Dianne's Creative Table

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

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.  
Come see all the transformation at Inspire me Tuesday and Metamorphosis Monday

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mighty Big Changes!

As usual, things are not moving as fast as I would like, but we have had some big things going on here. The framers worked on the porch.  It only took a few days to go from this....
Too this...

I am so excited.  It is beginning to look like a finished house! 
Chris and his Dad put in this great curved sidewalk. 
We are going to stain the brick around the dormers to match the old brick.  We wanted to paint, but we can't.  Our old brick has holes and we were told it would look like polka dots. 

This is the view from the front porch and it is why we decided to screen the front instead of building a porch on the back.  Chris and his Dad layed the pavers on the porch too.  
On the inside, there have also been subtle, but important changes.  The tent around the island...
Is gone! that's not really subtle, to me that's HUGE!
The edge has been routed 
and the cracks and knotholes have been filled with copper.
The over and under cabinet lights have been installed.
As well as the under counter lights in the pantry
Shelves are built to house my collection of chargers. I still have to pick the trim and then they will be painted. 

Just some punch list items left to finish.  
I want to give a big shot out to my sweet husband who works his regular job all day and then comes home and install lighting, towel bars, sidewalks, shutters, etc, etc, etc.!  Without him, this 10 month project would have taken 20 months.  I it so wonderful to have a handy hubby.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nice While it Lasted!

During the holidays, the main part of the house looked almost normal.  Don't be fooled, it didn't last. 
We moved almost all of our belongings into a storage unit before construction started. At $225/month since April 2016, it was time for everything to come back home.  The crew was ready to start on the guest room and my hubby's office, so everything needed to move out of those rooms.  
Guest room before

Hubby's office.  No before shots as I couldn't even bear to look in this room! Let's just say his version of organized differs from mine. 
Dining room during the holidays.
Dining room today

There is stuff stashed everywhere there was an empty spot. 

The progress on the island is slow.  They are ready for the final sanding, but the sawdust will get all over.  

Saving sawdust to mix with resin to patch some of the larger knotholes and cracks.  The final filler will be copper dust mixed with resin. 

Clever hubby put a tent all around the island to try to contain the dust.  
Then he covered himself and got to work.  Another 3 or 4 weekends and it should be ready to start the tung oil finish.

My office/craft room
The interior painting is completed and the porch ceiling is finished.  It is the same color as the kitchen cabinets.  Eventually we will have four ceiling fans across the porch.  We are waiting for the estimate on the columns, corbels, and screens. 
We were supposed to be finished in October and here it is January.  I think another 30 days and we should be finished.  We still need exterior paint and the front porch finished.  We are ready to move furniture to it's proper place.  We started the process of converting our construction loan to a permanent mortgage which is very exciting and scary.  
I know everyone is tired of seeing construction photos at this point and so am I!  I am hoping for some finished photos very soon!