Tuesday, May 22, 2012

everyone has an opinion...

....and everyone has shared theirs on this particular wall.  i know someone very well that loved the old way (with the filled in window, not matching to original stain) and felt it added quite a charm, indeed it did, but i had other plans.  lets just say it was probably a fair balance between who said to leave it and who said..stain it to match.  i just had to make an executive decision :) and proceed with the staining.

i included some photos for a historical reference.  the condition of this wall when we moved in was a wallpapered (a textured grass wallpaper) sheet rock wall.  well, one of the first things i did after we ripped out the dropped ceiling was see what was behind all of the sheet rock.  well, we were thrilled when we found the original redwood plank wall that was from the late 1800's and the more we tore down the  sheet rock the more we were mesmerized by this incredible wall... and then we found the hole in the wall that was originally a window. 

well, i finally got tired of the unfinished wall, as well as the ceiling (which we also loved so much..had a great rustic feel).  the ceiling had equally beautiful aspects as the wall, but it has 3 different types of wood, with 3 different stains and three different widths.. and there just wasn't a workable way to address this without more demo and expense...plus i wanted to paint it as we desperately needed some light paint to reflect the natural light (gets dark in the winter).

so here are the results, that only took 2 weekends to complete.   its the little things that bring joy and this one small task feels like we made a huge impact on the project....that feeling will surely last a month, and then reality sets in. 


A Perfect Gray said...

wow. fun to see the wall transformation. what a discovery you made in those old planks....it looks great; so cozy.

brock street said...

hi donna,

i know....you never know what lies beneath. its risky business you know...thank goodness we have a great contractor that has a creative eye.

Sara said...

thanks for explaining that process- now it is completely clear to me that you made a series of good decisions. Nice light ceiling, and lovely warm and idiosyncratic wall. Great job.

red ticking said...

love it... but i sure do miss the grasscloth wallpaper..xx

brock street said...

sara. hee, hee, hee. you are too kind. lucky decisions i guess. when i had my 3 cans of stains and started layering and playing with the color...i must admit i was shaking in my boots. what if it turned our red or orange :). glad you like the warmth of the wall..me too.

red ticking- and sometimes we make bad decisions..LOL. i think i have a piece of the grasscloth you can use to source :)

Shelley said...

Just think you should put a frame around it so it looks like art

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