Saturday, July 27, 2013

All Work and No Play...

Well, we have been working on the house non-stop because 
once Mr. BRC starts working outside the house, 
it's gonna go slow(er). 

But, we have taken some time (meaning hours) off
here and there to get out and explore and to 
get together with our new peers.

This week we went into Montgomery looking
for cabinets. 

We revisited Rescued Relics  in 
hopes of finding some Vintage
pieces that we could incorporate
into our new home.
We didn't find cabinets but we did find 

I think with our Eclectic style,
any of these awesome pieces would fit like
a charm in our little humble home. 

After RR,
we hit the local Habitat Re-Store
and found some tile
that will work perfectly
for the kitchen entrance, 
laundry room and walk in pantry
(all three rooms are connected).
It looks like a smooth slate, almost black,
but it's a porcelain. The texture
and easy care will be perfect for that area.
Can't wait to pick some up and get going on that!
(photo to come!)

Here's where we are on the kitchen:

New drop ceiling is in
and I have become the resident drywaller.
Who knew making these ...

would give me skills to do this...

I got to tape and mud the seams and screw holes.
Texture is next!

We're further along now but I'll show those pictures later.
Bruce installed some new lights, a chandelier and lots
 of hidden outlets for a well working kitchen. 

The little nook will house a cute cafe table and two chairs
(once I find the right set).
Can't wait to have my morning
coffee there and watch nature!

After we finish "finishing" the
 original carpenter's work,
(umm, like re-taping ALL the seams and adding screws to 
the ceiling and remainder walls throughout the house),

where are the drywall screws?!

we'll be texturing.
That will be the icing on the cake!
(get it?)

Then I get to paint!!!

Actually, I just can't wait till 
our floor doesn't look like this anymore:

Soon enough... soon enough.

See ya soon!

xo, Amber

Monday, July 22, 2013

Making It Pretty

This Monday morning at the kitchen table looking out 
at the yard and the light rain falling.

Bruce's truck is parked by the back patio 
so he can have easy access to his tools
{he moved his "work" area from the front to back
so it wouldn't look like hoarder's live here}.

There's a little brown bird, larger than a finch, 
with a super bright orange beak, flying around the cab
of the truck then landing on the window sill admiring itself.
It's hilarious because it flies away then will come back a few
minutes later and do it again. 
I LOVE it!!

We finally got one trailer completely emptied 
after power washing the screen porch and
spraying for critters.
There were some huge spiders in there
that you would not want to come
face to face with!

That's what we did on Saturday instead
of working on the inside of the house.

Yesterday after church and lunch
at The Josephine,
we came home and got to work.
Well, I did. All three boys
were outside playing in the rain
and porch chatting with the neighbor 
{sounds pretty awesome, huh?}.
I was inside {happily} unpacking the dishes 
that were held hostage in that trailer we emptied.
No more paper plates!

I am in love with our free cabinets!

We had a remnant piece of slab
Carrara Marble laying around so 
we put it on the counter to protect the wood
from food and water.
I'm also "trying it out" because I am enamoured 
with marble. I just don't think the gray in this
stone is gonna work with our bisque appliances 
and other cabinets we have planned.
Might be looking at the Oro or a cream granite for the 
top of this cabinet then something darker for the other cabinets.
Decisions, decisions.

I love standing in front of this with my hands
in the photo frame pose because
... this is what the rest of the kitchen 
looks like right now....

The left side of the cabinet is our makeshift pantry.
The wall behind the fridge is the old 
laundry room and will become the new walk in pantry.
The fridge will be moved into its own niche across
from the cabinet and the new sink will go 
where the fridge is {in the picture}.

In a nutshell, the entire left side of the house has been and is getting re-done. 
The only thing that is staying the same is where the dining table goes.
But even that got a little change.
It gained about 2 feet.

Although the kitchen seems "closed off", that's how
we wanted it. When we were in the rental, it was an 
"open concept" where the kitchen, kitchen table and
family room was all in one big room. 
All that did for us was make for constant grazing and it
made the big island an easy dump off ground for papers
and clutter. 

I also noticed that in older homes, the kitchen was more a 
utilitarian room that was not seen.
Hmm... I guess we're bringing some of that here. 

Our biggest challenge...
the floor.

See anything wrong?
Yeah, there's a whole lotta gaps in there.
Not just in the kitchen and dining room but throughout 
the whole house. :)
My husband want(ed/s) to rip it out 
because he is not a fan of oak flooring.
I gently remind him how expensive that will 
be and his pole barn will get pushed back, in that case.
I also remind him that we are among some fabulous, charming and 
grand old homes that are perfectly imperfect.
I love that we will have some quirk to it 
{conversation piece} and I love that they squeak.

The issue {part of it} is that they used the wrong nails to install it.
The nail heads protrude out of the tongue making it
impossible for the groove to snap right in cleanly.
Yep, through the whole house.
And we're not talking minimal.
At the base of my beautiful wall cabinet,
we're talking an inch and a half!

That is one whole plank off, no lie!

"Amber, why on earth would you show people that?!"

"Because I love the wackiness of it!
You can still have pretty with some funky 
thrown in. 
Once it's all done {and filled with wedges}, you won't even
notice, trust me."  , says me, like I know what I'm talking about. 

We also recycled some of the drywall 
we took out since it was barely {hanging} damaged.
I hope we are doing Miss. Kitty Gardner proud.

The stove will now live here, on this wall below.

The dining room, past and presently
 in the same place...

The hallway to the front door below.
We have a Mahogany leaded glass door we 
will be installing and the area to the
right of the door is the old kitchen and 
new laundry room. The wall still needs to
be put up. ;) 

Well, that's what's been going on here 
at The Cottage.

We'll see what today brings. Of course I'll have 
hubby stop and pose for some good shots.
I think I know what we're doing but then again,
you know how that goes!

Till next time!

xo, Amber

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Home at last!

First, I would like to say thank you to all that commented the last couple of posts.
I appreciate every one of you and I apologize that I haven't responded back.
We finally got our service connected and have gotten a little more settled so  I have started my daily ritual of early morning email catch up. I'm looking forward to sharing this
amazing place with you. xoxo

Moving sucks.
{Just wanted to make that clear}
BUT this move has been so worth it.

Let's start from the beginning....
It took us a few days to get the trailers
 balanced out just right.
 You know, the right amount of tongue weight
versus behind the axle weight. ;)
Success at last!
Not gonna lie, I did NOT like pulling that heavy trailer plus
what was in the bed of my truck, not to mention what was on top.
Oh, let's not forget the precious cargo of 3 kids 
and a doggy {in the window}.
We were l.o.a.d.e.d!

We survived and I quickly got over my fears once we pulled
 through Palm Springs and I got comfortable driving that sled.
Oh, I forgot to mention we pulled these plus had a huge semi-truck
full of our belongings. You don't know whatcha 
got till you try and pack it to move.
 One more day and we probably would have
 had a fire sale and just started over.

We made it to New Mexico the first day of  our travels.
It was nice to see California in the rear view after all these
 days, weeks, months and years of planning.

So, ya think we were a sight going down the road?

This was a stop along our travels for lunch in East Texas. 
We picnicked at Sonic!
Once we got on the back side of Dallas, things started greening up!

We had a little delay after our departure from NM.
Mama got a blow out on the trailer.
SCARY stuff but being the professional truck 
driver that I am, I got her wrangled to the side of the road
for my hero to fix it. 
We picked up another spare .... just-in-case.

Fast forward to crossing the Mississippi River...
WOW! I want to ride the river boat up that muddy river!
That was such a neat thing to do for the kids (cross the river). 
They (and I) absolutely loved it.

East of the Mississippi.... blowout #2.
Fast and easy fix then we stayed overnight in Mississippi for the final night.

We arrived home on July 4th!
It was raining but it was awesome.

We're hoping this will be home for a long, long time.

Miss. Joyce and Mr. Allen brought us over a huge
spread of piping hot pork loin, salads, bread, chips and
 a big 'ol container of sweet tea.
We had a most delicious first dinner in our home thanks to them!

Can't wait to have them over for dinner once my kitchen is 
up and running. By the dinner's we have had here, I don't know 
if I'm going to measure up.  :)

Now, pictures!

Our street to the left and right

Below is the residential part of Prairie Street. Straight down 
this road is main street Union Springs.
Very cool!

I'll take more photos of this street because it is nothing
short of amazing. 

Our garden pets!

... and there are snakes. Haven't seen a live one yet but
I've heard (from everyone) that they are here and I found
a snake skin in the garden yesterday. Gulp!

The truck arrived! 

Our awesome neighbor Justin wrangled some boys together
to help us get unloaded. So, SO thankful for them!

Since then, it's been unpacking, demolition and a little fun
on the side.  And boy, there is still so much to share. 

We went into Auburn today and we were in awe of the Countryside here.
It's truly like living life on a vacation.

~ ~ ~ ~

Next visit... the plan and execution of it. 
Mama's gettin' a new kitchen {and laundry room and pantry}!

See you back here soon!

xo, Amber