Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! Master Bedroom Redo (again)

Happy New Year!  I cannot believe it's been so long since I've posted.  I had to take a bit of a break last year but I'm back and I hope to post a bit more often again.

I've been working on our bedroom this year, very slowly, but I think it's close to being done.  I really like the point it is at but I think it probably needs a few more finishing touches...in time.  But to refresh your memory, here is what our bedroom looked like when we first toured our home:

Master Bedroom (BEFORE).  Awesome retro bedroom.  Love the twin beds and tailored bedspreads!!

The room is challenging as everything is asymmetrical.  The window placement is asymmetrical and the ceiling is vaulted going from 8 feet on side of the room to about 12 feet on the other side of the room.  Asymmetry was a hallmark of mid-century modern design but it sure is harder to decorate around than symmetrical rooms.  

This is actually the third time we've repainted this room in 4 1/2 years.  I know.  Good thing we do our own painting.  The first time it was a mint green color--good intentions but bad execution.  The second time it was a beautiful gray color.  It was a nice color but it didn't really work well with our rug and furnishings.  So this time we went very neutral.

I normally love color but I needed something a bit more subdued in my bedroom.  The feeling I was going for was serene, modern, organic, collected, and peaceful. I feel like I've accomplished it.

The only new things in this room are the large botanical print and the bed frame.  Everything else is either from our previous home or we purchased when we first moved into this house.  I've been able to incorporate a few very sentimental items as well. 


Our beautiful Paul McCobb dresser.  We purchased this at a local antique store when we first moved into our home.  The pulls are brass and could use a bit of polish.  The print was purchased at the Evolution Store in NYC and framed locally.  It's a vintage German botanical plate.  It's huge and makes a great statement in the room.  Room and Board sells the same one and it is on sale right now.  It's a great deal--cost us more to buy and frame this than the sale price.


This tray belonged to my great grandmother.  The vase is from West Elm.


A picture from our wedding:-)
The duvet is from Dwell Studio.  I purchased this YEARS ago when it first came out and I've never found another duvet I've loved as much as this one.


Another view of our bed.
In-suite bathroom; 6 foot closets on either side.  Bathroom is original and we love it.  Tile is in perfect condition.


Little seating area in the room.  Overlooks our back yard.


Jewelry box made for me by my father when I turned 16.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Oh yes we did. We painted the paneling.

Things have gotten pretty much back to normal for me which means I've been busy, busy, busy.  If you haven't been following along, I had my hip replaced on 10/23/13 (because of hip dysplasia, not age) and my recovery was intentionally a bit slow.  My anatomy wasn't quite normal and my surgeon wanted to be conservative with my recovery.  But he gave me the green light at 6 months so I've been back painting, renovating, and gardening.  Life has been really great!

As the title of this post says, we painted the paneling.  And before any paneling purists out there say "why did you paint the WOOD?!" hear me out.  Our upstairs family room and hallway had/has wood paneled walls, wood floors, and a wall of built-in wood cabinetry.   You couldn't PUT any more wood in this room.  Well...maybe the ceiling but that was the only wood-portunity.

The paneling was not solid wood like the teak or mahogany walls you see in some mid-century homes, it was wood-veneer with grooves in it.  The grain was actually quite nice, which is why we lived with it for almost 4 years before deciding to paint.  I like wood, but not this much of it.  It felt very dark in there. It was downright depressing after the long winter we had here.

Another reason for painting is that some of the beautiful features of our room were getting lost with all that wood.  We have a stunning brick fireplace that covers one wall and you barely noticed it.  And we have a beautiful, vintage Howard Miller George Nelson Spindle clock that was completely getting lost in the room because it was wood on wood.  All you really noticed in the room was that it felt like you were in a wood cabin.

Here are some "before" pictures:


BEFORE: Upstairs family room with window looking at entry.  You can see the long front planter in the picture.  The curtains are original burlap pinch-pleat (and disintegrating). On the right is a full wall of built-ins.  The TV is in the center cabinet.
BEFORE: Hallway leading from family room to garage.  The curtains there were plaid and not original.  I had already taken them down before I took pictures. 


BEFORE: Brick fireplace and doorway that leads to entry.


BEFORE: More dark and depressing wood paneling.  The pass-through and doorway on the left go to the kitchen.


BEFORE:  Another view of the fireplacewall and built-ins.

Over the long winter, the dark room became too oppressive and I finally decided it needed to be a lot lighter in there. So on a cold, rainy weekend at the beginning of April, we painted the paneling.  We decided to paint it Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Gray, which is the same color as the kitchen.  I love this color--it is very versatile. It complements wood tones very nicely.  It's also a very similar color to the grout in the fireplace. 

First we had to sand and wash the paneling to take off any gloss.  Then we primed the family room and the hallway.  I decided not to paint any of the cabinetry or the wood trim around the windows.

In case you were wondering, painting paneling isn't very much fun.  We thought we would be able to paint the walls with a high-nap roller.  It didn't get the paint into the grooves well enough so we had to brush each groove in the paneling separately.  Let's just say that this project took 2 full days.


Priming the paneling.


After priming.


After priming.

AFTER:  Notice how the fireplace stands out so much better?  I love this brick.

AFTER:  I painted the backs of the built-ins a darker gray that I had leftover from my bedroom.

AFTER:  Wall of built-ins.  The TV is housed in the center of the cabinets.  They look so much nicer now!  We also got a new carpet as the old one felt very "country" to me.

AFTER:  Back hallway after painting.

AFTER:  Back hallway.  We also painted the door trim to match the rest of the house "decorator's white".  The floors are slate.

AFTER:  We also cleaned and treated all of the louvered doors with Howards Feed 'n Wax.  There were 4 sets of bi-fold doors.  They look beautiful now. 

AFTER:  "After" view of fireplace.  Now you can see our beautiful George Nelson clock.  My mother made the quilt and I liked the color it brought into the room so I'm using it over our sofa seat cushions. 

AFTER:  Close up of clock and veiw into entry.  We actually re-hung the drapes from the kitchen.  They look great in here!
Things we have left to do:  My husband decided that he wanted to replace all the switches and outlets to something more modern.  And I want to get some kind of shade for the windows in the hallway. A few more accessories and I think this room can be called complete!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Finished Metal Roof Pictures (and more metal in my life)

I took a bit longer-than-expected blogging break.  I had intended to post the final pictures of our metal roof sooner but I am actually recovering from a hip replacement.  I'm young-ish, but I have hip dysplasia, and it took a big toll on one of my hips.  In the past year, my ability to function was so severely impaired, and a hip replacement was the only option.  I thought about starting a blog for my hip replacement because I have lots to say on that subject, but I decided not to.  I will just say that I'm glad to be in recovery mode now but I still have a long way to go before I am "recovered"and I can get back to work on DIY projects.  Hopefully my recovery will be significantly improved by the spring.

So onto the other metal in my life--the roof.  Our roof took a while to finish because the company was working on a local green addition to a school simultaneously, but it's done and it's gorgeous.  Here are some pictures from different angles. (And no, I wasn't on the roof!  That was hubby's job.)


BEFORE PICTURE:  Can you believe this? This is the original flashing around our chimney.  Completely corroded.  I find it really hard to believe that the roofers didn't think to replace this when our roof was done 8 years ago!  To quote Holmes on Homes, "Unbelievable!"


A close-up of our non-existing flashing. This was completely redone with the new roof, obviously.












And here is our gorgeous new roof!  The color is "Burnished Slate" which coordinates nicely with the stone fireplace, stone planters, stone patio, and stone walkways around our house.  This is a view of the side of our house.  This is also the view that is most visible from the road.



Here is a little closer view...(hard to take these pics from the ground.)





 Here is a picture of part of the front of our house.  That piece of metal hanging out of the gutter is an old leaf guard.

 My husband got up on the roof to show me what was going on up there.  Note the new flashing around the chimney.  The roofing guys took a masonry saw and adhered the flashing into the stone. 



 Here's another view of the metal work.  This is a ridge vent.



Below is a picture of the the backside of the chimney. It's built up to divert the rain and snow from hitting the chimney and causing leaks.  It was built that way from the beginning.  (Of course the old flashing was completely corroded so it didn't help from causing leaks.)


 This little window is in the upper corner of our great room.



More views of where some of the roof planes meet.  Sorry about the glare.  It is really hard to get good pictures of a metal roof.



So far, we are really happy we put this roof on.  Some people have asked me questions about it so I'll try to put together an FAQ post at some point for folks who are interested in this type of roofing.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Roof in Progress...

Our tearoff went fine and I was able to confirm with the roofer that, YES, we did have full ice and water shield under that 8-year old, 30 year architectural shingle roof that leaked in about 8 places.  So that should be a lesson to anyone with a house with 2/12 pitch.  DO NOT SHINGLE YOUR ROOF.  Don't be mislead by a roofer that says its fine to shingle a house at that pitch with full ice and water shield.  Guess what--it isn't fine.  Water is insidious and WILL find a way to get through all of those nail holes in time.  Trust me--it happened to us.

The roofers re-flashed all of the flashing and installed the new ice and water shield.  Then we had about a week's delay before installing the metal.  The standing seam metal we are using is for low-slopes, so the seam is higher and there is a special machine that is used to seal the seam of the panels together.  The machine was in use at another job and my roofer got the run around on when it would be available from the metal roof distributor.  So they finally started to install the metal on Thursday.  This is what the house looks like after a few days of metal work.