In a Few Minutes

Last evening I did a small amount of painting after working all day.  First I needed to touch up the front door in a couple of spots.

Sparrow on the front door.

Sparrow on the front door.

While I had the brushes dirty I painted the sideslip on the fireplace.

The exposed brick which had been painted to match the old wall color is sometimes called the "sideslip" of a fireplace.

The exposed brick which had been painted to match the old wall color is sometimes called the “sideslip” of a fireplace.

Ultimately I’d like to tile it with herringbone soapstone or slate but until then it’s painted Benjamin Moore Sparrow like the front door.

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Tonight our buddy is supposed to come over to help Charlie get started on putting Hardie backer in the showers.

The incredibly heavy 4 by 8 sheets of Hardie backer are leaning againt the closet in the conservatory waiting for someone who knows how to use it.

The incredibly heavy 4 by 8 sheets of Hardie backer are leaning against the closet in the conservatory waiting for someone who knows how to use it.

Yippee!

What are your plans for tonight? This weekend?

Working on the Curtain Design

I haven’t had curtains in the house since I moved in in 1997.

In the living room and dining room I had roller shades that matched the wall color.

In the living room and dining room I had roller shades that matched the wall color.

Charlie likes curtains so I’m trying to decide how to make them. I know how to sew so I’ve never actually purchased ready-made curtains. In the past I’ve made pinch-pleated curtains, Roman shades, balloon shades and regular top-ruffled curtains.  Perhaps one of the reasons I prefer no curtains is that I just don’t feel like making them. Whooo!

Only 2 windows remain in the living room after the renovation.

Only 2 windows remain in the living room after the renovation.

However, I’ve decided that I can make the two pairs that will be needed in the living room.  At first I thought I’d like a framed valance with a curved bottom edge trimmed with welting. Even though I was planning to use a rough canvas for the valance when I drew it up it looked too fancy.

Living room curtains with a framed valance

Living room curtains with a framed valance

And I can always add a valance later.

Straight curtains with a pinch pleat hanging from a simple rod seems more appropriate.

Straight curtains with a pinch pleat hanging from a simple rod seems more appropriate.

So I redrew everything with straight, pinch-pleated curtains.

Curtains on one wall will be behind a sofa.

Curtains on one wall will be behind a sofa.

It looks better to me so I’m off to find a cotton or linen fabric that has some grey in it to blend into the walls.

Front window

Front window

I like a room that is not too cut up by curtains to which I alluded yesterday.

This fabric is the perfect color with strands of grey crossing strand of natural colored canvass but it seems too stiff for curtains, perfect for shades.

This fabric is the perfect color with strands of grey crossing strands of natural-colored canvas but it seems too stiff for curtains, perfect for shades.

If I decide to keep roller shades at the windows I might recover them with this perfect shade of canvas.

PS Sorry for the poor quality photos but I printed them, then drew on them, then scanned them back into the computer. Every step was a deterioration.

Do you like to sew?

Fabrics for the Living Room

I know when I get the living room set up I’ll need to consider curtains, maybe shades of some kind, and updated pillows.

The old living room set up had buff colored shades (no curtains) and stingy-sized throw pillows.

The old living room set up had buff colored shades (no curtains) and stingy-sized throw pillows.

To that end I pulled out my own stash of fabric that might work in the new living room now that the flowered love seats have been moved into the conservatory.

The chairs are remaining blue so finding these fabrics in my collection is a bonus.

The chairs are remaining blue so finding these fabrics in my collection is a bonus.

I found a roll of gorgeous grey interwoven with natural canvas.  This fabric is too stiff for curtains but might make a wonderful framed valance or pillow cover or ottoman upholstery.

Grey and natural linen weave canvas in the upper right-hand corner.

Grey and natural linen weave canvas in the upper right-hand corner.

I also have the printed fabric from the mid-century chair I recovered.  I think there’s enough for the seat of a padded bench in the mudroom and some pillows for the living room.

"Deauville Dance" in the color Luna is a Jacobean print on an Ikat diamond background.

“Deauville Dance” in the color Luna is a Jacobean print on an Ikat diamond background.

Finally I found a soft, creamy-colored textured cotton which would look great on some pillows.

This nubby soft cotton has a wide wale that would add a modern texture to the living room.

This nubby soft cotton (like chenille) has a wide wale that would add a modern, casual texture to the living room.

I’ll be looking for a fabric that drapes well near the color of the first fabric above, the canvas, to use for curtains.  I like curtains that continue the color of the walls so the room is not broken up too much.

Our old roller shades need a pick-up.

Our old roller shades need a pick-up because they don’t go with the new colors in the room.

One thing is for sure, the Smith and Noble roller shades in the light ochre color which used to match the walls are going to be changed.  Either I’ll recover them with something new or get rid of them altogether.  I must say they have held up over the past 15 years very well.

Do you keep a stash of fabric? Paint?

A Rug Pad for the Living Room

I have had for the past 17+ years a weird composition sponge foam rug pad under the large rugs at The Glade.

We've been using the old spongy carpet pads as drop cloths.

We’ve been using the old spongy carpet pads as drop cloths.

I wanted something nicer, i.e. a felt pad like we had in the old days.

Felt rug pad made from natural materials.

Felt rug pad made from natural materials.

I searched locally and also on the internet. Finally I found a discussion thread that suggested RugPadCorner.com.

I pushed the furniture to the endges of the room and rolled back the rug in anticipation of the new rug pad.

I pushed the furniture to the edges of the room and rolled back the rug in anticipation of the new rug pad.

I ordered a custom trimmed quarter-inch felt pad for our 8′-0″ by 10′-7″ living room rug. The price, $89, came with free shipping. There was also a 15% discount coupon which I forgot to apply but I emailed them and they applied it for me.

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It came yesterday afternoon and I got busy right away laying it in the living room.

We squared up the rug pad and laid the rug on it.

We squared up the rug pad and laid the rug on it.

Then I put the rug on top.

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I think this was the last thing holding me up from furnishing the living room. I’m on it.

What’s holding you up? Or who?

The Railing

The railing on our very narrow stairs is heavy wrought iron: sturdy and dirty. I unscrewed the bottom railing to paint the wall behind it and realized I grab it almost every time I go upstairs.

The steps are very narrow so this iron railing is staying.

The steps are very narrow so this iron railing is staying.

I’m not inclined to change the railing but I think it needs a good cleaning.

The black railing is worn and dusty.

The black railing is worn and dusty.

Then I’d like to spray paint it but first I have to choose a color.

The railing goes all the way to the top of the stairs and then creates a return to prevent falling down the stairs.

The railing goes all the way to the top of the stairs and then creates a return to prevent falling down the stairs.

I’ve narrowed the choices down to two: navy blue or metallic charcoal.  I have examples of both.

We painted the wrought iron railing in front of the potager glossy navy blue.  It looks good and gives subtle color to the traditional gate.

A section of fence and the gate painted navy blue

A section of fence and the gate painted navy blue

But my go-to spray paint color has always been metallic charcoal.  I’ve painted everything from benches and bistro sets to bells  and  ceramic Christmas trees metallic charcoal.

The ironwork on our park bench is metallic charcoal. Even being out in the weather it has held up very well.

The ironwork on our park bench is metallic charcoal. Even being out in the weather it has held up very well.

Help me out here.

Charcoal Metallic or Glossy Navy? Hmmmm.

Charcoal Metallic or Glossy Navy? Hmmmm.

Which color would you choose?

What’s your favorite spray paint color? Brand?

A Reminder to Be Grateful

Yesterday I actually finished something that I’ve been working on for a few weeks: painting the living room.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

Revere Pewter on the walls.

Revere Pewter on the walls.

Now the ceiling and the walls in the living room and attached front hall are painted. Yea!

I cleaned the mirror I use over the mantel and hung it back up.

I cleaned the mirror I use over the mantel and hung it back up.

Before the front door was moved the secretary was tucked in the corner and disappeared when the door was opened.

The living room before the renovation. The secretary was tucked into the far corner near the front door.

The living room before the renovation. The secretary was tucked into the far corner near the front door.

Temporarily the secretary was against near the front door.

Temporarily the secretary was against the wall near the front door in its new position.

I moved the secretary from near the front door to the weird wall created by internal duct work.

The height of the secretary might disguise the beam running through the middle (not exactly the middle) of the wall.

The height of the secretary might disguise the beam running through the middle (not exactly the middle) of the wall.

In its place I put our old marble-topped washstand.

LivingRoomWashStand

I also got brave and gave the front door a coat of dark grey paint: Sparrow by Benjamin Moore. I wasn’t sure it would be OK until the whole door was painted and now I’m ready to give it a second coat.  Actually I love it.  The color Sparrow is funny in that it looked brownish until it’s totally on then it’s a warm dark grey.

Sparrow on the front door.

Sparrow on the front door.

On a low note the handyman who came to look over our drywall/Hardie backer project on Friday called to say he couldn’t do it.  At first Charlie and I were upset then we realized God was in the refusal.

Charlie called our talented but busy friend who knows how to do all the building trades to ask if he would give us a hand for a few days.  While they were chatting we found out that our friend’s girlfriend had been in a horrible automobile accident 2 weeks ago which resulted in her losing her right arm up to the shoulder. I hope you’ll pray that the rough road ahead for both of them will be made easier.

Sometimes we just don’t know why things happen the way they do then we get a little glimpse of understanding. So thankful here.

Have you ever been disappointed then realized how petty your troubles really are?

The Results of Yesterday’s Excitement

Yesterday two men showed up at The Glade to install the shower pans for our zero-threshold showers using the Schluter-KERDI System. (I have not been paid nor perked to mention this product.)

Schluter shower pan

Schluter shower pan

First they removed the 2 by 4 in the doorways.

The 2 by 4 on the floor was removed to allow a zero-threshold shower pan installation.

The 2 by 4 on the floor in the master bathroom was removed to allow a zero-threshold shower pan installation.

Then they removed the two-piece drains

Removing the 2-piece drain

Removing the 2-piece drain

and replaced them with once piece drains.

One-piece drain

One-piece drain

They laid in the preformed rigid foam shower pan and filled in the sides with dry pack mortar.

Dry set mortar on the sides of the shower base hold it in place.

Dry set mortar on the sides of the shower base hold it in place.

The pans are in both the conservatory bathroom (1st photo of the post) and the master bathroom (below).

The bathroom floor needs to be raised to the level of the shower pan.

The bathroom floor needs to be raised to the level of the shower pan.

Hardie backer will be installed in the showers on the walls and benches(a DIY project). After everything is dry-walled and inspected, the shower floors and part of the walls will be covered with KERDI waterproofing membrane. (Hopefully we don’t need the bathrooms finished to get a final occupancy permit.)

What are you working on step-by-step?