New Project

Thanks for the Florida love :)  It was great hearing how many people are familiar with that area....and hopefully after all my ranting...some of you might even check it out!

Here we go again with some renovating.  This house was built in the eighty's and you will see why it needs updating.

First up is the family room and what we are doing for the FP surround.

Inspiration....

Yeah....I know...pretty big shoes to fill.  I showed her 4-5 pictures and then just threw this one in.  BAM...she loved it!!!

Great.  Now I have to source it.  Where to start.  Google.

And can I say that Google did not disappoint?  Seriously, I stumbled upon Atlanta Speciality Woods.  Yep....a mere 25 minutes from my house.

It was the motherload!


This is Christian, the owner.  Cute.

And here are some pictures of what he hoards!

Big old beams....you can't hide this stuff under a bed.  This the Titanic of hoarding.......

We picked a real pretty one for the mantel.


3" reclaimed boards.....picked some of these also.


Picture from the web site of some reclaimed beams.....want.


Here is Chris hard at work making notes about our order.


If you need old wood.....this is the place!

So here is a picture of what we are starting with.
What do you think?  Of course ours will not be quite as massive.  To scale people.

The room....We have paint coming, floors being stained darker.  Those weird cabinets to the left are gone.  Think we should keep the fan?  Nah...it is gone baby!

Oh yeah...here is the kitchen.
Are your eyes burning????  That island made me have nightmares.  And the way they did the tile around it.  Did anyone have taste in the 80"s?????

This calls for some serious makeover magic.  And some greenback, benjamin, cha ching, moola, a real THROW DOWN!

My favorite kind of project.

Let the games begin.....stay tuned.

February 1st!  Spring is close.


First sign...Trader Joes!

Sherika



48 comments

My Notting Hill said...

Amazing stash of old wood! I looked closely at that 80's kitchen. The curvy part was bad but the way the tiles didn't match up half-way in was really crazy.

Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} said...

Love your blog! I'm your newest follower, just found you via bryn alexander on her link up!

eclecticrevisited.com said...

can't wait to see this project unfold..looks fabulous!! the current island?-scary..
best,
maureen

Kelly said...

I can't wait to see how that room turns out. I can see why you're completely starting over! Ha! I love it already and you haven't even started yet. I agree about the 80's. What were we thinking?

heather (love your space) said...

that kitchen is OUT OF CONTROL! I think the 80s was all about doing whatever, because you could. But no one shoulda done that.

You'll make it gorgioso, for sure!

A Delightful Design said...

This is gonna be good...real good. They are so lucky to have you on board!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, wow wish I could get some beams, but not moola for them. Darn. This is going to look fabulous and can't wait to see that kitchen transformed. That is one weird island.

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

I would loooooove to have reclaimed wood floors but I think it might be over budget for now.
I think there is a place like that near me too.
I would cry everyday if I had to look at that kitchen.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Their tile guy was, quite obviously, smoking crack back in the day....can't wait to see you work your magic!

Lou Cinda

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

ooh i love the inspiration and can't wait to see what you do. and chris is very cute and there are so many wrong things i could say about him and his wood, but i shoudl keep it clean here, right?

Designing Domesticity said...

wow, that kitchen is something else. Can NOT wait to see where you take it. Love your big client makeovers. Thanks for sharing, liz

Karena said...

Sherry wow what a find...the wood guy is cute! Better than that is his taste and choices in reclaimed pieces.

That kitchen, wow, you are going to have fun remember to show us the before and afters.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Gina said...

I cannot wait to see this all finished. I want a fireplace like that too! Oh, and some beams too!

My Interior Life said...

Wow! Can't wait to see that mantel in place. It will be fabulous! And that kitchen is a great "before" because after you work your magic I know it will be stunning!!

michele said...

omg that is a gorgeous surround and the effect is so ethereal with all those candles.

i was there with the banana clip so i an attest: no one had any style in the 80s.

:)

michele

Catie said...

WOAH!! GREAT find. You are so generous with your sources. Can't wait to see you do your thing...this ones gonna be good!

Chic Coles said...

What a fantastic post. Those beams are amazing. The fireplace is going to be wonderful

Cathy Wall said...

You have a gift, especially being able to see past that lovely 80"s kitchen, yikes! Loving the reclaimed wood details and direction...looking forward to more on this project!

Cathy

Holly said...

Hi Christian! Thanks for that intro Sherry - I needed a little humor on a day like today. And this project looks spectacular. The home itself has a ton of promise and I'm excited to see you work your magic.

NanaDiana said...

Love all that old wood. What a find! I can't wait to see it all redone. That kitchen is nightmarish but was the height of style when it was new, I'm sure! Brick to go anyone? xo Diana

lisaroyhandbags said...

holy wood envy! That is exactly what I had had in mind for our muskoka place. sigh.
And that kitchen! yikes!

Brandi said...

My dream list includes beams for our family room. I cannot wait to see what you do to that kitchen! I rode by Trader Joe's this weekend on my way to Piedmont Park. Where I later got my first parking ticket. Dang residential parking laws!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Woo hoo! Forsythia! Me likey-- add TJ's to my stops this week. :)
Girl, you have your work cut out for you-- hope you have plenty of wine on hand!
Happy Hump Day!

tanyaj said...

i have seen alot of houses but never have i seen a kitchen like that. i cannot wait to see what unfolds on this. love all the old wood! must stop by there sometime. sherry i love all your posts (thinking of getting a beach place to rent) exactly 5 1/2 hours away. bonk me hard!!

Susan said...

Sherry, I'll take some of those fab boards with a big ole scoop of Christian on the side! ;)

Beth said...

I think people are more interested in Christian, lol! I can't wait to see that kitchen tore up from the floor up!!

Acquired Objects said...

There is nothing better then old wood and I can't wait to see the fireplace when you're finished. As for that kitchen, GUT IT! That thing is a nightmare. I'm excited to see what you do.

XX
Debra~

Taylor Greenwalt said...

This looks like a fun project. I cant believe that island. wow, and the flooring! Man, it needs your magic...

sixteen fourteen said...

Love your comments about the kitchen...hilarious!

designchic said...

I am obsessed with your inspiration mantle and your source for the beams...amazing. Now how in the world built that kitchen...I'm speechless!!

Carla Aston said...

That kitchen is just begging for a redo. I'll bet you can't wait to get your hands on it. Can't wait to see the fireplace. What a difference that lovely rustic wood will make.

christy said...

This looks like a fun project. My parents have old beams in their old home, they had so many, that they ended up selling several to a well known builder in their area. They do add a lot of charcter to the room. Best of luck to you.

annie said...

I must pin this...that reclaimed wood is amazing. Yes, what is it about the 1980s when it comes to architecture? What happened? I can see why you had nightmares about that island in the kitchen...but I can see your vision for the family room. I can't wait to see the results. Will you show us the work in progress??

tearinguphouses said...

that wood is sooo gorgeous. we put reclaimed beams (just like the ones in that living room shot) in our last kitchen and i LOVED how they turned out. we still get comments on them.

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Yes, the kitchen tile work is the best! Some real skill there! I'm amazed it lasted there as long as it has! No where to go but up! You'll have fun and make it beautiful, I'm sure!

Oh, the reclaimed wood! Absolutely gorgeous!

Simple Dwellings said...

It is going to be amazing! You will work your magic and this space will be a wow!! :)

barbara@hodge:podge said...

That is one sad kitchen! Can't wait to see what you do with it though!

Christy said...

Obsessed with the fireplace...in love more like it!! Can't wait to see what you do to the two spaces...the kitchen is in dire need of some help!

www.lifeofmodernhousewife.com

Cindy said...

Oh, i can not wait to see what you come up with! And who wouldn't love your inspiration photo...omg...

Cindy

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

I cannot WAIT to see you work your magic on all of this. And do you know, sometimes I click on your blog simply because I know you will say stuff that makes me laugh? The design is a bonus. And I'm totally jealous about those beams. Killer.

Anonymous said...

Please let me know if you come across any tasteful fireplace screens while you're working on this project. I've been on the hunt. Just got a quote from a custom metal worker -- price point starts at $1,100. No way, Jose!

Maureen in Decatur

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

This will be so fun to see come together. The old wood and beams are fabulous. Can't wait. Glad your baby dogs are ok. Mona

sarah, flourish design + style said...

That's just incredible.. I seriously admire what you do :)

I was planning on doing some more painting today, and will have them up in the shop later today or tomorrow, and more black is def. in the plan! Hope you are well, xoxo S

Amy Vermillion@Martineau Vermillion Interior Design said...

Hello my darling friend in the ATL. Thanks for the source..I'll be using cute guy for something I have coming up. The kitchen made me dizzy and not in a good way...although who doesn't love to take a jack hammer to that?
Hugs,
Amy..your pal in the CTL

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

What a project, Sherry! This will be a fun one to watch! Loved your FL posts. Can't wait for summer. We always go down and visit my aunt and uncle who live in the area. So pretty!

LLH Designs said...

WOW! Great find with the reclaimed wood so near you! I love it when that happens! And that island is...um...definitely floating!

Happy weekend!
Linsey

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

This looks like an exciting project - I look forward to seeing how it turns out.

René said...

First of all, Christian is cute and the fact that he hoards wood makes him dreamy! This is going to be an amazing project. I can just feel it.

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