Amazing Kitchen Bargains

Progress continues to be made in our Dutch colonial kitchen.

Slowly but surely, the IKEA cabs are being assembled + put into place.

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I really need to make a decision on the sconces above the window.

Here’s what I’d originally planned to order (from Home Depot):

lighting -- kitchen over sink gilded iron

However, since I’m currently thinking warm metal hardware

for our warm oak island . . .

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. . . I’m going to see what I can find

 in the oh-so-trendy antique brass.

Disclaimer: yes, that would be mixing one’s metals,

but I am okay with that.

I do think that I need to repeat the antiques brass,

at least once, for continuity purposes.

What say ye?

Yes or no on the mixing of metal finishes?

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Meanwhile, please notice our sink cabinet below the windows:

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We bought this farmhouse sink from IKEA:

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With this IKEA faucet:

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G.O. didn’t really want that sink, but really.

We kind of had to get it.

Both the sink + faucet were in a display kitchen of discontinued cabinetry,

+ they were crazy inexpensive!

That’s why we got such a great deal on our refrigerator,

as it, too, was being discontinued.

IKEA white fridge

Here ’tis, in its space beside the pantry in our kitchen:

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It will be flush with the cabs after it’s hooked up + installed.

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Next on the agenda:

wall color, backsplash tiles + counter tops!

Stay tuned!


THE BICKERSONS GO REFRIGERATOR SHOPPING

Yesterday we went to IKEA + scored some amazing bargains for our kitchen.

You’ll just have to take my word for it, though,

because just like “ALL the professional bloggers”,

I left my camera at home.

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Oh, dear.  Let’s try to move on.

Check this out:

IKEA white fridge

NUTID S23 White counter depth refrigerator

Regular: $1,899.00 / Clearance: $699

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WHOA!!!  I know!!!  I still can’t believe it!!!

1. A mere $699 . . . AND . . . 2. counter depth . . . AND . . . 

. . . 3. the Kay-coveted WHITE!!!!???

Plus, 4. it does not say IKEA on it,

+ 5. it does have the acceptable (stainless) handles –

not those cheapie-looking white plastic ones.

I’ve got my standards.

“But why white?” you ask?

Stainless is what we have now, but I wanted to be different.

If you really must know, here’s why I went over to the white side:

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Yesh, that’s my designer lady crush, Sarah Richardson,

.who, in one of her most recent projects,

 chose white kitchen appliances.

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Sadly, I am not Sarah,

nor is G.O. anything like Tommy (Sarah’s main gay):

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LOVE him!

Nope.  G.O. nixed the idea of the white appliances!

The humanity!

 I’m kind of glad that I forgot the camera,

because the Bickersons in the IKEA kitchen department

wasn’t such a pretty picture, after all.

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He protested, as he does, + I just listened stared at him.

I then marched over to Mr. IKEA Man

+ asked if, at that price,

the (3 remaining) white refrigerators would be soon be gone.

When he said “today”, that was that — for me, anyway.

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OMiGosh!

G.O. color-shamed me,

right there in front of Mr. IKEA Man! –

 saying that “everybody on HGTV wants stainless + granite!!!”

I, of course, was mortified + refused to engage.

At this moment, however, Mr. IKEA Man,

who’s probably heard it all, at least a bazillion times,

brightly offered this patented conflict diffuser:

“I always tell people that, if they want white,

they should get white!”

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I couldn’t agree more . . .

. . . aaaaaand they’re delivering our white refrigerator tomorrow.

Thanks, Mr. IKEA Man.

Oh, + IKEA, too, for offering these at such a deep discount.


Kitchen Cab Progress!

Despite my being MIA, blog-wise,

we’ve had a lot of progress over at the Dutch colonial!

See for yourself!

Here’s our IKEA kitchen, just a few days ago:

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Boxes, boxes + more boxes!

Here’s our IKEA kitchen today:

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White IKEA Lidingo cabinets on the window wall

with an oak** IKEA Lixtorp island.

I’d always planned on a white kitchen

with a **black island, like this one, from Houzz:

black + white dream kitchen

I mean, who wouldn’t?!

However, at the last moment (meaning IN the store!), I changed my mind.

Surprise!!!

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I can hear you now.

 “But Kay!  We despised oak in the 80’s + 90’s!”

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Why, yes, we did, but things change!

Here’s how:

Reason 1. I wanted to be different

(which is the same reason I want white appliances, too

– but more on that later.).

Reason 2. Aren’t we seeing a lot more natural wood out there?

Reason 3. It had to be oak.

Our Dutch colonial came with tons of it!

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Part of it’s been stripped already, + it’s really gorgeous!

I like it natural,

but I s’poze I’ll see about staining it a nice, medium brown

so that it plays nicely with our island.

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On the other side of our kitchen we have more Lidingo whites.

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Our Lixtorp island contains the following:

1.  a 24″ base with a drawer + microwave cubby

2. an 18″ base with drawers.

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All the green tape on the wall marks the range hood location.

What type of range hood (+ range, for that matter)

 will be another last-minute decision.

Stay tuned!


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.

shelf -- pottery barn sussex glass shelf

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:

bathroom vanity PB $599

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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