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How do I do the white picture frame molding in the dining room?

posted by: wingirl on 06.04.2009 at 09:25 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I love this look, where the top half of the room is painted and the bottom half is white with rectangle frames..I see this a lot in new construction homes. Our dining room already has a nice chair rail, so what would I need to do to get this look? Is there some type of board we lay on top of the wall before the picture molding rectangles? Or do some people just put the molding right onto the wall? How is it painted in order to look professional, spraying? I really really want to do this :)


clipped on: 06.05.2009 at 03:00 pm    last updated on: 06.05.2009 at 03:00 pm

For those who remember my Olive dining room ...

posted by: auntjen on 02.21.2009 at 01:44 pm in Home Decorating Forum

and my pondering going turquoise instead ... I did it! I took it from Laura Ashley Olive #6, which after awhile started seeming really drab and "blah" to me, to Benjamin Moore Venezuelan Sea, which actually seems a bit more true turquoise IRL than the blue that it appears to me in these pics.

**Disclaimer: I'm not seeking input about what I should change in this room. With the exception of the small footstool that's temporarily crammed next to the round table, I'm pleased with this room, and am posting these pics to show the color change, particularly to those with whom I've previously discussed it here.** (OK, so I'm not sure that was necessary, but there you have it.

Here's the "before" green -- a nice shade, but especially dullsville when no natural light entered the room:

And the after shots. We also switched rugs between the dining and living room, and I like the red-toned rug much better in the dining now.

I'm still leaning towards doing a colorwash on the golden-gourd colored walls in the adjacent living room, along the lines of what Igloochic has done in her home. That'll have to wait until my arms, shoulders, neck and back recover though ... who knew painting could make a person so darn sore?

Anyway - I'm really pleased at finally having at least one room in my house that wears my all-time favorite color, turquoise. :-)


clipped on: 02.22.2009 at 03:18 am    last updated on: 02.22.2009 at 03:18 am

Finishes Finally!!! And a laugh for Rayna...

posted by: plllog on 02.11.2009 at 07:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been looking for tile casually for over a year, and seriously since October or so. I've been going nuts. Pretty early in the seriously looking period I found countertop tiles -- Architerra Northwest Brocade.

Today I got a new sample...and FINALLY HAVE A FLOOR!!!!

Who knew it would be so hard to find a warm, light color in a floor tile? I was finally considering alternatives like Marmoleum, which is gorgeous, but too intense for my other finishes. But at the little, earth friendly showroom where they had the marmoleum, they had this tile!! It's called Cotton. It's warm and sparkly and has a nice, no slipping texture.

The colors in this picture are all wrong--too dark, and kind of blued out. I don't know how to get them right without resorting to actual film. But you can see the texture, and there-in lies the joke you might have caught as well as Rayna...


Did you notice? Did you know that I'm a fiber artist? It seems I'm quilting my kitchen!


clipped on: 02.14.2009 at 04:33 pm    last updated on: 02.14.2009 at 04:33 pm

Recipes: (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: trailrunner on 12.13.2008 at 10:31 am in Kitchens Forum


7 c. unbleached or bread flour ( I add 1 tsp Vital wheat gluten per cup if not using a high gluten flour)
2 heaping tsp salt
2c 110 degree water
5 tsp yeast ( 2 pkgs)
1/4 sugar
1/4 c soft butter or pareve or oil
3 large eggs

Combine flour and salt and sugar in a large bowl. Combine water and yeast and a small pinch of sugar in a bowl. When yeast foams add shortening and eggs and whisk together. Pour into the flour mixture and stir til a rough soft mass forms. Cover and leave for 20 min to let the gluten develop. I have found that this step makes a very big difference in the crumb of the bread.

Turn mass of dough out onto a floured counter and knead till smooth and pliant. Do not add too much flour... but this dough should not be sticky. Should weigh 4 pounds. Place in greased bowl or bucket and cover and let rise till double about 1 hr. I use 85 degree temp to rise. De gas dough gently. Shape as you like....braids or rolls or even loaves. Makes 16 - 4oz rolls or 3 braids or one very large braid. Bake loaves at 350 for 30 min or rolls for 20 min. I brush with milk or an egg wash and use sesame or poppy seeds. If you double the recipe do not double the yeast. I add an extra tsp. that is all.

Apple Juice raisin bread:

Heat 3c unfiltered apple juice till very warm and pour it over 2c raisins and 1/2c butter or margarine . In a separate bowl place 1/4 water 110 degrees and add 5 tsp yeast and a pinch of sugar. When the apple juice has cooled to 110 degrees add the foamy yeast and 3 tsp vanilla and 2 large eggs. Whisk together.

In a large bowl ( I have 2 - 13 qt bowls that I use) place 6 c unbleached or bread flour .( I add 1 tsp vial gluten for each cup of flour ) Add 1c mashed potato flakes, 1c instant powdered milk, 1/3 c sugar, 3 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 c oatmeal, 1 c chopped nuts ( I use pecans).

Pour all of liquid on dry ingred. and make a shaggy mass. Cover and leave for 20 min. Turn out on floured board and knead. This is a stickier dough at first. Keep dusting lightly. Also if you will spray your hands very lightly with Pam as you knead it keeps the stickiness at a minimum and also prevents adding too much flour to dough. When smooth and elastic , set to rise in a warm place in a greased covered bowl or bucket. This makes 6 pounds of dough. Let rise 1 1/2 hrs till double. De gas gently and shape in 4 round loaves. Place on parchment covered baking sheets and let rise again
1 1/2 hrs. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 min...if it gets too brown you can lay a piece of foil over the top.

Banana nut bread

Combine 1c w w flour, 1c unbleached flour, 1/4 c inst. powdered milk, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda and whisk together.

In another bowl combine 1c mashed banana, 3 Tbsp melted butter, 1/3 c honey, 3 large eggs, 1/2 c buttermilk ( I use the thick Bulgarian you could also use yogurt) and 1 tsp vanilla. Whisk together and pour over dry ingred. Mix gently and fold in 1/2 c chopped nuts. Do not overmix. Turn batter into a greased 9x5 loaf pan. Dust top of loaf with cinnamon-sugar and Turbinado sugar ( I like a lot :) ) Bake at 325 degrees for 65 min till knife comes out clean.

I couldn't believe how yum this is ! Very moist and not so much fat. also lots of protein.


clipped on: 12.13.2008 at 02:41 pm    last updated on: 12.13.2008 at 02:41 pm

Update: I tufted my padded headboard (pics)

posted by: texashottie on 11.02.2008 at 12:11 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I just wanted to drop by and show the results of the headboard that I built with my dad. I finally got it tufted and I'm pleased with the results.

Figuring out where to put the tufts was more difficult than I thought. The arches in the upper corners really threw off the mathematics; I wanted a wide "border" all around the perimeter where there would be an absence of tufts. If I decided to come in 10", then the arches threw that off. And I wanted each row staggered from the other to get the diamond pattern, and they had to be equal in distance from one another. DH, who is a math brainiac, finally had to figure it out for me, and it was not easy!

My mom visited me this week so I waited for her to come before tufting it. She likes this kind of stuff! ;) She was meticulous in picking the right covered button for the toile pattern area we were tufting, then twisting it just *right* to make it match. Check this out, lol!:


While I was tying off the button on the backside of the headboard, my mom had to muscle in the button on the front side as far in as she could. The foam was very resistant! Halfway through the project she started using a pencil to hold the button in with. I think she was sore after it all, lol! She got her workout.

My mom on her cell phone halfway through the project, taking a break:


The finished result---I like it. I like how it now has depth and I don't think it distorted the pattern too much. I purposely used small buttons in the same fabric so that it wouldn't take away from the overall look or distract, and it keeps it elegant.


This is the backside. I now will make some minor adjustments with the fabric in a few spots along the sides of the headboard to release some of the tension where it's pulling too hard. Then I plan on trimming it, rolling it under and stapling it down. I also need to afix it on the wall because it does "bounce" currently if someone pushes against it.


And then I have to sew my matching bedskirt! And make drapes! :)

Anyway, I know Reno and possibly some others were thinking of making their own headboards as well.... I was wondering if you guys started them yet, and if so, how is it going? :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Reno's original padded headboard thread


clipped on: 11.02.2008 at 10:45 pm    last updated on: 11.02.2008 at 10:46 pm

RE: Lebanese murals/mosaics? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ci_lantro on 09.25.2008 at 06:13 am in Kitchens Forum

Oh, I've been on the hunt for them as well. As luck would have it, I just found one source last night--am attaching link. They didn't have what I wanted, so I'm still on the hunt.

Here is a link that might be useful: Micro Mosaic eBay store


clipped on: 09.26.2008 at 01:15 am    last updated on: 09.26.2008 at 01:15 am

RE: Replacing Kitchen Cabinet Doors (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: happytobehome on 08.07.2008 at 09:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm doing the same thing. My brother-in-law is a cabinet maker and is getting the doors for us through Decore-ative Specialties. I'll link the website below. I'm not affiliated with Decore-ative, nor have I received my doors yet, so I'm not making a recommendation -- just sharing our plans.

Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Decore-ative Specialties


clipped on: 08.08.2008 at 01:01 am    last updated on: 08.08.2008 at 01:01 am

RE: Cheap Trick to keep dishwasher (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: bmorepanic on 06.30.2008 at 10:08 am in Kitchens Forum


Here is a link that might be useful: SoftMetal


Appliance skins
clipped on: 06.30.2008 at 01:34 pm    last updated on: 06.30.2008 at 01:34 pm

Here is the green foyer

posted by: brutuses on 05.17.2008 at 04:03 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here are some photo's of my green foyer and the fabric that inspired me to paint it these colors:

Ceiling BM Grecian Green
Walls BM Tree Moss




foyer inspiration


Sagey green!
clipped on: 05.18.2008 at 01:42 pm    last updated on: 05.18.2008 at 01:43 pm

Found A Great Site For Storage & Organizers!

posted by: lynninnewmexico on 04.17.2008 at 01:05 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I have a thing about organizing . . . everything. I've been told that it's because of my strong Scottish ancestry; that Scots are like this. I'm not sure if that part is correct, but I NEED to keep the things around me organized. Keeping our MBR closet and my new pantry shelves that way has been a real challenge for me. Last weekend I discovered bugs in my pasta boxes and pantry shelves, which was disgusting and got me determined to do something about it! After I cleaned out everything, I started on my quest for clear plastic food storage boxes that are tall enough to store my dried linquine, spaghetti, etc. I want them out of their original packaging. I also want to see what's going on in there! I found some great containers at the Container Store's online site, but they were pretty expensive at $9.99 each. I'd already looked for something at Target yesterday and there were none tall and narrow enough for good pasta storage. Soooo, I did a Google search (gotta love that Google!) and found this great source for all sorts of storage items, and the prices are very reasonable:
"US Plastics Corp"
So far, this is what I've found:
These food storage containers are tall enough to hold my dried linguine, etc at are only $1.10 each!

I'm ordering two of these to sit on my overhead closet shelf and hold my purses. They're 16 3/4" deep so they'll hang over the shelf a few inches, but will work great. I can line my purses up so that I can see the sides of each. With their lids on, I can stack them. I'm also going to order two of the shallower ones to hold my smaller purses, too. Those are 5 5/8" tall.
16 3/4">

Over at the Container Store site, I found these great freezer baskets to help me organize my big upright freezer out in our garage. They're only $5.99 each, which I think is pretty reasonable. These are 16"d x 8 3/4"w x 9 1/4"T. They also come in a shorter, narrower size. I'm heading out in a sec to see how many of each I need.
Anyhoo, I thought perhaps you might want to check out both of these cool sites.


Organizing ideas
clipped on: 05.09.2008 at 03:13 pm    last updated on: 05.09.2008 at 03:13 pm

paint color is new navy..for pbrisjar!

posted by: trailrunner on 04.03.2008 at 09:37 am in Home Decorating Forum

It is 39-6 and it is a Martin -Senour paint color but Devoe paints have it in their system to make.

Hope you can get it. It is a great color.


DR paint color
clipped on: 04.03.2008 at 05:24 pm    last updated on: 04.03.2008 at 05:24 pm

RE: Done! Mid-budget, Time-crunched, DIY Kitchen (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: metromom on 03.24.2008 at 02:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'll try to post some details later - kids are waking up right now. I do know that the green is BM Raintree Green.

And I forgot to say, THANK YOU to everyone who helped me all the times when DH would say "ok, I'm going to put the sink in tomorrow" and I'd come running here and say "what kind of sink should I get?". Thanks all.


Paint Color!
clipped on: 03.24.2008 at 04:26 pm    last updated on: 03.24.2008 at 04:27 pm

tung oiled floors in kitchen?

posted by: amjs on 07.23.2007 at 12:51 pm in Flooring Forum

we are planning on tung oiling the wood floors in the kitchen. the place selling us the wood thinks that's a fine finish for a kitchen. the installer also thinks it's fine but everyone else we talk to says it's a bad idea because if there's a leak the floors will warp.

it seems to me, the two sources that know the most about the floors and the oil say it's fine and everyone else just doesn't know enough about it but all the talk is starting to worry (and annoy) me. i'm just looking for further opinions, please.



clipped on: 02.12.2008 at 02:42 pm    last updated on: 02.12.2008 at 02:42 pm