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Paralysis of overchoice, kitchen flooring edition

We're looking to replace the hard surfaces on the first floor - basically, the foyer, hallway, half-bath, laundry closet, pantry, kitchen, and breakfast nook. We think we want tile, and even picked out a porcelain tile sample we like. But there are so many choices of materials that we're overwhelmed! Fellow MeFites, what flooring material do you have, what do you like/dislike about it, and what advice do you have to offer us? [more inside]
posted by DrGail on Aug 3, 2016 - 19 answers

Chinese Please

Can anyone translate the Chinese characters on this vase? I don't think it's valuable, but maybe it says something other than "Made in China"?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jun 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Sink divot repair recommendations?

My new farm sink has a small chip in the surface, about the size of a dime, it is a shallow chip. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Feb 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Best way to fill in missing floor tiles?

When our staircase was remodeled several years ago, it left an area with no tile at the base of the new stairs (old stairs were curved, new ones are not.) It's been 6.5 years of stubbed toes and general unsightliness, and I need suggestions on what to do with this area. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Jun 23, 2014 - 18 answers

What does it say??

Characters on the bottom of a porcelain box - what does it say? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Help Finding Cute Japanese Bowls

I purchased these porcelain bowls from TJ Maxx yesterday to use as feeding dishes for my cats. There were only two bowls at the store. They had a "Blue Moon Japan" sticker affixed and are stamped with the same name on the bottom. I would love to buy more in the same or similar color/pattern. My Google-fu isn’t strong this morning. I’ve only found tea sets from the same manufacturer. I would be thrilled to find the manufacturer’s website if only to find out what the pattern names are called.
posted by turniphead on Apr 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Bathroom cleaning hacks for older homes?

I thought I knew how to clean bathrooms? But my new bathroom is a dust-sink, hair-trap, and I can never seem to get the porous white sink, tub, and toilet to appear clean, despite frequent cleaning. Looking for practical hacks or product recommendations from people who have similar vintage or antique bathrooms. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Apr 3, 2014 - 14 answers

My porcelain sink (and tub) have a problem

We have very hard water and it has a tendancy to stain stuff pretty quickly. The area of the sink and the tub just below the faucets are an endless battle. The only thing that has ever been able to get those stains out has been bleach, but now the bleach has only made things worse because they stain even MORE quickly. It really looks terrible. Help me fix my sink and tub so that we don't look like Grubby McSlobbersons. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jan 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for fancy tea cup recommendations:

I'd like something that's either understated (traditional, white porcelain), but outstanding quality. Or a little more elegant: 1, 2. (These are pretty ideal, but I don't think the manufacturer ships to the US.) Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by jtothes on Jan 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Please help identify this ceramic bowl

Hi, I picked up this ceramic bowl at a thrift shop and would love some help identifying the marks (hallmarks?) on the bottom. [more inside]
posted by Fun Bobbie on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Budget alternatives to Hermès dishes?

My partner and I are looking to invest in a dish set, but we've been struggling to find anything we agree on. After several department store visits, we finally glimpsed something that both of us really, really love. "Look at that!" we exclaimed in unison. Unfortunately, the "that" was Hermès' "Cheval d'Orient" series, which sell for hundreds or thousands per plate. This is way, way beyond our means. Can you recommend some budget alternatives in a similar style? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Apr 5, 2013 - 19 answers

What's the Catch?

What is the difference in quality between Home Depot/Lowe's porcelain tile and that from a specialty tile store? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 3, 2012 - 12 answers

blank slate

I'm looking for plain white dishes without a logo on the bottom. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Aug 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Why aren't there more stainless steel toilets?

Is there a good reason that we use (in the U.S.) porcelain toilets almost exclusively instead of another material, particularly stainless steel? Stainless steel is lighter than porcelain, isn't it? So I would think it would be cheaper to ship and easier to clean, making it a no-brainer green solution.
posted by pmed on Oct 3, 2010 - 22 answers

Are their user-driven sites to discuss Herend porcelain

I am looking for user-driven sites/forums to discuss Herend porcelain. I collect this Hungarian-made porcelain and would like to ask various questions of other (English-language) collectors. In particular I would like to understand better the various pottery marks and their meanings, especially those that may indicate counterfeit goods. This site on e-bay has some useful information but I am hoping for a more interactive site where I can post pictures of pieces I have and ask "What do these marks indicate?", or, "Is this piece counterfeit?".
posted by vac2003 on Apr 21, 2010 - 1 answer

Help fix my teacup!

Help me fix my teacup! [more inside]
posted by sdis on Mar 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Food safe adhesive - stainless to porcelian

What sort of adhesive do I need to stick stainless steel to a ceramic surface, which will withstand repeated immersions in boiling water, and will be food-safe? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jan 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Ack! My do-it-myself bidet is not a feature...

[PlumbingFilter] Ack! The toilet sprang a leak and is now acting like an impromptu bidet when flushed! What is the proper way to fix this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Sep 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Porcelain or MetalFilter

How bad is tooth sensitivity from gold inlays? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 11, 2009 - 14 answers

What is the process that allows for long-lasting non-digital prints onto ceramics?

What is the process that allows for long-lasting non-digital prints onto ceramics? [more inside]
posted by jedrek on Aug 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Help finding a certain type of bowl.

Help me find a certain type of bowl for my wife for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by scarello on Nov 15, 2008 - 12 answers

Bathroom renovation project help, please.

How can I get paint off a porcelain bathtub? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Aug 20, 2008 - 8 answers

How to clean a burned porcelain teacup?

How to clean a fine porcelain teacup that found its way into a bonfire? [more inside]
posted by workerant on Jun 25, 2008 - 5 answers

Bathtub modification help needed

Bathtub modification in cheap apartment [more inside]
posted by Listener on May 29, 2008 - 13 answers

I am going to decorate my own dishes, ostensibly

Ceramics filter: What sort of medium is the gold paint (?) that is used to decorate fine china/ tableware? [more inside]
posted by InstantSanitizer on Mar 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Waterproofing craft porcelain?

I'm trying to waterproof tiny objects made out of air-drying craft porcelain, but I've had little success. Suggestions for a translucent waterproofing material, or, perhaps, an alternate sculpting material? [more inside]
posted by nobody on Oct 9, 2007 - 14 answers

Removing metallic stain from sink

Our white porcelain enamel sink has a stain on it. The stain is silver/grey and seems to have resulted from dropping a steel cup into the sink (probably repeatedly). Two related questions: Is it possible to stain a sink in this way? And how can we remove the stain?
posted by beniamino on Jun 18, 2007 - 10 answers

How could I make the same (cleaning) mistake twice?

How do I get rid of the brown stain that bleach left on my old porcelain tub? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Mar 21, 2007 - 10 answers

Making a Bathtub Shiny Again

What are your experiences with bathtub refinishing/reglazing? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Mar 9, 2006 - 9 answers

Finding a Crow On A Teacup

Back in the early 90's, I saw a color magazine ad for a piece of art I've been unable to locate since. It was a crow poised on the edge of a teacup. [more inside]
posted by crw on Dec 13, 2005 - 4 answers

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