Charlie has begun painting the exterior trim that we didn’t get to last year while painting the house.
He’s giving the trim a coat of primer and a coat of exterior paint, Ultra Pure White by Behr in a satin enamel finish.
I, on the other hand, am working in the house on piecemeal projects. I started by organizing materials for our Sole Hope party which is planned for November 12.
Baseboard trim – We’re going to completely install the downstairs trim today and move the remaining wood to the second floor hall.
Kitchen table – We built the top, now we have to build the legs.
Donating books – I have more books to donate and a closer local place to take them.
Are you working on some fall chores?
The Cottage has nine lights on the top half of the door.
For privacy we have always had a curtain at the window.
Over the years the curtain had become torn near the bottom where it would get hooked in the latch when closing the door.
The new tenant decided to change the curtain to a mini-blind.
She put anchors at the bottom that holds the blind close to the door and keeps it from flapping when the door is opened and closed.
Privacy and light.
Do you have a window that needs attention?
Now that the flooring has been installed in the master closet we can start planning the actual closet.
We have two cabinets left over from the kitchen remodel which we plan to use in the master closet, one on my side one on Charlie’s side.
I’m going to use the above photo to sketch my plans.
I need to find some screw-in knobs for the doors so I can open them from inside the closet. I’m going to wait until I decide on hardware for the closet cabinets.
I have started sketching my side using 24-inch sections along the left side wall.
The wall is actually 11 feet long so I’m going to have five 24-inch sections and a 1-foot space near the doors for shoes.
I hope we can build this. Ourselves.
Would you invest in matching hangers?
We removed all the old kitchen cabinets from the main house in 2013.
Before that we had stained the bottom ones blue and limed the uppers with Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain.
We gave away some of the bottom cabinets but were left with two heavy solid wood doors. (See first photo above.)
The Cottage carpenter came yesterday to use these doors on a custom cabinet he built under the sink.
He framed up the bottom of the cabinet under the sink with 2 by 4s and added a shelf of water resistant material. The walls are made from the Cottage walls and on the left by the other base cabinet.
I’ve encouraged my new tenant to make the place livable but not to finish all the details until she’s lived there for a while.
Perhaps we’ll paint the base cabinets and the old microwave stand.
The move-in date is 12 days away.
What is your favorite color to brighten up a space?
After the new floor was laid in the master suite the doors were not put back on their hinges.
The doors needed to be shortened just a bit in order to open and close.
My plan was to plane some of the wood off the bottom with a Surform. Unfortunately most of the bottom edge is crossgrain so the Surform did not work well.
Instead Charlie cut just a sliver from the bottom edge with a circular saw.
He made the cuts on the corner of our second floor, railess deck.
I think he should have cut a bit more so the doors would clear a rug if we decide to use one in the closet.
I can make some more adjustments when I remove the doors to stain them.
Do you have a closet “must-have”?
Last weekend I cut shoe molding for the conservatory.
Before I could set up the furniture I needed to pin the shoe down with nails or staples.
My friend lent me a pancake compressor and a small nail gun which made the job easier than hammer and nails.
I started in the closet to get a feel for how the nailer works.
After I nailed the corner near the dining room I brought in the oak chest of drawers and set up the television.
The loveseats had already been moved in after the rug was shampooed and dry.
Finally I tried to move in the marble-topped coffee table that my grandmother bought in 1956.
Unfortunately I smashed my fingers and dropped the marble which broke in two. I guess I’ll be looking for a different type of coffee table.
Maybe I can find a nicely sized and color-coordinated bench to fill the space.
Have you broken something precious?
Yesterday I made 2 cool sales of items I had posted on Craigslist.
I sold our remnants of red oak flooring for $50.
I think there were about 40 square feet which means I sold it for $1.25 per square foot or so. They got a deal and I have some floor space in the living room.
I also sold two interior doors that we had removed during the renovation.
The young couple that bought them are going to use them as wedding décor early in November. I’m hoping they’ll text me a photo.
Everybody came and picked up their purchases.
Are you searching for a used something?