If you recall, I was remaking two arms for an old wooden chair that a customer, Jean, brought to me. I wrote about it here in August. This chair was made in Maine but moved to Prince Edward Island with Jean who bought an old schoolhouse here. She uses it on the sun porch in her summer home about a 20 minute drive from my shop.
It’s not that difficult to do, but when you are alone and running back and forth to the mitre saw in the next room, well… all the up and down on my knees made me further realize that I am not young any more.
I had very little wastage with this flooring. The room was about 9′ wide and each piece of board was 4′ wide, so I started with two side-by-side (Pieces ONE and TWO) and then the next piece (THREE) was cut to fit. The remaining part of piece three then started the next row, piece FOUR was a full piece and then again I cut piece FIVE to fit. When you work through a room this way, there are no extra pieces left over.
The main part of the room was very basic, as I said above, around the stairs and the angled wall was a little more tricky, but not so bad. I enjoy work like this, most likely due to my mathematical mind.
After finishing the floor, I had to put in baseboards. I had both the old baseboards from this area and some extra pieces from another room that were torn out when I took down some walls. I primed them and used two coats of Simply White in semi-gloss and then cut to fit. I also painted the window and door trim with the same paint, as well as the door to the workshop area. It all looks clean and fresh, but I still have to touch up the pin-nail heads and do a little bit of caulking.
I had not shown this wall below before, this is to the left when you walk in the front door (the door you see in the photo goes to the workshop). I am going to have a chalkboard here to be able to write some information about the store as well as greetings, sales, etc. (More to come on this part.)
I’ve been painting trim, miles and miles of trim. Some of it still at the bottom of the walls, some of it around windows and doors and some in pieces. I’m using semi-gloss in Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (the 2016 “colour” of the year):
On Friday I went outside my back door to do something and saw this truck at the business being renovated nearby. Between that auto parts business and mine is a garden.
That’s my husband on top of the truck. There is a little seat up there where he operates the crane that takes supplies off the delivery truck that he drives. Kind of fun to see that! Here’s a closeup:
Small town, eh?
I picked a colour for the walls in my workshop. It is Benjamin Moore Sea Foam and is a very, very light turquoise.
In fact it is almost white, it’s so light, but that’s what I wanted, something to just stand out a little bit over my Simply White trim (that is not painted yet).
I really don’t think this photo shows the colour at all, it looks white on my monitor! This is the first coat (on the right) over a white primer that is over a grey/brown wall that was here when I bought the place.
Tomorrow I’ll do the second coat and then get started on the trim.
I just got back from painting the washroom in my workshop. It’s so nice to see this room all freshened up. I had some blue paint leftover from the master bedroom at my last house, so I thought I would use up some of that. I also thought it might give me a clue as to what colour to paint the main workshop area.
Now I love blue, and this looks quite light in the photo, but it’s a bit darker than that in person, and too blue for my workshop. (It looks more like a baby boy bedroom colour to me.)
So… I will find something lighter for my workshop walls, I am currently thinking a very very light turquoise.
The small washroom is being painted with a primer in this photo, once that is dry I will most likely paint it with some light blue leftover paint.
I am still not sure what colour to paint the workshop? I was thinking of white, but with the white ceiling, white doors and white trim on the windows (now that the white primer is on) it is just too much white for me. I will decide after I see the bathroom in the light blue. I will do a light shade, but either blue, turquoise or ??
We also bought this chair, which is not vintage, but not modern either. The blue in the design matches the blue in the couch.
Now to pick a wall colour, we needed something to go with both and I chose grey. It is very popular in blogland, but I felt with the grey in the chair, it would look nice in this room.
The wallpaper was soaked with water from a spray bottle and scraped off with a wide plastic scraper. It came off quite easily in most places. Under the wallpaper was panel board. We were not sure just how the paint would look on there, but really didn’t want to remove all the panelling and have to drywall. (Under the panelling is lathe and plaster.)
After the walls were stripped, there remained some wallpaper glue which I lightly sanded off to make the walls as smooth as possible. We then put a primer on all the walls.
It was suggested to us to use flat paint to hide any imperfections on the walls. I normally would not use flat paint, but since we did have this old panelling and slight imperfections from nails and walls that were not perfectly even, we did go with a good quality flat Benjamin Moore paint.
I also painted the ceiling with a standard ceiling paint. I felt we could leave the ceiling as it was, basically ceiling tiles with plaster over them, because it looked like it belonged with the house. (Or maybe I was too lazy to tear down the whole ceiling?)
Hopefully you can see the left side which is painted, compared to the right which is not.
We are pleased with the paint colour and it really did disguise any imperfections.
Now we need another chair and we need curtains just to hang on both sides of the side window and the bay window. We don’t need to close them because we have the horizontal blinds all around, which I just love. Because of the design on the chair, I am a bit stuck as what to use for curtains. I think it will have to be something with a small design, or maybe striped. If you can offer any advise, please let me know!
Next post… the pocket door!