Big Box Kitchen Series: Your Questions, Answered.

Last week I filled you guys in on how the cabinets from Home Depot turned out – and, in a word, they are awesome.  You had a few follow-up questions about them, so here are my answers!

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If you’re new to the series, the Big Box Kitchen Series shares every step of our experience using Home Depot semi-custom cabinetry in our 6th flip. Click here, here and here to check out the first three installments.

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Question #1, from Michael:

First of all, it looks beautiful! I’m excited to see your end result as I’m contemplating using Martha Stewart cabinets in my remodel. A few questions I hope you don’t mind me asking:

1) Your colors are ocean floor in the kitchen and Sharkey gray in the bathroom, correct? They look beautiful in your photos. My store paired ocean floor with green paint and Sharkey gray with pink (yes pink) granite in their display. In real life, you’re not getting those same undertones, are you?

2) Can you elaborate on the HD installers and it being a one shot deal? Does this mean once they finish the job, they will not return to fix poor workmanship or an issue that is encountered? I have heard other stories about HD installers being a pain to work with and now your comment has me even more worried.

Thank you for sharing,

Hey Michael!

(1) It’s funny that you ask about the green and pink (and yes, we used Ocean Floor and Sharkey Gray) – I never really thought about it before but I just inspected them and I can detect a hint of those undertones.  However, every gray has an undertone, so that’s not necessarily a problem.  Some grays lean towards blue, brown or even purple.  I will post photos soon of how the cabinets look with the countertops (carrera marble) and tile – I hope you will agree that any undertones sort of fade away.  I would recommend painting sample boards in those paint colors since HD has them and seeing how they look in your space – also try them out with your countertops and backsplash.  I know that’s a lot of work, but I think it will pay off!
(2) I’m hoping that I spoke too soon about the installation being a one-shot deal.  I spoke with the installer today and he said that the kitchen designer should have ordered a different piece, which is why it’s too short, so I’ve now emailed the kitchen designer to ask about it.  I know, I should talk to her in person but I keep forgetting!  At least this is getting the ball rolling. The kitchen designer at my store is great and really goes to bat for her customers, and she pretty much immediately wrote me back, saying that she had ordered the new trim piece and it should arrive in 7-10 days, and then it can be installed.  Also, I thought I’d point out that this seems to be an issue (albeit a small one) with the kitchen design as opposed to the installation.  A side note about the installation –  while I really liked the guy that actually did the installation, the parent company (a subcontractor of the contractor that does installations for HD) was kind of a pain to work with – they took FOREVER to do our second measurement and actually put us a bit behind schedule.  (Oh, our schedule – you’ve heard my thoughts on that.)  I’m a little nervous that it will take them a long time to install this new trim piece.  :(

Oh I love this! I am also getting a Martha kitchen from HD – looks like the same one you picked for this kitchen. The demo should start in about 2 weeks. I’m so nervous! I love that you are ahead of me so I can see what it’s going to look like. I’m super curious to see what flooring and countertops you picked. I had a really hard time choosing. Thanks! ~ Alexis

Alexis, that is SO exciting!  I hope you’ll share photos of how it turns out.  :)  As for flooring and countertops, we went with solid oak hardwood, stained Coffee Brown (by DuraSeal), and our countertops are Bianco Carrera marble.  The photos I have so far don’t really show the “look” off to its fullest potential, so I can’t wait to show you how it really looks!


You should paint the inside of the fridge box to match the cabinets!  ~ several people

I’m definitely thinking about it!  I will keep you posted…

That’s all for now!  If you have any other questions just let me know.  I am SO looking forward to showing you the finished pics!

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  1. Alexis says:

    Thanks for answering my question! I feel kind of famous! I love how the marble you selected looks with the cabinets and the tile backsplash. I ended up picking a Corian coutertop that is mostly off-white with a few grey/beigey accents. Ocean Floor is such an interesting color to me… definitely changes in the light from grey to olive green to taupe. Can’t wait for the full reveal!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Ha, you are TOTALLY famous! :) It sounds like your countertop is going to be absolutely gorgeous with the cabinets.

  2. Aimee says:

    YES, paint the fridge box to match the grey cabinets! I’m ready for the final pictures!!!

  3. Michael says:

    Thank you for answering my questions. I’m going to see if I can order a sample in the two gray colors to see what the undertones look like in my lighting. But better yet, I’m relieved and excited for you that HD stood by the quality of their install. Looking forward to seeing the big reveal!

  4. Robin says:

    Very pretty. I love a light kitchen. Also, GRAY….it’s the new black.. ha.

  5. Wow! It’s getting prettier. I also used ocean floor in my kitchen. It looks really nice. I can’t wait to see the outcome. Keep on posting! :-D

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