Kermit was right about that. We have a lot of green paint left in the house. The hall closet outside oldest daughter’s new room is actually three different colors of green. I suspect at least one of these colors was done when the priests lived here. It certainly has an institutional feel. I don’t know that they are to blame for all of the greens though. I think they would have only used one color. Whoever painted the cabinets green (why they painted the cabinets green is a whole different topic!) used a flat paint over the cream colored oil based paint. The good thing about that is the green came off easily. There are still two coats of cream under the green. I think we will brighten it up by painting everything off white. Once the cabinets are sanded, I might be able to live with the cream color especially when the green walls go away. I can’t believe that the green is actually still here. I believe we are the 6th owners since the priests have left. I guess since it was a closet it was easy to look past it. The linen closet has the same thing going on. The linoleum floor tiles are pulling up and I am hoping to find original hardwoods under there.
Here are the cabinets after I started scraping off the paint.
We have a giant walk in linen closet at the top of the back stairwell. It is really more a long room than a closet. I am not sure what this additional walk in closet would have been used for originally. We have been told that when the priests lived here it housed the only phone in the house. There is a little Formica table that pops up that could be used as a little desk when you were on the phone. There is a mailbox. I would guess the priests left their outgoing mail here and it would be someone’s job to get it to the postman. I doubt the mail got delivered to the second floor closet! The phone jack has a glow in the dark nightlight included. Very convenient if you answer the phone at night without turning on the light? There is also a bulletin board with a very old phone list with all the local Catholic churches, schools, hospitals, institutions and religious orders numbers listed. Many of these are no longer here. We plan to keep that. It is a nice reminder of the history of the house. I may frame it though just to help preserve it.
The walls in here are in rough shape. Matt is going to need to do some repair before we paint. Inside the cabinets, the same shelving system used in the butler and maid pantries is found. Looking at the lower cabinet I suspect it may have once had a glass front also. The center seems to be different than the framing and doesn’t quite match up.
Since we are going to paint this room a neutral color but oldest daughter is using it as an extension of her room, she picked a nice beach themed fabric to line the walls behind the glass doors. We will look for some ribbon to put on the shelf fronts.
It certainly brightens things up in here and ties into the theme she has in her room. I just couldn’t imagine painting this closet the same bright colors as her room. This was a nice compromise. I scrubbed everything in here before we moved in. What magic eraser couldn’t get rid of, I covered with contact paper. It knew it was clean but it didn’t look clean. The contact paper helps.
Our holiday weekend is filled with painting and home projects.
It will be nice to be rid of the green!