Don’t put things off! When you know you’ll need before pictures, take them right away. Immediately. (Do as I say, not as I do…because I’m a terrible example to follow.)
April of 2014, I visited PAM (Painter Artist Mom) and HBD (Handy Builder Dad). PAM was looking at granite pieces for their kitchen counter top. We toured several local places, and they planned to visit a granite place in New Orleans next. And, then the stall came.
HBD’s favorite granite installer did lots of jobs for HBD’s reno projects he does for people in his retirement. (Some people never really retire, you know.) The granite guy suddenly became unavailable. He took a hiatus or something or other.
Meanwhile, PAM had both hips replaced over the next year, and life went on. I was there after both surgeries and for the Christmas between, and what did I do?
Nothing…except, a Spring tablescape at their kitchen table. (Click images to see posts.)
A tray scape in the blue room…
along with the blue room reveal with the newly painted mirror.
I shared how a little chalk paint can transform a lamp shade.
And the brass table I painted that PAM never has to polish again.
All that time, and I didn’t take a single before picture.
Suddenly, I got wind of HBD freshening the paint on the kitchen cabinets. Quartz counter tops were ordered and on the way. And, I couldn’t get there for before pictures…until there was no before.
The island was formerly white like the cabinets.
The red paint treatment with dark glazing adds drama to the room, and it brings the color down from the soffit above the cabinets.
New knobs and cup pulls are a nice change – and my favorite, the new subway tile.
From a distance the grout around the traditional subway tile is hardly noticeable.
It’s only 1/16th of an inch.
I love subway tile with any color of grout.
This grout color called platinum (from Home Depot) is a happy medium. PAM painted the watermelon plate. You’d probably guessed that. 🙂
Notice the far wall of tile…how the light reflects the surface from this angle.
Follow me through the kitchen door into the dining room.
All the dining pieces were hand-made by a fellow in Tennessee seventy-one years ago. Everything was made from one single walnut tree on my grandparents’ farm – about a 30-minute drive from Nashville.
Each chair’s rose was hand carved. The craftsman was unable to make the two captain’s chairs ordered due to limited wood.
As is, there are ten regular chairs – and no captain’s chairs.
This is the banquet end, which we pull to the end of the table when everyone is there for dinner, like at Christmas.
The corner china cabinet.
The buffet at the opposite end of the room is my favorite piece. The detail on the carved legs matches the banquet table. I’ve never noticed the legs on the dining table, but I’m sure they have the same carving.
The pheasant is my favorite accessory in the room. The neck is part of a platter, and the back is a dome over the platter.
My grandparents had an appreciation for hand craftsmen. My grandfather made many of his tools, too – as did HH’s grandfather. I guess it was pretty common back then. My grandfather was a construction superintendent in Nashville.
My grandmother ran the farm. PAM says I’m a lot like her. I know I am! My brother always said I was just like her – and that I even walked like her. At age 15, who wants to hear that??
Thanks to PAM and HBD for sharing their treasures – and hard work with the kitchen updates. 🙂
Did you enjoy the tour? What’s on your agenda this weekend? Anything special?
I’m sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.