Friday, February 24, 2017

Saving A Seat


This eighteenth Century Queen Anne chair has a crack in it's seat across the middle and along the grain. It was repaired with a wood filler which has fallen out over time. I found a lovely upholstery cotton stripe fabric on sale as a close-out, and made a lined seat cushion which hides the crack completely. The room colors are greens and browns, so this blends right in.

Powder Room Phase I


Phase I of restoring this little powder room hidden under a stairwell, has been adding exterior wall insulation and new sheet rock besides removing a back wall cabinet. The woodwork and wallpaper paste have been stripped while the fixtures were dry fitted. Luckily both the sink and elongated toilet fit this small space and the old floor supply valve to the toilet will even fit inside the new modern toilet base!


The sink and faucet were found for 1/2 price on sale and the toilet was $100 from a remodel sale. The wallpaper and paint are left-over from previous projects, so this remodel will cost about $1000 after Restoration Hardware fixtures (on sale) have been installed. Since Bill and Christian will do all of the plumbing besides the rest of the work themselves, the rennovation will be a very worthwhile upgrade.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Modern Fixtures In An Old Bathroom


This old farmhouse has a half bath hidden under the staircase to the second floor. It is very old and has the original floor boards we have had refinished, so it is soon ready to have fixtures installed. This bath was gutted when we bought the house and I decided to buy a very modern Nameeks "Scarabeo" corner sink and Kohler "Persuade" toilet which fit the space. The new surfaces and look should be a nice contrast in this old space.



The wallpaper is Stroheim and Romann's "Clayfield" shown above. The wood trim in this powder room will be Benjamin Moore's "White" and the corner cabinet will be Fine Paints of Europe's marine base paint "Zuider Zee Blue". There is a cabinet behind the toilet which will be pared down to a simple recessed shelf.

We will install a radiant barrier to the exterior wall here called "Ultra Touch", which comes from Home Depot. It reflects 97% radiant and cooling energy, is a Class I fire retardant, while acoustical and flexible for our varied surface. It is natural fibers faced with a heavy foil in 4' X 6' pieces costing $23.00 each.