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RE: Could really really use some tub surround advice (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: roobear on 01.11.2010 at 11:57 am in Bathrooms Forum

I have to confess my bathroom isn't done yet, but here are some tile pics of the shower area and floor.

Shower area with pebble accent tile.

Close up of Shower tile

Close up of Pebble tile

Floor tile, which is the gray colors of the pebble tile-it's a small bathroom and I didn't want too much of the tan shower tile everywhere.


clipped on: 02.17.2010 at 09:26 pm    last updated on: 02.17.2010 at 09:26 pm

painting my cabinets dark... the process!

posted by: girlwithaspirin on 10.06.2008 at 11:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey kids. Long time, no type. :) I hope all's well with all my old pals here.

In the last few weeks, I've gotten at least 15 emails asking how I painted my cabinets. Such a nice surprise, considering how long it's been since I posted! I wish I could remember who I initially gleaned all this info from. You guys were an immense help, so now I'm just paying it forward.

Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo Alkyd in Bittersweet Chocolate
Purdy angled brushes
Thick plastic dropcloths
Mineral spirits and rags for clean-up as you go

-Remove doors.
-Clean and lightly sand everything.
-Remove dust with a tack cloth.
-Rest each door on its bottom edge. Do not paint that edge -- you’ll do it once the doors are re-hung.
-Paint the backs first with a thin coat of Satin Impervo. Thin coats give more of a handrubbed look and also avoid drips. If you do see some drips, try to catch them early -- once the paint starts to dry, you’ll make a mess trying to smooth them out. Let dry at least overnight, preferably a few nights to avoid smudges when you flip the doors around.
-Paint the fronts in the same way.
-Let cure for as long as you can stand it. A week would be ideal.
-In the meantime, paint the cabinet boxes. I didn’t paint the insides, and I’ve never regretted it.
-After a week’s gone by, re-hang the doors. Paint the bottom edge of each. Do any touch-up.
-Depending on your wood, the paint may keep absorbing in certain places. I kept the paint can in my kitchen for a month, doing quick touch-ups wherever necessary.

If you have oak, keep in mind, you will see grain through the paint. If you'd rather not, you'll have to use some kind of putty to fill the grain, then prime, then paint. I just didn't have the energy for it, and it turns out, I love the look -- people mistake it for a handrubbed stain all the time.

I'm so happy with how the cabinets have stood up over time. Not a single chip or scratch! To be honest, I cut so many corners in the prep (by choosing not to prime), I thought for sure I'd be dealing with the aftermath now. I credit the paint and patience for 100% of the success. Seriously, this paint is the real deal.

Here is a link that might be useful: girlwithaspirin kitchen... before & after


clipped on: 10.08.2008 at 01:49 pm    last updated on: 10.08.2008 at 01:49 pm

RE: What do you do with your digital photos? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: oklamoni on 03.17.2008 at 09:07 am in Kitchen Table Forum

My camera is Kodak, but prior to it I already had an HP photo shop program on my puter. Since I really didn't want to learn another photo shop program, I never installed the Kodak one.

I upload all my pictures daily, when I am at home.

I have a folder called pictures.
Inside, are folders with the year number, from 2003 to present.
When I upload, I put my pictures in to photos/2008/March, and here I insert the daily folder.

It's really easy that way, for me to find pictures from the past. :)

I only upload pictures to Photobucket, if I want to share them here, or on a cycling or a gardening website, as well as for family.

PS, of course I make a CD about every two month of the pictures I don't ever want to loose.


clipped on: 03.18.2008 at 12:03 pm    last updated on: 03.18.2008 at 12:03 pm

Yikes, How much was your kitchen sink?

posted by: xoxosmom on 01.03.2008 at 07:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our builder is freaking our I picked out a $600 stainless steel Blanco sink. Actually I was surprised by the price myself. So what is the average cost of a sink? What about a silgranite?


clipped on: 03.17.2008 at 12:38 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2008 at 12:38 pm

Show me your kitchen clock please

posted by: boxiebabe on 03.13.2008 at 12:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

Don't want to be behind when the kitchen's done - so I am looking for a clock to hang in the kitchen. I'm sure that I am posting this in the wrong section, so please forgive me, but I don't really know where it should go.

I would love to see pics everyone's kitchen clock. It would also be helpful if you told where you got it.

I know it's just one of many little things that add to the charm and overall look of a kitchen, but I am stumped and could use ideas.

Thank you!


clipped on: 03.17.2008 at 12:37 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2008 at 12:37 pm

Anyone have a cabinet to store a step ladder?

posted by: holligator on 11.18.2007 at 01:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I saw a pic somewhere months ago of a tiny little cabinet (maybe 3" across, and under the counter height) that stored a folding step ladder. I thought it was a great idea, and I'd love to incorporate this into my new design, but I haven't found a step ladder I like that would fit in an opening this size. Does anyone here have one or have you seen one that you can post a pic of or link to?


clipped on: 03.17.2008 at 12:36 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2008 at 12:36 pm

Show me your glass front cabinets, please :)

posted by: boxiebabe on 03.04.2008 at 12:40 am in Kitchens Forum

We have 3 cabinet door frames that we have to choose glass inserts for. Went to the glass company today, and there must've been over 100 to choose from. We narrowed it down to 3, but it's still very hard to choose. They range in price from $50 for all three to $150 for all three. (We know one of the owners so we're getting a discount.. score!)

It's hard to tell what to get when all they give you to look at is a 4x4 inch square. I would like to see some actually IN the door frames, with stuff in the cabinet, with and without cabinet lights on please - If any of you have glass front cabinets - I'd love to see pics of them.




clipped on: 03.17.2008 at 12:34 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2008 at 12:34 pm

Can you show me the END of a cabinet?

posted by: mollie on 02.28.2008 at 04:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

Do you have the side of a refrigerator that shows or the end of a cabinet or the back side of a pennisula or island? The KD wants to save money by just making the cabinet end smooth instead of a paneled design, I worry it will not look good, especially we have a side of a refrigerator cabinet that will show. This is a large piece of wood. The back side of the pennisula will show but will have stools up against it but would you make it just plain wood? Maybe I'm getting hung up about


clipped on: 03.17.2008 at 12:32 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2008 at 12:32 pm

Show me your Falling Water Backsplash , please

posted by: megaul on 03.14.2008 at 06:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

karlau's recent back splash post makes me want to investigate Falling Water tiles further. In fact, I ordered some samples from an on-line vendor today. Oh boy! More little pieces and parts to play with!

I would really appreciate seeing pictures of installed Falling Water back splashes along with the name/color if possible.



clipped on: 03.17.2008 at 12:32 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2008 at 12:32 pm

Can I see your outlets/outlet covers?

posted by: jenellecal on 03.12.2008 at 05:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

DH and I are in a disagreement about outlet covers. I want to buy Lutron because I like the designer colors and they work well with my backsplash color. DH wants to use Leviton in a standard almond/bisque color that I don't really like (however it is much cheaper).

We've decided not to paint them, it just doesn't work for either of us.

So what I'd like to see is your outlets that are on your backsplash. All types and colors although I don't have to see painted ones since I know I won't be doing that (or the fabric inserted in the clear outlet covers).

Thank you all!


clipped on: 03.17.2008 at 12:32 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2008 at 12:32 pm

Show me your mini-brick backsplash...

posted by: perplexedinny on 01.14.2008 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm about to pull the trigger on a polished marble minibrick in Calacatta Gold. We have come to call it the million-dollar backsplash. I'm afraid of making an expensive mistake. Do you like yours? Do you find it to be too busy?? DH says I second guess everything and I suppose this is my time to second guess this!! Any help would be greatly appreciated.


clipped on: 03.17.2008 at 12:31 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2008 at 12:31 pm

jodi in so calif---your tile backsplash?

posted by: pupwhipped on 03.13.2008 at 07:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

Jodi, your tile backsplash is gorgeous. Can you please tell us all the name of it? Wouldn't mind knowing where you got your spice rack either. HA! Thanks for any info.


clipped on: 03.17.2008 at 10:48 am    last updated on: 03.17.2008 at 10:49 am