Friday, April 19, 2013

Slowly but surely...

Things are coming together.  Slower than I want, but at least projects are getting finished, you know?

First, I finished the shelves in the foyer on...Sunday, I guess?  They look pretty good, if I do say so myself.

The foyer is always kind of a sticky spot.  I want to make sure it doesn't end up cluttered, but man...it seems that the flat spaces end up covered in stuff really quickly.

When we redid the office, we ended up redoing the foyer as well, and it was...it was not bad.  Not phenomenal, but not bad.


Yeah, there was still clutter, and stuff on the buffet, but it worked pretty well.

Well, I got a wild hair up my nose the other week, and decided I wanted something different in the foyer.  I was kinda tired of the mirror, and kinda tired of the lack of space and no place to put keys, etc.

So, I build some floating shelves, and moved some things around.


I put the floating shelves up, painted them, and then decided maybe they weren't as sturdy as I really wanted them to be, despite the instructions' promise that I could put the Encyclopedia Britannica on them.  So, Dena (the housemate) and I decided that I could put something under them to support them, just in case they were't sturdy enough, and I remembered my fascination with pipe furniture.

If you're not familiar with pipe furniture, here are a couple of links to get you started:

http://www.smallhomelove.com/pipe-decor/

http://www.the-brick-house.com/2009/09/shelving-unit/

So, instead of using iron pipe, which I didn't think I'd really need, I grabbed some 1" PVC, and sponge painted it to look like bronzy pipe.  I would have liked to use little flanged feet on the shelves and the walls, but I needed 16 of them, and at $4 a pop, it got a bit expensive.  So, I used pieces that looks like giant hex nuts.  Sort of.

I also made a spot to hang keys, and I think I'm going to clean out the side cabinets on the buffet to store motorcycle helmets in.

Now, we're moving on to the bathroom.  I can't remember the name of the white we picked, but the walls will be "Monorail Silver."



It's gorgeous and I can't wait to get started.  A friend of Dena's came over last night and helped cut the hole for the vessel sink, as well as the vessel filler faucet.

The vessel sink is amazing.

I can't wait to see it all come together this weekend.  I'll take lots of before, progress and after pics!