Dianne's Creative Table

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Porch Progress

It was 98 degrees today with about 89% humidity, but that didn't stop the crew from starting the framing on the porch.  I really felt for them, but I am so glad we are making progress.

View from the front yard.  

 The ditch is how far out the porch will be.  
The view from the inside, through the front door. And meanwhile, on the other side of the house! 

Chris and his crew cleaned out the garage so they could start tearing out the ceiling to get to the plumbing in the master bath above. 
 All the junk in the garage didn't go far through.  
 Twelve years ago, when we moved into this house, the deck stood over a hill, but Chris dug it all out and converted it to storage for some of his outside equipment.  They had to pull it all out to organize, throw-away, and make room for the things from the garage.
My FIL cleaning the carpet pieces that use to be under my car.  
 The spruce planking arrived.  Once the garage is cleaned out, we will be painting this planking a 1/2 strength version of the Pallidium Blue from the kitchen cabinets.  
 The planking will become the dining room and front porch ceiling, and a wall near the front door. 
 My temporary kitchen has disappeared so the sheet rock crew could apply the third and last coat of mud. The sanding will start on Saturday.  
The refrigerator will slide into this space.  There will be a built in cabinet around it and behind the fridge, there will be a tall, narrow cabinet that backs up to the corner wall.  It will have several shelves and will hold baking sheets, serving platters, and other large thin pieces.  
Things are changing fast around here.  I will try to post again a few days if I can capture the changes o the front of the house.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Real Walls!

Things have been busy around here!  The sheetrock crew has been here two days and has a few more days to go.  What a difference a wall makes!
View from the front door all the way into the dining room in the back of the house.
Front door and coat closet.  I plan to use wood on the wall between the door and closet and have hooks for guest coats and bench below.  I haven't decided on the type of wood treatment I want. 
The cozy family room.  
 View into the kitchen with our temporary kitchen in the way.  
 View from the dining room toward the pantry.  Once the walls went up, I was immediately sorry I didn't make the pantry at least two feet wider.  
 Toward the front door. 



View into dining room.  Built in china cabinets will be on either side of back door.  
Pocket door frame between kitchen and my craft room.  I am thinking I want a door with window here. 
Sheetrock crew will be back tomorrow for light sanding and 2nd coat of mud.  Serious sanding starts on Wed.  The thought of all that dust makes me want to run for hills! 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Good News, Bad News

I am getting used to the remodel roller coaster, but I still don't like it!  This past week the electrical inspector came.  He spent less than two minutes in the house, but the good news:  we passed!

At the end of the week the insulation crew came and checked that off the "to do" list!

Friday the Metro Codes inspector came and spent at least 30 minutes poking around everything.  The bad news, we didn't pass.  Apparently all the framing has to be at least 2" away from the fireplace.  

The house was built in 1982 and at that time, they put framing on top of the brick and resting the ceiling on it.  Well, that is NO LONGER ALLOWED and it has to be torn out and redone.  The contractor didn't change it because he thought it would be grandfathered in.  He was wrong.  Now the question is, who pays for the change?  They are working on the correction today.


Tomorrow the sheetrock sub will be here to place the order for the job, but the plumber still has to come and move some pipes before the sheetrock can go up.  

Monday, July 4, 2016

So Many Decisions!

I can't imagine how I would have managed all these decisions for the house if I had been working full-time the last few months.  What will I do when I return to work July 11? 
I am sharing some of the decision I have made for the house.
The sink below is from Signature Hardware.com. They were a joy to work with!  I ordered a 30" for under the window and a 24" sink for the island.  Each sink will have a disposal and a dishwasher next to it.  
This is the Delta Cassidy Faucet.  I will have one on each sink since they are both in the same room.  



Ceiling fan for the family room. 
 Clever ironing solution which will be perfect for our small laundry room
Barstools for the kitchen.


GE Monogram 48" dual fuel range with griddle
Things I still need to decide:
exterior paint colors
bathroom paint colors
ceiling fixtures for bedrooms
Bathroom sink bowls
Bathroom faucets
So much more and so little time!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It's Electric!

The pictures don't look very exciting, but I am excited! The electrician has been working hard and will finish up tomorrow.  Chris put up all the cans for the recessed lighting and the wiring is just about completed.

Found the chandelier for my craft room, the foyer light and the pendants for over the island.  

Shortly after my surgery, I got on-line and started looking for other dealers for the hardwood floors we picked out. I talked to a guy in Kentucky who promised and delivered the best price.  Upon questioning him, it turns out he used to have a store, but retired.  Now he says he is reopening his store. At any rate, he had the best price, but I was a little concerned so I called the manufacturer who hooked me up with the regional rep.  The rep said he wasn't set up as a dealer and couldn't order.  He called the floor guy and he got set up, so that sounded legit. To protect our sizable monetary investment in these floors we decided to pay him with a credit card and bite the bullet for the $511 credit card fee in exchange for the security of knowing that we would be protected.  Well, my card was charged immediately, but he couldn't order the floors because he never completed the paperwork with Square the iPhone credit card app.  He promised a full refund and asked us to pay half the cost of the floors and he would pay the other half until delivery.  He did give me a full refund. So after physical therapy, I met him in the bank parking lot with a large check.  Ten minutes later I get a phone call from the bank asking if they can cash the check.  I said yes, but I was getting more and more concerned about who we were dealing with.  Fifteen days later, he is on his way to our house with a van and trailer loaded with our floors.  He would not allow anyone to unload until he got his check.  Chris refused and said we had to open one box to insure that we were getting what we ordered.  
Sample on the right, out of the box on the left. Perfect match!

Six guys and 90 minutes later the floors are loaded in the house. Whew, what a sigh of relief from me.  I saved a ton of money, but may have lost some hair worrying about this deal.  
The electrician will finish tomorrow, the plumber will come and then the sheet rock goes up!  We decided to plank the dining ceiling and we are going to wash it with the watered down blue paint from the upper cabinets.  
This will also be the color on the back wall of the two
built in china display cabinets on either side of the back door in the dining room. The cabinets will be stained, but the back wall will be paint washed blue. 

It's getting close!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Picking colors

No progress seems to be the way this remodel is going!  The crew came in on Mon & Tues last week and installed the sub-flooring and we haven't seem them since.  

We did receive cabinet color samples. The upper cabinets and the bottom of the island in the kitchen will be Benjamin Moore Palladium Blue. The lower cabinets will be stained a slightly lighter version of the stain you see below.  
 The backsplash tile is below.  Wall paint color is Benjamin Moore Summer Harvest (3rd one down on color sample below)

The hardwood floor is engineered Hickory.  It is not thick enough to compensate for all the irregularities in our old subfloor, so we had to install the expensive Russian Birch subfloor to even it all out.  
Master bath flooring, tile, quartz countertop and trim/cabinet color.  
The second electrician came today to do an estimate. No, those are not pumpkins hanging above where the island will be located, they represent where the pendant lights over the island will be located.   
 Looking into my walk-in pantry.  It will be all natural color maple with pullout drawers, open shelving and maple board counter tops.  There will be no cabinets doors in the pantry.  These are the antique doors we purchased for the pantry.  The refrigerator is in it's new home.  
Electrical, plumbing, and HV/AC is next on the list.