Sunday, December 14, 2008

Messy, messy, messy!

Some of you have heard me talk about my shabby cottage where I live with Mr. Shabby, a Dalmation named Cleo and a salvaged kitty named Gracie. I recently had a conversation with a new online friend who also shares the joy of owning an old house. But really, joy is not always the correct word to use in describing living in an old house. Maybe if you have a lot of money and can hire people to do all the refurbishing an old house needs, it's not so bad. But when you live on a shoestring budget you can fall out of love with an old house as quickly as you fell in love with it in the first place.

And when you are married to a wonderfully skilled woodworker, you are usually the last to get his services. Add on top of that a woodworker who is, shall we say, not quick as a bunny, when it comes to getting things done. I would have to cast him in the role of the tortoise, if I were casting a play called The Hare and the Tortoise. ;-) Yet we all know how that story ended. And around here

So I think that 7 long years of long suffering patience, as I grow a bit more long in the tooth each year (do you see the theme developing here?)are finally seeing results. I do believe it is that time in the race when the tortoise starts to pull ahead of the hare on his way to the finish line. Of course, I don't say that too loud, I don't want to anger the DIY gods with any presumptions on my part. But I am actually seeing work begun on my kitchen!

Okay be warned, these pictures are pretty horrifying but you have to see some of the before so that when I have the after pictures you will understand my jubilation, the fireworks and the parade.

This is the sink side of my kitchen. Pretty isn't it? Well the stuffing coming out of the wall is brand new this weekend as Mr. Shabby pulled old bead board off in order to rewire and move outlets. But that was their insulation 80 years ago. Ewwww. How do you like that sink ladies? Want it? You can have it! I DO NOT use those drawers and the only thing in the cabinets below are some cleaning supplies. But nothing will clean that sink of it's age.

And here is a close up of the space with my color samples from when we first moved in. I have since then changed my color scheme. I mean face it , in 7 years a lot of things change.

If you were around in Oct you saw the picture of this monstrosity sitting in my dining room. It was only to be there a week, two at the most. Let's see, it's now almost the end of Dec. That's my tortoise for you. This is actually going in the ugly hole above. It will be painted and hold my wall oven and other "stuff" .

And here it is, proof positive that there actually is work going on in my long (there's that word again) overdue kitchen renovation. New bead board going up. Since I will have cabinets up to the crown molding here (glass fronted with lights yet...only for decorative pretties since I'm getting to old to climb up to a 10 foot ceiling to get in a cabinet) we're saving money by not putting bead board behind cabinets where it won't be seen. So just some thin skin board.

This is the opposite corner on the same side that got bead board last weekend. This is my fridge corner. Since our ceilings are 10 ft and bead board comes 8 ft we will have some seaming to caulk and then paint will hide that. I'm not sure what to do about my yellow dining room. I'm painting the kitchen pale aqua. Oh gee I really don't want to re-do the dining room.

And since I'm showing you messes. I've been in the studio this week painting

And cutting and gluing and rolling clay. And stamping and inking and more painting.

Fun huh?! I'll actually have some pictures to show you later of completed projects. But it got cleaned up this afternoon and now I'm ready to start a new mess.

Plus there are new things to come. I know I've posted pictures of my studio a couple times since I've been blogging, usually because there was a reorganization going on. But this time there is a studio re-do on the near horizon. I actually had the opportunity to swap to a bigger room but it didn't gain me that much in regards to storage so I decided the only thing to do is a complete make over of the existing room.

So I'm moving to the other side of the room in front of these windows and in the closet. Yes in the closet! LOL There will be a work counter the entire length of this wall and to the left of this in the closet I'm also putting a work counter. Sewing (like I sew!) and storage gets moved to the other side of the room. I'm putting down some commercial grade carpet, painting the old bead board walls pale aqua (yes just like the kitchen), Putting up white trim and painting all window and door frames gloss white. This window wall as you can see doesn't have much wall space and it will be covered first in a thin skin board and then I'm doing a tissue paper treatment over that. I'm hoping to start in Feb. but it depends on Mr. Hare, erm, I mean Mr. Shabby. ;-) So in the end, between the two work counter I'll have almost 15 feet of workspace!! Oh glory be! ;-)

I'm sure glad we're travelling to other homes for Christmas this year! As you see, mine is not
available for Christmas. If I'm lucky, maybe next year my cottage will be a little less shabby. Hmmm, maybe I'll even put up a tree! Well, I won't push it.
Happy Holidays everyone, may yours be merry and bright!


sherry smyth said...

Look at Mr. Shabby go!!! I can hear that nail gun from chunk, ca chunk, ca chunk!!! It's like music to your ears, isn't it Gail?

It's going to look gorgeous and now that's he on the ladder.. DO NOT LET HIM DOWN UNTIL HE IS DONE!!! lol!!!

I love the glimpse into the dining room by the way...pale aqua walls?!?! And yellow in the DR? Might'll only know when the aqua is up (and quick, hand him the paint and the brush while he's on that ladder...he doesn't come down until the weekend when he's driving you to Raleigh!!).

As for the studio..a good mess means a busy worker...and I hate to tidy up (sort of) because I forget where I've put things!!

Rearranging the room you're in makes the most sense and it's going to be fabulous when it's done!!! And that will be when you get BACK from Raleigh!!! lol!!

Happy Christmas to you and Mr. Shabby my sweet southern smoochie!

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Oh to be sure, it was a sweet symphony! I didn't even complain that for the past two says I couldn't get to any lunch fixin's and did the junk food thing for lunch.

I tried the paint bucket thing. He insists that's my job. But at least I tried. :-)

lorhen82 said...

I've always dreamed of having an old house, because I love them so much. But alas...reality must prevail. I know I don't have the money or the know-how to fix one up. So I'll just have to go on dreaming.

A friend of mine has a clever way of getting her husband to do things around the house. After asking him to do something (to no avail), she gets out his tools and acts like she's going to do it herself. He soon rushes in to take over!

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Oh what a good idea! I should have tried that!

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Myrna said...

Oh Thanks for sharing the 'before' or should I say 'during'? ;-)
It's exciting to see it all coming together.
Glad to hear you're getting away for Christmas--here's to a relaxing time for you and yours!

Anonymous said...

We live in a house built during the Civil War (1863). Old, Old, Old!! It's been modernized over & over & over. I know what you mean about "on going construction"... Always something! BUT we love her!!
Love your blog!!
Merry Christmas!!

Loudlife said...

Sister, at my house, if it looked like yours we'd call it "cleaned up!"

I think my husband and yours are psychic brothers. Mine has been making my "studio" cabinets in the dining room for over a year (if you count sketching/designing time) and all I have to show for it is the "mock-up" of one of the 3 cabinets that will eventually be in that location. In other words, he built the cabinet - deliberately incorrectly - in order to be able take it down before building the actual end product. Sigh...the mind of the engineer.

Did you hear about Eartha Kitt?
She'll be missed.

Thinking of you this season,

P.S. I got the email with the new code, but I haven't gone back into tinkering with my blog since then. Say, how were you able to delete the comments above? I got hit by a Cialis spammer - grrrrrr - and I can't seem to find a "delete" option.

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Oh I had to laugh Laurie about your DH building and then taking it apart! Girl, I think that would push me over the edge of my limit of patience and they'd be locking me away! LOL Bue yes, they sound like psychic brothers!
I had heard about Eartha and was saddened by the news. All our oldies, but goodies are leaving us.

I can't find how to delete someone's post and I have looked everwhere! Those comments were my own that I accidentley posted more than once. I was having a senior moment I think. ;-)

hugs darlin' and Happy New Year!