Well as it turns out the corner bathroom design plan has gone down the drain. Quick fast and in a hurry I came up with a new plan yesterday. Out of all the things we have ever done in a renovation, ceramic tile laying is NOT on that list. The husband would really like to see ceramic tile in the bathroom. We packed up the kids and hit Home Depot to see if I could bust a tile design out of my head to piece together. The man is so cute ha ha ha ha. You know when you stand in the tile isle and there are 2 ft. by 2 ft. display patterns mounted to look at? He thought you could pick out a design and just look for the box of tile with that layout. Once I explained no honey you have to put all the tile pieces together to make that layout, he began to understand my mental frustration. Poor Home Depot, I had tiles laid out on the floor and on boxes making designs. However, when I was done I did put them all back I am not a complete slob. That would be my kids 🙂 After a little while I did come up with a layout for the bathroom, and I wrote the tiles down and drew out the design.
While at Home Depot we also decided to get rid of the industrial toilet in the corner bathroom, and install a normal one. While walking around the plumbing area I saw a visually appealing toilet. It was pretty. Who the hell thinks a toilet is pretty? Me, apparently. I have crossed over a line in this renovation, and I didn’t even see it when I jumped over it. Last night when we were laying in bed talking about the bathroom, I mentioned the toilet. He just looked at when I said it was “pretty”. I admitted that it was weird talking about a toilet that way and he laughed at me.
Kitchen counter tops. Well the first idea was to use all of the black slate chalk boards I had removed from the classrooms as the counters. I even went out and bought a sealer for them. Turns out the husband wanted to have a granite look in the end of the thinking process, and slate is not going to do that. The thick slate chalkboards will now be used as a front patio for us. Set a little table out there by the flowers and drink our coffee. So, while shuffling around ceramic tile and having a optical attraction to a toilet…we headed over to drool and fondle some counter tops. You know Martha Stewart is doing counter tops now? Looked over the Corian and found a couple but nothing really grabbed us. Dug through the granite samples and I have only ever found one I love, but it would not go with the kitchen we are building. Then we hit the Silistone samples. Things I know about counter tops: Corain is great if you stay with a light color. Reason is that if you ever do scratch it, the scratch will be white, much easier to repair than a dark color. Corain’s patterns are only surface deep, keep that in mind people when picking counters. Granite there could be chipping, highly unlikely but granite counters have never met my children so moving on. Silistone is super hard to scratch but a pain in the who-ha to repair because the man made pattern is not just surface, it is the whole depth. All have a 15 year warranty so really the choice is up to you what you prefer as an overall look. We did choose a Silistone counter called Stellar Night. Keep in mind we had to match a light color floor, red mahogany wood walls and cabinets, 2 16 foot long stainless counters and appliances to whatever the counters would be. The Stellar Night gives a little granite feel but most defiantly pulls in all the light and stainless stuff in the room. When light hits this counter, because of the granite like texture there is almost a 3d look to the depth, but the red, silver and blue metal flakes also twinkle like stars. I know that sounds really strange but to see it is very stunning and caught our eye easily. It just pops out at you. Since our kitchen has no windows and will have track lighting, any depth we can pull off will be very helpful. Silistone Stellar Night wins out for us.