Our almost finished kitchen (w/ tile countertops!)....

mom2cohenNovember 12, 2010

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Thank you for ALL your inspiring posts and pictures! I have been lurking around here for months trying to decide on what we will use and how we will set things up! I haven't posted a ton but when I did you all helped me SO much! Thanks again!

*Countertops: Rectified porcelain from blackandwhitetile.com

*Floors: Strand Bamboo from Cali Bamboo

*Appliances: Electrolux from Best Buy Floor Model Clearance Warehouse which we purchased for a little under $350 a piece!!!!

*Cabinets: Ikea

*Silver Barstools: Lowes

* Pottery Barn Porter Pendants

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kitchenaddict

hi mom2co...

Oh MY! Love it! Love the contrast of dark and light. You struck an awesome balance with your backsplash. Enjoy your beautiful new kitchen!

KA:)

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 4:14PM
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marti8a

Those are tile countertops? Wow! They are gorgeous. As are your cabinets. Makes me want to come sit at the bar and drape myself over it. Do you have a close up photo of the counter?

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 4:49PM
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homey_bird

Wow! Wow!!!!! I love the transformation. Cannot believe those are tile countertops..are you sure? :-)

Fabulous job! Enjoy and congratulations.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 5:06PM
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etayer

Classy! Really classy!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 5:10PM
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mom2cohen

Thanks everyone! Here are some closer up pics of the countertops. Yep, they really are tile :)

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 5:11PM
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marti8a

Thanks, they are really pretty!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 5:28PM
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sammiecanada

Love the dark cabinets and light countertops (guess that's because I just did the same thing!!)...great job...it looks stunning...

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 5:42PM
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contemporganic

LOVE IT! I am also going with a darker cab/ light counter design.

Can you PLEASE share more information about your tile countertops? I have been interested in doing something similar (large format whitish tiles). What size tiles are they? How did you handle the edge trim? How did you handle the spacing on the wall counters with the backsplash, cutouts and edges? As many detailed photos as you can share would be GREATLY appreciated!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 5:54PM
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ideagirl2

Gorgeous! How big are the grout lines in the counter? And what grout did you use?

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 6:26PM
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dianalo

I love this kitchen and think the floors were an inspired choice to work with the style.
I went back a few times to the original photos because I could not believe they were tile at first. Even when you can see the grout lines, it still looks really nice. I am usually not a huge fan of tile counters because I don't like grout on a horizontal surface, but yours are much better than any I have seen before.
I don't know how you did it, but it looks so much bigger than the old kitchen. The fact that you did it all on a budget makes me appreciate it all the more ;)

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 7:19PM
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midwifekim

Your kitchen is hot! I love the moody cabinets and clean counters! The lighting and backsplash work perfectly! Congrats!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 7:22PM
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honeychurch

Love your pulley pendants and built-in butcher block--Congratulations on a wonderful transformation!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 7:26PM
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odiegirl13

Beautiful kitchen. What a transformation!

I am back to considering IKEA for budget reasons. Can I ask who installed your cabinets? How did you decide on IKEA? You did a great job on the design. Lovely, lovely.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 8:01PM
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debrak_2008

Really like your counters. Please post more information on your tile and the installation, etc.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 8:17PM
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islanddevil

Wowie! Beautiful. I love the color combo and the huge transformation. Great job!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 8:21PM
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rhome410

Great choices for a fantastic result! I had to go back to look for tile lines, too. You'd think they'd be more obvious in the glossy surface. REALLY nice job on the whole room. Not a bit like my choices, but I could love this kitchen. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 8:38PM
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pip

So sleek! The tile countertop looks great. You can tell it was well installed - I am typically not a fan of tile counters, but yours looks great.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 9:28PM
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mom2cohen

Thanks again everyone! Here are some more pics (as requested by several). Also to answer some other questions....

1) The tiles were butt jointed (similar to what they do when they install granite tiles on countertops).
2) The tiles are 24" square. We purchased them from blackandwhitetile.com because we couldn't find any that large anywhere around us. They are rectified porcelain.
3) We originally wanted to go with a Matte finish but after playing with several samples we realized that the Matte finish not only scratches but it stains as well.
4) Our installer had never done this before (yikes) but he did a GREAT job! It took him a LOT longer than he expected!!!
5) The edges were a challenge as they kept slipping so our installer ended up using some hot glue (it dries much faster than the morter) along with the regular morter.
6) Our installer used a basic morter (same as he used for the floors in our upstairs bathroom) and a white grout that matched the countertops. Nothing special here just everyday stuff.
7)As for the cabinents. We purchased them AND installed them ourselves! It took us about 3 weeks start to finish (but we have two kiddos under 3!!!) and we worked in the evenings and on weekends.
8) Also, for anyone curious about the costs for the countertop project: tile ($200), plywood/backerboard ($75) and installation ($300) That is right....we only paid $575 for our countertops!!!!! YIPPIE

I hope I answered all the questions. Please feel free to ask anything! I had a VERY hard time finding inspiration for "modern day" tile countertops so I want to make sure I help where I can!

Here is a close up of the island.

Here are a couple of edge profiles. We like the square edge but beware....the corners are SHARP!

Since the tile is 24" and the countertop total depth with overhand was around 25.5" the installer put a 1.5" strip at the back which is hardly noticeable (especially with coffee pot, etc).

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 9:44PM
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jpseajdm

I just love your kitchen! I also love that drum shade light fixture over your table. Where did you find it? Thanks.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 11:15PM
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deeageaux

Appliances Electrolux from Best Buy Floor Model Clearance Warehouse which we purchased for a little under $350 a piece!!!!

Can you break that down?

Is the dishwasher paneled? Does Ikea offer that?

Is the cook top Electrolux induction?

What are you doing for ventilation?

Is that the Ikea apron front sink?

That is an absolutely fantastic kitchen.

Double Kudos for doing so on a low budget.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 1:30AM
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mom2cohen

jpseajdm - the drum shade over our dining table is from Overstock.com. I found it through copycatchick.com....it is supposed to mimic the drum shade that used to be offered by Restoration Hardware. We paid $105.00 for it.

deeageaux - to answer your questions....

1. Can you break that down? Kind of. We purchased all of the appliances through a site called Cowboom.com. We heard about it through a friend but to be honest we were really nervous after we purchased the items. You see, you have to pick up the items in person in Flowermound, Texas which is about 3 hours from us. When we got to this city it was a little run down place and we were sure we had been scammed. Anyhow, sure enough once we found the Best Buy Warehouse (which I am sure is the only thing keeping this town running) we were greatly relieved. It is a HUGE (maybe 100,000sq/ft) warehouse FULL of Best Buy store returns and/or floor models! We walked in handed the lady at the front desk our receipts and 20 minutes later we had new appliances with 30 day warranties on them! I realize that this would not work for everyone since you do have to pick things up in person but it ended up being a fantastic deal for us!!!

2. Is the dishwasher paneled? Does Ikea offer that? Yes, the dishwasher is integrated. It is to the right of the sink and yes, Ikea does offer this. I believe the dishwasher was around $599 and the panel door from Ikea was an additional $80.

Is the cook top Electrolux induction? It is a Hybrid induction. !/2 regular and 1/2 Induction. I would have preferred all induction but hey you get what you can!

What are you doing for ventilation? We have not installed the hood yet. It is the next thing on our to do list. It is also from Ikea and it is a large silver hood. It cost somewhere around $399.

Is that the Ikea apron front sink? Yes, the it is the Ikea apron front sink! I LOVE it and so does everyone that sees it. It is the single Domsjo and it is HUGE! I also got lucky and scored a new Delta Touch Faucet from a friend who decided not to install it in her new home and sold it to me for half price! We LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 6:51AM
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ebean

wow now that's a transformation! you did a beautiful job.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 7:55AM
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sochi

Beautiful kitchen, you did a fantastic job. The tile looks gorgeous. Congratulations and enjoy!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 10:19AM
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jejvtr

mom2

If I didn't know better I would think you did cut/paste for the after photos! Incredible job - great use of space and kudos for your patience & budget savvy

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 10:49AM
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debrak_2008

Thank you so much for posting the close up photos and details of your countertops. I was surprized to read that matte tiles scratch more than polished. Just wondering if you had considered granite tiles? I can't stop looking at your kitchen!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 12:48PM
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marti8a

I just realized that your chopping block is part of the counter and not just sitting on top of it. Was that hard to do?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 2:51PM
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mamabear2010

Wow - what a beautiful transformation!! Congrats!!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 5:14PM
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mom2cohen

marti8a - Yes, the butcher block is integrated. It wasn't hard at all to install. It just fastened to the top of the cabinets and then the installer tiled around it. We purchased it through Boos and it was my "splurge" since we saved on so many other things. That butcher block....which I LOVE LOVE LOVE cost $650 bucks!!!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 5:38PM
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sabjimata

I am so impressed by your kitchen! This is the best tile countertop I've seen. Such large format tile. Checked out the website and the price is fabulous. Thank you for posting; I think we will use these in our bathroom!

Enjoy the kitchen!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 8:07AM
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scmtngirl

This is very inspiring. I've been looking at 24"x24" granite tiles, but I really like the sleek, mod white here. I don't see any tiles specified as being rectified on the www.blackandwhitetile.com site, however, although the link below looks pretty much like what you used. Can you provide a product link for the tile if not?

Here is a link that might be useful: Pure White Porcelain Tile Polished Icelandic

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 2:49PM
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mamabear2010

Whoa - what a fabulous transformation - it is a beautiful kitchen!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 4:11PM
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monkeymo

What and incredible transformation. It is beautiful. It really gives a new light to using tile. Congrats!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 4:19PM
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oldhouse1_gw

mom2cohen, Wow! What an amazing job! It hardly looks like the same space. Your counters look awesome and I love the big hunk of butcher block. I'm doing a more traditional unfitted look in my kitchen but I so appreciate the crisp, clean and modern look of yours. Well done! Have fun cooking up a storm.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 4:59PM
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shelayne

Holy Cow! That is drop-dead gorgeous! So sleek and sophisticated! Love it!

Those cabs are fab! Are they the new black/brown IKEA Ramsjo doors? They are amazing!

Your counters are lick-worthy, which in Gardenweb kitchenland is a very good thing! ;^) Congrats!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 11:16PM
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flwrs_n_co

Beautiful transformation! Did you move a wall?--just wondering because I can't figure out how you could fit an island in the old kitchen. Love the contrast of cabs and countertops! And your pendants are great! Enjoy!

    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 1:09AM
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aloha2009

Wowza!!!

I'm been searching for an inexpensive but awesome countertop that would work and you hit it right on! Backspash included!

You have made my day, no my week. Thanks for sharing and all the details.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 3:01PM
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jenniferdalrymple_att_net

we are looking into the ramsjo cabinetry at ikea and it looks like you have a pantry to the left of your fridge. I can not find a pantry in the ramsjo finish? Any suggestions?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 11:48PM
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debrak_2008

I just posted a link to your kitchen in a thread about built in butcher block. Wanted to bump this up as this is such a great kitchen. The counters are amazing and an affordable idea. Hope you are enjoying your kitchen.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 10:39AM
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ginny20

Excellent job, congratulations! Very elegant. I especially like the BS and the pendants.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 11:03AM
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gr8daygw

I just saw some 24 inch granite slabs that are counter depth and with a smaller counter top it would be so easy to use these. One third the cost of slab. I am thinking of using it for my laundry room. The edge is already finished. You can get them at flooring and tile stores. Pretty neat.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 7:01PM
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library_girl

What a beautiful transformation. It turned out fantastic. I especially love the porter pendants, and the bar stools! Thanks for sharing all the pictures and info!

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 7:32PM
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Mags438

Beautiful transformation. Your kitchen is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing sources also - love the tile counter. Off to look at site! Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 6:37AM
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gr8daygw

Looks like a $60,000 plus kitchen! Love everything, beautifully coordinated, beautifully executed. Tile setter did a great job and I love your backsplash and appliances too. Great job!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 8:44AM
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gr8daygw

P.S. I think the shiny tile looks better with this kitchen, it's more modern. Love your pulls, they really dress up the cabinets and add some flash. Looks fantastic with the cabinets and splash. I'm in awe!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 8:54AM
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