For those of you keeping count, we are now on the fourth coat/attempt to make the library look more livable. It’s going to stay this way at least thorough the new year.

I am not generally a fan of faux finishes. “Violently opposed” would be a better phrase to express my dislike. But drastic times, etc. . So we opted for a burnt sienna glaze and strié treatment (a suggestion by the architect who first counseled that we borrow his Farrow and Ball book and start over) that took all of a day to apply. (As a matter of fact, I probably shouldn’t have rehung that painting yet.)

For our first (and probably last) foray into the field, we did well enough. Sure there are mistakes, but right now I have my back to them. I think that we’re going to have to install some molding to take care of the “cutting in” issues at the join of the wall and ceiling. Before this latest venture it was much easier to simply paint the ceilings the same colour as the walls.

So, for now, this is the way that we live. The next step is to save the pennies, dimes and champagne budget to cover the cost of a professional consultation and work crew. But there is a New Year’s party to throw first. One has one’s priorities. And don’t worry Mr. Worthington, the lights will be out.

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