Another Short List

Last week’s short list of things to get done was so successful I’m going for another this week.

I've been keeping these items in the bathroom just incase we need them.
I’ve been keeping these items in the bathroom just incase we need them.

I’m starting with the master bathroom which has had odd bits of hardware and tools on the knee wall near the toilet for almost a year now.

The knee wall clutter has been put away.
The knee wall clutter has been put away.

I can easily clear it off.

I tried this ornate mirror once before.
I tried this ornate mirror once before.

I would like to hang a mirror on the master bathroom hall wall.  I tried it once before and came up empty.  I’ll give it another go now that the floor is in place.

Close-up of the Navajo pattern
Navajo pattern afghan

I want to get some more Christmas decorations out including 2 afghans my grandmother crocheted following a Navajo blanket pattern.

The door on the right of the hallway needs to be painted.
The door on the right of the hallway needs to be painted.

Finally I want to get started painting some interior doors.  I’ll begin with the master bathroom. Maybe Charlie will take the door off its hinges for me so I can paint it horizontally.

The air conditioner needs to go to the attic!
The air conditioner needs to go to the attic!

Speaking of Charlie, this past week he removed the air conditioner from the master bedroom window.  Unfortunately he didn’t get very far with it. (We store it in the attic.)

Can you think of one small area to clean that you’ve stopped noticing?

Paint, Paint, and More Paint

Last night I went to our local Ace hardware’s Ladies’ Night which included food, giveaways, and fun. Not as much fun as last year however because of a new organizer who was not as organized, in my opinion.

Clark and Kensington is sold at Ace Hardware last night for 40% off.
Clark and Kensington is sold at Ace Hardware last night for 40% off.

I had a long list of paint to purchase. And the brands I wanted to get were on sale for 40% off.  A real bargain.

White Dove for the walls and Simply White for the ceiling and trim.
White Dove for the walls and Simply White for the ceiling and trim.

First I wanted to buy paint to brighten up a friend’s living room: 2 gallons of primer, a gallon of “Simply White” for the ceiling, and 2 gallons of “White Dove” for the walls.

I took my 10-year-old can of paint to match the color.
I took my 10-year-old can of paint to match the color.

And I needed to get a gallon of exterior paint for the house shutters which are probably not getting painted until spring.  The paint department matched my old shutter paint.

But when I checked out I was given a 20% discount.  Normally that would have been great but I was promised 40% which I got when I pointed it out to the young cashier.

Do you check you register tape?

More Seasonal Fun

I worked out my plan for last weekend and unbelievably finished everything on the list.

Fresh flowers always seem to spruce up a room.
Fresh flowers always seem to spruce up a room.
  1.  All my Christmas shopping is purchased and wrapped. I would love to give the details but then my family would discover what I got them. Not yet.
  2. All the music I need to learn in 2016 is memorized.  That’s a load off my mind or maybe that’s a load on my mind.
  3. The Christmas programs I write and direct are going into final rehearsals.  Looking forward to the performances and relaxing afterward.
These double lilies are large and fantastic without the colored stamen that plague other lilies.
These double lilies are large and fantastic without the colored stamen that plague other lilies.

Double Asiatic lilies from a friend dominate the living room both visually and aromatically.

5-inch carved wooden angel
5-inch carved wooden angel

I’ve started pulling out Christmas decorations.  This wooden herald angel plays the French horn.

The Greek olive tree is back in the living room window.
The Greek olive tree is back in the living room window.

All three olive trees are in the house for the winter.

Do you have a deadline before the new year for a project’s completion?

Since You Asked

When we installed a kitchen in the Cottage we used mismatched base cabinets.

The bottom cabinets are a mixture of leftovers from our old and new kitchen in the house.
The bottom cabinets are a mixture of leftovers from our old and new kitchen in the house.
Primer equalized the different cabinet finishes.
Primer equalized the different cabinet finishes.

On Saturday morning the tenant decided to paint the base cabinets white.  She started with a primer coat.

The bottom cabinets were painted.
The bottom cabinets were painted.

Using a foam roller, the second, third, and even fourth coats were painted with special cabinet paint. I got a text with the photo above asking how it looked.

I said I needed to see it in person.  I was bluntly truthful and said the stark white cabinet paint didn’t go well with the top cabinets and didn’t look great against the sofa.

One issue is that a foam roller gives such a thin layer of paint that a piece painted with one often needs multiple multiple coats.  The other thing is that the upper cabinets are creamier white than the bottom ones.

Waterbury Cream, my kitchen paint, warmed up the cool white paint.
Waterbury Cream, my kitchen paint, warmed up the cool white paint.

I suggested that I take the paint and tint it with some of my leftover paint.  I added some Edgecomb Gray and Waterbury Cream which slightly warmed up the cool-tone white paint.

The new paint color on the center door is a better match to the upper cabinets -- warmer.
The new paint color on the center door is a better match to the upper cabinets — warmer.

Unfortunately the tenant needed to paint a couple more coats of the new tint.

Clear Briwax would be a nice finish.
Clear Briwax would be a nice finish.

It’s looking much better. I also suggested that in a couple of weeks when the paint is cured the cabinets should be waxed. I think waxing would create a sheen similar to the upper cabinets.

Are you blunt or tactful?

A Simple Winter Decoration Project

One 4 of the things I left in the Cottage that were welcomed by the new tenant were vintage aqua-tinted Ball jars.

The tenant likes these vintage jars.
The tenant likes these vintage jars.

They are just visible on the shelves above the microwave.

I got these jars for $1 at a yard sale.
I got these jars for $1 at a yard sale.

I saw a quick project to winterize these jars which is undoable and would not damage the jars in any way.

I happened to have a large container of Epsom salts left from another project.
I happened to have a large container of Epsom salts left from another project.

Pour some Epsom salts in the bottom of the jar (or in the lid if you have a conventional jar).

A simple snow scene.
A simple snow scene.

Add 1 or more bottle-brush trees.

These wintery scenes are heading back to the Cottage.
These wintery scenes are heading back to the Cottage.

If you really want to get fancy include a small snowman or plastic deer.

How easy and seasonal is that?

Have you got an easy project to share?

Just a Typical Friday Night

Last night I attended a potluck party of a ladies’ Sunday school class of which I am an honorary member.

The dessert table had a treat for everyone.
The dessert table had a treat for everyone.

By the time we got to the dessert table I was full but I took a plate home for Charlie.

The weather is chilly so a fire brigade keeps fire pits going to warm the participants and viewers.
The weather is chilly so a fire brigade keeps fire pits going to warm the participants and viewers.

He spent the evening lighting and tending fires for the Walk to Bethlehem.  He plans the same for tonight.

Norfolk Island pines don't do well outside below 40 degrees.
Norfolk Island pines don’t do well outside below 40 degrees.

Last year for Christmas my son and his wife gave us two small Norfolk Island pines. One of them had died.

A 3-feet tall Norfolk Island Pine tree.
A 3-feet tall Norfolk Island Pine tree.

The other one I gave back to them this year and they decorated it.

Little by little we’re getting a little Christmassy. How are your plans coming along?

Winter Unfinished Projects

I have a few projects that I’ve started which have never been finished.

The windowseat in the dining room collects clutter.
The windowseat in the dining room collects clutter.

Some are over a decade old.

The master closet is ready for fitting out.
The master closet is ready for fitting out.

I’m challenging myself to finish our top five unfinished projects.

The play castle.
The play castle.
  1. Living room curtains:
    About 3 of 20 pleats are actually finished in the living room curtains.
    About 3 of 20 pleats are actually finished in the living room curtains.

    The curtains are finished except for the pleats at the top and hems at the bottom.

  2. Windowseat cushions:
    The center cushion of the windowseat has never been upholstered like the other two.
    The center cushion of the windowseat has never been upholstered like the other two.

    This is an extremely old project that I’ve been putting off.  When I get out the sewing machine for the curtains I pledge to finish these cushion covers.

  3. Tile backsplashes in the bathrooms:
    The conservatory sink will get a backsplash to match the shower tile.
    The conservatory sink will get a backsplash to match the shower tile.

    I’ve chosen tile for both rooms.

    The Cottage kitchen could use a tile backsplash.
    The Cottage kitchen could use a tile backsplash.

    Perhaps we’ll also add a tile backsplash in the Cottage kitchen.

  4. Master suite closet:
    I redrafted this preliminary design to simplify it.
    I redrafted this preliminary design to simplify it.

    I have a workable plan, I just need to order lumber and get to work.

  5. Repair, repaint, and rehabilitate the play castle:
    The castle could use an update inside and out.
    The castle could use an update inside and out.

    Over years of storage the castle has some cracks and breaks.  It needs to be repaired and painted, perhaps with a new color scheme.

These projects should keep me busy. I’m planning to enlist some other helpers though to work some magic on these various projects.

Do you like to have a team or do you prefer to work alone?