Monday, July 27, 2009
This is the area in the apartment where there used to be a fireplace. Unfortunately the fireplace had no chimney and was totally fake despite being made of real brick and fire brick. There was nothing but an outlet at the back to plug in one of those rotating faux fire numbers. We thought it pretty silly and decided the old floors didn't need an extra 1000 lbs of masonry on them. After Barry bashed out the old brick, we scrubbed and wire brushed the surface of the wall and the result is quite lovely. The bricks themselves are being salvaged by our friend Tanja for a walk way up to her front door.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Slowly and steadily we peeled up the layers of lino and press baord off of the floor on the second story. Unfortunately the old wood that was revealed was not in nearly as good condition as what we found in the cafe space. But we are willing to work with it even if its a bit funky. We may try and do some creative patching with various materials and hopefully arrive at something really different.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
One of the three bedrooms is rather small and crappy. There is no window and at the moment it has tan linoleum flooring and a 1960's office drop ceiling, both of which are completely covered in a layer of dust and grime. In an attempt to spruce it up in the cheapest way possible and make it liveable, we stripped out all of the homosote tiles in the hanging ceiling system and went nuts with some red spray paint. We also decided to paint the heater and the closet doors the same color and lay down some realy nice discount carpet from our local Mardens store. The coup de gras is that we are replacing the drop-in panels with ones made of oak ply that we cut ourselves and clear coated. The final touch will be that several of the panels will be replaced with plexi to allow some light into the room through the ceiling.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Here is a before and after and after of the front room. The first picture is from our intiial viewing of the building, then there is a photo of the wall after the paper was removed, and finally a few with a new coat of primer and paint on everything. Its amazing how much the space has opened up and the windows have dissolved into the sky. Just by getting rid of the green trim and the heavy border that was bringing the whole place down. We chose a pretty traditional combination of whites for the apartment. The flat finish wall color is called Polar Bear which I think is neat, while the trim is a glossy paint with a slightly caffinated tinge to it, its called Swiss Coffee. YUM
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tragically the Cowan Mill went up in serious smoke and flames today. The mill, built in 1850 commanded a post just below the Great Falls in Lewiston. The skyline of the city is further marred by this apparent act of arson. Just two weeks ago I photograhed the mill from this exact spot, you can see the photo in a previous blog entry,