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Above: Cabinets were found and reclaimed from Second Use. The doors were removed for open access. Cabinet drawers came with dividers and rollers already built in. Kathy and David found cabinets with similar panel detailing, and with some sanding, painting and careful puzzle placing, they blended them nicely together for a functional and pleasant composition.
Louise: What is your proudest homeowner moment?
Kathy: Using salvaged cabinets saved us so much money that we were able to buy the Blue Star commercial-style gas range. I’ll always remember cooking the first meal on it: sautéed lamb that had been marinated in balsamic vinegar and olive oil with lightly fried potatoes.
Above: The Sandefurs' house sits just across from the beachfront. The ocean can be viewed from the second floor. The open plan and ceilings of the living room and kitchen provide full access to the views and the glow of the soft beachside light. The light fixture over the dining table was salvaged from Second Use. The curtains are made from canvas drop cloths hung on wooden rods.
Louise: What do you love most about your neighborhood?
Kathy: Walking on the beach and observing the wildlife from the tower room. We see lots of deer, goldfinches, eagles, owls and, of course, seagulls.
Above: David's father was in real estate, and David repurposed one of his signs into this coffee table for the living room.
Above: David built the master bed from newel posts found at Second Use. The light fixture came from the Antique Mall in Lakewood. David and Kathy etched a heart with their names into the wood floor next to their closet. The curtains are made from canvas drop cloths. The antique fixtures were rewired by Kathy and David.
Louise: Where is your favorite place to shop for your home? What would be your biggest splurge?
Kathy: We love to shop at the Antique Mall in Lakewood and have purchased many items from there, including the boat paddles, some of the light fixtures and the jeweler's workbench. If money were no object, we would buy the empty lot next door to us to preserve it for wildlife and the empty lot across the street to preserve the view.
Above: The master bathroom lights were found at the South Tacoma Antique Mall in Lakewood. The vanity top is a 2-by-4-by-2 piece of fir from Windfall Lumber, and the supports are newel posts from Second Use. The mirror above the sink is from an antique dresser. Tile design and installation were done by the Sandefurs.
Louise: Who or what inspires your personal style?
Kathy: I like mixing antique and vintage items with modern elements. The vintage items make me feel connected to the past, and the modern items keep the house looking fresh.
Above: The tower room is for sitting and viewing. The ocean can be seen over the berm across the street. The panel ceilings are painted with a translucent white stain.
Above: Kathy and David on the beach at Damon Point, a short drive from their home. On our walk to the point, we were treated to a viewing of six snowy owls.
Louise: What's your next home project?
David: We want to add a room for Kathy to use as an art studio and for me to use as a workshop.
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