Tile Upate

Dad came over and did some more today:

I’ll post the completed pictures when it’s done and the kitchen isn’t such a damned mess. I think I have good ideas and vision, I’m just shit at actually getting it done. Thank goodness for dad, Dean, and Gerald.

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    petesh says:

    Can we borrow your dad for a while?

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    Kitchen’s a little grandma but very nice, I like how it matches the curtains.

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    Quinerly says:


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    John Cole says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I’m a little grandma, myself.

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    kindness says:

    You need to make that father (& mother) of yours one hell of a dinner to thank them. He’s awesome.

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    debbie says:

    Before I realized what they must be, I thought the green accent spots were an interesting choice.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I don’t understand this kitchen. Is your range not fully installed yet?

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    dmsilev says:

    @Corner Stone: Maybe it was temporarily pulled out to allow tiling the wall behind it?

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    eclare says:

    @debbie: What are they? I was wondering what they are.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @dmsilev: I considered that but the pic shows the back edge either against the wall or almost there. And the range has 18+ inches left to settle back to get closer to even with the counter tops. If that’s the sink to the direct right side then I am not sure how Cole fits in that area if the oven or range is fired up.
    I have to admit I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to the house reno so maybe I am way off base.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    Nice to see some of that Calphalon Commercial cookware – I have lots, though I’ve been slowly upgrading to All-Clad for a decade…..

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Looks good, John. Have you considered sending these photos to some tony interior decorating mag?

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    Mary G says:

    Next time ABC is over, you should have cleaned it up nicely; please ask her to take the photos. These are particularly murky. Or else my eyes are going. The one of Lily peeking out of the bed covers was good.

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    @John Cole: You really are Jane Coale, right?

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    Jackie says:

    @eclare: tile spacers 🙂

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    trollhattan says:

    @Mary G:
    Not his fault, honest! Interiors with sunlight streaming in have too much dynamic range for the camera to handle and either need auxiliary light to fill the shadows or waiting until the sun is off the windows. Or try the camera’s HDR feature. They seem in focus(!)

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    Corner Stone says:

    @trollhattan: Stop enabling him.

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    Hildebrand says:

    “You’ve redecorated. I don’t like it.”

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    p.a. says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Wasn’t there a Cheers episode where it turned out Norm had a very good eye for interior design but had to fake being gay to get jobs?

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    p.a. says:

    Are the cabinet interiors lighted? That is a nice evening look w glass doors and that colorful servingware.

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    MomSense says:

    @Alain the site fixer:

    All clad and my grandma’s cast iron and copper. The cast iron and copper are heavy so I use the all clad most of the time.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @p.a.: I thought Norm being gay was the subtext to every Cheers episode?

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    J R in WV says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Don’t you mean “Grandpa” looking?

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    p.a. says:

    @trollhattan: @Corner Stone: These are Steiglitz/Callahan level compared to his pet pics.

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    Your house is going to be gorgeous.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @John Cole: The tile looks great. Your dad’s work looks good.

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    Kay (not the front-pager) says:

    @eclare: Tile spacers. They’ll be pulled out when the mastic is set, before the grout goes in.

    John, this is really pretty. I would kill for tile like that. Can you share where you found it?

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    @Alain the site fixer: This beats All-Clad — Demeyere –https://www.demeyere-online.com/us/en/home.html. I have 15 year old Apollo line Demeyere pans. They are still perfect. They are dishwasher safe, stainless steel with an aluminum bottom for fast heating (I have electric). Their non-stick pans are the bomb (again, 15 year old non-stick pans).

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    John Cole says:

    @Kay (not the front-pager): At a junk store. Guy had boxes of it. It had been removed from a mansion in pittsburgh when it was torn down. Send me an email.

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    Mel says:

    Love those glass front cabinets, and the tile is perfect. It has just enough old-fashioned cred to look completely welcoming and at one with a lovely old house, and yet it has the clean style and retro wink to look fresh and current.

    So, so nice.

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    thalarctosMaritimus says:

    @Hildebrand: Steve? Is that you?

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    rikyrah says:

    Dad deserves a feast,Cole😄

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    Davebo says:

    I like it. A little old fashioned but so is the house.

    And seriously, Cole, tile isn’t hard. Then again, if you can get your Dad to do it why the hell not!

    The backsplash was our big question with out kitchen remodel and we ended up going with the same granite as the countertops because we were sick of thinking about it.

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    John Revolta says:

    Cool. That kitchen just screams, “This guy used to drive a tank”!

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    Auntie Anne says:

    That is gorgeous. I love that it goes with the style/period of the house. Well done!

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    Laura says:

     I think I have good ideas and vision, I’m just shit at actually getting it done. Thank goodness for dad, Dean, and Gerald.

    Yep. Life is a team sport. Life is hard and our job is to help each other get through it.

    Mr. Cole, you are going to look back and see so much joy went into the jazzing up a dump and turning it into a light and love filled home and feel pretty darn good. And one day hard times will come and these good and joyful times will be the savings you will need to draw upon.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Looking good, John. Looking real good.

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    Enzymer says:

    Amen, Love you’re dad’s design on the backsplash. Nice green wave over the basic.

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    NotMax says:

    Next step, replace the drawer and cabinet pulls with white and blue Delft-style knobs to complement the tiling.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @Cheryl from Maryland: Forgot to thank you for the tip – added to my wishlist! :)

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    Betsy says:

    That’s really pretty, John … and I hate everything.

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    Betsy says:

    That’s really pretty, John (and I hate everything).

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    Calming Influence says:

    It’s not a style I would choose, but it looks nice. I love the relentless “continuous improvement”. You’re doing a good thing, Mr. Cole.

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    No One You Know says:

    @thalarctosMaritimus: Just what I was wondering. Although if Steve has evolved opposable thumbs, this story is not over.

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    Silver Wolf says:

    I would suggest replacing the beige outlets and switches for white; a relatively inexpensive and simple job. Everyone has their own tastes but, to me, they stick out from the clean white accents.

    Or you could invite a dozen smokers to your place every weekend for a while to even things out.

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