Monday, August 30, 2010

Ensign Ranch

This was one of the best camping experiences we've ever had. We went up to the Ensign Ranch near Cle Elum, WA with our friends the Nerland and the McConnels. The amount of laughing that went on over the 3 days we were there was therapudic. Words cannot begin to describe how much my face hurt from laughing at Alan's pants ripping incident. We know this is a camping trip our kids will remember for a very long time.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Before & After

You may remember this hideous mess from exactly 1 year ago...

I don't know why I haven't posted any after shots yet. This part of the house has been done for ages. Of course there's many projects still needing attention but we're taking it slow these days. We plan to repaint in a lighter shade of this olive green sometime in the near future. The paint has already taken a beating from our 4 kids...deep sigh. Hence the reason I'm sticking with plywood floors, this floor can handle the kids.
We also plan to replace the fridge with a black one someday when there's extra money laying around to replace something that's working just fine!

For anyone wondering...
- We did all the work ourselves with a few helpful hands here and there from family and Friends.
- We reused the old cabinets. Added beadboard, trim on top and bottom, painted, glazed and added hardware that was purchased on ebay.
- The granite counters were purchased on craigslist and installed by my hubby.
- The apron front farm sink and butcher block island counter are from Ikea and they were both a screaming good deal.
- The floors are made out of 4X8' 1/2 inch plywood. The hubby ripped them down to 8" strips then routered on all four sides. Then install them with screws. I then painted them black and sanded them. Voila, farm house floors on the cheap.