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Monday, July 18, 2005


Happy 24th birthday to me! OK, now that that's out of the way, I can tell you that I made yet another math mistake. But this one actually worked out in my favor. I had been doing all that tile calculation from work (naughty, bad me), so the 29 square feet of tile needed for the countertop was just an estimation. Lucky me, in real life it's only 24 (serendipitous, huh?) square feet. That means the expensive tile would cost $460.80, and the cheaper tile would cost $190.80. A difference of $270 between the two.

I told Darwin about the easier-to-clean factor, and he seemed to agree that it might be worth the extra $270. Another bonus is the SubwayTile.com Web site is easier to navigate and easier to order from than American Universal Corp.

But then I looked at the SubwayTile.com edge pieces and found they cost $10.47 each ... which would mean another $376.92. Oh dear. If we got the cushioned-edge American Universal tiles, we could buy any old generic V-shaped edge molding.

So I guess non-authentic it is.


Jordana said...

Happy Birthday!

If you are still interested in wooden countertops, maybe you should point out how much cheaper they would be than any of the tile options.

11:50 AM  
halloweenlover said...

Happy 24th Birthday! Mine is next week. I will be a whopping 27 : )

Maybe you could check out samples in person and see how dramatic the difference is?

12:07 PM  
Chris said...

Happy Birthday!

I can barely remember 24 it was so long ago ;-)

12:42 PM  
Sean said...

I had the same issue with the very pricy edges - so I went to Home Depot and got the standard edging tile, and reversed it - The portion that is supposed to be the top is curved, and that became the front, and the flat section became the top - For the corners I put them through the tile saw and do 45 degree Angles like wood moulding - Its looks really good. A friend of mine set his edge tile on top of the feild tile, whereas I set the edging at the same level..

12:44 PM  
heather said...

Happy Birthday Kristin! Mine is on Wednesday so July Birthdays Rock!

Another thought about edging might be wood. A friend of mine used tile on the countertops but edged it in wood and it turned out great.

1:48 PM  
amanda said...

Happy Birthday! I hope that you have something non-house related planned.

3:26 PM  
Greg said...

Happy birthday! I vaguely remember 24.

If you do decide to give wood counters another look, here is what I plan to do. I’m going to buy the wood I want, then take it to a small mill or wood shop or cabinet shop and have them plane, join, and glue the boards together. Tell them that it will be exposed to water. That will give me a large “slab” of wood that I can then cut and trim the edges and cut a hole for the sink. That is the plan, we’ll see if it works.

3:29 PM  
Serendipity House said...

Oh, to be 24 again! Happy Birthday!

Any pics on what you're deciding on?

Celebrate well!!

3:58 PM  
deb said...

happy birthday, kristin!!!

5:04 PM  
Jocelyn said...

Happy birthday Kristen. Look at all you've accomplished and pat yourself on the back!

Re: the tile- maybe wood trim around the edges would work?

7:16 PM  
Becky said...

Happy Birthday!

10:54 PM  
Kristin said...

Thanks, guys! I feel all special now. :)

Hmm, the wood edge is an idea I hadn't thought about. And Sean, I'm having trouble picturing what you mean. I've never seen the non-cushioned tiles in person, so I didn't know if it would look weird to have regular edge tiles right up next to them. Do you have a pic you could e-mail me? kristin (at) 1902victorian.com

9:11 AM  

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