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  1. Vickie H.
    April 12, 2018 @ 9:49 am

    SWOONING!!!!!!! What AMAZING LUCK!!!!

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  2. Lora Hart
    April 12, 2018 @ 9:51 am

    Cooking grease on the mirror. That’s all I’m gonna say.

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  3. Paige Sander
    April 12, 2018 @ 9:53 am

    I actually think the lady is better. The simple auction mirror seems to fight the piano to me. The dark wood of the piano and the dark wood of the lady mirror seem to play off each other. Plus curved lady mirror + curved piano legs = all the yes. I imagine the mirror would hang over a fireplace with the piano next to it in the music room of a grand palace. Which suits the kitchen just fine, in my humble opinion.

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    • April
      April 12, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

      I second Paige’s thoughts on the curves of the Lady Mirror. Even without the piano consideration, I love seeing curves thrown in with all of those straight lines!

      The Whitehaven sink is a great choice, BTW. Of course, it was also my choice for our cottage 2 years ago, and I have no regrets. Looka beautiful, drains well, and the side drain takes a garbage disposal and still allow lots of storage below. We have a simple edge on our soapstone counter, but it looks like it was meant to be with that sink!

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  4. Barb Ben
    April 12, 2018 @ 9:55 am

    I personally solved the dish drainer ugliness with an unobtrusive microfiber drying mat. It is grey and blends in well with my grey toned granite countertops.

    Barb

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    • Bleubook
      April 12, 2018 @ 12:23 pm

      I too struggles with the dish drainer ugliness…I have a french bottle dryer rack that kind of works to drain glasses if you carefully prop them up just so. (my husband is not a fan, but I don’t like to give him too many options.) Otherwise I just dry the items as I wash them. And I use the dishwasher heavily.

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    • April
      April 12, 2018 @ 2:15 pm

      Second the mat, Barb!! I have several that I rotate, just throw one in the wash and pull out a clean one. They never get gross like the nooks and crannies of dishracks.

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    • penny
      April 16, 2018 @ 8:38 am

      YAY!!!!

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  5. Robin
    April 12, 2018 @ 9:57 am

    We are planning to construct a new kitchen addition soon – but it will be added to our 1903 Folk-Victorian farmhouse. I’ve been following your journey, and pinning the heck out of details like that marble counter edge. I think we will have fancy touches (like a FAB Schumacher dragon fabric, and an amazing glass backsplash), but I want to mix in a bit of industrial/farm (jade enamel light fixtures), and some vintage advertising art (I’m a graphic designer). It will take a bit of juggling to make it all work, but I have confidence. I CAN DO ALL OF THE THINGS. Thanks for all of the great ideas. Next, please add a party garage to your home: with drive-through functionality, and drop down door screens to make it a tricked-out screened picnic shelter for family reunions. That’s where we are headed next, and I need to pick your brain! 🙂

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  6. Allie
    April 12, 2018 @ 9:58 am

    I was only indifferent about my stainless steel sink until seeing yours – now it must go immediately! Also, where will the chandeliers go? I think over the island and the sink and the cooktop could work. Plus with the mirrors it will look like you have more! xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

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  7. Brenda
    April 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am

    I definitely would NOT put the stovetop under the mirror. Only because it will absorb all the cooking particles. Even if you don’t cook with oils, etc, there is still steam and that will ruin the finish on your mirror. Otherwise, everything looks awesome and I cannot wait to see the finished product. Especially that Piano!!!!

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  8. Di
    April 12, 2018 @ 10:01 am

    ohhh magnificence…faints….hits head on isLand dead from magnificence…Victoria cleans blood stain evidence lol

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  9. Toni
    April 12, 2018 @ 10:02 am

    Super modern cook top.
    mid range old/new apron front sink. Super tall pull down faucet to match?
    repurposed old piano island
    “no” refrigerator
    From your diagram I can’t figure out how many feet your work triangle would be but more than 10 feet from the refrigerator to B. Add a couple of feet so you can walk around the piano. Is this your current triangle?

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  10. teri
    April 12, 2018 @ 10:04 am

    fab video!

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  11. Jane Baginski
    April 12, 2018 @ 10:26 am

    I totally love your project and your humor. You made me laugh out loud today with the keeling over image. I’m also ‘doing’ my kitchen and am considering some of your thoughts and experiences in its redesign. I’m in a Florida beach cottage with 18’ vaulted ceilings. It’s a fixer upper, so the projects are very exciting.

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  12. Jayne Zabala
    April 12, 2018 @ 10:30 am

    I like the idea of the sink on Wall “A” because it is closer to the refrigerator and when you’re washing fruit/veggies etc. it is a shorter, straight diagonal line to the refrigerator. That way you won’t have to walk around the piano to get from the sink to the refrigerator and you can look sideways out the window while using the sink. Additionally, it’s always nice if you don’t have to have plumbing on an outside wall if you live in an area where you have freezing temperatures. Like you, I would like to see each mirror in place to make the decision!

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    • Jennifer
      April 12, 2018 @ 2:53 pm

      This was exactly my thought about the sink placement!

      Also, how did we make it through an entire post without a cat picture…I might be suffering from some withdrawal.

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    • kmkat
      April 13, 2018 @ 11:51 am

      Having lived my entire nearly seven decades in Minnesota and Wisconsin — mainly in the northern parts of those frozen states — I can testify that having the sink on an outside wall is a non-issue. Almost every house I have lived in since age ten had the sink on an outside wall, some of them on the north wall of the kitchen, and it was NEVER a problem. One word: insulation. Heard of it? And if, somewhere down the road it does become a problem, say, when Philly nighttime temps hover at -30˚ to -40˚ F as they do occasionally in my northern MN hometown, the simple solution employed by everyone in a similar situation (oh, the alliteration, it burns!) can be your rescue: turn the water on at a slow trickle and let it run overnight. Presto, no frozen pipes.

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      • Pam
        April 14, 2018 @ 1:23 pm

        I live in Canada in a condo and have a kitchen sink on an outside wall. I heard the previous owners once had the sink pipes freeze so if it’s extremely cold _15-30C, I open the doors of the cupboard under the sink. People don’t consider a closed cupboard against an outside wall, the air inside can be quite cold. Letting the heat from my kitchen fill the cupboard is enough to offset the cold from outside the building and the pipes don’t freeze.

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  13. Kate Sawyer
    April 12, 2018 @ 10:32 am

    I have to say, I don’t think you should ever consider leaving the PA/Philadelphia area to live anywhere else in the US. I’ve lived on the west coast, in the PNW, in the SW and currently in the upper Midwest and *never* have I seen so many treasures listed on regional Craigslists as you seem to find in your region. Your area is like a GFT gold mine. You’ll be horribly disappointed if you ever leave! Or . . . you’ll spend a lot more time driving in pursuit of GFTs.

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    • RobynB
      April 12, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

      Right? That’s what I’m always thinking, reading this blog in California. If something wonderful does get listed, it’s crazy expensive and there are 200 people after it. Sigh.

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  14. Lesley
    April 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am

    I just attempted to order this sink new on Monday. Kohler’s cast iron factory burned in January, none of their cast iron products are available until late summer! Thanks for the Craigslist tip. You are a lucky lady to find it!!

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  15. Janet
    April 12, 2018 @ 11:21 am

    Love the sink choice- I have three of them! Also if we are allowed to vote, I would choose the auction mirror. Looking forward to seeing what develops…or redevelops. Changing our minds isn’t a bad thing, it just proves we have one.

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  16. Laura
    April 12, 2018 @ 11:26 am

    There’s a custom rack that fits in the sink, so all my dishes drain in there and are out of sight!

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  17. Cenepk10
    April 12, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

    I vote for Lady Head. Love her with the piano…Loving that new sink.. ( she shoots, she scores !!! )

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  18. Mary
    April 12, 2018 @ 12:04 pm

    A couple of years ago (yes I have had it that long) I found a Kohler farm house sink in cobalt blue at a Habitat ReStore for $50 in almost new condition – currently $3000 at Lowes. I wasn’t planning on a kitchen remodel and didn’t want to waste it on the house I had at the time but knew I had to have it. It sat in my garage for 2 years until I recently found a house worthy of it lol. First thing I said when I found the house is “My sink is going to look perfect in here!” Cant wait to put it in my “new to me” 1940 cottage in Tucson! Going to look amazing with the butcher block and backsplash I picked out. When you find a bargain you just have to grab it.

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    • Lolly
      April 14, 2018 @ 1:50 pm

      Oh funny! We were thinking about kitchen renos in the first house we owned, and I found a huge, white farmhouse sink on ebay….about 75 miles away. I called the guy (he was one of those businesses that sold ebay listings for people), and asked if I could pick up the sink vs him shipping it to us (cause how expensive would THAT have been?!?). He told me it would be $11 to pick it up. I won the ebay bid at .99! So a new to me kitchen sink for $11.99+ a trip to the city. We never reno-ed that first house, but entered into a contract on our 2nd house when the insides were bare to the studs….and I got to use my sink then….5yrs later!!!

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  19. Cenepk10
    April 12, 2018 @ 12:08 pm

    Also ! Love the design in your drawing- With sink where it is shown … Can’t remember if mirror will reflect window & bounce around the light. Hmmm – but that would be fabulous!

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  20. Nadege
    April 12, 2018 @ 12:20 pm

    If wall A is your hide_away wall, I’d say that it would be better suited for your induction cooktop, because cooking is a messier task than cleaning and I seem to need the fridge more when I have something on the fire, a dab of butter here, a little cream there, a swig of wine everywhere. Now That might not be your case if you do not use dairy or substitutes but what you might not escape is the grease buildup on your fantastic mirror. So if seeing the mirror first thing as you go into the room is your priority, I’d say the sink / mirror combo will be better on wall B . However the sink position is closely dictated by the dishwasher’s. So you’d need to have enough room on that B wall . Also worth considering is where your everyday crockery and cutlery live, close to the dishwasher is always a step saver.
    We have an apron farm sink and I leave a small drying rack on a cushioned pad in one f the bowls , the sink is deep so even if a couple of things are drying there, you can’t see them.
    Last but not least , are you not considering a pot filler ? We did our kitchen last year , I spent what felt like a lifetime weighing options, planning, straining my eyesight on Pinterest and either because of my own shortcomings or to save my husband ‘s sanity ( installation guy of course), let this particular tap out of the design. Now hardly a week goes by that I do not bitterly regret such lack of determination. I can’t wait to see your kitchen done, love drooling over the character you build into all your reno projects.

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  21. judy
    April 12, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

    I know some think your kitchen redo is moving at a snail’s pace but I love it. Decades ago when we lived in East Aurora N.Y. in a house built in 1924 my Paul (AKA John) redid our weird kitchen on half a shoestring. It consisted of a pantry with huge cabinets that only a pro basketball player could have accessed,small breakfast room and train car kitchen. Husband removing bearing wall,created beam to replace support,dismantled picture window and rebuilt ,so I could look out while doing dishes,replumbed gas stove and on and on until it was changed from dumb to darling. feline side note-was talking on phone without my glasses on and spied huge form emerging from crawl space through hole in floor. Screamed-deafening sister- dropped phone-found glasses and met a new feral cat that had dropped by for a free meal. Yowzaa! still scares the sunshine outta me. AnyHoo,keep on keeping on Veb-it will be stunning.

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  22. Graham
    April 12, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

    When first I found your site I thought you were mad as a hatter (in a good way) but after bouncing around your posts I realize you are a mad genius! (But please tell me where to find what happened in the orange addition?)

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  23. Beth Tabler
    April 12, 2018 @ 1:02 pm

    I am swooning. I swear you are my spirit animal.

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  24. Kathleen McGillivray
    April 12, 2018 @ 1:19 pm

    egad, girl…i think the huge mirror is too much…a room is supposed to have a focal point which i think is your piano ….sorry, but i think a big ornate mirror would detract,. i.e. compete, with your piano for magnificence 🙂

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  25. Lisa W.
    April 12, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

    Great sink !!! Voting squared off mirror …. but either is magnificent ! Good for you !!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Kay
    April 12, 2018 @ 4:27 pm

    We installed the 30” Kohler Whitehaven in or new kitchen in 2013, and I love it. One thing that makes a huge difference in using it is the fitted rack in the bottom. I had to wait a long time for it—backordered—but it greatly increased my ability to have numerous things going on in the sink at the same time—clean dishes drying, dirty dishes sitting, rinsing things down the disposal, all while having a colander filled with washed veggies waiting for attention.

    We now use a dish mat instead of a dish drainer, but if you don’t have a dishwasher, that might not be an option.

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  27. Katy
    April 12, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

    That’s the sink we bought too! Good choice 😉. Are you going to have an oven? I don’t think I’ve read any posts about ovens? Also, I need that ladder in the picture you included. We have cabinets all the way up to our 10 ft ceilings. The cabinet maker thought I was crazy…and impractical (what else is new..🙄) We also renovated a Victorian and you are my spirit animal. I’ve been lurking around your hilarious blog for a while and absolutely love it. I’m @thenewoldvictorianturnerhouse on Instagram, in case you get tired of scouring craigslist 😉

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  28. Jo A n
    April 12, 2018 @ 6:06 pm

    I love all your redo,remake and purring over this kitchen to die for.

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  29. Ginny D.
    April 12, 2018 @ 6:16 pm

    Something to ponder; what is opposite the mirror? What will you see in the mirror as you walk in the door? could that make a difference in where you put the mirror??

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    • kmkat
      April 13, 2018 @ 11:59 am

      My question exactly.

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  30. Mary
    April 12, 2018 @ 7:12 pm

    Love the Fantabulous sink! Thanks for the details about the brand and specs. We are starting a kitchen remodel and would love to use one like that. I think the Lady head mirror is the most excellent choice as it is unusual and interesting and seems to fit the space the best and compliments the piano island! Thanks for sharing all of your GFT’s!!

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  31. Shirley Koger
    April 12, 2018 @ 7:27 pm

    Here is what my critical eye saw … The lady head mirror would be perfect since it is dark wood, like the piano. That little mid-shelf works, too, for a kitchen. I *DO* like the auction mirror, but the lighter wood would make it look like an after thought. Painting it would lose its value.

    No easy answers here, just my perspective. I’d go with the lady mirror.

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  32. Sherry
    April 13, 2018 @ 1:25 am

    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes…….. If you insist on a mirror in the kitchen remember to consider the view it will be reflecting. If you put it on wall B it will be highlighting your refrigerator… I believe. Personally, I wouldn’t want a mirror in the kitchen. I would look for some other Totally Wonderful Thing to accent a wall. Possibly a fire-back behind the range top (as seen recently on TOH) or accent tile work over the sink. But it is your kitchen and I’m an armchair critic If you get the look you’re happy with all will be right with the world.

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  33. Kelly
    April 13, 2018 @ 2:13 am

    Nice sink score! Liking where you’re going with the kitchen layout too. Getting closer and closer to a VERY spiffy and lovely kitchen. 🙂

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  34. Lenora
    April 14, 2018 @ 8:24 am

    Won’t the STEAM from the cooktop will rise up, fog the mirror and be harsh on the wood?

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  35. Carmen
    April 14, 2018 @ 1:35 pm

    Clearly you need a new rectangle mirror with a lady’s head.

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  36. home before dark
    April 14, 2018 @ 2:08 pm

    This is shaping up grandly! I chose Kohler cast iron over fireclay sink as well. I highly recommend using the grid accessory that is available for this sink. It allows you to rest a hot pan in the sink without worrying about thermal shock to a cold cast iron sink. Can’t wait to see this all completed.

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  37. penny
    April 16, 2018 @ 8:43 am

    new #1 on KEEP list watch craigs list for sink!!!!

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  38. Krista
    April 17, 2018 @ 9:26 pm

    Can I just PayPal to buy my tour tickets now? All the money can go to kitty charities 😀

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  39. Denise
    April 26, 2018 @ 1:27 pm

    Have you already ordered the Whithaven sink? I tried to purchase the same one about a month ago and found out that the Kohler factory that manufactures them burned down and that sink was backordered, indefinitely. I was lucky to find a different Kohler sink that was in stock at a local appliance store. Sadly, it was $700.00 more but I had to buy it as the installation of the sink held up the installation of the counters.

    Love your posts. Keep em coming!

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