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Here is what templating looks like! (on yummy white granite)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 03.12.2010 at 07:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Today we did the templating and planning of which pieces go with which slabs.

I had purchased 6 slabs of White Princess and had them shipped to my fabricator last October. They have stored them since then and now we are finally in the templating stage!

Yesterday the stoneworkers came and took very thin balsa wood strips and laid them out on top of my counters, matching the edges of each of the counters exactly. I had picked 2" square edging, so the cabinetmakers had planned for the plywood to be double-thick so to raise up the edge and allow for the thick look. The workers stapled the balsa templates together, marking right on the templates where the stove was, which edges were which, etc.

Then this morning I came out and they had all six slabs propped up for me to look at again. We first picked which one was the largest slab for the island (9' x 5'). We had two to choose from--I picked based on movement, coloring and what I had envisioned for the big island.

Then we moved on to the other slabs, picking out where the seams would be, how the movement would flow around the perimeter and matching up edges and colors in the granite. I will also have my backsplashes made from these slabs, so we had a lot of counter and backsplash areas to sort out. It was fun flipping the templates around, moving them from slab to slab and literally "puzzle piecing" the kitchen together.

They will hone the slabs then cut them, and delivery next week! Will post pics when we have counters!

Thanks to all the GWers who have helped with their advice! This has been so fun!

From Menlo Farmhouse

From Menlo Farmhouse

From Menlo Farmhouse

From Menlo Farmhouse


clipped on: 03.13.2010 at 07:49 am    last updated on: 03.13.2010 at 07:50 am

RE: Natural Weave Rugs - Any soft ones? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: willowdecor on 03.03.2010 at 08:04 pm in Home Decorating Forum

There is also a new product called "soft seagrass". I just bought it for my living room. It is seagrass that has been treated and mixed with something to make it softer. It is really soft. I love it!
Here is a link to my living room. The company is Blackstone Carpets.

Here is a link that might be useful: Soft Seagrass


clipped on: 03.03.2010 at 10:16 pm    last updated on: 03.03.2010 at 10:16 pm

RE: OT - how to get the dang bulb out? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: prairiemom on 01.20.2010 at 07:17 pm in Home Decorating Forum

After you get the bulb out, coat the new bulb with silicone dielectric grease, available at big box stores in the lighting section. It's also sometimes available at auto parts stores. No more stuck bulbs! (thanks Dad!)


clipped on: 01.23.2010 at 01:45 pm    last updated on: 01.23.2010 at 01:46 pm

OT - how to get the dang bulb out?

posted by: budge1 on 01.19.2010 at 08:46 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I know this is way off topic, but I also know you guys have a solution for everything.

We have a kitchen pendant that is faulty. The socket is not fixed, so when you try to remove the bulb, the socket twists rather than resists. It takes one of those big round bulbs, so I can't get in there to hold the socket with my hand while I turn. Also, the d@mn bulb is in there really tight.

Any advice?

Here is a pic of the offender.


clipped on: 01.23.2010 at 01:45 pm    last updated on: 01.23.2010 at 01:45 pm

RE: damask wallpaper stencil? (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: rmkitchen on 03.24.2009 at 08:54 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'm going to be redundant, fauxchick:

Me Too!

What an absolute inspiration ....

oceanna -- our whole house (and it's a biggee) was covered with severe orange peel. We had drywall guys come and smoothcoat (two - three layers) much of the house and now it looks (and feels) like plaster. I LOVE it and would do it again, no questions asked. (We think it was inexpensive -- they did about 3,000 square feet for around $3000. Of course location changes price, but I'm in "metropolitan" Colorado, for what it's worth.)

So, my next project (other than some hardcore gardening, but that's a different forum!) is to smoothcoat our powder room. My husband found (at Home Depot, I believe) a compound made just for topcoat (I think called Topping Coat), which means I won't have to purchase murco (powdered drywall compound) and mix it with water. Yea for me! Now, I haven't started yet, but after watching those guys (two of them, brothers) do the house I don't think it'll be that difficult (famous last words!) -- it'll take time, but I don't think it'll be difficult. (fingers crossed, please)

Our drywall guys (and I'll do this as well) used an enormous sponge to smooth the compound they'd applied -- no sanding. I can absolutely verify it is smooth and lovely.


clipped on: 03.25.2009 at 02:14 pm    last updated on: 03.25.2009 at 02:21 pm

damask wallpaper stencil?

posted by: budge1 on 03.21.2009 at 02:59 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I wanted to wallpaper one small accent wall in our bedroom. Specifically, the wall behind the bed. We can't use a headboard in the space because the chimney juts out right there. The chimney is about 20 inches smaller than the width of the bed, so when I try to hang anything there it looks fairly lame. Soooo I think a nice damask wallpaper would look nice and camoflage the chimney.

I love the farrow and ball papers but $900 + is not in the budget. However, I am planning to paint the walls a f&B colour. I was thinking it was going to be pretty hard to match wallpaper to my paint colour, but then came across the idea of doing a repeating stencil to look like wallpaper.

I"ve found some stencils I like, but they seem to vary in price by quite a bit.

I'm wondering if anyone here knows about stencils, in terms of what materials I should look for - there seems to be different types and thicknesses. How important is a thick stencil? Is there anything else I should keep in mind? Has anyone else done this - does it look okay or should I just stick to real wallpaper?


Here is a pic of the room.


clipped on: 03.21.2009 at 05:25 pm    last updated on: 03.23.2009 at 08:12 am

Have you got the look? The 'art' of hanging paintings in groups..

posted by: boopadaboo on 02.16.2009 at 05:27 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I have many more paintings than walls due to moving to a smaller house. I am loathe to give up many of them and feel like I already parted with too many. I love this look, and I am thinking I would like to try hanging loads of the paintings on the walls in my DR, LR and stairway/hallway upstairs.

Do you just have to have an eye for it?

In some of these pictures like subjects are grouped, in some though they are not. They all still seem to work (at least to me). I know somewhere I have a picture from cattknap that I saved for inspiration. Do you think you need the layered look in everything for it to work? Meaning lots of accessories, fabrics and pillows too? I do not have that and am not sure I could pull that off with 4 cats that love to jump on everything.

I am wondering if anyone has pictures of their homes with stacked pictures hung and would care to share how they pulled it off?

Some inspiration pics I have saved (I think most are from Jennyfromtheblock - thank you jenny!)





clipped on: 03.20.2009 at 02:37 pm    last updated on: 03.20.2009 at 02:41 pm