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Help for Paint Color in Family Room

posted by: mindyf76 on 03.12.2009 at 10:57 am in Home Decorating Forum

I am having a horrible time picking a paint color out for the family room. I want a tannish with a little yellow in it. It is our family room right off of the kitchen. We just got new sofas (in the picture) with a painting I love above the sofa (got it at Bed Bath and Beyond). We are getting custom white built-in bookshelves on either side of the fireplace (to the ceiling). I am thinking of going with a dark carpet (pulling up the hard wood floors (we have a young kid). We get a TON of sun in the afternoon between the sliding glass door and skylight. I want white as the trim to match the bookcases. Every color I look at is to yellowy or just way to bright in the afternoon sun. We were first looking at an accent wall, but scratched that idea. Any suggestions of colors to look nice in there? I got the paper swatch of White Raisin (as I noticed people suggested that on here). Not sure your thoughts of that. In the sun sometimes I am worried it will look like a lemon vs having a nice tan in there.... Any help would be wonderful!!!
BTW - the aweful yellow on sample wall that we tried is Valspar Cloudy Sunset. Just doesn't work well....


clipped on: 04.22.2009 at 08:50 am    last updated on: 04.22.2009 at 08:51 am

90 something & finished, need backsplash advice-PICS

posted by: teppy on 03.10.2009 at 09:42 am in Kitchens Forum

i really need some of the color experts or KD here to help me out here. when I started, I had a few great ideas from live wire, rhome, mamadadapaige, just to name a few about my layout. My layout is great and really works for us. I ended up with plenty of aisle space all around my island.

Now, I need some color help. My original inspiration kitchen just did not work out for me. I tried to glaze my perimeter cabs, but after two tries, I went back to the bavarian cream(white). I could not get over that 'dirty' look. Maybe my base white is too white, i don't know. anyway, in my inspiration kitchen, of course the perimeter cabs are a glazed white and the island is a black glazed sage green. I got the island right, and i love it. no problem glazing sage green. i did end up with seating at my island and i think the color will be great for not showing scuffs or dirt. Now, the problem is I'm trying to tie this bright white together with the dark green somehow. the glazed mixed with the green in my inspiration has a pulled together look.

I know that I have not done my backsplash, and that may be whats actually pulling the inspiration kitchen together. thats where i need some help. maybe someone else can take one look and know what i need to do to get a more uniform look. i was originally wanting the same backsplash as the inspiration, but then i thought about something in more of a solid white or cream color with subways and maybe some sort of design over the stove but with the same solid white or cream color. i thought this would be more practical in case I ever want to update my colors in my kitchen. Tiles are not something like paint that can be changed easily.

Now, i suspect that I need to do some sage green in my backsplash over the stove like in the inspiration. is this what i need to give me 'that' look?

inspiration kitchen:

and another one very similar:

my kitchen:

should i do the tile backsplash in the bottom middle area too where the green bowl is?

this shows how white they are



clipped on: 03.29.2009 at 11:24 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2009 at 11:24 pm

It almost killed us, but my cabinets are yellow!

posted by: reno_fan on 01.11.2009 at 12:38 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'm about 98% done. Still have to paint the toekick areas, and touch up a few spots, but I may collapse and be unable to post pics later! DH and I were up well into the morning finishing up. I worked non-stop for several on this, and I didn't realize just how big a project it was until I was midway through. DH and DS *totally* made this possible. They sanded and cleaned all 28 doors, and helped me paint. They handled all of the yuck work that I hate like removing hardware, taping, etc. I literally could NOT have done this without them.

The true color is really, really difficult to capture on film. The flash washes it out and makes it look just cream. Without flash, they almost look neon. The true color is a buttercream yellow that looks just like vanilla cake batter. It's *perfect*.

I did a soft glaze with SW VanDyke Brown, and it finally feels like the kitchen belongs. I LOVE it, and it totally makes me smile. The rustic saltillo floors finally aren't in competition with the cabinets. YAY!

Even DS and DH who normally don't have opinions about my neverending projects commented that it looks really, really good, and much better than they'd expected when I first said "Yellow".

I'll try to snap more pics later, as the morning light is coming in the window and really affected how the pics are turning out. Here are just a few:








clipped on: 01.11.2009 at 06:26 pm    last updated on: 01.11.2009 at 06:27 pm

tile for whirlpool deck top?

posted by: cmc_in_sf on 03.04.2008 at 01:37 am in Bathrooms Forum

We're about to frame out the bath deck for our Whirlpool tub (American Standard Renaissance 2732) and I just realized for the space it's to go into, there can only be about 2 3/8" of surround on the back and front sides of the top (and probably one of the adjacent sides) of the deck for the drop on tub. We want to have the front of the deck in wood panel (craftman style). I can imagine a granite or other slab material would be a nightmare to cut and install due to this narrow dimension, so I thought tile would be easier and cheaper, but I'm concerned about how the finish edge of the tile would look dying into the wood. A 1 1/2" lip would be preferable, but I can't see how that could be done with tile. Any suggestions on a cool edge finish or a different material for the top? I thought of wood to match the front, but wanted to check the tile idea with the forum. Thanks!


clipped on: 12.17.2008 at 01:32 pm    last updated on: 12.17.2008 at 01:32 pm

Tile or wood for tub surround

posted by: mangosink on 09.25.2008 at 08:33 pm in Bathrooms Forum

What do most people do for the front of their drop in tubs? My GC says there has to be an access door in case the tub needs repairing but in all the pics I've seen of tubs I don't see any access doors. Is it possible to hide them in the tile where they aren't noticable?



clipped on: 11.11.2008 at 09:18 am    last updated on: 11.11.2008 at 09:18 am

RE: Does anyone know where I can find a similar pendant for less (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: faucetman886 on 11.04.2008 at 07:25 am in Kitchens Forum

here is a different take on the industrial for only $117....

its by Progress, I saw a similar fixture to the one you want but with a prismatic glass globe on the same site.
use coupon code 23515699 for an extra 5% off
They may have others


clipped on: 11.04.2008 at 07:37 am    last updated on: 11.04.2008 at 07:37 am

Does anyone know where I can find a similar pendant for less $$?

posted by: positano on 11.04.2008 at 06:49 am in Kitchens Forum

I love the look of these pendants, they are from Restoration Hardware(harmon pendant) and over $300. Hudson Valley also has something similar(Pelham pendant) and also pricey. Someone posted a link once for a less expensive version and now I can't find it. Any help would be apprecialted!

I would like it in the dark finish.

Restoration Hardware

Hudson Valley Pelham


clipped on: 11.04.2008 at 07:36 am    last updated on: 11.04.2008 at 07:36 am

Okay, so I think I'm done...Thank you ! (PICS)

posted by: margieb2 on 07.29.2008 at 10:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

So I think we're pretty much done except for the bar stools and a couple of other small items. The process went much more quickly than we anticipated. Demo began First week in March and the kitchen was complete by the end of May. The contractor was a dream and there were no major problems or surprises (other than the electrical safety hazards that were uncovered during demolition!)

I owe the resourceful, knowlegeable, creative, and talented members of this forum my heartfelt thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge and inspirational kitchens.

In particular, thank you to Zolablue, rococogurl, sharb, jamesk, allison0704, bella_4, charlie 123, momto4kids deanna1949, and artteacher, AMONG MANY OTHERS...for sage advice and kitchens that helped shape my kitchen vision. We had a number of setbacks, one big one due to DH's job loss. But I have to say, everything's worked out for the best.

We kept the original footprint of the room but swapped a peninsula for the island. We were a bit apprehensive aobut this as the trend is to do the revers but this setup works really well for us, creates better zones and a better flow.

SO here's a before:Before: From great room

And After:





Pantry cabinet

Spice storage


Knife drawer

Super susan

Julien Classic 30 x 18x 10



clipped on: 09.15.2008 at 09:17 am    last updated on: 10.28.2008 at 09:11 am

Minnesota Kitchen Pics

posted by: dlspellman on 09.30.2008 at 08:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

We completed this kitchen in January - just getting around to posting some photos. There are a couple small things still missing when I took these photos, primarily the trim base of the fridge/freezer armoire.

I love all my appliances (Thermador Columns (30" ea), GE Induction cooktop (30"), GE Profile Advantium and GE Convection Oven (27") and my Miele Dishwasher with the fantastic silverware rack.
I also love my Kohler Smart Divide sink in Sea Salt, Soapstone counters, and the Walnut topped island. Cabinets were custom --Lightly distressed, painted with Benj. Moore Linen white and then lightly glazed.
Another favorite - I positioned a large cutting board in the island opposite the DW/sink, and partially over the extra tall/LARGE (fake drawer) garbage bin below it on the right -- chop and scrape right into the garbage - better than Rachel Rays garbage bowl! One last favorite - I used my nasty corner for a lazy susan with 3 recycle bins in it - glass, plastic and paper.
Oh, a little trick of the eye - the upper cabinets have mirrors instead of glass to reflect light and to hide all those oils and spices in the cabinets. The KD was skeptical about it, but I wanted it (had seen a magazine photo) - she admits it looks great!

Hope this helps you in your planning - this website was a life saver for me as we planned ours! I found more info & ideas here than I did from my KD and appliance sale reps...


clipped on: 10.03.2008 at 08:24 pm    last updated on: 10.03.2008 at 08:24 pm

8 Foot Ceilings

posted by: babs711 on 08.22.2008 at 11:02 am in Home Decorating Forum

One of the things that drives me bonkers about our otherwise lovely home is that it has 8 foot ceilings...and worse yet, they're popcorn ceilings....not SUPER popcorn, but popcorn nonetheless, so they can't be painted to look nice and updated like the rest of our home.

A lot of homes in the suburbs of New Orleans are older and have been renovated, including ours. A lot of them have low ceilings. I always grew up with higher ceilings (even 9 feet would be nice). When we redid out house after Katrina we briefly talked with our contractor about raising the living room ceiling but we had to stop spending money so we didn't do it. At some point we may or we may be adding a second story which is a whole other issue.

Then I saw this house on Rate My Space...

Do those look like 8 or 9 foot ceilings? I'm thinking they were 9 but when they did the coffering, it brings the lower part to 8 right? I'm basing this on the last picture. I'm looking at the kitchen counter height and the space that's left above it. It looks like the space we have above out counters. Soooo...I'm wondering now, what about the beaded board ceiling? I absolutely love it. Would that be more or less expensive than having popcorn removed and painting a ceiling. Does anyone know? Would that look good on 8 foot ceilings?

Since we can't seem to find a house that we like, I'm just brainstorming for ideas on the one we have. It's a nice house that just needs some tweaking over time. Thanks all!


clipped on: 09.25.2008 at 05:58 pm    last updated on: 09.25.2008 at 05:58 pm

Custom Bookcase Door (cross post)

posted by: bob_cville on 09.25.2008 at 01:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

After recently completing a kitchen remodel, the plan was to make a small broom closet outside the kitchen, that would open into the living room. However having a normal looking door in that location would have (in my opinion) looked out-of-place. So I built and installed a hidden door that looks like a built-in bookcase.

I still need to figure out what to put on the bookcase, and how to keep it from falling off when the door swings, and I still need to reinstall the baseboard and touch up the paint, but for the most part it is finished.

Of course part of the reason for doing this is just that having a hidden door/secret room seems like a really cool idea.


clipped on: 09.25.2008 at 04:52 pm    last updated on: 09.25.2008 at 04:52 pm

finished kitchen for blog

posted by: cubby14 on 11.08.2006 at 01:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

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Finally finished a mostly DIY remodel.

Cabinets: Medallion Calistoga in Cherry Pecan finish
Granite: Russian Sable (similar to Tan Brown in color but less chunky and a little more movement)
Backsplash: Tumbled marble in Alexandria 4x4 on diagonal and 2x2 straight separated by a border of scroll liner villagio tile.
Floors: natural white oak engineered planks
Viking 30" Induction cooktop
Kobe range hood
KitchenAid Counterdepth side by side refrigerator
Kitchenaid double ovens
GE spacemaker microwave
Sink: Blanco silgranite double bowl (antracite)
Faucet: Price Pfister Marielle (soon to be replaced)
Undercabinet lights: Kichler Xenon

Got rid of soffit on cooktop wall, changed fridge wall to look more built in, took out old flourecent fixtures and replaced with cans, moved sink, replace garden window, removed window and relaced it with a door to outside. added double ovens.

Thanks for looking and for the Kitchen forum for being so helpful and informative.

Here is a link that might be useful: kitchen album before and after


clipped on: 08.22.2008 at 08:37 pm    last updated on: 08.22.2008 at 08:38 pm

Steam Shower and Frameless Door?? Please Help!!

posted by: mrs517 on 08.20.2008 at 02:13 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hello all,
As part of a whole house remodel, I'm having a steam shower installed. The shower dimensions are 54"x72"x90" (w x l x h). It is ceramic tile on three sides with a 46" x 72" opening on the fourth side (ceramic tile on all edges).

Here's the deal. I had planned to have a frameless door with side panel installed in this space because I saw some examples in this forum and on the web at Artistcraft. My local glass shop is recommending that we do a framed install. I showed them the Artistcraft info. The said that they can do a frameless install with similar sweeps and seals, but they will not guarantee that the seal for a steam shower application.

We really prefer the frameless install and I would think that they should be able to get a good enough seal. I'd like to get feedback from the forum because I have to make a decision by the end of the week.

Here are links to the enclosure:

and sweeps and seals:



clipped on: 08.22.2008 at 03:59 pm    last updated on: 08.22.2008 at 03:59 pm

Show me your pendant lights

posted by: curlyjbs on 08.19.2008 at 11:12 am in Kitchens Forum

I cant decide if I want "can lights" over the island or pendant lights. Show me what you chose...


clipped on: 08.21.2008 at 04:29 pm    last updated on: 08.21.2008 at 04:29 pm

I am looking for inexpensive glass interior doors

posted by: michelle_phxaz on 08.14.2008 at 05:12 am in Home Decorating Forum

I would love to replace our bedroom and bathroom doors with a cherry door with a full length green opaque glass insert. It will allow light to show through but you wouldn't see actual bodies inside. I have seen these in high dollar designs, especially on shows on HGTV, Jeff Lewis loves to use them in his designs. I need them on a budget, has anyone seen what I am looking for?



clipped on: 08.21.2008 at 10:15 am    last updated on: 08.21.2008 at 10:15 am