Since the powder room has recently been updated to “The Grand Tour” I wanted to make a few additions.
First I rehung the small plaster wall sconce with a display shelf.
Displayed on it is a small wooden box we bought on our trip to Cuba earlier this year. It opens in a secret way so most people can’t do it unless they’re shown. It has the cuban flag inlaid in the lid.
We had always had a sign on the door of the powder room that read “BIBLIOTHEQUE” because the wallpaper looked like bookshelves.
Now that the wallpaper is changed I purchased a small metal sign in a shop near the British Museum that says “PRIVATE”. This sign is held on by 2 round-headed tacks because the holes in the sign are so tiny.
Finally I changed the towels from the Paris theme to the London theme.
I bought the new towels at the shop attached to Tower Bridge. I saw them other places but the best price was at Tower Bridge.
When I moved into The Glade over 20 years ago the powder room was a dark room with overhead metal cabinets.
When we refurbished the we had the sink resurfaced.
I had always called it “Le Bibliotheque” (that sign is still on the door) because the wall looked like bookshelves in a library. The faux books and shelving gave depth to a very small, windowless room.
The new wallpaper is much lighter, “C’est Magnifique“.
We used the same towel bar, mirror, paper holder, and over head shelf.
We changed the toilet due to a crack in the base of the old one. The new toilet’s tank does lean against the wall like the old one did.
We repaired holes and added new baseboard and chair rail trim.
Now we have a lighter, brighter powder room. I’m calling it “The Grand Tour”.
If you don’t have a strong relationship with your significant other I suggest you don’t, under any circumstances, try to cut cove molding.
Charlie, Sug, and I gave it a go on Saturday and quit in failure and disappointment after some heated words. We made so many wrong cuts I was afraid we’d run out of cove molding.
Today, knowing it was difficult, I googled a few videos which were of little help. After making some different cuts we tried to puzzle the joint together.
Finally two pieces fit together so we cut a longer piece by putting the sample on the saw and matching the cut.
When one of the 45 degree corners finally fit together we were all excited. We were careful to cut the piece on the opposite side of the room in the mirror image by again holding one of our short puzzle pieces.
When Charlie and Sug put up this third piece they both shrieked, “Oh, no.” I thought I had made another wrong cut but they were joking. NOT FUNNY!
After all the pieces were cut they were pinned to the wall with a pneumatic tacker.
Sug will add a little wood putty to the staple holes and any small gaps.
Happy birthday, dear sister. While you’re celebrating I’m going to try to finish up some details.
First, I found one more sufficient piece of ogee molding to finish all the baseboard in the master bedroom. I plan to cut that piece in the morning.
That’s the easy project. The one that Sug and I started on Saturday was to face the bottom of the overhead shelf in the powder room which we accomplished with the help of Charlie.
He cut some luan with a circular saw that I had marked by scribing a leftover piece of the 1/4-inch paneling. Sug tacked it up.
Unfortunately the wall behind the shelf is not flat so there are gaps in the between the wall and the shelf so I thought we could use some leftover cove molding to finish the bottom of the shelves.
I tried on Saturday to cut the cove to finish the project. I mean I tried and tried and tried and could just not figure it out. I’m hoping after a day of thinking it through I can figure out the cuts without wasting all the molding.
Now we’re almost in September, the month to get focused and restarted. I don’t have any children heading back to school but September seems to be a time of new beginnings.
Sug has been helping with all the projects in the house and has now decided to keep the house spotless. Her exertion is our gain. There are some people who like to clean house. I, on the other hand, like having cleaned. Recently clearing the dust has put me into respiratory arrest but I’m feeling much improved.
Charlie and I are heading to the UK for 12 days. That should be plenty of high-quality, energy-packed entertainment.
When we return from London we need to get busy sending out invitations for the dedication of The Chapel at The Glade. It won’t actually take place until October but we must get in touch with a long list of friends.
I’m hoping to hear from our carpenter who I’ve contracted to put a railing around our second-story deck.
Totally finish all the projects we’ve been working on all summer.
While we accomplished a lot at The Glade this summer — renovated 2 bathrooms — I’ve looked back at some of my projects lists from earlier in the summer and more than a few things have been left undone.
In July I had hoped to stain the 2 sets of unfinished pine doors — the mudroom and the pantry. I bought some light stain to mix with the dark stain I had been using to change things up just a little. Weather permitting, I think I can finish these doors in the next two weekends.
Another summer goal was to organize all my clothes that were cluttering various closets, bed and floors all over the house. This I have done. But still undone is a serious look at the clutter in the mudroom closet which is also one of the set of doors that needs to be stained.
The pantry has become a disorganized mess also. Charlie likes to store things — grocery bags for example — on the floor. It’s horrible and I plan to take control.
Little by little we’ve been whittling away at the pile of trim in the hallway. When every room has baseboard I plan to make another lumber order to finish the face frames for both the master closet and the master bedroom shelving which is not yet finished.
I know we can’t hope we can accomplish all this in 2 weekends and I’m comforted to have a plan.