Friday, November 23, 2012

Living/Computer Room Ceiling Project

Making Progress

With a new roof over our heads and a lifetime guarantee that we'd experience ice dam free winters for the rest of our lives, we acted on our plan to install a knotty pine ceiling in our living/computer room. We're still in the cleaning up stage here, so I'm going to refrain from posting full room shots. Below camera level is a lot of dust covering an assortment of tools, fasteners and light fixtures. 

Our local saw mill cut the boards and kiln dried them for us. We love this man! We've no idea what we are going to do when he retires, other than trying to get all of our projects done before he does retire! 

The first picture shows hubby hand rubbing the knots in the boards after I stained and washed them. Rubbing the knots and darkened/colored grains brings out the character of the board. I come from a family of wood crafters. We love our grains and knots.

The first board is in place in the top right picture. We've been waiting for this moment for 2 years.  We enjoyed a quick moment of celebration and moved on. 

Bottom left is my computer area viewed from the north end of the room. New ceiling, trim, curtain rod and curtains in place.

Bottom right is viewed from my computer area. New recessed lighting has been installed. We've still got a 6' x 6' stretch of hallway to complete and 3 hanging lights that hopefully will be in place by the end of the weekend.

I'm posting the following pictures especially for my gaming friend Shortfill. His comment last week when I was telling him about our knotty pine ceiling, was.
"But.. but.. aren't you supposed to put knotty pine on the walls???"

Portions of this room are going to be changed next spring. We've plans to open up the wall on the left side of the windows and moving our eating area into that room, giving us a larger eating area and more preparation room. I do love my kitchen the way it is though, as long as I'm the only one in it. :)

On that note, I'm going to sign off here for the day. I hope your day is a splendid one!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Welcome to Country Roads!

Welcome to my blog. Please bear with me as I'm new to this. I do use Facebook, but I'm interested in connecting with other people who enjoy remodeling and redecorating. I'm a crafty person. Have been all of my life. About the only craft I haven't tried is blacksmithing. But give me time! LOL

Hubby Bill and I live in the northwest corner of Connecticut in a 5 room house that was built during WWII with used materials. It had no basement until 1960, and probably no indoor plumbing either, as there is an outhouse still on the property.

The house is a fixer-upper-house that he purchased in 2000. It's on the most beautiful 3 acres of wooded land that you can imagine. The pines here have to be 500+ years old. We've been fixing it up ever since I came into his life in 2006. Earlier renovations are documented at Hawkseyes' Blog. I won't bore you with that stuff here.

We've spent the last 4 years remodeling the kitchen and family/computer room. We've beefed up 2 of the outside walls and put on new barn board siding. Between remodeling projects we've had a 400' well dug and just this October had an Interlock Roof installed on our home. We're wrapping up installation of new lighting and tongue and groove knotty pine ceiling in the family/computer room. Hopefully the living area will be in order for Thanksgiving so I can share before and after pictures with you.

Unknowingly to her, I've been inspired by the wife of one of my World of Warcraft gaming pals (Shortfill) to venture off on this type of site. There is no way I could ever compete with this woman. She is fantastic! I love the way she mixes styles and materials. She's a natural. You can see her wonders at A Stroll Thru Life.

Well, that's enough for now. Hubby has advised that he's shutting off the power, so that means this has to shut down now. See you soon!