I am up to my eyeballs in projects…It’s taking all my time lately so I thought I would give you a little summary of it all and you will have an idea of where I have been… I’ll get into specifics as it all wraps up, but sometimes it’s fun to have a peek at the process.
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The Goat Loft
The apartment over my workshop is big but it was fairly dated. I’ve been trying to tear out the kitchen and get it finished so we can maybe list it on Airbnb. After all, there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 14 wineries within four miles of our place…so it kind of seems like a good idea.
Here is where this project started:
Over Thanksgiving my father helped me take all the cabinets out. I had a friend agree to help me move the stove and fridge since I thought it would create more space if they were flip-flopped. He ran some wire then life came up… so it sat. I finally paid a contractor I’ve gotten to know to help me get it all moving in the right direction again.
Brian’s boss was getting a new kitchen so he let me pick through his old cabinets- Hooray! I got what I thought would work and my contractor friend helped me figure out how to make them work with the space and we even customized them to maximize what I had. I’ll give more details later, but needless to say, it would never look as good as it will without his help and expertise.
I am very fortunate that no one is currently living there so I have the freedom to work when I have time. Right now, it looks like mostly this:
floors and finishes
I’ve managed to get a bit more of the floor out and hopefully this week I can get the doors and drawers finished and sealed. Then I can start installing the flooring (that is of course waiting at Home Depot for me to pick up). Once I get that done, I still have to: decide on Ikea or Lumber Liquidators for the countertops (neither, I went with Home Depot and I would do it again in a heartbeat) , pick a sink and faucet and get those installed… shiplap, tile, or faux tin for the backsplash and put up the open shelving….reinstall the sink and toilet, find new light fixtures and ceiling fans, install the screen door over the washer dryer (re-hook up the washer dryer) then paint all the rest of the walls some kind of color I still haven’t decided on yet…. Whew.. I don’t see this getting finished super quick, do you? …Anyone want to help?
The Painted Pig
Then I have the store project I am trying to open with a friend in a little town nearby. My friend and business partner, Denise, bought a house that had been recently zoned commercial for us. It’s super cute, but really old. It’s the third oldest house in town. So old that no one is quite certain when it was built, but they “think” 1820. German construction means walls filled with bricks (called “nogging”) that were used as insulation. Back in “the day”, bricks were great to keep warm and bugs and rodents out too.
We were excited about opening and then the county permit process ground it all to a screeching halt. Hopefully it will all be worked out this week and we can get back to forward progress. In the meantime, we are doing with we can and painting (and sanding) walls for a rustic “time worn” look.
Here is Denise on the day she closed on the house. Isn’t she adorable? The green trim is slowly being replaced with bright white. Our shop will be on the right side of the house. She’s rented the other side to a gal who is working on building out a coffee shop. Don’t you just “love” the astroturf porch? (I recently did a huge makeover on that porch and you won’t even believe the transformation.)
This is the coffee shop side of the house. Isn’t that brick swoon-worthy?
This is a view of a bit of the work going on the “Pig” side. Painting walls… then undoing all the work I did to give it an aged look.
I’m also trying my darndest to finish up a kitchen for a client that has had one thing after another go wrong. (Remember the Alamo… kitchen)
Then in my “spare” time I have a client who I am helping to redo her RV. Here are some fun photos of that- we’re not quite finished with any of the pieces we’ve started, but we’re getting there.
This is the shiplap we installed. She’s gotten a coat of primer on it since we started..I just don’t have a picture.
This is the kitchen area. We are using Aspect Peel and Stick Glass tiles to throw some light around and give it some interest. Cutting the tiles around that window shape is kind of a pain.. luckily a glass grinder and the smaller size of these makes it a bit easier to adapt.
In the meantime, farm animals still want to be fed, eggs have to be collected and one of our mama geese had FIVE babies yesterday….that’s on top of the three we managed to hatch using the incubator. (Check out my Instagram feed for those pics)
So as you can see, life around here is not all that much slower paced and the projects list is long… what are you up to lately?