The Craziest 6 Days leading up to Hosting our First time at the Cabin

January 9, 2019

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6 days before hosting over Christmas, the painting finished. Then countertops went in. I had my mom and sister spend the day up there one day just deep cleaning and then two days before we hosted family for the holidays, we moved back in the furniture. Some was new, some came with the cabin, some we had at our own home. It was a mix to make it work and over the next several months it will all evolve. It was one of the busiest weeks ever (we were so exhausted!), and of course Jordan (our videographer captured it all on camera). Here’s a recap of those 6 crazy days–including a clip of me in my element educating the painters in color theory and why we needed to go in a different direction for toning the beams.

There are some rough parts–entire rooms!–in that video and some spaces that look almost there. I mentioned it on Instagram because I think it’s beginning to look like we’re nearly done with the cabin and in reality, we’re finally at a starting point. Once we finally welcomed our guests, we learned pretty quickly learned some things/pieces/rooms worked well (that big, slouchy sofa in the basement is actually ridiculously comfortable), all needed improvement and some things didn’t work at all (hi, we need pantry storage and a place to hide a broom!) because since we’re committed to taking you through this renovation journey, troubleshooting is at the top of the list right now.

Today’s about 6 days leading up to Christmas. Tomorrow is about reviewing what’s working and what isn’t.


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  1. Amy says:

    I would love to hear more about the color theory behind your paint choice for the beams! I’m amazed that the orange color could be taken out without sanding it and starting over. I definitely turned wood purple a few weeks ago trying to do something similar… Ha!

  2. Claudine says:

    Wowza! The cabin is really coming along! Your first visitors are part of the trial run and I bet you all had a great time. :) I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the journey! :) Happy New Year!

  3. Lauren says:

    Looks so good! Where is that big comfy couch in the basement from?

  4. Julie S says:

    Awesome, guys! I love seeing a “progress” post with some areas well on their way and others just beginning the process. It looks like a wonderful retreat.

  5. Raha says:

    “looks great. great. great. great.” every husband in america when their wife asks them about a rug.

    So good! Love following you guys on this journey!

  6. Samantha says:

    looks so amazing already! And, I mean, you really did hit the jackpot with cabin locations. That view is UNREAL. Can’t wait to see you refine the look even more and just make it look even more beautiful! Great work!

  7. JL says:

    It’s just lovely. So many memories to be made.

  8. Patricia says:

    Lovely! Nothing like a deadline to get stuff done. The beauty shots of the lake and cabin at the end …. drone? Either that or you have a friend with an airplane…

  9. Robin says:

    Did you end up keeping the kitchen island, even though it was two-toned?

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