We went to the cabin again last weekend and did some redecorating. The first project: the guest room. We got rid of the trundle bed that came with the house. I was trying to find a good photo of the "before" of the room, but the best one I can find is the one that we got from the realtor when we were looking at the cabin. It was decidedly a girls' room.
We replaced the trundle bed with my old double bed, one that I had gotten at an antique store when I was about 23. It's an iron bed frame, sort of like an old hospital bed, very simple design. It was painted a different color when I got it, I can't remember what, but I sanded it and painted it with this cast iron finish. My parents have one almost exactly like it. I brought it with me into our marriage, and Martin, even though he is 6'3" and doesn't even really fit in the frame, accepted it snuggled into it with me (sometimes with feet hanging off the end of it).
When Max was born, he co-slept with us, and it was even more crowded. We somehow managed, though, until I was pregnant with Otto, and it was clear that we finally needed to upgrade to a bigger bed, a king size bed. That was a really good decision, but I was not quite ready to let go of this little bed, so it has been sitting in the basement for many years now, collecting dust. I am so happy to find a use for it again.
We hauled it out of the basement, set it up, and got out a big bucket of soapy water. Then we strapped that thing to our roof and hit the road.
Oh, by the way, someone stole all the polka dots off our car again. It looks so naked. This time it was really sad, as the boys had spent time drawing on every single dot with sharpies. We thought they might be less likely to be stolen if they were covered in drawings. Perhaps that made them even more appealing? They were little pieces of art. At least there are still hundreds of stickers on the windows.
So we set it up. And then we went shopping for a new mattress. It was funny how excited the boys were for this activity. They were very opinionated about it, at first, but luckily, we ended up finding a pretty decent one for a really good price.
The boys were initially reluctant to move the desk in to this room, and there was a lot of debate as to where exactly we should position the bed (we tried every option we could think of). It's a small room, but we found many configurations. But eventually, they were very excited about the new arrangements of the room. They thought they would want to spend the night down there, but instead, they just played in the bed, got a lot of sand in it and then wanted to sleep upstairs in the loft.
The next day, we got to work on those wicker chairs. I really didn't like them, and we had thought about Freecycling them, but we decided we could give them a little makeover and at least make them work for the moment. The boys washed them.
And then we all spray painted them.
We had found a bag of random colors of spray paint in our Chicago basement (a leftover from a previous tenant, who didn't take them when they left). We looked through the colors and picked out a blue-green color called Night Tide. Unfortunately, we ran out of paint before we were completely finished, but already they look much better (and we've ordered more of that color to finish the job).
And here's how the whole room looks from the loft.
Martin and I are still hoping to eventually move the sofa back to the other position, but for now, we've left it the way the boys want it. It's pretty cool that they have such strong opinions about it.
We moved the wicker sofa into the sun room (so we just switched the two sofas around). Max was surprised at how much more he liked the wicker sofa in this location. He said it looked amazing there. We had already posted it on Craigslist, but now we are reconsidering. Maybe we will keep it after all. The whole cabin is coming together really nicely. It's so fun to move things around, to rehab them, or to replace them with some of the other things we have collected over the years and have been unable to part with. It turns out our packrat nature has served us well in setting up a second house.
We had tackled the kitchen right away in the fall, although we've been adding/adjusting little things each visit. My parents gave us the espresso maker and milk frother as a housewarming present. We use those absolutely every visit. And then they got us a fabulous waffle maker for my birthday, hoping it would be a special treat, having waffles at the cabin. It is definitely becoming a tradition to invite people over for waffles, or to treat ourselves to them when we are out. Martin hung the pot rack in January, and most of the pots and pans are ones that we had in Chicago already, where we clearly had too many kitchen items in general. It was really good to divide them up. My dad got a few of those metal prints of the corn poster from my Uncle's farm and gave us one last Christmas. My Aunt Marianne wove the rugs on the floor. I love how when I look around, there are so many pieces from so many people we love, or from our past, just filling up the house.
In between all the work, there were waffles.
And another sunset walk to the beach.