Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Custom Details for an Old House

A hallmark of old houses is a lot of built ins and custom woodworking.  We wanted to include those elements in this house and our amazing carpenters have been hard at work to make that happen!

The first area they focused on is my workroom (I hesitate to call it an office, because it's more of a space for sewing, DIY projects, etc).  This was originally a wrap around porch, so it's a long narrow room with a little offset at the end of the room.  After I laid out the design with tape and markups, Kyle got to work creating a built in unit to handle storage, books and a television (because hey, doesn't everyone watch HGTV when they're working on a project??).  

Next was my husband's office.  He wanted lots of bookshelves, but also room for his turntable and record albums.  I think he's planning to spend a lot of time in this room!!  

In the dining room, I wanted a traditional wainscoting around the perimeter of the room.  We don't have tall ceilings in here, so we had the wainscoting height match the built in cabinet at the end of the room.

The cabinet is original to the room (although we don't think it's super old - we found a Brosco sticker on the back of it!) and we wanted to keep it.  But I had new cabinet doors made, so we could do stained glass inserts.  And of course we'll add lighting inside the cabinet, so you can see all that gorgeous glass!

What's next?  Stay tuned for a kitchen update - there is a lot of work going on in there as well!

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  1. What paint color did you use? Looks great!

    1. We painted all the trim to match the kitchen cabinetry. The color is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige.

  2. What nice woodwork--- fits right in. Cute dog!


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