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RE: Island pendant heights (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: alku05 on 10.04.2007 at 11:13 am in Kitchens Forum

Jennymama, with an island that wide, you may want to consider doing both can lights and pendant lights to make sure you have enough light there. Our island is 7 x 5 all one level and we put cans over the working side of the island and pendants over the eating side. Once your island gets over 3" wide, it's hard to light it with just one row of lighting down it's center.

Here's a shot of our island's lighting (the center thing in the ceiling is a speaker):

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clipped on: 10.05.2007 at 04:20 pm    last updated on: 10.05.2007 at 04:20 pm

Small master bath remodel - so glad to be done!

posted by: ejorritsma on 08.25.2007 at 11:27 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hey all,
Longtime lurker, occasional poster here. We just finished a remodel of a small master bath and wanted to share the joy!

Emily

Here is a link that might be useful: Hope this link works - I'm a rookie :)

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clipped on: 09.10.2007 at 09:29 pm    last updated on: 09.10.2007 at 09:29 pm

Are double sinks a waste of space?

posted by: lbgary on 06.16.2007 at 08:04 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I have always assumed that my remodel of my 6 1/2 X l0 foot bathroom would include a 6 1/2 foot vanity with two sinks. My plumber tells me that he often hears people say they almost never have need of two sinks in a bathroom shared by husband and wife. I see his point - we would be more likely to use the shower together than to both need a sink at the same time. My wife doesn't even want to consider only one sink, unless I can offer a better use of the extra space. So far, I have only thought of a tall linen cabinet at one end, or a sit-down dressing table. She has never shown any desire for the dressing table, and the linen doesn't seem to interest her either. How do you all feel about the two-sink issue? Any input appreciated, Gary

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clipped on: 09.10.2007 at 09:15 pm    last updated on: 09.10.2007 at 09:15 pm

Soapstone is being installed. Dish drains?

posted by: decodilly on 07.25.2007 at 01:25 am in Kitchens Forum

Today the soapstone installer templated and actually cut and placed one of our counters, it is a small one next to the stove. Yay!! The rest get finished tomorrow, BUT if we want dish drains cut then that piece has to be sent out to to a shop to get cut and that will add on another week.

We have already waited 9 weeks for these counters. Is it worth it? I really like the idea of not having a dish rack, and we will only use it for a few dishes in between dish washer washings... and they look so cool. 1921 kitchen...going for character...still, so tired of waiting. Should we get dish drains "runnels" or just have him finish it?

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clipped on: 08.24.2007 at 07:17 pm    last updated on: 08.24.2007 at 07:17 pm

Copper Sink - Ebay

posted by: txgal06 on 06.05.2007 at 08:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

If anyone has had good luck with a copper sink purchase on Ebay, can you please pass along the seller's info/store name? I am looking specifically for a prep sink. I've found a couple of stores that sell a higher gauge sink but am concerned about the quality. I can read the positive feedback about the transaction, but I want to know if the sink holds up once installed.

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clipped on: 08.12.2007 at 11:54 am    last updated on: 08.12.2007 at 11:54 am

Kitchen 99% Finished

posted by: rotag on 06.24.2007 at 11:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Thank you to all, this forum really helped shape my kitchen. I would never have known what could be done without all the great ideas and advice given here. Though my kitchen resembles a great many here, the classic black and white, marble and soapstone and subway tiles, in my area, this is practically unheard of. The majority of people have never heard of soapstone and have no idea what I'm talking about when I mention subway tiles. (Of course, most of them are not TKO, either!)

I planned my kitchen over 2 years, part of a massive remodel and large addition. I'm very happy with the layout and feel very fortunate to enjoy working in my kitchen every day.

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clipped on: 08.12.2007 at 07:47 am    last updated on: 08.12.2007 at 07:47 am

bead board backsplash transition

posted by: misstheatre on 06.13.2007 at 07:56 am in Kitchens Forum

Hello--
I am thinking of using a beadboard backsplash but can't figure out how to transition from the granite countertop as I think dampness could wick up the beadboard if it comes right down to the countertop. I thought of maybe a 3" granite backsplash then the beadboard above it or perhaps a row of pretty tile on the wall at the countertop and then the beadboard, but that seems to get a little busy.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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clipped on: 08.07.2007 at 01:01 pm    last updated on: 08.07.2007 at 01:02 pm

kitchen photos-need ideas for vintage subway tile backsplash!

posted by: decodilly on 08.02.2007 at 02:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all. Our kitchen is finally close to being finished. I have been reading and posting for a while now, but this is my first time post a link to our photos.

Our kitchen is small and awkward with little wall space. The house is 86 years old. We chose to utilize our breakfast nook for additional storage and fridge placement as well as seating. We sunk the fridge into the wall (it now goes into the laundry room- the other option was placing it in the laundry room completely )

We also partially opened up the kitchen to the dining room by breaking into a recessed area where there would have been a built in china buffet that was removed by the previous owners. We rebuilt a buffet but modified it to also be a pass through because we wanted to open up the kitchen, but still wanted a separation between the kitchen and dining room, We were torn between wanting to create openness and maintain the historic character. This is our compromise. Buffet on dining room still has to be stained to match the woodwork on that side.

Question: I am second guessing my color choices in the kitchen. Should I change them?

Plan: sea foam green tile, black liner, with small dijon squares accent.
wall- light golden tan color (BM honeyed almond) with a slightly darker version in the nook area (BM buttered toffee), cabinets -soft white ,counters- black soapstone, floors- natural oak, hardware- combo of nickel and green glass- like the nickel, could change the glass.

reservations: 1)I am starting to not like the sea foam subway tile as it seems too glowey with the goldish-tan walls. I know that I want a warm color on the walls so I don't want to change them to green or white. 2) The glass cabinets will show off colorful Fiestaware- perhaps this is enough color? Would the green overdo it? Our kitchen used to be neutral- gray, white, and black with colorful appliances and accessories. The microwave is cobalt blue, espresso maker is baby blue, kitchen aid mixer is red- all will be on counters 3) I know that classic white subways are hugely popular. I had planned on color, but now I am starting to think that perhaps white would be best, but also don't want the kitchen to be boring. Also if white, then what color liner?

Any ideas? Please also check out the plan for the range area tile and let me know what you think. The blue tape would be the black liner with the gold squares in all the corners and every 6 inches. The stove is an old Wedgewood that you can see in the photos. I drew its outline on the wall. It has a high back and a light fixture, so I am trying to design something that would work well with it. The tile is intended to go all the way up to the cabinets and the bottom of the rangehood. The contractor did not finish these walls. Now I wish that he had because the upper cabinets are higher than the old making a larger wall area.

Thanks in advance for any ideas! Sorry for such a long post!

Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchen- before and now

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clipped on: 08.07.2007 at 11:06 am    last updated on: 08.07.2007 at 11:06 am

I think I am in over my head with tiling bathroom

posted by: pretendstogarden on 07.05.2007 at 07:47 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Oh, I hope that someone can help me, or at least give me some confidence to finish this project. I am so intimidated. This is going to be a very long story, I am so sorry. We bought this place 9 yrs ago. It is not fancy, nor very large. It is a modest 3 bdrm, 1 & 1/2 bath ranch circa 1960's that we only paid 60,000 for. We finally decided to gut the main bathroom and redo. Like I said, nothing big or fancy. It originally had the 4x4 PLASTIC tiles as wainscotting, a cheap fiberglass surround around the tub, with a handheld shower to make it into a shower/tub combo. It also had a regular sized window above the tub/shower. We had put up a mini-blind and shower curtain on the window....AAAKKK. So I decided to have the carpenter put a smaller window in, up higher, so no window treatments needed. Here is my dilemma. I have never done tile, ever. I was just going by what my sister, neighbor, what I have read from here, etc. I decided to do the tile myself to save some $$$, because we had already overspent on everything else. I decided to go with the 4x4 glossy light gray and white up to the ceiling in the shower area, checkerboard style, with a top rail (is that what it is called) of 6x2 white bullnose, under that 6x1/2 black pencil liner, then the 4x4 gray tiles, then another black pencil liner, under that would be the 4x4 gray & white checkerboard. Plus I have 4 of the ceramic shelves, and a soap dish. My sister said "oh, it is easy, I will help you!". She didn't use spacers, it looked so uneven, I tore it out, and we started over. But the thinset was thicker on the part that we tore out and re-did, that it kind of bows out and does not look even at all. So I am sitting here with a half done, not even half done, bathroom. Plus the fact that I am such a perfectionist it is not even funny, and she is such a " Oh it will be just fine" type of gal. What I was thinking of doing is this... tearing out what was done, and sanding down the un-even walls (because of the thinset). I have actually even thought about taking all the tile back, and getting larger tiles, so as to not have so many tiles to have to put up. But then I would have to figure out what to do with the area around the window, and the shelves and soap dish. I really kind of liked the look of the retro 60's type, plus I found this really cool red and white toile shower curtain that would look so cool in there. For the floor, since it is a starter/kids oriented house, I had Armstrong Solarian Urban Settings Stucco in the Smoke color put in. Plus it is only a 5 x 9 room. I got really excited, but then really fizzled out. Should I bite the bullet and hire someone to do the tile, or can anyone give me some confidence to do it myself??? Only thing is, the guy who put my vinyl floor in, told me to use (and this is one of the oldest and best known flooring and tile places in town) to use ORGANIC MASTIC!!!!! AAAKKK!! Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Theresa

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clipped on: 08.07.2007 at 08:58 am    last updated on: 08.07.2007 at 08:58 am

White bathrooms - Any pictures?

posted by: amck on 04.25.2007 at 01:03 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I have 3 small bathrooms to outfit at a lakeside cottage. I have a vision of doing them in in timeless white and using towels/curtains to bring in color.

Does anyone have pictures of a bathroom that they have done in a similar style. I am hoping to maintain an uncluttered look and feel in small spaces and would love to see how you've gone with cabinets, vanity tops, faucets, mirrors and lighting. Thanks!

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clipped on: 08.07.2007 at 08:54 am    last updated on: 08.07.2007 at 08:54 am

Traditional Black/White Bath

posted by: tussymussy on 12.02.2006 at 04:15 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Here's our new bath with subway tiles, and radiant floor heating and frameless glass shower. Lots of thanks to all of you for your ideas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Classic Bath

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