Sunday, February 10, 2008

A few more details in the bedroom

One thing that annoys me about the Tinybungalow is the white-ness. I am not sure what the PO was thinking but it seems like everything except for most of the woodwork (thank God) is white. We have white walls, white lighting fixtures, and more white painted trim and doors than I care to deal with. Why they felt the need to paint the registers, I'll never know.

Another white thing that often bothers me are electrical outlet plates. In some instances, I think they are fine. Where I find them particularly funny are in some of the custom or high-end condos I have worked on. People seems to go out of the way to find a unique flooring or marble but when it comes to the outlets - the 49 cent jobbers from Menards seem to be typical. Am I the only on that thinks this looks tacky? In a historic home, it seems like you should do something a little more as well. I am not saying that everyone needs to run out to Rejuvination and spend 15 bucks on a switchplate and I don't think we all need to go back to push-button switches (though I do think they are cool). There are evn nice hand made and hand painted ones out there. I don't expect that from everyone either. I just think some people should give a little thought to the details. In our bedroom, I chose a low-end brass cover and black outlets and switches. For relatively little money (I think 12 bucks for the room), I am happy with the outcome. They aren't white and they make the room look that much closer to "finished".

On the other hand, I may have gone a bit too far with the "brassing" up of the details though. We are currently living with my experiment with metallic paint on the registers. I have a feeling these will be either black or dark brown by the end of the week.


Jennifer said...

The outlets look MUCH better!

Have you considered stripping the paint off of the register vents and letting them be what they were originally?

The brass is nice, but a bit bright... perhaps if there is a paint that is sort of a matt brass it would be perfect.

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

When we stripped the register in the bedroom, it looked like it was once plated brass or some similar metallic finish but there were only a couple areas where it was still there. Maybe I'll get better clues to what it was when I strip registers in the dining room.

StuccoHouse said...

Oh, you hit on a pet peeve of mine....crappy light switch/outlet plates. Totally agree. Target actually sells some decent plates. One of the very first things I did in my house. Your registers are amazingly close to mine...which somehow escaped being painted through the years. They are an original, gloss brown paint....close to the stain color of the baseboard. Your changes look very nice.

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

Thanks for the thoughts on the register. I was going to re-paint it black but I think a dark brown would look better.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap your bedroom looks great! Nice job Tiny Bungalow Team! Can't wait to see the rest of the house!