Gate Leg

….and we liked the nightstand gray so much, that we put it on the legs of a hand-me-down gate leg table.

(We’ve been using the gate leg as a dining room table until ours is finished…. my brother, Tommy, is hand-crafting a farmhouse table, custom made for our large dining space, with cherry wood harvested from our family’s homestead in Northeast Pennsylvania. So cool.)


Here’s a look at a small furniture project.

Before we got the barn, we never really had a master bedroom – certainly not one large enough to have a nightstand on each side of the bed! So we found these guys on Craigslist for $15 each, roughed them up with some sandpaper, and painted them a true gray.

(True confession: the knobs cost more than the tables, as they cost $8 each.)

But at the end, it was a pretty thrifty project, and we’re quite happy with the results.

And some more framing.

These photos are from just yesterday, 3/26.

A note about the living room: it appears in several photos, and looks like a big mess.
The future living / great room is where the old work rooms and hay loft were. Some of it remains (the hay loft, in particular), as it has been used as make-shift scaffolding.  It will all get torn out eventually.

So exciting.

More framing.

On 3/3, we paid a visit to check out the progress.
The midlevel bedroom and bathroom had walls, and the floors joists were down on the master level.
Pretty awesome.


So here’s the first batch of updated framing photos, as promised.
On 2/6, Tommy, Mom and Dad met us at the barn to see the progress.

Framing spaces.

So we wanted to get these photos up before Tom comes to town and makes more ridiculous progress.  It’s amazing what he can get done on his own, nevermind with helpers who actually know what they’re doing (read: not me and Billy). Anyway, last week, Tom and his crew (Dave and Adam) came and did a whole mess of work; in just a day, they completed the ceiling joists in the downstairs guest rooms, framed out the kitchen, built some temporary stairs, and started on the mid-level guest room.
Pretty amazing.

But please ignore the lousy photo quality: it was dusk when we got there (which means poor lighting), and didn’t we didn’t have our camera (which means cell phone photos only).

We’re relieved to be making some forward progress with construction, as we’re not making forward progress with the loan.  (We’re still waiting on various and sundry organizations to get their collective acts together…… and we’re loosing time, money and patience).

Ah well.  In due time, I suppose.

Small steps forward.

We’re all sick of waiting.

So, in an effort to be productive (and not entirely stagnant as we wait on various organizations to do their job so we can close on our loan), Tom, Marie and Emma came up this past Saturday.

And the five of us put in a work day.

Small steps forward.