The Spacklers Were Here This Morning

Four spacklers came back this morning. In 2 1/2 hours they did quite a few butt joints and they also applied mud around the windows and deep sills.


Here’s Bill’s old bedroom (and here is the 1-minute video I took when his hoard was in it). I’m not into ghosts or spirits but I often think I feel Bill’s invisible presence in the house.

This was the first room where John hung drywall. Because this was the first room, there were many butt joints which is something you want to avoid when hanging drywall.

Fortunately, when I wrote a blog post about hanging the drywall, a couple of followers immediately alerted us to the fact that their were too many butt joints. John made sure to avoid that from happening in all the other rooms (as much as he could).

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Victor, the spackler, did a great job on the deep window sills. John had to hammer a nail in the corner bead on the left afterwards. This was the one room where he used plastic corner bead rather than metal. Plastic corner bead is installed with spray. After the spackling was done, he noticed a section of the plastic was not adhering to the corner so he nailed it.


This is the linen closet across from Bill’s bedroom entrance. It’s a cute size, 1954-style! John will build shelves (another winter project).


More deep window sills in the dining area…


Painting is on the winter project list and a new front door. I stuffed a rag in the front door hole where Bill had his tiny camera installed.

The door I had bought was returned–I didn’t like the way it looked. I prefer a solid door sans a window.


Looking into the kitchen which will be painted first (white) followed with flooring.

New Fascia on West Side

A few days ago, John had to rip off the old fascia on the west side of the house because a small amount of water got into the old master bedroom.

Before he finished with the drywall in that room, he had to seal a gaping crack between the old brick work and nailer for the facia. (He used clear silicone exterior caulk.)


Afterwards, John and Joe installed the new 1×8 Hardie fascia. It’s now sealed without leaks.


Next: Drywall in original master bedroom!

Painted Stairs Using Moroccan Stencils from Royal Design Studio

For many years, I have been admiring Melanie Royals extensive line of all over wall stencils available on her website Royal Design Studio.  And then just the other day I stumbled upon an inspiring photo of black and white stenciled stair risers. Sure enough it was stenciled by California-based Royal Design Studio.


The Moroccan patterns were actually stenciled on precut pieces of wood which were then installed on the stair risers located in Morocco.


The uplifting, bright yellow stair risers in this photo were stenciled by Carol Leonesio, owner of Paint It in Watertown, MA. She started her project by alternating between solid yellow and solid white paint on the risers, and then alternated four different Moroccan stencils on each riser. Carol actually stenciled directly on the stairs. To hold the stencils in place, she used repositionable spray. After the stenciling dried, Carol added a water-based urethane topcoat to protect her work of art from scuff marks.

With four sets of stairs at Brick House 319, I most definitely will use Moroccan stencils on the stair risers to the new master bedroom wing and the stair risers in the basement leading to the lower ground level.

Photos: Courtesy of Royal Design Studio