Wallpaper Removal Art

August 13, 2007

Here is the result of a day of wallpaper removal. Somehow the heap of removed paper was more interesting in this form than gracing the walls.

I understand that centuries ago wallpaper was used as art and to mimick the look of luxurious fabrics.

Personally, I can’t wait til it is all removed from our rehab house. Let’s see… bedroom #2 and #3 completed. That just leaves bedroom #1, the foyer, a hall, the living room, dining room and one bathroom! YIKES!

dark kitchen

August 3, 2007

Our “before” kitchen was quite the 60’s/70’s charmer. The avocado green built in can opener was our favorite feature!

Seriously, the room is a good size and the basic layout of the appliances is the perfect triangle. But the room still seems dark since the only natural light source is through a cut-out over the sink adjacent to den’s glass doors.

The first day I stood in this room I could see the difference opening up this room would make.  I envisioned the cut-out expanded and the entire left wall above the bottom cabinetry removed. I could imagine slicing cucmbers at my sunny kitchen counter while bird watching through to the lush, rear courtyard.

Within the first few days of ownership we knew we would be spending half of our renovation budget on the 600 sf. kitchen and den areas. It is the heart of the home and the area in most need of updating.

Here’s what needs to be done in these rooms:

1. Demolition of kitchen cabinets, old flooring, paneled walls.  This involves calling the plumber and electrician to disconnect what ever we can not unhook!

2. Build new staircase to lower level and remove impractical and unnecessary spiral.

3. Prepare floors to receive 3/4″ hardwood flooring.

4. Install support header beams where needed.

5. Have plumber Chris and electrician Jamie come back in to update, reconnect, run new lines, etc.

6. Sheetrock on walls and over popcorn ceilings. Sand and paint.

7.  Order and install cabinetry from Kitchen Floyd.

8.  New appliances, countertop, backslash, and fixtures.

9.  Hardwood flooring.

Not particularly in that order… but you get the idea. Total overhaul. It’s OK. I can see the results, smell the food cooking, feel the revived energy of the home’s spirit.

Our project kitchen will be “starting over” too.

demo day one

August 3, 2007

Here is a picture looking into the kitchen from the den. Our rehabbing always gets scary after demo day one. You think…”I just spent a pile of money to purchase this home and now we have torn it apart.” Something about it must get worse before it can get better!

dumpster day

August 3, 2007

The day the dumster was delivered I knew we were nearing demo day. Out with the old and in with the new. I wonder what the neighbors think or how the old owners feel when they drive by and see this 22′ long hunk of steel parked in the drive.

I hate thinking about the debris to go to the land fill but I tell myself it is better to throw out an old kitchen than the whole house. So we will forge ahead in our attempt to recycle this home.

When demo started we filled this metal cavern in two short days with old kitchen cabinetry, rusty filing cabinets, the jade shag carpet from downstairs, and old flooring and paneling from the kitchen.

Time to start anew.

Stack overflow? HELP!

July 25, 2007

HELP! I admit to being constantly behind the technology curve… but I am having trouble uploading pictures to wordpress via flickr as I have been doing.

When I click on any picture uploaded to Flickr now, I get this Internet Explorer message:

“Stack overflow at line: 653”

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Argh. I hate not having the computer savvy of a thirteen year old! Or is this an ominous sign of an overloaded hard drive? 

Would appreciate any ideas/help any of you might give me with this current computer challenge! Thanks.

sunflowers, iphones and rehabbing

July 23, 2007

Here is a wrap up of my non-blogging past week or so. We can call them “Anita’s Top 10 Excuses for Being Bloggless in Bristol”. Here we go:

1. TOYS! I was playing with (being amazed by) Diane’s new iphone. I am usually the thoughtful consumer who is not too quick to own the newest technology. This is basically because I am usually playing catch up with the last bit of technology to come my way. Also, I always think…”let ’em get the bugs out first… the price will come down if I wait…” etc.

But this little cutie, the i-phone that is, is so amazing and user friendly that I am afraid I may have to have one sooner rather than later. My budget thanks you Diane! hehe.

The iphone, or is it i-phone, or is it I-phone? Anyway, it allows one to take a photo, e-mail it to your sweetie, all from wireless signal amazingly available in most areas of our small town. Get a call, text a message, check e-mail and never get lost with the onboard GPS! Well, I’m sure Apple doesn’t need little ole me to know they have a great product.

2. FAMILY. My Liza’s eldest brother came to town for a friendly 3 day visit to wrap up family matters relating to their mother’s passing. Jerry hosted a lovely evening at the lake. Below is the nice lake shot Liza snapped as our proof!

3. FRIEND. Dear Friend of 30+ years came to visit and was endless source of fun and encouragement. I think she appreciated the cool mountain air, a change of space, and the relaxed yet interesting mix of people and things to do and see.

So much catching up, old photo reviewing to do. So many new ideas and dreams to share, so little time!

4. MORE FRIENDS. In addition to eldest brother and Dear Friend, we also enjoyed a 2 day visit from C & C, good old friends from Key West, as they made their way back down south from their summer northern retreat. SO NICE to see them! Took them for a long drive around (lake, dam, speedway, mountains, childhood spots, new library, city parks, historic propperties, etc.) while Dear Friend entertained herself with walks and naps.

5. BUYING FLOWERS. Took the whole crowd to the bi-weekly Farmer’s Market in our town and scored a whole bag of home grown delights for just a few dollars! I bought small cucumbers and home-made oatmeal and coconut cookies. I also found a huge bunch of sunflowers (two dollars!), one of which was captured by Liza’s Cannon (shown above). and 10. REHABBING! We closed on a house that will become our next rehabbing project! Our friends helped us initiate the new house with laughter and an afternoon of gardening as they expressed their hopes for our success in bringing this hip mid-century charmer back to a useful and modern life.

More about this project to come. Probably too much more… as rehabbing projects can become all consuming! But we are excited to begin again. Starting Over once more… this time with a project of our own choosing. So stay tuned for progress reports on the project that Dear Friend has named “Fairfield Manor”.

Those are my current excuses… and good ones they are!!! Warm wishes to all.

Ft. Lauderdale Sunset

July 1, 2007

This late twilight time on Ft. Lauderdale Beach was magical. Liza’s image was one of few that we got during our recent time there. Gardening and small projects around the cottage kept us distracted and happy.

Twi-light, or dusk, is my favorite time of day. The light is soft and shadows become lush. Twilight is the “starting over” of each evening and the natural passing of each day. Lasting for only a few brief minutes and changing with every second, this special time of day is precious and, individually, can never be replaced.

It is a space in our day to de-compress… to review the blessings of the day and reflect on hopeful prospects for the evening.