The Cross House
But then what?
The niche is visually and spatially part of the foyer and 2-story stairhall. And these are years from being done. So, maybe just priming the niche will be OK?
But…but…I am hankering to finish off the niche like a Fabergé egg, something precious and exquisite no matter what is adjacent. And because the niche is so small, this should not be TOO much extra work.
To this wondrous end, I would need to:
- Re-install the lost picture rail, even though there ain’t much of it.
- Recreate the lost original wallpaper, or at least the look of the paper. Even though there ain’t much of it.
- Recreate the lost original frieze paper (above the picture rail), or at least the look of the frieze. Even though there ain’t much of it.
- Recreate the lost original ceiling paper, or at least the look of the paper. Even though there ain’t much of it.
The good news is that I know what the lost papers looked like.
To recreate just the wallpaper will cost $6,000 for ten rolls (the minimum required order). Yea, ouch. And that is SO not gonna happen right now. Soooooooo not.
But what if I paint the niche walls a silvery sorta color, and then have a stencil created which sorta kinda somewhat mimics the medallions of the 1894 wall paper?
Ditto for the 1894 frieze?
And I can have stencils made which exactly match the 1894 ceiling paper.
I would do the walls in three layers of translucent paints, so the effect would be quite rich, and with the medallions then applied.
If all this works, I could much later recreate the effort on a vastly larger scale for the foyer and 2-story stairhall. Then, at some distant point when all the priority things are complete (like, for example, a kitchen and bathrooms), I might be able to splurge on ordering recreations of the 1894 wall paper and paper frieze.