The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 4

Posted 7 January 2018 at 9:50 PM | Comments (0)

We’re really going for it. The house is already smelling so much better.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 4

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 3

Posted 5 January 2018 at 9:36 PM | Comments (0)

Uncovering odors continues in the third day of our kitchen demolition.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 3

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 3

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 3

You can see that the laundry is just behind the front door. Now that we’re really doing this, we’re going to do it all the way and enclose the laundry area behind cabinet doors. Stay tuned to find out if we go bankrupt and lose everything we have.

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 2

Posted 1 January 2018 at 9:21 PM | Comments (0)

Happy new year?! I can’t believe we got ourselves into this.

Once the cabinets were outside, it was confirmed that they smelled bad; it was also confirmed that the layers of disintegrating vinyl flooring smelled bad, as does the rotted subfloor. Everything is coming out. Everything.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 2

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 2

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 2

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 1

Posted 31 December 2017 at 9:09 PM | Comments (0)

God help us. We weren’t planning on touching the kitchen for another 5-10 years, but the odor of the house continues to offend our senses.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen, Renovation Before

Don’t let the quaint, solid-wood cabinets fool you. They fooled us, too. We thought we would keep them. In the end, we realized the only way to pinpoint the source of the odor was to start removing cabinets. This is the photo my husband texted to me before he got started this morning:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 1

And this:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 1

Today’s demolition resulted in removed cabinets and flooring, with layers of rot, trash, and dirt, built up over years. This is the pile of trash he found underneath the first set of cabinets he removed:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 1

He had a suspicion that some of the smell was coming from the floor also, so he started pulling up three layers of vinyl flooring:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 1

Leaving us with this current situation:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 1

Fall 2017 Vibes from Zara

Posted 15 November 2017 at 11:16 PM | Comments (0)

Great use of all the fall trends: suede jacket, yellow top, wide leg jeans, wide belt, and silver boots. I’m feeling you, Zara. Thanks for the outfit inspo.

Fall 2017 Trends from Zara: Wide Leg Jeans, Suede Jacket, Silver Boots

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 18

Posted 3 November 2017 at 2:47 PM | Comments (0)

The gables were finished in September, but we kept dragging our feet on painting them. I was going back and forth on color choices (everything in Pewter Tankard, or introduce a new color?), and we were just very busy.

Then, last week, we noticed the weather forecast showed sun for several days, which is unusual for fall in the Pacific Northwest (usually it’s rain and more rain). So, my husband scrambled to take days off work, and ended up spending six days spackling, sanding, priming, and painting.

We got really lucky, too, because it wasn’t just that rain was coming—it turns out that snow was coming. Two mornings later, this is what we woke up to.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

Next, we have to get the gutters and downspouts on. Good thing, too—we’ve heard there may be some precipitation…

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 17

Posted 3 September 2017 at 5:16 PM | Comments (0)

Gables are done! This part actually took all week, so technically it’s Day 17-21, but since I didn’t take photos any other day, we’ll just group it into Day 17. It looks good, doesn’t it? More painting days to come.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 16

Posted 2 July 2017 at 7:55 PM | Comments (0)

I went to the house by myself today and painted the car port. It was peaceful and meditative—and this is coming from a person who used to think I would never want to own anything but a condominium, because I didn’t want to have to take care of the exterior and grounds.

You could say I’m growing up.

In the right light, the color (Pewter Tankard from Sherwin-Williams) is perfect: silvery gray with a touch of warmth. In morning light and under cloudy skies, it looks like a cooler gray, which is a little less sexy against the brick house, but it’ll do.

I am having the best time working on this house. Next up is cleaning and painting inside the car port, which is a big mess… but I have big plans for it. Big mess, big plans—sounds about right.

Sherwin-Williams Pewter Tankard, Gray Exterior Paint Color, Looks Good with Brick

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 15

Posted 25 June 2017 at 7:00 PM | Comments (0)

It was a family priming affair today. All four of us (including our two boys, ages six and nine) spent close to five hours priming the car port. In the process, I learned that new parents should hold off all painting projects until children are old enough to help! It went faster, and they learned a new skill as well.

While we were priming, a neighborhood couple walked past us and yelled out that they were big fans of the gray paint sample. I am glad they agree. Goodbye, ugly terracotta!

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 15

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 14

Posted 23 June 2017 at 4:56 PM | Comments (0)

Man, that roof looks good. And we’ve run out of money.

Next step: paint the wood siding of the car port until we can afford to finish the gables.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 14