Old House Clean Up
My daughter was just a little girl when we inherited this old house. Her smile made the work seem a little less daunting. The year was 2003.
This is a small room between the living room and kitchen. In the past it was used as a den but I wanted to use it as a dining room. It has the only closet in the house and was probably enclosed because access to the attic was located inside it. As with the rest of the house there was plenty to add to the "To Do" list. Each room had its own list and was attached to a wall or door. Accomplishing a task was a major highlight that sometimes took weeks and being able to mark it off brought so much excitement.
A pane was missing from the window, the floors were wavy and needed refinishing, the drywall was in bad condition and the bead board ceiling needed painting and caulking. The fireplace had an insert that needed removing, other than that I pretty much left it as it were. The closet was the only space in good condition although it was packed with junk, it needed only cleaning out. It had never been painted and was in the original 1907 condition. I found a couple of empty spools inside that my great-grandmother had nailed to the walls. I imagine she would hang her aprons and bonnet from them. Overall, this was one of the easiest rooms that I worked in. After the clean up I refinished the drywall, painted the walls and closet and hung a chandelier. I put a temporary cover over the window knowing it would be replaced in a couple years. The ceiling was lowered during the same time as the living area and kitchen. The floors were a whole different ballroom...more on that in a future blog!
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