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This Old Crack House

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Change in plans AGAIN!

I got to spend a couple of hours working on the house on Tuesday. I was able to draw a line around the dining room at 36" above the floor for a chair rail. I then pencilled continuous line around the room at 4" below the ceiling for a picture rail and was only off by 1/4 inch at the end after drawing a level line around 62 feet of wall! I then snapped chalk lines on the ceiling where I thought I wanted the colors to change.

A few days ago I thought that a 6' X 6' square at the center of the ceiling laid in a diamond orientation and bordered by molding would look k-k-kewl! However, after chalking it out I changed my mind. The room is quite large. 16' 3" X 16' 6" in fact. The light is not centrally located in the room due to a fireplace and that is not symmetrical with the centerline of the room either. Standing on the floor looking at the ceiling you notice that the square does not appear to be square due to the way the borders farthest away from you converge. An actual diamond shape would appear better but I think I will end up with an 8' X 8' square with sides parallel to the walls. The other problem is this. Here is the medallion that I painted last year for this ceiling. I want the shells to "point" towards the corners of the room and this thing is around 2' wide.




I will start painting the ceiling and walls today. Here are the colors.



The real color is slightly different than this photo of the color card but you get the idea. The red brown is for the ceiling edge (about 4 feet wide) and the 4" part above the picture rail (this hides the uneveness of the ceiling edges). The drab green is for the upper 6' of the walls and the 8' square ceiling center. These same colors will be used in the living room but the walls and the ceiling will be solid color.
Sorry, the wallpaper isn't here yet so I can't show that just yet.

Stay tuned for "CrackHouse" updates. I'm not just blowing smoke!

2 Comments:

At 10/26/2005 4:18 PM, Blogger Greg said...

A quarter inch off!?!? I'd erase it and do it again. :-)

I like that medallion. Where did you get it?

 
At 10/28/2005 10:17 PM, Blogger Gary said...

Medallion was bought at Lowes several years ago. It was discontinued so we got it for about $20. In fact we bought 2, one for the parlor also but I will probably make that one look like aged plaster by using... wait for it.... SHELLAC and lime wax. If I get a chance I will check out the label and email you the details.
Have you gotten that aniline dye off your fingers yet?

 

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