It is long overdue that I catch all of you up on the house work. We have been working, but there aren’t a lot of photos to show for it. So, I’ll catch you up on what I can.
First, here is a shot of our newly re-organized 2 car garage. In the last post, I wasn’t able to show how we could park everyone in comfortably. We’ve spent a few days organizing and hanging tools to make room for everything, so I needed to share. It’s a tight squeeze, but in the heart of winter, might pay off to keep the cars snow free.
Now, on to where we are with the bedroom. It’s now day 19 of the Master Bedroom work. And, Bill is sanding as I type. The plaster is almost complete, we’ll need a few touch ups right before priming. The room is chalk white, except for some of the pink trim showing. If the floors looked good, the room would be pristine.
Bill will be finishing the sanding today and we’ll start priming. We’re using a shellac primer, which allows us to paint over the old trim, the plaster, anything raw like wood, and have completely even coverage. It’s beautiful stuff. Once the priming is done, I can spend the week painting the ceiling and walls!!! I won’t tell you the colors I’ve chosen yet, to share the surprise in the photos yet to come.
We will still need to touch up plaster in the “nook” and then in the closet. We’re lucky to have a rather large closet in such an old house, but it certainly isn’t big enough for the two of us. We’ll remodel it so that Bill has lots of room for work clothes, and I’ll inherit the armoire that he is currently using.
The “nook”. It is a small “room” off to the left side of the master bedroom, about 7′ x 8′ with a window and a cabinet built it. Originally, it could have been a dressing area, or a place for a crib.
Sometime since 1894, someone put a sheetrock wall between it and the main bedroom, with a window and door opening. We left the sheetrock to divide the spaces, as ideally down the line we’d like to make a second full bath in that space (if the plumbing allows.) I’ve put in a quick floor plan sketch so you can see really how the room is laid out. (Technically, we don’t have a fireplace in the bedroom, but the chimney runs up through the side wall.)
Lastly, once the painting is done, I’ll stencil and we’ll do the trim. But, we will also do the floors in this room to complete the whole thing.
The middle of the room is bare wood flooring, as in, never been touched with any sort of finish. The outside, around the trim has a 2′ painted perimeter. Clearly, a carpet was in the room, and everything not covered was painted brown. The upstairs hallway and small back bedroom are the same. However, the painted area is a mess, and we’re going to sand, condition, stain and finish the wood to protect it and make it sharp looking. If we felt we could maintain an original oil and wax finish, we would. But, we don’t really need more upkeep on this house than we already have. I’m aiming to get started on the floor before Thanksgiving, but it will depend on how quickly I can get the painting completed.
I’m off to help Bill clean up sanding dust, hope you enjoy the update!