Lake Tahoe Restoration Update

Ever feel over your head? I sure do! There seem to be thousands of choices, as we remodel this place. I want it all done yesterday, which can sometimes be a problem!

The exterior really needed a paint job, so that was a major decision. Choosing paint colors can be so daunting!

I really like the new paint color. We’ll end up with a brick red front door, that should look pretty sharp. That will probably have to wait until warm weather returns, since the door will have to come off.

This is the 1958 kitchen that will be gutted, once we finish upstairs. A friend referred us to Laurie Dyer, a designer up here, that knows her stuff. Here’s the future lay-out…


It’s a U-shaped kitchen, with a view of the lake, from the kitchen sink.

There will be lots of drawers, instead of cabinets. It’s so much easier to see what’s where and get it!


Nothing’s carved in stone, but I think we’ll go with a Shaker style cabinet, milk painted with MMS Trophy.

Then, there’s flooring. We’ve been all over the board on this one! I was so sold on the wood-looking porcelain tile, but we finally decided against it. Mainly because of the cold factor.

Now, we’re going to install reclaimed oak everywhere, except bathrooms, with flagstone laid at the entry points. The old wood should hopefully be very user friendly. Nicks and dings will hopefully add character!

All of this takes us to interior paint colors. Oh dear! I chose one color, last weekend. Bob (aka Mr. Wonderful) got a gallon and put it on one wall in the “apartment”.

These are a couple of chalk paint colors I put on the wall last weekend. I thought I had found a good match to the lighter color, but it’s just a little too “cool.

Then of course, Laurie told me that the paneling would fight the wood floor, so now we’re going to paint it. Instead of getting a gallon of one color, I’m getting EIGHT OR NINE little sample jars. I’m going to put them on poster boards and play around with them, until I either jump off the deep end, or find the right color combo.

The designer did like how I ‘washed’ the oak bannister and railing in one of our chalk based grey’s.



When all else fails, I paint furniture, burn cookies and Bob stacks wood!

And I dream of rooms like…

…and try to enjoy the process!


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  1. You are awesome~ pace yourself!

  2. What an amazing place and can’t wait to see the transformation…love your kitchen ideas!! The inspiration kitchen is gorgeous!!

  3. http://Donnamae says

    You know it’s going to be beautiful! Breathe…take your time…is there a deadline…and have fun with this!
    Love your ideas so far! 😉

    • http://Barbara%20Bussey says

      No deadline…except I’d like to have a place for the kids to sleep this Christmas. So excited that they will be home! I need to take deep breaths and work on my patience which is in short supply. I hope you and your family are doing great!

  4. Barbara, it will most definitely be beautiful when you are done. Tackle on section at a time and enjoy every minute of it. With winter approaching, you can snuggle in and create! I’m wondering if you could maybe make the bead board look “reclaimed” using the gray like you did on the banister area. Grays with some red, blues peaking through would look awesome and keep with the rustic look rather than having it a solid color?

  5. Working on a place in the Catskills right now and we share so many similarities on our projects. I am also doing grays, barn wood, porcelain barn wood tiles on radiant heat floors…blah, blah, blah. I will let you see the finished product asap. It’s getting too cold up here…I miss my cat and the heat of Florida. Best to you both…

    • http://Barbara%20Bussey says

      I’ve never been to the Catskills and want to go! I’d love to see pictures of your project! Glad you’re staying busy. Great to hear from you!

  6. http://Keven says

    Love to follow your progress ! Your new kitchen will be so amazing with you at the helm! It all starts with a dream!

    • http://Barbara%20Bussey says

      I have my fingers crossed, Keven! It looked like you had an amazing adventure in France. Life is good!

  7. I love your vision for your beautiful family lake home…I know it will just be amazing when you are finished….

  8. http://Adam%20Barnes says

    Poor 1958 kitchen it would make me sick to redo an awesome vintage 50s kitchen

  9. http://jan%20masiuk says

    Would you mind sharing how you gray washed your oak bannister? Is your paint available as well?
    Thanks, Jan

    • http://Barbara%20Bussey says

      Sorry for taking so long to reply. I cleaned the oak bannister, with simple Green. I diluted Amy Howard’s Selznick Grey One Step Paint, with water. Probably 1/3 water to 2/3 paint and painted the oak. Once dry I lightly sanded, dusted and waxed the oak with our wax. Good luck with your project!

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