Tuesday, October 01, 2013

"Gingi,*" the red-headed kitchen, & our renovated bathroom--latest look

Presenting "Gingi" and "Bathy", almost completed.  (For previous views of "Gingi," see here, and follow the links.)

Kitchen:  new back-splash (behind sink and rest of right wall), ready for its close-up (click on the photo).

As I explained here, "We chose a mostly-white tile back-splash because we figured that, with a multicolored floor and counter-top, if we put any more colors up there, the kitchen would look like Joseph's Technicolor Dreamcoat.  :)

Longer shot of kitchen with new easy-to-open-from-the-inside-only security gate (in front of fire-escape window).

Shower power

We're floored.  :)

Let there be light--but not 'til you get a good look at the fixture.

Artist at work--here's a close-up of the "listello" (patterned decorative tiles).

Our bathroom used to be tiled only halfway up the walls.  Unfortunately, the border where the tiled part of the walls met the painted part was a dust collector--and after 29 years of having to wipe the dust off the edge of the tiles almost every darned day, I was fed up to here.  So we went for broke (just about literally) and tiled the bathroom walls all the way up to the ceiling.  In addition to eliminating the dust problem, having tiles all the way up will save some money in the future on painting.

*"Gingi" is the contemporary Israeli Hebrew word for "red-head."


Anonymous tesyaa said...

We have redone 2 basement bathrooms (in 2 different houses) and both times I had the tile go to the ceiling. Maybe the basements have lower ceilings than main living areas, but the extra cost of tiling to the ceiling wasn't exorbitant. It is a small but enjoyable luxury.

Tue Oct 01, 01:53:00 PM 2013  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

It's certainly an "enjoyable luxury," Tesyaa--less work and good lookin', too. And we'll save money in the long run. Well worth the investment.

Tue Oct 01, 05:26:00 PM 2013  
Anonymous Miami Al said...

We had floor to ceiling tiles in our bathrooms. When we did a quick and cheap redo on one, we took it off two walls and redid the sheetrock... Looked more like a room and less like I was in a giant shower.

Different strokes for different folks.

Wed Oct 02, 10:44:00 AM 2013  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

True, Miami Al--the room does look a bit like a giant shower. And it's a bit more "echo-y" than when part of the wall was plastered. (We hope that adding a storage unit, which we'll have to shop for, one of these days, will cut down on the echo.) But I prefer to keep things easy to clean. I would have preferred an under-the-sink cabinet ("vanity?") that was less ornate for the same reason--this one has so many grooves in it that I practically have to clean out the dust with a "Q-tip"--but, apparently, we needed an unusually-narrow and hard-to-find size to fit in the space available.

Wed Oct 02, 11:10:00 AM 2013  
Blogger The Physicist said...

Be happy your bathroom doesn't have floor to ceiling WALLPAPER like mine. Yeah, that was a brilliant move by my landlord. Apparently he made the contractor do it because it looked nicer, even when the contractor (we see him regularly, he does maintenance on the house) told him that it was not a good idea. Guess what: my bathroom walls are coming off.

Wed Oct 02, 12:27:00 PM 2013  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Your landlord is a bit lacking in the seichel/common sense department. :(

Wed Oct 02, 12:51:00 PM 2013  

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