Friday, February 3, 2012

Painting the Servant's Quarter - Completed

Another ad from the century old magazine, this time featuring a nicely illustrated maid with breakfast tray.

Remember this old wall paper found in the closet? Well it was my starting point to find my paint colours for this room. Like the green on my house found from stripping old doors, I like to use colours from the DV's past.

Here are the paint chips pulled out from that old wall paper. The orange is a good match to the floors, the stone grey is for the walls, the antique white is for the trims and the pure white represents the storage furniture, the washing machine, the ceiling, the the lights and the handles. I added black for the hardware.

Floors were properly protected... were the machines, cupboards....

...and lights.

The old laundry tubs were removed.

Two coats of white on the ceiling.

Then the walls in stone grey.

Antique white trims, carried from the bathroom and hallway into the laundry room.

When everything was completely dry, the new laundry tubs were connected, the two doors were hung and all the hardware was screwed back into place.

I have to admit that I was 90% sure I was going to paint my cupboards, but once I removed the protective papers, I thought "I like my knotty pine cupboards now". I just need to add some finishing moulding at the top as JC from My 1923 Foursquare suggested.

They make a nice connection with the floors and add warmth and colour to a neutral room. The only thing missing is a table to fold the laundry, which will be placed opposite the dryer on the free wall.

Okay, I need to pamper my poor hands and nails now. I wouldn't mind if that maid brought me some cocoa, either.


Ashley said...

What a lovely room!! I would enjoy doing laundry there, that's certain. :)

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thanks so much Ashley.

JC said...

Woohoo! I got a mention! I'm very glad to see that you didn't paint the cabinets. I also really like how the paint colour(s) turned out. I'd maybe also suggest putting a plain white fabric skirt around the base of the laundry tubs to hide the plumbing. Maybe just with stick-on velcro for easy cleaning, but that's up to you.

Laura said...

It turned out so beautifully Anyes! I need to get you over here to my house. I have a few rooms that need painting as well.
I hate painting. :)

Again, it looks fantastic. So crisp and clean!


The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello JC,
You read my mind about the fabric around the laundry tub! (and the soon to be present laundry table for folding). They can hide soaking tubs as well as plumbing and the dirty laundry basket. Thank you for your helpful suggestions.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Laura,
I was saying to Brian "How can people do this for a living!" I much prefer painting for art than for a living, although it would be nice to make a living out of my art... anyway. Thank you so much, it does feel truly clean now.

Richard Cottrell said...

I hate to paint, would much rather wallpaper, but it cost so much to hire someone and I usually don't like the job they do, so I end up doing it to save money and get a better job well done. I think the room is looking great, needs a little excitement, I am sure that is the next step. Richard and Sissy from My Old Historic House. PS. Anything for a party.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thanks Sir Richard the Fearless Party Animal,
Yes, a little excitement is coming, something on that empty wall, but I'm not saying more. I need a little break for now.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

The room looks great, Anyes! I just wish I had enough space to fold clothes — my laundry room is only big enough for two tubs, a stacked washer and dryer, and my water heater. But then, i might be lucky at that!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you Mark,
To be honest, this room is more that I need for the laundry of a family of three. If it was combined with a full bathroom, it would put to very good use.
But is just a dream for now.

Donna Seger said...

Love the grey; can't wait for the "little excitement"! Very impressed with your protective preparations as well. I don't particularly like to paint either, but do so for the same reasons that everyone else has mentioned. I usually decide I must paint a room on a whim, without proper preparations, and consequently I think that I spend more time cleaning up my messes than I do painting!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you Donna,
There's always something, when owning a house (especially an old one), that will require the the expense of a qualified professional. Whatever we can do ourselves is a bonus.
Always a pleasure,