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July 01, 2008

Surprise Renovation

We live in a 1920 Craftsman house. We have been renovating, changing, and changing again since we moved here in 1997.

Some lessons, I've learned the hard way. Like, 85 year old painted over wallpaper really isn't worth scraping to bare plaster. Just mud over the seams, sand and paint.

Sometimes we find wonderful surprises in our house. Those are the times I love. I enjoy when we uncover something from long ago, and wonder what the people who put things there lives were like.

Yesterday was one of those days. The basement apartment carpet, which was dark brown against brown 1/2 paneled walls needed to be cleaned. As I steam cleaned it, the color looked even more drab when wet.

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Contemplating the commercial question, "What can Brown do for you?", Sarah and I decided the best answer was, GO AWAY!

We pulled up a corner to see what might be under the ugliness and found the most beautiful treasure!

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It's a Victorian style room sized wool rug, surrounded by parquet flooring.

Sarah loves it! So Justin tore out all the brown and threw it away. We cleaned the "new rug" and plan to gently roll it up and place padding underneath.

Chloe loves her "new libbing room"! That's the best part!


Posted by Angi at July 1, 2008 05:17 PM