I haven’t done any project updating in a while. Now that life has slowed down some, I have gotten to work on a few things. As you know we started removing wallpaper. This is what is coming down now (and what our niece has helped with).
As far as wallpaper goes, it actually isn’t that bad and was the least damaged in the house, so we left it for near the end. The hardest part will be the stairwell:
It goes up about 1.5 floors high, so we will have to get the ladder in to reach up top. It’s going well so far and John has been working on it, too. He usually finds other projects to do when wallpaper is on the docket 😀
There has been trunk work as well. I have 2 in progress right now. I want to finish the Jenny Lind since that is for me. Then I have another one to hopefully sell. I won’t put too much into the other trunk because the condition isn’t all that great, but it will look decent enough. I have gotten the Jenny down to the bare bones and sanded down. Now it’s ready to pretty back up.
I even used some deck cleaner on it to try to clean the wood, but unfortunately this trunk must have sat in the elements for a long time without its canvas covering because the wood is a grayish color and stained in spots, no matter how much sanding or cleaning. Of course, it is 150 years old, so we can cut it some slack!
I had wanted to just put polyurethane on it and keep the wood lighter, but since it is stained and discolored, I am going to stain it a darker mahogony and shine up the copper. I think that will look pretty nice. I will line this one with fabric as well and since it is my trunk, I can get whatever strikes my fancy!
I am also taking time for mental recharging with the coloring. John got me a coloring book for Christmas from the same author of Secret Garden.
Now I am coloring my little fishies!
In case you are wondering about the benefits of coloring, here is a good article on it. I highly recommend it!