HOUSE: Newburgh

Mostly for me.

Too tired to take photos! Here is an update on this list, just so I can cross things out and feel a sense of accomplishment.

coat visible knots in wood with shellac spray to prevent bleed-through
2 coats of satin-finish paint (BM Simply White) on all woodwork
2 coats of washable matte paint (color TBD!) on upper walls/ceiling
→ cut and install wood for shelving, determine final color of wood
→ install sconces
→ hang mirror
→ plumbers back on Monday to install sink, toilet, and shower head/faucet
caulk tub surround
→ repair rust on tub
→ mount shower curtain rod, hang curtain
→ DONE (minus final details…)

The plumbers come TOMORROW to install the sink, toilet, and faucets! Yay. Phew.

And now we’re off to have dinner with friends before the snowstorm hits.

p.s. The upper walls/ceiling are BLACK! Looks amazing. I’m glad I didn’t have time to buy this fabric for the shower curtain on Friday, because the bathroom is no longer in need of high drama, it has enough already. So I’m thinking floor-length unbleached linen…

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  • Reply DiP March 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Hurray for you two!

    “…So I’m thinking floor-length unbleached line”
    MUCH better IMM(modernist)O!!! 8^)

  • Reply puck March 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I am so happy you are going with linen. That other material wasn’t my cup of tea… but I don’t like poo-pooing things people really like.

    I cannot wait to see pictures!

    We just finished Bowie’s birthday party, and I cleaned up the kitchen… guess what I am working on this week? Abso-freaking-lutely NOTHING!

    Hope you get some time off soon too!

  • Reply Adam March 1, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I can’t wait to see how it looks! The anticipation is overwhelming!

  • Reply Annapolitan March 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    You can also stencil or stamp or otherwise decorate the unbleached muslin if you find it needs a little oomph. But I bet it’ll look great!

  • Reply Lori March 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I can’t wait to see the finished product but I am glad you took some well deserved time off! I am addicted to your blog and get “caught” on here frequently by my husband… 🙂

  • Reply Laura March 1, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Glad you didn’t have time to pick up the Mauste fabric:) Unbleached linen will look amazing and will add great textural interest.

  • Reply Jesse March 1, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Your non-stop motivation is amazing! And I’ve totally stolen the paint colors you used – Thank You!

  • Reply Magda March 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Sounds awesome. Can’t wait to see it. And I looooove linen.

  • Reply stephanie March 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    ooh, can’t wait to see the black! i just picked up a swatch from ralph lauren that i’m considering. do let us know what paint colour you use!

  • Reply amanda March 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I was looking for it seemed like forever for the perfect shower curtain a few months ago. I ended up buying a martha stewart black and white print and it was like “woah!” [too much drama] I never return anything, but I was returning that! Its amazing how much a print can be “too much” when its taking up so much space in a small room.

    you can see my bathroom here:

    Its still a work in progress..

  • Reply Erika March 2, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Hey Anna! I love your house- you have such a great sense of style. I am curious where you got your unbleached linen- I love the way you did your chairs and I am sure it will look great in the bathroom.

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 2, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Hmmm…very interesting, the reaction to the Marimekko print vs. unbleached linen!

    stephanie: I’ve hit a point where I sort of can’t deal with paint chips anymore, so I actually just copied my friend’s beautiful new guest room and used Olympus paint in Knight’s Armor. (Less than half the cost of my usual Benjamin Moore, too.) It looks great. I’m so happy with the result — I wanted a rich, velvety black that wouldn’t read like chalkboard paint, and that’s exactly what I got.

    Erika: I bought a ton of unbleached linen by the yard at IKEA, and that’s what I used for the chairs. It was on clearance a couple of years ago for $1/yard! Unfortunately they no longer sell it in bulk, but it’s the same fabric used to make these curtains.

  • Reply stephanie March 2, 2009 at 1:36 am

    thanks anna! it looks amazing in your friend’s room! rich and velvety is definitely what i’m looking for too. something in between dark grey and black black. unfortunately it looks like olympic only sells stains in canada (at least that’s what their website leads me to believe) but i’ll be trekking to the nearest location to look for myself!

  • Reply stephanie March 2, 2009 at 1:37 am

    oh, and i think the linen is a fantastic idea. you could even do a wide band of different fabric/colour at the bottom (?)

  • Reply mennyj March 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    just curious — how are you planning to repair the tub rust? (i have some on a clawfoot tub that i need to work on.)

    that stinks about the plumber today, but you’re making awesome progress.

  • Reply Diana March 2, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    The black paint sounds like it will be pretty in there, but then I was wondering how you would know if your ceiling got moldy. Do you have a fan in there? I had to tear out and replace a moldy bathroom ceiling and install a fan once–the day before my wedding (because I was putting the house up for sale), and then I had to sew my wedding dress at 1am on the day of my wedding. My brother helped. I wasn’t procrastinating as much as it sounds. We had only decided to get married the week before, sicne our real ceremony was a big double wedding in Italy with my husband’s sister, but the paperwork required was a nightmare, so we did that part in this country. The Italian wedding is here

    It was a heat wave and I was in a velvet dress and I couldn’t take my shawl off because I never did finish sewing the armholes. But I digress!

  • Reply Diana March 2, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    P.S. My brother helped with the sewing, not the ceiling installation unfortunately.

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    mennyj: It’s just a spot repair, so I’m using a combination of Rustoleum rust inhibitor and an epoxy paint. If you have a whole tub to refinish, I recommend sending it out to be sandblasted and powder-coated. That’s what we did with our clawfoot tub upstairs, and it came out great.

    Diana: Wow, that’s quite a story! 🙂 I’m not worried about mold, though — we used the bathroom every day with three years (with a white ceiling!), and there was never a trace of mold. One of the best things about old houses being poorly insulated is that moisture doesn’t get trapped as easily as in a new house.
    When we gutted the bathroom before renovating, the only mold we found was on the subfloor, resulting from a leak in the drain under the tub. I think we’ll be fine. 🙂

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