When Erick & I moved into Corner Cottage it was barely livable, cobwebs, spiders, dirty and old everything. The stairs were covered with pink and blue floral carpet. We would love to open the stairwell with spindles, but need to see if it’s a load bearing wall first! We sanded the steps and added a 1/8” board to the faces that had severe damage to cover them up. We also put a thin trim of moulding along under each step to give it a finished look. (that’s how I learned to use a nail gun, oh yeah baby!) Josie loves the steps but is terrified to give it a go and try them. Luckily for us, she won’t go up!
Since we have 13 steps, I put a fairy door with a #14 at the top of the steps. For peace of mind ya know.. lol No more tumbles and we have a fairy god mother looking out for us! Btw, she’s an Urban fairy. Look in, don’t you love her home?! Great style! If you look close enough, you might see her shadow flying out the back door The railings were a nightmare to clean up and paint. It had layers upon layers of paint. Also, the floors under the carpet were stained a dark orange rust colour. YUCK! We had to refinish everything!
After my husband and I both took a tumble down the stairs, we needed a railing asap. We found a pair of old boat oars at an antique mall and after cleaning them up they certainly did the trick and made the stairs up to code! *Note: I used all my wallpaper samples in frames to fill in the wall space on a budget!
I ordered a beautiful honeycomb floor register for the hallway and I love the look of it. I can’t believe we were able to get that orange out of the wood fir floors!
On the landing we had a rotten window that must’ve leaked for years, we had to knock out the wall to clean out the mold and treat it, as well as replace the window. Because the side walls and ceiling had a weird plaster finish from the 30’s or 40’s, we had to do something… that something was wallpaper!
The wallpaper really did the trick! I didn’t have to worry about the paint on the wall having a smooth finish that didn’t match up or.. us not replicating the plaster correctly.
We Just put in a new window and have yet to finish the trim around it. I call this the Airedale room aka a room for the nieces and nephews to visit aunt Nila! * The little wooden pull toy was the first time I tried to make a wooden toy. I used the leftover wood from projects to make it.
This is my coastal Airedale picture by the wonderful artist Todd Young
The second guest room I wanted to feel a little more adult-like and welcoming.
I am always terrified a guest will hit their head.. but isn’t it charming? Below you’ll find the built in drawers. I put a little bead board in there for texture, but I’d LOVE to have a mini flat screen for guests to enjoy in place of the mirror. Thank you all for being my guest! So… which room would you choose to stay the night?
This is an closer view of a photo transfer on wood that I made to set on the chair in our guest room. Josie and I go to the lavender fields every July to buy lavender, eat icecream and enjoy the glorious smell around us. *Yes, we share a peach lavender icecream cone, lick for lick… until she makes a long stringer… then it’s all hers! lol