Dianne's Creative Table

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

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

 After
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!  

Dianne
















Sunday, January 1, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Nothing like a week off from work, company, and three parties to make you whip things into shape! We have been working like crazy to make a few rooms presentable.  The island is beginning to take shape. Still some work to do, but I wanted to share a view of the beautiful walnut.


The chalk line is where the final cut will be made for the circle.  After the cut, then the entire length has to be sanded and the edges softened. This is going to make a HUGE dusty mess. We are trying to come up with a way to make a tent with all the drop cloths to contain the dust.  
This gorgeous board was almost thrown away!  So proud of hubby for cutting an exact match on the surrounding boards to capture it's full beauty.


Meanwhile, in the other room.....  I moved all these boxes from the guest room, unpacked all my glassware, then broke down all the boxes (the night before our NYE party!).  Found some glasses I didn't remember I had.  
Got up early and got the table set for our NYE/anniversary party.  All the windows and doors were washed inside and out.
Silver dishes and clear chargers: TJ Maxx this year. Glittery napkins: Target, this year.  Velvet and glitter runner, TJ last year.  


Tomorrow, everything from the guest room and hubby's office will be piled into my clean, neat dining room so they can repair the wall where the roof leaked, take down the popcorn ceilings, paint and install the hardwood floors. The drywall dust will be everywhere all over again. Oh well this is the way a remodel goes.  It will all be over very soon.  Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.