Yesterday’s post was about how the cabin looked at first sight. I guess I had on rose-colored glasses because I saw through all that.
To make the cabin ours and what we envisioned a cabin getaway should look like, we decided the walls needed to be board and bat. The ceiling tiles made the rooms feel claustrophobic but we thought it was also for insulation and to hold duct work.
My great local guy (GLG) got a glimpse of what we might expect the ceilings to look like when he was re-wiring the electric panel in a bedroom. Here’s a look at what he found…….
There was plenty of insulation above these ceilings so we decided to remove the drop ceilings in all rooms. WOW! Did that ever make a difference in the feel and look.
The dining room floor was a very dark wood and had a hole in it on the right hand side close to the fireplace. Due to the problems with a leak we had in the kitchen, we thought it might be a result from that and had caused some rot. GLG said he would take a look and try to repair it to match the rest of the floor.
Surprise, surprise, surprise……oh yeah, it was rotten because some brilliant person had laid the floor on top of the ground!! Look around, are we on Candid Camera?
Along with GLG we figured out a fix. He also took out the two large gas heaters, built a mantle out of another piece of wood found in the storage shed, took out the fluorescent lighting, and hung a chandelier. It is cozy, quaint and somewhat romantic when the fireplace is lit. Here’s a look…..
I found an antique farm table at a local antique shop, Loblolly Antiques, and the chairs came from two more antique shops, one between here and Atlanta and the other I can’t remember. The churn is my hubby’s great grandmother’s, the little corner cabinet was his mother’s and the french grain sack on the table and the ones I made cushions out of were from an antique shop in Franklin, Tennessee.
Next are pictures of the great hall and family room.
The ceilings and walls were treated the same way as the dining room. The floor in the great hall did not need repair but the one in the family room was repaired by putting a 3/4 inch subflooring with a finished side. This made a world of difference in that room. No more cracks and wondering what might come through the floor. Actually nothing ever did except cold air.
The “great hall” substitutes as a part-time office and butler’s pantry. The table is used as a desk when not needed otherwise and the buffet holds extra dishes.
You may not be aware but I love roosters! I have a collection at home and can’t seem to pass one up in a store, but it has to be special.
The furniture in the great room was left with the cabin except for a couple of tables, lamps and pictures. Not really my choice of sofas and chair but we decided we could replace them some time later.
The little gas fireplace replaced the gas wall heater and when lit can heat up most of the cabin.
The quilt you see on the small sofa was found in an antique shop, the picture above the large sofa we bought in the late 70’s or early 80’s from an artist at an art show in Brandon, MS and is actually a cabin in the Tennessee mountains. Who knew we would have one of our own some day.
The last two rooms are the bedrooms. The walls and ceilings were treated the same as the other rooms and the floors were in good shape. They each have identical fireplaces that are original to the cabin and gas log inserts.
The bed was left with the cabin. I made the triple irish chain quilt along with the bedskirt and curtains. They are blue and white toile from my fabric stash. This is the bedroom my son sleeps in. We decided to keep the fish pictures, lamps and a few other accessories to keep it a little more masculine.
The ladder you see in this photo was one my daddy made a long time ago when he did carpentry work building houses. It was actually more than twice as long, but we cut it in two and my niece, Orangie’s Attic, took the other half. The chest, table and chair came from a local antique shop name Reminisce.
The last room is hubby’s and my bedroom. Same ceiling and wall treatment as the previous bedroom.
The quilt on this bed is another one made by me. I think the design is called “In Bloom” because of the fabric I used.
I wanted a somewhat old fashion, cut lace bedskirt but couldn’t find one long enough. I decided I could use ready-made curtain panels and found some the exact length I needed. NO SEWING required. I used the little twist pins and attached the panels to the box springs. I actually attach all my bed skirts this way.
The window treatment is ready-made panels of gauze with two more cut lace panels hung in between to give a cafe curtain look and lengthen the window. This all soften the look of the bedroom.
The armoire and chest of drawers were purchased because the closet in this room had shelves only and we use it for storage of supplies.
There are still some things I need to do or would like to do, but for now, I’m happy with the way it turned out.
I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe got a few ideas for your own use. Whoopee, now I have time for this……..
Aaaaah! Iced tea or lemonade please?