Thursday, August 13, 2015
... aka remodeling.
Here's our kitchen before-ish. We called this phase "getting rid of ugly". It was so satisfying that I don't think we got any really good before pictures.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Scraping wall paper from my studio revealed old house paint colors. New paint choices echo, to some degree, the old house's layers.
The lighter blue will be for the "Haint" blue porch ceiling. It's Benjamin Moore HC-143 Wythe Blue. Haint is an old Southernism for ghost. And the folklore is alternately blue porch ceilings keep ghosts away or spiders away. Take your pick. I like including Southern folklore in our new/old house. Also, I think it will look cool.
The bright blue is for our kitchen island paint. It's Benjamin Moore 663 Teal Tone. The island will have some kind of butcher block top. It's gonna rock our kitchen along with our ultramarine blue stove.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
as a longtime watcher of Antiques Roadshow i have come to dread the "good news/bad news" comments. e.g., "the good news is that your highboy is worth $5,000 but the bad news is that if it wasn't refinished it would be worth $50,000".
so i have been shopping for bathroom vanities for our home renovation. new particle board vanities of the style i like are expensive and they're well- particle board! custom vanities - man, i don't even want to know the price tags of those. our designer recommended shopping for a vintage piece of furniture to retrofit with a sink. i was a little ambivalent. but i was convinced when i thought i could find a piece of furniture that was well enough made to be retrofitted but not so precious that i was committing an antiques sin.
i found a red-painted wood vanity that i liked and bought it. the drawers were dovetailed and made of solid wood. here's what a drawer looked like as i bought it: