So, here is what we are up to on our Civil War-Era Home renovation.
Brance has been stripping the paint off of the original stairwell in the entry. You wouldn’t believe how many layers of paint were put on this beautiful mahogany wood in over 100 years. Well, maybe you would. But, pinch me, I can’t believe how gorgeous it looks in all its natural glory!
I am thinking we will either lightly varnish OR, more likely, wax the wood once we are all through. I am also thrilled with how nicely it goes with our door. Ahhh, I am getting so exited about seeing it all pulled together.
I thought I would go ahead and throw this light fixture pic in. I am considering one like this for our foyer. I am definitely transitional in my style (with a bit of rustic thrown in for good measure) and since our door and stairwell are both traditional, I am looking for something more contemporary to help balance everything out. What do you think? I’d love to know and please, please share/show any ideas you might have!
Initially, I was leaning more toward a pendant light, but a semi-flush light is really striking my fancy these days. Who knows. I have some time. Hopefully not too much ;).
We spent most of today installing boxes for the electrical outlets and figuring out all of our light switches. I know, I know, that seems kind of boring. BUT, the thoughts of actually being able to USE them sometime soon is exciting, for me. And, I feel very fortunate to be able to make these decisions with Brance. I won’t be able to complain if something isn’t up to my liking. Smart man I have!
Here Brance is putting in the box for the lights in his study. He is pretty stoked to have carved out a little corner in our new house that will share the see-through fireplace and have floor to ceiling bookshelves AND custom cabinetry he hopes to build himself down the road. Let’s just hope he puts in the kitchen cabinets before he works on the cabinetry in here ;).
Our little “helpers” always enjoy getting to play in the back yard. Please ignore the terrible condition it is in. Although it looks abysmal, replete with a pile of rubble, no grass, and a ladder, rest assured that there are no rusty nails out there and no raccoons living there, ANYMORE. AND, my children do love pulling weeds. Thank goodness, because that’s about all there is out there for them to do.
Brance had me “help” by writing notes indicating what we planned to do with light switches. We made notes and stuck them to the walls where we plan on putting the switches. It felt good to contribute a teeny, tiny bit, ha.
By the way, that is soot on my knees. The house is just full of soot, STILL (I can’t tell you how many times we’ve swept and vacuumed), from where coal was burned for years and years. It filled the wall cavities. Usually we leave looking like we walked out of a mine, black soot all over our skin, clothes, and even in our hair!
That’s it for now!