Bedroom Project: Slow, Not So Steady

For dangerously underweight individuals like yourself, I recommend a slow, steady gorging process combined with assal horizontology.

– Doctor Nick

Hey, remember the bedroom project? Remember? Good times! Good times that are still underway, as it turns out. But work is becoming less completely consuming for both of us, and my teaching thing is almost done for the semester, so we’re picking up the pace (if there could be said to have been a pace of any sort). Here’s a quick update on our status:

1. Storage Bed

The bed is stained and finished, and still living on the porch.

Stained bed, still blocking any use of the porch whatsoever (well, except use as a furniture storage facility)

Stained bed, still blocking any use of the porch whatsoever (well, except use as a furniture storage facility)

The drawers are done as well, and I’ve attached the pulls to the fronts. They are living in small groups in the basement.

A mating couple in their captive habitat

A mating pair in their captive habitat

I used my gel stain procedure on the bed, and finished with two coats of a wipe-on poly from Minwax (in satin finish, so not too shiny). I also sanded the insides of the drawers and applied clear caulk around the interior joints to prevent splinters in clothing (never fun).

Next: finding a replacement mattress, fitting metal drawer glides and adding bolts to hold the two sides together.

2. Floor

The Kev has been sawing away at the gaps in the floor and is about ready to put in the gap-filler floorboards.

Can you tell where the door was?

Can you tell where the door was?

I originally thought we’d saw out the boards where the door was and make the patch go all the way across the opening, as we (necessarily) did with the kitchen door. But Kev thought it would be cool to leave the doorway floor intact so future owners would be able to “see how the closet was originally configured.”

“Like the Sistine Chapel restoration?” I queried.

“Yes,” he said.

Repainting was textured so restoration work could be distinguished.

Biggest art restoration of the 20th century on the one hand…our bedroom floor on the other!

Next: attaching new floorboards and sanding/refinishing the whole dang floor.

3. Closet Framing/Doors

The doors arrived and I bought some knobs for ’em. They’re living in a corner of the dining room.

Next: pretty much everything having to do with that.

4. Walls and Ceiling

I’ve touched up the plaster on the ceiling and walls using joint compound, but I haven’t sanded that work flat yet.

Ceiling plaster patches awaiting sanding. Is it just me who sees a sad clown face in this picture?

Ceiling plaster patches awaiting sanding. Is it just me who sees a sad clown face in this picture?

The walls are going to take some additional work beyond the basic hole-patching, especially under the windows, so I’m going to sand everything at once when those areas are ready to go.

Patched curtain-rod holes

Patched curtain-rod holes

Next: patching wall issues, sanding, priming, painting, installing moulding. And painting that.

5. Everything Else

Of course, there are other lists, with their own sublists, but let’s focus on the positive. I bought a vintage etched mirror for the wall! And a storage ottoman for the vanity table! So I appear to believe we’ll be done some day.

Progress! Maybe we’ll be back in there this year. I’d welcome words of encouragement if you’ve been there and reached the other side.

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