Monday, October 10, 2016

Destillery part 10: The Tasting Room is (mostly) Done!

A lot of progress has been made! The tasting room is done enough to open with. Of course I have some other things I would like to do- paint a mural on the wall behind the check out counter, and paint some faux bricks and crumbling plaster on some parts of the walls. That will have to wait, because I have to paint the road sign and a bunch of other signs. We are sending out our NY State permit application tomorrow, so we need to be ready to open as soon as that is approved. 

So I think this will be ok for now!

This is the start of the tasting bar, they are 2 kitchen cabinets that we used in our kitchen temporarily while we built the house.

These are rough cut timbers left over from when my mom and dad built their house back in the 80's. I'm so glad we never get rid of anything!! We planed and sanded them a little so they weren't quite so rough. We don't want anyone to get splinters!

Vince connected the 2 cabinets and put a piece of plywood on top. The 2 upright beams are attached to the ends of the bar from the inside of the cabinets with lag bolts.

That top beam was too heavy to lift all at once, so we used our handy, dandy portable scaffold to get it up on top. Then Vince drilled holes in the top and screwed in 2 ten inch lag bolts in each end.

These little corner braces are just for looks.

Getting ready to put the side braces on...I don't have any pictures between this step and the finished top, we put faux rafters on the top that come out from the wall and rest on the beam.

Here you can see the ends of the rafters hanging over the front. I couldn't wait to see what the patio lights we bought would look like on there, and then I had to put the ivy on there to cover the wire from the light string.

Adding wainscot and trim to the front.

Checkout counter, Vince just built the base out of plywood.

Time to do the floor!

Yes, I did that whole floor with a sponge!

Vince couldn't wait to see what it would look like with the tape off! Pretty cool! Just like a castle floor! Well, sort of! I went around with a brush to soften up the lines a little.
Vince's dad made the bar top and the checkout counter top out of walnut.

This is what it looks like all finished! Ready to fill those shelves with some shine!!

I thought I had posted this a long time ago! We have since gotten our NY State permit, which took 2 months, so it has been a while! We are waiting on our label approval from the State before we get those printed up. Once we have the ok on that, we are really ready to go! We've been posting our progress on Facebook also, so check there for updates on when we will be opening.

Monday, August 8, 2016


This is for all my crafty followers, I'm sorry I haven't done any posts about my other endeavors!
I made all these things last summer to sell at The Left Bank in Owego, NY. I had every intention of posting these sooner, but once we decided to do the Distillery, I just put all my energy into that. Designing logos and labels and buildings and decorating became my craft projects!
So I hope you enjoy looking at my whimsical creations as much as I enjoyed making them. I hope to get back to doing those types of things once we get some normalcy back in our lives! I hope we actually get some normalcy back eventually.....

It all starts with an old teacup or some sort of container....glue the teacup to the saucer.

Fill it with foam and cover it with some moss. I used my glue gun for that.

Then I picked out my fairy and a pair of wings.

This is the beginning...

She had to have a French poodle fairy!

so true!!  

                I don't have time to make stuff to take to The Left Bank anymore, so I went down and picked up the few things I had left down there and will put them in the tasting room/gift shop up at the distillery. I hope to be able to make things to sell up there!

I don't think I will ever get tired of these little fairies! They just make me smile!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Distillery Landscaping part 1: Hobbit Door

We wanted to get some of the landscaping done before we got too busy with the actual running of the business.
 I don't think I mentioned that we we were approved for our federal permit! Yea! Now we have to get our NY State license, but we need our certificate of occupancy before we can submit that application. The code officer came out last week and we passed our final inspection, so we should have the certificate in a week or so. He's letting us have up to 40 people in there!
So, anyway, we had a beautiful day, and it wasn't 90 degrees, so we decided to put in the door for our resident Hobbit.

We took the spool that the electric wire came on and screwed them together. Then we took some leftover floor boards from when we did the house and screwed those on, and Vince cut around those to make a circle.

I painted it blue and did some faux texture along the edge of the boards. Then I drew a hinge and traced and painted those on. After it was painted, we nailed a piece of flashing around the edge to help protect it, and cut some cedar shingles to form a roof and trim edge all around it. I didn't take any pictures of that, I get all wrapped up in doing these projects that I forget to document them sometimes!

Vince had cut out part of the bank right after Daryl got done with the septic system, so we had a place to start. Vince dug more out with a shovel and stone rake, then we set the door in there, and put a galvanized window well over the top so we could form a roof. Then Vince stacked stones up the sides to make it look more substantial.

We put a little walkway and some steps out front. I'll put some plants in there later in the year when it isn't so darn hot out and maybe we'll get some rain then!

This is what it looks from the other side of the driveway.

This is what it looks like from down by the pond. Pretty cool!! Vince says he would live there!

We wanted to make the whole experience of coming to the distillery just that, an experience. 
 I think we have a good start on that!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Distillery: part 9 Fe, Fi, Faux, Fun!

These pictures are out of the order of when I did the projects- I did these over the past weekend and it is just too cool that I couldn't wait to share them! (actually it was 2 weekends ago now, my internet access conked out while I was trying to do this post originally, aarrgghhh! so I gave up)

I knew I wanted to faux wood grain the interior doors right from the beginning. I've had the wood grain tool since I was a teenager, but never used it because I didn't know how. Enter the wonderful world of you-tube! I watched a few videos (only one was really helpful) and said "wow! That looks really easy!" And it was! 

You need a light colored basecoat of paint on the door, and a dark color paint to mix with the glazing liquid. These are all water based paints/mediums. I mixed 1 part glaze with 3 parts paint for the glazing coat. Glazing medium allows you to dilute the paint consistency without changing the value of the color.

You put a coat of  your glazing mix on the door with a roller, then drag the tool through it using a light rocking motion. I did the door in sections because the medium will dry too fast. It is a very fast process!

This is the door to the utility room on the distillery side. I thought it would be a good practice one. I am really happy with it!

This is the fire door between the tasting room and the distillery, we had to put it in due to code regulations.

After the glaze dries, you put a coat of tinted water base varnish on. I mixed the same dark brown paint with a satin finish polyurethane. What a difference for this ugly door! I can't do anything about the door handle, it is a special one that came with the door. I thought about spray painting it black, but it was a pain to install and I don't really want to take it off to paint it.

This is the entrance door to the tasting room.

I printed these hinge designs from the internet. We didn't want to spend a ton of money on fake hinges for six doors ( one needed them for both sides!), so I figured I could stencil them on.

Handy dandy stencil melts the stencil material to cut it.

Decide where you want a hinge...

Be a contortionist to get in the weird wonder my hips and shoulders hurt!

Finished door! I used this design on the utility, storage and bathroom doors. I'm going to use the other, more ornate one for the fire door and the 2 entrance doors. I've got to wait on those for a while, I have other things to finish so we can get our certificate of occupancy. Then I can go back and do more fun stuff.

 So far this has been one of the most fun projects that I have done. It gives a great effect without spending a ton of money, and it was a fairly fast process.