Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Non-Room

There is a small area in my house where the staircase leads to the second story.  The kitchen, dining room, and foyer all feed into this area that consists of a radiator and a few hooks for coats.  It's basicly a short hallway with a stained glass window.

Actually the window is on the landing going to the next floor but it is a nice focal point for this area. I had the design altered slightly from a picture I found at the library. This window was orginally stained glass as was the tradition in this neighborhood. However, it was removed by previous owners and replaced with amber plexiglass. Sorry, no picture. You would have loved it. (lol)

This is taken from the second floor looking up to the third floor.  You can see part of the stained glass window on the left.

The stairs are open to the third floor and wind their way to the top.

The one wall opposite the stairs is mostly taken up with the radiator.  It's nice to have a mirror on this wall to reflect what light you do get from the window.

It is a fairly dark area and based on what I did with the rest of the first floor woodwork, it's no surprise that the trim in this area would get the same treatment. 

Just painting the trim around the doorways lightened the space considerably.

I decided to use a different mirror too.

This one I pulled from my stash.

Naturally it didn't stay gold.

Art Mart has a nice variety of colors in spray paint.

I wasn't quite satisfied with the solid color,
so I added French Beret in the crevices and wiped off the excess.

There really was nothing wrong with the other mirror, but as long as I was getting a fresh look, I changed this too.

The radiator needed to be a different color too. But what?

Sticking with the idea of lightening this space, I painted it the same color as the wall. (Pale Oak OC-20)

The fixture I ordered on line. One small problem... the previous light had no switch on the wall...just a little turn button. The new fixture was not equipped with such a button. However, this is one of those times when a hiccup turns out to be a plus. Dan equipped my new fixture with a touch sensor and it's 3-way! Yay!!

Then the dilemma became, "what to do with the staircase?"  This was a tough call.   I needed to make the staircase relate to the flip side of this area but whatever I did to the railing would carry right up to the second floor and....you get the picture.  Transitions like this can be complicated.

This is what I chose as a compromise.  I painted the inserts of the paneling.  What you see here is the primer with a strip of test color.

I did not make them OC-23 like the trim paint.  That was just too stark next to all that oak.  Instead I painted them Winterwood.  It's works well with the wood and it brings a lighter tone to that side of the space.  I was able to limit the painting of the wood to the first level without looking like I stopped in an awkward spot. This picture was taken before the final coat.

Plus, I got to patch and cover with paint some damaged areas in the paneling.

Here is a view from the opposite side.  I had added the dado many years ago in an attempt to camouflage dirty little handprints from showing up on a white wall. I was now ready to go back although I must admit I find that I occasionaly steady myself  on that wall now. 
 Notice the black baseboards...hmmm?

This shows it going away.  I wish I could say it was simple and quick.

But there were other cracks and imperfections and this was the time to fix those too.

And as long as you're at it, right?

This process continued up to the third floor and lasted for three days.  Then there was sanding and cleanup to prepare for priming and painting.
So much for simple.

Obviously I was not the one doing this work.

I got back into the picture when it came to the window.  I washed, caulked and primed what I could reach.  That upper right corner was just not accessible...to me anyway.
I persuaded Dan to prime that section.
 I kept with my theme of painting the frame around the window in French Beret.  The sill looks good in the same black.  I'm waiting for Dan to come back with his ladder and and longer arms to finish the job.
If you recall, the baseboards going up the stairs were black.  Now they are all light and bright with a coat of OC-23 Classic Gray.  The walls are still  about two weeks away from getting painted.  I'm on the list and waiting my turn. Once the painting is complete, I will freshen up the floors and this area will be finished.
 This is the view from the kitchen...the one room untouched by this renovation.  You probably guessed the reason for that.  $$$ =)
I realize I have not given you the final pictures of the foyer but I'm hoping to accessorize the shelves and have that ready for viewing by the next post.




I finally decided on

I also wanted to get rid of the black baseboards on the stairs.  This was a labor intensive job I wasn't willing to pay someone else to do.  Ugh!

While this was getting done, Chuck was busy priming and painting the stairwell and second floor hall.

I opted for the Pale Oak all the way to the top.  I don't intend to repaint this area for a REALLY long time and this was about as neutral as I could get.  Besides it is light and brightens up these areas that get minimum daylight.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bark Cloth Drape

For those of you who missed the decision making process on what fabric to use in the foyer, you can read about it here.
Most everyone was in agreement on using the bark cloth, pinch pleated drape that I had purchased at an antique mall.

I knew I did not want the pleats, so they were ripped out first.

The single drape measured 141 inches wide.  It was constructed from three widths of fabric and was wider than I needed. 

It so happens it was also shorter than required.  My plan was to hang it between the window and the door at door height.

 I ripped out one seam and used that one width of fabric to cut two pieces to add to the bottom.  Getting all of this to line up was a bit of a feat.  It is not absolutely perfect all the way across but close enough not to be noticable.  As you can see in the above photos, it was also lined.  That meant doing all this twice, although, no matching was required for the lining which did make it easier. 

My plan was to use a very simple rod.  Much as I like the lovely decorative finials, this just wasn't the place for them.  I needed the drape to come up against the casing of the door and I didn't want a finial that stuck past the casing.  Nor did I want a finial bumping up against the bookcase. That made it an easy decision.  Finding it was a little harder.

 Small ring clips were used to attach the curtain to the rod.
Once the walls were painted my brother hung the rod.  First, however, he had  to cut three wooden circles as back plates to keep the screws from pulling out.  Even mounting those back circles was tricky.  Once I told him where I wanted them to be, he drilled, and twice out of three times he drilled into thin air.  So the "ideal" location had to be shifted slightly until he hit something solid behind that plaster. 

Thus, the end by the door is slightly farther from the casing than I planned.  However, because of the fullness of the folds it is working out fine.

Now I have to decide if I want to leave the window and door glass completely uncovered.  For now I'm ok with that.  If something moves across my radar that I think will be good with everything else, I'll consider it.

I do love the pattern and the colors of this fabric.

 I'm thrilled that it's working here.

One thing that was driving me crazy was the messy glazing job on the outside of the window.  As you probably know, cleaning that stuff off and redoing it is far from easy.  It was certainly not a job I wanted to tackle...not right now anyway.

Once again brother Dan came up with a quick and easy solution.

Quarter inch pin strip tape from the automotive store.

Applied as a border on the inside glass it was enough to hide the mess.  And because my window sash is painted French Beret, it was the perfect fix.

I published this post and then realized I didn't take a picture from this angle.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lighting the Foyer

Just to refresh your memory,
this was my first attempt at lighting this room.

I followed that up with this.

The next change looked like this.  Then came the current desire to remodel.
I looked for replacement chandeliers at...


                                                                              Habitat Restore

on line..

and my own stock pile.

None of these seemed to be what the room called for.
Then I found a pair of lights I really liked at a resale shop called The Refind Room.

There were some quirks with overhead lighting in this room.  The existing chandelier was centered on the room but not on the fireplace.  Because I plan for the fireplace to be the focal point I needed it to be centered.

Some adjustments were made and then all was well.

   No worries...this picture does not reflect the end of this story.

This is what is missing in the previous picture.  However, they were in serious need of a degreaser

Next came the painting of the wood caps at the top.

The socket for the bulbs was also connected to a wood piece that needed painting too.

Even the cords were sprayed with black Majic paint that is guaranteed to stick to anything...in this case rubber.

A three week wait for the ceiling to be painted and...finally the day arrived. But the painter was a no-show.  He had double booked, so a bit more of a delay.  There are plenty of reasons for lapses between posts and this is one of them.

But finally,
we went from this....

to this.

Here they are in off position.


or OFF, I think they look pretty cool.

I really am very happy with the glow they give to the room and the way they refect in the mirror.  All's well that ends well.  Of course, the end is not quite here.  Next post will be about that drapery fabric I talked about eons ago.