Sweet ’16: February Update

The plan for February was to lay floors in the master suite and conservatory. Or at least buy the supplies. Maybe just look at the options.

The sub-floor in the conservatory needs to be planked.
The sub-floor in the conservatory needs to be planked.

The conservatory needs 238 square feet of red oak. The bedroom closet and hall need 145 square feet of pine.

Hats and pearls were de rigueur at our very proper tea party.
Hats and pearls were de rigueur at our very proper tea party.

None of the above was accomplished in February partially because I decided I wanted to have tea parties .

The vanity is partially plumbed.
The vanity is partially plumbed.

And there are still some items from January’s list which remain only partially finished. We need to hook up the plumbing to the sinks in the master bathroom and then hang the lighting fixtures.

Our friends commented (in a positive way) on the color palette, brightness, layout, and practicality of the improvements at The Glade.
Our friends commented (in a positive way) on the color palette, brightness, layout, and practicality of the improvements at The Glade.

Even though not much progress was made on house projects, I am glad we decided to have friends over. They certainly buoyed my spirits and encouraged me that what we have accomplished thus far is worthwhile.

Charlie played butler and maestro at the tea party and even did the washing up.
Charlie played butler and maestro at the tea party and even did the washing up.

Here’s what we did in February NOT on the list:

  1. Bought 2 small mirrors.

    Bamboo trimmed 10" by 18" mirror for $18.
    Bamboo trimmed 10″ by 18″ mirror for $18.
  2. Decorated the mantel.
  3. Decorated seashells with a Sharpie.

    This would be a fun project for teenagers who can also collect the shells.
    This would be a fun project for teenagers who can also collect the shells.
  4. Gathered and organized income tax information and sent it to our accountant.
  5. Purchased and installed new knobs and pulls on the linen closet.

    New drawer pulls.
    New drawer pulls.
  6. Sealed the marble bathroom countertop and the granite island in the kitchen.
  7. Pruned and fertilized the olive trees.
  8. Hung a towel bar on a tiled wall.

    The Moen Icon towel bar is securely hung on the back wall of the master shower.
    The Moen Icon towel bar is securely hung on the back wall of the master shower.
  9. Set the vanity cabinet in place in the master bathroom.
  10. Painted an old wastebasket.

    I like the mottled look of this shiny finish.
    I like the mottled look of this shiny finish.

So I did do a few things but, as per usual, got off track a bit. Good thing I’m not a train engineer.

What did you do last month?

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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 “Sweet ’16: February Update”

  1. You got quite a bit done, Jo, and with your lists you are still on track. Those things are still waiting for the right time. I started out strong but the last half kind of deteriorated into a bursitis / end of winter quiet time. Like you, I have no lack of things to do to get back on track.

    1. We need one of those train switchmen to get us back on the right track. If only it were that easy and they came with their own tools. Jo

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