ORC 2019: From Out of Fad to Fab Farmhouse Living- Week 2, Lighten and Brighten
I have to warn you guys that this post is NOT going to be pretty! We are knee deep in some essential changes at the one room challenge historic farmhouse living room, but none of these current improvements make for attractive progress shots. They will, however. make for a beautiful finale, so just bear with me this week : )
Over the last 7 days, we have started some major work that has already brought the room from the 1700’s to this century: 9 recessed lights were strategically added to the ceiling, the popcorn texture has been skim coated between each beam, and the paint has been picked. The lights were an absolute must because the room is full of dark wood (some of which will remain exactly as is) and the ceilings are low, creating a bit of a cave like feeling. With the new dimmable led recessed lights, on 2 seperate switches, we can now control the ambiance of the space- taking it from light and bright to show off their newly framed gallery of art, to low and moody on an evening when cocktails will be consumed by the fireplace.
I’m not going to lie and say that the new electrical fixtures were an easy addition, because they were not- remember this is an OLD house and complications are bound to arise. Our first limitation was that we were only able to add a very specific size fixture- a 4 in LED because the housing is the most shallow- something we needed since the space between the ceiling downstairs and the floor upstairs was teeny tiny. This then lead to an inability to darken it to the owners’ liking to obtain a particular mood. After playing around with the interior dimmer to get it to the lowest setting, we then came across another issue: individuals lights began to flicker and there was a skipping pattern when turned on. After the electrician came back to recut a few trenches in the walls and rewire two of the three banks, we now had two separately controlled sections, helping with the brightness control and visually making any light that skipped almost impossible to notice. But, the problem isn’t fully resolved just yet! After speaking with the manufacturer of these products, the electrician has determined that a different wall dimmer may be just the thing we need to allow for a deeper dim and remove the flickering entirely. (It’s been a bit of a nightmare!)
Since the wiring of the new electrical is at least complete, I called the painters in to begin patching and skim coating the popcorn ceiling. The next picture looks like we’ve taken a step back, but in fact it was a step forward. The recessed lights needed to be popped off in order to coat the ceiling properly and will be simply pushed back in once complete!
The painters have also begun prepping the walls for color. We knew that a warm grey would be the perfect backdrop to the more saturated pair of sofas arriving from Raymour and Flanigan next week, so we ended up choosing between 2, both by Benjamin Moore: Nightingale (left) & Stonington (right). In the end, we decided to use a 50% diluted version of Stonington to give the room some saturated color without overwhelming the space or bringing it back to its dark era!
Another big decision was to paint some of the wood paneling (an add on by more recent owners) the same color as the rest of the walls- helping unify the space, making the room feel larger and further brightening it up.
That’s all for this week - boring, I know! But, again completely necessary in order to accomplish what I’m ultimately here to do! I promise next Thursday will be more fun-the room will be painted, I’ll be highlighting some of the furniture that’s to be delivered on Tuesday, and I’ll showcase the rugs and curtain fabrics that we liked best! So check back in, but in the meantime why don’t you head over to the other bloggers who are participating this season to see what they’re up to in this stage of their renovations… just click HERE.
As always- Love & Creativity,