Dianne's Creative Table

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Details!

The cabinet crew returned today with more amazing details.  Take a look....

 The hood turned out better than I imagined.  It is wood painted to look like metal. 
Don't you love this stove!!  It looks so dinky, but it has served me well for twelve years.  The new appliances should arrive this week.  

Glass doors and crown molding installed.

 Finishing touches on the built in dining room cabinets.
 Master bath cabinets dressed with their drawers and doors.  
The beautiful chandelier given to us by our dear friends the Scotts.  It needs a good cleaning and some new bulbs.  
I think this pantry will be my favorite room in the house.  Still waiting on the lazy susan's for the corners. 

The pantry's maple countertops have been installed. We can't remove the back splash braces until the glue sets. 

This is the walnut for the island counter top.  Our task this weekend is to lay it out and pick out the pieces we want to use.  The other counter top surface will be a brushed stainless.  We are off to Atlanta to pick up our pantry doors.  It has been a year since we bought them!  




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Round and Round We Go!

Mr Creative created a plywood template of the island top.  The final top will be walnut from a tree he cut down about 20 years ago.  
We have lived in this house 12 years and every time we have people over, everyone gathered around the old narrow bar. We really wanted a large island where everyone could participate in cooking and a space at the end for seating.  Our architect drew the long island with an 8 foot circle centered at the end. That arrangement crowded the walkway between the island and pantry.  
We thought putting the circle off-center would fix that, but now that I see the template, I don't like it. The circle was reduced from an 8 foot diameter to a 7 foot diameter.  What you see here is the 7 foot circle. We tried a 6 foot circle and decided it was too small. We are at a stand still about what to do with the circle.  
The island cabinets were cut back on this side to accommodate the off-center circle and still allow for bar stools on this side.  

These are the pantry doors.  They will be installed as barn doors with hidden hardware on the outside of the wall, which crowds the aisle way even more.  
I love that the view from the dining room will be across the island to the pantry doors.  The doors will have lights so when they are open, the glass will be lighted from behind.  
We need to put more thought into the circle on the island.  


Thursday, August 11, 2016

I'll Be Blue

I hope I haven't gone overboard.  I love this Benjamin Moore Palladium Blue on the cabinets so much that I have used it in several places.  

I love it washed on the spruce planked dining room ceiling! 



We used a lighter shade of it on the back wall of the dining cabinets.   

But this may be my favorite place.  
Next to the front door.  Please tell me I haven't overdone it!

Friday, August 5, 2016

One Step Foward, Two Steps Back!

The last two weeks have been a real test of my patience!  The framers have been working on the roof to expand the porch and cut back too far into the existing roof.  This has been the wettest July on record in TN, not jut outside, but inside our house! Three times it has rained inside!  Every time, they come back and put up a tarp and tell us "NO WATER can get in"; water gets in.  
So far they have removed the dry wall in the living room....
and in the guest room to avoid mold growth later. We were supposed to move into the guest room two weeks ago so they could start on the master, but there is NO WAY I am moving in here now. 
This is my craft room.  They put in the hardware for a pocket door, but it was so low, I could barely walk through it.  So the dry wall had to come off here too.  
 On a much brighter note, this is the antique door I bought for the pocket door!  I just love it.  

 Sweet Mr Creative, installed the bigger of the two kitchen sinks and hooked up the old faucet and even created a make shift counter top so we didn't have to wash dishes in the tub anymore!!
 Here you can see the two sinks and beside each will be a dishwasher.  
 They started putting the planking on the dining room ceiling, but got diverted to deal with the leaking roof.
 This is the expanded porch.  It will have columns with corbels to make it look Country French and it will be screened in!  Our contractor and architect said it was very unconventional to screen a front porch, but those who know me, know I am unconventional so it's perfect for me.  If we are going to have a 14 x 40 foot front porch, I want to be able to use it and not be eaten alive by mosquitos.  
Progress is being made, slower than I would like, but it is progress.  70% chance of strong storms tomorrow, so cross your fingers and send up a prayer that they finally got the roof sealed.  



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Today vs Yesterday!

What a difference a day makes!  When I came home from work today I was stunned at the progress the installers had made on the cabinets.
 I know this looks excessive, but this is our island. Finished it will be 14 ft long.  The far end is a slightly off center circle with barstools all around.  It's off center to insure we have enough room between the island and pantry.

Lot's more work to do in here.  Lazy Susan's in each corner, more pull-out drawers units, maple countertops, and open shelving.  
 Wow oh wow, is all I have to say about this piece. Room for all my cookbooks!! It looks like it is painted yellow inside the shelves, but it is all the same color.  Just some crazy light today.  The color swatch painted on the wall is TOO DARK.  Back to the paint store to try again. 
 Six sets of drawers in the kitchen.  I am read to start loading them up!
 Still missing a few doors.  The large panels go on the side of the refrigerator.
 I am thrilled with the way the sink looks.  This is the smaller sink in the island.  There will be a larger one just like it behind where I am standing.
 The far end of the island will be partially under (from about the left side of the double doors on the right) the large seating circle. The entire island top will be walnut. 

 I love my dining cabinets!  The back is a lighter shade of the kitchen blue.  All the glass door cabinets will have lights.  There are 3 drawers on the bottom for linens or dishes.  The top drawers are for flatware and there is a pullout board above that on which to rest dishes. 
Outside there are a lot of changes too.  They have extended the roof peak out 12 feet and extended the porch roof 40 feet left and right.  
 Can't really see in the photo, but the concrete footers were poured today.  With my new knees, I was hesitant to balance my way across those boards to get a better shot.  
Now they need to finish the roof immediately.  We had two storms so far today and water is pouring in above the windows in the living room and guest room!  Not at all happy about that.  
With all these quick changes, can't wait to see what happens over the next week! 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Cabinets, Cabinets, Everywhere, but Nowhere to Make Dinner!

After such a slow start, things are really moving on our remodel now.  This is a photo heavy post so prepare yourself.
First things first, Mr Creative and I paint washed boards all weekend. We mixed the cabinet color with water, painted it on, and then wiped it off. These boards will become the dining room ceiling and the entry wall.  We still have 10 packages left to wash, but we have to use exterior paint since those are for the front porch ceiling.  


I knew we had a lot of cabinets, but I was really not prepared for what arrived today. 
I could barely find a place to walk there is so much stuff.  
These are all the pull out drawers for the kitchen and pantry.  
Solid maple shelving for the pantry countertop and wall mounted open shelves. Not sure where the blue shelf belongs. 

Walk-in pantry cabinet bases.  A lazy susan goes in each corner cabinet.  Except for the door on the left under the sink, these will all be open pull-out shelves. 
Boxes of drawer hardware.
Doors and panels and who know what else.
 Installing the sink wall. Cabinets to left and right of window will be glass doors and have interior lighting.
Another set of pull-out drawers, space for dishwasher and a large farm-house sink under the window. 
Corner cabinets will be open shelves.  
 Pull-out drawers on either side of the 48" range. 
The island with opening for another dishwasher and farmhouse sink.  The island will have a walnut top that will end in an 8 foot circle with barstools around. 
The following pieces parts will all become the TV wall at the end of the island.  It will house a TV, mostly for me to watch while I am cooking, bookcases and cabinets.

 

 My favorite part of the TV wall is the curved end pieces.  I think he did an incredible job with these.
The dining room also has built-in cabinets.  These I am the most excited because this is where all the dishes and linens will live!

The base cabinets. The very top piece is a pull-out board so I have a place to set dishes as I unload from the upper cabinets.  The top drawers are for flatware and the rest for linens or dishes.  There will be matching units of either side of the patio door.
These two VERY large pieces will be the upper cabinets.  I couldn't move them to show you anything more now, so stay tuned!  
The refrigerator cabinets.  There is a very deep, but narrow cabinet behind the refrigerator that will hold baking sheets and serving platters/
 More stuff to be installed.  From the looks of it, I think it is going to take 2 more days to get this all installed.  I can hardly contain myself!!!