I had visions of being completely done with the hallway by now! Unfortunately life and a pissy thyroid ate up a lot the time I had planned for this so I’ve very much not done yet. I thought I’d share my progress anyway though.
If you need a refresher on what I started with, check out this post.
One of the first projects I had planned was replacing all the busted newel caps on our staircase. I had a good start on it but petered out. So right now I have replaced…. one. Yes. One. But that one looks good!
The chunky post at the base of the stairs in all original, but the second post has a brand-spankin-new newel cap. Is a it a perfect match? No. But is pretty darn good? I think so!
Even in old houses I think it makes sense to weigh every investment. Is it 100% historically accurate? No. Is the cost of a 100% historically accurate reproduction worth it for this particular house? Sorry, but no. It’s a pretty basic, standard old house for St Paul (heck, there’s even a near-perfect doppelganger house a couple blocks away!). It’s sort of like trying to make an average 1950’s ranch a high-end MCM masterpiece. We’re also not restoring this house, we’re renovating it. We’re just renovating it while still trying to be mindful of it’s origins.
Anyways… one newel cap down, 5 more to go!
Oh the doors! I had such high hopes that they would have been done weeks ago! Unfortunately barely being able to get off the couch for nearly a month set me back a bit. We’re 1/2 way there though!
I posted about my love of black doors a while back, but Matt was adamantly against it. He also didn’t want to paint them white (so picky!) so we compromised with a darkdark stain. It’s a shit-ton of work, but I think it looks pretty fab. Please ignore the orange-y railing, I’m working on it. Slowly.
I also ordered glass knobs to replace the black ceramic ones. Yeah, the ceramic ones were probably original, but they just disappeared into the dark stain (the brass back-plates are more noticeable in real life, but I’m still thinking of cleaning them up a bit). Half the upstairs door knobs were already glass anyway and I wanted continuity. I ordered these beauties from House of Antique Hardware. It might be my new favorite place on the internet. I could make a shopping list a mile long from this place if I had the budget for it, but alas. I still may get the dust corners at some point because they’re super cute and cat fur clogging up the stairs is a legit problem in this household.
The Cat Tree
Why is pet furniture so often really ugly? I mean, where are the homes where the standard fleshy-beige cat upholstery fits in? My best guess is that it’s designed to hide most fur colors. These are the sorts of things I tell myself to make sense of this crazy world.*
Regardless of the reason, the fleshy-beige had to go! The scratching posts sections had also gotten pretty beat up over the few years we’ve had it. It’s seen a lot of love from the cats and needed a makeover.
I dissembled the whole thing, wrapped the flat pieces with a faux sherpa fabric, and wrapped the polls top-to-bottom with jute. I did a bit of reconfiguration of the pieces too to make it visually lighter and provides the cats with a taller section they so they stretch out and scratch. They usually only hang out on the top section anyway, so it really didn’t need the extra bulk. I still am not sure what to do about the top basket yet (helloooo weird blank space and lonely screw), but I’m working on it.
Still Working on:
- Newel caps
- Staining the railing
- Refinishing the doors
- Planning a gallery wall
- Building a new cabinet for the entryway
So that’s the current State of House address. I’m planning on doing a check-in with the kitchen too to let you know how my temporary fixes are holding up. I just need to clean it first…
*At least I’m not alone in my “Why does pet furniture have to be ugly” thoughts. There is a shop in St Paul called–I shit you not–Custom Cat Purrinture. Yes, Purr-niture. Believe it or not Matt and I haven’t checked it out yet.