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RE: Installing pedestal sink basin on vanity counter top question (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mongoct on 12.03.2014 at 10:48 am in Bathrooms Forum

I used a Memoirs top on a teak countertop. No issues cleaning, no gunk problems, no problems whatsoever.

The front edge of the countertop has a slight bow to it to allow an even overhang over the the front of the breakfront cabinets. Countertop cutout:

I placed a heavy bead of 100% silicone on the countertop, then bedded the sink in the silicone. That helps with any inconsistencies with a non-flat sink bottom. I ran a bead of caulk on the backsplash then pushed the sink into the caulk to compress it between the sink and the backsplash:

I made the drawer below the sink in a "U" shape to get a bit of storage out of what could have been lost space.

Final look:


clipped on: 12.05.2014 at 12:20 am    last updated on: 12.05.2014 at 12:20 am

Running Toilet - Flapper Missing Seal?

posted by: cebury on 03.29.2010 at 05:55 am in Plumbing Forum

I have a Jacuzzi Perfecta toilet in my kids bathroom less than a year old which has worked perfectly until yesterday; the water now constantly runs. I checked the obvious and all the mechanics are functional. Tracing the leak implicates the TOP of the flapper, not at the "normal" seam where the flapper meats the flange. Also, I pushed down on the flapper to force a better seal, it leaks exactly the same.

In fact, it appears the four holes on flapper itself are where the water is draining out. I removed it and here are pics:

Flapper Leaking--

Am I suddenly missing an entire gasket/seal on the flapper bottom that should be covering those holes? It seems completely obvious there should NOT be "drain" holes in the flapper itself. DUH. If I place my fingers gently blocking the holes, it stops leaking. Perhaps the holes are intentional to signal seal degradation to the user? If it doesn't text or tweet, nary a signal will reach my kids over the blaring music in their IPod's head phones.

Note this is an all-plastic flapper sealing against a plastic flange -- it MUST be missing a rubber gasket, right? Unless toilet technology has progressed that cheapo toilets containing cheapo plastic parts are now finely "machined" to create water-tight perfect seals. The only visible gaskets are between the tank innards and the tank itself (e.g. flange --> tank connection).

Question: If the seal came off, are the odds it made a "dirty" getaway along with the contents of someone's "business"? There is no sign of it -- it never calls .... it doesn't write.



clipped on: 11.09.2014 at 12:15 pm    last updated on: 11.09.2014 at 12:15 pm

Finished! Transitional white marble bathroom

posted by: pipdog on 08.22.2012 at 05:47 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We finally finished the upgrade of our master bath! The bath had been remodeled within the last 7-10 years by the previous owners, but it was pretty sloppy DIY job with few too many grout lines for our taste and we didn't like the tile counters. We decided to expand into a closet and make room for a separate shower.

Truth be told, I'm a little freaked out by the maintenance of the white marble (two toddlers use this bath), but so far it seems to be holding up. We did have some funky grout issues with the shower floor (efflorescence and orange spots appearing), but they seemed to have cleared up on their own. Hopefully it won't be a maintenance nightmare. If anyone has any good cleaning tips for white marble, I'd love to hear them.

I still need some artwork for the wall above the bath and some curtains, but the room is ready for prime time, and we're so happy it's over!

Calacatta Nuevo marble from AKDO - subway in shower, hex on floors and mini-bricks in niches and backsplash
Grout - White Frost by C-Cure. We originally tried Silver Shadow by Laticrete but it was too dark so we went lighter.
Counters - Caesarstone
Duravit tub
Faucets/tub fixture: Toto
Shower fixture - Raindance by Hansgrohe
BM Light Pewter
Lights - Restoration Hardware
Cabinetry - existing, sprayed with BM White Dove
Pulls from Lowes

Here's the before:

And the after:


clipped on: 07.17.2014 at 12:43 am    last updated on: 07.17.2014 at 12:43 am

Reveal white beach house kitchen

posted by: zeitgast on 06.18.2014 at 03:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

First of all I want to thank so many of you for all the help and guidance along the way. This was my first ever renovation project and I can honestly say that I have GW to thank for this fantastic kitchen!!

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Cabinets are Starmark Fairhaven inset in Marshmallow Cream
Counters are Caesarstone Nougat
Backsplash Sonoma Tilemakers Star Tribeca Bossy Gray
Floors are red oak to match existing and then stained Provincial and matte finished (LOVE them)
Sink is Blanco Silgranite Supersingle
Faucet is Rohl Perrin & Rowe triflo filter faucet (left is filter)
Undersink trash is Rev-a-shelf (mounted it to the left so i could tuck in the dishwasher soap and rinse aid, trash bags are behind the can)
Pendants are from Hammers & Heels
Oversink light is from Rejuvination
UCL is Phillips eW Powercore LED (nice low profile so no need for a light rail)
Appliances are Thermador 36" fridge, Thermador 30" induction cooktop, Bosch d/w, Bosch oven on the island and Advantium 240 (really wanted double ovens but no room so went with the dreaded OTR microwave/speed oven/convection/toaster option)

I think that's everything. Thanks again for all the help and advice!!!

This post was edited by zeitgast on Wed, Jun 18, 14 at 20:21


clipped on: 06.18.2014 at 08:36 pm    last updated on: 06.18.2014 at 08:36 pm

Shower floor tile question

posted by: Aztec123 on 05.24.2014 at 09:08 pm in Bathrooms Forum

This is our first time renovating a house. We are building two bathrooms from scratch. Our contractor put us in touch with his "tile and fixture guy" a while back and we spent 3+ hours choosing, mixing and matching tile for each bathroom, vanities, fixtures, etc. We chose a marble basket weave for one bath floor, and a black and white octagon / "soccer ball" pattern for the kids bath floor. Towards the end of the grueling session, we asked about tile for the floor of the shower (we had assumed we would have a different tile in the shower floor than the rest of the bathroom), and he said something along the lines of "you've picked a small enough tile, I would just use the same tile in the shower floor". We were pretty beat at that point and just went with it.

Long story short, several weeks have passed, the tile guy was super-slow in actually ordering the fixtures and vanities we decided on. The whole project has slipped due to his casual disregard of what was the laid out timeline. So we are quite unhappy with the tile guy. Today was the first day we saw some of the tile that has been installed, and we HATE how it looks with the same tile on the shower floor as the rest of the bathroom (otherwise we are fine with it). I will post a few pictures. I honestly can't tell if this actually looks terrible, or if I am channeling my dissatisfaction with the overall performance. Any thoughts - does this look bad? If I wanted to throw down and ask to have the shower tile removed and something else put in - is that even an option at this point?





clipped on: 05.28.2014 at 12:09 am    last updated on: 05.28.2014 at 12:09 am

What's your favorite grey for a bedroom?

posted by: peach32 on 08.01.2011 at 10:50 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Would love to see pics of any greys you may have used in your bedrooms. I had picked SW Pavestone but now I'm afraid it's too dark. Thank you!


clipped on: 01.04.2012 at 10:36 pm    last updated on: 01.04.2012 at 10:36 pm

Gray bathroom

posted by: lemonlime on 12.06.2011 at 09:26 am in Home Decorating Forum

I've been wanting to repaint my bathroom and mulling over colors. It's mostly a clean, cottage style if anything. Currently a butter yellow. I saw this gray bathroom in a house tour on Apartment Therapy this morning that I immediately fell in love, but it's a really strong charcoal gray. But I love it! Would it work for me? My bathroom is quite small and has one tiny north facing window.

Does anyone else have a gray bathroom or powder room?


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Small bath remodel on a modest budget. Finished!

posted by: girlcat36 on 11.11.2009 at 09:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum

My 5 x 9 bathroom was gutted March 1st, and it was a long haul, but it is finally finished and usable! I am very happy with the end result. I was going for a 'modern Bohemian' look; kind of eclectic.
I had a small budget, and except for the tile, most everything was purchased online.
I lived with the 'before' bathroom for 12 years(ugh), it was mildewed because there was no exhaust vent, the vinyl floor had been painted multiple times. It was the original builders 'budget special'.
Due to a severe mold allergy, it was time to properly vent and upgrade, finally!
I had a closet door moved to be accessed from inside the bathroom, and had a french pocket door installed; I covered the glass panes on the door with opaque window film.
The ceiling was bumped up and covered with white washed fir tongue and groove.
Before(oh, the horror):
BEFORE. Bad, bad bath.











Reading this forum proved to be enormously helpful, as I was overwhelmed by having to make decisions!


clipped on: 11.12.2009 at 11:21 am    last updated on: 05.17.2010 at 10:50 pm

Is epoxy grout worth it?

posted by: countrygal_905 on 02.15.2010 at 10:49 am in Kitchens Forum

The place where we bought our kitchen tile recommended epoxy grout. I have read that it is quite a bit more expensive and also difficult to work with, thus more expense to have installed. Is the price difference worth it? Any other pro and cons. I need to make this decision soon. Thanks.


clipped on: 02.16.2010 at 10:44 pm    last updated on: 02.16.2010 at 10:44 pm

Master Bath-Retro Style

posted by: nmchugh6 on 12.30.2009 at 06:50 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I thought about this for over a year and finally got it done (well 99%)..still some grouting to do on the bullnose in non-shower area. People here were great. Would also recommend John Those guys are pros and very, very helpful.
Overall, I'm happy with it. Will be happier when contractor returns to fix shower...turn to right, it gets hot. Turn to left, it gets hotter and temperature knob falls off!

Sink and Toilet-Toto Promenade
Sink Faucet- Newport Brass (best price was at Plumbtile)
Sink Legs- home made using material purchased from Markstaar (saved atleast $400)
Shower Door- Century
Shower Receptor- Swanstone
Shower control- Delta
Handheld= Grohe Relaxa
Soap Dish- Motiv (Ginger's little cousin)
Mirror- Robern
Light Fixture- ? (from Lighting Universe)
Hex Floor Tile- American Universal Corp
Accent Tile- American Restoration Tile
White Subway- H+R Johnson
Grout- Laticrete Silver Shadow (cement in non-shower and epoxy in shower)

Thank you everyone for all the help and ideas. For anyone planning a tile project, I also highly recommend John Bridge website. Those guys were hughely helpful with all my questions.


clipped on: 01.07.2010 at 02:07 pm    last updated on: 01.07.2010 at 02:07 pm

Kerdi Shower Part Deux

posted by: mongoct on 12.17.2009 at 12:22 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Here's Part Deux. The original Kerdi Shower thread lost virtually all of the photo links when the forum they were on changed their software and dumped the links. That forum's administrator doesn't know if they're recoverable, so I did a little editing and here's Part Deux. I may ask Gardenweb to delete the original thread.

This thread is to show a few techniques for working with Kerdi membrane.

Shower is a walk-in, about 5' by 7'. Door is at a 45 degree angle in one of the corners.

Walk in to the shower and on the short wall to the immediate right are two supply valves, the lower one supplies the wall mounted handheld, the upper supplies an overhead 12" rainshower head.

Moving counterclockwise from that wall, the long wall to the left of the valve wall is an exterior wall and will get nothing but tile.

To the left of that long exterior wall is the shower's short back wall, it gets a 2-shelf niche. The niche is about 36" wide and 30" tall. The lower niche space is 15" high, the shelf itself is 4" thick, the upper niche space is 11" high.

To the left of the short niche wall is another long wall, this wall has the wall-mounted hand-held. If I recall, the sliding bar is 40" tall.

In the ceiling is a 12" rain shower head. Also four can lights for illimination and a fan for ventilation. Ceiling will be tiled.

The wall construction? Kerdi is a vapor barrier, so no barrier is needed on these walls. Tile backer? With Kerdi you can use drywall. I prefer cement board on the walls. Wonderboard or Durock. I used Wonderboard on these walls. The ceiling and niche is done in Hardie, which is a fiber-cement board. Hardie is less brittle, so for me it's easier to cut into narrow strips to trim out the niche, and not as prone to snapping when installing full sheets overhead. I work solo 95% of the time, so it's not uncommon to hold the sheet up with one hand and have the screw gun in the other.

ABOVE: Valve wall

ABOVE: Niche wall, and on the left you can see the stub out for the hand held

ABOVE: Shows the Wonderboard walls and the Hardie ceiling.

ABOVE: With Kerdi, you don't have to mesh tape and thinset the seams. You can fill the seams with thinset as you hang the Kerdi on the walls. No need for tape as the Kerdi will bridge the joint for you. Just make sure your walls are smooth. If you have any thinset blots or chunks of cement that mushroomed when you drove a screw, knock them down so the walls are smooth. Here I'm striking a pose with a carborundum stone.

ABOVE: Setting a plumb line to hang the first sheet. Just like hanging wall paper. I hold the first sheet about an inch from the inside corner. Sheet is about 39-1/2" wide. I want the thinset to extend about 1" past the edge of the sheet. So I drop a plumb line about 41-1/2" or so from the inside corner, and mark the line vertically every foot or so with a tick mark using a sharpie.

ABOVE: Thinset. This is a little thicker than I want. I want it stiff enough so I can flat trowel it on the wall without it dripping all over or running down the wall, as well as it being able to hold a ridge after it's combed out. Not too stiff, though as you don't want it skinning over before you hang the sheet.


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RE: What would you do for gap between tub and floor tile? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: budge1 on 12.23.2009 at 08:38 pm in Bathrooms Forum

If the gap is too large to be bridged by caulk, you could use a pencil moulding to match your tiles. We had to do this (idiot tiler didn't see a problem) and its held up nicely over a couple of years.


clipped on: 12.23.2009 at 09:53 pm    last updated on: 12.23.2009 at 09:53 pm

bathroom tile is in!

posted by: ktrud on 12.04.2009 at 11:06 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Just wanted to share photos of our tile that's all my ideas on this site (spent many nights lurking!). more to come, but loving our new tile in our tiny bath!

floor tile

new bath


clipped on: 12.10.2009 at 10:05 am    last updated on: 12.10.2009 at 10:06 am

green board vs. hardiebacker

posted by: chuckwagon on 06.23.2008 at 01:02 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We just had a new tub installed and the worker put green board up since we were going to tile. I have since gone to a tiling class and I was told I needed hardiebacker instead of green board. After some conversation with the instruction, he felt that the green board would be okay for this bath (only DH uses it) but in the future we should have the hardiebacker installed. Is this correct? I hate the thought of ripping out what was just put up, but on the other hand I don't want problems. Thanks! Tammy


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Why is caulk cracking already? (PICS)

posted by: madtown_2006 on 05.04.2009 at 12:19 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hi everyone. The tile installer caulked the inside corners and around the shower shelf before he left on Thursday. I went in there to clean up a little on Friday and noticed that it's already cracking. He used siliconized acrylic non-sanded caulk (I think the brand is ColorFast Industries). Did he use the wrong kind? Why is it cracking already? If he re-does it, should I make sure he takes out the cracked stuff first or can he just go over it again with another application?

Here are a couple pics. The first is the inside corner of the shower, the second is the horizontal joint between the tile and the corner shelf.


Thanks for any input!


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RE: Show me your white bathroom, please! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: runninginplace on 10.24.2009 at 08:49 am in Bathrooms Forum

Here is my white bathroom: white on white two-inch hex tile on floor, white subway tile, white fixtures. You can see the walls are painted blue, but that's actually the only color in the room. However, it is a very small space (5x8) so that certainly affects the visual impression. I love it; white to me is clean, fresh and very pristine.

Good luck!





clipped on: 10.24.2009 at 11:07 am    last updated on: 10.24.2009 at 11:07 am

RE: Tiling over ceramic tile (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Bill_Vincent on 12.22.2005 at 03:13 pm in Remodeling Forum

SO long as there are no height issues and the original floor is in good shape (i.e.-- no hollow spots or cracks), all you need to do is get all foreign materials off the tile, including but not limited to wax, soap residue, skin oils, dirt, etc., and then scuff it up with a sander to give the new thinset something more to "bite" into. ALso, use an unmodified thinset mixed with a LIQUID latex additive, as opposed to usinga thinset that's already modified. Reason being that using the liquid latex will give you more of a latex content, and therefore, a stronger bond.


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RE: black and white tile (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: natal on 08.31.2009 at 01:55 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I have that tile. What can I say ... white shows dirt. I wouldn't want it in a kitchen, but love it in our small bath.


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RE: jeanninepc99, any pictures of your finished bathroom? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: jeanninepc99 on 06.13.2009 at 10:46 am in Bathrooms Forum

I'm only just seeing this now! I'm so sorry.

First and foremost, I documented most of the remodel on my Flickr page and Mrs. Limestone also had a post about my bath on her blog.

Here are some of the "final" pictures. That's in quotes because I still haven't figured out what I'm doing with the shower...curtain or glass?

(to show the light fixture without the light on)

Tile: Carerra (sp?) marble subway, basketweave, chair rail, and baseboard, all purchased from an ebay seller

Paint: BM Quiet Moments on walls, SW Spare White on ceiling and doors

Sink, fixtures, & Toilet: Kohler Memoirs Stately
Tub: No change, builder grade

Chandelier: Ebay purchase

Light fixture: Bellacor, I don't remember the model

Towel ring, mirror, countertop accessories: Restoration Hardware's Dillon line (supposedly this line is being discontinued)

Let me know if I didn't cover anything!


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RE: Design question on subway tile (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: kgwlisa on 06.13.2009 at 04:26 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Consider doing a "soldier" (vertical) course of your 4x8's cut down to 4x7 as a baseboard around the room rather than a chopped off running bond course. It will be less obvious that you've cut down the tile when it is turned 90 degrees to the rest of the tile, plus you'll have a baseboard articulated in your tile pattern.

I did this on my backsplash because I wanted an accent stripe but I did not want a "chopped" top course and the accent messed up the perfect coursing that would have fit without it..


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Finished bathroom pictures

posted by: shannonaz on 06.11.2009 at 10:11 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Well, our bathroom remodel is finally finished! Thanks for all the inspiration, ideas and suggestions from all of you. I have tried to include lots of comments and details in my photobucket album. Thanks!!
top of her vanity
fixture placement and niches
water closet
Her vanity area

Here is a link that might be useful: Bathroom album


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Vintage Bathroom - finished pictures

posted by: budge1 on 10.18.2007 at 07:13 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I've waited so long to post these (waiting on fixtures, prints, etc) that I've forgotten most of the details but here is what I remember:

Tile - field tile Daltile 101, trim tile-Banan Appeal, floor tile - 2"hex from Olympia tile

Sink - American Standard Ovalyn (the medium size)

Tub - Toto 1525

Toilet - toto (sorry can't remember which one Dalton or Carrolton?)

Prints - ebay

Cabinets custom made by Sylvain Marin of Marin Construction

Chrome fixtures - Chatham from RH

Knobs and hinges - Lee Valley

Still looking for the perfect towel hooks for back of door (want the Chatham ones from RH but with shipping would come to almost $160 for 4!) If anyone sees them on sale, pleeeeeeease email me.

Couldn't have done it without the help of everyone here. And that is not just a platitude. I had a plan for what would have been a cream and white mess with waaaaaay toooo much stuff going on. The people here and the decor. forum helped me turn that into something that makes me smile everytime I enter. Not to mention the ENORMOUS help on the practical side from the tile and building experts.
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B & W checkerboard/subway tile kids' bath

posted by: hoffman on 01.13.2008 at 08:43 pm in Bathrooms Forum








Kohler Memoirs toilet & sink
Kohler pinstripe faucets & accessories
Kohler villager tub (the only one that would fit)
Rejuvenation medicine cabinet, pushbutton switches & light fixtures
Daltile subway tile & black liners
marble mosaic checkerboard floor tile
Pottery Barn Kids towels & shower curtain
BM "white satin" paint
Nero Marquina (black) marble windowsill


clipped on: 06.10.2009 at 04:29 pm    last updated on: 06.10.2009 at 04:31 pm

Lauren's New Vintage Bathroom

posted by: lauren674 on 11.01.2008 at 11:58 am in Bathrooms Forum

Here are all the details and pictures for our recently completed bathroom remodel. Its been just wonderful in that shower and we're enjoying finally having a finished and fully functional room.

The house is an old brick bungalow from around 1920 so we wanted a vintage design that complimented the house style and era, with the indulgence of a super shower with glass doors. Many thanks to all that helped me with figure out all the decisions for the design on this complete gut and rebuild.

It took 3+ years...we stalled for a long while while it went from diy to having a professional friend bring us over the hump. If its too many pictures, just click on page six for the finished results.

Sink and wash stand (console) - Herbeau Monarque
Faucet - Hudson Reed
Toilet - Toto Dalton right height
Shower Plumbing - Moen Vertical Spa Package
Shower Doors - Custom Frameless from local company
Fan - Panasonic Whisper Quiet
Wall Tile - K101 Daltile Rittenshouse square & 6" x 6" with a 1/2" black liner
Hex tile - American Universal Tile
Light fixture over the sink - Big Box, Hampton?
Window - Replaced with Glass Block due to shower location
Ceiling Fixture - Vintage from Island Girl Salvage
Shelf/Hand Towel - Rejunvenation Linfield
TP - Restoration Hardware
Medicine Cabinet - Van Dykes Restorers
Lavatory Shelf - Ikea
Cup Holder - Vintage Brasscrafters Ebay
Door Hook - Vintage Brasscrafters Ebay
Paint - Restoration Hardware Silver Sage
Grout - Laticrete Smoke Grey

Here is a link that might be useful: Bathroom Pictures


clipped on: 06.10.2009 at 04:22 pm    last updated on: 06.10.2009 at 04:23 pm

old house--new bathroom

posted by: anna_chosak on 09.10.2004 at 06:58 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I usually hang out in the Appliances forum, but I thought I'd share my new bath with y'all. It's on the third floor of the house in what used to be an unfinished attic space.

New bath


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RE: Searching for plain white basketweave floor tile (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: emmatux on 12.21.2008 at 11:34 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I found plain white basketweave at under porcelain.


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RE: Bathtubs ... to keep or not to keep, that is the question... (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: staceyneil on 02.25.2009 at 10:53 am in Bathrooms Forum

I have been struggling with the same thing in the 1956 ranch we just bought in Maine. it originally had just one tiny bathroom, 5 x 7.5. Now it also has a master bath off the MBR and we're hoping to add another bath with another bedroom..... which makes the existing, tiny bath the "powder room", I guess, or the bath used by visitors. To that end, I wish I could get rid of the tub in there to make it more spacious. However---- I know we need a normal tub, and right now there isn't one in the house. So we will probably replace it with same when we redo that bath,

For what it's worth, a realtor I spoke with, who specializes in fairly high-end homes here, said she considers a "full bath" to include one that has a good sized shower but no tub. BUT she said if your target resale market is likely to include families with kids, you really do need a kid-friendly "normal" tub someplace in the house.

In our last house, here's what we did to make the small main bathroom seem bigger and still feel authentic to the (1926) house, below. We bought a decent tub (Americast, I think. It felt very solid) and did a custom tiled surround and storage. Real beadboard paneling and a pedestal sink. We tiled the floor and we kept the orignal medicine cabinet. The difference was incredible! I think we spent about $1200 on this bathroom, which included moving two fixtures (DIY).

original bathroom:



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RE: Photos of AO Catarina Coliseum White tile (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: junco on 08.19.2008 at 03:24 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Here are some pictures with the grouting done, walls painted, fixtures in and a pile of towels I'm considering.





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Our New Catarina Coliseum White tile

posted by: gary1227 on 02.25.2009 at 12:02 am in Bathrooms Forum

We are just about to wrap our new construction build and our new master bath has turned out beautifully using the American Olean Catarina Coliseum white tiles.

We wanted the look of marble without the maintenance issues of real stone and we are very happy with this porcelain and ceramic product.

Here are are a few photos:





Materials used:

Floor Tile: AO Catarina Coliseum White Porcelain Matt Finish 12x12 Tiles

Wall Tile: AO Catarina Coliseum White Ceramic Polished 8x10 Tiles

Accent Tile: White Carrara Marble 12" Chair Rail

Vanity countertops and shower wall ledges: Caeserstone "Pebble" in polished finish

Faucets/Shower Heads: Danze

Shower Control: Hans Grohe

Hardware/Towel Bars/Lighting: Restoration Hardware

Tub: Toto 6ft AirJet Tub

Toilet: Toto


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RE: Show me your inexpensive and neutral floors....please! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: kgwlisa on 06.01.2009 at 03:50 pm in Bathrooms Forum

About as cheap as they come, ~$2/sf from home depot - daltile octagon and dot. I would have loved basketweave as well but could not fit it into the budget. I dressed it up by using parts of sheets with black dots as a border.

I don't have any great pics of the finished floor, here's the best I have:

and here's a pic while still under construction of the toilet area - t's grouted but the tiles around the edges weren't done yet.

not sure if black and white is neutral to you but you mentioned basketweave. :)


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RE: Searching for plain white basketweave floor tile (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: jeanninepc99 on 12.20.2008 at 12:39 am in Bathrooms Forum

I've definitely seen ceramic basketweave on mesh. Best Tile (national chain, good prices) carries it at very reasonable prices. I saw some in their back room (in stock and ready to go home) for around $5/sq ft.

Polished, Carrera marble basketweave can be found for reasonable prices ($11.99-$16.99 per sq ft). When you start getting into colored dots and nicer material like Thassos, the price jumps.

Just for fun, in this picture, you can see an $11.99/sq ft basketweave on the floor and wall of a shower:

Close up:

The pictures are from The Tile Shop, which I don't recommend. I ordered basketweave from them and it arrived yellow! It was junk.


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RE: 24x24 tiles for shower floor - advisable? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: brutuses on 05.09.2009 at 01:45 am in Bathrooms Forum

I used the 1" mosaic from Lowe's that come with matching wall tile. All very inexpensive. This is before it was given a final wipe down. This style of tile comes in other colors also.



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RE: Corner soap shelf as foot rest? Technical question... (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: runninginplace on 01.09.2009 at 07:14 am in Bathrooms Forum

I'm not Bill, and thus no technical expert. But my tile guy installed a footrest in my shower by cutting a triangular piece of marble salvaged from a section used for the window and door sills, and tiling it with the rest of the project. Here is a picture:


It has been in daily use for 3 years, no problems so far. Hope this helps.



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RE: Subways on shower, 6x6 on wall??? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: lauren674 on 09.21.2008 at 06:51 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Okay, I have a picture to share now. This is the combination I described earlier ~


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RE: Mind sharing b&w basketweave pics? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: jeanninepc99 on 03.16.2009 at 10:24 am in Bathrooms Forum

I hope to have some pictures to share tonight. My tile guy is finishing up the wall and moving to the floor today!

You can see photos of what I bought on my Flickr page. I won't bother posting pics until it's actually down on the floor.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jeannine's photos


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RE: Mind sharing b&w basketweave pics? (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: teddychicago on 03.18.2009 at 02:37 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Has anyone tried this tile from Home Depot by Merola? I ordered a sample that should be arriving soon. It's black and white PORCELAIN basketweave, the only one I've found online. Thanks :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Merola black and white porcelain basketweave


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RE: Mind sharing b&w basketweave pics? (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: mosaic_king on 04.08.2009 at 11:17 am in Bathrooms Forum

I just finished another bathroom in B&W basketweave, here are some pictures to share with you.

The basketweave is polished, I actually prefer honed, but customer wants polished.

Bought online at $12 a sq ft shipped.

Enjoy and let me know if you need more pictures.





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RE: Mind sharing b&w basketweave pics? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: jeanninepc99 on 03.20.2009 at 06:51 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We bought Laticrete's Silver Shadow grout (Mapei's Warm Grey is close). The floor isn't done, but here's the current state of things in the bathroom with a close up of the grout.

Grout without flash:

Grout with flash:


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RE: Mind sharing b&w basketweave pics? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: sombreuil_mongrel on 03.11.2009 at 06:14 pm in Bathrooms Forum


Tile @ toilet


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RE: Mind sharing b&w basketweave pics? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: mosaic_king on 03.11.2009 at 11:08 am in Bathrooms Forum



2 sheets of basketweave


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RE: Mixing cheap tile with expensive tile (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: sweeby on 04.08.2009 at 10:35 am in Bathrooms Forum

Here are pictures of my two new baths mixing very inexpensive field tile with expensive trims. In both baths, the creme-colored tiles were under $3/SF.




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RE: Do you haggle/bargain the price of your tile? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: mosaic_king on 04.08.2009 at 01:22 pm in Bathrooms Forum

You should definitely haggle/bargain.
I have recently bought some 1 inch hexagon carrara mosaic in large quantity from an internet dealer, I have talked the price down from $17 a sheet to $12.50 a sheet shipped.
My client was very happy. Several things helped me during negotiation, I have bought from him before and I am buying large quantity. But still took about 10 emails back and forth to get this deal. My advice is do not give in easily, but also be fair, you will have to let them make some money, create a win-win deal.



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RE: Shower pan (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: mongoct on 04.08.2009 at 12:37 pm in Bathrooms Forum

It's been well over ten years, maybe 12, that I've been tiling the walls before the floor. To me it's easier, faster, and more foolproof.


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RE: Anyone with white tiles that aren't subway? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mlk58 on 03.01.2009 at 12:27 am in Bathrooms Forum

We did 4 x 4 white tiles on the wall all around the bathroom, and we love them. Here are a couple of shots:





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Just in the nick of time (pics)......

posted by: yadax3 on 11.23.2008 at 07:38 am in Bathrooms Forum

Guests begin arriving tonight.....phew!


Here is a link that might be useful: My hall bathroom


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Tile Shower Waterproofing?

posted by: jess111 on 11.23.2008 at 03:50 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I can't believe how much harder bathrooms are to research than kitchens!

We have a one piece acrylic shower that we want to get rid of and tile (I may do a cast iron pan, not sure I really want or trust the tile floor)....

So I got one estimate, and reading here about kerdi, I don't really understand what that is. I also read stuff about plastic liners, tar paper, etc, but I don't understand the applications for each. I THINK behind my acrylic shower is greenboard-at least that's my assumption. Above the acrylic abut 2 feet is tile, and the ceiling of the shower is tiled right now too.

I asked the tile guy about waterproofing, and he told me he always uses easyboard, which is like a foam stuff. I read some good and bad about it while researching. He said that there is no liner or anything used behind the ezboard, and I'm not sure if the easyboard goes up in PLACE of or on TOP of the greenboard. He told me using any plastic behind the board would cause a definite mildew problem and ruin the job, so he said it's just the tile attached straight to the easyboard. I asked if he puts the kerdi stuff or other waterproofing stuff over, and he said that he can do whatever I want him too, but I would be throwing away money.

Then I stopped at a flooring place, and was told that Kerdi is my best bet, right over the drywall. Is that really the best method? It seems counterintuitive I guess, and I don't know if the tile guy I got knows about kerdi. The other issue is that the drywall will likely be damaged when I removed the tile, so what do I replace it with? More greenboard? Cement board (not sure if cement board can be used without drywall) I am so confused, and not sure what I'm looking for in a tile guy or a job.

So is easyboard (attached to drywall or not) waterproof enough for a shower? Where do I begin?


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tkos and kias: progress, 'accessory', and produce pics

posted by: rhome410 on 09.08.2008 at 02:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

One of the only requirements I didn't say 'yes' to in the "How to tell if you're TKO" list was "Your pets match your kitchen." But how about now? This is Rosie and she's 4 months old. We just got her yesterday.



These girls aren't too happy yet about the new addition. Our older dog is Shepherd Lab, so matches the kitties perfectly, but not the kitchen...


When in Eastern Wash to pick up Rosie, we also loaded up on local produce...Boxes of pears, nectarines, apples, and tomatoes. Starting spaghetti sauce to freeze is on the schedule for this afternoon. My own tomatoes are still green and I'm looking for recipes to use those, too...Maybe green tomato mincemeat. But I've got tons of tomatoes and I don't think I'll want them all in mincemeat...


I don't think I'll have to worry about having too many Italian Prunes to deal with... This was the scene outside our window this morning:


Oh, yeah, the kitchen progress. In the photos with Rosie, you can see that I finally have panels on my dishwashers (one next to me and one with the nasty towel on it...I'll have to nip that in the bud), and that the island has doors and drawer fronts (we need to reconfigure the pulls and knobs for better balance...I'd initially forgotten the trash pullout would need a pull instead of a knob). The lift up doors are also installed beside the vent hood and over the oven.




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What are your favorite sites to purchase kitchen stuff?

posted by: mygar on 04.09.2008 at 09:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love to see the posts where people list various sites that they like to browse or have purchased from with good results. I was hoping everybody would list them here so they would all be together.

I'll start:


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spray foam insulation in ceiling

posted by: weedyacres on 09.29.2008 at 10:30 pm in Remodeling Forum

We're going to put spray foam insulation in our new west-facing sunroom because there's not a lot of wall space to put in batting and we need every R-value we can get. We talked to a spray foam guy today and he said:

1. The foam R-value is 14, but he said it was 40% better than R-14 fiberglass because it blocked all air flow. Is this true?

2. We've got ridge vents in our roof, and he said they'd spray the foam directly on the rafters, covering up the opening to the ridge vent. That sounds rather counterproductive. Don't we need to allow the air above the ceiling but below the roof to have a way to escape?


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Maroon and gray 50s bathroom

posted by: harriethomeowner on 09.29.2008 at 05:31 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We are finally moving to spiff up our sort of period bathroom. It has the original maroon and gray tile from 1950, but it's in really good condition, so we want to keep it. Here's a pic:


Just had a bath remodeling place out and we discussed doing the following:

New sink, vanity, faucets (sink and tub); new recessed mirror; new lighting (sconces or something over the sink, and a can light over the tub); remove plastic tub liner and either restore the old tub or put a new liner; strip wallpaper and prep walls for painting.

My question: what color and style do you think would look good for the vanity and sink? Thanks for any ideas about this or any other aspect of this. We're going to try to get over to the showroom for this place in the next week to see what they have, so it would be nice to have something in mind.


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Tile layout/design question

posted by: sandra_zone6 on 09.22.2008 at 08:12 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We are redoing a small 5 x 7 combo kids/guest bathroom. We are DIYers on many previous projects, just not a bathroom - should be interesting. I came across a problem in my tile design that I wanted and don't know the best way to overcome it. I am using 6 x 6 tiles with a 2 x 2 hond black marble border. I didn't want larger tiles - have it in my other small bath and it's okay, but not the look I was going for with this floor.

Here is my tile laid out as I want - 6 x 6 straight around the edge, a border of 2 x 2 honed black marble, 6 x 6 diagonal in the center.
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I have an issue behind the door that I didn't think about beforehand and it has me stuck. There is an area the juts out 7 inches. The space behind that is our linen closet which opens in the hallway.
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I'm not sure how to continue my pattern. I don't really want to follow the intrusion in my pattern; I had wanted a nice square black border on the floor. I think following the wall might look odd. I could continue the black 2 x 2's straight and just cut them down so the black square border stays square and the 2 x 2's aren't 2 x 2s in that area. I am concerned that would look odd as well.

I did lay it out with an additional straight tile around the border, but I don't like the looks of it. I laid it out with a diagonal border and my husband poo-poo'd it with all the cuts required. That is here but I had tried a double row of 2 x 2 which I don't care for.
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We could put in a wider tub, but that's not something we had wanted to do and I am sure my husband would poo-poo as well. We hadn't planned on replacing the tub; it's original to the house (24 yrs old) but it's a cast iron tub with not a blemish to the finish in incredible shape. He's of the if it's not broke, don't fix it mentality and I know I'd have a hard time convincing him to switch it out. It would add a lot to the cost of the bathroom that we really didn't want to get into. I know he definately would be against taking the wall down and moving it back.

So, any ideas on how to best get around my problem area?

I plan on the same 6 x 6 laid in a brick pattern in the alcove where the tub/shower combo is, with a black marble pencil trim surrounding a few rows of 2 x2 and more 6 x 6 brick pattern above. I currently have white 4 x 4 on the wall in the alcove laid in a straight line pattern and it's too white, too boring for me.

Thank you in advance for any ideas!


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Before & After New Vintage Bath

posted by: lauren674 on 09.21.2008 at 09:55 am in Bathrooms Forum

We are nearly there, just waiting for the shower door, tp holder, a few hooks. So, here's some before/afters. Its a very narrow bathroom so hard to get some pics, but here are a few 3 years aft we started:


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RE: tkos and kias: progress, 'accessory', and produce pics (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: claybabe on 09.11.2008 at 03:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yeah, I snipped off the tops of the tomatoes down to where there is something that might turn red before the season is over. I might be able to get a few more weeks out of them by covering, and have a place to hang the plants inside when frost is clearly an issue.

I might have some photos, let me see....

OK, the first one is one of the beds with tomatoes, and a new bed with hoof prints:

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The next shows the herb garden from a distance(marigolds have so far kept the bunnies and deer away)

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And this is a close up of some of the basil

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