Sunday, April 26, 2015

Guest Bedroom Makeover - part 2 - the walls and trim

We are redoing the guest bedroom and you can see how we changed the floors here in my last post.

As I wrote in that post, everything in the room was beige. We did some minor patching, but you can see below how the closet wall looked with the trim, baseboards, door and wall all the same colour.

 The window wall looked much the same:

The trim and mouldings really are old and beautiful to my eye, but they just blended in with the walls.

As I said in that last post, we primed everything at the same time to give our new paint something to stick to since we had no idea what was used previously.

The priming left us with a white-wash look everywhere.

We even primed the baseboard heaters.  The only thing we left was the ceiling.

All the trim was painted in a white called "Milk Moustache" by Beauti-Tone, made in Canada by Home Hardware.  I painted all the baseboards, closet door, door frames, window frame and baseboard heaters.

The walls were done in a colour picked by my husband.  It was not something I would have chosen, but it looks nice.  It's also by Beauti-Tone and called "Crocus Tint."

Paint can do wonders to freshen up a room!

In my next post I'll show you the finished room... to be continued.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Guest Bedroom Makeover - part 1 - the floor

Our old farmhouse has three bedrooms upstairs and a bathroom.  The master bedroom is quite large, the other two bedrooms are about 10' x 10'. One of those rooms is for our daughter, who lives with us, and the other is a guest bedroom.  

When we moved in, last Oct. 1, almost all the walls in the house that weren't wallpapered, were painted a sandy beige colour.  This included all the lovely wide old trim.  The trim, closet door, and the walls in the guest bedroom were all painted the same beige.

This is the guest bedroom (ignore the fireplace which came with the house, we didn't have a place to put it).

Of course, we had no idea what lurked under the thick blue carpet. Actually there was another blue carpet underneath, which the photos don't really show. But this carpet in the photo below is a bit darker and shaggier than the carpet in the photo above.

 Under the carpets was very old wood flooring.  (There's a strange floor patch by the door)

The floor was basically covered in old glue of some sort, some areas thicker than others.

We decided we would paint the wood floors and my husband got the very messy job of sanding them.

This was a LOT of work, Eric needed a respirator mask and many, many belts of sandpaper. The dust was thick and everywhere. The floors came up quite nicely, but not nice enough to stain.

We then put a coat of primer on everything in the room, the closet door, trim, walls and floor.

The next step was to paint the floors.  We chose a light gray porch and floor paint and rolled on two coats.

I'll show more photos when I show the rest of the room painted!

Stay tuned to see the rest of the guest bedroom makeover... to be continued.
(Read part 2 here)

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Trip to Biloxi - part 2

Here is the second post about my trip to Biloxi, Mississippi.  The first post is here.

Biloxi lighthouse

I forgot to include, that on our visit to "Beauvoir," the home of Jefferson Davis, there was a small presidential library on the grounds.  Inside was a mini museum with a few civil war artifacts and this hung on the wall.  I'm not sure what it was, and no one was there to ask, but being a sign maker myself I really liked it.
(approximately 20" diameter)

One of the shopkeepers we met on our trip mentioned a nice little town called Bay St. Louis that was just down the road from Biloxi.  We took a short drive there and found a cute little area with houses that were converted to shops and restaurants.  Bay St. Louis has been featured in different magazines as one of the top ten small towns in America!

We stopped for lunch at "the Buttercup"

of course I liked the sign outside:

We also shopped in a few antique stores:

This one "Antique Maison" was absolutely packed with lovely old treasures for sale:

Back in Biloxi we went to the town square and saw the Katrina monument.  It has the names of all those in the Biloxi area (including Bay St. Louis) who were taken by the hurricane in 2005. The monument was built to the height that the water came to during the storm.

Linked beside it is a beautiful mosaic:

Here is a close-up of the work:

Very close to this monument in the city is an oak tree named "the Patriarch" that is said to be 2,000 years old. This magnificent tree sits in the courtyard of "Mary Mahoney's," a restaurant that all visitors to Biloxi are told they should eat at.  (We didn't!)

We enjoyed our trip to Biloxi, let me know if you go too, it's surely much closer to most of you than a four day car drive.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Painting a Farmhouse Table and Chairs

I live in an actual farmhouse.  Well, it used to be, now I just pretend I have a farm.  We have dining room set that we moved with us to this lovely farmhouse. The table and chairs are pine in a golden colour. The floors here are very old maple (that's my best guess). Here is how the table and chairs look in the dining room:

 Here's a close-up:

Even though I'm a carpenter/cabinetmaker and I love wood... this is too much wood on wood!

So, first I sanded the chair seats because they were very worn.  I did this outside last December 27th, before the snow fell:

As an aside, here is what it looks like out there today!!!!

After sanding I brushed on a couple of coats of shellac (again, this was just the seats).  This is the best thing for keeping knots from bleeding through.

Once those were done I used Gail's (My Repurposed Life) chalky paint , which is where you make your own primer using Plaster of Paris, a bit of water, and latex paint.  Then I coated the chairs with the same latex paint I had used in the primer. For the table I only painted the apron and legs and left the top as it was.

We haven't done anything else yet in the dining room, but you can see the difference that painting the table base and chairs has made to the room.

Do you think it was a good idea to paint this table and chairs?

If anyone is keeping track, I really should be posting part 2 of our Biloxi trip. Since Angie at Knick of Time is having a Farmhouse special link up on Friday and the topic is Farmhouse Tables, I quickly put this together so that I could share it there. Stay tuned for Biloxi part 2.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Trip to Biloxi - part 1

As I wrote in my previous post, after driving 2,200 miles, we vacationed in Biloxi, Mississippi. Since my blog is really supposed to be about woodworking, I will not show everything we did there, but try to show what relates to woodworking and homes.

We stayed for a week at a cottage that was less than a block from the beach front in Biloxi.  For those of you who don't know, Biloxi was severely hit by Hurricane Katrina almost 10 years ago now.  We could see places where houses had been and just foundations were remaining.

This was on the walk between our cottage and the beach. Hard to imagine seeing your house destroyed and just this left:

Just down the road from us was the last home of Jefferson Davis, if you know your American History (remember I'm a Canadian and we learned a bit in school, but not as much as the Americans would have), you'll know that Davis was the President of the Confederate States from 1862-65.  The home is part of an estate called "Beauvoir," and sits facing the Gulf Coast across the road from the highway that runs along Biloxi beach.  Beauvoir (meaning beautiful view) was severely damaged by Katrina, but has been painstakingly restored.

This is one of the bedrooms in the house, look at the woodwork in the bed!

Here is another bedroom complete with a crazy quilt and another hand-crafted bed.

In the middle of the house is a large room which held this sideboard.  After Katrina it was found after having floated into the backyard.  The thick wood floors in here did not warp even after being submerged in water from Katrina's wrath.  Amazing wood! Also look at the painting on the walls, there was no actual cove moulding here, it's all painted to look like there is:

This next photo shows the painting on the ceiling in the sitting room, also made to look like moulding.  The painter left a spot which shows the wood lathe underneath.

If you've been reading my blog you may remember that I have a pocket door (read about it here) and have been thinking of stripping it back to wood, even though my trim will be all painted white.

Well now that I've seen Beauvoir, I just HAVE to strip my door.  Look at what they have, an enormous wood stained door with white trim:

Okay, on to other things...

Have you heard of a shoo-fly deck?  I had not... here is one in Biloxi, they are made around big oak trees to allow people to get ocean breezes and not have to contend with sand flies!  Also notice the beautifully carved tree on the left and below.  After many trees were destroyed in Biloxi (thanks again to Katrina), the trees were topped and then carved by two different craftsmen.

Check google images for "Biloxi tree sculptures" if you are interested in seeing more, they are quite amazing ranging from dolphins to pelicans and other seabirds.

I will finish our vacation post next time, I didn't realize I had so much to share that was wood related.

You can read part 2 here.

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