We are finally back to working on our little Astorian Victorian.
You may remember from previous posts that we had our home painted! The old gray and white paint was peeling badly so it desperately needed a new coat of paint. We agonized over colors for many months but finally settled on blue, off-white and brown. (Benjamin Moore selection).
We continue to get compliments and praise for our color choice! Our neighbors, dog walkers, people driving by etc. etc. randomly stop by and tell us they absolutely love it.
And yes… that is the “Goonie House” on the hill in the background.
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?
Eagle Cap!! Hiked up the Lostine River Trail to the base of this amazing mountain. Fresh snow made it even more dramatic.
Lostine River trail. Mountain meadows.
Back to work in the next post (finally).
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.
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.
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.
We are sticking in drawers and cubbies wherever we can. Custom made built ins by swyftdesignworks.com
We bought our little Victorian because it had a number of original features… however, some things were missing and need to be replaced. The existing front door is a classic 1970’s modern Luan plywood door. Functional – but ugly (no other way to put it).
Our craftsman/carpenter/designer is always on the lookout for architectural wonders…
He found us a new door!
It’s a beauty – found at a street sale in Portland. Needs some work, but it’s exactly what we need. Yay!! Big plans to do something interesting with the glass part. Stay tuned.
Our designer decided to go with a classic light gray shade for all the bedroom walls upstairs. Paint is made locally in Portland Oregon. We love it!
Finish product is looking good! Our craftsman/carpenter made all the trim to fit in with this 1895 classic Astoria home. The accent wall of western red cedar (see a few blogs ago) turned out really nice.