This weekend The Social Planner ( TSP), her hubby Larry, Mr. Math, and I spent the better part of a day cleaning up and making plans for the cabin we are getting.
There were so many more happy surprises on the first “walk through” of this project after the tenants moved out than we did on our Huntsville rental property. The electrical was done properly. There is an ingenious system for water in the house even though there is no well or city water. The house is well insulated. The appliances work. They did a good job of moving out without destroying. Winner, winner chicken dinner.
(We have a lot of stuff to move along.)
The problems with the interior of the cabin are mainly unfinished projects or space planning issues.
The kitchen cabinets are unfinished at the bottom.
I would like some that look like this:
But I wan them washed in barn red.
The top cabinets are warped, laminate-over-particle board office cabinets. I hate them, but for now we need to make them work. I will keep an eagle eye out for someone who is getting rid of real kitchen cabinets and will haunt the ReStore for upper cabinets that will work. I can be patient.
The wood burning stove sticks out too far from the wall, the cement backer board behind the stove is unfinished, and the stove needs to be painted with high heat black paint.
The dudes are going to move the stove back about six inches and fix the stove-pipe. We ( The Social Planner and me) are going to paint the stove and I am going to attempt to install plank tile that looks like whitewashed wood vertically over the backer board. Mr. Math will be my backup in case of disaster.
(The picture above is of the place with the tenants. It is cleaned out now, but I did not get a picture that shows the space between the wall and the stove.
The cabin is not too far from the Alabama Coushatta Reservation, and the area has a strong western cowboy history. We are going to try our best to honor the area through our decor but with more of a deer camp feel. We both have quite a bit of western stuff that will be coming in. Our bedding for the six beds will be a mix of plaids, solids, and even couple of native inspired. The inspiration from the cabin colors will come from these pictures.
I actually found some bedding really cheap on Amazon.
A lot of what is going into the house is coming right out of my old lake house “bunk room” and The Social Planner’s stash. These vintage canisters came from the stash.
The flowered couch is getting a chocolate-colored slipcover that will make it work for us. The bonus is that it is washable. The love seat is going and a vintage vinyl western couch is coming in to join the brown couch.
I plan on doing a piece for the wall sort of like this one.
I found this letschipit.com color scheme based on a female cardinal. It is exactly the colors I see us using.
It is going to be fun making this small space functional and FUN.
The journey continues,