The Cold Room – Project #1


1921 is massive. And it needs a ton of work. However, the house itself is in solid shape, most of my tasks are cosmetic but they’re still things that I want to do and come with several benefits attached. Because my home is so big, I’m taking things one room at a time, it’s the only conceivable way for me to tackle the ‘to-do’ list without going crazy.

I chose the Cold Room for my first project. It’s the least used room on my floor so it could stand to be “under construction” for any length of time. We call it the Cold Room because it was just that, before my father replaced all of the windows in the house. Every Fall we would put plastic over the windows in all the rooms, a daunting task that took all weekend long typically, even with all 3 of us working. Now with the energy efficient windows, I close one of the two vents going into the room in the wintertime, because it gets super warm. But the name remains.

AH5A0041This is what the room looked like for the last several years. It was my television room, just off my bedroom, on my side of the house.

First thing I did was remove the carpet…


In both rooms on my side of the house, under the carpet are wood floors that have been painted only about two feet in, all the way around the room. I’m guessing there was a rug “installed” here and has long sense been removed.

The room has fake wood paneling on the walls and I did a little research, decided to paint it. I sanded the walls down, then wiped them off, then taped all the edges.

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I chose a neutral paint color. I have 6 very large rooms, 2 bathrooms, a walk in closet and two huge hallways. I’m going to try and keep things in a similar color palette without making it all look the same. I also have some very high ceilings, so I’ve got to keep it light. I bought a 5 gallon bucket of this paint and intend on using it in the Entry Way and the Fireplace Room as well. And quite soon I believe.


I’m just about there…..I’m getting really excited!!

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Finally found the right rug, pillows, and art! (Thanks to my moms for the painting.) As soon as I can get someone over here to help me hang it up in a not so crooked fashion, I’ll post the final pic, room completed ๐Ÿ˜€


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