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Remembering funny threads

posted by: debrak2008 on 09.12.2013 at 08:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

Over the years there have been many threads that made me laugh out loud. While the issue may or may not have been serious you couldn't help but laugh. Why? because they hit home. Made us laugh at ourselves and did a little reality check.

Anyone want to find their favorites and link them here? Tell us why it was your favorite.

I will link the one that included laxsupermoms secret weapon during the remodel. S E X
My fav because you can get so wrapped up in your house that you forget about your relationship. When you are both more relaxed decisions are much easier.

What is your favorite?

Here is a link that might be useful: secret weapon


clipped on: 09.13.2013 at 08:20 am    last updated on: 09.13.2013 at 08:20 am

Breezy- thanks for your storage idea

posted by: badgergal on 04.04.2012 at 10:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

Breezy, just want to thank you for posting your spice drawer picture and giving the info about Specialty Bottle. My metal tins arrive today and I started organizing my spices right a way. I don't have a label maker so I just used clear address labels and printed them on the computer. I just have a few more jars and labels to do and I'll be all set. It will be so much easier finding my spices now instead of on having them on tiered shelves in a cabinet. My drawer is a little smaller than yours but I could fit 35 small tins and 1 larger one with room to spare. Thanks again for sharing that picture and info. Here is how mine looks:
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


clipped on: 04.05.2012 at 07:28 am    last updated on: 04.05.2012 at 07:28 am

Come and Look again! Light over the sink...

posted by: beekeeperswife on 03.26.2012 at 02:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

So that other thread might not generate some of you to look again if I just bumped it up, so instead I've started over with a link to that thread.

I have realized I really do love the idea of some sort of clear bubble/sphere light over the sink. But I can't get past the glare issue. Then I found this on Houzz.

If you like it, let me know what size you think would be best.

Reminder: Sink is 33" wide, The faucet is 28" high. The light over the island is a Schonbek crystal chandelier.

Here is the info on 2 sizes I'm considering:

Medium option utilizes one 40 Watt 120 Volt Candelabra type Incandescent lamp
Medium Fixture: Diameter 10 In., Height 38.5 In., Overall Hanging Length Adjustable to 62.5 In.

Small option utilizes one 25 Watt Candelabra type 120 Volt Incandescent lamp
Small Fixture: Diameter 6.5 In., Height 28.5 In., Overall Hanging Length Adjustable to 46.5 In.

Photos from Houzz:

Caviar Pendant contemporary pendant lighting

(I think they show the one with smoked glass, there is a polished nickel with clear glass option)

Lakewood Kitchen contemporary kitchen

Here is a link that might be useful: Original Thread with lots of great choices.


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RE: Where is that 'What I learned on GW' thread (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mmhmmgood on 10.25.2011 at 08:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

If you scroll down a bit, this one links a bunch of useful threads...was that what you wanted?

Here is a link that might be useful: Miscellaneous from


clipped on: 10.25.2011 at 09:03 pm    last updated on: 10.25.2011 at 09:03 pm

Tile Masters

posted by: sdionnemoore on 10.25.2011 at 06:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

There was a Website where one could find a person who was certified to use the Schluter system to tile. Steve Paul was located in Chambersburg, PA, and did a wonderful job on our two all-tile showers. I'm getting ready to do backsplash, and though I have his name and address, I don't have his email address. One, does anyone know the URL for the forum where these tile-people hang out (I thought I got it here) and/or 2) anyone know his email addie?


clipped on: 10.25.2011 at 08:42 pm    last updated on: 10.25.2011 at 08:42 pm

Brass is BACK!

posted by: lazygardens on 10.16.2011 at 08:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

I saw it on the Internet, so it must be true!

Here is a link that might be useful: Houzz Ideabook


clipped on: 10.17.2011 at 10:16 pm    last updated on: 10.17.2011 at 10:16 pm

Kitchen-adjacent front door.

posted by: palimpsest on 10.16.2011 at 09:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am moving from a third-floor apartment in a building with a high stoop, a stone vestibule (three flights of carpeted stairs), and a 16 foot long entry hall inside the apartment to a house that is literally one step up off the sidewalk where you get dumped into what is probably supposed to be the dining room.

This is a huge paradigm shift for me since I am a big believer in articulation of space particularly at entry ways. We also take off shoes in the front hall and if they need to go upstairs to be put away we carry them.

So in any case, in the new house the kitchen which is mostly closed off from the entryway will probably get fully closed off and entered further back in the house and the entry/dining area will be semi-separated, maybe by sliding doors (its a modernist house)

I was thinking that right inside the front door, the kitchen could have a pocket door which would slide open to give access to a corner of the counter, and since the underneath would likely be a blind corner, it could access a cabinet facing the entryway. I had thought of several options for this cabinet including trash.

But, I think the big problem of walking straight into the house from the street is going to be street dirt, and worse: slush and salt in the winter. This entryway, because of the small footprint of the house will be in the vicinity of 39"-42" wide--a narrowish hallway.

So, I was thinking of this mounted in the floor of this cabinet facing the entryway.

Its a Franke prep tray/vegetable sink that is 1" deep. I felt like you could come in and put your shoes/boots/umbrellas in there to drain. I could even have a faucet if I wanted because it would be adjacent to the sink inside the kitchen. Too complex?


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RE: Total Epiphany--about the cream/ivory paint (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: forboystoo on 07.28.2011 at 11:42 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Walls: BM Linen White
Trim: BM Dove White

Click on replies at the first question.

Here is a link that might be useful:


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RE: Unique Things/Items about your Kitchen (added) (Follow-Up #49)

posted by: LaurenInTX on 07.14.2011 at 11:00 am in Kitchens Forum

Oops, I forgot to add my own unique bit!

While we're at the very beginning of the remodel road, I can say with confidence that we'll have a unique feature in our 5 1/2' Galley Sink. It's sitting in the garage right now, and it's killing me that it'll be several weeks before I get to use it! Check out the link, they're so very cool (although be warned that the link has sound, so mute if you're at the office).

Here is a link that might be useful: The Galley Sink


clipped on: 07.14.2011 at 02:59 pm    last updated on: 07.14.2011 at 02:59 pm

Our Dream Kitchen Finished

posted by: Dean_I on 07.14.2011 at 03:36 am in Kitchens Forum

Well it was a long hard road which involved us flying 1000km's down and back in one day to chose our granite, driving 150km's a few times to talk to the Stone Mason but it was all worth it (well we think anyway lol).

Originally we were going to go with standard cupboards and a Pearly Shores Quantam Quartz benchtop. What we ended up with was Tupac, Granite, and soft close drawers and cupboards. So happy we spent the extra. Here's some finished pics.


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Baking center - lowered counter OR toekick step?

posted by: rosieo on 06.25.2011 at 03:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'd love to have the lowered counter for a baking center but realistically I'd maybe only use it a few times a month. So I don't think I want to permanently lower a section of the countertop.

What if, instead of lowering the counter, you had a toekick step that you could just pull out and step up on? That way you'd have a full run of countertop but on the one day a week you bake a pie, you'd have that extra few inches of height to lean into your rolling pin.

Does someone already make that? Is it practical? Is there a reason why it wouldn't work? How would you make it?


clipped on: 06.25.2011 at 05:12 pm    last updated on: 06.25.2011 at 05:13 pm

post script (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: bill_vincent on 01.26.2011 at 06:15 pm in Bathrooms Forum

How do you do a 33% overlap without having a 66% overlap at the other joint? Unless you insert another smaller tile for a flemish bond effect?

EVERY tile will have both a 33% and 66% overlap, like this:



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RE: HELP! 6 x 24 tiles are bowing (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: bill_vincent on 01.26.2011 at 06:08 pm in Bathrooms Forum

This is something inherent in ALL large format tiles. This came out from The NTCA (national Tile Contractors Association) and the TCNA (Tile Council of North America) about 2 years ago, and was distributed to all contractors by Daltile:

Rectified tiles continue to increase in popularity, particularly in the commercial arena. For years, the industry and Dal-Tile have recommended that Rectified tiles can be installed with a 1/16" grout joint. However, from the contractor�s perspective, installations have become more time consuming and difficult to ensure compliant installations when attempting to install a Rectified tile with a 1/16" grout joint. In response, the new TCNA (Tile Council of North America) Handbook addresses this issue by recommending that the width of the grout joint used be determined by the ANSI A108.02 specification which states that the actual grout joint size shall be at least 3 times the actual variation of facial dimensions of the tile. To simplify: Rectified tiles, regardless of size, shall have a grout joint width no less than 1/8". As a result, Dal-Tile is changing its recommended grout joint width to be 1/8" for all of its Rectified tiles.

In addition, we will no longer recommend in our literature that Rectified and Non-Rectified large format rectangle sizes (Ex: 12" x 24") can be installed in a brickwork or running bond pattern where the overlap is 50%. The reason for this is that the allowable warpage for a tile based on ANSI specifications can create an installation issue when large format rectangular tiles are installed in a brickwork/running bond pattern. This allowable warpage can create a scenario where lippage is inevitable given the overlapping pattern. To mitigate this effect, Dal-Tile will be removing the brickwork pattern from our catalogs and literature. This will be replaced by a new pattern that will be referred to as a "Staggered" brickwork pattern where the overlap does not exceed 33%, and the grout joint width must be a minimum of 3/16".


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RE: HELP! 6 x 24 tiles are bowing (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: brickton on 01.26.2011 at 02:04 pm in Bathrooms Forum

What brand of tile is it? Have you contacted the manufacturer or the seller? Did you buy the tile or did the installer?

There was a good thread here on some of this (but with 12 x 24) you can do a partially staggered (no more than 33% overlap)... at least with 12 x 24.


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RE: Dam broke! (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: pamike1 on 06.04.2011 at 08:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's a (cellphone) pic of the granite


clipped on: 06.05.2011 at 09:48 am    last updated on: 06.05.2011 at 09:49 am

The Bright Orange curtains are up!

posted by: pipdog on 05.12.2011 at 01:39 am in Home Decorating Forum

As promised, here are a few photos of the orange curtains that GW'ers encouraged me to try. I'm really glad I went bold on the color - it provides the room with depth and warmth which is a nice contrast to the cool hue on the wall. And I like how the diamond shapes in the pattern of the fabric plays off the diamond shapes in the bay window in the adjacent room. Not too bad for inexpensive fabric I initially discovered at Wal-Mart!




RH Pumice is paint color
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Marble island eye candy...what!!

posted by: coastal_modern_love on 05.07.2011 at 09:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just cried tears of joy when I stumbled upon this island pic. Not a functional space, obviously, but WHAT an ISLAND! No wonder there is nothing else in this room.



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Pictures of my new kitchen!

posted by: joan2121 on 03.22.2011 at 06:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally some pictures and a chance to tell all of you at GW how grateful I am for all the help I got on this forum. It all started by looking at your pictures. And I became TKO! Since we were doing a complete remodel- removing walls and putting in all new windows and doors, I needed lots of help! We started in October and were up and running by the Holidays, but needed a few cabinet doors and misc stuff before I felt finished.
My husband did a lot of the work himself. The first biggy was the windows to the counter, bumped out - I never would have known about that.So many of you helped me decide on how to do that. Buehl even told us HOW to do it!! Nine feet of windows and no uppers on the sides of the sink?? DH thought I was crazy, but I was able to show him so many pictures that you guys posted.
I still need some decorating, and the backsplash (which you can see over the range) I am doing creme white subway with crackle.
I love the dining area table, but not too crazy about the chairs- We got it at High Point NC and the chairs came with it. What do you all think? Would 4 Windsor or Parson be better and just use the black arm chairs for the ends? The light over the table was in the house, and we just put it up until I get one. What kind do you think would look good?
Thank you!
I know how much your pictures meant to me when I was planning, so hope mine help some one else.

What's in my kitchen thanks to GW advice!
Never empty soap dispenser
Franke orca sink: Love the removable grid
Air switch
Lee Valley drawer dividers
Cabinets are Kraftmaid Garrison in Canvas: Love all pull outs, Blum motion, and drawers!
KA Dishwasher
KA CD refrigerator
GE Monogram range, hood and 240V Advantium
Granite is Giallo Ornamental
Paint color: BM Bennington Gray (looks green by the windows, it's more light the other side)


clipped on: 03.22.2011 at 07:35 pm    last updated on: 03.22.2011 at 07:35 pm

Great blog entry about off-white paint

posted by: kathec on 02.11.2011 at 11:35 am in Kitchens Forum

It can be a major source of frustration. You Google 'til the wee hours of the morning, should I do White Dove, Mayonnaise, Cloud White, Marscarpone, Blah, Blah, Blah. Megan from Frugal Farmhouse Design posted about how she picks off whites. This is probably one of the most informative. I never would have thought to have the store print out the formula. Based on the tints, you can better determine which undertones it will have. Or maybe, narrow the field WAY down. I've been buying samples and have a list of samples I want as long as my elbow. Don't even ask me how much I've spent so far, LOL! So, take a look.

Here is a link that might be useful: Frugal Farmhouse Design Off White Paint


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RE: Are white quartz countertops a fad? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: momqs on 01.24.2011 at 10:32 am in Kitchens Forum

Consider the fact that if it's not your countertops it will be something else that looks dated in 5 or 10 years. Get what makes your heart sing.

Have you considered Quartzite? It's a natural stone and it's fairly bulletproof.

Here are some white examples:

Firsthouse_mp and I have White Princess:

Firsthouse_mp's island

My counters

Sochi's Luna di Luca

There are many others.

Here is a thread about marble look-alike countertops that has a few quartzite and then other materials.

White is great if you like the look. We love it and the counters make our kitchen.


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Modern Walnut Kitchen (v. long, many pics)

posted by: sochi on 07.20.2010 at 12:34 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi there - DH went on a picture taking spree in the kitchen tonight, so I thought I might as well post more recent pictures of the kitchen and share the details thus far. I'm very wordy below, just skip to pictures if you like! :)

Still to do:

Two items remain outstanding: 1) backsplash (I know, so embarrassing after all the help and suggestions you guys gave me). I'll post separately on that issue soon, I hope to have something up by September. 2) island. In order to have a truly practical kitchen I need a drop zone in front of the pantry wall and fridge. We probably won't get to this until the winter, but I'm thinking about a wedge shaped island (or table) as drawn in the (clearly not to scale) layout of our ground floor posted below.

Credit Due:

I must thank all of you, for the inspiration, the ideas, suggestions, lay-out advice, everything. I used this board and your expertise heavily and I am truly thankful. We have a wonderfully diverse, fun, exciting and TALENTED pool of people here on GW! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can't name everyone to whom I am indebted, but I'll try (apologies to the many I've missed): elizpiz, firsthouse, boxerpups, malhgold, mom2reese, sabjimata, florantha, plllog, rhome, buehl, cat_mom, kaismom, billyyc ...

The Story:

This house is situated a block or so from the confluence of two rivers and a waterfall. The house was built in 1877 as a home for the workers at the paper mill located at the falls. It was/is a simple two-story home. There have been four additions to the house over the years - for an urban home on a modest lot it is a decent sized house (about 2,100 or 2,200 sq feet I think), but certainly not a huge house. Perfect for our young family of four (well the kids are young at any rate!). Unfortunately over the years the original interior Victorian character was completely lost.

With the Victorian character long gone, two remaining elements of the house heavily swayed the direction we took with this reno. Eight gorgeous deco/FLW inspired stained/leaded glass windows (two of which you can see in the kitchen) and the MCM-style sunken living room. Given our love of modern design, we took these elements and ran with it for the renovation. I guess the style of the kitchen is "retro-moderne" or organic modern, I don't know.

This was a big job - major foundation work, interior walls moved, ceilings and walls rebuilt on two floors, new insulation, new kitchen, new powder room, moved laundry, etc. etc., it went far beyond the kitchen renovation. We moved out on November 1st, moved back in the first week of March.

The Love:

I love my kitchen. LOVE IT. I'm blissfully happy and my quality of life has been improved. I'm broke of course, but c'est la vie I guess. Here is what I love most:

1. The walnut cabinets
2. The prep sink area (including the veining in the quartzite counters around the sink, my utterly fabulous Kohler Karbon faucet and the round Ticor sink)
3. The floors. The floors throughout our ground floor are reclaimed 120 year old Birch brought up from the bottom of the river a mere couple of hundred meters from our house. They are stunning (IMHO).
4. My fridge. So awesome and a big, big splurge.

I also really love the lay-out and 'feel' of the kitchen. It is open, airy, bright and still very warm or organic feeling. I love that as you walk into the kitchen from the front of the house your eyes are immediately drawn to the long run with the shelves and pictures. As you get further into the kitchen your eyes go to the living room and the lovely garden beyond. You actually have to stop and deliberately look at the clean-up sink run as your eye does not go there naturally. I like this as the clean-up run is the messy part of the kitchen - the sink hides many sins, as does the short wall separating that run from the dining room. The sink run is not visible at all from the dining room and living room. I almost have the best of both worlds - open concept, yet the messy bit is largely concealed from guests and casual observers.

The Problems:

There always are some. The first doozy of a surprise was when we discovered that there was no foundation at all under the mid section of our house (that addition was done around 1900 - the addition was essentially just sitting on the bedrock). A real budget buster that.

The main kitchen problem related to the counter, a poorly placed seam (my fault for leaving that last detail to DH). The problem was corrected and I have an extra two small slabs of quartzite for future bathroom renos. A relatively minor kitchen problem: most of the ceilings on the ground floor are close to 9', close to 10' in the sunken living room, so I expected that kind of height in the kitchen as well. Unfortunately duct work and plumbing got in the way (literally) and the kitchen ceilings turned out to be just a hair higher than 8'. My cabinet maker adjusted plans in time so not a big deal, but I would have liked higher ceilings.

Finally: I was diagnosed with Celiac two weeks ago. It would have been helpful to know this prior to the reno, as the way I organise the kitchen has to change to accommodate my dietary issues. Sigh.

What did it cost?

I'm happy to share approximate costing if anyone is interested. I wrote out costs for everything and then deleted it - I'm not sure what the protocol is for that sort of thing here. Anyway, it wasn't the cheapest kitchen reno ever, but it was more or less in keeping with the value of the house. Let me know if you want me to share, I'm not shy.

The Details:

Cabinets: Walnut veneer, custom, local. The white cabs are painted something, I forgot for the moment - MDF maybe?? I can confirm if needed.

Counters: Quartzite Bianco (Ciot in Montreal was the supplier, Marble
Unlimited in Ottawa the fabricator)

Counters: Stainless Steel counter and integrated sink: P.E. Rail and Sons (local)

Flooring: Reclaimed birch, local: Log's End

Lighting: The undermount lights are by Eurofase. Our kitchen/dining room lighting setup is controlled using a six zone Lutron Grafik Eye unit. We needed to add a low-voltage dimming control unit in order for the Grafik Eye to control the under shelf lighting. Other lights: Alico Newton and Kendall mono points.

Faucets: Kohler Karbon, Kalia Elito Diver

Prep Sink: Ticor


Fridge : Gaggenau
Wine Fridge: Marvel
Everything else: Miele (the speed oven and oven were floor models at a deep discount)

Please feel free to ask anything that I may have overlooked for forgotten.

The Pictures (finally!) (I want him to take a close up of the shelves, I'll post that tomorrow).












Low wall separating the DR from LR

And now a few artsy shots from the kitchen:





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Finished Traditional Kitchen (lots of pics)

posted by: jm_seattle on 03.05.2011 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

THANK YOU GARDENWEB! We got so many great ideas from this forum, and everybody was so incredibly helpful and generous.

Here are some pics and a few details:
Kitchen corner
Refrigerator and pantry:
Message center:
Message center with built-in chalkboard
Breakfast nook:
Breakfast nook
Our KD wanted an extremely large window area to bring in light, but made it fit into the old house by breaking it up and using leaded glass:
new leaded glass windows
Sink w/glass filler, runnels, & built-in compost bin:
Sink w/Runnels & built-in compost bin
Built-in compost bin close-up:
Built-in compost bin
Mug shelf:
Mug Shelf
Charging drawer. This entire cabinet is deeper than it appears because it is built into the interior wall behind it, gaining an extra 4" or so of storage space without creeping into the walkway in front of it:
Charging station built into drawer
Island cabinets:
Island cabinets wtih cutting board
Miele ovens installed as flush inset (I searched and never did find pictures of this, so hopefully these will help somebody else):
Miele appliances mounted flush inset
Cleaning closet in "invented space" from interior wall:
Cleaning closet
Extra depth for the vacuum was made by reducing the depth of the drawers under the pantry:
Cleaning closet
The placement of the outlet underneath the music player shelf allows the nasty cordness to be hidden from eye-level:
Music Shelf
Toe-kick heater vent. The toe-kick face under the message center & island is covered with stained oak flooring. From eye-level, the toe-kick absorbs the correct amount of light and gives the appearance of freestanding cabinets.
Under island heater vent
The freestanding appearance is clearer here:
Cabinet built-into wall
Drawers under nook seating area:
Under-seat drawers in nook
There is a powder room off the kitchen. This wasn't our first choice, but ended up being our only choice in this old house, and has been okay, especially considering its placement is directly next to the hallway and away from the primary cooking area:
Bathroom off of kitchen
Adjacent mudroom, which became part of the kitchen remodel. The door is to a laundry chute which we use mostly for kitchen towels & napkins.

Here is a link that might be useful: More pictures


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My basement facelift

posted by: sueb20 on 03.03.2011 at 09:03 am in Home Decorating Forum

We are nearing the end of our basement project so I thought I'd post some pics. We decided to upgrade our basement space from "strictly playroom" to "family room" now that our youngest is 10. Formerly we had an ugly dropped ceiling, big rectangular fluorescent lights, a disorganized closet with a broken door, nasty carpeted stairs. All in all, not a bad room, but it never felt like an extension of the rest of the house, if you know what I mean. Anyway, in the process of our "minor" facelift, we ended up having to reroute a lot of pipes, deal with electrical issues we hadn't been aware of, and so on. Originally it was supposed to be two weeks. I think it's been about 6 weeks. But, we're very happy with the result.



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The lights will be recessed, not hanging down like they are now!

I am trying to think of something interesting/creative to do with those 2 big doors that are on the wall of built-ins. They have to be that size because of the water meter and other junk behind them, but they look sort of big and bare and boring. They will be open and closed fairly frequently because even with the utilities, there is space inside for storage -- so I don't think hanging artwork or something on the door would work. Maybe I could, however, hang a couple pieces of kids' artwork in lightweight frames attached with Command strips? Other ideas? I thought of chalkboard paint but I don't think I'd be happy with a large swath of dark paint there. All the built-ins will be painted white.

Everything is supposed to be done tomorrow! Paint is being completed today and carpeting is being installed tomorrow. I hope to be all "moved in" by Saturday night and will post "after" pics soon.


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RE: Padded headboards and 'hair oils' (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: texashottie on 10.02.2008 at 04:16 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thanks, y'all. It's been a fun project; my dad helped me make the headboard when he came out to visit from CA. I'm hoping he will be the first one to sleep in this bed now next time he comes. ;)

It is very tall--it's much taller than any of the ones that y'all are showing pics of. I read in a design article on headboards to have them go 2/3rds up the wall so that there is no "dead space" above the headboard. So I have 9' ceilings upstairs--the headboard is about 7' high. We'll see how it looks once I get the bed done up with propped pillows, etc. I want it to make a statement, but if it's too gargantuous, I can always hack it down from the bottom. (I also thought of hanging a unique gilded medallion on it, which would also bring it down.)

Anyway, this queen headboard was not cheap to make. Foam is expensive--I had to use 3 strips at $30 a pop (and this was a fabric outlet/warehouse in Dallas). Plus batting. My dad picked out some good wood that set me back another $60 or so, and he was able to piece it with dowels so I wouldn't have to purchase a second "slab." Then my linen fabric set me back a ways.... it's an easy $300 at least. Plus extra wood for framing, spray glue for foam, buttons, staples and time. So maybe store-bought isn't too bad---unless you really want a 7' headboard. ;)

Reno, here are my seams. I've always had a hard time matching patterns, but if I can do it, you can do it. (My camera skills make the seams look crooked, but they are lined up with the edge of the board.)



Can I get a woot-woot? :D

And Lyban, here's a pic of my first button. I pulled it as tight as I could from the back of the headboard; I think it's only "indenting" the batting layer. It makes a soft tuft, and does not distort the pattern.

I'm going to try making a deeper tuft, whereby it "indents" the foam as well, but I need to get DH's muscles to help me and hold in the button from the front side while I tie it off on the backside. I think that type of tuft will create the "pleats" you sometimes see.

But I'm unsure which tuft I will do yet. I'm guessing the former. :)



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RE: Padded headboards and 'hair oils' (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: texashottie on 10.01.2008 at 09:54 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Tina, thank you for your sweet comments. I bought 5.5 yards for the headboard alone (I bought more to make a matching box-pleated bedskirt).

I had to buy so much because it is a pattern, with a 35" repeat vertically. The width of the bolt did not cover the width of the headboard, so I had to seam it on both sides. (So I bought 2 lengths, using 1 length for the middle, then cut the second length vertically and sewed each "half" onto either side of the first length.) I had to buy an extra 35" repeat to be sure that I could cut the second length at the same point in the pattern as the first length. Hope that makes sense! :)

Lyban, thank you! I basically drilled holes in the back of the headboard through the wood only. I screwed a small screw halfway in beside each hole. After some trial and error, I bought straight upholstery needles (they come 6" lengths on up) and I poked it backwards (threaded loop side-first) through the hole and all the layers until it came through the fabric. I could then take my button that I covered with fabric, and with about 6 upholstery threads threaded through it, I took all 12 ends of the thread and put them through the needle loop. I can then pull the needle back out through the hole in the back of the headboard, pull the button tight, and tie off the thread ends on the screw.

Hope this makes sense! :)


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RE: Padded headboards and 'hair oils' (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: texashottie on 10.01.2008 at 05:44 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi, Tina, I'll post per your request!!

Reno, I'm in the process of making my own headboard and I'm tufting it. Tufting looks more posh to me. But I am making this for a guest bedroom, which won't nearly get as much use, and I also plan on Scotchguarding it.

Here's my headboard's backside---I already have 2" foam glued to the front side, which is leaning against the wall. I then wrapped batting on it and brought it around the sides and to the back and stapled. My fabric is on the bed.


Here's the headboard before I begin tufting it. You can see my bad boy staple gun! :)


The design of your headboard that you picked above will be much easier to cover than mine. It has that sloping curve to the top which will be easy to cover with fabric. Mine has those curved corners and they were pia's to stretch fabric over. When you get ready to make your headboard, talk to me! ;)


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From mid centurty ugly to my dream bathroom 95% done

posted by: jenskitchen on 12.30.2010 at 03:46 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We are almost done with our bathroom renovation. I'm too excited about it to wait for the finishing touches before I post it. Still to come is a mirror with 1" bevel to be installed in vanity, frameless glass to be installed in shower and baseboard heat cover being made. Thank you for all of your help during my many mini meltdowns.

We went from this...


There was one electrical outlet in the hole bathroom and it was in the medicine cabinet.


We closed off this door and moved the shower to that side.

So here is our new vanity...


Our new shower

We will put white wood blinds on the window and a cover for the heater


Here are the details:

Shower fixtures, towel bars: Restoration Hardware Asbury
Floor and shower walls: 12x12 honed carrara tiles set in a running bond pattern with delorean gray grout
Floor in shower: Cobsa thin basketweave
Light: Landmark Lighting
Vanity: Custom built
Makeup Mirror: Kimball Young hardwired
Paint: Trim and vanity is Glacier White and walls and ceiling is Stonington Gray


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My white carrara dream bathroom finally done UPDATED (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: jenskitchen on 01.17.2011 at 08:41 pm in Bathrooms Forum

So now I can say I'm officially done. Here are a few more shots of the finished product

The glass shower door is installed now:

Someone asked to see the upper cabinet opened. I have 8(!) outlets inside of my tower.

Our contractor built a beautiful cover for our baseboard heating that really blends with the woodwork on the walls


This is the final version of the vanity with the mirror installed.



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Finished Finished! Rancher Remodel, dark to light! (tons pix)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 06.28.2010 at 02:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are done, we are moved in.....after 17mos living with my mom and enduring living out of cardboard boxes! Love love love my new kitchen!! Thank you to all of you who deeply inspired me (redroze,elizpiz,rm,theanimala,segbrown,many many more!), and I hope you don't mind that there's a piece of each of your kitchens that I copied because I admired it so much. I learned so much by lurking, reading everything then finally posting.

--Our cabinets were so reasonable and they work beautifully. We LOVE Precision Cabinets! Their install was immaculate and perfect. When we had a glitch with the warming drawer, they fixed it perfectly! While I couldn't afford every "bell & whistle" inside the cabinets, I love them.
--White Princess honed. It's gorgeous and I no longer have the OCD urge to constantly wipe my counters (our old granite was polished). I also love my backsplash done in the same material--I am attracted to visual simplicity so couldn't pick a tile :)
--Cheap dishwasher. Paid $500 and we love it.
--Deep cheap sinks. Our main Ebay sink is awesome($500)! Love the 10" big single bowl. The island sink was cheap too, and is the perfect size, $150.
--White everywhere and one big room. Not for everyone, but my DH and I love the big open light-filled room. Far cry from the dark rancher that it was. We tore down two walls and raised the ceiling.
--The soapstone buffet. It was a remnant piece and I love that it doesn't match the rest of the kitchen. Sets it apart and boy does the texture feel nice!
--The papertowel niche. Not important, but I like that the towels are off my counter and totally accessible.
--The two hidden cabinets in the island near the stools. All my Xmas dishes, Thanksgiving platters and everything fit in here!

--The Vent Hood: Modernaire was a NIGHTMARE to deal with here in the NorCal area. You have to go through a distributor who will upcharge you $2,000 to order a hood. Modernaire won't sell directly to anyone who is in the area of one of their distributors. The rep here was a complete idiot, ripped me off and in the end didn't deliver what I had ordered. I had to then hire someone else to fix the goofs. Not worth it!

--Order our range through AJ Madison. Total pain to get this stove delivered. The rest of our appliances came without a hitch but the delivery of the range was a disaster. They refused to deliver it until we had a concrete pathway, but our city had some issues with solid pathways and the runoff, etc. Had 4 delivery dates and they turned around each time and refused to bring it in the house. In the end I would have purchased this through our local store (there was no discount on this by buying on internet, unlike the other appliances).

--Help me pick kitchen table chairs! Those pictured are folding chairs for holidays. Our old ones were falling apart, so we ditched them in the move. What should I put there?
--Shades ordered and we are waiting for them to come and be hung.
--The stools (CB2 Vapor) are too tall and we need to have the legs cut down. They only come in 30" or 24" and one is too tall and the other is too short. Sigh.

Cabinetry—Precision Cabinets, Brentwood, CA; painted in stock color which matches Simply White
Walls—BM Simply White
Kitchen Counters—White Princess granite, from DaVinci Marble & Stone in San Carlos, CA, with 2.25" mitred square edge
Buffet Counter—Brazilian Black soapstone from Texeira, SF, with no edge finish
Door and Drawer Pulls—Top Knobs, Square Pulls, Polished Chrome; ordered off the internet
Main Sink—Ebay purchase 36" SS Farmhouse w/apron front , single bowl, flushmount
Island Sink—Dawn 19X17 single bowl, undermount
Main Faucet—Blanco Meridien Semi-Professional in Brushed
Island Faucet—Santec Penza pull out in Brushed
Refrigerator—Electrolux WaveTouch; ordered off
Dishwasher—Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III; ordered from AJ Madison
Microwave Drawer—Sharp 24"; ordered from AJ Madison
Range—Viking Range w/6 burners and griddle; ordered from AJ Madison
Hood— Modernaire custom hood
Trash Compactor—GE Profile in SS; ordered from AJ Madison
Warming Drawer—Kitchenaid Architect Series II; ordered off; panel from cabinet co.
Backsplash—White Princess granite
Flooring-DuChateau pre-engineered floors in Lugano
Big Slider Door—Custom made 10’ bypass doors by McFarland Doors, w/custom screen
Island Pendants—Hudson Valley Pelham 13" ordered from Butler Lighting
Breakfast Table Pendant—Round 26" linen chandelier by Restoration Hardware
Buffet Sconces—Boston Library Sconces by

Before Remodel
Family room:Before Remodel
Before Remodel



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the travertine over the fireplace is up...

posted by: srg215 on 01.31.2011 at 10:46 am in Home Decorating Forum

if anyone remembers, i was polling on here on which to use for my fireplace, the travertine or the stacked stone. we went with the travertine and i'm in love. the mantel will be painted on wednesday (the same color as the built-ins). will post finished product later in the week. it's being grouted and you can hardly see the lines that you see in the pic below.



the inside surround is the slab of the same travertine that the tiles are made from...silver vein cut travertine. i would have done the whole thing in slab but it was way over our budget.
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Finished (almost) White Kitchen- PHEW!

posted by: dotcomgone on 01.19.2010 at 04:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to everyone on Gardenweb for their wealth of information. While I haven't posted often, I have utilized this site daily to find information and inspiration. Thank you for taking your time to share your kitchen ideas so that others can benefit from your experiences.

We are almost done. Just a kitchen table, island stools, desk area chair and accessories to go. Our project started in June and was substantially complete a few days before Christmas.

Unfortunately, I don't have before photos handy and used my iphone to snap these shots. Sorry for the quality. Our old kitchen was L shaped as well, a galley style with eating area. We had white 80's cabinets (solid door) with soffits. Counters were white square tile. Our worst feature was the powder room in the kitchen space and window that faced into our neighbors house (current range wall.) We expanded our kitchen by pushing out the range wall. Other than that we had to work within the space. Our main goals were moving the powder room out of the kitchen, storage, fitting in an island and eating area and respecting the age of our home (1906).

I am happy to share any details if anyone is interested.

Thanks again to all esp. those who helped me through a mini-marble crisis.










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thought i'd post an update

posted by: kateskouros on 01.25.2011 at 05:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

well, things are still moving very slowly and i am beyond upset with our builder. that's a story i don't want to go into as it just upsets me more. let's just say there are far too many days i find myself breaking into the little bottle my doctor gave me to use in extreme situations only. we are on month #28 ...and counting.

the cabinet maker came in today to work on the folding doors for the baking center and breakfast bar. i love the hinges we found for the baking center (non operable) but we need a few more for the upper glass front cabs.

i think the appliance garages for the breakfast bar look cool, but i can tell already that i went a little crazy with all the doors. while it will be nice to hide that section away when company is here it will no doubt remain open for business the other 363 days of the year!

we're waiting on the flooring to be completed to install the legs for the island. while i initially thought it would be a little too big, i find the size is comfortable for the space. it affords a lot of extra storage as well as houses my turbo-chef oven. while i HAD to have that oven, i'm not hot on the look of it. -i know, everyone loves it. except me.



i also thought i'd include a pic of the mudroom pendant. i bought it from an ebay vendor. it may sound crazy, but it is one of my most favorite things about the house! it's absolutely stunning IRL!

they finally started doing the millwork on the fireplaces and our stairs are being installed. as soon as they're complete we'll go over our punch list, paint and do the floors. while some lighting is in, i wouldn't let them hang any more until the floors are sanded. yeah, i'm crazy like that.

i'll be back soon. i have to break into my bottle of happy pills.


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RE: **They're here--the samples have arrived! Bill V look too! (Follow-Up #40)

posted by: circuspeanut on 03.15.2010 at 09:21 am in Kitchens Forum

Hey Beekeeperswife!
I was schnorfling around on a tile site someone had linked, and found a few photos of YOUR tile (or its doppelgänger) installed. Thought it might be a bit more inspiration. Arabesque by Busby Gilbert:

In the first 2 pics, you can see they solved the edge issue in a unique way, by following along the diagonal edge.


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Finished Kitchen~White, Marble, Soapstone

posted by: katieob on 12.04.2009 at 02:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

A huge thank you to everybody on this forum who helped graciously with advice, photos, experience & info. What an incredible resource this is. Shout outs to Erikanh & marthavila for hood help, willowdecor for tile, all the stoners, and many more.

We moved in last week-bottom trim on fridge & dw are still missing, excuse the messy bottoms.

I'll be happy to provide details if anyone wants them.

Thanks for looking!





Marble Close Up


Soapstone Close Up



Horus art tile bianco crackle,
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