Thursday, November 16, 2017

Our major main floor makeover...




I am so thrilled to say we have finally completed our main floor makeover...it has been a long process that we started back in the spring....well actually it started last winter when we started to approach the local heritage committee as our house is a heritage protected property...we knew we wanted to make some changes to the wainscotting but we didn't know if we would be able to make these changes...but after meeting with the committee we realized how we all have the same goal and that is to preserve  and cherish this building.
 Painting the very damaged v-groove wainscotting was what we were hoping, this would allows us to conceal the damage and discolorations in the wood and in fact most buildings of this age would have had pine painted trim work...The wood work had been recently stripped by the previous owner.. they had stripped away a faux finish that was meant to remain...but it worked in our favour since this faux finish was removed there was no longer a reason to prevent us from painting the wood work...and painting is always revers able. We were also cleared to replace a pine flat stock trim with a more appropriate baseboard...we were ready to go...


I was so pleased to have Metrie on board to sponsor this major makeover....it was amazing the difference adding the right trim and a bright and light color made to this home. Metrie is a trim company with a real grasp of current trends and classic profiles...they truly have it all and this being my first experience using Metrie products, I think it is safe to say I am hooked...there is a huge difference in quality of design and materials...keep in mind I have been working with trim for 14 years so I have sampled many different types of trim...and I am thoroughly impressed with Metrie's products.

Even though our trim was going to be painted I felt it was important to use wood trim...adding MDF to 140 year old wainscotting wasn't a right option for me....I love working with poplar it actually stains beautifully and it paints so perfectly...during this project I made a switch to my mitre saw blade...what a difference switching to a proper trim blade makes...I switched to an 80 blade, there is a big difference, this blade cuts through trim like butter.


 this is the profile I chose, it is a 7.25" poplar Scene II from the  French curves collection





You can really see what I mean by irregularity, it was so blotchy....and there was a trim piece missing from under the chair rail...this needed replacing.


We were also preparing for our new custom windows at the same time...the clock was ticking...but just painting all this trim work was a huge undertaking...I caulked in between each and every v-groove board...my husband Todd helped out and painted a lot of the window trim and all of the baseboards...so grateful.

We felt that everything the same tone of orange was very overwhelming and not my favourite shade....you never like everything about a new house...right?


I think the wood floors look so much better now...I painted the risers white last minute, it is simply white...my husband thought I was crazy but it was 100% the right choice, it ties all the trim together and makes the room feel wider.



I knew I had to address the newly added half walls, they were stark fresh drywall and they felt jarring...I clad them with v-groove to help them blend in with the perimeter walls.





Filling in the gap beneath the chair rail with this classic panel moulding felt clean and completed the trim...



I also tweeked the kitchen during this renovation...I flipped the island top and finished the rough sawn side and stained it with a custom color...added open shelving and more tile, oh and I stained the grout grey to make the tile more prominent.


Each corner had a filler strip which made mitering the trim impossible so I used a baseboard corner, I love this detail, I am so glad I needed this solution. 

I wish I could thoroughly describe how happy this transformation makes me...beautiful trim makes my heart happy...

I clad the wall with v-groove panel moulding and a cap I custom made from flat stock 1x10"with routered edges...it turned out sublime....it is no longer a corner I hide...coffee corner is what I call this spot and now it looks like it has always been a part of this room.











 I also tackled the entry during this renovation, I opted to create an open concept closet...it works so much better than the sliding mirrored doors...I recently added two pieces of this panel moulding to the header of the closet casing...it makes a big difference, design is all about the details.

We also replaced the front door...this has been a big undertaking...

You can see why I just couldn't live with this wainscotting the way it was....

I primed and painted and painted some more...


We also extended the entry tile to create a larger more balanced space...


 One last detail I cooked up were these reclaimed wood headers for the two doors on the main floor...I wanted something unique and that followed along with that old house feeling...it was a risk but I think it was a successful result....I upgraded the small flat stock with a much larger flat stock and installed these reclaimed pieces...so easy.




I think it is a cohesive mix...

It's actually quite amazing to look back at where we started...

I want to send a big thank you to Metrie for providing all the beautiful panel moulding and baseboard trim...you've got to check out their new line Option M....


*disclaimer this is a sponsored post but all the opinions are my own and are truthful...





Friday, November 10, 2017

New black windows...

 
So I'm not going to go into too much detail about what lead to this particular project but let's just say we needed to replace all of our windows...all 12...8 foot gothic windows...it was not a project we anticipated at all....but it was a project that became urgent....we needed to get these windows replaced before we faced a second winter living here....
The search began...I called dozens of window people...they would find out the age of the house and they would quickly get off the phone or not call us back....how can that many people lose my number..???.
It became my job to find a solution...all the while I needed to meet with the heritage committee because our windows were a protected feature of this old place...140 year old stained glass original windows.
The process was painless with the heritage committee...we all have the same goal...save this building...nothing should be done that can harm it or jeopardize this building lasting for decades to come...it is the last remaining frame church still standing and it is a treasure.


 This is a photo I took the day we took possession December 12th 2016...this house now looks completely different...we think we have given this place the finishing touches it needed.

Today...November 2017
The center of the windows was etched ...
We met with about 6 companies here and most said they couldn't help us...they didn't want to do this job...many were at a loss as to how to remedy our issues...we were really stressed about the windows...like I said this needed to be resolved before another winter...too much was at stake.



 As you might notice we removed several of the interior lower sashes...one of the problems with the windows is that they didn't open....but they do now.


Aren't they beautiful....? 
All the old windows have found new homes...most went to local residents and many even went to family members of the original builder of these windows...


I finally found a window builder....we had to go with wood windows and I wanted to find someone that could truly make us the proper wood windows that were in keeping with the historic style and were thermal....
We simplified the design but were inspired by the original windows...we wanted to go with clear glass as stained glass thermal was not an option...and we opted for painted and chose to go with Jet black by Benjamin Moore...that was definitely the right decision...the windows are such a huge feature and going with black only accentuated them...we love the new windows...we got them in September and immediately opened all the windows and let all the fresh air in...

The company we chose was local to the Toronto area and I had seen that they had previously done gothic windows so I hoped they were the right people...immediately I knew they were the right people. I was able to visit the workshop where the windows were going to be built by hand....

So the windows are mahogany and another wood....oh I can't remember now...they are true divided lites and tilt in sash style...I was able to select the hardware for the windows...they are incredible windows...when they arrived we were blown away...
The installation was pretty major, a lot of repair work had to be done... this was not a simple pop out and in job...every window jam had to be cut out there was a mess in there....I'm not going to get into it...I just need to try to forget about it honestly....I keep saying I am going to write a book about our experience moving to the country and into an old home...

The install took many days and they took great care of containing the mess...not having replaced even a single window in any of our houses I had no idea how messy it could be...especially with 140 years of yuck that was trapped in the jams among other very yucky things....


I love seeing how carpenters work away and solve problems as they go..in this location our wall was out 1-2 inches at the top...

Prior to this installation we worked very hard to get as much of the painting of the trim work completed...it is so bright and airy in the house now...it is a new home...

              It felt like Christmas morning...the windows are stunning...it was so exciting to open up             windows...something you take for granted.




We were able to keep the stained glass above the front door as it has a thermal window on top of it...so it functions alright...

I am so grateful for these guys the carpenters that installed our amazing windows...they worked their butts off....in a bit of a heat wave...
Thank you Authentic Windows...
 We've come a long long way....
So far we've had to replace the driveway... the front door...and the windows just to name a few things...its been a crazy 10 months...to say the least.