3.19.2014

save the birds?

We finally made some real progress on the office over the weekend. Up until now it's been mostly mudding and sanding which is so messy and putzy and slow. While I was at the gym on Sunday Nick got a (tester) coat of paint on the top of the walls. We're debating paint color, but that's another story for another time.

Today, we need to talk about the fate of the birds. Remember these little guys?


They're hand painted at the top of each wall in the office. They were safely covered by wallpaper and we just found them when we tore all the wallpaper out over Christmas.

Nick really loves the history that comes with the paintings and isn't quite willing to paint over them. I appreciate the history but don't love the birds and am fine painting over them. But there is a little part of me that feels bad and would love to find a way to preserve the history of the house.

We've talked about using molding to frame the bird above the door between the office and living room. You would only see the bird when you're actually in the office and the rest of the wall would be painted. We would try to have the molding look like a picture frame, even though it's actually just framing a spot on the wall.


We've also talked about trying to cut out a chunk of the wall and frame it in a gallery frame. I would prefer that option, but we're not sure how well the little guy will come out (our walls are lathe and plaster).

What would you do? Any suggestions for us? Would you save the birds?

18 comments:

  1. If it was a painting of any thing besides a bird, I'd have to think harder. But I hate birds so I say paint away! Or try to cut the chunk out and hope for the best. If it doesn't work, it was just a bird. ~always helpful in Iowa

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    1. Dear Always Helpful,

      Good point on the bird thing. Can I admit that I don't want to cut out a chunk because I don't want to patch the wall and have to do more sanding?

      Signed,
      lazy in MN

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  2. I think they're pretty cool. I like the flowers primarily and if you could somehow salvage them I think it would be neat, but I recognize the challenges. At least take good pics you can leave with future owners! In fact, you could probably take a really good close-up pic and print it on canvas or something to frame if cutting out the wall doesn't work... haha. But it would be cool if it did.

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    1. The picture idea is a really good one!! That might be the safest bet, too!

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  3. i understand preserving the history, i think my husband would be the same way. I would say paint over them. take some pictures and say bye bye birdie. ;)

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  4. I like the molding idea - I would love to save something like that. When Sydney was 3 she drew on the bottom of my freshly painted walls with a turquoise sharpie (!!) and we just slapped an empty frame around it and called it a day. It was at the top of the half staircase off our foyer (we had a split level) so everyone could see it when they walked up the stairs on their way to the bathroom. It certainly got a lot of comments and chuckles!

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    1. Oh Deb, I love that! Way to embrace the chaos and make a memory out of it!

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  5. I can totally understand wanting to preserve the history, but I'd just take some pictures and whip out the paint roller! Of course, that's just me though...so you guys should go with what makes you the happiest! Whatever you choose, I'm sure it'll be great! :)

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  6. I like the idea of cutting out a chunk of the wall...or the framing piece. I think it shows some of the history that you love so much about your old house. Maybe when I see it in person, I'll have a better idea. :)

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  7. I'm afraid I probably won't be much help! I think they are beautiful and if you chose to leave them it would be a really fun and unique feature of that room. But, if you aren't diggin it and want to paint over it you shouldn't feel bad at all! A high resolution photo might look really cool framed. Or, if you have a friend or family member who is an artist maybe they could copy it on canvas?

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    1. I'm really liking the idea of taking a photo and framing it. This is a huge help! Thanks for weighing in!

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  8. I think if Nick really LIKES the birds, it'd be fun to keep one of them, probably framed, because that sounds like less of a nightmare than trying to keep a chunk of plaster intact. If it's just about feeling bad... who do you feel bad for? what do you feel bad about? I won't get all social-worky on you, but don't feel guilty that someone else spent a lot of time doing something they liked and got to enjoy for as long as they lived there. if it's not your thing, paint over it!

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    1. This is perfect. So perfect. I read it to Nick and he admits it's mostly guilt. I'm so close to painting over it right now! (If I could only pick a paint color. Ahem.)

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  9. I would probably put an oval around him. Kind of like a picture frame but that isn't what I mean at all. I'm not sure how old the house is (I'm new here) but I picture him high up and in an old house. I love old houses for that very reason. You never know what you will find. I don't think I will be looking the ending to this story!! bye birdy

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  10. Hey Anonymous from above again. I recommend

    Silver Drop by Behr.. It is so light and neutral without being the traditional "flip" color tan. I have it throughout mine and now it is the official color from now on for my projects!! It almost looks white until you put it next to the stark white trim. It is at Home Depot and it is very traditional and classic. Good Luck.

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  11. I think framing this space would be a good compromise with hubby. And it'd be a cute little homage to the house's past life. (I'm also more okay with it since it's not viewable from anywhere but inside the office.)

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  12. Once it's painted over, it is gone. What about a patternless wallpaper border to cover it up and then paint the rest of the wall? That way, the painted border is protected but you don't have to look at it? Future owners might feel differently than you do about the birds. You could also take a high def photo of it to give to any future owners so they know it is still there if they want to expose it.

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