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take a peek at my "soft modern" small kitchen design?

Posted by feisty68 (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 22, 14 at 16:59

Hello folks,

This is my first time designing or renovating a kitchen. I'm in a time crunch now and I'm getting nervous about making a final decision about layout! IkeaFans helped me a lot with the design, but I'd love some non-IKEA-centric eyes on this :) . Any input would be most appreciated!

The kitchen is open concept, facing a dining/living area with a mountain view. The entrance door to our condo is beside the kitchen.

my mission statement:

I would love my kitchen to be functional for preparing daily scratch meals, with easy-to-clean, hard-wearing surfaces. I want to be social with my family while I am working in the kitchen, and to encourage more kitchen participation from my children. I want my kitchen to look softly modern, full of light, with minimal visual clutter. I want my kitchen to feel like an open and welcoming entrance to our flat and I want it to be completely integrated into the attached dining/living area and not scream "kitchen area". In this casual space I want to highlight artwork, people, and decorative items rather than walls/appliances/surfaces.

design so far:

IKEA kitchen planner link

view from living/dining area:

this is my mood board:
we are using existing appliances and planning custom doors and panels

If anyone knows how to achieve this look with solid maple cabinet fronts I would love to know more!


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Pics don't work for me...


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feisty, couldn`t get any of your pictures to open.


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Huh. The planner link doesn't work for me (on iPad, so obviously not), but the screenshots and mood board and the grey cabinets all work fine. Very nice choices.


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"that look" ... the grey wood? It's going to take a chemical reaction, not a stain. And some experiments.

Iron acetate (the "vinegar and steel wool" trick) on a high-tannin wood will go grey. Then you seal it.

Maple might not be high tannin ... If you have a low tannin wood, you can add tannin from strong black tea (weak tannin source) or something called "quebracho" (a high-tannin extract of a tropical tree).

It takes careful prep of the solutions and careful note-taking during the testing so you can reproduce your results. Make up concentrated stock solutio9ns and make accurate dilutions from them for working.

Here is a link that might be useful: Quebracho on pine


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Also, you can use "ferrous sulfate" (sold online) instead of the acetate - it's greyer, not as blue. See the picture.

Or a black alcohol-based aniline dye ... very diluted

Another link. Scroll down for pictures
http://www.thewhistlepost.com/forums/tips-tricks-techniques/10867-weathering-wood.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Supposedly maple with ferrous sulfate !


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3d view of kitchen


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view from dining/living area:


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mood board:


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Thank you so much for the replies!

Shchicksal & canuckplayer, I hope you can see the photos above.

Writersblock - thank you for reassuring me :) .

Lazygardens - good to know! For some reason I thought that a semi-solid stain or diluted paint could achieve the right effect but that may not be realistic. I did look at quite a few staining processes with steel wool (internet photos), etc. but ruled them out because the effect is quite a bit darker than my inspiration photo. Sounds like it will be a challenge.


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Spent the afternoon removing drywall yesterday. Floors go in starting Mar 4. The pressure is on! eek!

Anyone else have layout comments for me?


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sheepishly bumping, hoping for more layout input


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Is that a compact sink? Do you really want such a small sink? Where is dishwasher going to go?
Honestly, I can't imagine fitting half of our stuff in that kitchen. But I'm not a guru so maybe there a jedi-organization tricks that would make this work.

Does the window above sink have to stay put?


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Have you compared how much stuff you have with how much storage there is? Also, where will glasses and cups go? It seems a bit inconvenient if they're in a lower cabinet but maybe I'm a bit trained to look in an upper first since that's where everyone I know keep them.


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SamG and Schicksal - thank you so much for your replies :)

"Is that a compact sink?"

It's the Ruvati Undermount 16 Gauge 25" Kitchen Sink Single Bowl with interior dimensions of 22" x 17".

"Do you really want such a small sink?"

It's not much smaller than my current double sink so I think I can live with it. It was a bit of a design dilemma as I wanted the sink centered on the window, but I also wanted a slightly bigger corner cabinet (IKEA's 37"x37") to make that corner area more useful storage than what I have now (with these 32" pole-less lazy susans). In order to make that work, the sink cabinet has to be 24" wide only.

"Where is dishwasher going to go?"

Sorry that was not clear from the screenshots - it's shown between the sink and fridge, but mine is slide-in - not built-in as shown.

"Honestly, I can't imagine fitting half of our stuff in that kitchen. But I'm not a guru so maybe there a jedi-organization tricks that would make this work."

Yeah, I understand what you mean. Storage-wise it's not much different than what I have now, so I think I can live with it. I do have to be ruthless about what I have in my kitchen, and I don't have multiples of anything. I can steal some additional storage space from a utility closet beside the entrance door (not shown), or from the bank of wall-mounted cabinets (shown on right wall) that will continue down the wall through the dining/living area. I definitely am prioritizing creating more counter space, and a greater feeling of light and space in this design.

"Does the window above sink have to stay put?"

Unfortunately, yes. It's a condo, there's a rainscreened exterior wall, etc. The window looks dinky and off-centre in the screenshots. My plan is to have soft white curtains hanging on either side of the window to make it appear larger. Also, if I bring open shelving along the range wall all the way to the window wall, I think the window will look more centered.


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Schicksal -

"Have you compared how much stuff you have with how much storage there is?"
Yes, as I wrote above, I think it's do-able - partly by using IKEA and third-party fittings that make the most of the cabinet interiors, and partly by stealing space from the utility closet and bank of cabinets in the dining/living area.
Also, where will glasses and cups go? It seems a bit inconvenient if they're in a lower cabinet but maybe I'm a bit trained to look in an upper first since that's where everyone I know keep them.
I will probably have frequently-used glasses/cups on open shelving on the range wall. I may have them in base cabinet drawers to make it easier for children to get and put away. I will be losing storage space with no uppers, but really only the lowest shelf is ergonomic for me - which can be replaced by an open shelf.

Thanks again for your help and input.


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Wouldn't the glasses on those open shelves just gather grease and dust from the stove being so close by? I keep a tidy kitchen but I still have to clean the dust off of my range hood all the time. And some grease is bound to escape your range hood.

Why did you choose not to use any upper cabinets? Your mission statement says that you want "easy to clean surfaces," but I would think that open shelving would mean a lot more cleaning! One way to make sure that you have "minimal visual clutter" is to hide all that stuff that makes for a cluttered look behind cabinet doors. The issue with your drawing is that it does not show a kitchen in use. Add more open shelving and put stuff on the shelves in your picture and it will likely look a lot more cluttered, the look you are trying to avoid.


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I think the kitchen looks peaceful but maybe needs some upper cabinets to hold things to have the kitchen look like less clutter instead of everything on shelves. Maybe a few cabinets with glass to get the open feel that you want.

I had the same question about where the dishwasher was as I can't live without mine but I see you answered this question.

I do not see any lights in the ceiling and only see that one wall light. What do you plan to do about lighting as you have only one window and it gets dark at night.


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Thank you so much for your comments jellytoast and lynn2006:)

"Wouldn't the glasses on those open shelves just gather grease and dust from the stove being so close by?"

I was thinking of having only *very* limited open shelving, with only daily use (and daily washed) matching dishes (like 4 cups, 4 plates, 4 bowls) and a few pretty bowls, etc. I was also thinking of having plexiglas or metal trays on top of the shelves that I could just pop into the dishwasher regularly.

"Why did you choose not to use any upper cabinets?"

I've been really influenced by pretty pictures . Also, the uppers on either side of my little window are blocking the light. Because it's a dark climate and the big window is north-facing, light is super critical and I've been influenced a lot by Scandinavian kitchens. Another issues is that when I work at the counter, the uppers are inches from my face and I just feel like it would be so much more open feeling without them. Finally, I don't love the side view of the uppers from the living/dining area.

"The issue with your drawing is that it does not show a kitchen in use."

Sigh, of course you're right. I may not be able to pull off the look I want and love. Of course, because it will be an IKEA kitchen, I will be able to add upper cabinets later if I change my mind!

"I do not see any lights in the ceiling and only see that one wall light. What do you plan to do about lighting as you have only one window and it gets dark at night."

I do have existing track lighting but I'm not happy with where it's located. Honestly I haven't quite figured out lighting and I thought it might be nice to live with the new layout for a bit before deciding on that.

All good comments that I need to think on.


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" ... I've been really influenced by pretty pictures ... "

LOL, haven't we all!

All of your answers make sense and it sounds like you have thought about things quite a bit. I, too, don't like uppers in my face when doing prep, but you do have that nice island you could prep on.

If you do think there is even a possibility of adding uppers later, try penciling them into your design just to make sure they would work. One little drawback to no uppers is no under-cabinet task lighting!

Do you have a picture or two of your current set-up? Seeing your current space might help to generate some ideas.


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this is from the dining area - area on left is a full-height pantry that will be removed. drywall is already off


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this is the current view from entrance to apartment. flooring will be oak to match flooring in attached dining/living area. if I add uppers, it will be along the range wall below - not on the window wall. the hood will be 36" though, not 30" as shown (better hood performance). also, soffit may be removed depending on ductwork solution. Notice world's most annoying corner cabinet.

I really want the entrance view of the kitchen to be awesome because it's the entrance to our whole home. Right now the pantry blocks the view of our dining/living area, as well as the large window with mountain view.

This post was edited by feisty68 on Tue, Feb 25, 14 at 14:50


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Thanks for chatting with me about this jellytoast.

As far as lighting goes, I adore this kind of task lighting (see link below) in combination with a shallow open shelf - that's what I would love to do but not sure how expensive/practical the wiring would be.

See how styled and pretty that kitchen is? Swoon!

Here is a link that might be useful: Remodelista: A Mint Green Kitchen from a Scandinavian Stylist


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While I do like the openness of the design with the pantry removed, where are you going to put all your food? I didn't really notice that in your drawings right off ... that there doesn't seem to be a place to put food.

My last kitchen had very little storage. There are only two of us and I don't do large grocery shopping trips (I shop almost daily), but we still had a lot of issues regarding where to put our stuff. It drove my husband crazy that we had food and dishes stored next to each other in the same cabinet. "Who does that??" he'd frequently ask.

Your pictures of your current kitchen show that it does get used, and your mission statement says that you plan to use your new kitchen to prepare daily meals from scratch. My advice would be to try to reconcile your "ideal looks" kitchen with the kitchen you will actually be using. I don't know if it's possible to have both in this case, so maybe a compromise or two is in order. If you do not allow for enough storage, your uncluttered ideal will never last more than a few minutes at a time.

You said you can "borrow some space" from a nearby utility closet. Can you borrow all of it and turn it into a pantry?


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" ... See how styled and pretty that kitchen is? Swoon!"

Yes, the key word being "styled." :-)

The designer did manage to incorporate some upper cabinetry without detracting from the overall openness of the design. Have you thought about doing something like that along the run of cabinets that go into your living space? ... it's a pretty combination of display and storage.


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You cracked me up when you wrote: "Your pictures of your current kitchen show that it does get used" :) . Oh yes, I know my REAL kitchen contradicts my DREAM kitchen ;) . And I get that kitchen photos are styled. In my defense, I have given up on that kitchen and we are in reno/demo mode!

I like the mix of uppers and open cabinetry in the mint kitchen - particularly how they "book-ended" the open shelf with the uppers. But the thing is, in that kitchen you are looking at the uppers face-on. In my space, the side-view of the range wall is pretty important and uppers don't look that great from the side - KWIM? I will try it out in the planner.

For food storage, I am planning to store top-labeled Mason jars and cans in the deep IKEA drawers. I am using Mason jars now and they are working for me. The drawers hold a lot and have great hardware so I think that's realistic.

The utility closet could be converted to a pantry if I need more food storage, but realistically this is a small home and I simply cannot have as much storage space as a standard kitchen if I also want the light and spacious feeling that I want. I have to be creative about space and I'm not sure that a full pantry is in the cards.

Here is a link that might be useful: mason jars in drawer - like this but with standard jars


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This is what I mean about the uppers looking awkward from the side view. To the left of the hood there needs to be some space for the duct above the uppers, so in that case I guess the soffit would stay.

This post was edited by feisty68 on Tue, Feb 25, 14 at 16:18


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I don't love the entrance view either


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What if you put the uppers at either end of the bank of cabinets that you have in the adjoining space, with an open shelf in between (like in the green Scandinavian pic)?

feisty, if you are the type of person who can organize your food into mason jars, then you are likely the type of person who can organize a lot of things to fit into not a lot of space! I give you props!

I keep hoping that this "bumping" will get your thread some more attention and ideas ...

Have fun with the demo!


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Thanks jellytoast - I'll think about that.


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It's all about the curtains:

Here is a link that might be useful: Ombre Lace Curtain in Ivory


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Big sigh. My city sold out of our first pick of granite. Now it has sold out of the Valley White/River White. Arg! It is so hard to find something that the husband and I agree on - we found two options but now none are possible. My third pick would be Panna Fragola, but he wasn't so impressed.


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And now the reality is sinking in about how annoying the whole issue will be around replacing a tiny load bearing wall with two columns. Engineer, building permit, etc. UGH.


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I did this in a home I remodeled and the shelves were in line with the rangehood. No matter waht anyone says, I still love open shelving and my grandma had open shelving in her old little cottage in Maine. Still lovely in my mind to put a few things on a shelf for easy access.


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feisty, I love your inspiration picture. I don't see why you can't do some open shelving & a couple of cabinets on both sides down towards the living area, like jellytoast suggested. I love how firsthouse did the open shelves on each side of the hood. You could do both ideas & have more storage. I'm big on open shelving, but w/ most items that are used a lot & being washed regularly. I'm doing them in my kitchen, mainly because of a window & not wanting the cab's to stick out & block it. Your light fixture is exactly what I'm wanting to do, as well. As, it looks like firsthouse has the same idea!

firsthouse, if you're reading this, I'd love to know what brand the light fixtures are. Are they the Boston library something or other ones I'm seeing everywhere? I want them in my kitchen very bad! They look awesome!

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Firsthouse_mp - love your kitchen! Thanks very much for posting the photo and chiming in. The shelves integrate really nicely with the hood. And I love that kind of lighting too. Seems like it would be so practical - I hope that it will work out that we can do that too so that our workspace really is workspace - open and well-lit.

When it comes to kitchen design, I want a place that feels good to work in more than I want storage space. I spend a lot of time there, do all the cooking and cleaning for a family of four, and homeschool my kids (frequent daytime meals/mess too). I really want to feel inspired there.

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Thanks for your thoughts bicyclegirl!

"I don't see why you can't do some open shelving & a couple of cabinets on both sides down towards the living area, like jellytoast suggested."

That's a possibility - I'll have to play around with the planner more. It's a little awkward because there's only 36" of cabinets to the right of the range so I think a cabinet and open shelf combined could look a little odd.


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I think firsthouse's lights might be at the link below. They are fabulous for a traditional/transitional look :)

Here is a link that might be useful: BOSTON FUNCTIONAL LIBRARY TWO ARM WALL LIGHT


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I'm loving this look for pendants over the island:


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These are the task lights that I would want -

Maybe in grey/brass?

Here is a link that might be useful: Bestlite Wall Lamp BL6 by Gubi


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firsthouse_mp, I love what you did with that house (saw the recent revival of your reveal thread)! I've gotta admit, those open shelves do look awesome.


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My gosh am I ever exhausted. We've finished demolition, but now we have to take *everything* out of the living room, dining room, and kitchen - flooring work starts on Tuesday. Goodbye sink! Goodbye range! Goodbye fridge! We have to move out for a week because the kitchen flooring is in our apartment entrance.

Sigh.

I have to figure out if any stoneyard has my Valley White granite slabs - the three I called have sold out.


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fiesty, Thanks for coming up w/ the Boston Functional Library name. I knew it was something like that! I love those basket light fixtures. Fun. And, the other ones are pretty awesome too. Good luck w/ everything. The demo part is not the fun part!


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Could you make that bank of shallow cabinets into a floor-to-ceiling pantry?

Our kitchen has very little upper storage due to a large window in the middle of the wall. So, most of my storage is deep-drawer cabinets (which I LOVE). However, I have 10 linear feet of floor-to-ceiling pantry storage (16" deep), which, for me, completely makes up for the lack of uppers.

In the photo, the pantry storage is on the left behind the louvered doors.


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Yes, those are the Boston Functional library lights that I used. I used them for the last two houses and I still love them.

Demo can be very satisfying though--it means you started!


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Nice kitchen PaintEverything!

The shallow cabinets on the right wall are in the dining/living area along a long wall. I want to keep that wall free for large paintings that I want to showcase.


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We actually were still demolishing today. My husband disentangled cabinets from plumbing and that was a lot more work than I thought!

I organized appliance movers for tomorrow.

I have a separate thread for island detailing because there will be two posts close together and it might look kind of crummy.


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Put 2 slabs of White River 3 cm granite on hold this afternoon :) . I am happy about this. It is very pretty, very soft and flowing. So relieved to have that dealt with.

I found out that White River actually is a different stone than Valley White, even though they look similar. Also, they said that the Kashmir White quarry is closed so no more of that!


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*MY* White River slabs :)

Mostly grey tones, with some touches of gold. I love how soft and flowy the pattern is.

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Very pretty!


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I love the White River Slabs you have chosen! Maybe I would like this also. I can't wait to see them installed. Thank you for sharing.


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11th hour layout advice is welcome! I'll be starting to buy cabinet boxes today or tomorrow!

Here's my IKEA planner file:
feisty's kitchen in 3D

Here's the existing kitchen:

Here's a screenshot of the plan for the kitchen:

And here's my current mood board:


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149.00; however, not sure how much light they emit.


also in brass (139.00

Here is a link that might be useful: light fixtures at Remodelista


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I adore both of those nosoccermom! Thanks!


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I am looking for an offwhite for the kitchen walls too. Currently I am not planning a backsplash.

The lighting conditions are very challenging. The main window in the room is north facing, and the south-facing window in the kitchen is tiny. Also, we have very long cloudy gloomy winters, so there are a lot of shadows in the kitchen.

I need a warm off-white. Right now I have Bavarian Cream in Benjamin Moore but it tends to go greenish at times. I would consider F&B Pointing or BM Linen White? Thoughts or other suggestions? It would need to work with the White River granite shown in the mood board above - it is mostly grey but it also has gold smudges and small purplish dots.


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Jellytoast, you made me laugh so hard. The first thing I discovered when I moved in and unpacked my own kitchen, was that despite all the cabinets I *thought* I had, once I put all my gear away (pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, baking supplies...), was that I had ZERO space left for my food!! I was suddenly *crazy* grateful for my walk-in pantry, because until it was built, I had to leave all the boxes of cereal and rice and cookies on the counter! What was I thinking?! ;)


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For paint color- I have Valspar Betsy's Linen in my living room/dining room that doesn't get a lot of light due to lots of trees in the neighborhood. It is beautiful, with just the right touch of creaminess.


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Thanks for your reply Awnmyown.

I'm planning a pullout beside the fridge, like this one:
Here's the rest of my storage plan in the base cabinets. Anything that doesn't fit goes in dining cupboards and the utility closet near the front door.

Here is a link that might be useful: Salt Tree Pull Out Pantry for Small Spaces


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Thanks for your input JessHS! Betsy's Linen looks like it might be a good option.

Colour possibilities for comparison:

Valspar's Betsy's Linen:

BM Bavarian Cream:

BM Linen White:

F&B Pointing:


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It's hard to go by onscreen chips, but i used to rent a place painted with a Sears color called Antique Linen, which looks about like the BM Linen White. It was a horrible color in real life on a wall--should have been called dirty bandage, especially at night. I think any of the others would work better in changing light conditions.


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Thanks writersblock. I saw Linen White in a living room - came off somewhat peachy there. Quite warm and enveloping, but I see what you mean about how it might look at night.


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  • Posted by raee zone 5 OH (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 14, 14 at 21:15

One of your inspiration pictures above set me thinking -- the one with the steel backsplash -- could be very interesting to use a steel splash and have your shelf made of your granite. I wonder if that would be hard to do? Probably expensive anyway.

I have to agree that you don't want the cluttered look of wall cabinets when you walk in. At most I would put a narrow wall cabinet at either end of the run with the open shelved between cabinets and hood.

River White is my all time favorite granite and you have an especially pretty piece, congratulations!


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I should have said that I think the Linen White would be more okay in a room that is flooded with light. My place that had the Antique Linen was pretty dark and it didn't help it any. I don't know how much natural light there is in your space, but I want lots and lots for that color.


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Writersblock - yes I think those colours are really affected by light. My kitchen has a small window and the main window opposite is north-facing. So I don't have bright natural lighting in the room. I need something that doesn't go dingy in shadowy/gloomy light.


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Raee, thanks for your ideas :)

It would be cool to have a granite shelf above stainless. But I don't think the granite installer is getting any more $$ from me! The counters will cost me more than double the cabinets with custom doors!

I had a tough time with the granite. I didn't know about River White and picked Valley White - which then promptly sold out throughout the city. I finally found a stoneyard that stocked it, and that was when I learned that River White is actually a different stone - one which I like better. I was lucky enough to be able to choose between two different slabs of River White, and it was amazing how different they were.


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Our DIY cabinet installation is starting off really slowly because I really wanted killer toekick drawers. Yesterday dh and I designed a toekick drawer hack for IKEA cabinets that I haven't seen before :) . It has standard North American toekick height and depth, uses standard IKEA drawers and soft-close and damper hardware (which are awesome), and most importantly the drawers use the maximum width of the space under the cabinets.

without front/plinth attached yet:

Here is a link that might be useful: instructions for full width AKARUM kitchen toe kick drawers

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Can anyone help me with hood ducting design? My setup is shown below - the green shows where the existing duct/soffit is. The duct has to go that way because it's a condo. I am not planning upper cabinets on the range wall. Walls will be off-white and the hood may be stainless (dh's preference).

Would it look OK to have chimney-style hood that goes into a painted drywall soffit above (like in illustration below but not green)? Or would it look better to have a wall-mounted hood with exposed duct going up and 90 degrees to the left? Painted duct?

Can anyone show me inspiration photos of L-shaped ductwork (like mine) on a wall with no upper cabinets?


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Can't show L shape, but if you check out this link about a quarter of the way down, there is a pic of her hood with 2 vents and one has some angles to it. I think it would look fine and actually maybe better than half a soffit on that wall.

Farmgirlinky's kitchen is one of my inspirations... just love it.

Here is a link that might be useful: farmgirlinky kitchen.


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Oh, I had a thought about your shallow wall. I was thinking pantry there, too but then when I read your comment about artwork, I was wondering how it would be to have tall skinny somethings flanking a center shallow cab like you have shown... kind of create a cabinet 'frame' for the art but still squeak a little more storage out of the deal. Just a thought.


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Thanks deedles!!

Farmgirlinky's kitchen is wonderful! Interesting how she handled the ducting for her range. It really suits the old-timey look of her space.

I see what you mean about adding tall pantries along that wall. It's hard to describe how the space feels, but because the entire room is long and narrow, and I don't want add anything above the waist along the long walls - to improve the room proportions. I have used tall bookshelves, etc. along the long wall before for storage, and it never ends up feeling right because of that.


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Well, the kitchen cabinets are installed, except the island ones. No doors or drawer fronts yet - which makes their functionality rather limited because the IKEA drawers don't have false fronts. We might put some temporary ones in? Counters aren't in yet. The new dishwasher and the sink/faucet are temporarily hooked up.

My dh has been a star doing the tricky cabinet leveling and lining up, moving electrical outlets, and plumbing.

I am still working on design issues like -
* undercounter microwave
* panels on either side of dishwasher
* fridge gable
* fridge to wall filler

This is going very slowly, but I feel good about that because I didn't even start thinking about the reno before January 2014. We kind of rushed into the whole thing, but definitely taking things one step at a time.

Layout - done
Flooring - done
Counter - picked
Plumbing - done
Cabinet Installation - 70% done
Electrical - in progress
Counter Installation - not yet
Doors/Drawer Fronts - custom, selection not final
Hood Installation - still working on selection
Lighting Design and Installation - haven't started yet
Drywall Repairs - not yet
Paint - working on selection


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I've been working on colours for the walls and cabinet fronts.

Farrow and Ball Pointing is a top contender for wall colour. I've painted a board and it is looking very soft and warm and glowy. I need the light reflectivity of an offwhite, but in this grey climate it's hard to find colours that don't go green or dingy. Pointing is responding very well to these conditions. I will consider Benjamin Moore's Bath and Spa Scrubbable Matte paint formulation - I've found it very beautiful and practical in other rooms. Farrow and Ball recommends it as an artwork-friendly colour and that is a huge consideration in this room as I will be displaying some large canvas artworks.

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The cabinet fronts have me scratching my head. I am planning a low-contrast kitchen for a peaceful feeling. Because my kitchen is small, the stainless appliances are very prominent - from some angles you will see more steel than cabinet, especially because I won't have upper cabinets. So the fronts need to:

* complement stainless
* complement the River White granite (primarily grey-green, with some gold streaks and some "garnet" spots)
* complement natural finished oak floors

When I went to the Farrow and Ball store where they have good-sized sample boards, Hardwick White really stood out as a great complement to the granite under natural and artificial light. Only colours with a strong green element worked at all - greys that steer into blue and brown undertones failed miserably.

I tried it out last night by painting on boards - in normal fashion but also diluted and rubbed into red oak to show the grain. My husband liked the colour a lot, especially the oak grain version. I'm surprised he liked something that light as he completely ruled out a white kitchen. But now I'm wondering if it's too light to be low contrast with steel - a darker option would be Mole's breath. And a less taupe colour would be Lamp Room Gray - that colour didn't look quite right in the store, but rubbed over red oak might just shift it into the right zone.

Sorry, my camera just doesn't take good photos:


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Here are some of the colours being discussed:

http://anurbancottage.blogspot.ca/2013/12/color-survey-results.html


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Hardwick White looks very nice beside steel in this photo:


http://www.housebeautiful.com/kitchens/dream/barn-kitchen-1110#slide-5

But, my cabinets will be frameless slab front, so a very different look.

edited to add: Hardwick White definitely looks more green than in the above photo.

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Gosh, so many choices! I have a hard time visualizing it ll put together, but I do think the Hardwick White looks great with the SS and will really reduce their visual impact in your kitchen. I also think it would look fabulous under your River White, one of my favorite granites!


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Thanks for chiming in Greenhaven :) . I'm glad you think it will work.


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I like the hardwick white. Picking a color that works well at all times of the day with different light sources and that works well with the surroundings can be tricky business. I had splotches of paint on the walls of my old kitchen for months trying to decide upon the perfect color. I ended up mixing some of the samples to get the right shade and then color matching at the paint store.

On a side note, I love the no uppers look!!!


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I think the hardwick white looks great with s.s.


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Deedles and Mgoblue85, I'm glad you're liking the Hardwick White. Especially because my husband likes it and now he considers the entire conversation OVER. For some reason he doesn't think it's a good idea to pick 20 grey colours and agonize over them for the next 2 months. Strange.

I'm living with a board painted Hardwick White and moving it around. The light we have here is very fickle and - like many Farrow and Ball colours - Hardwick White is too. Sometimes it comes across as more green, and sometimes more grey. It's reflecting the light quite nicely though, and doesn't appear dark even when the stainless is shining with reflected light. It will probably be quite "blendy" with the granite.

Mgoblue85, I've got a bad case of the disease below...but I don't want to be cured.

Here is a link that might be useful: I Have Anti-Upperitis. Do I Need a Cure?


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here's my personal to-do list to help me keep on track:

- kitchen lighting design
- get permission to use neighbour's table saw
- build last two cabinets for island
- island design details
- select U-shaped channel for bottom of sliding closet doors
- find a router that I can borrow for above
- paint a larger test area of Pointing on kitchen wall
- living room cabinetry/shelf design
- evaluate range hoods at kitchenhoods.ca showroom
- get quote for red oak cabinet fronts
- design pull positions
- source trash receptacles
- evaluate IKEA pullouts for use in fridge cabinet


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Your list initially implies a lot yet to do. In reality, how long do you think you have left? I was not aware you and DH were DIY-ing so much of this kitchen.

Thanks for the reminder to look up how to install cabinet hardware, and that I should make myself a similar list.


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It might be just me but I didn't like that Scandinavian mint kitchen at all. I liked most of the elements by themselves (and some I even have at home as I am a Retro Modern junkie and know a thing or two about it) but not how they were put together in this kitchen. I too suffer from "anti-upperitis" but that long shelf (on the wall with the picture) is too long and looks untidy and sort of "incoherent".

That would be an OK look for a summer cottage or a beach house but not in the main house - IMHO. Can't imagine myself cooking in that kitchen and running that distance between the sink and the range. And why such small sink with all that expanse of the counter space?


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Greenhaven -

"Your list initially implies a lot yet to do. In reality, how long do you think you have left? I was not aware you and DH were DIY-ing so much of this kitchen."

Yes, LOTS left to do. How long? Hard to say. We are DIYing everything except hardwood floor install, granite counter install, drywalling, and fabricating cabinet fronts (not sure if DIY finish). Also, if we move a structural stud we will hire a contractor to jack the ceiling. I am the organizer, buyer, and unskilled labourer. Dh does the more complex stuff, but he also has a stressful full-time job. So we are taking our time. We are making a lot of the smaller decisions as we go along and that seems to be working well.

I've been following your progress and glad to see how much you and your husband are managing to DIY as well! I always love to see what people can do. Your determination is getting you places :)

Eleena, good points about the mint kitchen design. I think I was attracted to the colour, how she incorporated art, and some of the styling. But I probably wouldn't do the shelf/uppers that way either, or the work zone relationships. Do you have any Retro Modern kitchen inspiration that you want to share with me?


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Feisty thanks for posting the name of the disease. I have it too! I opted out of uppers for my reno and the one previous too - and that was a very small kitchen. Organization was the key for me.

I love following your (and greenhaven's) ongoing remodel saga. I wish I could have done more myself but I wanted it done this century. As it is I'm working on the never ending last 10%!!!


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Mgoblue85 - skipping the uppers is a counter-intuitive choice in a small kitchen. In some ways it makes sense to maximize the storage space by including as much cabinetry as possible. On the other hand, if you actually cook, a kitchen is a workspace. A sense of space, minimal visual clutter, and natural light are all part of the function of a kitchen. After living here for 12 years, I want to make those more of a priority. The tradeoff may involve stashing some stuff in dining room cabinetry, but I'm OK with that :) .


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Well, big bummer. I discussed this in detail in another thread, but the structural issues associated with a tiny wall that we have are more complicated than I hoped and has contributed to a major stall in progress. It looks like we may end up with a 3 column solution (see below) because the 2 column solution is crummy anyway, and would require hiring a contractor, getting a building permit, jacking the ceiling, etc. - probably not worth it as the opening wouldn't be much bigger. This is seriously not ideal, but it may look like the rendition below. It's tempting to just drywall the whole thing in, but realistically, there may be significant light that is bounced off closet mirror doors (not shown) through the columns and onto the island worktop. Increasing natural light in the kitchen is a huge priority of this reno. And it does allow for more open-ness.


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OK, you have to use your imagination here. Cause there are no cabinet fronts or counters, and they need ironing, hemming, and hanging on a rod. Oh, and the walls need paint.

What do you think about the boho curtains? They weren't a boho price so they go back if they don't work.


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I love those curtains, and the colors are fantastic for your kitchen, but are curtains the way you want to go with your window treatments? Are you maybe looking for something to soften the room a little?

Sidenote: I thought of you today while I was at Menards. they had a clearance bin of various pulls and one section had sleekish soft brass pulls in it for a buck apiece. Almost took a pic for you but there were only, maybe, six pulls in the bin.


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Thanks for thinking of me at Menard's Greenhaven!

I know it's silly but I have been really fixated on having curtains. I won't be doing a backsplash so that was my "fun" thing. I was wanting to soften the kitchen and make it look "unkitchen" a bit...because it's an open concept space. I was also thinking it could visually widen the window. Also, with no upper cabinets there I didn't want things to look unfinished and I thought that curtains make it look more intentional. I'm glad you like the curtains. They are more intense than expected. I'm not quite sure...The colours really do work in this space, but the pattern is bolder than I thought.


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What about making a relaxed Roman shade? That way the fabric would be displayed in all its glory? They're super easy to make yourself. You can adjust how much billowing, an dif you don't like it anymore, can put a slat in the bottom and have a straight edge.


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Nosoccermom, those photos look great.

It's hard to tell from my photo, but I don't think the proportions would work in my kitchen - partly because there's not much room above the window and partly because it would emphasize how narrow the window is? Also, covering the window at all (during the day) wouldn't work for me because I don't want to block the light/view.


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Well, you would mount it outside the frame and hang it way above the window, so it wouldn't cover hardly anything.

and maybe even add some shelves or art next to them.


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I think your curtains are great. I would be concerned about them getting really dirty, really fast, having them next to the sink & countertops. I do like nosoccers idea about making them a roman shade & hanging it high above the window. However, I'm not sure you can get all of that that pretty print on a shade. Can you take a closeup picture of that part? I'd love to see what it is. It looks like some stitching or something sewn onto them. If you don't end up putting them there, I'd find some place for them!


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I agree, that the print is really what makes those curtains.

I went back up to your mood board, and I think they will look great!


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Nosoccermom, I tried to mock up how a shade would look, proportion-wise. What do you think?


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I vote no on the shade. I otherwise would say yes, but you are totally correct on the proportions with that tall, narrow window. Curtains would give the illusion that you are covering up part of a much larger window and give weight to either side.


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I'm thinking the same as you about the shade greenhaven.

Thanks for your input on the curtains bicyclegirl and greenhaven. I am really torn about them. The reno has been going on for almost 2 months now and I'm starting to second-guess myself.

Bicyclegirl, the curtains are amazing. The cloth is thin and crude-looking - that's why I'm not too worried about washing them or spot treatments. The appliques are velvet! That's why they're kind of shiny. Some of the appliques are stitched on with silvery sequins around the edges, most have dark gold thread. It's a cool combination that looks unpretentious because of the mix of materials and how the shapes are imperfect. I adore Anthropologie stuff.

The web site has a better photo than I could take (the appliques look lighter when not backlit):

Here is a link that might be useful: Anthropologie Sequined Curtain


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You could always scotchguard the curtains, too, to make cleaning them easier and more effective. I like thwm even more now that I can se how light they really are. At first I thought they looked so heavy for your sleek kitchen.


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The curtains are really neat looking. I'd give them a try and if after some time they aren't working for you, it's not like they're built-in or anything... they can always come down.


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I love Anthropologie! They have some of the most unique & fun items. Great store for gifts. I think the curtains would make a great focal point in your kitchen. As green says, you can scotchguard them & hopefully that will help you to not have to wash too often. I'm sure they'll look fantastic.


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Thanks y'all! I'm still considering the curtains. Scotchguarding is a great idea, especially because it isn't fussy fabric. I do think they would look a million times better if they were hung properly.


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Dh announced he "hates" brass pulls. sigh. We are officially experiencing renovation fatigue. I want him to love the kitchen too, but at the same time I'm the one who does 95% of the cooking and cleanup for a family of four.


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OK, need to get practical with the checklist:

* create kitchen lighting plan (I have another thread about that)

* get new quote for fabricated grey-stained oak cabinet fronts (matched grain)

* investigate DIY methods and costs for grey-stained oak cabinet fronts

* find out if Restoration Hardware has selected counter chairs in stock

* organize countertop templating

* switch out drawer pull to steel one and live with it a bit

* get quote for autobody shop painting of pulls

* decide about curtains

* work on storage plan for cabinets now that they are installed (drawers not functional without fronts though).

* start patching small holes in walls

* research trash bins with appropriate dimensions

* find dream spice jars

* figure out where phone, fire extinguisher, stool, and Bose SoundLink Mini will go

* source u-channel for sliding closet door bottom tracks

* prep metal front door for painting

* ask husband whether island base can be cut to put toekick drawer under cabinets

* go through all pantry supplies, clean mason jars and new lids, toss outdated items

* put shelf liner in all drawers

* Craigslist various items

* spoil husband rotten because he has been working sooo hard

* stop being so ADD


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Sounds like a good list, lol! I am sorry for your fatigue. I am ready to be done and have only been at it a few weeks, I can't imagine the place you are right now.


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And an update.

Dh installed the base cabinets for the island on the weekend. It is pretty wild to finally see my layout design implemented! I have achieved the airy look that I was hoping for. Let's see if I can actually store my stuff though!

It's interesting how standing at the island facing the large window and room feels like a satisfyingly "commanding" position - like being behind a bar or podium.

We have made an unconventional choice. Our perimeter worktops will be the standard 36" from the floor. The island worktop will be 3" higher to have a zone that is ergonomic for my 6'2" husband. He is a "weekend warrier" chef and I'm hoping that he will love cooking in our new kitchen. That puts the island midway between standard counter and bar height, necessitating adjustable stools. I think the island will be a good "standing desk" height for me too, for when I am using my computer while standing up, which I like to do.
We've picked this stool - to be accessorized with "bum pads":

*Why* don't they show stools like that from that back? That's the only view that counts.

Here is a link that might be useful: Restoration Hardware Vintage Toledo Bar Chair Distressed Black


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Feisty - I love that chair. Glad I didn't see those when I finally bought mine. I really like the curtains too. I think your kitchen is gonna look fabulous. Progress can be slow, but you're getting there. I completely get the reno fatigue. I'm still working on the ever present 10% and find it increasingly difficult with the weather changing. Heavy sigh...hang in there!!!


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Thanks for the encouragement Mgoblue85 :) . I'd love to see your kitchen...any reveal yet?


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I like your list better than mine, feisty!

That chair is cool. Perfect for being able to adjust to fit your counter height. Great choice.

Are you from Texas, by any chance? I noticed a "y'all" in one of your post. A Texan myself which is why I noticed!

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Oh no bicyclegirl, sounds like you need help with that list?

I like the chair because it's a reproduction drafting chair. Being in my mid-forties I remember when drafting still existed. Dh works in building design so he does too.

I am not a Texan, I'm actually a Canadian. But to me the South is very cool, hence the y'all ;) . I don't come by it honestly, though.


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There's been a bit of a breakthrough in figuring out how we might DIY the cabinet fronts. Looks like Rubio Monocoat products may create the look I'm going for - see the little square pasted onto my inspiration photo. I have a separate thread where some fabulous people pointed me in the right direction.


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And here's the latest mood board - sorry about the crummy resolution.


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So, countertop templating was done this morning. I was surprised how casual the process seemed. I guess they do a lot of the detail stuff on site when they install. Made some last minute changes like flush sink reveal - recommended by fabricator, and 1" overhang beyond fronts - also recommended. He didn't seem too worried about the 15" island overhang - recommended two 6" extending brackets just to be safe (if kids are hanging off the overhang). Bummer was that there will be a seam. He said the "L" shape would be too likely to break during transportation. Dh will not be pleased. The good thing, though is that the seam will parallel the movement of the grain. It's kind of annoying because we're paying for 2 slabs because we specified no seam. We're still getting the pieces as if there was no seam, but there will be a seam. Sigh. I find it stressful how many details are involved, and I'm really worried about making a mistake. On something that costs $4000.


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Hi feisty, I read thru all of your post about getting the "driftwood" look. It's gorgeous & glad you found a way to do it. There were some wonderful posts that sounds like you could call on for help during the process. I know you'll do a great job. I love your idea board w/ those cab's. Everything is coming together so well. I know you'll breathe better after the counters are installed. You're almost there! I'll keep my fingers crossed your seam doesn't look like one! Best of luck!!


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Thanks for the encouragement bicyclegirl! After 2 months of being "mid-reno", I'm tired of the mess and losing steam. Need to push forward!


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They just brought in the island countertop and placed it down. I finally get to see my granite in MY kitchen and I love it!! I was worried the River White would be too busy but it looks great and it's reflecting the light beautifully.

Takes five guys to manhandle one of the pieces. Wow it is tricky work to maneuver it into place where it is bounded on three sides. There is no wiggle room because we are not planning to have a backsplash.

Dh is getting tired and frustrated with all the annoying wiring and fiddly work. I hope the countertops will give him a boost!


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They had to notch the drywall on the right side to fit the long piece in place so that the fridge gable can butt up against the counter on the left side.

Looks like the corner cabinet will need an inner bracket to support the counter as well - especially because a seam crosses it (not originally planned for).


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Darn, the counter overhang is not consistent - varies over 1/4". They are on a coffee break.


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Just before epoxying the seam they went on a coffee break and I measured all the overhangs. They are inconsistent by over 1/4" . Ugh. I am having them reposition things right now. They are hacking into the drywall to make things fit. Hoping it all gets sorted out.

There is a mistake that probably won't get fixed - I specified a shorter overhang at the end of the cabinet run but they made the same overhang. Whatever.

I was really stressed about today and I guess this is why. If I hadn't caught this I'm not sure if I would have been able to get it fixed. Lots of pressure. Strange that they wouldn't measure stuff like that before epoxying.


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I like the polish on the granite a lot more than I thought I would. The sun is shining today and there is a lot of natural light bouncing off the island counter.

As I wrote in my other thread - of course they are blaming the walls and cabinets - but all of those were in place when the templating was done. The big boss came briefly and managed to correct the inconsistencies to be within an acceptable level - I think and hope. He defended the installers' work, but he also shifted the angles of all of the countertop pieces to make the overhang depth consistent, the counter depth consistent on either side of the range, and to make the range opening width consistent. The installers just didn't have their measuring tapes out much at all.

They are still epoxying. I hope they are not rushing because of how long this is taking. They want us to add a bracket to support the counter under the corner cabinet because the seam is there and the cabinet doesn't have solid support at that point.


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The countertop looks beautiful. Love the movement. And the bouncing light is so wonderful. Good luck with the rest of the work.


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I don't love the seam, but I guess I can live with it :/


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My first impression: what seam? It will look even better with time and distance.


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Thanks Jennifer. It isn't noticeable from a distance.


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They just left and I just realized they didn't mount the sink! I had to get the office to call them and they are driving back now.

Here's my little kitchen not showing the fridge (which is just to the left of the sink). Hood needs to be moved, range needs to be pushed back, cabinets need fronts, and drywall and painting need to be done obviously.


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It's beautiful - i can see why you love it. Glad you were prepared today.


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I just realized that they didn't round the corners either - even though I wrote it down and gave him a diagram. That granite isn't attached to the island at all - just sitting on top.

Edited to add - the granite is actually glued down to the island cabinets, I just didn't realize it.

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Feisty, beautiful kitchen!!! And what seam?!! :) It all looks great so far.

On my peninsula, I have one radius corner and one at 90 degrees. If I had it to do over, I'd have both be square corners. I only did the radius because my former counter had one. I like the look of squared off. Hope you do too.


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It's totally coming along! Fabulous :)


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It's beautiful feisty! What the others said...what seam? Seriously, if you hadn't pointed it out, I would not have noticed it. I'm glad they came back to get the sink attached. Crisis averted! You did a great job being prepared & it shows. As I said on your other post, you're getting closer & that has to feel good. Your list is getting shorter....& my list isn't moving!! I look forward to seeing more soon.

By the way, I think the squared off corners will go better w/ your more contemporary look than the rounded ones. Things happen for a reason. I bet down the road, you'll look back & be glad they're like they are.

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Thanks for the comments Romy, Bicyclegirl, Firsthouse, and Linelle! I'm glad that people of excellent taste like it :-D . It's so exciting to have a design vision come to life on this scale!

I think they could have made the seam less noticeable if they had been willing to smudge in or mix in a bit of the lighter coloured epoxy, but they weren't willing to. It's not something I'm going to freak out about though.

I actually love how the corners look...I was just worried about my rambunctious children who run around when they aren't supposed to. Oh well, maybe I DO have to train them ;-) . (They are 8 and 10 for goodness' sake).


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It's looking great! Progress, yay! The seam is in a good spot, you can hardly see it, it blends with the pattern.


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Thanks MGMum - I agree that the fabricator picked a good place to make a seam. There were other areas of the granite where a seam would have been more visible.


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Feisty68, I had to look several times to see the seam. I think it looks very good. I LOVE your granite choice and the way your beautiful kitchen is coming along. I also like the square corners for being part of the modern vision. You are so blessed to have a window over the sink.

Your kitchen and one other I am waiting for to be finished to help me decide what I am doing with mine. I had to take time off after my tax season to find a car that fits my very small size. Now I need to get more extensions done and then with your inspiration kitchen and the other few on here, I will finally make a decision. I wish I was handier and had a partner to help me in decision making. I seem to date men that are not that handy or committed. Maybe things will change this year.


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Oh I am so glad we got a look! It looks great, and I agree about the seam. I had to look hard to see it! Starting to look like a kitchen now, how cool is that?


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Looking really good!!! Agree with everyone else...you can hardly tell there's a seam. That's a great location for it. Can't wait for you to be finished- bet you can't either!!!


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I have never been poked by the square corner of my peninsula. It's a non-issue. Your kids will figure it out. :)


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Love your counters! And I really like the square corners. Maybe that was an inspired mistake!


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Thanks for the comments Lynn, Greenhaven, Mgoblue, Linelle, and Edb2n!

I do like the square corners. It will be interesting to see if the kids get head injuries ;) . There are quite a few issues with the granite install detailed in another thread.

I feel like I'm far off from the finish line because I'm not even ready to order cabinet fronts yet. That needs to be the priority - final measurements - because I assume the doors will take quite a while to fabricate.

The counters do create a big jump forward towards it *looking* like a KITCHEN :) . But right now I'm back to having no sink, dishwasher, or range. I don't want to touch the counters because they need more sealing. The sink needs more caulk. Sigh. Making dinner will be an adventure.


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It's really looking good. I hope you love your granite choice, as I do. Mine's been in more than a month, and I'm still admiring it :)


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Thanks Errant! I am very pleased with my granite choice. Although it has a pattern, it is very peaceful looking and that really works for the feeling I wanted to create in this kitchen.

I managed to find a pic of your granite - I guess I missed a thread about it? Or a reveal? Gorgeous! It's cool that it's "seam friendly" ;) .


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Wasn't able to read every post in the thread, but read most. I love the clean, peaceful, openness of your design! The countertops were a great choice as well.

I have a couple thoughts, although I don't know if all of it's been covered or it's past that point. Have you considered extending the soffit to the end of your lowers?

I think it would provide a bit of balance / alignment and why the uppers looked a bit lost in your earlier renders.


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JDE24, I'm glad you like the design :) .

Extending the soffit is something I haven't considered so thank you for that thought. That may actually work well on that wall - to make it more symmetrical and extend the lines. OTOH, in the rendering below it definitely adds to the bulk of the whole hood nonsense. I think the extra soffit looks nicer from the kitchen entrance view than from the dining/living area view.

Another other idea was to remove the soffit and just have an exposed duct - that was an idea that dh had which I kind of liked.


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side note to Lynn -

I was on the dating scene not too long ago so I know what that's like (after my ex suddenly left me). People show what they're made of over time, so be very patient as you get to know them. Be yourself and don't be afraid to turn off people who aren't a good fit. Few people these days are capable of commitment because our society promotes a "shopping"/disposable mentality when it comes to relationships. Commitment comes from deep within and you have to know a person's character and past to know whether they are capable of that. You can see that in how they've handled past relationships, friendships, jobs, and business arrangements.

My current husband and I found one another through non-dating channels. Because it was long distance we had a chance to get to know one another deeply with no pressure or expectations. I'm a lucky woman.

I can tell you that having a partner to "help with decisions" isn't always convenient though ;) . Handy-ness can go either way too. I haven't had a sink or range or dishwasher for three days now because dh is too busy with work to hook everything up. When you aren't handy and don't have a handy spouse you just hire someone and get-er-done :) .


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I didn't do a reveal because I'm not completely finished. I want to get the dining area spruced up, first :)

And yeah, I love the flowing movement in the River. Peaceful is exactly the right word for it. I was actually considering going with marble because all of the granites I had seen looked so busy, cluttered, hectic, even hyper to me. I was really glad to have found the two slabs of River White, and love that it leaves me with so many color options when I want to change the cabinet color.


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In that case I am looking forward to your reveal Errant!

Because I am trying to showcase art in this room, I didn't want the granite to be a focal point. Here's the largest piece - it just got shipped to me across the continent. My mother is the artist. It is two panels designed to be hung in the corner - it will be at the other end of the room from the kitchen. It's the painting that was the design for a large mosaic that was installed at a bus station :) . Ironically (because of the granite) the piece is called "Quarry Pillar" - here's a mockup of how it will look when hung (plastic on the right is covering the wall TV), with mocked up curtains (together the panels are 44" high by 8' wide):

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Now that we have counters that maybe I can USE tomorrow (I have not had counters for 2 months and 3 weeks), dh got all impatient to have counter stools :) . Just ordered these. Not cheap but we wanted something very sturdy (kids) and it has to be adjustable because the island height is halfway between counter and bar height:

Restoration Hardware
Vintage Toledo Bar Chair Distressed Black


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In other news, I tried out the Rubio Monocoat Urban Grey Precolor with the Rubio Monocoat White Oil on a red oak hobby board. Both were quite easy to apply. The precolor has a similar consistency to thick paint so I brushed it on and wiped it off. After letting it dry I brushed on - then wiped off after 5 min - the White Oil. The finish is now looks nice and matte and water beads on the surface. Where I tested the White Oil by itself I can see that some of the wood was dirty and would have needed to be cleaned properly (they have a product) for good results.

Dh was happy with the overall effect. I think the grey is a bit too dark and blue so I am thinking of mixing the Urban Grey with the Mint White to achieve a better colour for the granite. That means ordering another sample bottle from Georgia.

This is promising!

The photo below doesn't show how beige/green the granite looks IRL -


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Wow! Your mom's artwork is amazing. That is a wonderful centerpiece for your home. I look forward to seeing all of the pieces hung in your space.

The cab stain/paint looks promising.


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I agree removing the soffit could look clean if you didn't have a visible L. Exposed ducts might look good. Extending it allows the flexibility to add uppers that look built in later if more storage is needed.

Look forward to watching your progress!


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Your Mom's pieces are beyond words. They are spectacular and are the showcase. Everything is so tightly put together and coming along beautifully. Your River White is beautiful and the perfect backdrop to your Moms artwork. My Mom was an artist also and I cherish her pieces that are throughout my house.

Can't wait to see more of your space to come together.


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