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Quirky Masculine Guest Bathroom

 

Our style in this house has definitely skewed towards the masculine side of the decorating spectrum and the guest bathroom is no exception.  As with every room in this house, the guest bath was white, white, white, and standard 90’s.

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Try to control your excitement.

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I wanted to soften up the look of the room with a shower curtain, so we removed the glass shower doors.

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Removing the shower doors was a lot easier than I anticipated.  It was just a matter of taking the doors off, unscrewing the frame, and then scraping off the residual caulk.

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I decided to paint the walls the same color that I used in the great room–Sherwin Williams “Grizzle Gray” #7068 in a flat finish.  I know many people choose to use a paint with a sheen for kitchens and bathrooms, however, I love flat paint on all walls.  It hides imperfections and softens the look of textured surfaces.

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I had originally intended to paint the wood on the sink cabinet, but after getting the dark gray paint on the walls, the wood appeared richer in color, so I kept it as is.  After hanging the shower curtain, putting down a rug, changing out the light fixture, and adding decorative elements, we have this:

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I picked up the shower curtain at Marshall’s, the shower hooks from Target, and the rug from T.J. Maxx.  The mirror, plate, and framed pictures are all from various antique and thrift stores.

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It’s hard to get good photos of this room since it is small.

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Here are some close up shots:

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This shelf is one of my favorite thrift store finds to date.  It’s old and rustic and perfect for the space.

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Like most of our projects, everything was done inexpensively.  I believe that the grand total for this room came in under $200.

 

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Subway Tile Backsplash

I used white subway tile in our last kitchen and I loved it.  It’s clean, classic, easy to install, and best of all, inexpensive.  So I figured that I would just do the same in our new kitchen.

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Because I didn’t have that big of an area to cover, I went with a premixed mastic.  It was so nice to be able to just open the bucket and start spreading that stuff on the walls without having to do any mixing/waiting/etc.

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I was able to get all of the tile up in only a few hours.  It probably would have gone even faster if I had better tools for cutting the tile (I was working with a hand held tile cutter and a rod saw).

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I went with a dark gray unsanded grout.

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Six rows of tile were a perfect fit from the countertop to the base of the upper cabinets.  Well, almost…There was a small section where I couldn’t quite fit that top row in.  I ended up taking 4 tiles over to Lowe’s to have them shave 1/16″ off the top of those tiles with their wet saw.

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Now I just need to caulk around the edges of the tile and I can all this job DONE!

I Suck at Taking Photos

Ugh.  I keep missing opportunities for “big reveals” on this here blog because I keep forgetting to take pictures.  Dang it!  I have never been the person who takes lots of photos–even though modern technology means that I can do so whenever I want because of my phone and all.  As such, I missed out on doing an upper cabinet post for the kitchen.  So I guess now y’all get to see the upper cabinets PLUS the addition of more wood to the kitchen.

This is my singular photo of working of the upper cabinets in progress.  I went with a cream color.  As with the base cabinets, I sanded the uppers and used Behr Premium Plus Ultra brand paint from Home Depot in Satin Enamel.  I had it tinted to Sherwin Williams color #6127 Ivoire.

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So, I painted all of the uppers and then Slowhand and I got to work adding more wood to the walls above the bulkhead.

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This time around we used 8′ x 4″ bender wood which worked much better than the fence wood we used on the island.  It was thinner and much easier to work with.  For some reason we didn’t notice it at Lowe’s when we were looking at wood the first time or else we probably would have used it to begin with.  Live and learn I guess…

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The one drawback was that we could not find any gray-ish pieces like I had found for the island.  I wanted a similar look, so I improvised with some Rust-Oleum wood stain in Driftwood.  I just rubbed it on some of the lighter pieces with the grain to achieve a gray/weathered appearance.

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It ended up working out quite nice and I even added a little bit of the stain to some of the wood on the island.

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Grrr.  Those white track lights.  They irritate me ever time I see them.  They are on the chopping block for sure.  We’ve been busy bees and are close to finishing up the kitchen, so more on that coming soon!

Kitchen Island

It started innocently enough.  I saw an advertisement for a place here in Las Vegas that sells reclaimed barn wood.  Slowhand and I had been talking about using some rustic wood somewhere in the house, so we decided to go and check it out.  The place had some really beautiful wood, but at $7+ a foot, we just couldn’t stomach the price.

Later that day we decided to stop in at Lowe’s for some light bulbs and decided to check out their lumber department “just for the heck of it.”  Well, wouldn’t you know it, but $20 and one hour later we were in the midst of adding some fence wood to the front of our kitchen island.  Here are some before shots (the first is from the real estate listing before we moved in):

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We removed the wooden support brackets and covered over the electrical outlet on the front.  There are outlets on both sides of the island, so the one in front wasn’t really necessary.

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We decided to miter the corners which was a lot more work than just butting the ends up together, but I think it has a more professional look.  We attached the wood with an air nail gun and liquid nails.  Lord help whoever tries to remove that wood in the future (hopefully it won’t be us!), because that wood is on there!

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We chose a combination of redwood and cedar for color variation and staggered the boards.  This caused a whole mess of headaches because the redwood boards were slightly wider than the cedar boards.

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As usual, Bettie Lu supervised the project.

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All in all, we are very happy with the results.  This project has jump started a whole kitchen makeover, so more on that to come.

Paint It Black

Just about everything in our new house is white.  White walls, white ceilings, white trim, white floors.  Slowhand says it is like “living in a marshmallow.”  Mmmmm…squishy.

One of the first things I did to fix the white situation was to paint all of the interior doors black.  In order to properly experience the remainder of this post, get the video below going really loud, continue reading, and belt out “WHITE!!!” anytime Mick says “red”).

 

Yup.  I had to paint 12 doors with that song stuck in my head.  2 sides.  2 coats on each side.  By hand with a brush.   I sang that song for about a week.   Anyways, here are some shots of what they looked like before:

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Totally marshmallowy, right?  I initially took a few of the doors off of the hinges to paint because I thought it would be easier:

20140813_145724_resizedTurns out, it was best for me just to leave them on the hinges.  I’m kind of a crazy painter in that I rarely drip paint in the floor or my surroundings, however, I personally tend to come out looking like a Jackson Pollock painting.

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I think they look sexy now.  The doors–not my green mock crocs!

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I still need to paint the hallway and add rugs, new lighting, etc., but that’ll have to wait for a bit as I have somehow found myself knee deep in a kitchen remodel.  Yikes!  More on that soon…