Traditional kitchen - finally finished (pics)

mratnerSeptember 12, 2011

Thanks very much to everyone in this forum for many helpful hints and suggestions. Thought I'd share the views of the finished product.

Cabinets and hardware by Kraftmaid: Upper - painted, Biscotti with Coconut Glaze; Island - stained Cherry, Kaffe

Floors - existing, red oak refinished

Wall paint - BM Wheatfield

Granite - New Colonial Dream, from Marble.com

Backsplash - Jerusalem Gold limestone, from Antico Stone

Mural (over the range) - mail-order from Jerusalem Pottery

Faucets - Brizo Talo, the main one SmartTouch

Sinks - Elkay

Range - NXT

Fridge - Samsung

Built-in Microwave/Oven - the 120V Advantium (GE Profile)

Dishwasher - GE Profile 580

All comments are welcome, thanks!

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chocolatebunny

Can you take a closer shot of the mural behind the range? It is beautiful!

Overall your kitchen looks very warm and beautiful!

Do you like your Samsung refrigerator? We just bought one (it looks just like yours) and I am having a heck of a time keeping it clean! Our Frigidaire range and microwave don't get nearly as streaked as the refrigerator does.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 2:24PM
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breadandsuch

Congratulations!!! I love the hood!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 2:42PM
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NewSouthernBelle

It's beautiful. I am so glad to see Colonial Dream with white-ish cabinets - that is what I am planning to do. I too would love to see the mural closer up. It's so cheerful and bright.
Three specific questions:
1. What edge profile did you use on the granite?
2. How wide are the upper cabinets on the sides of the window above the prep sink area?
3. How wide are the upper cabinets flanking the hood?
(Can you tell I am the cabinet planning stage and am analyzing how big cabinets width really are.)
It's really lovely.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 2:51PM
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MIssyV

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 3:47PM
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janealexa

Gorgeous! Love everything! I like that ceiling medallion for the chandelier! Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 4:05PM
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janealexa

What size tile is on your backsplash?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 4:08PM
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blfenton

Beautiful. It looks quite large but with the chosen colours and arrangements it comes across as being very warm and cozy. Nice.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 4:33PM
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oldhouse1_gw

I know how it feels to finally have a finished kitchen. Congratulations! It's just beautiful. Yellow and Blue, one of my favorite colour combinations. Your mural is amazing. What a fantastic space to work in. Enjoy it.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 4:42PM
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chinchette

That looks great! I think you need some Le Creuset in the color Caribean Blue to celebrate.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 4:48PM
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schoolhouse_gw

I agree, very warm and inviting. Beautiful. Are you going to put a table in the corner, under the chandelier with the medallion? Love the windows.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 5:03PM
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mratner

Thanks everyone, we really tried to go for the warm and cozy look, given all the shiny granite and stainless steel surfaces that detract from it.

@chocolatebunny:
for the mural, if you click on the last picture, it will take you to my smugmug page, and then on top of it you can select a different size, including "O" for Original, which has a lot of detail.
Alternatively, you can go to the Jerusalem Pottery web page for all murals, or just for this one (pomegranate tree and peacocks).
The outside of the fridge is indeed a fingerprint magnet, so we'll have to find a good cleaning solution for it.

@breadandsuch
Thank you, the hood was custom-designed (by yours truly :) and the top is actually stucco painted to match the backsplash.

@NewSouthernBelle
Granite edge profile is Ogee throughout (counters and island)
I'll have to get back to you on cabinet width.

@janealexa
Thank you! Backsplash tiles are 3x6

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 5:09PM
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mratner

@schoolhouse
Yes, the table is under the chandelier. The windows throughout the house are original steel windows from the 1920s, except for the farthest one behind the chandelier, which is a recent replacement.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 5:53PM
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lynn85

What a beautiful kitchen, LOVE the large island and all the details you added! Fantastic job!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 8:03PM
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elba1

Looks great - especially like the hood & mural!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 8:18PM
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lry511

Wow, great kitchen. I love the backsplash detail. Really nice job!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 8:43PM
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ginny20

Just lovely! Do you have fossils in your backsplash? I love Jerusalem stone. The mural is fabulous, especially under the pretty hood. The whole color scheme is warm, and the design is elegant. Really nice job. Congratulations!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 8:54PM
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advanced

Love the kitchen, especially the backsplash.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 8:55PM
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wizardnm

What a great kitchen, lovely detail.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 9:07PM
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dianalo

Great kitchen! Love the mural and windows ;)

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 10:56PM
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mratner

@NewSouthernBelle
All the four cabinets you asked about are 12 inches wide.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 11:24PM
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gsciencechick

Beautiful! So warm and inviting! Love the hood, counters, and, of course, the BS!!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 7:31AM
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biochem101

Beautiful! Love an elegant kitchen.
It has all my favorite elements. :)

Lovely choice of colors for cabinets and granite.

May I ask, is this Kraftmaid from a specialty shop, or one of the large chain hardware stores?
It certainly looks very nicely finished.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 7:40AM
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mratner

@Ginny20
I couldn't see any fossils in the backsplash, but of course it's tumbled, so it does have a lot of interesting patterns on the stone

@biochem101
It is from a specialty shop but I don't think it makes any difference; we had a quote for exactly the same set of cabinets from Lowe's and the local shop beat it. The stained finish is fine but the painted/glazed finish had defects on several cabinet doors when they first arrived, and we had to get them replaced.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 10:06AM
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kmmh

It's great! Enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 3:23PM
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buehl

Very nice! I especially like the island...a great "color"!

Great mural! They should be using your kitchen on their website (Jerusalem Pottery)...your application looks so much nicer than any of those on their website!

Good job!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 4:36PM
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homechef

Very lovely kitchen. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 4:51PM
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mom2tykel

Beautiful space! You have so much room, you are very lucky. I think the wall color is very complimentary to the whole look. What color/brand? I also love the curved edge of your island. Something I almost chose but changed last minute. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 5:29PM
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laxsupermom

Beautiful warm kitchen! Love that mural behind the range! Just gorgeous! Love the movement in your granite! Enjoy your beautiful new kitchen.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 6:53PM
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mratner

@mom2tykel
The wall paint is Benjamin Moore in Wheatfield color.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 11:24AM
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lisa_a

What a warm and inviting kitchen! I love the backsplash's subtle color changes. It adds interest without detracting from that gorgeous mural. I'm normally not a fan of glazing but I like your cabs' glazing. It's very subtle. Could you post a close-up of a cab front, please? Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 12:53PM
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houseful

Absolutely beautiful!! I too would like to see a close up of the mural!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 12:56PM
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rosieo

I'd also like to see a close up of the mural. LOVE your kitchen! What is the name of the light over the island?

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 4:54PM
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shelayne

Oh, wow is that beautiful! I love your hood and that mural is gorgeous! Love those colors!

It is really fantastic--warm and inviting. Congrats!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 5:40PM
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cheri127

Very, very nice, indeed!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 8:46PM
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mratner

@lisa_a
Here is a close-up of a cabinet:

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 9:34PM
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mratner

Thanks so much everyone for your comments! Seeing how people love the mural I emailed Hagop Karakashian from JerusalemPottery a link to this thread, hopefully he'll see it.
Here is a close-up of the mural. The reason it's a little dim is because in order to preserve the colors, I took the picture without a flash.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 9:39PM
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mratner

@rosieo
The light fixture over the island is
"Murray Feiss F1836/3CB 3 Light Tuscan Villa MultiLight Island Light, Corinthian Bronze"

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 10:08PM
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mama goose_gw zn6OH

Your kitchen is beautiful--it has such a warm, wonderful glow. I really like the small sink area next to the fridge.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 10:29PM
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ynnej

Absolutely stunning! I am considering a backsplash mural, but I'm not sure if it will look right. We are getting granite countertops with a 6" backsplash and I am seriously considering not having tile, just using a paint that washes easily. But I still want a backsplash for the range- I'm just not sure how I could frame it without it looking funny. Anyways, good job!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 3:49AM
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function_first

Your kitchen is beautiful, the harmony of the colors and materials just makes it so serene and peaceful, you must be thrilled each time you walk in there.

The mural is fabulous, too. Nice job.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 8:50AM
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joan2121

I love your kitchen!!! My is done, or it would be in my inspiration file! Good choices on everything- love the detail on the cabinets- love the granite- the windows- the lay out- Great job!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 8:58AM
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mtnrdredux_gw

I generally dislike backsplashes, and particularly anything ornate or anything that looks like a scene or a picture over the range.

So how come I just adore yours! Proves that something really beautiful trumps any preconceived preferences.

It's a stunner. Enjoy your kitchen and take a bow.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 9:12AM
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mratner

@ynnej
If you will be using a modern standalone hood, one way to do it would be to use the tile only above the range, but extending all the way to the ceiling - that would create a nice focal point, I think.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 9:56AM
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pondlily

The closeup of the door is nice, what beautiful detailing! The warm backsplash looks great with your granite, but the mural really is fantastic together with that combination!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 10:30AM
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flwrs_n_co

What a beautiful kitchen! It's so big, but because of the warm colors it feels warm and welcoming. The backsplash and mosaic are so striking together--I love the blue and yellow combination. And your cabs and granite are beautiful, too. Do you like your range? Is the oven temp accurate and does it maintain temp well?

I'm so glad I went through some pages I missed when I was away on a trip this week! Thank you for sharing. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 2:16AM
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mrshanson1

Someone above wrote that it is elegant and peaceful- really, that is soo true. Very well done- you made great choices. Now imagine your family parties for the upcoming holidays. Great job! I think it is stunning.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 7:44AM
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sayde

Very pretty and very carefully integrated with the elements of your old house-- the floors, windows, door casings -- everything sits very comfortably and naturally. It looks like a warm and cozy spot but at the same time looks refreshed and cheerful. Congratulations on a great job -- just right!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 8:09AM
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Adrienne2011

Wow... Very nice. I like your decorative moulding pieces and your mural backsplash. The colors complement each other so well. Someone else mentioned that they usually don't love fancy backsplashes, but they like yours, and I agree. Decorative backsplashes are rarely interesting or attractive to me, but yours POPS! It reminds me of a real painting. Your entire kitchen is beautiful, though, not just the backsplash. :o)

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 9:36AM
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kitchendetective

What a lovely kitchen! I agree with above posters, especially about the peaceful quality.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 9:39AM
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