Thursday, October 17, 2019

Brass is the new Chrome

In our old house, built in the 1980's, I couldn't wait to spray paint all the brass hardware a nice Oil Rubbed Bronze.  It was the outdated kind of shiny brass that was so popular back then.  It's made a huge comeback, but you can tell it looks different now. There is a richness to it and modern lines. Our guest bathroom down stairs keeps evolving. I thought I was finished with it, until it got a new door. An old door to be exact.  I found a nice solid wood door at the Restore in Durham with a pretty crystal doorknob.  I spent a week sanding it, removing old paint with Paint Stripper, and finally adding a shiny gray paint to it.  That's what kick started me to add other hints of pretty brass to the room

The Process of buying an old door and putting it in was a bit more daunting than I expected. First it was slightly too tall. I could not find an exact match, so it needed to be sawed to the correct height.  Then I had to purchase Citristrip, Mineral Spirits, several type of scrapers, sand paper, rubber gloves, plastic sheeting, a big bag of rags, and destroyed a pair of Converse shoes in the process.  This paint stripping process took several tries. The door had about 5 coats of old paint that was tedious to remove. 

You basically paint this Citristrip on and let it sit and do the work. It definitely helps to have the project over plastic because when you scrape the stuff off you need to have clean up be easy.

Once I got most of the paint off with the scrapers, I cleaned it with mineral spirits and began using sand paper to remove what paint remained. Even still you can see by the following photo that it's not completely smooth, but we tried.  Maybe it just gives it character?  We cleaned the brass handle with Brasso to shine it back up.

You won't believe that I actually spray painted every single bit of Chrome in this bathroom gold and ended up then buying more paint stripper and removing some of it later because too much brass was not a good thing either.  For example I painted the edges of the shower gold and it ended up looking like an out dated shower!   This is the inside, where I left it, but removed the outside gold.

Back to Chrome on the outside.

The Shower head, controls and outside handle got several coats of paint, plus a primer and a sealer.





My favorite part is the new brass faucet.

I found the vintage inspired rug from Cost Plus World Markets. I never go in that store but decided to see if they had a rug that could tie in the wall color and brass hardware.

If you don't already know, hardware can serve more than one purpose of functionality. It can also be beautiful and decorative. This towel holder from Anthropologist fills that ticket.  Taking down the old towel rod proved to be quite difficult though. I had to cut a piece of wood and paint it the color of the walls to make the new one work as well.



I forgot to mention that the new door also has the same color as the walls and now trim too.  We added a gold deadbolt too since the keyhole lock on the outside doesn't work with the old frame.

This little bamboo stool is a nice touch for guests who would like a seat in the shower.  

I'm happy the bathroom is finally finished because using spray paint is highly not recommended (always wear a respirator mask and open the window and run a fan in the window if you can.)

It's almost Halloween time too -this bathroom is going to look quite spooky at night. I need to get out the red lipstick to write something on that mirror.


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Moody Powder Room

The little ones are back in school and Mommy has her paint brush back out. I had a can of paint I was going to use in the game room for an accent wall but decided against that. The downstairs guest bath needed some paint, so here we go. I painted all 5 walls. Who wants to tape off 9' ceilings?? I'd rather just paint them. This color is beautiful. It's called Benjamin Moore's Narragansett Green. It's part of their historical collection. I can see why. I don't think I will ever tire of it.  I used a Satin finish so there's some sheen but not too much. 

I love that the color can look almost black but with light the green comes out.

I found this cute ceramic trash bin at TJ Maxx. The wood bottom and floral design are so pretty.

This bathroom can change with the seasons. I can add a floral shower curtain or change out this rug. The colors are timeless and neutral.  I'm especially excited for Fall and Halloween decorating. Who wants to play Bloody Mary in here?


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Game Room

One week ago we decided to give the Game Room a quick update. We needed to move the computer out of there and into an open spot where we could supervise the kids on it. Now the computer is in our loft and we needed to make a spot for Joe to work from home.  The game room is now more of a Teen Hang out room and also includes a Daybed with Trundle for Sleepovers. Here are some Before and After photos of the space. 








In a weeks time I painted the walls Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore in an Eggshell finish. Joe added crown molding to the room and we painted the existing bookcase and this one below that was hot pink the same colors as the walls. 

We added new curtains by DKNY wtih cute fluffy gray dots.

The Daybed with trundle is from Joss and Main and the bedding is Kate Spade.  The lamp teal lamp is from Home Goods.

I sewed some cute coral and mint vintage looking floral curtains to hide the games in this bookcase.

The game table was sanded down and painted with Magnolia Home Chalk Paint in "It is well." 

As the kids grow and obtain more games, there is plenty of shelf space for them to organize their things.

Someone is already right to work relaxing and enjoying the bed.

Glad to have this space finished for the meantime and ready for play time this summer.

Happy Summer!

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