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Finally, 1 remodeled bath and 1 new one

posted by: sundownr on 03.15.2010 at 09:27 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We have wanted to remodel the bath rooms in our 1930's house for a long time (we've lived here 16 yrs) but could never make a decision on what to do. Finally decided to just do it. This forum was such an inspiration and I want to thank everyone that posts here. I will say I always wanted more bathroom pictures here so I'm posting mine. :)

The hall bath floor plan wasn't great so I stole closets out of the bedrooms on each side. BR#1 had another closet so no big deal. BR#2 is separated from the master BR by the original master bath and master closet so we decided to give the bath and closet to BR#2 and to convert a spare room (sewing/junk room) into a new master bath & closet.

I went to a couple of tile stores and "made up my mind" more than once. One Saturday I was looking at marble and another customer said - have you seen the porcelain that looks like marble? I hadn't. She showed it to me and I was sold. That's what I used in the hall bath.

It was hard to pick out finishes because I like so many different styles. I did buy the master bath vanity from the Restoration Hdwe outlet and I wish I hadn't. I bought it for the hall bath but then changed the whole floor plan. That meant I had to use it in the master and it was so long that I didn't have many floor plan options because of 6' vanity, windows etc.

I don't know if anyone read my original thread about the bathroom where I asked about a chandelier http://www.thathomesite.com/forums/load/bath/msg1100582713301.html?6 but I ended up picking the "bubble" tile as an accent and decided on this chandelier with the round glass balls. I'm not sure if it "goes" but I don't care. I like it.

What's done is done and I do like love both of them. We had a "bathrooms are finished"/birthday party Saturday and of the 40 people here most of them preferred the hall bath.

Original hall bath
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Standing by the tub looking towards the door at the hall.
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The new master closet and bath will be behind that window (which was originally to a porch that was converted to a room years ago).
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New bathroom from hallway

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The towel rack is actually a toilet paper holder. The counter is soapstone.
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Dual flush toilet from Home Depot, (love the dual flush) Mercer train rack from Pottery Barn
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Pedestal tub from Van Dyke's Restoration. It was the cheapest one from a place that I couldn't find bad reviews of. Plus it's owned by Cabela's.
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Copycat pottery barn chandelier from overstock. You can barely see the dropped crown molding with the black paint extended down the wall. There is rope lighting behind the crown for a "night light".
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The new master bath
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I inherited this cabinet and all of the Lladro from my mom. I've had it for years with no place to put it in our tiny house so it's been boxed up in the basement. Someone else picked paint colors for me and this color is so beautiful in real life - SW Rainwashed. It reminded me of the Lladro so I brought some of it up and I think it looks great in this bathroom. The painting is also from my mom and she and my dad bought it in Spain many, many years ago. This room screamed for the painting, too.
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Although the back yard hasn't been completely cleaned of all the remodeling mess, I love the view from the bathroom and can't decide what kind of window covering to use and keep the view.
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I was still changing floor plans after the bathroom was demo'd. I (obviously) didn't plan it all that well because I had to buy the freestanding towel rack for the master bath and the hall bath doesn't have a place to hang a towel while you are showering but we'll work it out. :) There isn't any storage in the hall bath so I bought three file boxes from the Container Store for "stuff" and I like them. The basket under the vanity is for dirty washcloths/hand towels. My 15 yr old daughter uses this bathroom.

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clipped on: 03.26.2010 at 09:17 pm    last updated on: 03.26.2010 at 09:17 pm

In-progress pics- I know I am late posting them :)

posted by: amberley on 03.08.2010 at 12:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just snapped these. Template is being done and DR crown is going in.

The stained and hazelnut painted beadboard you see will all be painted a single color. We used leftovers from my parent's reno-and saved alot of money doing it!

The fridge box is wrong and will be rebuilt. Hopefully today.

The beam is where the wall between the kitchen and DR was.

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clipped on: 03.25.2010 at 09:40 am    last updated on: 03.25.2010 at 09:41 am

scherrs (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: amberley on 03.09.2010 at 12:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

grlwprls- just cehcked Scherr's- I am happppeeeeeeee!
See my new thread!


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clipped on: 03.25.2010 at 09:39 am    last updated on: 03.25.2010 at 09:39 am

Under Staircase ''Fort'' for Kiddos

posted by: drjoann on 03.23.2010 at 04:22 pm in Building a Home Forum

Our lower level has plans for future expansion that includes a rec room w/ kitchenette and bedrooms w/ baths in anticipation of visits from DD's future family. I had always planned to do something cute with the area under the staircase to make it special for the kiddos. (I don't really need it for storage, so I can have some fun with it.)

At this point, I just want to make sure that the area gets framed so that we can turn it into a "fort" or secret hideaway or whatever, in the future. Here is that segment of the plan:

Staircase in Basement

The door into the mechanical room opens from the future rec room. One thing I think we should do is make that a cased opening and move the actual door to the mechanical room to the back side of the staircase. Then, we should put a door at the wall that forms the highest part of the staircase as if we were putting in a closet.

Does the above make sense & is there anything else we should do? We haven't looked at this in detail with the builder, but he says he did something like this for his daughter in a previous house.

Thanks - Jo Ann

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clipped on: 03.25.2010 at 09:14 am    last updated on: 03.25.2010 at 09:14 am

Honed granite reviews???

posted by: aswierk on 03.20.2010 at 04:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello,
I am in the process of renovating our kitchen. We are using a canvas cream cabinet with a willow green accented baking area. As far as countertops go, I am stumped. I've had absolute black granite with a polished top before and hated the amount of maintenance involved with it. So now, I am thinking of using a black honed granite or silestone top. Any thoughts or reviews from people who have honed granite??? Or perhaps other suggestions??

Thanks!

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clipped on: 03.22.2010 at 10:17 pm    last updated on: 03.22.2010 at 10:18 pm

RE: $1,000 or less... (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: kristine_2009 on 03.22.2010 at 12:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have this Whirlpo*l and it does a great job! I bought mine at Lowes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Whirlpool dishwasher


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clipped on: 03.22.2010 at 01:15 pm    last updated on: 03.22.2010 at 01:15 pm

Ikea Kitchens

posted by: lisaslists2000 on 02.02.2010 at 09:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Who is working on or has finished an Ikea kitchen? I think there are more of us out there than we know! I also think there are lots of finished Ikea kitchens that are not in the FKB.

Please post pics of your finished Ikea kitchens in the FKB and here and progress pics here! Would love to see all that has been done.

I will post pics again soon, but with no countertops and figuring out where all is to go, it looks so messy. I still have to have part of floor resanded, then me apply polyurethane again, paint (not doing tile right now) backsplash, finish painting where soffits and repairs ( moving light fixtures, etc.) were done. I've got a working cooktop and hood and most of my doors and drawers done.

Share, guys!

Lisa

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clipped on: 03.20.2010 at 10:13 pm    last updated on: 03.20.2010 at 10:14 pm

Soundproofing--What did you do?

posted by: mark_g on 08.10.2009 at 09:20 pm in Building a Home Forum

Appreciate feedback on the products you used to keep quiet spaces (bedrooms and bathrooms mostly) quiet.

I am looking for practical suggestions--and how they have worked for you.

There's a product called green glue or something like that -- similar formulation made by different companies. It is a sound deadening caulk to be used between panels of sheetrock. Has anyone used it?

Thanks, Mark

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clipped on: 03.19.2010 at 03:32 pm    last updated on: 03.19.2010 at 03:32 pm

What should go within easy reach of the cooktop?

posted by: emily_mb on 12.07.2009 at 02:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

What would you put within easy reach of the cooktop? Does it make sense to put:
>> 2 shallow drawers and one deep drawer (36" wide) under the cooktop island?
>> 3 shallow drawers and 1 deep drawer (18" wide) on the left of the cooktop?
>> 1 spice/oil pullout (6" wide) on the right and a tray/cutting board pullout (12") next to that? (There is no space across from the island it in the sink/prep area for a cutting board pullout.)

There is no storage above.

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clipped on: 03.18.2010 at 09:59 am    last updated on: 03.18.2010 at 09:59 am

Pedestal sinks

posted by: spanannie on 03.07.2010 at 01:57 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Do you have a pedestal sink that you love? I want to replace a furniture-style vanity in my guest/powder bath. It has a wood top--which is warping--and a way-too-small, impractical sink. I'd like something classic and traditional. Thanks! This is my first post, but I've been enjoying reading this forum recently.

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clipped on: 03.17.2010 at 09:17 am    last updated on: 03.17.2010 at 09:17 am

New constrution kitchen - layout critique welcome - Pic heavy

posted by: mythreesonsnc on 03.15.2010 at 08:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi GW'ers,

I have followed this forum for some time and I know that you guys are the real "experts" on kitchen design. I have been working on a house plan for some time and have a kitchen plan that I am comfortable with. Having said that, I feel it is an unusual kitchen plan, and I want to make sure I am not making any huge mistakes --- we haven't broken ground yet, so there is certainly still time to "remodel" this plan! We are a family of 5, with 3 young boys (ages 9, 7 and 4), and a great dog. I am going for a Pennsylvania "Bucks County" stone farmhouse vibe in the house, so I want the kitchen to have a new old house flavor as well. The part that I think is initially strange when you see my kitchen plan is that the kitchen has very few cabinets in general. But, in different areas that are still a part of the kitchen, we have several different "zones" which I think will be useful. The kitchen will be a large vaulted room with rustic beams ---opening to a keeping room. We will have a TV in there over the FP (know this is unpopular for many, but TV's are DH's realm, so this is how it will be! The rest of the main kitchen will pretty much be the cooking area --- it has a sink, cooktop, DW and fridge. Then, off to the side, I have a "dish / clean-up" pantry. It can be closed off from the main kitchen by barn doors. It will have a sink, DW, and then lots of drawers for the dishes. In that little room, I have the double oven stack and then 2 30" drawers --- I'm thinking this can be a little baking area. Tucked behind this is a large walk in pantry. The eat-in area has a long banquette flanked by 2 hutch like cabinets. They will house things like placemats, etc, but will also have fridge and freezer drawers hidden there --- I think I'll put the coffee pot there as well. Finally, connecting the kitchen and dining room is a butler's pantry - we'll keep wine, beer, etc. in here for parties.

I am really crazy about things lining up....i.e. symmetry is a big deal to me, so things like the rangetop are exactly aligned with the fireplace at the opposite end of the room, and the doorway to the "dish pantry" is exactly centered on the walkway btwn the island and the range wall... anyway, I know I am a bit crazy about this, and I need to find a balance of function and symmetry!!

So --- some of my many questions....
1.) Microwave --- I'm thinking in the island (maybe a microwave drawer --- buehl, I think you gave the advice that the smaller size is the best as the larger Sharp costs more and has fillers). Is the island a reasonable place?
2.) Landing space by the rangetop --- It will work out to about 24-25" on each side --- is that enough?
3.) Right now my island is 5 x 10' --- It needs to be about this size because I want it to be centered under the beams, but I think that is awkward....I'd like to fit 3-4 stools (all at regular height), so right now, we have 24" cabinets back to back and then our overhang is only 12" - which I gather is a bit too small. Should I shrink the passageway between the cooktop and island (currently 4'6") to grow the island 6" (therefore 18" overhang), but then barn doors / dish pantry area become off center. Or shoud I keep the island the same size and just make the rear run a shallower depth cabinet, like 18" since they will not be frequently accessed?

4.)Do you think not putting upper cabinets in the dish/ prep area (behind barn doors) is a mistake? I feel like I could always add them later if necessary. I want it to be a neat little room like Willow's --- and I am thinking of putting an antique type of stepback cupboard at the rear portion (think Cotehele). This would be visible when you look down the passageway between the island and the rangetop wall --- it would also help me to avoid blind corners in this little room.
5.) My pantry area, I was planning to make like Allison0704, meaning I would put a table right in the entrance, which would house my extra small appliances -- I think it would be convenient, but am I kidding myself that this will be so easy and convenient?

6.) What am I just forgetting?

I'm really open to any and all suggestions ---- My plans ar just architects drawings, and there was a mistake, which is why my handwriting is all over it. Hopefully it is still legible. Here is the general layout....Dont know how to make it any bigger in photobucket...
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The entire room will be vaulted, with beams, like this...
Mark Finlay keeping room
The eat-in area will be a barrel vault with this kind of window --- but we'll have a banquette, flanked by tall hutch like cabinets...
eat - in area
Here's my version of it....
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Here is my original rough idea of the cooking area --- at this point, the landing area has grown a bit, but this is close...
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I know this is super long, but I am not sure where to even start in my explanations! I have a kitchen designer putting it in 20/20 for me (clearly, my little drawings are not very good), but I won't have that until next week, so for the moment, I can't do much better than the floorplan, etc.
If you've gotten this far... I'm impressed! Thanks for listening / looking! As always, I am so grateful for all of the help / comments. Rachel

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Kitchen layout like ours...save!
clipped on: 03.16.2010 at 09:54 am    last updated on: 03.16.2010 at 09:54 am

small progress..and question about cream colored cabinets

posted by: momto4boys on 03.15.2010 at 08:18 am in Home Decorating Forum

Well, we're moving SLOWLY towards getting our cabinets finished. Our painter was backed up due to an unsually cold, and SNOWY winter. Which was good for me, as he will have my doors in his hands today. And color is still..undecided, lol.

But, wanted to post a quick pic I took from my cell phone (regular camera is dead) of what dh did this weekend.
One of the things that has driven me crazy all these yrs, is the huge void over the cabinets. I hated putting dust catching knick knacks up there. So, it's remained empty for some time.
He ripped off old crown, built up the moulding with MDF, used a little trim piece where that and the cab met. And slapped old moulding back up there. I'm pretty happy with it thus far.
Now..if we could just agree on a color for the whole thing :)

I've been looking at pics of cream colored cabinets. Thinking that may work better then white, or the jarring black I had caved and decided to go with.

But, I'm worried about that with wall color.
Can I take my wall color, and add white? Making it more "cream", but keeping same tones???

Thanks!

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clipped on: 03.15.2010 at 09:09 am    last updated on: 03.15.2010 at 09:10 am

Could my kitchen go in this direction? Pics included

posted by: megpie77 on 03.11.2010 at 08:02 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thanks in advance.
I've been so back and forth with the design of our kitchen I am ready to throw in the towel. I am forever changing my mind. I love many different styles and can't ever seem to commit. Some styles I always seem to continually like (or always go back to) are a bit vintage, farm, traditional and colonial, yet fresh and updated.

I found this really cool fisherman's pendant light and was wondering if it could work in our kitchen. I really like the one I have but am thinking of using it in our bathroom. Then I wondered if I could do a wide plank beadboard backsplash running horizotally. This gives me the option to reinvent my kitchen by simply painting the backsplash! But I've heard beadboard is a pain in the you know what behind the faucet. So mabey white subway? I'm going crazy with this decision!

For some reason I just really don't like the direction my kitchen is going. It's just a little to "polished" for my taste. I keep refering to Ballard Design's mag. and Brooke Gianetti's blog-I simply love her style. How can I get my kitchen to go into a less "polished" look?

So what do you think?

I appreciate your time and thoughts : )

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clipped on: 03.14.2010 at 09:48 pm    last updated on: 03.14.2010 at 09:49 pm

What range/cooktop do you have? Would you buy it again?

posted by: ejbrymom on 03.14.2010 at 08:21 am in Kitchens Forum

What range/cooktop do you have? Would you buy it again?

We are beginning to look around for an upgrade to our Kenmore range - it is very functional but not anything special. I love to cook and would love to have a nice range to cook on.

So what range did you get? What sold you on it? Would you buy it again (are you happy with it)?

PICS please too :)

thank you! - jen (ejbry)

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clipped on: 03.14.2010 at 05:40 pm    last updated on: 03.14.2010 at 05:40 pm

Do you have a small/pocket office?

posted by: young-gardener on 01.18.2010 at 12:00 pm in Building a Home Forum

My husband and I are considering this M. Ginn plan, with some changes.

One thing I've been thinking about is the 7x7 office off the butler's pantry. With the changes we're thinking of making, the exterior wall would be moving out three feet, so the office would end up beind 7x10. (though I have thought about trying to cut into that space for a pantry, somehow)

I can't picture a space this size, though I know how I'd want it to feel. Is that a usable space, in your opinion? A part of me wonders if it's just big enough for there to be wasted space.

In the plan, there is no door to the office. I wonder if that would be an issue since you pass the office on the way to the DR. Do you have an exposed office? If so, do you like it?

OR, do you think there is a better place for this office altogether?

Use for office: paying bills, writing letters, laptop

(Note, we're thinking of closing the side porch to create a mud room and moving the laundry room to that area instead of upstairs)

Any related experiences would be helpful. THanks!

First Floor (level housing home office)


Second Floor- reference


Exterior- reference

Inspiration for home office (don't need one THIS big). It's the craft room in the SL 2009 idea house in GA.

Here is a link that might be useful: architect's site, for reference or larger view

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clipped on: 03.14.2010 at 05:35 pm    last updated on: 03.14.2010 at 05:35 pm

Purchasing materials... Builder vs. homeowner

posted by: aupatrick on 03.11.2010 at 12:26 am in Building a Home Forum

We are in process of setting up a "fee based contract" with our builder. We've agreed on a set amount to complete the job. He will get paid in installments as things are complete (no "cost plus", etc...) However, I am not sure if I should let him make purchases using his established accounts (and give me itemized invoices for paymnet) -OR- should I set up my own account(s) with the building suppliers? It seems it would be easier to use his established accounts but I worry about purchases for my job being inter-mingled with another, if the builder will pass on credits/discounts/returns, etc... I am really unsure and looking for some feedback.

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clipped on: 03.14.2010 at 08:33 am    last updated on: 03.14.2010 at 05:34 pm

Share your best sites for deals on supplies!

posted by: wear_your_baby on 03.13.2010 at 09:44 pm in Building a Home Forum

Anyone want to share your favorite sites to find great deals on your materials? We're owner-builders so we're trying to find great deals and buy things along the way to keep them out of the loan. Some of the many things we're shopping for are: door knobs, recessed lighting, flood CFL bulbs, ceiling fans, faucets, cabinet pulls, kitchen sink, tile, toilets, tubs...

Any great scores you want to share? Thanks in advance!

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clipped on: 03.14.2010 at 08:29 am    last updated on: 03.14.2010 at 08:29 am

Now, you're done-what do you wish you had known while planning?

posted by: eks6426 on 02.23.2010 at 08:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

For those of you with finished kitchens, what do you wish you had known? What's in your kitchen that you think "this isn't quite right...if only I had done...such and such?"

I've made most of my choices. Cabinets get delivered this week. I'm now double guessing everything and wondering what I'm going to find that I should have done differently. I'm sure others who are only in the planning period would love to hear what others have learned...

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clipped on: 03.13.2010 at 09:12 pm    last updated on: 03.13.2010 at 09:12 pm

Where to buy seagrass

posted by: kitchenconfidential2 on 03.11.2010 at 05:46 am in Home Decorating Forum

Has anyone ordered custom seagrass from naturalarearugs.com?

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What do you wish you had in your walk-in pantry?

posted by: bostonantique on 03.12.2010 at 06:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are in the process of designing a walk-in pantry space. I have looked through many of the beautiful pantries on this site. What do you have that you couldn't live without? Or what do you wish you had? Thanks!

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clipped on: 03.13.2010 at 09:50 am    last updated on: 03.13.2010 at 09:50 am

Pantry photos/ pics of pantries

posted by: rhome410 on 02.03.2009 at 02:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

There are some great pantry threads that will eventually be lost and Starpooh suggested I post links here so that others can post and, hopefully, we'll keep some of these resources alive for those planning pantries in the future. (She pointed out that threads 'live' longer here than on the discussions side of the forum.) There is one thread, in particular, that has awesome photos of pantry interiors that I can open through a link I've saved, but if anyone posts on it, it doesn't become current again. Starpooh has put it in .pdf form and it is too large to download here, so I've linked it below.

Here is another walk-in pantry thread with helpful shelf spacing guidelines/recommendations:
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0518351723171.html

There is also a previous thread with photos of closet style pantries, which I'm still trying to track down. Of course, photos of pantry cabs will be helpful to people, too.

Anyway, here's hoping people will start showing off their pantries here, so we form a pantry album for others to consult.

Here is a link that might be useful: Thread as .pdf: Anyone Willing to Share the Inside of their Pantry?

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clipped on: 03.13.2010 at 09:50 am    last updated on: 03.13.2010 at 09:50 am

Do you have an 18' deep vanity?

posted by: dontcallmeshirley on 09.06.2007 at 10:32 am in Bathrooms Forum

.............Do you like it?

I have been trying to decide if it is worth ordering an 18" vanity. I could fit a 21" vanity (31" to wall), but the 18" would give me that much more valuable space needed to open up this small bathroom. I just don't want to regret having a smaller sink. What should be my priority? Space or sink?

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clipped on: 03.13.2010 at 09:49 am    last updated on: 03.13.2010 at 09:49 am

DIY Butcher Block Countertop Installation..Need Help

posted by: suzenla on 03.11.2010 at 06:25 am in Kitchens Forum

I am considering using butcher block on all countertops in my kitchen and have been researching installation techniques. My concerns are with moisture/heat issues around sink,dishwasher, stove and installation of sink. One butcher block company states it weakens the counter to cut out the opening for the sink ???? I would appreciate input from you DIYers out there. Thanks, Susan

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clipped on: 03.11.2010 at 09:55 am    last updated on: 03.11.2010 at 09:56 am

Which finish for formal dining table used for daily meals

posted by: annab6 on 03.08.2010 at 11:53 am in Kitchens Forum

Like many of you we eliminated kitchen table in favor of using the dining table for every day family meals. So I have been thinking about the kind of table top material and finish we would want. We don't have a separate dining room, our dining area is in our "formal" living room. It is not as formal as those rooms in decorating magazines but it is still the most dressed-up area of our house. So I want a rich dark finish, not high gloss, but not the formica look or tile either, but one that would look presentable after normal daily use without requiring special care. Our decorating style is transitional.

I have looked at tables at Raymour and Flanigan, Macys and Pottery Barn. Most of the dark tables that I saw had lots of very visible marks and scratches on the top. I am not talking "distressed" look, more like "damaged" look. These are display tables so they might be taking some abuse but then nobody is eating at them and they don't come in contact with water so why do they look so bad?

We would use the table for most dinners and probably for some breakfasts and lunches on weekends and would certainly use placemats, but I don't want to get into running after my kids every time they put down a plate without using one.

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clipped on: 03.09.2010 at 06:06 pm    last updated on: 03.09.2010 at 06:09 pm

please list all marble look countertops

posted by: enright on 03.08.2010 at 12:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

I AM SO CONFUSED! I love the look of marble and did the stain test on a piece of sealed honed marble and thought it would work. But then I dropped a scissors on it and it chipped right away. Not good, since we are always dropping stuff on the counters. Now I am in search of marble look-alikes. Here is what I have found:
1. Okite bianco carrera-- very WHITE, but the veining is not very authentic looking
2. Ceasarstone Misty Carrera-Looks grayer in pictures I have seen on kitchen forum
3. Luce de luna-- a quartzite but I don't know anything more. I have only seen this on the kitchen forum. Appears to look most like marble but I have not seen it in person.
4. Danby marble-- This is actually a marble but it is supposed to be harder than most marble. When I talked to someone from a quarry in Virginia, he said it would probably chip if a scissor is dropped on it.

Does anyone know any more about the Luce de luna or Danby? Any others that I am missing?? Any pics available??

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clipped on: 03.09.2010 at 05:52 pm    last updated on: 03.09.2010 at 05:52 pm

I think I finally found white granite!

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 07.15.2009 at 12:36 am in Kitchens Forum

After many weeks of confused and tiring decision-making, I think I just may have found my perfect countertop. I have been avidly following all the posts about finding just that "perfect" piece and was getting more and more discouraged. My DH does not want marble but I have true love of it. The more I looked at granite, the more I felt it fell short. But I visited a number of slab yards (9 in total) and some more than an hour away and today I finally found "IT".

Here in California it's called White Princess but who knows what other names it's called....yippee!!

Hope all you who are still in "countertop angst" find your true love soon!

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clipped on: 03.09.2010 at 05:47 pm    last updated on: 03.09.2010 at 05:47 pm

Holy smokes! Just checked Scherr's prices! :)

posted by: amberley on 03.09.2010 at 12:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just called Scherrs's to get a apples to apples comparison for IKEA doors. I am looking at Liljistad- the dark brown raised panel door (which I planned to sand and paint). So I asked for a price from Scherr's on the series 200 door with a basic edge (i.e. no upcharge) in solid poplar. From what I can discern from the pictures, they look like the same door. IKEA's price for a 30" wide x 30" tall base cabinet with 2 doors (2 @ 15"wide x 30" tall) would be $160 plus tax. Scherr's was $123 (including the hole borings to fit IKEA boxes), plus shipping. I figure that the shipping vs. tax will be about a wash. Wow! That is a big difference when you multiply it over a whole kitchen!! Plus, They come ready to paint, so I don't have to do any prep work!! And, IKEA's doors are oak, and these are poplar, which is smoother, so it will have a better finish! Hooray!

Any advice from those who have ordered from Scherr's?

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Almost Finished Dining Room

posted by: willowdecor on 03.02.2010 at 10:46 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here is my almost finished Dining Room. We hardly ever use it since we added a Breakfast Room to the kitchen. I think I need a rug, but should I spend more money on a room I do not use. What do you all think?

Here is a link that might be useful: Willow's Dining Room

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Cost-Plus or Fixed Price?

posted by: rjaero19473 on 03.04.2010 at 08:35 am in Building a Home Forum

We are getting bids for our new house and are getting both fixed price and cost-plus bids. Most of the builders in our area do the cost-plus thing, and so far I only found one contractor that we like who will only do fixed price. I have a good bit of references for all the contractors, so I can easily contact past clients, as well as current ones to see how the builder performed. At this point we are not sure what to do. The one guy who does fixed price is a really good contractor, but his price is about 75k more than the others. I'm not sure if that price is to cover his butt, or if he just has expensive subs. Also not sure if the other two are low-bidding. What are your thoughts?

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Glass Roof for Sunroom - Good or Bad Idea?

posted by: cecil on 01.30.2008 at 11:53 am in Porches & Decks Forum

We are thinking of building a sunroom off our MBR. When you walk out of our MBR into the sunroom we will have a door on the righ that will lead to an open deck and 10' away from the door is the entrance to our Great room. Due to my roof system attaching the sunroom off the MBR is easier, less costly and will look better than attaching it to the french doors off the great room

We are deciding on materials. Four Seasons has the nice glass roof systems but since it is winter here in VA we can't tell how much heat these will build up in the dead of summer. not to mention our sunroom will face south and get full sun all day long. No shade trees either. Sunroom roof was going to be 12' x 16'. Cathedral ceiling. Are glass roofs a bad idea and if so why? Too hot? Too cold? Too hard to clean? My room will be 16'x16' but we were going to build the cathedral out about 4' off the existing roof and then add the glass for the remainder of the 12'.

Four seasons has given us options for the 12'x16', do 1/2 in glass and the other side of the cathedral in standard shingle or I could downsize the glass further to say 10' or 8' x16'. Would glass on both roofs be better or better looking I should say than glass on just one side of the roof system? Thanks for the input. We will have a ductless system in the sunroom as well to make it 4 season.

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Rainshower/handheld used at same time

posted by: mondragon on 03.01.2010 at 11:06 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I'm redoing a guest bathroom - a complete gut & redo. We're putting in a walk-in shower and after polling our frequent guests (we live just outside of NYC so there are a number of them) we have the requirement of an overhead rainshower and a handheld which can be used at the same time.

We have this setup in the masterbath shower, it's a temperature control valve and then two simple valves, one each for the rainhead and the hand shower. It's pretty great.

To save some money in the guest bath, we are trying to figure out how to get the same functionality with less hardware and less plumber time. Basically, we want a valve with a built-in diverter but unlike what you get for tub/shower, the diverter would be a gradual switchover instead of a push-button all-or-nothing.

It's a difficult set of requirements to do a web search on - the only one I've found is the Moen 3-function valve, which has this trim:

I wouldn't be unhappy with the Moen (although I'm a little confused, it looks like you can buy valve&trim, or valve, and trim, with the combined package costing more (??)) and the price is reasonable, but I'd like to know if I have other options.

Anyone looked into this?

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Marble Hex Flooring, anyone want to share?

posted by: rookie_2010 on 02.27.2010 at 04:39 pm in Bathrooms Forum

All,
I recently decided (but haven't purchased yet) to do 1 inch honed calacatta hex mosaic on my master bathroom floor. Anyone have any pictures or good/bad experiences, maintenance advice to share? I'm also wrestling with what kind of visual difference the 1 inch would make vice the 2 inch hex.

Thanks in advance!

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Finished White Kitchen!

posted by: robinst on 12.30.2009 at 04:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here are the finished pictures of our white kitchen. Thanks to this site for a lot of my inspiration. Some of the details are:

Cabinets: Custom White Shaker
Paint: Cabinets - Benjamin Moore Simply White
Wall - Benjamin Moore Piedmont Gray
Faucet: Kraus
Counters: Black Pearl Granite
Fridge: GE Profile
Stove: JennAir
Backsplash: Carrara Random


White Kitchen

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Warming drawer - do you use? Where in kitchen?

posted by: sherriz on 02.28.2010 at 09:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm considering adding a warming drawer to our new remodel. I would love to hear from people who have a WD and if they use it (how often and for what) Or do people regret losing the space?

Also, where do you have the WD located? Specifically, at what height do you have it? On the bottom drawer level, middle or top? I don't anticipate using it everyday so don't want to lose access to top drawers but bending over with hot foods also doesn't seem appealing.

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White painted cabinets that hold up?

posted by: sandlll on 02.26.2010 at 11:23 am in Kitchens Forum

We want to have white painted cabinets. What type of finish should we look for for longevity? We want to do cabinets once and have them last (finish and all) for 20 years....

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pix of islands that seat 5?

posted by: agl_andiamo on 02.13.2010 at 10:06 am in Kitchens Forum

After my DH vetoed an island that included a table portion that would seat 3, we've agreed to use the soon-to-be opened up dining room for most meals. We do want an island that would seat all 5 of us. I've tried searching for ideas in old posts, but with the missing files, it hasn't been productive. I'd love to see some pictures of options! Thanks!

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What is your most cherished and well used cook book ?

posted by: wheatciti on 02.25.2010 at 05:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Now that my kitchen is complete, I need to use it more.
I have acquired quite a few "Company's coming" cook books, however no matter what recipe I try out of them my family doesn't like it enough to have me make it again:-(

I know it must be me, however all the other cooks in the house have had the same end results.

I know I can google any recipe but some times I just seem to want it to come from a book

Any suggestions?

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Where do you store your books?

posted by: groovia on 02.23.2010 at 07:38 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Do you display them, or have them tucked away, or do you pitch them?

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Suggestions for cost effective stone?

posted by: polkadots on 02.25.2010 at 08:38 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hello all. Been lurking for a few months and had been a contributor on the Home Decorating forum in the past. We are having a plan drawn for a house and will be pricing it out to determine if we will proceed with the build (hope so!!). I have been planning to avoid stone because of the cost and planned to use some brick and hardiplank for the exterior. I am now really wanting to use some stone for variety and interest, and am wondering if there are big cost differences in stones? Are there some kinds I should look for and others to avoid? Is the labor involved with stone more than brick? I would prefer to use real stone versus cultured, but I am open to suggestions. Thanks for any insight you can give me as I look into this aspect of the build.

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Marble subway tile mixed with white ceramic in tub area????

posted by: nymommy on 02.11.2010 at 09:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hi all, I spent quite a few months in the kitchen forums now I am hopping over to the bathroom forums. OK, so I have fallen in love with the 3x6 honed marble tile (the $&/sq foot from buildersdepotdirect)but I have heard over and over again that it just isn't practical in a tub area especially since this is our only full bath that we are sharing with 5 people (Me, hubby, and 3 kids). Has anyone ever used the marble on the walls then used a plain white 3x6 subway tile in the bath area. I am thinking it wouldn't really be too much of a big deal since it will be mostly covered in the tub area. But I just LOVE that marble and I can't learn to love anything else. Any input would be great or even pics. Thanks so much!

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Daltile Rittenhouse Square question re: colors - whites

posted by: mcladd on 02.22.2010 at 03:11 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I am doing a kids bathroom and would like to use Rittenhouse Square subway tiles on the tub/shower surround. The floor will be ivory 1" hex tiles with one smallish diamond pattern using charcoal grey 1" hex. The hex tiles are from Mosaic Tile Supplies and their ivory color is very similar to American Olean "Biscuit" hex tiles.

For the subway tile tub surround, I am trying to decide between Rittenhouse Square subway tiles in the colors White 0100 White K101 and Biscuit K175. Even though Biscuit seems like a good color match with the hex tiles, I think it is too creamy/off-white. From the very small samples I see at the tile store, I can barely tell any difference between the two whites 0100 and K101. I prefer a creamier white, but probably a little closer to a true white than the Biscuit.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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91% finished kitchen - but I still need your help!

posted by: beschenbach on 02.22.2010 at 05:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, we're in the homestretch, phew! I am still struggling with the following:

- pendant lighting: The ones in the pics are placeholders and we're not thrilled with them because they are so low and not adjustable. They were like $20 from Menards to help us just get by. We are leaning toward Pottery Barn's rustic glass pendants, but are a tiny bit concerned about the bare bulb showing through.

- ligthing over kitchen table. We don't want anything too crazy ornate and want it to go with whatever pendants we pick.

- look at the "message center". Do you think the hardware works with it? Something about it just doesn't seem right to me. Also am looking to maybe get cuter baskets or somehting to spruce it up a bit.

- Would you paint the patio door window frame to match the white trim?

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**They're here--the samples have arrived! Bill V look too!

posted by: beekeeperswife on 02.24.2010 at 05:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

The samples are here! Oh yeah! They are really nice. I must comment though that in the photo it must be an optical illusion because I thought they went "up" at the edge, but actually they go "down". I like my samples, but is it an illusion or is it a different tile?

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I am 99.9% sure I'm going with white, the ivory is too creamy. So, no voting on the color and messing with my mind.

Bill, after you see the samples, can you comment if I am to follow plan as give the other night? Thanks.

I will have to nip off the top of the tiles right under the cabinet, but you will see almost 3 full tiles high. Bill--any hints to success?

I am wondering how to end above the range. If I go to the ceiling, I will make it flat, but if I stop right below the crown moulding, I could choose to go flat (using their end 1/2 pieces) or go pointy and don't put those finished 1/2 pieces in. Would that look odd?

Corgimum? You in the mood to photoshop that?

I am going to order enough to go to the ceiling, but I will decide if I want to stop it lower after I have the tiles here and can look at them. It's not much more square footage to order.

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PS--Don't you love duct tape? I could just duct tape up the whole thing!

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what finish have you chosen for door knobs

posted by: kateskouros on 02.24.2010 at 04:38 pm in Building a Home Forum

...door hinges, windows and other hardware? just thought it was time to obsess over this for now. as always, thank you!

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can we talk about floor outlets?

posted by: kateskouros on 10.13.2009 at 11:01 am in Building a Home Forum

we had one in the middle of our dining room floor at the old house (c: 1903) and i never could figure out why anyone would need one under a dining room table ...but i'm thinking i'd have use for a few in our new build. i've seen so many pics with lamps situated on tables that are no where near a wall outlet, yet i can never see where the cord is plugged. i suspect due to some over zealous photoshopper they have all just gone away.

so do you just somehow tape the cord and run it under a carpet? how do you figure out where they go (if no furniture yet) so you don't have a weird lump under your rugs? and wouldn't they be dangerous under a rug?

welcome to my new obsession.

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Heart Pine Flooring~Finish Question

posted by: katieob on 05.14.2009 at 10:57 am in Building a Home Forum

Hi all.

We are having heart pine floors (10 inch width, random lengths) installed throughout most of our new home.

The plan is for one coat tung oil followed by 3/4 coats of water based poly in a satin finish.

Relevant info: We have young babies and a large yellow lab.

Do you agree with this plan? Please let me know.

Thanks!

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Please vote on my stairs~Photos!

posted by: katieob on 07.01.2009 at 07:14 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hi all.

I am having trouble deciding between all white painted newel posts, banisters & spindles or just staining the banister a walnut color.
The floor & treads will be heart pine with a tung oil finish. Newel posts are chunky & boxy and spindles are pretty thick & square, much like the photo below.

Inspiration for all white:

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Inspiration for stained banisters:

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Large lantern hanging in stairway:

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The floor color (no tung oil yet):

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The trim will be Benjamin Moore White Dove and the paint color in the foyer/stairs will be Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Grey.

Please vote. I am totally going back & forth on this.

THANKS!!!!!
Katie

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Finished~Thanks for the help

posted by: katieob on 01.30.2010 at 03:41 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hello.

I am mostly a lurker here, but received great advice from time to time on windows, doors and more. Just wanted to say thanks. We moved in around Thanksgiving & have a lot to do (paint columns, landscaping, etc) but we're so happy to be in. Good luck to those of you still in the trenches!
Katie

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almost finished kitchen - creamy cabs/marble/reclaimed pine floor

posted by: ahneb on 04.02.2008 at 10:16 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all --

Here is a link to my almost completed kitchen, it's been a long haul and I'm so excited to finally say it's almost done. I have been a quiet but very tuned-in user of the forum and it's amazing knowledge. Thank you all - I stand on the shoulder of giants like Momto4kids, pirula,zolablue and so many many more. thanks!

link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24087473@N05/page2/

details:

cabinets: plain and fancy - buttercream/shaker door
countertops: honed calacatta d'oro
floors: reclaimed heart pine- shenandoah plank
sink: Shaw's original
faucet: newport brass in polished nickel
pendants: Wilmette Lighting Company
range: LaCanche
wall oven: Wolf
tile (yet to be installed): Pratt and Lambert watercolor series 3x6

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How do you use your mudroom?

posted by: highjumpgirl on 01.27.2010 at 04:26 pm in Building a Home Forum

I've been surprised at the large sizes of some people's mudrooms, and also how some say they wish they'd gone larger. I'm wondering how you use your mudroom?

I don't have one at all in my plan, but have several other areas that I'm thinking must be taking care of the uses you use your mudroom for.

We don't have dogs (nor plan to have them---we have other pets).

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