April 26, 2010

My Salvaging Mantra

Last night I was looking through the shelves of books that came with our house, and I came across one that deserved a second look,  Furniture Making and Cabinet Work (1949).  Lots of great chapters on built in cabinetry, finishing, upholstery and other great tips for furniture making and repairing.

One chapter in particular sparked my interest,  Chapter 9 Salvaging Discarded Furniture.  The second paragraph sums up salvaging furniture to a tee. 

"The following suggestions are offered in the hope of kindling an imaginative interest in the possibilities of successful salvage of whatever discarded furniture may be at hand.  Inasmuch as available pieces have already been declared surplus, a boldness of treatment may well pay large dividends, since failure will create no additional waste."

Translation..... go for it

April 16, 2010

The Accidental Hunt

To kill time this winter we checked out mls.ca with no real intentions of buying a home. We came across this house.. we were intrigued.

The response from the agent when we asked for a viewing was 'you do know there are four LARGE bathrooms off each room and on the main floor because it was remodeled as a B&B'..... obviously this fact has scared off most potential buyers for over 2 years... still not scared we went for a viewing.

The majority of the house was updated in 2003 and run as a Bed and Breakfast.  While we are not the Bed and Breakfast type I could see how we could make it work as residence with a few *tweaks* here and there.  Before we went ahead with anything we decided it might be best to check out a few others in our price range to see if the love for Ol' Blue was real.

'Nice, but too small', 'nice, but too traditional' and 'very cool, but no parking or back yard'.

Went with our first choice, and the rest is history.  

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