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Brass Is Back!

Sometimes I can’t make up my mind.

When this happens, I just call it a day, already,

after wich, I procrastinate like crazy.

This can’t be good, you think.

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But wait.  There are these:

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Yes, it’s true — I’ve finally jumped aboard the brass-is-back train!

I have big plans for these vintage beauties

in our Dutch colonial kitchen.

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But wait, you say.

Didn’t you already select red glass pulls in your kitchen?

Congratulations!  You’ve been paying attention!

Here they are . . .

.cabinet hardware -- red glass

 . . . already up + ’em on all the white cabs in our kitchen:

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I love them!

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But wait.

What will happen to those antique brass pulls?

Here:

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Yes, we do have an oak kitchen island.

I chose it to complement all the natural woodwork in our Dutch colonial.

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It looks good, alright, but aren’t there 4 drawers that need pulls?

Yes, they do, but which pulls?

I COULDN’T DECIDE!!

surprised boy

So.  I dealt with this issue by putting it on the back burner, as one does.

Until maybe 4 days ago.

. . . when I had this light bulb moment:

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  Vintage brass + warm oak wood tones = perfect!

Sounds so easy, doesn’t it?

I was inspired by a new (to us) set of old wooden drawers from the flea market.

Here:

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As is his way, poor G.O. did not immediately love this idea,

but he did agree to play along by holding a pull on its proposed drawer front.

Here:

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Okay.  Now I am going to need to add some additional antique brass into our home!

I’m thinking of over-the-sink light fixtures.

Stay tuned.


Light Fixture Fun: Mixing Metals Or No?

Well, our downstairs bath + powder room

 finally have their drywall up + running.

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Powder room in progress

This means one thing:

THE . . . END . . . IS . . . SEMI-NEAR!!!

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I couldn’t be more pleased

+ will be ordering some fun stuff within the hour.

Pass me my credit card!

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First, let’s have a look-see

at some items that I’ve already ordered!

For the powder room, in old-school polished chrome**

(**which I love because it looks so vintage):

Signature Hardware New York Widespread

Signature Hardware
New York Widespread

+, speaking of looking vintage — honed marble for the vanity top:

bathroom vanity top from pottery barn

Pottery Barn

Yesh, I did order something marble, sight-unseen,

which, I know, is crazy —

but the good news is that it’s perfection!

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But back to  today’s spending spree.

To hang over our powder room sink, I shall order this pendant light fixture,

(also in polished chrome):

Westmore Schoolhouse Pendant Lowe's $151

Westmore Schoolhouse Pendant
Lowe’s
$151

Nobody loves the schoolhouse light fixture more than I do,

+ I’m fond of this one’s small scale for a small room.

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Meanwhile, for our main bath,

last summer we found this IKEA medicine cab in their “as-is” section,

at a mere $80!

Hemnes $170

Hemnes
Regularly $170

My plans are to de-fuse its IKEA-ness a tad

by tricking it out with this DIY project:

medicine cabinet tricker outer

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I want our cab to be extended all the way to the ceiling,

as that’s what I think would make it look most original to the house.

I’ve got to find something awesome for door pulls, too.

Stay tuned.

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Back to light fixtures.

This was my first choice to hang in front of the IKEA medicine cab:

Seagull Sydney Pendant Lowe's in golden pewter

Seagull Sydney Pendant
Lowe’s
in golden pewter**

(**I’ve never seen “golden pewter” before, but I think I’d like it.)

But I worry!

Is the fixture too large?

Would it overpower our small space?

Well . . .

. . . methinks that the only way to be sure is to add it to today’s order

+ give it a test-spin in our space!

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While I’m ordering/comparison shopping,

could send for a pair of these:

Westmore 5" pendant Lowe's Polished chrome

Westmore 5″ pendant
Lowe’s
$101
Polished chrome

There’s my go-to metal — polished chrome — again.

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But wait!

Lately, I find myself being lured by other, warmer metals,

like antique copper:

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

+ antique brass:

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amazon.com

No doubt about it — these are the next “IT” tones for metal,

+ I’m LOV-ing them!

With that in mind, here’s what I’ll order:

Chadwick 6" pendant light Lowe's $171.15 Antique copper

Chadwick 6″ pendant light
Lowe’s
$171.15
Antique copper

Those would make me happy every time I gazed at them!

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I worry, though.

Must I match my metals?

single hole faucet -- Wesley -- $169 -- signature hardware

Or may I use this polished chrome faucet

in the same room as my antique copper lights?

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Right now, I’m leaning toward mixing things up.

That’s subject to change, of course.

Stay tuned.


Plan B For My Bathroom Vanity

Yesterday I giddily posted of my love for this chunky vessel sink:

Home Depot!   Who knew?

Home Depot!
Who knew?

I was/am totally smitten with its vintage, white ironstone bowl-ness.

My plans were to make a bathroom vanity, using my AWESOME sink

 + my AWESOME, vintage pine cupboard:

(Today’s word-of-the-day: AWESOME.)

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Oh, how I “love” it when I make plans without measuring stuff.

The BAD news is that that sink is way too huge for my cupboard.

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Whoops!  “Silly me!”

The good news is that I did measure + discover said-same

BEFORE I placed my online order from Home Depot.

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Meanwhile, here’s Plan B:

houzz.com

houzz.com

Look what I found on Amazon, for less than $100!

bathroom faucet

I am totally obsessed with antique brass + cross handles, like this:

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Pretty AWESOME, no?

So AWESOME that I’ve already shared this AWESOME-ness with G.O.

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. . . who, as you see him here, was not totally amused.

“Poor G.O.”

But it’s all good.

I’m giving him space today, + he’ll think about it,

+, hopefully, be on board, soon.

Fingers crossed + stay tuned!


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