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East Side Bedroom Restoration

We recently refurbished a bedroom for a good customer. The ceiling in this stately older home on the East Side had been textured during an earlier remodeling. We removed the texture, repaired the cracks, and applied a fresh coat of gypsum joint compound, which we then sanded smooth, primed, and painted.


We sanded the woodwork and primed the new Marvin sashes with Bullseye 1,2,3 primer. The windows, doors and wide baseboard were topcoated with two coats of Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo, “Antique White.” All the paints came from Young’s Paint Center in Dundas. The plaster walls were repaired and finished with two coats of Regal Aquavelvet HC-149, “Buxton Blue.”

The owners wished to refinish the old pine floor which had been carpeted over years earlier. On inspection the existing top coat was delaminating– it had probably been applied over a dirty or glossy surface. The safe choice was to remove this coat, which we did using Moore’s Finish Remover. While we did not have the dust associated with sanding, or the fumes that come with many strippers, we did enounter difficulties removing the old finish.


Here you see Chris Klein scraping the softened paint with a Warner carbide scraper. Chris, Jolene and I worked very hard on this project.
After removing the old topcoat, we washed the floor, filled holes, and applied two coats of M22 Urethane Enamel, HC-154, “Hale Navy.”

The finished room presents a simple and cozy charm, without going to the extreme of gutting the plaster or tearing up the old floor. This project expresses our ideal of Good Stewardship: we honed our old-fashioned painting and decorating craft skills while improving a treasured family home. And we started on a Monday and finished that Friday!

Circa Restoration Studio

Circa Restoration Studio is opening tomorrow at 16 Bridge Square. A couple of weeks ago we helped the Lisa Ebert, who is opening the antique shop and furniture restoration studio, prepare to move into her new space. Here are Lisa and the Bart DeMalignon–the building’s owner–inspecting the new color for the studio. The new gold color will really show off her oak, cherry, and mahogany pieces. We had to fill some holes in the walls.

I hope you will visit Lisa in her new shop. Circa Restoration Studio will particpate in the Northfield Art Crawl Friday, October 1st, from 7-9 p.m.

Below Cindy Brooks applies the first coat of eggshell finish latex enamel over our spackled and primed repair areas.


Tammy Feldman Interior Repainting Project


When Carleton College Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics Tammy Feldman purchased this house at 315 Elm Street the walls and woodwork had all been painted gray. The lower ceiling in this room was still a cool teal from the original 1950s color scheme. From Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tammy brought colors that her decorator friend had helped her choose over two years ago. Note the Summerdale Gold on the ceiling. The woodwork has all been primed with Zinsser Oderless Oil bonding primer, followed by two coats of Moore’s Satin Impervo in “White Chocolate.” Here we have the new red birch hardwood floors protected with plastic and heavy canvas.

In the the East facing bedroom Tammy chose Benjamin Moore “Timothy Straw,” again with the White Chocolate accent on the woodwork.

Note the Pella windows with oversized cranks and built-in screens which roll up into the wall when not in use.

We are very excited to help Tammy get comfortable in her first house. Later this summer we will be washing and sealing the exterior redwood.