Sunday, October 21, 2007

And The Winner Is….

Well, Anonymous and & Kathy won the “Let’s Guess The Mistake” contest, so they get to split the set of 6 Ginsu Steak Knives. Congratulations you two. The problems were the crooked window and the different widths of beadboard.

For some reason, in the butler’s pantry and going up the back stairs they used a narrower beadboard than in other rooms of the house. The boards are actually wider, but it is the kind of beadboard that has what appears to be 2 boards milled in to one wider board. The beads are closer together. I used this stuff to fill in above and below the window, and over the cabinet. It’s hardly noticeable, and I don’t think many will even catch it.

The window is another issue. I put that thing in nearly 3 years ago and I’ve walked by it hundreds of times and never noticed it was crooked. Now with the vertical beadboard running on either side of it, it is painfully obvious that it is crooked. This will only become more obvious once the casing is on. I must straighten it.

This is not one of these things where, “oh, it’ll only be noticeable to you”, or “It’s one of those charming nuances of an old home”. No, it’s crooked and it will stick out like a sore thumb with all of the straight, even vertical runs of beadboard going floor to ceiling. I’m going to need to remove the outside casing, so its kind of pain, but not really an all day job.

I got the room all painted and I really like the way it came out. This mud room is only 4X6 and sits in between the kitchen and bathroom. I used the 2 trim colors from each room for the paint colors in this room. In the bathroom the trim is Queen Anne’s Lace and in the kitchen the trim is Honied White. I think they go well together in here

I bought the stencil pictured above to go on the frieze but it turns out the pattern is about a half inch too high for the space. So I can’t use it, which is a bummer, because I really like the pattern. I first had the idea of fern leaves or something, but when I looked at patterns like that they all started to seem a little too Martha Stuartish too me. Everybody does know that she is the Devil incarnate, don’t they? Anyway, it’s back to the drawing board for the stencil. The paint needs to cure for a week anyway, so there is still time to change my mind a half dozen times.

I also cut the marble window stool for the stained-glass window. It didn’t come out as good as the others, but it should look nice once it is sanded down. I also went down to the mill and ordered the casing and plinth blocks I spoke about last week. The owners weren’t in, so I wasn’t able to get an ETA. I should find out Monday and I’m hoping it will be less than 2 weeks.

The last thing to do is to make templates for the marble pieces for the 2 built-in cabinets and then order that marble. I had hoped to do that this weekend, but it didn’t happen. Maybe tomorrow. I’m hoping I can get that ordered and received within 2 weeks as well. If all goes well, and it never does, I could have this room finished by Thanksgiving.


Tristan on the east coast said...

If you really want to use that stencil pattern:
*it could be scanned
*shrunk down to the appropriate size
*print it out on regular paper
*cut out the pattern w/x-acto knife
*trace onto material similar to original pattern ---possibly found at a craft/paper/scrapbooking store.
*again, cut out pattern.

just a thought~

btw-- you have done an amazing job on the house-

Anonymous said...

I did try to post a comment about the different widths before both of your lucky winners did but fell victim to the stupid word verification endless loop thing again.
Anyway, did you see the cover(s) of the October Martha Stewart Living? Talk about true nature!

Kathy from NJ said...

If anyone notices, and I really doubt that anyone will, the story is that you used the narrower boards there on purpose so that the ends were balanced. Please give anonymous my half of the steak knives, I don't eat steak anymore. Everything looks great!

Greg said...


Thanks for the compliment. If I really, really, really, liked the stencil I might try that. As it is, I only paid $2.99 for it, so I'll see if I can find something else first.


Oh, so close! As for MSL, I shield my eyes from satin's work when ever I pass by it. Maybe I'll take a peek, though.


I'm almost sure I will use your excuse. I'll see if I can find another prize for you.

StuccoHouse said...

I laugh, because if you read MSL, you would like it. Martha could understand salvaging & cleaning vintage tiles and selecting just the right shade of green ;-)....and your marble stain test...something right out of the pages of her mag.

FWIW, I couldn't spot either mistake.

Greg said...

I laugh, because if you read MSL, you would like it.

Ok, that's it! I'm taking up hunting and buying a Monster Truck. In fact, I'll hunt while driving my Monster Truck! Maybe I'll hunt other Monster Trucks!

Anonymous said...

Do you still like the stencil pattern if you omitted the large outside part of the middle thingy? That would appear to shorten it by at least 1/2 an inch.

Greg said...

Do you still like the stencil pattern if you omitted the large outside part of the middle thingy? That would appear to shorten it by at least 1/2 an inch.

That's not a bad idea. I actually bought another one already. I could just tape over some parts of the other one and not apply paint to it.

Kathy from NJ said...

What do you mean

the large outside part of the middle thingy

I am not very visually talented and really can't figure this out. An explanation would be an excellent prize.

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for a long time , at least 2 years. I finally decided I should send you a comment and say I love your house and very often you give me the motivation to get back to work on my own 1915 Craftsman/Colonial Revival blend foursquare.

Greg said...


Hey, thanks. I know, sometimes it is tough to keep going. I think if this places was in marginally better shape I might say it is good enough and take a break. As it is, I don't see that happening for a while.


She is talking about removing part of the top and bottom of the design in the center where it is the tallest. I tried, but it didn't really work.