So… I’ve been a bit MIA in recent
weeks months. My leave of absence pretty much lines up with the sixth week of this pregnancy. Yep, that’s right. Baby number two has been cooking for a while — three months, in fact — and the hormone-induced nausea has been pretty extreme. Seriously, I consider it a successful day if I don’t, you know, lose my breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Until recently, I haven’t had too many successful days.
We are over-the-moon excited about our growing family and looking forward to his/her arrival in mid-July. Look for more blog entries as I regain my ability to digest entire meals.
Thanks to all of you that followed our adventures in 2011. 2012 promises to be an exciting year with lots to report regarding the Chumney House. We are very pleased to report that the repair and re-paint of the exterior has been completed so our beautiful old house will enter into the new year with a new look. Now its time to gear up for the interior re-paint! Hope you and yours have a happy holidays and a prosperous 2012. Enjoy the after pics of our most recent restoration project.
On Sunday, we took a trip to the Hilsman House near Sailer’s Creek Battlefield to visit with Antebellum Santa. Nora’s really into showing her teeth so that’s what I ask her to do instead of smiling. I love that she’s got a sweet grip on Santa’s thumb. Now, we’re not really sure what she asked him for, but this arrived in the mail a few days later:
So it’s official. The Chumney House is now on the National Register of Historic Places. We love you, Department of the Interior. We’ll celebrate by having our first auction at the house (in the ballroom) this Saturday. It’s a vintage toys auction and online bidding is available.
Sorry for my little extra-long Thanksgiving blogging break. Aside from a little turkey, nothing really new has been cooking at the Chumney House lately. Painters are still working away on sunny days, but at this point the progress is almost invisible so no pics until things look somewhat different.
We have an estate auction coming up this weekend, so make plans to head out if you’re in the market for household stuff. Furniture, accessories, and collectibles will be on the block.
Since the exterior paint’s pretty much the only thing going on house-renovation-wise right now, two days of rain makes it feel like things are at a stand still. The only thing that’s not standing still is the water leaking into the trash can we have set up in the future laundry room slash half bath. Sorry, no photos of that nastiness. The good news is we’ve got a roof guy coming out next week to give it a look and hopefully fix it without too much drama. Then it’s buh-bye bathroom mushrooms (yes, they keep coming back).
When we overhaul the downstairs addition and create a half bath slash laundry room, I’m thinking I may try and convert the two sconces into something a little less shiny. I’m leaning toward spraying them white right now but could envision oil rubbed bronze, too.
If possible, maybe we’ll replace the existing globes with a shaded bulb. I thought about doing mason jars as shades but they won’t fit this base and I’d rather repurpose these than start from scratch. What do you think: white or ORB?
Things are looking better everyday over here. Most of the exterior of the house has been primed, which means less awkward-looking squares of scraped house. Here, take a look and see what I mean. This was taken a week ago, when they’d primed the upper left and center of the front wall.
And this is now.
Here’s a shot of the side.
Still splotchy, but we can see the white at the end of this tunnel-o-paint.
We’ve got auctions in the works for December. On the 3rd we’ve got an estate auction chockfull of furniture.
And on the 10th we’re hosting another vintage toys auction with Star Wars toys, trains, and other retro collectibles.
More info will be posted as we get the photos up on Auction Zip.
When guys go around scraping loose paint off your old house and replacing rotten wood, be prepared for a surprise or two. For instance, at some point in the Chumney House’s history, someone got tired of replacing rotten window sills (well, at least a few of them on the back side of the house). We can’t imagine how difficult this was, but a little paint scraped away reveals that they were replaced with concrete.
While the house retains most of its original windows, the one above is one of two wooden replacement windows in the kitchen and two other replacements are found in the upstairs room on the magnolia tree side. Not so bad for a house built in the 1820s. We’re guessing the concrete sills are the work of the last generation of Chumneys to live in the house but we can’t be sure. Either way, we’re glad they’re all on the back side and that there aren’t very many.
Yesterday the painters tackled the windows so the house doesn’t look dramatically different than it did in yesterdays’s photos. Soon, though, they’ll be working on the porch. We’ve been asked to specify the colors we’d like. After Sal did the porch floor last fall, I decided it was too yellow. I’d thought it would look more beige but it came out bright yellow. Oops. It’s not so bad. But since they’ll be painting everything we’ve decided to go back to a gray that’s not too blue (that was my issue with it the first time around).
We know we’d like the ceiling to be a sky blue and eventually we’ll replace or revamp the existing lantern. What I’m not sure about, though, is the door surround. Our current plan is to stick with white and eventually replace the metal doors (they’re in rough shape) with something different. For now, we may have them paint the metal door frames the same green as the double doors behind them.
A little part of me wants to request something different. We’re so used to seeing the house a certain way that I think we’re apprehensive to try something too different. But then I look at it and wonder what that different would be. We talked about maybe doing the whole door surround green, but I think the windows wouldn’t pop the same way they do with white and it would be just a big dark blob under the porch.
Any thoughts? Please ignore the mismatched wreaths and random placement of furniture. At some point I may add an outdoor rug and swings or wicker love seats, which would allow me to add more color with accessories as opposed to paint…
The back door surround is the best example of the Chumney House’s Federal architecture. Everything else is pretty Georgian but the arch is a nice Federal touch. It’s a shame that the woodwork is in poor condition, but the work retained inside the house kind of helps us see what the details around the fan would have looked like. If possible, one day we’d like to have a carpenter reproduce it.
If you can’t see what I’m referring to look just above the doors. See that triangle of reeded wood in that horizontal trim. It should continue all the way across.
The same goes for the back porch surround and porch features. We’re not really sure if we should change anything. There are no shutters on the back side of the house, so if we did paint the door surround green it would pop. But do we want it to?