storage room with salvaged wood & our former kitchen backsplash

Do you remember? Back in summer 2013 when we got rid of our floor and all the sand underneath…

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I made my weight for the old kitchen floor. We rescued it in one piece and although Martin was not a big fan of keeping the huge piece of wooden planks he agreed.
Fast forward to 2015. Early this year Martin, my cousin Robert and his girlfriend Claudia helped us to use those beautiful wooden planks to cover our storage room in the attic with all the wood.
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After my dad took the floor apart we had 11 planks. Martin brushed and sanded them and I oiled them roughly with a slightly white tinted wood oil.
I used some cloth to do that and immediately whiped off the oil as soon as I brought it onto the wood (I just wanted the wood to be slightly white washed). Please be careful and read the instructions on the tin! If your oil is not 100% natural (olive or linseed) those cloth have to be stored in a bucket of water after use because they are flammable and combustible!
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Can you spot the difference? One of the planks had been installed without the oil treatment! The white-wash gives it a lighter look and preserve it from getting dark or yellowish.
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As we did tiles as a kitchen backsplash (just because we had so many spare tiles left from the bathroom) we thought of reuse one of the beautiful old salvaged windows as a balustrade next our new staircase.
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We built a frame again with the construction timber to fit one of the windows in… after a few adaptions (which my dad used to buoy up the spirits!) it fitted perfectly.
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The next day I painted the green side of the window white also to give it a lighter touch (the green paint was in a really bad state from all the sun and harsh weather conditions over the last 40 years!)
I love it when all the pieces come together. The house is completed more and more and all the salvaged pieces finally find their way into our project!

 

wood planking in the attic

On every construction site or major renovation project there are nooks and corners which you (have to) put in second place. Let’s face it – that’s totally normal you can’t fight all fronts at the same time. (actually, I think there are people out there who can – but for us it works better to reach one goal at a time). Our “renovation stepchild” is the attic – no doubt about this.
After we installed a new (construction) floor we left it like that and worked our way through towards other deadlines and milestones.

We are planning to put our bedrooms (we need a nursery as you might have noticed) and some small storagespace up there. So the first step was to cover the insulation material with wooden planks. And that’s what we* the boys did for the last couple of days.
* Tinka and I prepared the kitchen cabinets and assembled manymanymany drawers of our new Ikea kitchen.

Our gable walls are not perfectly even so first of all we installed the construction beams (for the nursery wall) and worked our way from there towards the walls. We used a level (good old bubble level) and a laser level (which can be tricky if you are working with 45 degree attic walls!) but the combination of both did it for us.
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We decided on useing white-washed tongue and groove planks with a rather rough surface.
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Those planks were mounted with small metal claws which you can put into the groove and we secured them with tiny screws. (you could also nail it with a air nailer but it worked better for us with the screws).
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Throughout the week a lot of people gave us a hand with mounting the wood. (here you can see my brother, Martin, my mum and dad; but also Codo, George and Toby helped us during our nightshifts)
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I really love the new look! Such a difference! Our (renovation)stepchild turned into a true (renovation)Cinderella.
Light and airy with a kind of scandinavian touch.
Next steps will be:

– installing the floor heating
– building the walls (nursery, our bedroom & storage)
– covering the bay around the windows with wood
– beauty corrections (mounting trims and borders)

 

roadtrip

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We took a short break and a weekend off our renovation timeline to visit Anja and her family in Vorarlberg.
We’ve been there during Easter and we loved it. So when Anja invited us to come and celebrate with her the release of her beautiful self-published magazine SOI we didn’t hesitate and packed our bags!
The weather was perfect and so was the release party!
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The location was an organic farm called Vetterhof. They’ve prepared a hay-barn cinema and disco and they served delicious soups made by Anjas partner-in-crime Ulli and her team of the Elfenküche in Dornbirn.
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Congrats Anja and Ulli, you did a great job!
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We had a great time at the Vetterhof and in Vorarlberg! Unfortunately we had to leave the next day.
Before that we did a little (baby)bump contest in front of a wooden shingled wall. (I think I won!)
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I totally looking forward to come back! (and I think my boys do too!)
And you know what, we need to come back anyway … because we are planning to cover one wall of the nursery with those cute wooden “ruffle” shingles. Unfortunately, those where sold out at the moment. So we are going to collect a few square meters of them some time soon … as soon as we have a wall to cover. (maybe we should start with the essensials first before we buy the decoration!… story of my life..)

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Thank you Vroni, Anja, Karl-Heinz and Nini for your heartwarming welcome. Everytime we visit it feels like coming home!