Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Well, it's time for some more renovations. Maybe once this weather decides between winter/summer I'll do some work outside. But until then, I'm finally tackling our bedroom.

Two days into the reno and I've cleared out the furniture, ripped out the flooring and painted the walls. Here's some before pictures to keep me motivated (and I promise to post after pictures when I'm done).

Once again, this room is painted entirely in white primer (woodwork included). But this time we have the added bonus of sand-like stucco on the walls. It's so romantic to have sandpaper on your bedroom walls, isn't it? And even more romantic to consistenly scrape your skin off when you accidently hit the walls while making a night-time bathroom run. Unfortunately I'm not feeling into knocking out all of the plaster and putting up drywall... so the sandpaper stays. This room also has some lovely purple carpeting.

There were three layers of flooring--thankfully none of them were glued to the wood. First we had ugly purple carpeting with "rexoleum" underneath--circa 1956 as evidenced by the newspapers under it.

Under the newspapers was another layer of this retro linoleum (no trademark on the back of this one though). I have to say that this layer was in such good condition it looked like it had been waxed yesterday. And strangely enough in amongst the newspapers was a receipt for the rental of a floor polisher! (dated 1956).

The newspapers under this layer were dated 1940 and 1944. Very exciting! I tried to keep as many pieces as I could--most were in excellent condition but some were stuck to the floor and they ripped.

The last layer was the (almost) pristine subfloor. I was so impressed by the great condition of the wood... until I got to the most travelled area. There are a few patches that are really rough. I'm hoping I can fix these areas well enough with calking and wood filler so I can paint it. I had to smile at the ingenuity of an early homeowner who had filled some of the cracks and splinters with parafin wax. I smiled until I realized I'd have to get that all off before I could paint. Yikes.

Here are some of the newspapers. The first two are dated 1956. The colours are so vibrant on this weekend magazine!
Forget plasma screens. I'd much rather have A Directional TV with a Zoom-A-Tenna.

This is the front page of the Toronto Star, April 13, 1940.

And the work continues...


At 6:25 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those newspapers are totally cool.

That's not to say that the pictures of your blank wall aren't interesting too... :-)

At 6:29 a.m., Anonymous patrick m said...

that was me btw not some stranger criticizing your blogging aesthetic


At 9:23 a.m., Blogger Noelle said...

Props to you for actually getting the work done. I would have spent all afternoon reading the old newspapers.

At 7:27 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you save any of that linoleum? Very cool...The newspapers are wonderful too...I get this image of the man of the house laying down those layers of newspapers in the 40's before installing his fancy new linolium...do you think he wondered who would find it in the future?

At 7:28 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, how DO you spell linoleum? im...?em? Help!

At 12:44 a.m., Anonymous ac said...

Maybe you should re-bury the fascinating 1940 newspaper along with a current Globe and Mail (see, I picked up on your lingo). Who knows who might find both in 50 years?!

At 9:27 a.m., Anonymous Louise said...

I miss living in an old house and finding cool stuff like that. We found food stamps for bread and milk tucked away in an old, unused door on William street.


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