Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
First, I called in my handyman/carpenter which happens to be my dad. Yes, I have a family who happens to be handy and crafty and has had lots of experience renovating multiple homes... just what I need! Very blessed . J First, we need to patch and cover the huge crack in the wall above the fireplace and any other holes. The two white circles were actually where two sconces hung at one time. They covered these up with the second layer of wallpaper.
Then, he put up a ¼ ” thick melamine board to make sure there is a smooth base surface. Next, he used 1 x 4's (the 1 x 6 seemed too wide) to create the unique windowpane design below. I designed it this way to frame out a large screen TV that will eventually be mounted above the mantel.
Notice the walls are white and not that yucky brown with a whole bunch of cracks? The white is actually a fresh skim coat of plaster. We started to skim the walls in here because they weren't in too bad of shape.
Whether to strip the fireplace mantel or re-paint it is the next question? I like the look of an exposed wood mantel with a painted brick. It's good to use multiple textures and different design elements in a room, creates a focal point for the eye. A smooth wood surface with a rough brick is my kind of taste! So I took the risk not really knowing what the color of the wood or the condition it would be…could always stain it. Using a paint stripper and a scrapper, my mom stripped two coats of paint off of the mantel. The wood is beautiful and in mint condition! All it needs is a little sanding and a clear satin poly coat finish to protect it. The fireplace is primed and ready for paint.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014
Have to point out these original white porcelain handles... HOT, COLD, and WASTE. Hmm...hopefully I can salvage these. It adds character to the bathroom.
So again, just used a small crowbar and a flathead screwdriver to pop these right off. Took me less than an hour. And you can see, I'm slowly stripping the wallpaper, one of the last rooms in the house. Learn more about wallpaper removal here.
Hmmm…interesting that the plaster walls from the 1930's has the same pattern that is popular today (subway tile).
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