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RE: 1929 bathroom floor choice (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: mongoct on 07.15.2014 at 06:05 pm in Bathrooms Forum

If you are concerned about the pattern overwhelming the floor, then consider a border of tile around the perimeter of the room.

It could also be mosaic but in a contrasting pattern/color:

Or the border could compliment, or be similar to the marble-like hex, but in a larger tile:

Or continue the mosaic theme but with a different stone. Casey's bathroom, one of my all time favorites:

Or you could contrast with something earthy like a honed charcoal slate border.

And if you think the small hex might be too busy, there are larger hex available as shown in one of the photos above.


love the 1st and 2nd bathroom floors/tiling for guest bath.
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RE: Source for white subway tile with variations (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: SharonNM on 07.08.2014 at 09:02 am in Kitchens Forum

I am looking for something similar and just ordered some samples from Fireclay tile. They have a Frost white that is a 4 for variation. I also have a sample from ken Mason (BCIA) in their BASIX line which seems to also have a lot of variation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fireclay


useful description of variation in tile.
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RE: Your Opinion? Timeless Elements In Kitchen Design (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: francoise47 on 05.04.2014 at 01:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

I agree with others that no given element in a kitchen will necessarily feel "timeless" after ten or twenty years.
But, finding a style of kitchen that works with the style of your house will help create a look that stands the test of time.
Also, a good, functional layout that is adaptable to multiple uses will help the kitchen's longevity. Finally, while few elements are truly timeless, you can at least avoid sinking large amounts of money into elements that are clearly fads. If I am trying to figure out if I like something because it is a fad that I've seen in every shelter magazine or because it would truly suit my house I usually ask my partner's opinion. Since he never looks at the mags, he is able to separate the mere fads from the items that would truly look good in our house.

I fell in love with this kitchen in Better Homes and Gardens (circa 1996, I believe). I loved it then and used it as inspiration for my 2011 kitchen renovation. I think that the 1996 kitchen still looks great almost 20 years later.

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Will the Better Homes and Gardens feel dated at some point? Perhaps... But the designer seems to have created a look that will feel "just right" for the house for a long time to come.


classic white kitchen
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RE: Which Kitchen Faucet Did You Choose? - 3 (Follow-Up #37)

posted by: 1929Spanish on 03.16.2014 at 11:39 am in Kitchens Forum

We have the Newport Brass Chesterfield with lever handles in brushed stainless. Had it for two years and still love it.


like the porcelain sink in the marble or granite....nice
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Do you like your Viscont White granite counters?

posted by: Nan57 on 09.23.2013 at 03:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Like so many others, I lust over Calcutta gold marble but budget simply won't allow that as an option :( We're looking at granites and of course, nothing is really close to the marble. The only thing I saw that I didn't hate was called Viscont White.

Does anyone out there have this in their kitchen? Are you happy with it? We chose brushed black pearl for the perimeter counters (white shaker cabs) and want the 'marble' look for the island (espresso shaker cabs).

Would love to see your pics, too. Anyone else with marble-envy please feel free to chime in ;)


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Reveal white beach house kitchen

posted by: zeitgast on 06.18.2014 at 03:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

First of all I want to thank so many of you for all the help and guidance along the way. This was my first ever renovation project and I can honestly say that I have GW to thank for this fantastic kitchen!!

So here is the before...
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The during...

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And the after...

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And some details...
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Cabinets are Starmark Fairhaven inset in Marshmallow Cream
Counters are Caesarstone Nougat
Backsplash Sonoma Tilemakers Star Tribeca Bossy Gray
Floors are red oak to match existing and then stained Provincial and matte finished (LOVE them)
Sink is Blanco Silgranite Supersingle
Faucet is Rohl Perrin & Rowe triflo filter faucet (left is filter)
Undersink trash is Rev-a-shelf (mounted it to the left so i could tuck in the dishwasher soap and rinse aid, trash bags are behind the can)
Pendants are from Hammers & Heels
Oversink light is from Rejuvination
UCL is Phillips eW Powercore LED (nice low profile so no need for a light rail)
Appliances are Thermador 36" fridge, Thermador 30" induction cooktop, Bosch d/w, Bosch oven on the island and Advantium 240 (really wanted double ovens but no room so went with the dreaded OTR microwave/speed oven/convection/toaster option)

I think that's everything. Thanks again for all the help and advice!!!

This post was edited by zeitgast on Wed, Jun 18, 14 at 20:21


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Bathroom Reveal

posted by: kew2006 on 05.19.2014 at 09:03 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hello! My bathroom is finally done! I've gotten so much help from this board. I really appreciate all of the guidance, from the fear that my cats ruined my mud to the problem with my radiant floor heat which my contractor ripped out and redid. I'm glad it is finally done.

I decided to go with a double pedestal sink and I'm very happy with that decision. I don't miss the counter space. I'm not much of a product girl so all of my stuff fits in the medicine cabinet or the basket. I'm finding that my husband puts his stuff back in his cabinet when he's done rather than leaving it on the counter. We also installed a custom stained glass window for privacy. The bathroom window is the most prominent window on our house and the previous window treatments really didn't look nice from the outside. I think the window fits the house and provides much more light. I'm very pleased with how everything turned out. It's not a large bathroom, but it is highly functional and has just the look I wanted.


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One bath down, one to go -- Vintage inspired guest bath remodel

posted by: kjo_tx on 12.14.2013 at 03:40 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hey y'all! I'm a long-time lurker on GardenWeb and finally decided to get my act together and start posting. Me and my folks (God bless them!) are renovating and adding on to my Queen Anne Bungalow which was in really sorry shape when I bought it. I'll post some pictures of the exterior changes over at the Old House forum and link them together.

We've been working on the project for just under 11 months now which included a basically back to "studs" remodel where we've done all new plumbing, electrical, floors (unfort the original hardwoods were too far gone to refinish with nail head and the tongues all exposed) etc, but the first fully complete project was the guest bath! The house was an original 2/1 which we're adding on to to make a 3/2. The bath was in such miserable shape (indicative of the whole house) that the only thing holding the toilet up was the sewer pipe! Budget was around 3.5-5K and we kept right at budget.

Worst part of this project: Running to Home Depot every time we needed to pee! (One bath house)

So here's some reveal pictures...

Before and Progress:

Best way to remove the tub? Sawzall!

The room is already starting to look bigger!

That's not an optical illusion, yet the toilet is slanted... why?

Oh that's why! Who needs a subfloor or floor when the sewer pipe can hold the toilet up? We repaired all rot and damage and installed subfloor properly

Priming tongue and groove wainscotting

Starting to come together

Kerdi and Ditra oh my!

Floor in, shower wall tile going up

Salvaged dentil crown from another 100+ yr home that was demolished, love the detail in each piece

I enjoy tiling, especially the final details

Installing the glass



Looking into the bathroom


Vanity Wall

Toe and Groove 1x6 Pine Wainscotting

Towel Hooks - Restoration Hardware (Total Splurge but they bring together the glass knobs we have scattered around the rest of the house so well!)

Original 100+ yr window and casing. The crown at the top of the room came from a salvage yard in town and each dentil is an individual piece. Pain to paint, love the detail.

Original casing, new solid core MDF doors -- Every door in the house was completely destroyed and un-salvageable.

Salvaged crown moulding - it's got great character!

Porcelain floors - great marble look-alike, at 1/4th of the price and easier maintenance!

Frameless shower with glass tile floor

Glass tile floor - Tile was stock tile from Lowe's

Bathroom in relation to the rest of the house

Pottery barn swivel mirror... we needed something to go above the wainscot top rail.

Depth of the wainscot top rail... led to some issues finding the light and mirror, but looks so wonderful in the end!

Shower walls - Porcelain marble-look-a-like 12"x24" tiles, carrera marble border and white glass subway. Floor tiles and wall tiles all from Floor and Decor and under $3/sq ft.

(Preview of Kitchen to come.... still a work in progress on half of the kitchen in the new addition...)

Vanity: 45" Allen + Roth vanity from Lowe's with pre-installed sink and marble top
Faucet: $100 faucet from Overstock... can't remember which one
Mirror: Pottery Barn Kensington Wide Pivot Mirror
Light: Seagull light - don't remember the specific - ~$120 and chosen because it had a longer reach from the wall.
Floor Tile: Floor and Decor Carrara look-a-like, I think similar to this:
Wall Tile: Floor and Decor, similar to this:
Shower Floor: Lowes GLSEASHELLMOS mosaic

I'm looking forward to start the master bath and will keep everyone update was it progresses!


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Do you love your stacked washer/dryer?

posted by: localeater on 01.13.2013 at 09:00 am in Laundry Room Forum

I am thinking of changing to a stacked washer and dryer to get more space in my mudroom.
Do you have a model that does a great job and that you love?
Is it difficult to get the laundry out of the dryer? I am not short by any means, but I wonder if I will be able to get that last elusive sock? Will I need a step stool to check if I have stragglers?
Given the below layout, would you stack the laundry or sacrifice the coat closet in order to not stack?
From July 6, 2012

Thanks for your advice and opinions.


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