I decided to continue the board and batten from up the stairwell into the hallway. I’d already purchased a new 4×8 sheet of ½” MDF, but thought it would be better to use wood around the window and made a run for that and fresher paint. Somehow my original (board and batten) paint became incredibly lumpy–??
When I finally got back to the hallway….
. . . it was a L O N G day of crawling around the floor. . . up & down the stairs. . . in & out to the garage. . . to rip more boards and cut to length. And adding the decorative rail cap.
I need to re-case the door “legs” to run the last board & batten in two areas. Today I’ll finish covering the stair’s pony-wall, putty, sand, AND PAINT. Where -clearly- I will be be for quite some time. Any volunteers–?
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It has been s l o w going on this hallway project. Literally, “a little work here, a little work there.”
But this weekend is full steam ahead—with (fingers crossed)
This was actually the cleanest day so far—working on the upholstered seat. All the chaos is just out of camera view!
Below, a close up of the matelasse-styled fabric I chose for the bench, AnD, some days you just have to think inside the box.
Btw—this might be what it looks like right now…
but just give me 24 hours…. ; D
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Okay, the Reader’s Digest version of this story is….
We moved to this little house at the end of my dad’s time in the Air Force. Again, the house was little but they felt it had potential and raised the back roof line making the house a 1¾ story. It made room for a much larger bedroom and bath (for my 3 big brothers to share), and an office for mom.
Our mother was a teacher. Primarily here in the US, but even while our family was stationed in France. 42yrs. Mostly in the parochial school system. And that‘s why I’ve been doing all this work on her home–so she’ll have a worry-free comfortable home in retirement.
*This is a project from 2006
So–my dad built mom a private office
——where she could spread out ALL that teaching stuff. Once retired though, I thought it would be wAy nicer to become a cozy library for her many books. However, when (her brother) my Uncle Fred died and left his enormous Oz collection to her and there were so many incredibly valuable books–her library became more like a dedication to that. Hence the eventual wall color.
*I would love to show you pictures of her in-use-teaching-office, but the computer and scanner aren’t on speaking terms right now~w e l l.
It’s a pretty nice room at 15’9″ x 10ft, and dad built-in the desk and closet to keep her organized. One thing I learned about my dad’s construction–he built things to LAST. I had the hardest time demo’ing it all down. Seriously.
In addition to his built-ins, she had several store-bought DIY bookshelves and I thought they could be salvageable.
-After I got the room gutted I re-staged those existing bookshelves where the built-ins used to live. See? Salvageable!
Yes, they are now the foundation to her NEW BUILT-INS!
. . . .use what you’ve got ba-bie! ; D
I used spacers between the units to fit new front face frames, 2×6′s underneath to boost the height for 5½” base molding and to fit it to the ceiling with a 4″ crown, and I pulled the tower unit forward. Paint and glaze brings it all together.
In summary of the rest of the room–
Everything remaining was gutted–like flooring and casings, and the electricians installed spot lights for me and moved outlets around.
I built a real closet, hung a 2nd layer of drywall around the perimeter ceiling to effect a “tray ceiling,” and installed a pair of new windows (custom on my specs) to look like french doors. Then I re-cased the whole room with moldings salvaged from a razed farmhouse.
The above view is entering the room from the stairs-hallway.
Below shows entering from the adjoining bathroom.
Yes, that’s my compressor in the bottom corner of the photo, I’m still working in the hall on its built-in bookcases. And I need to get crackin’ on some proper window treatments for this room! Btw~the shelves are in disarray because we’ve been reviewing all the Oz books and selling some to other collectors.
With the actual closet in the room now, this is legally a 4th bedroom for resale. Although I still think it’s greatest as a private office-library for the master bedroom, wouldn’t it make a convenient nursery too-?
I’m sharing this project–
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I’ve been sitting here for ~h o u r s~ trying to clean up my computer picture files. I don’t know how they got so UNorganized (a chore to find anything).
I wanted to just do it & be done–but not knowing how l o n g it would actually take–left me with a major case of computer-butt.
BuT (haha), I thought you might like these Before & After photos I re-discovered! Snippets of my work on mom’s house.
1st –How I changed the face of mom’s 1961 house.
We moved here at the end of my dad’s time in the Air Force. It was small (3 brs 1 bath), but they felt it had great potential. It was in a neighborhood of 6-10yr old homes owned by young families with tons of kids. *They had the house sand blasted clean to the cedar siding because of a failing paint job, & eventually raised the back roof line to create the 2nd story. I did the rest as you now see it.
My mom always dreamt of a fireplace….although I used a direct-venting, gas insert to make it more “on demand” for her age. ; D
You can see I reused her bookcases on a raised hearth, and, not needing a chimney, I used an arched window above the mantle that was salvaged from a razed convent around Chicago. Although it’s hard to know from these shots, the addition to the front greatly enlarged her living room.
And last, the before & after and now of the garage face/pergola privacy structures. I still can’t find the picture of the shallow pergola that stretches across the whole garage face–especially the one from this past summer with the wisteria already growing on it now too! Btw–the wisteria looks wild because I waited until it quit blooming to trim it.
Coming…I didn’t realize I’ve never shown you
the Library….whew~that’s a BIG change!
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I have been just d r a g g i n g trying to work on this project (or any other, for that) –seems I’m fending off….something.
And–I’m trying to
double triple-task time sensitive issues.
One–my mother does NoT do construction mayhem well. So while she is away from her home I’m working on the built-in bookcases. She’ll be back on the 19th already.
Two–again, my mother does NoT do construction mayhem well, so I’m also trying to make a few alterations/repairs in her bathroom, including switching her into an ADA toilet (very helpful after hip replacement). But I’m having quite the search finding one based on the allotted space (1961 house) and the specs for those I’m finding so far.
And, Three–do we now live at the North Pole…brrrrr…it’s only 9° out. : \ Which seems almost heatwave-like after weeks of sub-zeros. So I’m also dealing with heating issues in my [garage] work studio– *have to keep my saw motors from freezing or I’ll be dealing with other problems.
↑ Yes–it’s THAT COLD OUT! ~our bandit-looking letter-carrier. It’s the worst winter that just. won’t. end—sigh.
After a week of side-steps, setbacks, interruptions, and one full day of ~surrender~ this is where the bookcases stand.
My goal was to find remedy for a variety of issues in this project.
Fact: Small‘ish Houses always need more storage. And you can see I’m creating more under-seat/hidden storage here. I thought this might be a great place to stash things like…luggage.
Another Fact: There is only so much REAL USAGE to be found under a low-sloping ceiling. The bookcase there was a pretty good use for mom’s vast collection, but was still wanting. It was also a back acher to stoop over while looking through the books, so 1) I raised the shelf heights, 2) I’m making taller shelves for all those over-sized books, and 3) a bench to SIT on more comfortably while you’re perusing those shelves.
The new built-ins will give a less cluttered look to the hallway now with the elimination of odd chairs and benches, and more room to put things away! (And I think it will be another good re-sale point for her one day.)
….trying to get this finished -and- trying to stay warm….
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I began the morning emptying the existing shelves~
~an exhausting task.
Then I deconstructed the old bookshelf. Another exhausting task, but very worthwhile to capture the extra wood for my project. And reduce the end costs.
By lunch I was finally on construction–YaY!
- I cut the boards for the long-wall and corner, and made final decisions on spacing.
- I ripped and cut boards for cleats and secured the basic structure to the wall.
- The top rails of the face frames were a mathematical exercise. The long wall required a 3″ tall 35° cut to fit snug under the eaves. The taller section’s rail had all flat sides but angled end cuts, and was only 2³⁄8″ tall to line up with the other 3″ rail.
- I cut and attached the side shelf cleats, then the styles of the face frame, and I cut two of the lower shelves on the long wall.
At this point you can see I was losing daylight and I was whooped from all the up and down-crawling around the floor, and up and down the stairs, and in and out to the garage.
Here’s a little more detail of the angled cuts needed to make everything fit nicely under the eaves. This should give you a good idea of the fun of it all–haha. More tomorrow as work continues….
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Actually, a better description is to say
while the mouse is away—this ‘Cat’ is playing!
Call this another chapter in
The Journey of a Stylish Renovation….
My mother was presented with an awesome opportunity to spend a MONTH in SPAIN–with side trips to numerous places including Northern Africa. You know she’s gone! Heck~if she didn’t go, I was!
Last year when she fled winter to visit a friend and cousin in Florida for 2 weeks I added a fireplace to her master bedroom. So you know I was -bound- to do something having an entire month! ; D
She fights me on change–convinced she won’t like it, and THEN comes the eventual “O k a y–I love it!” at the end—??
Makes.me.crAZy…and thAT’s why I do stuff to her when she’s away. Bad daughter!
Here’s my area of focus—
the upstairs alcove and hall.
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