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.



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

lots more to share

 I know it has been forever since I have posted but I have a good excuse...I have been busy and I am still struggling with wether or not I should keep this blog or not...I have decided I will keep it here as a resource just in case it will be helpful. I will post on occasion when I feel I have something to share....instagram is more my speed, quick pics, short blurbs and instant communication...
I am still struggling with the whole blogger thing as opposed to a person who has a blog...like I have Facebook but I am not a facebooker....anyway, to each his own....
Here are the pieces I have been building...it's been tons of fun.
 This is for me, made from very old legs I have been hanging onto.
 My favorite table, I hope to build one for me very soon...
I finally created my dream round dining table for us, I just made this top out of rough pine and attached it on top of my existing table...I am in love with it.
 my biggest and most beautiful table with extensions

 another favorite, my first with extensions, unreal wood and finish










beam mantel made with rough sawn wood...

So there you have it...lots of eye candy...I am off to put my newly insulated garage back together so I can build more fun pieces.