Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sure beats two years ago!

Yes, it's been a while since my last post here. 

We are here and have been working steadily on this place but I haven't had the time to post about it.

Today's cooler rainy weather reminds me so much of 2 years ago, on this same date, the husband was heading back here but had to wait out the big snow storm in South Dakota because the freeway was closed.
I remember only too well sitting in the little trailer, on a very dreary day about this same time, wondering where the hired help was and if this bunkhouse would ever get finished.
I posted a pretty sad post that day.

Well I can happily say I'm in the bunkhouse on this cool wet day!
Nice and warm and toasty with the heat on as warm as I want it to be.
And even better...looking out my windows at the mountains! NOT at an unfinished bunkhouse!!!!

It didn't snow very much last night up there but there does appear to be a light dusting to the left, lower down and below the bottom of the clouds. The forecast is for more snow tonight and cooler temps but then later in the day it will clear up and be back in the high 60's and low 70's all week.

Hard to believe I put my feet in Shell Creek (running out of the mountains) to cool them off just last Saturday. We went for a ride that day, it was hot...98 in Greybull just about 37 miles to the south, today it's about 52 here.

We've done a lot but it still never feels like enough. We did put down more plywood 'plank' flooring.
I absolutely love how it's turning out! I wasn't sure but it far surpasses what I was even hoping to accomplish. It really looks like 6" wide pine plank flooring!

This next week I plan to stain and poly as many 'planks' as possible. We had hoped to finish the entire building but there were so many other things that needed attention. We started with the kitchen so that the husband can install the kitchen cabinets next summer, we have the vintage stove and vintage fridge, just need the sink and faucet. We have a cool vintage farm sink that was in the little barn when we bought the place but I forgot about it when they put in the plumbing...still asking the husband if he can make it work. Right now we have 2 banquet tables set up in the kitchen with everything piled on top including 2 hot plates, I do the dishes outside on the porch but it works and I don't mind it one bit because I have HOT WATER! What a treat after doing dishes in the trailer!

No trim around the doors and windows yet, I still need to poly the windows. I'd rather get the flooring all done so I can start moving in the rest of the furniture.

I did convince the husband to put up the curtain rods so I could hang the curtains because of the echo in here. I used the Pinterest painters drop cloths and I like it. I didn't even take the time to press them, the wrinkles don't bother me...I did wash them because I don't care for the funny smell straight out of the package. Maybe next year when we take them down to add the trim I'll give them a light press.

I'll take pictures and eventually post them, I just want to get as much done as possible while here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A tiny bit of decorating the bunkhouse

I just couldn't help it, I'm dying to get the furniture in here and fixed up all nice and cozy but there's no sense in bringing in too much since we still have the wood floors to put down.

But I did need a dresser so there was my chance to do something fun!

Sort of a shabby chic cowgirl look.
I'm mixing vintage shabby, crochet lace, cowhides, skulls and cowgirl country...go with what I like most, right?

 I sew a lot so a button shade seemed fitting (in case you're wondering what the heck is on that lamp!) the link to a DIY on my vintage blog is HERE

Thanks for stopping!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Painting and a day off in Cody

This was taken last week in the evening when it started to snow. 
A view off our front porch, the sun was setting, it was snowing and the snow looked pink.

The next morning we decided to go to Cody and I snapped a few pictures while he was driving.

And here he is spray painting the final color called Timeless Ivory.
Every room is that color except for the bathroom which is a little more white, called Italian Lace by Valspar.

The entire place is painted and we have moved in.
We're using hot plates to cook on and the bathroom sink to wash dishes.
I have a complete bathroom but it still needs a few minor details.
I stained the interior doors today, we used 6 panel solid pine doors in keeping with the pine trim to be done next year along with continuing the plywood plank floor which I totally LOVE! I can hardly wait to see the floors finished.

We plan to install kitchen cabinets next year along with my vintage stove, refrigerator and we have an authentic old farm house sink that was in the old barn when we bought the place.

My biggest decision now? What do I decide on for cabinets???

Do I go with white and stay with the vintage 40's/50's look of the stove and fridge or do I go rustic and use something like Hickory?

I will have the plywood plank floor in the kitchen.

Another idea was to buy unfinished but they are oak and sort of plain...I like oak only it doesn't seem to fit in here but I was thinking I could have the husband makes me several branding irons and burn some brands into the wood?

Any ideas?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chief Joseph Highway Wyoming

Things are still happening here at the bunkhouse in Wyoming but we took a road trip over a week ago and I'm just now finally getting some time to do a quick post.
This was on Sunday Sept. 7

This is a view of Heart Mountain's west side (looking east) as we climbed the pass.
Just north of Cody

Up on top, Dead Indian Hill and you can see the winding road going down the other side. We are heading north towards Cooke City, Montana (photo below)

This was a trail used by the Nez Perce Indians while being chased by the U.S. Cavalry in 1877

Further north now and a view of The Beartooth (photo below)

Not terribly exciting here but this is a shot of Cooke City famous for snowmobiles in the winter

We have officially moved into the bunkhouse.
I have a full bathroom, a furnace and air conditioning. A make shift kitchen for now but it sure beats a 20 foot camping trailer and an outhouse!

More soon.....

Friday, September 5, 2014

Plywood "Plank" Fooring

I discovered plywood plank flooring on Pinterest several months ago. 
We decided to give it a try.
We hand picked through the plywood sheets for what we thought would look the best cut into 'boards'.
The husband carefully measured and made a guide that he could clamp down in order to cut boards all the exact same width.

Then I brushed on the sanding sealer to prevent the pine from soaking up the satin unevenly.

I used Minnwax Golden Pecan for the windows and I like it but I wanted the floor to be a tad bit darker so I added drops of Minnwax Special Walnut followed with 1 coat of Polycrylic.

They have the same coloring as the Douglas Fir siding and I'm very happy with it.

We thought we should try it out in the bathroom first to see IF we are really going to like it
We're both very happy with the result so we will continue this flooring throughout the bunkhouse.
Gives it a rustic look that I'm looking for at a fraction of the price of wood  boards.

We're placing it randomly and using ring shank nails and face nailing the planks, surprisingly I can't even see them in the photo!

He has a small area left to do but the base trim is dry and I'm just a little anxious to get that toilet back in there so that's what he's doing now while I do this quick post.

I'll brush on another coat of Polycrylic when the floor is finished to help seal the edges and the nail heads.

The new construction outfit finished up. We had to give in and go with textured walls because the guy that did the sheet rock last year did such a poor job. Now that the new people have explained the correct way to install it, I understand. Last year I didn't have a clue and the guy doing it evidently didn't either...which boils down to the original carpenter (that we let go) contracted that guy to sheet rock. Either the previous carpenter didn't know how to install sheet rock or he just didn't care to take time to explain it to the the man doing it.

But that's water under the bridge now.

The new people (Alotta Cronstruction) spent extra days here trying to fix the mistakes and really wanted to give me smooth walls until finally they just had to give in and break the news to me. They did a nice job of a light texture and knock down so I'm okay with it...I have to be!

Then they spray primed for us so we can get on with our work.

And take breaks and enjoy lunch on the front porch with this view.

I will be back shortly with a finished will be the only completely finished room in the bunkhouse as we continue to work on the other rooms!