Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What's New At Brookside Mountain Mist Inn?

Did you ever wonder how Bed & Breakfast owners keep their places looking so perfect? It's because you learn early on in your innkeeping career that there is no such thing as down time! When you're in-season, it's all you can do to keep your head above water taking care of guests' needs. During slower, off-season months, it's time to dust off the tools and get to work taking care of the inn. We have recently completed two such projects at Brookside Mountain Mist Inn. The really cool part of doing this work is, of course, the final results. We enjoy taking before and after pictures to show just how much of a difference our hard work has made.

Before & After

Our first project was stripping off the stain from the pergola covering our back patio and re-staining. What an undertaking that was. I felt like a monkey climbing all over the pergola to get the top. What's worse is I have a fear of heights! Once it was done, boy was it worth the time and the effort. It looks brand new again! We used a lighter colored stain with more red hues this time around to bring out more of the wood grain. The first bird to poop on it is going to hear from me!

Our next project was re-decorating the Hickory Hills Room with new window treatments. My mother would be so proud! Neither of us had ever hung draperies before so it was learn as you go. Believe it or not, it actually turned out pretty good. We're starting to learn how to do more and more things by ourselves, and having fun doing them. It's really a great feeling when you show a guest their room and they say "Wow!". It somehow makes it all worthwhile.

Before & After

So far, we have re-decorated all but one of our five guestrooms. We don't have the heart to re-decorate The Palms Room because we are both from the Tampa Bay area and it reminds us of back home. I'm sure we'll get to that one next year. Probably during that "down time" I was telling you about!

Carolyn Gendreau & Dina Giunta
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn

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