Once I learned to work on a house I got dangerous....
In our first house, a fixer-upper by anyone's
definition, I learned to do serious home improvement as a necessity,
not a hobby. We moved to to a larger house, with correspondingly
larger needs a few years later. I re-plumbed and re-wired both of
our houses from the ground up. I replaced most windows and installed
several sliding doors where windows used to be. I remodeled all of
I was an unlikely handyman, but have risen to
the occasion. Here are a few shots of one kitchen and one bathroom
project I took on. They are in order of: before, during and after (I
hope that is obvious).
Mary Lou has become our decorator....
Here is a sample of a few improvements she has
made in the last two years: The first picture below shows a stencil
she applied to accent the same bathroom shown in the remodel above.
Our sun room was done in a mixture of flowers and rattan (second
picture below). The planter box over the sliding door is actually an
upside down pine prototype I made for our dining room's oak mantle.
She used a hand drawn and painted stained glass technique to hide a
bad view from our kitchen window without eliminating the light
(third picture below).
Mary Lou took out all of the grass in our front
yard and replaced it with plants (three pictures below). The third
picture below shows the initial planting.
Our bedroom remodel brought in a Titanic movie
theme. The first picture below shows a stained glass window
treatment to give a portal look, along with a feather brush paint
technique on the walls. We replaced my round waterbed, dating from
college, with a raised frame waterbed with the frame modeled after
the ship's railings (second picture below). The third picture below
shows an interim step in the stained glass work with the portal
outline and the bad view she eliminated.
Our kitchen and dining
room remodel was done in steps from summer 2003 through spring 2004.
Mary Lou did all the planning and most of the execution as well. The
first step was to convert one of our two living rooms into a formal
dining room, leaving the old dining room's area to expand the
kitchen. The first picture below shows the new dining room. We then
replaced the kitchen's horrible old hung lighting with recessed (second picture below,
which also shows the old cabinets). We took out the old island and
moved it to the dining room wall, opening up the kitchen floor space
while providing continuity in the cabinets (third picture below).
We added crown molding and black hardware to the
cabinets to bring out the theme of our antique 1908 stove and then
Mary Lou painted them white. We finished with wall and ceiling
paint, a wine cooler, a free-standing wood island, new countertops,
a Pergo floor and a copy
of Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace (pictures below). Total
cost, not including our own labor, was under six grand.
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