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a little privacy for the alcove--At last I have found time to return to the Alcove so I can wrap up the Hall project!

You can see the Hall projects throughout the months of February and June 2014.

I’ve begun hanging tongue and groove pine boards to the ceiling, but, just above the bed area.

I really wanted the space to have a more COZY and PRIVATE sense for anyone using it.  So I hung drapes to effect separation~ but made them lace for a lighter feel.

I had said in a previous post that I would face-trim the drapery mount so you wouldn’t see the dowels—and that’s where I jumped back in.

face-trimming the lace drapesI used molding that I already had, but didn’t have enough of any one profile~ so there are differing styles at the front side vs inside (but nothing dramatic).  It’s finished, but for some touch-ups.

hanging pine in the alcove--Now I’m working on the ceiling–

4″ painted pine, just at the sleeping area ceiling for a cocooning effect.

I was participating in a glue trial so I got to play with gluing the boards up vs shooting them in place with my compressor/nailer.

The nail gun means less “destruction” if it’s ever taken down, but it also means puttying lots of holes.

The glue was a new Gorilla Bond construction adhesive that I really liked.  It had great “grab” for an instant hold—but it didn’t give much room for wiggling things into place so you had to be pretty precise placing boards.  I used a rubber mallet to flatten the boards to the ceiling and squish out the glue.

applying the pine boards--

trimming the alcove ceilingYou can see I ripped wood to the ceiling angle (by tipping the table saw blade to the right angle)–to close in the pine at the peak and give a “flat” finish to re-hang the chandelier.  I also used some (upside down) chair rail cap to trim/finish the end runs.

The same chair rail cap will be used to finish the leading edges—I was initially going to rip the sliver of pine to close in the gap, but the chair-rail cap was a perfect fit!

trimming the leading edges--

Some boards got pre-painted, unfortunately not all of them so I’ll have to paint UPSIDE DOWN—fun, fun.  I didn’t have enough chair rail cap so I’ll quickly chase off for that, finish any caulking and get painting.

Can’t wait to be done!

Catherine

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--changing things up!but believe me,

it has been so busy around here and I’ve been working on all kinds of miscellaneous things that would no doubt bore you to death

except for this project!

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I’ve decided to change up the furniture in my mom’s LL to give things a fresh new look!

Beginning with a switch-a-roo of the rattan set I gave her as we renovated the house.

The sofa, settee, cocktail table, and side table just went to storage—until further notice, and they may be going up for sale.  The sofa table went there a while ago and the fern chest has gone to the antique mall for sale.

The LL--post Christmas '12

the Great Aunties' old table--

Here’s the new plan—

The table in the “corner” (with the lamp) came from our late Great Aunties.  Mom has these vivid childhood memories of it always being paired with a chair in a very large dressing closet—so she won’t part with it–no matter what!

*I think I may have given her an anxiety attack with this particular project because,

I decided to

CUT THE LEGS DOWN

to make it the new coffee table!

A simple project!  15-20 minutes et, voilà!

--a QUICK change!

I determined a height for the “new” table and found the most natural spot in the turned legs to make my cut!  What could be easier?!

I think it looks very natural and LUV IT!  And thankfully–so does mom!

You can also see Grandpa’s  rockers  never sold so we’re keeping them! (not upset about that at all!)  I brought the one rocker I was keeping all along and will do some additional work on it, plus, I pulled my caned sofa from storage and am changing out the lighting!

The cut-off legs will eventually be re-purposed into another project and many more changes to this space are afoot—stay tuned!

Catherine

--the table cut down

Yes!  Everything is in CHA-A-A-OS!  (…sigh…)

--the new vignette is taking shape!

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LAST year we had a big birthday party blow-out for MoM,

MoM's birthday 2013

THIS year is very low-key and quiet with a small family bbq on Sunday.

Prince George's b-day!BuT–parties abound for my niece’s nephew (are you thinking that one through?!), for a great-great nephew, an early celebration for my cousin’s son (while we were just up North at my Auntie’s cottage), and don’t forget Prince George!  ; D

I’m busy on a time-sensitive custom paint job for someone and will be back to you soon—with pictures!

Catherine

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I’m almost finished in the Hall and Alcove!

Just some details to wrap up!

Editing pictures to share with you-–thought you might find this particular shot interesting.  It’s the alcove gutted for painting.  No mattress or backboard, no books, no chandelier.  Stripped down to nothin’….and still kinda cOOl!

the stripped down alcove--

The Alcove!

 

Well, everything’s been painted -some things have been fixed or altered- things are restored now and there’s something new!

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But remember this view?

Or the one below?

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the alcove

Here’s the addition—drapes for a little privacy!

a little privacy for the alcove--

a little privacy for the alcove--

the linen closet doors finished--

I still need to add a detailed cove at the front and back sides of the dowel-hangers ~to conceal them and give it all a more finished look.

When I couldn’t find any great old lace drapes for the linen closet doors, I pulled this from my stash of fabricsI’d forgotten about it actually.

After using it to finish the doors, I had plenty left to play with!  ; D

~and there’s still more!

Catherine

the changing ALCOVE

 

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the LIBRARY wicker tableI still love this table -but- we don’t need it anymore.

I thought painting it white might help it look more attractive to get re-sold (fingers crossed).  And I think it actually looks really pretty!

*It got the boot in a crazy furniture shuffle, poor thingMom’s old vanity went in the alcove-

-the vanity it replaced went to the Mstr Br-

-displacing a table that went to the library-

-which left this table out in the cold.

the LIBRARY wicker table

This is no antique, not even vintage—it’s just OLD!  But it’s cool and I can’t find another spot for it. : (   So it’s out.  Again–I thought it might help it get sold quicker with a paint job–

the power of a paint job!

the LIBRARY wicker table--painted!I’m torn—

I love how the white brought out its details,

but,

I think the top looked WAY cooler brown….

Catherine

the LIBRARY wicker table--for sale

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just call me HONEY

~I~ am the “honey” of my list…..sigh…..

I’ve been super busy working over a

never-ending list of

never-ending projects.

the front door---before and afterI love my oil-painted doors!

And two of the entrance doors have needed attention forEVER so I finally-

JUST DID IT.

A pain-in-the-behind project because it’s better to take the doors off painting with oil--the hinges, the hardware off the doors, and lay them flat on saw horses to paint.  And then put them back.  *The sun stole all the shine from the West-facing front door.  : (

I  L U V  the mirror-like glossy finish of oil paint and the durability!  Like–I last painted the doors about 10 years ago-durability!

The Back door, for some reason, chipped in places–??

I have no idea why, but as I began to chip it off it started—peeling–??  Maybe because it was so warmed up by the sun-??  So I recruited help to peel it ALL off effecting a DO-OVER!  We took it right back to the primer.

Again–this door was last painted about 8yrs ago.

--the Back door

Now all RE-painted and looking fAb!  But I need to get the hardware back on (I want to give it extra drying time first).

Catherine

repainting the back door---oil paint

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the linen closet doors--I last left you

HERE

in the progress of the doors.

As The World Turns for me—I seem to always end up bouncing around differing projects, never getting to focus on JUST ONE at a time!

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the finished linen closet---

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-The interior is finished and reloaded, including a home for the vacuum and some cleaning supplies.

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So now….

back to those doors!

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the linen closet doors---

I decided on a version of Plan B.

Plan A with the mirrors was going to cost $120ouch!

re-creating a 1 panel door into a 2-panel doorthe linen closet doors reframed1.  I figured out the height of the change to the door and marked it with painter’s tape as a guide (picture above this one).  I used my oscillating saw to cut the new division in the molding that framed the door.
2.-5.  I used a speed square to guide the oscillating saw through 2 new clean and straight miter cuts.

6. & 7.  I cut a scrap piece of matching mill work at the chop saw to close in the new panel/box, but I didn’t like how the two sections butted together—so….

I ran that new top piece through the table saw to “flatten” its top and to make room for a flat rail to slip in between the “top” and “bottom” boxes.  Think DUTCH DOOR!

Next, I cut out the upper, center sections of the doors, sanded the openings smooth and routered a rabbet from the back side.  Then I painted the doors with a high gloss and let them dry for a day.

I decided to have some design fun with the “new” doors!

I just need to find some old lace to close in the top section…

Catherine

working on the new door style--

*Did you notice I changed the font?!?  ; D

the new linen closet doors--The new linen closet doors!

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

French Country CottagePhotobucket

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--see all the color "trys" on the wall?At LaST!

I literally mixed a little of this and a little of that to find it!

-I should NaMe IT!

-I added a lot of shadow to this picture to make it easier to see this area of “trys!”  There’s lots of “trys” on other walls too!  (or should I say misses!)

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I wanted a watery blue with a tinge of green in it.

Sort of  “aqua.”

The color I had was somewhere in between, and although I liked it—it was just too perky and needed to be toned down.

the right color---at last!--the right color!

–it’s just about as hard to capture the true color in these pictures to show you

as finding the right color-shade-value!  Arrrghhh!

Many updates to share with you—

Catherine

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the upstairs hall linen closet--

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Only the 2nd floor has wall-to-wall carpeting.

So only that floor needs a dedicated vacuum.

But—it needs a home to be properly put away.

There’s no way anyone EVer wants to give up their valuable closet space…

and there really is NO SPACE left to create something extra…

so the only logical thing to do is reconfigure the linen closet (and clean it out).

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Again, here’s the linen closet before~and after I gutted it.

the upstairs linen closet--I decided on melamine for the shelving and to re-line the walls.

using melamine to re-configure and re-skin the linen closetMelamine seemed like the quickest, cleanest, smOOthest way to get the job done!  I DiD consider how wire shelving would allow more ventilation for some of the vERy old family quilts—but ultimately, I just don’t like the “marks” they leave on stored items.  Especially those delicate quilts!

The top two shelves are fixed, but there will be adjustable smaller shelves to the left of the vacuum.

I’m also intending to build shallow shelves and a “pocket” on the back wall of the vacuum section to hold cleaning supplies and vacuum cleaner bags.  That will open up storage in the bathroom.

The closet doors.  I have plans.

Two plans actually—in case Plan A is too expensive.

the closet doors--Plan A is to have mirrors custom cut to fit exactly in the inset panels with a hole drilled for new knobs.  This would be great for the occasional time the alcove is used for company overflow.  I think the reflective quality will be nice in the narrow hall too.

Plan B -my back up- will be to cut out the inset, router a rabbet on the back side to create some kind of a “vented front.”

-I could rip wood for a lattice front,

-install vintage lace drapery,

-install a metal radiator-styled grating….

I could also leave the inset panels—and add a wallpapered front…??

The bottom line is—I have options!

But I’d like to start with the mirrors.  I’ll get a price tomorrow and make a judgement call….your thoughts, opinions, preferences?

btw–I’m saving the conversation of paint color for last—

Catherine

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Yesterday….

the upstairs hall project--Today…..

upstairs hall---

finishing the upstairs hall mill work

finishing the upstairs hall mill work

So~you can see the rest of the board & batten is complete now.  If you remember, I installed board and batten to both stairwells at the time of construction/renovations to mom’s house (6yrs ago already) -and just decided to wrap it into the upstairs hall project for unity and design flow.

Board & Batten is such a classic that has truly proven to be What’s Old is New Again!”  And very popular in blog-land!

Today, I caulk, putty, sand, and paint.  And try again to get that elusive watery blue color “right.”  I’ve actually recruited some help so I can ALSO

work on the linen closet that you’ve had a glimpse of.  I’ve completely gutted it for a do-over of it’s organizational storage.  The vacuum needs to be put away too, y’know!

the upstairs hall linen closet---

Catherine

Btw—hope you’re not superstitious on this

Friday the 13th~with a Full Moon…..

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