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Embracing Our Black Appliances

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In my most recent past post,

I mused about our canned ham camper’s appliances:

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After Plan A (replacing them with vintage-style red ones)

+ Plan B (spray painting them red) were quickly nixed by G.O,

 Plan C arrived — my embracing the black appliances.

Here’s what’s involved with Plan C:

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Let’s break it down, starting with the cabinets.

I want to paint them Pittsburgh Paint’s Black Magic:

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Black cabs are not only a ‘thing’ now,

but they will also make that black microwave disappear.

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Let’s also say goodbye to that bad beige kitchen wall,

+ hello to this peel + stick tile backsplash:

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YUM!  That dark faux grout is pretty dreamy, isn’t it?

Next, we’ll change out the beige counter + table top

with this faux marble laminate:

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The subtle veining adds just enough gray

to complement my mostly gray scheme — again, here:

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Our plans for edging the counters

are to go completely old school, with this product:

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One can find it online, from either Home Depot or Lowe’s;

sorry, I don’t have the link.

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Now, then.

Since I haven’t taken a photo of the ham’s existing vinyl flooring,

(it’s also beige — imagine that!),

you’ll have to trust me that I dislike it, too (imagine that!)

Here’s its replacement:

yet more peel + stick product — gray-ish oak vinyl planks!

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Now for the worst ‘offender’ in the canned ham’s interior:

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How quickly can we say ‘bye bye’

to the dinette’s very, very bad Motel 6-ish upholstery fabric?

Just say NO, am I right?

Well, it should be ‘leaving’ very soon,

as I’ve already selected my replacement upholstery fabrics.

The seats will be covered (by ME!)

in this crazy good indoor-outdoor gray from Calico Corners:

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I use the words ‘crazy good’

because it looks just like linen + is as soft as velvet!

(Did I mention that it’s indoor-outdoor fabric?!)

It’s going to wear like iron + clean like a breeze!

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Amazing!

But wait.  Here’s where things get even more exciting.

The seat backs will be covered with this blanket fabric,

San Miguel, from Pendleton:

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(Please notice the small red crosses;

more on adding red accents later!  Yay!)

Meanwhile, I’ve sketched out my design hopes + dreams, here:

I ordered the fabric last week,

but it’s not yet landed in our mailbox.

When it arrives, who knows?

The scale of the crosses might be wrong,

the gray might not play nicely with my Calico Corner gray,

or who knows what?

Fingers crossed, however,

or I may find myself scrambling** to come up with Plan D!

(**Not really — I’ve got it cued up + ready, just in case,

’cause, people.  That’s what I do.)

Anyway, stay tuned while I wait for the mail to arrive;

I’ll keep you posted!

 


Fixer Upper Floats

 

So.  Here’s my face when I realized the project

on this week’s Fixer Upper was a house boat:

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What’s happened to our show??!!

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Calm down.  They’ve got this.

Exhibit A:

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How could I have doubted these 2?

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Before:

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After:

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Looks like Joanna’s chosen to combine black with warm wood tones again,

which she used in their recent modern house project.

Those black boards on the house boat’s exterior were not painted or stained.

Instead, they were literally torched + set on fire,

which is a form of preservative used in Japan.

+ + + + +

The black + tan color story is continued into the house boat’s interior,

where the kitchen cabinets + windows are black:

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There’s that beautiful, caramel-colored leather again, in the bar stools,

with yet more warm brown/tan  repeated

in the butcher block counters, accessories + lighting.

Exhibit B:

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That black + antique brass sconce

looks like this one from Restoration Hardware:

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What are our thoughts re: the window-spanning shelves?

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I vote yes + in fact, I toyed with the idea for our own kitchen windows.

I’m pretty sure I’ve pinned a few examples.

Exhibit C:

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This Old House

What’s not to love?

They provide tons of storage + nice perches for some pretty houseplants.

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Could that small farmhouse sink be cuter?

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I don’t think so!  I’d love it!

+ + + + +

There is one bathroom on the lower level.

Its mirror is framed in black, + the shower walls are clad in black tiles:

I’m in love with the double sconce over the sink.

Here’s something similar from Restoration Hardware:

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Surprisingly, Restoration Hardware’s lighting can be pretty affordable,

plus, I think there’s a big sale going on.

+ + + + +

Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms,

the first of which is this awesome bunk room

for the homeowner’s 4 young children:

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I’m so drawn to the beautiful, warm wood tones.

It’s kind of refreshing to see it being used now,

after so many years of painted everything.

Do we think it’s a trend that will last for a while?

(I do!)  Time will tell!

+ + + + +

There is also a master bedroom on the 2nd story,

+ it sports this beautiful natural wood feature wall:

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I think that interior window awnings

are Joanna’s signature accent for this season.

Just to the right of the bed is a pair of beautiful French doors,

leading to a balcony.

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So.  What’s next for Fixer Upper?

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Not a TRAILER, surely!!??

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Wait.  What?

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I would totally watch that, wouldn’t you?

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Stay tuned!


FIXER UPPER GOES MODERN

Time to talk about everybody’s favorite HGTV show, Fixer Upper.

After an iffy start, I now find Chip very amusing,

+ I have always had a lady crush on Joanna.

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I’m sure they’d both be pleased,

because it’s not like they don’t have throngs of super fans or anything.

Meanwhile, check out their latest Fixer Upper project,

which they’ve named the Pick-A-Door House:

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Pretty ho hum, no?

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Wow!  It’s so modern!

So modern, in fact, that I wondered if the show’s fans would embrace it.

Let’s talk about what makes it modern + whether or not we’re on board.

  I’m giving thumbs up for the wide paver + stone walkway,

that black metal roof, the dark gray paint + the double doors.

Have you noticed?  Joanna has a ‘thing’ for them.

Here they are from the inside:

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Those light wood floors had me swooning,

as do the black metal sliding doors on either side of the entry.

There’s one set for the office, on the left:

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Those light tone wood built ins!  Love!

The second set encloses the dining room, just across the entry hall:

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Honestly, all I could think was that the doors were crazy cool

but not that functional or necessary,

WHICH is something I usually embrace, wholeheartedly

They probably cost more than MY HOUSE, though,

which is kind of a buzz kill, when you’re me.

Anyway, here’s another view from the adjacent living room:

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Don’t you love the color of that leather with all that black + gray?

I call that baseball glove brown, + it’s my fave.

The original fireplace had some structural issues,

so it was replaced with this very modern, concrete one:

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They have intentionally left the marks from the forms,

which makes it rustic + modern + industrial.

I vote yes.

But wait.  Look at the rest of the living room.

  • There’s more concrete.  Or is it faux concrete?

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Oh, dear.

I fear this has gone from industrial chic to cellar hideaway, so thumbs down.

An accent of concrete is good — walls + walls of it, not so much.

But wait.

 Look at that wall of black metal windows —

my favorite feature of the entire re-do!

So much natural light!  I live for it!

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Please take a sec to notice all the groovy houseplants + their awesome holders.

They have me yearning to gas up the car + go plant shopping, a.s.a.p.!

+ + + +

Now, then, back to the house — with yet more concrete in the kitchen.

It’s the back side of that fireplace, + once again, I love it.

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I’m still not digging the concrete on the other walls, though.

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All that black + gray!   Does anybody need an anti-depressant, or is it just me?

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Oh, cheer up, already.

The light wood floors, beams  + shelves really pop against all that dark,

 + there’s yet more of that fabulous window wall:

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Isn’t that bar epic?

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+ + + +

There’s an entirely new master bath + bathroom.

At first, Chip wasn’t on board with the bedroom’s black ship lap feature wall:

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Oh, if I had a dollar for every time that happens in our little world!

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But let’s get real — I think the black really works

when surrounded by all the light furniture + the white walls:

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Thumbs up for all the modern ceiling fans, including this one.

But wait a minute.

Those plant hangers are having their moment,

 but that moment’s already taken place inside my very own hacienda,

circa 19 and 73.

I’m not sure I want to return!  What say ye?

+ + + +

While we ponder that, let’s have a quick glimpse of the new master bath,

with yet more black, white + light wood:

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These large, black hexagon floor tiles are very modern.

They transition into smaller black hexes in the shower,

the walls of which are covered in large black marble rectangles.

Thumbs up or down?

I vote up.

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Once again — a job well done by the Gaines-es.

Are you a fan,

or are you hoping the next episode features another farmhouse?

Stay tuned!


That Old Black Magic Has Me In Its Spell

We Greg are is painting all our interior doors black,

at my request, of course.

Here he is, intently looking for every perceived “flaw”

on our bedroom closet doors:

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Oh, dear.

My mad painting skills aren’t up to his high standards,

so I just let him do it.

But first, imagine the 2 of us at the paint store,

with me insisting that yes, I want black,

+ yes, I want semi-gloss.

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Please.  Are we not all on board here?

Just go to Pinterest + search “black interior doors”

if you need to be persuaded.

Or just look at this before + after of our front door:

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We’re using yet more Pittsburgh Paint.

It’s Black Magic, which is actually the darkest of dark grays,

here, at the bottom of this strip o’ grays:

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Not so coincidentally,

those living room walls are Flagstone,

which is the lightest, top shade on the same strip.

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Hint: that’s how I make sure my colors complement each other,

repeating shades of paint from the same strip.

We all do that, right?

But back to Black Magic.

When I say gray, even though it looks black, here’s proof:

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There is our Black Magic on the left,

with an generic, inky black on the right.

See the (viva la!) difference?

And please!  Notice how nicely it “plays along”

with our “black” (but really dark gray) kitchen floor tile:

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WINNING!

Meanwhile, let’s see some more black doors.

Here is the pocket door

 between our bedroom + the main bath:

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Disclaimer: that bathroom’s been tricked out since this photo,

+ it now looks like this (below) + my blog post about it.

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Our vintage-style medicine cabinet is from Home Depot,

the Zenith Early American @ only $119!

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Now for just 1 more quickie look-see

at our beautiful bathroom’s really naughty BEFORE!

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I KNOW!!??

 

 

 


Major Tile Problem — Solved!

Imagine my excitement earlier today,

as we finally started laying our checked tile kitchen floor!

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We’d chosen Daltile’s Color Scheme 12″ porcelain tiles —

1/2 in Black Speckle + the other 1/2 in Desert Gray Speckle.

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Everything was going swimmingly — up until the third tile,

when G.O. discovered we had a major problem.

The lighter tiles were maybe 1/8 of an inch larger than the darks!

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WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT??!!??

But how can 1/8″ possibly be an issue? — you ask.

Well, when 1/8″ is multiplied over dozens of tiles in an entire room,

it definitely becomes a major issue.

Meaning: goodbye, checked floor.

Meaning: now G.O.’s mad!

(Thankfully, not at me this time!)

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SO QUICK!  WHAT TO DO???

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PUNT!

Somehow, I decided on a suitable Plan B, within mere moments!

See for yourself:

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GENIUS!

We’d use only the dark tiles + lay them in a running bond pattern!

And I owe it all to my extreme indecisiveness!

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My extreme what???  — you ask.

Well, over my many months of kitchen floor planning,

before finally settling on the checks,

I had seen several that I really loved.

They looked just like this!

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So it’s not so much “GENIUS” as good fortune,

but I’ll we’ll take it!

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And while the plain black speckles aren’t as retro-charming as the checks . . .

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. . . the plain Janes add a nice modern country look that I love.

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Crisis averted!

(As long as we can get a couple more boxes of tiles

that look exactly like + are the same size as these!)

Fingers crossed, so stay tuned!


Kitchen Tiles’ Arrival

The tiles for our checkerboard kitchen floor have arrived!

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You can read about my kooky selection process here:

https://redbirdv.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/kitchen-floor-tile-is-en-route/

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So, anyway, here’s what we ordered:

5 boxes each of Desert Gray Speckled + Black Speckled

12″ square porcelain tiles,

from Daltile’s Color Scheme collection @ only $2.99 sq. ft.!

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Let me tell ya, 10 boxes of tile are crazy heavy,

(I couldn’t even lift one),

so G.O. used a cart to transport them from his truck to our back door,

5 boxes at a time:

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Once the boxes reached their destination IN-side the house,

we immediately laid out a few tiles for a look-see:

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Hey, look!  It’s our new Maytag dishwasher!

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Is it wrong that both G.O. are madly in love with that handle?

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It’s so chunky!  It’s also stainless steel,

which pops so nicely against the white appliance.

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But back to our floor:

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Getting the layout just right is going to involve a whole lot o’ math.

Here’s G.O., getting a head start on said-same:

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Definitely stay tuned!

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CHANGE O’ PLANS — AGAIN

Oh, dear.  I’ve changed my mind, yet again.

This is the very thing that upsets poor G.O.

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I’ve decided against my original color choice for our front doors.

My starter plan was to use this pretty pale blue:

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Brittany blue by Benjamin Moore

I wanted to complement the darker blue of our garden shed,

which, as you can see, is quite visible from the front of the house.

Oh, + there are our front doors, too.

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(Insert snarky comment about the blue trash can

color-coordinating with our house.)

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Back to our shed + front door colors.

Here they are, side by side:

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SHED

DOORS

DOORS

 

Beautiful, no?

Yesh, BUT WAIT.

When viewing the house as a whole, there is a lot of paleness going on,

but there are also 2 very prominent, very dark features!

DARK FEATURE #1

The charcoal gray metal roof  out front:

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Here it is while the siding goes up, protected with cardboard:

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DARK FEATURE #2

Our black roof.

I mean, HELL-O!  There’s a lot of roof on our house!

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Here’s what I think:

Black doors.

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Here’s why:

REASON #1

 Our house looks a tad top-heavy,

because all the black is way up high.

That black roof, especially, kind of looks like it doesn’t belong on this house.

We need something black on the lower level.

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REASON #2

 The rule of ‘three’.

You know that rule, don’t you?

When one chooses an accent color,

one should repeat that accent color  THREE TIMES.

Something about one’s eye being able to travel uninterrupted

throughout the space.

I shall be doing the same thing inside our house, with the color red.

STAY TUNED!


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