rustic

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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Epic Estate Sale Haul

When a friend calls on a Sunday morning and says a combination of the phrases, “huge, estate sale, western memorabilia, and happening now” you can bet your bottom dollar that Slowhand and I got off of our asses and hightailed it across town to check it out stat.  Let me tell you, it was beyond awesome.  Every inch of the house inside and out was PACKED with western and movie memorabilia–posters, autographed photos, film props, southwest décor, books, records, tools, and many, many, many odds and ends.  Needless to say, we didn’t leave empty handed.

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We scored a number of nicely framed movie posters.

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The sale went on for 3 weekends.  We were there the first weekend and then I went back alone the last Saturday and Slowhand ended up there on the last Sunday.

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We got quite a bit of stuff–much more than what is pictured here.  As I post more pictures of the house in the future, I’ll point out items that came from this sale.

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I have big plans for the wagon wheel and the little bench pictured above.  I actually have a full-time job now, so I don’t have as much free time to devote towards working on house projects, but as I get to them, I will be sure to share!

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.

Crazy Fireplace Wall

Our house has this crazy gigantic wall in our great room that houses a fireplace and multiple alcoves.  I have a love/hate relationship with what the architect must have envisioned as a grand focal point in the design of this home.  It is big.  I suppose it is grand.  But, it is also kind of funky and awkward.  Here is what it looked like shortly after we moved in.

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The previous owners left their flat screen TV behind.  Rather than taking it out (and putting it where?…there isn’t another good place for it even though it is difficult to watch all tucked back in there on the far right), we have decided to keep it in the same spot.  The 3 big alcoves to the left and above the “media center” are most often used to display art, pottery, or hard to reach dusty fake plants by other people in my neighborhood.  I’d prefer to use the space as storage.

As usual, I decided to start this project with some paint.  At first I made a bit of a mistake by painting the left side all gray.  It was dark and scary looking–especially at night:

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So, I changed plans and kept the backs of the alcoves dark, but popped the front with a light cream color.

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Muuuuuch better I think.  It is hard to tell from the photo above, but the detail above the bullhorns and the mantle are a darker blackish gray.  I still have plans to change the tile on the front of the fireplace and add some wood shelving, but it is a start.  I’ll post again when I have more to show.

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Colors:  Sherwin Williams, Antique White 6119, Grizzle Gray 7068, Iron Ore 7069.