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RE: Care to share? Do you volunteer, or have you ever? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: olychick on 11.11.2013 at 01:09 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I started volunteering in high school at a state run institution for developmentally disabled people (back in the day when the severely disabled were almost all institutionalized). Later in my life I volunteered as a hairdresser for the patients in a nursing home. After that, I volunteered for 10 years for our Domestic Violence program. Started out carrying a beeper all night for meeting with victims/survivors and helping them figure out how to get safe - either intake to our confidentially located shelter or helping them get to another safe location. Giving info on legal options, etc. Then I started training new volunteers for our program and programs in neighboring towns. Then I served on the Board of Directors. After my husband died, I didn't have the emotional energy and took a long break, but helped with our Legal Aid clinic. Then I started volunteering for Habitat for Humanity for a while. Most recently, I volunteered as a "search angel" helping adopted people find their original families and birth parents locate their lost children. After developing blood clots from sitting at the computer so much (it's an addictive and gratifying but labor intensive task - solving mysteries) so I had to give it up. I occasionally help our food bank with specific administrative tasks.

Now I volunteer several days a week to take care of my 3 year old grandson - the best job ever!


Volunteer possibilities
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RE: Tell me what your hot flashes felt/feel like (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: trailrunner on 06.21.2013 at 11:20 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I had a hysterectomy mid-40's but kept my ovaries. In many cases you will start menopause within a couple years due to the decrease in estrogen when the uterus is removed. That is what happened to me.

I had no symptoms at all and then bang. I was at a patient's home and was changing a catheter. All of a sudden I looked like someone had dumped a bucket of water over my head. The liquid was pooled on the backs of my hands and dripping off of my fingers and down through my hair and over my face...a mess. The patient's care person ran and got a roll of paper towels and mopped my face while I, who had on sterile gloves etc and was leaning over the bed in this little trailer out in the rural back of beyond in AL , finished the cath change.

To say I was unhappy is putting it mildly. I had the same inability to make a decision and couldn't sleep at night , not to mention no libido . I would be at an intersection out in the county on the way to a patient's home and have to pull over because I couldn't make sense of the words in the directions.

I kept this up for a couple weeks. That was it . 16 yrs ago I started taking Estratest and have never missed a dose since. I never will. I have never had another flash and don't intend to find out if I will. I love the way I feel and I love the way the hormones keep my skin and feelings intact :) I have no uterus and am extremely active. I get a thorough check up every year and mammogram. I have no hesitation in taking Estratest. It has great reviews and I am a living breathing example of how HRT is the best thing ever.

Every woman has to make the decision for herself. I would have been unable to continue to work in my field of home health nursing with the symptoms I was having. My mother still had hot flashes at 88 when she passed and had put up with them for decades. I had no desire to find out if that would be the case with me or if mine would stop at some point. I certainly wasn't going to quit work or change my lifestyle one bit. Nor was I going to lose one hour of sleep or bath/change clothes/no love life. Nope...only one decision and I happily made it.

I am glad you are getting a thorough check up. Please post back . Information and informed choices with the help of a good medical consultant are what you need.c


Hormone for HRT if needed
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RE: new garden (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: liriodendron on 06.07.2013 at 08:39 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum


Four feet wide is the perfect width for a small garden.

You have no need of an aisle with pavers in the middle, since you can easily reach in from both sides to tend your stuff.

This is great because it maximises the utlity of the tilled area, w/o wasting much space in aisles (which need weeding, etc.) Less work to do!.

Which way does your garden run in relation to the sun? Does it run east/west or north/south, or some other way? This question matters because taller plants can shade lower plants ( a good or bad thing, depending). You can use this to plan out what toout where.

Think of planting short rows across the four foot width, rather than long rows. You get to try many more things, this way. If four feet of something isn't enough, you can plant double rows next to each other.

Succession planting (planting something more than once, lettuce for instance) allows you to have crops over a long period, and also allows you to re-use the same ground more than once in a season.

If you are thinking of tomatoes and peppers and eggplant, it might to a good idea to buy a few plants this weekend as the choice of varieties will become limited soom. Don't waste money on big plants. Little ones in 6-cell packs, or up to 3 or 4" wide single plant pots are the way to go. Look for good green ones, with thick, slightly furry stems about 4 to 7 inches tall

If you like them buy one or two cherry or pear tomatoes (red or yellow) [plants. Sweet 100 or Gardener's Delight are both easy red cherries; Sungold is a deliscious little yellow pear. For big slicing tomatoes Big Boy, Better Boy, Park's Whopper are widely available and have good disease resistance. There are tastier heirloom varieties, but I'd stick with standard odern hybrid ones your first year. (Any homegrown tomato is so far superior to store ones, that you will be amazed!) Buy a 3 to 4 big slicing varieties. They can be all different varieties. (It's perfectly OK to try heirloom ones, if you like, though they can sometimes be more challenging due to tomato diseases. If you're OK with the risk, go for a couple of those along with a couple modern hybrids for safety's sake.) If you want to try canning some tomatoes, pick up 2-4 of those. Romas are good, so is Opalka, if you can find it. Try to buy locally grown ones from a local nursery, rather than imported from the South plants at the big box stores.

If you want peppers, buy 3 to 4 plants; eggplants are trickier to grow in some places, unless you love them madly, I'd save them for next year.

While you're at the garden store, but some green or yellow wax bean seed if you like them. Buy bush beans. Buy at least two kinds.

It's too late for peas this year. You can sometimes get a crop in the fall, but save those for early next spring.

Buy carrot seed (but not parsnips, too late and warm for them already).

Buy beet seed.

Buy radish seed (if you love them, buy several packets they will yield your quickest crop. Sown today, you could eat them by the 4th of July.)

Buy a couple of summer squash plants, if you like. But you could also start those from seed for the next couple of weeks, directly in your garden, so buy seed for that instead of plants. Bush varieties are better for a small garden.

Buy a variety of BUSH winter squash (acorn, butternut, or baby hubbard).

Buy some onion sets if you like (1/2 lb)

Buy some seed potatos if you can find them (it's late but they will still mature and they are fun, fun, fun to grow. 1 lb will be fine for a small trialcrop.

Corn takes a lot of space for the yield, but if you are keen, buy 1 variety to test it.

Lettuce: buy several kinds of leaf lettuce ( 5 or 6 wouldn't be too many as you will be sowing it often). Choose ones noted for summer production. Iceberg lettuse is a pain.

Spinach, if you like it, buy a packet, but save it for planting later in the summer when it will mature in the fall.

In you area it may be too late to try for the cabbage family to harvest during the summer (cabbage, broccoli, cabbage & cauliflower), but there should be plants ready soon for fall harvest of these ( or perhaps they are started from seed in early July. ) Ask locally. Also what is the pattern for brussels sprouts? Up here in the north we plant them now for harvest in the mid-fall. But in your area you may plant them later for harvest through late fall and early winter.

Also ask about chard and kale; when can the late crop of those be planted from seed in your area (if you like them, that is)>

Buy some bush cucumber seed. Or buy 2 or 3 plants. Do you like to pickle? If so buy some bush pickling cuke plants ( 3 to 4)

Buy some basil pants of you like them (you can also grow this from seed started now.) Buy a chive plant (your first perennial addition to your garden!). Buy a six-pack of parsely. Buy some dill seed, if you like to pickle, or like fresh dill in your food. Buy a tarragon plant if you like it..

Skip this first year: Strawberries, raspberries, asparagus, rhubarb. These are permanent plants; you need to kno more about your interest and soil before investing in them.

(Crops to think about for next year: Leeks, peas, parsnips, early cabbage, swiss chard in spring, kale.

Get your soil tested. Call your local cooperative extension office to find out how and where to to that. They also may have Master Gardeners to talk to on the phone to answer questions on local gardening practices.

Take a bar of plain soap and soak it in a recloseable plastic tub to get it softer (not at all dissolved, but defintely soft). Before you go out to garden dig the tips of your fingers down in the soap to get it under your nails. Quickly rinse and dry your hands on a paper towel. Let the soap stay under your nails. It will keep a good deal of the dirt from under there.

Do you have bunnies, deer or woodchucks in your yard now? You may need to fence.

Don't buy anything listed above you don't already like to eat. Save the food adventures for other years.

I may have missed something you wanted to try. Just ask and I'll make more suggestions.




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RE: Me and my big mouth (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: flyleft on 03.17.2013 at 04:01 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

HI nan,

Here are a couple of things that have worked for us:

1) Assemble in a group, meet regularly, give the group a name and attend every SB meeting and testify, say *something* and the person who testifies (someone different every month) should identify her/himself as a member of that group

2) Facebook page for public statements/supporting research (see below)--you don't have to wait for the press to decide to cover you -- group members can link to that page and spread the word *fast*

3) *local* papers, vs. larger metropolitan area papers -- they'll cover local SB issues more specifically and maybe you will even be able to grow a relationship with a reporter or editor

4) Arrange in-person meetings with each member of the SB (how many do you have? We have 7) and calmly, positively, make your case and find out what the Board member's stance is and what arguments back that stance. Learning their arguments/reservations is invaluable to creating effective advocacy events and materials. Stay in touch with those members through e-mail and periodic meetings. If they refuse to meet with you, onto the facebook page it goes

5) Find out which zones are up for re-election when, and start trying to find candidates who are qualified and interested in respecting the community's voice

6) Do online research to find out if what you're experiencing is happening elsewhere. I don't know what the specific issue is for you, but for us it's something that is spreading nationally and destroying public education wherever it takes hold. We have the track record of the group to be able to predict what they'll do in our town, and so far, the leopard hasn't changed its spots. REALLY valuable.

O.K., that's more than a couple...hope they help. If I could know what the specific issue is, I might be able to help point you in some research directions.


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RE: Eggplant, great to eat, never thought I would paint with it! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 11.01.2012 at 06:44 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum


You know I tried Dark Purple and Black Raspberry. I didn't want the room to shout "Purple" when someone came in, but I wanted them to know it was purple when they went in to investigate. Neither of the 2 I tried were doing it for me. That's how I ended up with the Velvet Cloak. You could tell it was a deep purple when you look at it, especially if there is any black in the room. (I have a black lampshade and the horse has black in it on the wall). Everyone who has come into the room, either to visit the house, or to have dinner is in love with the color. I just had the kitchen shot for a magazine and the photographer loved it too. In fact he asked if I might be interested in a full house photo shoot for next fall. (Talk about motivation to get the house done).

The Velvet Cloak cannot be purchased in a sample size, but you can get it in a quart. But at $25 or so for a quart, and $60 for a gallon, I just trusted my gut and went for the gallon. It's scary when they mix it up and you look at the can, it is the color of Welch's grape juice.

Here's a little reminder of the Velvet Cloak.



Love this color! Must use...
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RE: Aches & Pain as we age....Hips? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: roselvr on 11.27.2011 at 12:10 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

The Ibuprofen/tylenol is since last month. She's not qualified to adjust my meds; we were hoping I'd get into the new Dr quicker but it's taken a long time. By the 2nd month; I went in with chest pains due to the extra pain & not being properly medicated; so she told me to take the tylenol with my percocet; & the Ibuprofen in between.

The best "body map" is This one it shows where you'll have pain if it's spine related. I always have one printed out.

Spinal Nerves - another good image to print

Sciatic nerves

good diagram

Muscles of the back

Hip pain image search


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RE: Books - what did you read this summer? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: runninginplace on 09.03.2012 at 10:30 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Ah, summer reading-my favorite topic. Well, except for autumn reading. Or winter reading. Or spring reading...

This summer, alas, I got lost in Westeros. Although I haven't seen the tv version, I decided to give A Game of Thrones a try, since the reviews of both the show and book were so strong. Fantasy is not a genre I ever read but I figured what the heck, if I didn't like the first chapter I could just move on.

Oh my. I started GOT on my summer beach vacation, then snapped up the next 3 books on Amazon and just finished A Dance with Dragons last night. What an incredible saga! The author created such an vivid evocation of a medieval world, which he based on the York and Lancaster era of British history. The characters, the plot, the intricacy of weaving together storylines, totally addictive. For a non-fantasy fan, the magic is woven into the plotlines in such a way that it is integral to the story. I don't know if I want to watch the HBO version; I tend to prefer to keep my own mental images of literary characters. I'll probably cave though, evidently HBO, and George Martin who was involved in the production's writing, did a great job translating the books to visuals so far.

The relatively few other books I managed to fit in (each of those Song of Ice and Fire tomes are thousand page monsters) included 11/22/63, our summer book club assignment. Enjoyed it a lot. I quit reading Stephen King decades ago. A very skillful writer but the horror schtick got old--just when I'd get swept into the story oops there comes a ghost, or a vicious otherworldly murderer or whatever. But this book about time travel was touching, and thought provoking.

I have Gone Girl on my nightstand, and wonder how it will compare to Gillian Flynn's other two books. Those were very, very dark and the protagonists were decidedly not warm n fuzzy characters. Looking forward to starting this one.

I am also ready for Sacre Bleu, which got great reviews. A book about solving Vincent Van Gogh's presumptive murder...interesting premise.

Other recent reads:

Seating Arrangements-stopped reading this one although it got good reviews. About an upper crust family wedding in New England, but I couldn't stand or believe in a single character. Maybe it was just me though, others might like it.

The Underside of Joy-a somewhat soap opera-ish book about a woman whose husband dies suddenly, leaving her to raise his two small children. Then the ex-wife and biomom shows up, and life takes some interesting turns.

The Lifeboat-set around the turn of the century, a young social climber on her honeymoon is set adrift after the ship on which she and her husband are traveling sinks. Quintessential unreliable narrator tale, and I'm a sucker for survival at sea stories.

Girlchild-one of the best, though darkest, books I've read in years. Superbly written story about a girl growing up in a very tough neighborhood near Las Vegas, with a single mom and a lot of obstacles to overcome. Really, really good book.

The Language of Flowers-another book about a girl on her own, quite different style from Girlchild but a warm redemptive ending makes it a little lighter read.

Defending Jacob-wow, this was a page turner! Story of a lawyer father doing what the title says for his son Jacob, who is accused of killing a classmate in his tony suburban high school. Similar to We Need to Talk about Kevin so you're warned...this is definitely nightmare-parenting material. But so well written, kept me riveted till the very end, which had one last shocking plot twist.

The Art of Fielding-I resisted this one for awhile because I'm not a baseball fan and I thought that was most of the plot. Turns out baseball is the framework but there was so much more to this story about a talented young college player who goes into a severe slump. Though it took a bit of a detour mid-book, I really enjoyed the characters and it was definitely worth reading.

An Available Man-a guy who is widowed tries to move on after losing a much loved spouse. Nicely written, gentle book that caught the spirit of the mantra "you don't get over it, you get through it" in someone's life.

Those are the fiction books. Some recent non-fiction I liked:

Would it Kill You to Stop Doing That-A Modern Guide to Manners-hilarious, definitely worth a read and thought provoking underneath a very funny writing style.

Eating Clean for Dummies-pretty much what you'd think from the title. Interesting explanation of food chemistry and tips on how to do better than the standard agrobusiness/big grocery/chain restaurant shopping pattern.

The American Way of Eating-good companion to the book above, the author went undercover at various stops on the agrobusiness/big grocery/chain restaurant cycle in the US, including working at Walmart, Applebees and corporate owned farms. Quite enlightening.

Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery-a sequel from Bill Clegg, again pretty self explanatory title.

Father's Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son-memoir by a successful author (he wrote Friday Night Lights) about a road trip taken with his twentysomething son. Son, a twin, was born very premature and suffered brain damage leaving him developmentally disabled. His twin brother grew up normally, went on to an Ivy League college and a career as a teacher. The book describes a cross country drive for the father and 'damaged' son to connect, but the author writes about his feelings on raising a child with severe health issues, the son's life and attitudes, etc. Very moving.

Winter King-Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England. Oakley, this book's for you! And for everyone else obsessed with this time period. Very deeply researched history of the title character and the world he inhabited, which of course set the stage for the reign of his son.

And last but maybe best:

Wild-this memoir by Cheryl Strayed is a (deservedly) best seller. Strayed spent several months hiking to try to resolve issues in her life following the death of her mother, and the downward spiral that followed for her. Beautifully written and as someone who also lost my mother at about the same age as Strayed, it certainly rang true in so many ways. Great book.

That's probably enough from me for one day! Hope to hear about more good books, you can never have too many waiting in the queue.



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RE: Vestibular therapy-anyone had it? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: kellyeng on 07.11.2012 at 07:48 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Sueb20, I have a friend that also had that done and he said it was a miracle. He had positional vertigo and the procedure is called the "Epley Maneuver."

He said the dizziness just completely vanished after one session and hasn't returned.

I was really interested in it because I used to have positional vertigo but it went away after I lost weight. My doctor thought that it may have gone away due to my increased physical activity than the actual weight loss. Anyway, I took note of this procedure just in case the vertigo came back.

Here is a YouTube video of the procedure:

Here is a link that might be useful: How to do the Epley Maneuver


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RE: Anyone Dislike Their Memory Foam Mattress? (Follow-Up #40)

posted by: circuspeanut on 01.29.2012 at 01:16 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

You're right, todd, it's so interesting to read about all the differences. So much of it is probably attributable to brand and composition of the foam, so I'm glad folks are mentioning those specifics. I've got a bad back and have been looking for the perfect mattress for years.

Our memory foam mattress was cheap (c. $1000) from some chain store like Mattress Behemoth. We just hated it; we'd wake up deep in a crevass feeling like we were gasping for air. It certainly made my slipped disc feel much worse. Having always had firm spring mattresses, I also really disliked the sensation of not being able to turn over easily during the night. We experienced the cheap memory foam warmth as quite unpleasant, like wearing a polyester sweater that doesn't breathe and getting slimy from your own sweat. I realized that I'd personally rather have a breathable firm mattress and lots of flannel and down comforters.

Has anyone felt like this with a Tempurpedic? I wonder how much of the brand's reputation is hype and how much is due to actual superiority of the material they use?

Also, I'm interested in folks' positive Sleep Number experiences. I slept on a friend's once and it was awful, like one of those old air mattresses we used camping in the 1970's.

We picked up a 2" Belgian natural (talalay) latex topper last time we were in Europe, and that thing is indescribably comfortable on top of a quality innerspring mattress.

If you go that route, I can recommend the innerspring mattresses from Gardner's in Salem, Massachusetts - custom made locally and they are the old-fashioned kind that you can flip over to distribute the wear. They come with something like a 20-year warranty, and are not that expensive, comparatively, for their quality. I consider one of these plus topper preferable to the "pillow-top" kind put out by the big 'S' brands that gradually wear deep depressions in the foam top.

Looking forward to hearing from more folks; trying to find the elusive perfect mattress is like hunting for a unicorn, isn't it?


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RE: Photoshop Help Needed for Built In Bookcase Paint Color (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: ideamom on 07.02.2012 at 09:51 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Here is a photo of a painted bookcase.

Can someone photoshop my bookcase, molding & closet with a few different brown paint colors?


Love this!
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New Rug, New Inspiration, New Paint, New Pictures....

posted by: tinker_2006 on 06.16.2012 at 11:32 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Old 1937 house we have been restoring for the past year. Moved in 4 months ago, and took a break, but I'm back trying to complete a few more areas!

This house is so sunny, and bright.. I just adore it, even with all the work that we still face. My other house that I have owned, were always more in the darker golden, green colors, but I feel like a change, and this house just looks and feels right with lighter, airy colors (IMHO).

So, I bought a new area rug for the dining room, I'm trying to incorporate some light gray blue colors into the rooms, (blue is a color which I never-ever used before this house). The rug border is more of a gray aqua... and a few days go, I started to finish painting the kitchen which was started a yellow-sagey pale green. But I decided to run out and get a new color! I bought BM Silver Crest.. and I just LOVE it. Not sure if the pictures show how nice the colors, but it is so much "fresher" and brighter... Honest opinions and thoughts are fine (but I'm not repainting! lol :)







Love this kitchen!
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RE: Tile mortar Help (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mongoct on 05.03.2012 at 03:19 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Pulling the thinset off the CBU can also mean that you're not "burning it in" to the surface of the CBU, so to speak.

First, make sure the CBU isn't dusty. Wipe it down with a sponge until it wipes down clean.

CBUs, especially hardie, can wick water out of the thinset, "drying" it out prematurely. Misting your CBU with a spray bottle, letting it soak in, and then tiling can help.

Apply the thinset to the CBU with the flat side of the trowel. Really work it in to the surface for a few seconds, Work it so you get the thinset in to the textured surface of the CBU. Spread it around so you leave a little over 1/8th inch thickness. The >1/8" thickness isn't not crucial, just a technique.

Then come back and comb it out with the notched side of the trowel. Combing from bottom-to-top may help too.

If they need buttering, use the same technique on the back side of the tiles, but only with the flat edge of the trowel. Again, you want to work the thinset in to any texture on the back of the tile, then remove most of the thinset with the flat edge of the trowel. Like lightly buttered toast.

For nice flat tiles, you don't really want a thick opaque thickness on the back of the tiles. You want a well-worked in "smear".

If your tiles are not flat, or if they have a textured back side; a waffle pattern or other mold markings, you might need more thinset than a smear.

Just like the CBU, some tiles might have dust on the back too. Any powdery residue might inhibit the thinset from sticking to the tile. Theoretically you could have enough thinset on the CBU, but when you test set a tile then pull off the tile to check thinset coverage, not much is sticking to the tile due to the dust. The dust is acting like a release agent.

Lots of variables. But you're developing a new skill set, and the next project will be easier.

Remember a lot of tiling is "technique". What works for me or bill may not work for you. Eventually you find your way, things come together, and it all seems so easy.


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Small bath remodel on a modest budget. Finished!

posted by: girlcat36 on 11.11.2009 at 09:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum

My 5 x 9 bathroom was gutted March 1st, and it was a long haul, but it is finally finished and usable! I am very happy with the end result. I was going for a 'modern Bohemian' look; kind of eclectic.
I had a small budget, and except for the tile, most everything was purchased online.
I lived with the 'before' bathroom for 12 years(ugh), it was mildewed because there was no exhaust vent, the vinyl floor had been painted multiple times. It was the original builders 'budget special'.
Due to a severe mold allergy, it was time to properly vent and upgrade, finally!
I had a closet door moved to be accessed from inside the bathroom, and had a french pocket door installed; I covered the glass panes on the door with opaque window film.
The ceiling was bumped up and covered with white washed fir tongue and groove.
Before(oh, the horror):
BEFORE. Bad, bad bath.











Reading this forum proved to be enormously helpful, as I was overwhelmed by having to make decisions!


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Just Finished Bathroom Remodel (Thank You; Third Time's a Charm)

posted by: KevinMP on 04.20.2012 at 09:04 am in Bathrooms Forum

Two months ago, I began planning to remodel the only bathroom (110 square feet) in my house (c. 1826). There was a lot of fear and apprehension, and I often found myself looking for answers on this forum. You don't know how helpful you were, and to the extent I can be helpful to anyone, please let me know.
I'll try to post pictures, but I have no idea how to do it, so we'll see.

But here's what I ended up using:

Floor (9"x18" honed calacatta gold with dove gray TEC grout and Nuheat mat with Solo thermostat)

Vanity (it's made by Silkroad Exclusive and called Tenino on some websites; I got it on eb_ay for $900 delivered, removed the top and sinks, and hardware and replaced them with two Kohler Archer undermount sinks, 2 cm antique brown granite in a leathered finish, and cabinet hardware from Restoration Hardware)

Mirrors (they are from Lowes (I believe from the "Fanella" collection)

Lighting (five 40 W pot lights and 1 sconce (the Nolan single sconce with linen shade from Restoration Hardware)

Tub (Mirabelle Edenton 30"x60" acrylic thermal air bath (only sold at Ferguson, and has huge interior dimensions (bigger than most 34"x66" tubs I tried and cheaper (by half) and bigger inside than the 36"x60" Hydrosystems Lacey I was looking at))

Shower (same honed calacatta gold time and grout on the walls and niche, cheap but well matching 2"x2" square mosaic tiles from Home Depot in Grecian White (I had to pick through many boxes to get ones that matched, but it saved me $250 off of the calacatta gold), two Kohler body sprays (K-8002 (54 nozzles each), two Kohler volume controls (one for the shower head and one for the body sprays), the new Kohler Katalyst shower head, Oatey liner and drain)

Shower door and glass for knee wall (not in yet, but they will be Starphire glass)

Replaced the window with a 34"x53" 400 series casement window by Andersen with snap-in grille)

Jacuzzi Prestige toilet

Fixtures (with matching Kohler valves) (all Kohler Pinstripe Pure (two faucets, tub spout and wall-mount valves, shower head, thermostatic valve trim, volume control trim, and shower door handles)

Paint (all Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa Paint (Matte); walls Mount Saint Anne (1565) and trim and ceiling White Dove (OC-17))






















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finally...our completed masterbath! many pics

posted by: treasuretheday on 05.15.2012 at 12:46 am in Bathrooms Forum

Just over a year ago, we decided it was time to transform our masterbath from a plain and pathetic 1980's white box into our own private sanctuary. We had a few specific goals as we started out, most importantly to: (1) create a separate water closet, (2) split our shared vanity into His and Hers, (3) bring some architectural interest into the room and (4) layer the lighting to create ambiance. My husband and I designed the room ourselves so it is particularly satisfying to see the end result.

We acted as GC throughout, hiring many of the skilled trades from our connections as commercial property owners. My husband did much of the work himself, including virtually all of the electric, a full Kerdi shower and Ditra floor. There were numerous complications and setbacks that caused the project to grind along slowly. My husband was only half joking when he sometimes threatened to drywall off the doorway and forget that the room existed.

We still have a few details to finish (some missing crown molding on my cabinets, towel cubby shelves, etc.) but I just couldn't wait any longer to show you our space, to thank you for all of the help along the way, and to offer to answer any questions you may have.

First, the before pictures:







So, that was our bathroom for nearly 19 years. Lots of space and potential... just waiting.

We gutted the room, taking it down to the studs and floor joists. We replaced a pair of casement windows with a pair of double hung windows to allow us to open windows while retaining our privacy. Every single water supply and drain was moved. I lost count of the number of electrical circuits but there are at least eight dimmer switches in the room now! Along the way, we decided to expand the water closet to allow for a sink by taking out our hallway linen closet. (This linen closet is now being built in an adjacent guest bath as part of our next bathroom project!)



I apologize for the many pictures to follow but, once I started, it was hard to stop!



Eliptical arch and columns as architectural details:




Hers Vanity:



His Vanity:




Water closet & vanity:






Tub area:




Towel cubbies:


Heated floor:







It won't be everyone's taste, but to us, it was mission accomplished!


Here is a list of our sources and materials:

Paint colors: Sherwin Williams ~ Kilim Beige, Nomadic Desert & Divine White (I'll have to check with my painter for the precise color percentages and locations of each color because we made several changes along the way!)

Whirlpool/airbath tub:
MTI ~ Harmony (#AU-85) (Biscuit)

Custom Amish built (solid cherry)

Chandelier: Pottery Barn ~ Clarissa

Sconces: (Hers) Justice Designs ~ Veneto Luce Capellini (Brushed nickel w/ white frosted glass)
(His) Justice Designs ~ Rondo (Brushed nickel w/ white frosted glass)

Vanity light: Justice Designs ~ Rondo (Brushed nickel w/ white frosted glass)

Faucets: Sigma ~ Alicante (Polished nickel)
Rain showerhead: Jado ~ Traditional rainhead (10") (#860/110/150) (Polished nickel)

Regular & handheld showerheads: Sigma (Polished nickel)

Electronic shower valve: Moen I/O Digital (Satin nickel)

Sinks: (2) Toto ~ Rendezvous (#LT579G-12) 17" x 14" (Sedona Beige) (With Sanagloss)
(1) Toto Undercounter Lavatory (LT577-12) 15" x 12" (Sedona Beige)

Toilet: Toto ~ Guineviere (Sedona Beige) (With Sanagloss)

Porcelain tile: Edimax ~ Materia Forte (Bronzea)

Deco accent tiles: Edimax (Travertine)

Base molding ("skirting"): The Tile Shop ~ Travertine ~ Bucak Lt. Walnut (honed finish)

Heated floor: NuHeat custom floor mat system

Granite: Moxuara 3cm

Shower door: Custom frameless with polished nickel pivot hinge

Shower door handle: U.S. Horizon 10" ergonomic handle (#HY-10BTB-PN) (polished nickel)

Vent fan ??

Towel Warmer: Runtal ~ Solea (#STRED-3420) ( Satin Nickel R640)

Water Closet
Solatube 10" <200 sq ft. Optiview lens

Fiberglass columns: Crown Column ~ Plain tapered 8" x 66" (trimmed) with attic base

Cabinet hardware:
Drawer pulls: Restoration Hardware ~ Mason 4" pull (polished nickel)
Cabinet knobs: Schaub ~ Empire (#882-pn) (polished nickel)

Plunger & toilet brush: Restoration Hardware Polished nickel
Countertop accessories: Target ~ Fieldcrest Luxury Glass & polished nickel?
Tissue cover: Bed, Bath & Beyond ~ Nottingham Polished nickel

Feel free to ask any questions or let me know if you'd like close ups of anything specific. I've received great answers to the many questions I posted and have read nearly every post over the past year, learning so much from all of you so I'd be happy to help if I can.

We're already on to the next project, our teenage son's/guest bath. We have promised each other to keep this one much more simple... we'll see!


Most amazing bathroom I've ever seen!
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RE: Where can I find a good quality sectional? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: tinker1121 on 05.27.2012 at 08:09 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I have a Flexsteel sofa and love it!!! It is about four years old and style was called Temecula and not sure if still on their website. All the styles are there and you can search for a local furniture dealer that carries Flexsteel.
I live in PA and saved a bundle by ordering from Hickory Furniture Mart in North Carolina and having it freight shipped. Bought the sofa and chair and a half in a beige chenile fabric. It is high quality and weighs a ton.


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RE: Leaving for Europe in 1 week! Tell me your favorite haunts.. (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: kkay_md on 06.05.2012 at 10:24 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

While in Paris, be sure to reserve an afternoon for a stroll through one of the gardens (I favor Luxembourg Garden)--watch kids sail their elaborate boats in the fountains, take in a Punch & Judy show if you can find one, and just sit and people-watch.

Buy a baguette, a bottle of wine, some food from from a charcuterie, and eat lunch on the quai of the Seine (a splendid spot is the Ile St. Louis Quai d'Anjou). Spend hours sitting outside at a cafe, people-watching. Anywhere.

If it's a sunny day, I recommend a visit to Saint-Chapelle (on Ile de la Cite) built in the 1200's. If you have time, a stroll through Pere Lachaise Cemetery is always offbeat and amazing (Chopin, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Abelard & Heloise, Balzac, Sarah Bernhardt, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas... the list goes on). Get a list of grave sites from the guard.

Alsace fare can be had at the Brasserie St. Louis (behind Notre Dame). The food isn't extraordinary but you can get some of the traditional dishes and the waiters are authentic (it's an old family-run business)... It can be touristy but it's also a haunt for some journalists in Paris. And, down the street is the ice cream shop Berthillon--I think it's the best in Paris. And the main drag of Ile St. Louis is loaded with terrific shops--and at the end of the school day, school children racing home with baguettes under their arms.

Versailles is an all-day affair, a train ride away from Paris, and usually mobbed by tourists. If your time is limited I recommend you stay in the city where there are so many amazing things to see and do that are reasonable walks or a short Metro ride away.

I love Place des Vosges, a beautiful square of buildings built by Henry IV (home to Charles VII, Louis XII--and Victor Hugo). It's not on the scale of Versailles, which covers acres and acres, but it is accessible and authentically royal!

And be sure to wave hello at 23 rue d'Arcole, my address while I lived in Paris (next door to Notre Dame). A stroll through the cathedral is always lovely but I'd skip the hike up to the bell towers, now covered with wire and restraints to prevent jumpers, and nothing like how it used to be...

I'm not a fan of Sacre Coeur in terms of architecture, but the neighborhood is very interesting, hilly, and a fun place to wander in, once you get off the beaten path.


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RE: Have you had a hysterectomy? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: moonshadow on 06.07.2012 at 08:59 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Another (very strong) vote for hystersisters (and not just for hysterectomy, they cover other female related issues).

I had a total abdominal 9 years ago, but opted to leave my one healthy ovary. I didn't want to take HRT. I still see my surgeon annually, it was semi-annually for years, with an ultrasound, but since I'm doing ok he changed it to once a year unless a problem comes up. He is a well known & respected gynecological oncologist in my area, love him to pieces, he's wonderful. Anyway, we talked a lot about HRT, he is out of a university hospital and was involved in some studies, and at that time he was of the 'use nature first' mindset, if possible. I don't know if his stance on that has changed, I don't follow studies, refuse to take HRT. My own hormones made me wacko, taking BCPs was never an option, they made me even more wacko, so bad I didn't want to even think about trying HRT. I feel better than I've felt in years. Only issues I've had (which I'd hit naturally anyway) are mild hot flashes sometimes at night, sometimes daytime (I stick to lightweight cottons, that helps a lot), being forgetful (mostly with misplacing small things, like keys, or getting ready to run errands and making at least one trip back into the house for something I knew I needed, thought I grabbed but didn't). I never used to lose things, including losing my train of thought, lol. The worst for me is sleep issues. But I'll absolutely take this over the way it was pre-op. Lost count of how many laparascope procedures I had done by my regular gyn. I was miserable every month for years. And now I'm not :)

Seriously, go sign up at hystersisters, anything you need to know, any support you need, you'll find it there.


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RE: Vacation in Arizona Tips? (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: sable_ca on 04.10.2012 at 05:15 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Judithn - thanks for your report - what a great trip you had! Your writing brought back delightful memories of this so special area. Your above discussion of Loving Frank is also interesting - I might have to look for the book. We lived in Oak Park Ill. for a few years, where, as you know, there is a selection of his homes. Sorry that the Taliesin tour was not up to par. If you return to the area, you might visit the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. This is the place for Native American art and history. And it won't cost $50! $50? Really?

Lynn - the Heartline Cafe is a very nice place, you might enjoy it. If you haven't been to Sedona already, you are in for a pleasant surprise with the location of the Junepine Inn. Oak Creek Canyon is surely one of the prettiest places in the US. If you have time, do drive to the top of the Canyon and spend a bit of time at the observation area. The whole trip from Junepine and back wouldn't even take an hour and a half. Looking at that view and then driving down into it is an unforgettable experience.


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RE: Vacation in Arizona Tips? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: sable_ca on 03.09.2012 at 05:07 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Judith - I am jealous! We lived in Tucson for ten years and our favorite vacations were invariably to Sedona and the Grand Canyon, and we almost always stop in Sedona when we go back for visits.

Sedona has many gorgeous hotels, etc., but the only place I would stay is the Sky Ranch Lodge, which is located atop the mesa that also hosts the local airport. Sky Ranch is a basic motel, beautifully kept, with pretty gardens, and it has stunning views of the area. At sunset the various mountains and rocks turn color and the lights of the town below begin to twinkle, and it is TDF. Other places may be more elegant but this place is unsurpassed. Request a room with a rim view, where you sit on your veranda with a coffee/glass of wine and gaze out at the scenery, and the rest of the world goes away. There's a restaurant at the airport, good for breakfast, quick meals, and take-out.

The Pink Jeep Tour is totally worth taking. They have a selection of tours. Do it! : > )

You also should visit a Spanish-style area of art galleries and restaurants called Tlaquepaque (ta-la-ka-pa-kee), just charming and with more galleries and eateries than you will have time for. We usually go to Rene's, which is French, but there is also a good Mexican restaurant with great decor.

When you leave Sedona, take the U.S. 89 through Oak Creek Canyon and up to the top of the Mogollon Rim, where you will hook up with I-40. There aren't words to describe the beauty of this drive. You will pass and can stop at Slide Rock. When you get to the top, pull over to the observation area and look back at where you've come from and have a camera ready.

To get to the Canyon, I would urge you to take U.S. 89. You drive east on the I-40 through Flagstaff and hang north at the well-marked sign. This takes you through Navajo country, where you can have some Navajo fry-bread and contemplate the living situation of the tribe. Then hang west on the 64, which will take you through spectacular canyon country and into the Park along the most scenic road to South Rim Village. While you are there, be sure to have a meal (I prefer breakfast) at the El Tovar Lodge, a historic and charming place. You could also consider taking the mule-ride down into the canyon. I did this with my father when I was a teen-ager and it was thrilling. I've had some pretty cool experiences in my life, but the picture of me on my mule is the one that sits in our living room!

Be warned that the South Village is going to be packed with cars and people. Our experience with the parking problem on our last visit was such that we decided not to return (but we had been to the Canyon many times as Arizonans, so not a difficult decision). If and when you find a parking place, stash your car there and do as much sight-seeing on foot as you can.

Sorry for blathering on, but just thinking about these places makes my heart pound with nostalgia!


Great tips for vacations here in AZ
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Recipes (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: oakleyok on 02.22.2011 at 04:50 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Tina, I know what you mean about the taste of Crisco.

Here's Tina's recipe for the Pie, my recipe for the Crust follows.

Chocolate Chess Pie

1/2 stick of Butter, partially melted
1 1/4 c. Sugar or Splenda/Sugar mix (comes in a bag)
3 T. Cocoa
2 T. Flour
2 Eggs
3/4 c. Milk
1 t. Vanilla

One uncooked Pie Shell.

Whisk the sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla & butter. Add dry ingredients. A whisk is all you need. Pour into Pie Shell. Bake 35-40 min. @ 375. You can pretty much tell when it's done just by looking at it. It looks like a big Brownie coming from the oven, then it flattens like a Pie. SO EASY.


Butter Flaky Pie Crust (tips below)

1 1/4 c. Flour
1/4 t. Salt
1/2 c. Butter, chilled and diced
1/4 c. Ice Water

In large bowl combie Flour and Salt. Add diced Butter and mix until it resembles crumbs. I use one of those dough thingys to do this, I can't remember the name of the gadget. lol Or do it with two forks.

Stir in Water, one Tablespoon at a time until mixture forms a ball.

Wrap in Saran Wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.


Tips on Crust.

My finished dough ball looked a little too crumbly but I didn't feel like starting over.

After you get it out of the fridge, take it out of the saran wrap and let it get too room temperature, or close to it.

Lay on lightly floured surface, and make sure to flour your rolling pin. Flatten out to fit the pie pan. I did my dough on Parchment Paper & it tried to stick! Trim excess dough off edges of pie plate with a knife.

That's where some of my crust started falling apart, and I just used fallen off dough in spots to fill in.

I also lightly poked some holes in the crust with a fork, some of the batter got between the crust and plate, but it came out of the pie plate sooo smoothly and didn't stick.

Amazingly it turned out perfect!


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RE: Products you Love, Pt. Two (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: faron79 on 04.02.2011 at 11:57 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hasn't anyone used Sprayway window cleaner?!?!?

It's a white aerosol foam. I've been using it since I was on the farm in the 70's! I order it for our HSW department at work too. ACE has it in most warehouses. We'll roll thru several hundred in a year.

Many fans of Mrs.-Meyers stuff here too! ACE has a good portion avail. thru their warehouses. I've got this stuff on a front endcap.

Also MAJOR-POPULAR is the Bona floorcare stuff. TWO front e/caps of this!

>>> If these items vanished from my HSW dept., I'd have to buy lots of Kevlar!!! I'm serious! ;-)



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RE: Products you Love, Pt. Two (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: mrsmarv on 04.02.2011 at 08:59 am in Home Decorating Forum

Another vote for Hope's Perfect Glass. I've been using it for years and it is the best product I've found for glass. In one of my previous lives I had a residential and small commercial housecleaning business so I know clean ;o). I wish I had HPG back then. When I first found it, it was at HD. Now I buy it at Bed, Bath & Beyond. With the 20% coupon it's less than $5.00 and worth every penny.

I love Method's Good for Wood furniture cleaner. No build-up or residue and my furniture stays relatively clean for at least a few days (we have cats, a wood stove, messy DH and a gravel driveway...oy!).

Simple Green's Cat Pet Stain & Odor Remover works well. We have a very difficult feline who has episodes of poor behavior. She's on medication, which has helped, but there are times when she just can't help herself. Being somewhat (slightly under-exagerated) of a clean freak, this is not a good thing for me. The Simple Green, along with medication and re-training, has definitely helped calm my rather frazzled nerves. Simeple Green, along with copious amounts of dry red wine, has helped alleviate the need for me to be on medication.


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Roomba vacuum cleaner batteries (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: gardensgalore_2009 on 07.16.2009 at 01:40 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

Hey Guys:

The Roomba is indeed pretty great...though there are times when I've had to get a new battery for it (ugh).

I have the Roomba 400, which is a good one, I think. I went to this place for the battery:

Had to purchase a vac-400nmh-33 battery for it, but I'm sure you might know that already.

Happy Cleaning,


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RE: How comfortable are platform beds? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: beaniebakes on 08.06.2011 at 04:10 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I have the Charles Rogers Zen platform bed and love it. It doesn't have slats; the base consists of two removable solid panels covered in fabric that are placed on the frame. The fabric provides a slight amount of cushion, but not much, so the platform itself is firm and doesn't flex the way some slats do. I made my own mattress using latex from; six inches of firm latex for the base with three inches of soft latex on top. The mattress is encased in a cover that zips all around. A Cuddledown pillowtop mattress pad is on top. It's the most comfortable bed I ever slept on. I don't like very firm beds and this one is perfect for me. The only change I would make if I were doing this again would be to use a 2 inch latex topper instead of 3 inch because the mattress pad also adds cushyness and sometimes it feels a little too soft. I've had the bed and mattress for about three years and they both look brand new.


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RE: Soft close kitchen cabinet hardware - suggestions (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: vigilantmonkey5 on 03.01.2010 at 02:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have the ones from on all of our cabinets and they work great


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RE: Soft close kitchen cabinet hardware - suggestions (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: gayleski on 03.01.2010 at 01:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have these for the doors on our bathroom vanity. I think I got them at Home Depot.

They're not as elegant as the Blum ones that install on the hinges (we have those in the kitchen), but they do the job.


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RE: Dropcloth slipcover questions (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: amity on 11.26.2010 at 07:55 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I don't think I ever looked at, nor did I notice on the packaging 'weight' of fabric when I was looking at fabric dropcloths.

Ho-De had two and a sort of ecru color.
I picked the ecru.

And I didn't make slipcovers......window panels.

Yes, I washed them first and used lots of Downy Liquid Softener during the rinse cycle.

Those panels, when a breeze is coming through the screen...they move beautifully, just like an expensive fabric would. Not too light, not too heavy. Perfect.

I've also used the Rit Dye on dropcloth fabric.
Two boxes of Rit per large dropcloth.
Again, washed first, then put into the washer just as they came out after final rinse.....damp. I had the dye already mixed in the washing machine. Set the fabric in gently making sure all fabric was under water.

Toward the end of the wash cycle, I stopped the machine and allowed the fabric to soak in the dye for about an hour. Started the machine back up and let it just run through the rest of the cycle.
Beautiful, soft-flowing-in-a-breeze, pink window panels for my sister's all-things-breast-cancer room.

(After dying anything in your washing machine, run a full load, hot water, with a cup of straight bleach. I've never had a problem with anything washed after dying)


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RE: Totally bizarre question.. electric heel sander? (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: snookums on 05.30.2008 at 03:28 am in Kitchens Forum

I have terrible heels, but these two products do amazing things for me:

First use this on dry heels:
(You will be AMAZED at how much dry skin will pile up on the floor below you, so don't use this over carpet. You can also buy replacement screens for it.

Follow up with this. It's very gooey so I usually put it on after crawling into bed.
Callex enzyme ointment - softens and breaks down dead skin

FootSmart also sells heel wraps you can buy to cover your heels while you are sleeping so you don't get the ointment all over your sheets.

In the morning - BABY SOFT feet. I have thick, cracked, sometimes bleeding heels otherwise. I have tried EVERYTHING including regular pedicures and a ton of other products that FootSmart sells. This combination did it for me. I have heels like my 8 year old daughter now.

Here is a link that might be useful: FootSmart


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RE: Totally bizarre question.. electric heel sander? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: snookums on 06.08.2006 at 10:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can I tell you what works great! My heels were so callused, cracked, and sometimes even bleeding (from the deep cracks) that I considered using my dh's dremel too. sells a hand tool with a heavy-duty screen on it (like a heavy-duty screen door screen) that screws on, and you can buy replacement screens too. You use it when your foot is dry. Then after that, put on their Callex foot ointment, gobs of it (it comes in a small tub). It's an enzyme cream that breaks down the excess skin. Do this once a day, and in just a few days - your heels will be as soft as baby's butt. No joke!!

Here is a link that might be useful:


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It's not really a bizarre question : - ) (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: honeyb2 on 06.09.2006 at 12:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Yay - something I have an answer for! Now I can be a real contributing forum member :-) I recently got something called the Conair Hair Removal System, it plugs in and it can be purchased for under $30 online or at Walmart, drugstore etc. Though it's called a hair removal system, they say it works for calluses and they are right - it's great for that. I also use it to exfoliated my upper arms. The website says: "This clinically proven, totally painless hair removal system lets you get rid of unwanted hair and calluses quickly and easily. You get two speeds for greater comfort for every part of your body. Gentle, fine-grain exfoliating pads rotate and painlessly remove hair without nicks, cuts or ingrown hairs. Results last three times longer than blade shaving without the discomfort of waxing." The deal is you have to be VERY CAREFUL when using the thing for hair removal - you can get nasty abrasions - and stay away from the face!!! But for taking off calluses it's great. I would recommend the one advertised in the attached link. The one I got had only one speed, one size head, and no "instructional DVD". This one has all the extras but costs the same as what I paid.

Here is a link that might be useful: Callus remover


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RE: How much does a good quality sofa cost? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: labbie on 07.24.2011 at 09:02 pm in Home Decorating Forum

After much research we went to a local store that sold Harden furniture (one of the brands I heard about on this board). While none of them worked for us, I fell in love with another couch made by American Leather. It was in leather, but we were looking for fabric. We were thrilled to find that they also use Ultrasuede- the most amazing microsuede. Super durable, cleanable, will not fade,etc.
This is the most comfortable couch we could imagine and 4 years after constant use it looks brand new.
We choked spending over $3K on a sofa, but every time we sit on it we are so happy that we did. Our last couch at $1K lasted barely 5 years.


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More College Ideas for Our Daughter (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: sweeby on 04.21.2011 at 09:03 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here are a couple of great sites that I've kept bookmarked even though my older son is already in a college that he loves. I've kept these sites because they were so useful to us:

For consistent 'checklist' type information, IMO, and Princeton Review can't be beat. You can find basics like school size, SAT/ACT ranges, tuition information, Greek life, student diversity, most popular majors, class sizes, graduation rates, etc. Once you know what you're looking for, you can weed through a vast quantity of schools pretty quickly using those two sites.

I also liked Princeton Review's rankings. Not the 'Most Selective' type information, but rather the social rankings like 'Best Professors' and 'Gay Friendly' -- things that paint a picture of the campus culture. No, they're not perfect. But if there's something that really matters to you - such as environmentalism - you can easily find schools where that's important to them too, or indicators that's it's likely to be.

When you have a school in mind and want the 'real scoop' from the students who go there, is absolutely the place. You'll hear from students who LOVE the school and students who HATE it -- and every school has both camps. The useful parts are where the stories converge. The *reasons* why the haters hate the school and the things the gushers gush about. There's also a handy little graph showing what proportion of the students surveys would choose to go there again, and I found that very helpful. Schools where a large proportion of the students wouldn't go there again got crossed off my list.

The following are two nice little 'How to Choose' summaries that you may find helpful. also has a great all-purpose site that would be especially useful in the 'getting started' phase. Some nice articles on what to look for to determine 'fit' and how different factors (size, locale, Greek life, athletics) influence the college experience.

We did not find many of the database-type 'How to Choose' questionaires useful at all. Most either gave equal weight to all of the questions or weighted them using some other formula that didn't really apply to us. After a few tours, it became clear what factors were important to my DS, and many of those weren't on any of the questionaires...

Truly, the best strategy we found was to visit some colleges and just hang around for a few hours in the student union, quad, and library. Definitely take the official guided tour. And even if DD isn't interested in Texas schools, I'd strongly recommend you tour them anyway. They're close, easy to get to, easy to tour. You'll be able to tell whether she likes a big school or a small one, rural, urban or 'college town' environment, conservative or liberal, how (if) the architecture matters to her, what kind of student atmosphere she likes... See how she likes UT Austin's huge liberal urban campus or A&M's huge conservative rural one. How about Rice's tiny urban campus? Trinity? Baylor? SMU? Sam Houston State? Southwestern University (in Georgetown)? You'll be able to knock out a bunch of schools in just a few days and learn a lot about what she does and doesn't like that you can apply to schools in other areas that will be harder to get to.

As far as specifics -- you know Cornell has Hotel and Restaurant Administration (with food/culinary emphasis) as well as a variety of food science majors... And (as my Dad said) whatever else she'll want to transfer into ;-)


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RE: College Ideas for Our Daughter (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: prairiefox on 04.28.2011 at 11:13 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I want to second the idea of going on College Confidential and going to the parents forum. There is a ton of information on that site. I also like the book Colleges that Change Lives. My daughter did attend a small LAC and I can tell you it did not limit her future at all. That small school (yes, it was in the book) had ties to a medical program, a law program as well as great professor/student interaction. My other daughter went to a large state school. I wish she had done the smaller school and gotten a more personalize education.


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Ruffles without a ruffler

posted by: dody40 on 06.24.2010 at 10:33 am in Sewing Forum

I bought a Ruffler a number of years ago, and just cannot wrap my brain around how to use it. Have read instructions on the internet, and I still can't. I have to find someone that knows how to use it, and have them demonstrate it's use to me, or I might just as well pretend I don't have it.

Have tried making the ruffles by using a long stitch and pulling up the threads. It works, but it is a lot of work!!! haha

I was going to use the tip of laying a 'string' and zig zagging over it when I remembered something that I had read 'somewhere', don't know if it was on here or somewhere else.

Anyway, the idea was to use your longest stitch, tighten the tension, and holding your finger behind the presser foot to make it crumple up. I did that, and it was so easy and made beautiful ruffles.

I am sure that you all know how to do this, but in case there are any newbies on here, they might learn from this.



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RE: Restore a finish? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: valinsv on 03.14.2011 at 09:50 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I've used it on several pieces (vintage mahogany such as your chair) and have always had fairly good results. The product does have it's limitations as it's used mostly to restore the existing finish and not to refinish so areas (such as deep scratches, water damage or crackling) where the finish has completely worn away will not be completely fixed. There is a fine line between rubbing in the finish so that it soaks in and rubbling so hard that you rub away the old finish so you do need to use care in areas where the original finish has worn away.

I've heard and tried various methods of cleaning from the Murphy Oil Soap, Dawn dish soap and mineral spirits. My last two projects, I was lazy and did not clean at all since I've heard that RAF has agents that clean as well.

I also use the 0000 steel wool to apply the RAF before wiping off with the lint free rag. I often tear up an old bedsheet or T-shirt for my rags. I will start that way and then often will repeat 2-3 times as needed, sometimes allowing it to sit 5-10 mins. before wiping away. I also use the Feed 'n Wax product as it protects the restored finish from water stains, etc.

Often my results while much improved over the original, are imperfect, at the same time much better than the alternative of refinishing which can damage the value of a piece and you loose the patina of age. One of the things that appeals to me about antique/vintage furniture are some the "character" marks which go with an old piece with an original finish.

If you are still dissatisfied, you may also want to try one of the colored wax crayons that you can find in the varnish section of your hardware store--which are used to fill in nicks and gouges.

Here are the end tables I recently restored.





After (including the Feed 'n Wax):



My dining room chairs I did a few years ago and they did not come out so well as the nightstands. There were some areas on the upper backs of the chairs which were probably handled a lot over the years, probably had greasy buildup and were cleaned so hard the finish had partially worn away. Or perhaps it was some UV damage? Whatever the reasons, these areas also didn't restore so well and are lighter as a result. It was with these areas I realized that if I rubbed too hard, I only worsened the problem as I would rub whatever was left of the existing finish away. I like to think of it as "character".


Here are the leg sections.

Before (you can see areas where finish has worn away--this I also had to be careful with not to buff too hard with the steel wool or I'd rub the finish right off):






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RE: using wicker furniture on the deck? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: deeinohio on 06.14.2010 at 10:09 am in Home Decorating Forum

I just read in Good Housekeeping that paste wax helps protect wicker outdoors.


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RE: Reputable blinds/shades sites? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: mona on 06.08.2010 at 07:47 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I've used twice. Very happy with them.

Here is a link that might be useful:


Several ppl rec this company
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RE: Sharing Fabric Resources (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: laurie3333 on 05.18.2010 at 07:38 pm in Home Decorating Forum!!! I've purchased fabric here several times; awesome customer service; $4.95 flat shipping for all fabric you buy. I purchased Waverly fabric for $7.99 per yard there when it was $42 in store and other places online. Love this site! Been buying there for years.


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RE: What is this called......? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: karezz on 05.18.2010 at 07:46 am in Home Decorating Forum

That's it!! Thanks!!
I'll be bookmarking those websites too.
And, I'd like to share a great resource I found for discount fabrics:
I found a fabric for less than $18 that was $36/yd at Calico Corners!


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RE: Help! I am addicted to Spot Shot (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: jannie on 01.03.2010 at 06:44 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

I've posted this recipe before. it really works great on any carpet, even old stains. Mix one bottle of hydrogen peroxide (about 99 cents), half again as much plain water (need not use hot H20), and a good squirt of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Stir and pour on stains, rub with a clean washcloth and blot as much of it as you can. This mixture cannot be stored, so discard the excess or make a smaller batch.


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RE: Zest still best bar? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: cryptandrus on 02.08.2010 at 10:39 am in Cleaning Tips Forum

We have hard water and prefer castile bar soap--it's made from coconut oil and doesn't form soap scum they way other (animal-fat-based) bar soaps do.

We like Dr. Bronner's, but Kirk's Castile is a good choice, too, and is less expensive than Dr. Bronner's.


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RE: Need Help Removing hair oil stains from chair fabric (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: monaw on 03.06.2010 at 02:30 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

I would use this:

It's fabric safe and nothing works better! I use it on greased stained laundry all the time. I've never had any of my clothes discolor where I've sprayed it.

The only problem is that if your recliner is dirty all over, you may have to clean it all over because if you use Krud Kutter on the oily spot, it will get it 100% clean.
For example, I used on spots on a kitchen runner that my blender exploded on, and the spots where I used it are perfectly clean, but the rest of the runner needs to be cleaned now. I haven't cleaned the runner in years.

Anything that will take the oily spot off of your recliner will leave the spot clean, so my guess is that you will have the same problem with any good'll have to clean the whole chair if it's dirty.

Try this- the worst that could happen is that you have to do it to the whole back of your chair:

Spray it on well and let it sit for a while, then take a clean WHITE terry bath towel and put pressure on the spot, blotting it to get as much out of the chair as possible as you keep turning the towel to a clean dry spot on the towel. Check to see the oil/dirt coming out onto your white towel. You may want to repeat another round of the K.K. or two and blot until you see no more dirt/oil coming out into the white towel.
Then spray clean water on the spot and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
Repeat the blotting/pressure with clean area of towel.
Spray with water again/ blot again, until you think it's rinsed well.

Krud Kutter dissolves grease/oil like nothing I've seen. I use it to clean my oily paint brushes after I have cleaned them in mineral spirits first. It's great for all kinds of stuff, indoors and out. I buy it by the gallon at Home Depot.


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RE: kitchen cabinets (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: allora on 03.17.2010 at 12:32 am in Cleaning Tips Forum

I use cleans and polishes in one step.


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RE: Is there an easier way to clean granite? (Follow-Up #45)

posted by: kasullivan on 03.25.2009 at 10:39 am in Cleaning Tips Forum

I have had granite countertops for 5 years now, and the best way to keep them shiny without that slick feel, is with a glass cleaner called Invisible Glass. You'll find it in automotive, I actually stole it from my husbands garage, and he's not getting it back! Works great on windows and mirrors too!!


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RE: Is there an easier way to clean granite? (Follow-Up #36)

posted by: jrry on 12.27.2008 at 08:46 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

Home Depot Sells 2 products I've tried on my dark black granite:
Simple Green Stone Cleaner- Works very well. Cleans without streaks. They also sell a companion product called Simple Green Stone Polish, which I use when we have guests over and want to make it look great.
Zep Marble, Granite and Quartz Cleaner- This works pretty well, but is a little more apt to leaving streaks. I need to polish more with this. The big problem is the smell. It honestly smells like a wet diaper. I couldn't believe it the first time I tried it. I won't buy it again.


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RE: Is there an easier way to clean granite? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: raybeck on 10.15.2006 at 05:59 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

I use Sprayway on all of my granite and really like it, too. Here in Houston you can find it at Walmart and even, Target, too, I think! Good Luck! I've even seen at at some of the grocery markets, but Walmart would be your best price, most likely!


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RE: Side chair pls :) (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: nanny2a on 02.03.2010 at 10:06 am in Home Decorating Forum

You might try using some Folex on that stain, momto4. It's safe for upholstery and I've found it wonderful for removing stains! No rinsing required. It's my latest favorite product for stain removal.

Here is a link that might be useful: Folex


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RE: What to do with this lamp? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: greenthumbfish on 01.27.2010 at 12:05 am in Home Decorating Forum

For a "dark oil rubbed bronze" finish, my experience of the last couple of weeks of researching and testing is:

INDOOR: Krylon Brushed Metallic (color = oil rubbed bronze), on clean finish, no sanding necessary.

OUTDOOR: Rust-o-leum "Rust Reformer" (color = black, as primer after sanding lightly) and Rust-o-leum "Metallic" (dark bronze), although I did paint one indoor thing with this and it's great!

Funny, I'm just about to paint that lamp's shorter sister :-) I'm using the Krylon.


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RE: Lamps for the MBR -- Part 2 New lamp home on trial basis (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: justgotabme on 01.18.2010 at 11:33 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I love the fabric and the lamp is nice, but not worth two hundred dollars in my opinion. Heck you could buy porch posts and have them cut down and made into lamps for less than that for both of them! I like this lamp below because it brings bed and the fabric together.....

Here is a link that might be useful: Ingram Table Lamp


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RE: Online Fabric Store (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: nanny2a on 12.06.2009 at 12:58 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I do a lot of decorative sewing, and would rather look at textiles all day than anything else, it seems. Here are a few of my favorites:


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Best White Christmas Tree I ever saw

posted by: heloise_fan on 12.03.2009 at 07:31 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi, I tried finding a really high quality white artificial Christmas tree, and after a few returned trees, I finally got one that lives up to my dreams. I just got it today after ordering it last week from Balsam Hill online. It is the Mount Washington White from their Vermont Signature Collection. It was on sale plus I found a coupon online, so it cost less than that last crummy one I returned. They also sent me a free storage bag, white gloves for shaping the tree, and good instructions all in a very strong box (the last tree box was falling apart thin). It's absolutely stunning and is so full I don't even have to put ornaments on it, you can't see the trunk. I am posting this in case someone else is looking for a really nice white tree. The sale is only on for a few more days at best. Lots of them are on sale, green ones too. ALso, I recommend going to YouTube and watching Sullivan's video on how to shape an artificial tree, that thing made it so much easier to shape our tree to look just like it does on the Balsam Hill website. That would apply to any fake tree, they have a good video of how to do it right. National tree has a video too, but I watched both and they both helped, mostly Sullivan's video.

Here is a link that might be useful: Balsam Hill's New Mount Washington White Signature Artificial Christmas Tree


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RE: Need BM white with no yellow undertones (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: lisa_mocha on 10.07.2009 at 10:16 pm in Home Decorating Forum


Did you check out BM White Dove OC-17?
This is a nice white, not too stark.

If you want something with more 'colour', maybe BM White Down. It does have some gray to it. (creamy/beigey colour-but I don't find it yellow)

Good Luck...I totally understand your pain in trying to find the right white!!


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RE: Need BM white with no yellow undertones (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: kmcg85 on 11.17.2009 at 01:22 pm in Home Decorating Forum

BM OC-1 Natural Wicker. The look of cream without being too yellow.


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RE: Need BM white with no yellow undertones (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: danielleg on 10.15.2009 at 11:43 am in Home Decorating Forum

Have you tried Monterey White? I used it on this console and definitely do not see any yellow in it. Maybe a little grey. It's not what I would call bright or stark...



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RE: Intervention Part DEUX ... look what this cat dragged home to (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: kathec on 11.16.2009 at 09:39 am in Home Decorating Forum

Try Ready Strip. The paint will be off in no time with no toxic smell. I can FINAlLY buy it locally, but you can get it online too.

Please share when you get it done. I'd love to see how it turns out.


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A helpful tool to help you in your decorating

posted by: pat_tea on 11.14.2009 at 11:18 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Several of you have asked me about the "Sweeby Test. Here it is as presented in FAQ on the kitchen forum. I have found it useful for all rooms of the house. A huge thank you to our fellow poster Sweeby.

The situation is this Youre trying to decide between several different options (backsplash, flooring, island size or configuration, countertop material whatever), and all of the options being considered look good. Functional and financial considerations are certainly important, but among the thousands of highly functional good choices There are so many options to choose from! Which to choose and how to decide?

My suggestion was to try to figure out what you needed the element in question to contribute to your kitchen. To start by focusing on your kitchen as a whole, from a far-off hazy distance to wander off into your favorite kitchen fantasy and think about what it feels like, not what it looks like. (Your real kitchen please, not the one where Brad Pitt feeds you no-cal chocolates while George Clooney polishes the brass knobs on your Lacanche.) Then using mood words, describe what your dream kitchen feels like:

warm or cool, tranquil and soothing or energetic and vibrant? calm, happy, dramatic?
cozy or spacious? light and bright or dark and rich?
subtle tone-on-tone, boldly colorful, textured?, woody or painted?
modern, traditional, vintage, rustic, artsy, retro, Old World, Arts & Crafts, Tuscan?
elegant, casual? sleekly simple, elaborately detailed, or somewhere in between?
pristine or weathered, professional or homey?
whimsical, sophisticated, accessible, romantic? masculine or feminine?
How much zing? and where?
The list goes on and on

Once youve identified the way you want your space to feel, then write it down as best you can. Try to freeze that feeling in words so you can refer back to it if you find yourself losing your vision or going off track.

Then look at where you are so far with the elements you have, and ask yourself if youre on the right course to create your dream? Odds are, at any given point in time, youll be part way there, but that youll need to go a little more this way, or a little more that way to move closer to your dream. Try to figure out what direction you need to go, what the missing element is that you need to add, (or just as important, if neutral background is whats needed) and write a Mission Statement for your ideal backsplash / flooring / countertop:

The perfect backsplash for my kitchen will add an enement of romance and whimsy, while not disrupting the calm and soothing tone-on-tone color scheme or diverting attention from my beautiful granite. or My ideal countertops will provide the zing my kitchen is missing right now, adding an element that is modern, rich, sophisticated and dramatic.

Then evaluate your potential choices against this Mission Statement. Odds are, one of your options will further your dreams while most of the others, though beautiful, take your kitchen down another path.


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RE: Completed upholstery job. Pics... (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: nicole__ on 11.15.2009 at 01:04 pm in Home Decorating Forum

barb5.....There's online instructions for everything.....:0 piping instructions link below....

If you can sew can upholster. When you take off the old fabric, that's your pattern. You can do it!!! Fabric may cost more, Ebay is good for deals. But even $20 is a cheap chair!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: How to make piping...


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RE:re: Completed upholstery job. Pics... (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: nicole__ on 11.15.2009 at 01:18 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thanks for ALL the nice compliments!

lyban....that "is" exact!!! It'll be an easy one to do also! Just start pulling out all the staples with pliers and needlenose pliers(if that's what you have on hand, they sell speciality tools, I don't own any). The cahir itself does "not" get taken apart. The fabric on the seat folds under and gets stapled to the frame. I didn't glue the welting on, I just wrapped it and stapled it under. I could have glued it or used little tack nails inbetween the double welts & the welts would cover the nail up. There's a thin piece of fabric that covers the bottom of the chair,so the frame is covered when you turn the chair upside down. The only thing I sewed was the welting. Everything else is stapled. I even reused the old cording by ripping the old fabric off it. I also reused the back metal piece, don't know what it's called.....? The fabric folded around it, teeth stuck out and it got pounded back into the chair to hold the back piece in place. Decorative tacks could have been used instead. Just find fabric you like and it's good to go!!!


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