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    racrgal
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:08 pm
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    I'm going to try to keep this current during the updating of my kitchen. We purchased this house a year ago. We did a lot of work before moving in but left the kitchen. We tore down walls, remodeld both bathrooms, updated lighting and flooring. I wanted to see exactly how we were going to live in this house before working on the kitchen. The kitchen does work well but it's time to get rid of the circa 1977 cabinets and the butcher block look laminate counter tops. Below is what I am starting with.





    The top two pics are before a wall was removed. The bottom two pics are after a wall was removed.
    Iron Bloomers
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:46 pm
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    WOW! What a change...looks beautiful, so bright & open.
    K9 Owned
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:11 pm
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    Such a beautiful big space to work with!

    I love seeing home makeovers and will really be looking forward the progress reports on your reno. icon_cool.gif
    racrgal
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:23 pm
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    I AM excited about the update! The layout works very well so there aren't going to be any dramatic changes with that.

    After much consideration, I'll be using solid surface countertops with a molded in sink. The price point is just a little bit more than granite so I'm going with what I really want. The color is called Sanded White Pepper and it looks pretty much like it sounds. It's a white background which looks like salt and pepper has been spilled on it. The back splash will be white subway tile with a row of grey marble for accent.


    One cabinet contractor just left and another is due here shortly after noon.

    I'm going back to classic white appliances. Kitchen Aid has a line that I really love. I'm most anxious for the convection microwave and a dishwasher that doesn't sound like a freight train running through the kitchen. icon_smile.gif
    racrgal
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:37 pm
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    This is the kitchen in my last house. The same color countertops will be used in this house.



    The contractor did an awesome job and he will work in this area. icon_cool.gif
    Krislady
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:09 pm
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    How exciting!

    And what a wonderful, big kitchen you've got to start with. My parents used to live in a farm house with a HUGE kitchen - such a great thing!
    mums the word
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:28 pm
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    I like your choice of tiles. Very clean and crisp looking! Thanks for sharing your reno with us. Those of us who would love a new kitchen, can now live vicariously through you.
    racrgal
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:49 pm
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    Yes, Kris, it IS a great space to work with!

    Thanks, mum. Keeping a clean crisp look is one of the things I'm after. Because we tore down the living room wall, you can see the kitchen as soon as you enter the house.

    The first cabinet contractor who was here today suggested using white oak for the cabinet and applying a white stain (so the grain would show). He thinks this would tie into the dining area floor nicely. I do believe I agree with him. icon_cool.gif
    sandrasothere
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:39 pm
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    You have a fabulous space to work with. What's pulled me out of hiding, though, is your mention of KitchenAid appliances. We did a major kitchen reno, used all KitchenAid, and they've been a repair nightmare....every single appliance except the oven. At least get the extended warranty!

    It's going to look beautiful. icon_smile.gif
    K9 Owned
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:52 pm
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    racrgal wrote:
    Yes, Kris, it IS a great space to work with!

    Thanks, mum. Keeping a clean crisp look is one of the things I'm after. Because we tore down the living room wall, you can see the kitchen as soon as you enter the house.

    The first cabinet contractor who was here today suggested using white oak for the cabinet and applying a white stain (so the grain would show). He thinks this would tie into the dining area floor nicely. I do believe I agree with him. icon_cool.gif

    White stained oak would look so fresh with the colours of your counters and backsplash. Sounds lovely. icon_cool.gif
    racrgal
    Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:47 am
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    sandrasothere wrote:
    You have a fabulous space to work with. What's pulled me out of hiding, though, is your mention of KitchenAid appliances. We did a major kitchen reno, used all KitchenAid, and they've been a repair nightmare....every single appliance except the oven. At least get the extended warranty!

    It's going to look beautiful. icon_smile.gif


    We're happy you came out of hiding. Always nice to see a new face.

    EEK on the appliances. I haven't made the purchase yet. I went to a local appliance store instead of some big box place because I thought I would get better product info. How long ago did you buy you KitchenAid appliances? Do you still have model numbers? I'm looking at the Architect II series. As you know, their appliances aren't inexpensive. I still have time to change my mind. THANKS for your warning!

    ETA My appliances are:
    http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KGSS907SWH]-402238/KGSS907SWH/#ratingsandreviews
    http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KUDS35FXWH]-402328/KUDS35FXWH/#ratingsandreviews
    http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KHMC1857WWH]-402258/KHMC1857WWH/

    Still haven't made a fridge decision.


    Last edited by racrgal on Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:54 am, edited 1 time in total
    racrgal
    Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:49 am
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    K9, if I don't go with the white stained oak, I'll probably use white oak without any stain. Similar to the cabinets in my old kitchen. I want to keep the look bright. icon_cool.gif
    racrgal
    Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:35 pm
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    It's official. I will be using solid surface counter tops with a molded in sink not granite. Solid surface is only $300 higher than granite and it's really what I want. One decision down, lots to go. icon_cool.gif
    sandrasothere
    Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:41 pm
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    racrgal wrote:
    sandrasothere wrote:
    You have a fabulous space to work with. What's pulled me out of hiding, though, is your mention of KitchenAid appliances. We did a major kitchen reno, used all KitchenAid, and they've been a repair nightmare....every single appliance except the oven. At least get the extended warranty!

    It's going to look beautiful. icon_smile.gif


    We're happy you came out of hiding. Always nice to see a new face.

    EEK on the appliances. I haven't made the purchase yet. I went to a local appliance store instead of some big box place because I thought I would get better product info. How long ago did you buy you KitchenAid appliances? Do you still have model numbers? I'm looking at the Architect II series. As you know, their appliances aren't inexpensive. I still have time to change my mind. THANKS for your warning!

    ETA My appliances are:
    http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KGSS907SWH]-402238/KGSS907SWH/#ratingsandreviews
    http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KUDS35FXWH]-402328/KUDS35FXWH/#ratingsandreviews
    http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KHMC1857WWH]-402258/KHMC1857WWH/

    Still haven't made a fridge decision.


    We bought the Superba series, but it was back in '06 I think. I'm hoping they've improved since then. I wish I had gone with the GE Profile!
    racrgal
    Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:15 pm
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    Thanks, Sandra! I do have the option of the GE Profile. I'll give it another look.
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