|The panorama feature distorts the room, but you get the idea.|
What we don't like about it:
The walls and ceiling are semi-gloss paint.
The walls and ceiling are pink.
The walls and ceiling have an amateur and inconsistent texture (accentuated by the semi-gloss sheen).
The outlets are upside down and the holes cut for them in the drywall are too big.
The ceiling fan in the dining room is not our style and we'd rather have a chandelier over the table.
The curtains were a few inches shy of both the ceiling and the floor and not our style.
There was a builder's boob light in the living room that we took down the first week.
There was yards and yards of lace on a tension rod in the smaller dining room window.
|Top: The brassy-colored curtain rod hung at an odd height, which I will repaint, probably an oil-rubbed bronze-ish color.|
Bottom left: Three of 26 holes left when I removed drywall anchors. Bottom right: some of the most severe of the wall texture.
What we do like about it:
The rustic wood floors and mouldings
The wood beam
The big windows
The size is plenty adequate
The wood stove in the kitchen keeps it comfortably warm, so we don't need to use the electric baseboard heater.
First: We found among my sample board a decorative plaster treatment that we both like and think will look really good with our various woods and with the rustic-ish style of the place and our things. So, I'm starting by diminishing the texture of the walls and repainting the walls and ceiling with a light khaki color in an eggshell finish. Upon finishing the dining room and stepping back, it was pretty underwhelming. Khaki is a real yawner, but it's a good base coat for the future plaster and a good ceiling color.
|I tackled the dining room end of the rectangle first. Here's the border where the new texture and color (left) meet the old color and texture (right). It's a little darker &greener on my monitor than in real life|
Next I'll paint and rehang the curtain rods, this time closer to the ceiling. I am planning on modifying some Ikea curtain panels we used when staging the house in Portland by lining them and adding a trim detail, probably on the leading edge and perhaps on the bottom or top. They're grey and don't look great with the walls as they are, but I think they'll go nicely with the finished plaster.
The walls in the stairwell (one of which is visible from the living room) will also be re-textured and repainted the same khaki for now. That project is going to require some fancy ladder and plank work, so I think I'll wait a bit and do it when I'm ready to tackle some alterations to the light fixture at the same time. One of my mottoes when I was painting for clients was "the fewer times you can move the ladder or scaffold, the better."
And because the secret subtitle to Suddenly Surrounded by Taxidermy is "There's Probably Dog Hair In It" here's a shot of the Beastie Grrrlz helping. You couldn't see, but I was indicating air quotes with my eyebrows while I typed "helping."
UPDATE (May 16, 2013): We're getting there, a step or two at a time.