I typically write long-winded entries about all the crummy work and endless details involved in my house endeavors. This time Ill just let the pictures and a short list speak for me.
10 quick points:
1. The paint color is Underseas - Sherwin Williams
2. It was thinned a tiny bit and brushed on. To get the overly flat powdery finish I wanted I brushed the paint till it was almost dry before moving on to the next spot. This has a tendency to "polish" the surface resulting in a more dynamic paint surface. This is tedious and time-consuming.
3. a final coat of very thin paint unified the wall and fully deadened the finish - it is entirely UNwashable ...
4. The furniture is nearly all English ebonized mahogany from about 1875.
5. The center table is American made ebonized cherry with a pink Tennessee marble top - there is a matching table in the Brooklyn Museum.
6. The shorter sofa is English rosewood, 1865 (I have the catalog advertisement for it ...)
7. The taller sofa is American walnut, @1875
8. The rug is a Sabzevar, new, bought on ebay from Iran (before they stopped the imports) I love it.
9. The crystal chandelier is original (so they claim) to the house and was a nightmare to clean
10. The picture rail is new, and works.
|Original wallpaper discovered under several layers of paint - I successfully soaked off the paint to see what the paper was like|
|Right before moving in the furniture - yeah, its out of focus and the color is totally off ....|
|Ebonized furniture, faded peacock blue walls, cherry/mahogany woodwork, Chinese import porcelain, Parian "slave" and "Azalea" by Albert Moore in an outstanding Aesthetic movement frame (the original is nearly 9 feet tall).|
|Looks like the Witches oven from Hansel and Gretel.|
|The mantle and over mantle mirror are not original, but dang don't they look like they have been there 110 years ?|
|The last of the lilacs ... Period clotting only, thank you.|