My husband and I live in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas on the banks of Cedar Creek Lake. We love watching and being a part of all the seasons and changes that happen on the lake.
We moved here 26 years ago … and began the mammoth task of renovating our “tired” and rundown lake cottage that was built in the early 70’s.
Pulling into a pine-needled driveway, a rickety, steep stairwell led to the brown front door. “Beyond” was an entryway of broken Spanish tile that led to endless spread of brown shag carpet that was surrounded by brown paneling enclosed with brown drapes.
But, the view of the lake beyond was spectacular! It was like walking into a tree house and it was enchanting! Architectural elements like the high, beamed ceiling, the built-in bookcases, 2 fireplaces, a grand staircase with angles and turns that made us want to put our hand on the banister and begin our descent, and 2 charming triangular windows high above the bookcases gave us a peek, not only of the treetops and blue skies beyond, but a glimpse of our “Cottage Green.”
Slowly, we began the transformation. Richard “sledge-hammered away” all the broken Spanish tile and we had beautiful wooden floors put in their place … he took down walls and cabinets in our kitchen and re-routed copper pipes while I applied gallons and gallons of white paint to the paneling, the cabinets, the built-in bookshelves, and the stair railing. Harvest gold appliances were replaced and old fixtures were discarded; new decks were built in the front and back of the house, and a new coat of cheer-y red paint glistened on the door. Our brown house began to disappear and the “Cottage Green” we had envisioned began to emerge.