Updating an ‘English Tudor’ home ………
I painted the wood doors to the closet and also the radiator cover. They were stained wood and it made my front entry very dark. I wanted to brighten it. I ending up stripped the doors down to the bare wood so I could paint them. They were coated in thick lacquer. I then primed and gave everything a fresh coat of linen white paint. Then I went crazy and stenciled the walls and around the library door.
Here you can see I collect porcelain Limoges boxes. Some of them are antiques. Every time my husband went to France he will buy them for me. I mostly collect the ones that have perfume bottles in the Limoges. They are my favorite and have jeweled rhinestone tops.
The sewing machine was my husband’s grandmothers. My husband learned to sew as a little boy on that sewing machine. His grandparents had a shop in NYC. They made all the furnishings for The United Nations, cruise ships lines like the Queen Elizabeth.
I love having the valet coat rack in my foyer. Living in the North East we have our share of coats and jackets. Do you not love my leopard scarf? Can you tell I’m from Jersey? You should see my coat. Okay maybe just a peek. The coat is full length and so warm. Yes ….. it’s a fake …..that’s what makes it fun!
Here I’m painting the inside and outside of the hall closet.
The light fixture will be replaced. Can you say ugly!
Here I stripped in my backyard. :-)
I think I went through 6 tubes of caulk before I painted the closet a bright white.
I love how bright and clean the hall closet now looks. The painted doors are so much nicer.
The knobs are from Anthropologie. They are much prettier than the round wood knobs I had before.
Fresh and clean! Old homes need a lot of updating.
Here is a glimpse of the way the closet doors looked. The wood knobs were nothing special. I love the ones I bought from Anthropologie. The closet doors were different shades of brown and did not match my period front door. They seem to blend better now that their painted.
Here you can see the stenciling I did.
I stenciled the vestibule area with the large stencil. I used two different colors of paint. I then washed over it to age it with a mixture of glaze and linen white paint.
Here you can see I had not painted the radiator cover. I would love to replace the tile floor with either marble or granite. The light fixture has to go! Maybe I’ll get my husband to hang it in the library.
A sneak peek of the library/office
Right now it’s my husbands. I’m trying to talk him into moving his office to the basement. Don’t you think it would be the perfect spot for me. :-)
My ‘Fisher Girl’ prints. They are copies. I love the ornate frames!
The library/office door is thick and grand just like the front door.
Here is my front door.
The antique chair is from my great grandmother’s home. The chair once sat at her piano. She loved to play the piano and would give free lessons to the children in her neighborhood. She also played the piano at Carnegie Hall. I played the piano for many years just to be like her.
I collect Fisher Girl prints. They are like the Gibson Girls. I have them all over my home.
I love to have fresh flowers. The silk ones are nice for the times I don’t have real ones.
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