Thursday, August 9, 2012

♥ We're At It Again ♥

Well I told you yesterday that today I would show you what our little trip to the cabin inspired. And let me just insert here that after working on The Cedar Loft all.summer.long. last year, we decided we needed a break from home improvement projects.  Well, it's been a year.  :)   I think we may have gone a little crazy here, but it’s too late to turn back now!

If you remember when we got the new furniture, I did mention that we wanted to redo the staircase. Redo meaning to remove the carpet from the stairs and replace it with hardwood and paint the risers red and also take down the wallpaper in the foyer and staircase area and paint it. ( I can't believe I ever really liked that wallpaper).  Well while we were gone last week, we discussed coming home and getting started on it. And started we did, only the project keeps growing. Actually, I don't know why I'm so surprised at that, because that's kind of the way it goes when we dive into a project.

Take a good look at the staircase 
I don’t know if you do this, but I was standing there in front of the staircase for the longest, studying it trying to decide what color those walls needed to be.  Originally I thought maybe the color of my dining room would be good. Then I thought no…….too much chopping up of the rooms…..I want it to flow. It just didn’t seem right to me. So then I thought red like the living room. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I just didn’t think that was right either. It just seemed like too much red. I know….I know......I can’t believe I’m saying that.  :)  But, after standing there staring at it forever, I told Jason, “You know I really want wood. And I want it to be rustic.” So he says, “Well we could put up log siding on the inside.”   Well when I heard could that's all I needed to hear!   I loved that idea!

So on Saturday, we pulled the carpet off the stairs. Then we got to looking at the railing and posts and decided they just weren’t rustic enough to go with the log siding.  I’ve always wanted more straight lines in the staircase anyway and not the spindly posts. And the woods just wouldn't match well together.  So before the day was done, we had torn down the entire staircase. And we’re left with this!

My poor staircase now.  And notice that wallpaper at the top missing.....a certain 4 year old had a hand in that.  I never showed you THAT before, did I?  :) 

And I can’t believe it....... We’re getting ready to start back to school soon.......... I start back teaching piano lessons......... and my entry way looks like this! Plus I have a very active 4 year old that I'm having to keep off those stairs because there are no railings. (He's being very good).  :)

Guess since I didn’t get the logs on the outside (we considered it when we built this one and decided on the cedar because of the expense), I’m going to have a logs inside......or at least some!  I’m kind of excited!  :)

 Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!  :)


Danice said...

Beautiful home you have. I like the red walls, but cannot wait to see photos of the new cedar :)

Anonymous said...

I love your home! Hubby and I have a saying when working on the house: "one thing leads to another!" Your staircase will be wonderful.
As a new follower, I am just learning that you teach piano. I was church pianist during my college years and worked with the youth choirs.
Hope you have an enjoyable day.

Wendi said...

Wow! You are a brave woman. You and Jason must live by the motto "Go big or go home!" because your projects seem to be big. lol I know that it will looks great!

Lois Christensen said...

I can't wait to see the finished project! Loved the other photos from your trip. Looks like a great place! Enjoy your Thursday!

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


Oh, yeah. Here we go again. :)

Love you! 8!

Joy :)

arkie said...

You have so much more energy than we do! It's going to look great! I'm so excited for you!

Trace4J said...

Oh so exciting.
We do Big projects too.
Can be overwhelming at times but so worth it in the end.
Can't wait to see it all done.

Jen's Farmily said...

Wow! I think that's going to look neat!! I love the look of wood on the inside it just scares me trying to make everything flow without matching it 100%. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Pendleton Primitives said...

This is quite an under taking but it will be well worth it. Your home is lovely and I can't wait to see the end results!

adsgram said...

I hear ya loud and clear...I wanted a new sink and countertops...uh-oh. ...a whole new kitchen is now on comes the mess and then the happy! Enjoy your new-old walls!

LynnMarie said...

Something tells me that once you get one wall of logs up, you will just start to work your way around the rooms. One at a time maybe, but in no time, you will have your log home! I would love to do that!! I love the look of log homes. I'm so waiting to see what you do and how you do it.

jody said...

tammy love the tours of the log cabins! and my goodness cant wait to see your new staircase and decorating! enjoy your evening!

Cindi said...

Oh Tammy what an undertaking. I think it is going to be beautiful though! Can't wait to follow the progress. Good luck. Have a great Friday
Be blessed,

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

oh I can't wait to see it all done..I love the idea of the logs on the inside..;)

Paula said...

Oh~ I can't wait to see it, Tammy! I know it will look FABULOUS!
We started to do that too, but at the time we were pushing our construction budget to the limit, so we settled for sheetrock walls. But I sure have wished many times... :)

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