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There's a light at the end of the tunnel

MadMom's picture

There's a light at the end of the tunnel (post #55273)

...of course, it may be a speeding train!  At any rate, the floor guy should be finished tomorrow, and the countertops and sink have been installed, and we ripped out one wall of the sun room, framed it in, and replaced two sliding glass doors with one set of French doors.  Tomorrow, the contractor should come in to rip out the rest of the "pickled oak' paneling and replace it all with dry wall.  We ran into a minor problem when installing the faucet...it was so high that it bumped into the window sill, so my cabinet guy came by and took that out.  He will cut it down and replace it tomorrow.  Another slight problem...when the countertop guy made the countertops, he put in about 1/8" to 1/4" overhang where the stove goes.  Of course, I just had room for the stove, so now I have to get them cut down so the stove will fit.  Supposedly the cabinet guy can do that.  I love the sink.  Love the faucet.  Love the countertops.  They even make my old cabinets look good.  Now I have to figure out what kind of tile to put up for a backsplash (the tile guy is coming by tomorrow evening) and what color I'm going to paint the walls.  Also have to pick out new hardware to replace what is on the cabinets now.  So, it's far from finished, but we've accomplished a lot.


Oh yes, I gave in to Willie Ray, who was insisting he wanted a dishwasher installed NOW!  We got the KA from our appliance guy, who knocked $200 off it, which I thought was reasonable, considering all the aggravation they've caused us.  He also called today, Sunday, to tell me he woiuld send someone over tomorrow morning to rip out the disposal (which is evidently a bad unit) and replace it with a new one.  Never a dull moment.  At least I've moved all the crystal back into the dining room, so we can actually eat in the breakfast room.  I'll attach some pictures.




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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Edited 7/30/2006 8:46 pm by MadMom

mer's picture

(post #55273, reply #1 of 185)

Are you sure that the dealer took $2000 off the price of your dishwasher? That sure is one heck of a kitchenaid! :)

Your kitchen looks gorgeous and it is amazing how you have transformed it so far. I can't wait to see the new range in it!

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #2 of 185)

Whoops - that should have been $200 - got an extra zero in there, didn't I?  Will go back and correct it.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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dicus's picture

(post #55273, reply #3 of 185)

The kitchen looks great. I like the faucet a great deal. Are you going to miss putting things on the frig? My aunt got a stainless steel frig and misses the magnets.

Jean's picture

(post #55273, reply #4 of 185)

Looking really good!  Your sink and counter top is stunning.



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CulinaryArtist's picture

(post #55273, reply #5 of 185)

Lookin' Good!


what color is the counter top, in the pic it has a coppery appearance? Love the faucet.  What colors were you planning on? I like sage greens with coppery colors.


Glad to hear you feel good about your progress, no remodel is every easy and the surprises can be looked at two ways, either they set you off course or you can choose to keep moving forward and fix it as you go.


Keep smilin'


 


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helena's picture

(post #55273, reply #6 of 185)

Wow, that looks beautiful!! Love the sink and faucet, and am drooling over your fridge :o).

Tuck's picture

(post #55273, reply #7 of 185)

Cool pictures.  Your faucet is interesting.  What kind is it?  Love the view.  Making a kitchen to your liking is upsetting and exciting at the same time.  It's going to be lovely.


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MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #9 of 185)

Thanks, everyone!  I'm really getting excited.  And yes, Jimbo, the "challenges" can be either something to cry over, or something after which you just pick yourself up and go on.  I figure that laughing is easier than crying, and I'm sooooo glad that I decided against tearing everything up and putting in new cabinets.  The old ones are starting to look a lot better against the new countertops.


To answer some questions, the granite is called Indian Gold, and I liked it because it had more swirls than spots.  I think marie-louise advised me to go look at the full slab of granite before definitely committing, which I had already done.  The countertop guy was a real artist, and even though we needed one seam, he worked to find places to cut the pieces where the seam would be less visible, and I think he succeeded nicely.  Of course, it isn't perfect, but it's good enough.  I love the color, which is darker than what I had originally picked, but goes great with the floor and the cabinets.


The faucet and sink came from a company called KWC, which is Swiss.  I had wanted the Kohler professional faucet and Blanco sink, but liked the looks of this faucet better.  The plumber must have told me five times "this is a really well made, well designed faucet."  It is so easy to use, and the water pressure is fantastic.  I also love the sink, which is 10" deep.  I'm a big fan of two sinks, with a smaller one for the disposal, and the bigger one for those times I need to wash something. Also nice to have the pot filler thingy so I can sit things on the countertop and fill them there, if necessary.  Turned out that even with the 40% discount my appliance dealer gave me, the faucet was about $300 more than a Kohler, but the sink was about the same as the Blanco, and I felt like it was worth it. 




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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marie-louise's picture

(post #55273, reply #10 of 185)

It is looking good. Now you can decide on a backsplash & paint-the fun details or place to drive you crazy. What are you thinking of?

It's such a personal decision, but if I were you, I'd do a plain white subway tile as the backsplash so your eyes have a place to rest after all that swirling granite.

I am going to use these (in 3x6 alabaster) in my own kitchen. They are actually very cheap, despite the fancy website. http://www.tile-shop.com/products/lanka/wall/lanka_wall.html

For the drawer pulls, I'd g w/ some of those long modern-looking handles in SS. And I'm not sure about the paint. Something light-colored. Maybe a fun color, maybe a light beige & bring color in w/ towels and other accessories.

But, wow, what an improvement!


Edited 7/31/2006 9:50 am by marie-louise

pamilyn's picture

(post #55273, reply #52 of 185)

I wouldn't do white subway tiles with the granite. I would do a tumbled marble. I think the subway tiles would be too much of a hard contrast. JMO. Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Glenys's picture

(post #55273, reply #53 of 185)

I know what you're saying about subway tiles but tumbled marble is predictable and for me, at this point, overused.

marie-louise's picture

(post #55273, reply #57 of 185)

It depends on how much you keep out on your counters. If you are the type of person that puts everything away, then I agree, subway tiles can look kind of harsh-especially the white ones.

But if you are like me, and keep a KA mixer, an espresso maker, a coffee grinder, a couple of crocks of utensils, and a pepper grinder on the counter, then something very plain, like white subway tiles, look best. The backsplash just sort of disappears beyond your stuff, and also bounces off a lot of light back onto the counters.

I think you have to be careful not to get swayed by photo shoots. A busy tile pattern can make a kitchen look very cluttered unless you are into the minimalist look for your kitchen counters.

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #58 of 185)

My husband used to work for a Colonel in the Army who would often ask for everyone's advice, then acknowledge it, say he had considered it, and he was going to do what he wanted to.  I suppose it is that way with kitchens.  I asked for advice, got a lot of it, considered it all, and have decided to go the way I want to.  I'm going to do the backsplash out of the 2 x 2 tiles, in various slate colors, with the yellow tumbled slate put in randomly.  Am I a minimalist?  Heavens no, I keep the counters cluttered with a KA, a big Cuisinart, a VitaMix, a huge Chinese cutting board, two knife blocks (plus magnetic knife holder which I have to put somewhere) and about 40 different spices...36 in neat holders, and the rest are various salts, pepper grinder, etc.  I went down and bought all the tile today, so am only waiting to get in touch with the tile guy who is supposed to do it all.  Will post pictures later.


In the meantime, got my stove in, and I LOVE IT!  I'm posting a couple of pictures.  Of course, all the hideous white will be tiled.  In the meantime, I have a wonderful stove, and I'm doing a happy dance.




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Jean's picture

(post #55273, reply #59 of 185)

Extreme stove envy here!!



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Wolvie's picture

(post #55273, reply #92 of 185)

what? you couldn't have bought one for your birthday? ;-)


Seriously, it is a nice stove.


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mer's picture

(post #55273, reply #60 of 185)

Beautiful!! :)

pamilyn's picture

(post #55273, reply #61 of 185)

What kind is it? Very cool. Are you going to do anything above the cabinets?


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The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #62 of 185)

The stove is a 48" Dacor Epicure dual fuel.  I am so thrilled to get rid of that blasted electric cooktop and to get double ovens.


Haven't decided what to do above the cabinets, other than paint the same color as the walls.  Any suggestions?  I thought of having cabinets made to go to the ceiling, but don't think I'd really use them enough to justify the cost.  Of course, if I were having everything replaced, I would have ordered cabinets to go to the ceiling.  Now I have to pick out pulls for the drawers and cabinets.  I'm thinking stainless, maybe with a slight pattern.  I found some at a cabinet-maker which I liked, but he was the jackass who kept calling me a little lady and reminding me that I wouldn't understand complicated math.  Jerk.  May have DD go back with me and get the name of the supplier and the model number and order them from someone else, LOL. 


I figure it will be good to get the backsplash in before deciding on the paint.  I'm taking my sweet time about this, but so far, that has worked out.  At least now all the floors are replaced, all the countertops and appliances replaced, and I have a working kitchen.  Some pretty tacky walls, but I can deal with that!




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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dicus's picture

(post #55273, reply #63 of 185)

Now that's a stove!

mulch52's picture

(post #55273, reply #64 of 185)

Great stove!  I'd be turning the burners on & off a few times, just to celebrate having gas burners, you understand.  Really, I'm impressed with how quickly the renovation has gone--seems like you haven't been  there long enough to memorize your new phone number ;-)

marie-louise's picture

(post #55273, reply #65 of 185)

You know that contractor's expression...

"Can't see it from my house."

The important thing is that you love it.

PS That stove looks great.

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #66 of 185)

Thanks.  As I told Peter, who happened to call today right after I had gotten home from picking up the tile, it wasn't everyone else's taste, but I liked it, and that was what was important!  I hope it turns out as great as I think it will.  Thanks for all the comments on the stove.  I had leftovers tonight (cooked a brisket yesterday, and some rice and butter beans, because I wasn't sure how long I would have a stove, and knew it could all be warmed up.)  So, there wasn't much cooking, but I added some fresh corn.  First, it was nice to be able to put the whole skillet into the sink when I cut the corn...no muss, no fuss!  Next, I was able to turn it down low and let it simmer until done...no high, low, high crap like the electric stove gave me.  No spattering, no mess.  I love it.  Nice to be back in the real world.


We had a horrible storm while I was getting ready to make dinner, and I kept thinking that my gas would still be there, no matter what, LOL.




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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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marie-louise's picture

(post #55273, reply #67 of 185)

Your kitchen has come back together amazingly fast. I must get going on mine. I worked w/ a designer/ contractor firm during my break before my last quarter of school. My goal was to order everything & have them do it as soon as I finished school. I figured I wouldn't care if I wasn't cooking the first month or so of a new job.

Sigh... we decided the contractor wasn't a good fit for us. I had every intention of finding a new one as soon as I got settled in my job, but it hasn't happened. I really need to get going on it-my fridge is making funny noises, my Instahot has died, and one of my drawers is broken. Oh yeah, and there are two holes in the floor where we took off tiles to see the subflooring.

Glenys's picture

(post #55273, reply #69 of 185)

I'm so confused. You're changing the cabinets, yet undecided, but you chose the granite? Should I go back and read everything again?
What the? What's staying and what's going besides Willie Ray and the friggin granite and bamboo?

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #70 of 185)

Actually, you've got it backwards...Willie Ray, the friggin granite, and the bamboo are staying.  (I would get rid of him, but I've invested almost 43 years in training him, so cannot imagine lasting long enough to train another one.)  At first I was going to change the cabinets, but decided against it, so what you see now is staying (except for the hideous walls, which will be covered in tile.)  See how much reading I saved you?



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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Ricks503's picture

(post #55273, reply #74 of 185)

Have you considered just replacing the cabinet doors with new ones as well as adding new hardware?

1 - measure the board twice, 2 - cut it once, 3 - measure the space where it is supposed to go        4 - get a new board and go back to step 1

 

 

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helena's picture

(post #55273, reply #68 of 185)

Wow!! Now *that* is a stove!!

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #55273, reply #73 of 185)

Ah, that's my stove! Good selection. The griddle is fabulous!

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MadMom's picture

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We even have the same backsplash behind the stove.  How do you like it?



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

mer's picture

(post #55273, reply #77 of 185)

MM,


I have the 24" backsplash on mine and I love it.  I keep my salts and pepper there.  I also like it because if I want to keep something a little warm (but not put it in the warming drawer) I put it up on that high shelf.  (Also if I ever burn anything, I put it up on the shelf  so that the smoke goes directly to the vent.  LOL)