Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Swimming Pool Renovation

A lot of friends and family have been asking about the swimming pool project. Most people have seen the photos of before, when it looked like a murky swamp. At night the bullfrogs were so loud it was like trying to sleep on the front row at Sea World. And oh my God, it was annoying. Anyhow, here are the photos of the progress made. We still have landscaping to finish. The high temperatures and blazing sun made it really difficult and uncomfortable to work on the grounds this year. That will be done this fall. Be sure and follow this blog to keep up to date on the happenings here in Moreland. I hope you enjoy the photos!


 The work begins:

Totally worth the wait:

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Creatures, Critters and Cuties

Since moving to our new house, I am learning to be a little less skittish around the various critters that I otherwise find terrifying.

 Lately, I have been obsessed with taking photos of the various creatures that are always lurking around. I mean besides my two silly pit bulls, Lucky & Lola. I will literally drop whatever I'm doing to go run off and grab the camera as soon as I see something. Once I can wrap my head around the fact that we actually have Armadillos in GA, I will try to get a photo of the one I chased away. Whoopsie!

Here are some photos of what I have gotten so far. (bear in mind, I am in no way a pro with the camera)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Out With the Old...(Kitchen Redo: Before)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We have been in the new place for a couple of months and we are finally ready to reveal the results of our first project. It is the biggest and most important one of all, the kitchen. It was also the most frustrating, the most time consuming and I think it is the one that I am most proud of. But first, here is what it looked like before.

so dark and dingy...
It started out with nothing but wood. Everywhere. Pine floors, and hardwood counter tops on stained wood cabinets. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the detail and the warmth that wood elements give to a room, but it was like a hardwood overdose. All the same color and very boring. I don't know about any of you, but I like my kitchens bright and cheerful. Not dull and dark and monotonous. And since we have mostly tongue and groove pine walls on most of the first floor, It needed something to break it up a bit.

beautiful detail in the countertops.
There is so much detail in the counter tops, that the original cabinet stain just washed out everything. I mean, the floors are amazing and so are the counters, why hide it? From what I understand, the flooring for the lower level of the house as well as the front door and kitchen counters, is alleged to be reclaimed wood from decommissioned boxcars. It looks to me like the floors still have the original finish but it's well maintained. I was in love the minute I walked in the front door. Well, maybe not with the old, dirty and busted appliances. Yuck.
The nasty old cooktop

the perfect place for a stainless french door model

The plan:
  • New stainless steel appliances
  • Fresh paint
  • Updated lighting
  • Refinished kitchen cabinets with new hardware
  • A special  new place for the old ugly dishwasher    
The Budget: 
We didn't really have much of one. We probably should have, but I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants. Much to my husbands chagrin, of course. We had an idea of how much the appliances would cost and for the lighting, well if my husband didn't like the price tag, I didn't get it. And that's how it went. 

We did the work ourselves, except for installing the appliances and I can't wait to post the results of the finished project. Although we finished it weeks ago(except for some minor accessories) I am just now getting around to posting this. We also had the swimming pool restored right after the kitchen and, well, I find it difficult to tear myself away from it and get anything remotely important done around here. Can you blame me? Floating in the pool is such hard work, but someone has to do it.  

The intention was to keep it country(but not too country) and blend it with a little bit of modern. I used photos that I found on and from Google searches as inspiration, so it's a mix of those things. I will post the transformation photos in the next blog post. 

As for the old ugly dishwasher we saved, it is now in its rightful place in the yard:

Backyard Shootin'