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MadMom's Kitchen (post #55290)

In response to Marie-Louise's suggestion, I'll post some pictures of our kitchen reno.  Here are the "before" pictures, taken before we bought the house.


You can see in the pictures some of the things we did not like.  First and foremost, the appliances, which were decent Kenmore, but not what I wanted.  Vying for first place was the yellow gingham patterned wallpaper.  Tied with that was the lighting, which was minimal.  There was a chandelier over a small breakfast table which was placed at one end of the kitchen, and a fan with lights near the stove.  All of that had to go.  I initially hated the oak cabinets, too, and talked to what seemed like every cabinet maker and seller and kitchen designer in the area before I got disgusted and decided to totally change my idea of what I wanted and keep them.


 




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MadMom's picture

(post #55290, reply #1 of 80)

Now, for makes and models.  I had initially decided to go with Miele everything, which meant all the cabinets would have to be replaced.  Sanity prevailed, however, and I ended up going with something which would fit in the current areas.  The refrigerator is a GE Profile 24 cu ft which we brought from our last home.  It fit nicely into the slot where the existing refrigerator was (with some slight modification to remove the bottom lip of the upper cabinet) and was "counter depth" so didn't stick out so much.


The sink and faucet are made by KWC, a Swiss company.  I absolutely love them both.  I went for a double undermount sink, because I like double sinks, and this one had a large sink plus a smaller one for the disposal.  The model is Interlaken, undermount, and it's 10" deep, which is great.  The faucet is a dream.  It's the KWC Systema.  You can turn the water off and on, or just leave it on and choose whether it goes to the pull-out or the main faucet.  The pull-out can be set to spray or just plain water.  I absolutely love it.  Very pricey, but well worth it, IMNSHO. 


The range is a Dacor 48" ERDE natural gas, with six burners.  It comes with a griddle, plus a simmer plate and wok ring.  I could have spent about $300 more and gotten a gas broiler, but since I only used the broiler maybe three times in the five years we owned our previous home, opted for the electric one.  One feature I especially like is the fully extendable bottom shelf in the oven.  You can pull the shelf totally out, which is great for things like turkeys, etc. 


The hood is a Dacor 48" pro style, with an external blower mounted on the roof.  At 1200 cfm, it has more than enough power to pull anything I might burn!  Also has nice lighting, with halogen lights (dimmable) included.  The blower has variable speeds, plus a damper which shuts when the blower is shut off, so you don't get rain and/or squirrels in your house. 


The tile for the backsplash came from Lowe's, and I forget the name, but think it's some sort of multicolor slate.  I really like it.  As those who read the other thread know, I toyed with the idea of adding mustard yellow tiles for an accent, but am glad I didn't.  There are enough interruptions with the power outlets, phone plug, light and disposal switches.


We took down the fan and chandelier, and replaced them with can lights scattered through out the area.  The two can lights which replaced the chandelier are on one switch, dimmable, and the remaining five are on the kitchen switches.  I was going to put in six, but eliminated the one by the stove, since there's plenty of light there. 


The flooring is bamboo, which I've been quite happy with.  We put the bamboo throughout the area (including the dining room, entry hallway, utility room, kitchen, and sun room - our breakfast room) and it really pulls things together.


The pulls and handles are Amerock, style BP 4465-WN (handles) and BP 4466-WN (pulls).  They arrived yesterday, and I put them all on, and really like them.




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marie-louise's picture

(post #55290, reply #2 of 80)

Thank you! I am thinking about a faucet like yours, and didn't want to search through all the posts to find the brand.

MadMom's picture

(post #55290, reply #3 of 80)

Forgot about the dishwasher.  It's a Kitchen Aid, Architect Series, KUDS02FR, with a stainless steel front.  One of the things I really like is the flexibility, which is similar to the Miele, and the upper silverware tray, which is the reason I didn't buy a Miele last time.  A fool I am, because I love it and would never go back to just tossing silverware in a basket.  Nice to have the extra room on the bottom, too.  The disposal was also a Kitchen Aid, 3/4 hp, and runs much better than the old one we had, LOL.  When the plumber installed the new one, he found the old one wasn't even attached...no wonder it was so loud!  Here are some pictures:



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Jean's picture

(post #55290, reply #5 of 80)

Is that a stained glass window I see?



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MadMom's picture

(post #55290, reply #6 of 80)

Actually, that's a thing I picked up in Vancouver, which I love.  It's a wooden piece, with various size sections, and sea glass pieces in different colors hung in the wooden sections.  It was hung in my bay window behind the cooktop at our other house, and hangs behind the sink now. 



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Jean's picture

(post #55290, reply #7 of 80)

I was hoping you'd post a picture of it, please.



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Cissytoo's picture

(post #55290, reply #9 of 80)

Wow -- what a difference!  Love the warm colors you've chosen.

NanaC's picture

(post #55290, reply #10 of 80)

So-o-o much better!  You did say the gingham check wallpaper is going soon, right?  I hope?

Fran


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Jean's picture

(post #55290, reply #11 of 80)

You really want to see it gone? LOL



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- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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MadMom's picture

(post #55290, reply #12 of 80)

It's definitely going!  I've pulled down 90% of it, but some of the paper above the cabinets is being obstinate, so I will let the painter deal with that.


To answer other questions...the distance from the oven to the corner is 12".  There is a cabinet in the corner with a lazy susan, so it is accessible. 


BTW, I just took a picture of the glass in the window by the sink.  I fell in love with it when Sandra and I went to Granville Island, and back then, the Arctic peso was in the toilet and our dollar was still strong, so that made it even more attractive.  Sorry to say that I probably couldn't afford it now!




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beebuzzled's picture

(post #55290, reply #18 of 80)

Arctic peso


LMAO! Now that's one I haven't heard before.


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Marcia's picture

(post #55290, reply #25 of 80)

You've done a beautiful job and I have serious faucet envy, not to mention I'm in love with that wooden thingy with the sea glass hangings. But I thought *everyone* loved yellow gingham wallpaper. LOL

MadMom's picture

(post #55290, reply #27 of 80)

Can't disagree with you about anything...except the yellow gingham wallpaper, LOL.


BTW, went with DD to Fayetteville today, to a small furniture store which a friend of hers recommended.  Looked like a dump from the outside, but boy, once we went inside...we wanted almost everything we saw.  I managed to find a great cabinet for my wines and wine glasses, which should look really good at the end of the kitchen.  They deliver it Monday.  See, I just needed faith.  I'll take pictures when it arrives.  Of course, it won't look as good until the wall is painted, but you'll have to squint a bit.  Frees up two big cabinets in the kitchen, which I can really use for other things.  I'm not sure what, but I know I'll think of something!




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Marcia's picture

(post #55290, reply #32 of 80)

What good fortune you had, finding a great cabinet. I, for one, am not worried about your extra cabinets staying empty for long.

MadMom's picture

(post #55290, reply #33 of 80)

Oh, believe me...when I start emptying the boxes in the garage, there will be a dearth of cabinet space!  Got some bad news today; the island won't be shipping until the third week in August, so won't have it until the end of the month.  That delays a lot of things, but it isn't our first delay.  We'll deal with it.



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(post #55290, reply #28 of 80)

>>But I thought *everyone* loved yellow gingham wallpaper.>>


oooh.. you'd love my kitchen then. the insides of the cabinet walls are still the hidious sinus infection yellow the entire kitchen was once painted, and the counters, backsplash, breakfast bar and window sill are 4" ceramic tiles with the uneven surface, highlighted with, you guessed it, yellow. But replacing them would be such a major undertaking, both in time and expense, that we just have to put up with them for now. As long as I have my tavolino to roll pastry, it's not a problem.


There are untold wallpaper horrors underneath the current one (which isn't so bad) including that awful fake brick stuff from the 70s. not brick patterned wall paper - actual thin 1/4 inch brick facings. thankfully it's only on the one wall, but to strip it down to the studs would then require redoing the floor as well. our poor house has had some scary bad remodels, but slowly, DH is redoing it one room at a time.


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Marcia's picture

(post #55290, reply #29 of 80)

I hear you. We fell in love with a house that had a bright orange kitchen. The walls, countertops, floors....it was just too much. We couldn't have redone it for a while, and I couldn't face all that orange for several years.


We painted a kitchen yellow once, and I'd swear it got yellower and yellower until it was redone. It was a great mistake.

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #55290, reply #34 of 80)

oh my. that's a LOT of orange.


yellow is my least favorite color. and this wasn't a soft buttery yellow, but like I said, sinus infection yellow. luckily, I just squint when I look at the counters, and when I open a cupboard, focus on my lovely dishes, or a jumble of sippy cups.


~RuthAnn


<insert witticism here>

~RuthAnn

MadMom's picture

(post #55290, reply #36 of 80)

I actually like yellow, a nice pale yellow, or even a rich mustardy yellow.  It just doesn't seem to go in a kitchen, at least not in mine!  Whatever was I thinking when I considered using mustardy tiles as an accent.  Fortunately I sobered up or took my meds or whatever...probably got some good advice from here, LOL.



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sanderson's picture

(post #55290, reply #37 of 80)

What a wonderful tour...thanks.  I really appreciate the specifics on equipment replacements.  I'm going to look into the fan with separate blower.  Because of an 18" header our vent will have to go down and out and I know it will need a really beefed up system to get through all the bends.  Thanks for sharing your adventure; gives courage to those of us not to sure where to start.

NanaC's picture

(post #55290, reply #39 of 80)

And the gingham pattern just does NOT go with the rest of the kitchen.  LOL

Fran


"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance!"

Fran

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KitchenWitch's picture

(post #55290, reply #40 of 80)

Other than a little girl's pinafore, does gingham really go with anything? ;)


we are almost done remodeling Buddy's bedroom (car theme, of course).
As I was cleaning out the closet, I found the dreadful aqua gingham curtains that were on the windows when we bought the house. ugh!


~RuthAnn


<insert witticism here>

~RuthAnn

Jean's picture

(post #55290, reply #41 of 80)

My Mom would have used them for rag rugs. :)



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Marcia's picture

(post #55290, reply #38 of 80)

I understand "sinus infection yellow", all too well, and you're fortunate to have lovely dishes on which to focus. Someday you'll be able to focus on your beautiful kitchen.

Biscuit's picture

(post #55290, reply #13 of 80)

It looks amazing, MM, and you are making me very jealous!

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MadMom's picture

(post #55290, reply #14 of 80)

You know you're welcome to visit and see it in person!



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(post #55290, reply #15 of 80)

Maybe - when I'm finished your Kitchen-Warming present.  (G) 

Life is tough; but it's tougher when you're stupid - Col. J. Richardson, USMC

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

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(post #55290, reply #16 of 80)

I can't tell if you have lights under your upper cabinets. I'd be lost without mine. It's the first thing I turn on when I walk into the kitchen in the morning, and the last thing I turn off before going to bed. And, we even leave them on when we go out.

Keeping your utensils in containers over the stove is a nice look, but regardless of how powerful your exhaust fan is, the grease has to pass over those utensils on the way out. The shelf is great for warming plates, though.

transona5's picture

(post #55290, reply #17 of 80)

It's absolutely stunning! Wow!

 

 

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(post #55290, reply #59 of 80)

I love your kitchen faucet, choice of granite and the view to the outside looks nice.  Also the back splash is gorgeous!!  You did a nice job.  It looks like a great place to be creative.

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