Furnishing Grace Cottage

I’ve decided to give the new project a name: Grace Cottage.

Grace Cottage

I’ve also been looking around my house for furniture and other items that might be useful down there.  Here’s the list:

Furniture from The Glade to Grace

  1. Twin bed and mattress/bedding 

    The bed frame, mattress, and boxspring that used to be in Sug’s Cottage is heading for the Eastern shore.
  2. Desk

    The desk in the pink bedroom was bought for my son when he was a boy.
  3. Laundry bags
  4. Closet pole
  5. Extra lamps

    I have a few old lamps that might be useful.
  6. Small table in attic
  7. Silverware in kitchen
  8. Hutch in laundry room 

    The hutch top from our laundry room might be useful in the new Cottage.
  9. Curtains
  10. Roller shades
  11. Mailbox 

    Our old green mailbox can replace the one that is there now.
  12. Big wall mirror 

    I have a large wall mirror that we removed from the pink bathroom.
  13. Sofa 

    Sug is sending her sofa because she is planning to get a new one.
  14. Air mattress and pump
  15. Twin sheets

I’m trying my best to simplify but I get some opposition.  Yet I persist.

In what do you persist?

Furniture Trade Off

When Sug decided to get a bigger bed she wanted to downsize her side table.

The heavy oak side table just fit next to the wall-mounted heater.

While her original side table held lots of stuff she didn’t actually use it for storage.

Sug is moving from traditional style to a more Bohemian vibe.

My son said he could use it at his house so he picked it up.

This compact cabinet will fit better in the Cottage.

In its place is a cute little vintage demi-lune cabinet that I was ready to part with.

The top is just big enough for a clock and lamp.

Now everybody is happy.

What would you trade away?

A Pair of Loveseats

Maybe I should have entitled this post “No Longer a Pair”.

The matching loveseats used to face each other.

The loveseats that I have owned since 1981 and which I lovingly slipcovered in 1991 have gone to the dog.

Dash is on guard while Rory relaxes on the other sofa.

Dashie jumps up on the arms to increase his short stature. He also nervously chews away at the arm coverings.

I’m going to save the large cushions.

I wasn’t too worried until I noticed a rip in the slipcover itself.  I decided to just get rid of the thing.

Our remaining loveseat is often occupied.

We still have another loveseat which is necessary in the conservatory because that’s where we watch television.

The neighbors will have to abide a sofa in our driveway until Monday.

So I kept the extra but torn slipcover. Sug and Charlie removed the loveseat from the conservatory and put it out on the curb for bulk pick-up.

Conservatory
A cleaner slate might give me a chance to see the conservatory in a fresh way.

The space seems very empty.

How do you get a new perspective?

One More Quilt

Last month I bought a couple of quilts here and here.

The new quilt has a casual air.

At the same time I bought a third one for Sug.

The new quilt complements the rug in the living room area.

My plan was to put it on her twin bed while she was away and surprise her when she came back.  I can’t keep a surprise hidden so we tried the new quilt on her bed.  It was way too large.

The twin bed will be replaced with a full size double bed which should just fit against the floating wall.

In the meantime she had been wanting to get a full-size bed for the Cottage which she ordered before heading to Guatemala. It will be delivered upon her return.

The quilt also came with pillow shams.

When that happens the new quilt is ready in her colors of turquoise and ruby red. The former French provincial pattern is being replaced by something a bit more Bohemian.

Are you more French provincial or Bohemian?

2 Dressers and a Mirror

I’ve been wanting to move Charlie’s dresser (he has 3) out of the master bedroom because the new closet has plenty of room for his stuff.

This dresser in the smallest bedroom was part of a set inherited by my son.

First we needed to remove the mid-century teak highboy from the little pink bedroom.  Thankfully our son came by yesterday to pick it up .

This dresser belonged to Charlie’s grandparents.

The dresser Charlie uses in the master bedroom is usually covered with slightly worn clothing.

I had refinished this dresser 4 years ago.

To help move the Charlie removed the drawers and redistributed his clothes elsewhere. The dresser looks fine in the pink bedroom because it has a denimy vibe which goes with the blue accents.

Removing the chest of drawers and adding a large mirror opens up the bedroom.

In its place in the master bedroom I hung my mother’s gold rococo mirror on the empty wall.

The Eiffel Tower glows golden in the black and white photo of Paris hanging over the bed.

The gold on the mirror frame complements the photo of Paris with a gold-tone Eiffel Tower over the bed.

My little chair could use a paint uplift.

I plan to make a reading area in this space.

What are you moving around?

Time to Go

I’ve been wanting to get rid of a piece of furniture that actually belongs to my son.

Mid-century tall dresser.

I was the hold up because the drawers were filled with all sorts of things especially wallpaper scraps and the plans for the house renovation and my technical drawings from college (the last item on the list is crazy, I know).

I got rid of some plans from college but kept others.

I moved all these things into the cedar chest in our master closet.  The cedar chest is full but everything fits.

The chest under the window in the master closet is now being used for rolls of wallpaper and rolled plans.

Time to get the now empty teak chest moved.

Do you have way too many sweatshirts? I do.

Furniture: Keep or Toss

I have been lax about my plan to get rid of 101 things. (#15)

My grandmother’s secretary: I’m not sure if I should paint it or pitch it.

For months I’ve been stuck at forty items.

Authentic mid-century tall dresser which had a mate that was sold. My son’s grandmother would be happy if he could use it.

I have some furniture that I really do not need but have kept for sentimental reasons.

Charlie’s mother’s cedar chest which should go to her granddaughter.

Some came from my family and some from Charlie’s.

A little demilune chest (next to the bed) belonged to Charlie’s grandmother. It fits almost anywhere.

In the next few weeks I am planning to make a decision on these pieces and either plan to keep them or give them away or sell them.

Perhaps Charlie will be willing to give up this vintage dresser owned by his grandparents. Our new closet might take its place.

Hoping someone else can use this furniture that has served multiple generations so well.

What would you “never part” with?

The Conservatory Bathroom — Let’s Get ‘Er Done

Last year at this time we had a few projects remaining in the conservatory bathroom. The remaining items are written in orange.

The shower will be enclosed something like this.
The shower glass design.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.
  1. The shower glass was installed in January, 2016.
  2. We trimmed the sink vanity with vintage wood.
    The conservatory vanity will be face with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.
    The conservatory vanity needed to be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.

    The completed vanity.
    The completed vanity.
  3. We used the same wood to close the plumbing access behind the shower head near the toilet.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
    Charlie and I built the shelves in the conservatory bathroom.

    4.  The plumber returned to clear gunk out of the showerhead which prevented the water from freely flowing.

    This showerhead has limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.
    This showerhead had limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.
    This showerhead is now working great.
    This showerhead is now working great.

    5.  We added towel bars and a robe hook.

    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.

    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.

    The hook is very functional.

    6.  Touch up paint that’s been nicked. We have  a few spackle repairs and touch-ups. Baseboard, door, and window trim has been painted.

    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is "Seed" by Valspar.
    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is “Seed” by Valspar.

    7.  Hang a mirror over sink.

    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.
    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.
    The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.
    The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.

    8.  Hang a cabinet over toilet.

    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.
    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.
    This painting hangs there now.

    9.  Hang photos of the rustic wood source used for the bathroom details.

    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.

    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.

    The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.
    The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.

    10.  Find a rug for in front of the sink.

11. Install tile backsplash behind sink.

The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
The tile backsplash adds some dash.

12.  Paint the door and trim.

The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.
The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.
The door has been painted “Secret” by Benjamin Moore.

13.  Install the round window trim in the shower stall.  

The bathroom before shower glass and window trim.
The window trim is in place and painted.

We’ve come a long way.

Have you bought something recently for your home?

My Style Profile

I took a quiz about my style and here are the results.

This survey really describes my style.

I am a traditionalist at heart with an eye towards more eclectic looks.

I have furniture including two Bergère chairs from the 1950s that have been passed down in my family.

I like classic looks and coordinated pieces in my home but like to add some energy and personality with a few more eclectic pieces. I may like a more antique look or gilded accents or just tailored lines, but I prefer a look that is mostly uniform and balanced.

I .  .  .

  • want my home to be stylish and that is a reflection of me and my overall tastes.
  • like to include pieces with a classic look such as antiques or items with a sense of history to them.

    The kitchen island was made from my mother’s antique breakfront.
  • want my home to be comfortable and inviting and that is a reflection of me and my lifestyle.
  • want my home to have a bright, cheerful look.
  • I love the brightness of the conservatory.
  • see my home as an expression of my personal style.
  • like classic modern pieces.

    I like the cleans lines of a glass coffee table.
  • like ethnic accents and a “worldly” look.
  • like your space to look somewhat dramatic.
  • like cool colors.

    The master bedroom is the coolest of blues.
  • like bright pops of color or colorful accents.

    I like bright pops of color in the usually cool rooms.
  • like to use some traditional gilded or wood accents in my  home to give it a sense of timelessness.
  • like the look of natural materials in my home.

    Rattan bench adds a casual touch to the more conservative furniture.

This is definitely my style.

What’s yours?

Rolling Cabinet Update

Sug has a large, handy rolling cabinet in the Cottage kitchen that’s just too useful to get rid of.

The Cottage kitchen has wood-tone cabinet that is useful but not too attractive.

Unfortunately this cabinet doesn’t really go with the fresh look of the rest of the kitchen space.

There was an extra piece of countertop.

And after the installation of the butcher block countertop we had a piece left over.

The kitchen cabinet began with a medium wood finish.

Happily the piece of countertop was an exact fit for the brown cabinet so Sug decided to paint the cabinet to match the others which she had painted previously.

It takes many light layers of paint to change a cabinet to a lighter color.

While I was using the paint sprayer on her door shutters I asked if she would like me to prime the cabinet with a sprayer.

The beadboard front would have been difficult to paint smoothly with a brush or roller.

So I primed the cabinet which took very little time using a sprayer. And the sprayer gives a nice smooth finish.

Very cottagey.

Sug used the leftover, custom-mixed cabinet paint to finish the transformation. Then she glued the woodblock countertop to the cabinet.

Before
After – The only item remaining is to change the knobs and handles to match the other ones in the kitchen.

A dark corner brightened.

What piece of furniture is your best storage piece?