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

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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