A Continuing Niche

A year ago, the stairhall niche had water-stained peeling wallpaper. You can also see the “snake”, a long winding AC duct that was the only way to reach the round bedroom.


Yesterday I framed in a new ceiling.


And installed sheetrock. Wow. The difference is amazing.


The upper trim was coming off so I removed it as it is MUCH easier to refinish DOWN than UP. I also was able to refinish a bit more of the trim.




  1. Seth Hoffman on December 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Looking great!

    The lowered ceiling is imperceptible in the smaller space there. I think you made very good decisions in how you re-configured the ductwork. The soffit in the dining room was terribly obtrusive, but here, it’s virtually invisible.

  2. Dodi on December 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    It’s absolutely beautiful! I wonder…. Ross? Have you considered using poly varnish on that gorgeous oak? It’ll turn even more golden, a perfect frame for those windows…

    • Jonathan Wilkerson on December 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Depends on your definition of “golden” I think the current colours are perfect. Either the restored or the aged. A more yellow oak would be too 70’s. I personally hate 70’s wood.

  3. Sandra Lee on December 12, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Boy that niche is fun!

    • Ross on December 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      It is! I love it!

  4. Stewart McLean on December 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Please sir, may we have a close up of the contrasting dark wood medallion against the oak surround in the upper plinths?

    • Ross on December 12, 2017 at 6:58 pm


  5. Stewart McLean on December 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    It looks like the upper window trim blocks in the niche have a dark wood medallion in their center. May we see a close up of one of them?

    • Ross on December 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm


  6. Tony Bianchini on December 12, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    If you click twice on the photos, they MASSIVELY enlarge. How much more detail would one need?

    • Ross on December 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      I forgot about that feature! Thanks!

      This is common to almost all the images I post.

  7. JET Texas on December 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I still can’t get over how light the wood color is, but it sure shows the detailed carvings better.

  8. Sandra Lee on December 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Gosh those windows on the niche are just breathtaking!!!!

  9. Jennifer on December 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    But for the alligatoring, I so miss the dark shellac.

    • Ross on December 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      I suspect that when the strairhall and niche are fully restored, you will not miss the dark shellac.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will NEVER be made public or shared, and you may use a screen name if you wish.