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 6 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 damaged 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?

Another Painted Door

There are 3 interior doors on the ground floor of The Glade.

The powder room door is also going grey.
The powder room door is also going grey sometime soon.

Eventually I would like them all to be the same color.

The conservatory bathroom door is 36-inches wide.
The conservatory bathroom door is 36-inches wide.

I started with the largest one, the 3-foot wide conservatory bathroom door.

The door is painted.
The door is painted.

It is now painted “Secret” front .  .  .

The bathroom side of the door.
The bathroom side of the door.

and back.

The bathroom is behind the grey door.
The bathroom is behind the grey door.

The closet doors will be a similar color but instead of painting I’m planning to stain them along with the other wood closet doors. That’s an outside job I’m saving for spring.

I've had this cute frog on a leaf for decades and I'll finally have a door for him to knock on.
I’ve had this cute frog on a leaf for decades and I finally have a door for him to knock on.

Now I have a place for a special door knocker.

What color are your doors? Do they need cleaning or painting?

 

Since You Asked

When we installed a kitchen in the Cottage we used mismatched base cabinets.

The bottom cabinets are a mixture of leftovers from our old and new kitchen in the house.
The bottom cabinets are a mixture of leftovers from our old and new kitchen in the house.
Primer equalized the different cabinet finishes.
Primer equalized the different cabinet finishes.

On Saturday morning the tenant decided to paint the base cabinets white.  She started with a primer coat.

The bottom cabinets were painted.
The bottom cabinets were painted.

Using a foam roller, the second, third, and even fourth coats were painted with special cabinet paint. I got a text with the photo above asking how it looked.

I said I needed to see it in person.  I was bluntly truthful and said the stark white cabinet paint didn’t go well with the top cabinets and didn’t look great against the sofa.

One issue is that a foam roller gives such a thin layer of paint that a piece painted with one often needs multiple multiple coats.  The other thing is that the upper cabinets are creamier white than the bottom ones.

Waterbury Cream, my kitchen paint, warmed up the cool white paint.
Waterbury Cream, my kitchen paint, warmed up the cool white paint.

I suggested that I take the paint and tint it with some of my leftover paint.  I added some Edgecomb Gray and Waterbury Cream which slightly warmed up the cool-tone white paint.

The new paint color on the center door is a better match to the upper cabinets -- warmer.
The new paint color on the center door is a better match to the upper cabinets — warmer.

Unfortunately the tenant needed to paint a couple more coats of the new tint.

Clear Briwax would be a nice finish.
Clear Briwax would be a nice finish.

It’s looking much better. I also suggested that in a couple of weeks when the paint is cured the cabinets should be waxed. I think waxing would create a sheen similar to the upper cabinets.

Are you blunt or tactful?

Christmas Laser

I wasn’t exactly cleaning my office when I noticed a box somebody had put on my chair.

I thought this was some kind of speaker or security system.
I thought this was some kind of speaker or security system.

The box contained the above item which looked like a lot of nothing to me.

Actually it projects red light and/or green lights.
It projects red light and/or green lights.

The farm manager came to my office for his paycheck and told me this is a laser that projects tiny specks of light.

The laser can glow red.
The laser can glow red.

I put it in the front yard but the short cord allowed only limited coverage.

I especially like the green lights.
I especially like the green lights.

We hooked it to an extension cord so it could be positioned farther away from the house.

The easiest decoration ever.
The easiest decoration ever.

The laser can blink (which I find annoying), turns itself off in 8 hours and comes back on the next day at nightfall.

Do you decorate outside?

My Idea, Pretty Sure

I’ve been looking through December magazines and catalogs and noticed the color scheme I thought I created is showing up everywhere.

The aquas and berries have come together in the Cottage.
Aquas and berries have come together in the Cottage.

The Cottage is decorated in aqua (some might call it turquoise) and cranberry.

Why 006 Square Brass Chair for $2,650.
Why 006 Square Brass Chair for $2,650.

In Marie Claire’s gift guide is a chair designed by Francesco Della Femina in berry and turquoise, touted as the colors of Capri.

The Cottage rug has a southwestern design in cranberry and turquoise.
The Cottage rug has a southwestern design in cranberry and turquoise.

Then I was perusing Elle Décor where an alpine getaway in St. Moritz has rug almost like the one in the Cottage.

Oushak rug in an Alpine resort.
Oushak rug in an Alpine resort features cranberry and turquoise.

The late 19th century Oushak in Elle was probably upwards of $4000. The Cottage rug was $260.

The Cottage bed has a LJUSÖGA duvet cover from Ikea with tiny cranberry flowers and teal leaves.
The Cottage bed has a LJUSÖGA duvet cover from Ikea with tiny cranberry flowers and teal leaves costs $30.

Even in the bedroom there are aqua/cranberry options.

The Leona comforter would be a beautiful addition to Glade Cottage cranberry/aqua décor.
The Leona comforter would be a beautiful addition to Glade Cottage cranberry/aqua décor.

Pottery Barn has delved into the aqua/cranberry pool with the Leona reversible comforter.  Of all the items this comforter is affordable — $150.

Have you created something that you thought was original and then saw it someplace else?

Painted Table Inspiration

Now that we’ve built a new kitchen table I’m thinking about painting the dining room table.

The dining room table is a round that becomes oval when two leaves are inserted.
The dining room table is a round that becomes oval when two leaves are inserted.

We found this table in a neighbor’s yard with a “free” sign on it.

And entire blue table might be too much of a good thing.
And entire blue table might be too much of a good thing.

I saw a similar table painted totally blue in a blue room.

I like this two-tone table.
I like this two-tone table.

Ethan Allen has a round table with a blue base and a natural top. I think this is the inspiration I’m looking for.

These are the chairs we'll be using.
These are the chairs we’ll be using.

I don’t know when we’ll have time to paint a table — certainly not before Christmas — but it’s on the list.

Do you paint furniture?