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RE: 5' x 11' bathroom (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: idie2live on 08.23.2009 at 07:41 pm in Bathrooms Forum

linsiver & spitfire - I have been saving this link about building a storage cabinet between the studs. I hope it helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: Stud Storage


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RE: what size & where to buy decent mirrors over vanities (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: babs711 on 02.10.2012 at 09:31 pm in Building a Home Forum

West Elm
ballard designs
Home Depot
Pottery Barn (and don't rule out PB Kids and PB Teen...they've had some pretty neat stuff in the past for regular non-kid spaces)

You can even go to a local glass shop and have one cut and beveled. There's so many sources now to only shop at RH and spend that much if you're hesitant about it.


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RE: Desparately need an exellent grout sealer (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: on 06.10.2011 at 05:31 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Color sealing grout with a grout stain like This Old Grout's Color Sealer will not only restore the grout back to a uniform appearance, it will stain proof the grout...way different level of protection than clear sealers like 511.

Clear sealers are designed to provide a small window of opportunity to pick up a spill before it soaks in. Color sealer creates a permanent layer of protection that prevents the grout from absorbing anything.

We match every grout manufacturers color and you can change the grout from any color to any color. On octagon shaped dot tile, the application is a little different than on larger tiles so if you decide to give it a go, let me know and I'll share a quick video showing you how..

Thanks to those past customers that have posted here about our product!

Ken Sherman
This Old Grout

Here is a link that might be useful: This Old Grout's Color Seal Here


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Finished Quartzite & Wenge kitchen (long) ...Oohlala

posted by: sfmomoxo on 11.18.2010 at 11:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Dear fabulous GWers,

Ah, I so wish that I found you earlier on! The kitchen has been mostly done for about a month now, but life has continued to be a bit hectic. So, FINALLY, here are some photos. A million kazillion thanks to all who have helped calm my frayed nerves and put my worst fears to rest.

As of this writing, I am still hoping that one of you will have the perfect inspiration for a paint color. Yes, we had the kitchen painted. Twice. Yup, and it is STILL wrong, still too yellow...but this time with a vague greenish tinge. Funny, the things you don't pick up on even with those big poster-sized paint chips! (FYI, it is C2 Parchment). I truly believe that the right color will help everything pop and be elegant and all that. I am so open to receiving any of your incredible ideas.

I'm also still unsure about adding some pendants over the counter. I'm afraid they'll clash with the light hanging over the table (just about 5 feet away). Yet, something still feels a bit unfinished...and I'm not sure what. I eventually hope to find some art or decorative objects, but I'm not sure if something else is needed as well.

Since I have never remodeled before, I have learned a ton. Yes, the hard way. The designer wanted our upper cabinets and bookshelves to be a bright green or mango. We had them remade in Wenge...and I'm glad we did. Here are some of the goodies you will see in the following pictures (sorry that some of them look a bit dark...)...and perhaps a few comments to go with some of them.

Counters: Honed White Opal Quartzite. I love how the light shines through the edges and the spots of luminescence. However, it etches like crazy. I plan on trying out the Scotchbrite trick that marble owners have mentioned.

Cabinets: I refaced our old oak cabinets in Wenge.

Backsplash: Walker Zanger Mesa. It's half irridescent glass and half stone.

Floor: Heated (oh, it is SO yummy!) Broadway ceramic tile in Titiano. I LOVE our floor. The grey picks up the quartzite and the warm edges compliment the Wenge.

Sink: Franke. I wouldn't have gone with such a huge sink in retrospect.

Ovens & Dishwasher: Miele. Love them. Worth every (gulp) cent.

Cooktop: Jenn-Air downdraft

Fridge: 15-year old better last.

Faucet: KWC

I also think I'll post a picture of the adjoining dining room and living room, as we're hoping to paint the whole floor...perhaps you've got some ideas...












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Do you regret having a Stainless Steel Backguard?

posted by: markbr on 12.02.2009 at 09:07 am in Appliances Forum

I'm buying my first pro range, the Wolf 30" DF.

I still have time to decide on the backguard, we currently have a cermaic back splash, nothing fancy, same pattern as the rest of the wall in the kitchen area.

So installing the 30" stainless Steel backguard behind the range would require drilling through the ceramic, doesn't overly concern me.

I think it looks really professional to have that behind a pro range, and if I purchase one I think it will be the DCS backguard as it has some very nice practical shelves on it.

So what's the verdict, will I regret it, will the maintenance be too high?


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old house--new bathroom

posted by: anna_chosak on 09.10.2004 at 06:58 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I usually hang out in the Appliances forum, but I thought I'd share my new bath with y'all. It's on the third floor of the house in what used to be an unfinished attic space.

New bath


ming basketweave
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RE: Bathroom done - photos (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: monicae on 09.28.2009 at 10:19 am in Bathrooms Forum

Thank you for all of the great feedback. Truthfully, I still can't believe that bathroom is in my house. Everytime I walk by I have to sit and ponder it a little bit!

The floors are really neat. They are called Fibra Grey and look a bit like linen. The manufacturer is Atlas Concorde. Ann Sacks has a similar tile and a few times the cost. These were $8 a sq ft. Here's a link so you can see a bit more detail:

The wall tiles are Porcelanosa Cubica Blanco. I don't think I can photograph them to capture just how nifty they are. They almost look like a mosaic and have a faint metallic sheen to them.

The deco strip in the shower is a brushed stainless tile stick tile with varying sizes. That was my big splurge tile wise.

The shower floor is 1 x 1 tumbled carrera marble.


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RE: Honed marble countertops 3 years later? Photos? Experience? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: momto4kids on 05.29.2009 at 09:33 am in Kitchens Forum

Wow!! Thank you for the kind words about my kitchen! Goodness, I hardly ever get time to come back hereI cant believe people still remember my marble! Thank you again!

Staceycoming up on 5 years and I would ABSOLUTELY do it all again. I echo everything those above have said. Ive learned not to toss the key ring on the counter, because it will chip if its hit just right. I babied it at first, but now I dont. I do have some mild etching, but its pretty minor. Youd have to be at the right angle, in the right light to see itand then, only those who "know" marble would see it. I could hand buff spots out, but I dont bother anymore. Its just too small to worry about. [You can use a ScotchBrite or fine silicone sandpaper, then reseal the spot.]

Sealing is key. I have NO staining and its not because it has been meticulously maintained! I used 511 Porous Plus after recommendations from other marble owners. I havent resealed in years. The quicker you can wipe up an "etch-producing" substance, the better. But, unless you pour a bottle of vinegar, you probably wouldnt notice. I dont have any rings from glasses or anything like that. I make pastries and candies right on the counter. Sometimes I see little "clouds" where glaze dripped on the counter, but they generally disappear after a few days (dies out, I guess).

When I first moved in, I did have my marble rehoned in place. The original fabricator did a lousy job. I had a marble restoration company rehone it. They were fabulous! It was a wet process. They were amazing at taping up the floors and cabinets. Clean up was incredibly thorough. You would never have known they were even here. I was very, very pleased with the surface of the marble when they finished. I figured for the futureworst case scenario, if I did spill that jar of vinegarrepair is affordable and doable, so no worries.

So, yes, Id do it again! Yes, I would certainly appreciate a marble kitchen in another house! I like the "warmly loved" look and feel of marble. I think its funny how passionate "marble people" are about their marble! I wonder if its because weve all fought that hard battle against the naysayers! ??!!

Thanks again for the kind words!!


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RE: Cooks Illustrated subscription (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: gorilla_x on 05.20.2008 at 07:19 pm in Cooking Forum

I subscribed to last August and I saved nearly every recipe on their site to my hard drive. The recipes on the drive are searchable too.

Here are the details for those that want to get the recipes without keeping an ongoing subscription (this essentially captures web pages for offline viewing):

- Install Firefox web browser (more secure than IE for certain):

- Install the ScrapBook add-on for Firefox:

- Visit this page:

- Under the "Browse Our Recipes" label, you'll see links for each category of recipes. Click the category of interest (e.g. Meat) to display all the recipes for that category on a single page

- On the Firefox menu, select Scrapbook -> Capture Page As menu item to display the "Capture Detail" dialog

- Root Folder is the default, but I created a "Cooks Illustrated" folder

- Set the In-Depth Capture Detail to 1 (Scrapbook will capture the main page, plus the contents of every link on the page (each recipe is a separate link)

- Click Capture

- Repeat for remaining recipe pages.

Note: IE 7 (that's what I use) did away with the offline page viewing option. But Firefox and Scrapbook make it easy to save, and search saved pages.

Just sharing...



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RE: Silver Travertine (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: blondelle on 07.27.2009 at 06:28 pm in Bathrooms Forum

There's really no porcelain copy of vein cut silver travertine for some reason on the market. Never seen one. Both Walker Zanger--where photo is from, and Artistic tile have this is a 12 X 24 tile as shown for about $18 a sf. You can get cross cut copies in porcelain but not the same look. Tile is mostly shades of gray though. No cream or white in it.

The tile looks a bit grayer in person than the photo.



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RE: Remodel almost done! Photos (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: zippy_one on 06.30.2009 at 05:34 pm in Bathrooms Forum

OKAY! I finally figured out how to post directly.
before 2
custom vanity 2

after-from doorway
MTI Andrea tub


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RE: my bathroom. I'll post from start to finish (Follow-Up #56)

posted by: folkman on 07.24.2008 at 09:49 am in Bathrooms Forum

July 24th Update:
Sorry I have been a bit behind. Finally got the new hole for the sink drilled and will be getting plumber back soon to finish and that will be it!

Just wanted to post these photos. My girlfriend felt we needed more storage so I copied an idea I found in the forum-a "concealed cabinet" It looks like a painting in a frame but opens to a small medicine chest. I built mine myself. Its simple and fun. Oh my 12 year old did the painting!



Not sure if I'll be posting anymore so I just wanted to thank everyone for following. It will be a few weeks till the shower door comes in but its nice to have a working bathroom back!



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RE: What was your best bathroom remodeling decision? (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: arlinek on 03.06.2007 at 06:12 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Oh, that's easy! The one I eventually got was the Broan (partner co. with Nutone), model # is: 52WH344DPF. This happens to be 34" high, but I liked it's looks and it was quite a bit less $$ than one of its competitors: Robern, which is a "higher-end" company that makes beau. cabs, also. But, their price is around $500-$600, instead of, say $200 +. Go to and type in "medicine cabinets" and you'll start to get an idea of what's really out there. Robern even makes cabs that are 39" High! You just have to make sure you read the details as the variables are tremendous - ht. X width X depth (4"? 6"?), flush mounted on wall?, surface mounting?, if you want a wider one, will your opening allow it, or is there going to be electrical in the way, pipes, etc. ? Make sure you place it where YOU can reach the top level shelf and not the carpenter's reach!! Do you want only one interior mirror? or two (2nd one behind the shelving)? Doors are usually reversible, but you must take into consideration if the door is going to hit anything when opening it too wide. My hinges open 170 degrees, but I really only needed 90 degrees, but had no choice. So, I have to be careful not to swing the door open with great enthusiasm or I might hit the adjacent mirror. But, that's not a prob. for me; I'm always conscientious about it and it doesn't swing wildly open anyway, it's on the "tight" side so I'd really have to PUSH it firmly to make it hit the other mirror. There are several co's, as I said, that make these extra tall versions - it's all about choosing the details that YOU want and need. Want the sides to have narrow mirror strips? You can do that too. Want lights surrounding it? Want an interior elec. outlet? It does become a little overwhelming - as usual, how far do you want to go and how much are you willing to spend?

Here is a link that might be useful: Pic of MY 34


clipped on: 08.29.2009 at 10:04 pm    last updated on: 08.29.2009 at 10:04 pm

Master Bath finally finished.

posted by: kevin1727 on 09.01.2008 at 09:19 am in Bathrooms Forum

We haven't decorated yet, but we are moved in and enjoying the results.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bath Photos


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RE: Searching for plain white basketweave floor tile (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: jeanninepc99 on 12.20.2008 at 12:39 am in Bathrooms Forum

I've definitely seen ceramic basketweave on mesh. Best Tile (national chain, good prices) carries it at very reasonable prices. I saw some in their back room (in stock and ready to go home) for around $5/sq ft.

Polished, Carrera marble basketweave can be found for reasonable prices ($11.99-$16.99 per sq ft). When you start getting into colored dots and nicer material like Thassos, the price jumps.

Just for fun, in this picture, you can see an $11.99/sq ft basketweave on the floor and wall of a shower:

Close up:

The pictures are from The Tile Shop, which I don't recommend. I ordered basketweave from them and it arrived yellow! It was junk.


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Tiling the full wall height with high ceilings? Bad idea?

posted by: ljalter on 07.19.2009 at 05:12 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hi all -

Looking for opinions...

I really like the look of fully tiled walls - I think it can look very modern. However, our bathroom has weird ceilings and I wonder if it would look right.

The ceiling goes from 8 feet on one side of the bathroom (the side you enter on) and goes up to 11 or 12 feet on the opposite wall. Very angular.

Aside from that detail, it's a fairly simple 8x11 rectangular space. The tub, shower, and toilet are inline on one wall and the vanity and door to the walk-in closet are on the other wall.

We are doing 10x20 rectified porcelain that looks like a creamy travertine (not a ton of color variation from tile to tile).

It probably would look similar in tone to this (though with more stone look):

But I like this staggered pattern:

The only difference is I was thinking of having tiles put vertically up the walls (like the first picture). So if you are standing in the doorway, looking into the bathroom, the tiles would be going the long way straight from your toes up the far wall in a continuous line. (Kind of like how you law wood floor boards horizontally along the long wall of the room.)

I hope that makes sense. I have been trying to find a picture, but it's basically a combo of the pictures above. In a modern bath with a contemporary wall-hung vanity and fixtures, could this look good?

Still struggling with little details when I need to be moving forward,



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Finished bathroom pictures

posted by: shannonaz on 06.11.2009 at 10:11 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Well, our bathroom remodel is finally finished! Thanks for all the inspiration, ideas and suggestions from all of you. I have tried to include lots of comments and details in my photobucket album. Thanks!!
top of her vanity
fixture placement and niches
water closet
Her vanity area

Here is a link that might be useful: Bathroom album


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RE: Bought a beauiful vanity, need help in deciding bathroom colo (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: blondelle on 07.23.2009 at 12:00 am in Bathrooms Forum

I would use vein cut silver travertine instead. It's stunning with long flowing striations. It depends though how busy the marble is. If it's too much with the floor, I would do the floor in Jurastone gray or gasgione limestone (sp?). Looks gorgeous with the marble and dark vanity. I do love a dark vanity with all white marble though in different sizes and mosaics and honed mixed with polished. I would do the walls in chalk white or a soft light warm gray. The warm tones of the noche and mauve don't relate to each other or to the vanity and counter.


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RE: Some help with shower glass? (pic included) (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: nopushover on 07.21.2009 at 08:27 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I think you can go with either #2 or #3, and second pharaoh's recommendation that you get starphire glass, if possible. For our recent bathroom remodel we went with starphire and are so glad we did - you don't get the greenish tint that comes with thick glass.

We have a set-up like your #3 option and it doesn't look choppy or weird (see below photo). We choose this because there is a hand-held shower on an adjustible bar located opposite the fixed showerhead. The width of our shower is 61.5" - it has one 19.5" wide fixed 3/8" thick glass; a 28" wide 3/8" thick glass door was hinged off of a 1/2" thick, 14" wide fixed glass (both fixed glass panels are hinged to the wall). Height of the panels is 75".




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RE: Update on multicolor slate floor (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: mondragon on 08.10.2007 at 09:09 am in Flooring Forum

Well it seems that for some reason even though I must have typed it into a text editor I didn't save it.


Here's the quick summary:

We found slate tiles on sale and HD Expo for about $1.50/sq ft. They were significantly higher quality (more on that later) than the crumbly pieces of mud we'd seen at HD and Lowe's. They had "Indian Multicolor" and "Rustic Green".

We calculated our square footage and bought about 1/3 more - initially. When I calculated later the cost per sq foot of what we actually used it was around $2.50, maybe a little less, so that's roughly an overage of 60%. We had them delivered - 450 sq feet was two pallets, almost.

I opened the boxes and layed them out on the driveway and hosed them off well. I noticed that there were a lot more charcoal-black tiles than I would have thought in "multicolor" - these had a slight sheen and looked almost like a different material. I also noticed that I really liked the Rustic Green so we made the first of several trips back to HDE and got a few boxes.

In order to get the checkerboard pattern I had seen in photos I sorted them into categories:

- green
- light colorful (my favorites)
- darker colorful
- boring but usable
- black
- unusable

Unusable to me were ones that were broken, had sharp ridges (like a low spot with a sharp raised area next to it), or had "rusty" inclusions. These rusty spots usually had very sharp edges, were pits that could collect dirt in them, and looked ugly. Most of the unusable set were because of the rust pits. I even got in a bit of an argument with a salesman at HDE when I went back once and complained about how many were like that and he said it was part of the nature of the material. I told him there was a difference between inexpensive and unusable and they had sold me unusable product. For all the difference it made :)

The Rustic Green were by far the most consistent and dense and non-flakey. They were two colors, really - a bluish grey-green, and a gold that reminded me of agates. After the washing and the sorting I bought a few more boxes, and also some more boxes of the Indian multicolor. I admit to opening the boxes and doing a quick sort to make sure that at least half were usable (while no one was looking.)

What i should have done at this point is taken all the colorful tiles and spread them out and scrubbed them with a stiff brush. Especially the reddish ones - they seemed to have a LOT of mud on them that when washed exposed some really pretty patterns.

Now I had 5 piles for the installers. The black ones went in the entryway, The green, light, darker, and boring tiles were piled separately and took one from the first pile, then one from the next, etc. I also told them not to put two of the same side by side especially the green ones.

We tiled the whole space before the cabinets went in and they used the unusable ones under where the cabinets were going to go.

The guys we got were excellent tile installers but had never done slate. Slate tiles are differing thicknesses and they need to use thicker mud and make sure that the tops of the tiles line up so that you don't have sharp edges higher in one tile than another. It was a one-day job so by the end of the day they weren't doing as well even though overall, for the price, they did an excellent job.

They installed on one day then grouted the next so my job (we did this as cheaply as possible) was to clean the tiles once the mud had set and to apply a coat of sealer. This is where I learned that the tiles should have been scrubbed really well before installing - most of the cleaning had nothing to do with the installation.

I used a Floormate wet/dry vac, I'd wet and scrub a section with a stiff brush until the water was coming off clean and then I'd vacuum it up. It took hours. Kneepads were required. But it looked amazing when i was done. I let it dry (it was summer and I had big fans on it) and then applied a coat of the Miracle SuperSeal. Good Ventilation is a must for that stuff.

Next day they grouted. Everyone's experience is that grout dries a lot lighter than the sample and mine was no exception. They did a good job of cleaning off the tiles but I did take a fair amount of time to do detailing where there was still small amounts of grout.

After that we sealed it a second time with the Superseal, and later the MiraMatte.

I still love the floor. It doesn't show dirt or grease.


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RE: Master Bathroom Mostly Done...Photos (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: tulipscarolan on 03.21.2009 at 08:44 am in Bathrooms Forum

Oops! I'll try posting photos again:


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