Sunday, July 19, 2015


What you see here is the after shot of a lot of work.
Below tells the before story.

A while back a friend ask me if I wanted a cedar stump.

Of course I said yes. I immediately thought I might make a table out of it
to go on my back porch.
It turned out to be quite a big stump
plus it had a lot of rot throughout the middle
from top to bottom.

But I persisted on my quest to conquer this for a table.
I had a vision.
Here's the top. First it had to be leveled off.

Here's a look at the bottom.
A very pretty shape.

The next step was to start chiseling out all the rot.
From top to bottom.
It was amazing how much came out of this stump.
This took days and days of work, plus spraying for little bugs
that had made their home in this delicious wood.

After getting all the rot out, the stump rode on my golf cart for a couple
of weeks riding in and out of the sun.
This helped with the drying process.
Here's a close look at the inside.

After it was cleaned out it had to be cut to the correct height that I wanted.
I had my son in law do this and he did a great job of cutting
a very level surface.

Here it is cut to size.
The bark has also been removed and the outside sanded a lot.
And I mean a lot. It had to be silky smooth.

A couple of times during all this process
I would enclosed it in plastic and set off a bug bomb inside.
Trying to make sure anything that was living was now gone.

I wanted to make sure the bottom was enclosed as the top would be.
So I cut a thin piece of plywood to cover the outline of the opening.
I also polyurethaned the inside to seal it.
The outside of the stump has about three coats of poly in a gloss finish.

I cut a small circle to cover the top of the stump.
This will also give the final top piece something to be screw into.

It was secured on the top of the stump with screws.

The finished top was then secured underneath attaching it to the small top.

I made the top out of an old 36" round table top.
I cut it down to 30", sanded the fire out of it,
then put 2 coats of a dark stain on it.
Then three coats of poly in a gloss finish.
I wanted the edges to have a rustic finish so I chiseled around the edges.
Then sanded it to make it a smoother edge.
Here's a closer look.

The finished product.

As you can see it did not end up on my back porch.

Here's a close up of the bottom.
It reminds me of animal hoofs.

Here it is being enjoyed in our great room.

It took a lot of work, but it turned out just as I had planned.
I think it's quite a unique piece of furniture with a great story.

Commit your activities to the Lord
and your plans will be achieved.
Proverbs 16:3

Friday, July 3, 2015


Wishing everyone a


Maggie turns 9 months old today.
My how she has grown.
She's such a sweet girl.

For nothing will be impossible with God.
Luke 1:37

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Thirty some years ago when we built our house we had
a bath upstairs and one downstairs. The one downstairs 
had an entry for guests but it also had an entry from
our bedroom also. The bath was two rooms. One room had the sink and toilet
the other had a bathtub and closet. We always wanted our own private master bath.
So fast forward 25 years. We added a master bath on one end of the house connecting
to our master bedroom. We love it. So I decided to turn the older bathroom into a powder
room for guests. The tub room was turned into a closet for me.
Below is a picture of how it has looked for the last eight years.
Well I was ready for a change so I decided to repaint and add a wood accent wall.

So once again I decided to recycle my old fence pickets.

After removing all the screw, nails and staples
( there was a lot) I scraped and sanded some of the old paint off.

I then took them down to my dads shop and cut the tops off
and some of the bottom. Some ends were rotting from being
stored outside for so long.
My dad ran one side through the plainer
 to make sure they were all the same thickness.

Here they are ready to install. I did paint one side of the planks first.

Over the years this bath has had a lot of wall paper.
You know how wall paper is when you remove it. 
Normally it's not a pretty site afterwards.
 So when I turned this room into the powder room eight years ago
I decided to roughly skim the walls
with joint compound. I painted it with a light orange and glazed it with a burnt umber.
I really liked the effect.
This time around I wanted it to look like denim.
So I first painted it a light blue.

Here I've added the dark blue glaze.

Here's a close up of the finish.
I really like how it turned out. It's even prettier in person.
Look close and you can see the chalk lines I've added to show where the studs are.

Here's a look at the progress.

Another look see.

Here's a look at the wall before I added a trim piece.

Here's after the trim was added.

And here's a few pictures after it's all finished.

I decided to change artwork.
So here's a few more pics.

It turned out just as I had planned.
I hope your enjoyed the update.

Believe it or not I've finally used up all my old pickets.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God.
1 John 3:1

Please leave a comment. I love to read them.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


It's taken a while to complete this project of redoing the cabin.
With my job of flipping a house, trying to keep my house
in order and most important of all
the arrival of a new grandson, it's taken a little longer then I expected.
Well, I'm finally ready to reveal the kitchen and porch do overs. 
If you want to see the before pictures you can see them here.
First, lets enter the kitchen from the living room shall we.
Another beautiful turquoise door. :)

This is stepping into the kitchen and the view out the back door.

If you turn to your left you see the dining area of the kitchen.
I left the log wall natural. This was the back on the outside of the cabin
before the kitchen was added.
The glass cabinet my dad made many years ago.
The small piece against the wall is called a honey cupboard. He made that too.
The dining table top is very old, but on a more recent table base.
All of the chairs are old odds and ends in design but have been refinished
and had new bottoms woven in. By my dad of course.

 To the right of the door way is the wood cook stove .
The red and white table is around 70 years old. My parents used it in there first
house when they got married.
Under the back wall window is a dry sink my dad made.

This is looking toward the door that leads back into the living room.

 Here's a closer look of the dry sink at the kitchen window.
Old pottery and enamel pots fill the shelves.

Here's a close up of the old wood cook stove.
It still works and heats up really well.

Now we'll move on to the refreshed front porch.

A little cleaning and decluttering really improves the look.
Don't you think?

And here's the reason this whole project was done.
My dad.
Doesn't he look relaxed and comfortable?

I love this man.:)

I hope you've enjoyed coming along on this journey
of redoing the cabin.

If you'd like to see part 2 you can click here.

I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Well. I've finally got some after pictures to show you of the cabin
living/dining area. Look here to see the before and how
this makeover got started. 
First up is the fireplace wall.
The brick are really old so I didn't want to do anything to them.
As you can see my dad has a checkerboard table
(that he made) ready for anyone to play.

I had a couch that I had been using on my back porch
and I thought it would look great in the cabin.
After all he needs somewhere to recline. Right?
Above the couch is a collection of pictures about the cabin.
We'll add more as we find more.

This is the front side of the cabin.
He has his tv and rocking chair.
He made the Grandfather clock many years ago.

This is just a close up of the t v corner.
He made the tv stand and the hanging corner cabinet.

In this corner is an old peddle sewing machine
that was my grandmothers.

This is just a closer look at the fireplace.

Here we are at the dining room side.
This table was the old farm table of my great grandmother.

Here's a little closer look.

This is the other side by the front door.
A wash stand that my dad made
and some old hornets nest.
Plus an empty clock case that my dad made.

In this corner I've fixed an area of some items for sale.
Years ago we use to sell crafts from the cabin.
And these are a few of the leftovers.
Thought I'd display them in one place.

This is looking toward the kitchen door.

Here you can see the stair ladder to the upstairs.
Also notice I didn't paint the wall at the dining area.
I thought it would make a good feature wall.
None of these logs had been painted originally.
If you notice the curtains at the windows here and on the front window
they are recycled from the nursery I had with my first daughter 
some 30 plus years ago.
They were also used in my granddaughters bedroom.

This is looking toward the front door.

This is a close up of the pig on the dining room table.
My dad made that a long time ago.
I think it's cute.

Please stay tuned for part 3 - the kitchen.

And probably part 4 - the front porch.

"I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.
Is anything too difficult for me?"

Jeremiah 32:27