Back to work we go..hi ho..hi ho

The holidays end with a bit a sigh for us here on Henry Street. The Thanksgiving day gathering was very relaxed and upbeat, but a couple of goings-on with our extended family in the days that followed, took the wind from our sails. Progress on the kitchen annex is one of the brighter notes of the holiday’s swansong.

All the paint has been scraped from the walls, window/door trim, and the baseboards. Here are a couple of pictures of the net effect.

Kitchen Annex with paint

Kitchen Annex scraped of paint

Paint is actually a very heavy and strong material. The pile beside me in the following picture is approximately 12 sqft and weighs about a pound. After all the scraping, there were 36 gallons of paint fragments that weighed about 60 lbs.

Self portrait with heat gun

The reality of the restoration work we’ve done, are doing and will continue to do, is that we spend 1/3 to 1/2 of our time removing past remodels.  Erasing these “renovations” is like traveling in reverse time, back to the the 1920’s. One of the original aspects of the Kitchen Annex was 3 shelves arranged in one corner. Only one shelf remained when we bought the house. Scraping off the the 1970’s and the 1950’s revealed the original configuration. Here is a “photoshopped” recreation.

Original shelves

Finally, an image that characterizes so much of the restoration work at 118 Henry Street. A picture of the original pine floor, revealed after removing 2 layers of old flooring, a layer of 3/4″ particle board, and a thick coating of linoleum glue. Immediately to the right of this manifestation of floor beauty; termite damage so bad, the entire subfloor is eaten thru to show the crawlspace. Luckily, the damaged area is small.

Original kitchen annex floor boards

We are dangerously close to construction.