Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cabinet Changes

On our last visit to Old Farm, I decided to remove the kitchen cabinet doors to refinish at home. Bill carved the recessed corners square in the top doors in order to add glass, and glue/clamped loose door parts before sanding and priming them all. The one-ply glass pieces cost $30.00 and after a final coat of Benjamin Moore's Satin Impervo Decorator White paint, they will be sealed in with clear, silicone around all sides.

Inspirational Image

I have always wanted a crisp white kitchen like this one, and used this image to convince my family that everything we were priming and painting was going to be the same white. We will also replace the counters with Carrara marble (honed though).

Image from blog "Cote De Texas";  post "Marble in the Kitchen, Yes or No?".

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sculpture Scene

Before leaving for Old Farm, Bill usually finishes a sculpture in his basement studio in Hopewell which is left here to dry. It is quite impressive work with the temperatures in single digits lately.

These stoneware clay sculptures are 70" tall and shrink to 62" tall after firing at cone 10.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Painting Old Beams

This trip to Old Farm, Bill and I began preparing the kitchen ceiling beams for white paint. Most of the beams in this room are original to Old Farm's beginning "half house" structure (1717) which was soon enlarged to a "full house" as many such Cape houses were. In this picture, the swagged lamp cord threads through one of the old mortis joints where the first exterior wall ended with the horizontal ceiling beam.

We spent three days sanding beam surfaces, their many cracks and joints with 120 grit; digging out old caulk or fillers to be replaced with pieces of wood cut to fit, and then caulking it all before painting with primer.

The ceiling boards are the upstairs floor boards and will  be sanded with an electric sander after the joints are thoroughly cleaned of some very old dirt, and we finish painting the beams.

Here are more of the old mortis joints in what used to be the end beam of the house with a smaller fireplace.
Most Cape houses were built around a central chimney with all rooms having a fireplace and we have three lovely fireplaces; one for each room, with a staircase now going up one side of the chimney as they did historically as well.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Washing Upstairs

This washstand stores on the stairs landing and can be used on either side of the chimney.