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kitchen cabinets, red oak and white oak together

Hello everyone.
I have a question. We have had white oak kitchen cabinets for about 5 years in our home. Recently we decided to add more cabinets, so we hired a contractor to custom make them. Well he did, and showed up with the cabinets, but used red oak instead of white. He stained them the right stain, but seems that the color is a bit off. Now, dont want to really deal with this contractor again, but was wondering what you all think about the color difference, does it look good, or is it very noticeable and doesnt look right, or should we try and paint them all one color. I think it is very noticeable, but not sure if its because I know the problem, my husband seems to think you cant really tell, but just want to have other people's perspective on it.
Appreciate your help. Here is a picture, taken early in the morning, when the sunshine is hitting the most through the window. The cabinets above the fridge and the pantry cabinets were the add ons with the red oak. The picture does show the above the fridge ones a bit darker, not sure if its because the window is right next to the pantry and the pantry blocks the light or what. Seems to me the picture looks very similar colors, but in real life, I do see the difference the red oak seems a bit brighter than the red, the red looks a bit darker.
Thanks for your help.
heres the link for the pictures.
https://www.photoshop.com/user/rutyar...

Aug 28, 2009
ruthantim in Cookware

mix matching stainless steel appliances

I am getting a new microwave with a fan, to go above the range. I was thinking of getting a stainless steel one, but I have all my other appliances white. I was thinking so, because at some point I want to start replacing the appliances as needed with stainless. Is it weird, or would it look bad to start with the microwave stainless and everything else white? We dont have any plans on replacing any other appliances as it is a new house, 5 years old. What do you all think?

Mar 06, 2009
ruthantim in Not About Food

Pot rack look

thanks so much, I will try and find it at the store. I appreciate that.

Feb 17, 2009
ruthantim in Cookware

Pot rack look

You mention you use bar keepers friend. Where do you buy that? I am not sure I've seen them in stores. or at least I havent paid attention. Just wondering how effective it is to clean stains. I spent much of today trying to clean my pots and pans, but made little progress.

Feb 16, 2009
ruthantim in Cookware

Pot rack look

that is a good point. sometimes I even forget what I have just because it is just all the way to the back of my cabinets, therefore never use it. I dont have much cabinet space. Planning in the future to get extra cabinets (hopefully, at some point in the next year) on a bare wall, but for now I want a quick solution. Question on your racks, do your pans and pots get dirty and dusty often?

Feb 16, 2009
ruthantim in Cookware

Pot rack look

well , do you think the rack and everyday pots and pans would flow with a glass table and black iron chairs , my countertops are light beige formica and stained oak cabinets? I like the idea of putting new pots and pans on the rack and I am sure it looks beautiful, but at some point I am sure I will start using them and am affraid that after looking used and marked, it will just look bad with my other decor .

Feb 16, 2009
ruthantim in Cookware

Pot rack look

thats another idea I havent thought about, thanks. its clever. I might look into trying to find a nice one.

Feb 16, 2009
ruthantim in Cookware

Pot rack look

how big is your kitchen? when you mention about the cast iron acroos the room, how far is it from your range?
thanks.

Feb 16, 2009
ruthantim in Cookware

Pot rack look

Hi, thanxs for the tips. I like the look of wrought iron and wanted a iron rack above my table does that seem weird at all, but my main concern is that the kitchen opens to my family room, I dont have a dining area, so its my kitchen table next to the start of my family room there to everyone to see, would that look bad?

Feb 16, 2009
ruthantim in Cookware

Pot rack look

Thanks for the tips Mike . I would like the rustic look, I have stained oak cabinets and white appliances, but my thing is that the kitchen and living room are next to each other, its just an open space between the two. In my living room I do have somewhat of a formal space, and do have wrought iron decorations. So I am a bit worried that if I try the pots and pans that are a bit worn and just showing next to the living room, it would look weird. I dont have an island, so was thinking about putting a wrought iron rack flowing with my decor from the living room and setting it above my table, would putting my everyday pans ( a little burned and what not) look weird with the style I have so far ?
I am trying to clean them regularly, but find that it is so time consuming to keep them looking spotless.

Feb 16, 2009
ruthantim in Cookware

Pot rack look

We were looking at getting a pot rack, but were concerned about the look and feel. How does it look with used pots (burn marks and whatnot) hanging right there for all to see? Is it better to get one over the sink, or over a table/island? Are there better ideas for organizing all the pots and pans, short of storing them in a drawer? Thanks.

Feb 15, 2009
ruthantim in Cookware