With the arrival of a second child, our eldest daughter was ousted from the nursery room. Her new space would be in the small bedroom we had set up for guests but never properly tidied up. It is a cosy space at the end of the hall with a very generous closet and a good cross breeze provided by the windows at each end.
This room did not require that much work. A window pane was broken, the plaster needed some patching, the graining on the doors was concealed, and the floor needed some repair. The biggest challenge involved the kitchen fireplace flue. It passes through the room on the west wall and had been rebuilt several decades ago out of cinder block. At that time it was then covered in sheetrock and the original baseboard that went around it was discarded.
We let our four year old pick the paint color and her enthusiasm that particular week was for blue. A very dark shade of blue in fact. Not perhaps the color we would have chosen for ourselves but she was happy! After plastering the chimney and replicating the missing baseboard to match the rest of the room, we painted the woodwork gray and the floor a different shade of blue.
The floor had a badly cracked plank that developed two holes that kept getting larger every time it was walked on. Cutting out that portion and replacing it with a salvaged piece of old flooring revealed that there had once been a circular hole in the floor for a heat register.
We stripped the windows and replaced the broken pane with antique glass. The plaster needed some help as well. Losses to the wall around the room revealed the earliest paint color was a pale rose pink. Perhaps this room had once been Evangeline Vail’s bedroom.