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We can’t have friends to stay and we dont know when that will change. But I dream of having guests: People to cook for and with, friends whose presence justifies that extra drink that now just makes me feel guilty, and someone new with whom to play board games and cards.

This desire, along with a decision not to rent our place this year to vacationers, was ample motivation to spend a few days improving our guest room.

2019 guest room. Someone had to sleep against the wall.

This room – every room in fact – was freshly painted with a matte white when we bought the place in late 2007. So repainting was not an early priority. It has; however, become increasingly desirable over the last few years. And no excuse not to do it right now.

Benjamin Moore has a new, extra durable paint called Scuffex. It’s not outrageously expensive either. I chose a pearl finish as the room is a bit dark and would benefit from a reflective lift. As for colour, as usual I went with my gut, quickly singling out a pale grey white called White Wisp. It isn’t a warm colour, which is what one craves just now, but the cottage is principally a summer spot, so I had to put myself in summer thinking mode.

The paint went on beautifully, and floor, ceiling, 5 panel door and window trim were all given 2 coats of gloss in BM Cloud White.

We replaced a cheap ikea ceiling fixture with a lovely nickel fixture that we wrote out of our sales contract when we sold up in Port Moody. I was so glad to find a perfect place for it. We also replaced the non- functioning dimmer switch.

We reoriented the bed so there is (some) room on both sides, then edited and rehung wall decor. We also painted up some found “free” shelves with trim paint and installed them at about 2 metres from the floor, to add a splash of interest and some high storage to an otherwise bare-by-necessity wall.

A shippy light fixture and some free, high shelves are favourite touches.

I washed the duvet and mattress pad, replaced all the pillows and polished the floor.

As usual, there are a few things holding me back from declaring the job fully complete. We are hoping to refinish an old piece of furniture to double as desk and dresser for this tiny room. And the baseboard heater needs to be replaced.

But in general, I am happy everytime I walk by the room and can’t wait to welcome our first guests of 2021. Whenever that becomes possible.

Meanwhile, we use this as Break Out space for our individual activities: puzzles and crafts for me, and music and gaming sessions via Zoom for my partner.

A more inviting space, just waiting for friends.

There was about a litre of the grey white paint left, so after a few days rest, I washed, taped and painted the small hallway outside the guest room.

I followed on with the trim and other doors off this hallway. Now I can’t stop. My room next, then the livingroom and eventually, a complete redo of the bathroom.

The hallway before it got a fresh coat of paint.
In progress. Lighting is not optimal, but this photo shows the soft grey shade of BM White Wisp as I started to paint the hallway.

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Considering that it is a tiny part of a tiny cottage, we have invested a lot of time in the hallway between the bedrooms. A previous owner had removed drywall and framed very shallow (4 inch) raw shelves right into the studs along one wall, then built a frame around it, and installed very heavy wood sliding doors. Ugly, impractical and awkward.

So way back in February, Cottager tore this monstrosity apart and repaired the drywall.

Removing an awkward cupboard

Removing an awkward cupboard

 He then shopped salvage for a 5 panel door for the gaping storage room, and spent hours sanding and repainting it. Even installing the door proved a challenge, since the moldings around the door were akimbo and had to be removed and straightened.

Salvaged door needed a lot of work

Salvaged door needed a lot of work

Then it was my turn.

I was sure that a Leksvik (Ikea) hat rack would be just the ticket for this area. At 48 inches long and 9 deep, it would just (or just about) fit and would give us 16 hooks and four cubbies for seasonal items; scarves and toques in winter, hats and sunglasses in summer. Rattan baskets on top would provide additional storage for unsightly miscellaneous items one likes to keep close at hand. Best of all it would all be out of sight from the main living areas of the house.

But I didn’t want to spend 99$ (plus tax) and exhaust all of Cottager’s good will on the assembly of a new hat rack, and they must be popular, because it took 4 months of intermittent searching on Craigslist to find a used one.

It all came together this weekend. With a few modifications (both to hat rack and door moldings) we managed to MAKE that hat rack fit. One piece of molding is still missing – needs attention from scroll saw.

An ugly plastic light shade was replaced with a hand-crafted shade made of rice paper and bamboo leaves and featuring one green paper frog. This came from one of my favourite shops – The Craft Connection – In Nelson B.C.  A wood-framed and partitioned mirror handed down from Cottager’s much-missed mom really lights up the space. 

The new hallway

The new hallway

 On Sunday morning I started filling gaps between the walls and ceiling. There is a lot of filling to be done but I am highly motivated because the next step could be painting!  Yes, of course the paint normally comes first, but I bear the psychological scars of bad paint choices from my past.  Now that we have essentially finished furnishing the whole cottage and its personality has emerged, I feel more confident about choosing the right colour. I am operating on the belief that the  minor inconvenience of taking down pictures, moving furniture and taping around a hat rack are nothing compared to the risk I would have run by choosing paint first and assembling furnishings later.

Hand-crafted rice paper light shade

Hand-crafted rice paper light shade

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