Friday, January 27, 2017

Cabin #10 Improvements

The cabins at Thunder Mountain Lodge are each unique.  Each one has it's own personality.  They have had these personalities since before we bought them.  Our goal is to add to the character that is already there, and make each cabin great!  Cabin #10 needs a little more attention than the others.  I like to say that the garden walk wall paper is so bad it's awesome!  But there is also this pink wall paper in there that just does not belong in a cabin in the woods.  So I am undertaking the goal of putting up pallet board walls on top of the pink wall paper.  At first glance it looks like wall paper, but when you look closely you notice that it is paneling with texture in the pink flowers.  Kind of cool, but it still doesn't belong in a cabin...
Here are the steps I took:

1.  Prep the area

2.  Rip apart pallets

3.  Cut to size

4.  Sand

5.  Stain

6.  Polyurethane
Look at that shine!

7.  Paint the background wall brown
This is a very important step when working with pallet wood!  Pallets are not exact, and by painting the wall behind the pallets, it is much more forgiving.  You can see the texture on the panels now.

8.  Nail gun time!  I employed Jeff to come help with the big tools.
A few cuts were required as we were putting the pallets up.  I had decided that since the pallets are not really exact, that we would wait until this stage to cut the holes for the outlets.  

9.  Finished product

The other thing we addressed was the fact that Cabin #10 does not have a closet, rack, or shelf.  There was no way to hang anything or store extra blankets and pillows.  We had an old armoire that we moved in to solve the issue!  Sadly it blocks a lot of the beautiful new wall... but functionality wins here.

Also, if you look closely at the futon, we have two futon pads.  Cabin #10 has a lot of floor space.  So when we need to, we can pull one pad on the floor, put sheets on, and you can sleep more people now!  

This photo was taken Saturday 1/21/2017.  A little note here about the shovel.  Notice that it's on a hook by the door?  In the spring time we will find a red and black shovel that is buried somewhere under all of the snow....  Keep the shovels on the hooks, then when it snows 2 feet overnight, you can find your shovel!