Tonight I was reading back through my old blog entries and ran across one from March of last year in which I made a promise that I never kept. In this post I promised Dawn that I would post photos of our lake cabin after we had redecorated the place. Well… turns out I never got around to doing that. Sorry Dawn! I have a good excuse because not long after that I got pregnant and turned into a turtle who stayed tucked away inside my shell for the majority of 2007.
So… now that I am back out of my shell and feeling like sharing my life again, I present to you–The “Betherized” After Photos of the Lake Cabin!!!
First you have to drive waaaaaaay out into the middle of nowhere to get there. You’d never find it without some directions and a good GPS unit. It is seriously out in BFE. The last mile of road to get there looks like this:
You’ll arrive in the fish camp and see lots of trailers and super old cabins that have been around since the 1940’s. The history of the camp is pretty fascinating. Our cabin is one of the oldest ones there and dates back to the 1950’s when it was just a camper without the house built around it. I love this old barn that is right down the hill from our place:
And once you drive past the barn you’ll go up the hill and see our little cabin. Can you smell the pine sap and other nature smells?
Then you look behind you and see the lake and our boathouse and pier:
And here is a sight you may never get to see—my bass boat on the slings at the boathouse. We are currently trying to sell my boat (whhaaaa!!) so who knows if it will ever get to go back down to the lake again. One day the pontoon boat will sit there, whenever we find the time to drag it down from Lay Lake.
Don’t you wish you were there right now? Oh man me too.
March of last year we bought the cabin and I showed you all the before pictures of the place. Looking back now I can’t believe it ever looked that fugly. It was in desperate need of some paint!
Let’s start in the living room. Remember these pictures?
Well that room turned into this:
The cabin is very bossy. It commands you to “unwind” and “Enjoy the lake”:
No lake cabin is complete without some stuffed animals on the wall. Here is my big honkin fish I caught back in 1995!
… and my father-in-law’s fish he caught sometime in the 70’s. Poor fishie has been sitting in a cardboard box for 30 years but he finally has a home that is not called my mother in law’s house. And for that she is grateful.
My favorite thing in this room is the photograph of the elusive Cahaba Lily. Rare and endangered and only blooms in certain parts of Alabama. It’s a magical plant really.
J’s favorite thing in the room is the retractable wedge shaped coffee table that brings the food right up to your mouth.
But I also love this banged up old trunk that I bought at the Trade Center to use as another coffee table, so we’re pretty much even.
I also love the cool old timey radio where we can listen to the Pappy O’Daniel Flour Hour because we don’t have any cable or tv reception whatsoever.
Next I will take you to the master bedroom, so let’s enter here. Don’t worry. You don’t have to duck your head to get through this doorway:
Remember what it originally looked like?
Well here is the new and improved version. Luckily we were able to squeeze in a King size bed in this room, along with a cool old dresser and some other stuff. Now the question is- is there room for a pack n play so G-unit has a bed too?
Here is the nightstand, complete with a lamp and a backup flashlight, a radio and a backup weather radio, and a window unit air conditioner and a backup industrial size fan. I am married to a boyscout after all…
Say hello to Camillia and Cornelia, our pet ducks:
Next we’ll head into the guest room, which is really just a tee-tiny extension of the master. A closet with a window, if you will. But we were able to take it from a twin bed:
To a full size, so that is an improvement (notice the curved ceiling that used to be the old silver bullet trailer):
Only two more rooms to go, so let’s step into the bathroom next. The before shot had mirrored tiles and some funky wallpaper
All that has been removed and replaced with some cool grey paneling to give the illusion that you are inside an outhouse. Unfortunately I don’t have any after pics of our indoor outhouse, so you will just have to imagine it in your mind. But I do, however, have a picture of the one wall hanging we have in the bathroom. Because it just cracks me up so much I will share it here again. We bought this on our trip to Vancouver, Canada last year. How perfectly hilarious is this for our cabin?
And now, for my favorite room in the house. The kitchen. It turned out AWESOME, in my opinion. Remember the pepto pink cabinets from before?
Well check out the new improved RED cabinets. We used crackle paint so some of the pink still peeks through. Love, Love, Love em:
My kissing fishies even made it down to the lake!
And in true trailer salesperson fashion, I have embraced the campy camper theme:
I even hunted down the birdhouse from my original post and bought one for myself!
So… hope you enjoyed the tour de fish camp. We hope all of you will come down and hang out with us sometime! We would love to have you!