Dianne's Creative Table

I am inspired by light, all things natural, reusing previously loved items, and bargains!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Exterior Transformation

Before the renovations we had a typical early 80's ranch, but inside it had a few quirks.  The two windows on the far right of the house were not usable.  The house looks like a single story ranch, but b/c of the hill, the garage was dug out and placed under the master bedroom/bath.  The original builders wanted the windows all level so those two right windows are partly upstairs and partly in the garage.  That meant the window went through the floors from the upstairs to the downstairs.  A box was built around the windows to keep people from falling through to the garage.  
As part of the remodel, we wanted to retrieve those windows. 

In order to rescue those windows, we had to raise them up above the upstairs floor line.
Now we have upstairs windows which we are loving. 

 
Our original plan was to paint the brick since we were unable to match it, but those darks spots you see are actually holes in the brick.  If we painted it would like like polka dots! We have a stain kit to try and match the old brick.  
We always hated the little front porch.  We wanted to expand the porch. 

Our wanted to bring the porch out past the sidewalk and extend it from the left end of the house to past the window on the right.
Under construction. 
Once we saw the size of the porch (14'x40') we decided to screen it so we could actually use it. 

Now we can enjoy the view.  Hubby and his crew laid the pavers for the porch and the sidewalk. 







There is nothing new on this porch except the cowhide.  Everything else came from hubby's grandmother or estate sales.  
We loved this porch all summer and are looking at infrared heaters so we can enjoy it during the cold months too. 




























Monday, November 20, 2017

The Dining Room Transformation

The old dining room was large and had loads of natural light, BUT.... it was also separated from the rest of the house by a wall and two sets of sliding glass doors.  


I rarely took photos of this wall because I hated the view into the kitchen. 
The two china cabinets on the opposite wall were nice, but I always saw a lot of wasted space.  The ceiling fan and the popcorn ceiling were just down right ugly! 
When the doors and walls stated to come down, I was ecstatic!

We raised the ceiling from 8 feet to 12 feet in the dining room and installed a new back door that is four feet taller than the previous door.
We used spruce planking on the dining ceiling.
We replaced two of the china cabinets with built-ins. 

The pull-out shelf above each set of drawers is to provide a resting place.  The cabinet maker carefully matched the color of Mama's table and chairs for the new cabinets. 
I did keep one china cabinet on the back of the fireplace. 

The new view into the kitchen! 
This dining table & chairs were used by my husband's grandmother (Mama) for years on their farm in Memphis.  With no air conditioning and the hot temperatures, the shellack finish on the chairs melted in the summer, trapping lint and thread from everyone's clothing.  I refinished the chairs when we brought the set home, but the table has it's original finish.  Mama, kept the pads and several table clothes on the table at all times, so the table top was like new.  It is so wonderful to give Mama's table a deserving space and to finally be able to use my wonderful dining room. 
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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Kitchen Reveal

I have fretted over the final reveal of our newly remodeled home.  I wanted everything to be perfect, but 15 months after demo started, I have finally surrendered to the fact that things will NEVER be perfect!  
I wasn't very good about taking pictures of the before. Our old house was so dark and confining, I tried not to capture any images of it, but I did find some. 
Let's start with the old then new kitchen. 
Demo started the morning of my bilateral knee replacement surgery.  The walker is waiting my return. The blue tape on the floor is where the new island and pantry would be built.  
View from the old kitchen into the family room with a glimpse of the sliding doors to the dining room.  
 


During construction, this was our temporary kitchen. 

The new kitchen!  The ceiling was raised and the walls came down. 


The view of the side of our kitchen.  Behind the folding doors was our washer.  

The laundry transformed and enlarged into a pantry!


 The other end of the kitchen


The island top is walnut from a tree hubby cut down 21 years ago.  We have moved those boards from attic to attic.  My husband and a friend built the island top.  



Finally the kitchen of my dreams!  It is a joy to prepare meals, a breeze to clean up, and perfect for gathering.  A huge thank you to Stephen Wells, the creative architect; to Jerry Tiege, the General Contractor, if you have to have someone in your house everyday, Jerry is your guy; and Tom Vernon, the best cabinet maker with a crew focused on perfection.  
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