Thursday, October 11, 2012

Coming Together

Sorry it's been awhile since I've posted.  We've had some personal stuff going on that I don't need to go into here, and also it's mostly painting that's being done at the reno right now.  Painting is great, paint is exciting, so why haven't I posted?  Because we can't seem to get a halfway decent picture of the paint colors.  They always look too blue or too green or too weird, but I SWEAR they look great in real life.  Also other little things are starting to come together.  The floors are being sanded, stained, and prepped for the artist who will come in and do...lots of neat stuff you'll get to see later.  We figured out how to tone down the stain in the addition ceiling and it's looking fabulous.  The house is really starting to shape up.

This is the exterior of the house.  As you can see, they've got our trim up (we were going for a slightly more Victorian feel).  Now, I know what you're thinking, you're thinking, "Why is the house blue when they said they were going to paint it purple?".  Well it IS purple, I swear.  Every photo we took of it makes it look blue.  But I assure you, it's this really cool shade of purple that changes tones throughout the day.

 It looks even more blue here, doesn't it?  I promise in real life it's purple.

 This is the paint plan for the trim on the front porch.  We wanted a little paint to make the details pop, but not too much (this is not a Painted Lady in San Francisco, after all).

Here you can see they're starting to suss out the trim.  It's a work in progress.

Here's our stain plan for the entire house.  Why the sudden shift from dark to light stain?  You shall see my friends, you shall see.

A little hint of things to come.

The front hall has paint and stain on the floors and ceilings.  I know, I know, the color on the walls looks like a weird brown/green puke color.  I assure you in real life it's this awesome antique gold.  Check out the ghostly footprints.  Creepy.

Here's a close up of the ceiling in the hall.  A lot of folks thought we were crazy when we said we were putting up beadboard ceilings throughout the house.  Now I hope they can see why we wanted to do it.  Gosh, it looks even more beautiful than I ever hoped it would.

Here's the office.  It accidentally got painted before we had finalized the wall color.  We're actually going to be going with a richer blue than what you see here.  The ceiling sure does look nice though, doesn't it?

The office floor with it's stain.  I really love the look of a dark hardwood floor in an old house.

This is the best pic I have of the master bedroom at the moment (the rest of them were too dark or cluttered).  This picture really doesn't do it justice (the colors are much richer and more vibrant in real life).  Note that the ceiling here is not stained (not all of them will be).  I really like the lovely gray-green color (I find it soothing).

 This is our walk-in closet off the master.  Why blue?  Why not?

Here's the master bath with it's bright, vibrant blues (keep in mind there will be a lot of white tile in there to tone it down).  It's hard to get a good photo of this bathroom because it's become a catch-all while they are doing the hardwood floors in the rest of the house.

A very dark picture of the hall bath.  We have no lighting at the house right now, and this room has no exterior window, so it's almost impossible to shoot.  In reality, the wainscoting is a nice bright white and the wall is a beautiful blue.

And speaking of windows, remember these?  They were hanging up for privacy in what was then my master bath (now it's a walk-in closet).  Well they have been repurposed.

Now they are being used in the hall bath in the wall between it and the laundry room.  The laundry room has an exterior window, so it brings in a little bit of light to the hall bath.  Admittedly, it's not much light because it's a north facing window, but you work with what you've got.

They've lightened up the super dark stain on the addition ceiling using deck stain remover.  It looks beautiful now!

A shot of the addition (standing in the kitchen facing the living room).  I really love how the ceiling, wall color, and floor stain are all working so well together.  This is definitely going to be one of my favorite areas of the house.

Well that's it for this week folks.  Tune in next time when you see cool stuff being done to our hardwood floors, and maybe even some installed cabinetry.