Google+ House Revivals: Happy Home Al Fresco, the Beach House, and the Kitchen Renovation

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy Home Al Fresco, the Beach House, and the Kitchen Renovation

For all my dear friends who left comments and emails in the last couple of days -- I am not ignoring you.  I just fell a little behind when I had to make a quick trip out to the coast to meet up with some contractors about the beach house renovation.  Honest.  It was a business trip.  Really, it was.

It was still a bit foggy out to sea, but it cleared up in time for my 
camera battery to die a few minutes after this picture was taken :)
 Does anyone else have luck like that?

And even on, ahem, a business trip a girl's gotta eat breakfast.  It's the most important meal of the day.

 Look!  It says "Happy Home".  Can you think of a better 
way to start the day in our new old beach house?

Of course, when the kitchen looks like this...

 ... you have to pack your milk in a sweet vintage thermos, and pick up some locally baked pastries.  And then you have to step out onto the deck for some fresh air and a view of the white caps.  You have to.

We've made some progress.  Did you notice the stack of doors is gone?  Well, not gone actually.  Just leaning against a different wall.  They had to be moved to remove the old moldy drywall from the refrigerator nook.   Apparently the ice maker had leaked for years....

.... and the sink had leaked, so all the lower drywall on this side of the room has been removed, as well.  Something else is missing, too.  Do you know what it is?  It's the rat poo! I'm doing the "no more rat poo happy dance"!

Sigh.  I love my kitchen.  I'm pretty sure people think I'm crazy 
when I say that, but they don't see the things I see. (At this point my 
husband would probably interject that they don't hear 
the voices I hear, either, but that's a subject for a different post...)

No more mold in my kitchen, and no more rat poo, either -- woohoo!  In a few weeks, there won't be any rot in there, either.  I'm just keeping my eyes on the prize.

Remember what we started with?  We really are making some progress.  The holidays and the weather and the crazy short daylight hours slowed us down a lot, but we're ramping up again.

This was what the kitchen looked like at first.  See that very dirty looking floor area where the cabinets used to be?  Yup.  That's rat poo.  Lots and lots of rat poo....  I walked into that kitchen the first time, right past the rat poo, and knew I was home, but I think my husband wanted to run the other way!

I do hope there will be lots more meals taken like 
this -- even after the kitchen renovation is finished.

Now, just for fun, here's a picture from down at the beach this morning.

Look at that handsome dog -- can you believe he'll be fifteen 
in June?  I had to keep calling him up the cliff to keep him 
away from rolling logs today.  He just has so much energy!

This picture is very deceiving.  That little log in the background actually has a diameter of over four feet at the base.  When the waves came crashing in, they would pick that log up like it was a bath toy and roll it around, and twist it in different directions.  This is why it is so important to stay far away from logs in the surf.  A wave can pick it up and put it on top of you in a heart beat!    And waves can really take you by surprise -- just a couple of minutes after this picture was taken a wave crashed right where I was standing to get this shot.  Aslan (the dog) and I bolted up the cliff, barely escaping a good soaking!

Now, I'm off to start returning emails -- I missed you guys!

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  1. This is great! I'm excited to see how it comes along. :) --Denise

  2. Love your updates and view of the ocean. Where is your beach house ~ which coast if you don't want to give specifics?

  3. My blogging partner, Julia, is going to freak when she sees your thermos! Me, well, I freak over your view!!! Luuuuuuv it!

  4. Hello Amanda - I understand how it is to look at a house as a blank slate and to look past its current state - The room looks like it will be quite lovely with all the windows and doors AND view!
    I hope all goes well!

  5. Such wonderful ocean views. I look forward to seeing your progress in the kitchen. So exciting. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  6. No mold AND no rat poo? And a crazy cute pup? A red letter day!

    When I was last in Seattle, my SIL took me to the beach, and showed me the whole 'beach log' phenomenon. HOLY MOLY! I had no idea. We walked around a crazy root ball tree thingy that had to be at least 10-15 feet in diameter.

  7. Love the pictures you share! that pastry looks sinfully delicious! What do the "w's" on the thermos mean? I'd be doing a no more rat poo dance too! If you come to my blog to pay me a visit today - you should skip to yesterday's post instead and check out my boob book!

  8. Oh it's coming along nicely! Yeah for no rat poo or mold! Watching this transformation from afar is one of my fave ways to spend my blog time.

  9. Oh what fun! This is my first visit to your blog, and I get in on the beginnings of a beach house renovation! I can't wait to see it as it progresses. Thank you for your visit to my blog. laurie

  10. It is coming along. Glad the rats and mold are gone.

  11. What a day, Amanda! Any day on the beach is a perfect day, in my book.
    I can see where progress is being made on the house. Keep feeding your imagination and inspiration. You are going to have so much fun!

  12. I can almost feel the peace of the beach in that first shot. I think I need to take a picnic today.

  13. That's some project, but I'm sure it will be beautiful when its done. Your pictures are great and that thermos is such a fun find.

  14. Ugh on the rat poo! But ahhhh on the beach house renovation.

    We should all be so lucky!!


  15. I'm bookmarking this because, sometime in the next five years, I am planning on doing the same thing and buy a fixer upper house on or near the Oregon coast. I can't wait! Keep us updated, inquiring minds want to know..

  16. Kitchen remodeling is tough to get through ~ but you have the right attitude! I love the idea of meals on the beach with the dog and a vintage thermos too.

    Susan and Bentley

  17. It's getting there! And it will look fantastic when complete! You can do it and with that view to go out and relax to, you will definitely make it!
    thanks for linking up!

  18. I'm going to show this to my husband when I get home. He had two weeks in Seattle once- and recounted the danger of logs flying in from the Pacific. I didn't quite believe him! Lots of picnics chez moi today- Wind in the Willows ones!

  19. If you manage to snag one, there are probably some interesting things you can do with those ocean logs!

  20. Hey there, Amanda, I'm excited about seeing your kitchen rennovation as it comes long as it takes :)

  21. I expect you will look back on these days with fond memories, each moment of this project is worth it - milk and pastries included!

  22. Love the thermos and love the photos. Very pretty. Happy VTT!

  23. OHHHH I am so jealous. That is going to be such an amazing place. I love your plans! I can't wait to see it. Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by ThreeBoys:)

  24. Amanda,
    This must be soooo keep your eyes on the prize!!! I'm looking forward watching it all take place...thanks for taking me along with you. What's the location? I'm guessing the West coast. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  25. Hi again! I think that it is definitely love if you can see beyond all of the "warts" to the dreamy happy ending! I can tell you feel that way about your new old house and really, who wouldn't when you can enjoy that gorgeous scenery? Thanks for sharing this post too!

  26. Hmmm.... I'm having a hard time feeling much sympathy there. ha!

    What an outrageously envy invoking link to Alphabe-Thursday this week.

    That house is going to be a showplace when you're done with it.

    In the meantime, enjoy that view and we shall enjoy it vicariously through your posts!

    Thank you for linking.


  27. Hi there- how delightful your beach house is going to be! Love the kitchen inspiration- Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!:)

  28. Having that view is going to make it all worth it. I'll bet the hubby knows that. Too bad he can't see the house the way you do!

    Cute thermos.

  29. ahhhhh.....gorgeous setting and your little picnic looks divine (that thermos rocks!)

  30. Hi Amanda!

    You could change rat poo to cat poo and that would have been my house! Maybe the cats that were in my house ran off with the rats in yours! lol

    Thank you for commenting on my blog. I can picture the kitchen you have in mind and the picture of it's future design is so incredible. I cannot wait to follow along with your progress. What an incredible view as well. Very exciting!


  31. How nice to see someone enjoying a beach at this time. Out my front door, its a balmy 3 degrees today. Your renovation sounds great. Can't wait to se the finished product ~

  32. I want an old beach house...I guess I almost have one 2 blocks away and it is old) but oh to wake up on the beach! Cannot wait to see more.

  33. You're a brave soul! but the beach would definitely be worth it!
    beautiful dog! :)


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