Saturday, November 16, 2013

Vote on the Latest Kitchen Clock

 
It seemed like a great idea--a clock over the range hood.
Looking back, I should have probably gutted the kitchen and had all new cabinets made.
But no.
I kept the cabinets. And a design debacle was launched.
 
Trim went up.

 
Trim came down.

 
Corbels were added.


Cabinets were primed, in hopes that the white paint
would knock back the corbels and trim.
It didn't work.
 
Finally, a clock arrived.
 
The trim carpenters built a housing.

 
 
And another housing.


The third time was not the charm.
As everyone said, it looked as if a mantel clock had been balanced
on the corbels. 

 

 
My long-time cabinet maker was consulted. He immediately
pulled down the corbels. Much better. And made a smaller one
by hand.


 
A small piece of leftover Enkeboll trim was added to the base of the clock.
I felt such relief. The clock would be okay.



 
More trim was added.
Another corbel was made.
 
It seems to me that the Enkeboll trim (beneath the clock) is a bit lower
than the existing trim (either side of clock, above cabinets). Bandwidth agreed.
Even when the cabinets are painted, the different heights of trim will be visible,
as they are in these photos (thank you for taking them, Bandy!).
 
Will didn't like the corbels at all.
I'm inclined to agree.


 
The cabinet makers put the clock housing as close as they could to the trim.
Because it juts out, they added smaller corbels.


 
What's your vote?
Rework the trim?
Remove the corbels?
Or give up on the clock?

Metamorphosis Monday contribution.


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53 comments:

  1. Well, since you asked - I think the clock is a distraction. I also think that of the Houzz inspiration kitchen. You have a gorgeous kitchen and to me, the clock feels like too much. BUT...it's your kitchen - you can do whatever you want! I'm really enjoying the progress...

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    1. Deb, it's starting to look like that to me, too. Even if the corbels and trim are removed, the clock itself is starting to look too small. Thank you for your honest answer. I appreciate it!

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  2. Rework the trim, and I believe you will be perfect.

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  3. I like the scale of this configuration of the clock and the casing as it relates to the range hood much better than the previous ones. I also prefer the simpler molding of these corbels as it seems to match the other moldings better. I see what you mean about the molding beneath the clock. I would have them rework that for a better match. Are the corbels even necessary? How does it look without them? Are they there to disguise the projection of the clock molding where it meets the other? In truth the simpler corbels work better to me than the fancier ones.

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    1. This is by far the best. I had asked for no corbels, but there was a problem with the existing trim. I'd have to rework the whole top. So, we decided to try it with the smaller, better corbels. But DH hated the new corbels and thinks the clock is too small, negating its function. The mismatched molding was meant, I think, to be a pretty focal point, but the Enkeboll strip in the middle is too large (or needs to be larger). I would have loved a clock. But this is a case where a homeowner (me) tried to replicate a professional design, and neither I nor my kitchen had the chops for it. Huge lesson here. But a necessary one. When I awoke this a.m., I decided the clock, and the stress that it's bringing, has to go. Thanks for your input. I was hoping you'd stop by.

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    2. I hate for you to lose your clock, but i hate even more for you to be stressed about it. You have a gorgeous kitchen, and once you get all moved in, you are going to love it so much. You have done an EXCELLENT job. Bravo to you and Team Rattlebridge!

      xo

      Sheila

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    3. Well, the kitchen is the hearth and heart of a home, so it's an emotionally charged area. Stress is part of any project, don't you think? Even painting a room can be dicey. But if you're happy wi/ the finished project, it's all worth is.

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  4. I like the last design, it looks flush and neat against the hood. BTW, the kitchen will be gorgeous when finished, with or without the clock. :)

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  5. Looks FANTASTIC with the new slimmer corbels, and I'm the "Corbel Queen", invite me to your garage sale and I'll take the old ones off your hands, I have the perfect spot for them. Your kitchen looks 5 star-FABULOUS girl!
    Jules (DzynByJules)

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  6. I like the end results of the clock housing. Once painted and everything else put together in the kitchen, I think it will look like it was always planned to be there. Hope you're doing well, by the way. ;)

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    1. I'm much better. How are you and your family?

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  7. Wow,you are so patient! To me, because the scale of your kitchen is smaller than the 'Houzz" pic, I would remove the clock, corbels and match it back to the other trim without any embellishments. Sometimes less is more, and your kitchen is stunning without all the' extras'. JD

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    1. You're exactly right: my kitchen is much smaller, and I've got to let the room be itself, minus the clock and corbels. That's one thing that I haven't tried. :-) Thanks for your astute comment!

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  8. I think if you just maybe re-work the trim a little - or maybe not have trim on the inside clock area that doesn't line up right, and if you simply painted the clock's surrounding area in primer it may look better to your eyes. It will blend in and not look so mantle clockish, if that makes sense.

    Your contractors are amazing and this kitchen is going to be so amazing that it will be difficult to keep me away once it is finished. Seriously I just invited myself, haha. ♥

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  9. Hi Michael, I have enjoyed following your blog. I actually came across you because I liked your paint color at your old house (somehow I came across the pics) and someone on Garden Web knew you and got the color so thank you!

    I agree that the clock is looking like it is just too much, and then I'm wondering will you even use it all the way up there. I think with the ceiling height and the beautiful window, your kitchen is going to be gorgeous once it's all said and done. Can't wait to see how it all turns out! Good luck!!

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    1. So glad you're here from GW! Yes, I'm thinking the clock needs to go. :-)

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  10. Hey Michael! This is an absolutely gorgeous kitchen. I really loved it before the clock. The very first photo (before the trim guy had to take off all that trim!) is beautiful. You said that when they painted it all white didn't work, but I like it a lot. I just don't think the clock is the right scale or something. It just looks stuck up there. I love the space without the clock. I know you will have lots of fun cooking in that great kitchen! Just look on the clock on the stove or something to see what time it is :) :) I vote no clock
    Cathy T.

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    1. Also, when the battery dies, I will need to hire an acrobat to change it! lol

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  11. Good Day Michael.......
    My husband was a builder for many years so I have designed a few kitchens in my time! I just love your kitchen! I love the clock and the Corbels....the window is just beautiful, the clock helps the eye travel around the kitchen - if taken away the only thing you see when you walk in will be the window, the eyes will stop there and the beautiful cabinetry will fade from view...everything will be focused on that wall and the ceiling above it....I vote to leave it ....
    The reveal should be in Traditional Home Magazine! Give them a call!

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    1. Lois, thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement!

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  12. Hi Michael. I like the pic above of the guy with the tape measure... less the wood cut-out piece sitting on top. The clocks have been too big or too small, yes, but what bothers me more is the trim/crown line. It appears that both of your clocks and their housings interrupts the line of the crown molding. I like the corbels with their crown tops. To place the clock/housing atop that molding would require clearance. Do you have that space? But, if so, I think it would just make the range/hood area too top-heavy. The expanse (width of area) in the inspiration pic appears wider than in your kitchen. I do wish you well with the reno. It will be absolutely gorgeous, I am sure! Would LOVE your window wall in my house!!!

    p.s. That kitchen pic is saved in my Houzz inspiration file, too. :-D
    Hubby regrets the day I found that site. He is in the process of learning to "cope" crown molding. Luckily, third time was the charm for him with one piece, although he nearly lost his religion in the process.

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    1. No, I really don't have that much clearance. And you're right--the clock would overpower the hood/range.
      I wish the clock had worked. I also think the trim is way too high and the hood is too stumpy. Prolly if the clock/corbels come down and the hood is somehow made taller (no trim in this area), it will be cleaner. Though the unbroken line of the trim will always be worrisome to my eye. So funny about your Dh nearly losing his religion. :-) I'm almost there. Ready to put the house on the market.

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  13. My biggest concern is how long will the clock last before it breaks, and then will you be able to get another one to fit that space? (cause you know when this one breaks, it will be out of production) Or is it easy for you to rework the wood again? While the ceiling is very high, the first thing I see is all of the trim, there is almost half as much trim above the cabinets as the cabinets themselves. My eyes go up to the top area of the kitchen, and I don't even see the working part. It is all lovely, but that clock worries me in the long run.

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    1. I have bad clock karma. :-) The over the top trim has been a sticking point wi/ me. No one wants to rip it out and deal with the trim around the window. But I was looking at it tonight, and DH said it needs to come down at least 6" (minimum).

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  14. Hi Michael, I love everything you have done. The kitchen is to die for and love, love, love the window! I have to tell you I think I would ditch the clock too. The first one looked too big the second one seems too small. I do like the new corbels better, but see what you mean about the trim. If it isn't right that is all you will see every time you look at it. You truly have the penitence of a saint!

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    1. We are giving one of the clocks to my mom.

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  15. I say give up on the clock. I don't think I even really like it all that much in the original inspiration photo. If you want an accent piece, what about some sort of tile design - like a monogram in tile. Something classic and elegant. Or even just a simple design, like fruit or something. Oh, I don't know - I am obviously not a kitchen designer (just take one look at mine and that is obvious!).

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    1. I had a feeling the clock would become Alice's rabbit hole, and it did. I need to focus on the room's function or I'll really be sorry! Like my mom always says, You can test a kitchen's character by making chicken and dumplings from scratch. :-) if you have enough counter space for that, the kitchen oughta work.
      Love your idea of classic and elegant and simple.

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  16. Big clocks are trendy~in a few years they'll be out~it's almost fate that you can't get it quite right because maybe it's just not meant to be. I'd keep the design clean and eliminate, as tempting as your inspiration photo is...keep the whole design in mind and don't sweat the details is my advice, you have a lot of other stunning and dramatic things going on :)

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  17. Michael Lee, I'm sorry this clock is giving you such headaches. I think I'd take this as a sign that the clock just doesn't fit in this space. Your kitchen isn't the scale of the inspiration photo, so perhaps a large clock isn't going to work in this space.Your kitchen is gorgeous, and in my mind the clock isn't necessary. It's that vaulted ceiling that is the show stopper. Once this is all painted it will be a gorgeous space.
    That's my two cents for what it's worth. '-)
    ~ Sarah

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    1. It will feel good to move on. Thank you, Sarah.

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  18. The more I looked at the pictures, the more I decided the clock reminded me of the clock on the Musee D'Orsay, which on the D'Orsay building is not a bad thing. But your kitchen did not start out as a train station. And then I began to agree with some of the other comments, and came to the conclusion ....... if you cannot do the area below the clock as it appears in the one you're trying to copy (the area immediately above the stove hood, which has no corbels), then I would go with no clock at all. This will be one gorgeous kitchen and a delight to spend time in!

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  19. The more I looked at the pictures, the more I decided the clock reminded me of the clock on the Musee D'Orsay, which on the D'Orsay building is not a bad thing. But your kitchen did not start out as a train station. And then I began to agree with some of the other comments, and came to the conclusion ....... if you cannot do the area below the clock as it appears in the one you're trying to copy (the area immediately above the stove hood, which has no corbels), then I would go with no clock at all. This will be one gorgeous kitchen and a delight to spend time in!

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    1. This is so true about the Musee D'Orsay! I didn't make the connection until you said so!

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  20. Clock reminds me of the clock on the side of the Musee D'Orsay (which is not a bad thing). But my opinion would be, unless you can mount the clock as it appears in the original picture (no corbels, and smooth surfaces between the clock and range hood), then I would say, as others have, no clock. I'm hoping to see some really gorgeous tiles above the countertops and range top which will be the attention-getter.

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    1. I'm feeling so pale and off white these days. lol Am hoping to get ideas about the backsplash when the granite goes in. Though I am leaning toward beadboard for most everyplace but behind the range, which will have a stainless steel backsplash and ledge, plus a small place for an accent above.

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  21. that clock is waaaaay too small for your room. find bigger one that doesn't need any other trims and fancies.....or dump it. It doesn't look good the way it is...Sorry!

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  22. Ahhh, sorry about the triple (!!!!!) entry ....... my computer and I didn't seem to be on the same wave length this morning. One of these days I hope to be a woman of few words. :-) May I tell you again how much I have enjoyed your books over the years. I've passed along many copies to friends who appreciate a good laugh.

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    1. Aw, thank you SO much, Judy! I am thrilled that you enjoyed them. xxoo

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  23. Ditch the clock. There is enough beauty in the room without being distracted by the clock. (It's too much. I think that about the "inspiration" pic too.). But that is just my humble opinion. Lori L

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  24. Your kitchen is going to be beautiful. From the photo's, it almost appears the crown on top of the cabinets is as thick as the cabinets. Don't know if possible but having a little less of it might cause everything else to fall into perspective… The inspiration photo seems to have taller cabinets to handle the layers of trim. Regardless, it's lovely.

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  25. Once trim around clock is painted white ~ your clock will be fantastic! You have the best taste and I know the finished product will be beautiful. Sooo loved your old kitchen in the other house!!! Love coming from a coveting East Tennessee neighbor!

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  26. I am absolutely no decorator, but what strikes me is that the scale of the trim work above the cabinetry is off. The length of the wall cabinets appear "squatty" due to the height of the moulding. I would work out the ratio of the original inspiration cabinetry/moulding and make adjustments. It appears that the very top crown moulding is very high and maybe that's what throwing the look off. Your inspiration kitchen looks like the clock casing is simply sitting (just behind) the moulding. Again, I think the biggest problem is the scale of moulding to the cabinets and I think if you check the ratio, it could solve your dilemma. Also, simplify the clock area as in the inspiration photo as there are no additional mouldings or corbels added beneath the original clock. The corbel effect stems from the columns that run down beside range hood in the original kitchen and I think that's what's has also been throwing things off besides the scale of the trim. IMHO.

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  27. Drat, I just tried posting and lost my detailed comment! The gist of it was that I think the scale of the moulding to cabinetry is off especially the very top crown moulding. If you notice, the clock in the inspiration kitchen appears to be sitting on top (and just behind) the crown moulding. I think the second clock housing would fit in just fine if the ratio of the moulding is altered and the clock area less adorned. I hope this makes sense.

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  28. Yes, the clock in inspiration photo is built into a 'pediment' on top of the cabinetry,(a common element in classical design) and therefore looks appropriate. In this kitchen, the clock is jutting out into space, and therefore looks 'odd'. Given the space you have, doesn't appear you have the 'head room' above the cabinets to build a similar pediment and I think it would look better to continue the range hood up and break forward the entablature around the upper portion of the hood. you might also notice that the entablature is more proportionate to the cabinetry in the inspirational photo and more correctly follow the rules of the classical order.

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  29. The clock in the inspirational photo is built into a 'pediment', a common element in classical design, and is designed to sit on top of the cabinet, and therefore looks appropriate. Given it doesn't appear this set of cabinets has the head room to do the same, I think it would look best to have brought the range hood all the way up and break the entablature around it. Also note that the entablature is in better proportion to the cabinets in the inspirational photo and better follows the rules of the classical order. I think this is because there are too many details to the entablature in this kitchen. A classical entablature is comprised of an architrave, frieze, and cornice, and all three of them serve a specific purpose and work beautifully together when care is taken to follow the proper proportions of the classical order. That said, this kitchen is still quite amazing, and I'm sure it all worked out well.

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