Friday, June 26, 2015

First World Problem - Part Deux

Thank you all who expressed their opinions, shared comments and helped guide my decisions pertaining to the infamous bathroom vanity.
So the consensus from everyone I consulted was to sell the old chest that I painted and either shop and wait for the right one to come or stay with what I had.  

A little back story:  The hall bathroom was originally my sons and parent's bathroom.  When we initially were remodeling I had the idea of using an antique piece.  When I suggested the idea to my mom (and this was B.P  - before pinterest) she said "I don't want that?  I don't want something old.  I want something with a lot of space."  After my parents both passed and my son married and my youngest went to college I started doing my re-evaluations.  You know exactly what I'm talking about.  When you stroll through each room doing mental re-assessments and mind furniture swapping of pieces in each room.   That's usually what gets me in to trouble.  
I still regret changing my son's room.  My oldest.  Remember the twin antique beds. (http://leeshideaway.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-room-is-ready.html  I should have never done that.  

WARNING:  When your son or daughter get married, don't change their room for at least a few years.  I promise you.  You will regret it.  I must have had at least five or six good cries on those beds thinking I erased my son's memories. It was awful.  Not joking.

Another problem I have is that I am very impulsive.  Some people are impulsive at first and then don't follow through.  I follow through immediately.  They say you should wait ten minutes before you have a second helping of food and if you still want it then it's okay.  
I wish there was a rule for impulsive people like me.

Anywho. . . . Good News!!!!!!!!!!  
I have made a decision.  I will be selling the painted piece in my store.  I will not be purchasing the vanity I saw and posted about - the one stop shop all inclusive one.  

Big News!  Ready?????  Sound the royal horns please.  This Beauty is mine as of  9:45 pm last night.  

Isn't she a dream.  She is the Sam Heughan of chests.  (Outlander star, now that's another post entirely.)


I think it will go well with the mirror I purchased from Ballards.

Hmmm.  Lets see.   Let me put them together.  

So I already put myself on my carpenter's schedule for later this summer to come and work his magic.  I'm thinking white marble with an undermount bowl sink.  I'm using my existing faucet because I love it.  I wish to thank all of you for your wonderful advice.  I will post as soon as it is installed.  Even found a lovely painting for the bathroom.  I think the white marble and white walls will be a perfect contrast.  
Now off to the shore for a week.  
Happy Fourth of July!  
Happy Summering!
xoxo
Lisa




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

First World Problem

For the past month I have spent at least 100 hours on pinterest.  I call it the Devil's Tool.
Honestly think about it.  I tend to sit hunched over my computer scrolling down, looking at endless photos of elegant homes and bathrooms and tons of other things.  Then I am wondering why my neck and back are in such pain and spasms?
Every night my beloved husband says to me "What are you looking for now?"
Okay I'm sorry but I always need a project.  Something to do, create or decorate sets off my endorphins and gives me such a rush.
The current project is my guest and hall bathroom, specifically the vanity and mirror.

Above, the hall bathroom.  Okay so right off the bat I want to state for the record that I know there is nothing wrong wtih my vanity.  Yes the marble has a bit of staining and the sink isn't my favorite and yes the mirrror is just sealed to the wall with a simple molding to look like a frame.  
I guess I should start at the beginning.  

 IT STARTED WITH PINTEREST!
I have always loved the idea of buying a vintage piece and cutting into it to put a sink.  How awesome is that.  I love old dressers and servers used in bathrooms.  So I began making boards and pinning beautiful photos of elegant bathrooms with gold gorgeous mirrors (my first love) and antique made vanities.  
And then my fantasy became a reality.  On one Saturday morning I happened to see a sign for a Barn Sale.  Those are two words I never ignore.  
Before I clicked my truck alarm to lock,  I had spotted it from a far.  It was beautiful. 

There it was, my vanity.  I could almost hear the angels singing.  Can you hear them?  
It had a sign on it, it's that piece of paper dangling from the middle drawer.  It read 60 dollars.  
I literally tripped as I called out "Whose in charge of this area?"
A guy in a plaid long sleeve shirt and old jeans smiled at me and said "that would be me."
I immediately said "It's mine.  I want it.  Please."
And then the weirdest thing happend.  He said "I'll tell you what I'm going to do.  I'll take ten dollars off.  It's yours for 50."
I'm laughing so loud inside my head.  But I smiled and shook my head and extended my hand in the universal "deal closing sign" and replied "Sold".
Did he not hear me?  I mean I know I'm a low talker but that was too easy.  
I quickly backed up my truck and as three women huddled around it about to open the bottom drawer I respectfully shouted, "That's mine!"
They gave me a snide look and then went off to look around the grounds.  

I left it in my truck hoping to take it out before my husband got home.  I pulled it out slowly and carefully but as usual managed to pull my back muscle, shoulder and elbow.  But it was worth it.  
Okay so I'm going to fast forward.
To Chalk Paint or Milk Paint?  That is the question.  
I researched, watched videos and bought Anne Sloanes Paint in a lovely grey color called Atilier.
 BEFORE

AFTER 

Unfortunately the after was not what I truly wanted.  Although it looks pretty in the photo, it is very dark, almost too dark for the all white marble bathroom.  
Since then I have harrassed every friend I know, every designer I know (I know two, and they happen to be friends) my son's, and finally my husband.  
Should I use this?  Should I strip it?  Should I repaint it?  Should I find an existing vanity with a sink already in it that might have the same look?  Should I paint it in cream or stain it natural?
Oh my head hurts!

In the meantime I have always hated the mirror in the bathroom.  
My husband thinks I have a problem.  He doesn't understand why on earth I want to change anything in this bathroom.   Every time I bring a new mirror home he says "You got another mirror?  And where is that gonna go?"   But he doesn't get me.  Honestly do any of them really get us? 
But after the eye rolling, neck cracking, eye twitching, and walking away mumbling inaudible obsenities has subsided, he comes around eventually.  

I had a great idea.  What if we just changed the mirror?  Perhaps the built in vanity wouldn't bother me as much.  
It was time to find the perfect mirror.  

Fast Forward:
Pinterest search, ebay search, and googling to death along with trips to my neighborhood antique shops.  Found a mirror that I loved.  Little problem.  It was in England.

With shipping it was close to 2,000.  I tried to break it gently but it was not a successful conversation.
So I went to Plan B.  Find one in Ballards for 299.
The mirror arrived and it is lovely.  It was not the one I truly wanted but it will do.  
In the meantime I began looking through websites to see if I could find a vanity that was already complete.  A one stop shop.  As much as I love the vanity I found if I am going to use it for my bathroom I would have to the following:
Strip the two layers of paint 
sand it down
have the drawers fixed with new tracking device to open and close with ease
buy marble top and sink
cut and fit the top for sink and marble.

It's alot of work and in the end I really don't know how much I will have to put into it.  That's when I found this one.  


Just when I decided to go with the vanity above my girlfriend stopped by and fell in love with the 50 dollar antique vanity that was in our screening room.  When I asked my husband he rolled his eyes and shook his head.  I take that as a "sure honey whatever you want to do."
So here is my question.  
What should I do?  I am opened for suggestions.  Help!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for all your support and kindness and comments.  
Looking forward to hearing from you.
xoxo
Lisa







Saturday, June 20, 2015

Blueberries Are Here! And Cherries too!

I was so excited to see my first blueberries.  I couldn't resist and snatched one and popped it into my mouth.  So so sweet and delicious.  
At our farmers market I bought some of their cherries that are now in season.  They are so sweet this year.  Take advantage of nature's gifts.

Enjoy the fruits and berries of the Summer!