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Hallways: New Lights, Outlets and Switches

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At long last 173 has new lighting in the hallways and stairwell!  Not only that...all the outlets, phone jacks, switches and plate covers are changed out!  Let's start with the switches and plates.  These first couple pictures were taken right before painting, but they show the new plates really well:


I went with brown switches and outlets...

We went with Imperial Bead Aged Bronze set from AmerTac.  They didn't score great on Amazon (3.5 I think) but they're fantastic.  A nice solid metal and the finish is gorgeous.  Of course, they went on after the switches and outlets were replaced.  I'm always nervous about messing with electricity, but I'm glad I did.  Some of the outlets and switches had no ground, and now all of them do.  Here's a shot that'll show you why working with electricity here made me nervous:

What a mess!  I had to clean it all up, reorder the wires and, just for safety sake, wrapped them with electrical tape!  And here's a sampling of…

Hallways: Meet Sherwin Williams' Lily!

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Ta-daaah!  And at long last, the hallways and stairwell are painted! A few weeks ago (April 22nd to be precise) I mentioned that the plan was to paint the walls Sherwin Williams' "Lily".  Usually, early-project color choices don't pan out, but this time it did!  "Lilly" is a beautiful light yellow that, depending on the light, looks like butter, or lemons or a light green, or white...but for the most part it looks like a yellow lily!  So this post will be mostly pics.


Looking down the stairs...interestingly, in this next picture you can see the edge of the corner.  It looks white but it's actually painted - it's just a matter of how the light hits it!

And...you guessed it - up the stairs!

And from a little farther out...

I was trying to get the view from the living room.  You can see a bit above the window - 

So that's a few pictures...love the color!  Now it's onto choosing window treatments, replacing light switches, outlets and installin…

Hallways: The Ceilings

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Things are really moving along with the halls and the stairway now!  The trouble spot is fixed, and all the sheet rock seams are sanded...


And really - is it just me or does sanding joint compound absolutely suck?  Even with every inch of the floors and stairs covered...


...that dust gets everywhere!  Just one of those necessary evils I guess.  After some cleaning, the ceilings were primed and painted.  Sherwin Williams had a 30% off sale, and they're practically around the corner from 173, not to mention that I really like their paint (and no, this is not a sponsored post), so I got ceiling paint in "pure white", which is 2 shades darker than ultimate white (or something like that).


The paint went on great, but a second coat is necessary.  This is definitely not because of paint coverage, it's all about the painter's coverage!  I missed a few spots.  After that - it's just a matter (notice I didn't say a "small matter") of painting the walls!


Hallways: Trouble Spot

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When I was a kid, baseball ruled!  I mean - everything was baseball and baseball was everything.  Baseball cards all year...

practicing my pitching with snowballs at the big maple tree at the corner of the Hogan's yard...

and Little League games at Center St. Park, the Washington Ave park and Arnot Park...

Yeah those were they days!  Anyway, one game we often played in the street in front of 812 was called "trouble spot".  It wasn't a particularly complicated game...we'd be playing catch and everyone once in awhile, right before you threw the ball you'd yell out "trouble spot!" and hurl the ball at your partner's known weak spot or a spot that's almost always awkward to catch the ball.  You know - right at the belt buckle, or the nose, or the toes...anything to handcuff him.  There really was no winner, cuz all you did was set yourself up for revenge.  But that was part of the fun wasn't it?

What does all this have to do with remodeling…

Hallways: A Bit of Progress

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I just got to thinking - I didn't include any "before" pictures in the initial post for this project.  That's probably because - once again I don't have any!  This is the closest I have.


This green was applied in around 1997, and was part of the initial move-in phase here at 173.  Back then I didn't keep track of paint brands or colors, so I really have no idea what it is.  The color was very nice back in the day, but as all things go - it was (finally) time for a change!

Today I made a little more progress.  It's a funny thing, in my middle-aged years (ok, who's kidding who?  I'm 54 years old - can I really expect to live to 108?), anyway - I've found myself less than excited about standing on a plank mounted on a windowsill and a ladder at the top of the steps.  Be that as it may, I'm doing it, and the stairwell is under way!


Here's another angle - really not that far above terra firma but geeze - less than thrilling!

And the view l…

Hallways: Getting the Wallpaper Started

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With the dining room 99.76% finished, it's time to get one last project completed - hopefully before it gets way too nice to be inside.  The goal is to finish wallpapering the hallways and stairwell, get it all painted and new lights in.  Let's see, April 22 - not sure how that's going to go!

Wallpapering has never been a strength of mine, so I've had to do some studying, lots of YouTube videos and peoples' blogs.  But I also turned to (as I often do) an old DIY book that is old enough to address many of the peculiarities of old 173.


In particular, I found this page to be very useful:
The project is well under way at this point, the front porch is once again the staging area:

Ladders are set up...

The downstairs hallway in nearly complete...

The upstairs hallway is almost papered...

And now it's time to turn the corner into the stairwell.

One last thing for now.  I want to go on record what I think will be the color of the hallways and stairwell... It's th…