Interior Design

Kitchen Backsplash: Complete!

We have many many home projects on our wish list for this year. I am excited to say that one is done!

If you remember, about a month ago I mentioned that I was trying to figure out where to stop and start our marble backsplash. We decided to end it at the countertop and I am so glad that we did.

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Here’s a few process pictures, I won’t bore you with a step by step tutorial since there are so many out there already that would be better than mine.

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Instead of using a traditional tile bullnose or trim piece (left picture) to give a finished edge to the tile (like originally planned), we opted for a thin metal band (right picture) to keep a clean and crisp look.

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BEFORE PICTURES (before we moved in)

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FINISHED PRODUCT!!!!! (sorry for the iPhone quality pictures)

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What do ya think? Greg did a great job laying the tile! It only took about a week’s worth of nights to lay the tile and a Saturday morning to grout and clean up! Please don’t be afraid to ask if you have any questions!

How are your to-dos coming along this year?

Kitchen Backsplashes

A few weeks ago, we talked about kitchen backslashes and where to end them. Check that post out here.

When we bought our house, we only had one option for a kitchen backsplash and I did not like it, so we opted to wait and do it ourselves.

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After several options were narrowed down, we decided on classic marble subway tiles. 

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One problem that I see alot with builder homes is when the wall cabinets and the countertops do not line up. This happens because the cabinets are the same length, but they do not account for the overhang on the countertop.

After doing some research, I noticed that the opinions are about 50/50 on if you should line up the backsplash with the cabinet or the countertop. My advice is do which you like better and could live with longer.  Here are some examples of how it can be done.

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Because I was not sure which I liked better, I used a sheet of tracing paper and drew the tile pattern to scale. Then I was able to hang it up and see the pros and cons of each way. By using tracing paper, you can see outlets and other obstructions that you will have to deal with.

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After looking at these for a few days I have decided which looks and works best for us.

Which way would you choose?

Outdoor Decor

As Christmas time approaches, here are some outdoor decor ideas to inspire you!

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The weather here has been so rainy and cold, that we have not done any decorations outside yet. I feel like such a slacker. How about you guys? Are you finished decorating?

Happy Holidays!

Whitney

Stripes!

“Best of the Old Blog” continues with the stripes that we painted in our old powder bathroom.

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Last week, I mentioned that I had finally made a decision on what to do in my powder room…

This is my  plain-jane builder-basic powder bath. I did originally select a pedestal sink because the room was so small that I did not want a huge cabinet in there. Although I do miss the storage, I think it looks great and keeps it open in there.

I played around on sketchup to come up with the scale and pattern for the stripes.I ended up doing 10″ stripes centered on the height of the wall. This left a small stripe at the top and the bottom of the room. Otherwise- it looked either bottom- or top-heavy.

Over the weekend (between little man’s naps), I measured out the stripes. I heard of a few different ways to paint the stripes and after deliberation, I drew lines with a level across the wall and then taped them off with Blue tape–

P.S.  I would HIGHLY reccommend edge lock– I ran out almost at the end of my taping off the stripes and used the cheap brand without edge lock and had a lot of bleeding without the edge lock!

I had a hard time deciding on a color…

Greg helped me narrow them down to these “few”

and I narrowed it down to these…. eventually landing on the center one– (it worked best with the floor tile)
I decided on Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter in a Semi-Gloss (the base coat is Sherwin William’s Crisp Linen in flat enamel)
On Monday I finally painted the stripes. As soon as I could, I slowly removed the tape!
Here are the results!

I love how the light is now on a darker stripe. Somehow it looks ‘more better’- haha! When it was all cream in the room, it just looked to harsh in the room- now it makes much more sense!

The switch plate blends in with the wall pretty well. I wish I could say that I did this on purpose–but it was just luck!

This picture shows the truest color for the room.
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What do you think?

DIY Upholstered Headboard

I’m excited to say that yesterday we closed on our new home. The next few weeks will be full of moving and unpacking. I will be reposting the “best of” my old blog for the next couple of weeks.                                                                                          IMG_2252

See you on the flip side!
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So IF you wanted to make a headboard like ours you will need:

Materials:

  • Plywood to the size that you needed (ours was 48″H x 80″W for a Extra Tall headboard for a king size mattress. )
  • Tacking Strip- we used four rolls of Deitz home for our project.
  • 2″ Heavy Duty Foam for the center of your headboard
  • 1″ Heavy Duty Foam for the border of your headboard. Ours was 4″ Wide all the way around.
  • Adhesive spray that sticks foam to wood. We used 3M #77
  • Batting to cover and smooth your foam. We used Warm and Natural- it was perfect!
  • Fabric to the size needed. We bought 3 yards because we intended to make legs. We ended up not making legs and could have used 2.5 yards.
  • Nailheads– we used brushed nickel 3/16″ nailheads from here. We opted not to use the trim kits because they didn’t look as nice– but are in hindsight, probably MUCH easier!
  • Staples
  • Wall Anchor Brackets

Tools:

  • T-Square for measuring. Not necessary- but VERY helpful when measuring the foam and plywood board.
  • Nailhead hammer
  • Nailhead spacer tool
  • Staple gun
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Markers (for drawing on foam and board)
  • Push pins (to hold fabric in place)
  •  A second pair of hands
 How To Create Your Masterpiece.
Before any work begins- plan out your design on paper. Get an idea of materials that you need and come up with any problems you might encounter. If you use our design- we worked out all the kinks before we made ours and other than the fabric mishap- it went easy!

1. Draw out your design on the plywood and cut to size. We had a 4″ border all the way around the headboard.

2. Mark any notes to help you remember what goes where (I marked what was 2″ and 1″ Foam. I also labeled sides.

3. Cut strips of the tacking strips to go between the border and the center foam. Glue layers together until the desired thickness needed. This is used as a base for the nailheads. Make sure to make it thick enough so that the nailheads don’t go all the way through the plywood. We used 14 layers for ours.

I marked each line and it’s matching tack strip to help me not get confused!
Once all layers and strips are made, glue them to the plywood on their corresponding line.

4. Lay foam out and cut to needed size.We cut to the edge of the tack strip. In hindsight, if there was a little overlapping on the strip- I wouldn’t think that was a bad thing.We cut the center first and then the border.

We always put manufactured edges out and up and our cut sides to the inside or bottom.  
5.Spray the plywood and the foam with the spray adhesive and let sit for a minute (as directed by the can) and then place foam on plywood and press down.

Make sure to get all the pieces of foam as close together as possible to avoid gaps and creasing!

6. Layout the batting across the headboard and smooth out– the smoother this step goes- the smoother the fabric will lay.

7. Use staple gun to attach batting to the tacking strip, pulling tightly to avoid sagging. This will also give you a channel for your nailheads to go.

Go ahead and staple the batting to the back. Make sure to work the batting in the corner to get a clean edge.

8.Because the batting is holding the shape together and gives your fabric something to grip to, you can lay your fabric out and get it as straight as possible on the fabric.

Tuck the fabic into the channel that you have created with the
tacking strip- don’t staple this. If you need to, use small push pins to
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9.Wrap the fabric around the border and then staple on the back. I started at the corners and got them smooth and folded and then worked outwards. Make sure to pull the fabric consistently so that you don’t get dips where you pulled too tight- but make sure that it is taught and won’t sag over time.

10.Using your nailhead spacer, begin in the corner and slowly take your time nailing in your nailheads down the sides and across the top. Because your channel is about twice the size of your nailhead, it is easy to center the nailheads. As long as your tack strip was straight, so will be your nailheads!

11.You can cover the backs of the headboard- but we decided against it since we ended up just attaching the headboard to the wall as this one blogger did.

Our original plan was to attach the headboard to the bed frame with legs, but after working through the process, we decided because of the height and weight of the headboard that it needed to be wall mounted.

12. We bought two 18″ wall brackets for it. Greg found studs that he could screw into and then mounted the wall bracket.

He then located where these would hit on the back of the headboard and then screwed in the counterpart. (sorry, we didn’t get pictures of this part! Here is a great diagram of what happened though!)

13.With and easy lift and sitting the headboard on the bracket, a bit of adjusting left and right- we were done!

Although a long and intense project it is so worth it!  I found a couple of companies to make this for me and was quoted $1500-2200 for just the headboard. We were able to make ours for just around $300. Well worth the save if you ask me!

Good luck with yours!

Picking out Paint Colors

Picking a paint color can be tricky if you just go by the small sample swatches that they have at the paint store. You can easily get it home and realize that it is not what you expected. Without going into the depths of color theory, here are some general guidelines and tips for selecting your paint color.

Tips

  • Take samples to your home. Don’t pick them out in the store. Natural lighting and your light bulbs can play a big part in how the end color will look.
  • Know that the sheen you pick will change the color. Most swatches are in a flat or egshell finish. If you go with a semi-gloss or gloss, the color gets richer. Dark colors will get darker and lighter colors can get lighter.
  • Take your time.  Look at the colors at different times of the day and with lights on and off. You will see that throughout the day, the color will look different.

Recently, I had to reselect a paint color for our new dining room. While not a scientific process, this is how I narrowed my selections to find the perfect color: P.S. I apologize for the iPhone pics. Since our move, I have misplaced our camera battery charger. whomp whomp.

Round 1:

  1. Go to the paint store and pick out all the colors that you think you like and want for your room.
  2. Take them home and tape them to a piece of paper. Tape the paper on the surface that it is going to go (wall, ceiling, floor, etc..). IMG_2280
  3. Each time that you look at the colors, make a mark underneath your favorite one the paper. (you can also let family or friends do this too) This will give you an unbiased opinion of the best ones.                                                  IMG_2281
  4. After a few days, tally up which three or four are your favorites.

Round 2

  1. Most paint stores have sample quarts of pints that you can try the colors out.  No matter what brand of paint color you choose, make sure to get the samples mixed up at the store you intend to purchase the real paint. This makes sure that the large sample you make will really be what you will get. The paint usually varies slightly from the paint sample.                                                                                          IMG_2284
  2. Get large poster boards and paint one whole poster board for each color. By having this large of a sample, you can really see the actual color and you might notice undertones that you would not have noticed otherwise.IMG_2282
  3. Make sure to label on the back of the poster what color it is.
  4. Do the same process as before with having them in the room on the surface that it will go on.  Make tally marks on the back of the posters. IMG_2283
  5. Make sure to move them to different walls to see how lighting might affect each wall.
  6. If you are uncertain that they are the right choice, you can hold up your “runners-up” and see if you like any of those better. I would still suggest getting a sample of that color as well.                                                                                       IMG_2286
  7. Check your tally marks after a few days and see which color is the winner!

If you are still overwhelmed and confused, give me a call and I can help you out with it!

Looking Up!

Have you ever walked in a room and thought “Wow, this is beautiful and designed so well?” Did you ever look up?

Most designers know the “trick” of addressing the ceiling. By adding color, wallpaper, moulding, etc… on the ceiling, it adds that special detail that makes the design look complete.

Here are some beautiful rooms that have the perfect ceiling treatment to finish off the room!

Painted Ceilings:

Ceiling Wallpaper:

Wood and Moulding Treatments:

Hope these images inspire you to create a masterpiece on your ceiling! Let me know if you need help planning how to detail your ceiling!

And remember to look up!