I don't believe so, Neil.
There are variations between batches, obviously, but there was not a
substantial green in ours at all. The colours range from mid to
dark grey and to oranges and orange browns - pretty much the colours
you expect to see associated with iron.
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I probably won't even fit plinths until the floor is in place.
Still, this kitchen is taking some time to do.
I've still got to:
1. Finish lighting (one luminaire and switch cable)
2. Install pipework for water softener.
3. Swap plumbing for w/m and t/d.
4. Install fan convector
5. Plasterboard short section of wall
6. Wet plaster outside of chimney breast
7. Design/build/attach fire surround + shelf
8. Plaster chased in cables
9. Renovate & draftproof windows
11. Cut and fit cornices, pelmets and plinths.
12. Install worktops (will DEFINITELY get pro for this)
13. Tile splashbacks + fireplace internals
14. Lay floor
15. Install range cooker
16. Install breakfast bar.
17. Install open ended wall unit above breakfast bar.
Still, it's looking fairly good already. It's the floor and chimney (bare
breeze block) that let down the appearance. Strangely, the current plywood
worksurfaces (which replaced the previous cardboard ones) don't look as bad
as you'd imagine.
On Wed, 28 Jan 2004 09:50:22 -0000, "Christian McArdle"
You could ask. At the time, they had a centre in Guildford so we went
We have the Sheng Li. It fits well with the rest of the kitchen
environment - dark granite worktops, tumbled marble wall tiles, oak
furniture and joinery.
I would recommend buying a tile or two and taking them home. If you
can borrow or buy samples of the other bits you intend to use. Put
them together and look at them over a period of a few days.
You can reasonably simulate colour enhancer by wetting the tiles
that was the attraction to me as well. There are quite a few plant
and animal fossils and imprints also, so I distributed those in
We had this issue, although in our case it was a staircase that was
being replaced at the same time. It was dealt with by tiling in the
area involved using a faster setting adhesive that went off in a few
I would definitely tile underneath and go all the way back as well.
We selected tiles that were relatively free of bumps to go under the
On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 15:25:57 -0000, "Christian McArdle"
I just read Neil's post. I also bought slate from Stonell and echo
his comments on their quality of service.
I'd suggest talking to their technical department and give them a
complete description of what you have and the effect that you would
like to achieve. We used Howtex adhesive and grout, but it was
starting from a concrete floor. I would think but am not certain
that something with flexibility would be good for plywood.
We used two of each.
Lithofin's web site was fairly accurate on coverage. FWIW, Just Tiles
in Woodley has their stuff, although I didn;t check their prices.
IIRC, we did it between coats.
I used a mid grey. I wouldn't go for anything too pale with this
type of slate and definitely not white. Mid grey seems to largely
"disappear" and you are then more aware of the colours of the slate.
Have a look at
and click on Sheng Li, and I think you will see what I mean. With
colour enhancer, the colours will be raised but without making the
Have you thought about sizes? They need to be in the context of the
area being covered......
Grout as the absolutely last thing you do before maybe a final seal coat
or two. Grout is impossibly hard to get off slates, so teh more there is
between teh salet and the grout, the better.
Having dne 55 sq meters of slate, let me tell 6you that THE most
crirtical thing, is to have a bucket of warm water and a kitchen sponge
at all times to INSTANTLY mop up anything yu spill on it of a cement
nature. You have t best 15 muntes with rapid set cement amnd most grouts.
Do NOT assiume ou will be able to grout the whiole lot, let it go off a
bit and clean teh surplus. Clean each slate as soon as laid, then clean
the whole row, then the whole floor.
Grey is nice. Lay with at least 5mm gaps. I used 3 on a large area nad
regretted it. If the slates are very uneven use even more - 8mm?
Take LOTS of time. I reckon if you can do 10 sq meters in a day, just
layng, thats good going. I'd say youo have maybe 4 days of work there at
least. Because you will lose concentration after about 6 hours. Stop.
The finsihed result, if you are very careful and patient, is stunning tho.
Best of luck.
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