The kitchen has been the longest-running project. We built the cabinets all by hand – with no plans to follow, and no idea what we were doing! We get complements on them constantly – they really came out great – and fit right in with our cabin!
The kitchen is mostly completed as of today (11/16/2013)…but we still need to complete the ceiling (we are going to do a tin ceiling), get hardware for the cabinets, and complete the chinking on 3 walls of the kitchen and adjoining pantry.
The kitchen when we originally looked at the house…
The kitchen during the demolition…
Building the cabinets
…and the kitchen as of 11/16/13
Copper farm sink…Brian’s pick!
Other end of the kitchen
Adjoining pantry/laundry room (still needing the chinking in between the logs down as well as the ceiling)
Chinking (white stuff!) getting done in the kitchen:
One of the walls in our kitchen was nothing but rotted logs (from old roof leakage) and a very tiny window. We had the logs on hand, but hadn’t gotten around to replacing the wall. Friends of ours called us one morning to tell us they were removing a large window from their home to replace with a larger window, and that they thought we may be able to use it…well, it was a perfect size, and we dropped what we were doing that day, and ripped out the wall and old window!
Rotted logs and old window removed
New window in and trimmed, and new logs installed…just need to stain the logs, and chink in between logs
More paneling on walls and ceiling to rip out… this room was a “treat”…we discovered to bats behind the paneling while ripping it out…quite the experience – and something I will NEVER forget!
The bar before…
Bye Bye paneling….!
Bats…YIKES! Brian brought them safely out of our house!
With the paneling gone, it’s on to stripping the bark off the logs, sanding them down, staining the logs, securing loose wires, repairing the chinking, and painting the chinking!
The exposed ceiling in the bar…
The bar after all the staining and painting…
We love wood carvings! Have you ever seen someone carve a tree stump with chain saw into a work of art? If not – it’s a must-see! These people are really talented! Here are some of our cabin “residents”….
This one was a gift…he greets people at our front door
Brian surprised me with this one for Christmas one year!
This guy awaits visitors as they make their way to our lake
This was the first carving we ever bought. This bear keeps us company in the lodge room.
Brian gave me this one for our 2013 Anniversary gift. This bear watches over Cello and Loki’s water and food bowls. You can see behind the bear that part of our kitchen wall is not yet completed with the white chinking…
This little guy can be seen “climbing” up a tree in our front yard
Brian came home from Home Depot one day and said he had bought me a surprise…a wood burning tool that was on clearance… he thought maybe I could do some burnings on some of the logs in the house. …With great fear of sparking a flame on such “seasoned” wood, I gave it a try anyway. The result was a pleasant surprise! The burnings looked really cool! I think the burnings make for nice, subtle details that are discovered sometimes by accident by visitors to our cabin.
Goose in the kitchen
Bass in lodge room
Indian by stairway
Bass in the making…
Turtle in the Lodge Room
Originally, the lodge room walls and ceiling were covered with painted-white paneling, and the ceiling was dropped down far enough where we could reach up and touch it. (The actual original height of the lodge room is 21 feet). You could only see half of the 2 story stone fireplace. After we tore all the paneling off, we had to strip the logs of the bark (by hand), sand the logs, stain the logs, re-run the wires to hide them, repair the chinking (white stuff in between the logs), and paint the chinking… it was quite the project!! In the middle of us doing this project, we had people asking us where we are living when all this is going on… the look on their faces when we told them we were living “right here!” in the middle of this construction zone was hysterical!
Lodge Room fireplace before…
Ripping out the paneling…
Windows behind the paneling! Awesome…light!
After the ceiling was exposed, the logs were stained, and the chinking was painted…
The original cabin had a log rail stair case that led upstairs… but when we bought the house, you’d never know it! We were determined to rip out the wall leading upstairs, and build log railings …
Stairway leading upstairs
Where the log railing SHOULD be…
Cutting down the wall leading upstairs…
AAAAHHH….that’s more like it!