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Tile Search

Difficult to tell in the photo but the light dot is pale green.

Difficult to tell in the photo but the light dot is pale green.

While Charlie and I were out to looking for bathroom tile we found a decorative glass tile that picks up the colors in the conservatory and the conservatory bathroom.

These tricolor dots should jazz up the mostly white room.

These tricolor dots should jazz up the mostly white room.

It was in the back room (discount center) of our local Best Tile.

This tile looks good with the new bathroom wall color.

This tile looks good with the new bathroom wall color.

For $10 a piece (marked down from $20) we bought enough to tile the sink backsplash and a decorative line around the shower.

The corners of the bathroom are painted the new "Seed" color.

The corners of the bathroom are painted the new “Seed” color. This is the best rendition of the color.

We bought 12 pieces.

Do you jump on deals?

 

Live and Learn — WHEN?

I try to get even small discounts and bargains when I can. When I didn’t have enough of the conservatory wall color to finish the attached bathroom, I decided to use a slightly lighter and brighter shade of green.

"Seed" in the bathroom; "Tea Light" in the conservatory.

“Seed” in the bathroom; “Tea Light” in the conservatory.

Last week I bought a gallon of Valspar paint at my local Ace hardware for $27 I thought I could save a couple of dollars by buying it at Lowes.

This is a fairly true rendition of the color in the conservatory.

This is a fairly true rendition of the color in the conservatory.

I forgot to ask before the paint counter attendant mixed the paint “how much?”  Guess how much. $45 much. Such much. YIKES! When am I going to learn?

Lowes had to mix the "Eddie Bauer" color in the expensive paint; Ace didn't carry the "Eddie Bauer" line so could mix it in a less expensive base.

Lowes had to mix the “Eddie Bauer” color in the expensive paint; Ace didn’t carry the “Eddie Bauer” line so could mix it in a less expensive base.

Today I’m going to use that newly purchased gallon of paint to cover both the walls and ceiling of the conservatory bathroom.

Hoping the tile will look like this.

Hoping the tile will look like this.

The shower walls and backsplash will be covered in Snow Frost glass subway tile so it shouldn’t look like a little green box.

The conservatory bathroom has only the 24-inch round window, otherwise it is brightened by a recessed light in the shower and a wall fixture over the sink.

The conservatory bathroom has only the 24-inch round window, otherwise it is brightened by a recessed light in the shower and a wall fixture over the sink.

In contrast to the bright conservatory, the bathroom has only one small round window to supply natural light so the lighter color should both coordinate and brighten the room.

What lesson have you learned and then forgot at an inconvenient time?

The New and Make-Do Linen Closet

For the past umpteen years Charlie and I have been using this hutch his grandfather painted and glazed in the 2nd floor laundry room as a sort of towel and sheet storage closet.

This painted hutch takes up a wall in the laundry room.

This painted hutch takes up a wall in the laundry room.

Now that we have a new space eked out for linen storage for the new bathroom we’re going to take the hutch apart and try to use just the bottom.

We took the top off and repurposed the bottom.

We took the top off and repurposed the bottom.

This seems to be a theme with us as we also removed the top from my mother’s breakfront to create a kitchen island.

The 36-inch wide cabinet should fit into the new space.

The 36-inch wide cabinet should fit into the new space.

The plan is to use the bottom part in the 37-inch niche as the bottom of the linen press.

This cabinet will hang above the bottom of the hutch.

This cabinet will hang above the bottom of the hutch.

Then we’re going to hang the newly purchased glass-front cabinet above it.

I have some of the pewter drawers pulls left over from the kitchen.

I have some of the pewter drawers pulls left over from the kitchen.

And I have some drawer pulls left over from the kitchen installation to upgrade the hardware.

The top is held on with two screws and easily removed.  Maybe we'll just hang that piece on the wall.

The top is held on with two screws and easily removed. Maybe we’ll just hang that piece on the wall.

Charlie has given his OK to paint the piece.

Sparrow is a dark, warm grey verging on brown.

Sparrow (on the door) is a dark, warm grey verging on brown.

Now, the question is, what color. Maybe sparrow like the exterior doors.

A mock-up of the niche at the end of the hall -- white might make sense in this space with no window.

A mock-up of the niche at the end of the hall — white might make sense in this space with no window.

Or something between Sparrow and Revere Pewter. Perhaps a custom color mixed in the atelier of Jo.

This hall used to look like this.

This hall used to look like this.

If this cabinet really doesn’t work out we’ll head back to the cabinet warehouse to try and locate a reasonably price new cabinet. But we like to use what we have if we can.

What color would you paint this piece?

Small World, Isn’t It?

This is a long, involved story about purchasing a discount cabinet.

Open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. --We arrived at 8.

Open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. –We arrived at 8.

Last week I told you about a place near us that sells showroom cabinets and otherwise not-able-to-sell-at-retail cabinets at good prices.

I have my eye on this 36-inch wide glass front cabinet for our linen closet -- $150.

We purchased this 36-inch wide glass front cabinet for our linen closet — $150 $125.

We went in to pick up this white cabinet marked $150 for our linen closet.  Charlie asked if they could do any better and the cashier/warehouseman dropped the price to $125.

I got excited when I saw this vanity set but it was too wide by 6 inches. I would have painted it.

I would like the 2 double-doored vanity cabinets but instead of the 24″ drawers in the middle we need only 18″. (I intend to paint so the price needs to be “right”.)

They also still have this set of bathroom cabinets of which I’d like to have the two sink vanities but the cabinet company is not yet ready to break up the set.

The cabinet fit in my car.

The cabinet fit in my car.

Immediately after picking up the cabinet I went on to my physical therapy appointment for my knee.  I was talking with the receptionist/scheduler (whom I’ve known for at least 4 years over 3 surgeries) telling her all about my cabinet purchase and the ones that got away.

Ultimately this cabinet will fit in the niche at the end of the master suite hall.

Ultimately this cabinet will fit in the niche at the end of the master suite hall.

Turns out the cashier/warehouseman is her husband and she would like to convince him to do a little better for us.  Only time will tell the end of this tale, but maybe we’ll have bathroom cabinets sooner than expected.

I was not perked or paid to mention this warehouse.

Do you have a “small world” story?

Good Prices, Particular Selections

Last week I told you about our nearby cabinet warehouse bargain spot. Last Friday I went to another local furnishings warehouse recommended to us by Charlie’s cousin.

The Clearance Center is well-marked if you can find it in the first place.

The Clearance Center is well-marked if you can find it in the first place.

I’m talking about the “Model Home Interior Clearance Center“. Ours is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Fridays only. At 8 a.m. on a 12-degree day about 50 people were lined up waiting for the doors to open.

Lots of furniture to choose from -- throw pillows are $10.

Lots of furniture to choose from — throw pillows are $10.

The Clearance Center resells furniture that has been used in model homes or apartments at a deep discount.

Everything on the floor, walls, or shelves is for sale.

Everything on the floor, walls, or shelves is for sale.

If you can find, for example, an armoire or entertainment center you like, take an additional 50% off the already discounted price.

I like this glass-front bookcase which costs about $159.

I like this glass-front bookcase which costs about $159.

I’m looking for a linen closet and maybe a piece of furniture to be transformed into a bathroom vanity.

Buffet -- $649

Buffet — $649

Buffet -- $329

Buffet — $329

Buffet -- $159

Buffet — $159

As you might suspect, items change frequently so visiting often would be the key to finding a great bargain. There are lots of different price points.  (See buffets above.)

I bought 3 throw pillows  -- including the 2 blue ones on the sofa above.

I bought 3 throw pillows — including the 2 blue ones on the sofa above.

The nubby twill looks totally different in my living room.

The nubby twill looks totally different in my living room.

The only drawback is that one must transport their purchase themselves — no delivery available.

What’s the last big piece of furniture you bought? Do you still like it as much as when you first bought it?

Discount Cabinets and Good Buys

Not too far from us is a kitchen cabinet supplier (not the one we used for our kitchen) that has a backdoor into their warehouse which is open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

There was a nice set of these unusual high-gloss blue cabinets.

There was a nice set of these unusual high-gloss blue cabinets.

These blue cabinets are very attractive.

These blue cabinets are very attractive.

While the bulk of the warehouse is off limits to shoppers, near the door are kitchen and bathroom cabinets, sinks, and appliances that for some reason or another cannot be sold at retail price.

I almost bought this stainless cabinet but the side that would show in our kitchen had some holes in it.

I almost bought this stainless cabinet but the side that would show in our kitchen had some holes in it.

I’m specifically looking for a bathroom double vanity ( 78 inches long), a linen closet (36 inches wide) and perhaps sinks and countertops (78″ and 43″) for our two new bathrooms.

I got excited when I saw this vanity set but it was too wide by 6 inches. I would have painted it.

I got excited when I saw this vanity set but it was too wide by 6 inches. I would have painted it.

Each time I drop by (before work) the pickings are a little different.

I would have purchased this granite double sink and cabinet if they were not already SOLD.

I would have purchased this granite double sink and cabinet if they were not already SOLD.

For me a real value would be a good price, a good fit, and a good style.  I know I can always amend the color.

I have my eye on this 36-inch wide glass front cabinet for our linen closet -- $150.

I have my eye on this 36-inch wide glass front cabinet for our linen closet — $150.

I think if I’m diligent I will eventually find what I’m looking for.

Where do you go to find high end items at a good price?

Home Goods That Would Look Good at My House

I stopped by Home Good after work yesterday to see if there was something I just couldn’t live without. As soon as I walked into the store I spotted a spotted vase.

A blue and yellow (my colors) Hungarian 15-inch vase.

A blue and yellow (my colors) Hungarian 15-inch vase.

I found some really nice things in my color palette and Glade style.

$20, are you kidding?

$20, are you kidding?

While nothing that I looked at was actually cheap, the prices were reasonable.

A stack of petite colanders was really attractive.

A stack of petite colanders was really attractive.

The I wandered over to housewares where I saw some cute utensils.

I love the pear dish towel and didn't notice until I saw the photo that the prints hanging beside it co-ordinate well.

I love the pear dish towel and didn’t notice until I saw the photo that the prints hanging beside it co-ordinate well.

I always like to check out the kitchen towels because the colors and styles are great in the kitchen but also can brighten up  the powder room.

These lamps would look good in any room. (Well, any room in my house.)

These lamps would look good in any room. (Well, any room in my house.)

Lamps were next where a pair of blue and white (actually pale grey) ginger jar style lamps (approximately 18 inches tall with the shades) cost $50 each.

Blue and grey and grey and blue easy to clean Safavieh  throw rugs.

Blue and grey and grey and blue easy to clean Safavieh throw rugs.

Some cute throw rugs at $20 each were plentiful.

If I bought these garden seats I would need both of them.

If I bought these garden seats I would need both of them.

I seriously love these two green metal garden seats. They would be great indoors or out.  If the color doesn’t suit these would be fun to spray paint.

Pillows were sorted by color and tied together in pairs.

Pillows were sorted by color and tied together in pairs.

Four rows of pillows would almost guarantee you could find something in the right color.

Home Goods stocked multiple olive oil jugs which would be a bright accent in my house.

Home Goods stocked multiple olive oil jugs which would be a bright accent in my house.

Finally I love this foot-tall olive oil jug in yellow ochre glaze.

I saw this kitchen grater which looked interesting.  I wonder if it works well.

I saw this kitchen grater which looked interesting. I wonder if it works well.

I didn’t find anything this trip to lug home but I was tempted.

I have not been perked nor paid to write this post about Home Goods.

What’s your favorite color combination?