April 17, 2014

Cabin Bedroom Updates

The tricky thing about this cabin reno we're working on, is staying realistic.  I could spend hours online looking at photos of gorgeous, lake front retreats.  Obviously we want our place to have a homey, lived in, heritage-filled vibe, but we also need to keep this affordable.  We always seem to come back to the reminder phrase "It's just a cabin." But at the same time when you are putting the work in, you want it to be worth all the hard work, and make it like the place you've been dreaming of.   I've been learning that the solution is to take our time, and keep our eye out for the right (read: on clearance) things.

That's why we worked like crazy to rid our cabin bedroom of wallpaper...

But we left it with boring white walls and generic bedding...

I just hadn't found the right deal yet.  Luckily, West Elm came through in a big way.

After virtually stalking this bedding set, and others, online for months, I found the duvet in the clearance section for just $39, and the shams for just $9.99.  I picked up enough shams to also tie in the twin bed in the room, bringing us from this:

To this:

For now I think we can make this navy comforter work with the addition of a couple pretty shams and a cozy throw.

I've got more work to do on that built in shelf, but at least we're off to a good start here of family photos. A cabin sunset, my brother and I as kids with my Mom, Ryder's first time fishing, my parent's first photo together as teenagers and the first jump off the dock seem like a pretty epic collection of memories.  I'm keeping my eyes out for the perfect items to round out the collection. 

While the curtains and an old black and white framed photo help fill the space now, ultimately I plan to build a new headboard to really become a focal point in the space.

Something like this amazing inspiration from Little Yellow Barn would help with the issue of adding lights, but not having room for end tables.

I'd also love to add something over the wall of the twin bed.

Maybe some homemade painted paddles like these, hung horizontally?

Projects like those are always nice because I can work on them at home in the evenings.  The other trick to the cabin reno is getting just a few days every couple of weeks to work on it.  With our home reno I could go home every night and knock out a project or two. (Which was insane, mind you, but that's just our brand of crazy.)  This one is a test in patience however- not a strong suit of mine.  So projects I can work on at home and then deliver up to the cabin fully completed are a really nice way of appeasing my overzealous Type A personality.

This beautiful (and affordable) bedding is one step in the direction of a layered, vintage, cozy vibe we're trying to embrace up at the cabin.  We want it to feel like the materials and furniture within it might have been around for generations, but are also modern and fresh looking.  With any luck, we'll have a great combination of both.

April 10, 2014

Remove the Scallop

When I showed you the fun new back splash tile earlier this week, I didn't tell you about one of my favorite changes in that room.   Removing the gross wood scallop decoration above the sink.


We adios-ed that window treatment the weekend we moved into the place, but we held onto the scallop a little longer until I could get everyone on board.  The idea is to open up that window even more, and make it a beautiful focal point in the kitchen. When it was finally time, the scallop itself came out pretty easy with a few screws on the insides of the adjacent cabinets.  The molding that ran across the cabinets and the scallop was a little more tricky though.  First step, carefully take it down.

I didn't want to have to haul my miter saw and my nail gun all the way up to the cabin for this small project, so I went old school with my Dad's old miter box.

Next I lined up the trim piece and marked the edge of the cabinet, and the angle that the cut would have to go, just to make it error proof for me.

Then I lined up the molding in the miter box with the 45 degree angle and put a little sweat equity into it with the hand saw. You know, just like the Amish.

Then I tapped in the molding using finishing nails and a nail punch.

Just like it was always meant to be that way- right?

The other side was the same process.  Luckily since the distance between the two cabinets was farther than the pieces I was trying to cut, (the new pieces going back toward the wall), I had extra molding to work with.

Yes, I have a little work to do with paint and lighting, but we're scallop-less.  And that's a good thing.

Originally when we began tiling we didn't tile the area above the window.  It wasn't until later that evening, when we were sitting at the table eating dinner, that I couldn't stop looking at the space.  "We need to tile above the window- don't we?"  As much as we were all over the tiling experience, and I mean mentally and physically (all the materials and tools were already all put away), no one could deny that the top of the window needed to be addressed.  So after dinner my Dad and I begrudgingly brought back out the mortar, saw and trowels and added the handful of additional tiles. Totally worth it.

Obviously there is still a lot to do here.  We need to paint the window trim a crisp white, paint under the bulkhead, and install a pretty pendant light.  (Not to mention replace the faux wood countertops and install a big apron front sink.) But this is what progress looks like.  One scallop down, a hundred more improvements to go.