In a Shoe Box

A while ago I showed you my pathetic shoe collection and decided to take control of the disarray.

The bulk of my shoes.

The bulk of my shoes.

I’m not the only one organizing shoes check out D’Arcy at Our Bungalow’s 2nd Century and Jessica at Cape of Dreams.

A box of 20 clear plastic shoe boxes and lids.

A box of 20 clear plastic shoe boxes and lids.

Last Saturday we took a trip to The Container Store specifically so I could see how my shoes fit in their shoes boxes.

Plastic shoe boxes from The Container Store.

Plastic shoe boxes from The Container Store could be handy for more than just shoes.

Their shoe boxes have some good points — they’re less than $2 each ($1.51 on sale), they’re sturdy, the tops are totally removable, they’re see-through, they’re stackable.

One of the easiest projects I've ever attempted.

One of the easiest projects I’ve ever attempted.

After getting rid of a few pairs to the trash and the church free table I put them pair by pair into the new shoe boxes and stacked them in the back bedroom away the organization of the new master closet.

I was not perked nor paid for this post.

How do you organize your shoes?

Too Cold for Spray Paint

As I’ve said before the temperature should be above 50 degrees to spray paint outside.  Three days ago our outside temperature was 70 degrees.  Yesterday it hovered around 31.

Moonshine on the top contrasted with white primer on the bottom.

Moonshine on the top contrasted with white primer on the bottom.

That ruined my plan for the day to alternate inside painting with outside spray painting.

Moonshine on the walls and a diluted version of Head Over Heels on the ceiling.

Moonshine on the walls and a diluted version of Head Over Heels on the ceiling.

I spent the morning painting the hallway of the master bedroom which is divided into two separate spaces: one in the bathroom and one out.

My next project is at the end of the newly painted hall.

My next project is at the end of the newly painted hall.

This already-primed space took almost an entire gallon of paint: Moonshine by Benjamin Moore.

The escutcheon on the hot water needs to be caulked.

The escutcheon on the hot water needed to be caulked.

In the mean time Charlie decided to caulk our uncaulked hot water handle in the shower.  After looking everywhere around the house we could not find any usable caulk so we headed out to our local hardware store.

Charlie is a very neat caulker.

Charlie is a very neat caulker.

The tub is now fully caulked.

The Container Store in Rockville, Maryland.

The Container Store in Rockville, Maryland.

After the hardware store we took a ride to the suburbs of Washington DC about 50 miles away where we looked through The Container Store.

Charlie checked out everything including these drop-front shoes boxes.

Charlie checked out everything including these drop-front shoes boxes.

I’ll let you work on what we might have purchased there.

Charlie showed me the things he liked at The Container Store.

Charlie showed me the things he liked at The Container Store.

We did get some good ideas for our future master closet.

What non-negotiable do you need in your closet or storage area?

Painting and Painting

Last weekend we took a road trip to Richmond.  Needless to say nothing was accomplished at the house but it was great to have a change of scenery and a change of pace. Nose to the grindstone my plan today is to paint the master suite hallway walls with Benjamin Moore “Moonshine”.

The hallway between the master bedroom and the closet and bathroom is finally on the paint list.

The hallway between the master bedroom and the closet and bathroom is finally on the paint list.

Two days ago it was over 70 degrees in our fair city so I also planned to do some spray painting while the hallway paint is drying.  Spray painting is best accomplished outside and in temperatures above 50 degrees.

After the walls are painted we'll hang the top of our planned linen closet.

After the walls are painted we’ll hang the top of our planned linen closet.

My spray paint projects are as follows:

  • tray tables

    Ready for these to be plain.

    Ready for these to be plain.

  • new lighting fixture

    Faux painted bronze to charcoal metallic.

    Faux painted bronze to charcoal metallic.

  • vintage patio set

    The cushions will stay the same but the "ironwork" will be dark.

    The cushions will stay the same but the “ironwork” will be dark.

I’m monitoring the temperature and hoping it will hit 50+ today.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color which I found is still sold at WalMart.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color which I found is still sold at WalMart.

For all of these projects I’m using my go-to color: Metallic Charcoal by Rustoleum. At one point I thought this paint was discontinued but I have found it at WalMart.

What’s your favorite spray paint color? On what have you used it?

Dressing Table Light Deal

I almost didn’t make a purchase at the Decorating Outlet when we went there to find lighting fixtures for the master bathroom.

The wall fixture over my dressing table will be installed on the circle centered above it with room for a wall mirror.

The wall fixture over my dressing table will be installed on the circle centered above it with room for a wall mirror under the light.

But before I gave up I found some outdoor wall lights stashed in a back corner that were just a little different. Some were trimmed in satin nickel and some in aged bronze.

Our salesman was very helpful -- especially to Charlie who had a million questions.

Our salesman was very helpful — especially to Charlie who had a million questions.

I would have purchased the nickel one if, instead of clear glass, it had had seeded glass.  Our salesperson would have gladly switched the glass from another fixture except that it was glued in.

I'll alleviate the dings and scratches with a custom paint job.

I’ll alleviate the dings and scratches with a custom paint job.

That’s the one I bought.

The lamp housing is applied directly to the wall.

The lamp housing is applied directly to the wall.

It had other issues, too. The price, however, was right. $199 marked down to $139 then, after a little haggling, finally priced at $99. SOLD!

The seeded glass shade doesn't look like much without the housing which will hang in the electrical hole in the wall.

The seeded glass shade doesn’t look like much without the housing which will hang in the electrical hole in the wall.

I’m planning to hang it on the wall over my dressing table but not until I’ve painted the metal housing a different color.

The fixture put together sans light bulbs.

The fixture put together sans light bulbs.

It’s different for a bathroom but should shed plenty of light on my side of the room.

Sidebar: Today would have been my mother’s 89th birthday.  She would have loved all this renovating and decorating stuff. Miss you, Mommie.

Will you do small repairs for a bargain price?

Hyper-focused Shopper

When I go shopping I focus on the thing (or things) I want to buy and mentally ignore anything that doesn’t meet my criteria.

The 2 frosted-glass hanging pendants would have fit the space (and my criteria) perfectly but seemed a little mundane.

The 2 frosted-glass hanging pendants would have fit the space (and my criteria) perfectly but seemed a little mundane.

While shopping at the Decorating Outlet for lighting fixtures, the first order of business was 2 hanging pendants for the master bathroom.

Unfortunately many of the "pairs" had different colored hardware.

Unfortunately many of the “pairs” had different colored hardware.

I took pictures of all viable pairs.

We might have used these either over the sinks in the bathroom or as the hallway ceiling fixtures.

We might have used these either over the sinks in the bathroom or as the hallway ceiling fixtures.

Charlie pointed out other pairs that he liked (which I liked, too) but that didn’t meet all criteria.

Mottled mercury glass was a consideration especially when our salesperson showed it to Charlie "lit up".

Mottled mercury glass was a consideration especially when our salesperson showed it to Charlie “lit up”.

For instance, I don’t do “brown”. Not in what will ultimately be a grey marble bathroom.

Matching clear glass square pendants with a hand-made feeling.

Matching clear glass square pendants with a hand-made feeling.

And, although a clear fixture is attractive, I know Charlie does not like to see the actual light bulb once it is lit.

These fixtures were still hanging in the store from when we were there 2 years ago and I still like them.

These teardrop mercury glass fixtures were still hanging in the store from when we were there 2 years ago and I still like them.

With all these choices we did not find what we wanted here at the Decorating Outlet.

These hanging fixtures were too huge for the bathroom but attractive nonetheless.

These hanging fixtures were too huge for the bathroom but attractive nonetheless.

After determining that we’d need to look elsewhere, I took a few more pictures and discovered I hadn’t seen some truly interesting fixtures in my blinders-on desire to find what I was looking for.

Love these blue lanterns.

Love these blue lanterns.

But we really tried.

Are you a focused or haphazard shopper? Or something in the middle?

 

It Was Always Temporary

In order to have the final inspection for the work the contractor was responsible for Charlie and I installed a truly nasty $10 lighting fixture in the conservatory bathroom.

This $10 light is supposed to have fancy bulbs -- why bother?

This $10 light is supposed to have fancy bulbs — why bother?

I had been searching for a reasonably priced fixtures that coordinate with the rustic galvanized pendant in the corner of conservatory.

A pendant light with a milk-can finish hangs over the bistro set in the conservatory.

A pendant light with a milk-can finish hangs over the bistro set in the conservatory.

We had success on our trip to Richmond finding a light that has a satin nickel finish which will go with the faucet we bought at Ikea and a shape reminiscent of the industrial vibe of the conservatory pendant.

Industrial cage vanity light from Shades of Light.

Industrial cage vanity light from Shades of Light.

This fixture comes in one, two, three, or four light models and has matching ceiling lights.  The price for the 18-inch long 2-light model is $99.

Using the cage over the bulb is optional -- I like it, Charlie does not.

Using the cage over the bulb is optional — I like it, Charlie does not.

It can be used with or without the bulb grilles.

The light I'm holding in the picture will replace the one hanging on the wall.

The light I’m holding in the picture will replace the one hanging on the wall.

Even though I’m eager to get it up we’ll wait until the vanity and sink under it are installed.

What $100 item has made a big difference in your décor?

I Took Your Advice

Last week I asked my readers to suggest which of two sinks I should choose for the conservatory bathroom. I want to start by thanking you for your input and especially the “whys” of your choices.

The Ikea Odensvik is 39-3/8 inches wide and 19-1/4 inches deep

The Ikea Odensvik is 39-3/8 inches wide and 19-1/4 inches deep

The vote seemed to be unanimous for the Ikea sink (the smaller of the two).

The 19-1/4" deep sink will sit well inside the 25" niche.

The 19-1/4″ deep sink will sit well inside the 25″ niche.

When I remeasured the space I decided the smaller sink would proportionally be a great fit.

The Odensvik sink is a rectangular bowl one-piece sink and counter.

The Odensvik sink is a rectangular bowl one-piece sink and counter.

On the way home from our Richmond trip we stopped at the Ikea store in Wooodbridge to purchase the Odensvik sink (which comes in 4 sizes.)

Porcelain sink with raised edges to contain the water.

Porcelain sink with raised edges to contain the water.

It is regularly priced at $120 but for Ikea Family members the price is $102.  I signed up to become a family member.

We also purchased a coordinating faucet with a tall spout. Charlie tried manhandling one in the store display and, when he could not easily dismember it, gave his OK to purchase.

The faucet fits on the one hole just behind the sink bowl.

The faucet fits on the one hole just behind the sink bowl.

Now we have the sink and faucet for the conservatory bathroom which cannot be installed until:

  1. the floor is leveled
  2. the floor is waterproofed
  3. the floor is tiled
  4. the vanity is designed
  5. the vanity is installed (We’re making it ourselves like we did the kitchen island.)

The progress is slow-going but 2 years ago this space didn’t even exist.

What’s your springtime project?