Dianne's Creative Table

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

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.     

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tile and Trim Instead of Tinsel

Normally this would be the weekend to decorate the house.  Instead, the trim crew has been here this week.  They installed the beams in the kitchen, all the baseboards, window trim and new doors where needed. The tile guy also came back and installed the backsplash.

Work on the walnut for the island top has begun.  So far the straight run has been matched sanded and glued.  Now they are working on the edge. 

The master bath cabinets are installed.  We are now waiting on the countertop.

The porch ceiling has been installed.  It is the same spruce as the dining room ceiling, but it will be painted in a shiny version of the Palladium Blue that is on the cabinets. 
Painters were here until 9:30 PM on a Friday night and back again at 7:30 AM Sat, but the trim upstairs got painted this weekend.

BUT, the BEST thing that happened all week!  The washer and dryer came inside!!!  They aren't stacked yet, but I no longer have to go out on the deck to wash clothes.  It's amazing what makes you happy during a remodel.
I have my fingers and toes crossed that it will be finished so we can have Christmas dinner in our house.  

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Small Steps to Completion

Every week, a little something happens at the house. Not a lot, but each little step is closer to completion so I am happy.  This is such a painfully slow process. This week:
The pantry doors are hung.  The barn door hardware will not be visible when completed.  They will build a valance with the drywall to hide it.

The opening for the doors is a little too tall and that will need to be fixed.  You can see that the doors are too high off the floor.  
The stainless steel fabricator came and installed the substrate. 

To keep from getting the substrate wet, we had to move from our large sink to the smaller sink.  Hubs installed the new faucet on this sink.  I am adjusting to having the handle on the side vs on top of the faucet. 
All of the countertop next to the wall will be stainless steel.  
One small section of the stainless countertops was finished and installed.  
Hard to capture the finish in a photograph, but it is called Jitterbug and it will help avoid noticeable scratches.  I love the sparkle. 

I know it's not everyones taste, but after working in commercial kitchens as a caterer for years, stainless steel is the prefect, no worry choice for me.  
The laundry room with tile.  Monday it gets grout. Hopefully we can move the washer/dryer in here and get it off the deck before we have our first freeze. 
Bathroom with tile. 
Shower with tile. 
The old "popcorn" ceiling in our master bedroom.  
No more popcorn! A crew came and sprayed, scraped and then added a light coat of mud.  More sanding and drywall dust to come, but I am thrilled to have the popcorn gone! 
The contractor is rushing to get our master area finished so we can move back upstairs.  Once we are upstairs, then the crew can take down the ceilings in the guest room, the office and install the rest of the hardwood floors.