Wednesday, January 23, 2008


LOTS OF PICTURES OF WHAT OUR HOUSE LOOKED LIKE WHEN WE MOVED IN, THEN, SIX WEEKS, yep, 6 Weeks of blood, sweat and tears. We were done with EVERYTHING......all new electrical, plumbing, everything down to the studs and sub flooring.
The girls wanted us to keep the NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Kitchen but there was NO WAY that was going to happen. It was completely gutted.

WE DID ALL the work ourselves. Including laying on the floors too....IT WAS HARD BACK BREAKING WORK but it's DONE and ended up FABULOUS!!! (but now...I want to paint the 1950's Mahogany Wood Walls , IT'S NOT PANELING, can you believe it??? and make it COTTAGE.....and get rid of the CAMP/LODGE LOOK!!! I will post tomorrow what I want to do....and all because of a sofa....LOL, no not really....I wanted to do it when we moved in but was veto-ed over the fact of leaving the charm of the house intact. Have fun looking.....Amy

(PS....sorry about the above pictures, I don't know how to scan my pictures yet)

LOVE THOSE WHITE OAK FLOORS that Bob and I installed ourselves. THAT WAS NOT FUN......3 days straight we worked on it but got it done and it was so worth it!!!



She'sSewPretty said...

Your house is huge! I love that big window too! I painted all the paneling in my old house and I really liked it. What does the hubby say?

Alison Gibbs said...

Oh Amy I can't wait to see the makeover. It will look fabulous once it is lightened up - nice and pretty like you want.

Jillian said...

Yes, what a great room! BIG! Well, looks big in the photos. I say paint the walls, paint the walls! You'll be happier. Not that your camp/lake/lodge look isn't nice, too. But it it is not what you want...

Like the Nike ad says "Just Do It."


I have some before and after's of my paint over. I haven't regretted a thing.

~ Jillian

Lallee said...

I loved your new couch. Mahogany walls~wow! That has to be a rarity as scarce as mahogany is anymore. Can't wait to see what you have planned. Bob's floor is amazing. We tiled our living area a few years ago--nearly killed us but so worth it.

Marcela said...

Hi Amy
Beautiful house...It is amazing !! you did all the work ourselves.
I love it!!!


ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OMG Amy what a wonderful home you have. I love the green cabinet. I hope you post a picture of your couch that you told us about during lunch and showed us
( teased us) a piece of the fabric from the arm rest. It will look so pretty in your home.I am looking forward in seeing all your pictures.
I hope you are feeling good today.

carole said...

Wow, Amy:
You are one busy girl!!!
Have a blast!!!
It is going to be exactly as you want it : ) because you are one strong-resilient woman!!!
Love & Hugs

The Urban Chic said...

Amy can't wait to see what you do. I painted our dark paneling and still have 2 rooms to go. It's wainscoating, so not to much trouble. Oh the food looks so good, I could get a fork out and try and eat it through the monitor-lol.
Oh I love the pink sofa. I am hoping to get a pink room someday, but most of my things are Neo Classic and a bit of country still hanging around. Love Ya, Pat

Pam said...

The wood is beautiful, but I'm with you - lightening it up would feel really nice. I love the ceiling detail, the curved edge, and looks like swirls in the plaster - our old home had that, and people always commented on how unusual it was. Good Luck!! Pam

Anonymous said...

Amy, I suppose the paneling could be removed and sold if you wanted although it would be a lot more work. However, painting it isn't the end of the world as it can always be stripped and brought back to the original finish...holy buckets would that be a job! Just paint'll love it and then thank the good Lord you won't be the one stripping it someday! =)
Just make sure you are resting..I know you! Rest girl!
Hugs, Camie

Mary said...

Amy, I say go for the paint can - a lot of cans as it looks like a huge room! Hope you have help though, that's a lot of rolling - wish I could come over and help.

I have 'Superman Bruce' working wonders on my walls - started today and I know I'm going to love the change back to light, neutral colors.

The California food looked yummy - we can buy Black Forest Ham (Dietz & Watson Brand which is good I believe - Bob likes it but I'm vegetarian so don't eat it) at local deli depts. in the supermarket - perhaps you can ask for it there.

Stay warm - so glad you are perky again and raring to go with big changes around the house. Hope the family are well now.

Yard Sale Princess said...

Your floors are gorgeous! I lost track of you for awhile (the blog that I used to follow your link stopped linking to anybody) and now that I have found you I wish that I had done it sooner. I totally would have met you in Temecula to say hi. It is in my neck of the woods. I am glad that you enjoyed you visit out here. By the way, I am not sure if I have ever commented on here before but I am a long time lurker! Take care and I can't wait to see more remodel pics!
Yard Sale Princess

SweetAnnee said...

Goodness it's so lovely!!
open and airy!!
love it..

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi all the wood flooring....I have had a Napoleon Dynamite kitchen in my past too....

Elaine L. said...

I just looked at all the pictures of the food you posted and I am, now, so hungry. I'm about a FOUR hour drive from that place, but I'm almost willing to go for the food. LOL

I don't blame you for wanting to paint the wood white. But, most men won't go for it. They think it's a crime to paint wood and they like the masculinity of it.

My friend had a beautiful home with wood planking. She wanted to paint all the walls white, but her husband said it would devalue their house. I suggested that she try doing one room in a white wash, so that the wood grain showed through. It took some work on her part, because she had to work with the paint store to get the white right. The wood soaked up the paint and kept looking yellow.

Long story short - it looked beautiful and her husband was O.K. with it because you could still see the grain of the wood, but it was still white enough that it brightened the WHOLE house. They ended up doing the whole house and everyone that visited loved the look.Her colors were yellow and blue and she had a French Country look. When they got ready to sell the house, it sold the first day it was listed.

I'm so happy that you're feeling well enough to be interested in decorating.

Good Luck!


shabby chic said...

hi amy,
Yes its very very big, and I am sure you will make into the vision you have for it. My house isnt particulary big but it is painted in lots of antique white/ chalk white colours to make it look bigger & brighter and it does the trick. Your floors are lovely too by the way.
Glad you are keeping good and pass me some of that yummy food ! xxx Dominique

Anonymous said...

Yummy!!! Creamy walls with a slight pink tint...old barkcloth....a few throws and voila!
Love that look!!!

Sharon Kay said...

You have a big wonderful room to work with and I will be bach.......this will be just like HGTV........what fun

Beeswax, said...

Hi Amy, I have arrived at your blog through Lucy Bloom and infact many others too, I would like to say hello to you, and to also say your kitchen looks fab, it must have been a lot of work! it is so large, must be great to cook in a kitchen like yours.
Also love your painted dresser, very nice colour, will look forward to what you will do with the walls, it is going to look so nice lightened up, very cottagey!!
anyway nice to read your blog at last, have been meaning to do so for a while now, and so glad I did.
kindest regards, Kath from Scotland