Although it is only 2 buck Chuck.
Where Rustic Living Meets Refined Elegance
Thursday, February 18, 2010
It's official, I am moving into the office, setting it up and getting back to being the organized, efficient person I used to be. First order of business.....hang up the sign.
No door yet but at least I know where I'm headed.
Ok, so took my sweater off, moved a couple of things got chilly so sweater back on. Ok, Music!
Yes, music is helpful.
Sigh, I'm hungry. Maybe I'll be more productive after a tuna sandwich.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Well the kitchen sink is in and it's a beauty. This is the sink I found on our local version of "Craigslist" for $150.00 bucks, can you believe it?!
It weighs a ton!! It's in beautiful shape and I just love it. There's a manufacture date stamp on the bottom of 1953. I would have loved a deep farm apron front sink but the reality is they're expensive, so when I saw this I knew it was perfect for us. A single sink is ok by me, it turned out to be deeper than I expected and the drainboards will definitely come in handy. The Cowboy got it set in place, (no easy feat alone, I was trying to help but the truth is I think I was more in the way than helpful) and then he set down plywood and trimmed it with scrap 1x2 pine we had laying around.
I quickly got it taped off and decided to put the same "reclaimed wood" finish down that I did on the Island counter top right over the plywood.
Midway through it sort of looks like an ugly cow hide or dalmatian but when I start laying down the color it really takes on a realistic look.
Pictures just don't do it justice.
I top it with a high quality varnish used for floors so it really holds up.
The close ups look a lot lighter than it is. But in person it has really nice depth of color.
It's only temporary until I do the faux marble, but today when I got it done I really liked how everything looks so pulled together, it just may stick around awhile. I'm really happy with the more neutral tones going on in here. The cabinets are set in and I just have a few touch ups and then I'll add some cute bun feet to make them look like free standing cabinets.
I also finished my Goodwill mirror.
Silver leafed with a band of gold leaf in the center with a final coat of glaze to age it.
It stands about 4 and half feet tall. I recently saw a picture in a magazine where someone had placed a beautiful Silver and gold Louis XVI mirror on the wall behind the stove. That inspired me to redo this piece to look similar and hang it above my stove. I know, it will constantly have to be wiped down but hey, even if it's just for a little while before I move it to another room, it will look unexpected and gorgeous, two of my favorite decorating things.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
My half bath is almost done and ready for decorating.
Kitchen is coming along ever so nicely. My cabinets are done and I love the final finish. Aged cream, slightly distressed with a little gold wax on the detailing on the door trim.
I put a little gold on this emblem on the sink front too. I'm thinking about adding some more little emblems to the drawer fronts. We found a vintage porcelain sink with drainboards online and will pick it up this weekend. Can you believe it? I am finally getting a real kitchen again!! Don't you just love the marble table in the center? I do! I bought it two years ago to use as the dining table but the Cowboy suggested I use it as a center island instead since we had so much space and I've always wanted a marble top for pastry baking. So we wheeled it in, (in two pieces with a furniture dolly and it was still a job, it weighs a ton!) put in in place and Voilia a perfect island to work around. I'd like for him to make a base to raise it up so that it's counter height but until then it works just fine.