We’re on our way to having a wall of sunflowers on the west façade of the house.
When they first started to come up I was excited because last year out of 100 seeds I got 6 wimpy plants.
This year however Charlie did the planting: Sunflower Lemon Queen and Sunflower Italian White.
He turned over the soil and enriched it with compost.
I can’t wait until they start to bloom which I believe might be the middle of June.
How’s your green thumb?
When the new front door to the Cottage was installed I left out a detail.
The new door has a louvered shade built between the two panes of glass.
The shade is controlled by a slider on the inside of the door. There are no rods or strings.
If the shade needs to be removed the glass can be unscrewed.
The new door has made the Cottage more insulated and quieter.
The muntins and mullions are also between the glass.
Have you installed replacement windows?
The new master closet is ready to have clothes hanging on the rods.
After a little research I decided to get Proman Kascade Hangers. I ordered one hundred.
Our clothes used to hang on plastic and wire hangers.
I’m getting rid of the old wire hangers but I’m hanging on to the plastic and odd wooden ones for the remaining closets in the house.
And the horizontal closet boxes that we topped the towers with are perfect for storing our suitcases out of the way but handy.
Do you have a closet that needs an overhaul?
I have 2 main goals this spring:
one indoors and one outside.
I have a hallway full of wood trim which needs to be cut and installed.
I know there’s not enough to finish everything but I’m not going to place the final order until I know exactly what I need. I plan to work on this during the week.
I also want to clean, paint, and hang the shutters we took off the house 3 years ago when we started the renovation.
I’m going to start the shutters on Memorial Day weekend.
What are your plans for the long weekend?
When last we left the progress on the closet most of the boxes/towers were finished except the ones on the very top.
Yesterday we built the remaining boxes and installed them in the gap on the top of the towers.
Like the other boxes they are made from 3/4-inch plywood, 21 inches deep, and backed with luan.
We made long skinny boxes which sit on top of the tall towers.
At the end of the run we made shorter cabinets that coincide with the towers near the window on each side.
The closet is now usable but still needs finishing:
- Connect the boxes together.
- Trim the baseboard around the room.
- Trim the window and inside of the door.
- Make face frames for the boxes.
- Add drawers to the area under the closed cabinet.
- Hang curtains.
- Stain the doors.
- Touch up the paint.
Do your projects seem to go on forever?
I have started my tile project in the pink bathroom.
It was going very slowly until Charlie took over.
Instead of using the grout saw he pulled out our Dremel tool.
All afternoon I received photo updates.
Now that the easy tiles are removed, onto the more important bull-nosed variety.
Do you favor hand tools or power tools?
When I first moved into The Glade in 1997 we used The Cottage as an office. At the time we called it The Little House.
It had a Dutch door.
After awhile the Dutch door became structurally unsound so we replaced it with a $35 door from Second Chance Warehouse, a Baltimore salvage center.
Now the Cottage is getting a better treatment.
In order to keep the Cottage filled with light we decided to replace the nine-light front door with one almost exactly the same except the new one is more energy efficient.
The main door which erroneously opens “out” has been replaced on the interior and opens “in” like most residential doors.
We’re expecting the screen door which was on the inside to be replaced with an exterior storm door.
The Cottage will soon be ready for a new coat of paint.
Who needs a door?
What color is your front door?