Yesterday Was Busy

A few odds and ends from the May list were accomplished yesterday.

From time to time my good brushes need a few hours in brush cleaner to loosen hard paint near the ferrule.
From time to time my good brushes need a few hours in brush cleaner to loosen hard paint near the ferrule.

Early in the morning before I went to work I  cleaned one of my favorite paint brushes which I had allowed to harden beyond use.  It had been rinsed but the paint stiffened the brush too much.

I pour the brush cleaner into a metal can and suspend the brushes in the liquid with an aluminum foil cover. After the brushes are removed I put the can's original lid back on to reuse next time.
I pour the brush cleaner into a metal can and suspend the brushes in the liquid with an aluminum foil cover. After the brushes are removed I put the can’s original lid back on to reuse next time.

I used the last of my brush cleaner to soften the paint and then cleaned it well with a wire brush and running water.

I was happy to peel the tape and paper from the seeded glass it had protected.
I was happy to peel the tape and paper from the seeded glass it had protected.

Then I took my almost finished bathroom light to give it one more dab of spray paint on the areas that had been missed.

Coventry gray by Benjamin Moore should look good with the marble tile in the master bathroom.
Coventry gray by Benjamin Moore should look good with the marble tile in the master bathroom.

I’m hoping to hang it in the master bathroom this weekend after I paint the walls with Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore a gallon of which I purchased yesterday.

Even the first wet coat of Metallic Charcoal over the lightly sanded TV tray looks better (to me).
Even the first wet coat of Metallic Charcoal over the lightly sanded TV tray looks better (to me).

I also got started spray painting the TV trays that I think will end up looking a lot like Pottery Barn’s Carter tray table.

Charlie laid out all the tile for the conservatory bathroom to check for breakage and color differential.
Charlie laid out all the tile for the conservatory bathroom to check for breakage and color differential.

And the conservatory bathroom floor tile which I ordered on Sunday from Home Depot was delivered yesterday.

Each 10.5" by 10.5" mosaic was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.
Each 10.5″ by 10.5″ mosaic was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.

That was really fast.

The  hose bibb tucked into the niche near the bump out had begun to drip and build up an ice dam in winter.
The hose bibb tucked into the niche near the bump out had begun to drip and build up an ice dam in winter.

One more thing: our contractor came back to switch out the outdoor hose bibbs which had begun to drip. In the last week they had stopped dripping so we’re just going to keep an eye on them.

Charlie went down the road to collect bamboo for his garden trellises.
Charlie went down the road to collect bamboo for his garden trellises.

So lots of projects were meddled with yesterday.  That’s what I like to see.

Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening DIYer?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Yesterday Was Busy”

  1. brush cleaner… huh… how have i never heard of this before. is it for latex paint? oil paint? i might have to look into that. i try to take really good care of my brushes, but once in a while one gets away from me and i have to toss it. i’m definitely an afternoon diy’er!

    1. Brush cleaner works on both latex and oil paints. I, too, take good care of my brushes some of which are 40 years old. And, you’re right, sometimes one will get away from you. Roller sleeves I just toss. Jo

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