It’s that time again… the time when we at NewlyWoodwards share the weekly renovation status update. Hold onto your hard hats, here we go…
Painting, painting, painting
I’ve been doing lots more painting this week. So much so that my dreams are even filled with cans of paint and rollers. All the window trim that’s installed has been painted.
It looks awesome in person. What a difference new windows with new trim can make.
The dining room is tied for my favorite room in the house. With every other room.
I also painted that lovely wooden ceiling I shared last week. I honestly hate painting ceilings. And this is a big room. With extra tall ceilings. And wood that really sucks up the paint.
Luckily, Behr just came out with a ceiling paint with built-in primer. (Thank you.) So, two coats covered pretty well. After a quick Twitter call-out, I decided to use ceiling paint instead of trim paint.
Some of you may remember my stories about my dad’s dismay at me painting all the woodwork (it’s well-documented on NewlyWoodwards). After seeing the woodwork on the ceiling on the blog, he called me up to make sure I wouldn’t be painting that wood.
Poor dad. I’m killing him with all this paint.
The next step with the ceiling is to add batten to make a board and batten ceiling.
We’re I’m waffling back and forth about the width of the batten boards. The decision must be made soon.
The most beautiful door in the world
I’m not being melodramatic. It’s beautiful. (Or at least it will be.)
Our house still has the original front door and it’s gorgeous and wooden and has windows. It’s also an extra tall and wide door. It’s a very common style in our area for late 19th century homes.
When we closed on the house last August, the locks were totally wrecked, two of the glass panes were cracked and there were some issues with the wood. Also, the door only opened about half-way. So, we have hardly used it.
But we both really loved the character of the door from the beginning. 38 weeks later, it’s fixed up and ready to paint. Woo hoo!
To get it to this point:
- We had new panes of glass cut and had them installed by a local glass company.
- Ryan removed the messed-up locks and chains, filled and sanded the holes left behind
- We chose and installed a new deadbolt that accepts the common house key. We chose some sort of black/rubbed bronze to try to coordinate with the original iron door knob.
- Ryan replaced some wood pieces that had cracked/rotted.
- Ryan realigned the door so it opens completely.
A fan of the fan
I forgot to mention Ryan installed our new ceiling fan in the kitchen last week. Here she is.
I chose white to just blend a bit with the ceiling. It’s a nice Hunter version that I spotted at Tuesday morning in August for a really good price. (Actually I walked away from them and then called my parents three days later to pick up all the fans for me.)
On this note, I am going to go out on a limb right now. Right here. If you are a fan hater, I’ll apologize in advance.
We at the NewlyWoodwards are big fans of the ceiling fan. I just don’t see the beef that people have with ceiling fans. Perhaps it’s because Ryan and I both grew up happily in homes with ceiling fans. I don’t know…
But we are proud, card-carrying ceiling fan fans over here.
I often hear folks say they are ugly, but I honestly just don’t see it. I don’t think they are most beautiful of all lighting. But they are so darn functional, I’m willing to overlook an mediocracy in looks. I’ve tried floor and table fans, but I just don’t think they do as good a job as a good old ceiling fan. And in an old house in the Midwest, summers can be brutal.
And while we probably could have skipped the ceiling fan in the kitchen (based on lighting alone), when I cook or bake or can in August, I must have a ceiling fan. Or I will probably drop dead. For realz.
(Phew.) I’m glad I got that out of my system. You can shoot all your flaming comments at me and my choice of fixtures. I have a ceiling fan to keep me cool.
The next step
Flooring is really the next big project on the docket. Ryan is filling in rotten and missing boards right now throughout the house. Once this is done, we’ll be ready to refinish. (Can I get an A-men?)
So, that’s the week in review.
What do you think?