Sunday, June 07, 2009

...And By "We," I Mean "Me"

So here are some pictures of the tile in the kitchen/entryway. The tiles are 16"x16" Montagne Belluno tiles from Home Depot. The grout is Mapei brand in "Chamois."


Do I love it? Why, yes... yes, I do.



When we put tile in the bathrooms- more Belluno in the main bath, and slate in the master bath- we discovered that the sink vanities no longer fit. The things were not high-quality, and I have never loved them, so when it came time to decide if we were gonna pay to have them fitted in, leave them skee-whompus-but-functional or replace; we decided to replace, especially since the one in the main bathroom had water damage, both at the base and in the counter top. We are trying to manage our pennies, so I hit the local Craigslist type website and found a gorgeous hardwood and granite, vessel style sink/vanity that I loved. I talked the lady down $200... and went and picked it up for a measly $450 (kof kof!).

And then I realised that I needed to cut down the top to make it fit, my pretty counter top that I had measured over, and over, and over again. It wouldn't fit because where the hot water came out of the wall. So another $75 to get it cut and the edges refinished... and here I will put in an unsolicited plug for a great company in Orem called "Marble and
Granite Solutions." They rock, har har har! Seriously though... they took the time for a teensy job like mine without once rolling their eyes or making me feel dumb. Kudos, guys! You will get my business if I can ever afford the lovely counter tops you make!

Then the drainpipe wouldn't fit... so some pretty chrome plumbing... $30. My next door neighbor, the guy we hired to do the tile work got it installed snugly and pretty (involved saws, chisels, drills and the like to make it tight): $100.

And then it became apparent that we needed to paint before all this went in. Can of paint, Ralph Lauren in a pretty grey called "Polaris." Approximately $30.

Yeah... I managed our pennies right into brokesville, thank-you-very-much. But it looks really pretty.






Still needs some shelving above the toilet, and something like this for the bottom shelf (as Dadguy will point out, the only shelf )of the vanity. But I think we will just love what we have for a while.

This next week I hope to get around to painting the main bath and taking pictures of my farrrrr more reasonably priced solution in there. Stay tuned.

9 comments:

Superwoman said...

I'm glad you like it!

elizasmom said...

Haha! I have done "money-saving" projects like that as well. Still, I think all your work came out beautifully. Love the tiles, love the vanity!

Sunni said...

DUDE! Looks fantastic. I see you have yo mamma's good taste. Beeeeutiful.

bon said...

Heh, to say nothing of two, key pieces of my mama's good furniture!

Mama D said...

It looks incredible. I am supremely jealous and yet happy for you at the same time. Our bathroom is so vile. One day, one day...

Superwoman said...

btw, all wicker and baskets are on sale at your local shopko, I was there today and thought of you.

Anonymous said...

I am in awe! Everything came out looking beautiful. And you did all of it while taking care of four children on the side? And becoming a TV star? Amazing!

Mama

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

darling, that looks FabYewLuss! This is what happens when an artist is in charge of the redecorating -- the result looks amazing.

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