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Sanded Grout for Rialto Beige Tiles

posted by: lynn2006 on 11.13.2008 at 01:49 am in Flooring Forum

I bought three grouts home so when the tile guy comes back (he could not do anything with the two heavy magazine racks attached by bolts to my 5-drawer 42" wide filing cabinet that hung over the front foyer floor he needed to tile) in a few days, he will have grout and all the tiles I bought home (lots of extra since Lowe's said I could return and I wanted all of the same lot). He told me he would prefer I buy the supplies. I hope he supplies the glue since I have no idea what to buy but if anyone knows, I can drive to Lowe's to get that also. It seems I need about 61 tiles but I have here 84 since he told me to get a lot extra in case I want a diagonal design and I had a coupon from Lowe's so had to reach a certain total amount.

I am going with the Rialto Beige Tiles in the 12 X 12 size for my two small foyer areas. This is a Porcelain Tile with a 5 rating.

I have here three sanded Laticrete Grouts (Lowe's said I can return the ones I do not open and use): Mushroom, Marble Beige, and Parchment.

Mushroom is the lightest and is in between the lightest and darkest color in the tile but closer to the darkest brown/beige color and since I like lighter grout, I like the Mushroom color.

Marble Beige is a very close match but has a hint of gray in it and I want to emphasize the beige and brown in the tile and not the gray faint lines in the tile.

Parchment is darker than the darkest brownish color but the sales guy at Lowe's said that he would use Parchment since it dries lighter and is the same shade as the darkest color in the tile.

Any advice? Should I have the tile guy seal the grout?

Thanks in advance for whoever has some time to help me since I never had tile installed before.


clipped on: 11.22.2009 at 04:57 pm    last updated on: 11.22.2009 at 04:59 pm

RE: It almost killed us, but my cabinets are yellow! (Follow-Up #39)

posted by: reno_fan on 01.11.2009 at 06:24 pm in Home Decorating Forum

OMG, thank you all! You guys rock.

RMKitchen, I'm a HUGE fan of your kitchen! It's absolutely droolworthy. I too love white kitchens! If I had wood floors like yours, I likely would have kept the cabs white. But the saltillo tile that I really, really like just never looked good with the white. DH said under NO circumstances will we be removing the floor, so I had to work around it.

I do go over to Kitchens a lot, but not as much as I did when we did our first remodel. I need to go check out some of the newest offerings.

Southernheart, the paint was a color-matched can I had in the garage. I don't even remember what it was for, but it looked like a nice yellow, and sure enough, it was perfect.

Robynpa, The glaze is a Sherwin Williams color called Van Dyke Brown mixed in their faux glazing medium. Just about every decorator I know in my area uses this color/type of glaze. It's mixed at SW, and you just brush it on, then gently wipe it off. I slathered it into the corners and crevices with an old brush, then gently wiped it off with alternating dry and wet rags and 000 Stee wool to give the cabinets a striated effect.

I did glaze the frames while the doors were off. I also glazed the doors while they were off. They're much easier to do when flat!

Ideamom, GREAT blog! Cabinets are a pain, yes?? Yours look fantastic.

Yayagal, I've walked in there just to stand and stare ALL day. I had to go out the garage to put away a bunch of supplies, and when I walked back in I gasped. I love it more than any kitchen I've ever been in!

I felt a teenie flash of anger when I read your sentence "dh and I were working into the wee hours of the morning"
Grrr I am Never going to finish my cabs because dh would never help me out with anything like that :(

Funny you should say that, as my DH, great guy that he is, NEVER helps me with my projects. Usually I'm a one-horse team. I honestly don't know what happened, but all of a sudden DH was like, "Okay, let's get to work." He usually gets grumpy/tired toward the end of a day of slavery, but for some reason, this time he just kept everything going, encouraging me not to stop, "We could be finished tonight, let's just do it", etc. I've NEVER seen him do that before, and *I'm* usually the one jealous when I see other couples working together, side by side, etc. I don't know what happened, but I'm not gonna ask too many questions! LOL!

Slateberry, I literally laughed out loud when I read your post, but what I used for my backsplash was literally plain white bathroom tile from Lowes. No joke. I got tired of all of the tumbled marble everywhere, and wanted something that was actually glossy. I didn't have the budget for fancy Sonoma tile, so I bought the el-cheapo bathroom tiles from Lowes, spruced them up with a decorative tile border, set them on the diagonal, and bought sheets of another tile that had the little black squares and plucked them off to use for the insets.

I did hire a guy to install it, but the cost of materials was under $200. I'm glad you don't think it looks "bathroomy"!


clipped on: 01.31.2009 at 07:29 pm    last updated on: 01.31.2009 at 07:29 pm

RE: It almost killed us, but my cabinets are yellow! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: reno_fan on 01.11.2009 at 01:08 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thanks all! This is by far my fave project to date. I suggested yellow to DH when we painted the cabs when we bought the house, but my vision wasn't complete, he balked, and so we went with white. I'm glad I waited though, as it gave me a chance to flesh out what I wanted.

Caroleoh, I'm trying to block how long it took! LOL. Seriously, I stopped counting at 22 hours. (I did sleep a little, though!) It took several days, and more hours than I can count. Ugh. It was a beast.

We did 2 coats of the yellow. It's Sherwin Williams Pro Classic, and it's VERY thick paint that hardens extremely well. Normally I'd try to do 3 coats, but the SW guys said one would be fine!

Yes, the door flipping was a flipping mess. We had work stations set up all over the house and garage. Dining table, LR table, ironing boards, you name it! Thankfully this paint is quick drying, so we were able to flip them pretty quickly.

I've used this paint twice now for painting cabinets and trim, and it's my favorite because of the self-leveling and quick drying aspect.


clipped on: 01.31.2009 at 07:28 pm    last updated on: 01.31.2009 at 07:28 pm

RE: Countertop Help - Silestone leather? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: mindstorm on 09.19.2006 at 11:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

I really like the idea of a matte black counter with your high gloss cabinets and glass backsplash. You are clearly going for a sleek minimalist, modern look and the matte counters will bring subtle dimension to the room via the different texture to the room to net you subtle interest. It will be lovely! I have a low-key kitchen too - ikea's gray ash cabs (name??? forget), polished black granite counters and plate glass backsplash on the wet wall and varnished rift-cut oak backsplash on the other.

SO, If the leather doesn't work for you, you may want to look very seriously at some of newer granite finishes. Posters here with honed black counters have mentioned that using an enhancing sealer (????) makes the counter darker and much more care-free.
There are a few posters here who have honed nordic black or honed cambrian black or some such - NorCalNancy, namabafo, dmlove and jerzeegirl are a few that come to mind. All seem like theirs (not to put words on their mouths). You may want to check with them about the exact finish they have and what they put on their counter to make it work for them. Also check out that antiqued granite that NorcalNancy and namabafo have - it has a bit more texture than the honed and looks very cool. I've never seen or touched it though.

Good luck! Your space will be lovely.


clipped on: 11.15.2006 at 01:40 pm    last updated on: 11.15.2006 at 01:41 pm

RE: frameless vs. frame cabinets - pros/cons - help me understand (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: maggiepie11 on 10.22.2006 at 10:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

Sorry for the repeat -- still getting the hang of this forum. :)

Thanks for the info. It seems frameless isn't an option for most of the mainstream cabinet makers I've been looking at. I might broaden my search to at least check it out.

Thanks again,


clipped on: 11.13.2006 at 04:23 pm    last updated on: 11.13.2006 at 04:23 pm