Over the last few weeks I have been helping a client update her home. It is a charming older home with a big wide front porch, lots of big windows, and details that just don’t come in newer homes. Along with all that character comes many older home problems – drafty windows, uneven floors and walls, plaster cracking and peeling, small closets…lots of items that need to be addressed when figuring out a design plan.
The homeowner has a set budget and I always try to stay within that. I hired a contractor who is a sort of a handyman. I like using him because he can do it all – change out light fixtures, fix things, build, and paint. They are hard to find, but such a blessing when you do. As a team – the homeowner, contractor, and I decided since the dining room was going to get the biggest transformation we would start there.
Here is the before shot. This is how the room looked when the homeowner moved in. Wimpy crown molding, floral wallpaper with a coordinating design under the chair rail. This room is plain dated. But if you look closely – the trim around the windows and doors is classic – totally keeping! There is so much potential in this room and I will showcase it here over the next few weeks as we progress.
The wallpaper and chair rail were removed and then surprise, surprise – along with it came the plaster along the bottom section of the wall. Not a good start on a project.
You never know what to expect when re-doing older homes. You will hear Cha-Ching, Cha-Ching more often than not.
Since the plan was to add high board and batten to the room, the contractor covered the damaged section with 1/4” sheet rock so he could add the board and batten treatment. Here is a photo I took on Monday. There is 70% Sherwin Williams Rural Green primer on the wall. The cap and ledge on the top of the board and batten still needs to be added, but you can see the transformation taking place.
This room has a high ceiling and a beefy 2 column entrance that I will show you in another post. The crown molding needs to look chunky. Since the homeowner is on a budget the contractor created the look of bigger molding by using stock 3 “ wide crown molding and a piece of “cap” molding placed 3” under the crown. You can space the cap anywhere from 1″ – 3″ to create the look.
When painted all the same color it looks beefier and is a better scale for the room. Best of all it is budget friendly.
It truly adds the “crowning” touch to the room.
I will keep you updated on the progress of this room and the rest of the house as it becomes part of the current decade.
The living room will be next.
Here is a quiz question for you-
Can you guess the era that this room was last remodeled? The paint color on the trim around the windows should give you a hint.
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