Kitchen - and First Floor - Renovation is DONE!

cwalenOctober 28, 2013

After 4 long months, our renovation is DONE. We are so pleased and I owe a huge THANKS to this board for inspiration, advice and guidance.

Backstory: We have a 1936 Cape Code that we purchased in 2008. The kitchen was updated by previous owners in the mid 90's. Dark Cherry, traditional cabinetry, laminate counters, almond appliances, and ceramic beige tile floors. Problem is, the kitchen was too closed off and offered no eat in options, and very small and closed off from rest of house. house.

Other issues with the first floor include a very under-utilized left side of the house, with a formal DR that was in the farthest place from the kitchen - complete opposite corner of the first floor. After 5 years we also realized we really do not need a traditional full office. We are on laptops and work where ever the kids are located.

So we met with two contractors, went with the one with the best 'vision' and talked about what walls could go. We came up with a design that created a large formal 'great room' on the left side of the house, opened up and expanded the kitchen into the family room (the former living room), and converted the breakfast room into a mudroom with a larger coat & utility closet, built in cubbies for the kids book bags, etc, and a small 'command center' desk.

New First Floor Layout/Design

Finished Kitchen

Looking from new family room space into open concept kitchen:

Former breakfast room - new mudroom

New Formal Great Room

DETAILS:

Cabinetry: Diamond Amhearst maple in painted white. We saved $ with a partial overlay cabinet.

Hardware: RH asbury pulls for drawers in chrome and chrome knobs for doors.

Counters: Honed marble carrara. I did my own 'meg ryan' treatment - twice - with lemon juice scrub downs and made it more honed and more matte. Love!

Backsplash: carrara marble subway tiles. Major score - Lowe's mistakenly marked these at $1.50 sq ft, so I bought the whole store out. This ended up costing me less than $100 for my backsplash.

Appliances: Electrolux gas slide in range, electrolux convection microwave, electrolux french door fridge, bosch dishwasher.

Faucet: Delta Leyland in chrome. Delta soap dispenser in chrome with a Never MT unit. Debated on whether or not I needed one, and so glad I got it...I love it.

Flooring: Had original HW floors refinished in a walnut shade. African slate for mudroom in hopscotch pattern.

Paint: Behr classic silver for whole first floor. Trim in Behr classic white. Mudroom cubbies in Valspar Gotham Gray

Window coverings: Custom 3.5" plantation shutters throughout first floor in Behr classic white.

Lighting: schoolhouse pendants from Wayfair.com and all existing brass fixtures swapped out for brushed nickel or chrome. (Chrome in kitchen, brushed elsewhere). LED hard wired undercabinet lighting.

This post was edited by cwalen on Mon, Oct 28, 13 at 16:00

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joaniepoanie

Love, love, love! Great job! I love the gray walls and the plantation shutters...really love everything you have done...kitchen, furnishings...all!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 12:24PM
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ck_squared

What a beautiful transformation! Love the wall paint color, the half walls, the brick in the mudroom, the COUNTERS! It is just fantastic! Really well done.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 12:26PM
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Gooster

Congratulations! Everything turned out lovely and you've now "reclaimed" space you were not utilizing. The mudroom cubbies are especially nice, with the nice slate that complements your wall color and existing wood so beautifully.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 12:36PM
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kaysd

Your new floor plan looks so much more useful. What a beautiful transformation. I love your counter and BS combo.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 12:42PM
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badgergal

Beautiful kitchen. Love your backsplash and counters. All your rooms look great and coordinate so well with each other. Congratulations on a job well done.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 12:54PM
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nightowlrn

Wow !!!! I love the colors and use of space. The slate in the mudrooms is perfect.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 1:37PM
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romy718

Just lovely...your whole house. Combining the living room & dining room, what a great space. I especially like the light fixture above your 2 chairs. The paint is one of the prettiest greys I've seen.
Back to the kitchen, my ipad allows me to zoom in on your pics and I love your cabinet door detail & your moldings (base & crown). All the details that make it special, you did a great job. Beautiful backsplash & counters. Please update about your lemon juice scrub & etching.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 1:37PM
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cat_mom

Great job! LOVE your "score" on the bs tiles! Isn't it great when you can get a great deal on something really nice, that you want? Hooray!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 1:47PM
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bridgetmalone

Gorgeous, love those counters!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 2:03PM
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sparklebread

Wow! Flawless~ it really is beautiful.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 2:06PM
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mlweaving_Marji

What a wonderful transformation. You're going to love the way your kitchen isn't isolated anymore. Beautifully done!
Love the savings on a fabulous backsplash too!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 2:21PM
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cwalen

Thanks, everyone!

RE: marble and intentional etching. I ordered honed carrara and while it arrived gorgeous, I decided after a few weird juice splatters that I'd be better off having a stiff shot of whiskey and getting out the lemon juice. I poured lemon juice and took a sponge that had the scrubby side and scrubbed the lemon juice in circular motion over all surfaces. I worked in small sections keeping all the surfaces wet and thoroughly scrubbing the juice in the surface. I did this for a few minutes at a time and then washed it off with soapy hot water and then moved to the next section.

I did this whole process twice ( about a week apart for each 'treatment').

Then sealed twice with PorousPlus. I freakin' adore the more matte look from the lemon juice treatments.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 2:23PM
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kksmama

Gorgeous! Love your paint color, thanks for sharing that detail. What is the color of the mudroom cabinets? I think I need a silver for my living room, and darker but complementary color for my office. Thank you for sharing your beautiful space!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 2:24PM
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cwalen

The color of the cubbies is Valspar's Gotham Gray! It reads navy to me though. We debated white (which i thought would look amazing....for about a week) but then decided dark because they are bound to get banged up and the dark will hide the dirt and scuffs!

This post was edited by cwalen on Mon, Oct 28, 13 at 14:44

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 2:36PM
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fourkids4us

Cwalen, beautiful job! Love your counters, cabs and backsplash. I had to chuckle when I read your comment about choosing a dark color for the mudroom cubbies. I just finished cleaning my mudroom today (four kids + four cubbies = huge mess). Ours are painted white and they are a mess. Dh built them 10 years ago so we painted them ourselves. I then painted them again years ago as the paint had chipped, etc in a few areas. They are beyond help now - stains, etc. I wish we had just done a dark color or a stain of some kind. I'm actually considering tearing out the wall b/w our kitchen and mudroom to gain space for our kitchen and building new cubbies down in our garage where our kids come in the house - definitely will make sure they are a darker color if we do that!

Enjoy your new space!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 3:32PM
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drhomeideas

Wonderful job, such a lovely space.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 3:43PM
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legallin

Wow! That takes my breath away! Truly classic and beautiful! You must be so pleased -- enjoy!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 3:53PM
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kksmama

Thanks for the info on paint. How wonderful to have everything so lovely and cohesive, I just noticed the pretty mudroom floors, what a great choice!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 3:56PM
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phillyfeet

Beautiful transformation. May you have many happy years making memories in your new space.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 4:29PM
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phillyfeet

Beautiful transformation. May you have many happy years making memories in your new space.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 4:36PM
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lavender_lass

Oh, I like it! That's such an inviting kitchen and wonderful finishes...a very nice remodel. Congrats on a terrific job! :)

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 5:24PM
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romy718

"I decided after a few weird juice splatters that I'd be better off having a stiff shot of whiskey and getting out the lemon juice." I love it!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 5:52PM
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LoPay

Just SICK ;>. Love those counter tops. Way to go being able to do it all in one shot.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 6:49PM
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Mgoblue85

Very nice indeed. I especially love the plantation shutters!!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 8:05PM
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ppbenn

Beautiful! Just beautiful! Of course the white cabs with the marble, (ok was it just one shot or more ;) The whole space looks great all around. Must be a pleasure to live in it.
I'm going to check out that Paint color - I finished painting my kitchen and yuk do-over, your gray looks so good in your space I intend to copy cat. I really like the painted brick wall.
Great job!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 8:27PM
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bookworm4321

everything harmonizes

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 8:30PM
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Hogette-gw

Truly amazing and beautiful. Flawless taste on all levels and I could go on. Just a perfect family home.

Since you said that your shutters were custom with Behr paint, may I ask if the shutters were custom from H.D.?

Beth

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 9:27PM
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cwalen

Hogette (Beth) - the shutters were not HD. I posted on FB asking for rec's on shutters. I expected the typical "lowes/next day blinds" recs (which I did get) but a friend recommended a man who made them custom using 100% american hardwood. He was located about 25 m away but served my area. So I got estimates from three places - Perfect Shutters in Gaithersburg, MD, Hunter Douglas thru Costco, and him. He brought a custom sample blind of the sizes he did and his bid was lowest (by like $1200). So he had me pick my paint trim color and tell him, and then he had the blinds painted the exact shade of the trim paint. The shutters took about 6wks total time and then he came out and installed them all. 100% american hardwood - no veneers or composites.

Moral of the story - don't discount craftsman who make shutters custom. Sometimes they are cheaper - and better.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 9:37PM
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rebecca3142

Gorgeous and such a wonderful new layout! You are so brave with your marble....but it sounds like it was great decision.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 10:11PM
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juddgirl2

What a great transformation! I love the kitchen and the mud room. $100 for that backsplash? That's amazing!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 12:59AM
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susanlynn2012

I love your beautiful renovation! I love the backsplash and counters so much. I love the cabinets! I love the wall color and how you continued the gray into the kitchen. I love the lighting. I love the appliances. I love the space. The overall look of your kitchen is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 1:10AM
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Wagle

O my heavenly goodness. You did a beautiful job.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 7:55AM
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debrak2008

Looks wonderful!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 8:01AM
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scootermom

It's all so fresh and beautiful and I *love* your backsplash!! Score, indeed!!! (Don't you love when stuff like that happens?)

Your floors are beautiful - both the wood and the slate. Your cabinets are really pretty too and I wouldn't have noticed that they were partial overlay if you hadn't mentioned it. How much do you think you saved on that?

Your patina-ed countertops are so beautiful. I'm a patina person.

I'd love to see the command center in your mudroom. I love how in the cubbies, you have high hooks and low hooks so that the kids can hang stuff up themselves.

Your kitchen has so much counter space and storage space. Envy!! Love the shutters and blinds and -- all of it. Great choices!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 10:47AM
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cwalen

Scootermom....

Here is the small desk/command center. The big black chair is likely going to be replaced by something smaller and less manly..lol. It was our old chair from the big traditional office. It overpowers the lighter space. We just haven't gotten around to replacing it yet. We wanted a desk to span the whole wall under the dbl windows...so we did our own config thru Ballard Designs. White bases with a zinc top. The laptop goes there when we need a desk space, and we do bills there. There is a magnet board to the left and I can somewhat keep an eye on the kids in the back yard.

And I found these fun 'during' photos. Our house was a disaster but no kids were injured ;)

The soon-to-be formal great room (previously two separate rooms)

Kitchen gutted but wall separating it from family room remained....

kitchen debris gone, ready for wall to come down.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 10:58AM
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pricklypearcactus

Wow, what a fantastic change! I love how you made two large, open, usable spaces. And the finishes and layout of your kitchen are fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 2:55PM
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karen.ohio

I love everything about your reno. I am wondering about your leather sofa. What company and where did you find it? We saw a similar one at the Ohio All American Quarter Horse Congress. It is comfy looking
Karen

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 5:10PM
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karen.ohio

I love everything about your reno. I am wondering about your leather sofa. What company and where did you find it? We saw a similar one at the Ohio All American Quarter Horse Congress. It is comfy looking
Karen

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 5:13PM
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hsw_sc

Love it! Enjoy your new, open space!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 9:05PM
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a2gemini

CW
Wow! I love everything in your new open kitchen and mud room!
I can't believe you really juiced your counter - I would ave been petrified!!
I love your BS deal. I hope breezy takes a look so she can finish hers.
Oh- and maybe Bee could try the lemon on her island.
Congratulations!
Keep those pictures coming!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 10:53PM
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smalloldhouse

You mentioned Gaithersburg - we're in MoCo as well, and looking for a new contractor after a disastrous false start (which ended well, thankfully, but left me pretty anxious to find someone reliable and drama-free.) Any recommendations?

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 11:01PM
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alygal

Beautiful! Love the gray walls with white. I'm going for the same in a galley kitchen.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 11:16PM
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cwalen

Smalloldhouse....i am actually in baltimore. The shutter place was located in Gaithersburg. My husband is from MoCo.

My contractor is very baltimore and I doubt he'd travel (and I don't think you'd want him to, since he never seemed to start his day at MY house before 9am ;)

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 11:30PM
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homebuyer23

Love it!!! Love your paint color, your counters, your mudroom, and the new layout seems perfect. Congratulations, you did a fabulous job!

    Bookmark   October 30, 2013 at 12:35AM
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barbarany

Would you mind sharing re your beautiful wing chairs. Love the fabric

    Bookmark   October 30, 2013 at 9:45AM
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cparlf

Really really beautiful. Thnx for sharing.

We have done a similar project, opening a former very small sunken den, narrow hall way, powder room so small you couldn't change your mind in it, small laundry room and narrow kitchen into one large great room in our late 1970's ranch. A 28 foot paralam beam replaced the bearing wall, remarkable technology. I'll post a few photos when complete.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2013 at 11:22AM
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cwalen

barbarany - they were from Gardiner's a local furniture store. I would need to call and ask about the fabric...I love it too!

karen.ohio - we LOVE our leather couch. It has held up so well in the 5 years we have had it. Our kids did not destroy it and it was their main couch for the last 4 years....It is by the manufacturer Futura and from the winchester collection (Cohiba is the style). It is extremely comfortable. The only reason it transitioned into the formal great room was that we wanted a sectional for the family room for TV watching/lounging. I didn't want to do leathers over there and in the formal space so we went w/microfiber for the family room.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2013 at 12:25PM
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karen.ohio

cwalen

Thanks for the information on the sofa. We have added onto the house to allow for the two grandkids and the various friends I am sure will be here 10 years from now. LOL. Remodelled kitchen is included. Anyway, with our dogs and visiting dogs, et al., I want something that can take a beating and clean up easily. We have horses, so saddle soap is always around!

Karen

    Bookmark   October 30, 2013 at 1:58PM
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cwalen

Scootermom:

I just saw your question about partial overlay vs full. I personally think we saved a lot by going with this style vs the comparable Diamond full overlay square mission maple white painted style. I don't have the quote in front of me but it was like $1500-$2000 in savings because I did a side by side comparison of the two styles.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2013 at 2:31PM
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michoumonster

beautiful! I love all of the grays and blues. it feels very fresh yet classic and elegant.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2013 at 9:38PM
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perky_2

Beautiful! WOW factor going on there for sure!

Do you mind sharing the room dimensions?

    Bookmark   November 2, 2013 at 9:22AM
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taggie

Absolutely lovely. Great new layout and I love the backsplash especially, and those great mudroom cabinets!!! Beautiful job, congratulations!

    Bookmark   November 2, 2013 at 5:34PM
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kam76

Just checking in with you to see how your countertops are holding up. I have two young children too and am on the fence about carrera but really love the look! Gorgeous kitchen!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 11:35PM
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redroze

Oooo looks great!!! I didn't know about the lemon trick. Love the kids backpacks...were they an Etsy find?

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 9:10AM
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cwalen

Redroze - the backpacks are from Pottern Barn kids.

Kam76 - they are holding up ok. I will tell you, you have to be really careful because they do scratch. Don't throw the keys down on the countertops, don't drag stuff across them, that sort of thing. Rubbing lemon juice periodically all over them evenly etches them, so they all look very uniformly 'matte'. which is a look I personally prefer. I seriously love them so much. You really must look hard at them for the bit of dings and whatnot.

Perky2 - I will have to measure. It is not a big space though, that I can tell you. I would have to pull some old sketches to find out the space before though. Hopefully I kept the old kitchen layout from previous owners when they renovated in the early 1990's.

Can't recall who asked...but the shutters. We ended up with a custom shutter guy who comes from northern Baltimore County, near the PA line. The other company we were considering were from Gaithersburg, MD, called Perfect Fit Custom Shutters (www.perfectfitshutters.com)

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 10:19AM
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nlion

cwalen: Love your kitchen…I had to post because I think you'll probably get a kick out this. You'll be surprised at how closely some of us actually look at these reveal photos. You know what I ordered after looking at your photo? The Thomas Keller Ad Hoc at Home cookbook. I saw it next to your range and knew my kitchen "needed" it too. :-)) Heeeheee!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 10:56AM
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susanlynn2012

I had to look at your kitchen again. I really love it!

Thanks for sharing all the details. It is so peaceful and beautiful with wonderful lighting and beautiful cabinets, counters, backsplash and the appliances!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 11:33AM
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cwalen

Nilon,

LOL'ing! I love that book! And it's way too pretty to keep in the cabinet.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 1:44PM
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wilson853

cwalen, beautifully classic remodel! My new layout is going to be very similar, and I want to make sure that I have room for three bar stools. Would it be possible for you to tell me the dimensions of your peninsula, the depth of the overhang, and the distance between the peninsula and the refrigerator wall? Thanks much.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 10:13AM
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gram08

Was the partial overlay of your cabinets similar to refacing on existing cabinets with real wood? Did you just do new cabinets where needed? I am considering complete
refacing on my existing cabinets in wood. Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful...what wonderful planning and execution.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 2:20PM
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cwalen

Wilson - the peninsula is 40.5 x 71.5. Overhang is 15" on the long side, and 9" on the edge opposite the fridge. We comfortably get 3 stools, 4 stools if they ate the kids, and the 9" overhang can do a 4/5th seat if needed. The space/walkway is 33" to fridge handle.

Gram08 - we did all new cabinets....

    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 8:59PM
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scrappy25

Beautiful, gracious, welcoming, open. Those are the words that come to mind as i view your pictures. Congratulations , that is a space that just invites stepping into! Your taste is impeccable. I have never seen that soffit detail trim before and it is very attractive. Looks like you had to change out some windows also- can I ask what type you used?

I emailed you privately for some information since I am in the Baltimore area. Thank you for posting!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 12:38PM
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rockybird

Gorgeous! I really like the backsplash and counters! Congratulations on a beautiful remodel!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 1:17PM
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cwalen

Scrappy25 - funny story with the soffits. When we ordered cabinets, we did uppers based on the existing ceiling. During demo, we realized the kitchen ceiling height was different than the living room height. We also originally thought we'd have to do a support beam in between the opened up kitchen and LR, assuming the wall was load-bearing. Turns out it was not, and we could seamless integrate the ceilings. That presented a problem with the fact that the long-ordered upper cabinets would either have a gap above them (which we did not want) OR we had to get creative with soffits/trim. My contractor suggested the crown above the drywall bulkheads, and I love how it turned out!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 9:57AM
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scrappy25

cwalen- thanks, i just saw this response!

I tried to email you through gardenweb but not sure that you got it. Could you email me through gardenweb (click on my name for the email link) with the name and contact number of your plantation shutter guy? I'd also like the name and contact of your contractor if that is okay. He seems to have good suggestions. If you post it here I will also see it. thanks!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 2:08PM
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scrappy25

Also, where did you get your marble countertop and which fabricator did you use? sorry for all the questions. Always great when one can get local recommendations.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 2:10PM
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cwalen

Hi Scrappy - I just emailed you thru Garden Web. Check to see if you received it!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 4:26PM
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