Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kitchen Part 1 - Counter, Sink, & Faucet

Hi guys!  It feels like I've been away from the blog here for awhile - I took an unplanned week off last week when I came down with a vicious sinus infection.  This has been a bad winter for me for sickness - sure hope this is the end of it with the spring now firmly arrived in Boston.

I'm finally going to be showing off the kitchen updates this week - all that's left in the renovation in the main part of the kitchen is painting the cabinets, which I hope I'll get to in the next few weeks.

Today, I'm sharing the new counter, sink, and faucet we had installed.

As a reminder, here's where we started.

Friday, April 11, 2014

How to Install Wainscoting

I'm sure you've all seen the kind of faux wainscoting I'm talking about today.  It's a great way to get the look of true wainscoting - which is some form of wood paneling on the walls - without the same level of effort, time, and expense.

To get the same basic look, you start by installing a chair rail, like I showed you yesterday.  The chair rail and the wall below should all be painted the same color.  To complete the look, you add rectangular boxes made from moulding underneath the chair rail.

There's no exact right way to space them, but I do think it looks best when there is uniform spacing between the boxes.  I chose to space the boxes in my powder room 2" from the chair rail and baseboard and 3" between boxes and between the boxes and the walls.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to Install a Compound Chair Rail

I used to moon over my parents' moudlings, especially the chair rail in their dining room, which is really wide and substantial and gorgeous.  I was sort of sighing to my mom one day about how I couldn't find anything so beautiful in the stores near my house, when she revealed that the chair rail of my dreams was not just a chair rail purchased off the shelf and nailed to the wall, it was several pieces of moulding stacked together to get that really grand look.

This conversation happened years ago and I finally gave it a shot myself during the powder room makeover.

How to install a compound chair rail for a custom look

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Powder Room Updates...Yes, Already

Exactly one week ago I shared my powder room makeover with you, and I've already made a few tweaks.

That was fast, huh?

I had given so little thought to the vanity and floor in the powder room because Scott and I knew we'd update the vanity and re-tile the floor at some point down the line.  I got so caught up mooning over the beautiful new wallpaper and the dangly light fixture and the bright new wainscoting that I completely disregarded the brown elephant in the room.

Friday, April 4, 2014

How to Hang Paste-the-Wall Wallpaper

I think it was pretty obvious who the star of the show was in my powder room reveal earlier this week.

Me.  It was me.

Just kidding :)  It was obviously the peacock wallpaper, which is so drop-dead gorgeous I don't even know what to do with myself when I'm in its presence.  I'm at once compelled to kiss it, rub it, maybe make a pillow cover out of it and sleep on it every night.  Tough call.