Touring Oregon!!

We and our designer/craftsman have been traveling everywhere!! Our latest and greatest trip was to Enterprise, Oregon and the Wallowa mountain range. Amazing place. Beautiful scenery and fantastic hiking.

Could Enterprise, Oregon be a new place for a home? Vacation house? Maybe more renovations and reconstruction are in our future. Who knows?

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Eagle Cap!! Hiked up the Lostine River Trail to the base of this amazing mountain. Fresh snow made it even more dramatic.

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Lostine River trail. Mountain meadows.

Back to work in the next post (finally).

Stay tuned.

… our busy designer/craftsman

Our designer/craftsman (aka son) has been super busy with a big job. Designing, tearing down and rebuilding a kitchen in Portland (swyftdesignworks.com).

He has moved windows, put doors in new places, installed arches, and made all the cabinets, shelves etc. etc…. Not your basic kitchen remodel.

Looking good! Almost done.

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Meanwhile, back in Astoria, our little Victorian is waiting patiently for his return. It too will get a new kitchen!

Presently … our old kitchen is half torn up. Part of it had to be moved to the dining room area :). Still functional but awkward.

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Transoms, transoms and more transoms

We have six interior and two exterior transoms. All of them have been boarded-up or painted over. We are re-building all of them and tracking down interesting windows to insert into the spaces.

 

 

We are trying to decide what type to install on the six interior transoms. Plain glass? Stained glass?

We took a trip to the Vintage Hardware Store in Astoria (great place btw) (https://www.facebook.com/astoriavintagehardware/). There we found a set of cabinet doors with leaded glass that we thought would work for our transoms. Unfortunately, they were too large.

 

 

We may have to go with some custom made stained/leaded glass inserts. Fortunately, there are a few stained glass places in Astoria!

As far as outside doors go… I found some photos online of beautiful Victorian style doors with transoms. Would these work? Build these ourselves? Stay tuned.

 

painting continued…

Well, house painting came earlier than I thought it would. We contacted a few painters and found one that has painted most of the houses in our neighborhood. He said he would put on his schedule for late Fall.

Surprise! We got a text that said he could start next week!

After scrambling to do some exterior work that was necessary before the painting, we were ready for him and his team to start.

The crew washed the house was first, scraped the sides after the house was dry, and then paint.

Wow! What a good coat of paint can do! Our neighbors are thrilled. We had many people stop by and say how great they thought the house looked. I think they were a little tired of looking out their windows and seeing the peeling white and gray exterior.

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We discussed colors with the local Benjamin Moore paint dealer and our painter. The house is small so colors that would look good a larger house might not work on ours.

We explained that the look we were going for was “Adorable.” I think we succeeded!

Now, we need to get that awesome front door in place. What color should we paint it!?

Running the house through the car wash…

It’s painting time!

Step one – power wash the house to loosen up old paint. We will wait a few days for the house to completely dry and then do some scraping and priming.

Final color choice… using Benjamin Moore Paints

Main house: Whipple Blue, Trim: Lancaster Whitewash, Accent color: Gingersnaps

= Adorable House

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Can you spot the subtle difference? Photos have different accent colors. It’s Baked Cumin vs. Gingersnaps. Instagram vote favored Gingersnaps (on the left)

Note: Gray and white were the original colors although we found a mustard-yellow underneath.

How to create a Victorian bathroom in a house that never had one…

Our designer decided to go with the classic, small black and white floor tile and white “subway” tile walls. Bathroom design and fixtures are comfortably modern.

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Remember our upstairs floor plan? One old bedroom was turned into a LARGE bathroom by a previous owner. The new design is for two smaller (although good size) bathrooms including a master bath with a large shower…

Tiling in process! Looking good.