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The Staircase

4 May

Stairs in progress
Stairs in progress
Under layers and layers of paint on the staircase of the house is beautiful oak. Four flights of stairs like these is why people hire other people to work on their houses. As one of the hired people, I’m grateful I’m not the one doing the sanding. For hours. And hours. Nor am I the one installing a new HVAC system and crawling into the upper recesses of the house, emerging like a miner covered head to toe and every eyelash in coal dust.

The plan up to now has been to simply repaint the stairs as removing the existing paint altogether and staining would have put us way over budget. I had no idea they’d be sanding down to the wood before painting but now that I’ve seen it, I’m wondering if we can save at least some of it from paint. I’m picturing white balusters and risers with black treads and a stained oak handrail. Nice, right?


The House Project

2 Apr

I’ve vaguely mentioned the “big project” I’m working on a few times here and if you’ve missed me this week, you can blame the house. I can’t get into the details, but in a nutshell, I’m decorating and overseeing the renovation of a 106 year old house. After months of work, it’s starting to look like something. This is a sneak peek of the project in pictures from this week.


Mantel Envy

26 Jan

Colorful Fireplace 01
Colorful Fireplace 02[Images clockwise from top left: The New York Times, Door Sixteen, Adore, Beach Studios]

I’m working on a project involving a pretty boring mantel that is not original to nor suits the house it’s in. A nice new coat coat of paint in a bright color or bold color contrast might be just what it needs.