Happenings at the Lake (Remodel Update)

Greetings, from sunny, warm, Lake Tahoe!

If you have connections with the Rain and/or Snow gods, please put in a good word for us, here in California. We’ll take either!

If all goes as planned, which it never does, the wood floors will be installed upstairs, next week. Yes, that’s wood, under the tarp, in the room we call the apartment.

The apartment has a separate entrance, fireplace, bath, little fridge, microwave, coffee pot, etc., and a stellar view of the lake. I plan to make it “our” room. Mr. Wonderful, as Bob likes to be called, is building a great window seat, with storage, at the lake side window.

This weekend, our wonderful stone and tile guy, Pavel, finished the stone entrance into this space. Let me know if you’d like his number!

I put a wash on the bathroom cabinets and Mr. Wonderful will be installing bead board on the walls. The polished brass is almost all gone!




This little room required some demo work, opening up the shower, with glass and raising the ceiling. I think walk-in showers were kind of new in the 50’s, but this one was like walking into a dark, tiled box!

I asked Pavel, the tile guy, to wrap the interior shower tile, around the outside wall of the shower. This isn’t a big bathroom and I didn’t want “little Johnnie”, to do anything permanent, should he get distracted, while doing his business!

I found this mirror that resembles an old wash pale, at market. Pretty fun!


In the middle bedroom, upstairs, I used General Finishes Black Gel Stain, from the shop, to really darken the wooden windows. The molding that hasn’t been installed yet, around the windows, with be a creamy white. Vanilla Shake, by Dunn Edwards. It’s the same color as on the (used to be darker) wood paneled walls. I’ve seen it done before and sure hope it turns out as good in real life, as it is in my head!

There’s a fireplace in this bedroom, as well. I’m thinking about painting the wood mantel in a creamy white…similar to the walls. Or, would you used the black gel stain? Cast your votes!

That’s all for now. I hope you’ve have a wonderful, relaxing long weekend!


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  1. It’s really coming along nicely! Looks like the lake is quite low. Love that mirror…I’m sure you’ll be adding more such touches. I love beadboard too…think that would work in a 70’s home? Have fun! 😉

    • Barbara Bussey says

      Hi there Donnamae,
      I think bead board goes in any traditional home. I hear good things about bead board wallpaper, too. Haven’t tried it, but you can paint it, I believe. Either way, it’s a pretty great way to add a custom look and some architectural interest in a home. Are you getting snowed in, like so many people in the north east? Crazy! Stay well. Hugs, Barbara

  2. The improvements look fantastic. I love the washed cabinets and multiple fireplaces. The floors look great too, you are so lucky to have “Mr. Wonderful!” I am enjoying following along in the process. This will be a great home! Jonelle’

  3. Barbara, you and Mr. Wonderful are doing such a magnificent job…from your beautiful painting techniques to his great carpentry skills….loving it all…and I love that you are putting a huge window seat in the room….as far as the mantel…hmmm, I love a lighter look.

    • Barbara Bussey says

      Oh, Shirley, you’re so sweet…always! What a project, but we’re having fun. Thanks for your vote on the mantel. Much appreciated! So many decisions! Take care, B.

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