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Painted Bathroom Cabinets

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

The cliché “better late than never” applies to my hall bathroom and the necessary paint job I’ve been putting off for years. Over the weekend I finally finished painting them and installing the second half of the tile backsplash that’s been sitting in a neat little pile just waiting for me to gather the energy.

These bathroom cabinets sit behind the door in our hall/guest bathroom. They’ve been this honey stain color since we moved in in 2000. I love wood cabinets dark and light, but I’m not a fan of this particular stain. With all the home improvement we’ve done in the past few years, this space always seemed to get the back burner treatment until last week.

We pulled out the old cultured marble countertops and installed wood ones with an ogee edge last November and ever since the wall required patching and new paint as a result. In addition to paint, I installed a backsplash and added a more substantial crown to the top to balance the weight of the uppers with the lowers and give the cabinets a more contemporary look.

cabinets before

After:

white painted bathroom cabinets

 

I had just enough (12 sheets) of this mother-of-pearlish mosaic tile waiting to finish the backsplash on this side from my lucky tile purchase at Lowes that we used to tile the wall behind the sink vanity on the opposite side.

You can see a peek of the old stained cabinets in the mirror’s reflection from this photo in February. The cabinets I finally painted last weekend sit behind the door and opposite the sink vanity when you enter this divided bathroom. The toilet and shower are beyond and we like the fact that the spaces are separated by a door for added privacy.

hall bathroom centsational girl

 

vanity and sconce centsational girl

 

Painting bathroom cabinets is an easy DIY process and you’ll end up with professional looking results if you use good products and follow the right steps.

painted sink vanity cabinet

 

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Rustic + Refined Dining Room

Monday, August 12th, 2013

A few months ago I was approached by World Market to partner on a room makeover – they inquired if I would take their products and completely redo a space top to bottom. Um * ahem * “Yes!” I replied being a fan of their store for over a decade. I had the perfect candidates in mind – a very deserving family. 

My friends Cheryl and Jay are teachers and they’ve spent many years teaching in the local school system. They bought a house last year with a formal dining room and have wanted to entertain friends and family but didn’t have the time or budget to pull a space together. CG and World Market to the rescue!

The plan was to introduce contrast, color, pattern, and warmth to the room by mixing classic elements with rustic finishes. I used the window panels as the jumping off point for the entire space, pairing grays, plums, and yellows with warm metallic sheens.

rustic dining room makeover

 

The plan included a rustic dining table and mixed seating (I love those hourglass gold tables used as stools!), various wood finishes, a layered plum palette, and a casual table setting.

world market dining room plan

Here’s what the dining room looked like two months ago when I started:

dining room before

 

Here is the dining room totally transformed!

dining room makeover with world market

We added the tongue and groove wall treatment in July and I painted above it a contrasting charcoal gray with a hint of taupe (Glidden’s ‘Arrowwood’) pulling the paint color from the fabric in the window panels.  Favorite elements?  Where to begin… let’s start with the fabulous sideboard.      

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Guest Room: Finishing Touches

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

My oldest girl is home for the summer and we’re loving her company. She comes and goes like any 21 year old, popping in to say hello before she’s off to a class or a get together with friends. Her younger sibs play rock-paper-scissors in the evening for the chance to snuggle with her in her bed at night, it’s a cute evening ritual. She’s returning to college in San Diego in the fall, but completing some classes while she’s home and it’s so great having the whole family together even if just for this short season.

Her room is also the guest room while she’s away, and we’ve both wanted to upgrade it from how it looked when she was in high school to make it more sophisticated. New linens and accessories now complete the space she calls home when she’s home.

layers of blue bedding

 

I bought a pretty gold leaf accent table at Overstocks for her nightstand that’s a replica of a high end World’s Away version, Reichel even featured it on her blog a few weeks ago. The dark raspberry pink lamp is from Lamps Plus and the navy upholstered bed is from Joss & Main. 

navy and raspberry bedroom

The duvet and shams are Pottery Barn’s Calista Floral pattern, purchased on sale. I also bought Kerry Cassill’s indigo pillowcases and a seaglass watercolor pillowcase (I sewed a pillow cover using this envelope pillowcase tutorial.) 

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