Lopez Suite Renovation is Complete!

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The bathtub is now a walk-in shower!

The bathtub is now a walk-in shower!

This is the second renovation post I’ve done recently, and that’s because we love to use the winter months to make every room, suite and cottage better in any way we can! Lopez was a major renovation that started with one focused area, as so many of them end up being. This is a phenomenon Anna Maria calls “project creep,” and it keeps us working around the clock, but the results are always rewarding.

The main point of starting on Lopez in the first place was that the bathtub needed to be converted into a walk-in shower. While we were scrutinizing that, we realized that the closet in the back bedroom could also use another look. We decided it needed some better storage options for guests, so we decided to renovate that too, adding drawers and shelves for guests’ use while staying with us.

New closet doors and paint to make the room a bit sunnier!

New closet doors and paint to make the room a bit sunnier!

Next, we decided to give the hallway closet a makeover so it would be able to more comfortably be able to store the ironing board, vacuum cleaner and, especially important in the winter, extra linens!
New hardware on the doors, including gorgeous crystal doorknobs

New hardware on the doors, including gorgeous crystal doorknobs

Of course, after that it was decided that the closet doors looked out of place. So, we embraced our belief in being a greener property and rescued one of the doors from the pawn shop in town, before it was torn down. After five days straight of filling and sanding the door, which has five individual panels, we realized that it still didn’t look that great, and the decision was made to strip the whole thing down to bare wood and start from scratch.

Since we were restoring this door, the rest of the historic doors in the suite – three of them – needed to be restored as well. Erin spent three straight days stripping the rest of those doors, and while they were off the hinges, Chef Molly boiled all of the hardware (doorknobs, etc). This made it easy to remove multiple coats of old paint off the latches and handles.

It looks like a brand new suite in here!

It looks like a brand new suite in here!

It was certainly a labor of love, with every innkeeper pitching it at one point or another – another prime example of how we are truly a family around here. The photos here are the result of a lot of hard work, and we hope you’ll come soon to enjoy a night or two in the new and improved Lopez Suite!
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