Finally Back to “Normal”

We’ve finally finish most of the repairs to the house.  We just need to fix the apron on the master bath and pant the hall upstairs.



The pantry has bright new paneling and hooks for coats and hats.  This was pretty easy to install and the hooks are much more sturdy than they were when we had them installed into the sheetrock with wall anchors.

kitchenIn the kitchen and dining room, the wood floors are beautiful, even holding up well with a large, rambunctious yellow matador.  The new stove from the salvage yard is great many thanks to the man that was able to restore the propane orifices. We also installed new faucets for both of the kitchen sinks, painted and found a great hand-forged pot rack on Craigslist.  If you look carefully at the kitchen ceiling, you can see another project to finish – note the dangly light fixture that the sheet-rock guys lost the bracket for.

pantryThis is not the best picture of the pantry, but I do love this antique cupboard we found on Craigslist.  In this room, we also installed the board and batten paneling topped with a beautiful blue paint.  The little black hooks that we ran along the top rail of the paneling are great for everything from butter paddles to feather dusters.

bathI think the guest bathroom is my favorite.  We continued the white paneling from the entry into this room and topped it with the most beautiful blue-green paint.  It was al of the samples of greens and blues that we had tried, mixed together into one bucket.  We added more black hooks and used an antique iron sewing machine base with a vessel sink to replace the old, rickety, white pedestal sink.  We also continued the wood flooring through the entry and into the guest bath, changing the direction of the boards at the sliding barn door that separates the entry from the dining room.

This “forced remodel” as we called it was really stressful on everyone.  It took about 5 months to have everything torn out, mold removed, re-plumbed, rebuilt, repainted and spiffed up.  We lived with tents, blowers, dehumidifiers, dust, debris, furniture in piles and weeks without a kitchen.  We had truly fantastic men and women helping us every step along the way.  Kind and honest and caring people and without them, I think I may have gone mad.  In the end, with their help, we have beautiful new Oregon White Oak floors finished with hard wax-oil, all of the floors and seven rooms have been freshly painted (still have a few to go), we have the softest carpet imaginable in the living room – made from recycled soda bottles, board and batten panelling in the pantry, entry and guest bath, a new (used) stove that preheats every time and all of the burners light, new kitchen faucets that don’t leak and everything seems clean and shiny. Maybe the most important part is that we have wonderful, new PEC plumbing and don’t sit around wondering when the next pipe will burst.



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