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Monday, May 2, 2011

Beach House Metamorphosis -- Continues!

I'm back!
I returned Sunday evening from 5 days at
our family's beach house out on eastern Long Island.

Whew!  I'm exhausted from watching other people work.

Just briefly, a rundown of the major projects over those few days:
The carpet looks a lot like sisal, but it's a practical nylon.  It brightens the whole room.
I didn't have much to do today; no one to watch work!  But watching the wind and rough water was enough.
Pardon the kitchen clutter; things get shoved around while there's work going on.
The shocking stove (and I mean that literally) was pulled out, and is now in the garage,
and we're looking for a cheap an inexpensive replacement.

I don't need any more zingzzzz from pans on the stove.
The kitchen was "fenced" so Dion wouldn't bother the installers; he didn't get kitchen privileges until evening.
 On Saturday, things had dried out enough for the deck work.
Gorgeous long lengths of fresh cedar, hand-hammered into place on the second story deck.
Watching Kevin and his crew kneel on those rafters made my own knees hurt!
After a cloudy morning, a spectacular day, and gorgeous new cedar planks on the upper deck.
 After construction, the whole deck, up and down, got a hand brushed coat of Cabot's sealer.
Which unfortunately kind of covered up the lovely scent of the new cedar!
Note to my brother Lindy: the glider is now off the deck and sitting by the water, next to JR's bench.
 And some other pictures, just to keep up to date.
The right corner bedroom upstairs, with its 3rd coat of Lemon Ice Benjamin Moore paint:
Third coat did the trick.  This color is not a good cover-er!
And the upstairs hall bath, in Moore's Icing On The Cake:
I love this soft aqua.  In Moore's Pearl finish, it just kind of glows.
And down the upstairs hall, toward the family room. . . bright clean Philadelphia Cream:

And finally Dion -- my companion on these trips -- fixated on the dishwasher, Thursday evening.
"I know I saw my dish go in this thing.  I hope it comes out again before breakfast!"
And now, it's after midnight, and I've interrupted assembling this post to watch the news;
my daughter Alida reached me on the computer to tell me to pay attention.
Osama bin Laden is no longer a threat to our country, or to anyone else.
I am grateful to our brave servicemen who carried out this task.
I'll see you tomorrow -- Cass

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(It must be Monday!)


  1. Your floors and deck look stunning! There's nothing like renovations to make you feel great!

    I felt compelled to post about this evenings breaking news.

    Have a wonderful week!


  2. Beautiful changes here! I just read about Osama, waiting for hubby to wake up to chat with him about it.

  3. You will have a brand new house when all that work is finished. Looking great!
    Makes me tired watching others work so hard also. :-D
    Have a great week.

  4. you have really gotten alot done! The kitchen looks great! I bet it feels wonderful to get the place updated!

  5. Your updates are going to be that paint in the bathroom!!! Give Dion a hug from wet Tennessee!!!
    Have a beautiful day...USA>>>USA!!!

  6. Wow I love this! SO much to do! I love the pics of your pup helping you out...

  7. All of the changes you have made to your beach house look fabulous. Oh that view is magnificant too. You are going to thoroughly enjoy all the updates and I am so envious. Your companion is sooooooo adorable.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  8. Hi Cass,
    Wow, everything is really coming along! What a beautiful deck...I just love to sit by the water and enjoy the fresh air. How pleased you must be, soon it all will be done and you can just relax. I look forward to more photo's.
    Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

  9. Hi Cass! God bless America!
    Wow, look at all the changes! I'm so happy for you and feel a little sorry for little Dion, bless his little heart! :) Your floors are gorgeous and I know you'll enjoy that deck.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. The Beach House is coming along nicely! Love the kitchen flooring and new deck! Hopefully you & your family will all be able to sit back and enjoy your 'new' digs soon!

  11. Now why exactly did you feel you needed new kitchen flooring? Oh yes, that final picture with Dion and the dishwasher reminded me! ha ha. The house looks great and that's an understatement. I know the blog photos aren't doing justice to the colors. Enjoy every hour you can this summer and we'll all envy you.

  12. Wow! House looks amazing! Lucky you!

    I was awake and watched all the news on the death of Osama. Proud of our President and all the military!

  13. Wow you guys are doing so much work. Or watching someone else do it, that can be tiring too. I like the choices your are making. It is going to be a great summer there for sure.

  14. Looks like and sounds like you have the very best job on the project...supervisor! And from what I see from the pictures you are doing a great job!

  15. You got so much accomplished! The floors and deck look amazing, and your dog is gorgeous too. It's my dream to rehab an old farmhouse. Good for you.


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