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2 Small Mirrors

I stopped by the Model Home Interior Clearance Center because I’m looking for a few items.

This small stool would be perfect.

This small stool would be perfect.

I didn’t find a vanity stool.

I think we need a shower bench for the far end if the master shower for storage.

I think we need a shower bench for the far end in the master shower for storage.

I would also like to have a bench with some storage for the master shower.

Bamboo trimmed 10" by 18" mirror for $18.

Bamboo trimmed 10″ by 18″ mirror for $18.

Finally I need a couple of small mirrors.

I've missed having a mirror in the entrance.

I’ve missed having a mirror in the entrance.

One for the spot in the mudroom where I removed the antique mirror which I plan to use in the master bathroom.

The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.

The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.

I also need a smallish mirror for the conservatory bathroom which I really can’t decide on until we install the backsplash.

This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.

This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.

Until then I did find a reasonably priced ($15) square mirror the frame of which I’ll probably paint.

The back of the mirror is labeled "Made on Earth". Whew!

The back of the mirror is labeled “Made on Earth”. Whew!

I was interested to see that it was not imported from outer space.

I’ll check back from time to time to see what’s new at the Model Home Interior Clearance Center.

What piece are you searching for?

This Came with It

Strapped to the back of the master bathroom vanity when it arrived was a piece of matching trim.

The white piece on the back just under the countertop is a long piece of wood wrapped in foam.

The white piece on the back just under the countertop is a long piece of wood wrapped in foam.

I imagine it is meant to be a backsplash.

The vanity has not yet been installed so the backsplash is on the back burner.

The vanity has not yet been installed so the backsplash is on the back burner.

I have no intention of using it for a backsplash because I plan to tile the wall behind the countertop with marble tile.

This is a sturdy but not very wide piece of wood.

This is a sturdy but not very wide piece of wood.

Since it matches the wood of the vanity I was thinking I could do something else with it.

A long solid piece of wood already trimmed.

A long solid piece of wood already trimmed.

It is divided into 3 sections with trim, the two side sections are the same size and the center is larger.

I'd have to find just the right spot.

I’d have to find just the right spot.

Maybe we could make some shelves with this as a decorative piece. Or a hook holder.

Got any other ideas?

Now That Christmas is Put Away for Another Year

Charlie took down the Christmas tree, vacuumed the living room where the tree had been, put away the ornaments and moved the furniture back into place.

As fun as Christmas decorating is it can't stay up forever.

As fun as Christmas decorating is it can’t stay up forever.

While I am a good putter-upper I’m always happy to let someone else do the demolition work.

It's always amazing how many individual pieces there are to Christmas decorating that must ultimately be stored.

It’s always amazing how many individual pieces there are to Christmas decorating that must ultimately be stored.

During the Christmas/New Year’s holiday we had two get-togethers with friends that were so much fun I’m planning something for February (as I have been for the past 3 years and just never got around to it).

I'm going to pull out some of the old silver that I couldn't get rid of.

I’m going to pull out some of the old silver to give sparkle to the winter months.

I’ve already posted my preliminary tea party outline which I expect will be held mostly in the living room.

Now that the room is stripped of Christmas I'm going to focus on the next celebration -- Valentine's Day.

Now that the room is stripped of Christmas I’m going to focus on the next celebration — Valentine’s Day.

To that effect I thought it would be a good time to change the sofa cover from white back to charcoal grey just in case some tea gets spilt.

I'm going to add some pink accents in the next few weeks.

I’m going to add some pink accents in the next few weeks.

We’re still working on renovation projects but the house is no longer the repository for loads and piles of building materials (until I order the oak flooring).

What is your next focus for your home?

Mother’s Dressing Table

For as long as I can remember my mother had a dressing table.

My mother's dressing table which she "antiqued".

My mother’s dressing table which she “antiqued”.

First it was brown wood tone, then in the 70s she “antiqued” it (and a few other pieces) green. I got the dressing table (which we used to call interchangeably the desk or vanity) and my sister got the needlepointed bench (I think).

This is the space reserved for my dressing table.

This is the space reserved for my dressing table.

When our master bathroom was built I designated a space for this piece of furniture.

Even with the drawers removed this piece is not light.

Even with the drawers removed this piece is not light.

In order to move it from its temporary place in the closet to the bathroom I removed the drawers to make it lighter.

I couldn't set the dressing table in place with the feet on the floor.

I couldn’t set the dressing table in place with the feet on the floor.

After the baseboard was installed in the bathroom the dressing table didn’t seem to fit.

I've been using this vintage tabletop mirror but I will probably also hang one on the wall.

I’ve been using this vintage tabletop mirror but I will probably also hang one on the wall.

I forced it in the alcove and it fits very snugly.

I tried the new shower -- heaven.

I tried the new shower — heaven.

Unfortunately I was also hoping to put shoe molding on the floor which would surely prohibit the piece from fitting in this spot.

I also hung the toilet paper holder which was completely installation from the one in the conservatory.

I also hung the toilet paper holder which was completely installation from the one in the conservatory. (Vanity faucets are piled on the dressing table until the sinks are delivered.)

I have a plan to refinish this dressing table in some way.  I haven’t yet decided on the finish nor do I have a good solution to the baseboard dilemma.

Do you have a favorite inherited item?

The Conservatory Bathroom — What’s Left?

Progress has been made in the conservatory bathroom and it is finally usable.

The shower will be enclosed something like this.

The shower will be enclosed something like this.

In addition to shower glass the bathroom needs the following finishes:

  1. The vanity needs to be trimmed with vintage wood.

    The conservatory vanity will be face with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.

    The conservatory vanity will be face with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.

  2. The same wood will be used 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.

  3. The plumber needs to check the showerhead because the flow is stifled.

    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 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.

  4. Towels bars near sink and robe hook near shower.
  5. Touch up paint that’s been nicked.

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. Hang a cabinet over toilet.

    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.

    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.

  8. Hang photos of the source of vintage wood.

    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.

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

This is the fun part — right?

What are you doing just for fun?

The Rug Arrived Early

As I arrived home Thursday in the middle of the day the UPS delivery man was carrying a rug to my door.

You can tell by the thin roll that this 9' by 12' rug is not very plush.

You can tell by the thin roll that this 9′ by 12′ rug is not very plush.

I dragged it into the living room.

The rug is not too heavy for me to handle.

The rug is not too heavy for me to handle.

I couldn’t resist taking a peak.

Looking through the living room to the dining room from the front door the rug looks like it will be a fun addition.

Looking through the living room to the dining room from the front door the rug looks like it will be a fun addition.

I knew this would be a thin, synthetic rug because I read the reviews on the RugsUSA website.

Love getting big packages delivered to the house.

Love getting big packages delivered to the house.

The back of the rug has a latex coating which I don’t care for but we have a felt pad that’s probably not quite large enough but will certainly suffice.

Blues, greens, and ochre are perfect for the house palette.

Blues, greens, and ochre are perfect for the house palette.

I think the color(s) will work well tying the various rooms together.  I don’t care for the large swathes of turquoise but the royal blue, ochre, and green work well.

The rug will go right here after the tillers are finished traipsing through and I've hung all the wallpaper.

The rug will go right here after the tillers are finished traipsing through and I’ve hung all the wallpaper.

Someday I’ll look for a better quality rug but this will give us a colorful floor for this sparkly season. If I do get another rug, this will work great in The Cottage.

Are you expecting a special delivery?

I Bought a Cheap Rug Sight Unseen

Yesterday I promised a shot of the newly tiled bathroom floors.  Here it is:

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The master bathroom marble basketweave tile is laid in the shower.

I’ve been thinking about how the dining room is going to look with the wallpapering and painting finished.

The rug in the master bedroom used to be in the dining room.

The rug in the master bedroom used to be in the dining room.

Then I started thinking about what to do for a rug.

The red oak dining room floor.

The red oak dining room floor.

The floor is vintage red oak so I wasn’t it covered.

The wall on the right no longer lines up with the piano wall since additional ductwork was added in the renovation.

The wall on the right no longer lines up with the piano wall since additional ductwork was added in the renovation.

And the room is a weird size — 11′-8″ by 12′-4″.  The wall on one side ends in the middle of the piano on the other side.

The rug will probably lay lengthwise with the grain of the flooring.

The rug will probably lay lengthwise with the grain of the flooring.

After getting a gazillion emails about the big cyber sale on RugsUSA I tried to take a look. I’ve tried before to find a rug online but the color, quality, and sheer volume of choices had me stymied.  I narrowed the choices down to only those blue rugs with 80% off.

I love this rug but feared it would get soiled very quickly.

I love this rug but feared it would get soiled very quickly.

Since this is the main thoroughfare of the downstairs I didn’t want anything too light that would have a dirty corner from back and forth traffic.

Normall I would have played it safe with an all-blue rug.

Normally I would have played it safe with an all-blue rug.

I'm hoping something in this rug coordinates with the other colors in the house.

I’m hoping something in this rug coordinates with the other colors in the house.

The two above were my final choices. So with 80% off and free shipping I bought the bottom one for $170.  I can only hope that the mixture of colors — blues, yellows, greys, and greens — will not look too wild.

Hard to know how the rug will complement the denimy wallpaper.

Hard to know how the rug will complement the denimy wallpaper.

Delivery is set for this Friday but I won’t roll it out until the wallpapering is finished.

What was your crazy purchase? Did it work out?