All white

January 12, 2012 9 Comments

So, for a while now I've been thinking of painting the ceiling, walls and all of the beams in the house white. We originally painted the ceiling in the kitchen and dining room white and the living room brown. Why did I paint it brown? We planned on leaving the interior walls as logs so for contrast, I painted the ceiling brown. But, after being financially rejected by the bank for having a log cabin that was "too different" for the neighborhood, we plastered and brick veneered much of the inside walls. After that, I started wishing I'd have not painted the ceiling and beams. Stripping the paint was beyond even my obsessive behavior, so next idea? White. The white contrasts well with the brick wall downstairs. The upstairs plastered wall near the bed, we painted dark gray. The industrial lamp found a home near the bed, and it works perfectly. I almost painted the A/C ducting too before Roxy said she wanted them left steel. I'm really glad I did now. BTW, these are the steel railings I was talking about a few months ago. I made them out of steel channel and tubing, I just need to attach the rest of the wood hand-railing. I'm thinking of changing the risers and treads to plywood. When we originally bought the house, the previous owner had run orange plastic sprinkler pipes which were to be 'boxed' in with drywall. I tore that out and installed steel exposed sprinkler pipes. The only drawback was that I was not allowed to install them, had to pay a licensed company because of fire code (this went against all instincts), but it turned out great. I especially love the red wire baskets. These string lights are from home depot, which I attached to steel cable strung across the beams suspended over our bed. The worst part of the project was just masking off EVERYTHING. Floors, walls, furniture and ourselves with jumpsuits. Of course, I didn't take any pictures of the prep-work or process, I'm terrible. That's not going to stop me from sharing the end result though. Just imagine the entire house draped in plastic sheeting. Roxy came home thinking I was going to needle her in the neck and show her murder victim pictures (Dexter reference). Anyways, we really love the white and the house looks and feels entirely different. The next step should be the upstairs wood flooring, which I'm going to fabricate myself. Stay tuned for more madness.

9 Responses

Dan @ Manhattan Nest
Dan @ Manhattan Nest

September 23, 2015

It looks so great, Logan!!

Stef
Stef

September 23, 2015

You guys are the coolest. It’s SO good.

jeannette
jeannette

September 23, 2015

But, after being financially rejected by the bank for having a log cabin that was “too different” for the neighborhood, we plastered and brick veneered much of the inside walls.

i don’t want to pry into your bidness, or get into a political rant, but i am interested in the criteria of the bank for “different”. who develops these criteria, why, and what are they? did the bank specify what you had to do to be less “different”? and what do you get if you comply? i mean (and here we get personal), can a buyer of your house not get a loan to purchase it? you did, didn’t you (don’t answer if too personal). if so, how come it wasn’t too “different” to loan money on when you got it?

grrr.

don’t answer any of this if too personal.

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

Its just that when trying to refinance our construction loan into a regular mortgage, the appraiser could not find any log cabins nearby to compare it to. The new finace laws are much stricter than they used to be. I didn’t really dwell on it too much, it gave us another reason to use our imagination and change it up!

jeannette
jeannette

September 23, 2015

gotcha, thank you.

Ryan
Ryan

September 23, 2015

Hey – the faux-brick wall you posted about a little while ago, did they remain as-is or get the painted over white treatment too?

Looks awesome. Love your house. Seriously.

- R

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

I left the bricks unfinished but we used the same brick veneers in our master bath that we painted white and it looks good too. Thanks man!

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

Thanks!

jdanyelle
jdanyelle

September 23, 2015

I love the white. It looks great. Sorry about the bank. I just went through getting a mortgage and you are right – while they used to give money away, those days are long gone. Overall, I am thankful for that, but I had perplexing conversations with mortgage brokers. Probably because it was for a secondary residence. Them – “Well, you have no debt, so they kind of want to see that you have some debt.” Me – “What about the $35,000 student loan I paid off.” Them – “No, it won’t show up.” Or, them – “We need a statement from your building that you will move out of your apartment in the city.” I was seriously asking for less than $100,00. It was kind of insane. But, you are right, ultimately constraints force creativity.

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