Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Upstairs Hallway: The Return of the Mahogany Dresser

Hello, my name is Franklin. Welcome to my home - would you like a tour of the recently renovated upstairs hallway? Of course. My associate Julius is now napping, but I will take the time to show you around.

This is the upstairs hallway. I don't have any pictures of it when we first moved in. Just picture a boring white box with ugly popcorn ceiling, no border or crown molding, and just blah... The vanity is now serving as the linen chest, where we keep the towels and wash cloths. It's made of mahogany, and is in the Eastlake style with some other elements. This belonged to great-grandma Mary Burns, who was known to us as "Granny". It was made by William B. Moses and Sons, of Washington, D.C. The company was founded in 1863, and went out of business in 1935.

The kerosene lamp on top belonged to her as well, and has a Currier & Ives scene on it. It is made of milk glass.

Below you can see the molding, which replaced some really cheap trim that was here before. The mirror was an antique store find, and the door will be refinished to match the door frame. It's too cold outside to do it now.

These pictures are actually watercolors by a Pittsburgh artist, Mary Lois Verrilla. She is famous for designing alot of Christmas seal greeting cards. I honestly bought these for $1.50 at a junk store in Rio, WV. I didn't know who she was, I simply liked the scenes that were painted. The top one is my favorite. And the frames? I got them at the Dollar Tree.

Here is a close up of the border and the light fixture. There is a tiny strip of quarter-round at the top and a rope-like piece at the bottom. I didn't realize that the border was a scene of NY harbor until it was up on the wall. You can see the Statue of Liberty in it. The light fixtures (there are two of these) were in the house when we bought it. There is a bit of paint on this one, but it will be removed soon.
Below you can see the top of the window and more of the border & trim. The window blind was on sale at Lowe's for $23, and pretty easy to install. The wall color is called Pear (a light brown) and the ceiling is Parchment (light yellow).

Here you can see the window and my home office door. It will also be refinished in the warmer months. It was painted when we moved in.

And with each new photo of the house, you can usually find an orb. Maybe it's Granny? - or maybe just dust. At the far end you can see one of the doors that was refinished last summer. It's the door to the Franklin Bedroom.

Well, that's the tour. I hope you return next time. I'll show you around the Key West Bedroom, which is also finished. It's got some cool stuff in it too, but I'll save that for next posting. See you later!


Granny Sue said...

Nice! So elegant. I like the colors and the dresser is beautiful. I have one similar in still but in really rough condition. It survived us 13 kids so you can imagine. One day maybe we'll re-do it.

What's the next project? You don't have much left, do you?

Angela said...

I just love what you did to your room! Your Granny's mahogany dresser is just gorgeous! I'm sure you treasure it. I love your trim! We've been trying to trim out our house too. Can't wait to see pictures of your other room!

Nance said...

that door is beautiful, the one that is refinished. Is it "quarter sawn" oak? Nice job on the renovation!

Jason Burns said...

Nance, I think it is quarter sawn oak. I'm not sure what the process for that is, though. All the doors and fireplace are original to the house, as well as the staircase. Previous owners "updated" the trim and such, though.

Angela, I'm very happy to have Granny's dresser in a good spot again. For years its been sitting in pieces (the mirror removes) around the house. It's nice to see it whole again. Trim is difficult sometimes, but it is SO worth it. Good luck with yours!

GSue - there is still the bathroom on the second floor, the downstairs hallway, the kitchen, dining room, basement, and attic to be done. The hardest rooms for us involve plumbing, which we don't know how to do.

I'm looking forward to doing some landscaping in the warmer months, too, and maybe even a real garden this year.