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My Kitchen Design, The Sequel

Today’s the day when I finally spill the beans

+ share why our house has two front doors.

I mean, you were wondering, weren’t you?

doors of 2

Prior to our owning it,

the Dutch colonial had been divided into two apartments,

One up:

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UP

+ one down, where we live:

doors of 2

DOWN

We were on the fence, re: converting the house back to a single family

versus keeping it as a duplex.

Some of our friends + one of our spousal equivalents

were/are naysayers about the apartment thing,

for obvious reasons which I shan’t list.

You can probably figure it out yourselves.

Turns out I have my own reasons for the apartment thing.

This guy:

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Scott McGillivray

+ his HGTV show:

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And ultimately, (fingers crossed), lots of these:
money

Believe it or not, neither G.O. nor I are getting any younger,

+ it would be nice to have a whipper snapper tenant nearby, if/when I fall.

Because this is pretty much me now:

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 Pass me the Boniva!

I jest, but seriously.

Another excellent reason to have a tenant on the premises is this:

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I suffer from a very strong case of wanderlust,

+ my plans involve seeing the US of A in our canned ham camper.

Perhaps you read about it, here + here!

If we are gone for extended periods

— let’s say between October 31st + May 1st, ideally —

 our tenant could oversee the place,

 mow + shovel snow at the appropriate times + cat-sit for the duration.

  • Anyway.

We’ve started the upstairs re-do finally, which is plenty exciting!

The bathroom was completed weeks ago:

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A hallway’s been repainted:

woodwork of gray

A living room, too:

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And, for the most exciting part, we’ve begun to work on the kitchen!

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A couple of years ago, we bought an entire display

of discontinued kitchen cupboards from IKEA.

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Just as I did downstairs, I’ve sketched the cabinet + appliances layout.

The sink cab is in its position, which is in the L to the right, here:

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Yesterday, because I’m a team player, I went with G.O. to look at appliances.

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OMIGOSH!  I DON’T CARE!

The only way I’d whip up some enthusiasm

is if we were springing for the red Smeg appliances of my dreams!

smeg refrigerator

And NO, I did not know that Smeg makes ranges.  Swoon!

smeg stove

 

I mean, really.  Who cares if we get a Maytag or a Frigidaire or whatever?!

Am I right?

Anyway, I have sent G.O. to shop again, on his own this afternoon,

so stay tuned!

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Are You Ready For Some Mushroom?

As I mentioned previously,

G.O. has been busily replacing all of our original woodwork upstairs.

Before:

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During:

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More during:

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Yet more during:

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And, in conclusion, even more during:

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My goal for all this beautiful woodwork?

I want to paint it gray with warm white walls.

gray woodwork living room

gray woodwork with dress

gray wainscoting and woodwork

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This time I’m choosing a gray

which skews a bit more beige than plain Jane gray.

Something just like this,

which (my personal favorite), Country Living magazine,

is calling Mushroom:

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A Pinterest search for Mushroom yielded this yummy photo:

mushroom country living

I have a Pittsburgh Paint fan deck upstairs this morning,

hoping to find the most perfect Mushroom.

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The good news is that I found 3 contenders!

The lightest — Swirling Smoke:

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Or perhaps something in the medium range, Ghost Writer:

pittsburgh paint ghost writer

Or the darkest Mushroom, Stonehenge Greige:

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(Greige is another word for Mushroom, by the way.)

Here’s my inspiration photo again:

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My 2 top contenders are the medium, Ghost Writer,

or, if I am brave enough, the dark, Stonehenge Greige.

Stay tuned!


Has Gray Finally Had Its Day?

G.O. has been busy with the woodwork upstairs,

so it’s now or never for me to select a paint color for said woodwork.

I’m thinking a medium to dark color with white walls.

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G.O. wasn’t on board at first, as he often isn’t.

The last time I had darker woodwork with white walls was in 1985,

when I chose a pretty gray

from the Benjamin Moore Historical Colors Collection.

kay with gray kitchen cabs

How 80’s of me!

Fun fact:  Benjamin Moore still has their Historic Colors Collection!

Back to my dark woodwork with white walls aspirations.

This:

https://www.remodelista.com/posts/workstead-house-fresh-take-old-south/?utm_source=Southern%20Modern%20in%20Charleston:%20A%20Fresh%20Take%20on%20the%20Old%20Sbeige dark woodwork with white walls.

Yum!  Notice the wainscoting,

which is painted with the same color as the woodwork.

Upstairs, we happen to have a pretty embossed wainscot of our own:

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Sad!

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I can’t wait to see that original feature shine,

once it’s painted something darker, with white walls.

My first thought was gray, which had me asking:

Isn’t there enough gray downstairs?

Is gray going to fall out of fashion soon?

Aren’t brown +/or beige making big comebacks?

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THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!

Anyway, within moments, I began my search

for a neutral that’s more beige than gray,

or, as the popular kids call it: “GREIGE”.

Speaking of which, check out these beautiful greige rooms,

in a charming Charleston, SC home:

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beige on remodelista

 

It’s not just me —  you love it, too, right?

Meanwhile, I’m now back on the prowl for a greige paint that I love!

Stay tuned!

 


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