Kitchen Ceiling Musings

It’s a bizzy time o’ year at our house,

+ no doubt, it’s said same at yours.

Earlier this week I made these vintage Bingo banners

for my retail shop, RedBird Vintage Home.

How cute, if I do say so!

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Meanwhile, back at the Dutch colonial, progress continues . . .

. . . in THE KITCHEN (at long last!)

We ordered our IKEA cabinets, + they’ve arrived!

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Of course, if they’re from IKEA, they’re in boxes!  :-/

Once they’re assembled, they’ll look like this:

IKEA white cabs -- solid door

While discussing my design choices,

this is a good time for me to share my inspiration kitchen,

by Tom Felicia:

kitchen -- tom felicia adirondacks

Architectural Digest

So.  Check! – on my choosing white cabs, like his.

+ that wonderful gray tile backsplash?

Check!

Look what I found online, from Home Depot:

tile -- crackled glaze from Home Depot

Home Depot

I especially like how their glaze looks hand-painted,

+ even better, it’s crackled (my favorite!)

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Now, back to my inspiration.

People.  Look at that yummy dark gray ceiling!

Check! – in our kitchen?  You ask?

kitchen -- tom felicia adirondacks

Well, not exactly.

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Chambray (blue) by Pittsburgh Paints

You see, into each project, some compromise must fall.

G.O. wasn’t on board with a dark gray ceiling,

but we both loved the medium gray/blue.

After all, nobody loves a blue porch ceiling like I do . . .

ceiling of porch blue betweennapsontheporch.net

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. . . so I said to myself, why not bring that happiness indoors?

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+ there it is — my own beautiful blue kitchen ceiling.

As you can see, our light fixtures are being hung, as we type,

+ here’s a fun factoid:

I love schoolhouse-style light fixtures

almost as much as I love blue ceilings.

Here is my over-the-island (1 of 2) pendant:

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These are available in stock at Home Depot, for a mere $89.97!

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Around the kitchen’s perimeter, where one might have recessed lights,

we sprung for yet more schoolhouse style:

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These, too, are in stock at Home Depot, + they cost a mere $29.97 each!

We will have 3 on one side of the kitchen . . .

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. . . + on the opposite side there will be only 2,

flanking a solar tube that was installed months ago:

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a pair of sconces for the wall above the sink

+ for over the (future) Dutch door to outside,

something like this:

exit theater sign

Stay tuned!


Vintage Accesories For The Powder Room

So.  Today we re-measured the kitchen for cabs.

Yay.

This means that I shall spend the rest of the day sketching.

But first, let’s go back to our powder room.

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My goal for it is that the room looks old,

as if it was original to our Dutch colonial.

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I think my design looks old enough,

but I need to be choosy about the remaining accessories.

First up, the mirror.

Here’s one from Pottery Barn that I like.

It’s the Kensington Pivot Rectangular mirror @ $179.

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It does look somewhat vintage,

but we’re opting for this, instead:

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It came with a garage sale dresser for which we paid a mere $75.

Look at the beautiful natural wood grain:

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So.  It not only looks more vintage than the PB one,

it’s a lot less expensive.

I like that.

Now let’s move to the shelf portion of my powder room design.

Once again, from Pottery Barn — their Sussex shelf.

$47 – $55 on sale, with free shipping.

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While it would  look perfectly lovely,

I preferred something genuinely old.

Off to etsy, where I always have good luck!

Here’s what I chose:

shelf for powder room

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LititzCarriageHouse?ref=l2-about-shopname

With shipping, I paid a mere $33.

G.O. kindly held it in place for me this a.m.

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Does he like it?  Well, no, but I have faith that he will, eventually,

once the room is all tricked out + finished.

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Let’s have a look-see at yet another vintage bathroom necessity

that I found (on etsy, again!) months ago.

It’s a darling, old porcelain towel bar.

Here ’tis, held in place on the side of our vanity:

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OR, we might opt for hanging it on the wall, to the left of the vanity.

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The only accessory that remains is the over-the-sink light fixture.

You  probably won’t be surprised

that I’ve got something vintage planned there, as well.

Stay tuned!


Yet More Powder Room ‘During’ Photos

Silly me!

Earlier, I said I’d wait to blog more about our powder room,

once it was finally finished.

HA!  Please!  That’s not how we roll, here.

At any given moment, we’ve got dozens** of projects awaiting their completion!

**But, really, who’s counting?

* * *

Anyway, here ’tis, in its ‘during’ phase:

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Pittsburgh Paint Flagstone in satin finish

Any doubts about the gray walls’ being too dark went away,

with the help of the light marble floor + white fixtures..

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Our vanity started its life as an espresso $70 cheapie from the HOBO store . . .

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. . . sort of like this:

bathroom vanity -- espresso home depot

My goal —  give it a high/low makeover

+ knock off this $599 Pottery Barn vanity:

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bathroom vanity PB with legs

For the ‘low’ portion of our project, G.O. gave it a few coats of white paint . .

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. . . and yes, I know he’s totally giving me the stink eye!

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But back to the paint we chose:

paint -- enamel for powder room cab  insl X

This paint self-levels (no brush strokes!) + dries to an enamel finish.

The manufacturer, Insl-x, is a subsidiary of Benjamin Moore.

We had to call around a bit

before we found a Benjamin Moore paint store that stocked it.

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Next up, G.O. attached these $8 Home Depot furniture feet:

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I love them!

SO.  This concludes the ‘low’ portion of our vanity makeover.

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Now onto the ‘highs’ — or splurges, if you will — starting with:

 1. This beautiful marble top from Pottery Barn:

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I KNOW!  Isn’t it great?

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I love its looks-so-vintage ogee edge, don’t you?

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Next Kay splurge:

 2. This scrumptious New York model faucet from Signature Hardware, online.

faucet -- signature hardware -- new york widespread

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Cross handles, check.  Porcelain HOT + COLD, check!

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SO.  That’s about it, for now.

I shall share the finishing touches I’ve planned, soon!

Stay tuned!


Master Bathroom, Almost Finished!

SO.  Work continues on our Dutch colonial!

Here is some picture-frame molding in the master bath:

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This molding treatment is similar to but not exactly the same

as what we did in the powder room:

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The master bath has the lower panels only,

with another line of molding about 14″ from the ceiling:

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That molding runs across the lowered ceiling above the tub/shower . . .

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. . . + visually ties everything together.

All the molding, upper walls + ceiling

are painted Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White,

with a very pale blue ‘middle’.

(Disclaimer: it’s not this pale in real life –

my camera had a bad day.)

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Our new vanity was installed earlier in the day.

The backsplash was glued, + while that dries,

it’s being held in place by a couple pieces of scrap wood.

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I bought that Kingston Brass cross-handle faucet online,

from efaucets.com:

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Actually, I order a lot of stuff online.

It’s just so difficult (impossible, really) to find what I like.

Speaking of which, let’s have a look-see

at the 2 finalists of my online shower curtain hunt.

Both are from an etsy shop:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mapology.

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I’m thinking that the pale blue oceans of this one

would play nicely with the pale blue of our walls . . .

shower curtain -- world map pastels mapology @ etsy

. . . while this one’s darker color would pop nicely

against all the pale we’ve got going on in that room:

shower curtain -- blueprint blue

We’ll have lots of navy blue in the rest of the house,

including the adjacent master bedroom.

There will soon be a pocket door here:

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Please pardon the squalor + the bad photo quality.

My little camera is on its last legs,

but I couldn’t wait to share our progress!

Definitely, stay tuned!


Quickie Powder Room Update

Powder room update!

But first, a quickie recap.

We’re turning this BEFORE, our “boxy silo” powder room . . .

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. . . into this expensive-looking AFTER . . .

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. . . using this poly-but-looks-just-like-wood awesome-ness

 from Home Depot:

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It only looks expensive — a whopping 8′ piece is a mere $2.97!

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So.  Here are a few DURING snapshots.

First, marking out the design with masking tape:

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Having a look-see at the molding, in place:

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Nailing said-same molding:

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We also used Liquid Nails (glue),

+ as it dries, we used tape to keep the molding in place.

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SO.  All the molding is up + running,

including some only-looks-expensive Home Depot poly chair rail:

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The trip to the finish line

involves some Home Depot poly crown molding at the ceiling

+ some paint (Glidden from Home Depot) for everything.

One of these grays for the walls . . .

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. . . + one of these blues for the ceiling:

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Stay tuned!


Picture Frame Paneling

Today we devoted ourselves to all things powder room,

or as I like to call it: “the boxy silo”.

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Not a lot of charm there, sadly

Well, it is a brand new, plain Jane space,

since we borrowed an old hallway to create it.

That’s just great, but I don’t want brand new in our old house.

This means my quest for this room, as it is for all others,

 is to make it look as original to the house as possible.

Adding some age, if you will.

Starting at the floor!

I chose these marble tiles because I thought they looked age appropriate.

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Nice!  If I do say so!

But those plain Jane walls!  What to do?

Here’s my idea:

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Faux paneled walls!

This is also called picture frame molding,

so off we went, in search of said-same at Home Depot:

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Score!  Here’s a close up of what we bought:

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Whoa — that photo’s awful, but you get the idea.

And look at that price!  8′ of it for $3-ish!

And yes, the sign does say “poly”! . . .

. . . which is normally a big, fat NO in my little world.

This time, it’s okay, though, because we’re painting everything,

just like in my inspiration bathroom:

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So.  Off to the bozoputer I go, for assistance with this daunting project.

Here’s a little of what I learned:

the chair rail’s height should be 1/3 the distance of the ceiling height,

 between 28″ – “32” from the floor.

Lower is always better.

But wait.

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 G.O. wasn’t on board + wasn’t having that figure;

according to him, it was much too low.

At this point, I suggested we mock up our design with masking tape,

hoping that, if he could see it, he’d like it

+ immediately admit I was right.

HA.  I “keed”!

I even compromised a bit, since I’m such a team player.

I said our chair rail could be a whopping 34″ from the floor, 2″ over the max!

Oh, dear.  This is when we I get into trouble.

I held my breath, but please.

  I think it looks just great!  See for yourselves:

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While it looks like a very complicated project, it’s really not.

Every single feature is exactly 3″ apart . . .

. . . the rectangles from each other, the rectangles from the chair rail,

+ the rectangles from the corners + the woodwork + ceiling.

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Easy, no?

After completing the taping of one wall,

G.O. took a slight break + give the actual picture frame molding a dry run:

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Turns out its width is nearly identical to that of our masking tape!

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Perfect!

And, speaking of perfection,

these grays coordinate swimmingly with our marble floor:

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YUM!  Am I right?

Now all we have to do is get that molding up + running

+ then, choose a gray!

Stay tuned!


Main Bathroom Vanity Happiness

Now that the tile is up + running in our bathrooms,

it’s finally time for us to choose our vanities.

Let’s start with the main bath, downstairs:

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There’s room for a 36″ vanity, which will sit to the right of the toilet.

Above it we’ll hang this ginormous medicine cabinet from IKEA:

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I have big plans for a custom re-do for it, involving crown molding.

Of course, I will share later, as that’s how I roll.

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Back to the vanity.

As I type, G.O. is headed to our local build-o-rama, Menards,

where he will order our awesome vanity!

Stay tuned!

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First, let’s have a look-see at something I briefly considered:

vanity -- menards with farmhouse sink

I know — how awesome is that farmhouse sink!?

About a week ago or so, I posted this photo on my FB page,

where it received many favorable comments + likes!

“So, why did you not choose it?” you ask?

Well, that farmhouse sink maybe the coolest thing I’ve ever seen,

but seriously.

Who needs a huge, deep sink in the bathroom?

I can think of only one good reason, + here she is:

chloe at the vet

If I could bathe Chloe the Dachshund in a deep farmhouse sink like that,

there’d be no more on-my-hands-and-knees at the bathtub, already!

But back to the cons.

Look at the counter space, or lack thereof:

vanity -- menards with farmhouse sink

I’m pretty sure that this would be

what G.O. calls “all ‘looks’ — no function” or something derogatory.

And speaking of which, check out this very funny naysayer-in-training!

It seems G.O. has a 9-year-old apprentice!

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So early, the boys learn the fine art of nixing everything we like!

(I’m sure he’ll make someone a very fine husband, one day!) . . .

. . . because look how cute he is,

posing next to the vintage-style refrigerator I want!

(Blue tongue courtesy of a blue raspberry slushie from Sonic.)

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But back to the vanity.

Here ’tis:

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Disclaimer: this is 48″, I think, while ours will be 36″, with doors, no drawers.

This is kind of perfect for our hacienda, don’tcha think?

It checks off all my bathroom vanity hopes + dreams,

which include the following:

1. Designed like furniture, with the legs

2. Shaker-style doors

3. Marble top with an expensive-looking ogee edge!

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4.  Cool, rectangular under mount sink!

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Another disclaimer: that faucet, mercifully, is not included.

Please.

must have something with cross handles!

Like these:

faucet -- signature hardware -- new york widespread

Signature Hardware — New York widespread

Anyway.  Back to our vanity.

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As I mentioned previously,  it looks expensive.

It’s not.  The regular price (at Menards) is a mere $599!

It’s currently on sale at a mere $499!

Wow, it’s going to look great, so of course, I can’t wait!

Stay tuned, as always!

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2 Doors, Lots Of Waiting

TWO DOORS ARE BEING HUNG IN THE DUTCH COLONIAL!

We’ve been at this project for so long . . .

. . . every minor update is a real morale boost for lil’ mama.

How else do I explain my giddiness about a pair of doors?

Let’s have a look-see at all the excitement.

Door #1

Photo snapped earlier today:

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Here’s the same doorway last week:

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Today:

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Disclaimer:  G.O. is upset by the squalor + wanted to delete this photo.

Saner heads prevailed, though.

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You may recall that we created the powder room

from what was a hallway.

Right now, it’s an approximately 5′ x 5′ boxy silo.

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Oh, dear.  Boxy silo isn’t exactly the look I had in mind.

What shall we do, to add ‘instant age’ to this space?

First up, the marble tile floor looks like it might have been original:

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As does the ‘new’ door itself, which is, in fact, original to the house:

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It was borrowed from somewhere upstairs,

as was all the woodwork that will go IN-side the powder room.

Have a look!

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‘Tis okay that this side of the door’s been painted.

My plans are to paint everything gray in the powder room.

But just look at the beautiful, original doorknob:

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The paint on it has to go, + go soon.

Look at the other side’s knob + hardware!

 I am seriously loving the black glass!

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Stay tuned for a reveal of ‘Door #2′ . . .

+ meanwhile, here are few more RedBird projects!

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Thanks for viewing!

 

 

 


REDBUD CREEK FARM GARDEN CENTER

I’ve been working like a bee of late, + while I really love it/mean it . . .

. . . I feared that life might just be passing me by!

Time for an outing.  To here:

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I’ve heard good buzz about this place, + it did NOT disappoint..

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All this awesomeness is out in the middle of nowhere (J/K, kind of!) . . .

. . . SW of Chicago, somewhere close to Yorkville.

It’s definitely worth the trek,

but you’ll need to use your GPS or MapQuest to get there.

Trust me.

REDBUD CREEK FARM

2930 N. 4351 Road / Sheridan, IL

(815) 496-9400

http://www.redbudcreekfarm.com/

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 Sadly, I’m not yet in the market to buy plants,

as our Dutch colonial landscaping is on the way-back,

ohpleasedon’tmakemewaituntilnextspring burner.

Yes, this could have been a major buzz kill, but it wasn’t.

Here’s why:

IMG_4782(1)Lots of eye candy, of the garden center persuasion!

IMG_4752(1)All that red siding with pretty green trim!

 I felt a pang of siding remorse,

because I’d briefly considered said-same for our Dutch colonial!

 

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 Look at those sweet rafter tails!

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Look at the garage door, the lightning rod + the cool barn light!

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G.O. pointed out that light fixture, which had me mentally high-fiving myself.

It’s good when he digs the same things that I do!

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Look closely at what’s on the left side of the potting shed’s door:

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OMiGosh, it’s an old kitchen sink, which I totally love

+ which we totally have, languishing downstairs in our basement!!!

Gas up the truck, because it’s headed to its new home,

beside our blue garden shed

(a glimpse of which you can see here, to the right, behind our house!)

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But wait!  There’s more!

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Yes, that’s another vintage sink, + yes, we have one of those, too!

WOW, my head’s spinning with inspiration!

Speaking of which, this place was packed with repurposed vintage stuff!

Like these:

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IMG_4781(1)+ last but not least, there’s our dog, Dory, enjoying her day!

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BATHROOM TILE HAPPINESS

Hola, everybody!

We just paid a small fortune

to have bathroom tile installed at the Dutch colonial.

Methinks it was money well-spent.  What say ye?

Let’s begin upstairs + then work our way back down again.

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My tile design scheme:  classic, timeless

+ making it look like they are original to the house.

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I am especially pleased with my design for the window surround,

because it was a big challenge to keep things looking original.

We used inexpensive chair rail or cap tiles, in stock at Home Depot.

The subways were bought there at the same time.

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Now let’s head back downstairs.

First up, our powder room:

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May I just say that I’ve never loved anything more?

I call these 2″ tiles hexagons, or “hexies”,

but they’re also known as honeycombs.

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And does it go without saying that this room has to be gray,

to complement all the gray in the marble?

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I’m not afraid to choose something dark-ish,

since the floor is so light.

Meanwhile, check out this masterpiece:

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Apartment Therapy

MAMA LIKE!

That picture frame molding might be too much troublesome for G.O.

I dunno, but stay tuned.

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Meanwhile, here’s our quality control officer, Chloe, giving that floor the once-over:

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She approves!

Now let’s have a look-see at the downstairs main bath:

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I’ve always loved this kind of tile, which I refer to as “flowers”.

We searched + searched at tile retailers, but had no luck.

We ended up ordering it from Amazon.

Back to our room:

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As you can see, this tub’s been tricked out just like the one upstairs.

Love it!

And now, because I’ve been keeping so “bizzy”,

please allow me to share a few snapshots of my recent projects:

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As always, thanks for viewing!

It means a lot!


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