92 Year Old Mountain Cabin Gets a Face Lift
I want to share the kitchen journey with you!
Oh, and we didn't have running water for a year. We had to haul it all from friends and neighbors houses, as well as chip the ice off the stream to get water to flush the toilet. It was fun first winter! I felt like such a pioneer.
The walls were plastered plywood. Duct tape covered the seams, which as you can see by that back wall and ceiling in 'the laundry room' (HA), wasn't such a great plan. The whole cabin had duct tape and plaster falling down the walls. That was a bonus! It made it easier to scrape the plaster off so we could remove the 10 million nails and haul the plywood out.
Excuse the mess. There was literally not a single closet in this place and all I could do was tell everyone to 'stack it over there', as they helped us move in.
I refinished the handles by painting them black and then using various colors of pearl-ex on them. I sprayed them with with PYM II to make a good water proof finish. I like how they look different colors depending on the light.
And then there is the new hammered copper sink and the new faucet. (Did you hear me squeal? Yeah. Sorry. Hope it didn't hurt your ears!)
Just in case you noticed, I may as well fess up. I'm not quite done with the project. I need to put trim along the base of the bead board and counter. We're also planning to replace the window with a french double wood casement window. I.Can.Hardly.Wait.
I didn't want all the walls AND cabinets done with bead board. Seemed like that would be overkill, so, in a moment of pure inspiration, I decided to plank two walls. I love the contrast and interest it added! And it's totally in keeping with this old mountain cottage. We used cedar fencing, which I 'washed' with the same paint I used on the cabinets and bead board.
I used Victoria Larsen's Plaster Stencils. They're all so beautiful! This is the one I used:
I think this particular touch is what 'makes' the kitchen!
Cinzia Farley on Aug 09, 2020
I own an old trailer on a lake. It's a disaster. A broken pipe cause a 78,000. Gallon flood. The kitchen cabinets and floors were warped and I literally fell through the floor once. I'm living under the poverty level so can't afford to replace much more than the floors and used roofing panels because they were cheaper than plywood. Everyone I know tells me I should sell it to my neighbor that wants the property to build a garage and storage building. Your renovation has inspired me to tackle this huge DIY project. I'm going to turn my house into my home. Ordering brackets for kitchen shelves today!!