In December, we will have been opened for 10 years! Well, in 10 years with thousands of guests per year, comes wear and tear. Fall is our time for repairs, renewing, and fixing up at Bedford Landings. As the summer slows, most of our guests are visiting on weekends so we have some gaps of time to get the work done. Here are a some of the before and after views of our work.
We have had the flower beds weeded, trimmed, and mulched. Then we worked on porch stain.
Re-staining the Front Porch
Last year, we had the rear deck re-stained. This year, we could afford to do the front. Now the paint matches on both sides. Jason with HouseBath (firstname.lastname@example.org) power washed the whole house before he started to stain. It is really a lot brighter. But also feels fresh and clean. I would recommend this guy!
Next we needed to consider the 10 year old carpet. Last year we had wanted to replace it but were not able. So this year, we recarpeted the upper level where the guest rooms are located. The carpet, after 10 years, had become worn and wrinkled. We left the crew from Floor Source to scrape and bang while we went off to my 50th Class Reunion in Blacksburg. Replacing the padding and carpeting makes it feel very soft and plush now. We moved all the small knick knacks, lamps, small tables, etc. We had to unmake all of the beds and it was a mess having to move furniture; but it is done! It took them three days to complete so we were glad to be out of town for most of that time.
Brightening up the Dining Room
Overtime, timbers in a timber-framed house will darken. I have had the same valances in the dining for 10 years. They were a deep navy floral. But it was time to brighten things up.
The very skilled Shelley from Shelley’s Vintage Camper Awnings custom made the new valances. I selected the fabrics, and she designed them just like the old ones. All the way from Tyler, Texas, she shipped them to us. I could not be happier with them! She has a Facebook page by this same name.
What’s next? Our 10-year old sectional in the great room will be moving to the theatre room. We just hope it will fit. We have ordered a brighter color to replace it. We will share that once it is in place. It’s always fun to document changes over time. So how about this for a before and after? Things change!