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SarasotaRepub
03-13-2010, 08:33 PM
SLW and I are nearly ready to plug the trigger on a semi-major
kitchen redo.

The countertops are old white Formica and have to go!! The walls also
need to be repainted and we need a new sink and faucet.

So...the countertops choice came down to Corian or Granite. Lowes had a sale on a nice pattern of Corian we liked that ran $41 bucs a sq. foot.

BUT...

We also found a new local place that has a really nice Granite (with a free SS sink)
for only $29.99 a foot.

Guess which one we are going with??? :rolleyes::D

I can't see a down side going with the Granite vs the Corian, with the price diff being what it is. The Granite place has an excellent rep, SLW checked them out. We also had a guy over today that will be taking out some old tile on the walls and doing the demo work ripping out the old countertops, repainting the kitchen and the hallway, he works with the Granite company. Guy was straight forward with the estimate, and he doesn't want any money up front. :eek: The Granite place wants 50% up front which I don't have a problem with.

Anyone see any glaring problems???

Rockntractor
03-13-2010, 08:54 PM
You can't go wrong with rock.:D

patriot45
03-13-2010, 09:00 PM
SLW and I are nearly ready to plug the trigger on a semi-major
kitchen redo.

The countertops are old white Formica and have to go!! The walls also
need to be repainted and we need a new sink and faucet.

So...the countertops choice came down to Corian or Granite. Lowes had a sale on a nice pattern of Corian we liked that ran $41 bucs a sq. foot.

BUT...

We also found a new local place that has a really nice Granite (with a free SS sink)
for only $29.99 a foot.

Guess which one we are going with??? :rolleyes::D

I can't see a down side going with the Granite vs the Corian, with the price diff being what it is. The Granite place has an excellent rep, SLW checked them out. We also had a guy over today that will be taking out some old tile on the walls and doing the demo work ripping out the old countertops, repainting the kitchen and the hallway, he works with the Granite company. Guy was straight forward with the estimate, and he doesn't want any money up front. :eek: The Granite place wants 50% up front which I don't have a problem with.

Anyone see any glaring problems???

Like Rock said you can't go wrong with the granite and with the undermount sink at 30 bucs a sq. ft. is a nice price! No cabinets though!?

SarasotaRepub
03-13-2010, 09:16 PM
Like Rock said you can't go wrong with the granite and with the undermount sink at 30 bucs a sq. ft. is a nice price! No cabinets though!?

No, the original cabs are staying. They're solid wood and we can't see a good reason to replace them.

I'm not a kitchen/granite/corian fanatic but the stuff we pick out is pretty nice. I'll try and take a pic of the granite sample.

SarasotaRepub
03-13-2010, 09:53 PM
Here is the Granite sample...

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r231/SarasotaRepub/1863c0b6.jpg

Kay
03-13-2010, 09:55 PM
I personally would definitely prefer the granite.

PoliCon
03-13-2010, 09:56 PM
aren't there maintenance issues with granite?

SarasotaRepub
03-13-2010, 10:08 PM
I personally would definitely prefer the granite.


Same here. When you watch HGTV all you wimmens want Granite. :D

The Corian is nice looking also and doesn't need the "prep" the stone
does but the price....:);)

Kay
03-13-2010, 10:38 PM
I work in commercial real estate - I had all granite countertops installed in an executive
conference room recently that I just fell in love with. It was black granite with splotches
of gold swirled around in it. Perfect for an oil company. Sorta like this:

http://www.intrepidrocks.com/sitetools/uploads/prod-main_photo/677-12170578291.jpg

I just really like the way granite looks.

SarasotaRepub
03-13-2010, 10:46 PM
I work in commercial real estate - I had all granite countertops installed in an executive
conference room recently that I just fell in love with. It was black granite with splotches
of gold swirled around in it. Perfect for an oil company. Sorta like this:

http://www.intrepidrocks.com/sitetools/uploads/prod-main_photo/677-12170578291.jpg

I just really like the way granite looks.

I like Granite too. :D

Articulate_Ape
03-13-2010, 10:56 PM
I personally would definitely prefer the granite.

Yesh, what she shaid.

Starbuck
03-13-2010, 11:02 PM
Thread thief alert!........

Granite. I love it. Kay showed a GREAT sample.
Got a great granite story, too. I was in a town in Georgia (can NOT remember the name of that town!) working with the local phone company and they showed me where the local granite miners had carved a new football stadium right out of the granite in the earth. Story was, the school needed a field, the granite company had some property and just whittled it out for them - amphitheater seats, drainage and all!
It was really heartwarming to see how proud they all were of their efforts.

OK.....back to subject.....

Kay
03-13-2010, 11:19 PM
TruckerMe, I had to Google that, and what a neat story.
Here's a link: http://www.elbert.k12.ga.us/ecchs/granitebowl/granitebowl.html

Starbuck
03-13-2010, 11:51 PM
Elberton!..Yeah, that's it. I first saw the stadium when I was in sales around 1985 or so. Now I'm finishing out my working years as a trucker and I go through Elberton once in a while.
Dang! Makes my eyes water.....;)

Constitutionally Speaking
03-14-2010, 05:53 AM
We have granite and the maintenance issues it has are overblown.

hampshirebrit
03-14-2010, 06:07 AM
We have granite and the maintenance issues it has are overblown.

True that. So far no problems with mine.

Just be careful to get any spills off, especially citrus and wine, and get some trivetts for pans. You could even get the trivetts built in if you want.

That looks like nice granite, SR.

marv
03-14-2010, 08:56 AM
Never had granite, but had a house in Columbus, OH, with Corian kitchen and baths that included tub and shower surrounds. Never a problem with maintenance including spills.

Just my 2........

megimoo
03-14-2010, 09:07 AM
SLW and I are nearly ready to plug the trigger on a semi-major
kitchen redo.

The countertops are old white Formica and have to go!! The walls also
need to be repainted and we need a new sink and faucet.

So...the countertops choice came down to Corian or Granite. Lowes had a sale on a nice pattern of Corian we liked that ran $41 bucs a sq. foot.

BUT...

We also found a new local place that has a really nice Granite (with a free SS sink)
for only $29.99 a foot.

Guess which one we are going with??? :rolleyes::D

I can't see a down side going with the Granite vs the Corian, with the price diff being what it is. The Granite place has an excellent rep, SLW checked them out. We also had a guy over today that will be taking out some old tile on the walls and doing the demo work ripping out the old countertops, repainting the kitchen and the hallway, he works with the Granite company. Guy was straight forward with the estimate, and he doesn't want any money up front. :eek: The Granite place wants 50% up front which I don't have a problem with.

Anyone see any glaring problems???What about the 'splash boards' and any under the cabinet lighting updates ?Those counter tops make the counters darker !

Constitutionally Speaking
03-14-2010, 10:19 AM
True that. So far no problems with mine.

Just be careful to get any spills off, especially citrus and wine, and get some trivetts for pans. You could even get the trivetts built in if you want.

That looks like nice granite, SR.

The granite we have is quite dark, so it hides EVERYTHING. It hides things so well that when we clean it, we literally have to feel the bumps caused by dried on stuff. You simply cannot see it.

This is similar to what we have.

http://www.granitestock.com/images/granite/sapphire_brown.jpg

hampshirebrit
03-14-2010, 12:58 PM
Just saw the SS sink reference in your first post, SR...

I'd recommend against stainless steel, personally. They scratch way too easily. A nice porcelain belfast sink will be more durable and look much better w/ granite counters.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h281/hampshirebrit/DSC01622.jpg

I mostly use it for staging stuff that won't fit in the dishwasher first run. It cost around $150 or so, as I recall.

linda22003
03-14-2010, 01:03 PM
The term "belfast sink" isn't known on this side of the pond, Hamp; it conjures up images of being taken out by an IRA bullet as you do the washing-up. Over here it's known as a farmers' sink.

hampshirebrit
03-14-2010, 01:12 PM
The term "belfast sink" isn't known on this side of the pond, Hamp; it conjures up images of being taken out by an IRA bullet as you do the washing-up. Over here it's known as a farmers' sink.

LOL! My South African neighbours call it a butler's sink. Whatever the name, they are pretty fine ... I'm glad I chose one. The depth of it alone makes it incredibly useful.

linda22003
03-14-2010, 01:19 PM
Here, they are most popularly made of soapstone:

http://www.greenmountainsoapstone.com/about_soapstone.html

SaintLouieWoman
03-14-2010, 01:42 PM
True that. So far no problems with mine.

Just be careful to get any spills off, especially citrus and wine, and get some trivetts for pans. You could even get the trivetts built in if you want.

That looks like nice granite, SR.

What about coffee spills? I don't drink coffee, but SR does. I'm always cleaning coffee stains off that white formica.

SaintLouieWoman
03-14-2010, 01:47 PM
Just saw the SS sink reference in your first post, SR...

I'd recommend against stainless steel, personally. They scratch way too easily. A nice porcelain belfast sink will be more durable and look much better w/ granite counters.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h281/hampshirebrit/DSC01622.jpg

I mostly use it for staging stuff that won't fit in the dishwasher first run. It cost around $150 or so, as I recall.

I'd actually prefer one large sink, but the countertop place is including a nice looking stainless steel sink in the price. They're the 18 gauge, nice-looking, but know I'll have to be careful with it. My sis just built a new home and has the ss sink. She said it's already scratched and now (too late) has some clear vinyl thingies in the bottom to protect it.

In the US buyers seem to be fixated on stainless steel, hardwood floors and granite. At first I resisted granite because didn't want to be a conformist. I finally realized it was best in this case to go with the flow for resale value.

hampshirebrit
03-14-2010, 03:59 PM
What about coffee spills? I don't drink coffee, but SR does. I'm always cleaning coffee stains off that white formica.

You'll be fine. The main thing is not to leave any spills down too long. Citrus and wine are the worst things, apparently, as they mess with the sealant.

I use this stuff to clean:

http://www.methodproducts.co.uk/images/ps_granite.jpg

It does the job and it smells great, too. I guess there are equivalent products in the US that do the same thing. http://www.methodproducts.co.uk/daily_granite.html

PoliCon
03-14-2010, 04:45 PM
LOL! My South African neighbours call it a butler's sink. Whatever the name, they are pretty fine ... I'm glad I chose one. The depth of it alone makes it incredibly useful.:confused: We always called it a scullery sink . . . .

PoliCon
03-14-2010, 04:47 PM
Here, they are most popularly made of soapstone:

http://www.greenmountainsoapstone.com/about_soapstone.html

Ya'll can have your granite. I love the look and feel of soapstone.

PoliCon
03-14-2010, 04:49 PM
You'll be fine. The main thing is not to leave any spills down too long. Citrus and wine are the worst things, apparently, as they mess with the sealant.

I use this stuff to clean:

http://www.methodproducts.co.uk/images/ps_granite.jpg

It does the job and it smells great, too. I guess there are equivalent products in the US that do the same thing. http://www.methodproducts.co.uk/daily_granite.html

What kind of carbon footprint does that stuff have?

Ranger Rick
03-14-2010, 04:53 PM
We updated our kitchen several years ago. Went with the" Chocolate chip brown" granite, and a Tuscany look.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f299/RangerRick2/DSC07506.jpg


Counter top with bull nose.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f299/RangerRick2/DSC07509.jpg

Have not had any problem with it.

PoliCon
03-14-2010, 04:56 PM
Great color choices rick. :)

SaintLouieWoman
03-14-2010, 06:16 PM
Rick, love the kitchen. Your white cabinets are similar to ours. I'm very confused now. We had decided on the granite going up one of the walls and then a 4 or 5" backsplash, just like you have, with the walls painted. I like the look of yours, helps me visualize how ours would look.

Returned a short while ago from TileSource. The guy there showed me some travertine tile, the natural stone. I have the sample leaning up against the wall, trying to visualize how it would look. It's certainl less expensive than the granite on the wall. But if we'd do it, would then put it on the 3 walls, vs one.

Decisions, decisions. :eek:

Ranger Rick
03-14-2010, 07:04 PM
Thank you, sir.

A glazed tile? Anything porous is going to soak up the grease.

SarasotaRepub
03-14-2010, 07:45 PM
Here is a pic of the Tavertine tile we are thinking of using as the backsplash...

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r231/SarasotaRepub/c1f52a80.jpg

That's the granite sample next to it. I really like the texture of the tile. The tile guy say some people fill the natural holes with grout if they are worried about grease. In our case this isn't an issue as no food prep or cooking is done where the tile would be.

PoliCon
03-14-2010, 08:35 PM
Here is a pic of the Tavertine tile we are thinking of using as the backsplash...

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r231/SarasotaRepub/c1f52a80.jpg

That's the granite sample next to it. I really like the texture of the tile. The tile guy say some people fill the natural holes with grout if they are worried about grease. In our case this isn't an issue as no food prep or cooking is done where the tile would be.

what color are you using on the walls? and have you considered glass tiles?

SarasotaRepub
03-14-2010, 08:50 PM
what color are you using on the walls? and have you considered glass tiles?

Yes we have considered glass but they'd be overkill for this house and we'd never get the money back if we sold. The walls are going to be painted a very subtle green/beige...ask SLW, I can't get too invested in paint color as long as it isn't hideous. :D

We aslo picked out a new faucet for the SS sink.

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r231/SarasotaRepub/4260a5bd.jpg

PoliCon
03-14-2010, 09:10 PM
Another alternative is the pressed tin or even copper . . . :)

http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/14d/9/AAAAAhco2bwAAAAAAU2YYw.jpg

SarasotaRepub
03-14-2010, 09:17 PM
Another alternative is the pressed tin or even copper . . . :)

http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/14d/9/AAAAAhco2bwAAAAAAU2YYw.jpg


Yeah, I like it. Not this house though.

PoliCon
03-14-2010, 09:20 PM
Yeah, I like it. Not this house though.

get the cheap PVC kind ;)

SaintLouieWoman
03-14-2010, 10:53 PM
get the cheap PVC kind ;)

Haven't seen them in the store, going to spend most of tomorrow researching this. I like the look of the steel/silver color. The copper wouldn't go with all the brushed chrome handles and hinges that I had installed a couple years ago.

I'm worried that the traventine tiles are too beige, don't look good against the stark white cabinets.

The walls in the adjoining family room are a medium/light grey with red overtones, a warm beige. They are the same color as the entrance hall and the one wall is an open stairway to the basement, so almost 2 feet tall. No way that I'm changing that paint color. But the woman at the paint store, who has a keen color sense, said that using that same color from the family room, toned down with white, would just look dirty against the white cabinets.

That's how I'm thinking that travetine tile looks against the white cabinets, sort of dirty. I'm going to see if I can get a tile that's more grey.

Oh, well, will think about this more tomorrow.

SaintLouieWoman
03-14-2010, 10:55 PM
Another alternative is the pressed tin or even copper . . . :)

http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/14d/9/AAAAAhco2bwAAAAAAU2YYw.jpg

I wonder if that could be installed over the white ceramic tile without removing the tile. That seems to be a large chunk of the cost.

PoliCon
03-14-2010, 11:39 PM
I wonder if that could be installed over the white ceramic tile without removing the tile. That seems to be a large chunk of the cost.

actually - yes it can. For that matter - you can take down the old tile yourselves - it's not hard - just time consuming.

PoliCon
03-14-2010, 11:41 PM
Haven't seen them in the store, going to spend most of tomorrow researching this. I like the look of the steel/silver color. The copper wouldn't go with all the brushed chrome handles and hinges that I had installed a couple years ago.

I'm worried that the traventine tiles are too beige, don't look good against the stark white cabinets.

The walls in the adjoining family room are a medium/light grey with red overtones, a warm beige. They are the same color as the entrance hall and the one wall is an open stairway to the basement, so almost 2 feet tall. No way that I'm changing that paint color. But the woman at the paint store, who has a keen color sense, said that using that same color from the family room, toned down with white, would just look dirty against the white cabinets.

That's how I'm thinking that travetine tile looks against the white cabinets, sort of dirty. I'm going to see if I can get a tile that's more grey.

Oh, well, will think about this more tomorrow.

Lowes - if you have them - should had the PVC pressed tin panels . . . last time I looked . . . .

noonwitch
03-15-2010, 10:26 AM
Here is the Granite sample...

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r231/SarasotaRepub/1863c0b6.jpg



It looks a lot better than formica.

SarasotaRepub
03-15-2010, 08:39 PM
Change of plans/granite!!!:D

We ordered this stuff tonight....

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r231/SarasotaRepub/0a9359b6.jpg


And we're going to cover that back wall with this pattern also...

Ranger Rick
03-15-2010, 09:32 PM
Allright, looks good.

SaintLouieWoman
03-15-2010, 09:35 PM
Allright, looks good.

Thanks. When I went in there today with a few questions before signing their contract, they said they had an additional granite at their "special" price. I liked the richer color, but took a sample home for SR. He agreed, so we decided to just do it this evening and be done with it.

Can't believe, they've scheduled installation for March 26th. I'll be glad when it's completed.

Kay
03-15-2010, 09:41 PM
Oh I like that one too SLW.
I like the darker tone with the contrasting white cabinets.

SarasotaRepub
03-17-2010, 06:08 AM
We're going to pick out the slab on Saturday. :cool:

NJCardFan
03-17-2010, 10:23 AM
Granite looks good. You're first choice looks exactly like the one we picked out for the bathroom vanity.

SarasotaRepub
03-21-2010, 05:47 PM
Been doing painting today, my favorite stuff!!:rolleyes:

Although the kitchen is the main focus of the redo we are having the hallway painted too and the baseboards needed a new coat of paint. And that came out so well I painted the base boards in both bathrooms as well as all the door frames.

I have to say for a few hours work and next to zero $$$ expended, the rooms look a hundred % better and the big stuff isn't even done yet.

I think we found the color for the kitchen walls and the hallway. I'll shoot a pic and put it up. :D

SarasotaRepub
03-21-2010, 06:01 PM
Ok, the color we're leaning to is the light grey. It's to the right of the clock.

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r231/SarasotaRepub/General/77858a7f.jpg

We both think it'll pick up the grey in the granite really well. Please excuse all vitamins in the pic, someone wants me to be healthy or some such nonsense...:D

RobJohnson
03-21-2010, 08:07 PM
Here is the Granite sample...

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r231/SarasotaRepub/1863c0b6.jpg

Very nice.

It does look a little small for a counter top. :)

RobJohnson
03-21-2010, 08:13 PM
I'd actually prefer one large sink, but the countertop place is including a nice looking stainless steel sink in the price. They're the 18 gauge, nice-looking, but know I'll have to be careful with it. My sis just built a new home and has the ss sink. She said it's already scratched and now (too late) has some clear vinyl thingies in the bottom to protect it.

In the US buyers seem to be fixated on stainless steel, hardwood floors and granite. At first I resisted granite because didn't want to be a conformist. I finally realized it was best in this case to go with the flow for resale value.

The stainless sink will be fine.

They are easy to take care of and look great empty!

RobJohnson
03-21-2010, 08:20 PM
Ok, the color we're leaning to is the light grey. It's to the right of the clock.

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r231/SarasotaRepub/General/77858a7f.jpg

We both think it'll pick up the grey in the granite really well. Please excuse all vitamins in the pic, someone wants me to be healthy or some such nonsense...:D

The vitamins brands look familiar, I hope you get them from my company. :)

SaintLouieWoman
03-22-2010, 07:41 AM
The vitamins brands look familiar, I hope you get them from my company. :)

They're a combination of Nature's Bounty, Nature'sChoice and Citrical (from Costco). The others I get wherever they have a 2 for 1 sale.

By the end of this week, all that white tile will be gone. I might have messed up, but think it looks kind of old fashioned and didn't look good against the marble.

Have to run and get the final paint today. I've been putting patches of about 4 different color paints all over the kitchen, to see how they'd coordinate with the family room. Some of the colors turned out so dark that I painted over them with a lighter color, so the painters won't have to do 3 coats.

The painter suggested a color 50% lighter than the color in the family room, since the 2 rooms are adjoining. That color turned out looking like flesh and was too pinky.

It took way more time picking that paint color than picking the granite, sink, faucets, etc. Not looking forward to unloading all the cabinets and the mess from taking out that ceramic tile.

PoliCon
03-22-2010, 08:47 AM
They're a combination of Nature's Bounty, Nature'sChoice and Citrical (from Costco). The others I get wherever they have a 2 for 1 sale.

By the end of this week, all that white tile will be gone. I might have messed up, but think it looks kind of old fashioned and didn't look good against the marble.

Have to run and get the final paint today. I've been putting patches of about 4 different color paints all over the kitchen, to see how they'd coordinate with the family room. Some of the colors turned out so dark that I painted over them with a lighter color, so the painters won't have to do 3 coats.

The painter suggested a color 50% lighter than the color in the family room, since the 2 rooms are adjoining. That color turned out looking like flesh and was too pinky.

It took way more time picking that paint color than picking the granite, sink, faucets, etc. Not looking forward to unloading all the cabinets and the mess from taking out that ceramic tile.

Two questions - what is your favorite color and how much natural light does the room get?

ETA - third question - how big of a room is it?

SarasotaRepub
03-22-2010, 09:19 PM
I'm pooped! :D

We just finished emptying the kitchen for tomorrow, I even had to move
the PC and modems. :mad::D

All the old counter tops get ripped out and the painting done before
they bring the granite on Friday.

Rockntractor
03-22-2010, 09:21 PM
Rock on!

AmPat
03-22-2010, 09:28 PM
What about coffee spills? I don't drink coffee, but SR does. I'm always cleaning coffee stains off that white formica.

COMMUNIST!:mad:

SaintLouieWoman
03-22-2010, 10:34 PM
Two questions - what is your favorite color and how much natural light does the room get?

ETA - third question - how big of a room is it?

The whole room is white now, white Formica countertops, white tile, white cabinets. We have a beautiful shade of a brown/beige in the bedroom, one of those Ralph Lauren colors that the previous owner had selected. It's really a lovely shade, but they didn't leave the touch up paint and can't quite match it.

Have cranberry red leather Crate and Barrel sort of contemporary chairs around a glass table. I've been seeing lots of dark colors on HGTV, but they deon't have to live with it.

The room is fairly large (relative to the size of the house) and opens to the family room. It has a bay window that opens the eat-in part of the kitchen and a fairly large slider window over the sink. On a bright day it's very light and have adequate lighting for the evening.

The cabinets are an L-shape and there'a an island in the middle. There are 2 double white door pantries on the other wall, so a lot of white on the wall w/o windows.

For some reason I really love the grey color, Sherwin Williams "popular gray". It has some brown undertones. It just looks like a restful color and seems to go with the black granite countertop, that has some threads of grey in it (along with a lot of brown). I put those brushed chrome pulls and hinges on all the drawers and cabs when I moved here and have a stainless steel dishwasher and will have the SS sink.

The woman at the countertop place said that grey would give it a more contemporary look.

Really tired and they'll be here tomorrow at 8am. Still have stuff to put away. :eek:

PoliCon
03-22-2010, 10:41 PM
The whole room is white now, white Formica countertops, white tile, white cabinets. We have a beautiful shade of a brown/beige in the bedroom, one of those Ralph Lauren colors that the previous owner had selected. It's really a lovely shade, but they didn't leave the touch up paint and can't quite match it.

Have cranberry red leather Crate and Barrel sort of contemporary chairs around a glass table. I've been seeing lots of dark colors on HGTV, but they deon't have to live with it.

The room is fairly large (relative to the size of the house) and opens to the family room. It has a bay window that opens the eat-in part of the kitchen and a fairly large slider window over the sink. On a bright day it's very light and have adequate lighting for the evening.

The cabinets are an L-shape and there'a an island in the middle. There are 2 double white door pantries on the other wall, so a lot of white on the wall w/o windows.

For some reason I really love the grey color, Sherwin Williams "popular gray". It has some brown undertones. It just looks like a restful color and seems to go with the black granite countertop, that has some threads of grey in it (along with a lot of brown). I put those brushed chrome pulls and hinges on all the drawers and cabs when I moved here and have a stainless steel dishwasher and will have the SS sink.

The woman at the countertop place said that grey would give it a more contemporary look.

Really tired and they'll be here tomorrow at 8am. Still have stuff to put away. :eek:

OK - given that it opens onto another room - you're not gonna wanna go dark because it will make the room pull away and seem uninviting. I suggest a medium color - and if you're not adverse to it, consider something akin to brown since you have that in the next room - go one shade up or down - either an orange hue or a yellow hue - I'd go yellow myself. A nice middle yellow would compliment the granite you have picked out - keep the space bright and inviting - would compliment your dinette and make the red pop.

SarasotaRepub
03-23-2010, 06:28 AM
No yellow!!! :mad::D

The kitchen is going to be that grey color.

PoliCon
03-23-2010, 11:03 AM
No yellow!!! :mad::D

The kitchen is going to be that grey color. While gray may fit the personality of a sith - I mean aren't all the star destroyers and deathstars done up in gray? - that does not mean it would be best for SLW's kitchen redo :p

NJCardFan
03-23-2010, 03:26 PM
Maybe you should go with a warm color like tan or mocha.

SaintLouieWoman
03-23-2010, 03:30 PM
Maybe you should go with a warm color like tan or mocha.

Have so many shades of tan and mocha in the house that have to label all the cans in the basement with name of room.

The grey we're going with has some tan in it. It's a soft, warmer color, not a cold grey.

Policon, it's a light medium color. Think I have a case of the crazies, just getting SO tired of beige, tan, etc needed a slightly different color. I'm liable to regret it, but thought it might be interesting.

And yes, the Sith guy does like grey! That might have influenced me. :D

PoliCon
03-23-2010, 03:55 PM
Have so many shades of tan and mocha in the house that have to label all the cans in the basement with name of room.

The grey we're going with has some tan in it. It's a soft, warmer color, not a cold grey.

Policon, it's a light medium color. Think I have a case of the crazies, just getting SO tired of beige, tan, etc needed a slightly different color. I'm liable to regret it, but thought it might be interesting.

And yes, the Sith guy does like grey! That might have influenced me. :DGray will be . . . OK . . . a nice yellow would pop and would make the granite pop and the red leather pop too . . . . Just saying . . . ;)

SarasotaRepub
03-23-2010, 08:52 PM
NO YELLOW OR GOLD!!!:mad::D

As it turns out, no guys doing demo either today. They screwed up the dates. The guy ripping out the counters and doing the painting needs 2 days. He thought the granite was going in Thursday but it's Friday (like I told him.)

So nothing was done today, it all starts tomorrow. Hopefully. :D

patriot45
03-23-2010, 09:02 PM
NO YELLOW OR GOLD!!!:mad::D

As it turns out, no guys doing demo either today. They screwed up the dates. The guy ripping out the counters and doing the painting needs 2 days. He thought the granite was going in Thursday but it's Friday (like I told him.)

So nothing was done today, it all starts tomorrow. Hopefully. :D

Butter is yellow! :D

PoliCon
03-23-2010, 09:43 PM
NO YELLOW OR GOLD!!!:mad::D

As it turns out, no guys doing demo either today. They screwed up the dates. The guy ripping out the counters and doing the painting needs 2 days. He thought the granite was going in Thursday but it's Friday (like I told him.)

So nothing was done today, it all starts tomorrow. Hopefully. :D Black and gold go so well together though! :D

Rockntractor
03-23-2010, 10:11 PM
NO YELLOW OR GOLD!!!:mad::D

As it turns out, no guys doing demo either today. They screwed up the dates. The guy ripping out the counters and doing the painting needs 2 days. He thought the granite was going in Thursday but it's Friday (like I told him.)

So nothing was done today, it all starts tomorrow. Hopefully. :D

You could be eating out for days, weeks, who knows months!:eek:

lacarnut
03-23-2010, 10:50 PM
NO YELLOW OR GOLD!!!:mad::D

As it turns out, no guys doing demo either today. They screwed up the dates. The guy ripping out the counters and doing the painting needs 2 days. He thought the granite was going in Thursday but it's Friday (like I told him.)

So nothing was done today, it all starts tomorrow. Hopefully. :D

Hey, put what you like rather than using ideas from some wanna-be interior decorator.

PoliCon
03-24-2010, 05:56 AM
Hey, put what you like rather than using ideas from some wanna-be interior decorator.

You shut up. :p I wasn't talking to him anyhow. I was talking to his boss. SLW. :D

SaintLouieWoman
03-24-2010, 07:54 AM
You could be eating out for days, weeks, who knows months!:eek:

Know it will at least be through Friday night. SR wants to go to 5 Guys and White Castle, I want to get stuff at Whole Foods and the healthy stuff at Lifetime Fitness. Guess we'll compromise---Whole Foods! :p:D

Had barbeque last night. SR ordered their fried fish. Big mistake. I had a combo of baby back ribs and chicken. Mine was better. SR had some of mine. It was a place called Rib City. Suspect it's a chain, but it's the only one in STL.

SarasotaRepub
03-24-2010, 07:13 PM
The demo work is done and the kitchen will be painted tomorrow!

The hallway was finished today and it came out fantastic! Grey Fantastic. :p:D

Granite on Friday!

lacarnut
03-24-2010, 10:28 PM
The demo work is done and the kitchen will be painted tomorrow!

The hallway was finished today and it came out fantastic! Grey Fantastic. :p:D

Granite on Friday!

With all this high drama about what color granite and paint color combo to choose, I think it is time you go down to the Hummer dealership and pick out a black one to match your persona. Bring it home and say "how do you like my new vehicle".:) I did that not once but twice. Bought a TR3 and a Sunbeam Alpine.

SarasotaRepub
03-25-2010, 06:13 AM
Well, even though I could probably get a fantastic deal on a HUMMER H3 now the idea is to live to enjoy it which I surely would not. :D

lacarnut
03-25-2010, 12:09 PM
Well, even though I could probably get a fantastic deal on a HUMMER H3 now the idea is to live to enjoy it which I surely would not. :D

Could be explained comparatively speaking like a his and hers bathroom. BMW, yours, Hummer mine. You need to work on it.

SaintLouieWoman
03-25-2010, 04:20 PM
Could be explained comparatively speaking like a his and hers bathroom. BMW, yours, Hummer mine. You need to work on it.

Troublemaker! :p:D

SarasotaRepub
03-25-2010, 10:01 PM
Well they did a greyt job painting the kitchen today.

They removed some old tile backsplash and redid the wallboard. Very well done and the paint looks great!

The big stuff comes in the morning, the granite. I took off from work, I want to see it going in. :D

Pics after the Granite is in!!

SarasotaRepub
03-26-2010, 10:57 AM
Da crew is here and it's going in!!!

The "Grey" paint came out very nice, I think you'll agree when you
see the pics. :cool:

lacarnut
03-26-2010, 11:30 AM
Troublemaker! :p:D

I can not help myself...am car crazy. Besides, I was all gung ho about you getting another BMW.

SaintLouieWoman
03-26-2010, 01:41 PM
Da crew is here and it's going in!!!

The "Grey" paint came out very nice, I think you'll agree when you
see the pics. :cool:

No pics for a while. Things have hit that proverbial snag.

Not nice, the guy who is installing said to "look at this". Yeah, we paid almost $500 to get all the old tile removed, thinking we'd have that black granite that matched the countertop as a backsplash on the back wall. Seems they didn't match, much blacker than the countertop, looked terrible. The owner must have known, because they just happened to have a 4" backsplash in the back of the truck, to use in case we rejected those black tiles.

So now we have that unfinished back wall. The contractor who had done the kitchen walls, painted, removed the old tile, left that back wall pretty rough, thinking that the tile would cover it. So now we have the option of trying to run out and find some tile that will magically match that counter and the paint color that we've already had put on, or be raked over by the contractor, who suddenly wants $200 to mud and paint that 18" by about 10 foot strip. (He charged $145 to paint and prepare the whole kitchen, which was very reasonable).

Oh, well, guess things just don't go as planned.

PoliCon
03-26-2010, 04:21 PM
No pics for a while. Things have hit that proverbial snag.

Not nice, the guy who is installing said to "look at this". Yeah, we paid almost $500 to get all the old tile removed, thinking we'd have that black granite that matched the countertop as a backsplash on the back wall. Seems they didn't match, much blacker than the countertop, looked terrible. The owner must have known, because they just happened to have a 4" backsplash in the back of the truck, to use in case we rejected those black tiles.

So now we have that unfinished back wall. The contractor who had done the kitchen walls, painted, removed the old tile, left that back wall pretty rough, thinking that the tile would cover it. So now we have the option of trying to run out and find some tile that will magically match that counter and the paint color that we've already had put on, or be raked over by the contractor, who suddenly wants $200 to mud and paint that 18" by about 10 foot strip. (He charged $145 to paint and prepare the whole kitchen, which was very reasonable).

Oh, well, guess things just don't go as planned.

http://www.viewpoints.com/images/review/2008/213/12/1217527135-48059_full.jpg

http://www.acpideas.com/index.cfm?XlinkID=12

Easy peezy lemon squeezy . . . .

RobJohnson
03-27-2010, 12:41 PM
Troublemaker! :p:D


LOL!!! :D

RobJohnson
03-27-2010, 12:47 PM
No pics for a while. Things have hit that proverbial snag.



Sorry to hear about the snag. $200 to mud and paint, even such a small area, sounds about right to me.

It's not a fun job.

SaintLouieWoman
03-27-2010, 03:33 PM
Sorry to hear about the snag. $200 to mud and paint, even such a small area, sounds about right to me.

It's not a fun job.

The company providing the granite (and the not acceptable tile) agreed to deduct from what we owed them the amount owed to the other contractor for the mudding and painting.

We're getting some of the stuff put back, but not all as we'll have more dust from the sanding.

lacarnut
03-27-2010, 04:08 PM
http://www.viewpoints.com/images/review/2008/213/12/1217527135-48059_full.jpg

http://www.acpideas.com/index.cfm?XlinkID=12

Easy peezy lemon squeezy . . . .

That is a gaudy POS.

SarasotaRepub
03-27-2010, 06:04 PM
That is a gaudy POS.


I was just at Home Depot and saw that stuff. :mad: No way. :D

Rockntractor
03-27-2010, 06:05 PM
That is a gaudy POS.

Short people like things loud!:eek:

PoliCon
03-27-2010, 08:58 PM
That is a gaudy POS.

I take it you're not a fan of Victorian or Edwardian styles? They have other much plainer patterns as well for those who lack taste :p

http://www.acpideas.com/index.cfm?XlinkID=54

Rockntractor
03-27-2010, 09:00 PM
I take it you're not a fan of Victorian or Edwardian styles? They have other much plainer patterns as well for those who lack taste :p
I bet you wear bright lipstick to don't you?

PoliCon
03-27-2010, 09:05 PM
I bet you wear bright lipstick to don't you?

http://trinitypastor.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/lipstickpig.jpg

Rockntractor
03-27-2010, 09:07 PM
http://trinitypastor.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/lipstickpig.jpg
There is no way you are that hot!:rolleyes:

SarasotaRepub
03-27-2010, 10:03 PM
I got yelled at tonight!!! :eek: I was doing the dishes and it appears I may have made two tiny scratches in the SS sink. Of course, they may have been there all along but I'm getting the blame. :(

lacarnut
03-27-2010, 10:20 PM
I take it you're not a fan of Victorian or Edwardian styles? They have other much plainer patterns as well for those who lack taste :p

http://www.acpideas.com/index.cfm?XlinkID=54

They have others for those that have no taste.

SaintLouieWoman
03-28-2010, 08:03 PM
I take it you're not a fan of Victorian or Edwardian styles? They have other much plainer patterns as well for those who lack taste :p

http://www.acpideas.com/index.cfm?XlinkID=54

I'm not particularly a fan of Victorian or Edwardian styles. I appreciate them in a bed and breakfast, but for regular living prefer something more contemporary and functional.

We have both antiques and mid-century modern furniture mixed in our house, but in a kitchen, I prefer it to look sleek and functional.

PoliCon
03-28-2010, 09:03 PM
I'm not particularly a fan of Victorian or Edwardian styles. I appreciate them in a bed and breakfast, but for regular living prefer something more contemporary and functional.

We have both antiques and mid-century modern furniture mixed in our house, but in a kitchen, I prefer it to look sleek and functional.

If I had my druthers - I'd have stainless steel counters and Cabinetry, a professional 6 burner stove with a built in grill/griddle, a double convection oven, a warming oven, a double size refrigerator/freezer (freezer on the bottom), 2 dishwashers, 3 sinks . . . . You know - a kitchen that would be equally at home in a restaurant. :) THEN - I would have an adjoining butlers pantry with nice fancy cabinets and such in the Edwardian style. :)

Ranger Rick
03-28-2010, 10:42 PM
If I had my druthers - I'd have stainless steel counters and Cabinetry, a professional 6 burner stove with a built in grill/griddle, a double convection oven, a warming oven, a double size refrigerator/freezer (freezer on the bottom), 2 dishwashers, 3 sinks . . . . You know - a kitchen that would be equally at home in a restaurant. :) THEN - I would have an adjoining butlers pantry with nice fancy cabinets and such in the Edwardian style. :)

What wine would you select? I am thinking white, maybe german.

patriot45
03-28-2010, 11:44 PM
If I had my druthers - I'd have stainless steel counters and Cabinetry, a professional 6 burner stove with a built in grill/griddle, a double convection oven, a warming oven, a double size refrigerator/freezer (freezer on the bottom), 2 dishwashers, 3 sinks . . . . You know - a kitchen that would be equally at home in a restaurant. :) THEN - I would have an adjoining butlers pantry with nice fancy cabinets and such in the Edwardian style. :)

Don't forget a stepstool!

Rockntractor
03-28-2010, 11:46 PM
Don't forget a stepstool!

He needs a phone book to climb up on so he can reach the step stool.

patriot45
03-28-2010, 11:51 PM
He needs a phone book to climb up on so he can reach the step stool.

Poor Poli! She is so short he has to look up to look down!


:D

Rockntractor
03-28-2010, 11:57 PM
Poor Poli! She is so short he has to look up to look down!


:D
There are advantages. When he dies they can squeeze the shit out of him and bury him in a shoe box!

patriot45
03-29-2010, 12:01 AM
There are advantages. When he dies they can squeeze the shit out of him and bury him in a shoe box!

We gotta stop! He is not here to defend herself! Its not fair!

Rockntractor
03-29-2010, 12:09 AM
We gotta stop! He is not here to defend herself! Its not fair!

He is probably in bed with his milky bottle.

PoliCon
03-29-2010, 06:51 AM
What wine would you select? I am thinking white, maybe german.

Well . . . you have to have at least a couple of bottles of white on hand - but I prefer reds myself. Merlot especially.

RobJohnson
03-30-2010, 11:22 PM
I got yelled at tonight!!! :eek: I was doing the dishes and it appears I may have made two tiny scratches in the SS sink. Of course, they may have been there all along but I'm getting the blame. :(

:D

I think they were there all along.

Is it a brushed stainless sink? Next time try to hide the scratches better from her. ;)

SaintLouieWoman
03-31-2010, 11:28 AM
:D

I think they were there all along.

Is it a brushed stainless sink? Next time try to hide the scratches better from her. ;)

Bought some protectve mats for the bottom of each bowl, also a clear rubber thingy for the divider, so it should be ok. :D

Household hint for the day---the contractor said to get extra, extra fine (the finest you can get) sandpaper and gently use WITH the grain.

RobJohnson
03-31-2010, 01:54 PM
Household hint for the day---the contractor said to get extra, extra fine (the finest you can get) sandpaper and gently use WITH the grain.


Good idea.

I've always just used a mild cleanser (ie: Ajax, etc) and a worn scotch brite pad.