More Fall Work

DSC00006-1 These old weathered boards are going to be on a wall in our house.

DSC00008 I planed and sanded them till they began to be clean, but still quite rustic. 

DSC00014-1 Most of these have two coats of water-based varnish on them.  And we think they’re beautiful.  I won’t speak for Elv.  He’s happy to let me play and create, but he can’t quite believe I’ll take these terrible boards and make something I want to have in our living room.  Trust me, this’ll be great when we’re done.

DSC00001-1 They’re going on that wall there behind the chair where the old “window” AC is now.  From floor to ceiling will be our rustic backing for the wood stove that will be there on that hearth where the chair and the stack of chimney boxes are now.

Where do we get this foolish courage…to put old boards and a woodstove in the living room?  I have been cleaning cabins and second homes for a few summers now and observing a few things about these houses.  Rule number one is that anything goes for walls and floors.  Rule number two is that if you can dream it; you can do it.  And the best thing about what I’ve noticed is that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be acceptable and nice.  Maybe that is because it’s just the cabin or the second home or just a lake house.  So be it, our house is just a cabin.


  1. You MUST post after pictures. This will be fun to see!

  2. Sounds like fun. I want to see after pictures too.

  3. Wow, I'll just say I am very impressed!!

  4. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project! That will be so nice and cozy for winter days...


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