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almost there, and thanks for everything

i hope you will indulge me as i post a few pics of my almost done kitchen. appliance hookup, backsplash, and faucet will be installed this week.

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  1. Hi, eLizard:


    What's the flooring? I've been looking for something just like that.


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    1. re: kaleokahu

      black and white (ceramic i think) 12x12 tile with black grout. it's really cool in person. it looks like a solid surface.

      1. re: kaleokahu

        You might consider Marmoleum ... I love having a little resilience for when I drop something. Tile guarantees tragedy ... Plus it's very green and will last for 50 years.

        1. re: foiegras

          I have to speak out against Marmoleum. I have it in my kitchen and no matter what it never looks clean. The pattern and color are great -- in fact this house had Marmoleum installed when it was built in the 50s -- but maintaining the finish has been impossible.

          1. re: escondido123

            elizard has white cabinets. they'll never look clean either.

              1. re: eLizard

                See, this is why we painted the lowers black and the uppers white. We almost never spill *UP*. Almost.

              2. re: Chowrin

                I have all white trim in my house, including built-ins, and I'm amazed how good it is at hiding dust. Much better than my black lacquer tables.

                1. re: foiegras

                  thanks. it's the honed black granite that's giving me the most agita right now!

        2. ELizard, looks terrific!

          Start to finish, how long did it take? I remember some comments during your early posts where some posters thought that your contractor's timeline sounded too long and others thought it optimistic, so I am curious.

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          1. re: masha

            i started march 10. i thought it could go to june 1. looked like it was going to be may 1, but it's actually going to be this thursday or friday. so 8 1/2 weeks?

            1. re: eLizard

              That's pretty short. As I recall, you weren't pulling down any walls or anything structural, but that is still excellent. It sounds like there weren't any surprises that set you back and that your contractor did a good job of scheduling the subs and placing orders so there wasn't downtime between portions of the job. I am sure that it still seemed like a long time to be kitchenless.

              1. re: masha

                there were a few glitches that probably contributed an extra week to the job. we had to template the granite twice since the flooring raised the cabinets up an inch (or two in some places) after the first template. the cabinet install was not what i'd call smooth either. it took a long time with breaks in between because of missing stock. there was also a week lag between the demo and the cabinet start. in a perfect work this would have been a 5 week job. but i'm still ok with 8. the hubs is not as thrilled, and i'm usually the impatient less understanding one. i really want to start loading up the cabs, but he's telling me to hold off until after the back splash and it's making me crazy!

                1. re: eLizard

                  Your job went pretty fast. My sister's dragged because tear out was done before everything had arrived and been checked that it was what was ordered, in the right amout, was in perfect condition and that all the parts were there. My sister had to wait for tile -- no one counted -- and sink drain -- no one checked.

          2. Almost done, yay! It's looking so good. Can't wait to see it with the backsplash. Be sure to update, please. :-)

            BTW, you gonna attach handles to your fridge, or just stick with the minimalist look? It brings a touch of Euromodern slick which works surprisingly well with your early 20th century design. 0:-)

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            1. re: DuffyH

              the handles are on the inside of the fridge waiting to be attached, smarty pants. backsplash will just be plain subway tiles that match the cabs.

              rumor has it everything save the backsplash will be done today. hood, potfiller, appliances, gas line, ice maker, disposal, sink faucets, lights over island. can't really believe that in theory, i could cook in my kitchen tonight.

              hubs really wants me to wait until after backsplash is in to load up the cabs. which should be thursday. don't know if i can wait, though.

              1. re: eLizard

                Hubs is being a ninny, but if you tell him I wrote that, I'll deny everything. We didn't even empty our cabs when we painted them.

                Our hood arrived yesterday. We've got to have a taller chimney fabricated, then it can go in and we'll be done. That will be my cue to repaint. I mentioned last week that the kitchen would look great in a bright light blue and Dude nearly choked on his popsicle. LOL

                1. re: DuffyH

                  well, bright light blue..... that's a very *special* color. i have seen light muted robin's egg, though. or even light blue accents that are very very pretty. can't wait for you to share photos...

                  i like the first one on this link: http://hookedonhouses.net/2008/11/03/...

                  1. re: eLizard

                    See the glass backsplash? That's close to what I'm thinking of, sort of a clear pool blue.

                    1. re: DuffyH

                      that is very very pretty.

                      i'm trying to decide how to inject color into my black/white/grey/metal kitchen.

                      1. re: eLizard

                        It can be a challenge, for sure. Sacrificial fruit is one way. I'm going to paint my knife block. It blends right into my island top, so that's got to change.

                        1. re: eLizard

                          Don't forget color for the ceiling, the fifth wall!

                          1. re: mcf

                            In 1967, Mom made Dad wallpaper the kitchen ceiling. Not the same wallpaper as on the walls. Orange was a prominent color, as I recall.

                            I used to paint ceilings, but gave up on it, unless they're under 9', then I still do.

                            1. re: DuffyH

                              LOL... I remember friend's houses with giant floral pink and orange wallpapers, too, the same era.

                              We're having our whole house, inside and out, profesionally painted for the first time in our not young lives right now. So I've been researching use of the space, the ceiling to create effects and to add interest and color, even light (pearl paint on ceiling) and to set off crown moldings, which we just upgraded, so they don't blend in.

                              The biggest take home lesson was that flat ceiling white paint is a Very Bad Idea for everyone but the painting contractor because it's cheap and easy to apply and will not leave roller marks. Even if your ceiling shade is very slightly different, it makes the moldings and what's below pop more.

                              1. re: mcf

                                Don't forget, too, that a slightly darker ceiling can bring warmth to a cold room, or make a big room seem more cozy.

                                But then, we had a powder room that was 5x6. We went all in and embraced the small. We painted the upper walls and ceiling deep burgundy, hung a chandelier and crystal side lights on either side of a huge mirror in an ornate gold frame. Big floral Waverly paper below a heavy chair rail. Pedestal sink and commode were the only other furnishings. I still can't believe it worked.

                                1. re: DuffyH

                                  I love that! Our half bath is tiny, with beadboard lower and crown molding at the top. Planning a pretty deep teal on the upper walls and ceiling, linen white beadboard and crown molding.

                                  1. re: mcf

                                    Oh,yes. I love that kind of scheme, with jewel tones offset by crisp whites. It's very lux.

              2. Take your time loading up the cabinets. You will be unloading some due to changes in priorities.

                As somebody who has made a lot of money wearing knee pads, I hope you gave a nice tip to your tile installer. That is truly a professional job.

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                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  thank you for noticing the tile. the tile installer was wonderful. it took a full day for him to lay it out. and then the floor was so uneven (even with the tile board) that it took 3+ days to set....building up an inch + in some places in the mastic/thinset. then grout.

                2. Very nice and classy. White and black and grey --- It will make everything that you put in there "pop" out with whatever colors you choose for a utensil canister, knick knacks, wall hangings, etc. Nice choice for the fridge having the freezer at the bottom. Very convenient island you have there. I see a large cutting board living on that island soon :)

                  The only complaint that I'd have is not having a window above the sink. Is that an exterior wall?

                  P.S. A pots/pans "chandelier" would trick that kitchen out pretty wicked. Stainless and cast iron stuff would match the kitchen perfectly. Cool kitchen and nice job.

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                  1. re: Muddirtt

                    that is an exterior wall. we actually closed a window all the way over on the left hand counter next to the oven. it was a window that went from knee height to just below ceiling. we had a big stainless prep table in front of it. and as we are in a boston neighborhood, the houses are right on top on each other. our view was hardly a view. we made the difficult decision to close it up. we toyed with the idea of changing the size of it, but ultimately went with the cabinets. there is a huge double glass door in the kitchen that goes out to a back deck. plus all the light cabs make for a bright room. i think it was the right decision for us.

                    we used to have a pot rack with all the all clad over the stainless prep table. the 3 industrial pendant lights that i bought from RH years ago were repositioned over the island yesterday. now all that stuff goes in the island.

                    i'm really trying to figure out how to inject color. i'm not having any untensil canisters. those are in the drawers to the right of the stove. and i don't do knick knacks. i'm actually thinking of changing the wall color! shhhh. don't tell dh. my other thought was to have very big bold graphic art on the wall opposite the stove and cabinets. i was thinking photographs of doors actually. a friend takes them.

                    1. re: eLizard

                      <...not having any untensil canisters... don't do knick knacks...>

                      I'm with you, which is where the challenge comes in. I've got bowls, which get used frequently.

                      I like your graphics idea a lot. Do you have a big platter or bowl you can use on your island? Adding a pop of color there will go a long way and will carry the color from your door photos into the rest of the room.

                      Do you have any color in your small appliances?

                      1. re: DuffyH

                        small appliances are white or metal.....brushed nickel kitchenaid and stainless coffee pot. those are the only things that will sit on the counter. pop up toaster is white. and is in a cab.....

                        back to gardenweb! this time in the home decorating forum.

                        most of my serving pieces are white. cake plates, platters, big bowls, gurgling cod. i do have a pretty blue patterned italian ceramic bowl. it IS big, but the island is 8x3, so most things are dwarfed by it.

                        also, all my dishes are white. wedding dishes are white KPM. every day dishes are white crate and barrel. and extra dishes for parties are white pottery barn. i have a thing for white.

                        counter stools will be black leather. i have issues.

                        1. re: eLizard

                          I'm feeling you. Most of my stuff is of the white/black/metal variety, too. The only color I've got are some serving pieces and bowls.

                          I'm sure the good people at Gardenweb can help. And remember, there are always flowers and fruit.

                        2. re: DuffyH

                          Yeah simplicity is good. I'm not a fan of clutter anywhere in the house either. Table/counter/horizontal space is meant to be used and empty. My mom is horrible at her house -- Every inch of table top in the house has crap on it -- Hardly a spot to even put a drink on. Horrible and stupid, in my opinion, for more reasons than one (dust and dirt being one). Simplicity is the way to go.

                          1. re: Muddirtt

                            clutter makes me nervous. and there's little more that i love than throwing things out.

                        3. re: eLizard

                          We also go for the clutter-free look - no knife block, utensil jug, appliances, on counters. And most of the colors in our kitchen are neutral tones. But we do always have a large bowl of fruit, and often a small bowl of grape tomatoes on the counter (not the island). It's really a matter of "form follows function." I don't want to refrigerate thoses items so I leave them on the counter. But they are also a decorative splash of color. I rotate the bowls in which they are stored, depending upon the amount of fruit, and also trying to match the color of the bowl with the season (earth tones in the fall, etc.).

                          1. re: masha

                            good point. tomatoes and fruit are never refrigerated in my house!

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          thanks crown molding today. backsplash on monday. i actually used the sink yesterday! light at the end of the tunnel!

                          i can actually fit every single piece of kitchen-alia in my actual kitchen. no more cellar for party dishes, linen closets for table linens, back hallway for bakeware and soda, dining room cabinet for serving dishes and stemware. it all fits. with many many cabs to spare.

                          1. re: eLizard

                            < i can actually fit every single piece of kitchen-alia in my actual kitchen>

                            That is so nice.

                            < it all fits. with many many cabs to spare.>

                            Let see if you will resist to buy more stuffs now. :)

                          1. I'd be sad without a window over the sink .. Wait, I don't have a window and I'm not that sad.

                            When I got this house, there was a large opening above the sink and a space of about 4 feet behind and then a huge mirror on that wall. (I keep a small freezer, etc there) it makes it all much better; here's a photo:

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                            1. re: walker

                              pretty daffodils. and thanks for the giggle.

                            2. I'm so glad to see it working out how you wanted it too. It gives me hope that when my "turn" comes (in 12-15 years or so) it will be just as awesome and worth the hassle.

                              1. Looks so clean and fresh, so easy to cook in! What are your countertop materials? Very complimentary and a nice change to keep it interesting. I like that you used the soffit space for storage. Well done!

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                                1. re: Cam14

                                  perimeter counters are honed absolute black. island is polished wicked white. thanks for the compliments.

                                  1. re: eLizard

                                    "Wicked white?" No wonder it's interesting! LOL

                                    1. re: Cam14

                                      it looks very similar to a granite called super white.

                                2. It looks very nice. I d not have a window over my sink. I have a mirror framed like a window. That works very well.

                                  1. This is just lovely. Congratulations on being almost finished.

                                    For added color, do you have colorful serving ware you can display in those glass cabinets? That might bring a nice, eclectic pop into the kitchen.

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                                    1. re: beetlebug

                                      thanks. i did add some stemware that has red and blue swirls in it to my cabinets.


                                      most everything else is white. like i said i have issues.

                                      but i'm trying to hold off posting pics until backsplash is done on Monday.

                                      1. re: eLizard

                                        This kitchen looks like something I would design. You are right, it is a study in white-grey-black. You know, on the wall across from the island, a huge painting would look great. Perhaps a big colorful cow or a wedge of cheese.

                                        It is open studio season here in the Boston-area. Maybe you can find something whimsical that speaks to you.

                                        1. re: smtucker

                                          Do you mean like a black and white cow, or white cheese? ;)

                                          1. re: foiegras

                                            I like the big cow. Talk about a statement piece!

                                            1. re: foiegras

                                              yes, a holstein. and some chevre. hee hee.

                                              1. re: eLizard

                                                Wouldn't this pic rock your wall?

                                                You've got to click on it to make it show up properly, for some odd reason. It's not just a single cow.

                                                1. re: DuffyH

                                                  oh. wow. i could do a triptych. that would be, um, remarkable.

                                            2. re: smtucker

                                              For more colorful Cow options, you may want to consider a Woody Jackson print, http://www.woodyjacksonart.com/poster...

                                              1. re: masha

                                                Yes, or google "pop art cows" and look at images. There is some crazy cool stuff there. Not black and white anymore, but still.

                                            3. baby got back splash

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                                                  1. re: Sid Post

                                                    Pot filler and paper towels. PF is cool.

                                                    1. re: eLizard

                                                      I'm green with envy over your pot filler. Hmmm.... the fridge is on the same wall as the range.... nah, Dude would have kittens if I asked him to drill into his backsplash. I'll just look at yours and sigh. It's lovely.

                                                      BTW - look at your stove grates, then the new Spiderman logo. Coincidence? Sure, whatever you say.

                                                      Where did you get the idea to undermount your towel holder? It's cool, I think. Not sure. But I think so.

                                                      1. re: DuffyH

                                                        I got the idea where every original idea comes from. The interwebs.

                                                        We'll see how I like it. I am unsure right now. I just removed a drawer and stuck a tension rod in. All the internal drawer hardware is still on the inside and there's no bottom. If it functions we'll, I'll swap in prettier hardware (thick wooden dowel most likely) and use the drawer as extra PT roll storage.

                                                        And we have 9 ft ceilings. But with all the fixtures that needed to be moved painting is necessary. Should I add a drop or two of wall color into ceiling color? We are painting trim and molding to match cabs.

                                                        And OMG. totally Spider-Man. Jr is gonna flip.

                                                        1. re: eLizard

                                                          Abso yes on the paint color. That's exactly the easiest and best way to make the ceiling integral to the room.

                                                          Just saw the full trailer for the new X-Men and saw Spiderman 2 a few days ago. I'm currently in Marvel Mode. This is what happens to your brain when you retire.


                                                          1. re: eLizard

                                                            Definitely create at least a small contrast so your crown pops, otherwise it's a wasted opp. Check out ceiling paint treatments on houzz.com and pinterest with your paint colors to see what pops out at you.

                                                            1. re: mcf

                                                              Agree. There's no point to installing crown moulding and then not accenting it.

                                                              1. re: DuffyH

                                                                Exactly. We just replaced all of ours and I did a lot of reading and discussing with design folks. Even if you just add a small tint of your room color to the ceiling paint, or a slightly tinted neutral, you get a much better effect.

                                                            2. re: eLizard

                                                              that was not meant to be the home for the paper towels. I replaced the drawer.

                                                      1. Dude got the range hood installed and working today. It is soooo much better looking than the old micro/hood. As you see, just a little bit left to finish the kitchen. We're having a local machine shop make the chimney, because it's the only way to get it in one piece.

                                                        And yup, I made popcorn in my wobbly stir fry pan. Does a great job. :-)

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                                                        1. re: DuffyH

                                                          it really looks fantastic. you must be so happy.

                                                            1. re: DuffyH

                                                              i can't get over the change. and my hood is a revelation. so much better than what we had before. which was a step above nothing.

                                                              1. re: eLizard

                                                                That was ours, too, with a micro/hood combo. BTW, I caved this weekend and let Dude talk me into a new MW. It sits out of the way next to our Breville oven. We had to move our K-Cup machine but found an easy home for it.

                                                                The best thing is that with the Breville and MW sharing a counter, I placed one of my oblong ECI trivets between them. It gives me a perfect landing pad for hot dishes coming out of both ovens.