Hey there! How about a quick update?
The guys have been working for weeks now on the trim…oh, man. You know how all that sort of snowballs and before you know it you are ripping out all of the trim in the whole house and starting over? We are on our 5th truckload of trim. Not in the plans–but it is looking good and I get to design the trim throughout and get what works for us, being optimistic here.
Here Pax wardrobes await the move to their final closet destination and custom trim to de-IKEA them. Chris did this for us at the loft and I loved it.
I’m so excited about this little view from the living room to the front entry. Stairs framed out by the cased opening, a gorgeous chandelier (I’ve totally got my eye on one), window to the left…I think I’ve found a pleasant tea-sipping spot. The trim is the same on all doors, windows, and cased openings–a 1×4″ or 1×6″ trimmed out with a back band and a simple pencil moulding. It is very clean and crisp–I love it!
The railing on the stairs will look something like this (unsourced):
The treads need to be painted since we decided we aren’t going to spring thousands of dollars for new white oak treads to replace the pine ones. I just need to decide white, black, or gray, which will depend on the final finish on the white oak and what kind of carpet runner I’d like to do.
Here is a little peek of the dining room moulding design. It is slightly altered from this mock-up but basically the same idea. We found a simple crown molding with edge beading to coordinate with the pencil mould. I have these little notes pasted up with blue tape all over the house. They love me.
The guest bathroom gave me grief for the longest time due to moving its placement in the house. I started with Absolute Black granite for the bathroom countertops, repurposed from the original kitchen, as the basis for the design. I wanted something WOW and graphic on the shower but didn’t have the budget for fancy tile. I have wanted to do a tile pattern in the house somewhere, but it just hadn’t materialized until I decided to play with the common stones Absolute Black and Crema Marfil in a geometric pattern. Here are the 12×12″ tiles, cut by our tile installer, laid out on the concrete floor of the guestroom.
Here are the two together:
I love that it isn’t stark black and white and that there is a gentle movement in the stone. Chris is building the oak base cabinet for the bathroom and will stain in this 50/50 mix of Minwax Weathered Oak and Classic Gray. He is also building a wall storage unit in the same red oak. This space really excites me now and I can’t wait to see it finished…but I’ll have to patient as the mirror for the vanity has been delayed a month. Aw, man!
In other news: I picked a paint color for the kitchen cabinets. What a stressful decision! I tried so many mints that didn’t work that it was beginning to feel like mission impossible. In a fit of desperation, I just started mixing all the mint greens together and found a color I liked. I slapped some on a poster board, gave it to the cabinet maker, and now trust that the color computer at the paint store can match it…’cause it ain’t got no name or number.
So, yeah, we were supposed to be moved in this month…not gonna happen. Might not even be next month, but we are still trying for a Thanksgiving move in. Let’s all cheer and encourage the cabinetmaker on!
Oh, and, nervous jitters, the powder room sink and fireplace are to be installed tomorrow. Will I be able to sleep? Please look awesome beyond words!
See you all next time!