Putting Bits Back

The cold forced me back inside. Where I put back the 2×4 framing I removed several years ago, so I can then put back the section of pantry cabinet I removed. I also put back the diagonal bracing because it seems, well, cool.


It was too cold for a lumber yard run so I used scraps of sheetrock which were on hand. See the taupe color on the plaster? That is the original color. I will replicate that.


In the dining room, there is a horizontal trim piece above the Lincrusta. But a very long piece in the east wall was missing. EEK! Had it always been missing? Or did I remove it and stick it somewhere?


The answer to the last sentence would be Yes and Yes. Whew! The errant trim was found standing upright in the north vestibule.


This s the west window in the dining room. There is a matching window opposite, on the east wall. That window was turned into a door in the 1960s, and the paneled piece at the bottom was, oddly, moved to ABOVE the door, covering over a stained-glass window.


In the process, the paneled piece was cut down, so was now too small to return to its original location. Dr. Doug added extensions, and I will cut to fit. Then a faux painter can recreate the original faux bois finish.


Getting all these small bits back somehow makes the whole world seem…just a tiny tiny fraction better.



  1. Sandra Diane Lee on February 18, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Wondrous putting bits back!

  2. Anthony Bianchini on February 18, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I feel a fraction better reading this and looking at the pictures; in some small way, the world is a little better.

  3. Celeste on February 18, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    The world not only SEEMS a tiny tiny fraction better, it IS a tiny tiny fraction better.

  4. Thomas McLean on February 19, 2019 at 12:29 pm


    • Ross on February 19, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      What doors?

      • Thomas McLean on February 23, 2019 at 3:54 pm

        The doors on the “silver safe,” other cabinets from the butlers pantry, and the doors from the cabinet that you removed.

  5. Dawn Rocco on February 19, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Well if I’m moving into the sewing room this summer, I guess I’d better brush up on my faux skills! 🙂

    • Ross on February 19, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      Dawn, if you have faux painting skills, don’t wait till this summer to move in!

  6. Dawn Rocco on February 19, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Whats a faux??? Just Kidding!

  7. Dawn Rocco on February 19, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Just give me some gel stain, a wood-graining rocker, that pot under the bed and I’m on it.

  8. Lorrie Huey on March 24, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Greetings. I’ve been lurking for a while and love this and will likely come for a tour, but…Ok, I’m going to say it; this seems a tad disorganized. I, painfully, recognize the situation of having so many projects going at once. (You removed trim, laid it somewhere and don’t remember doing either?) So, I suggest you create an ad for “Live-in Help Wanted.” Include organized, task oriented, zealous, able to cook on a hot plate and do dishes in anything that holds water, skilled at balancing a budget, handy with a putty knife, etc. Leave off “wife” and “billionaire” and you’ll have more takers than you know what to do with. My resume will be top of the pile. (JK this is all a respectful jest…unless you let me come and bring my sleeping bag)

    • Ross on March 24, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      You are SO invited, Lorrie!

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