September makes my mind wander. Sometimes I dream about the vibrant, richly hued foliage soon to arrive here in New England, kayak excursions during sunset on the lake and walks in the woods with the sound of newly fallen leaves crackling beneath my feet. Oh yeah, baby!
Back to reality. Mostly, I’m spending my time in the kitchen making soups, taking advantage of the Fall harvest of apples and figs, or thinking that now is the time to get to some of the projects we’ve been talking about but it’s just been too darn hot to execute.
Here’s where you come in my friends. I would love some ideas. You are, after all, a creative bunch, and some of the projects on my list I’m not confident about. Let’s start with the scariest (at least for me!).
You probably already know that we live in a log cabin, and it’s what is known as a ‘full-round’ log home, which means the walls on the interior are the same as the exterior, that is, round. (Some log cabins have flat walls on the inside, otherwise known as ‘D’ logs, which makes it easier to hang items on the walls.) As you can imagine, curved logs would make it impossible to hang cabinets, so the previous owners installed a ‘wall’ of pine in the kitchen, and in the back end of the house which was an add-on and unfortunately not constructed as a log home, but I digress. That’s the wall on the right where the kitchen sink is located. You can see where it ends next to the plate rack on the right.
I’m sure the first thing you noticed is that everything is brown. The ceiling, the walls, the cabinets and the flooring. So…I’m thinking about painting that pine wall a creamy white. Just up to the part where the black lighting is located, NOT the actual logs above. Maybe something similar to the white on the plates in the rack, like ‘Old White‘ chalk paint, or ‘Linen’ or ‘Ironstone‘ milk paint. I’ve used those colors in the past, and in addition to liking them, I appreciate the fact that they’re not shiny. We’re going for a more rustic, flat look here. Maybe even slightly distressed. Nothing too jarring or bright, and yes, in case you’re wondering about grease, I would definitely coat it with a few coats of flat poly or wax of some kind.
Fisherman is a bit reluctant, and suggested maybe painting every other plank (which I’m thinking would either be really interesting or a whole lotta ugly…but we could always paint in the others if we don’t like it), or painting just to the top of the windows. Again, not so sure but we could always continue on up if it looks odd.
Here’s the adjacent wall, which I am thinking we’ll leave alone, but again, not so sure yet. It’s a little tricky to reach this area, and once we do this, there’s no turning back, so I am being very cautious!
Let’s turn our attention to the outside. Since moving here full-time over two years ago, we’ve done a fair amount of work in the front and a little in the back of the house. We’ve installed a fire pit, added a small rock wall in the front of the house, had some stone steps put in a few weeks ago, and added lots of perennials, fresh gravel and overall completed some cute projects which you can see here and here. I have to say it makes me happy to look at the fruits of our labor, but now we need to give the side of the house a little luv.
Since the fire pit required the delivery of gravel, a backhoe needed to run over our side yard and reduced it to nothing but dirt. It wasn’t exactly magazine ready to begin with, but this is what we were faced with for a while. Obviously this picture was taken before the trees filled in. I think it must have been early April. (BTW, the cart was there being prepped for some paint. It now lives on our deck.)
Here’s a more recent view from the bottom of our driveway.
A couple of weeks ago we had some topsoil delivered and leveled, to help with water drainage and aesthetics. The area is now seeded and I’m happy to say the turkeys (there are TONS this year) and birds are leaving the seeds alone and it’s all coming up nicely.
Here’s what I’m thinking…
We never liked the fact that the previous owner installed vinyl windows that are white. While I love white windows on most houses, I just think they stand out too much against the wood. I did some research and found out that yes, you can paint vinyl, but it’s not an easy task. Nevertheless, it’s on my wish list.
Moving on to the dark green wall. Let’s just say I’m not a fan. I’m thinking about putting some Airstone™ on this wall. If you don’t know what that is, scroll up and look at my kitchen island or click on the link for more info. Fisherman isn’t diggin’ the idea, but at the very least, the green needs to go! What would you do? Paint? What color?
The other projects are not up for debate. A small rock wall on the side of the house would be a nice spot for a kitchen herb garden, and relatively easy to do. The area near the trees on the side will be filled in with some shade loving perennials, hopefully some that can bring a bit of color to this otherwise dark spot.
We dug up and moved some rocks, and I thought a rock garden would be nice. I’ve never installed one, so if you have any ideas or tips I’d love to hear them!
The area at the bottom of the side of the house, close to the fire pit, is where I was thinking about adding a fountain feature, but Fisherman nixed the idea. It would be a lot of work, and I have to admit, we probably wouldn’t get to enjoy it due to its location as much as we’d like. I thought about a solar fountain, but I’m not sure there’s enough sun there. Any creative ideas?
Next up in the eye sore department is this spot located on the other side of the house, near the backyard.
We stored some firewood there between the trees which have been relocated to under the deck stairs, and I’m thinking that after a good clean up it would be a nice spot for a hammock or two :).
The ‘to-do’ list seems to get longer and longer, while the days get shorter and shorter. Better get on it!
In other news…
I planted another round of seeds a couple of weeks ago of mesclun and spinach. The mesclun sprouted in two days, and the spinach wasn’t far behind!
I’ve learned a lot this first year of planting seeds. No more peas for me for starters. The plants are huge, but I’m not seeing any pods. Cucumbers are space hogs and I’m loving the cukes we’ve been getting from our friends a lot more, and I don’t think I’ll be planting tomatoes any longer. I’d rather just buy them. Basically, I’m going to concentrate on lettuce, herbs, carrots, chard and maybe beets.
My friend asked me to make a cement leaf for her, and I decided to use up the play sand and create more molds of varying sizes. Much more efficient than doing one at a time, since you have to wait at least 2-3 days to unmold them. I put these together on Wednesday and unmolded them today and they look great!
How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? It’s been lovely here, but this weekend will be hot and humid once again. Are you getting ready for Fall? I’ve been slowly taking out some Fall things, adding some throws, warmer hued pillows and drapes and such, but generally speaking I’m not a huge seasonal decorator. I’ll show you what I’ve done so far next time…