Monday, February 13, 2012
The Parlor and Other Stuff
This room was originally the parlor. There is a side door inside the room that leads to the foyer.
We acquired the house in April 2007. A year later we had restored the house enough so that we could live there full time.
You can't imagine what we went through that first year just to get the house up to a level of occupancy. There was no water, and chimney mortar was wicking rain into the house--and brought the dining room ceiling to the floor. And the list went on and on. Roof repairs, 60 amp electric service like two kite strings, entrance steps and porches decayed so bad it was dangerous to walk on them. Crumbling and Dangerous are the best words to describe the house when we bought it. There was no insulation, and a vintage gas furnace
We have three bedrooms upstairs and this one downstairs. To the left is a Sheboygan secretary. Visible in the faded mirror I can read Chicago 1903. I paid $250 for the desk, and two months later saw one just like it in a Princeton antiques shop for $1695. Our Sheboygan desk has a key to lock it.
Here's the parlor sans wallpaper, after insulation was blown in the walls, and repair the wall cracks--two skim coats of joint compound, sanded smooth, Zinzer 123 primer, and finally two coats of wall color Bewitch by Valspar. I used the color Bewitch again a year later on the 3/4" beadboad in the new upstairs bathroom.
Paint color--Bewitch by Valspar; 3/4" bathroom beadboard.
To me, the color Bewitch is the new black; a great neutral color, Bewitch goes with everything.
Bedroom Air Conditioner
I collect signs. Thought you'd enjoy this one.
I'm finishing this post tonight, featuring one of my oil paintings.
Pauline and Dean Jaansen's antique Nipon vase, painted 25 years ago. I have photographs of this painting showing stages of the work in progress. At one point only the vase was painted--it looked like it was floating in the air on the canvas. Truth is, I was so scared about handling the vase; I painted it first, then returned it to the family. If I dig around and find the photo of the floating Nipon vase, I'll post it. Its a real hoot.