Dianne's Creative Table

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

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!!!

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!