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Primed

23 Mar

File under “it’s amazing what a coat of paint can do”. I primed the walls and ceiling and some of the trim. I’m only doing primer on the ceiling, because I do hope to put a tin ceiling in soon-ish (within the next two years) and besides, a couple coats of primer is as good as paint if it’s the same color. And it did take a couple of coats. But now look — shiny! new! white! clean! yay!

Starting to paint the ceiling

Starting to paint the ceiling

Everything primed.

Everything primed.

You will note my OSHA approved painting platform (a hassock from the other room) in the second photo.

And here’s what the walls and trim look like primed:

Primed corner.

Primed corner.

Window party primed (and still wet).

Window party primed (and still wet).

It looks so crisp and hygenic that I’m wondering if I should keep the walls light, but I do like a dark wall, so I’ll paint one of the walls blue and see how it looks against the tile and ceiling. That primer is pretty amazing, so I can absolutely paint over the blue if I decide to go lighter. I used (leftover) Gripper primer by Glidden. It does indeed grip — I scrubbed the daylights out of my hand and it’s still all covered in paint.

While I was standing on the hassock in the tub, I got a visit from a little spider, which of course made me feel like I had them crawling all over me. I was wishing the boys from Merlin were there to restore the balance of nature for me, but since they weren’t, I just left the little guy to crawl around.

If ever there was a time I needed Bradley James and Colin Morgan in my bathroom, this is that time.

If ever there was a time I needed Bradley James and Colin Morgan in my bathroom, this is that time.

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Scraping and Fiddling

23 Mar

I’d not installed the tank bolts properly yesterday, so I fiddled around and got them in the right way (rubber washers go against the toilet, metal washers go against the metal screws and nuts is apparently the mantra to remember) so that stopped them leaking. The toilet now works — flushes and fills. It needs a little fine-tuning, though, so I’m going to ask my loo guru Rob to come and help me if he has the time this weekend. But I’m thrilled that I could do most of it on my own and am looking forward to learning from him what I didn’t finesse properly.

Toilet! Flushing! Working!

Toilet! Flushing! Working!

After I finished that, I gave the woodwork a good (well, good enough) scrape. The ceiling is luan and that may be why it looks like it’s full of lead ladders… I’m sure the trim is painted with lead paint, but I didn’t think the luan ceiling was that old. Anyway, I could care less about lead dust at this point, I’m sure I’ve snorted up quarts of the stuff by this time. We only use 10% of our brain anyway.

Scraped ceiling.

Scraped ceiling.

 

Detail of window.

Detail of window.

Scraped window frame

Scraped window frame

So the window frame is in really sad shape. I’m just going to scrape it for now and give it a good coat of paint. And let’s face it, that is probably all I’m going to do. But while scraping it, I had the fantasy of hiring someone to come over the summer and take it apart, scrape the wood properly and replace the rotted bits and then reconstruct it. That was probably the lead talking.

And here’s the radiator, which I probably will take off this summer and bring down to the autobody shop (Performance Motoring, I think — it’s on Saint James Ave) that sandblasted and repainted the radiator in the other bathroom. This I probably really will do. It’s easy at least for me), inexpensive, looks great, and makes the radiator heat more efficiently.

Radiator and scraping results

Radiator and scraping results

Here’s a couple of neat details — the old yale lock (all the doors had these and some also had deadbolts, from the house’s many years as a rooming house), and a really interesting twisted brass robe hook on the door:

Old yale lock

Old yale lock

Neat old twisted brass rack

Neat old twisted brass rack

And the view from the bathroom window is pretty fine. Sometimes I forget how high up that top floor is.

The view from the bathroom window

The view from the bathroom window

You can see the Museums parking lots in the foreground, Chestnut Tower (the tall one) on the right, South Church’s Moorish steeple (on Maple Street), the planetarium, and St. Michael’s Cathedral steeple. And the cold sky. Sigh, when is Spring going to spring?

And lastly, Trixie snuggling.

Trixie snuggling in bed

Trixie snuggling in bed