The Ashland House: Odds and Ends

The 2-paneled doors arrived yesterday.
Good thing too because I was just beginning to ask, “What does a girl have to do to get a flat 2-paneled door around here?!” Six panel doors are more common and therefore easier to acquire. They don’t need to be special ordered. The house doesn’t want 6 panel doors though! The house wants two panel doors because that’s what it had originally.


These doors came pre-primed and pre-hung. Sadly, it was less expensive to buy new doors than to restore the original. The originals will be donated to Re-Use Depot in Maywood.

Speaking of Maywood, Bill our GC met Mr. OPRFLife and me at this little yard near the highway. Apparently the shop was heated by a barrel full of burning wood? I’m actually bummed out that I didn’t get to see that part for myself. What was in the yard? Remnants! I scored enough decent stone to outfit the Kiddo’s bathroom and the Jack and Jill. Check it out:


I know. I know! I said I wasn’t going to put any granite in this house. What can I say? It’s perfect for the Jack and Jill and it’s sparkly in person. As soon as my eyes fell upon it I knew it was The One. It’s called “River White” granite if you’re curious. Apparently some guy ordered it WITHOUT seeing it first, paid for it, was going to have it installed in his kitchen, saw it and said, “That’s not what the picture on the internet looked like!” His loss. Our gain. For the record, the idea of buying granite for an entire kitchen without seeing the slab you are buying is not something I would feel comfortable with. Natural stone can vary significantly from one slab to the next – even if it is the same “color”.

Here’s what I found for the Kiddo’s room:


This is quartz. It’s supposed to look like marble but TO BE HONEST it doesn’t and it’s not. That’s okay though because the vanity is a modest size and there will be a rectangular sink in the middle. Chances are, you won’t notice this counter top if you were to see it after installation unless you were seeking it out.

What else? It looks like we have a bit of landscaping to do this spring:


Would you believe me if I told you it looks better than it did this past summer?

Thanks for reading.  Have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney


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      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thanks Dr. Meg! The granite photo is a little misleading. There’s another photo that gives a more accurate overall view of what will be used, however, this one was the best close-up. Most of the dark vein will get cut off once the slab is cut down to fit the vanity. Glad you like the doors! 😉 xo

    1. N.

      Wow the Ashland house is really coming together 🙂 can’t wait to see the finished product! Love that granite you chose for the jack and Jill by the way 😀👍🏻

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        I once had a conversation with someone who enjoyed scuba diving. They told me that on certain dives they couldn’t wear jewelry or anything that sparkled because the barracuda were attracted to it. I often feel like I’m channelling my inner barracuda when I’m around sparkly things. 🙂 xo

    2. Jim Noonan

      Looks fantastic!

      I’m glad you’re letting the crown moulding, picture rail and base boards “get to know one another”! It makes for a more contented room!

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        I tend to personify inanimate objects. Thank you for your kind comments. Hopefully the trim will make the room more contented and the crown moulding, picture rail and base boards won’t grow to resent each other (or me) once they’re separated. 😉 xo