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RE: what size & where to buy decent mirrors over vanities (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: babs711 on 02.10.2012 at 09:31 pm in Building a Home Forum

West Elm
Simplymirrors.com
wisteria
ballard designs
zgallerie
lampsplus.com
bellacor.com
lightingdirect.com
faucetdirect.com
lightinguniverse.com
homedecorators.com
overstock.com
wayfair.com
jcpenney.com
Home Depot
Lowe's
Pottery Barn (and don't rule out PB Kids and PB Teen...they've had some pretty neat stuff in the past for regular non-kid spaces)

You can even go to a local glass shop and have one cut and beveled. There's so many sources now to only shop at RH and spend that much if you're hesitant about it.

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RE: Custom Closets (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 10.18.2012 at 02:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Talk to your cabinetmaker. Dutchwood did ours. We used their economy line (1/2" plywood vs 3/4"). It is such a fabulous thing to have. Quite decadent. But when I got an estimate from them and realized how much the California Closet or something similar would have cost it was a no brainer.

This is a good place to get advice about closets. I can't find the thread we did earlier when I asked the same thing. Sorry.

Here is my closet.

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Want a Sneak Peek?

posted by: beekeeperswife on 06.03.2012 at 08:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

There are no plumbing fixtures. There is no vent hood installed. DH will be supervising the installation of that now. Making sure that nobody screws up the range, cabinets or counters.

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For my Kitchen Aid Mixer and other heavy appliances:
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Dishdrawers...now you see 'em
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Now you Don't:
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Knife drawer that was custom made to fit under the shallow side of the sink. But too bad the granite is cut too small and I will only be able to use the cutting board once we modify it. :(((

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The trim was finished yesterday
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And Dutch Wood also did our closet. Ignore the code required ugly lighting.
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Those are lift doors above the closet to hide the space bagged stuff!

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Couldn't get enough shelves
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For the laundry baskets
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And finally, the unfinished shower panel...when, oh when will the AWOL tile guy come back to grout it?
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We were given a settlement date of 6/15. I assume there will be a lot of caffeine being consumed in that house in the next 12 days.

Bee

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RE: What clever kitchen idea helped make you a neater person? (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: decolisa on 10.09.2012 at 02:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Drawers, drawers, drawers! The only lower doors I have are under the sink. Also, I consolidated the the drawers so as not to lose sapce. I have two 48" deep drawer under the cooktop that keep all the pots and pans. I also have a 36" X 36" drawer on my island that is perfect for all those little odds and ends like scissors, post it, pens, tape. I have dividers so that I can re-arrange this giant drawer easily.

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RE: Custom doors for IKEA cabinets? Has anyone done this? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: linley1 on 02.17.2008 at 11:34 am in Kitchens Forum

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RE: Tinan - A question about your stairs (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: tinan on 11.15.2012 at 07:27 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Here are the specific products I used... you can sign up for a Lowes card in store and get 20% off, even if you don't actually go through with the application or use the card.

Unfinished pine treads with bullnose

MDF riser (I thought the ones I bought were primed but can't find that )

Minwax Mission Oak Stain with polyurethane - this looked pretty bad after 1 coat (unevenly soaked in) I thought I'd made a mistake but after 2 coats it looked great.

I put in vinyl "wood" plank floors upstairs and down. It was a total of less than $1000 for the flooring for the 1500 sq ft townhouse, and I installed it all myself never having done any flooring or in fact any home reno projects before! At first I couldn't decide what to do with the stars - I definitely did not want carpet as we were putting in all hard floor everywhere else. I priced oak treads and those covertreads and everything was over $2000 as you said (not spending that when I put in the entire house flooring for half the price!).

Yes if you are putting in new carpet upstairs I would do the stairs first so you can go over the top lip with the carpet rolled over for a finished look.

Here's the upstairs hallway looking into the office after the floor was done but before the stairs (I had to finish the floors so we could move in, stairs were done a few weeks later while I figured out what to do with them - we walked on the yucky splintery plywood steps for a bit!

Our steps were not all the same width they were wider at the top of the staircase than the bottom by about 1/2". I just took the shortest measurement of all the steps and had all the treads and risers cut to that size. I wasn't sure if I would be able to convince the Lowes people to cut different pieces to different widths let along keep track of them! As it was, their cutting had some variance anyway within 1/2" so before gluing and nailing things in place, I just tried out the individual pieces on each step and moved them around to get the widest pieces on the widest steps and vice versa. There were only small gaps at the side of some steps which you can see in this photo... I just don't mind them. If you don't like even small cracks/gaps you can fill with caulk and paint over the caulk or you can get stair trim (but that would add to the cost and the labor of cutting all the trim).

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RE: Please help me with trip to North Carolina for Furniture (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: beshel on 08.11.2006 at 01:29 pm in Furniture Forum

I saved a large amount of money on a recent trip, shopped in Hickory and High Point. If I had to choose one place it would be Hickory. We purchased from many spots, The Hickory Furniture Mart and Catawaba Furniture Mall were the 2 largest. If you go to the chamber of commerce you can get a map that shows all the places and "30 miles of furniture" You should have a plan of where you will go and exactly what you are going to buy - I did a lot of research before going and had the whole trip mapped out - we stayed 5 days. You can buy a good book - "The Furniture factory outlet guide" (I'm not affilated) The book tells you where to shop and which stores to stay away from, this was my 2nd trip to NC for furniture and my 2nd time buying the book. You may want to call some places ahead and get prices over the phone to compare your local prices - just to verify it is worth the trip to "you". I think it is worth going just to see all the different furniture - and not have to pick something out of a catalog and order sight unseen! I have also heard some people think they didn't save that much - mostly (imo) because they were looking at lower end (not bad..just not the really high end stuff) furniture.

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RE: Is NC really a great deal? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: abcmom on 11.27.2007 at 08:15 pm in Furniture Forum

Stay as far away from Furniture Direct and D&D delivery as you can! If you do a search on this furniture forum,you may still be able to find the post about these two companies. I and others do not find their companies reputable at all.

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RE: Is NC really a great deal? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: beshel on 06.19.2006 at 04:03 pm in Furniture Forum

I have saved a great deal of money by shopping in NC. I purchased in Hickory & High Point. I got to see furniture in person I would never get to see locally (SW FL) - and saved a great deal of money. Some things up to 75% off retail - however I am a good shopper and researched before we went - I had the whole trip mapped out and which stores we went to. I am also picky, I wasn't finding anything I liked locally. If you can't go in person I would call Blacks Furniture in High Point (Pat) for any quotes their shipping company was one of the best & most professional we had and the furniture prices were very good. My MIL went a month after us and made all her purchases at Blacks. All in all I would go to NC again, plus it's fun to see all the different furiture, most I had never seen before. I also purchased "The Furniture Factory Outlet Guide" to do all my research prior to my trip - it was a great tool.

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RE: Is NC really a great deal? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: steakas on 06.15.2006 at 07:31 pm in Furniture Forum

High Point Furniture Sales in North Carolina does not charge tax. They use a separate company to ship their items which allows them to avoid charging tax. Their website is http://www.highpointfurnituresales.com I've done business with Hilda.

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RE: Visiting/shopping in High Point, NC or similar area (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: smile on 02.28.2009 at 11:55 am in Furniture Forum

mrsmarv-

First, my answer would really depend on whether you like the local stores and feel they would offer better service. I would see if your local stores will match the NC prices or at least come close...i.e. so you'd only be overpaying by $100-200. Also take into account that you might have to pay sales tax in the end to NY.

However, not all local stores necessarily provide good service, and you have to judge from talking with the manager and ask him/her how he would handle any damages. I actually live 1.5 hr from high point, and for me, I really dont have very many "local" choices and I felt that the high point store I ordered from (Boyles, Rose which is no longer in business) would provide me better service than the "local" store that was 30 min away, so we didn't bother with bargaining (this was a few years ago). However, b/c they were only 1.5 hrs, they were able to send out a furniture repair person and I'm not sure what they'd do if we lived in NY!

Recently, we ordered some more furniture and b/c of the current economy, we actually went with national chains (Restoration Hardware -lee sofa- and Thomasville chairs) b/c we felt they were the most secure, gave us a good price, and we could use our credit card (as opposed to the high point stores). We had a pleasant experience -- maybe not the best deal, but it was good quality and a no-hassle experience.

Also, the current economy would be another factor, and that is why I recommend only paying with a credit card in case the store were to go bankrupt, and that risk would be with both a local store as well as any NC stores.

Feel free to ask me any more questions or email personally...we know quite a bit about the stores since we live near them, and I now am quite knowledgeable about furniture b/c of research on this board and my own "examination" when in a store -- which was all triggered after a HORRIBLE experience at Ethan Allen years ago when we sacrificed for what we thought would be good quality furniture for our child (in spite of the fact that all of our existing furniture was Target-quality!!!)

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RE: Trip to North Carolina? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: casajakada on 08.28.2008 at 04:09 am in Furniture Forum

It's definitely worth a trip to Hickory, especially for a house full of furniture. The best thing to do is to make sure you have copies of your home plans, pictures of the rooms showing window placement, doorways, arches, etc. Paint chips, rug samples and swatches of any fabrics already being incorporated or that you'd like to use in your new home are also helpful. I was very fortunate to find a few really good salespeople and started working with them on pricing items ahead of time. We were there for three full days and used every minute available to us.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Select which is either brand new or recently renovated, very clean, comfortable and spacious. Much more upscale than I would have expected for Holiday Inn. They offer a discount card good at many of the stores at HFM, which is actually worthwhile along with a breakfast buffet, not just Continental breakfast. I was happy we took advantage of that because every day was filled with shopping from beginning to end.

You can map out your planned shopping itinerary by visiting the HFM website, it shows you where all the stores are, too. Boyles has some of the best discounts by far from my own personal experience. For instance, one piece which was approx. $1400 at 3 other stores, was $779 at Boyles. This wasn't a fluke, it held up with many other pieces we bought from Boyles. Plus, they charge the same for delivery no matter how many pieces you buy. If you have any other questions, let me know. We also found Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, along with Hickory Park Furniture Galleries to have exceptional service, selection and pricing.

Kate

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RE: Scherrs vs Ikea vs Kraftmaid or other (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: joann23456 on 02.11.2010 at 09:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am just finishing up a kitchen with Ikea boxes and doors from Scherrs. I bought recessed-panel maple doors and had Scherrs finish them with white paint. As one of the other posters mentioned, I priced the kitchen in Tidaholm, and it was about $6,000.

As it was, I ended up paying about $3,000 to Ikea for the carcasses and all the inner stuff (drawers, hinges, etc.). I then spent just under $2,000 for the doors and just over $2,000 to have the doors finished. (Shipping was included somewhere in there, too.) So, I spent about $1,000 more than Ikea would have been, which was an increase of about 17% in my case.

I love the Scherrs doors, and they were terrific to work with. I am quite sure I would have been pleased had I ordered all the cabinets from them, but I'm very pleased with what I have.

If I were you, one option I would consider is to buy the boxes, drawers and hinges from Ikea, then have Scherr's make and finish the doors, then replace the edge-banding on the Ikea boxes to match the Scherr's doors. (Scherr's was happy to tell me the exact make and number of the finish they used on my doors.)

If you do go the Scherr's route (or another custom place), you have to remember stuff like end panels, filler pieces (I had them finish a couple of 1x8s to cut for filler.), toe kick (I used Ikea's white toekick, but you might not find something at Ikea that works), and moldings (again, I used Ikea's decor strip as a light rail and used stock moldings painted white elsewhere).

I like Ikea cabinet so much that it would be really hard for me to much more for the boxes and drawers. Good luck figuring this all out!

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