October 27, 2015 by Sarah
Lots of stuff is still happening around the house, including this…
That is right. We got the bathroom fan installed for the first floor bathroom. It has been absolutely glorious, GLORIOUS!
Unfortunately, the new medicine cabinet and new light fixture we put in the bathroom shortly after moving in had already started rusting before we got the bath fan in.
WTF. Well I guess that happens when you buy cheap shit. I wonder If I could find replacement hardware??
Back to the master bedroom. IT IS AMAZING and I love everything about it.
The wall color is Benjamin Moore Healing Aloe in a matte finish. This is the first time I have used a matte finish and I am very pleased.
It is a very soft greenish-bluish-grey. It is quite lovely in person. I love how it changes throughout the day as the light changes. It is more bluish-green during the morning, then become more green in the late afternoon, and finally at night it takes on a more of a gray tone.
The ceiling is just plain off the shelf flat ceiling white.
The hardwood floors are patched, the corner cabinets are in, and the light fixtures are installed.
I could not be happier with how beautifully those cabinets turned out. They were in really great shape, and it wasn’t too hard to make them look “built-in” like they were in the house they originally came from. I labeled out all the trim to make it easier to install when the time came.
We put nailing boards behind the cabinets into the studs then we nailing through the cabinet into the nailers.
I then nailed some 2x2s all along the face of the cabinets so I would have something to nail the outside edge of the trim into. I also used small lattice trim and caulk to fill into the space between the wall and trim. I painted this the wall color to make it blend in.
Here you can see that trim piece stick out at the top that I had painted. I will cut that flush one of these days…
The chandelier is beautiful and I got it on sale plus a 20% off coupon from Pottery Barn. Total steal at just over $200. I love the shadow it casts on the ceiling at night and we have already gotten so many compliments on it.
The sconces I got online from somewhere (I think home depot??), but I originally found them on Wayfair and kept going back to them. I used the image search function on google and found them for a good $20 each cheaper than they were on Wayfair. YUSSS.
It took me a good 6 months to pull the trigger on those sconces and I am pretty happy with them. They are functional (swing side to side out-of-the-way of the cabinet doors and extend out for reading in bed) which is nice and I love the style, but I wish the finish was a tad darker. I suppose I could always hit it with a metallic paste wax at some point to darken it up a bit.
The cabinet doors are covered with fabric from the inside. They actually don’t look too bad in this room and the color is okay, but I will most likely be removing that fabric. It is a little too contemporary for my tastes. Also those blue knobs will have to be replaced with something more appropriate. These originally would have had wooden knobs, probably square, but I am considering glass knobs as well.
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This ceiling is my favorite ever. Actually the light fixture is my favorite. Actually the combination of the ceiling and the light fixture is my favorite.
Trippy, steampunky and beautiful.
The fixture is handmade from a Etsy vendor in New Orleans. It is unlacquered brass so it will age to a beautiful finish or can be polished. I ended up polishing it prior to install since it had a few spots on it and I want it to age evenly. Adrian did have to make a quick repair to one of the arms that had a loose wire, but it was no big deal.
We went with Benjamin Moore Hudson Bay (#5) on the ceiling and the walls are Gray Owl (#2).
I have several samples for this room including the popular Hale Navy for the ceiling and Moonshine, for the walls.
Even though I spent a lot of money on samples (Over $75 ugh), I am glad I did since the colors I thought I wanted looked totally wrong once I got them on the walls. Adrian thinks that I am insane, of course.
The hardwoods in this room have been patched as well. It took a bit of work and we did end up with some small gaps between a few of the boards, but over all I am very pleased with how they came out. I cannot wait to see what they look like after refinishing!
We used wood that we salvaged from over the old covered staircase and small area in the hallway to make the patches. It was tedious work to de-nail all the boards and scrape years of old crusty cruddy gunky stuff off the tongues and groves prior to install..plus cutting everything to length and width as needed.
We decided on new hardwood for the floor in the hallway. We were able to save some money by using salvaged wood for the bedrooms, but we decided it was just going to be way easier for us to start fresh here.
The bedrooms are maple, but I decided on quarter-sawn white oak for the hallway. I just love it so much on the kitchen cabinets that I decided I need more of it in the house. I picked up the wood from Pete’s Hardwood in St. Paul. Great people. Same folks I rented the floor sander from when I refinished floors at the old house.
I was unsure about going with a different wood species than the rest of the second floor at first. I gave it all quite a bit of thought and realized that living/dining room are white oak while the bedrooms, hall, and kitchen are maple. It doesn’t seem to bother me in the slightest and it has been this way in the house for over 100 years. I figured it would be ok this way upstairs as well. Plus, I do whatever the hell I want. 🙂
I am going to stain this white oak with a similar finish as the kitchen cabinets. There will be quite the contrast compared to the light-colored bedroom floors, but we made sure all the transitions will be directly under the doors so when the door is closed, you will not see them.
Beautiful. I am probably the only person in the world that thinks this much about hardwood flooring transitions or thinks that they are beautiful?
Over the next week and weekend we will finish installing the hardwood and get some paint up in the hallway before Brian The Floorman comes to refinish the hardwoods (eeeeeeek).
I wanted to give a special shout out to Mose–our talented and amazing taper guy that got all this work done on the drywall (mudding, taping, priming) mostly on weekends on top of his regular job. What a guy! Thanks, Mose!
Aaaaand the radiators are installed and we have HEEEEAAATTTT for the first time since last November. HOOORRAHHHHHHH!
Long post, long post, but reassurance that stuff is still happening over here. Keep an eye on our Instagram and FB accounts–I will be posting some updates on our progress.
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