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Cardinal

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This weekend I finished one of the home improvement projects I have been working on for some time. Back in December I got tired of looking at the plaster surrounding my fireplace and the nook for the television. I decided to build a new mantle.



The design was inspired by the blue tile I picked up at Lowes. It filled the vertical dimension perfectly, but there would be a gap on the horizontal sections. I filled this in with two black strips. I also used black to frame the entire tile area. Since the tile was two inches out from the face of the fireplace, I used a black bullnose tile to frame the inside as well. I continued the two vertical strips through the wood in the base and mantle, and repeated this in the television nook to the left.



Finishing this project was important, as my realtor is holding an open house today. Yes, that sucks. As I am getting the place comfortable I am moving. I may not sell, but rent the place out instead. Here's a final shot. By the way, the stuff on the mantle and the picture are not what I would normally have there. I have (I hope) better taste, but I did not want to leave my favorite artwork out with people constantly walking through.

 

spokanite

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Cardinal said:
Finishing this project was important, as my realtor is holding an open house today. Yes, that sucks. As I am getting the place comfortable I am moving. I may not sell, but rent the place out instead.
Nice work Cardinal. The tile color goes well with the wood finish. One word: SOLD!

Good luck with the open house today.
 

Zoning Goddess

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Nice work! I have never attempted tile work (actually, nothing more complex than painting....). Are you self-taught?
 

Planner Hottie

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The mantle is very pretty - I love the combination of light blue tile and dark wood.

I wanted to share our experience with granite tile - we just redid our kitchen cabinets and wanted solid granite countertops but decided to go with the tile instead. It cut the cost to less than a quarter ($500 total materials as opposed to $2000 for just the granite slabs) and they look great! We used large 36" and 24" tiles and a hardwood trim to cover the edges.
 

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Have you been watching HGTV and DIY again?

I am very impressed. I wish I could do something like that with my apartment… but it looks like sometime between this October and next summer I will have the opportunity with a house!
 

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Planner Hottie said:
I wanted to share our experience with granite tile - we just redid our kitchen cabinets and wanted solid granite countertops but decided to go with the tile instead. It cut the cost to less than a quarter ($500 total materials as opposed to $2000 for just the granite slabs) and they look great! We used large 36" and 24" tiles and a hardwood trim to cover the edges.
I'd love to see pics, your's or a company's example photos. We're still finishing the upstairs bathroom, but eventually we'll get to the kitchen, and a new countertop is my dream!
 

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CosmicMojo said:
I'd love to see pics, your's or a company's example photos. We're still finishing the upstairs bathroom, but eventually we'll get to the kitchen, and a new countertop is my dream!
I will take pictures when the dust settles.
 

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Planner Hottie said:
I will take pictures when the dust settles.
I googled 'granite tile countertop' and could only find one example pic.
I must say I'm excited to learn about granite tiles, I"ve seen ceramic tiles before, but not granite.
Once I find a new job, we're on our way to Newkitchenville!
 

Planner Hottie

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Here is one site:

http://www.rd.com/content/openContent.do?contentId=17870

There is very little on the web about granite tile counters - I looked at this just to make sure we were on the right track. My husband had just done the floor so it was about the same process. I have to say that ours looks a lot better than the example on the website - we used a black granite with some speckling called "Uba Tuba."
 
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The workmanship looks good and so does the tiling, though personally I'd have chosen a darker wood and a shade darker olive/green wall paint. ;)
 

Jen

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Oh Yeah! that looks so much different, love that sagey green and nice way to trim it out!

YOur TV is undersized I see!

I say sold in 30 days!:D
 

Bear Up North

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Looks good, Cardinal!!!

I hope my wife doesn't open up this thread. She'll want me to jump into some new project. If she does, I will seek you out. ;)

Nice work.

Bear
 

Richmond Jake

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Bump

Rather than start a new thread--anyone know how to fix horizontal blinds? The cord fasteners broke on one of mine. The separation happened in the part that connects under the window header. Would an image help to describe? Thanks.

EDIT: a couple of pix.



 
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[ot]Wow, you guys must have been playing rough over the weekend:gagged: +o( :victory: ;-) [/ot]


Cough I built a deck over Labor Day weekend cough
 

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Rather than start a new thread--anyone know how to fix horizontal blinds? The cord fasteners broke on one of mine. The separation happened in the part that connects under the window header. Would an image help to describe? Thanks.
IMO, I say kill the mini-blinds and put up some curtains - curtains are much easier to use, don't break as easily, are easier to install, and 100 times easier to clean.
 

Zoning Goddess

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IMO, I say kill the mini-blinds and put up some curtains - curtains are much easier to use, don't break as easily, are easier to install, and 100 times easier to clean.
It would look funny, he's got the plantation blinds on all the other windows in the house!
 
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Granted, but I, personally, would then trash them all, but that's my opinion.
Personally, I don't like curtains. They look to 'old-fashioned' for me. My wife bough some individual curtains for our 2 windows in the living room. The windows are nearly 4' in width and 6' feet length so custom blinds was must. My MIL comes in town for July 4 and they go out and buy curtains. They look strange because the windsows are so far apart. But I lost that argument.
 

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arent mini blinds super cheap? replace them. I hate the dust that accumulates on blinds, they are not easy to clean. Ive just had pleated shades hung in our new upstairs addition, from Hunter Douglas, top down bottom up cordless shades. No more tugging on cords or having long cords flying in the breeze or entangling the cat (when we had a cat).

And I hated my bedroom closet doors, ugly hollow things that kept sliding off track, then I put the hole in one with the phone so off they came, rippped up the track and hung curtains, silk red ones from the Company Store now I want a small chandeleir for the ceiling light and that room (now an antechamber to the new master bedroom)is transformed into a lounge/boudoir!
 

michaelskis

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We picked up some rather nice real wood blinds at Lowes. They have several sizes so they should be able to help you. (as long as you do not bust into flames when you walk into a big box retailer)

Well since my past post in this thread I have:
Removed Walls
Installed outlets
Installed Lights & Switches
Installed a bathtub
Installed a kitchen sink
Installed a dishwasher
Installed Kitchen Cabinets
Built new walls
Installed a ceiling fan
Tiled a bathroom floor
Tiled a bath surround
Textured a ceiling
Installed new doors
Installed hard wood floors
And more... :-c
 

Jen

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I like the look of wood blinds, but they are heavy! Raising the wood blinds in my daughters room last week and they pulled right out of the header over her window. I must've pulled at an odd angle or something but out they came screws and all.
 

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I am not too handy around the house although I have done some little stuff. Today for the first time, my son and I installed an 84" cafe rod and hung new curtains. RJ installed some matchstick blinds for me last week but the ones I had picked were a little too see-through so I got some cotton tab-tops to soften the view. They look good! Now I have to do the other window in the room!

Hopefully next weekend we can take down the horrible verticals in the family room and put up something nice, although I think the walls there are concrete block; may be a bit more difficult. And I have maybe 30 feet of windows in that room. :-c
 

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Hopefully next weekend we can take down the horrible verticals in the family room and put up something nice, although I think the walls there are concrete block; may be a bit more difficult. And I have maybe 30 feet of windows in that room. :-c
Here is a possible solution

1) Run a 1 inch x2 inch molding(mdf) or strapping of a good quality(hardwood that can be finished) around the room at the hieght where you want to hang the blinds.

2) To do this, predrill holes in the wood and into the concrete block, then use concrete nails or screws and finally use construction adhesive on the wood and in the holes.

3)Use the wood to drill into for the supports for the curtains. the reason this is better than trying to drill right into the concrete block is that it is easier to repair or realign holes in the wood then holes in block. Plus by predrilling, the holes are smaller and less likely to cause cracked block.
 

Richmond Jake

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I am not too handy around the house although I have done some little stuff. Today for the first time, my son and I installed an 84" cafe rod and hung new curtains. ....
I've seen the image. Ya'll did a great job! Don't you own an iron? I would have ironed the drapes before hanging them. But that's just me.... ;)

Hmmmmmm. An idea for a birthday present just popped into this simple mind. :-D
 

Zoning Goddess

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I've seen the image. Ya'll did a great job! Don't you own an iron? I would have ironed the drapes before hanging them. But that's just me.... ;)

Hmmmmmm. An idea for a birthday present just popped into this simple mind. :-D
I OWN an iron. I just wanted to get another layer between me and feeling "exposed". They will eventually drape out and the creases will disappear....

EDIT: p.s. "Picky, picky, picky...."
 
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Getting a new roof put on my house next week. The old one is 16 years old. This new one costs over $5000 more than the one 16 years ago. We'lll be ready for hurricane season next year. Next expense is a new garage door.
 

Cardinal

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Here is a possible solution

1) Run a 1 inch x2 inch molding(mdf) or strapping of a good quality(hardwood that can be finished) around the room at the hieght where you want to hang the blinds.

2) To do this, predrill holes in the wood and into the concrete block, then use concrete nails or screws and finally use construction adhesive on the wood and in the holes.

3)Use the wood to drill into for the supports for the curtains. the reason this is better than trying to drill right into the concrete block is that it is easier to repair or realign holes in the wood then holes in block. Plus by predrilling, the holes are smaller and less likely to cause cracked block.
Copper pipe also makes a good, inexpensive curtain rod. The 1/2 inch pipe fits the standard metal curtain rod hangers you can buy for about three bucks. Expect to use one every four feet. The pipes can be linked with connectors, and put caps on the end to finish them. I spray painted mine with a copper finish, which I also used on all of the switchplates and outlet covers.
 

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Next expense is a new garage door.
This Bear spent more than 25 years in management at a manufacturer of garage doors. Just so you know.....

Almost all garage doors used to be wood. They were manufactured with wood from the Pacific Northwest (USA and Canada) that was called "vertical grain clear". As the wood became tougher to find (and environmentalist factions grew stronger) the industry tried what is called "finger-joining". This method proved not suitable for the longer lengths needed for 2-car garages.

In the 1970's, fiiberglass sheeting (attached to extruded aluminum rails) became a prominent choice for garage doors. These doors were lighter in weight than wood doors, requiring less steel struts (across the interior face of each section) and less spring wire (to lift the door). Fiberglass sheeting from that time period, though, had significant UV fading problems.

The 1980's ushered-in steel doors, usually roll-formed (on a big machine) or stamped (through a big press). Many companies, including the company I was associated with, began to insulate these steel doors.....usually by creating a "sandwich" type section.

Important to note: In colder climates, a non-insulated door on a garage that is attached to the house has the equivalent of a 10-inch hole. :-c

Lesson is over.

Bear
 

Zoning Goddess

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I sure hope the idiots at the waste management company are correct. They told me to put my old sectional couch out tomorrow for my regular collection day. Usually they schedule a different day from my usual garbage pick-up for furniture/appliances. And it just rained. That thing will be way heavy. Just making way for furniture movement and turning the living room into a computer room. Right now, I have 2 computer desks, a rack for 2 bikes, and a bookcase in a 10x10 room, with the kitty litter closet in here. Yuck.:-(
 

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I am a new home owner, so I have "just a few" projects to bring the house out of the 1980's.

Need new floor, wallpaper, range and cabinets refinished in the kitchen.
Put in tile in the master bath (rip out linoleum and carpet).
Paint a couple of the bedrooms.
New carpet - but this is a long-range plan.
Landscaping - our house has none in the front.

Anyone have some suggestions on the best way to tile the bathroom?
 

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Anyone have some suggestions on the best way to tile the bathroom?
have someone else do it. ;)

will you just be tiling the bathroom floor? it is a bit space or a smaller space? putting the tile on the diagonal makes small spaces seem bigger.
 

Jen

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its called the 5, 10, 15 year HIP

again with the spackle and drywall patching!

this time in the master bedroom. I mean the dust has just settled from the last project, Im happy. I dont need a separate bath in the master. Just wait he says your daughters are preteens,

The plans are to apartmentalize the back bedrooms for total noise control and privacy. opening up a loft in the ceiling for one room, with both rooms sharing 1 bathr.adding small master bath in owners suite. ANd there's the deck we have to finish. Have the old lumber from the last deck. The boards are nicely grey and smooth, Need landscaping, shrubs and small trees, of course annuals in the summer and alway need more tubers and bulbs. See what else, landscape stone on the cement block foundation and chimney. Thinking on cobblestone or stamped concrete for the dirt rock driveway, also a side walk and bamboo fencing along the side. Love those decks so how about a new garage level back deck withh separate entrance to garage.

Then the yard toys, the bigger better play gym and slide to zip lines between the pines and kinetic water sculptures to boot. we'll git r all the way done.

and then we'll move.
 

Zoning Goddess

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The kid and I just hung new rods, drapes, and blinds in his room. There went 1.5 hours of my life! Hey RJ, you're off the hook for that this weekend! (Maybe we could start stripping wallpaper instead???:) )
 

Zoning Goddess

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I am disappointed in Home Depot. A few weeks ago, they had in their weekly ad tin and copper tiles for kitchen walls, or tin-look ceilings. I went in today and they'd been "discontinued".. Huh? After 2-3 weeks??? That's just what I wanted for my kitchen backsplash. But, I think I've found what I want online, and cheaper to boot!
 

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When I was installing the new wall paper trim yesterday, I accidentally detached some molding from the top of my cabinets (stopping myself from falling off the kitchen counters :r: ). I bought some Gorilla Glue this morning to reattach the molding. But it's really frustrating. I can't stand there and hold the freaking molding to the cabinets until the glue sets. Anybody know how to reattach the crown shaped molding without drilling holes? :-{
 

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When I was installing the new wall paper trim yesterday, I accidentally detached some molding from the top of my cabinets (stopping myself from falling off the kitchen counters :r: ). I bought some Gorilla Glue this morning to reattach the molding. But it's really frustrating. I can't stand there and hold the freaking molding to the cabinets until the glue sets. Anybody know how to reattach the crown shaped molding without drilling holes? :-{
Duct tape ;)
 

Zoning Goddess

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I've fallen behind schedule. No energy today. I'll get the kid to scrape a couple wallpaper panels tonight but that will be it.

I can't find anything that takes this crap off easily. Granted, this wallpaper is probably 40 years old! Anybody know of a really good wallpaper remover?
 

Richmond Jake

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Keep saying, “stripping.” I have this view in my mind’s eye. ;) :p

I know: There they go again.
 
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