Monday, December 27, 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words

Whoever thought hanging a picture would bring such delight? But, it does after all these months.  As a matter of fact, we never hung any pictures, even when we first bought the house (2+ years ago) because we knew we would be renovating.  In our apartment in Bremerton, we never bothered to hang any pictures either.  So, there is great significance to this for us.  Our friend and photographer, Wendy Dreaney, gave us a lovely gift for Christmas - a photo detail from a flea market in France.  So, we had a great pasta dinner with a wonderful bottle of Solena Zinfindel and hung the picture.  Its the little things in life - right!?

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Earth's Barn Door
Patience has never been one of my virtues.  The amount needed to properly stain wood doors and trim is staggering.  So, I am guessing this is one of my life challenges as there is a boat load of it to do right now.  The worst part is prep - sanding, vacuuming the dust off, getting the finger prints from the contractors off, sanding some more...and then finally staining.  Ooh - and then you get to sand again and stain again after waiting hours and hours for the stuff to dry.  It seems endless.  I figured out quickly that brushing it on was not the best way and found these cool little white terry cloth covered sponges.  It changed it from painting to more like cleaning.  Now, you're talking.  That I like to do.  So, I just pretend that I am wiping clean the miles of wood in this house instead of using sticky, stinky wood stain and it is almost tolerable.  (The pictures here are pre-sponge.)  I almost have the upper floor done - which is 3 of the 8 rooms, not including all the common area.  Sigh.  So, not only patience but I need perseverance. The latter, I have - stubborn to the end.  I will finish this!

Air's Barn Door

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Great Room

I could barely remember what the Great Room looked like before it was all covered up for construction.  It has been over 6 months.  These photos are a shot of the refinishing in progress.  We added the window and french doors at the dining and kitchen area, enlarged the living room windows, painted and as you can see here are in the process of doing the floors.  Stay tuned for more photos!  I cannot wait to sit in front of the fireplace and enjoy the Inn.  Progress!