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My Quest For The Perfect Gray-Green

G.O. is working on the upstairs bathroom,

so I’ve been busy thinking about paint colors, etc.

I was all set to get Glidden’s Prairie Sage (bottom right),

since it was described as a neutral alternative to gray.

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Trust me, we have enough gray walls downstairs.

 I am ready for a change but want to stay neutral-ish.

Besides, green is a thing now.

Anyway, off we drive to Home Depot for a gallon of Glidden Prairie Sage.

Long story short — neither of us liked it.

I thought it looked too bright + too mint.

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The minute we got home, I headed to Pinterest,

where I began a furtive search for green-gray paint.

When I saw these being described as matches to

Restoration Hardware paint, my search was officially ovah!

paint green sage

I mean, people.

Everything from Restoration Hardware is exquisite, is it not?

Sadly, it’s almost 5 bells, so I shall have to wait until manana

to drive to our (brand new + local) Sherwin-Williams.

Keep your fingers crossed!

Meanwhile, earlier today I casually suggested we do this

to the bathrooms walls:

board and batten entryway

I mean, how cool!  Plus, isn’t it easy to install?  I hope?

board and batten bathtub

Oops.  I think that’s where I lost him.

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Wish me luck with the paint, though.

  I’ll report back — so stay tuned.

 


CORBELS + CABINETS

As I mentioned earlier,

there seems to be an infinite number of ways to trick out one’s kitchen cabinets.

My plans include quite a few of said same, including this one:

Corbels underneath the uppers!

bracket theletteredcottage bloThat’s the former kitchen of the kids from The Lettered Cottage blog.

They’ve posted a tutorial about how they re-did plain Jane cabs.

http://theletteredcottage.net/guest-post-by-mr-lettered-cottage/

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So.  Back to my plans — the same Home Depot corbels under our upper cabs!

They’re less than $10!

For here:

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Stay tuned!


Our Kitchen’s Mostly-Gray Color Scheme

 Our Dutch colonial kitchen remains in mid-redo,

or as I like to call it — “that awkward stage” —

see also: ME, in 7th grade.  Ha!

While I’ve matured from “awkward” all the way to “granny” . . .

. . . our poor kitchen still looks a tad iffy!

Fear not!

There have been lots of improvements!

Check out this wonderful, new trim around our wonderful, new window:

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People, I can’t over emphasize how awesome this is.

When I say new window, I mean it.

Check out this before snappie:

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Here’s a during photo, showing a much larger new window:

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And now:

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G.O. masterfully reproduced our Dutch colonial’s original window trim

+ then gave it a couple coats of fresh, white paint.

Now it’s impossible to tell that it wasn’t always there!

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Look closely, + you can see another improvement — bead board walls.

The kitchen needed them, for instant charm + character, don’t you think?

But wait!

It’s not paneling; it’s actually paintable wallpaper!

Martha Stewart from Home Depot.

$24.95/roll

wallpaper martha stewart from home depot

It’s already been painted a very pale gray —

Thin Ice from Pittsburgh Paints.

There it is with the rest of my kitchen color story:

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At left is our kitchen ceiling’s Chambray blue,

also from Pittsburgh Paints.

The white represents the woodwork + cabinets,

+ the dark gray was* chosen for the doors

(*I’ve since opted to go darker, though, so stay tuned.)

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Yikes!  That door really needs a fresh coat, no?

And the naughty, obviously bad-replacement door hardware?

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It will soon be replaced with this —

our house’s beautiful, original hardware!

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Much, much better, no?

Looks like I need to go shopping for a new cat door, too . . .

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. . . more on that, later.

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Anyway, back to the color story!

There’s yet another gray — that of our fabulous backsplash tiles:

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My mostly-gray color scheme is very subtle, ’tis true,

but there will be enough contrast to make things fairly interesting.

I hope.

Fingers crossed!

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So.  Let’s recap, shall we?

1. Gray walls are slightly darker than white woodwork.

2. Gray backsplash tiles are slightly darker than gray walls.

Check, check!

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Oh, + did I mention that today, at long last,

the kitchen floor tiles are being installed?

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The operative words are at long last,

so imagine my excitement about that floor!

In fact, I must step away from the bozoputer + head over, to view said-same!

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!


Splurge v.s. Budget Light Fixtures

A new Rejuvenation lighting catalog landed in my mailbox yesterday,

which means I have a brand, new light fixture crush.

Take a look  — it’s called the Grandview:

Do you love its exposed pipe industrial-ness half as much as I do?

It reminds me of my shower faucet crush of just yesterday:

Swoon!  Yes, it’s a splurge,

but it’s a splurge I’m willing to make!

$ $ $ $ $

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But back to my light fixture.

Here’s my new crush with 3 shades:

rejuvenation light fixutre -- industrial wit 3 copper shades

$595. – $640.

This would be perfect

to hang above our kitchen island,

if only it wasn’t so spendy!

I don’t think that I can swing this splurge

unless I can start sewing pillows ’round-the-clock,

like these I just finished yesterday . . .

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New dresser — fun photo op.
Sorry for the bad light.

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. . . which are en route to here:

http://www.madejacksonhole.com/

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Since I can’t sew pillows night + day,

I shall opt for my first, more affordable choice for kitchen island lighting —

this schoolhouse pendant from Home Depot:

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A mere $89.97 each

Nobody loves the classic schoolhouse light more than I do.

home depot schoolhouse pendant #1These are in stock at Home Depot,

so be sure + have a look-see the next time you’re there!

They have a very swell selection of budget-priced pendants,

+ I’ll bet you can find one that fits your décor!

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Meanwhile, how about you?

What’s the craziest splurge you made?

$ $ $ $ $

Was it worth it?


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