Thursday, February 19, 2015

Getting the Bed Upstairs

I am late on posting this, but really should tell the story of getting our bed into our bedroom.

The first night we got here (November 1st, only 3 1/2 months ago), we slept on our queen size mattress in the dining room.  Maybe we slept a couple days there, I don't remember, but the problem was how to get the bed upstairs?

We have a nice old staircase, but it's very narrow and very compact and the ceiling is quite low around it.


We could not fit the mattress and box springs up the stairs. Our second floor windows are all too small to fit the bed through them, so that wouldn't do as an alternate route.

We went to a local furniture store to see if we could buy a bed with a split mattress (I believe most King size beds come as two mattresses?)  After seeing the ridiculously high prices on mattresses, we weren't sure what to do.  Upon discussion with a store employee, she suggested we buy a split box spring and try and "bend" the mattress up the stairs.  Now, if the mattress had have been old, or lower priced we may have bought a new one, but since that was not the case, we figured we would go home and see if we could force this thing up the stairs.

Using a ratchet tie down like this:


 which we tightened as much as we could, we actually did bend the mattress and squeezed it up the stairs.


Then we decided to cut apart the box spring.  First we carefully took off the thin fabric on the bottom, then we cut the wood that ran down both edges of the long length of the box, only on the bottom portion (sorry no photo).  This enabled us to fold the box spring just enough to get it up the stairs.

So, although it's there now, the bed was sagging in the middle because our bed frame has no center support.  Here's the fix we've had for over 3 months, yes, it's a car jack. (Please ignore the dust bunnies, we're saving them for Easter)



I will post about the guest bedroom next...


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Real Pocket Door

I see people adding pocket doors and barn doors to their houses, our house has the real thing... a 4' wide pocket door between the living room and dining room.


Unfortunately we had to work really hard to get it to slide open like this.  If you look in the top right corner, you can probably see that the door is off it's track.  I believe it was like this for awhile, as the last person who painted has painted just the left stile, as that part was all that was sticking out into the room.  There actually is another section still between the walls, that you can't see, the door is three full panels wide.

We will be redoing this room and taking down the wallpaper.  When we get to that point, we will most likely have to take down the trim and maybe even part of the wall, to get the door "back on track."

Speaking of trim, the moldings in most rooms of this house are fabulous! The vertical trim here around the door is fluted and 4 1/2" wide, the baseboards are 8 1/2" deep.

In one upstairs bedroom you can see the trim around the door, including the rosettes, most likely all original to the house:

I just love all the old woodwork, even if it's been painted.  I wonder if I should strip the large pocket door down to the original wood?  All my trim will be white, but that door might look nice without paint on it, what do you think?



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

What's in the Attic?

When we bought our farmhouse on Prince Edward Island, last fall, we were told it was about 60 years old.  Research shows that it's more like 85, but I'll blog on that some other time.  Being an old house, I wondered if there were any treasures left behind over the years.

We have this small, curved top window that is in the attic.  It's centered over the two windows that are (on the left) at the top of the stairs, and (on the right) in my daughter's bedroom.


Wouldn't you want to know what is up there?  Here is how we get to it, a small hatch at the top of the stairs:


My husband put a ladder under the hatch and climbed up.  He was looking for a junction box in a spot over the bathroom so that he can do some rewiring of the ceiling light in there.  So here he is up in the attic (I took the photo standing on the top of the ladder with my head in the attic):

And when I looked more to the right, this is what I saw... a suitcase!


Unfortunately, no treasures... the suitcase was empty!

He did find a dead squirrel in a rat trap, though.  Not something I'd call a treasure.


EDITED TO ADD: Yes, Tuula (see comment below), the suitcase is a treasure in a different sort of way.  Who can give me an idea of what to do with it?

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Signs On Our House

As I've said previously, almost all of my workshop is in storage.  This includes items to sell as well as tools.  Thankfully I kept back a few pre-made sign boards, just in case I might need them.



One of the blank boards was made with the pallet wood pieces horizontally glued together, similar to the one I made last year and seen here:





 and the other was one I made a bit larger and glued the boards vertically.

I painted the larger one green, since there is green trim at my new home.  I then found a nice font and using carbon paper to transfer to the wood, I painted our last name and the number of our house. This sign is now on the front of our house:


I did not distress that one but I did distress the smaller one, that is on the back of our house.  It is painted turquoise, then distressed and then stained on top of the paint:


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Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year's Day part 2 - Meeting the Premier

As I said in my previous post, we went to two levees on New Year's Day.  The second one was at Province House which is also in Charlottetown and is the home of the provincial government. Construction on this project began in 1843.

This is the back of the building which looks identical in design to the front:






While we are not political people, we did want to attend because of the history of this building and the fact that it will soon be undergoing extensive renovations which may take up to ten years to complete.  So, the New Year's levee was the last official use of the building before these renovations begin. We had to stand in line to get inside, this is the front:



While inside we made our way up the stairs and saw the room where our founding father's met in Sept. 1864, the Confederation Chamber:


As well we saw the room where the provincial government meets and has been doing so since it was first used in 1847:


We were presented to the Premier of Prince Edward Island, Robert Ghiz and his wife Kate Ellis-Ghiz. (Excuse my confused look... an aide took my camera to use for the photos and had trouble getting it to work LOL)

(left to right): Julie, Mrs. Ghiz, Laura, Mr. Ghiz, Eric
We all learned a lot about the history of our country and our new chosen province.  

I'll get back to woodworking and renovating our farmhouse in future posts!





Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Day part 1 - Meeting the Lieutenant Governor

In Prince Edward Island it is a custom to hold levees on New Year's Day, which the public attend.

Levee: (noun) a formal reception of visitors or guests (as at a royal court)

Being new to the island, we thought it would be interesting to go and see what a levee was like. In fact we went to two, the first being at the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of PEI, in Charlottetown.

There is so much history on Prince Edward Island and this beautiful estate holds an important part in the creation of our country, Canada.

The home is called Government House and was built between 1832 and 1834 as a home for the British monarch's representative.  At that time, Canada did not exist, and Prince Edward Island was a colony of Britain. In 1864, 150 years ago, the father's of Confederation met in Charlottetown to discuss the creation of the country, Canada.

They gathered on the steps of Government House for a photo:


Yesterday, I took a photo of my daughter, Laura standing in this very place:


The house, also known as Fanningbrook, welcomes dignitaries from around the world.  It is beautiful inside, with many portraits, antique furniture and old woodwork.



While we walked through we were entertained by a small orchestra called "The Singing Strings:"
(if you look closely you can see my reflection in the mirror behind them!)


We were presented to The Honourable H. Frank Lewis and his wife Dorothy.  You can see them here Mr. Lewis is on the left, Dorothy is third from left and fourth from the left is the premier of PEI (I'll talk about him in part 2) We were welcomed and wished a Happy New Year by Their Honours.



Just around the corner stood a mountie...


There was hot apple cider and fruit cake served for those who wished some. It was nice to see the beautiful house and feel part of the community.  The province is small and everyone has been very kind and welcoming to us.

This is the view from Government House, which looks out into the Charlottetown Harbour:


We left here and had lunch in the city and then went to another levee.  I'll post about that next time.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sending Wishes for a Peaceful Holiday