Lighten up

Project by jeremy posted 05-20-2008 03:13 PM 3150 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What would possess anyone to make a room this dark. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well 18 years after my parents bought this camp in the Adirondacks (NY), I finally did something about this depressing room, which is the living room. Most of the interior walls I just skim coated with mud, because they used 3’ by 3’ pieces of wallboard and the joints were really bumpy. The exterior walls I tore the rock off, insulated it and put new rock on. Now the biggest project was stripping and refinishing all of the Fir trim and baseboard, some of which is still not done. I also got a single French Door from a salvage yard and put it in place of the old black exterior door. This let in a lot more light. Some of you might like the black, but I like the new colors more. Anyway thanks for looking, I wish I could post more pictures of the whole room but you get the idea.

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posted 05-20-2008 10:06 PM

wow , hang up the miners hat and break out the sunglasses ! huge improvement

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posted 05-21-2008 12:22 AM

No kiddin’ MrTrim. I was looking real close at that first picture, trying to find some shackles or something. That new paint made a world of difference, Jeremy. Looks like a good start on a real nice cabin. Keep us posted.

-- Tim

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posted 05-22-2008 03:02 PM

Much, much better. Had to turn up the brightness on my monitor to see the first pics.

-- Dadoo!

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posted 05-22-2008 09:35 PM

It continually amazes me how dark some folks like their houses. The first room we painted, we went into the paint store, looked at chips, and then just as the guy was about to mix the paint I asked “wait, can you just program that thing to dump in white and nothing else?”

I’m not sure we’re going to keep the room quite that bright, but we’re not going to darken the walls much…

So, good call!

And there’s a special place in hell for people who paint or stain wood that dark. I think it’s probably on the same level as people who put carpet over hardwood, or who install vinyl siding. It’s fine if you’re installing ebony, but… Stripping that must have been quite a task.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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