Restoration hardware faceuts, showers plumbing

RenovamamaFebruary 6, 2012

Hello All. We are in the midst of a gut remodel of our home, and coming down to the wire on plumbing fixture selections.

I love the Restoration Hardware lines of faucets, shower/tub fixtures and accessories (Asbury and Dillon in particular), and am considering a coordinated line in Polished Nickel for each of 3.5 baths. Does anyone have any experience with these fixtures long term - especially shower valves? Are they are as durable and hardy as Symmons, Kohler etc.?

I am also considering using the RH Gramery washstand console sink in the powder room. Does anyone have a picture they can post of it installed - is it chunky-looking in reality (they do not have it in showroooms) or is it elegantly proportioned? Some RH products are very large feeling, and my powder room is quite small.

Thanks!

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marcolo

Asbury in polished nickel is what I have in my bath. Shoot me.

The fixtures seem OK--they are made by Newport Brass. The finish is a wrist-slasher. Polished nickel is a "living" finish, which is a marketing word for "tarnishing." We wipe it dry with every use and it still develops ugly brown spots and water marks, and must be polished, yes, like gram ma's silver, every week. A full on application of polish that is allowed to dry and then needs to be hand buffed.

Some manufacturers apply a somewhat helpful protective coating to PN finishes. Whatever coating is applied to the Asbury, it's useless. Do not get it in PN no matter what.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 12:24AM
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sayde

Agree with Marcolo -- the PN turns dark and needs to be continually wiped and polished.
I have the Gramercy washstand and I like the shape and contour of it very much.

But I would not buy anything from Restoration Hardware now that I have experienced their horrible customer service. See the thread about my mirror delaminating.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2012 at 8:10PM
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allison0704

I have the Bistro sink faucets, tub filler and shower fixtures in ORB and BN. We haven't experienced any trouble. Neither are a living finish and still look great after 6.5 years.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2012 at 9:09PM
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