The main entrance foyer to the house enters through a vestibule and opens up with a grand staircase. Here are photos of what the Entrance looked like before and now.
The staircase was stripped back to original Mahogany and refinished. Carpet was removed and the original Douglas Fir stair planks refinished. The gas lamp on the newel post was removed for safety concerns and a replica finial cap was hand carved by an expert woodworker. Balusters were gun-sprayed white to tone them down and instead draw your eyes to the newel posts, rails, planks and original stained glass window.
Wall at far opening to family room was removed to open light into the hallway. Flooring was replaced throughout the whole floor. Wainscoting was repaired in places that were cracked from earthquake damage by cutting salvaged sections from the upstairs. You can actually still buy this wainscoting from Lincrusta, it is a thick pressed wallpaper. Walls and ceiling were kept as original lath & plaster with cracking repaired and refinished. Ceiling plaster crown was repaired and repainted. Gas chandelier was serviced (tubes and exterior cleaned, valves greased, gas feed pipe connected to safety shut off valve). Original stained glass windows cleaned and caulked. Alarm system panel, furnace tablet thermostat and security cameras were added. Recessed 4″ LED lighting was added to better illuminate. All the original knob and tube electrical was removed and updated.
- Paint: Benjamin Moore Aura in Crumb Cake CSP-1010 Matte finish
- Original plaster crown and wainscoting, repaired and gun-sprayed with Benjamin Moore Advance in Swiss Coffee OC-45 (latex bonding to oil base) Satin finish
- Chandelier: 6-arm Mitchell Vance jeweled aesthetic gas fixture with Moorish influences dating from 1882.
- Mahogany staircase restored and finished in Bona Drifast oil-modified stain in “Rosewood” color with satin finish clear coat
- Hardwood floor: Shaw Floors Nantucket 4″ Maple in Cisco Beach 00636
- Photo credit: Mitch Shenker Studio