It's true. I am clumsy as hell. And I'm not good at detail-work. I've always been like that. I was never good at intricate art projects in school involving lots of cutting and pasting. My favorite part of making over a room is when it's done and I get to hang up curtains and photos and put down rugs.
Serge? This guy put something like a million coats of joint compound on the walls to cover cracks the size of the Grand Canyon. It was so bad we toyed with the idea of tearing down all the horse-hair plaster and exposing the lath, very much like this, but then that seemed an even bigger pain in the ass so Serge spent days and days and days and days and days and, did I mention, days plastering the room, letting it dry and plastering it again.
Doesn't the above photo scream METICULOUS!? I have no idea what in hell he's doing there but it looks fairly important. Or like the biggest Mr. Meticulous McMeticulousness Time Waster Thing Monica Would Never Do.
It's funny, making over a room in an old house like this. Some rooms you just get to jump right in and start with the fun stuff. You know, the transforming kind of stuff like painting. Other rooms, like almost every room in this house, you have to spend days preparing. Stripping off all the old crap so that you can start from a nice blank canvas. It's weird how full circle it all is. We're trying to get the room back to how it probably looked in 1902 before we start to do our thing to it. Dozens of people over the past century did things to the room, some of those things, like the wallpaper, were crimes against humanity and now we want to rewind 100 years of paint and wallpaper and carpet and put the room back to how it started, just freshen it up a bit. Full circle. Kind of like giving an old lady a really kick ass facial. A facial so amazing that her cracked,wrinkled, sagging skin looks the way it did the day she was born.
Oooh boy, sorry. I got a bit carried away there, yeah? The old lady facial analogy was weird, wasn't it?
When we moved in there was old, blue carpet and, of course, wallpaper in our bedroom. In fact, here's the only true before photo I have. It's the one my landlord emailed me after we rented the house so we would have some sort of idea what we had just rented. (This is the previous tenants' stuff).
We tore up the carpet and discovered beautiful hardwood flooring beneath it. Except someone had painted over the hardwood. In a rather bizarre decision, they used a weird kind of yellowy orange and brown paint that resembles the hardwoods of a basketball court. Don't get me wrong, I toyed with the idea of painting the floor white, I like that kind of old country look, but what in God's name prompted someone to do this to the beautiful hardwood you see peeping beneath all the yellowy lacquer looking crap? It must've been the seventies, is all I can figure, and they were all hopped up on Quaaludes and were, maybe, watching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the NBA playoffs and got all inspired and shit and thought Hey, wouldn't it be like, totally groovy if we turned our bedroom into a basketball court?
But that's not for me to judge. Monday we rented a sander and began to sand the basketball court and after two days of 14 hour sanding shifts Serge finally finished and behold! The glory that is the new flooring in my bedroom.
VIOLET WAS HERE
I simply cannot bring myself to paint over this no matter how much I dig the look of this floor. All Serge's hard work with his wood paid off! (Sorry, stupid dick jokes are tough to resist.) So it looks to be a really pale pine. Also, the room smells like a Christmas tree which, I think, indicates pine?
Just now (like, right this very minute as I type!) we are deciding what shade of stain we want to use. I don't want to go too dark because the floor is so beautiful, but I want it to kind of match the wood trim (which you can see in the first photo)... Or should I not care about matching the flooring to the rest of the wood in the bedroom? I'm thinking a nice honey tone that brings out the grain in the floor, but not too dark. Definitely not as dark as the stain in the living room. Because, in addition to liking the floors as they are we're painting the room a darkish shade of gray. I know that sounds drab but the room is big with four windows and we'll have lots of white (bedding, curtains, rug etc) with pops of my new favorite color: turquoise. Here's the vibe I'm after.
What do you think?