Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dayton Computing Scale - 1904

One Sunday Jon and I traveled to DePere, WI to attend an antiques market.  We enjoyed the day and kept circling back to this commercial scale and bought it. 
Can you tell me, what was the original color of this scale?  The last patent date listed on the spinning computing dial is 1904.    

Monday, June 17, 2013

Upstairs Long Hallway

28 ft. Upstairs Hallway - North View towards Juliet Balcony at front of the house.
My brother and I have been working on the long hallway upstairs for a long time.  I have lots of things to tell you about.   The color of walls in this photo is NOT the final color.  Nope.  Within two weeks time I ended up repainting--changing the color 3 times.  Jon told me to STOP IT.  
The first color (pictured above) is a very elegant caramel which I now appreciate more.  I couldn't get my head around it at first and decided it looked the color of baby poop. 
So then, I painted it spring green, and Jon said it looked like his most dreaded color in the world "celery green."  And right now the wall color I chose is the color of a paper sack--called "Barely Brown."  I decided to leave it alone for a while to see if I can live with it. 
Photo during wall crack repair phase
Last fall my brother Will started work on repairing the wall cracks.  This is the South View of the hallway--toward the bathroom at the end of the hall. 
To the left is the repaired wall: cracks fixed with webtape and durabond, then a skim coat of joint compound and slightly sanded until silky smooth.  In this photos the camera is directed at the floor so you can see the picture rail Jon found in the attic.  He took all the picture rail to his workshop, sanded, primed, and painted it so we could re-install after I finish last coat of wall color.
Here's the stairwell, and above is the cleat/deck system Jon built so we could get to the upper half of the stairwell to make wall repairs.  Directly above the wooden deck is a stained glass window.
Temporary Scaffold in Stairwell
Jon will shroud the wrap around cleat with a mantle shelf in the stairwell once the repairs are finished.  Our reasoning is not decorative, but essential to future repairs to the stairwell stained glass window or ceiling.  We could always unscrew the mantle shelf, to get to the cleats and re-install the deck if necessary.
Ascending the stairs, you can see the condition of the 120 year old walls.  
Ah, there's a wonderful example of big and small cracks. 
Forcing some durabond into the fissures starts the repair.  Later, we mended the area like we handling all the other smaller cracks with webtape and durabond again, and once that is sanded the entire wall gets a skim coat of drywall joint compound, and a light but smooth sanding before priming.
We haven't rushed anything.  Pacing ourselves we've allowed drying/curing time between each step.  Sometimes, we've gone off for months to do other projects before returning to these wall crack repairs. 
My brother Will is moving along down the stairs this past month--working his way to the 12' x 12' foyer.
Descending the stairs into the foyer.  Isn't it odd how light plays on a wall and changes from eery yellow to and erry green/yellow?  How dreadful.   I'm going to paint the stairwell walls and foyer red--the same red as in the dining room.  The foyer leads directly into the dining room.  Makes sense to me.
Here's another photo of our dining room.  However in the evening, the walls take on a darker red.

Below is an image of a Sargeant painting I saw long after I painted our dining room.
Don't they look similar?
It's elegant and how I imagine Jon and I entertaining.  Ha. Ha. 
Ok, back to the foyer repairs . . .
Will is just about done with the webtape and durabond wall crack repairs in the foyer.  Next he and I will tackle the skim coat.