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Finished Finished! Rancher Remodel, dark to light! (tons pix)

12 years ago

We are done, we are moved in.....after 17mos living with my mom and enduring living out of cardboard boxes! Love love love my new kitchen!! Thank you to all of you who deeply inspired me (redroze,elizpiz,rm,theanimala,segbrown,many many more!), and I hope you don't mind that there's a piece of each of your kitchens that I copied because I admired it so much. I learned so much by lurking, reading everything then finally posting.


--Our cabinets were so reasonable and they work beautifully. We LOVE Precision Cabinets! Their install was immaculate and perfect. When we had a glitch with the warming drawer, they fixed it perfectly! While I couldn't afford every "bell & whistle" inside the cabinets, I love them.

--White Princess honed. It's gorgeous and I no longer have the OCD urge to constantly wipe my counters (our old granite was polished). I also love my backsplash done in the same material--I am attracted to visual simplicity so couldn't pick a tile :)

--Cheap dishwasher. Paid $500 and we love it.

--Deep cheap sinks. Our main Ebay sink is awesome($500)! Love the 10" big single bowl. The island sink was cheap too, and is the perfect size, $150.

--White everywhere and one big room. Not for everyone, but my DH and I love the big open light-filled room. Far cry from the dark rancher that it was. We tore down two walls and raised the ceiling.

--The soapstone buffet. It was a remnant piece and I love that it doesn't match the rest of the kitchen. Sets it apart and boy does the texture feel nice!

--The papertowel niche. Not important, but I like that the towels are off my counter and totally accessible.

--The two hidden cabinets in the island near the stools. All my Xmas dishes, Thanksgiving platters and everything fit in here!


--The Vent Hood: Modernaire was a NIGHTMARE to deal with here in the NorCal area. You have to go through a distributor who will upcharge you $2,000 to order a hood. Modernaire won't sell directly to anyone who is in the area of one of their distributors. The rep here was a complete idiot, ripped me off and in the end didn't deliver what I had ordered. I had to then hire someone else to fix the goofs. Not worth it!

--Order our range through AJ Madison. Total pain to get this stove delivered. The rest of our appliances came without a hitch but the delivery of the range was a disaster. They refused to deliver it until we had a concrete pathway, but our city had some issues with solid pathways and the runoff, etc. Had 4 delivery dates and they turned around each time and refused to bring it in the house. In the end I would have purchased this through our local store (there was no discount on this by buying on internet, unlike the other appliances).


--Help me pick kitchen table chairs! Those pictured are folding chairs for holidays. Our old ones were falling apart, so we ditched them in the move. What should I put there?

--Shades ordered and we are waiting for them to come and be hung.

--The stools (CB2 Vapor) are too tall and we need to have the legs cut down. They only come in 30" or 24" and one is too tall and the other is too short. Sigh.


CabinetryPrecision Cabinets, Brentwood, CA; painted in stock color which matches Simply White

WallsÂBM Simply White

Kitchen CountersÂWhite Princess granite, from DaVinci Marble & Stone in San Carlos, CA, with 2.25" mitred square edge

Buffet CounterÂBrazilian Black soapstone from Texeira, SF, with no edge finish

Door and Drawer PullsÂTop Knobs, Square Pulls, Polished Chrome; ordered off the internet

Main SinkÂEbay purchase 36" SS Farmhouse w/apron front , single bowl, flushmount

Island SinkÂDawn 19X17 single bowl, undermount

Main FaucetÂBlanco Meridien Semi-Professional in Brushed

Island FaucetÂSantec Penza pull out in Brushed

RefrigeratorÂElectrolux WaveTouch; ordered off

DishwasherÂWhirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III; ordered from AJ Madison

Microwave DrawerÂSharp 24"; ordered from AJ Madison

RangeÂViking Range w/6 burners and griddle; ordered from AJ Madison

Hood Modernaire custom hood

Trash CompactorÂGE Profile in SS; ordered from AJ Madison

Warming DrawerÂKitchenaid Architect Series II; ordered off; panel from cabinet co.

BacksplashÂWhite Princess granite


Flooring-DuChateau pre-engineered floors in Lugano

Big Slider DoorÂCustom made 10Â bypass doors by McFarland Doors, w/custom screen

Island PendantsÂHudson Valley Pelham 13" ordered from Butler Lighting

Breakfast Table PendantÂRound 26" linen chandelier by Restoration Hardware

Buffet SconcesÂBoston Library Sconces by


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