My friend Elisabeth has a llama and alpaca farm in Winchester Springs, which she also runs as a B&B. Her house is an old farmhouse which has been added to and renovated over the years. One of the “improvements” was to cover most of the walls in that pressed wood paneling that was all the rage about thirty-five years ago. I’m sure that at the time it was just fabulous, but now it’s dated and makes rooms look pretty dreary. Elisabeth had bought some paint for the livingroom a while ago, but the weather only recently warmed up to the point where windows could be opened and the woodstove left unlit. I invited myself over for a two-day painting spree (I didn’t figure Elisabeth would say no, lol).
Elisabeth chose two greyed greens from the pattern on her sofa for the paint, and it looks so terrific in there now, even with naked windows, no pictures on the walls, and furniture in unlikely places. Painting over the paneling was more of a task than either of us imagined — the surface was rough and absorbent and took a lot of primer. Elisabeth did most of the priming with an “improved” paint roller that has its own reservoir for paint — meh. Regular rollers are less work! (And less painful on the arm muscles.) I did the detail work around the windows and edges of the walls.
Elisabeth didn’t let me leave without a most marvellous gift — four skeins of her llama/merino/nylon sock yarn. As I already have a pair of socks in this yarn in the natural colour, I think I’m going to have some fun dyeing these. I’ll post pics. I also received the cutest little sock-blocker key chain, along with a pattern for a sock to put on it. I have so many little odds and ends of sock yarn that I can use for this, I think I’ll make more than one so the sock blocker isn’t naked on days when its sock is in the wash.
Thank you, Elisabeth, for a fun couple of days at the B&B!