Monday, December 28, 2009

Kid Proof

With a New Years visit from the grand-kids coming up soon, I've finally completed the glass railing overlooking the foyer. This view is from the foyer floor through the glass into the loft above. A loft which used to get disapproving looks from family members a little more tuned into child perils than I was. So run wild Braden and Kara- this very special, extra-heavy-laminate glass could stop a charging reindeer in its tracks.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Bedroom Ceiling, Wimberley Style

We wanted something a little different for the master bedroom ceiling, and with some recent help from my dad and son we are definitely getting there. The idea was to create a warm and cozy feel for the bedroom despite the tall vaulted ceiling height, so I used planks of Baltic birch plywood for a natural look. Then I applied a wide range of wood stains to the individual panels before installing to create a patchwork of colors. But the most fun was definitely using the pneumatic finish nailer to "plink in" each panel, like I'm doing in the first photo. This all ended up being a LOT of work, so I'm fairly confident that we'll have the only ceiling like it on the block... and perhaps in the universe. Now the master bedroom is getting very close to being complete- flooring in a few weeks and then some door and window trim is all that's left. What will I do with all my spare time afterward?