out of the abb and into the abt2

a2geminiAugust 24, 2012

Drum roll please!

We are out of the ABT club! We actually have a backsplash. The only leftovers are the trim and table - therefore the ABT2

Here is a sneak preview of the backsplash - I was hoping the trim would be done today but didn't happen. The table is on order and the Amish builder called to see if we could modify the dimensions slightly.

I wanted a little something more over the cooktop and considered a second accent row - but just didn't feel right, so hunted while visiting DM and found the accent pieces.

The pictures look more white than in reality

Backsplash - Grazia Rixi Crema

Accent row - Beach

Accent tiles - Impulse deco

Grout Tek Antique white

South and West wall

East Wall

East wall close up

South wall - cooktop area

It is really hard to take pictures due to the windows in the area - but hopefully when totally done, we will have a full set of good pictures!

Thanks for all of your inspirations - especially CKGM and Chitown!

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mjher1

I LOVE your cupboards! The counter and backsplash look really good with them. Is the counter Cambria Bradshaw?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 9:32PM
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andreak100

Very nicely done! Looks great! Your accent tiles really make it!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 9:35PM
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fouramblues

Ha, a2!! I was thinking about calling you out on your backsplash. I was pretty sure it should be almost done. Congrats!! The colors are spot on with your beautiful Buckingham. Still in love with the beach mini brick. Nice job!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 9:39PM
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a2gemini

MJ - Thanks! The colors are hard to show in a picture. The counter is Cambria Buckingham from the Waterstone Collection - rumor has it that they are back ordered on this one....

Andrea - Thanks! I think this is a coast to coast kitchen - Tiles from Italy via California and accent pieces from Pennsylvania. I think I could have found the accent pieces locally but just ran out of time

Four - Thanks - where are you - any luck on the your counter? I still have guilt feelings that it took two slabs for our kitchen due to the avalanche!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 9:45PM
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beeps

Very nice! I love the row of accent tiles. So pretty! :)

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 9:45PM
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a2gemini

Thanks beeps - I must have been posting at the same time, so missed you!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 9:48PM
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williamsem

Oh, that's perfect for your kitchen! I love it! Congrats!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 10:01PM
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cat_mom

Hooray! It all goes well together!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 10:05PM
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fouramblues

Still waiting on shipment, which is supposed to be sometime this week, so crossing my fingers.

No need for guilt. :) The avalanche wasn't your fault, and really cambria should be better at ramping up production on the more popular colors. And with communication. I'd better get a cheese board after all this waiting. Just sayin'.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 10:06PM
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a2gemini

Williamsem - thanks - you had a lot of input on my decisions also!!

Cat mom - yeah!!! and thanks - So hard for me as I am not a color or detail person - good at the whole picture but these little details.... You need the wall color yesterday? Oh - grout......

Four - I have my cheese board - I did drop a large hint with my KD/cabinet peeps and sure enough - it arrived! I haven't used it yet but it fits in with my cutting boards just perfectly. I can hardly wait to see yours!!!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 10:09PM
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oldbat2be

Giant smile coming at you from MA :) congrats, how lovely it must look and feel to be DONE! Look forward to the next set of pictures.

PS - love the floors and glass in cabinets too :)

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 10:25PM
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ginny20

Lovely, BS works perfectly. In fact, it all works perfectly. Each separate finish is beautiful, but nothing shouts over the top of anything else - cabs, hardware, counters, BS, floor, wall color, all harmonize. Very nice!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 10:33PM
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Angie_DIY

I heartily approve! Very nice tile design and execution!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 11:20PM
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badgergal

Fabulous! Just enought eye candy to make a statement. It was definitely worth the wait and all the hassle of bringing home samples. Can't wait to see your new table too.
Two little side notes. I have had 8 extra people at my house all week. They all loved the yogurt berry muffins I made using your recipe. Thanks again for that. Second, with all those extra people in my house my kitchen got its first boo-boo. My new refrigerator is now sporting a small dent. I'm surprised that I am not really upset about it.and that's pretty amazing since I am somewhat of a perfectionist.
Hope your kitchen stays accident free and that you get to enjoy it for years to come.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 11:50PM
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nineteenoeight

Congrats, late to the party but it sounds like you had quite a wait - hurray that they're in, and I love the accent tiles, great solution rather than a 2nd row.
Kitchen looks fabulous! Bravo.
(off to search function to find out what the avalanche was)

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 12:14AM
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breezygirl

Yahoooooo! Great job, A2!! The ABB club lost another treasured member today. Sob... I'll miss you! ;)

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 2:14AM
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aliris19

So wiggly! I love that counter-stone. Thanks for the vision!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 2:19AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Love that tile with that counter!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 8:07AM
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MaggieQ

Gorgeouse, and perfect with the Cambria.......so worth the wait!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 8:43AM
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labbie

It looks beautiful! That accent tile is just the right amount of interest and looks great with the cabinets and countertops. Great job!!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 9:44AM
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Bellsmom

Ohh, this is good. I don't often care for backsplashes, but I LIKE this one. Enough pattern in the accent row to add variety, but a perfect complement to the other surfaces and colors. I like the diagonal, horizontal, and vertical lines in the BS. All subtle but rich. Thanks for sharing.
Sandra

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 10:04AM
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CKGM

I love it! I don't see how I helped much since your finished product is so much nicer than anything I could have imagined!!!! I adore it!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 11:24AM
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a2gemini

Sorry I couldn't get back sooner- some of you saw the other post about my husband's bicycle accident - turns out he is OK - just a concussion, so the brain bucket worked.

CK - thanks! Love your support after all of your struggles. You helped by steering me clear of the variable color tiles and paying attention to the grout!

Bellsmom - Thanks! I was never a backsplash person either - so this is new territory for me also!

Labbie, Maggie, Annie - Thanks! This was a labor of love - I have a whole box of tile samples in the basement - anyone need samples - I have them! - Wait, I also have paint samples in the basement - LOL!!

Aliris - Wiggly? Is that a new GW term!

Breezy - Glad to be out as I am not sure my DH would have survived much longer with an incomplete kitchen.

Nineteen - The retention strap broke in the truck while transporting mine and a few other countertops - and only a couple miles from our house. I was so disappointed - but we had a new one in 1 week - poor Four - she has been waiting so long for her Buckingham and I "tease" her that it is all our fault that there is a back log of Buckingham - not that we had anything to do with the truck problem or the production from Cambria....

Badger - Eye Candy for sure!! On our morning runs, we keep an eye out for eye candy runners - we even named one of our routes eye candy as best chance of spotting eye candy males on the route - oops - hope my DH isn't reading this!! Glad you loved the muffins - did you try the oatmeal - it is great with groups also. Now, we have something else in common - our old kitchen had a dinged fridge door! Small world!!!

Ginny and Angie - thanks for the support - I had such a tough time figuring this out. Definitely not my forte - but glad it came out right as my DH wouldn't let me do it again...

OldBat - thanks!!! I will post pictures after we finish the trim. The glass cabinet has LED tape light inside. Believe it or not - the floor is the original floor - we just had it refinished.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 8:39PM
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annsch

Looks great! Warm and inviting! Congratulations!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 12:48AM
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Poohpup

That turned out great! Looks just beautiful!! So happy to hear you're out of the ABB club.

We're almost DONE. BS is in, paint was finished Friday. All we're waiting on now is a couple of dimmer switches and the new cans for the ceiling.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 3:30AM
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a2gemini

Annsch - Thanks - warm was what I was trying to achieve - too many gray days around here!!

Pooh - you were also one of my inspirations - I think you kept me in check with reality - especially not going with the back painted glass.

We only have trim detail to complete - and hopefully our table will come in the next couple of weeks (maybe even next week as I know they were making it - called to see if they could modify the dimensions)

Now to take a deep breath (and take care of DH for a couple of days)

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 3:03PM
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chitown_remodel

Your backsplash is gorgeous. I love the detail above the range-not too much but enough that it separates it from the rest of the run. The colors are a perfect match to your counter top. It looks fantastic!

Hope your DH is doing better!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 4:38PM
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a2gemini

Chitown - when I saw your kitchen, I knew what I wanted to do - your kitchen has subway tiles but the concept was born!
It worked out perfectly using the 5x5 as the first row as just enough room to fit the beach accent!
Thanks for you "help" and inspiration - it was an aha moment and as you know, I have referred to your kitchen on several posts!!!

DH is doing better - he still is having headaches but his brain is unscrambled! I gave him orders not to drive to work tomorrow or Tuesday - he will try to work in spurts from home.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 4:46PM
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a2gemini

Annie - I forgot to credit you as my other inspiration!!! I first saw Chitown and that is what started my brain thinking - but you used the 6x6 with the single row and the diagonal above.

Guess so much going on that I forgot that piece. Sorry!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 1:04PM
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donaleen

Love how much light the backsplash adds to the kitchen... nice to look at, too.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 1:24PM
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chiefy

Oh, I love, love, love it. I've already emailed the pic off to my DH for inspiration.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 3:28PM
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bahacca

LOVE how it turned out! Now for me to get on the ball so I can ditch the ABB club.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 6:15PM
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a2gemini

I just love this forum and thanks everyone for feedback - By the time I post my final pictures, you will all be bored with my kitchen!

Donaleen - Thanks! My DM told me I was getting too many dark elements - so started to look for some lighter pieces in the backsplash. I was sure the Grazia Butter was going to be perfect but just didn't work (as much as I like others with it including CK)

Chief76 - Hope your DH is more engaged than mine was - but he came through in the end.

Bahacca - thanks - you still have lots of company in the ABB club!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 9:32PM
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jjean

A2 .... absolutely LOVE your kitchen. I love the stain on your cabinets .... very warm looking.

And your BS is stunning. Simple and elegant at the same time. It's kinda like ours, only we did only the diagonal and then *blocks* behind the sink. I always love tile set on the diagonal .... gives a little more pattern without being too bold.

Your stripe is perfect too!!! And your accent tiles.

Very well done!!! Thanks for emailing me about looking for it ... as I did miss it. Keep in touch!!!

jody

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 9:04AM
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mjocean

Well done A2. Your accent tiles really compliment the granite. It must feel so good to be nearing the finish line! Congratulations and enjoy your beautiful new kitchen.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 1:32PM
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sandesurf

A2gemini, I LOVE it too! I'm going tile shopping tomorrow! :)

Congrats!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 2:05PM
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phoggie

What stain is on your cabinets? This kitchen might make me to change from the white I thought I wanted. Loved it!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 4:03PM
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momo7

That looks perfect!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 4:23PM
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a2gemini

Jody Jean - Your kitchen was my first inspiration - and you helped me along the way! Thanks!! Glad I could find your email.

Sandesurf - I posted on your question - but bet you found the answer on here - Grazia Rixi Crema with Tec antique white grout

Phoggie - Funny story on the color - couldn't figure it out and had to make my decision - everything looked like I tried to match the floor and failed. I walked into a series of cabinets at the KD store and said - Perfect - sometimes you just know it when you see it! Oh - Brookhaven Autumn Cherry with black glaze.

Momo7 - Wow - and thanks!!!!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 5:57PM
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marti8a

It all looks wonderful. I really like your counter and backsplash.

Now a stupid question, what is abb and abt2?

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 7:15PM
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a2gemini

Marti8
ABB is the all but backsplash club. It is a take off of the ABD in university towns- all but dissertation. ABB is used frequently on GW.
I made up the ABT2 as a spin off from a2 from my handle and location. In this case it stands for all but trim and table! This 3 week project is now pushing 5 months....

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 9:39PM
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jjean

a2 .... hey, so GLAD my kitchen BS tile was one of your inspiration ideas!!! Those BS's sure take a lot of time to *find* the right one!! It was way harder to pick this than my granite.

Your kitchen is just lovely .... and I *know* you cook way more than I do .... ENJOY!!!

jody

    Bookmark   August 29, 2012 at 12:49PM
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a2gemini

Thanks JJ
I had a lot of inspirations but you were one of the first...
I can cook OK - but miss the presentation piece - maybe when I retire??

    Bookmark   August 29, 2012 at 6:20PM
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a2gemini

I am bummed - our table for the sun room was supposed to arrive this week and now it won't arrive until mid October.... Grrr, but hopefully worth the wait...
So, won't be posting final pictures until later in October or November....

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 10:34PM
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Mags438

Tile design and work looks really great. Love the design, so glad this thread was linked to a current thread.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2014 at 11:39AM
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a2gemini

Thank you mags!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 11:15AM
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