Watson Mill - more decorating

by brae  

To add stability to the side walls, I glued strips of Tyvek in place.  I love this material since it is strong but thin enough not to interfere with most wallpapers and flooring.

I liked the appearance of the aged plaster wallpaper design joining directly with the flooring in the mockup photos I've been using, so that's what I tried to accomplish in the finished room. Even with careful measuring, the front wallpaper ended up a little short.  I glued a cardboard underlayment to make up the difference.  It's like a real life floor!  :D

Since the structure is nearly a square, I could install the flooring either direction.  It would need to be pieced either way since the width/depth is more than 11 inches.  The bedroom is a long skinny room, so I let that determine the direction of the floor boards. Front to back seemed best, so I did the first floor to match.

Time to install the wood flooring on the first floor. I had previously stained the red oak flooring with Minwax Dark Walnut. I burnished the surface with a scrap of paper bag and then sealed with two coats of Delta Ceramcoat Matte Varnish. It's an old floor, but perhaps it was refinished during the renovations. I put the pieced seam toward the door wall since it would be mostly covered there.  I painted the underlayment in the couple of spaces where there was a slight gap.

Before I can glue the bedroom floor in place, I need to finish the ceiling board.  I lined the two ceiling openings with strip wood and spackled any gaps.

I painted the board, finishing the ceiling for the first floor in crisp white to reflect light.  I stippled the paint to create a delicate texture I thought would go better with the aged appearance of the wallpaper.  The texture also hides the wood grain.  Since there's still work to be done on the main floor, I will leave the ceiling board loose for now.

I checked the fit of the library wallpaper and then installed that as well.  I still need to determine what finish I want in the bedroom, but even if I piece the same blue paper, there will be a railing around the dumbwaiter opening to disguise any seams.

Then I glued the remaining piece on the door side.  Exactly the look I wanted.  :]

8 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

It looks great!
I really like the texture you did on the painted wood ceiling.

08/06/17 @ 11:57
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

I love how your flooring looks with your shelves. Just beautiful! And that ceiling is gorgeous!

08/06/17 @ 13:54
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

It looks great already! I like the darker wood floor with the lighter shelves, and the paper makes it even warmer.

It’s funny how suddenly it seems like everything is happening really quickly, while in fact you’ve been working on it behind the scenes the whole time.

08/06/17 @ 18:10
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]

I love the textures and the color combinations! You’ve had a productive couple of days! Keep em’ coming! :O)

08/06/17 @ 21:05
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!! :>>

08/06/17 @ 21:15
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

So much done! The colours are lovely and I especially like the flooring.

08/06/17 @ 21:17
Comment from: Samantha [Visitor]

The textured ceiling looks great and the colour combinations are really working together. All that behind the scenes work is really starting to pay off. :)

08/07/17 @ 04:07
Comment from: Madeline [Visitor]

Thank you for the technical information you provide as you build. I like the idea of using tyvek to reinforce the wall/floor joint and have made note of several other construction ideas from your blog. I find the mini community is very generous with ideas, encouragement and inspiration.

08/26/17 @ 12:12


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