Our "Summer Bathroom"
downstairs was not insulated enough to use in the cold weather. Since it contains the
shower--the upstairs tub has a lovely old claw foot tub but no shower--we were
highly motivated to get the room usable year round. First, that
Last Fall, Bill insulated UNDER the room. He crawled on his belly in a
14" space and laid vapor barrier, insulation board and plywood sheeting. That
plus a light bulb and a small heater on a thermostat have kept the room
above freezing. So, the pipes were happy, but it was still a bit crispy for us
Bill is under there.
This Fall Bill went up into the open attic space above the bathroom and
laid insulation and more plywood sheeting/flooring on what is essentially the
"attic" over the bathroom.
He found wonderful old
things up there--the lathe guides to turn the woodwork on the newel posts and stair
rails, a piece of molding with the original owner/builder of the house:
"Capt. E. A. Over" written on the back. (Click on picture here to see
larger one, The handwriting shows up very clearly.) From the town records, we
have been able to determine that Ezra Over built the house sometime after he
bought the land in 1904--for $ 200--which included the lot North of us that is
now the Crapps house.
And, not only is the ceiling
of the bathroom warmer, we also have more storage space in the garage.
the original "decor" remained--old paneling and unpainted trim. The room
had a sort of "construction trailer" atmosphere--lots of
50's paneling, tan, unpainted woodwork, very old rusty medicine cabinet, etc.
Some new lace curtains from Wa-Mart had helped, but there was work to be
done to even make it seem part of the house.
One of our neighbors clued me in to the fact that you
could paint over
paneling, with a little sanding and a lot of BIN. We used to call it
"Pigmented Shellac" in Chicago, and it saved Clare and me from
insanity when we have one fuchsia wall that we had painted 12 times and it still
turned pink when it dried. One coat of shellac and it was white.
So, in December while Bill was away on
a business trip, and with the construction and insulation details were done, I went to work
with white paint cans, brush and roller. One coat of BIN and two of high quality
latex paint and voila! After having lived with the dull brown, I opted for that "clean, next to the ocean" feeling
here--everything luminous white. Guess I got there. It is so bright that you
could do emergency surgery!
A medicine cabinet, a glass shelf above
the sink and a towel ring were purchased new. A few paintings and a hanging
glass lamp I have had for almost 30 years. but that has been in a box since
Michigan completed the new look. It isn't grand but it does look cared for and
cleanable. And, we stand in the door and admire it. It does indeed seem more
like house and less like a garage.
New Glass Fronted Medicine
Upstairs has some nice cozy wallpaper to go with the wood, but that requires
more than my two arms and Bill has been to busy to get to that item on his
All for now. The next
"project" is due to be my office on the third floor. The paint has
already been purchased, but the -0° temperatures make it a tad difficult to
paint up there.