a bit of grey in it - not sure if it's the original floor that lets the grey through, the stain itself or the reflection of the grey from the walls. Maybe a combination of the three. I can probably find out the brand from the guys who redid the floor. Send me an email and remind me next week if I forget.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 10:56AM
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I bet every time you turn around in your fab kitchen, you're so happy that you did the whole floor reno because it all looks so great together! Really welcoming and I love your color combos.


    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 11:02AM
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What a dramatic change!!!! Your new kitchen is simply gorgeous- I love the red Island and the subtle backsplash! Bravo.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 11:13AM
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Wow! Just wow!

Your red island, your pendants, your soapstone - just wow!

It looks absolutely amazing. Love your kiddie corner too.


    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 11:29AM
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Congratulations! Beautiful! I love the island and was wondering if you could tell me the dimensions. Also the aisle width between the refrig and island. We will have a very similar layout and may only have 3' 6" in the aisle. Yours also looks a little narrower than the recommended 4'.
Thank you!!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 11:33AM
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Wow! What a change! I'm not a fan of red in general, but it really works in your kitchen.

LOVE your floors - please share who made the Java stain you used. We have red oak that we're going to be refinishing and your floors look lovely.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 11:34AM
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laurat88 - the aisle between the island and fridge is 44", the island is 48"x104". We were maxing out the size of the island and scrimped a bit on the aisles, I don't mind it at all. There's more than enough space for how we use the kitchen.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 12:47PM
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    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 1:01PM
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Wow, that is amazing! Such a must be absolutely thrilled. I love looking at it, imagine you must just swoon each time you walk in. It looks like a kitchen that could be featured on Houzz or something!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 1:02PM
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That's gorgeous! What a transformation! I love your cabinets, the backsplash, the red island, the new layout, the counters --

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 1:22PM
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Just lovely! Love the new fireplace, too.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 2:48PM
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What a beautiful kitchen!!!
You are going to enjoy cooking!
Love the use of color (call me chicken) but nicely done.

Love how you are including the kids with the island!

One quick thought - maybe off base - but as I looked at kitchens on GW, I noticed a few that put a matching trim board under the DW - I just did this in ours and like it better than the black rubber bumper - if you have any extra trim - give it a try and see if you like it - if not, just leave as is!

In any case - just a lovely and functional kitchen!! We want to see pictures of some beautiful cooked dishes in the kitchen!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 4:57PM
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Stunning transformation! Oh my goodness it is lovely! It doesn't look like the same space even. You did GOOD! Enjoy!

BTW your pendants are amazing.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 5:58PM
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Wow! I love it- great job with everything. You have a beautiful home and the fireplace is especially stunning. Enjoy your beautiful space!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 8:38PM
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Great transformation! Love your red island, SS, marble BS, and (of course) that spice drawer! What size is the spice drawer and what containers are you using for your spices? I'm sure you've been making wonderful memories in your "new" home!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 8:42PM
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Love your beautiful soapstone! And the red island is a great pop of color! And your fireplace is beautiful!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 9:10PM
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My 5-yr old desperately wants a red kitchen. I can't say it'll happen in our space, but it looks awesome in yours. I love the pop of color. AND the soapstone.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 9:27PM
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flwrs: the spices are in a 30" drawer, inside dimensions are 27" with plenty of space for my spices, measuring utensils and scale. I first had the idea from AnneNJ who posted her finished kitchen ... I had seen it here before then, but I didn't have my headspace ready for where my spices would go until AnneNJ posted hers

The spice jars are the square glass 3.75 oz jars from specialty bottle, I also have a few of the 6 oz jars for bulkier (star anise) or more often used (sea salt, garlic, cornstarch...) spices.
square spice jars

Then I had Mabel's labels do up a set of custom labels for my spices and pantry canisters, I had some left blank so I could fill in any I forgot or wanted to add later for any reason. For some reason GW doesn't like the link so I couldn't hyperlink it, but here's the address:

Here is a link that might be useful: AnneNJ finished kitchen

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 11:37PM
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What a beautiful open, light and airy space. I like the new fireplace and the island pendant lights are stunning.

Renovation creep - I know it well and I believe it is what keeps contractors in business.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 11:48PM
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OK, here's the update with the details for my floor.
The flooring company uses BONA products, the floor is finished with Bona Traffic Finish. The colour was custom mixed on site, I don't recall the details 100%, but I know we started with Java, and ended with a 50/50 mix of Java and (I think) clear - basically just diluting the Java stain by 50%. We tried a bunch of things that day, and it went pretty fast with no time to deliberate since the stain dries a slightly different colour and the truest match of the finished product was with the wet stain. I'm 90% sure that's what we ended up with and I think that's about the best I can do. Hope that gives anyone interested a place to start!

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments. We love our kitchen! And I really do love the floor ;)

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 10:42PM
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OOPS! Whilst organizing some of my "pre/mid/post reno" and "peek inside my cabinet" photos I discovered a photo of my floor the day we chose the stain. It clearly says 50% EBONY. Not Java. I don't even recall viewing ebony, never mind choosing it! Not sure where/when ebony left my consciousness and java replaced it but somewhere along the way I made a mistake.

Sorry to confuse anyone interested in my floor colour. The correct colour is, in fact, EBONY diluted to 50%.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 4:32AM
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Thank you so much for posting! I showed DH your red cabinets, and he finally agreed to having red cabinets in our kitchen. Thanks!!!

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 7:19PM
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Lovely. And I love the SW "I am your father" bit. ;^)

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 8:13PM
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Your new kitchen is stunning. It is so beautifully coordinated--a feast for the eyes.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 8:24PM
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What a transformation!

I have a couple of questions:

Was it a big job to replace the fireplace brick with new stone?

About "Countertop: Anastacia Soaptsone sourced in Canada from M.Tex via Greensville Soapstone" - how exactly does it work? I need some not-too-dark green soapstone and the local yard has only very dark (almost black) ones.


    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 5:57PM
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eleena: the fireplace wasn't a big job at all. Took one guy (who knew what he was doing) a day and a half to do it, the original brick is still underneath, he just put the new "cultured stone" overtop. It all comes as a bunch of puzzle pieces to fit together, the corners take a bit more time but it wasn't a huge job.

Greensville soapstone was incredibly helpful to me throughout the process. If you are in Canada and interested they have access to all the M.Tex soapstones. I emailed a few times, they were helpful with all of my questions, fed ex'd me the samples I requested (at my cost which was refunded/considered a deposit later when I purchased the soapstone), then did everything they could to help me get the countertop of my dreams. I chose my slabs based on two samples I had in hand of the Anastacia and photographs of the partially oiled slabs. It worked for me because I was flexible about the detail of the colour variation and veining in the slab, but needed a hard enough stone in a large enough slab for my island. I took the only two slabs that met that criteria for me, and they turned out to be even more beautiful than I had pictured when I saw them in person. It was a bit anxiety provoking but worked out for me, as I said, because I was a bit flexible about the aesthetic detail of the stone.

They will also do the fabrication for you but I was a bit leery of getting someone to template, sending them the template, then shipping huge slabs of stone already cut across Canada. Instead I found a local fabricator to help me out. The local fabricator made enough mistakes that if I were to do it again I would have had the slabs shipped to me and looked for a Canadian version of "Florida Joshua" to come and do my countertops on site. Any travelling soapstone specialist could probably have done a better job than my fabricator, but I still love love love my soapstone. It is my favourite thing in my kitchen and was the most important and difficult decision for me. I just think I could have been made a bit happier with some of the details if I had gone another route for fabricating. But since there's no going back ... I'm loving what I have!

hth! Let me know if you have any other questions

Here is a link that might be useful: Greensville Soapstone

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 8:23PM
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Thank you!

IDK why I did not realize you are in Canada, sorry. I am in the US and actually not too far from M Tex, but not "close enough", so I'd need a local distributor. :-(

I need to "cover up" my brick cove with something and I was thinking of wooden panels faux painted to look like plaster (that is a topic for another post) but your stone looks very interesting. I take it it was not too expensive then?

Could you post a close-up (if it is not too much to ask)?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 12:07AM
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One thing I learned through this process is that comparing prices between Canada and the US is pointless. We pay about double for most things. But it was considerably less than having true mason work done, and still looks nice enough. If you look closely you can see the "puzzle pieces" fitting together, but it doesn't really bother me.

Here's a few from the same photo bucket album

Fireplace before:

Fireplace after:

Close up - showing how I use the storage but it's a bit closer if that helps

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 1:03AM
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Thank you!

What a neat storage, btw! I am guessing our children are about the same age. :-)

OT, but how did you get the hand- and foot-prints done like that?

I really want to do the same while she is still little and her feet are so cute, LOL.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 1:08AM
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Bravo, what a great job! Looks like it was a huge one, too - completely transformed the house. It's really beautiful-enjoy!!!!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 9:34AM
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Awesome job. so may though out details, the stone, the touches of red, the lighting, it all works together so beautifully.The backsplash is stunning as well.great job! enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 9:50AM
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Wow! I LOVE THIS. A great combination of wonderful function, elegance, and fun. It has such a comfortable feeling, too. Great job!!!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 1:54PM
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eleena: the plaques were made by a local small home business that specializes in impressions. I've seen some commercial kits to do something similar as well available in craft stores or baby supplies stores. A google search or a publication for baby/kid related stuff available in your local area might have an advertisement for something similar too. A cute keepsake for sure!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 2:25AM
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I was just browsing my favorite kitchens again and saw the info on the stain. Thank you. I forgot to email you directly.

I really love your home. Makes my shoulders relax.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 11:20PM
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Fun, yet beautiful, kitchen! Excellent choices. Yummy soapstone. Love the funky island lighting!

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 2:10AM
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