Monday, July 13, 2015

Living Room Renovation - Part 1 - Overview

Since moving last fall to Prince Edward Island we have renovated the guest bedroom and the main bathroom in our almost 100 year old home. I do hope to post more about the history of our house in the coming months. We were told, through the real estate listing when we saw this house, that it was most likely 60 years old.  Our research has shown that it is much older than that.

Okay on to the next room, the living room.  The living room is to the right when you walk in the front door.  It has a beautiful bay window and a doorway without a door from the front hallway, as well as a pocket door between the living room and the dining room.

The living room was coated with wallpaper that was really quite pretty and suited the old home, but it was not put up very well, there were odd patches and some of the paper seemed to have been poorly printed.  Also, it was not the colour scheme we were going for.

I wrote about the pocket door before explaining that it had come off it's track.  I will write a more detailed post about it soon.

The front bay window is framed by beautiful old moldings. This photo was taken last winter and shows the lace curtains that were left here from the previous owner.

Unfortunately, over the years it appears that there have been a lot of different window coverings here and holes and brackets remain in many places on the wood. There also are gaps between wood pieces, which I will fill in, and some wood trim that was not painted when new windows were installed a couple years ago.

I'll blog about the different things we did in the living room to make it fresh.

... to be continued...


  1. The bay window is certainly a great feature of your room.A bit of work and that trim is going to look great. We had a bay window in our living room in the old farmhouse we grew up in (it was 106 years old when we moved in back in the late 70's.) Hoping you are enjoying your first summer on the Island.

  2. What a gorgeous exterior! I'm sure the interior will be pretty spectacular when you're done with it - what an odd choice of wallpaper!! Love the patches LOL!

  3. it's a beautiful home. I am sure you will do some magic and make this house shine

  4. It's such a charming home! The interior is beginning to reflect the beautiful exterior. I love pocket doors!

  5. That bay window looks good, and I guess it gives a great view of the yard outside. I hope you can share photos of it when it's renovated, and that the pocket door will be back on its track again. The house looks very comfortable, Julie. I hope you’ll be able to accomplish all the tasks to be done. I can't wait to see its outcome soon!

    Darryl Smith @ Franklin Window and Door


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