The homemade stairs to the attic in the Cottage were replaced with a new disappearing
The enlarged opening. Part of the old opening will need to be covered and repaired.
Moving the ladder created a large section of ceiling that needed to be repaired.
The brown area hides the stairs; the white area is a patch.
The carpenter filled the hole with drywall and 3 layers of joint compound.
Everything on the ceiling was painted green to draw attention away from the new door.
The ceiling was then trimmed with
The ceiling details are all painted green.
The tenant painted the patched ceiling and stair door the grey-green ceiling color.
The beam before being painted.
Painting the beam gave the ceiling trim some punch.
She also decided to paint the beam that runs from the front to the back of the Cottage the same ceiling color. That decision really made the new white crown molding pop.
What color is your ceiling?
I found a source for pink tiles for my 1946 pink tile bathroom. I ordered 10 pink bullnosed 4.25″ by 4.25″ porcelain tiles over the internet
Pink Mid-century tile with what is described on the website as a “coral tone”; I say it’s fleshy.
Sight unseen from
Clay Squared in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I ordered bullnose BN44, a 4.25-inch square.
I’m not sure they’ll be exactly the right color but I have an idea to take care of that.
How are your hare-brained schemes working out?
I was going to buy flowers for this week’s party.
Some of these forsythia branches are over 4-feet long.
Forsythia makes a grand statement on the mantel.
But I am fortunate that both our daffodils and forsythia are in bloom.
Most of the daffodils were closed when I brought them into the house.
I brought the daffodils inside a few days in advance hoping they would bloom by Friday.
I’ve love grand-scale arrangements especially when they’re free. (The red car ties into our party theme.)
The daffodils blossomed.
They didn’t disappoint.
Do you turn your clocks ahead tonight in your part of the world?
I looked for the tile for the master vanity backsplash
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 Hampton Carrera Polished Amalfi 2″ by 4″ subway tiles actually come netted together in square-foot sheets.
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 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.
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?
I went shopping for a new lampshade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
There are 3 interior doors on the ground floor of The Glade.
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.
I started with the largest one, the 3-foot wide conservatory bathroom door.
The door is painted.
It is now painted “Secret” front . . .
The bathroom side of the 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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately the tenant needed to paint a couple more coats of the new tint.
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?