Recent kitchen before/after!

Wow, it has been almost a year since our last post! Good news is, we have been hard at work on fun projects to share with you!

Here are a few before/after pics from a recent kitchen remodel. The style of this dated kitchen may look familiar to many of you in our area! We are absolutely loving the bright, fresh look of the new space!

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Cabinetry is painted white from Kitchen Craft, granite is White Delicatus, and the tile backsplash is a natural marble. The homeowner’s window treatments and light fixture complete the look!

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For more pictures of this project (and plenty of others!) please check out our Houzz page!

*The designer on this project was Lisa Jones. You can find more from Lisa here.

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Recent bathroom project- before & after pics

We absolutely adore sharing before and after photos-being a part of dramatic transformations such as this one has to be the best part of our work.

You may see some familiar players in the before shots- the wallpaper pattern, garden tub, and pink carpeted bathroom floors were all cutting edge looks in their day. But that day has come and gone, and these spaces were ready for a clean, polished new look.

The master bathroom, pictured below, was redesigned and now includes a custom shower and drop-in tub, both utilizing slabs of Cambria Windermere, which matches the vanity countertop (new vanity not pictured here- but you should definitely check it out on our Houzz page- linked at the end).

Rima before:after collage 1

As part of the master bathroom redesign, the bedroom closets became home to custom cabinetry with tall storage for hanging clothes as well as plenty of drawer and dresser space.

Rima before:after collage 2


And we certainly did not neglect this secondary bathroom- custom cabinetry below is the same style as the master vanity, which is a rich cherry finish with a glaze from Crystal Cabinet Works.



Rima before:after collage 3


For more pictures of this project (and plenty of others!) please check out our Houzz page!


*The designer on this project was Rima Nasser. You can find more from Rima here.


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2014 Remodeling Expo Information

2014 Kitchen & Bath logo

Saturday, January 18th, 9-5pm and Monday, January, 20th 9-6pm

8411 Glenwood Ave., Suite 107 – Raleigh, NC 27612 – 919-861-0701

Seminar Schedule

Saturday, January 18, 2014

9:30          Bathroom Remodeling 101         

                   Scott Frey with Frey’s Building & Remodeling Co.

10:15         Instantaneous Water Heaters

                   Mike Palermo with Diversified Energy

11:30        How Steam Cooking Can Assist with Your New Year’s Resolution

                   Pete Smith with Jenn-Air Appliances

12:15        Cooking Using Induction

                   Gary Booth with Thermador Appliances

 1:00         How to Turn Your Home Renovation From a Dream to Reality:

                   With Financing that Makes SenseLori Eichel with Harrington Bank

1:30          Green Building a New Home

                   Jay Beaman with Beaman Building & Realty Co.

2:15          Cooking with The Tarheel Foodie in the Wolf/SubZero Kitchen

                   Susan Sink

 3:15           The ABC’s of Countertops

                   Sue Jones with Kitchen & Bath Galleries

Monday, January 20, 2014                            

 9:30         Kitchen Remodeling 101

                   Scott Frey with Frey’s Building & Remodeling Co.

10:15         Cooking with Don Schwenneker of ABC11-WTVD Weather

                        In Wolf/SubZero Kitchen

 11:15          Whole House Remodeling

                    Jay Beaman with Beaman Building & Realty Co.

12:00        How Steam Cooking Can Assist with Your New Year’s Resolution

                     Pete Smith with Jenn-Air Appliances

1:00          Gas Fireplaces, Gas Grills & Instantaneous Water Heating

                     Diversified Energy

2:00          How to Turn Your Home Renovation From a Dream to Reality:

                     With Financing that Makes Sense – Lori Eichel with Harrington Bank

3:00           The ABC’s of Countertops

                    Sue Jones with Kitchen & Bath Galleries

There will be cooking demonstrations throughout both days in four state of the art “live kitchens” featuring Jenn-Air, Miele, Thermador and Wolf/SubZero appliances.

Exhibitor List

Beaman Building & Realty Company               

Frey’s Building & Remodeling Company        

Tarheel Foodie                                                      

Diversified Energy/Fireplace Depot                 

Harrington Bank

Bosch Appliances                                                  

Jenn-Air Appliances                                            

MasterBrand Cabinets                                       

Miele Appliances                                                  

Sub Zero/Wolf Appliances                                 

Thermador Appliances                                        

Whirlpool Appliances                                          

Kitchen & Bath Galleries                                     

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Energy Star Tax Free Weekend

The Tax Holiday is Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd.  Any Refrigerator, Washing Machine, and Stand Alone Freezer that is Energy Star Rated is Tax Exempt.  North Carolina is one of the few states that exempts the full tax amount no matter how much you spend.  From a $399 Washing Machine to a $10,000 Sub Zero if it says Energy Star you do not have to pay the tax.

K&B is very busy these two days so shop early.  We strongly recommend stopping by one of our stores this week(prior to the start of the event) so we can prepare a quote in anticipation of this weekend.  To accommodate our clients K&B associates can take your order this week and process the transaction Friday and Saturday to save you the hassle of waiting in line.

If you are just beginning your search here are some of the most popular Refrigerators and Washing Machines we will sell this weekend(For pricing please call your closest store):


Kitchenaid KFCS22EVMS 22cf Counter Depth French Door Fridge

Jennair JFC2290VEM 22cf Counter Depth French Door Fridge

Jennair JFC2089WEM 20cf Counter Depth French Door Fridge

GE CYE23TSDSS 23cf Counter Depth French Door with Ice & Water in Door Fridge

GE PFE29PSDSS 29cf French Door Fridge with Ice & Water in Door Fridge

Sub Zero BI42S 42″ Built In Side & Side Fridge

Kitchenaid KSC24C8EYY 24 cf Counter Depth Side By Side Fridge

Washing Machines

Whirlpool WFW70HEBW 4.1cf Front Load Washer

Whirlpool WFW94HEAW 4.3cf Front Load Washer

Whirlpool WTW5800 3.8cf Top Load Washer

Maytag MVWB980 4.8cf Top Load Washer


For pricing call your closest store

Cary 919-467-6341

Chapel Hill/Durham 919-929-1590

Raleigh 919-783-7100






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Barstool Roundup

In many kitchens, your fabulous designer will find a way to create the island of your dreams.  It’s got the wine cooler you’ve always wanted, extra storage to wrangle the Tupperware, wainscot panels, a furniture style look…and extra seating!

Now that you’ve got room for the kiddos to eat breakfast or do homework while you’re cooking dinner, where do you actually get the lovely barstools you see in magazines?!

First, consider the height you’ll need.  Barstools intended to go under a standard countertop (36” high) need the seat to be between 24” – 26” high.  Some manufacturers call these “counter height.”  Barstools to go under a raised bar area (typically about 42” high) typically have a seat height around 30”.  Most manufacturers call these “bar height” or “pub height.”  Be careful though- some manufacturers use the terms loosely, so make sure you measure or check specifications first!

Here’s a roundup of 10 Fun Barstools to consider:


Pictured Above:

1. Cherner Barstool (from Design Within Reach)

2. Folio Kiwi Stool (from Crate and Barrel)

3. Genoa Stool (by Nuevo Living, available through Village Design Group in Southern Pines)  This stool is actually at our Cary showroom in white, and it’s pretty comfortable!

4. SoSo Stool (from YLiving)

5. Marcello Stool (by Ballard Designs)


6. Valencia Leather Stool (by GrandinRoad)

7. Vintage Toledo Stool (from Restoration Hardware)

8. Perch Stool (from Anthropologie)

9. Ring Stool (from Global Views)

10. Custom Painted Tolix Stool (from Etsy, Tolix stools also sold at Pottery Barn)

(Images: as linked above)

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What is a Temporary Kitchen?

Over the last few months, you’ve been working with a designer to plan your perfect kitchen.  You’ve waited and waited, and your order is finally here!  Since your kitchen will soon be “out of order” for several weeks, it’s time to set up a short-term place to prepare meals, eat, cleanup, and pack those school lunches…your temporary “kitchen” for the duration.  There is no denying that it will be inconvenient, but with a little planning, it doesn’t have to be miserable.

Temporary Kitchen



Pack It Up

First, you’ll need to pack up your current kitchen space.  Here’s where you really need to pare down and keep out only the essentials.  Keep out small things you use often, especially a mixing bowl, vegetable peeler, cutting board, several knives, a can opener, a mixing spoon and a serving spoon, to name a few.  You’ll be using lots of paper plates, bowls, cups and plastic utensils, so pack all of those “real” dishes away too.  Place the boxes of kitchen goods out of the way in an unused room or attic.

Moving Box


Pick a Spot

Find a place in your home that will be out of the way of the construction zone, the travel path to the construction area, and somewhere at least mildly comfortable.  Can the table in the dining room be moved to the side to create room for your temporary kitchen?  Can the car be parked in the driveway so you can use the garage for a bit?  Will the set up fit in a corner of your living room or family room?  Try to avoid having your temporary kitchen in several areas- it will just spread the mess farther and add to the chaos.  You’ll also need a table or work surface of some sort.  A really easy option is to use one or two folding tables because it allows a bit of storage underneath.


Find Room for a Fridge

Having a refrigerator of some sort during the renovation is critical.  Some people already have an extra full size refrigerator in another room like the garage, and that will work perfectly.  If you are keeping your current refrigerator, sometimes that can just move into an adjacent room while the renovation is in progress.  Be careful and check with the contractor though, as refrigerators often require specific outlets.  Otherwise, investing in a mini fridge will do the trick.  If you don’t need it after the renovation, a mini fridge is often something easy to sell later.

GE Monogram Mini Fridge

(mini fridge, available at your nearest Kitchen and Bath Galleries!)


Create a Pantry

Next is finding a spot for the non-perishables to go.  Maybe your coats relocate to a less-used closet, and your pantry items go on shelves in there.  Another option, if there is room, is to move a small bookshelf to your kitchen area to help corral the cereal boxes and cans of soup.  I’ve also seen some people stack their items on top of the fridge, or keep the pantry items in bins in their temporary kitchen area.  Don’t forget you also need easy-access storage for a few very small things like salt and pepper.

Pantry Shelf



Let the Small Appliances Do the Work!

You’ll definitely need a countertop microwave, and if you don’t already own one, now is a great time to buy a crockpot!  Other favorites include a toaster or toaster oven, and a griddle or hot plate.  You’ll be surprised that a lot of cooking can be done with just these few items.  Also, don’t forget the coffee pot!

Crock Pot


Bon Appetit!

Now that you’re all set up…how do you make dinner!?  Here’s where you get to be creative, and once you get going, it’s easier than you think.  If you have a full size refrigerator during the renovation, consider making meals ahead of time and freezing so that thawing and heating in the microwave is a cinch.  Many companies make microwavable/steamable veggies, and soup is really easy to heat up in the microwave as well.  In North Carolina, our mild winters make it easy to grill meat, fruit, and vegetables year round.  Salads are also a great renovation food choice because they are easy to prepare, and generally easy to clean up.  Many crockpot recipes require only a few ingredients and very little effort, but produce great results!  Check out one of my favorite slow cooker recipe at the bottom of this post.  A kitchen renovation is also a great opportunity to visit some of the local restaurants you’ve been meaning to try.  Remember to order extra, and you won’t even have to cook the next day.  See? Easy.

Meat on the Grill


Cleaning Up

Here’s where the inconvenience really sets in.  Although you are going to try as hard as you can to use disposable products, you will need to use a few real dishes too.  You are going to have to find another place to do dishes, and it won’t be comfortable.  If you’ve got kids, count your lucky stars- make them do it. J

Just kidding.  Kind of.

One option is to use a guest bathroom only for dishes during this project.  You can wash a few in the sink, or a whole lot in the bathtub.  Another option is to use a laundry or utility sink, and set the clean dishes to dry on a towel on the washing machine.  One more way is to put soapy water in a tub or bin, and that can be placed wherever it is convenient.  Then rinse in another water bin or under a faucet, and dump the dirty water out in the tub or outside when you’re through.  Just remember that your shiny new kitchen will definitely be worth the inconvenience of washing dishes the hard way for a few weeks.

Clean dishes


That’s it!  If you’ve been through this process already, what are your favorite tips for creating a temporary kitchen?



Slow Cooker Recipe: “Company Chicken”

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Cook Time: 6-8 Hours     Serves: 4-6


4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 layer on bottom)

6 swiss cheese slices

1 can cream of chicken soup

6oz. package of stuffing mix

1/4c water


Spray interior of crockpot with non-stick spray.  Place chicken breasts I slow cooker.  Top each breast with a slice of cheese, add extra cheese in voids.  Combine soup and water, pour over chicken.  Toss the stuffing with its seasoning packet and sprinkle over chicken.  Cook on Low 6-8 Hours or on High 3-4 Hours.

Variation: Use mozzarella or provolone cheese instead


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America the Beautiful

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.  Not only is it usually a long weekend (yay!), but it’s a really fun time to spend with friends and family.  I have fond memories of “writing” my name in sparklers with my aunt as a kid, and of my grandfather making his famous grilled chicken.  More recently, July 4th has meant trips to the beach, pig pickin’, and large gatherings.  And as much as I still like fireworks, it’s even more fun to watch the younger kids react to them.

This time of year also makes me really proud to be an American.  I’m grateful for the many freedoms we enjoy, but I’m also grateful for the uniqueness that comes with this great country.  We’ve got a little bit of everything here, and that’s part of what makes us truly special!

Likewise, here are some red-white-or-blue kitchens, and each is very unique.  It’s a little bit of everything!


Here’s a fun example of blue and white cabinetry.  It’s very contemporary, but very fun!

via Arnold Schulman Design Group

(photo via Arnold Schulman Design Group on

How about this one, with a white perimeter and a punch of blue for the island?  The blue accents carry the theme throughout the space.

via Knowles PS

(photo via Knowles PS Architects & Design on

Or if blue cabinets are too much for you, why not go for some drama on the backsplash?  This kitchen just has simple blue subway tile, but it creates a huge impact.

via Coastal Home Architects

(photo via Coastal Home Architects on


White kitchens are very popular right now, and we are doing them frequently.  How can you not love the clean and fresh feel it gives in a kitchen?  White cabinets are extremely easy to pair with a bright contrast island.  All white kitchens are also very timeless looking, and accessories can be changed on a whim.  We’ve got great examples of white kitchens in most of our showrooms, so come on in!

Here’s a more traditional version with mullions on the glass cabinets, and a decorative hood.

via Houzz (source unknown)

(photo via, source unknown)

Here’s a white kitchen with a contrasting island, and very simple shaker cabinets.  A client brought in this photo as inspiration for their kitchen, and I can’t wait to see it installed!

via Fiorella Design

(photo via Fiorella Design on


Red is a very bold color, and many people are afraid to commit to such a strong statement.  Red works well when other finishes are thrown into the mix as well to help tone down the intensity a little bit.

Here’s a kitchen I can’t take all the credit for, but one I helped with.  They used a lighter, less intense shade of red for the cabinets, and paired it with a decorative travertine backsplash and black countertops.  I also like the mix of contemporary and traditional elements here!  This is actually where I’ll be spending 4th of July this year!

Red Kitchen 1

Red Kitchen 2

Red Kitchen 3

(personal photos)

Last, but certainly not least, is a contemporary red and white kitchen.  This kitchen was designed by Rebekah Frye, one of our designers out of our Glenwood location.  She used high gloss white on the perimeter, and added interest with a very bright red, high gloss, island!  Isn’t it fun?!  The clients for this project  were also great to work with; one is an artist and many of their pieces were used throughout the house, including in the kitchen.

Contemporary Red and White 1 by Rebekah Frye

Contemporary Red and White 2 by Rebekah Frye

Contemporary Red and White 4 by Rebekah Frye

(personal photos)

Did you notice the red toe-kick area?  What a cool surprise!  Great job Rebekah!

Kitchen and Bath Galleries will be closed on July 4th, but we hope you have a fun and safe holiday with your friends and families!

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Bathroom pics!

As promised, some shots from a few recent bathroom projects out of our North Hills showroom…

We are glad to report that one of our J. Tribble Antiques vanities has found its forever home in this powder bath! Love this handsome fellow! 🙂

13202 VAN 1

Don’t you love the color contrasts of the vanities and countertops in these?

13202 VAN 4

13210 VAN 2

And check out all the storage and warm color tones in this beautiful bathroom!

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Spend vs. Splurge- Lavatory Faucets

With so many choices available, something as simple as deciding on a faucet for your vanity can seem downright exhausting! Seemingly endless options for style, finish, and price range abound, so we’ve rounded up a quick list of a few of our favorites that fall at various points across the price spectrum.

If you are shopping for a lavatory faucet, be sure to consider the other fixtures in your bathroom and how to best coordinate. Many lines have collections that include lavatory, tub, shower, and accessory options, but with certain lines and finishes, you can pick, choose, and combine.

Love the low-profile look? You certainly can’t go wrong with one of these luxe choices:

Style Moderne by Samuel Heath Polished nickel retails at $2,130

Style Moderne by Samuel Heath
Polished nickel retails at $2,130

Inigo by Kallista Weathered Bronze retails at $2,318

Inigo by Kallista
Weathered Bronze retails at $2,318

Julia by Waterworks Nickel retails at $1,008

Julia by Waterworks
Nickel retails at $1,008

Or get the look for less:

Savina Taps by Jado Platinum Nickel retails at $475

Savina Taps by Jado
Platinum Nickel retails at $475

Highgate by Waterworks Chrome retails at $585

Highgate by Waterworks
Chrome retails at $585

Seabury by Grohe Chrome retails at $384

Seabury by Grohe
Chrome retails at $384

Looking for a higher arc?

Dryden by Delta Chrome retails at $349

Dryden by Delta
Chrome retails at $349

Opulence by Danze Chrome retails at $388

Opulence by Danze
Chrome retails at $388

HansaForm by Hansa Chrome retails at $368

HansaForm by Hansa
Brushed Nickel retails at $484

What do you think? Do you have a favorite faucet to share?


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