Monday, August 22, 2016

April to August

I honestly can not believe it is the end of August already, the very hot summer has flown by...I have been busy getting our backyard completed after a big remodel in the fall...I have built cedar steps for the two back doors, built a coffee table for our back deck and a huge rustic dining table and ..... an outdoor kitchen but I will show you the whole backyard in another post. 
This post is just to catch you up on the craziness that has been going on...
To say lots of furniture has been built is an understatement.
I take off Sundays to relax but most days I am building something beautiful..with all I do all day I can not figure out why I am not skinny.... ugh.


Isn't this table incredible...I was very much in love with it, my first turned legs...no I don't turn now...I have a talented turner who I now work with to produce custom designed legs for me.


 These adorable display pieces I made for a local new shop in Bowmanville called Bella Fleur Boutique.


 Tamarra the shop owner has the most lovely selection of goods...I am so excited to work with her to help decorate my house for the Station Gallery Holiday Home Tour in November...I can't believe I am doing it again...http://chriskauffman.blogspot.ca/2010/11/happy-house-tour.html its been 6 years since I did the last one...take a look here at our beachy holday house tour from 2010


                      Here are more of the farm house style pieces I have been coming up with.
A tray topped coffee table.

My first round table....


Our barn door that I will sell soon because it warped a bit while I waited to carry it into the house...It would be the perfect DIY project for someone to use it as a king sized headboard....

                   My second round table with salvaged turned pedastal which I just adored honestly.
                                 A 4' wide very heavy round inspired by a RH coffee table.
                  I really need to whip myself up some of these side tables before the Holiday house tour.
My latest creation.....tada....look at those legs...they are perfectly chunky




A counter height harvest table/island...so cute, I picture it with farmhouse metal stools in black.

I wanted a cooler for drinks and didn't want to spend a fortune so I came up with this simple farmhouse style solution...a wash tub and a simple stand with bottle opener and bucket for bottle caps...

Cutest double bed...the last bed I will build, I am focusing on dining tables and awesome coffee tables.


How gorgeous is this table in this fab room....you might recognize this room is you have been a follower of this blog for a long long time....this is our last house....

So there you have it...a few of my choice pieces I am proud of...
I need a massage and a pedicure stat.
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I am going to make an effort to share more here more often...bye for now,
Chris.

Friday, April 29, 2016

I had to make a change today after finding out that people have been adding comments to my blog that are linked or links to inappropriate material...to keep on the safe side of things I have decided to remove all comments and the possibility of comments.
If you need to reach me please come find me on Instagram Chris Kauffman....
I have been very busy with Gray House Furniture....I don't have time to blog very often but occasionally I will post here.
Chow for now,
Chris

Thursday, January 14, 2016

trusses and beams and catching up

I haven't had time to blog at all and this post may take me several days to put together and to post but I thought I should post about my new table...I built myself a Restoration inspired truss table...Grey washed base with special walnut top with extensions. 






I embarked on our living room renovations just after Christmas ripping out the carpet to install more pine flooring and I thought adding beams would be a fun touch to add some much needed character. Just to recap I had painted the walls a deep grey blue and I had added bamboo blinds and white drapes and bought an ektorp sectional but that was pretty much it...it was just in make due mode...I was waiting to rip out the last remaining carpet to be replaced with pine floors like in the rest of the main floor....yippee this is the last room to get pine flooring...I'm tired just thinking about it.
How amazing are box beams...pretty simple diy project...I added straps to conceal the separations between the pieces...there was no way I was going to be able to install these in 13' lengths without someone getting hurt so it is easiest to install the beams in pieces...the straps make the beam more interesting.
I was going to put the straps right up against the wall but my husband suggested keeping them out from the wall and I think that was a great idea....I added two decorative nails to each strap from Lee Valley tools just for a little extra texture and interest.

I love these so much and I will be adding them in my dining room as well.

I will be adding the pine flooring and staining it dark, building a console table for behind one side of the sectional, building two doors for the doorway to the kitchen...and most likely a picture ledge and we really want a nest chair...
 A few other projects worth mentioning would be the staircase ...I finally completed the paneled wall I had been planning. What a difference.
 I found a new brass light for the powder room.... sadly it didn't work with the mirror frame I had so I ripped it out, installed "shiplap" painted it the wall colour...flagstone by Martha Stewart bought a new mirror and that lead to buying a brass faucet because the existing faucet never worked well for the vessel sink..I have yet to install that obviously...I will at some point...I always get to these things in time.
I recently built a picture ledge and stained it a smokey grey stain...not for me but I will be making one for me.

I found out just before Christmas that my kitchen made it onto the top 10 list of coveted kitchens for 2015 for Style at Home magazine...what a huge thrill. 

Well I think that is all I have for now....hope everyone is well in your world...thanks for stopping by again until next time.