That title implies that I would be showing you a completed nursery, right? Well, it is complete to a degree. The crown moulding is in, we’ve put down a carpet and the baby has moved in. But, I’m still painting. Yes, it does take me that long. I’m working on a Peter Rabbit mural for the nursery and now that little guy is napping in there, I can only work in bits and pieces. However, here are the pics of the room so far. We finished painting the room a light turquoise and then readied the closets. I decided to paint them a bit darker than the walls.
Previously, we thought we could line them both with pine and/or cedar and call it done, but the expense kept us on the original plan just to re-plaster. My father had removed all the wallpaper in them during the winter, so they were completely bare. Bill re-plastered and built shelving and I primed and painted. In the meantime, we shopped for a carpet. To keep the dust at bay and the baby healthy, we have decided to wait on refinishing any floors right now. Course, this drives Bill crazy, but it keeps us moving along on getting plaster work done. . . and has given Bill motivation to work on other wood projects (such as our mantel). So, the room has a full rug, which was hard to shop considering the room is shaped like an octagon. We ended up purchasing a rug that was custom cut. . .but the store had to do it twice to get it right because the room isn’t square! Crazy hard. All in all, it is a clean comfy nursery space at this point, but not as fun as it is going to be.
While I’m painting away on the nursery (and finishing stenciling in our bedroom), Bill has moved on to plastering the living room. As you may remember, the ceilings have been sheet-rocked. So, he is working on the walls and seams. The woodwork in there is all cherry, which we love, but this will mean that any additional work we do will need to match. Well, we would want it to match. Eventually, we would like to do a crown/picture rail moulding in there to formalize it. However, the main woodworking project we need to complete is the fireplace mantel. It is currently pine, and we are thinking that it is original, but we aren’t sure. It looks to simple to be Victorian, and yet, we found a matching mantel in oak online that dates to 1890. So, we are debating whether to improve the piece we have by wrapping it around the stove more carefully or to build an entirely new piece that would go up the wall. Any thoughts on that?
My favorite thing in the living room is the side door. It leads to the porch, which is the front porch that wraps around, but the door is mottled with shellac and old stain. I love it! I don’t want to refinish it at all, because the patina is so beautiful to me. However, Bill might win out. It should be refinished to complete the house and care for the wood. Sigh. (I like this door even more than the stain glass in the front window).
So, this is our current state. . . Hopefully by the holidays we can have a lot more done. It would be nice to be in the living room by Christmas, for Will’s first.