Happy Friday + Links (3/24/17)

Happy Friday!  Good things are happening around here…we’re ready to jump into the Porch House kitchen reno next week and I just bought a fir cabinet for the Farmhouse.  The cabinet I found at our local antique store and truth be told I’ve been eyeing it for a couple of months now.  Imagine my surprise when I received a handwritten letter last week from a previous homeowner telling me that the cabinet actually came out of our very own Farmhouse!!!  Obviously I ran down to the store and bought it, despite not having a place to put it at the moment (it’s 5′ wide and 8′ tall).  The whole cabinet and story surrounding it deserves a separate post, but I shared a peek of it on my instastory.  Suffice it to say that everything feels right in the world now that this cabinet is coming home 🙂

It’s raining again here in the Pacific Northwest, which isn’t so bad when you have a cup of coffee in hand and a little internet to peruse.  Here are a few of my favorite happenings from the week:

Jersey Ice Cream Co blue kitchen

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This blue kitchen feels so fresh.  Side note: Jersey Ice Cream Co can do no wrong!

Have you tried making any of your own cleaning supplies before?  I’d really like to try this laundry detergent DIY from Yellow Brick Home…it seems pretty easy!

Did you guys check out the new HGTV show Home Town?  I love the small town setting and all the old homes!  ps here’s a peak into their own home, an old Mississippi craftsman.

BrePurposed DIY Tassel Throw

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I’ve been coveting Bre’s tassel blanket every time it shows up on her Instagram feed and come to find out, it’s a DIY!  I really want to try this one!

I’m at that point in my pregnancy where I’m feeling my baby move all the time and it’s gotten me SO excited for her to arrive this July.  Naturally that means I’m shopping for tiny summer dresses and sandals like these, which will be in her closet in every size and color until she’s 18 😉

Happy Birthday Dad!!!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Wilder’s Farmhouse Bedroom // The Reveal

THE FARMHOUSE

Wilder’s bedroom was one of those magical rooms that came together like, well…magic!  After coming across the matching twin bed frames on Craigslist and finding the perfect overhead light and drapes, the rest of the room just fell into place.  Most of the decor and small furniture items came out of storage or Wilder’s previous bedrooms.  The funny thing is, this room is my favorite of all of Wilder’s bedrooms and it was by far the easiest to put together.   Isn’t that the rub?  How can a space you think about and plan for the least be the easiest to finish?  Craziness.

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Resources: overhead light | drapes (LOVE these!) | roman shade | hanging chair | animal heads (no longer available, cute alternatives here) | dinosaur backpack (no longer available, cute option here) | plaid blankets | table lamp | ukulele | stuffies: bear (similar), fox, monkey (we love the Jellycats brand!) | kids ranger vest | Dinosaur figurines: Giganotosaurus, Sauropod | Dragon lego kit | books: see below scrolling bar

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This east-facing room gets intense morning light, which made blackout drapes essential.  Wilder is already an early morning person, so anything we can do to combat even earlier mornings is worth Every Single Penny!  But even with the great morning light, bedtime is my favorite time of day in Wilder’s room.  Wilder has always loved story time and snuggling, so bedtime, spent together in his bed with a favorite book, has made for some of my favorite moments of parenthood thus far.  In case you’re interested, I put together a few of our current favorite bedtime stories below:

If you have a little one with an active imagination and an interest in dinosaurs (can you tell we’re into dinosaurs?!), I cannot recommend Dinotopia and it’s sequel, the World Beneath, enough.  Garrett’s mom passed these down to us last year and they’ve become some of our favorite bedtime stories.  What I love about these books is that they are wonderfully imaginative, well written, beautifully illustrated, and best of all, they keep both our 3-year-old and us parents engaged.  Check them out!

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom NightstandThe Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Vintage MapThe Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom ladder

That vintage toolbox is a find from the Dexter House, and it’s been Wilder’s favorite box ever since.  He stores all sorts of things in it – tools, hair clips, bugs – so not surprisingly, it’s one of his most prized possessions.  Wilder has a bit of a collector’s disposition (which sometimes borders on ahem…hoarding) so boxes and containers are his thing.  I joke that we have to shake his pockets out when we leave friends’ houses, but it’s not far from the truth!  Right now Wilder stores his collections in his large closet, but I haven’t come up with a good organization system yet, so stay tuned for a look into that space another time.  In the meantime, maybe the fact that we’re finally settled in one house forever will help Wilder get over his ‘collector issues’ or maybe it’ll bring out the hoarder in him…

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Tool BoxThe Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Hanging Pod

As I mentioned last week, this is Wilder’s forth bedroom at the ripe old age of three.  The Grit and Polish didn’t exist back when he was a baby at the Bryant House, but here’s his room at the Ravenna House and his room at the Dexter House.  The latter was also featured on coco+kelley last year.

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Nightstand 2     The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Hanging Chair 2

When the boys play together in here, that hanging chair is Brooks’ favorite spot.  He loves to fall into it and swing around.  It’s such a cozy seat – it literally hugs the occupant – that it makes a great space when either of the boys needs a little quick comfort.  Nana gave the hanging chair to Wilder for Christmas a couple of years back, and I’m so glad that we finally have the space to enjoy it!

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I just noticed that we still need to add the base shoe molding in here.  Plus I’m still toying with painting the bottom of Wilder’s walls in a gray/green color.  There’s always something, right?  I should also mention that we usually have a thick, 8×10 jute rug in here, which really cozies up the space.  I temporarily stole it for the living room since we do more playing down there.  Here’s a link to our rug, but since it’s currently unavailable, here’s a similar one.

Someday soon, this will be Wilder and Brooks’ room and I’m really excited for that day to come.  There’s bound to be all sorts of important late-night talks in here.  And arguments.  And adventures.  And memories.  Isn’t that what growing up with siblings is all about?!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. what Wilder’s room used to look like and what we’ve done to it.  Also, how we handle Wilder not sleeping through the night.

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Happy Friday + Links (3/17/17)

Happy Friday!  Are you wearing green?  Goodness I hope so because it’s St. Patrick’s Day!!!!  You surely already knew that, and I probably shouldn’t mention this, but I didn’t even know the holiday was here until Wednesday night when my mother-in-law invited us over for corned beef and cabbage. Dead give away.  Luckily, I pulled it together and the boys will be wearing green shirts today, and they’ll be taking turns pinching Dada because he’s kind of a party pooper when it comes to dressing for holidays.

Anyway… we’re going to be painting cabinets for the Porch House this weekend (that’s my new name for the flip house…do you like it?).  Stay tuned to read lots on that project coming up because we’re about to get swamped with it, in the best possible way.  I’ve been obsessing over wallpaper lately and have been pinning up a storm.  I’ve noticed that I’m straying to more color and pattern when thinking about my home lately.  Is it just the hint of Spring in the air or is my design esthetic really changing…?  Time will tell, but get ready for an onslaught of wallpapered inspiration.

My Scandinavian Home Tour Image

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This is perhaps the most charming house tour I’ve ever seen.  The relaxed and fun family vibe of the space is just perfect.  It feels so homey, eclectic, and welcoming that I want to bottle it up and pour it over my own home.  And that wallpaper is giving me all sorts of ideas.

Here’s another amazing wallpapered space that I shared on Instagram yesterday (check out the whole tour here) featuring William Morris wallpaper, originally designed in 1876.  I am really obsessed with that man’s prints lately and this is the exact wallpaper I’ve been dreaming about for our Farmhouse dining room.

Johanna B wallpapered kitchen space 3.17.17

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An oldie but a goodie.  Nina Dobrev’s cool, California home.

The most beautiful flower arrangement with a step by step DIY.  This one is definitely worth trying when Spring finally comes!

I found myself completely impressed by Maxwell Ryan, the founder of Apartment Therapy.  Check out this week’s Chris Loves Julia podcast to hear more about his philosophy and start.

Apparently Thai Chicken is the most popular pinned food in Washington State.  Huh.  What’s your state’s?

“My mom raised me a feminist.”  You’re a lucky lady, Kate (and thankfully, I am too)!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Master Bedroom Update // How We’ve Survived Our ‘Not So Good’ Sleeper

THE FARMHOUSE

In honor of last weekend’s Daylight Savings – the bane of every parent’s existence – I thought I’d share a little peek into the minor change we’ve made to our master bedroom that has made all the difference in how our toddler sleeps at the Farmhouse.  Spoiler…he and we sleep much better!  I’ll be back back next week with Wilder’s Farmhouse bedroom reveal as promised.

Our toddler has never been much of a sleeper.  I can probably count the number of times that Wilder has slept through the night on two hands (plus maybe two feet) and he’s 3 1/2 years old!  Lack of sleep is one of the things that Garret and I have struggled with the most as parents, especially in Wilder’s first year, but we’ve finally found a way we can all survive.

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sconce / cord coverbed frame / velvet pillow / accent pillow (similar here) / sheet set / rug / curtains / lion / books: Pajama Time, Lama Lama Nighty Night, The Little Blue Truck / sleeping bag (no longer available, but my favorite alternatives are at the bottom of this post!) / paint: BM Simply White

Yes, that’s a sleeping bag on our master bedroom floor.  I didn’t exactly include that in my master bedroom One Room Challenge reveal, but it gets used Every. Single. Night!  Somewhere between midnight and 4 am, Wilder slides out of his bed, crosses the landing, and tucks himself into his sleeping bag next to Garrett’s side of the bed, where he proceeds to sleep the rest of the night.

And that right there, is the best thing that happened to my night of sleep since becoming a parent!

Let me explain how this all came to be.  Sometime last year, we were at our pediatrician’s office, and the doctor asked us how sleep was going.  After I stopped laughing, I launched into it: Wilder has never been a “sleeper”.  Wilder has woken us up almost every night of his life.  At 5 months old he was sleeping in his crib and waking up 5 times a night, and though sleep got better as he got older, Wilder has never taken to the all-nighter.  We’ve read and tried just about anything, including sleep training, but nothing seemed that helpful.  At 2 1/2, we were putting Wilder down in his own room but he was sneaking into our bed sometime in the middle of the night, and it worked okay, except that Wilder was a restless sleeper, often kicking us and steeling blankets.  Once Brooks came along, our bed was too full and our nights were too short.  The doctor heard us out and then surprised us by saying that she had similar issues when her sons when they were young.  She recommended we put a sleeping bag next to our bed and teach Wilder that it was his own (and *only*) special sleeping place in our bedroom, when he needed it.

It wasn’t a new or particularly creative solution – I’m sure many parents have done something similar in the course of history – but it was a respectful solution we could all live with, and one that had a profound impact on our family’s sleep and thus our lives.

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The first couple of nights were rough (Wilder really wanted to get in bed with us), but soon his middle of the night antics were reduced to tip-toeing into our room and quietly tucking himself into his sleeping bag.  The best part was that he didn’t even wake Garrett and I up.  It’s worked so well that the sleeping bag is still our policy for Wilder today (thankfully Brooks has proved to be a happier sleeper in his crib), except when he’s sick or needs cuddles after a bad dream.

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So that’s the minor change to our bedroom that has made our household majorly happier.  I’m a big proponent of doing what works for your family and your child (because goodness knows they’re all different) when it comes to sleep, so please don’t take any of this as advice.  It’s just fun to show you guys the full story of how we use our bedroom space.  And if you’ve come up with your own creative kid sleeping solution, I’d love to hear about it!

Wilder’s shark sleeping bag (a 2nd birthday gift from Nana) is no longer available, but I found some fun alternatives.  Check out the roundup below.  I’m thinking about getting number 1 or 2 for Brooks (for traveling not for our bedroom floor!).  Or maybe 4.  Goodness, they’re all cute!

The Grit and Polish - Sleeping Bag Roundup

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

I’ll be back next week with Wilder’s bedroom reveal.  In the meantime, you can get caught up on what we’ve done to his space at the Farmhouse here.  For all you parents out there, I wish you an easy Daylight Savings transition.  But if it’s not, you can sign this petition to end Daylight Savings or this one to stay on summer time permanently, aka Daylight Savings time…just saying.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Friday + Links 3/10/17

Happy Friday everyone!  We battled a plague (at least it felt like one) this week, and I’m happy to say we’ve come out the other side alive.  With two kids needing mama and mama needing rest, I kept wondering how on earth will we ever do this with three kids. Like really, how?!  It was ugly, but thankfully, we’re back to getting out of the house, which means we’re back to planning and prepping at the flip house!

Speaking of the flip house, we’re finalizing plans and getting materials ready for construction to begin in early April.  I must admit that I totally forgot how much effort this part takes.  We’ve had to put all of our Farmhouse projects on hold, mainly the living room, until after the flip house.  If I’m being totally honest, the break isn’t totally unwelcome because when it comes to the living room, I have designer’s-block…you know, writer’s block for when you’re designing a space.  I’m just stuck and can’t make a choice to save my life.  Sometimes my brain just needs a break when I get to that point, and who knows, maybe now that I’m not looking, I’ll finally find what I’m looking for – whatever that may be.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Well it’s Friday again and that sounds pretty dang awesome.  Grab a cup of coffee and jump into these links:

One of the most exciting DIYs I’ve seen in a long time.  This would make a great, quick update to any kitchen, even if you’re renting (because it’s totally removable!).

I’m obsessed with this girls room.  Side note: the Boo and the Boy always curates the best kids spaces!

We already have so much baby stuff from the boys, so I’m trying not accumulate too much more. But with a girl on the way, it’s inevitable that I pick up a few new things (insert Garrett’s eye roll here).  Like this.  She definitely needs that!

Tips for a picky eater.  Our oldest is only 3 years old but I’ve noticed that even the best eaters can be picky at times.  Anyway, these tips are great because they’re from a parent of 3 very different eaters!

design sponge kitchen tile

source // photo by Echo and Earl

This is one of the most interesting kitchens I’ve seen in a long time.  It’s giving me all sorts of ideas.  That bit of tile interest at the top of the backsplash would be so easy to recreate in a shower or on a backsplash if you’re using mosaic tiles.  It feels so historic and yet so fresh!

I bought two of these for the flip house kitchen during the 20% sale.  Our budget is super tight so it was a big splurge, but I’ve always found that the right lighting can really make a kitchen.  Hopefully buyers will agree with me.

AshleyKGoldman Instagram

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Ashley just launched her blog, the Gold Hive, where she’ll be chronicling – you guessed it – the renovation of her beautiful old home.  Check it out!  She’s also a fun one to follow on Instagram if you’re into old houses and all that 😉

xoxo

-Cathy

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Wilder’s Farmhouse Bedroom // Progress

THE FARMHOUSE

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This is Wilder’s bedroom at the Farmhouse.  It’s a space that I haven’t shown much of on the blog, and I’m not entirely sure why.  But I aim to fix that.  Over the next two weeks, I’m going to show you how we took this space from dark and carpeted to light and comfortable.

This bedroom is the smallest of the three upstairs rooms at the Farmhouse, but Wilder claimed it as his immediately.  His decision had little to do with the bedroom itself and everything to do with the attached giant “closet”.  With low sloped ceilings, no windows, and no heat/AC/insulation, this closet is just the kind of space kids go gaga over 😉

When we bought the Farmhouse, Wilder’s bedroom had pretty great bones.  There are 9′ ceilings, architectural windows, wood moldings, and so much potential if you could almost look past the carpet and purple curtains.  Almost.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Boys Room WindowThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Boys Room Closet DoorThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Boys Room Closet

When we first moved into the house, we threw a couple of mattresses into this room to make sure Wilder had a comfy spot to sleep while we settled in.  It didn’t take long until Garrett and I found time to work on this room.  Wilder got to camp out on our floor while we took down the curtains, painted the walls and ceiling with Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (the same color as the master bedroom and nursery), replaced the lighting and electrical sockets, and ripped up the carpets.  We had hoped for pristine hardwood floors underneath, but that’s not quite what we got.

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Room Painted

These floors are actually in much better shape than the other upstairs bedrooms (you can check out what the nursery and master bedroom floors looked like), but they still needed a sand and refinish.  Anyone who’s refinished their own hardwood floors knows that it’s a big, dusty job and we just weren’t quite ready to tackle it.  We were still busy moving into the house and enjoying the warm weather outside, so I threw a big jute rug down and put off the refinish for a couple of months.

During the months leading up to the hardwood refinish, I continued to decorate Wilder’s space.  First we installed the matching vintage bed frames I had bought on Craigslist (for $150 if I remember correctly), which Garrett retrofitted with slats.  And if you are wondering why there are two beds in here it’s because this space has always been intended for both Wilder and Brooks.  But Brooks is sleeping so well in the nursery that we’ve been reluctant to move him into this big boy room just yet.  Of course now that we have a baby girl on the way, Brooks’ move is inevitable…

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Room Curtain Hanging

Decorating continued with a new overhead light fixture – my favorite schoolhouse pendant from Rejuvenation with blue stripes – along with new linen blackout drapes and a curtain rod.  Otherwise, most of the furniture and decor in here are things we’ve collected over the years or found in storage.

The small chairs are from my parents storage barn (apparently from my elementary school).  That vintage school map is one that I bought a couple of years ago and have been looking for a good space to display it ever since.  Wilder made the T-Rex and Pterosaur with Nana (the later of which has sadly since broken) and the books are an ongoing collection kind of thing.  Of course all of the furnishings and decor we put up had to be taken down when we began the great floor refinish of 2016 a couple of months later.

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Room Map Install

Before getting into the hardwood floor refinish, let me explain why I went to the effort of decorating Wilder’s bedroom for two months, just to take everything back out.  This is Wilder’s 4th bedroom in 3 years – a statistic that I’m not proud of, but one that was necessary to make our retiring by 35 a reality.  If you have young kids, you know that change can be really hard on them and Wilder is no different.  In fact, his sensitive nature might make change even harder on him.  Wilder has always felt such big feelings and been so sensitive to his environment, making our previous move from Ravenna to Dexter very hard for him.  We didn’t want to repeat that when we moved into the Farmhouse.

Okay, on to the hardwood floor refinish.  We tackled this project at the same time we did the master bedroom and nursery floors.  It required that Wilder and Brooks as well as Garrett and I move out of our bedrooms, and sleep hungajunga style in the guest bedroom for a couple of weeks.  The set up was not ideal, but the floors were definitely worth the sacrifice.

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Refinishing the floors was a big job that we DIY’d ourselves.  I won’t go into the nitty gritty here since I posted about it last year (you can read about the process here and see what it cost us here).  We opted for no stain on the floors, just the natural wood color, finished with a latex sealant.  I’ll show you the finished product next week along with what Wilder’s space looks like now.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear if you guys have ever moved with young kids, and if so, any tips to helping them adjust?

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Friday + Links 3/3/17

Happy Friday!  This week has been a good one.  Maybe it’s the hint of Spring in the air after this looong winter or just the pregnancy hormones talking, but I’m feeling excited and energized to take on the flip house.  It took just a couple of days at the flip house, dreaming of what it could be (especially the kitchen!), for me to get very, very excited for this renovation.  A fresh project full of fresh ideas is just what my creative brain needs.  Isn’t that what Spring is all about anyway?  And I see you Spring!

What are you guys up to this weekend?  Garrett and I are sneaking away to celebrate my birthday (35…eeech!) and hit up our favorite bi-yearly appliance sale.  Priorities, you know 😉

Did I mention it’s Friday again?!  Grab a cup of coffee and jump into these links:

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Manhattan Nest is a pretty familiar name in the renovation blogging world, but if you’re not already following Daniel on his blog and Instagram, I’d highly recommend it!  His projects are old and stunning and so fun to read about.

It’s nice to see that even the best designers and biggest bloggers have those rooms that come together kicking and screaming.  I have no doubt Emily will make this room amazing (especially with that BEAUTIFUL table she found), but I can certainly relate to her struggles.

I’m thinking about downsizing to this pocket-sized wallet for my birthday.  Am I crazy?

A lovely farmhouse in Tennessee.

The homes on Star Bright Farm are so very, very amazing.  Scroll through their galleries for a serious dose of inspiration.

I am one of those lucky people that gets to share my birthday with an identical twin sister.  We won’t be able to celebrate together for another week yet, so I’m still working on her gift.  I’m leaning towards getting her these because hello Spring!

The prettiest sunroom.  This dining room (and this one too).  And what an entry!

This is a stunning old, country home.  And to see how far it’s come is quite the treat.

Hope you have a great weekend!  I’ll be coming out of it one year older and hopefully one kitchen-appliance-set wealthier 😉

xoxo

-Cathy

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Vintage Find // A Jenny Lind Spool Bed

It’s no secret that I have a thing for vintage beds.  There’s just something about them that gets my heart all aflutter.  Vintage beds are undoubtedly my number one Craigslist/vintage/salvage/antique store find and despite already having a hefty collection (see below), I keep adding more.  Garrett would probably say that I just can’t help myself.  But luckily for him, we keep buying old houses, so there’s always a new space for a good vintage bed!

The Grit and Polish - Vintage Beds Collage

bedrooms, clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

My most recent find is a twin-size spool bed, a style that I’ve long admired.  After eyeing the bed at a local antique store last month (Relic, if you guys are in eastern Washington), I finally told Garrett that we needed it for staging at the flip house.  He begrudgingly picked it up last weekend, but there were certainly no complaints at the price, $89.  In case you were wondering, I’m head over heals in love with this one!

The Grit and Polish - Spool Bed

The spool bed, or Jenny Lind bed as they’re often called, is one of my favorite vintage styles.  The spool detail is so delicate, crafted, and beautiful and these beds can really add a special element to a space.  Even though my spool bed is far from perfect – the foot board was replaced and there’s some damage on the side rails – I’m really happy to be adding it to my collection.  It’ll be the perfect bed for the little girl bedroom at the flip house (and maybe our own little girl’s room at the Farmhouse, someday).

After buying this bed, I did a little research on the ever-popular spool bed style and thought it would be fun to share what I found with you all.  Let’s start with the name.  These beds are referred to as two things: spools for their resemblance to sewing spools and Jenny Lind after the 1800s Swedish opera singer of the same name.  Ms. Lind came to America in 1851 on a much publicized tour and captured the public eye.  She was an “it girl” long before the likes of Beyonce or Adele.  Ms. Lind was said to prefer the colonial-style spool beds during her hotel stays, and the notion stuck.  The spool bed has been referred to as the Jenny Lind bed ever since, as long as it has square solid corners on the headboard (according to Design Sponge).

Originally the spindles were turned using a lathe operated by a foot pedal, which was a slow and laborious process.  Can you imagine how much effort went into each bed?  Talk about an heirloom piece!  Steam power replaced the foot pedal in the first half of the 1800s, making spool beds much easier to “mass” produce.  If you want to know more on spool beds, check out these two articles (here and here).  The first one has some useful tips if you’re trying to date the construction of a spool bed.

Since my Jenny Lind is intended for a girl’s bedroom, I plan to style it with updated florals and traditional feminine details for a modern take on an antique bed.  Maybe it is just the baby girl in my belly, but I can’t get enough of this look!

The Grit and Polish- Spool Bed Style Wrap Up

 

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Lots of cozy white textiles, vintage-inspired goods, and floral prints in this bedroom.  Of course, a spool bed would fit equally well in a boy’s room, guest room, or even a master bedroom.  Here are a few of my favorite rooms featuring spool beds from around the internet.

Livinglifemoments Insta Inspiration Domaine Inspiration double twin guest roomjenny lind inspostarbright farm spool bed

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Showstoppers, right?  Spool beds not only headline those rooms, but they also fit into very different decor styles.  I really can’t get enough!  I’d love to hear if you guys collect antique beds (or maybe just have one or two like a normal person), and if so, what style?!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. finding a vintage bed on Craigslist (my favorite source) for the Dexter guest bedroom.

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Happy Friday + Links 2/24/17

Happy Friday!  We got the keys to our flip house last week, and we’re already planning plumbing routes and purchasing finishes.  It’s a beautiful 1900 home with a wrap around porch and original built-ins.  And it’s in need of lots of love, of course.  We won’t get into the main renovation work until the end of March, but I’m sharing glimpses of the house and planning process on Instagram Stories. We had a massive shopping spree on Thursday and it’s all up there right now so go check that out if you’re into salvage shops, vintage finds, and marble counters.

This is going to be a crazy project for us!  Not only are we completing the renovations on a tight timeline and featuring some of the project here on the Grit and Polish, but the process will be documented by a media outlet much bigger than this blog.  It’s going to be fun!  And I promise to share more on that front when we get closer.

Well it’s Friday again and that’s pretty awesome.  So grab a cup of coffee and jump into these links:

H2 kitchen Belathee Photo

source | photo by Belathee

Two of my favorite kitchens (here and here) – which both happen to be in Washington state and are my primary inspiration for the flip house kitchen – both used the same brass pulls and now I’m obsessed with them!

An oldie but a beauty.  This tour is a couple years old, but that front porch is worth a new look!

I’m pretty sure that vintage, wood dresser and white walls will always be my kind of lovely.

Did you catch Young House Love’s podcast this week?  It’s a good one, but I think John and Sherry are looking at brass all wrong.  It’s actually a very classic metal finish, not just a relic of the 1970s.  We’ve found original brass door knobs and hardware all over our Farmhouse and at many of our other 100+ year old houses.  I agree that the polished, 70’s brass trend will not last (nor is it my thing), but aged brass will always look classic and warm in old homes.  My two cents, anyway.

A 109-year-old‘s secrets to life.  “I’m happy with my house, it’s all I need.  I would buy one thing I would use that one thing.  I wouldn’t buy one thing and go buy another and go buy another.”  This video is a real gem, as is Richard.  “I eat ice cream every night.  It makes me happy.”  Gems.

I’d love to get one of these craft paper rollers.  They’d look beautiful (and be really functional) in any kitchen.

Garrett and I went to see La La Land last weekend (our first movie out in maybe a year…) and wow!  It was stunning and fun and surprisingly emotional.  I can’t recommend it enough!

Check out Katie Hackworth’s Instagram account if you have a couple of hours to kill.  You will leave 100% inspired.  Everything she touches (as the design half behind Seattle’s H2 Design + Build) is stunning.  That’s her office kitchenette above.

Wishing you the best of weekends!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse Living Room // The Prettiest Chandelier

THE FARMHOUSE

It’s been a couple of weeks since we talked about the Farmhouse living room, and I’m dying to show you what came in the mail!  The prettiest chandelier I ever did see…

The Grit and Polish - Rose City Chandelier GlobeThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Chandelier 1Sources: Chandelier | Sofa | Rugs, top and bottom (similar) | Side table | cotton blanket (aka the softest blanket ever!)

When it came time to pick out an overhead light fixture for this space, I knew I wanted something sculptural and eye-catching.  I briefly thought about trying a more modern-shaped light like this, but I was skeptical that it would feel appropriate in our 105-year-old home or be something that fits in with my decor style.  So instead I focused my search on something timeless, pretty, circular (to break up all the square lines in this room), and brass.  When I saw the Rose City Chandelier on Rejuvenation’s website, I knew it was the one!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Living Rm Chandelier 3

Being the reformed blogger that I am, I immediately approached Rejuvenation to see if they’d be interested in partnering with us on this project.  To my utter amazement and joy, they agreed.  So I’m thrilled to tell you guys that this post is in partnership with my all-time favorite lighting store, Rejuvenation (who also has awesome house wares too, by the way…I mean, could this and this be any more beautiful or perfect for my home?)!!!

Of course, installing new lighting in old homes is tricky.  You never quite know what will be behind those switch plates/fixtures/outlets.  Not only is there sometimes extensive out-of-date wiring (I’m looking at you knob and tube), but often you get a mix of old and new wiring, which makes even the simplest task, like swapping out a light fixture, super unpredictable.  In our master bedroom, we found extensive knob and tube when installing the new overhead light, and decided to change it out, which lead us to rewire most of the upstairs.  When we took down the fixture in the living room, we unfortunately found more knob and tube.  But this time we decided to take the easy road: install the fixture now and add rewiring the living room light to our to-do list.  So we got to work taking the old and not-so-pretty fixture down (finally!).

The Grit and Polish - Chandelier Install

After we removed the old fixture, we opened up that giant Rejuvenation box.  To Wilder’s utter delight, it was filled with those water-soluble peanuts, which entertained him (and Brooks when he woke up from his nap) for hours.  Thank you Rejuvenation!

The Grit and Polish - Rose City Chandelier package The Grit and Polish - Rose City Chandelier hottub

Installing the new chandelier was quite easy, although the sheer size of it made this a 2-person job (it’s 36″ wide).  We started by turning off the power to the fixture.  Which for Garrett meant turning off the switch to the light, but most responsible (and safe) adults would turn off the breaker.  For the record, I’d always suggest you take the responsible adult route and turn off the breaker when working with electricity (that applies to you too, Garrett)!  Next we removed the back panel of the fixture and installed that to the ceiling, finding both joists and lathe to attach to.

The Grit and Polish - Rose City Chandelier install smThe Grit and Polish - Rose City Chandelier Install 2The Grit and Polish - Chandelier Install Screw

Garrett connected the fixture’s wires to the house wires using wire nuts, and then screwed the chandelier to the back plate while I held it up.  To keep the fixture protected, we left the bubble wrap on while mounting.

The Grit and Polish - Rose City Chandelier install 1The Grit and Polish - Rose City Chandelier InstallThe Grit and Polish - Chandelier Install FInal

Lastly, we screwed in the light bulbs (okay, so we drove to town, bought light bulbs, stopped by the taco truck for lunch, returned home, and then screwed them in), affixed the globes and voila!  The prettiest chandelier I ever did see…in my living room!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Living Rm Chandelier cropped

As with most Rejuvenation fixtures, the length is customizable so we went with 40″ measured from ceiling to bottom of globe (for reference, our ceilings are 9’6″).  It’s definitely on the low side for a living room fixture, but since we’re planning to add a large, board-game-friendly coffee table beneath, I think it’ll be the perfect height.  We also have a ‘no ball throwing’ rule in our house (technically more of a guideline), so I’m hoping we won’t have to replace any of those hanging glass globes anytime soon.  But I suppose it’d be a small price to pay for having such a beautiful fixture.  And for having such fun, energetic little kids 😉

The Grit and Polish - Rose City Chandelier 3The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Living Rm Chandelier 2

Now that the chandelier and sofa are in, I cannot wait to finish decorating this room!  Garrett mentioned that he doesn’t like the jute rug (something to do with too many browns in here), and I see where he’s coming from.  I’m planning to keep the rest of the finishes light in color, soft to the touch, and lots of vintage to make sure we achieve a comfortable, welcoming, farmhouse-esque feel.

I’m off to scour my favorite vintage and salvage shops (not to mention our garage) to finish up this room.  Wish me luck!  And in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few other rooms we’ve remodeled using Rejuvenation lights (BTW none of the fixtures below were sponsored, we just really love their stuff!).

The Grit and Polish - Rejuvenation Lighting Projects

Dexter kitchen, Imbrie | Wilder’s bedroom, Jefferson | Dexter bathroom, Fords Mill Double | Farmhouse masterImbrie

Thank you Rejuvenation for making such beautiful lighting and partnering with us on our Farmhouse living room!  I love you guys <3

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. more on this room: pulling up the carpetspaint, picking out the sofainspiration, and getting the sofa!

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