The Cottage has nine lights on the top half of
Four panels of cotton voile for privacy and light filtering.
For privacy we have always had a curtain at the window.
The voile curtain filtered light and provided privacy.
Over the years the curtain had become torn near the bottom where it would get hooked in the latch when closing the door.
The mini-blind gives a sleeker look.
The new tenant decided to change the curtain to a mini-blind.
The light can be controlled with mini-blinds.
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.
The blinds are secured to the door at the top and bottom.
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.
The master closet window needs to be trimmed.
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 plan to set my cabinet in the center of my wall above some drawers.
I’m going to use the above photo to sketch my plans.
The doors have handles on the outside but not on the inside.
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.
My side of the closet.
I have started sketching my side using 24-inch sections along the left side wall.
When the doors are open shallow shoe storage would fit well on either side.
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.
The old cabinets were stained ocean blue on the bottom and limed on the top.
Before that we had stained the bottom ones blue and limed the uppers with Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain.
Most of our old kitchen cabinets found a new home.
We gave away some of the bottom cabinets but were left with two heavy solid wood doors. (See first photo above.)
One cabinet supports the countertop. another one could enclose the sink.
The Cottage carpenter came yesterday to use these doors on a custom cabinet he built under the sink.
The bottom of the cabinet is a piece of waterproof material.
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.
All the cabinets need knobs or handles.
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.
This mini-kitchen still needs some tweaking.
Perhaps we’ll paint the base cabinets and the old microwave stand.
We can rearrange the furniture now and lay the rugs.
The move-in date is 12 days away.
What is your favorite color to brighten up a space?
new floor was laid in the master suite the doors were not put back on their hinges.
The doorway on the left leads to the master closet.
The doors needed to be shortened just a bit in order to open and close.
We’re removing a sliver from the bottom of the closet doors.
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.
Charlie was trying to remove barely a blade’s width from the door.
Instead Charlie cut just a sliver from the bottom edge with a circular saw.
Could you work any closer to the edge?
He made the cuts on the corner of our second floor, railess deck.
The master closet doors open into the closet.
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.
Can’t wait until the master closet is fitted with storage and hanging spaces.
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.
I cut shoe molding to go around the entire conservatory.
Before I could set up the furniture I needed to pin the shoe down with nails or staples.
A small compressor is great for indoor use.
My friend lent me a pancake compressor and a small nail gun which made the job easier than hammer and nails.
The shoe molding hides the space where the floor meets the wall.
I started in the closet to get a feel for how the nailer works.
The oak chest is back in the corner.
After I nailed the corner near the dining room I brought in the oak chest of drawers and set up the television.
The loveseats are back in place facing each other.
The loveseats had already been moved in after the rug was shampooed and dry.
My grandmother’s marble-topped coffee table.
Finally I tried to move in the
marble-topped coffee table that my grandmother bought in 1956.
My broken marble coffee table top.
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 a bench like this in blue or green would work in the conservatory for a 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.
See the wood flooring in front of the coffee table.
I sold our remnants of
red oak flooring for $50.
Now it’s gone.
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.
This door sold for $10.
I also sold two interior doors that we had removed during the renovation.
This door was $5.
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.
I still have a pile of things to remove from the Cottage including the twin bed.
Everybody came and picked up their purchases.
Are you searching for a used something?
list from last Saturday was left undone.
We went from virtual cabinets to real cabinets in the Cottage kitchen this week.
I could be truly disappointed or get busy again this weekend.
Put shoe molding in conservatory. The angle at the inside corners is 45 degrees. The end-of-run angle is 22.5 degrees beveled in.
I cut shoe molding to go around the entire conservatory.
I am borrowing a pneumatic nailer and pancake compressor to secure the shoe molding to the wall. Some day we might get around to actually painting these miles of trim.
Determine casing and trim needs and place an order at the local lumber yard. I’d prefer not to have a big surplus left over and don’t want to have more than one delivery so I’m trying to make the best estimate I can which might take a while.
Before finalizing my list I need to sift through this pile in the living room.
So far I need 72 linear feet of ranch casing. Still need an estimate for 1 by 4, ogee, and shoe.
new items on Craigslist.
This week I listed the doors and the remaining oak flooring.
I’ve already had some interest in the wooden door. I also listed the red oak flooring left over from our flooring project. I wanted to get my drafting table cleaned up and listed.
bookshelf wall to assess cornice and trim needs.
Can’t wait until these shelves are finished. Before I finish the shelves I think I should cut and install the baseboard around the bedroom.
Move oak chest of drawers to conservatory and hook up television. I saved this until after I nail down the shoe molding in the conservatory so I don’t have to climb behind it.
Our oak chest is blocking the front door.
I’ll have to take out the drawers but the chest will be moved today. and the television placed back in it’s spot.
Surform the upstairs doors.
The Surform can be used to plane the bottom of the doors.
I want to get the bedroom door back on its hinges.
Paint bedroom doors.
The master bathroom door has a small hitch when opening it that needs to be adjusted. Then it needs some paint.
I prefer to paint doors horizontally on sawhorses rather than while hanging especially over my new floor.
Wash old jeans for a
The jeans are washed and ready to be trimmed for our special shoe making project.
I’ve already distributed close to twenty invitations. The rest will go out this weekend.
My choir begins Christmas rehearsals this week. Are you thinking about Christmas yet?