Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Trip Down Memory Lane pt 1

Hello All,
The folks who bought our first house from us, a pair of good friends of ours, left on a long vacation and I volunteered to watch their house for them.
This is the first house we ever had and this is where we cut our teeth on all things DIY home fixer upper. Now, sit back and relax and enjoy this little trip down memory lane.

Our current abode was not our first purple house this one was.
Yep, we didn't paint the garage to match.....it was one of those things we were going to
get around to......

The tile on the stairs seems to be holding up pretty well.

Even misses madmadscientist's purple flame mosaic at the top of the landing is still
looking good.

There is a fungus among us.

One of the smart things the new owners did was make a real secure gate to the back yard.

And fixed one of the issues with the original construction.
There is only two 4by4 posts supporting the entire bump out. These posts
were set directly into the concrete and were starting to rot at the air-concrete
interface where water would collect. They dug new footers and put in this Simpson
product to make sure it would never rot again. Smart work I think.

If you go up the stairs and through the front door (which you see below you) you
enter into the 'Red Room'. Its red with silver painted trim and we had furniture that
matched it exactly.

This is the pocket door that separates the red room from the copper room.
Isn't it gorgeous? We had it dipped at the stripping tank in Alameda.
All the other trim you see unpainted we stripped by hand in place.....
ugh, so much methylene chloride.

Slide the door back and you have the copper room

Misses MadMadScientist  painted the walls in a rust color and then washed the walls with a copper glaze.
Its one of my favorite rooms. Those niches on the walls? I built them just to hold the
rear surround sound speakers! The last pic was our TV-entertainment center. We
bought the kit from Lowes and then stained it to match the wall trim an tried to make it
look at built in as possible. It still looks great after 7 years.

Through the copper room is the kitchen.

 Shockingly enough we didn't do this paint job. We had a dusty mauve on the walls.
This was the first time we'd ever done a kitchen before. This was just a blank room
with the stub-outs. Course none of em were in the right place so we had to move most
em. This kitchen also dives 3" in 10'! To make the cabinets level we had to build a sloping
platform along the stove wall. What was nice about this was that the counter at this spot was
three inches higher which I found much more comfortable. It took us FOR EVER to hang the
upper cabinets. The walls are not plumb or square so we had to do a lot of fudging. After 7
years the cabinets still look like new an work like new also. The drawers are a joy to pull
out on their full extension ball bearing slides. The doors are still in good shape and open and
close nicely and have not fallen out of square.

One thing that didn't last was the counter top finish.
We used salad bowl finish and in the wet areas it needs to be redone. Here is a
shot of a horrible bit of puttying I did back in the day....guess I just forgot to come
back and sand it smooth. The color matches pretty well though.

The other door from the copper room leads to the home office.

Yep its green. Yep every separate space in this house is painted its own color.

Around a little corner is the master bedroom.

This room features the first time we ever did wainscoting and crown molding.
The baseboard and a chair rail were all new also. I think that I sweared the most
in this room with the crown molding. I even put in the speaker stands on the ceilings.

The master bath

This room is essentially the same as we left it. We called this room the
waffle cone and mint ice cream room. Can you see why?

The master bedroom has outward opening French doors to the backyard.
The spar varnish and stain on these doors is not holding up so well....

But the cute little balcony is.

Having outward swinging doors is supposed to be bad for long term
durability. But, besides a coat of stain and varnish the threshold looks
pretty good.
Essentially sound with no rot.

If you turn left from the landing outside the master bedrooms door you get..
Yellow, and lots of it! Does this yellow look familiar to anyone?
We also built the stairs. They are the steepest legal at the time and they
are not super natural to walk down but we had no choice as we had to fit a
legal landing at the bottom. Even way back when we still did everything with

At the bottom of the landing are two solid wood doors. if you turn left you get.
 My old shop area.

If you turn to the right you get the guest bedroom.

Yes, this bedroom is blue. We hadn't finished this part we had everything roughed
in and ready to finish.

The guest room also has its own bath.

Its small and L shaped so its hard to picture. But its painted the same
green as the master bedroom. This toilet is so awesome. Elongated
bowl, chair height and wow, what a flush. I need to switch all the
toilets at the chez for one of these.

That's it, that's the whole house.
Up Next: The garden tour.


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