Painting a Brass Lamp

I used to have two brass swing arm lamps at the headboard of the bed before the renovation.

In the old set-up we had wall-mounted swing-arm lamps near the bed.
In the old set-up we had wall-mounted swing-arm lamps near the bed.

They were very convenient because they took up no space on our bedside tables.

The Cottage laundry is dim in the daytime and dark at night.
The Cottage laundry is dim in the daytime and dark at night.

Now the Cottage needs some light back in the laundry area.

The ceiling fan in the Cottage.
The ceiling fan in the Cottage.

I said I could paint one of these lamps and asked for a color suggestion.  The response was “like the ceiling fan“.

The lamp was easy to paint.
The lamp was easy to paint.

Then I proceeded to spray multiple light coats of Metallic Charcoal paint — my go-to color.

The lamp is on the back wall of the Cottage between the refrigerator and wall cabinet.
The lamp is on the back wall of the Cottage between the refrigerator and wall cabinet.

My tenant decided where she would like to position the light.

An old lamp put back to work.
An old lamp put back to work.

The lamp adjustable to put light right where she needs it.

How are you feeling about bright brass lately?

Laundry Room Trim Decision

Our laundry room has been overwhelming us Charlie so I wanted to make some progress in the clutter and finishing.

We saved the original window trim to finish the window which needed to be finished before the chair rail.
We saved the original window trim to finish the window which needed to be finished before the chair rail.

For years it has needed both baseboard and chair rail trim.  I was reluctant to make a final decision on the chair rail.

The baseboard still gets some shoe molding along the floor.
The baseboard still gets some shoe molding along the floor.

The baseboard is going to be the same as in the rest of the house: 1 by 4 lumber topped with an ogee and a piece of shoe molding in front.

We started the chair rail with a level strip of 1 by 4.
We started the chair rail with a level strip of 1 by 4.

I knew I wanted the chair rail to be a 1 by 4 with a piece of cove molding under.

The paneling in the dining room is trimmed with a right angle corner guard.
The paneling in the dining room is trimmed with a right angle corner guard with a piece of ogee under.

I wasn’t sure what to do on top.  First I tried ogee which just didn’t look right. Our judge’s rail in the dining room has a small right-angle ledge (see above).

The pieces of tape high on the wall mark the studs which we'll be trying to tie into.
The pieces of tape high on the wall mark the studs which we’ll be trying to tie into.

I decided to add a 1 by 2 (1.5 inches wide) on edge to the top of the 1 by 4 in the laundry room.

In front of the beadboard is 1 by 4 with cove molding under and 1 by 2 on top.
In front of the beadboard is 1 by 4 with cove molding under and 1 by 2 on top.

This profile of trim will be used around the entire room.

We located the placement of studs by the old-fashioned poke-a-hole method. The holes will be covered by the cabinet.
We located the placement of studs by the old-fashioned poke-a-hole method. The holes will be covered by the cabinet.

In order to hang up and utilize the top of the hutch (that we separated from its base when we built the linen closet in the master hall) we wanted to hang it on the wall.

The cabinet is securely hanging on the wall in front of the trim.
The cabinet is securely hanging on the wall in front of the trim.

We added 2 by 4 spacers on the back of the cabinet to compensate for the 1 by 2 on top of the chair rail.

The cabinet is loaded with old sheets, towels and rags.
The cabinet is loaded with old sheets, towels and rags.

The cabinet was screwed through its back, through the 2 by 4s, into a stud with long screws.

The next wall we'll be trimming.
The next wall we’ll be trimming.

A nice clean corner and a trim decision helps to finish the laundry room. I’ll check our supplies and see when we can finish.

What horizontal surface are you clearing up?

Correcting the Cottage Ceiling

Once upon a time I painted half of the Cottage ceiling with a primer that I tinted with some leftover green paint.

I painted half of the Cottage ceiling back in 2011 and it has held up well.
I painted half of the Cottage ceiling back in 2011 and it has held up well.

It covered the water stains.

Even after priming and painting the unpainted side of the Cottage ceiling the stains bled through..
Even after priming and painting the unpainted side of the Cottage ceiling the stains bled through..

The other side of the Cottage was painted with a coat of Kilz and 2 coats of paint. Unfortunately the water stains would not be covered.

On the left the old paint; on the right the newly painted ceiling.
On the left the old paint; on the right the newly painted ceiling.

I found a gallon of paint which I had previously mixed with primer (I use Zinsser) and the same green paint. The tenant rolled it on over the still-stained ceiling and it covered nicely.

The newly painted ceiling hangs over the bedroom side of the Cottage.
The newly painted ceiling hangs over the bedroom side of the Cottage.

Hope your New Year is bountiful.

What one change are you making in 2017?

Overwhelmed by the Laundry Room

Every time we want to do a project all the left over extras end up in the laundry room.

The Christmas stuff makes a stop in the laundry room on its way up to or down from the attic.
The Christmas stuff makes a stop in the laundry room on its way up to or down from the attic.

Our laundry room also houses the entry to the attic so anything going up or coming down has a stopover in the laundry room.

The beadboard needs baseboard and chair rail.
The beadboard needs baseboard and chair rail.

I’m hoping today to put some finishing trim on the wall opposite the washing machine.

The bottom of the hutch has become a part of the linen closet; the top is going to be screwed to the laundry room wall.
The bottom of the hutch has become a part of the linen closet; the top is going to be screwed to the laundry room wall.

Then we can hang up and utilize the top of the hutch that we separated from its base when we built the linen closet in the master hall.

We need to finish trimming the laundry.
We need to finish trimming the laundry.

This cabinet will hold some old towels and rags that we’ve been piling up on top of it.

Do you save cotton rags?

Mini Kitchen in the Cottage

The mini-kitchen in Glade Cottage is totally functional.

The Cottage kitchen set-up is behind the living room.
The Cottage kitchen set-up is behind the living room.

My friend and new tenant moved in on October 29th just in time for Halloween.

The Cottage corner that became the Cottage kitchen.
The Cottage corner that became the Cottage kitchen.

We started with open wall space on the back side of the bathroom wall. A drainage pipe had been previously installed a dozen years ago (behind the blue chair above).

The sink and counter in place.
The sink and counter in place.

I already had a mini-fridge for the kitchen.

One cabinet supports the countertop. and sink both from Ikea.
One cabinet supports the countertop. and sink both from Ikea.

First we added an Ikea counter and sink.

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A microwave and toaster oven are perfect for one-cook-one-diner eating.

Then my friend brought her kitchen cart with a new microwave/convection oven she had been gifted by her sister-in-law.

Upper cabinets over the sink and counter.
Upper cabinets over the sink and counter.

We added upper cabinets.

Base cabinets were custom made from the old cabinet doors from our now demolished kitchen in the house.
Base cabinets were custom made from the old cabinet doors from our now demolished kitchen in the house.

Base cabinets.

Left to right: Dryer, washer, refrigerator, water heater closet.
Left to right: Dryer, washer, refrigerator, water heater closet.

And a larger refrigerator/freezer back in the laundry area.

We tinted the lower cabinet paint at home to coordinate with the upper cabinets.
We tinted the lower cabinet paint at home to coordinate with the upper cabinets.

The tenant carefully primed and painted the lower cabinets.

The small coffee pot is set on a timer to brew early in the morning.
The small coffee pot is set on a timer to brew early in the morning.

After painting the base cabinets, a white enamel towel bar (also from Ikea) is hanging on the side of those cabinets. I also provided a small stainless steel shelf from Ikea that I had hoped to use somewhere.  It’s now a coffee station (over the toaster oven).

A kitchen where there wasn't one.
The final improvement is stainless steel knobs and handles for the cabinet doors.

Notice the induction heater burner near the window.  It works well as a cooktop.

The kitchen is in a space behind the sofa.
The kitchen is in a space behind the sofa.

I’m sure there will be a couple more improvements upcoming. Can you guess?

What’s your “must have” in the kitchen?

Old Knob Spray Paint Project

I have been waiting for a warmish day (above 50 degrees) to spray paint an old doorknob.

The powder room door is also going grey.
The powder room door can be seen from the mudroom.

The end of December and the temperature is 63 degrees — spray paint time.

The old brass knob for the bathroom door is worn beyond repair and not in a charming way.
The old brass knob for the bathroom door is worn beyond repair and not in a charming way.

I stuck the knobs balanced on long screws through cardboard so they would stand up.

I gave the knobs and backplates 2 quick coats of spray paint.
I gave the knobs and backplates 2 quick coats of spray paint.

I took two partial cans of paint outside with me and started spraying. I meant to use “metallic charcoal” but accidentally started with “hammered” paint.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color.
Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color.

As soon as I noticed I switched to the metallic charcoal.

The lock on the powder room door is old fashioned and takes both a plate and knob on both sides to complete the latch.
The lock on the powder room door is old fashioned and takes both a plate and knob on both sides to complete the latch.

The powder room door had recently been painted grey (Secret).

The paint almost looks like enamel.
The paint almost looks like enamel.

The hammered texture of the first coat is just visible on the finished knob.

The closet has been removed to allow direct access from the front to the back of the house.
This part of the house has had major changes in the past 3 years the least of which is painting the door.

The charcoal knob looks good with the grey paint.

The powder room, AKA bibliotheque, door is also going grey.
The powder room, AKA bibliotheque, door before the renovation which removed the louvered-door closet and opened a doorway to the back of the house.
This part of the house has had major changes in the past 3 years the least of which is painting the door.
The closet has been removed to allow direct access from the front to the back of the house.

The top photo is the dead-end hallway before the renovation.  The shallow closet is now removed and an opening allows access directly to the mudroom, side door, and kitchen. (See the first photo in this post.)

Early sun gives the knob a burnished appearance.
Early sun gives the knob a burnished appearance.

The newly painted knob in the morning sun.

Do you enjoy looking back over changes?

Cottage Media Console

Back here I was opining on a slimline piece of furniture to replace the more bulky television platform that my friend brought from her former home.

Something about the scale of the TV and the cabinet it's on is out of proportion.
Something about the scale of the TV and the cabinet it’s on is out of proportion.

The television stand is visually heavy and awkward in the corner of the Cottage living room area.

The Byas low console might fit just under the window.
The Byas low console might fit just under the window.

The tenant saw a low console in white at Ikea which is costs about $130.

Before
Before
The new television console is sleek and modern.
After

She put it together over Christmas weekend and remarked that it was about the easiest piece of furniture she has ever assembled.

The Ikea console fits just under the window.
The Ikea console fits just under the window.

When she finally moved it into place it fit perfectly under the triple window at the front of the Cottage. The bright shiny white finish lightens up and modernizes the area.

This narrow console holds and hides a lot of things.
This narrow console holds and hides a lot of things.

The console holds a television, a stereo, and books and DVDs in the large drawers.

Before
Before
The brown sewing machine in the foreground belongs to me and will eventually come back in my house.
AFTER  The brown sewing machine in the foreground belongs to me and will eventually come back into my house.

I’m sure my friend will play around with the television placement in the months when the view from the picture window is especially picturesque.

Are you good at following written directions? Or picture-only directions?