Madden, Slick & Bontempo, Inc

(414) 202-3132

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Design, rough and finish carpentry, tile work, maintenance

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Milwaukee County

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Remodeling company - Design Build,
Maintenance - Handy Man
Location:
Milwaukee, WI US 
Contact:
Susie Madden 
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Address:
3029 S. Superior Sreet
Milwaukee, WI 53207 
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(414) 483-6163 
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oh this is easy, to arm chairs in front of fire place small table between, and drama in the curtains, this is a period home, go with it. create a book shelf wall on the inset, put a chair by it, reading nook. simple console tables under the window, and a large rug. to set it off.
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Definitely trim the window. It will make the tile job so much easier and it looks better in my opinion. If you don't have crown around the rest of the room, then leave it off in the area above the sink. No valance. A light fixture would look nice there though.
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Kevin Strader
Continue the crown, whether you do a valance or not. Frame the window. I think it makes it look more finished. We used two types of crown in our remodel and used corner blocks because the profiles of the crown were slightly different. Our backsplash went up either side and across the top of the window. Our window is framed and we used a valance (because there is a recessed light over the sink).
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Here are a couple of kitchens with oak counters. I think they could be quite beautiful with a sanding and new poly.. You could just fill the holes in the doors with a wood bondo and paint the cabinets. If you sand it well, the holes should not show.
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Kevin Strader
If you move the hardware on the doors (which I MOST DEFINITELY would) then you'll most likely have to paint the cabinets. There are wood fillers that will fill the holes, but with the oak grain you're probably not going to be able to make it look like anything other than a hole that's been filled.

After that the next item would be the counters. Depending on your budget you could go with a laminate, which there are many options now. If budget allows then you can move into solid surface, granite or quartz. There are even kits that allow you to paint the counters.

A backsplash would be a great way to add some interest/color etc. to the space. There are many options from material that looks like pressed tin, ceramic tile, glass mosaics that aren't piggy bank breakers.

Paint, window treatments and a few accessories and you have a Design on a Dime kitchen.

Good luck and keep us updated on your re design.
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Kempsville Cabinets
If you are going to refinish the cabinets, we suggest (and use) Famowood. You may still see the filler after staining, because of the location of the holes. The other option is painting,
(We use car body filler, bondo). Any holes you cover may be visible, because you will be painting Oak. You can shop around and get decent Granite or quartz, that can add the ooh-aah factor to the space. We wish you luck!
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beachlily
A cozy loveseat with small table for that morning coffee! You're fortunate to have the space!
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It is the Edenton by Mirabelle purchased from Fergusons. It is a really deep acrylic soaking tub. It was also one of the few soaking tubs that I could find to fit a 30 x 60 space
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Cast iron is more durable but is very heavy and can chip. It does hold heat well. Acrylic is much lighter, I think there are more styles available, it's usually less expensive, but not always. It can scratch or crack. I would check to see if the Kohler tub your builder has picked out meets your needs. I've noticed that many builders use the Kohler Villager. It is cast iron and at a good price point. My problem with it is that it is too shallow to be an actual "bath" tub, except for children. The height to overflow is only about 8-1/2", the Edenton is 19". If you don't do baths, then that's not important. If you do baths, I can also recommend the Kohler Archer - another nice deep tub. Also acrylic though.
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Thank you so much for your help!
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Do you have the sink picked out already? If so, the specification sheets will usually state the minimum cabinet size.
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This is the best idea I've seen for this type of closet done by Melissa Smith of 320 Sycamore's . One rod is hung high at about 80" facing the door and two more rods are hung perpendicular to it at about 40" and 80". I have also done just the two rods perpendicular (at 80" and 40") with shelving on the opposite side or a shoe rack.
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Patricia Colwell
I would put it right against the wall with a tiny space it will just get dirty and be impossible to clean,but if you took off the TP holder you might be able to center on that space, get a TP holder that is vertical on the wall and put it on the other side of the toilet
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First of all, the vanity you've chosen is beautiful! Try to keep 15" on either side of the toilet center line. From your pictures, it looks like you may be able to move the vanity off the wall and center it and put the paper holder on the other side as suggested. Keep in mind, you will also have to move the mirror and the light fixture above if there is one. I do think it would also look just fine up against the wall since it doesn't have a counter overhang.
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I like the first turquoise, but what is all that back in the corner by the window. Can it be removed and be used for more counter space? Maybe a freestanding piece like this? Love the apartment.
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Thanks for the great ideas. Really appreciate it!
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So should I go white for cabinets?
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giacometta
Wendy, I'm with you about curtaining the windows. If you don't need privacy or insulation there I'd leave them as is (minus the plants). If you do need privacy or insulation I'd suggest slimline roller blinds that sit unobtrusively inside the windows' frames
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decoenthusiaste
Getting the furniture placement right would be first on my agenda. Then you can make a decision about windows. I can see the need for privacy from the street and neighbors, and since the windows look to be the jalousie style that crank and open outward, you probably have screens on the interior. A reasonable covering might be a large bamboo shade that covers the entire window. It wouldn't interfere with operation of the windows and would take very little space at the top when rolled up. You can get them inexpensively at the big box stores like Lowes. Panels could be added later if you want the softness or some color/pattern in the space.
Hollywood Glamour Meets Modern
114 Diamond Ave
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The reading corner looks so comfortable! I love it.
on Sunday at 4:57pm   
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Roshini David
Thank you! That's my favorite part too!!
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sarainitaly
HUGE project. Even to do just the upper floors, I think. I found this article: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/vaulting-a-ceiling/#.

One idea that might be more doable is to add some skylights upstairs. We did one in our bathroom and made a world of difference. (We had a four sided wall built through *attic* to roof, and put in skylight. Yours might be taller, depending on height of your attic)

If your floor plan downstairs allows for it, you might consider having a couple walls taken down, to open up the floor plan. That can make a difference. Also raising door frames.

Also paint choices, and design tricks.

Ideabook: 11 Tricks to Make a Ceiling Look Higher http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/making-your-ceiling-look-higher-167442

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mudyar
Consider removing the plaster or drywall and boxing the joists to create 12 inch deep areas in the ceiling.. I did that in a bathroom and the effect was worth the effort.. Careful planning is required however because you may have to expose electrical conduit and heating ducts, but that is currently the rage..
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Claudia Leufkens
Thanks for the idea on the home show. I know they do that at least once a year here. Maybe I could take my pictures and drawings and feel out some contractors. Having experience with some exterior stuff done, I know that "cheapest" isn't always the best way to go!!
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On graph paper, it looks like it may work, but the space looks a little smaller than what you have drawn. I would have a plumber come in and look at your space and see what would need to be done and if it can be done. Most of the money will be in reconfiguring the plumbing, so a plumber can give you a good estimate of cost. Because your space is so small, I would also look at doing wall-mounted toilets. They take up less room, and are much easier to clean around in a tight space.
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We usually do it this way with a bullnose tile on the sides overlapping the wall tile. Or a trim piece of some kind.
bathroom shower shelving, niche, bench
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No border. I'm my opinion, it was a fad that has now become obsolete. I clutters and is especially going to make your shower walls look extremely busy given the 2 niches. Keep the lines clean. My 2 cents
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i suggest using bullnose or a Oil Rub Bronze Schluter. It will be a much cleaner look
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I love the Kashmir White suggestion.
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I don't think the Kashmir White would look too cold. I think a white counter on white cabinets lends a nice contemporary feel. And you do have the brown island which warms things up. This kitchen has Arctic Cream granite. I think the most important thing with whites is to make sure they have the same undertone so take a cabinet sample with you when you look at granite.
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beachlily
Best marble look quartz is Quartzmaster Calcutta grey
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Our first choice for our countertops was Carrera Marble so when we went to look at slabs they said the Arabescus White Marble was more durable because it has more quartzite in it so we went ahead and ordered that> We are thinking to maybe go with quartz on the perimeter of the kitchen and the island would be the Arabescus white marble (photo attached of the slab we ordered). We have off-white cabinets on the perimeter and a dark rich brown island. My question is what color/brand of quartz would you go on the perimeter countertops that would tie the marble in on the island? Our other option would be to do the Arabescus White Marble on all the countertops. However, if we could use quartz on the perimeter to make it easier to take care of the counters, any ideas of which color of quartz would be very appreciated. Thank you!
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Are you remodeling?
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hendrixwebb
If it is possible, you could remove part of the wall where you have the dining table. It could give you an area to comfortably dine. Another option could be an expandable table with a bench that can be stored underneath or stools. Also, I would consider a nice modernish track light to replace the current light. It would be easy to install yourself and would provide considerably more light.
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allgranite
You might grab some good ideas from here::




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Dytecture
Lots of photo ideas in the search section.
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ok thanks
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Z3 Design Studio
Draperies and artwork would add to the mood.
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Sweta
Everyone thank you for your feedback! I'm also looking for new furniture & accessories, with an upholstered bed being the centerpiece of the bedroom. Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks!
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I wouldn't go less than 24" wide. Beautiful tile work!
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Good advice - in my state, the door has to swing out.
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Decorative Philosophy
Peter B. Rice has it together here on this one. Once you get some color in place you will camouflage the spot where the rail meets the wall. Our dream rooms and homes all have some minor flaws. When we are building or renovating, and there is nothing to look at but the structure, things stand out like the "elephant in the room". When your home is finished, your colors and furniture and beautiful accessories are in place this will not be as visible.
There is so much to oversee even with the best builders on a large project, that things happen. If your budget permits, do it over. Make sure also that all the plans for your other spaces are gone over with a fine toothed comb prior to construction.
Nothing is ever perfect. Nothing needs to be.
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Here is another one I've used that the customer is very happy with.

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Love love love that one!!
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We have used the Delta Allora faucet for about 8 years now with no complaints. They hold up well and have the best locking mechanism for the sprayer of any faucet on the market.
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Hi bainsie.........is the closet/wardrobe a free standing piece then? If so, what are the measurements from the window wall to the chimney and from the opposite wall to the chimney? You can do it metric - I can convert. Does the door to your room actually swing that way? Usually, a door swings towards a wall, not the middle of the room. That may make a difference also.
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bainsie
The wardrobe is not free standing but I am going to have it removed. The window wall to the chimney is 7''2 and the chimney to the opposite wall is 4''6. The door does swing to the middle of the room but if you think I should change it to the other way, I would
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I actually think the closet is in a good place right now. You could take the closet doors off and hang a curtain. That would give you a little more space on that side of the room. I know this closet and room are bigger than yours but I like the way the curtain is hung high on the wall.
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Can you place the door anywhere also?
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Here is a floorplan from Kohler that looks like it may work. It is very similar to what alpine suggested.The vanity could actually bump up against the shower wall making it a little bigger. I would probably do a 39 x 39" shower.

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goodkb
Yes I can put the door absolutely anywhere!
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You can get a shower kit like this with a precast base and glass enclosure or you can go completely custom and pour a shower pan and do custom glass. With either one you can still tile the back walls of the shower area like shown. If you use a shower this size (40" x 40") you will have room for a 30" vanity on one side and 32" for the toilet on the other side. I would stay with a shallow vanity about 18-19" deep and a shorter toilet, about 27" deep or so.
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Patricia Colwell
Put in a lot of LED lighting and I mean a lot.You will need to probably put in track to do this. Take the stuff down that is hanging on the beams Put some LED puck lights in the glass cabinets. Take the valance off the window to let in all the light you can
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pcmom1
I see a small galley kitchen with the sink under the window and the oven and frig on the long wall. That should give you an alley between of three feet in width.
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I like pcmom1's suggestion of a galley kitchen with the refrigerator towards the back on the long wall. It's a small but very efficient layout. If you could add a window at that end, it would open it up quite a bit.

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One from Crate and Barrel and two from Barnlight Elecric
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We LOVE Banquettes. Built in Benches. Any kinds of benches. Cozy, comforting and practical for seating and often storage. LOVE the studio bench Joseph designed, it takes the theme of the paintings I have been exploring for many years and brings it 3-D into the room from the mural we collaborated on.
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Fancypantz
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. It was actually my boyfriend that wanted to match the tile. I did not, but I was open to it. Anyway, while searching one of my favorite lighting sites, he fell in love with this one...and I concur!

I will be sure to share a pic of the kitchen when it's complete :)

This is the Clear Glass Sphere Chandelier in Polished Nickel from Shades of Light. I believe we are getting the 16x14 size.
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Maria Quaini
To all of you who helped me with so many ideas for this project, this is what we finally decided to work on. Hope you like it as much as I do! Thanks again everybody!!!
July 21, 2014 at 8:33am   
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I see you were able to move your plumbing. Wonderful! Good luck with your remodel. (And your new baby!)
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Can you do a floorplan?
July 20, 2014 at 11:37am   
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Call a plumbing house like Ferguson. Often, what they sell at the big box stores and what they sell to plumbers is two different things. At any rate, they would be able to help better. Love your floor!
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Newport Brass has a nice look and feel but I can't vouch for the quality. I used a combination of Symmons and Waterworks in our shower - Waterworks handheld and Symmons showerhead and valve. The Symmons has a lot of plastic but a good reputation and is in the moderate price range. Waterworks has a nice hefty feel, is mostly metal (maybe all) but a bit pricey. I am glad I splurged and bought it though.
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Hi bungalowmo...Today much good quality plastic replaces the more expensive brass and oiled bronze ensembles...I agree. I am only pro chrome plated brass because that is what I managed to 'find' in recycled plumbing ensembles that matched what I already had in this house...and I have a preference for the old and true.
To be considered 'though, especially here in OZ, are the additives that corrode metals that they put in our domestic water supplies these days...additives that do not corrode modern plastics... Suppose that'sone reason why the shift away from metals.

As I mentioned...the partial ensemble I had was too good to throw away hence my hunt for replacement parts....only to discover that I have true vintage plumbing and not just a mish-mash of old pipes......so I guess I will have to keep it polished!
I found the ensemble up my bathe/shower wall in a recycled wares store by sheer chance and thought it might suffice in the future plans for the bathroom plumbing....so I kept it for some years. I do not believe I would find one like it today for AUD $4!
Keeping in mind that I bought it at the junk shop in 1990!

Do you have any of those kinds of junk shops where you live?
You may find some bits that are useful to your project.

I notice the subway tiled wall at the end of your tub with the plumbing fixtures...I assume it is new and the plumbing replaces the original in-wall ensemble in the PIC you put up on the previous thread.
If you have found that plumbers are reluctant to deal with old fixtures and/or to adapt old pipes to new fixtures you may have to forego the dream of original vintage plimbing.

If I were faced with your problem and wanted an external vintage bath/shower plumbing ensemble like mine...I would try to settle on what ensemble in the new ranges I wanted before anything else (taking into account where the water outlet/s are positioned that come out of your tiled wall).
Then...I would go hunting for my ideal bath/shower combo ensemble and I would get a brochure with all the specs of that particular combo
.Then I'd consult a plumber about adapting the current in-the wall plumbing to accept the ( Modern) vintage combo...and have all the specs ready for him to study.
You may have to settle for a 'new=vintage' combo if you can't find a genuine one.

Been thinking about all my dramas...old ensemble...old plumbing...unavailable pipes of same guage...plimbers wanting to sell me a whole new combo and re-do all the plumbing...generally playing me for a silly old woman with weird, impractical ideas and irrational requirements.....I had no option but to fight through all that until I got exactly what I wanted using the materials I had....This si what you have to do when there are no other options....but you do have other options, bungalowmo.

Some years after I bought the 'vintage endemble"I had a hot water supply pipe plumbed up through the floor that ran up the side of the bath wedged close to the wall corner, then along the 'lip' of the bath to attach to the HW tap of the external chromed ensemble. A bit of camoflage was needed and the new HW inlet pipe meet the back of the tap on the "genuine ensemble" of the bath inlet.
The original old plumbing is set in a single-walled timber building.
I purchased the 'shepherd's crook- pipe to hold the shower head over the bath from a large plumbing supplies store. A friend/handyman put the bits together for me..

The lesson I learnt here was to not appear to know nothing.

At the plumbing supplies showroom I said I wanted to speak to..."somebody conversant with the requirements of genuine vintage bath and shower ensembles that needed parts replaced whilst picturing in my mind and trying to project the image of a magnificent 100 yr old mansion I lived in and was restoring......so not a silly old hillbilly!
Got a very polite guy who understood my sketch and who did not treat me like an idiot. He even remarked that he would like to have a home that had such lovely things! Ha ha.

IDEA FOR YOU
Bungalowmo...you may have to settle for a new "vintage" bath/shower combo from what you write as shopping for replacements is not doing it for you.....and I am sure that not all of those things need 'cost a grand'...not from what I see at Light in the Box...bearing in mind that this store is ONLY online having none of the shopfront overheads. It sells at very reasonable prices,. has SALES .and does not represent any particular brand.
There are sure to be other places too....or the recycle shop!
You may have to have some of the"in-the-wall" new plumbing you've had done...re-done if you really really really want that vintage look....Just don't let the plumbers talk you into something you don't want.
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May be could you go scrounging for a like bath/shower plumbing combo at junk collectors' yards...and look for all the other bits elsewhere,
The remainder of my bath/shower plumbing came from online (shower head) and the shepherd's crook pipe that comes from the ensemble, up the wall and extends out over the bath to which attached the shower head
July 22, 2014 at 8:57pm   
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Kivi
Actually $20k would not be outrageous at all and does not represent the higher end of a possible bathroom renovation. Even $30k would not be absurd at all.. depending on choices made. That being said.... The 70k quote seems to be pretty crazy. Time to call others for pricing.
July 20, 2014 at 8:36am     
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The current layout seems to be fine.
July 20, 2014 at 10:21am   
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I love the idea of floating shelves but including a couple of base cabinets would ground it more. What do you think of putting up a glass wall or windows behind the couch? Something to close it off more.
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July 20, 2014 at 10:22am   
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I think that I would just leave it as wall and wrap the base around, not cover it with wood. Usually walls do extend slightly past the cabinets to accommodate counter overhang. Is this on a peninsula?
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You can also add a decorative end panel which will help cover part of the wall. It is actually just like a door that is attached to the side of the cabinet and tucked up under the counter. It makes a nice finished end. Good luck - I'm sure it all looks beautiful.
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Yes, remove the wood strip and have that portion of the pony wall mudded to match the rest of the wall. Once completed, it will look just as it should have all along! And yes, it is typical for the
pony wall to extend slightly beyond the edge of the cabinetry.
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Patricia Colwell
Well the eating counter should have been 42" and then 30" fits but I would just use counter height stools at this counter no 8" is not enough leg room.
July 20, 2014 at 8:47am     
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mfwolfe
Well, I found two more postings. This is a common mistake, but your advice will be easier to read if you only have one posting on this particular dilemma.
July 20, 2014 at 8:37am   
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Tetet Fernandez-Hocson
Hi Mfwolfe,

Thanks for your response. Had issues in posting this where it says that "your question can't be posted now" thus, i tried to repost it. Only to find out that it has been successfully posted. Not only once but twice.

Thanks
July 21, 2014 at 7:19am   
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