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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

My Life as an Anthropologie Catalog (just kidding)

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
What Anthropologie doesn't tell you about all those picturesque photo locals is that there is probably no insulation in that bathroom; or about that a rat turd that fell from the no-sheetrock-having ceiling into the medicine cabinet; or the big-ass beetle that was found floating half dead in the toilet. Someone asked for inside shots of our little cabin so I took a few of the more presentable corners this weekend. Remember, nobody has lived in this house or about eighteen years give or take. It's definitely raw.

Now raw might look good in photos, but do you really want to live in it? I do and I don't. I'd like to keep the cute kitchen sink cabinet, but we are going to tear it out. It's built into the location, meaning it's not a self-contained unit. It's dark and scary and it always has a rat infestation. It came stocked with a bottle of malathion. I'm ready to start anew. We'll have a carpenter friend fashion a new one, using the old sink, to fit the tiny space—think boat galley, but no rats this time.

The bathroom is "as is" for now (3 1/2 ft by 9 1/2 ft). We ripped out an old 60/70s bathtub and will replace is with a scavenged clawfoot . With the two extra clawfoots (the ones without feet) we'll hopefully make an outdoor soaking area. If and when we get the second phase of this project we will rip out the bathroom to make a larger kitchen, maybe ten by twelve, instead of eight by ten. We have this wacky notion of making a separate bath house with water closet. The house would have no toilet—sort of a modern day outhouse situation. In six hundred square feet, I think, you just can't get far enough away from the toilet. I really don't want to cook a next to a toilet. I've done this before—makes for interesting dinner parties.

Could the refrigerator be any cuter? It came with the house and my stove, which we moved from another house I lived in, fits perfectly in the small space. What luck! Of course, the refrigerator freezes things, but we'll worry about that when we live with it. For now it keeps the beer nice and cold.

So the outside painting is almost done and we're really happy with it. We had to look at six or seven color samples before we agreed on one of our original choices, Cottage Red by Benjamin Moore. My brother-in-law has done an excellent job with a challenging situation. Thanks B!

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Anonymous Kim said...

I absolutely love it. Your own little Walden house. While I understand that it's probably not as romantic as the photos show, I think the simplicity of it, and the love that you guys are putting into the place will make it a beautiful home.

Wed Sep 06, 06:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kirsty said...

Very sweet indeed! But I get what you mean about cute not equally liveable :)

Wed Sep 06, 06:56:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Carrie Sommer said...

I love your cabin! It looks so cozy...what a great retreat!

Wed Sep 06, 07:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Angelina said...

It looks pretty cool. I am in love with your stove, I had to leave my 1940's O'Keefe and Merrit at my old house (very sad!)

OK, so you really meant it when you spoke of moving into your dream house that is only 600 square feet. Is it OK to ask how you will house your extensive crafts projects/center? You have two kids too...I have a close friend who lives in the woods in a 900 square foot house with two kids and they are always cramped. I'm not obsessed with big houses, but I need lots of room for my sewing and other crafty activities. I like the idea of a small cabin, but I'm not sure I'm capable of paring my life down enough to fit in one. And I only have one kid.

But it looks great. I mean, obviously you have some things to work on, but I can see why you love it.

Wed Sep 06, 09:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Di said...

Lovely- very picturesque! lovely details- your plans sound great!

Thu Sep 07, 04:43:00 AM PDT  
Blogger h&b said...

Can't wait to hear and see more as you work through it ...

Thu Sep 07, 05:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger stephanie s said...

wonderful - the red is perfect.

Thu Sep 07, 07:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

Love all the photos. Looks so perfect, well except the bug.

Thu Sep 07, 08:05:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Lori said...

The kitchen and the cabin look alot like the rental cabin we stayed in for a year (all 5 of us)when we moved to the mountains. It was cozy; nice memories. Perfect red color!

Thu Sep 07, 10:07:00 AM PDT  
Blogger bunny said...

someone left us a fridge almost just like yours. its in our basement. it is great for cold beer but you can't turn it up past level two or it all freezes! altough it is cool when water is cold enough to turn to slush as you pour it.

Thu Sep 07, 11:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger AmberCake said...

Oh, boy! You've got your work cut out for you, but it looks like it will be great. And there's only so much stuff and so much cleaning and so much renovating you can do to 600 square feet - enjoy the adventure!

Thu Sep 07, 11:54:00 AM PDT  
Blogger littlejennywren said...

Your cabin in the woods is gorgeous. The problem with those refrigerators is that they are too heavy to move, that's why they left it behind. We left one behind in an upstairs flat because after almost killing ourselves getting up the stairs in the first place we couldn't face getting it back down again.

Thu Sep 07, 04:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mimulus said...

oh looks so adorable..and maybe some mushrooms growing out back?! We are just getting over a fly infestion resulting from a dead rat in the attic somewhere..the flies hatch and then fly towards the light coming thru the can lights... ugh! and gah!

Thu Sep 07, 05:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ms. pea said...

What a great place! Except for the rats, but you'll get that taken care of, I'm sure. I once lived in a tiny apartment that had a shower in the kitchen. It was the kind of shower with wavy see-through glass, which made for a real thrill with my roommate over morning coffee.

Fri Sep 08, 06:18:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Rose said...

Very nice! I had to laugh at the bathroom picture - I had that exact same sink and medicine cabinet in my in-city "fixer upper", but the walls were flamingo pink! I prefer the turquoise.

Sun Sep 10, 10:41:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous gracia said...

Oh yes, you absolutely had to pick Cottage Red... I love paint names and happily make all my choices by them. I'm sitting in a room with Indian Parrot on the ceiling and Seed Pearl covers the walls in the next room.
take care, gracia

Sun Sep 10, 04:35:00 PM PDT  
Blogger norththreads said...

Love love love that fridge & stove. Love how you tell it like it is!

Mon Sep 11, 09:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

I love how you are going to have to be creative to make it work for you guys. It's always more exciting (for me at least) to be given a challenge and figure out a solution. You get to make this place better!

Moving the bathroom outside is brilliant! It's so funny that back in the seemingly primitive old-days, people were at least smart enough to put the toilet AWAY from the house. I know we have better waste-technology now, but technology doesn't make a bathroom any more pleasant to hang out in. :)

Tue Sep 12, 05:49:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Cassi said...

Love love the house color Michelle! I chose that color for one of the houses we used to live in. Your comparison to an Anthropologie catalog made me laugh; I know just what you mean, sometimes pictures can make things seem so much more romantic than the reality. The thing is you've got an absolutely adorable little cottage going there and it just needs your magic touch to be perfect. I'd suggest lots of bright light, plants and area rugs to give it a homier (is that a word?) feel faster.

Tue Sep 26, 08:06:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Siri said...

Gee, maybe I live the Anthropologie farce, too, including spiders and rodents and even salamaders. I like the idea of the separate bathhouse, but beware when potty training! I VERY CAREFULLY carried full potties (plural) once a day for at least a year, often over slippery, icy pathways, out to be dumped in the outhouse until we got an indoor toilet...which, by the way is right next to the kitchen with only a curtain for a door.
It DOES make for some interesting dinner parties, just last Saturday night actually, nothing that a scented candle can't handle. But, guess what? We still keep having parties and they still keep coming to them, despite these things.
Love the cabin/house. It's beautiful despite it's "realities" and will be well worth it. Might I suggest a separate crafting house as well?

Mon Oct 02, 10:41:00 PM PDT  

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