Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Few Mirror Finds and a Mirror Dilemma

I am slowly adding accessories in our bathroom as I find things and when the mood strikes me. When I saw this mirror outside one of my favorite antique stores, I knew the perfect place for it. It looks right at home here above the bathtub. It was already white and distressed, although, there is maybe a little too much distressing on the right side. I might have to fix that when I get around to it.
Even my hubby said that it was the perfect fit on that wall. It only took me 1 1/2 years to find it!
I needed a full length mirror in here and found this one at Goodwill. I painted it white and distressed it a little then hung it behind the door. Now I can check out my shoes and outfit at the same time without having to stand on the bathtub!
Now, here is the dilemma...do you see anything missing? No, not the top knobs on the left vanity silly, we still only have one mirror because my hubby does not like the one I have and doesn't want to buy another one. If the mirror rests on the wall, then you can't see your head. I put a block of wood behind it, but it would be best if the mirror was straight up and down. We can't get it to stay that way though.
I think this is the first time I have showed you my vanities. I found a guy on Craigslist who is a cabinet maker and I sent him a Pottery Barn picture of the style I wanted. He built them from the picture for a great price! We used a granite remnant from their "boneyard" and it's called Black Galaxy. I love the sparkles in it. He gave them to me unfinished and I painted them the same white as the trim and board and batten in the bathroom. It's a custom color I had mixed at Home Depot and it is the perfect soft white.
I chose classic polished chrome faucets. You can see some sparkles here in the granite. I got these baskets from Pottery Barn to go underneath and hold extra lotion, soap, and towels.

I used the enamel numbers I got at the Country Living Fair on the baskets. The '95 is for the year we got married.
So, now to decide what to do about the mirror. Do I sell this one and start over or buy another one of these from Home Depot and try to make it work. Any thoughts???

Thursday, March 17, 2011

It's Feelin' Like Spring

Cherry blossoms are my favorite.

It's just not spring without some bunnies and birds.

This color green makes me happy!

Loving this color combo

So proud of these two for a great cheerleading and basketball season. This was on the awards day. We are now "sports free" and enjoying some fun time outside.
Hope you are enjoying Spring too!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Fresh Take on Board and Batten

I am loving my new floors! Here is a daylight picture of them like I promised. I didn't take a bigger picture because honestly, I haven't gotten my house all back in order yet. It has been a slow process!
Here is the living room with hardwood instead of carpet. I love it, just need a big cozy rug! This project has led to other projects, of course. It's always that way isn't it? While the furniture was out of the dining room, I decided to repaint it and add some molding to the lower part of the walls.

Here is what it looked like before. This was at Thanksgiving. Sorry for the dark picture.

This is the new paint color. It is called Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams. It brightened up this room a lot.

I wanted to do board and batten up higher in here, but we are short on time and money, so I kept the existing chair rail and added the molding below it. I decided to do board and batten with a middle horizontal row for something different. I used the lattice strips at Home Depot. They are found in the lumber section near the fencing and sell for 88 cents each. My sweet hubby cut them to size and each middle section is 12 inches long unless there was an outlet. They don't have to be spaced perfectly, just pleasing to the eye. I used liquid nails to glue them up. They are light, so we didn't need nails.

I then caulked all the seams and spaces (this is the longest part, but so important!), then I painted it all with white trim paint in semi gloss. I had to do two coats of paint.

I love how it updated and freshened up the room and it only cost $15 to do not including the paint. I am pleased!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

There is Just Something About a White Kitchen

Now that our new floors are in, I have been pondering a new paint color for my kitchen. Isn't that how it always works? One thing leads to another...anyway, I find myself drawn to white kitchens. They have such an inviting, calming effect. I love how you can add color when you are in the mood with no real commitment. Here are some of my favorites from blogland. Go and check out their blogs!