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Preserving a vintage home

Monday, July 26, 2010

Janette Woodall poses adjacent to this 1884 popcorn popper given to her one year to mark their anniversary. An old tin top rests above the glass. She does keep popcorn in it and has several family photos and neat antiques sitting inside as well as on top. A neat old lamp is in the same area as the antique metal arm that played a role in creating tasty popcorn. Note the sheer curtains as they have a sheen of gold setting out the gold streaks in the cranberry walls and ceiling. The base board and crown molding is white throughout which was always done that way in early times. See more photos off the Woodall home in the "Vintage Home" Photo Gallery. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
For anyone who relishes the opportunity to see antiques, appreciates the beauty in having a room pop out at you with antiques situated just so taking you back in time, then the Woodall home is a perfect place to visit. To say it was a treat is putting it mildly.

The home was purchased from the Gund estate back in 1967 by Bill and Lorraine Woodall. They owned it for 42 years until their son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Janette Woodall took over ownership this past year. In that time, the couple has been restoring much of the home, working diligently with a few rooms to complete in the upper level. Each room is carefully thought out developing a color scheme and purchasing items to tastefully furnish the rooms.

The couple has great taste blending vintage furniture with new furnishings reminding one of the Victorian era. The outside of the home gives a hint to the observer what the home has for structural treats. The Woodalls plan on enhancing the outside of the home in the near future as they are developing their plan. It should be great fun to watch the home undergo a metamorphosis.

The enclosed front porch is long, completely across the front of the home with the inside walls painted a cheerful yellow with white woodwork. On each side of the porch is a grouping of perky furniture. On the right is a blend of colors with red dominate in the fabric of soft cushion loveseat and chair with a more restful tone of neutral fabric cushions in a brown wicker furniture set on the left.

Through a doorway you enter into the front hall which will surely delight you. in fact, it is a split original dutch door with the neatest old doorknob. To the right, a wonderful old fireplace was built right in the corner where guests were taken to warm up before being escorted into the living room or parlor (these are two separate rooms) open to each other.

What will take your breath away is what you will walk on----the spectacular wood inlaid floors in much of the downstairs area. There are no other local floors that are as beautiful. In fact, one would seriously doubt if anyone could afford to have such floors put into their home today unless one has the skill themselves to cut and install that many small pieces for such a floor. The cutting and matching of various woods to form such an attractive pattern as theirs, would take weeks or months to do. They hired a professional to go over the floors, clean and coat them to preserve the floor.

In the front hall, your eyes are busy taking in the lovely staircase, stained glass window and corner fireplace also. There are other windows with color glass in the back entry. As mentioned, this home is full of lovely surprises. Several rooms have built-in cabinets. Some with glass doors while others are open for displays.

One also quickly notices the treatment of the walls and ceilings. Woodall explained how she takes the wallpaper and tears pieces off, wets it and presses to the wall. This wall treatment is referred to as "paper illusions". It forms a fantastic appearance which is super to hide all signs of cracks in walls, excellent for a vintage home. It resembles marble without the sheen with a suede or velvet appearance. It's a new idea on the market. Woodall says it is easy to do.

Both the living room and parlor allows one to step back in time. The Victorian furnishings just bids one to stop and take some time out which is mostly done in soft tones with a few bright accents. An area rug covers most of the heart of each mosaic design floor for warmth. Each is still evident and each are just perfect.

The cranberry dining room is one of a kind. Who has a huge popcorn machine from 1884? Coupled with the other antique furniture, it is a room that takes you away from your cares.

The kitchen has new light wood cupboards with a plain basic appearance making the cupboards stand out. The back-splash is composed of basic tin ceiling panels highlighted in the color of the cupboards. The antique cupboard that fills much of the west wall is an eye catcher.

The back entry has stained glass windows as well. They have situated a high modern table with two chairs which allows them to eat while viewing the outside. There is an antique writing desk placed along the north wall.

The upstairs master bedroom has an antique set of furniture that most of us would just dream about. The one dresser with the mirror has a marble top while the acorn handle dresser is a definite standout. All of it is in top condition. Janette created the quilt for their bed that is exquisite along with the home style curtains.

If one ever has the chance to see what hard work and patience can turn out, you will quickly understand why it is such an honor to get to see it. The home is surely a big plus to the community adding to their heritage.

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