Let’s take a break from the endless mudding-of-the-drywall project (posts to come) that has taken over my life and step back in time to see a project Joey and I completed almost 2 years ago…when we kept our remodeling confined to the basement. The project: Remove the Coal Room. You may be wondering a) why we have a coal room b) what a coal room is c) why we bothered removing it or d) all of the above. Let’s address these topics…
A) and B) Our house is almost 100-years old and back then, homes were heated with coal. Most homes had a room to store coal and the “coal man” would come by once a month and deliver more coal. The boiler we have to heat our home was converted from being coal-fed to gas-fed about 50 or so years ago. But, we do still have the ORIGINAL boiler that was installed in this home almost 100 years ago. I know – that’s crazy. I’ll post a picture of it and you’ll realize how truly crazy it is. And yes, we are planning on replacing it one of these days. Probably on the day it decides to stop working.
C) We removed the coal room, well really just removed the wall seperating it from the rest of the basement, because one day my husband decided he needed to knock something down and that thing was the coal room wall. Also, it was disgusting. See the black, covered-in-coal-dust walls? Yuck.
And by the way, I did save the door that came off that coal room. I don’t really have a plan for it, I just think it’s cool looking. Here’s the wall and the wall demo:
The wall was built with scrap cargo crates from the Kissell Car Company, which was located just up the street from us at one time. I saved the sections that read “Kissel Car Co.” Just because.
Joey is pointing out that he had found a bunch of coal chunks in the wall, which was midly exciting. I think my exact word were, “Oh. Coal. Neat.” Okay, I’ll be honest, I really did think it was neat. And I saved a few pieces.
Once we had the wall down and the room scrubbed down, we got to paintin’. Paintin’ is way better than painting. But, before we could paint over the fieldstone basement walls, we had to wash them down with some kind of acid solution. My brave husband did that while I followed behind him rinsing it off the walls, quietly fearing the acid would spray on my face and scar me for life. It didn’t. Then we applied a really thick waterproof sealer. THEN we painted. I mean paint’d.
See the paint sprayer in the photo above? That picture was taken about 2 minutes before we broke the sprayer. Do not try to spray on crazy-thick primer with a paint sprayer. The stuff was so thick the paint sprayer couldn’t suck it up – it just clogged it instead.
Here’s Joey putting the finishing touches on the coal room (we painted the entire basement after we removed the coal room wall). Sure looks better doesn’t it?
It’s amazing what paint can do. So…that’s the story of the coal room. Pretty exciting, huh? I bet you wish you had a coal room.
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