I wasn’t planning to work on this today but A: it’s getting addictive and B: I had an hour to spare and the weather was gorgeous for working outside.
DD1 is starting to show an interest in getting more hands on. I let her saw some easy bits. There is an “engawa” (a sort of Japanese porch) which has a hallway behind it but there is only a little opening about the size of a window to look at the hall and that’s it. I wanted to open that up more so my goal today was to saw the doorway into the hall and put everything away.
Once that was sanded, I wasn’t ready to stop. The weather was beckoning me outside. I had found the actual paint we used to paint our own house. It’s a very traditional Japanese green. In fact, it’s called “uguis green” (a well known bush warbler in Japan). I knew that this is the color I wanted for the hall and engawa. It didn’t take long to dry either so I could get on two coats. I used a sponge for the second to get it looking like a traditional Japanese mud wall. DD1 was quite impressed with that technique and was boasting it to her Dad over dinner.
I also want to level the engawa with the hallway so I added a second floor to bring up the height. Both will have wood flooring and mouldings around them. I found some great wood at the local hardware shop. I never dreamed they’d have something so small. This is a very rural area after all.
This house had wiring and it is baffling me. I would love to figure out how to rewire it but don’t have much confidence. At least today I finally found where the source was, or at least some important part. It was well hidden behind the stairs. I can’t get the stairs out to get at it though, so now this looks like an even more complicated job. I also can’t figure out how to get the switch off to have a look.
After dinner, I cut a few more boards and finished the flooring in the hall. I also cut some mouldings and beams for the corners. They need a more Japanese color. Everything is quite white now. I thought of some kakishibu. It’s a natural wood stain made from ground persimmon pits. It’s commonly used in Japanese houses and I found the original can we used during our own renovations. DD1 loves using actual colors and materials from her own house.
Now I have to wait for some free time to get the floorboards, beams and mouldings stained. It should be pretty quick getting them glued into place. Once that’s done, maybe I can think of the wiring??? or give up on that and get the bath done.