Sunday, July 26, 2015

Living Room - Part 3 - The Walls

I'm continuing to blog about our living room changes. Some of what I am writing may appear to be out of order.  We worked on parts of the bay window , the walls and the pocket door all at the same time, but I am choosing to blog about them separately.  So in the photos, if you see some walls painted and some not, that's the reason why.

We did have wallpaper in the living room, as I've shown previously and needed to decide on a paint colour.  We moved to PEI without any living room furniture, so after sitting on kitchen chairs for a few weeks to watch tv, we thought we had better get a couch. This is what we chose, trying to keep a bit of the old style to the house in some ways.

We also bought this chair, which is not vintage, but not modern either.  The blue in the design matches the blue in the couch.

Now to pick a wall colour, we needed something to go with both and I chose grey.  It is very popular in blogland, but I felt with the grey in the chair, it would look nice in this room.

The wallpaper was soaked with water from a spray bottle and scraped off with a wide plastic scraper.  It came off quite easily in most places.  Under the wallpaper was panel board.  We were not sure just how the paint would look on there, but really didn't want to remove all the panelling and have to drywall.  (Under the panelling is lathe and plaster.)

After the walls were stripped, there remained some wallpaper glue which I lightly sanded off to make the walls as smooth as possible.  We then put a primer on all the walls.

It was suggested to us to use flat paint to hide any imperfections on the walls.  I normally would not use flat paint, but since we did have this old panelling and slight imperfections from nails and walls that were not perfectly even, we did go with a good quality flat Benjamin Moore paint.

I also painted the ceiling with a standard ceiling paint.  I felt we could leave the ceiling as it was, basically ceiling tiles with plaster over them, because it looked like it belonged with the house.  (Or maybe I was too lazy to tear down the whole ceiling?)

Hopefully you can see the left side which is painted, compared to the right which is not.

We are pleased with the paint colour and it really did disguise any imperfections.

Now we need another chair and we need curtains just to hang on both sides of the side window and the bay window.  We don't need to close them because we have the horizontal blinds all around, which I just love.  Because of the design on the chair, I am a bit stuck as what to use for curtains.  I think it will have to be something with a small design, or maybe striped.  If you can offer any advise, please let me know!

Next post... the pocket door!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Living Room - Part 2 - Bay Window

First up in the living room was to neaten up the bay window and the wall it is on.  There was flowered wallpaper on the walls in the living room that we had to strip.

We sprayed the wallpaper with water and scraped it off with a large scraper. Under the wallpaper was a navy blue paint and under that some panel board.

Actually the blue looks like a distressed finish.
The plan was to paint the walls grey and the window trim and baseboard heaters white. My hope was that the paint would cover any unevenness in the panel board.  We did use a good primer on everything first and then a FLAT paint.  I'll show more of that in the next post, but this was what we had to cover on the bay window wall.

The trim looks fresh and I have new horizontal 2" wide white blinds that do not cover the wood trim. I wanted to keep the trim showing as much as possible.

The baseboard heaters looks so much better now that they are painted white!

I'm sure you agree, it looks fresh and new... well, as new as an old farmhouse can look.

Next post will be about the rest of the walls and then the pocket door.

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...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bathroom Renovation - Part 7 - The End

This is just a quick post for those who followed from the start of this bathroom reno.  What I needed was an outlet to plug my hair dryer into.  Well I did get that...

Plus a little bit more!

Now on to the living room.