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  • Kent, OH
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new counters in a kitchen
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Pryor on Saturday.

Scagliola? and what to do if it is?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Jan 22.

Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Pryor Feb 8.

 

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Richard Pryor replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"Casey - Thanks for mentioning the Ohio lumber folks.  Turns out they're about 45 minutes from where we live.  I'm definitely going to check them out!"
Saturday
caseypratt replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"I wanted to use only the kind of finish materials that would have been available 110 years ago, so granite was out, wood and soapstone for counter tops was in; the Alberene Soapstone quarry is 150 miles give-or-take from my house, and they have been…"
Saturday
Richard Pryor replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"Slate isn't really available out here unless you pay serious bucks.  I'm pricing out granite and soapstone, although I'd much prefer soapstone.  It's looking more as though the zinc notion isn't really do-able,…"
Saturday
Phil replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"We use a small (also slate) back splash right behind our sink.  Everywhere else we just used beadboard between the counters and the cupboards."
Saturday
CatwomanofV replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"We were thinking of having a slate back splash but opted not to have any back splash. Cat"
May 21
James Olson replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"Slate looks nice.  We have Belle Horizonte soapstone (which was less expensive than either granite or marble)."
May 21
Phil replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"We ended up using slate on our kitchen redo last summer.  It is a softer stone like soapstone that is nearly black when recently oiled (mineral oil) and dulls to a medium gray when the oil fades.  It was not cheap, similar to granite in…"
May 18
CatwomanofV replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"When we did our kitchen last year, we were in the same dilemma. If I had my druthers (and mega-bucks), I would have gone with quartz. Doing research, we discovered that granite was less expensive than quartz-Who knew? My husband wanted butcher block…"
May 18
Lair Tienter replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"I am sure most people don't think the way I do but I'll tell you and keep in mind it is just my view.  I love the look of stone but the price is way out of my reach until I win the lottery.  10 years ago when I added my new…"
May 18
Richard Pryor posted a discussion

new counters in a kitchen

We're starting to look at our kitchen with an eye to re-doing it. A big undertaking, and one which could cost us a bunch of $, and that's even if we're frugal. If we aren't frugal, it could cost us several bunches of $. The truism about kitchens is that cabinetry is going to be the most expensive item. But a good countertop can add up the expense, too.So we're trying to balance expense versus taste. Countertops are easier to replace than cabinets, in trying to figure out ways to save, we're…See More
May 18
Richard Pryor replied to KenK's discussion Scaffolds, or pump jacks
"Scaffolding is intuitively obvious to erect. I don't know about the price, though. Places do rent it, so if you want to go that route it's easy to set up and use. You can compare the rental price versus the price a contractor would…"
Apr 24
Richard Pryor replied to CatwomanofV's discussion Need Some Painting Advice On Victorian House
"One thing you might want to consider.  Apparently it wasn't all that uncommon for Victorian porches to have their ceiling s painted a sky blue.  When we had our house repainted last year we had that done, and it looks great."
Apr 17
Richard Pryor replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Two quick questions
"Re the wallpaper: you can do it, although it MIGHT be quite time consuming and labor intensive.  Our first house had 3 or 4 layers of wallpaper with about 2 or 3 layers of paint over that, and it was a major pain in the tuchis.  At that…"
Feb 8
Richard Pryor replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?
"Thanks both Ty and Lair.  You're right, there are eyelets on the back of the cast iron which call for a wired connection to the firebox.  Unfortunately, the previous owner mortared/cemented over the hooks/connectors which would have…"
Feb 8
Ty Ely replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?
"1890 home with six fireplaces and each with the original metal surround used as part of the original ceramic gas heaters. Lair is correct. Each metal surround should have two or four eyelets on the inside or back. You just need a hook, eye bolt or…"
Feb 8
Lair Tienter replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Scagliola? and what to do if it is?
"It looks to me to be Faux marble.  I have seen hundreds of mantels similar to yours that were all painted slate. I never had much luck stripping them so you could use the original finish.  Using denature alcohol I…"
Jan 22

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