(Seriously, we could probably fit a mammoth in there).
|Filling in the off-centered gap. Thanks, Jack!|
|My life flashed before my eyes!|
As with any room, painting the ceiling was the worst part. Since the previous owners were heavy smokers, the ceiling was stained with the sickly yellow color of nicotine. What made it exponentially worse was that I had to paint a ceiling while standing on scaffolding that wasn't exactly wobbly, but sure sounded like it when it rattled. I had a few heart-pounding moments when I had to stand without support but in a few hours of craning my neck backward, accidentally ingesting a few globs of paint and watching my life repeatedly flash before my eyes, the enormous ceiling was finally complete. And it looks glorious.
|Evelyn's tall enough to peek over the half wall.|
There were a few changes of plan too. Originally, I wanted to have a beautiful handrail running the length of the hallway and cascading down the steps. I gave it a decent attempt and learned a lot in the process but ultimately, a half wall looks better.ewie!) but they've gotten a whole lot more character with just a few coats of paint and some trim. Once the treads are stained and a few more balusters are added, we'll have some pretty fancy steps.
|Won't they be pretty??|
|The tangle of wires we inherited when we bought the place. The people before us loooooved watching TV.|
|Thanks for helping me clean up, Claire bear!|