Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hopewell Kitchen

Here is our Hopewell kitchen (the hub of our projects as you can see) which we updated not long before buying Old Farm. I am planning to use the same palette in the kitchen at Old Farm except for adding some green and I suppose that is because it is near the lake and sea? Today is very cold and I am sitting in front of the wood stove fire contemplating final colors for Old Farm.

The lamps in this kitchen came from a Princeton University sale of no longer needed items, the butcher block came from a fire sale in need of much sanding, the chairs came unfinished from “Country Swedish” in Norwalk CT; painted by Bill, the table from “Country Gallery” in VT, and the floor boards were shipped from Sweden.

Bill and I designed the kitchen interior when we were first married after Bill built it himself as part of an addition to this Victorian house. The plans for the entire addition were done by Bill while taking an architectural design course at a local college. For the kitchen update we kept the cabinets but replaced the floor, counters and appliances. We were able to do the work ourselves except for installing the counters, and my father rebuilt the brick wall.

 The leaf for this table was custom made with a matching Baltic pine pieced skirt and the legs had "boots" added, raising the table to better fit my boys. The owners of "Country Gallery" are wonderful to work with and also painted this table with a wash of Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White. The alterations were included in the price of the table.

The sculptures you can barely see next to the window, are Bill's latest and waiting here to be part of a gallery demonstration soon. In the below photo, two of Toshiko Takaezu's pieces are behind Bill's in the foreground.

Here is one sculpture in a glaze state and showing Bill's wonderful technique.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Fixing the Foyer I

Phase I of fixing the foyer actually began as soon as we moved in and removed two large box-shaped shelves from the widest wall and later moved a dresser in to store some of our clothes while visiting and working.

Alex gutted the foyer of old sheet rock and plaster, uncovering wide old boards around and near the bedroom door. They were covered in old wallpaper here which I have stripped.

The two foot wide old floor boards Bill installed upstairs created a beautiful ceiling for the foyer closet below. I can't wait to use the new floor electric outlet he installed next to the chimney.

Bill is wiring the closet for a pull chain light to go above the door inside and I found this vintage art deco one which has an electrical outlet in its’ base. Bill reversed the shade to show it best and reflect the light up.

I found this closet door stored in our garden shed, covered in purple and other color paint. It had to be stripped which also cleaned up an interesting old door latch that matches the front door handle - wow. Bill will build it out to fit the new closet space better, using leftover King’s Wood which is the same thickness. This job will require the biscuit joiner Bill bought used - to make strong joints, and then creating door trim so that it will open in the right direction.

We will use King's Wood like this (left) to also create walls surrounding the closet soon.