As the year winds down to a close, I've been flipping through all the projects I've done and realizing that it's been a great year for repairs that are both beautiful and functional. Here's my pick of the three best before-and-after projects of 2016.
This railing rotted away from the inside because the original builder didn't use pressure-treated lumber. It looked solid until I touched it with my chisel... then it fell apart! I rebuilt it with water-resistant materials for a truly solid and lasting stair railing.
Noted author Tori Hartman moved to Montford and needed shelving around her fireplace. I installed custom shelving which complemented the room beautifully.
Here it is after she styled it:
The Griffin Agency moved into a new office in an historic building in downtown Asheville, and they needed a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the place:
The transformation was somewhat heightened by my new camera.
In addition to interior painting, I also installed a new kitchenette which fit right into the decorative scheme of their office:
Does your New Year's list include a resolution to get those small home repair projects done? If so, give me a call. I'll be glad to help you go from boring "before" to amazing "after."
You've probably dreamed about having a "vine covered cottage," but this winter one of my clients took the first step to making it happen: she had me install some good, sturdy lattice.
Here's the "before" picture so you can see where we started.
This home in Montford has a big back porch with white stairs that wind down into the yard. It's beautiful architecture, but the skimpy lattice under the stairs left the "potting shed" area underneath exposed. I installed all new lattice to wrap around the stairs...
...which gives it a much more solid look. She'll still have lattice to support her flowering bushes, but now it also hides the potting bench. This makes a more private shed to putter around in on a Sunday afternoon:
Call the decorating magazines! This place is crying out for a few casually draped gloves and a pot of geraniums.
Decorative touches aside, I also had some more practical work to do: repairing and repainting the porch floor.
(Click any of those pictures to enlarge.)
I make it look easy, but the porch floor repair was actually something of a challenge. The biggest challenge was getting a day that was warm and dry enough to paint the new boards. Fortunately living in Asheville is right next door to living in Paradise, so even in winter there's usually a good day if you time it right.
If you have a porch or railing in need of repair, please give me a call. I really enjoy work like this, so I'd be glad to help.
She was talking it over with her dinner guests one evening when suddenly the idea popped into her head: why not replace the legs completely? Then she remembered the Rustic Industrial Hutch which I recently built for her, and the inspiration was complete.
We had a great time working on this project together, and since Suzanne was there to help me out, I got lots of pictures. Here's how we did it.
Each leg is made from plumbing parts: two flanges and a pre-threaded length of blackpipe. I bought these pieces as-is from the local hardware store and simply twisted the flanges onto the pipe.
We also added felt pads to the bottoms so the legs wouldn't scratch the floor.
This was a very rewarding project for such a minimal investment of hardware.
If you've got a simple furniture repair that can be done onsite, I'll be glad to discuss it with you. Give me a call today to get started.
My wife really likes this project.
One of my clients had a somewhat small guest bedroom in serious need of shelving. She had a set of beautiful, ornate shelf brackets, plus a small vanity chair, which gave her the vision to add a set of shelves on either side of the brick chimney in her historic home.
Here is a before-and-after of the shelving installation.
My client liked the new shelves so much that she immediately styled them, so I took a glamor photo:
The formerly cluttered guest room now has a dressing table and a place for books. I guess I can see why my wife likes this project.
As an added bonus, I did a little minor onsite furniture repair to that chair:
I liked the stylish lines of this old piece, so I'm glad I was able to save it.