Things are finally progressing around here...from this six years ago:
...to this last spring:
And now to this:
Yes, I still call it progress. Other people call it crazy. But the most exciting thing is not the framing, but my husband using his hand.
He has been going to therapy three times a week, and they are all amazed at how quickly he is healing and regaining the use of his fingers. He is taking it slowly, but they want him to keep moving, so he decided to go ahead with this closet project, which started with the master bathroom and has now moved out into the bedroom. Of course the end result of this project will be his having studio space to work here at home. This is one of two built-in closets that will be on this side of the room inspired by this one from the little guest house.
Yes, I really am inspired by this. I might lack budget, but there is no limit to my vision and the ingenuity and determination for making it happen. That would probably explain why I lie awake at night thinking of ways to get things done within my limitations. But, I digress...
I was also inspired by this vintage Chinese silk my mother recently gave me that was passed down from a relative. If fabric can be yummy, this one is. I can't wait to get it in the room, but there is a lot of work to do before I get to that point.
Of course, everything always takes longer than expected -- especially when you are doing it yourself, and there are *always* surprises. I ended up needing more antique doors than I had finished, so I had to restore and finish two more of the antique oak doors from my great grandfather's house.
It is so much work. Ok, it's really a ridiculous amount of work...hard work to get these in shape, but so worth it. All of them had been stripped of their hardware for storage, minus one mortise lock, so I gasped when I found this hinge.
Only this part was left, but what a clue to the amazing detail the old house had. After showing them to my dad, he remembered them on all the doors. Amazingly, I found a company, Van Dyke's Restorers, that makes reproduction hinges in a very similar pattern, although they are $69 per hinge. That could add up on 13 doors. These are the little details that make the biggest difference, and one I would love to add, but until I find a bucket of the original ones here on the property, I'll just be using plain black hinges. I love this company, though. They have an amazing collection of reproduction hardware, etc., for people who want an authentic look.
Another thing I found that surprised me were wooden numbers on three of the bedroom doors. It surprised me because one trend that I have never really understood is putting numbers on everything. I laughed when I saw this, because, of course, I will be using them:-)
I am still piecing together parts for door knobs and rim locks that I have found here together with some I have ordered from ebay and etsy. Fun, huh?? Actually, it really is, and I am enjoying learning how all these parts work together.
Mostly though, I enjoy the trip through time and not only sharing these memories with my dad, but making new ones with my children. You wouldn't think kids, especially these days, would notice these kinds of things, but all of mine have and are enjoying the changes.
Like I always say...it's the little things:-)
I'll be joining: