Reviving Granbery Manor – Episode 4, The Work Begins

I hope you all had a great week! It was terribly rainy here in Nashville, but I got a lot of things accomplished. I’ve been working to put together some short video episodes of the progress on the restoration of the 1807 Federal-style house we recently purchased. If you missed the 3-part tour videos, check out my last few blogposts where I include one at the end of each article.

I’ll be posting the ongoing episodes here – sometimes at the end of a blogpost, and sometimes on their own. They aren’t very long, no worries – this one is less than seven minutes.

Here is Episode 4!

 

 

 

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Anne
Anne
1 year ago

Wow – that room with the pretty green paper and the green gloss is going to look stunning. Fascinated to see how you furnish it and finish the flooring in due course. So refreshing to see you preserving the wallpaper instead of gutting everything.

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey
1 year ago

praise the lord! yes use gloss paint.

Laura P.
Laura P.
1 year ago

Hi Kristie, I adore your videos and your new home! You are a joy to listen to and your walk throughs are so interesting to watch. I love the Salisbury Green color you chose, esoecially in the high gloss! So glad you kept the antique wallpaper, it is just charming. Imagine waiting to see if you plan to pick up some of the pinks in the wallpaper when you decorate the room. THANK YOU for sharing your journey with us! Off to explore your site to see if you’ve done any mid-century modern ranch homes. We’re crossing fingers here in Orlando to see if my daughter’s offer on a MCM house has been accepted. I told her all about you after she showed me some encaustic tiles in a picture (and I learned about encaustic tile from you)! This will be her first house and a big step, and the house needs tons of updating just like yours, but the bones are good and she’s excited about updating it her way. Looking forward to seeing your progress on the Manor!

Laura P.
Laura P.
1 year ago

Hi Kristie, Thanks SO much for the suggestion of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes and the instagram link! I will pass along the info and have already been falling down the instagram rabbit hole, haha! Wow, what a lot of great ideas! Now a question: is your paint color course just for home staging, or also for interior decorating (amateur, of course). I am guessing there are different objectives between staging and decorating for oneself? Can’t wait to see your next video on the Manor!

Laura P.
Laura P.
1 year ago

Hi Kristie, Thank you for sharing the information on your paint course. I’m signing up right now! I love design and decorating and if I had different circumstances I’d enroll in your certification class. Right now I’m in that “sandwich generation” stage taking care of elderly parents and one of my daughters in her twenties with a serious illness, so my time is not my own! My parents (and by default, us kids) loved renovating their homes and were very skilled, so watching you bring the Manor back to life is very interesting to me. Years ago I chose all the paint colors for our prior home after a huge renovation, but it took me months of study to get the result I wanted. I’m excited to take your paint training course! My daughter’s offer on the MCM ranch was accepted and she’s asked me to help her with the needed updates. Having your expertise to lean on will save me so much time and give me the confidence to get it right!

Kathy
Kathy
1 year ago
Reply to  Laura P.

I highly recommend RetroRenovation.com for all things mid-century, and lots of pointers on where to source materials. She covers everything from the late 20’s to the 80s actually, but the emphasis is on the 1940s to the early 70s. It helps to look at a lot of authentic homes and old advertising and such to get a feel for the period and the diversity of design of the times, and the color palettes. You don’t have to duplicate the period, but I find it helps to understand the aesthetic of the time period to blend old with new and keeping the character of the home. She tends to celebrate the funky, but a variety of styles are represented, not just the sterotypical starbursts and such.

I’m kind of an old fogey and I like old houses to look old, not like something that was built recently. It does take dedication, but using what you got can save money in the long run if you put in the elbow grease yourself. Hard to do it all at once anyway and taking your time helps in the long run, especially if you are new to all this. Christy has done it a lot, so she makes it look easy, but it takes time to find good workmen who understand what you want, and to figure out how to make the best of your home. I’m currently refreshing my bathrooms (a plumbing failure forced me into it) and was able to reclaim and reset the tile to patch in rather than tearing it all out–I just replaced the shower enclosure in white and used leftover floor tile as an accent. I put in a modern shower and new vanity and cabinet in a large powder room, so it is less pure-midcentury than the other bathroom, but still retro and I am pleased with the results, especially since I had to patch in about 2 square feet of reclaimed mosiac tile in a complicated pattern. Don’t believe them when they tell you to tear it all out. A lot of old stuff is good quality and is worth keeping!

JIL SONIA INTERIORS
1 year ago

How absolutely amazing, what a beautiful home already!
I know you will make this amazing!

Monique
Monique
1 year ago

I am so happy and excited for you as you birth and nurture your new baby(ie.project) <3 I know it will be STUNNING!!!

marci
marci
1 year ago

Following this journey is so exciting to me, so I can’t imagine how wonderful it is for you! Love the colors and treatments for this room. Your talent shines with all your decisions.

Carla Aston
1 year ago

Pretty paint color! Looks like a great project!

Jeri Cerutti
1 year ago

Off the charts. The green gloss is brilliant. Can’t wait to see it done. Don’t keep me hanging on the kitchen!

Mary Ann Benoit
1 year ago

Love that you are keeping the wallpaper and working with it and the trim color you chose is going to be gorgeous!

Wendy
Wendy
1 year ago

My gosh such a great project! I love the green trim. You’re so right any white would have looked awful with the pretty wallpaper. I can’t wait to see this one finished!

Christina Rodriguez
Christina Rodriguez
1 year ago

I love the green trim with the blue! Can’t wait to see more!

Lisa Peck
1 year ago

What a beautiful home. The joy and care you are using to rehab it is apparent. Can’t wait to see more!

Sheri Bruneau
1 year ago

I love watching you in your element and having us along for the ride! Can’t wait to see more updates.

Alina Simmons
1 year ago

Room is stunning Kristie. All the things are fabulous, specially love the green color and gloss paint. Just amazing. Can’t wait to see more updates.

usvintagewood
1 year ago

It looks great. I’m so excited to see the progress of this. Looking forward to your new episode. I also subscribed to your youtube channel. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this.

Kathy
Kathy
1 year ago

Enjoying seeing the colors you are using and your use of the vintage wallpaper for inspiration. So nice you are keeping so much of it. People don’t think of colonial/Federal style architecture as colorful, but the authentic examples did have a lot of color, often as a mark of wealth. Mt. Vernon and Monticello are good examples of researched authentic period colors of the late Georgian and Federal periods.

The sea of creams and whites came with Colonial Revival in the early 1900s and stayed there, and became pretty entrenched after the 1940s.

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