Dianne's Creative Table

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

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!  


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.  

Thursday, December 29, 2016

First Christmas

It was the Christmas miracle for sure!  We managed to get just enough finished and just enough furniture home to actually have Christmas dinner in our new space.  
Props to my sweet hubby Chris for working so hard to get the dining room table & chairs home.  They were in the VERY back of the storage unit and he had to move everything to get to them. 

The dishes were from my stash in the guest room closet and of course needed a major washing. 
I am not a Santa person.  I never wanted to lie to my children so we never had Santa at our house when my kids were little.  It wasn't that I told them Santa didn't exist, it just wasn't the focus of our holiday and I was prepared to tell them the truth if they asked, but they never asked. This Santa baby, though I had to buy.  I first saw him in Round Top, TX and laughed till I almost cried.  Thanks to a friend, I found him on EBAY last year and had to have it.  Look at that face, those eyes, the hair!  

The cabinets were done by Wood Works Custom In College Grove TN.  They did an amazing job.  The cabinets were stained perfectly to match Chris's Grandmother's dining room table. 
Chris brought home a discarded tree top from a landscape job.  We strung some lights, threw a sheet under it and it was our tree. 

My son brought his awesome camera and took the rest of the photos.  He keeps telling me he is a videographer, but he does a great job with still photos too.  

It was a wonderful Christmas with our families and dogs.  
These are all my daughter's dogs.  Murfy, Millie, and the newest baby Mason.  They were worn out.