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Sink Skirt Search

So.  This morning I spied this photo on Facebook,

from this fab biz in Franklin, TN.

I think I gasped a bit.  Really.

Tell me you do the same thing.

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City Farmhouse in Nashville, TN

I thought to myself, “That fabric!  How perfect!  How timely!” 

You see, for months, I’ve been searching for fabric,

as our powder room vanity desperately needs a skirt.

See for yourselves:

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Naturally, as one does when one needs inspiration for one’s project,

I headed straight to Pinterest.

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Most of the bathroom skirts I saw involved wall-hung sinks or pedestals;

I think this one was particularly epic:

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Since I needed a skirt for my vanity cabinet,

I soon switched my search to kitchen sink skirts:

OOH:

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LA:

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LA:

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I really want to make a red check skirt in our kitchen!  Stay tuned!

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So.

Even though I’d given my powder room skirt the green light,

I couldn’t decide what fabric to use!

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So many mind-boggling choices!!

Then, luckily, this happened:

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Recently, I bought 6 of these pretty blue + white transferware plates,

from this antiques shop, in my southern Illinois girlhood homeland:

The Loose Caboose

IL  Rt. 127 in Donnelson, Illinois.

1.217.537.3735

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Once I arrived home with said plates,

it only took a day or two to decide to hang them in our powder room,

on the panel to the mirror’s right, above the toilet:

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(I’d already been toying with that idea for a while.)

But Kay!”  you are no doubt saying.

“Didn’t you already hang some vintage plates in your main bathroom?”

Yes, I did, + here they are:

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Naturally, self doubt ensued.

Would it be wrong to hang plates in both our bathrooms???

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No, it is not, + here’s why:

I am creating a “theme” for our bathrooms,  + “themes” are good!

Thank you.

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Meanwhile, back to my sink skirt dilemma!

Which pattern fabric to choose?!?

I had a light bulb moment earlier this morning!

Remember the beautiful chairs that I spied?

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That’s it!  BLUE AND WHITE FLORAL, please!

 So.  In my world, when one needs to buy just the right fabric,

I head over to my favorite online fabric store,

Fabric.com!!

Anyway, here are my finalists.

Tell me what you think!

First, the florals:

If I can’t commit to floral (slightly out of my comfort zone),

another contender is my all-time favorite, the check:

Another fave, the stripes:

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Magnolia Home stripe

Or, if I really want to have FUN, this:

I KNOW!!!???  Insanely FUN!  Right?

The proverbial jury is still out, + I’ve not yet made up my mind.

I might persuade G.O. to help me hang the plates, later today.

Stay tuned!


Small Updates

Long time — no blog!

Here’s why:

G.O. , not pictured, has been busy

painting everything at our old house.

 I’ve been sewing like a bee on some new merch

for my biz, RedBird Vintage Home.

Like these:

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All this working + sewing means not much progress on the Dutch colonial.

Fear not, though . . . we have completed a few projects.

Let’s start with the new closet doors in our bedroom.

Those 6″ long window sash pulls came from Menards.

They’re big, beefy + slightly industrial, don’t you think?

The doors, while new, have the same 5 panels as our originals.

See for yourself:

G.O. painted them the same dark color, Black Magic by Pittsburgh Paints.

Let’s have a look-see at our powder room door:

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Don’t you love the way the black doors pop

against the pale colors of our house?

And please.

How swell is my very beloved, vintage LADIES SIGN!?

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It used to hang over the powder room in our old house,

+ not long ago, G.O. finally brought it over.

There’s more to share,

so stay tuned!

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Powder Room Finishing Touches, The Sequel

The other day, I blogged about our powder room’s finishing touches.

Turned out there were so many, I had to divide them into 2 posts!

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I bought this vintage towel bar several years (really!) ago,

saving it for the front of our vanity cabinet.

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It’s clear glass + has a pair of chippy white metal brackets.

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Part of me wanted to sand + re-paint said-same brackets,

but my desire for a less “new” re-do won out.

Meanwhile, a vintage-style scale that we had made the move:

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As did my beloved NYC skyscrapers night light (from etsy):

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L – R:  (my personal favorite) the Chrysler Building,

the Empire State Building + 30 Rock.

Next up — our large IKEA floor mirror,

which had been in our bedroom, back in the brick bungalow:

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At first, we put it in the bedroom at the Dutch colonial.

However, one afternoon I had a yen to move it to the powder room,

where it brightens + enlarges the space very nicely!

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Full disclosure:

the door was supposed to be Flagstone, the same gray as the walls.

Some sort of mix up occurred, however,

+ I just didn’t have the heart to share with G.O.

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I think the door is going to remain Black Magic, + I think it looks great.

Winning!

But back to my powder room “groovies”, as I like to call them.

Check this out!

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When I spied this vintage map waste can online, I knew I had to have it!

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I bought it from my friend, Mary’s, booth — called hello vintage.

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I mean, come ON.  How darling, am I right?

Who doesn’t love white ironstone?

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Fiesta Ware (+ lots of it!)

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Follow hello vintage on Facebook, here:

https://www.facebook.com/hello.vintage.il?fref=ts

Or, if you live in the Chicago area, visit her antiques booth(s) in person.

Hello vintage is in both the True North Downtown, here:

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+ the new True North Warehouse, both in Morris, Illinois.

While you’re there, be sure to see my own space,

RedBird Vintage Home.

Disclaimer:  I no longer have my retail space.

Stay tuned for my next “big move”.

I’m inside the downtown True North, too!

501 N. Liberty St. in Morris.

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RedBird is right across the aisle from hello vintage!


Towel Bar Musings

While G.O. is currently busy as a bee in our kitchen . . .

. . . I’d personally like to go back a room or 2.

To our powder room:

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It’s nearly finished — only a few minor tweaks remain,

including this vintage shelf:

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for here:

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this mirror for over the vanity:

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+ this vintage milk glass towel bar for where?

The side of the vanity?

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Not so much.

On the wall?

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Not really.

Frankly, I couldn’t decide,

so, instead of fretting or — worse yet — making a mistake,

 I waited for inspiration to strike.

And, in my little world, inspiration = Pinterest!

Let’s have a look-see at what I spied, towel bar-wise:

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towel bar on white vanity -- yellow walls

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towel bar on tables turned vanities

Is this a thing?  Towel bars on the fronts of sinks?

I hoped it would work for our situation,

so I dashed over for a trial spin on our vanity front.

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I love it!

What do you think?

And isn’t it great when a design,

no matter how small,

comes together?


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?

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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:

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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.

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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!


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!


A Couple Of Big Projects

Announcement:

G.O. has decided to strip the beautiful woodwork

of our Dutch colonial!

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While this means that we’ll never, ever move in (just kidding!),

it also means we’ll have the prettiest woodwork on the block!

Feast your eyes on one of the 2 pocket doors

between our living + dining rooms:

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Beautiful!

My plans are to leave the wood as natural as possible,

but I’m hoping we can somehow tone down that orange a bit.

Stay tuned for that.

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Meanwhile, here’s another look-see at our beautiful woodwork.

This particular type of molding is called egg and dart:

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I recently observed said-same

on the exterior of an old building in our town:

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I think this illustrates very clearly why it’s called egg and dart.

Check out our molding in this before photo:

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Yikes!  All those pesky coats of paint almost obscure the gorgeous details!

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SO.  While — again — we may never, ever actually reside in our house . . .

. . . G.O. did share with me, just this a.m.,

 that a huge project should get underway this week, at long last!

T I L E !

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These 2″ hexagon marble tiles will be the floor of our powder room.

Here’s my grout chart, strategically placed next to the tile samples:

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I shall choose a medium-to-dark gray,

which is easier to maintain, will pop against + accentuate the light tiles,

+ I also think that dark grout looks more old-fashioned.

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I’ve also got a few paint charts in the powder room.

At this point (meaning I might change my mind!),

I want to paint the walls a medium-to-dark gray.

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Since the floor’s so light + the room is so small,

I think I’ll be brave + go with something quite dark.

Maybe not this dark:

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. . . but maybe a bit more dark than this:

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Here’s what I have in mind:

gray walls -- #1

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Definitely stay tuned for that, because I dunno if I have the courage!

Whatever shade I do pick for our powder room,

I want to install picture-frame molding on the walls, like here:

gray panelled bathroom walls -- apartment therapy

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I KNOW — YUM, right?

Oops!  I’ve not yet shared these fun factoids with G.O.

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I’m not sure which he’ll dislike more — the dark walls or the paneling.

Please.  Stay tuned!

 


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