Thursday, December 20, 2012

Best. News. Yet!

My contact with city transit stopped by the house to let me know the bus stop in front of our house is being moved--Yay! In fact, this particular bus line is being moved off our block completely--AMAZING!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Front Door

So here she is, in all her glory! ;)

I actually plan to add the off-white around the sidelights and think it would be super cool to have these pieces (in-door mail slot, doorbell) from Signature Hardware:

And just for kicks, here's the "before" shot of the door:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

CHRISTMAS!!! and more

Even with a new baby, I still had to do a little decorating since this is our house's first proper Christmas in a very long time! I really really really wanted to put lights, etc. up outside but the house is still being painted, porch floor still being finished, and the front yard is trying to grow grass. I promise next year I will "wow" you... So anyways, here are a few places of Christmas flare in our very old house:

dining room 


parlor - 9 1/2 foot tree!

Exterior doors are also being painted. Back and are side doors finished--we even have two rocking chairs on the side porch now! The front door paint started today but is by no means finished.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Lots Going On Around Here!

new sconces in the parlor, installed by Colin

I cleaned the heck out of this mantle and hearth... not a whole lot of difference visually but at least it's technically clean

 new chandelier in the main hall, also installed by my dear husband

replacement tread (the first stair) in progress

second coat of stain in progress

window scroll gets paint

We are also getting gutters today but I forgot to take a picture... that's what tomorrow's for--all the things I didn't get to today! ;)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Paint Almost Done

We are having a baby in exactly one week so all the work is wrapping up, scheduled to be complete first half of the week. Here's the front progress:

The construction fence is gone and we're a little sad, because now we have to look at all the trash people leave us at the bus stop... wah. ;)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Screen Porch Progress

Today the back porch got screened in! In the first picture you can see the paint progress. The second picture shows the screen done at the end of the day but the thin pieces of wood over the screen staples haven't been painted yet. Also, there are two doors (even though you can only see on in the pic).

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ceilings Finished!

We opted not to have every crack caulked in order to maintain the aged look that comes from being 100+ years old. The rooms are so much brighter and it feels really good to have this done!

dining room


And here we have 2 of 4 sconces up in the dining room:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Ceiling Work

A couple weeks ago we decided (after stumbling across some extra cash) to have the original beadboard ceilings finished before Baby Sam arrives. Because, you know, there's not enough going on around here...

Let me tell you about the beadboard ceilings: we "preserved" the original ceilings in the parlor and dining room to help keep the historic feel in the front of the house. I would have loved to have preserved the beadboard ceiling throughout the entire house except that it was ALL in terrible shape... there were layers and layers of drywall, random pieces missing, etc. The plan was for me to tackle the two ceilings perhaps during the major reno (before we moved in) but that didn't happen, and I certainly haven't gotten to it since. 

Here are some before pictures. They are very disorienting but at least I documented it before the work started. :)

dining room


We hired painters directly for this; specifically Graduate Custom Painting and they have been phenomenal. They are extremely thorough and the quality of work/level of detail is truly exceptional. They started Wednesday of this week and will be done Saturday afternoon. The ceilings tested positive for lead paint so they are using the highest level of caution for this job and have completely sealed off that part of the house in addition to taping off all the walls, etc. In this situation, we can't really remove the lead paint, so they are using a special primer to ensure the best encapsulation. It's taking a lot of work to remove the thousands of extra nails left behind, not to mention filling in drywall screw holes... I never could have done what they have done!

So it's not done yet but here are a few "during" pictures. They will do more caulking and another coat of primer before the actual ceiling paint goes on. 


dining room

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Gables and the start of window accents

The windows are starting to get their first coat of accents 

Since we decided to go with the more bold Colonial Yellow (instead of Belvedere Cream), I suppose I could have gone a little darker on the gable color (Empire Gold) to have a stronger contrast. Nonetheless, I still like it and think the colors will blend much nicer when all the trim gets the off-white paint.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Here Comes the Color!

At the end of Tuesday our house has some trim painted (off white) and the start of the main color (yellow). I LOVE IT!

Dining Room Sconces

I had chosen these sconces for the dining room knowing that it would be a while before we purchased them. Good thing my idea of fun time is going to home improvement stores because the other day while passing through I noticed they were on clearance. Instead of $35/ea they were $13/ea! Score!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Under Cabinet Lighting

Ever since we moved in we've had wires hanging down for us to one day install puck lights. It's very simple, but we have such a long list of things to do that it just hadn't been done... until now. And I will say, it was way more difficult to install those suckers than you would think when 35 weeks pregnant! So here's my picture, not the best quality picture but oh well!

The kitchen still needs the trim paint, second coat of color, and a tile backsplash...

Friday, October 12, 2012

More Priming Pics

Priming is almost done, along with caulking, etc. We will be starting the color Monday!