Tell Me a Story
It's amazing how many layers we've uncovered in one room, in one 104-year-old house.
On the beadboard there are at least three different colors of paint (it's hard to tell if there are three or four because some areas are discolored). The first layer was a cream color, then charcoal gray, then beige, then possibly a different shade of beige.
Present in the paint are shapes that tell a story of what the bathroom once looked like. The square of charcoal where the toilet was. One long horizontal line with two vertical lines underneath - a shelf?
The latest discovery is the beadboard under the little patch of slanted ceiling at the end of the room. You can also see the cedar shingles above it that once formed the roof.
I've always thought of this room as an addition to the house, but now I wonder if it is part of the original 5-room-plus-hall construction. The bathroom pokes out from the main house about 18 inches and has its own little gabled roof. But these two mysterious boards cutting into the beadboard had us confused.
Then Darwin came up with a solution that I think makes a lot of sense. Maybe at one time the bathroom was a lean-to porch with a ceiling that began at the top edge of the beadboard on the left wall and slanted up to meet the beadboard on the right wall somewhere above the point where the ceiling was lowered to.
That probably makes no sense in writing, but standing there in the bathroom it is the perfect explanation.
Now to figure out what they did with the window. We can't figure out if they somehow cut down and rebuilt the original window or if they replaced it with a shorter window of similar style. Also, we're trying to figure out whether we should try to restore it to a window of the proper size.
The window looks weird and misshapen now, but we figured out that's because the bottom piece of trim under the window sill is missing. If we added a piece of trim, the window would at least look complete.
But then I think about the outside - if we one day decide to remove the aluminum siding on that part of the house (which I hope to do), we'll have to make some kind of repair to the hole where the bottom part of the window once was.
So many decisions to make that affect so many other things.