Sunday, September 19, 2010

the gathering room ..

since the house has two living spaces with fireplaces .. rod and i decided to make the lower living space a 'gathering room', at least that is what we are calling it .. this room will be anchored with our dining table and mismatched chairs with additional seating around the room for guests and visiting .. the entire room will get painted white .. the hardwood floors will be cleaned and waxed .. the fireplace will first be painted white and then over time, stripped down to the original wood and waxed ..follow me ..

this is the entrance to the room from the front hall ..

the fireplace .. it will be painted white for now .. eventually, it will be stripped and waxed ..

i scratched the paint on the tile of the fireplace revealing what i knew to be original green tile underneath .. eventually, all the paint will be removed from this to reveal the tile .. the same tile was used in front of the fireplace .. and i have a 5 gallon bucket full of these same color & style of tiles that i have carried around for the last 7 years .. how is that for fate?

rod says the current color of the fireplace surround is deep purple .. i see black .. love the detail of the mantle .. can't wait to see it white ..

i also scratched one of the columns of the fireplace .. at least 6 coats of old paint .. love the wood grain underneath ..

from across the room, near the kitchen .. any angle .. i love this fireplace ..

the entrance to the kitchen area is highlighted by built-in bookcases on either side of the entryway .. the original french doors for this entry are missing .. my plan is to wallpaper the back of each bookcase with some vintage small print wallpaper i have ..

i love the paneled detail of the entry into the kitchen area ..

this wall, once painted will be the perfect spot for our collection of blue bonnet paintings .. seated along the wall will be primitive wood benches for seating, books, plants and the like ..

there are two windows in this room ..they will eventually be replaced .. but for now, just cleaning them up .. between the windows i have a very large mirror that will rest against the wall with a daybed/cot in front of that facing into the room ..

jax and shooger, unsure of their new surroundings .. shooger absolutely HATES walking on the hardwood floors .. ( i took the measuring tape over this afternoon to measure the rooms and forgot to measure .. i will get the measurements of the rooms and add them to the posts later)

off to sew ... enjoy your evening ..

love ya'


  1. Troy:
    I can see why you guys fell in love with this place. The details are fabulous! I can just see your two doglets wearing little rubber soled shoes to get around the place. (lol - just kidding!)
    Take care and I'll be back as soon as you write your next post! Love the updates!

  2. That fireplace looks wonderful!
    I love the built-in's too.

    Next time I'm up that way, I'd love a tour!

    Have fun!

  3. Your new home looks like a really fabulous house, and I'm sure the final result will be stunning. Wishing you all much happiness there.

  4. This is so wonderful to get to share this home with you. Love the fireplace and the built in's! Can't wait for more!!

  5. Hi! Just found your blog and love seeing all you are doing to that great old house! Look forward to seeing more...
    and those dogs are precious!
    Have a great Sunday
    Tammy :-)
    now a follower...