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.
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)
Last full day to do much of anything. Ready to gorge myself on turkey and all the fixin’s… Finished up the west baseboard, added some more picture rail to the parlor, added an “entablature” to the foyer side doorway, installed the last bit of foyer baseboard, hung the ceiling fan, cleaned everything up, and began furnishing the room. It’s not completely done yet, but we needed stuff out of the dining room for the meal. It is very close, though.
I’m beat! I’m glad that tomorrow is my “day off” from all this work. My job for tomorrow is to take the last of the cardboard off the stairs (yes, it’s been there since the mudders were here) and pick up my remodel area upstairs. Wish I could do some paint touch-up in the downstairs bath, but oh, well. And, just like every year, I’m on board to make homemade Parker House dinner rolls from scratch–my great-aunt’s recipe. Yum… It’s my favorite part of the meal.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
P.S. Anybody out there wondering why those outlets in the corner of the bay are so low and seemingly out-of-place? By code, there has to be an outlet within twelve feet of the next. Without those, I’m technically not compliant. However, the way the corner of the house was built, there is essentially no space not filled by a 2×4. The only place is right there where the outlet is. It looks funny, but one can never have too many outlets in a room. The electrician neighbor actually questioned my sanity because there were so many…
This is embarrassing… Less to report today than I would have otherwise expected. But, I did finish nearly all the baseboard trim in the parlor with the exception of the west side. The cold air return needs to be dealt with first. On the foyer side of the room, the wall was repainted and the french door and baseboard trim were installed. Otherwise, I put up a bit of picture rail and then helped my wife and mother-in-law do some preparatory cleaning for Thursday. Exciting, no?
Yesterday, the vestibule picture rail was installed. Mating the rail to the arch was a head-scratcher but it worked out in the end. I really like the look and utility of picture rail. I suspect that I will hate it when it comes time to paint…