Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Omigosh July is gone

and I haven't blogged much at all.

If you're wondering what I've been doing - I have been nesting.
It's not what you think - those days are long gone - I just get a
hankering to nest every now and again and apparently July
was the month to begin.

I have been on a refreshing/repairing/repainting initiative
around the house. What a mess 11 years of double strollers,
double bikes, double trouble can do to a home.

So, first the 1925 guest bathroom - all of the fixtures are
original and very odd sizes - basically this room is about
2 feet too narrow. What's a gal to do?

Resurface! I had the tub and cool old sink resurfaced
(it is not in place yet in this photo). I spent DAYS patching,
sanding, patching, sanding, patching, sanding the old plaster
walls to get them flat. And then papered them with some cool
reproduction William Morris-esque wallpaper I found on eBay.

Dang if that room doesn't look like the day after the room
was finished in 1925 - I LOVE it! We built a frame around the
inset mirror and I painted the ceiling I had previously papered
a lovely plum color. New light and Bam! Bob's your uncle!
(or at least my bathroom looks pretty cool...)

Now I am on a roll (wallpaper that is) I loved the results
sooo much I decided to do the same to the dining room.
When we first attacked that dining room 10 years ago I
was so sick of the project when we finished I didn't think
I could eat in there much less work on it again. We put
up all that wood work. Yup - all of it. I went around that
room so many times I was dizzy!

Again with the patching, sanding, patching, sanding, patching,
sanding the old plaster walls to get them flat.

'Honey, eventually you just have to stop.'

That Gapetto - sometimes he is a veritable sage.

It is not finished yet but I put the paper up and it looks divine!
It is the same pattern as the bathroom but different palette.

I let you know if I ever finish.

In the meantime, the cleaning lady is on hold and the house is
in an insane state of disarray.

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At July 29, 2009 at 5:55 PM , Blogger undercover caterer said...

yep, I'm in major home improvement mode too. Do you think it's summer that brings it on?

At July 29, 2009 at 8:44 PM , Blogger Mary Ellen said...

At least you're accomplishing things! Love the bathroom - gorgeous!

At July 29, 2009 at 10:06 PM , Blogger Laura ~Peach~ said...

lovely.... i have several unfinished projects here... come on over when you are done there:)

At July 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Mama Goose said...

I love the paper! And the plum ceiling! I never would have thought of doing that. Thanks for the inspiration! I have WAY too many projects to do...

At July 31, 2009 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Evansmom said... I.covet.your.bathroom. May I move in with you?

At August 1, 2009 at 8:35 PM , Blogger Lise said...

Beautiful! Was the wallpaper from a private seller or was it from a company that sells through ebay? I'm in the market for wallpaper for my 1909 home.

At August 1, 2009 at 9:27 PM , Blogger Stella said...

I LOVE it! I want to have a wonderfully warm family dinner in that dining room and then go to the bathroom! ;)

I'm still trying to finish the bathroom I started LAST SUMMER!

At August 2, 2009 at 12:29 PM , Blogger Just Another Mom said...

Looks wonderful! When you're done, wanna come do my house? It doesn't have to be patched and sanded, just painted. =)

At August 2, 2009 at 9:38 PM , Blogger Krystyn said...

That's some serious work. I love the bathroom ceiling. So unique.

At August 3, 2009 at 8:42 PM , Blogger Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

You know, that was us on a smaller scale back in June. I think it's the equivalent of spring cleaning except I think it's the modern-day "kids are out of school and I don't have to think about a schedule for two and a half months." Gotta love it!

At August 16, 2009 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Margaret said...

Oh, that dining room is sublime! It's exactly what I want to do in my study. You did that wainscotting yourself?


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