Archive for February, 2010

Subway Tiles

Nick had today (Saturday) off, so he, Sadie, Ben P and I all went tile shopping. In case we didn’t tell you already, Ben has gifted us with a tub tile surround. He has hired a professional tile mason to do the work and spent 4 hours today helping us pick out tile as 3 different home stores here in Portland.

Originally, we were planning on using some recycled glass mosaic tile we found online. It was a pale greenish-blue color, and we were pretty happy with it. But after the tile mason came over to spec out the bathroom, he suggested to Ben that we really look at some local places before buying tile online. He said there’s a chance the tile can arrive cracked, or have inconsistencies in the color. So, Ben set up some appointments for us at Old Port Specialty Tile, Paul White Interiors, and Capozza Tile.

Since Nick and I both tend to be pretty DIY and self-directed (read: stubborn and unlikely to listen to advice) , I didn’t have a lot of faith that a tile salesperson would be able to help us figure out what we wanted. But at Capozza, we hit the jackpot. Our saleswoman was extremely helpful and pointed us towards some beautiful, oversized, glazed Italian subway tile we’d never seen before. We decided to go with an aqua for the majority of the ¬†surround, which will be accented with a row of rectangular vertical mosaic tile in white, greens and blues.

Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the tile company and have scoured the web trying to find it, but the closest I can find is this image. Picture the color in a very soft aqua and that’s what it basically looks like. We can’t wait! Ben is going to Panama for two weeks, and he wants to learn from the tile mason, so they’ll be doing the installation when Ben gets back in March. We can’t wait.

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A Fresh Coat

Not of snow, but of paint!

My cousin Emily came up from Boston this weekend and helped us get our act together to paint our kitchen and the living room. We spent most of Saturday painting the kitchen and an hour or so on Sunday doing the final coat in the living room. It’s soooo great to finally have this done. Now, we just need to paint the trim. When our contractor was visiting the other day, he pointed out that his subcontractor hadn’t sanded the trim boards before putting them up. So painting the trim will be a fairly major job, involving sanding, caulking the spaces where the wood doesn’t exactly meet the walls, and spackling the nail holes. Ugh. But we’ll get there.

So now, without further ado, are the before and after photos:

First, here is the stove area before painting:

And now after:The glass blocks area of the kitchen before:

And after:The big picture kitchen before:And after:We used Benjamin Moore’s Silvery Blue for the kitchen.

In the living room, we wanted to switch out the too-cold Atirum White for BM’s Mascarpone. The photos may not do it justice, but the room definitely feels softer and warmer with this creamier color on the walls. Here it is before:

And after:

Another view before:

And after:

It’s very hard to photograph white, so you can’t see the subtle difference in tone here, but trust me, it’s a lot more inviting than what we had before.

And that’s it! We didn’t have time to get to the office/hobby room, but that will be a fairly simple job we can save for a rainy day.

This is the beautiful amaryllis my mom gave us, blooming in the kitchen window and reminding us the spring will come:

And finally, the gratuitous Ting-Tong shot. She somehow got tagged during the painting, prompting us to call her Spot for the day.

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