Friday, November 21, 2008

Moving right along

It took a over a year but this is where the dining room is today.
Still far from what I had in mind.
I had more in mind white walls throughout the house. The plaster cracks throughout the house were long and deep and require skim coating. The ceilings in several rooms had large areas where it had come down. So we drywalled and skim coated in the living room and hall but it was not cheap. We didn't think the walls were too bad in the dining room but surprises came when the wallpaper came down and the drywallers were gone. The cost is almost like having drywall put over the walls. The darker paint did cover my vain attempts at skimcoating. We drywalled every ceiling throughout the main portion of the house. You have to appreciate drywall guys. It is a hard, dirty job. And we thought our necks hurt. Try drywalling a 14 foot ceiling.
We picked out a very soft shade of white with a hint of pink for the ceiling. Sometimes I just want to lay on the tabletop and stare at it. It is amazing to me.

We have come a long way in a years time. The floors have been finished by my darling hubby. The walls and ceilings have been painted and the trim has been painted several times. FYI Make trim board the last thing you do. I painted it before we did the walls. Then painted it again to cover the burgandy hits from the wall, then Dave did the floors, and I painted it again. I can just hear the person who decides to strip the trim when we are no longer around.....
"Can you believe the layers of paint???"
Why yes....I can

Next up..

Meet me in the living room.

What do you think of the rug I found.

Home Goods.....are they not the greatest?


Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

Oh Becky... pat yourselves on the back.... it looks wonderful!

I have the same sheers in my front room windows!
Love the tin ceiling... I know what you mean about the desire to lay on the table and admire it...
I did that with my kitchen tin ceiling and new front room ceiling!

I can't wait to see whats next!


Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Omg, Becky, what a huge amount of work you've done!! and never in vain, everything looks STUNNING! wow that ceiling is to die for ! and I love the pocket doors, so vintagey!! its really looking gorgeous Becky! beautiful work!!

~ Hugs ~ Cynthia

Just A Girl said...

Hi Becky,
The dining room looks so beautiful!!! Can you make room on the table so I can join you and stare at your gorgeous ceiling? In my opinion a room is never complete until the ceiling is adorned.
xo Cori

Carolyn said...

Hi Becky,
Wow !! I love everthing about the room.That ceiling is amazing.You've so much work but it must be so rewarding.
Take Care,

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Becky ,your project looks like something hunny bunny and I would have tackled.We gutted the house we live in now, and what a job it was ! We are getting to old to try to do this kind of thing anymore.

Ya'll are doin a great job , it is looking wonderful ! I enjoy watching the progress.

Kris said...

All I can say is "WOW"

What a fantastic job you have done to restore your home. The ceiling is amazing. I could stare at it all day.

Can't wait to see what you post next.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Becky,
Wow! Your ceiling is gorgeous! I too would just want to lie on the table and just stare up at it but girl, what a lot of work you did. The enormous benefits outweigh the long tedious hours though, eh? {And the sore neck??} Good job!


Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Amazing turn around! You two should head out RIGHT NOW and get those massages!!

I wish we would've know about the steamer trick on the floors years ago. Tons of reseaching came up with zilch on how to get that goop up. Great discovery!!

The ceiling is just spectacular. I'd wanna lay on the table and look at it too, lol!

Don't worry about the non perfect skimming. I think it adds character to the old walls. New fresh SMOOTH drywall looks so..... new.
We drywalled all of our ceilings too, and a few walls.
My craft room is skimmed a bit by me and it just reminds me of all the paper scraping and cracks and hard work~ I like it!

Love the glimpse of the rug you tease...

Congrats to y'all and enjoy your holidays!

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Gorgeous! The character and architecture are amazing! You've done wonders with it!


Deb said...

Hi Becky
Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning. Your home is gorgeous! I love the pocket doors and tin ceiling.


Oh Becky it looks beautiful and I want those ceilings!! What time did you say dinner was??LOL.

Sharon~heartsongs said...

Hope everything is going well with you.
Glad to "see" you.

just a little bit shabby said...

This looks great! You all have worked really hard. What a great place to have Thanksgiving!

One Shabby Old House said...

In viewing my post I see that one picture doesn't show up.
Does anyone else see that. If I click on it it does show.
What in the world did I do? Does anyone have a clue?

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Becky, I just finished reading a lot of your posts and Wow, you guys have accomplished sooo much. My dream is to one day live in an historic home, so I'm loving your blog! One day, YOUR home will be on the home doubt about it! :-) Susan

cm said...

What an amazing job you guys have one on that gorgeous house. Im a new reader to your blog and Im so impressed!

Enjoy Thanksgiving in your lovely home

Kim's Cottage said...

Oh yes! Fabulous job! It's beee-utiful! The ceiling is show-stopping!

I noticed you changed the chandelier. What did you do with the original one?


Glennis said...

That ceiling is amazing!