Trying to Finish Something . . . Anything

Yesterday I had an orderly list of things to do and had started doing them when Charlie told me he had planned a cook-out for 2 p.m.

I started early in the day polyurethaning trim for the kitchen island.

I started early in the day polyurethaning trim for the kitchen island.

Not actually having any food in the house we made a quick trip to the store which totally stopped my momentum.

The old dresser is ready for our new bedroom.

This solid wood dresser is too heavy for me to help move.

Switching gears, I decided I could get some heavy items moved around if I called our son to come over for a meal. I was totally transparent and told him in advance we needed his muscle.

Maneuvering the bend at the bottom of the steps was tricky.

Maneuvering the bend at the bottom of the steps was tricky.

He and Charlie hauled Charlie’s dresser from the cottage to the bedroom.

The footboard and headboard of our king size bed has been leaning against the wall in the bedroom for months.

The footboard and headboard of our king size bed has been leaning against the wall in the bedroom for months.

They carried the sleigh bed (which I plan to refinish) and the bottom of the linen closet (which I plan to paint) from the bedroom over to the cottage for convenient storage.

The white and grey cabinets that were in the dining room are now in the master closet.

The white and grey cabinets that were in the dining room are now in the master closet.

And they removed the extra kitchen cabinets we had from two mix-ups to the master closet where I’m going to try to work tem into the design.

The dresser in the master bedroom was heavy even with the drawers removed.

The dresser in the master bedroom was heavy even with the drawers removed.

Today I plan to finish at least one project I personally began yesterday.  I hope I have something positive to report tomorrow.

Happy Independence Day to my fellow citizens!

What draws you off track?

Bought the Sinks

I’ve been procrastinating over buying a vanity for the master bathroom for a number of reasons:

  1. the floor is not yet tiled,
  2. the vent on the floor makes a toe-kick style necessary (unless we decide to remove the whole thing like we did in the conservatory bathroom),
  3. needed to decide on a style and color,
  4. needed to determine the optimum size.
PB Sale was worth a look.

PB Sale was worth a look.

Then I received an email in my inbox from Pottery Barn allowing an extra 15% discount on clearance items. I took a look at the double-sink vanities.

The air duct is situated between the plumbing for two sinks.

The air duct is situated between the plumbing for two sinks.

The Brinkley Demilune console is priced with the countertop and sinks. It goes all the way to the floor and I’m sure we can cut an opening in the base for the air vent.

The Brinkley Demilune vanity comes with a marble counter which will match our marble floors.

The Brinkley Demilune vanity comes with a marble counter which will match our marble floors.

I had my choice of white or espresso and, after confabbing with Charlie, picked the espresso. (No, I’m not planning to paint it! Not at this juncture anyway.)

The vanity with a double sink will go under the bathroom window.

The vanity with a double sink will go under the bathroom window.

Its 72-inch length should fit very well under the bathroom window.

A couple of inches which be saved by the narrow distance from the wall.

A couple of inches which be saved by the narrow distance from the wall.

At 21.25 inches deep it is narrower than standard vanities which should give us a little more wiggle room. (We chose an even narrower sink for the conservatory bathroom.)

It should look something like this.

It should look something like this. The window doesn’t leave much room for mirrors and we’ll have 2 pendant lights hanging over the area.

Finally I like the 36-inch height which is taller than our other bathroom sinks over which we must hunch.  Tired of hunching; would like to stand tall when using the bathroom sink.

I like that it sort of goes with our antiques bombe chests we're using as side tables in the master bedroom.

I like that it sort of goes with our antiques bombe chests we’re using as side tables in the master bedroom.

Final price with shipping, taxes, discount:  $2477.74

Next item: Get faucets.

I was not perked nor paid to write this article.

What one item do you need in your ideal bathroom?

House To-Do List – How We’re To-Doing in 2015

I used to organize the house to-do list in one long list that I added to as I thought of something new.  Here’s the updated room by room view at the halfway point of 2015.  Lots done; lots to do.

Living room

Living room

Living Room

Living room

Living room

Dining room

Dining room

Dining Room

Transition between dining room and living room

Transition between dining room and living room

  • Clean paneling
  • Paint paneling

    The paneling will remain white but the area above definitely needs some color.

    The paneling is primed but needs 2 coats of semi-gloss white paint.

  • Paper top of walls
  • Clean floors
  • Paint chairs
  • Get a rug
  • Finish cushions
  • Move piano
  • Paint trim
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula

Caffe bar kitchen peninsula

Kitchen

The kitchen

The kitchen

 

Kitchen island and cabinets

Kitchen island and cabinets

  • Take down ceiling fan
  • Remove cabinets
  • Remove pantry
  • Move and replace lighting fixture in mud room
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Decide on storage – closet, bench, doors
  • Repair holes in ceiling
  • Paint and move dining room table to kitchen
  • Make curtains
  • Buy rugs and runners
  • Finish the toe-kick on the island

    The toe kick needs to be faced with some dark luan then shoe molding attached.

    The toe kick needs to be faced with some dark luan then shoe molding attached.

Pantry

  • Add shelves
  • Add counter

    Counter in the pantry

    Counter in the pantry

  • Add cabinets
  • Paint wall and ceiling
  • Hang lighting fixture
  • Organize pantry food and tools
The conservatory

The conservatory

Conservatory

The conservatory

The conservatory

  • Paint floor or lay flooring
  • Lay rug
  • Hang drywall
  • Mud walls
  • Paint walls
  • Move furniture
    • Love seats
    • Bistro set
    • Oak dresser
  • Get TV
  • Move file safe into closet
  • Drywall window
  • Mud closet
  • Paint closet

    The conservatory closet has been drywalled, painted, and shelved.

    The conservatory closet has been drywalled, painted, and shelved.

  • Get doors for closet and bathroom  

    Conservatory doors are in place.

    Conservatory doors are in place.

Conservatory bathroom

Conservatory bathroom is ready for waterproofing and tiling.

Conservatory bathroom is ready for waterproofing and tiling.

  • Choose tile

    Conservatory floor tile -- white on white basketweave.

    Conservatory floor tile — white on white basketweave.

  • Choose fixtures
  • Choose sink
  • Get shower installed
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.

Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.

Powder room

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Add paneling at bottom of wall
  • Paper top of wall
  • Paint lighting fixtures
  • Rehang towel bar
  • Fix hole in wall
The stairs and landing to the powder room.

The stairs and landing to the powder room.

Stairs

Upstairs hall

Upstairs hall

Hallway

  • Repair wall where door was removed
  • Paint wall
  • Hang gallery
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.

After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.

Laundry Room

La buanderie means either laundry room or utility room in a house

  • Finish floor
  • Hang closet door
  • Add hanging pole to closet
  • Add baseboard trim
  • Add chair rail trim
  • Paint and install inside shutters
  • Paint and install old kitchen cabinet above dryer
Master bathroom

Master bathroom

Master Bathroom

  • Choose tile

    I like this marble basketweave tile for the master bathroom floor.

    I like this marble basketweave tile for the master bathroom floor.

  • Choose sink
  • Choose shower
  • Choose vanity
  • Choose fixtures
  • Choose placement
  • Design linen closet
  • Buy toilet
  • Have shower installed
Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

  • Tear out closets
  • Erect bookshelves
  • Patch holes
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls

    Blue master bedroom

    Blue master bedroom

  • Paint trim
  • Lay rug
  • Make bed rustic
  • Refinish tall dresser
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.

French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.

the exterior of the deck off the master bedroom has been finished.

The exterior of the deck off the master bedroom has been finished.

Master Deck

  • Rug
  • Paint vintage garden furniture

    The furniture is painted and in place on the master deck.

    The furniture is painted and in place on the master deck.

  • Have railing built
  • Have deck surface finished
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

Diva Room

  • Paint trim
  • Add shutters or curtains
  • Clear out boxes
  • Refit closet after ductwork
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.

The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.

Treetops Room

  • Clear out boxes
  • Wash windows
  • Move large painting to living room
  • Reorient bed
  • Paint lamp and refinish shade
  • Paint door
Front porch

Front porch

Front entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose blue stone or paving
  • Make planters
  • Add landscaping
  • Paint door
  • Door mat
Side porch

Side porch

Side entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose bluestone or paving
  • Make planter for front edge
  • Make wood box
  • Bench or chair
  • Door mat
The conservatory is one of our favorite spaces.

The conservatory is one of our favorite spaces.

Back entrance

  • Paint railings
  • Stain steps
  • Plant grass
  • Lay stepping stones or temporary deck
  • Door mat
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.

The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.

Garden

  • Make a plan for foundation plants
  • Plant grass
The shed is both charming and useful.

The shed is both charming and useful.

Wee Little House

  • Organize tools
  • Paint shutters
  • Clear work bench
  • Organize garden items
The Cottage in November

The Cottage in November

Glade Cottage

Cottage in summer

Cottage in summer

  • Clear up unfinished projects
  • Move paint to house
  • New water heater
  • Install kitchen sink
  • Move tools to shed
  • Move and repair drafting table
  • Clean up old lumber and flooring
  • Vacuum well
  • Dust and wipe clean
  • Rent

Exterior

  • Paint shingles
  • Paint and install shutters
  • Paint trim
  • Hang gutters and downspouts

    The old exterior woodwork needs to be painted.

    The old exterior woodwork needs to be painted.

We’ll be adding and crossing off as time progresses.

How are you doing so far this year?

Not Pink

I’ve been looking for new king-sized sheets at a good price in PALE PINK.

New sheets

New sheets

I finally ordered a set from Amazon.

The quality and feel of the sheets are nice.

The quality and feel of the sheets are nice.

Although pretty they’re not really pale and they’re decidedly not pink.

I washed these sheets with Charlie's pale pink shirts and these are much peachier.

I washed these sheets with Charlie’s pale pink shirts and these are much peachier.

The color is named “blush” and they’re more peachy than pink. Although they do go well with our fishy duvet cover I’m still on the hunt for pale pink.

The yellow sheet had seen its better days.

The yellow sheet had seen its better days.

After receiving this sheet set I took one of our old, shredded sheets and made it into soft cotton rags.

Do you love the feel of old sheets on the bed? Or do you prefer crisp percale?

How the List for June Went

I’m a slacker.  I did exactly what I wanted in June and got very little accomplished. And I all but forgot about my to-do list. Everything on the list is something I must personally:

  • do or
  • pay for or
  • oversee.

I made a few accomplishments not on the list like:

The list I was actually supposed to accomplish follows:

  • Paint and set up potager fence – Between the rain and the heat I have hardly stepped outside.

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

  • Buy wallpaper or fabric for dining room

    The new dining room wallpaper.

    The new dining room wallpaper.

  • Paint dining room paneling –  Put on back burner until the new wallpaper is in place.

    The dining room is set up for wallpapering then the paneling can be painted white.

    The dining room is set up for wallpapering then the paneling can be painted white.

  • Paint TV trays

    Metallic charcoal dries to an enamel-like sheen.

    Metallic charcoal dries to an enamel-like sheen.

  • Prime and paint linen closet – On the next clear day I’ll set up the paint sprayer and git ‘er done now that the paint is mixed.

    The top section has been installed now I need to paint the bottom.

    The top section has been installed now I need to paint the bottom.

  • Mix paint for linen closet – I chose a Benjamin Moore swatch called “Secret” and mixed a close match with surplus paint in a semi-gloss finish.

    I mixed a half gallon of grey paint for the bedroom bookshelves and linen closet.

    I mixed a half gallon of grey paint for the bedroom bookshelves and linen closet.

  • Arrange bedroom furniture

    The old dresser is ready for our new bedroom.

    The old dresser is ready for our new bedroom.

  • Hang pictures in upstairs hall

    Another gallery wall is planned.

    Another gallery wall is planned.

  • Paint yellow trays

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

  • Find pale pink cotton king-sized sheets for a reasonable price .

    New sheets

    New sheets

  • Design book shelves – Paint and install bookshelves in master bedroom.

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.

  • Trim island toe kick and stain

    The toe-kick needs another coat of stain.

    The toe-kick needs another coat of stain.

  • Varnish shoes molding
  • Paint trim with spray painter

    Partly finished, tons more to do.

    Partly finished, tons more to do.

  • Install trim
  • Stain the back stairs to the conservatory
  • Buy exterior paint for the shingles
  • Door knobs for the new doors

    Doors are not very useful until the knobs are installed.

    Doors are not very useful until the knobs are installed.

  • Take the road trip postponed from April.

This unfinished list will move into July.  Charlie, of course, is ever-committed to his garden so we are eating fresh cucumbers and French beans. How do you get through the dog days of summer?

Pantry Plastic Panoply

Our pantry has been in serious disarray for awhile now.

We can never find an appropriate container and lid when we need one.

We can never find an appropriate container and lid when we need one.

For months if anyone needed a plastic container from the pantry a pile of them would plummet to the floor.

Paint worthy containers.

Paint worthy containers and the giveaways in the bag.

I spent half an hour on Sunday morning taking out all the containers, bagging up the ones we won’t use for a church donation, matching bottoms and lids for the ones we’ll keep, throwing away some of them, and keeping just a few in the paint supply box for paint mixing and brush cleaning.

A colorful array of containers and matching lids.

A colorful array of containers and matching lids.

I’m trying to think how we can keep things orderly.

The back of the island has become a catchall for a variety of stuff.

The back of the island has become a catchall for a variety of stuff.

Next project: Kitchen island shelves.

What’s your next project?

Final Quote Challenge — #3

I’ve been nominated by The Project Patrol to give a favorite quote 3 days in a row. Today I’m presenting my third and final quotation in The Quote Challenge.

This is not my normal graphic but you get the picture.

This has been a philosophical challenge.

Over the recent past as a society we’ve seen so much unspeakable behavior that it’s difficult to believe people can forgive in such a magnanimous fashion as has happened in Charleston, South Carolina.

Forgiveness is our power to change the world.

Forgiveness is our power to change the world.

Knowing that forgiveness saves the heart of the forgiver from being broken doesn’t necessarily make forgiveness easier, just imperative.

We're waiting for the dining room wallpaper to be delivered and we need to decide on a permanent home for the leftover cabinets we've been storing in the dining room.

We’re waiting for the dining room wallpaper to be delivered and we need to decide on a permanent home for the leftover cabinets we’ve been storing in the dining room.

The rain yesterday didn’t allow for much renovation work so Charlie and I worked on a few small repairs before attending a surprise 90th birthday for a relative.

It took every method know to man get the tub unclogged. In the end it was Charlie's persistence with a snake on a power drill to free the drain.

It took every method known to man get the tub unclogged. In the end it was Charlie’s persistence with a snake on a power drill that freed the drain.

Clearing the totally stopped bathtub. AGAIN!

At one point the snake broke and caught Charlie in the hand.

At one point the snake broke and caught Charlie in the hand.

I cannot wait until one of our new bathrooms are useable.

We keep our oversized coffee grinder in the pantry.

We keep our oversized coffee grinder in the pantry.

And our monster coffee grinder needed a small machine screw to hold together the chute where the newly-ground coffee comes out.

The screw on one side of the grinder's cleaning chute was missing.

The screw on one side of the grinder’s cleaning chute was missing.

Lack of connection on one side has been putting undue strain on the other side.

The nut and washer were integral to the machine, I just needed to find a machine screw that would fit.

The nut and washer were integral to the machine, I just needed to find a machine screw that would fit.

Now it’s fixed.

Do you forgive easily?