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Vanity Pic - please help select a faucet

posted by: vwhippiechick on 03.03.2008 at 09:25 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We are doing a guest bath simple update - new floor, paint, vanity, faucet, accessories. The tub and toilet stay and are cream colored. The new floor is Noce Premium Travertine from Lowe's. You can see the paint and floor colors in the pic of the vanity. (The bath is just off the hallway from the kitchen and the floor and paint are the same) I need opinions on faucet selection. Please help. Which one goes with the style of the vanity. (The vanity top is cream marble with some mild veining) Our home is an 1800's farmhouse and I like to use items with a classic feel. I like all of these faucets and the difference in price is not that significant.

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clipped on: 05.25.2008 at 07:28 pm    last updated on: 05.25.2008 at 07:28 pm

RE: Subway Tile - brands and quality? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: kgwlisa on 05.10.2008 at 11:13 am in Bathrooms Forum

This is one place where I really cut corners (as well as budget) in my bathroom remodel. I went with plain old dumb American Olean off the shelf $0.22/tile from Lowes. With 10% off coupon it ran me about $1.59/sf. To tell you the truth, once installed, except for color there is very little difference in look between these and the $6/sf ADEX subways in my kitchen. The color was REALLY important to me in the kitchen though, I wanted something that was bright and white and clean next to my white appliances and trim. In the bathroom I was ok with the softer look.

Handmade tile is a whole different look, as are beveled and other specialty type tile you can get. If that's the look you have your heart set on, it's probably worth it. If you want a more period look those are not really correct either.

The other option are the "period correct" perfectly flat subway tiles that are also very expensive. To tell you the truth, my house is not so precious as to justify 10x what I spent in tile. My house is old and it's beautiful (at least I think so) but I will never walk into my bathroom and wish I had spent 10x as much on the tile. I will be glad I put that money toward central a/c when I walk in there and it's comfortable during a heat wave this summer. In my opinion unless you are doing a totally period correct restoration, there just isn't enough bang for the buck to justify really really expensive tile that looks almost but not quite like the cheap stuff, but that is my opinion only. The wonderful thing about opinions is that we are all entitled to our own.

Here are a few shots of my "classic on the cheap" bathroom, not done yet but coming along. Also using the cheaper field and floor tile ($2/sf with coupon from Home Depot off the shelf) I was able to splurge a bit on decos and liners. The liners were $1.28 a piece from lowes, the decos were $2.50 or so a piece from lowes and the black chair rail was about $3.50 a piece special ordered from my local tile store (coordinates perfectly with the liners from Lowes - my tile store also special orders the 1/2" x 6" pencil liners for $3+ a piece). This is before grout.

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clipped on: 05.25.2008 at 07:34 am    last updated on: 05.25.2008 at 08:03 am

subway tile & chair rail - how to finish the edges??

posted by: kaypeakay on 01.22.2008 at 12:45 am in Bathrooms Forum

I have AO 3" x 6" subway tiles from Lowe's for the master bathroom shower walls. I also have the decorative "pencil" tile (1/2" x 6") and chair rail (2" x 6"), to use on the top of the tile for a crowning border at the top. I am confused, though :(

Here's why:

We have a walk in shower, with no door, just a doorway - think of a 5' x 5' box with an opening for the door.

The chair rail piece has no "corner" or anything to make it ease down onto the wall, and not show a gaping hole/opening from the side. Also, the subway tiles do not appear to come in a bullnose variety. So how do you get a nice edge, when the tile isn't butting up to a wall but rather is just "ending" on a wall if there's no bullnose?

Also - We have shower niches. I searched and found some threads showing a couple of shower niches, but are there any more? Or, better yet, any using subways? We were thinking of using 6" x 6" bullnose tiles and cutting them in half to use on the recessed shelf/niche. Perhoas I should do that for the "open" edges as well. We were also thinking of cutting a 45 degree angle in the chair rail and then cutting a small butt end piece from the chair rail to insert, (like how some trim is done so the cut edge is never shown).

Is there an easier solution?

Thank you for any tile guidance on this.

kpk

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