Monthly Archives: August 2015

Hello, Gorgeous Woodwork!

Who loves a good before + after story?

  EVERYBODY.

With that in mind, here are a couple befores of our dining room:

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BOW WOW.

It’s all pretty much squalor, but let’s focus on the woodwork, shall we?

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What woodwork? — you ask?

It’s just hiding under all that bad beige paint.

But wait.

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Bye bye, beige!

Yes, our woodwork has been painstakingly stripped + refinished.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

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Those walls are sadly still in mid-re-do mode, but never fear.

They’ll soon be painted the same pale gray as in our kitchen,

Thin Ice by Pittsburgh Paint.

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If you look closely, you can see that the ceiling’s sporting

the same pale blue as is our living room, here:

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You can see that we’re using the same colors throughout the house,

for that all-important continuity.

 Now for one more look at that beautiful woodwork

at the junction of dining room + kitchen.
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YUMM-O!

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Living Room Woodwork + Paint

Long time no blog!

Our summer project has been restoring the Dutch colonial’s original woodwork.

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The minute all the living room’s woodwork was up + running,

 I insisted that we paint!

As you can see, the ceiling is the palest of blues,

+ the picture/crown molding is white.

After some debate, our walls are Flagstone gray by Pittsburgh Paint.

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Initially, I wanted to go fairly dark + dramatic.

However, I settled on a medium dark,

because I thought it would work better with all my “stuff”.

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Let’s have a look-see at some of it, shall we?

First up, my awesome vintage sorter will be the room’s focal point:

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That thing rules, doesn’t it?

One of my former art students/friend found it for me,

+ I paid a mere $50 for it in the early 90’s!

It was perfect for my late, great retail store, Heart-in-Hand!

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Update to now — I cannot wait to get that thing in place

+ start filling it with my books + things!

Here’s the wall where we’ll place it:

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  • Opposite from that wall is the front door:

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It+ all the other interior doors are going to be a very dark gray,

which looks like black.

Next, this angled wall is where we’ll have our television:

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The jury’s still out

(which is just a fancy way of saying I can’t make up my mind),

but we might use our bow-front pine dresser for the TV:

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I have plans to try + “hide” the TV with a gallery wall,

like this one from Pottery Barn:

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Finally, here is our living room’s south-facing window bay:

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Our existing navy couch will fit nicely there.

Oh, + that rug has obviously made the trip from our current home, too.

We’ll discuss all this later, so stay tuned!


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