Matching the Master Vanity Marble

I looked for the tile for the master vanity backsplash here.

The vanity top is white marble with grey veining.
The vanity top is white marble with grey veining.

I finally pulled the trigger and bought 60 square feet of tile plus bullnoses to go with the vigorously veined vanity top.

The 2" by 4" tiles are held together by net.
The 2″ by 4″ tiles are held together by net.

The Hampton Carrera Polished Amalfi 2″ by 4″ subway tiles actually come netted together in square-foot sheets.

Tile and bullnose tiles.
Tile and bullnose tiles.

There were only 7 total in stock so I took them all.  The seventh sheet was missing a tile so I asked for a discount.

The tile is slightly yellower than the vanity top.
The tile is slightly yellower than the vanity top.

The salesman gave me a 10% discount on the entire order and threw in the damage sheet for free because it was not on his computer.  I love a bargain.

Now I have to decide whether to use the marble or the white from the shower wall.
Now I have to decide whether to use the marble or the white from the shower wall.

I’ve called the tile setters who tiled our bathrooms at the end of 2015 to schedule installation for 3 backsplashes and then the tiling should be finished.

Are you patient? Or do you want it NOW?

Looking for a Vintage-Style Lampshade

I went shopping for a new lampshade.

The vintage all-in-one table and lamp could use a new shade.
The vintage all-in-one table and lamp could use a new shade.

Unfortunately a suitable shade for the lamp in the photo above was not to be had.

The shades are only 10 inches tall.
The shades are only 10 inches tall.

My first stop was Home Goods which always has a good supply of attractive lamps but the 14-inch-tall barrel shade is just out of fashion right now.

So cute but not really what I'm after.
So cute but not really what I’m after.

I was also on the hunt for pink and burgundy items.  I’m sure, however, we wont need Lucite and pink fur vanity stools.

A traditional, attractive chair at Home Goods.
A traditional, attractive chair at Home Goods.

On my way out of the store I saw a great looking grey chair with upholstery tack detail. I might have to find a place for it.

A sturdy little bench with storage.
A sturdy little bench with storage.

Then, still looking for a lamp shade, I headed over to Ross. What lover of burgundy wouldn’t love this little red alligator storage chest — 14″ by  30″ — for only $40?

I went home empty-handed.  This time.

Are you searching for a special item?

Curtain Trio

I’m trying to decide on curtains for our current project.

These curtains have been well-appreciated and are now passé.
These curtains have been well-appreciated and are now ready to be updated.

We’ll be changing out blue silk tie backs and sheers for something lighter and in the burgundy family.

This romantic room is certainly the style of our friend.
This romantic room is certainly the style of our friend.

This photo is my inspiration.

The Ingmarie curtains will make charming shades peeking behind lace curtains.
The Ingmarie curtains will make charming shades peeking behind lace curtains.

The flowered curtains by Ikea are called Ingmarie.  I plan to use them to cover the roller shades.

Alvine Spets lace curtains from Ikea.
Alvine Spets lace curtains from Ikea.

Then a light layer of lace in place of sheers.

The light greige curtains are textured plisse.
The light greige curtains are textured plisse.

Finally I’m hoping the curtains I dyed for my living room will look better in this romantic, creamy room.

How do you decide on curtains?

Offsite – Day 2

The jolly trio were back at our offsite project from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. yesterday.

Before
Before
After
After

When our work for the day was over we had totally painted the 9′ by 15′ room including the ceiling.

Before
Before
After
After

Our challenges were to cover the faux brick wall .  .  .

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Before
After
Almost finished — 2 coats primer, 1 coat Dove White — another coat necessary

and some vey dark and slick paneling.

We repaired the window damage, painted the wall, and are planning to paint the woodwork pale grey.
We repaired the window damage, painted the wall, and are planning to paint the woodwork pale grey.

The rest of the plan is to paint the trim light grey.

The wall-to-wall carpet is worn beyond salvaging.
The wall-to-wall carpet is worn beyond salvaging.

Pull up the wall-to-wall carpet and buff the floor.

Tentative plan.
Tentative plan.

Lay a new rug, hang new curtains, and get a new sofa.

Do you prefer an area rug or wall-to-wall carpet?

A New Project — Offsite

My tenant, Charlie, and I have started a new project.

Adjacent walls of paneling and brick.
Adjacent walls of paneling and brick.

We’re helping another friend brighten up her living room.

The wall around a window had some water damage.
The wall around a window had some water damage.

Our first order of business is to paint the ceiling and walls.

I bravely started by priming the dark paneled wall.
I bravely started by priming the dark paneled wall.

To that end we spent yesterday evening removing everything from the walls and ceiling, taking down the curtains, spackling holes, and generally getting ready to paint.

One unexpected bonus was the floor under the wall-to-wall carpet seems to be in good condition.
One unexpected bonus was the floor under the wall-to-wall carpet seems to be in good condition.

Our mission for today is to get as much painting done as possible so we can at least put this area back together enough to use it on a daily basis until we finish the entire project.

We got everything spackled and primed last evening.
We got everything spackled and primed last evening.

A few additional improvements are in the works.

Have you ever painted paneling?

Greenhouse Installation: The Build — Part 2

Yesterday was a nice warm winter day — 65 degrees.

The space allotted for the new 6' by 6' greenhouse.
The space allotted for the new 6′ by 6′ greenhouse.

Charlie worked on the foundation for the greenhouse.

Four 8-foot long cedar posts
Four 8-foot long cedar posts

The weed barrier ground cloth had been delivered in a 3-foot by 50-foot roll. And the redwood lumber arrived via UPS all the way from California. The package of wood weighed 84 pounds so the UPS driver helped Charlie carry it to the garden.

The outside measurement of the wood foundation is slightly bigger than the 72-1/2 inch outside greenhouse measurement.
The outside measurement of the wood foundation is slightly bigger than the 72-1/2 inch outside greenhouse measurement.

I cut the wood with our miter saw it so it would create a 6-foot square at the centerline of the 4 by 4 (actually 3-11/16″ square) posts. Two long posts were cut to 75-1/2″ and the shorter posts 75-1/2″ less 7-3/8″.

The interior perimeter, like the exterior perimeter, has about an inch and a half border.
The interior perimeter, like the exterior perimeter, has about an inch and a half border.

We were careful to allow the border around the outside and the border around the inside to be approximately equal.

half-inch by 2-foot rebar
Half-inch by 2-foot rebar

The next step is to put the wood foundation in place and tie it down with rebar.

An interior corner.
An interior corner temporarily fitted together.

We’re waiting for another nice day to finish.

Have you started a project that takes more than one step? Are you stuck?

Three Backsplashes

I’m almost ready to hire our tile setter to finish up three backsplashes:  the conservatory bath, the Cottage kitchen, the master bath.

Piles of leftover tile.
Piles of leftover tile.

We’ve been storing the leftover tile in the basement and now Charlie has brought it all up to the living room.  So much for a neat living room after removing the holiday flourishes.

Conservatory glass tile.
Conservatory glass tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.

We have saved enough glass tile for the space behind the conservatory sink.

The kitchen backsplash tile in the house.
The kitchen backsplash tile in the house.
We're going to try a backsplash above the Cottage's kitchen sink.
We’re going to try a backsplash above the Cottage’s kitchen sink.

And the Cottage can use either the left over white tile from the master bathroom or the leftover grey stone from the kitchen.

The space above the vanity could use a backsplash.
The space above the vanity could use a backsplash.

Finally I need to purchase tile for the master bathroom backsplash.  I considered my choices here.

Carrara
Carrera 2″ by 4″ subway tiles

I have chosen Hampton Carrera Polished Amalfi 2″ by 4″ subway tiles for the master.

Hoping to get these same guys back to tile the backsplashes.
Hoping to get these same guys back to tile the backsplashes.

One of the most difficult parts of getting our bathrooms tiled — actually getting someone to do it. So I’m going to try to get on our tile setter’s calendar before the end of the month which is moving more quickly than I can  believe.

Are your backsplashes tiled? If not, what else have you used?