Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Labels: This Old House
Working on this old house is a perpetual practice. It seems like the projects are unending, so often times months pass and the only difference is that the projects are in a different stage. Stages aren't as exciting as completed projects, but I guess it's just a matter of perspective. A new stage means something was completed. Here's is a glimpse of the projects and stages we've been working on since June. It's actually really exciting stuff!!!! Like the girls have moved into their own room and are enjoying an adorable bedroom that I'll be sharing in another post. We've ordered and received all the fancy plumbing fixtures for the TWO marble showers and claw foot tub. Plus, we bought two NEW toilets and found valves to attach rigid supply lines to the refurbished sink/faucets in our baths. A tedious process of taking the faucet bodies to plumbing supply stores and trying each and every valve in stock to find the perfect "unique" fit. Nothing is ever simple when "restoring" the old.
Let's start with the outside. The painting was completed in June, and I've been waiting to post pics because I had my fingers crossed for the storm windows, but that's another "stage." So, while the exterior is beautiful and fresh (especially decked out for Christmas) it just won't feel complete (to me) until the storm windows are in place. It's a constant inside/outside juggle. Work on the outside to protect our home. Work on the inside to make it more enjoyable.
Part of having the exterior repainted was replacing a couple of old exterior doors and installing a NEW set of french doors that let out into the back yard. A few before and after shots:
Pretty, huh? I LOVE how beautiful the black door looks against the Woodstock brown paint! Below a shot of the old door and paint. By the way, painting a door black is not easy or fun.
Heading inside. Our time has been spent working on bathroom trim. Steven built custom chair rail trim for the master bath and we finished the final coat of paint last weekend. It looks simple, but the "stages" take time. Cut the wood. Route the wood. Measure, cut and install. Spackle, caulk. Primed twice, painted twice. Touch up and cutting in. Time, time, time. So pretty and well worth the effort. Feels so good to have ALL THE trim finished in the master bath.
And finally an "accessory" project we've been working on. Steven's parents sold us this old iron bed for $20. We had the bed sandblasted and primed. In October Steven made the time to paint it and cut and install 2x4 cross bracing for the box spring and mattress.
We are now enjoying the new bed in our temporary bedroom. Hope to make this the guest bed once we move into our master bedroom. I think it turned out beautiful!