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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sneak Peek - Finished Drapes

Here's a peek of the hand-sewn tiebacks for the North Bedroom.  The 1930's walnut desk and matching dresser are in place, the bookcase will be set this weekend.  The sleigh bed and mattresses arrive next Tuesday afternoon.  I'll be posting more photos Tuesday evening after I dress the bed.  This is the playing "dress up" part I like best.  Like all projects, they have a beginning, a middle, and an end.  Restoring this room took about 2 months.  I think that's a good pace considering we both work full time.

We first saw our old house from a distance in 2001--we used to drive by the house on our way to get groceries in Stevens Point every other weekend, and we'd sit in the driveway for 15-20 minutes just to admire it and wonder, "wouldn't it be great if someday we could fix up this old house?"  We repeated that viewing and pondering over and over again for six more years until 2007. 

Our house sat vaccant for 37 years until we had the great opportunity to buy it.  By the time we were the third owners there was no water, the electricity coming into the house looked like 2 kite strings, the dining room ceiling was partially on the floor, and the porches were falling down.  BUT nearly everything in the house (woodwork, hardware, floor plan, windows) remained the same since it was built in 1893.

4 comments:

Christine L. Mitchell said...

TUESDAY? We can't wait til Tuesday!!! lol. You'll have to share with us how you made the tiebacks. They're really neat!

Did you finish the floor already??

You and Jon do great work! Wish we lived close by.

While I was having my lunch and dinner the other day, I finally read through all your posts. You are one talented lady and Jon kicks butt too!

Your biggest fan,
Christie

Jacque said...

GOod Morning Linda,

All I can say is that both you and your husband adhere to meticulous design details and your home is going to be a masterpiece.

You are blessed to be able to take on such a great restoration. The house waited on YOU...

Have a great weekend!

Just Me said...

I really love watching this renovation process. Your home is beautiful!

Eastlake Victorian said...

Gorgeous tiebacks! You are so lucky to have been able to buy this beautiful house, and that so much of it was still intact! Wonderful work you've done so far!

-Pam