If the Weather

If the weather will just turn nice I have a bunch of things to paint outside.

Faux marbre painted TV tray tables.

Faux marbre painted TV tray tables.

Almost 3 years ago I painted the tops of my grandmother’s TV trays from the 1960s.

Before on left, after on right. (The far right tray has the truest rendition of color.)

Before on left, after on right.

At one time their faux marcasite original finish was quite posh looking.  Now I’m even tired of the blue faux marbre finish I painted.

The Carter tray table can be set up almost anywhere.

The Carter tray table can be set up almost anywhere.

While sorting my papers to see if any were trash I found a sheet ripped from an old Pottery Barn catalog that had the picture of a Carter metal folding tray table in black which costs $179.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color which I found is still sold at WalMart.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color which I found is still sold at WalMart.

Admittedly my tables are not metal but I think they’d look great in black.  Maybe a combination of black and metallic charcoal grey which when sanded looks a lot like slate.

Sanded metallic charcoal looks like slate on these picture frames and might look just as good on my tray tables.

Sanded metallic charcoal looks like slate on these picture frames and might look just as good on my tray tables.

I’m ready to paint.  Now, if the weather would just turn.

What’s the first thing you’ll do when the weather turns nice again?

Planning a Short Road Trip

When we returned from a trip to Florida 2 years ago we drove through Richmond, Virginia, and stopped at the Decorating Outlet which had been recommended by the Petersiks of the now defunct blog, Young House Love.

Large barrel lamp shade

Large barrel lamp shade

At that time I found 4 large lampshades at a great price.

The Decorating Outlet shades were perfect for my mother's 1960s lamps.

The Decorating Outlet shades were perfect for my mother’s 1960s lamps.

These lampshades are now in our living room.

I'm hoping to find coordinating fixtures for our master bathroom and hallway.

I’m hoping to find coordinating fixtures for our master bathroom and hallway at a deep discount.

We’re in the need of a number of lighting fixtures which is a specialty of the Decorating Outlet and I’d like to take another look now that we’re further into our renovation.

The additions to The Glade viewed from the back yard were a huge prospect both time and money-wise.

The additions to The Glade viewed from the back yard were a huge prospect both time and money-wise.

Two years ago we were just starting and buying things that might have a place in the new spaces was scary since I wasn’t sure I wouldn’t run out of money before the project was finished.

I'd like to get something to replace this $10 fixture in the conservatory bathroom that we installed so we could pass our final inspection.  It's hideous.

I’d like to get something to replace this $10 fixture in the conservatory bathroom that we installed so we could pass our final inspection. It’s hideous.

Fast forward 2 years and I have a better idea of our needs and how to budget for lighting.

The house has its siding and, although needs it to be painted, the interior details remain unfinished.

The house has its siding and, although needs it to be painted, the interior details remain unfinished.

Since a 2.5 hour drive just to hit a discount store would be frivolous I plan to follow some of the other suggestions that John made in his post about where to shop, eat, and sightsee.

Where did you go on your last road trip?

Looking for More Lighting Fixtures

We have a bunch of very basic lighting fixtures in the master suite addition.

The roughed-in lights in the master suite are simple porcelain sockets. YUK!

The roughed-in lights in the master suite are simple porcelain sockets. YUK!

The shower is finished with two recessed lights.

2 recessed light hang over the shower area.

2 recessed light hang over the shower area.

In the bathroom space for 3 additional lights has been wired but not installed.

MasterBathroomDressingTable

One wall fixture is planned to hang over my dressing table.

Pendant light will hang over the dual sinks on either side of the window.

Pendant light will hang over the dual sinks on either side of the window.

And 2 pendants which will hang over the sinks.

The 2 hall lights should be identical and coordinate with the bathroom.

The 2 hall lights should be identical and coordinate with the bathroom.

The hallway now sports 2 bare lightbulbs.

These bathroom fixtures will be visible simultaneously.

These bathroom fixtures will be visible simultaneously.

The hallway lights should ultimately match each other and coordinate with the bathroom fixtures.

I was considering these pendants that I used in the downstairs hall for the upstairs hall but they don't really go with the bedroom style.

I was considering these pendants that I used in the downstairs hall for the upstairs hall but they don’t really go with the bedroom style.

I have been searching for appropriate lighting fixtures but I have not yet found exactly the right thing at the right price.

Do you have a favorite lighting style?

Thank You, Tiny Bows

I want to thank Tiny Bows for awarding me the Liebster.

The Glade

The Glade

I’m not really eligible (because I have too many lovely followers) and I have already received one in the past but I’d love to answer her questions.

1. What made you decide to start a blog?

I started Let’s Face the Music to keep track of the changes to our house over the course of a major renovation.

2. Who, or what is your biggest blogging influence?

 The first blog I started reading regularly was The Simple Dollar whose author Trent write everyday. His blog influenced me to do the same.

3. How do you decide what to write about?

I’m a daily blogger so some days I am almost at a loss as to what to write about and then some topic will hit me or I’ll find a group of photos that I haven’t used yet.  Other times I have specific projects in mind that I want to capture.

4. When did you start blogging/ how long have you been blogging?

March, 2011 — 4 years.

5. Where is the best place you have ever been, vacation, restaurant, museum, etc?

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel

I loved Paris but our out-of-the-city excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel was magical.

6. What is the best dish you have ever eaten?

My all-time favorite dessert is a meringue shell with lemon curd topped with whipped cream and raspberries surrounded by raspberry coulis. I had this at a restaurant north of Baltimore, Maryland, called The Milton Inn.

7. What is your biggest fear?

No fears because God has always been faithful to me. God’s Promise to me from Isaiah 46:4 — Even when you are old, I will take care of you, even when you have gray hair, I will carry you. I made you and I will support you; I will carry you and rescue you.

8. What is your hidden talent?

I can teach, that is explain things in a way that others understand. (This according to Charlie.  I was going to say cook.)

9. What is your biggest accomplishment?

This requires a lot of thought. Presumably I haven’t yet accomplished my biggest accomplishment.

10. what is your favorite time waster?

Pottery Barn catalog is one of my favorites.

Pottery Barn catalog is one of my favorites.

Writing blog posts — just kidding. Looking through catalogs that come in the mail.

That’s all I can think of right now.  Thanks Tiny Bows.

Which question would you like to answer? And what is your answer?

Another Rainy Saturday

The forecast for today’s weather is rain, rain, and more rain.

100% chance of rain, hour after hour.

100% chance of rain, hour after hour.

Unfortunately my plan for today was to finish painting the master suite ceilings.

This ceiling needs a second coat.

This ceiling needs a second coat.

I hate painting in the rain.  The only consolation is that I don’t need to count on drying time since everything already has one coat of paint.

Before the floors are tiled the floor outside the shower must be level with the floor inside.

Before the floors are tiled the floor outside the shower must be level with the floor inside.

I also want to figure out how much plywood and cement board we will need to put on the conservatory and master bathrooms floors to bring them up to the level of the shower pans.

The bathroom floor needs to be raised to the level of the shower pan.

The bathroom floor needs to be raised to the level of the shower pan.

Leveling those floors is the next step before the shower floors are covered with a Schluter KERDI waterproofing membrane.

Bathroom basketweave floor tile -- white for the conservatory and marble for the master.

Bathroom basketweave floor tile — white for the conservatory and marble for the master.

Then I can order the tile. THEN I can decide if this is a job for Charlie and me or if we need to hire it out.

And I’m getting my hair cut .  .  . I mean CUT OFF. Yeah!

Saturday plans? More fun than mine?

Master List: 2015

You can read about the Master List we’ve been working on for the past couple of years and our progress here. Now it’s time to declutter the list itself.  I’ve removed anything that has been accomplished before 2014, retaining things that still need work, and adding projects that require finishing or are just plain FUN. (Our room by room to-do list is here.)

Projects to Do:

  • 1. Paint green vanity

    I'd like a more neutral color on the green dressing table.

    I’d like a more neutral color on the green dressing table.

  • 2.  Pump up curb appeal with landscaping upgrades
  • 3. Make a cushion for the piano bench.

    Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench.  Something better is needed.

    Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench. Something better is needed.

  • 4. Move former back door to laundry
  • 5.  Clean closet in Treetops room

    The Treetops Room.

    The Treetops Room.

  • 6. Clean and paint side porch door.

    I haven't decided if this door should be painted white or another color.  Maybe I'll wait until the shingles are painted.

    I haven’t decided if this door should be painted white or another color. Maybe I’ll wait until the shingles are painted.

  • 7. Paint master bedroom door.
  • 8. Strip and repaint front door.

    Yes, the front door needs to be painted since we switched sides with the doorknob.

    Yes, the front door needs to be painted since we switched sides with the doorknob.

  • 9. Scrape, sand and paint back bedroom door. Repair jamb.
  • 10. Lighting for walk-in closet

    A small fixture we found at the salvage yard for $10 might work in the master closet.

    A small fixture we found at the salvage yard for $10 might work in the master closet.

  • 11. Clean floor in cottage
  • 12. Paint trim in pink bedroom

    The trim and this closet door need a fresh coat of white.

    The trim and this closet door need a fresh coat of white.

  • 13. Refinish floor in laundry and cottage
  • 14. Replace trim in laundry
  • 15. Finish closet in laundry

    The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.

    The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.

  • 16. Lighting for master bath
  • 17. Vanity and sink for master bath (choose style)
  • 18. Refinish my tall dresser
  • 19. Check interior shutters for size
  • 20. Think about bedroom curtains
  • 21. Make living room curtains

    Working on it.

    Working on it.

  • 22. Paint bedroom
  • 23. Paint new closet

    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.

    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.

  • 24. Paint living room
  • 25. Think about dining room décor
  • 26. Finish cushions in DR

    One cushion remains to be sewn.

    One cushion remains to be sewn.

  • 27. Paint all the trim in the house
  • 28. Paint wood trim on exterior of house

    The old fascia boards are in bad need of primer and paint.

    The old fascia boards are in bad need of primer and paint.

  • 29. Paint dining room table and chairs to use in the kitchen or Craigslist current set and buy something more size appropriate (Go to Red Hen’s blog for great inspiration)
  • √ 30. Choose cabinets for kitchen – price, finish, design

    The kitchen cabinets are tuxedo style -- dark on the bottom and white on the top.

    The kitchen cabinets are tuxedo style — dark on the bottom and white on the top.

  • 31.  Choose countertop material for kitchen
  • 32. Check out overstock.com, Lumber Liquidator, and wood place for flooring
  • 33. Pick tile for bathroom

    Conservatory bathroom shower tile -- Snow Frost glass subway tile

    Conservatory bathroom shower tile — Snow Frost glass subway tile

  • 34. Get rid of rubble pile
  • 35. Decide where every lamp goes

    Limoges lamps - for the bedroom?

    Limoges lamps – for the bedroom?

  • 36. Consider terrace or deck
  • 37. Decide where mirrors go
  • 38. Decide where art work goes
  • 39. Get rid of art that does not suit
  • 40. Paint hallway

    The upstairs hall is painted "Moonshine".

    The upstairs hall is painted “Moonshine”.

  • 41. Paint stair risers

    A small job that makes a big difference -- painted stair risers.

    A small job that makes a big difference — painted stair risers.

  • 42. Paint design on stair walls
  • 43. Paint railings
  • 44. Hang photo gallery in upstairs hall
  • 45. Put shelves in pink room and paint stunning color at back of shelves
  • 46. Fix the front door knob so it works and you can open and use front door
  • 47. Clean basement and add utility shelves under the steps.
  • 48. Design garden plan for back of yard behind the cottage.
  • 49. Set up the iron headboard in the treetops rooms.
  • 50. Open an Etsy shop.
  • 51. Paint house exterior
  • 52. Paint exterior shutters

    Shutters on the house are Duron's "Thunder Grey"

    Shutters on the house are Duron’s “Thunder Grey”

I’d better print off this list so I can get started.

Do you have a long list for spring?

Using a Color Wheel

Lots of people on the internet wonder about color schemes and there is no limit to helpfulness in that loads of compatible color combinations are represented.

This is the current house palette.

This is the current house palette.

I generally just use my intuition as to whether colors go together or not.

A simple and traditional color wheel.

A simple and traditional color wheel.

If I want to be sure I go to a traditional color wheel where I can check out analogous schemes, monochromatic schemes, etc.

I know Pottery Barn put this on their Spring cover to attract my attention.

I know Pottery Barn put this on their Spring cover to attract my attention.

On the front of a recent Pottery Barn catalog is their new-for-spring bedding featuring koi.  I have a thing for fish as I posted here and here.

The current linens include a charcoal grey duvet cover and navy-timmed pillow covers.

The current linens include a charcoal grey duvet cover and navy-timmed pillow covers.

The thing is that this duvet cover is orange and I’m generally not a fan but this is so fresh that I want it for the master bedroom.

I don't know how to "make" the bed with the koi sample but it looks good to me.

I don’t know how to “make” the bed with the koi sample but it looks good to me. (The sample on  the cover appears to be a lighter orange than the online catalog.)

What does this have to do with the color wheel? Our bedroom walls are painted Virtuoso which is a medium periwinkle blue. (The walls are not at all purple except they sometimes look that way in photos.)

Blue is the complementary color of orange (and vice versa).

Blue is the complementary color of orange (and vice versa).

Directly across the color wheel from this color is orange — orange and blue are complementary colors, they complete each other, one gives the other zip and zing.

Something like this.

Something like this.

I think this duvet cover would be a lively and light expression on our bed until we remove the heavy down comforter for summer.

How do you choose color combinations.