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Harry Straub
03-06-2004, 06:01 PM
Well, I finally finished the counters, thank you for all of your help. As promised, I have put some photos of the finished job. I ended up getting the Ubatuba granite tiles from "Black market carpet" and was very happy with them. Great service, and a great price for the EXACT same tiles that the local shops were selling (Same boxes/distributor) but for half the price. I used a local shop to bullnose the edges, they played a "Bait and Switch" on me, but overall I ended up paying $8 a tile which was OK. The project went off without a hitch, I raised the counters 3/4" (because I put Hardwood floors ) on one day, layed tiles the second/Third day and grouted the fourth day. The only issues were polishing some of the exposed edges. I tried to use wet/dry sandpaper and a radom orbit sander, which worked, but took me 40 minutes per edge and the results were just OK. Next time I buy the polishing pads....... I used a 1/4" square trowel and got even height across the counter and a 'Charcoal' grout. I wish it was a little darker, but overall we are very happy with it. The backsplash is the Ubatuba in 3" strips and above that is white ceramic wiht a few 'apple' tiles mixed in. The Floors are brazilian cherry and the appliances are all GE Profile......we did the whole kitchen remodel including the new gas pipe run for the gas stove and the hardwood floor ourselves.
Thanks again for the support, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. I would do this again in a minute!

http://www.harrystraub.com/photos/kitchen.jpg
http://www.harrystraub.com/photos/kitchenedge.jpg http://www.harrystraub.com/photos/kitchen2.jpg http://www.harrystraub.com/photos/kitchen3.jpg

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Jason_Butler
03-06-2004, 06:46 PM
That's a nice job Harry...you should be proud


Jason

T_Hulse
03-06-2004, 08:34 PM
Looks great Harry. I'll bet you're the hero of the house this week. :D

Shaughnn
03-06-2004, 09:03 PM
Fantastic job Harry! The reflected light tells the whole story.
Shaughnn

John Bridge
03-07-2004, 12:50 PM
Way to go, Harry. ;)

Harry Straub
03-07-2004, 06:51 PM
Thanks guys! :D
The photos don't do it justice, my wife didn't like the photos, but loves the counter. (and we all know that is what counts!) Next time I talk her into wood edging, I think I could do some fancy wood with my shaper.

Mike2
03-07-2004, 07:08 PM
It really does look nice Harry. Not only the counter tops but the cabinets as well.

I'm into the wood thing too. Kitchen counter top edges, trim around the backsplash, no prob. Finished right they will look great for years to come.

opiethetileman
03-08-2004, 06:59 AM
Very nice job. What color is the granite??? Absolute black or black galaxy???

Harry Straub
03-08-2004, 04:44 PM
Thanks Opie. The tile is standard UbaTuba(labradore Green).

Harry

davem
03-08-2004, 04:51 PM
Very nice Harry! :bow: That's a beautiful kitchen.

Is your grout sanded? If so, you could darken it with TYW Stain and Seal. Gives the best possible seal too. It works on unsanded as well, but it's not optimized for that. :)