Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Discoveries are a wonderful thing, old discoveries are even better.

When I bought my house, I didn't just inherit the previous owners poor taste in wallpaper. In the basement was an old drafting table and an enormous workstation cabinet. I didn't think much of it originally, considering that I really couldn't see much of it due to the poor lighting. Yet, this past weekend we cleaned out the basement. I'm talking about a full cleanout and boy what a discovery.

The old drafting table is solid oak and has cast iron hardware. It is in really good condition considering it's age. Since we had to dismantle part of it to get it out of the basement, I couldn't take a good photo; but will take a before and after shot once I get the time next year to take it all apart, sand it down and bring it to life again. Here is a photo I found from the internet; which is similiar to mine.

The solid oak workstation cabinet measured approx. 7 feet long and about 2 feet deep. The entire thing was filled with 20-25 drawers of varying sizes. Some are large 18" wide x 6" deep, others are 12" wide x 6" deep and there are a few which are only 3 inches deep. Unfortunately, the cabinet itself was in poor condition and couldn't be saved. Yet the drawers could-Yeah!!
I'm trying to decide what to do with the drawers. I don't have the mastery to build a new cabinet nor would I want a cabinet that big. Instead, I'm thinking of two things.

1. I could clean up the drawers and screw them together on top of one another like shelves, putting them in my studio.

2. I am struggling with what to do with my studio walls anyway, so what about dismantling the drawers and using the oak wood to collage together a wall surface. How cool would it be to have drawer fronts on a wall, totally non-functional; but so very recycling, artsy and interesting.

Have any of you done anything like this before?
Or better yet, do you have other ideas of what I can do with the drawers.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Carriage Doors

For those of you who have been following the blog, the 100+ year old clapboard garage was a mess when I bought the house back in August of this year. As a reminder, here is what it looked like.

We put on a new roof, repaired and painted the clapboard siding and completely repoured the 20x22 ft concrete floor. The final decision was how I was going to finish the entrance. In the photo above you can see there are two enormous sliding doors. While the concept was nice, they were falling apart and the huge rollers were barely holding the weight anyway.

I had always loved the look of carriage doors and figured they would fit beautifully with the Folk-Victorian style of the house. So here is the after photo.

YES that is the same garage, although using the word "same" just doesn't fit the bill anymore. I cannot believe the transformation and I was involved in it.
I'd love to hear your thoughts. As for the Carriage Doors, my Dad and I made them ourselves and they look fantastic-don't they?

The sad part is that my garage looks so much better than my house-hahaha.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Progress Photos

I've been promising updated photos for some time now, so here they are. As you may recall, this is the poor state my house was in when I closed on it back in August.

We needed to open up the front of the house as those two massive Holly trees were overgrown and should never have been placed that close to the house to begin with. Secondly, the huge bushes to the right and left of the staircase were crowding the small space and it was hard to use the stairs. So this is the front of my house as of this past weekend.

What a difference right? You can actually see the house now and although the porch and all it's flaws are now visible, it will be easier to repair when the time comes next spring. For those of you who are plant lovers, don't worry, I'll be putting plants back into the front yard, only they'll be the proper size and style.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


So do you?? National Novel Writing Month is what NANOWRIMO stands for and it is a crazy annual tradition that brings together budding novelists and daredevils all the same.

I encourage you to check out the website http://www.nanowrimo.org/ and sign up if you haven't already done so.

From NaNoWriMo site:
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30...
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly."

I participated in 2005 and actually won, meaning that I wrote a 50,000 word novel. Now I don't know how fantastic it is and it probably is only a step above sludge; but I did it...I wrote a novel. I'm going to participate again this year and will keep you updated on my progress.