Our New Old House

1918 Bungalow


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My Bathroom: The Rest of the Story

Some people said they wanted to see more pictures of my crazy bathroom in its recent stages of transformation. I am nothing if not obliging. Here, you dirty voyeurs! Feast your eyes on the nitty gritty recesses of my bathroom.

You may recall that when we decided to put up wainscoting, I allowed Brandon, my cousins, sister, sister’s boyfriend, and myself to draw on the bathroom walls.


Then we put up some shelf paper because we weren’t able to tackle the job of putting up the wainscoting for a while and we needed it to look nice and be easier to clean in the meantime.


THEN! We took the shelf paper off in anticipation of the wainscoting installation. That didn’t go so well.


BUT THEN! The carpenters from Loki’s Garden put up the wainscoting and our bathroom began to look beautiful.


Next up: patching a few plaster flaws near the ceiling, some fresh and lovely blue paint, and a fresh coat of primer and paint for the woodwork. Also, the tub will get paint. And shiny shiny feet.

Hooray for shiny feet.

Back to the back bedroom

Since we moved our bedroom furniture into the front bedroom I’ve started stripping the wallpaper off the walls. This wallpaper is one of my blog’s greatest hits. People comment on it all the time. I’m a little sad to see it go.


But there it goes!


Unburied Treasure

This week I’ve been taking off the wallpaper in the back bedroom. Yeah, this wallpaper:


And behind the door I uncovered some pencil marks. It took me a minute to figure out what they were. See if you can tell:


Give up? It’s a child’s height and weight and the dates! The dates being from 1944 and 1945 and the height and weight matching the size of a five or six year old, I figured it must be my friend Judy, who lived in our house until the summer of 1945. She was six when they moved up the street to a bigger house.

Just below the measurements was another set of pencil marks:


Judy must have been practicing her numbers. (Sorry that picture came out blurry.)

I finished working on that room with a big smile on my face. Pictures of the back bedroom to come soon.

Mission Accomplished!

When we left off last time, our living room and dining room looked like this:


On Saturday, it looked like this!


Actually, that picture is from after I’d cleaned up after the party a bit. But you get the idea.

Friday night Brandon put up the last of the wallpaper border in the dining room.


I’m very pleased with how it came out.


On Saturday morning he put the attic door back on with freshly painted hardware.  (I still have a little more clean-up work to do on that door, but it looked pretty nice having it back up.)


On Saturday night Our New Old House was full of friends and laughter. We finished all the projects on our list in the knick of time and it was a wonderful party.



We’re so grateful for everybody who came and celebrated with us! Our house is so much warmer with friends to share it with.

Countdown to party: T-minus 2 days…

Here’s where we were on Tuesday night. Party’s on Saturday. Can we do it?


I think we can.

We’ve made some good progress on the dining room. Here’s how the dining room windows looked mid-chemical strip:




And with chemical stripping done, waiting for wood filler to dry so I can sand it.


The rest of the woodwork in the dining room is coming along nicely. I finished stripping one side of this door.


And the rest of the woodwork on the doorways:


Here’s the kitchen doorway mid-chemical strip:


Brandon took off the door so I could get the rest of this doorway stripped. It’s pretty much done now except for some minor clean up of putty between the pieces.


And the kitchen doorway very close to finished:


In the living room we still had a section of wall that needed priming.


So Brandon primed it.


Also, I heat stripped the paint off the window frame and baseboards on that side.


There are still sections of the floor that need to have the carpet padding scraped off so I’ve been finishing that job this week.




Finally, in preparation for the party, I made a batch of cookies. Ok, really this batch was just to motivate myself to keep working. Well, ok it was to bribe myself to keep working. Whatever. Cookies rock.


Last night I painted the whole living room with the same bone white that is in the dining room. I was only able to do one coat, but it’s a huge improvement from the stark white primer. Tonight I’m going to finish scraping the dining room floor (finished the living room floor on Tuesday,) do a couple of touch ups on the wood work, and possibly heat strip the woodwork around the living room front door and front windows. Brandon started putting up the wallpaper border in the dining room last night and we’ll finish that tonight. Then Friday will be for arranging furniture and cleaning up.

Phew! There’s nothing like marathon house fixing!

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