08 September, 2009

The Maids Room

Well if you count the sleeping porch our "little bungalow" has 6 bedrooms. We believe that this must have been the maids room for several reasons. First all the other bedrooms, with the exception of the nursery have nice tile fireplaces but this room had a wood stove. Each of the other bedrooms have large closets quite unusual for this age house but this room has two very small closets. The room is very plain and smaller than the other bedrooms with room enough for two single beds and a small dresser and chair. The floor had been painted many years ago in a light brown color which we decided not to change. This room really didn't need much more than some plaster repair and new paint to bring it back.

It had never been wall papered so
we got to skip that step(Thank
You can see that we had our electrician
run the new electrical in
conduit. We
decided that we preferred that to tearing out the original
plaster and by painting and hiding the conduit next to trim it
really is barely noticeable. It is also much easier to change if we need new outlets. The upstairs of the house was not originally wired for electricity except for the overhead lights
so we had a lot of electrical to do in the upstairs. The wood work in the bedrooms seemed to have always been painted so we decided to keep it that way. The hall trim was stained though so we plan to start our stripping there and work our way to the downstairs. My mother has Alzheimer's and she lives with us so this is her room now. We tried to keep it light, cheerful and simple. Most of the pictures are photos of her family from when she was young and she still remembers them so that makes her happy. This room has a great view of the back yard and beautiful sunsets.

She can sit and look out and see the mountains in the distance and there is usually a good breeze coming from the west. Even though it is the smallest room in the house we think it turned out nice and cozy! Who knows maybe one day we can put another wood stove in.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I just found your blog on House Blogs. I look forward to reading your blog!

    I am in the process of buying a 101 year old house with 4 bedrooms, which also has what I presume to be the 'maids quarters'. It's weird though, as there is no closet in there.

    I look forward to reading your blog! The room you have posted is gorgeous!