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Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #8: Living Room

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 2624 days ago 3496 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: The Shop!!! Part 8 of Craftsman Bungalow Restoration series Part 9: The New New Mantel »

Let’s get it started
We finally became permanent tenured teachers last year and decided it was time to get more done on the house.

My friend Juan had found a great carpenter also named Juan who does it all… paint stripping, rough and finish carpentry, paint and stain. We took the plunge.

These guys are reliable. They show up on time and even work Saturdays. They never say no.

To start we planned to have them strip the living room, fix the plaster, paint, and restain, and fix our terrible front door.

We had done some stripping before and had only accomplished a small amount in about two years.


Early photo of our living room ceiling. Notice the box beam ceilings made of fir.


View back to door with me testing an antique lamp. Note the painted woodwork and the plaster patch on the wall to the left.

Strippers in the house
That’s right. You heard me.

By the time the first week with Juan’s team was over they had done a serious amount of Vini, Vidi, Vici in our living room.


Here is the south wall with all of the paint and cracked plaster removed. You can see that there used to be a beam going across the at the top of the window height. It was the fashion to cut these and make the house look more colonial during the 30’s. You can see the inglenook and fireplace to the left.


Holes in ceiling.


Inglenook window stripped


Stripping old finish off of the beams

New surfaces
The next step was to replace the missing beams and skim coat the patched plaster. Juan introduced me to my new favorite thing… reclaimed fir beams from demoed old houses. He resawed a 30 footer into a new wall beams using a circular saw and a portable planer. Awesome.


All of the beams have been replaced! Walls now have new plaster.


Looking back towards the dining room

Color Time

The stain goes on. We had some hiccups with this process leading to us doing all of the stain in the rest of the house, but that’s another story.


The inglenook bench and window stained.


Color samples.


Finish on the wood with more paint samples.

Is it done?


Looking at the south west corner. You can see the picture moulding at the top that we bought/had milled to replace missing moulding.


The finished inglenook area.

The madness
So it has been 9 months but the other rooms are not done. Here are some final shots of the living room with all of our stuff stored. We have been living out of one bedroom and our kitchen. But you can see the work looks great.

Next time: The new new mantel.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne



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mot

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#1 posted 2624 days ago

Nice photo journal. ”Strippers in the house!” HA

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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oscorner

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#2 posted 2624 days ago

Looks great. Are you building the mantle?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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gizmodyne

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#3 posted 2624 days ago

Thanks,

The mantle is done. I designed it but my carpenter built it.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 2624 days ago

What a transformation…beautiful work Giz. The more I follow what you’ve done the more I’d like to find an architecturally significant home and restore it. Are the beams Fir?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2624 days ago

really makes me want to make this old home into it’s “old home” look and the new addition match it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Don

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#6 posted 2623 days ago

You are doing a great job of this reno. But, unlike Bob, I would rather watch you do this than do it myself. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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gizmodyne

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#7 posted 2623 days ago

Bob.. It is not for the faint of heart. We spend most of our time and money on this project. What will we do when done?

Don.Stay tuned then. Lots more to come.

Debbie. What type of old home?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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gizmodyne

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#8 posted 2623 days ago

Bob. Yes everything is douglas fir.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 2623 days ago

it’s just an old farm house.
There’s really only 2 things that are special, as far as I know
1) the stairs … just because it’s the stairs and has to be lovely
and 2) the watchyamacallits around the room (brain freeze.. can’t think of the word) are about 8” high.

There isn’t anything else special about this place, but I’d like it to look special. :)
(and for me “special” is rich in history…. )

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dorje

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#10 posted 2623 days ago

watchyamacallits = base moulding/trim?

Love all the work you’ve done John! When it’s all finished you can fully devote yourself to furniture making! (my dream in any case)

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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gizmodyne

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#11 posted 2623 days ago

Good point Dorje. I have heard houses are never done.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Napaman

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#12 posted 2623 days ago

cool work…good luck with the rest…i like the “inglenook area” with the window seat…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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gizmodyne

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#13 posted 2623 days ago

Thanks Matt. I can’t wait till all of the junk is cleared and I can sit in it.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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