Saturday, January 31, 2009
installing and finishing a white oak floor from Lumber Liquidators (I know, I know... you think I am crazy for putting a hardwood floor in a bathroom. Really, I have a PLAN. Trust me! It will be painted a gorgeous spa color and sealed water tight like a dolphin's butt.)
installing victorian baseboard (mitering is easier than it looks!)
moving existing toilet set-up and installing a new toilet (we bought a flapperless Pegasus toilet called "Cottage Collection" - how perfect!)
moving existing water lines and installing a pedestal sink (we bought the matching Pegasus pedestal sink from the "Cottage Collection)
installing new sink faucets (again, a Pegasus product)
A later Phase II will include a installing a restored clawfoot tub and freestanding shower enclosure, but for now, we are keeping the apron-front tub. We elected to leave up the cheap shower panels and not do subway tile since it would all be riped out when we do the clawfoot anyway. Hopefully, the clawfoot will be in a month or two.
Stay tuned for pictures!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
HA! What was I thinking? I have seen the previous owners' other handywork. Was I delusional or smoking crack?
Steven goes in, pry bar in hand, and pulls out the cheap trim someone lovingly installed with huge staples. Yes. Staples. Not finish nails, but staples. Then he starts pulling up the cheapo vinyl flooring. I made a run to the hardware store for a new wax ring for the toilet since he had to put that off to the side. He pulls up the vinyl, and GROSS! There is a nasty, moldy, water-damaged sheet of subfloor.
Steven goes to work prying up the next layer of vinyl and it is tougher work. (Some cursing about staples could be heard at this point.) After that was up, there was more rotten subfloor. (More staples!!) Under that subfloor was the original 1 x 2 hardwood floors (like in our bedroom) were so rotten they were black. Finally, under that, the 1 x 12 planks that the old-timers used for subfloor.
I love the armoire... so charming! Again, I need a huge bathroom. Mine is tiny! My house is a Sunday house, so it certainly was not built extravagently with huge baths.
Again, I love those handshowers... And the palest pink look to the tub. Just lovely.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I am working on pulling the furniture away from the walls in the living room and maintaining the conversational feel of my furniture. And it looks super great! Except for one problem... how do you hang your art work?
OK, so I get if I have a table against the wall, it is easy to put a nice vase and some candlesticks on the table, and hang the artwork over the table. Or if you sofa is pushed up against the wall, hang "sofa paintings" over it. They make it easy for us huh? They even call them "sofa paintings."
But what do you do when you don't have furniture against your walls? Just hang the artwork as you wish and hope it doesn't look like it is hanging randomly like in a gallery? You don't have furniture to anchor it down anymore... so what do you do?
Seriously designers... chime in here. How do you hang artwork on big walls without furniture to tie it in??
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I could cozy up for a nap here...
Or a nap here... (might I mention it is freezing and snowing in Kansas right now!)
If she finds a strange woman in her bathtub... I hope she doesn't call the police... it's just me.
I am completely jealous of you all who can get away with white. My woodwork is dark and I gave kids... see the little bit of pink in the background. LOVE IT!
I love-love-love her hot pink sofa. The perfect spot to read my magazines!
I adore these chairs from one of her clients' houses. The ticking is a favorite of mine. (And the little pink arrangement on the table!)
Doesn't his living room look festival, warm and cozy?
Tiny little apothecary jars as bud vases. Good work, Artie!
Artie's room all look so warm and cozy... like I would want to hibernate in there on a cold winter day. (Whereas, the white rooms all look cool and breezy, like a good summer cat-nap.)
OK... more bloggy-goodness later. I am off to try to make my bedroom (the only room in the house that does have white trim) look breezy and pretty... I would spray my kitchen chairs and table, but it is snowing outside and won't be warm enough to paint until this weekend.
Monday, January 26, 2009
There is still quite a bit to be done with the kitchen:
Install beadboard under cabinets & paint (wall color or trim color? hmmm...)
Paint floor dark charcoal gray
Touch-up trim work
Finish organizing cabinets
Put out accessories
Spray table and chairs gloss black
Recover chairs and stools with pink fabric
Here is what we have done so far!
The table is still in the middle of the floor in this picture since the door was just painted. Here you can see all the cabinets that I took the doors off of. I have started putting out the dishes and what not... but most of that will be "finishing details."
Here is the other side of the room. This includes the weird slanted island that the cooktops and griddle are on. We did a nice "copper" backsplash here from those new vinyl tiles that look like tin ceiling tiles. I will post more pictures of that later on. To the left are the convection wall ovens. I do like the appliances, but they are so dated. I guess they are from the early 80s.
The other side of the room again. Someday that door that leads to the back porch (which will one day be my studio/office) will be a dutch door.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The door was painted the wall color (Country Dairy), and the trim the trim/upper cabinet color (Picket Fence White), both by Ralph Lauren. We painted replaced the knob with an ebony porcelein knob we rescued from a house that was being demolished, and Steven sprayed the doorplate flat black. To add a little detail, I handpainted words in the center of each door panel (one through five) in Black Truffles by Ralph Lauren. In the recess of the panels, I painted the lower cabinet color, my own creation, Bunny Gray.
Now here is the trial and error part... Just to see if I liked it, I painted the edges of the panels in Black Truffle. I did like it, but I decided that it looked a bit over-worked and the black paint lost the nice detailing of the routing. You couldn't see the edges anymore. So I edited a bit, and covered the black back up with the main color.
I painted the top of the table in a custom color I created by mixing some of the black paint in to the Bunny Gray and it was nice... then the next morning, I came into find the three-year-old had ran a hot wheels car all over the table top and made a big scratch in it. I decided to just repaint it all in Bunny Gray. The chairs and table base will be sprayed in Gloss Black. I also made little placements for the boys, personalized for each boy, that I will show you in a later post... so cute! Anyway, we scooted the fridge and Hoosier to the left, and moved the table where the Hoosier used to be, and this made more room so I could have all 4 chairs around the table. (You can see the Hoosier cabinet to the left of the table in the top picture.)
I decided it was a simpler look without the black border.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This one, I love the white cabinets with the blue island. The blue island really pops in the middle there. I also love love love the curved island. I am also a big fan of glass cabinets and french wire, so the cabinet in the lower left there is soooo dreamy. I like the black countertops as well. I plan on using dark soapstone.
More cabinets hiding appliances. So slick!
I love it when the cabinets have legs to make them look like furniture. I also like the open shelving on the end. Is that a fridge in the background? I love the way it looks like a giant old pie safe!
This beauty is a 4 oven AGA gas cooker... just gorgeous. They make a 2 oven model, but as much as I bake, I am dreaming of the big boy! The ultimate in keeping a period look but having the modern conveniences. They come in many colors, but cream or black are my favorites. AGA also makes fridges and dishwashers in drawers. So cool!
I definitely want bin pulls for drawers, but I am torn between ice box or turn-style or slide-style latches.
I have an old Hoosier cabinet that I will always cherish. But for those without one, these Kitchen Dressers are amazing. They can even come with backets and a sink! My kitchen will definitely have an apron-front sink with the curtain below it.