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

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.