It will probably be spring before I finish the ceiling in the living room, so now seemed like a good time for a trip down amnesia lane for this project. The pine mantel will be replaced with an antique oak mantel with mirror hopefully early next summer. It’s in pieces and some of it still needs to be stripped of a million layers of paint.
Another quick update on the living room progress. Very slow going, but forward movement nonetheless. Soon I’ll have no excuse to put off working on the ceiling beams…
Except for around the fireplace, the baseboard and chair rail are complete. Today, the first of the picture rail went up. The head casing over the two doorways will be a little challenging because they aren’t flush with the wall. Still ruminating on the best way to resolve that problem so it doesn’t look too trashy.
The plinth blocks, base cap, chair rail, picture rail, and egg-and-dart were purchased. I’ll buy the baseshoe as well one of these days. Everything else was milled, including the trim, sills, and ogee window stops.
All of Sunday was devoted to planing, staining, and sealing some of the quartered oak. I started with what will become the baseboard, cap, and chair rail. The next step is to go over it with a dark walnut gel stain. I can’t wait to see what that ends up looking like…
Life has a way of prioritizing things for you. Unfortunately, my blogging was not among those things at the top of the list. I have been working on the house a bit at a time, but not tons and not all of it eventful or exciting.
I’m not certain that the new bathroom will be going in this year yet. I had several major car expenditures (voluntary, luckily), a tree removal bill for the large maple notorious for dropping limbs, a trip to Chicago, and a planned trip to Groton, CT, sub base that have depleted my on-hand funds enough that I feel uncomfortable spending more. So in the absence of the large project I should be getting a lot done, right? Right?
This silly hot, dry weather has sapped all of my will to live and willingness to do projects. But all is not necessarily lost. I was able to stain, shellac, and put down about half of the base shoe in the front parlor. The door trim around the small hallway at the top of the stairs was installed along with the baseboard in the upstairs bay window.
I paid a local shop to strip the 24 original balusters for the upstairs railing (another expense). Today, I sanded all 32 (new and old), stained all the new ones, and began shellacking all of them. Now my energy has run out and its time to sit in my chair again. (A common past-time, it would seem.) As with the other stair balusters, I built a jig to assist in shellacking them. I can spin them freely to brush on the shellac making it 100% easier than doing otherwise. Maybe next weekend I can work on getting the railing in…? (shrug)
This weekend was devoted to mimicking the original base cap in the closet and finishing off the base trim. All that is left is the door trim and the closet will be complete. Creating the base cap wasn’t all that difficult, and it’s a reasonable facsimile of the original. I used my table saw to resaw a 1×8 into 3/8 or so inch thick strips. Then I used my planer to plane them down to approximately 3/16″. By laminating the strips I was able to easily bend them to fit the curve and build up the profile. The cap was finished off with a small piece of half-round. I’m pleased with the results and even more glad that no more curved wood is in my immediate future (knock on wood [no pun intended])!
How can such a tiny room suck up so much of my time????