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skwpt 09-18-2007 12:17 PM

Downstairs renovation: Study/sitting room
As per my introduction thread, I will post some pictures of the room we renovated in August/Sept.


Originally Posted by skwpt (Post 63345)
Six weeks ago, I decided to tackle the largest room in my 1948 Cape. The walls were covered with ugly, textured, floral paneling and I wasn't sure if it would be less labor intensive to tear everything down or skim coat the paneling.

My father came down to consult, help, and act as general contractor. Over several weekends and one long stretch that consumed most of my summer vacation, we pulled down the paneling, cut it up with a circular saw and threw it out with the trash, removed all window and door casings and floorboards, scraped decades of painted-over wallpaper, repaired and resurfaced the walls, insulated the windows, primed and replaced the casings (but had to shim them because of the paneling that was no longer there), installed crown moldings, and primed and painted all the wood trim and the walls and ceiling. We also replaced two hideous, mirrored bi-fold closet doors with louvered doors. One we use as a closet and the other as our home office.

*All pictures saved as thumbnails for those on dial-up. Click to enlarge*

skwpt 09-18-2007 12:18 PM

BEFORE pictures

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skwpt 09-18-2007 12:33 PM

DURING, Cont'd

skwpt 09-18-2007 12:35 PM

During, cont'd

skwpt 09-18-2007 12:36 PM

During, cont'd

skwpt 09-18-2007 12:42 PM


Note: The room is not completely finished. I still need to order/paint/install cafe shutters in the two large windows and put new tier curtains in the bay window. But you get the idea.

skwpt 09-18-2007 12:44 PM

AFTER, cont'd

zel 09-18-2007 06:55 PM

Big project, looks great. I like that hideaway closet office. Great use of space!

skwpt 09-19-2007 06:36 AM

Thanks, zel. The project was much bigger than we thought it would be.

Going forward, on I will expect that projects will take four times longer and cost 40% more than budgeted.

Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised, but I doubt it!

Bandana 10-04-2007 10:22 AM

It turned out GREAT! I appreciated seeing all of the before, during and after pictures. It shows how much work was actually involved. I love all the windows. They really open up the room.

skwpt 10-04-2007 10:30 AM

Thanks, Bandana.

The house has so many large windows and French doors that sunlight just pours in. The house's key attraction (all that light) is also one of its downfalls: very little wall space!

Nathan 10-04-2007 04:04 PM

Looks great... thanks for posting pictures.

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