Sunday, January 25, 2015

The "A" Side Is Complete!

Welcome to the 1940's duplex! This has been an adventure that has taken seven months to complete both sides.
This home is two hours north of our home. There is no way I could have completed this project without my contractor. He is such a blessing to me!
We will pressure wash the front steps after we complete the new landscaping. The before link - total shock! 
The foyer- a mirror will be added above the table soon. Well, I forgot to take it today!  I bought this light at Home Depot and painted it black and then added some gold accents to bend with the black front door and table. 
The "A" side is almost a mirror image of the "B" side.
This unit has hardwood floors throughout, new thermal pane windows, an upgraded electrical system, new central heat and air conditioning, extensive moldings, built-ins and nine foot ceilings 
The dining room has corner cabinets that my Dad built many years ago.
The french doors lead to the screened porch. The "B" side doesn't have a porch.
The study is an extra that the "B" side doesn't have. It's light filled with seven windows.
The study overlooks the screened porch.
The kitchen received an extensive update, including, granite counter tops, energy star appliances, a built-in microwave,  tile flooring and extra cabinets. There is also a large pantry. 
We added a dishwasher in place of a cabinet. My contractor's coffee pot is never far away! 
A new laundry room
The guest bedroom has two large walk in closets.
The master also has two large walk in closets. 
The master bath still retains the original tile.
The 1940's tub was re-glazed.  Don't even get me started on the repair the management company made to the tub! Fortunately, the tacky piece they added to use a single lever could be glazed. They declined to look for two handle tub faucets and glued this on top of the tile. Grrrrr!

The new landscaping will be installed next week. The railings have cured and will be painted. The old girl is coming back to life! 
My soon to be 96 year old Dad made the trip to see the updates and renovation! He was amazing going up the front steps! He wore me out! This was our first outing since his fall and time in rehab for the fall and my hospital stay for pneumonia.
Thank you for following along on this journey!

Linking to:
Between Naps On The Porch
Cedar Hill Ranch, The Scoop
Savvy Southern Style

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here We Go Again!

 The 1940's garage apartment is on the back of the duplex property. As you may remember my Dad turned this property over to a management company 24 years ago. A tenant was living here the day I photographed the outside. He lived there for twenty years. The peeling paint was caused from the gas floor furnace vent being broken and venting down the building and into the air. 
The tenant removed the center, carriage, garage door, added a single door, boarded the other two doors and made this area his personal storage space. He pad locked each door, even his doors inside the apartment. I suppose the duplex tenants never complained about loosing their garage space. There are three garages, one per unit. Gotta love the ivy growing all over the building! A lawn service was paid $130 per month to care for the yard! 
 A tree was down and covering the walkway. The tenant loved bright blue, so he painted much of the unit this color. He also boarded any area a person could see in- doors and windows.
This photo was taken after the tenant moved and had cleaned out most of the garage.
Need palettes or a washing machine? 
The screened porch contained a dryer and that lovely blue paint!  This will be the future mud and laundry rooms. 
I suppose the management company put this entrance door in and used plastic grocery bags to insulate it. 
The hardwood floors were covered with two layers of carpet. Twenty years of smoke filled and stained the entire unit. There are two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, and bath. 
Bright blue paint again- he boarded the bottom half of the window here..
The back bedroom with ivy growing inside the window. Don't know what the "T' thing is. 
A closet and another washing machine! 
Master bedroom
Master- see the dark spot at the bottom of the walls- more packing tape repairs. This matches the duplex repairs. 
We have removed the blinds, washing machines and carpet. The hardwood floors have glue all over them from carpet. My contractor thinks the flooring can be salvaged, so I'm very happy! Next, the tile ceilings will be removed, the kitchen and bathroom will be gutted to assess water damage to the sub flooring.  We will install a new laminate beam in the garage to remove the dip in the rear of the unit. The garages will also be reopened. Fortunately, two of the original carriage garage doors remain.
A tiny update on the "A" unit- it is complete. I have not been able to photograph it yet because I have had a severe case of Pneumonia.  I'm feeling stronger each day and hope to travel there soon. Thank you for all your well wishes and prayers!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Re-purposing Cabinet Doors

I love re-purposing cabinet doors. They're so versatile and inexpensive.

 I painted, distressed and top coated this one, then added hooks, so simple. 

When I had a booth I re-purposed many a cabinet door into a coat-towel hanger or chalkboard. They sold well and gave me "smalls" to sell.
I also  made signs for my booth- the tutorial for this one can be viewed here.

Recently, I have been a sign making fool! This one appeared this past Fall, after a friend brought me a great supply of cabinet doors. I'm sorry about the glare; it was a bad day to try to photograph this.

I made this sign for our Christmas kitchen, but never photographed it in the vignette. Go figure!
I found this idea on Finding Home and just had to give it a try. Glare again; ugh! 
I just made this one for Winter. I used my Silhouette cutter to make the letters. I painted the sign white, then placed the vinyl letters, painted the middle section black and removed the letters. I did let the paint dry between each step. The raised border of the cabinet became my frame when I painted it black. I top coated all the signs with Wipe on Poly. The snowflakes can be found at Michaels.

One for the winter kitchen- I traced the design from one I found on line and used a Sharpie to fill it in. I did use chalk paint to add the red lettering.

This sign on the Winter Screened porch. I lettered this with stencils and traced the ice skates from a pair I found on line.
To me, this is the easiest way to make a sign . It didn't require multiple layers of paint for the lettering. I used different colors of chalk paint to complete the sign. Chalk paint doesn't smear when distressing like paint pens or acrylic paint.
I know you're thinking, step away from the cabinet doors- too many signs! I hear you!
 I hope you are having a fantastic New Year!  Thank you for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Greetings

Well, it's hard to believe that a new year is almost here! For some reason, this year, I was past ready to pack away our Christmas decorations and move on to winter ones- so Winter Greetings from the office. This room has ten windows that make it very difficult to get a great photo, so sorry. Much of the mantel is recycled from last year- the banner can be found here. I'm finding myself a bit overwhelmed with seasonal decor and certainly don't need to add anymore. 
 A friend gave me some old cabinet doors so I broke out the chalk paint and got busy making signs. I have had so much fun playing with these. 
You have seen the two balustrades before, but I just found this newel post to add height to this vignette. 
 I  love the height that the metal work pieces add to the mantel. The owl lamps, from Walmart, will stay here until Spring. 
Grandmother's library table from 1900 
A plow dish cloche has a wee bit of winter decor. 
When we added this room, we added a wet bar for crafts and to save trips to the kitchen. 

As bloggers we tend to crop, edit and touch up photos.  
Well, this is what the room really looks like- exercise equipment and all. 
The built in has stacks of paper and my fan, the sofa has the kitty's towel on the back of it and the conference table has stacks of end of the year paperwork - real life, messy and unedited.
Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

Linking to:
Savvy Southern Style
Katherine's Corner
Simple Nature Decor