Old Chair Finished

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.

Maple arms 
I needed to drill holes for screws to go into the top of the arms, as well as countersink to allow for plugs to hide those screws.
countersinking holes 
After making the arms from maple, Jean and I decided she would do away with the springs and metal strips in the seat area and have me make wood slats to replace them.
I primed the chair frame and new slats (not shown) before attaching it all together. I find that makes it easier to get into spaces and around all the edges.
primed chair 
Then the arms and slats were attached and I painted the chair three coats of a lovely green that Jean chose herself.
Green Chair 
Jean was just delighted to see her chair and she has purchased some fabric and will have some thick cushions made locally, most likely over the winter. She has even promised to give me a “private showing” of her chair when it is all finished.
follow your heart woodworking 
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Floors Down in Retail Area

I have had so many people ask me if my store is ready.  Alas, it is taking much longer than I had hoped.  I am working everyday and, although it’s progressing, there is still so much to do.  I will need to take stock and price my items and display them.  I have boxes and boxes of items I made in my last workshop and moved here.  I will need to organize all of that before I can even think of opening the store part of this building.
On to what I’ve been doing.  The walls (see how I made them here) were painted with Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, in eggshell.  Getting paint between the boards I put up was quite the exercise.  I used a very small artists paint brush along with the regular paint brush I used to hand brush all the walls.  I tried using a roller, but too much of it got into the “cracks,” so I switched to the brush.  It took many hours to paint, using the fine brush to get any blobs from between the boards. I did a second thin coat with the roller.  If I had to do it again, I would not just prime the boards but also paint the two finish coats of eggshell and paint the walls behind first.  (My walls were a light yellow that showed through the cracks, although I didn’t think it would matter… it did!)
After painting, I started putting down the floors. They are a faux maple laminate that lock together, board by board.

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.)

Painting Trim and a Man on a Truck

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?

Painting the Workshop Walls

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.

Painted Washroom

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.

My walls are all taped and mudded, although I still have some spots in the ceiling to fill in.  I am leaving those for now because first I have to get the metal ductwork put in position beside the chimney.  Then I can fill in the ceiling around the pieces.  (Well that is my excuse, really I am fed up with drywall)
There is a stud on the far wall in the workshop that remains and so I put dywall mud right up to it on each side.  I’m not sure if that is a good idea or not, the mud may crack being beside the wood stud.  We’ll see…
I now have a coat of primer on all the workshop walls and I still have my plumbing there that needs to be removed.

 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 ??

Living Room – Part 3 – The Walls

I’m continuing to blog about our living room changes. Some of what I am writing may appear to be out of order.  We worked on parts of the bay window , the walls and the pocket door all at the same time, but I am choosing to blog about them separately.  So in the photos, if you see some walls painted and some not, that’s the reason why.
We did have wallpaper in the living room, as I’ve shown previously and needed to decide on a paint colour.  We moved to PEI without any living room furniture, so after sitting on kitchen chairs for a few weeks to watch tv, we thought we had better get a couch. This is what we chose, trying to keep a bit of the old style to the house in some ways.

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!