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Beeswax Oil at reasonable price anywhere?

posted by: nuccia on 11.02.2007 at 03:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have about 90 sq ft of soapstone and am using mineral oil. I read about the beeswax-mineral oil blend that is supposed to go on much easier, but when I did a search for it, I only found it for about $10 for a few ounces. I would be lucky to get two applications from one of these containers.

I remember from an old soapstone thread that someone ordered a gallon of this online and paid about $50. Does anyone know who might sell this? My elbows are at stake!

We just moved into our new home and just love, love, love our kitchen. We used soapstone on the perimeter counters and White America quartzite on the island. White America looks like carrara marble but behaves like granite. As soon as we install the range backsplash tile, I'll post pictures.

I've been absent from the forums for a while because we have been so busy with the move, and 10 days after we moved in, we had Italian relatives visit for 3 weeks. Because none of them spoke English, I basically had to be with them 24/7. They've been gone 1 week, and I am just beginning to breathe again.

Thanks for any leads on the beeswax oil.


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My finished 'glamour vintage' bathroom

posted by: mrslimestone on 02.09.2008 at 06:22 pm in Bathrooms Forum

My master bathroom is finally finished. I nearing the end of a long gut renovation and I wanted to share the sole completed room in the entire house! Size is approx 10x5ft in a 100 year old home.

Sorry about the lighting in these photos. I need to add bulbs in the sconces.

Floor tiles: Marble basketweave with ming dot accents
Wall tiles: The no name subway tile that was in stock at tile shop finished with victorian cap
Vanity, Medcine Cabinets, Lights, Shelves, Faucet, Towel Bar: Restoration Hardware
Toilet: Toto Promenade
Wall Color: Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore
Shower: Sign of the Crab exposed with handheld

Im planning on adding some fluffy towels, a potted orchid, some photographs on the far wall and teak bench to finish it off. Any other suggestions appreciated.

Just wanted to thank everyone on this board for being such a great resource. I come here with questions and always leave with an answer from a simple search or posted question.

More photos:


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Jaymeilo Re: Our paint colors

posted by: scwren on 02.07.2008 at 10:10 am in Building a Home Forum

Glad you liked our paint choice. Choosing paint was agonizing.

In the master bedroom, I used Devine Steamer. It's a great blue/green/grey shade. The master bath is Devine Reflection, same feel, lighter color.

Good luck in your search for color!
Master bed

Master bath



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RE: Soapstone Selection Etiquette (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: florida_mimi on 01.26.2008 at 08:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

HI Jaymie, Joshua may respond to parts of your question but he's in thick catching up on e-mails so I thought I'd answer the one on the size of your island.

There are very very few soapstone quarries that can produce big slabs. Most of the equipment at soapstone quarries are smaller due to the quarries only lasting a year to two and it's not worth it for them to bring in the large slab cutters like they would have at granite yards... HOWEVER. There are two types of soapstone Julia and Brazilian Black that we have that are roughly 117"x70" give or take an inch. So don't give up hope. The Julia and Brazilian Black are plainer type of soapstone that don't typically have any white veining patterns. What they do have is a lot of swirls of dark greens and some rust colors.

What I would do is call the suppliers and the first question to ask is what size they have in the stone and then ask for the samples of just the stone in the larger slabs to choose from. But if you find a stone you have your heart set on, find a GOOD fabricator that can book match the seams and request soapstone from the same cut bundle that is book matched. The stone is cut like bread and then they polish the tops down at the quarries of the opposite sides thus a book match. We did a HUGE island in Santa Barbara not too long ago that we book matched and it was almost impossible to see the seam.

Best of luck to you!!!


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RE: Show me your Arts and Crafts / Bungalow / Craftsman backsplas (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: joyce_6333 on 12.18.2007 at 06:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

I came across this kitchen at

Scroll down to the kitchen pictures. The tile is some of the nicest I've seen.

Here is a link that might be useful: Beautiful Bungalow Kitchen


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RE: Show me your Arts and Crafts / Bungalow / Craftsman backsplas (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: dannie_gal on 12.19.2007 at 05:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

I ended up with tiles from Seneca Tile in their Handmold line. I absolutely love the way the tiles look surrounding my fireplace and they would be just as beautiful on a backsplash. I searched high and low for handmade tiles that weren't $$$ before I went into a more boutique type tile store and found exactly what I was looking for. The link doesn't do the tiles justice at all. For example, the tile picture below is the color "sierra", which on the website looks beigy. IRL, it is far from being beige. Here's an old picture, but you get the idea.


Here is a link that might be useful: Handmold collection


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RE: Stoners: how much was your ss? (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: florida_joshua on 12.17.2007 at 08:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

coleen, is your island around 120 inches??

We recieved a couple calls for soapstone that was that long. We have some stone in that's like 117 but no bigger, 117 is really rare as well. . . I just thought it would be funny if those calls were your people making it happen for you. . .lol

p.s. I'm jealous of your marble, soapstone combo my wife wants to put that combo in our kitchen as soon as we get a chance to remodel. I sure wouldn't be bummed out about having marble with soapstone. . .


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Too Many Choices

posted by: kats_meow on 09.04.2006 at 08:05 pm in Building a Home Forum

I am working on specs for the house we are having designed. We have our basic floor plan almost done and are wanting to have very specific specifications for bidding rather than allowances. For some things, I have spent a lot of time and know exactly what I want (major kitchen appliances).

For other things, I have no clue and there seem to be a near infinite array of brands and choices out there. For example, in the bathroom we want a 6' tub, no jets. At the Kohler web page alone there are many 6' tubs and I have no idea which one to choose (no to mention all the other manufacturers).

I know our main kitchen sink will be a copper farm house sink. But there is also the prep sink on the island, 2 sinks in the master bath, 3 more sinks in the secondary bathroom, kitchen and bathroom sinks in the guest apartment and bathroom sink in the kennel. Each of those sinks, of course, needs a set of faucets.

And, I have no clue what to get. I know I want faucets for our tub that will help fill the tub quickly and I know I want large enough piping to do this but I am quickly at a loss beyond that.

In addition, there are choices for shower heads, shower faucets, counter tops in each and every bathroom, the guest house kitchen. And, oops, I forget the sink for the outdoor kitchen all with its set of faucets.

And, add to that all the light fixtures and the door knobs and the doors themselves and that is just the visible stuff. I also have no clue about things like which water softener system and which recirculating pump.

Yes, I want to specify all this before I get bids. But, how do I at this point get help to decide all this. Given a finite group of choices I can decide quickly, but I am having difficulty with the research now given the endless numbers of potential choices out there.

And I haven't started thinking about which floor tile, etc.

The builders I am considering largely do have designers on staff or design centers. But that is based upon first selecting that builder. I want to do these choices (at least most of them) before selecting a builder so don't have that option for help.

I can go to a store and talk to the staff but feel uncomfortable doing that when I know I won't buy from that store since I will be giving the specs to the builders to bid and they might get the items anywhere.

Should I hire someone to help with this? If so, who and how do I find them?


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More Information on Allowances

posted by: kelsey_grow on 03.12.2007 at 11:29 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hello to all:

I would love to get opinions or your experience on the following:

1) When did or should your GC produce receipts to substantiate varying from an allowed amount? Should you have to ask? (Example: we were under on countertops; we went with laminate vs. granite. They are installed but no credit was given and we received no receipt from the builder.)

2) Did anyone on this forum have an allowance for something absolutely essential to the home - such as driveway, septic, roof in a FIXED PRICE contract?

3) If the contract states that all change orders must be agreed to BEFORE work is started, is it acceptable for the GC to wait MONTHS before presenting a change order after the work has been completed on an essential item of the home that you, the buyer, had NO control over - such as the cost of a gravel drive?

4) Has anyone ever had a GC try to get you to sign a change order on something you absolutely did not change, exclusive of a price increase? (I think someone had a weird garage size increase that they did not request or sign off on. . .)

5) Has anyone ever had an excavation "allowance" for the whole job? How on earth could the price of your home be determined?

Here's our dilemma - we have a fixed price contract stating a maximum cost not to exceed. However, the builder had some essentials (driveway, culvert, septic) listed as allowances. Several months into the build we were told that we exceeded those particular allowances, by thousands of dollars. No receipts were produced, nor were change orders issued. Our attorney says we are not obligated to pay. Is it possible to have a "guaranteed maximum cost" in the contract which is only "subject to change orders," when the builder is in sole control of those allowances? That is to say that these are not things we are choosing like lighting, plumbing, or flooring. We stayed within those allowances. These are things like sand, gravel, and the like. Could someone give me some enlightment on the terms "shortages" and "overages" and why these wouldn't be considered change orders? Have any of you dealt with that terminology? It does not seem to come up on this forum a lot.

Unfortunately, we did have an attorney look over our contract and thought we were protected, but he was not as knowledgeable as he purported to be. We are with a different attorney now because the first attorney was involved in an unfortunate accident and no longer practices.


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Did You Stain Or Paint The Trim Around Your Stained Door?

posted by: trudymom on 03.26.2007 at 09:00 am in Building a Home Forum

My house will have painted interior doors and trim, but in the kitchen I will have stained French doors and a stained pantry door, and the front door will be stained. Should I stain or paint the trim around these doors? Pictures?

Thank you!


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heritage singles (pics please)

posted by: mlauder on 03.27.2007 at 09:50 pm in Building a Home Forum

we are building our home with hardiplank siding and want to use a cedar look stain on it. now we've been told to choose a shingle color--we wanted the Heritage slatetone gray, but it comes from another part of the country and will take a couple of weeks to get here. and of course, our builder has a crew ready to work. So thought I'd ask if anyone had used sort of the same color scheme and what color Heritage shingles you used--a picture of your home would be so helpful too! thanks so much--(still typing w/broken wrist--pardon please)


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looking for pics of dark windows/white trim

posted by: calilouie on 03.28.2007 at 12:53 am in Building a Home Forum

hello all, I am trying to decide between bronze and almond windows but am having a hard time finding interior pics of either with light or white trim. I will have view windows around a french door or slider. My trim will be painted and I am pulling my hair out over this decision. Does anyone have suggestions or pics or ideas for resources? thanks, carol.


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Cabinetry Direct Experience??

posted by: nyyankeesfan on 03.20.2007 at 10:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have searched this web site and the net and can not find anyone with a bad experience with this company. If you have used Cabinetry Direct how was your experience, good bad, would you do it again?? Did you look at Ken's work at a nearby job , or did you have a sample sent to you? Did the sample reflect the cabinet you installed?

Was Ken easy to work with? The only negative thing I read is he is hard to get him to look at your project, but once he does, he works with you. True statement??

Did u install the classic or designer series? If you had to do it again, what would do different if anything? I am in Warren County, NJ, anyone nearby want to show off your kitchen with Cabinetry Direct products??

Thanks for your time.



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Alternative to cedar shake shingles

posted by: jaymielo on 12.11.2006 at 05:58 pm in Building a Home Forum

My husband and I are hoping to break ground in the spring on a new home. We LOVE the exterior of this home

However, we dread the care involved with maintaning real cedar shake shingles. Does anyone have any suggestions or information? The plan will have a full walkout basement to a lake, so there is a lot of square footage to cover. We are considering the following alternatives...

1. Painting Hardishingle individual or shingle panels. (Really not sold on the look of this for an entire house)
2. Staining cement board with Mason Select Stain.
3. Nailite RoughSawn Cedar Vinyl shingles in "Sunset Cedar"
4. Any other possible products?

Thanks so much in advance for sharing your knowledge.


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Alan Mascord houses, anyone?

posted by: jaymielo on 03.23.2007 at 03:11 pm in Building a Home Forum

OK. This is a long shot I know, but we are getting ready to build an Alan Mascord house with some customizations. Has anyone built the Greenspire or Brackenbury ? If so, have you been happy with it and is there anything you would change?

Has anyone else build a different house by Alan Mascord? He seems to have some very beautiful Craftsman plans.



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Custom Cabinet Maker near Omaha, NE?

posted by: jaymielo on 03.25.2007 at 10:00 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm reaching a little bit and hope you don't mind, but my DH and I are in the planning process of building a home in Omaha, NE and I'm optimistically searching for a custom cabinet maker in the area. We are located in Omaha, NE, so anywhere in Nebraska or Iowa (or surrounding states) would probably be feasible. We are hoping to have some Arts and Crafts style cabinets built for the kitchen and bathrooms. Our wish list includes oak (preferably quartersawn) with a flat panel inset shaker door. Does anyone out there have any references to share? It would be GREATLY appreciated!


clipped on: 03.25.2007 at 10:01 am    last updated on: 03.25.2007 at 10:05 am

stained windows and painted trim

posted by: cyafishin on 03.22.2007 at 02:45 am in Building a Home Forum

Anyone have pictures of stained windows (the windows and their trim) with painted trim in the rest of the room (baseboard, doortrim, etc.)
We are building an arts and crafts bungalow and are doing all fir clear trim down stairs in the more public areas but hoped to save some money upstairs w/ painted trim. However we have already gone the distance of nice wood windows and painting those is actually more expensive than staining them. The material cost of nice vg fir for the window package is not bad.
We have had clear doors w/ painted trim and liked it. But I was just wondering if the window package as a highlighted clear piece would look good. Any pictures? thanks.


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If you had to have 1 on the island...cooktop or sink??

posted by: vicnsb on 03.13.2007 at 02:19 am in Kitchens Forum

The floorplan that I am working on opens another wall from the kitchen to living room (already open on dining room side) which means wall space is limited. If I have to have either the cooktop or sink on an island, I am interested in hearing more opinions (I have read the search items). I am leaning towards the cooktop pretty much because I don't want clean-up to be front and center. Thanks to anyone who has one or the other!


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Wider, shallower, pantry door question

posted by: fori on 03.09.2007 at 02:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm working with a very tight area and thinking about adding some pantry storage on a wall behind an eating area--about 8' long, ceiling height, and only about 8" deep. What sort of door would be good here? I was thinking sliding doors might be good because of the lack of space for doors to open out (there's going to be a table RIGHT there), but I've never seen that in a kitchen.

Any ideas? If it helps, it's a skinny galley kitchen, doors on both ends, and a dinky eating area on one end. The door at the eating end is in the corner, and the remainder of that wall would be shallow cabinetry. (It has to be shallow because of a low window on the adjoining wall.)


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Cambria pictures anyone?

posted by: mmks on 03.11.2007 at 05:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have been trying to decide on what material to have the counters. Although granites are beautiful, knowing our family, we thought going with quartz would be better. We have been looking at Victoria. We will have natural cherry with chocolate glaze cabinets. If anyone has pics of their Cambria I would appreciate it.


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Resilient material for kitchen sink?

posted by: jaymielo on 03.09.2007 at 01:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are building a new house and I'm struggling with what kitchen sink to install. We currently have a white ceramic sink. In our last house we had a stainless steel sink. I've been unhappy with the durability of both. We have steel commercial pots and pans that I wash by hand and they leave scratch marks on the surface of the sink which are very hard to clean.

Has anyone found a sink that they are happy with as far as keeping clean and durability? I was wondering particularily about the Franke Fireclay or Titanium sinks.

Thanks in advance for your input!


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Do I WANT Pro-Style or Not

posted by: cactuscatie on 03.11.2007 at 10:43 am in Kitchens Forum

I've been on the appliance forum trying to figure out whether I should go with a wall oven and cooktop or a slide-in range.

I also need to decide on whether to get high heat pro-style cooktop and wall oven or a slide-in range (still haven't decided this issue yet). I am calling all cooks to help me decide. Of course I would like the high-heat pro-style, but I think it's a matter of whether I NEED it or not. DH says there's no sense in buying pro-style for big bucks and not benefiting from their proformance. Here is a little background:

It is just DH and me. We have no children so there are no huge Sunday dinners. On the rare occasion that we have a holiday, it is no more than 12 people. I would also add that I do like to bake. And I do cook a homemade meal every night.

So what do you think? Pro or Not?


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Suggestions for kitchen design

posted by: jaymielo on 03.09.2007 at 04:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm soliciting input from all the amazing freelance KDs out there who frequent this forum. We are finalizing plans for a new home, but the kitchen is still giving me nightmares. There are several things I'm considering doing and I'm wondering if anyone has any feedback and/or other ideas. Our plans, as they are currently drawn up are in Image #1.

1. My main quandry has to do with the wall between the dining room and the kitchen. I envision us using the dining room every night for dinner and am in love with the idea of a butler's pantry, so I'm thinking of using the space currently occupied by the built-ins in the dining room and the pantry and oven in the kitchen for this purpose. This area is a little over 10' long and 5' deep. The wall ovens can go away because I'd like a 36" professional range. I've inlined a sketch of what I'm envisioning in Image #2. My concern is that it will make our dining room too small.

2. I'd also really like a small bar area for a wine fridge, mullion fronted cabinets for liquor and glassware AND a computer center with mail cubbies. I'm thinking of using the 8'10" wall on the right hand side in the nook for this purpose. Does this make sense or do you think it will make our kitchen look like a "wall of cabinets?"

Any other ideas you might have would be GREATLY appreciated!

Image #1


Image #2

Butler's Pantry


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