Saturday, June 7, 2008

Near The Middle

Below you will see some of the latest pictures of our cottage. I have tried to take pictures showing the current views of the shots I shared in my last post. What a labor of love this has been. We have done homes in the past but never to the extent of this project. I almost get worn out thinking about it. Smile. There is something about mountain time. When a contractor says tomorrow, it often means in a week. A week means a month, and well, those months turn into a year. I am just hoping the years don't turn into a decade before we are sitting on the porch with our feet up. Even then I know we will be seeing something else to do, but surely I will have a kitchen sink and a washer and dryer. I will not moan, I will not moan, I will not moan.

Picture of Painted House
You can also see our trailer which is now unloaded from the latest haul.
See the reflector? I want to remove it but my honey says come winter it must go back in the ground as it tells us where the driveway is above the snow!

This picture shows the living area and stairway at this stage in the game. It also nicely shows our new wide planked pine flooring. All of this furniture will be moved. The top cabinet pictured must go up those steep stairs. We have never owned a two story house before. The cabinet will be in the hall way outside the bathroom upstairs. We are waiting to move a lot of things up stairs once we have help. Did I mention the stairs are steep????!!! The box holds my farmhouse sink which will be installed in the kitchen, of course. The television will go up stairs, as well. The birdcage and little chair with the plant will find a new position too. We have a huge vintage cabinet that will go on the wall shown. It will house my husband's ( and I must admit mine also, now that I am used to the size of the picture ) big screen television.

Sorry about this one. Hope to correct it later . I know it would be much easier to see positioned correctly. Hopefully you can make out the bead board and the blue painted buffet which has the sink. The blue is matched to the original blue tub. We were not able to save the original toilet. It broke when it was removed to install the new floor. The tile is original. We have not yet replaced the tub fixtures as we were told the tile could break. We are " thinking on it" for awhile.
Looking down the stairs from the upstairs landing/hall way. Remember the light fixture and the mess. New bead board, new railings, new molding, new stairs, and on and on and on. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh------
Space behind the stairs now houses a new powder room.

Another one of those pictures to fix.
Inside the powder room is the little vintage door to storage. Oh yes, notice the bead board toilet seat. Home Depot just started carrying these.
Current view of kitchen. Butcher block counter tops will be installed. Microwave/convection oven will be moved. Farmhouse sink will go under window. The vintage ceiling fixture is going to be installed in the powder room. I won another one, just like it, for the hallway upstairs.
See those bookcases on the ends of the cabinets? Those are the ones I mentioned my husband built. They will hold my cookbooks.
Another kitchen view. The box holds the faucet for the sink. Stove is not installed. The dining room table is just peaking into the picture on the right hand side. The doors lead out to the side porch. We plan to enclose it later. We allowed for heating and cooling and outlets for the future.

Upstairs bedroom which is now painted.

The vintage screen is another favorite find on my trip antiquing with my dear friend Suzanne this past October. She found it in Knoxville, TN while on a business trip with her husband. She knew the minute she laid eyes on it I would adore it and be whisking it to AZ. The fireplace is behind the screen. We will be installing an antique mantle which is now in our house in the valley. This picture shows my very favorite thing we did to this home. The ceiling is reproduction ceiling tin. It is powdercoated white and it is bright. I absolutely love it.
Another view from behind the stairs. The powder room and laundry are across from the kitchen. The back doorway enters our master bathroom.
Close up of the laundry room. A mistake became as us crafters say,"an opportunity for creativity" The framers accidentally did not frame the door opening to a standard size. It was their mistake but rather than have them correct it, Amber, my daughter, suggested I use curtains like I am using for window treatments. The sign was another October trip find. I have several of these I will be selling eventually. There are a few different colors, sizes, and sayings.
Thank you for asking to see more pictures of this home we are creating. I planted more flowers today and hope to be posting more progress pictures in the future. The weather here right now is so perfect for working outside. I am wanting to dig, dig, dig. Unfortunately tomorrow I will be haul, haul, hauling boxes up stairs. I will have those doors open though smelling the pine trees and listening to the birds and squirrels. If I am lucky, I will also catch a glimpse of the little bunny that visits our yard.


Sweet Sage said...

Oh, CeCe! Your new home is so beautiful! All the details are just spectacular. So glad you decided to start blogging .. what a fun way to keep us all posted. Your cottage is truly a work of art!
Miss You!

Kims Kul-de-Sac said...

Wow! What a transformation CeCe. Your cottage is beautiful!

Arcadia Living said...

The "after" pictures are great. Isn't it rewarding seeing it all coming together?

Her Vintage Stage said...

I am so jealous. It is one beautiful cottage masterpiece.

Garden Girl said...

I just love your cottage, Cece. It all speaks so perfectly to "home."