Room by Room – Kitchen and Dining

The kitchen, butler’s pantry, and dining room all received fresh paint in the renovating process. The kitchen and butler’s pantry were covered with the same wallpaper that had graced the breakfast nook.  This wallpaper was next to impossible to remove.  We did get most of it off in the kitchen; however, in the butler’s pantry, we ended up just using some primer and covering it with paint.  I was a bit nervous about the bolder color (ryegrass) that we chose, but now that it is on the walls, I really like it.  A new light fixture to replace the wooden/brass ceiling fan was a final touch.

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The dining room’s once pale pink walls were brightened up with the same shade of blue as in the entry. Besides painting and refinishing the floors, the dining room was also subjected to multiple penetrations as part of the electrical upgrade.  We really wanted to keep the original chandelier and wall sconces; however, when the fixtures were reattached, we discovered the very old wires within these fixtures caused major shorts in the circuits.  The sconces are still in the process of being painted and wired, and we are still hopeful that we can find someone to re-wire the main chandelier. Stay tuned.

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We had the privilege of hosting 20 plus family and friends for Thanksgiving 2016, so one final set of pix!

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Room by Room: The Library

Like the sun room, the library did not require a lot of paint.  In fact, no holes in the walls meant that we could preserve the vintage wallpaper.  We left the bookshelves blue and refreshed the room by refinishing the floors and repainting the ceiling white (covered over that dusty rose shade). This really brightens up the room and highlights the old-fashioned light fixture, which we really love!

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Wild about wallpaper

There are a lot of walls in this old house.  And, a lot of these walls are covered in wallpaper.  The collection is quite eclectic really.   Some of the designs are more vintage while others are well,  just plain loud.

These are on the bold end of the design spectrum:

More subtle:

Moving towards vintage:

And, what I believe is the most vintage of all:

At first, I thought this pattern was “way over the top” crazy; however, it has grown on me a bit.  I would love to know how old it is.  We had to peel some off the wall, and it has a wood product backing which makes it extremely stiff and it’s almost 1/4 inch thick.

Many of the other designs will be replaced with paint due to the fact that some of them just don’t suit the character of the house.   Mostly, they will be going because we need to redo the entire electrical system, and there will be a lot of wall penetrations throughout the house.  So, I have a handy wallpaper stripping crew that will be hard at work this summer. Stay tuned.