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White Macabus. How did you handle the 90 degree corners?

posted by: island on 02.02.2013 at 03:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

I want white cabs and whitish countertops without the maintenance issues of marble. Looking at quartzite and I think I'm falling in love with White Macabus. Maybe it's because it's one of the few light quartzites I'm finding in my area, but the linear grain is really growing on me.
However I'll probably have at least one corner to join 2 long banks of lower cabinets and countertop and I'm wondering bout the countertop seams in the corner with such a linear grain.
Can you please show me pics of how you handled the corner seams to keep the linear flow?

Also, how's your white macabus holding up? Anyone have it installed for awhile? Do you have to baby it (please say no) and have any etching or staining issues?

Thanks!

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clipped on: 04.18.2013 at 10:13 pm    last updated on: 04.18.2013 at 10:13 pm

Sharing my Bathtub Research

posted by: belasea on 12.03.2012 at 01:10 am in Bathrooms Forum

Everyone has been so helpful, so I thought I would share our bathtub search experience. The bathroom we are doing will have a shower over a tub and I like taking baths as well.

I was dead set on a cast iron tub until I realized that all of the cast iron tubs manufactured now have a non-slip bottom. I found out that this non-slip bottom is challenging to clean. I even went and looked in the showrooms, and sure enough they were all gray. My research on gardenweb and talking to contractors/plumbing stores also confirmed that they were difficult to clean. Not impossible, just difficult and I just wasn't up for the challenge.

I was very reluctant to go with fiberglass since our current fiberglass tub looks yellowed and horrible. However, I've been told they are built much better now, and we went with a thicker model. I also wanted one with a built in flange.

Next, came the height. I wanted one deep enough to take a nice bath, but not 20 inches high because it is higher than I want to step over as we age. Why don't more manufacturers make tubs 18 inches deep? Why are most 14 or 20?

We considered:
Kohler Bellwether - did not like the nonslip surface, but like the shape
Mirabelle Edenton - saw some complaints about chipping and not draining properly. I visited Fergusons, and the salesman did not deny it and said it was up to my contractor to test the tub. My contractor said he has installed these tubs without a problem, but it was higher than I wanted and decided it wasn't worth the risk.
Hydrosystems Lacey and the Sydney - both 20 inches high or higher
Americh Turo - after much research, went with this tub. Our contractor said these are good tubs, and the Plumbing store said another contractor installed it in his own house. It's only 18 inches high, 32 inches wide (also comes 30 wide), but has a deep bath. We purchased the non-airbath model. It has arrived and we're very happy with how it looks. Here is a picture of it. I'll post better pictures after its installed, but thought this may help someone else out who may be looking for 18" height tub.

This post was edited by belasea on Mon, Dec 3, 12 at 1:18

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clipped on: 12.03.2012 at 01:32 am    last updated on: 12.03.2012 at 01:32 am

Sample Board: Arabesques with Gray Grout

posted by: beekeeperswife on 10.04.2012 at 08:31 am in Kitchens Forum

The tiles do look white to the naked eye. I am not sure why no matter what I do when I don't use a flash, the camera is making them look "green". Could be the lighting. We "upgraded" to get the warmer led lights. ugh.

But anyway, here is the gray grout with the tiles. I think that it isn't "in your face" but it is subtle when looking at it.

I'm still on the fence if I have the guts to do it, vs just doing the white like before.

Important: Remember these tiles were all rejects in first kitchen project. They do not fit together as tightly as the ones that are stacked on a pallet out in my garage!

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Here I have turned off all the lights and just used a flash. I guess I understand the reason the pros do not use homeowner's lights when doing interior photos.

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clipped on: 10.06.2012 at 04:43 pm    last updated on: 10.06.2012 at 04:46 pm

Backsplash help--id this tile (pic)??

posted by: swhite10 on 01.03.2011 at 07:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Anyone know what this backsplash is? They list it as Crema Marfil mini brick, but there is so much color variation that I'm not sure it is correct.

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clipped on: 01.03.2011 at 10:24 pm    last updated on: 01.03.2011 at 10:24 pm

RE: What does it look like above your sink? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: cali_wendy on 10.29.2010 at 03:00 am in Kitchens Forum

Who else remembers the whole "valances are dated" thread? Anyone have a link to it? There were lots of great examples of sink areas with valances, without valances, with shelves, etc.

Well, in case it is lost forever, here is a pic of my sink area with a valance. :) I have 3 little puck lights behind the valance that light the sink area (not on in this picture).

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clipped on: 11.30.2010 at 12:00 am    last updated on: 11.30.2010 at 12:01 am

RE: For painted people: semi-gloss v. satin finishes? Decision ti (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: willowdecor on 11.20.2010 at 07:26 am in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is painted White Dove Satin Impervo (not oil) I love it - it holds up well and is very washable. No issues at all. Here is link if you want to see it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Willows kitchen


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clipped on: 11.20.2010 at 03:27 pm    last updated on: 11.20.2010 at 03:28 pm

Preview Pics - White Marble Kitchen

posted by: lagrant on 12.16.2008 at 01:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Here are some preview pics of our almost finished kitchen. I promise to post details and more pics very soon!

White painted maple cabs, honed calacatta island and backsplash subways, and cambrian black antique granite on the perimeter...

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clipped on: 11.20.2010 at 03:18 pm    last updated on: 11.20.2010 at 03:19 pm