Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A Lighting Idea

Yesterday, I had an idea of how to light up the oak tree mural. Place track lighting on the hearth floor, aiming up to the tiles. To try it out, I just placed candles to see how the effect would be with shadows etc. Of course, the candles aren't going to justice to what an electric bulb could do. I don't know. I'm slightly inspired.

What do YOU think?

Blue Cheese Burger Sauce Draw Diner's Acclaim!

Before I started on this whole project, I was really banking on finding a HUGE sum of cash hidden in the walls to help me pay the expenses of the remodel. Or at least a treasure map.

This is what I have uncovered:

At least it gives me an idea of when the wall was modified - 1982. Sort of interesting. Sort of not.

Wow! Corn Flakes were only 69 cents! Ohhhhh, those were the days....

I ended up putting back the newspaper in the wall, though I think it's original intent was insulation. I thought it'd be fun to link the modification to the date. I'll do the same with my remodel - add the sketches and planning, along with some newspaper articles.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

More Garden Pics

I have actually gotten a lot done on the dining room this week with tearing out the walls. However, there's really nothing worth posting so here are some picture of my garden that I thought worthwhile.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

South Wall

Here's the last wall of plaster to be removed in the dining room.


How it was done:

Thursday, June 15, 2006

No More 70's Style Indoor Siding

The moment I've been waiting for. The sole reason why I'm redoing the dining room: the 70's style siding that covered my east wall in the dining room. It was actually fairly nice wood, but the whole angled look was just too dated for me. I'm surprised how long I lived with it.


In between:


just wait.....be patient.......it's coming soon.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Another Wall Down

After about an hour and a half, the north wall of my dining room becomes plasterless:

And the aftermath of the removal (or at least a part of it). I have about 10 heavy bags of plaster with one more wall to go.

And your's truly blasting away....

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Red Lily

After going to St. Louis for a few days for my mom's birthday (yes, she's still 39), I came back to some pretty exciting changes, notably this lily that I planted last year. I wondered why it was so expensive. Now I know why.

Here are some other pictures of my yard. Not all that impressive, as my focus is on the dining room these days, but at least my plants are alive!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Down with the walls

I actually started with the paster removal a few days ago, but wanted to jumpstart the blog again. So here it is....a new post.
I'll have something a little more interesting tomorrow. Promise.