Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Creating a Live Edge Desk

This weekend Leif and I moved slabs of a walnut tree that fell in our home yard to Christian's barn. They have been stacked and drying for twenty some years and we are finally ready to make two live edge walnut topped desks. Above are the shorter 9' boards we have picked from, and a straight edge board with a live edged one will be used for each desk top.

The initial challenge was how to slab a large fallen tree on one's own property, and I felt there must be a jig that attached to a chain saw which would regulate the thickness of a second long cut. We found one on ebay for about fifty dollars and made 14 slabs about two inches thick; with the others ten foot long.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Working On Windows

Bill spent two beautiful weekends on the Cape replacing exterior window trim and painting it at Old Farm. Luckily the trim is simple and it is well worth the effort to have all new pressure-treated and clear cedar wood around these windows.

We have also been replacing broken window panes at Christian's old farm. First the paint was torched off of the outside wood frame before removing the old putty, muntins and glass. New replacement glass panes from a hardware store cost $2.99, from a glass store they are $10.00 and $20.00 for old glass. I cleaned our very old glass panes with new razor blades and bought 8 new from the hardware store.

Meanwhile I continue stripping doors outside when I can. The closet doors here are solid wood and worth saving ($300.00 a set now) Christian feels. With a good quality trim paint, color and polished chrome knob; they will look much nicer.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Master Bath II

Bathrooms seem to take forever with so many little details, like shaving mirrors, or pictures etc to hang.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Stripping and Spackling Old Rooms

This Spring and Summer I have been stripping all of the wood in the upstairs of Christian's farmhouse, while the warmer weather makes the process much easier. It has been slow going, but the results are wonderful and a fresh coat of good paint will look terrific. The trim in this room will be "Edgecomb Gray" (a taupe color) and the walls "Linen White".

This bedroom has the many plaster cracks repaired and a coat of primer on most of the stripped trim. We will not install cove moldings in either of the larger bedrooms since Bill has repaired the wall and ceiling joints so well. The walls here will also be "Buttermilk" and the trim will be "Iced Cubed Silver".
 Warm and Cool Colors; Inspirational Images via Pinterest:

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Master Bath

Christian's master bath is nearly finished in his old farmhouse. I have sealed the tiles today and although we used gray grout, I still felt all of the grout and marble tile should be sealed.

The paint color is Restoration Hardware's "Atmosphere Blue", which we had mixed in Benjamin Moore paint.