Fall decorating, the kitchen backer’s rack

The baker’s rack in the kitchen is something I enjoy decorating for the seasons. I love the cozy, homey feeling of seasonal decorating, it’s something I look forward to. This year the baker’s rack is decorated with my favorite blue pumpkins and old crocks and vintage bakeware. I added some old cookbooks and blue jars for more seasonal color and concentrated on pulling out colors from the oil painting, which is a yardsale find. Gotta love that!

Since our kitchen is small I like to keep most of the surfaces clear for food prep, so it’s fun to have this piece to decorate.

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The colors of the old bowls and crocks are perfect for fall decorating.

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The baker’s rack was originally dark wood. You can se the  previous looks here.

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The handled crock was given to me by a friend for helping her move. The blue pumpkins are Jarrahdale, pumpkins (I think), and this is the first year I tried them. I like the color for decorating but don’t know how they taste yet. When I’m done with fall décor I’ll try them and see what they taste like in a pie.

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I nested a pumpkin in this piece of bakeware that I found in my Mom’s things and I love it! It even has a lid.

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We grew the butternut squash and the vine practically overtook the tomatoes in the garden. I thought I was buying a zucchini plant but surprise, it was a squash! Someone must have been playing with the tags in the garden center where we bought the plants. Sarcastic smile The squash are in another old bowl.

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Fall gives us so many beautiful things. We haven’t had a frost yet so we are still harvesting vegetables from our garden.

chalkboard wall

Here’s a peek at the hallway off our kitchen that leads to the garage. It’s got 3 doors, powder room, closet and basement door and I never knew what to do with it so I decided to paint it with chalkboard paint. Now we have a place to write lists and notes or decorate for the seasons. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before! It’s an ideal spot for a chalkboard. Now, if only I could do some fancy hand lettering it would be beautiful too.

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I Painted our tile Backsplash, yes I Did

After adding upper cabinets in my kitchen, painting it and giving it a whole new look, I decided the gold backsplash wasn’t working. I guess I wasn’t thinking that far ahead when I was thinking about freshening up the space. I hate when that happens, don’t you? All I could think about was a shiny, new subway tiled backsplash. I love the fresh, clean look, but realized that change wasn’t going to happen soon, so I came up with plan B, my substitute for subway tile.

American Olean Subway Tile 199x300 Top Ten Kitchen Backsplashes

source Isn’t this subway tile beautiful?

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The gold backsplash was great with my old kitchen and really wasn’t that bad with the new look. It was the gold I wanted to be gone. You can see the previous looks of the kitchen here.

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Plan B was painting the tile. It was a quick and easy solution. I used plain old flat white paint. Because of the texture of the tile, I didn’t think a shiny finish, like subway tile, would look good.

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I didn’t cover every nook and cranny completely to emphasize the texture of the tile. It looks more like a whitewash.

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It really looks so much brighter.

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So there’s the new look! It’s working for me now. I’m almost certain that I’ll get tired of this too! Confused smile  Who knows what will be trending next?

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It looks pretty with pops of bright colors.

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Here’s a closer look at the tile and my pretty old cheese box filled with plants. Hope I can Keep them alive!

Next up on the interior project list will be painting but that will have to wait until all my work outside is finished. I’ve been enjoying working in the garden and getting the flower beds ready for summer. The weather has been just about perfect for working outdoors and it feels great to be outside. We’ve got some power washing to do and I need to paint the shed door but it’s looking good.What have you been up to?

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Valentine’s day décor in the kitchen, Belated

The baker’s rack is decorated in pink and white for Valentine’s day. Painting it white has given it a new life. I painted it Annie Sloan’s old white before Christmas and it’s fun decorating it for the seasons. It holds a collection of white pottery, which you know I love. I added a few Valentine’s and ribbon for a pop of color.

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The pink hearts are actually paper doily hearts that I colored with a marker.

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I added a few Valentine cards here and there.

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On the top shelf, the doily hearts were glued on skewers and I added a little ribbon.

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I twisted the ribbon swag.

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Pretty pink carnations and more doily hearts are on the 3rd shelf.

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The only thing I bought was the Valentine cards, I had the other stuff in my stash!

I’m about to put these decorations away and move on to the next thing but I wanted to share its prettiness!  I hope you had a great Valentine’s day!

 

 

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     Debra (((xx)))

 

Tolix chairs and Industrial style

When my kitchen got a make over I decided I need new stools. The look of  industrial style Tolix chairs was what I wanted but I knew the real thing would be pricy. And it is.

I did a search about the Tolix company and here’s what I learned: 

A French family of zinc roofers discovered that they could protect their metal from rusting by galvanizing it. Years later they set up a factory and started making household items. It was in 1927 that they registered the trademark TOLIX, and started production of chairs, armchairs, stools and metal furniture. They are still manufacturing today.

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source The Sundance catalog sells these Tolix chairs. 

source This style is sometimes called Tabouret, from Overstock.

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source Apartment Therapy has lots of inspiration pictures and sources.

Tolix™ Cafe Chair  source Pottery Barn sells these gorgeous red beauties!

source Antiquaire, the real deal!

Interior Secrets is another source.

I inquired at Antiquaire about the price of the stools I needed, but at almost $500 each it was too much for me. I needed to find some knock offs, in counter height that were much less moolah!

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I found mine at Industry West  for $145.

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Yes, I was a little worried that they would be cheap and fall apart quickly but they are perfect! Just what I wanted.

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This is the galvanized finish.

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Are you using any of the popular Industrial styles in your home?

Industrial style coffee table from World market..

Mix + Match Table - Industrial Steel Base / Solid Wood Top

Table from West Elm

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Pendant, stools and island  from West Elm.  I know this is just a trend but I do love my new stools! Yep, I’m kinda diggin this look! Confused smile

 

After being sick since mid November I’m finally starting to feel a lot better. I still have a cough but I’m hoping this 2nd round of antibiotics will kick this to the curb at last. Been to the Dr. 3 times so let’s hope the 3rd time is the charm.  Open-mouthed smile You know I’m feeling better when I’m thinking about things, like painting!

 

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                 Debra (((xx)))

 

Upper cabinet project in kitchen is finally complete

 

This kitchen cabinet project has gone on forever it seems but I’m happy to say it is finished! From the café curtains to the finishing and painting of all cabinets, it’s done and I am so happy about that!

Here’s a recap and the official reveal of the finished projects.

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Here’s a look at the board and batten project that we did last winter, refinishing my Mom’s table and new fabric panels on the windows.

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Looking through the kitchen and the baker’s rack freshly painted with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.

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Here’s my post about painting the cabinets with Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint. I love how this side of the kitchen turned out. Getting rid of the bifold doors really takes the kitchen up a notch! Notice we added doors below the microwave too.

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A new runner from Rugs USA has the perfect colors for the kitchen’s new look.

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The next project might be replacing the tile backsplash with subway tile. Getting rid of the shelves on this end of the island added a lot of extra space to move around. This was the 2nd transformation of the island, remember this one,  from white to dark red?

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Adding tolix stools to the island is on my to-do list.Something like this,

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A cute shelf was added above the kitchen window.

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In the 16 years we’ve lived in this house there have been a few kitchen makeovers. Back splash sink, granite…..it’s ever evolving!

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I have been on a hiatus because I’ve been sick for the last 3 weeks. What started out as a sinus/allergy problem became a virus with a cough and aches and pains that seem to last forever! I’m sick and tired of coughing my guts out and the throbbing headache that comes with it! I’m sick and tired of feeling lousy and I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired! I’ve been to the Dr twice now and am very slowly starting to feel better. I’m itching to start a new project!

 

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Baker’s rack made over for Christmas with Annie Sloan chalk paint

In the process of decorating for Christmas, I decided to redo the baker’s rack with a little help from Annie Sloan, in old white.  The kitchen and family room were done in gold and red back when this before picture was taken. Since then, these rooms were given a new look with board and batten and Palladian blue, from Benjamin Moore on the walls.

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The after is bright and beautiful! at least I think so and gives the space a completely different feel.

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I added lots of greenery clipped from the yard and red and green Christmas decorations. The old wooden box was holding newspapers in the garage and it’s now looking great in its new home serving as a sort of shelf.

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A little distressing makes the baker’s rack look aged.

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I ‘m guilty of having way too many Christmas decorations in all colors, but I really like the red and lime green combination.

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This little elf boot is one of my favorites.

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I love this sign, let’s not forget the real reason for the season!

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So there’s a little Christmas in the kitchen 2012.

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No Friday feature this week….I’m so behind on my blog posts, I hope to catch up soon!

 

 

 

 

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New fabric for the kitchen

This is the new fabric I chose for the kitchen. Remember my husband could not stand the other fabric I chose? He absolutely hated it and I called it my happy fabric! Oh well, time to start over. I found this new fabric with much softer colors that we both like.

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I found this fabric at Jo-Anns’s on sale for 50% off and then got 25% off at checkout! Now that’s a deal I like!

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There are still pumpkins on the table but I am determined to finish making the window panels before I start decorating for Christmas.

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I’m thinking that I may actually like the new softer fabric better!

cafe curtain

Here’s the link to the post about café curtains in the kitchen. I can’t believer that I have to start making curtains all over again, these colorful ones just needed to be hemmed.

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We woke up to this scene this morning, making it seem so cozy and warm in the house with the fireplace warming us as we had morning coffee. It felt like the perfect day to decorate for Christmas, but not til I get these curtains done!

Are you finished decorating? What have you done so far?

 

Thank you to all who commented with kind words and wishes on the passing of my father. It’s hard to think he won’t be calling me to take him to the store or on errands but I am so thankful his suffering is over.

 

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Progress on the cabinet project and Advance paint from Benjamin Moore

The paint I chose for this project was Benjamin Moore’s Advance, a waterborne alkyd. It’s a latex paint that acts like an oil based paint. I first cleaned the cabinets with TSP and then sanded with fine sandpaper to scuff up the surface before painting. I wiped off all the sanding dust and then painted. On the upper cabinets and doors that were new, unfinished wood, I first primed with BM Fresh Start primer. When I ran out of BM primer I used what I had, Kilz.

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I applied the paint with Purdy brushes and sanded between coats with a sanding block.

BM claims that Advance paint is easy to clean up with soap and water, has low VOCs,  outstanding flow, and  is self leveling. It’s low odor and available in unlimited tinted colors and dries to a hard durable finish.

My experience has been that it is easy to clean up with soap and water, but not on your skin. I tweeted about cleaning my hands after using Advance and someone suggested using a magic eraser. It worked great. Magic eraser was the only way to get it off my hands. I definitely didn’t want to use smelly turpentine.

The flow of the paint was fine with the proper amount of paint on the brush, but the leveling was hard to get right. I have a definite love/hate relationship with this paint. It was hard for me to determine the right amount of paint to put on the brush. Too little made brush marks and streaks and too much left sagging and brush marks. A small roller left an orange peel look. You can’t brush back over it or it will gunk up.  I wish I had researched paint techniques for using Advance before I started painting. I’ve since found youtube videos on brush techniques when using Advance and lots of mixed reviews.  Seems I’m not the only one who had problems getting a streak free finish with this paint which claims to be self leveling.

As far as odor, I didn’t really notice much at all.

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This is how it looks as it’s drying. The streaks almost look like they are raising up, but they do level out a bit.

orange peel look

I call this the orange peel finish.

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It doesn’t look that bad in person. Thank goodness! And the finish is tough after it cures. There’s a definite leaning curve and I got better as I got further into the project. Some areas are perfect and others are not.

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Progress continues a little every day and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We decided to add another set of doors on the pantry wall and I’m excited about the extra storage space. There are a couple of doors to finish and then the cabinet painting is finished! Yippee! I still have to touch up the walls where the blue tape failed. I finished up the project with Frog tape after that.

Chugging along but Almost done!

As far as Benjamin Moore Advance paint, it’s hard to work with so I honestly don’t think I’d use it again.

 

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Progress in the kitchen, new Pantry doors

I’m doing a happy dance here because all that’s left to do in the kitchen makeover project is paint! This is the before picture. I added white lines to mimic where the trim and crown molding would go to get a feel for how it would look. The bi-fold doors out-of-here!kitchen-wall-refrigerator-Copy

I didn’t have a friendly relationship with those doors! They were always getting stuck in the track and were the source of much aggravation.  

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Here’s how it looks now, all trimmed out with crown molding and new doors. It looks fancy and I love it! We decided to add another set of doors from the microwave down. That will give me tons more storage on this side of the kitchen.

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Today the kitchen looks like this, a mess. The upper cabinets have been painted but all the other ones still need to be painted. The pot rack will be taken down and I might add pendant lights.

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At this end of the island the shelves were removed and nice big corbels were added. Those shelves were nothing but dust catchers anyway and removing them opened up the space a little more.

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It looked like this before, always very dusty.

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Removing the shelves also made space for another stool.

That is where we are at today with this project. The upper cabinets are the only part that were DIY. I hired a carpenter to trim everything and am so glad I did. He got all the doors at a decent price from a cabinet shop and was easy to work with. He understood what I was trying to achieve.

When doing DIY projects it’s best to know your limitations. My husband wasn’t comfortable with doing this kind of finishing work and  crown molding is something we haven’t mastered but I’m working on it. Winking smile

 

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Project update, What I’ve been working on

The upper cabinet project continues but I’ve taken it just about as far as I am willing to do as a DIY project. The doors are being ordered online and I’ll share that link later. A carpenter is coming to look at the job and give me an estimate for trimming it all out and adding trim on the opposite wall to make it look built in. Something like this,

 

On the wall opposite the sink in my kitchen there’s the refrigerator, microwave, a row of deep shelves where I store cookbooks etc. and a pantry with bifold doors. I really want to get rid of those doors. I posted about this before with a little glimpse of what I’m trying to achieve.

Meanwhile, I started a new project, which I thought would be quick and easy.

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Boy was I wrong!

oak table base

This is the base of 25 year old oak table. I’m showing it to you so you can see how light the finish was. I really wanted the top of the table to be darker and the base painted.

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These are the leaves propped up so you can see how dark they are now compared to the base.

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Here’s the table top after a full day of sanding off my mess! I used a product that was stain and poly in one and totally screwed up, all because I didn’t read the directions. I thought you used it like any other stain and left it on the surface to make the wood darker. It got all gunky and sticky like gum when I tried to wipe it off! UGH! So I scraped and sanded and sanded some more until I thought I got it all off. It took all day! The next morning I thought I was good to go and start all over with a different stain, this time it was just stain, but I ended up sanding more of the mess off. I think I got it now.

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I just have to get some fine sand paper and go over it a little. Phew, what a project!

chalk paint table base

Here’s the table base after a coat of CeCe Caldwell chalk paint in Seattle Mist, a light taupe color.

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This is a shot of the upper cabinets painted. The lower cabinets will get painted with the same paint, Advance from Benjamin Moore. This paint is a latex paint that acts like an oil based paint. It went on very smooth and is self leveling so there are virtually no brush marks,

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Young House Love wrote a great post about this paint, they used it their kitchen too.

So that’s it. Now I’m looking for fabric and not having much luck. I actually had fabric that I thought I was going to you but it’s just not doing it for me anymore! smile_sad Got a good fabric source to share?

 

There’s still time to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway.

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Trying to create Upper Cabinets in the kitchen

Creating upper cabinets is my current project. I fell in love with the look of upper cabinets and wanted to try and recreate the look in my own kitchen. The keyword here is TRY, as this is a total DIY project done by me, mostly.

 

Upper cabinets will provide me with some much needed storage space for rarely used pieces. I really love the built in microwave too.

Source: bhg.com via Bungalow on Pinterest

 

What’s not to love about this gorge kitchen? From the planked ceiling and beautiful floor to the chandelier and those swoon worthy cabinets, it’s yummy! Silvery tones, soft blues and white sure do complement each other beautifully.

Source: houzz.com via Bungalow on Pinterest

 

Even though these upper cabinets don’t have glass doors, I still love this look, especially in this very rich looking kitchen. But, eek, there’s no room for fake vines! Confused smile

 

I would never have attempted a project like this without my handy nail gun from Lowe’s. It makes a project so much easier!  This model From Campbell Hausfeld is very affordable.

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Here we go…

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Here’s the first cabinet I put together. It’s not quite square but Bill said that’s an easy fix.

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My second attempt was much better. Smile This cabinet was square.

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Getting there! Just keepin it real so excuse the mess.

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A lot of wood filler and sanding and they will be good, I think.

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We had to get a new fridge, she’s a beauty!

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On this side of the room, I’d like to add molding and try to create a custom built in look.

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Something like this but with different pantry doors and the look of a built in microwave. Can you see my vision?

For beautiful kitchen inspirations check out my Pinterest board.

I’ll be working on this all week and then start to think about how to put together the doors. That’s the scary part. If I can’t figure it out I might have them made.

Can you recommend a good creamy white for kitchen cabinets? I’ll be looking for paint soon.

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So that’s my latest project, but I move so slowly doing stuff like this and the weather getting so hot and humid might slow me down even more. The chairs for the family room are ready to be picked up from the slipcover angel and that room is ready for accessories! Finally. We added some new pieces to the patio so come back on Wednesday for that.

 

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