Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The First Project

We realized that the bathroom was in really good shape when we looked closely at it. We spent our first weekend cleaning, patching, sanding and painting. We figured that not only would this project realize itself the quickest, but that we would also be able to take a shower once in a while. The bath is also home to our laundry station. There is a washer/dryer in the wall, with a great folding counter. Underneath the counter are drawers for linens and a pull out hamper.
Cleaning out all of the old caulk and re-caulking gives the tub's edge a new life. Between this step and cleaning the tile and grout, we could immediately see a whole new life in this room.
The cabinetry and built-ins that make up the bulk of the space were manufactured by the Stark family business (more on this in a later post) and remain in very good condition. The original lacquer on these cabinets has been affected by the moisture of the shower and we had to scrape and paint these. There are a few issues with the hardware on the drawers and the doors that hide the up/down washer/dryer combo. I will need to replace some of this to make things run smoothly.
The bath also contains the one odd window in the whole house. There is a vinyl double hung contemporary window in this space and is awkward in relation to the other originals. I will be contacting a New England company that specializes in crafting historically accurate window sashes and doors. I will blog more about this when the time comes.
With the bathroom almost complete, we are able to see the possibilities for the rest of the house. We are looking forward to completing this room and moving on to the living room soon!


crouchinggreys said...

Hi Todd and Kathrin, love your new blog. Much love, happiness, and success in your wonderful endeavor to restore this grand lady back to her beautiful self. I know you will make many fond memories during and after the restoration. I knew that this house was waiting for you, because it talked to me the very first day we walked in. Love you both Mom& Dad L

crouchinggreys said...

Hi you two, love the color palette. It really make a dramatic impact with the white trim. I am a big eggplant ( aubergene) fan, its one of my favorite colors. I love it with green, but only certain greens. Keep up the great work. I check this site at least once a day. Love crouchinggreys