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Seeing the forest from the trees… in my dining room.

August 3rd, 2009

Tomorrow an appraiser will be visiting and assessing my home for a refinance. It seems that someone has run up some serious credit card debt, possibly related to tool purchases, and needs to consolidate. Sounds pretty standard right?

Well… ummmm… I’m freaking out a bit as I just took a visual survey of my home and I can envision an appraiser torpedoing the deal if they were to lack the creative vision necessary to see past how I’ve decorated the spaces. I imagine an appraiser is accustomed to seeing a dining room with perhaps a dining room table. Mine looks like this (these pics show things in a messy state… the notice on the appraisal was short leaving me little time to get organized):

Curly Maple for dinner?

Lumber buffet.

I must say that downdraft tables have long been overlooked in the dining room. Tired of having to pick up stray chips, pretzels, and cheerios from your dining table? What about trying to round up all those elusive crumbs? These nuisances instantly go away with one touch of a “start” button.

Going with the workbench motif

Going with the workbench motif

And yes, those are horse stall mats on the floor.

I’m guessing an appraiser is also unaccustomed to seeing a kitchen like this:

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My spice rack. "A Dash of Stanley No. 3 sole rust makes any dish pop."

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Requisite lathe for turning potatoes into fries (I actually saw that on a DVD once).

Even the living room is more like an office with a desk and light table in the middle of the room. It’s also where I store a post drill press (intended as a functional tool for the garage one day… the gears run like butta).

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A living room? I probably should tidy up before taking pics, huh.

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Standard living room accessory

If at any point I feel like the appraiser isn’t going to look past the current design of my home I’ll be prepared to remove him from the picture assuming the appraisal company will just send another one? Or maybe I should splatter red paint along the walls of one bedroom and just explain that “this is where I take people that prevent me from getting what I want”.

An observation that I made while writing this post it that I’m down to having exactly one chair in my entire home. Playing musical chairs when friends come over is going to end rather abruptly.

*** update: As is the norm for me, I didn’t get to publish this until a few days later. So, I can also report that the appraiser arrived and upon walking into my “dining room” exclaimed “Wow! I love this place!” and repeated that in mantra-like fashion until he left…  so I may have lucked out and am encouraged that things may go forward. My nerves are much less frayed. ***

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  1. August 9th, 2009 at 21:46 | #1

    While my wife thinks that my #7 jointer plane looks nice enough to sit on the mantle, I don’t think I could get away with storing anything else inside the house. I’m blessed she lets me use the whole garage.

  2. August 10th, 2009 at 06:22 | #2

    Now THAT is a living room I can relate to!

    The closest I come is when new tools come in the front door, reside in the back room for a while before migrating to the shed.

    Oh, and the occasional tool that comes in the other way so I can take some photos of it for the blog – the dining room table being a mid-toned wood makes for a nice background!

  3. August 16th, 2009 at 10:39 | #3

    While my wife thinks that my #7 jointer plane looks nice enough to sit on the mantle, I don't think I could get away with storing anything else inside the house. I'm blessed she lets me use the whole garage.; While my wife thinks that my #7 jointer plane looks nice enough to sit on the mantle, I don't think I could get away with storing anything else inside the house. I'm blessed she lets me use the whole garage.;;

  4. August 17th, 2009 at 16:40 | #4

    I finally know now why my living room is lacking:
    “Standard living room accessory.” That’s gotta be it!

  5. August 17th, 2009 at 20:19 | #5

    Well, somehow your awesome new theme seems to pail in comparison to your home decoration.

  6. August 19th, 2009 at 14:57 | #6

    …room with red paint. That is funny. You’re joking…..right?

  7. August 22nd, 2009 at 15:57 | #7

    LOL @ “this is where I take people that prevent me from getting what I want”.

  8. Chuck
    October 11th, 2009 at 18:25 | #8

    I’m just guessing that you are not married. If you are, does your wife have a sister; I’ll hope tolerance runs in the family.

    Chuck

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