Loving This Look

Our winter has been a light one, meaning little snow.  In Minnesota, it’s what is sometimes called a “brown winter”.  It does look a bit more friendly, but temperatures still restrict you to inside projects.

This is the exact time of year that we get antsy to do something.  The cleaning and purging could use a little more work, but at this point … boring.  Coming up with a project or two is easy enough.  The problem, as usual, is limited funds.

Long-time followers will remember nearly 4 years ago, we restyled and refinished  the cabinetry in our bathroom.  It has been  is holding up quite well and we still enjoy the look.

Bathroom cabinet redo with Rustoleum Kit

The bath color is a muted, dusty gold, although this picture doesn’t capture it well.  Most of the other tones in our open living areas are similar and neutral, and I do want to stay with those.  But we’ve been wanting a bit more color and the bathroom walls seemed a good place to add some.  This means paint of course.  In this case, the colors in my stash weren’t what I had in mind.  There was a good paint sale in the area, but it was still above what we could spend.  And then …

At Wal-Mart, on a sale table, I discovered a gallon of their “grab n’ go” paint in the aqua color.  At $11.00, it was a good price, but I had big reservations.  It was a semi-gloss finish which I felt might be too shiny.

I was considering a turquoise color that would match the current accents in the room.

 

This color seemed too bright, so I decided against but I kept thinking about it all week.  The next trip in, it still sat on the sale table … but now it was at $5.00 on markdown.

Now, most of you know I am a big proponent of mixing my own paint colors.  I bought the aqua gallon, and a quart of light gray in the same brand and finish.  At home I removed approximately 1/3 of the aqua (saving it, of course), and added most of the gray.  The result was much tamer so I did a sample wall.

Bathroom Wall

Still much too bright for us.  I wanted a much “dustier” shade, and so did a bit more experimenting.  For my darkening color I used a warm, deep cinnamon brown in a finish just one step below semi-gloss.  Each test got a wall splotch, until I hit on what I was going for.  I settled for the very top color in the picture below.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We’re very pleased with our results

Aqua Bathroom

We have a few more small projects for this room.  We plan to frame the mirror, and replace the wooden backsplash with glass tile.  AND … I’m changing up some of the accessories, starting with this gorgeous shower curtain that is an early Mother’s Day present from my daughter (thanks, Breezer)!

91FLpewC-6L._SL1500_

I’m lovin’ the coral, purple and all the aqua and greens in this.  Can’t wait to buy towels LOL.

I’ll keep you posted.

Meantime, I would LOVE to hear what you think about our latest project.  Remember, when you leave a comment for me, check the box to receive answer comments.  My site systems don’t allow an automatic answer sent back to you.

Thanks for stopping over.

Later – Cheryl

 

Advertisements

Can You EVER have enough Storage Space?

One of the things WE love about our home is our main living area with it’s vaulted ceilings and odd shaped walls.  Something we didn’t like about this house was the limited storage as we have no basement.

One of the things I love in our home, is my talented husband!  I can just tell him about an idea I have and draw a little sketch.  He does a little measuring, draws a real plan . . . and makes it for me.

Now, everyone knows how I love to collect pottery, glass and BIG décor items and all kinds of other stuff; lots of pieces that are difficult to store, especially in a small home like ours.  I got really tired of shoving everything in bins under the beds.  In the first place, we only have two beds (and one is a twin), and secondly, there are things under there already.

I did design & Hubs built, a special size storage area attached to the bottom of the twin bed frame.  It’s just a simple attached drawer with a little hook to close it.

Artzzle Extra Storage Feature

Unlatch the hook, the door drops down and items are slid in.  This holds my large paper, matting and artwork.  The bed cover hides it, so we just left it raw.

Artzzle EXTRA STORGE Feature

Another easy little idea provided extra coat storage.  In the laundry room, a simple strip of molding was attached to the wall and hooks were added.  The laundry room is a pass through to the garage and back door entrance, so is a perfect spot for hanging casual jackets, sweaters and the occasional dog leash.

Artzzle EXTRA STORAGE Feature

TIP:  Be sure to anchor the molding strip to a stud or two on your wall.  That will accommodate the weight of your hanging items, so the molding doesn’t pull away from the wall over time.  Our Projects List includes eventual cabinets for the laundry room as well.  For a temporary fix I added shelves, featured HERE.

We’ve made sure most of our occasional tables and furniture pieces have drawers and shelves, so that helps oodles.
TIP:
  DOUBLE DUTY furniture pieces provide extra storage for any size space.  A dresser could be used as a TV stand, with the drawers storage for equipment.  End tables with shelves and/or drawers can be used in many rooms.  Coffee tables with a shelf or open legs can house baskets for extra storage.

Your next question “Do we have enough storage space now?”

My question . . . “Does anyone EVER have enough storage space?”

This is our entry way.  At the top of the shot you can see some of our angled, fun colored walls.  I say “way” because it is simply a space between the front door and a closet; both which are an actual part of the living room.  There’s no separate foyer.

Artzzle EXTRA STORAGE Feature

We’re accustomed to this feature.  Our previous rambler was also designed with a little closet directly by the front room door.    That is the only commonality in the two homes.  Today’s market standards categorize this home as small at 1550 sq. ft., but our other rambler was only a 960 sq. ft. plan.  Now THAT was small, but that house had a basement.  Don’t worry though, it was fine.  And YES, we did a lot of changing, rearranging and customizing in that.  Had to with 5 kids between us.

We really enjoy this entry closet because of it’s angles and the fun walls around it, on the outside.  But, recently I was cleaning the closet, and getting frustrated with that jagged corner space inside, where all the less-important, rarely used junk  stuff gets shoved.  When the hanging rod is full, you can’t even get back in there.

Artzzle EXTRA STORAGE Feature

Plus, we store leftover paints in there, so they don’t freeze in the winter.  I hate seeing those every time I opened the door.

Soooooo,  I went to find Hubs.  I talked, he measured, he drew and then . . . began building.  From this . . .

Artzzle EXTRA STORAGE Feature

To this. Here a second upper full length shelf was also added.

Artzzle EXTRA STORAGE Feature

And finally, this.

Artzzle EXTRA STORAGE Feature

Nice, right?  Was I satisfied?

Well, no.  You could now see even more “stuff” when the doors were open.

Solution:  We had a fabric shower curtain in the donation bin.  So I had him adapt for a rod.

Artzzle EXTRA STORAGE Feature

And voila’, see no more evil!

Artzzle EXTRA STORAGE Feature

Was that enough . . . uhhm . . . almost.

For that higher area, I took a simple tension rod and put up the valance to the old shower curtain.  Now . . . done!

Artzzle EXTRA STORAGE Feaature

So Cheryl now has even more storage AND it’s pretty, well sort of.  At least stuff is stored and hidden!

TIP:  Don’t overlook small corners and odd spaces in your home that could be utilized for storage.  IMAGINE and EXPERIMENT with spaces, pieces and places.  Have fun!

Lots more going on around here, even other storage projects, so, we’ll talk again soon!

Until then, stay positive to stay productive 🙂

Later – Cheryl

 

Magnolias in The Snow

The national weather reports were on this morning,
as I sat catching up on emails.
Minnesota is often featured in the worst winter weather areas.
Last week yes . . . but not today!

Things look heavenly in Minnesota compared to the snow hell out east.

Source NBCnew.com

Source  Don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this.

Source  NBCnew.comSource  And what’s this poor pup gonna’ do?

ARTZZLE.com

Gracie Mae DOES NOT favor winter!
She DOES have a cleared outdoor spot for her “jobs”,
but has given up her many daily walks,
content to remain inside, staying warm!

ARTZZLE.com

Although, she does still get her exercise

ARTZZLE.com

roaming the halls in search of every bit of sunshine!
She moves from room to room in the house,
as the sun repositions throughout the day.

BEFORE our snow arrived here, we had very up-and-down temperatures.

You may remember that we have a magnolia tree,
even though we live in Minnesota … some sort of hybrid.
During our first “pre-snow” cold snap, the tree lost all of its’ leaves.

But we then had an odd few days of very warm temps,
that totally confused our poor magnolia …
and she budded out again, as if it were Spring.

Now you know I love all sorts of branches and such,
especially pussy willows.
Well Mags’ buds look like giant pussy willows,
so naturally I had to cut a bunch and bring em’ in for decor!

ARTZZLE.com

I filled one of my big ole’ crocks with water
and put them on top of the kitchen cabinets …
where they stayed for a week or two, all cute and fuzzy.

Making coffee last Sunday morning,
I happened to look up and was elated by what I saw!

Those little fuzzies were

ARTZZLE.com

BLOOMING !?!

Hubs took one look,
and said they had to come down to the table!

ARTZZLE.com

So the upper display was altered …
(think I’ll have to do some tweaking and raise that terra cotta piece up)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAARTZZLE.com

 the table display was moved to the credenza

ARTZZLE.com

and the crock of buds took center stage on the table.

ARTZZLE.com

Each day they offer more wonderful surprises.

ARTZZLE.com

Even the finale blooms are beautiful.

ARTZZLE.com

But Mags wasn’t out of surprises yet!
Her flowers have also contributed that wonderful magnolia fragrance.
Love It!

Well … this IS Wednesday, so technically I didn’t miss a Whatever Wednesday.

Stay safe and warm as we gear up for the holidays, and remember
don’t stress too much about anything, just start something
and see where it goes!

Later – Cheryl

A LOOKBOOK . . . In Grayscale

IT’S POSSIBLE THE “G” COLOR IS IN MIND LATELY BECAUSE . . .  I’m such a magazine maven, and it’s everywhere one looks, in all my magazines and books.  I’ve been putting together a piece from the July/August TRADITIONAL HOME, with some beautiful stuff for you.

THEN TODAY, WOULD’NT YOU KNOW …  my email contained a Joss And Main flyer, and there it was!  A Grayscale Lookbook!  Just for me … well … at least in MY email 🙂

In+Grayscale  Joss and Main

View their IN GRAYSCALE LOOKBOOK .

IT HAD TO BE DESTINY . . .  because things didn’t stop there.

Loomed+LargeJOSSandMAIN

LOOMED LARGE . . . another LookBook, had so many ideas in grays AND coordinating accents.  Of course the first picture (above) jumped right out.  

ONE OF MY LONDON FOLLOWERS . . . Jess Weber, recently purchased a new “flat” and asked me about gray (grey) carpets.   Hey Jess, look at all these great examples! Catch her hilarious blog at JESS WEBER.

AS FAR AS NEUTRALS GO . . . most people consider either beige or grays as the main choices, other than white, of course.  Many relate beige with warm and gray with cold.  I’m here to prove that . . . “It Ain’t Necessarily So”.  And as for whites, go to any paint store or website and look at their “Whites”.   You’ll find a wide range of choices, BOTH warm and cold!

EVERY COLOR IN THE SPECTRUM . . .  has warm AND cool tones, even those you consider as neutrals.  Also, the “feel” of the color can depend greatly on the accent and accessory colors you use with it, and those in adjoining spaces.

DONNA FRASCA IS A COLOR EXPERT . . . literally.  Check out what she has to say about neutrals.  Here’s Another interesting perspective on her blog.

YES, IT’S STILL CRAZY BUSY . . . around our place.  I have at least four other ideas I’m developing for articles.  After the great results with our bathroom cabinets redo, Hubs and I have begun those in our kitchen.

YOU  MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT . . . to believe but, we didn’t choose the same gray finish for our kitchen.  Big shock there, huh?  And we want our island to be a different color than the rest of the cabinets out there.  There was an entire quart left over of the gray from the bathroom.  Now, I had (what I thought to be) a clever, and cost effective idea.  I took it to my favorite paint mixer,  Sue, at our local Marv’s TRUE VALUE.  

SUE REALLY KNOWS HER STUFF AND WE’VE WORKED TOGETHER BEFORE.  (That’s probably why she groans when I walk in!)  I explained my idea was to tint the gray to a bit different shade.  After agreeing to sign in blood, saying I wouldn’t have repercussions if things didn’t turn out as I had hoped . . . we worked (for at least an hour in between other customers) until I hit on something I liked.

Below is the color our island will be.  Only the drawers and doors are finished at this point.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’M NOT SURE WHAT YOU WOULD CALL THIS COLOR . . . gray, brown, greige?  With the light and wall color in the room where this picture was taken, it looks almost lavender, but really isn’t.  Whatever, we love it – yes, Hubs does too!  So a money saving, good idea right?  Well, YES and NO.

TIPS:
1.  Yes, it is possible to retint leftover paints.  Just be sure you’re working with someone who knows what they’re doing … like SUE.
2.  BEFORE you have extra paint recolored … REMEMBER to keep a bit of the original color, for retouch and patching on your original project.  Ooops … Cheryl forgot that part 😦
3. Always keep in mind that all colors NO MATTER WARM or COOL, are affected by their light and surroundings. You need to be aware of that when choosing your paints.

NOW, I’LL CLOSE WITH ONE MORE FANTASTIC GRAY . . .
ARTZZLE.COM

the lovely, Gracie Mae. And aren’t those pink, beige and gold accents so becoming!

IT’S THE STANDARD LAST LINE . . . don’t stress, just start!

Hope this was a fun one. Check out all the links . . . they’re good ones!

Later – Cheryl

*** This original article “A LOOKBOOK … in Grayscale!” appeared first on Artzzle.com. No included content or photography can be used elsewhere without specific permission and accreditation from contributors. Outside sources are marked when available.

Copyright © 2013-2014 Artzzle All Rights Reserved

AFTER’s . . . Results on Cabinet Project

Hi All.

Before I begin posting for my Marathon Valentine Week . . .

HERE’S WHAT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR … the remarkable results from our RUSTOLEUM Cabinet Transformation Kit. This is our bathroom cab’s and woodwork redo. See the HOW TO post on this project.

FIRST a BEFORE reminder!

B4 Bathroom Corner Cabinets

B4 Bathroom Corner Cabinets

Now, below is the AFTER. You notice that the plain, routed design is now covered in a nice trim detail, which was also added to the flat surface door.

AFTER of bathroom corner

AFTER of bathroom corner

Going around the room here.

Going around the room from that corner.

Going around the room from that corner.

The vanity really came out nicely

The finished vanity cabinets

The finished vanity cabinets

We’re re-doing this room in stages. NEXT, we’re going to tackle the countertops, and finally, the lighting and mirror. Not sure yet what will be done with those, but I’ll keep you posted!

Have a nice Sunday afternoon. See you soon with all those Valentine ideas.

As always, try not to stress too much, just start something.

Later – Cheryl

This original article “AFTER’s Results on Cabinet Project” appeared first on Artzzle.com. No included content or photography can be used elsewhere without specific permission from said originators.

Copyright © 2013 Artzzle All Rights Reserved