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You Always Need a Little Bling

In Basement, Spaces on April 9, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Things are moving along swimmingly actually.  I have held off putting up the newest pictures because I am so excited at the work that in my mind I’m thinking “Just let them get a little further…

The lower level is looking a lot less like a construction site and much more like the family room we have been wanting for a decade.  The new wood floors are down and they came out beautifully.  If you recall we nabbed this flooring at $0.39 per square foot. So for around $100 we scored a fantastic floor.  The contractor leveled the floor and the flooring went down with ease.  Yesterday they added the baseboard and I literally swooned! So pretty.

The laundry area is complete, though the bi-fold doors still need to go one, but my wonderful top loading washer and dryer are hooked up and operational with a new venting system that goes out through the rear underside of the house, rather than out of the former laundry window (that’s an ugly picture, but it wasn’t as crazy as the visual I am sure you have). I am really relishing in the ability to choose finishes and I have yet to choose the knobs for the doors just yet.

What would have been our laundry room is now the “breaker room” and will be a storage pantry.  That has been framed dry-walled and has a door.  Neat little space for storage. As well the bathroom is completely framed and dry-walled.  Today the tile goes down on the walls and floor which sent me out yesterday on a hunt for paint.

So…. The tile we are using which is completely The Bizness!!!

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Sent me on  a hunt for paint color for this little powder room.  Everywhere we went with this tile, it became the subject of intense conversation. But I wanted to focus on PAINT.  So my vision was a metallic silver shade to compliment the accent on the tile.  However I really didn’t want a big multi step, multi brush process that takes several days.  Boooooo!

Our first stop was Home Depot and we encountered Martha Stewart  Precious Metals.  I was pretty impressed.  Lots of really nice metallic colors and the process seemed pretty simple for the basic effect that I wanted.  “Faux” was a word that I wanted no parts of!!  The paint is ready to go in small containers or can be mixed in the gallon size with a Precious Metals base making it a one step process.  Sounded great.

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Next, we took a ride over to Sherwin Williams, as Direct Buy members we wanted to see if we could take advantage of this little membership perk.  They offer Metallic Impressions which have three different textures and a number of different colors.  Now it could have been the location we were at but it was really difficult to see the swatches, they are housed inside of a fixture in a small unlit compartment. So without taking each one out it’s just hard to see anything.  It’s really a shame because they have very large samples ( not those little snippets which are a pain to me…)

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I did find a color and an effect that I liked and headed over for a little assistance.  I was given the brochure and there was that word… FAUX!  As I flipped through the brochure I can across two interesting pages, one that outlined the materials I would need for the process and one for the amount of time the process would take.

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More than 14 items need to complete the process and two days worth of work.  I won’t even get into the cost !!!!  Even with our discount it was considerably more than $150 to complete a 4×6 room that is 50% tile……  Now I don’t know if that was just the cost at the location I visited or nationwide, I just know what I was personally quoted.  Needless to say, we kept looking and headed over to Lowe’s….

I ran across Valspar Brilliant Metals and It fell pretty much in the middle of the two.  Only a dollar less per gallon than the Martha Stewart but it required a special roller, a semi gloss base coat and a metallic topcoat. So it was an additional step that has some extra cost. And I was very underwhelmed at the color selection.

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So I have opted for the Martha Stewart.  I will definitely update you on the progress once I start as soon as the tilers are finished.  We also got to knock out paint for the other lower level spaces.  SO I’m pretty stoked!

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Hammer It Out

In Bathroom, Spaces on March 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Powder rooms are neat to me from a design stand.  I mean they are small and can stay relatively neat, as there isn’t much going on in there.  So I was pretty excited about decorating our new addition.  I ran across a hammered chrome vessel sink and it became the inspiration for my little powder room.

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I’m utterly in love with this piece and though the room is tiny, it will be a showcase and I hope everyone gives a little smile when they walk in at its unexpectedness.  Yes, I know that’s a lot to expect from a sink but hey, a girl can dream.  To keep my little sink company, I have gone completely rogue and chosen a fabulous red python tile by Tau Ceramica called Serp.

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The thing aobut this that sent me over the edge is the accent color is silver on this little baby.  Some may say it’s garish and I might too, once it’s done but I do know that secretly I WILL LOVE IT!! Can’t wait.

This hammered look is really speaking to me. And while I am accustomed to seeing it done in copper a great deal, chrome is really The Business!!




 

Do You See What I See?

In Bathroom, Design Options, real estate, Spaces on April 18, 2012 at 2:22 PM

By now I am quite certain everyone reading this firmly believes that I am all over the map without a clue as to what direction I am headed with this renovation.

THAT my friends could not be further from the truth.  I do know where I am going, but I choose to make as leisurely a stroll as possible.  Once I arrive I really want to be able to luxuriate there for a long while in blissful happiness.

I have spent this whole day in my daydreaming ( sort of ) mode and not doing anything that relates to architecture, structural design, building codes or money. This is just whimsical fun, but there really is a method to my madness.

I have a love for shiny things.  A little blinging just makes it better.  But bling is a fine line for the hubs, who I am sure could live the remainder of his life without a single sequin, rhinestone or bauble and be just fine.

Mirrors fall under the category of shiny for me and though yes the above image is a bit more than even I could fathom, the idea of a mirrored furniture piece intrigues me greatly.

The above bathroom inspires a lot of thoughts in me.  This pale shade of blue keeps cropping up in my hoard of images.   I guess I just need to decide what space I really want to use it.  In my mind shades of grey are prominent ( for varying reasons, yes I read the ENTIRE trilogy…)  I do love how grey works with this shade of blue….hmmmm

We may have arrived a meeting of the minds in that rather than using actual mirrored pieces, we are opting for a glass tile that has a glimmer and shimmer to them so maybe that will be enough to suffice.

The tray ceiling is neat as well. I can only guess what that would do to my budget… it actually makes me laugh!

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