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We’re getting close. So close. Tonight I was scrubbing the beams with a wire brush and bleaching them to lighten them up. The original post and beam that we uncovered when we pulled down the wall is far too nice and old and Vermont-ish to have covered back up with sheetrock. The only problem is our doors are already stained and to avoid a room that looks like a gigantic hodge-podge of stain samples, we need to bring it all somewhat close to the same color.
The beams are dark with decades of dirt, grim and god-only-knows what else. I read that motor oil was commonly used to color wood “in the old days”. Maybe that, maybe not.
The above photo shows how dark the beams were before they were scrubbed and cleaned down.
Here’s the “after” – much better, not to mention cleaner.
Now…. I just have to do two wall’s worth of these….before Tuesday when the carpet is delivered.
FOR TODAY AUGUST 13, 2009…
Outside my window…It’s sunny
I am thinking…that I have to finish up some work stuff that I really don’t want to do since I’m not happy with them.
I am thankful for…The boys not giving me a hard time this week while Tom is away.
From the kitchen…The coffee is brewing.
I am wearing…Grey shorts, a black tee shirt and flip flops.
I am creating…this post.
I am going…nowhere this morning and then all over Rutland this afternoon with kids.
I am reading…The Time Traveler’s Wife
I am hoping…that someone needs me.
I am hearing…the coffee brewing and the birds singing.
Around the house…kids are starting to stir.
One of my favorite things…snuggling with my husband which I haven’t had a chance to do much in these last two weeks.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Getting everything gathered and in order for vacation next week.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
A well dressed lab named Jinx – (Lou be thankful it’s not your picture ;) )
Thanks to The Simple Woman’s Daybook.