Saturday, August 16, 2014

Design Disaster....Almost

I recently showed my choice of tile for the kitchen.

I was at a loss as to how to deal with an outlet that I had not thought through. The tile was to go behind the stove along the whole wall to the wood beam. We were just about ready to do the tiling and thought perhaps it would be nice to carry the tile to the other side of the room and place it under the cabinets. That meant another trip to Home Depot to see if they had anymore. They had plenty and so I picked up what I needed and happily skipped home anticipating how pretty it would look once up.

Fast forward a few days later. Mr. FixIt is ready to tile after working all day. We had a house guest for the day and I had forgotten to put anything out for dinner. Off to the market I ran while Mr. got started. When I got back he had three sheets of the beautiful tile up on the wall with all upper cabinets. I looked at it and said "Oh." It was not a good oh-like when you find out you have just won the lottery, seen a sweet baby video on Facebook, watched a gorgeous sunset or tasted the best raspberry truffle ever. Any one of those oh's would have been better than my oh.

Mr. just looked at me. He knew that there was no point in continuing. "If you don't love it", he said, "tell me now." Of course, I answered like anyone in their right mind would have. "What do you think?" Why do I ask that? Typically, I ask that question and then if I don't like his answer I get angry with him. I know it is not rational-move on. He said he thought it looked dated then turned the table and asked me what I thought. "I don't love it", I said rather dejectedly. Did that just come out of my mouth! I have been waiting months to see this tile up! What's wrong!? It was competing with the beautiful countertops. It was too much eye candy. Heavy sigh. In this case more is not more.

He took it all down and cleaned the wall. He then declared his preference for not tiling that wall and only tiling the wall behind the stove. Hmmm...... Once you ask someone's opinion you are likely to get unsolicited opinions about other things. Mental note made. And so, off we went t to return my beautiful tile and to try to find something a little less bling-y.

We did not find what we were looking for at Home Depot. We were thinking a simple glass tile all in one color. Perhaps a sheet of glass or mirror behind the stove would be nice. We ended up at Lowes where we found glass subway tiles and I thought that was going to have to be it when I saw these beautiful lovelies:

So, this morning Mr.FixIt got the wet saw going and tiled the wall behind the stove. I chose a gray grout but that will have to wait a day or two. I will let you see when it is done. For now this will have to do.

I am very happy with the tile. It is not what I had originally thought I wanted in this space but I do think it is beautiful. I hope you agree.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

2014 Half Bath and Laundry Room Reveal

We have been moving painfully slow! I know, I know. I remember when the plumber told me the he would see me in a couple months and I thought "Ha, we are no amateurs!" Of course, if took every bit of time that he had predicted and now here we are at the "end" of matters and still we can't seem to get quite finished. Mr. FixIt has worked harder than anyone on this project. An hour drive to work every morning, a full day's worth of work, another hour (most times longer) drive home leaves him beat but he manages to put some time in almost every night. Last night he finished the bathroom. This morning I got to dress it and take pictures. I definitely got the better end of the deal on that!

Found the wreath in a 2nd hand store. Added some shells
with my glue gun.

I love the way this turned out!

We made a three-sided box to conceal the water lines. The
wood was from the damaged top that we could not salvage.

Love my Dash & Albert rug!

Our vanity is not exactly like the inspiration over at Miss Mustard Seed but that is the beauty of something being an inspiration. I started out wanting something just like Miss Mustard Seed's but am so happy with what we found and what we did with it.

Again, the inspiration was helpful but didn't follow it identically.

Detergent packets and dryer sheets.

A piece of my copycat art work will end up on the wall in here,
I think. It needs to be dusted off and a few "bubbles" need to be
replaced first.

With the exception of my marble fish needing to be hung and a small shelf that Mr. had built me a about 13 years ago my bathroom/laundry room is D-O-N-E! I am no rush to put holes in the beautiful drywall. I do have a small table that I want to work in near the door but that is a project for another day. For all intents and purposes this one is checked off the list as done! Yay!