Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Great Room Re-Do

On this  remake we did not do anything thing
major for this room.
Dennis and Kyle spent a great deal of time
 jacking the floor up and making it structurally sound.
 You could not walk down the hall with
 out the feeling of being off balanced. 
 But before  jacking up the floors they had
 to remove parts of  the sheet rock that you
 can see underneath the  beams by balcony.
Even with removing some,  the sheetrock  still cracked and moan.
I would be on the top floor listening to the sound as
 they  tried to lift this house up it is really an eerie sound.
I kept wondering if it was gong to come crashing down.
 
We got rid of carpet,  tile  and light fixtures.
Freshened up wood work and new paint color. 
 


 
 
Dennis's father pitched in an created the new wood work around the  staircase.
Much better than having the carpet wrap around.


 
The wood floor was a bit challenge taking its time to acclimate it seemed like forever . 
 One of the goals we have for this room is to improve the entry way. 
 We are hoping to remove the door and side windows to add a vestibule entry way .
From the outside of the house you don't  get s sense of  where the front door is.
We want to had some type of timber frame structure and  give it more of a grander feel.

 We had the chimney painted a different color
 than the walls
and made it more of a focal point. 
I found the  wagon wheel light fixture at a flea market
 and was tickled about  how much better
 it was than the big glass  light fixture  that  was here.
 

 
We added some fan lights from Lowes.




 
Next room is the master bath with all its rustic charm.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Christmas Past

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Time seems to be slipping through my fingers these day.
 Honestly I don't know how to slow it down.
Summer has come and gone along  with Halloween, Thanksgiving and now Christmas.
I had good intentions of keeping up with this blog
but it seems I don't have the time or my interest is winding down.
 
 
My Mom decided she wanted to have her grandchildren and great grand children decorate this  poor little excuse of a tree that decided to sprout out of what was the original tree that grew on this property well over  70 years ago.
 It was the tree that us four girls climbed on as children.
After the tree was cut down an all that was left behind was 
 "The stump" as my Dad would call it. 
It was  about the only  thing left from the original property and house .
  So instead of getting rid of it his idea was to turn it upside down exposing the root system and bury it by making it  a piece of the landscaping design.
Then right out of the middle of twisted gnarly wood sprouted a twig of a tree.
 We would laugh to think  it thought it could survive under the conditions that it was coming  from.
And yet  we gave it a little pizzazz  this Christmas
 with handmade decorations, and Moms watchful eye from the house.
The children loved it.
 
 
Instead of a Christmas home tour showing off  my cute little decorations (not)  you get to look at my cute grandkids. 
Can I say this has been  one of my favorites.
 
 















 
And what was even more special was that  my Mom  was able to come and spend it with us along with my sister  Denice who helped  to drive  her down.
 And most of all Dennis (with a little nudging from  me) provided the day before Christmas by building a  ramp so my mom could gain entrance with out having to risk going up the stairs.
Thank you.
 
 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Guest Bath and Laundry Room Re-Do


The back of this wall is the one Dennis extended to block the view from inside the kitchen it leads you into the laundry room an guest bathroom.
 

The logs in the  whole house needed to be worked on.
We had a crew come in and refresh all the logs.
Dennis removed the door that went out to a small deck.
 I was able to track down some replacement logs so he could
 fill in the gap on bottom and install a new window.
  The previous owners left the washer and dryer for  us.
I painted the upper cabinets .
 We carried the same tile
throughout these spaces also.
 
  
 


 
 
I have been holding on to this old door now for years!
I  added Robins egg blue paint pexeiglass window that I sanded down to 
 get a frosted look and then added chicken wire on top.
 

 
I made this little shelf painted it the same blue color as the door.
 
I added 2 antique yardsticks and the handles from local hobby store.
 
 
 
 This was a pretty standard guest bath.
 We removed all the cabinets and placed some in the master bathroom makeover.
 
 
All the old wood we used in this bathroom is  recycled fence
 that came from my
 Uncle Wayne and Aunt Elma's house.
 
 
We used the same brick from kitchen backsplash behind the toilet.
Found the cute metal shelf at local hobby store.
 
 
 I bought this old dresser  with the painting already on it a few years ago.
 
 Dennis modified the dresser to accept the new plumbing  an this old oil pan for the sink.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis used an old fence post to mount the  faucet to give it some height.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My HaPPy EveR aFTeR KitcHen Remodel

These before and after pictures have been along time coming.
Life has had  some twist and turns since we got this home.
The process has been both frustrating and worth every minute of hard work.
Our children,  grandchildren, my Father-in-law, son-in-law and a nephew all made this happen.
 Dennis with his skills never ceases to amaze me.
The before picture of the kitchen in
 a home we
 bought in July 2013.
 It had carpet,
linoleum and white oak cabinetry.
We kept the layout pretty much the same.



 
 We removed the large picture window and
 turned it into a sliding glass door and enlarged the window  above the sink.
 

 
 

Looking at the back of the house you can also see where we took a door out of the
 laundry room and replaced it with a
window.


Here is our transformation.
We added new cabinets, tile floor, brick back splash, granite countertops and new light fixtures.
Cabinetry was done  by
Out of the Woods  http://ootwc.com/ .
 







The new appliances are called Slate .
 The hidden dishwasher that looks like it is a cupboard off to the side of the fridge with long handle.

 
 
This was the view we knew we had to change  we lengthened the wall to block the birds eye view into the quest bathroom.
 
 
 
These were the original stools that were left behind. With a little remodeling, paint and some vintage feed sacks to cover the old cushions they look  almost new.

The sign is made out of left over flooring.
 This was the name of a little store that Dennis's grandparents had during the depression era.
 
 
This is also their  stove,  it was the first big appliance they bought after they were married.
 It was given to Dennis  and it fits perfectly in this spot.
 

We wanted to have some of our light fixtures a little bit different than the normal ones you pick out of the store.
We went to an antique show  and found some matching oyster buckets added some galvanized  pipe and created this light fixture for above our table.
And with Pinterest the ideas are endless!

I found this antique hand pieced quilt top online and finally got the courage up to cut it in half to make this no sew window treatment.
 When I close them it looks like a stained glass window.
The rods are actually door handles off an old city building Dennis had to demolish for a job. I have had them for years and is my first time I have used them.


On the kitchen island I went with a  black distressed  look. Each color of cabinets also have different hardware. 

These are porch lights that we combined and backed with more of the leftover lumber from the wood floor that  we had installed in the great room.

I was able to find gallon sized Mason jars for the next fixture but realized the scale was a little to much over the top. Then  a second trip a few weeks later I found a smaller jar size.
 Which Dennis was able to turn this into another fun light fixture.

This  leads into the great room which
 I will get to at a later time along with some of the other rooms we have redone.