Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Just in time for Thanksgiving, a little rearrange-ify-cation of things:

Now, if only I had a cooking fireplace around which to nestle that cozy little seating area, my last remaining kitchen dream would be fulfilled.

I have perennially itchy decorating feet so this quick change was just what I needed to help cope with the gray days of winter. It's nice to have a new view, and I'm liking being able to plop right down in comfy chair to enjoy a cup of coffee or a quick email check while I'm busy banishing the nasty weather in the kitchen.

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Blogger Pretty Nerdy said...

Beautiful photo! Please tell us where the green and blue squiggle area rug came from?

12:28 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Rug is from Chiasso

12:42 PM  
Blogger Cathi/Mike said...

Hey! I'd forgotten all about your website until I read your post on Apartment Therapy! What product did you use on your concrete floors, and did you apply it yourself? I'm the one that said I bought a Behr product for our concrete countertops and am very happy with it, but we have an entire first floor to finish, and I'd rather use a stain. I'd *really* rather just have a concrete-colored (i.e. no stain, just sealant or wax) floor, but nobody around here seems to think that I really want that! Thanks, Cath P.S. This blog is still active, right, or are you doing the SplatGirl only?

1:01 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Yep, I'm still here. Just recovering from the holiday season :)

My floors have seen various treatments and are still a work in progress...I don't think I've found the perfect solution yet. I was just researching sealers again the other day (hence my comment at AT about what is available now)
I few months ago I put a couple of coats of the water based acrylic sealer that's sold for VCT flooring on my lower level floors. It gave them a fairly nice look but like a lot of other products, it needs to be refreshed from time to time with another coat and it scuffs.

I guess I'm still on the fence about the level of shine that I want, the amount of toxcicity I'm willing to accept from the product, and the permanence of it. Coating type sealers (vs. penetrating) put me off for some reason but it's likely that is what I'll end up with eventually. Part of my deal is that I wanted my floors to acquire a bit of a patina before I did anything to them that would stop that from happening. But yea, everything I've experimented with until now has been applied by me, and that's definitely the way I'll go when I make a "final" decision, too.

I'm a plain gray concrete kind of person, and I dislike colorants or acid dyes both because it's not by aesthetic and because I've never seen a situation where they didn't wear off or fade. Perhaps those products are better now, too.
The concrete network website has some good links to sealer mfgr's.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love what you did with your house. If I had a fraction of your vision and handiness on things I would be a happy camper. I was looking for Ikea hacks for some cool doors I wanna rig for a bedroom when I came across you're beautiful loft.

Here's mine, Ive only had 4 months to play so far, not enough time...

10:28 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Just found your blog and am impressed with all the great ideas you've incorporated into this house. I'm getting ready to build in a similar climate, Vermont, and wondered how your concrete flooring worked out. It looks like you have concrete throughout with radiant heating. Are you happy with that in bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.? Is all your heat provided through radiant heating or any baseboard, radiators?

Also, we're thinking of doing without any baseboard trim. The trim you went with looks interesting but I can't place exactly what you used?


7:49 AM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Hi Michael
LOVE the concrete floors, although 100% hard surface does take some getting used to vs. mostly carpet which is what I had in our previous home. I do have area rugs here and there, but that's as much for looks as anything else.
We heat via hydronic radiant exclusively, and it's all in the floors. I would never want to live without it again...it's so fabulous in so many ways.

The base trim is steel. I too like the look of no baseboard, but achieving that look would have been prohibitively expensive besides the fact that it's really VERY impractical..think of all the dings and scrapes drywall corners are subjected to and multiply that by about a gazillion.

cheers, and best of luck with your project!

8:52 AM  
Blogger ralapack said...

What kind of tree is that?

3:39 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Hi Rich. It's a bird of paradise plant that started life as a ~4' tall, $15 IKEA special. It's now almost 15'!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi there -
LOVELY project you've got. My wife and I are fascinated by your blog and all the great photos. We came across your site googling "corrugated steel siding" of all things. What product are you using for siding, specifically the corrugated sheets? And what are the flat panels you've paired with the metal? Did you paint it? Would love to learn more about your exterior. Keep it up! So inspiring...

10:00 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Hi Barton
It's Galvalume and smooth Hardi-panel. The Galvalume comes in several colors or can be custom, I think, if you want a lot of it. The Hardi-panel is painted just like any other fiber cement siding would be.

cheers. glad you're finding some useful info!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Allen Mueller said...

Where did you get the stain formula for the concrete floor? I want to do the same exact color...

12:14 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

plain concrete. no stain.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Love the baseboards - can you be more specific as to what type, thickness, lengths, joints, etc.? We are pouring concrete over tile shortly to hide that monstrosity, but removing the tile baseboards wrecks the drywall and that'll need to get covered up. I was thinking steel - but not sure how to accomplish!

6:36 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

The base"boards" are 4" wide plain steel with a slight (~5 degree) opposing bend on the long edges to help it hug the wall better and keep it from looking wonky. I had it fabricated in 10' sections, with holes every 2' to to make installing them easier. I still had to drill holes, but not nearly as many. The joints are just butted. It was a PITA to cut and attach compared with wood. IIRC, it's 10 or 12 gauge.
Get some samples and see what works in your space--4" is probably pretty big for the average room.

8:33 AM  

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