Friday, January 2, 2015
One Door OPENS kinda
2015???? although I have not been blogging about it I have continued to work on "this old house"you know its been 2 yrs now since I started! (long vacation while my arms healed to where I could do much of anything) Now Im learning to ask for help! Something I'm not good at--when you are independent, you don't think of looking for help you get busy figuring out how YOU will solve it.
I've made a lot of changes to the house working away one square foot at a time..I've been really bad about taking before and after shots and when I do so much stuff is in the way its hard to tell what Im doing..I take each step as a project...like putting in a french door into an area where it once was an old window, then became a book case and I ripped it out to allow more light from the sun room to flow into the Living area via a french door...so first I had to remove the old window framing...ACTUALLY RIPPED THIS OUT IN 2013!
THE ROOM seen through this opening was once an open porch! My X and I closed it in and used it as our home office room...but home offices attract clutter ;o( so I would like to see this as a sun room... I think with these great row of windows it will make a perfect room for plants...and collectibles or whatever..here the opening has been created...The fireplace sits right here and the backside of the fireplace and chimney are in this room...here is my new opening as seen from inside the sun room..so its this cool old brick on one wall...this room is approx 7 x 12 ft
My sister helped me to sheetrock the walls before there was yukky wall paper over partice board! We ripped the particle board off and put up drywall...and I put down a wood floor this was in March of 2013
Here is my new opening almost ready for the door...and you can see the 1 x 4's that I removed in prep for dry walling the ceiling in the living area...I took these down carefully and am using those in other areas!
I removed all the hardware and cleaned it up too removed all the paint oiled it and now it looks much better..shows its age of 50 or so years!
then after many hours with a belt sander and a rotary sander I found wood!
2 coats of teak and tung oil and it looks pretty good I didn't bother to try and get the paint off on the inside of the glass panes and risk breaking the glass...That could have been done with stripper but my patinece wore out and I wanted to move on...so to me it looks perfect!!
meanwhile....I worked on the door opening trimmed it out primed the panel I replaced over the opening all this paneling will be painted in the end..
Next thing was to attach the hardware to the door and the opening and install the door! I bought one of those glass knobs for the door the old knob was damaged and not reusable.
and after some whittling, sanding and cussing it fit! and the door stop will be attached to the other side, and need to drill out the stike plate hole and install that on the door jab. I usually screw this part up so I'm stalling! Have to touch up the paint on the trim where I whacked it with the hammer duh----This door will be functional but its more about allowing light in rather than access to the room...so furniture could sit on the Living room side without it being a problem..
How do you like my old coffee table? I purchased this at an antique store on Myrtle Beach way back in 1982!! Its way older than that its a one of a kind made of heavy thick pine and it has been etched with hot irons to burn patterns in the wood! Its catching a lot of dust but it will clean up easy!
ONE more door to strip and it will be re installed in its original location I'll have to come back with that when this room is more like Finished..I have begun trimming out the windows in the small sun room...IM using the 1 x 4's I removed from the ceiling in the LR & Kit. to trim the windows with! Saves money..
and next is painting the ceiling, walls trim, and finally to finish the floor!!
I can just see one of my old ferns "great grand rootlings" sitting in there soaking up the SC Sun! It's hard working around all the
heirlooms junk that I want to keep in the house, so it gets moved from one room to the other....but Progress is being made!!
NOW for the kick in the A** my son has decided he wants to live in this house and he wants to move in JUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Holy Cow-- now where to start!!
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.