Monday, September 21, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Painting Projects

We are lucky to have a large barn for painting projects like all of the kitchen cabinet doors and drawers in this farmhouse. Although it has a galley style kitchen, there are 22 doors and 11 drawers to paint which took every surface I could create. Sanding the fronts of doors and drawers while sanding and painting white the inside and side parts created a lot of dust and fumes to disperse here. The skylights and large sliding doors keep sunlight the source of illumination while a good sound system means music makes work fun. They are now dry and back in place!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Fixing The Foundation


Clay dirt dug out from under the oldest part of this farmhouse, has been re-sifted and used to fill in around the old foundation stone wall which will make it less permeable. All ivy vines were pulled and the fill dirt stamped and leveled or pitched to drain. The old stone porch foundation had to be dug out and removed as it trapped water and was disintegrating wooden structures connected to it.

Christian has also cleared the nearby downspout drainage pipe of a 15 ft. twined mass of roots leading out to the road, barely discovered by running a water hose through it. The entire clog was pulled out by hand and he is now trying to restore the old well pump housed by a lovely round stone well reservoir underground and next to it. The connecting pipe shows this well to be the original water source to the house when built.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Sycamore Bench For Sycamore Farm

 This live edge Sycamore bench was made by a local woodworker and seems perfect for a farmhouse  bordered by two enormous old Sycamore trees besides a grove of them in the main meadow. It is in the mudroom with one of Bill's beautiful garden tables on a lovely old stone floor. This room will be painted three different whites; Navaho, Decorators and Dove by Benjamin Moore.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen cabinets here are all vintage, solid dense wood and definitely worth refinishing. By stripping them all, the cabinets have beaded doors in a lovely varied color Poplar wood which is sturdy and looks wonderful exposed. The cabinet boxes will be painted in Benjamin Moore's White "Advance" latex paint highly recommended for it's durability and viscous leveling quality. We've used a china brush and dense foam roller after to eliminate brush strokes on all surfaces. Only the inside of the glass door cabinets will be painted the color "Ash" by Restoration Hardware, which is a pale beige like the cabinet doors now. It has been important to keep the colors as light as possible since the kitchen is shaded and surrounded by many old trees nearby.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sealing Hearth Stones



The new hearth created in the oldest part of this house, has scrubbed old bricks from my house in Hopewell and part of an old collapsed three story chimney & kitchen fireplace. They were stored outside for years needing bleach, detergent and water with plenty of scrubbing to look beautiful again. Finally I have had time to clean them again before sealing with two coats of "Cement, Brick and Tile; Low-Luster Sealer" made by Behr from Home Depot. Now the ash fallout from the wood burning stove will not discolor them!

A vase made by Bill for an Ikibana workshop outside of Philadelphia.

The Piana Folding Chair

We are using the new outdoor or indoor stacking "Allessi Piana" folding chairs all over. Sold by Design Within Reach and MOMA, the "Piana" award winning Italian designed chairs fold and stack tightly together. They are practical, minimalist and modern in design; storing easily anywhere - on a wall hook even. The color is a creamy white and they are made of 100% recycled plastic parts. These were a great find at the DWR Outlet.

Black and white chair photographs via Pinterest.