Working on Cottage Projects

Before we work on the floors of Glade Cottage, which need a good cleaning, some ceiling and wall issues need to be repaired.

A wet-dry shop vacuum is a helpful tool.
A wet-dry shop vacuum is a helpful tool.

My friend who’s helping us with the remodel of the Cottage scrubbed the bathroom clean including some mouse nests.

The back wall of Glade Cottage has been thoroughly cleaned.
The back wall of Glade Cottage has been thoroughly cleaned. Notice the brown streak on the ceiling.

Then she wiped down the laundry area on the back wall which had some cobwebs.

Insulation foam has been used to seal the cracks around the dryer exhaust pipe.
Insulation foam has been used to seal the cracks around the dryer exhaust pipe. It will eventually be trimmed close to the wall.

She used foam insulation around the dryer vent to seal openings where mice might be entering.

The ceiling will be patched with spackle.
The ceiling will be patched with spackle.

The next issue is water damage on the ceiling.  A previous tenant hung a drop cloth as a temporary ceiling. Now we’re planning to spackle the damage and paint this side of the Cottage ceiling. (The other side is already painted.)

The floating wall was shimmed with 2" by 4" scraps, then dry-walled.
The floating wall was shimmed with 2″ by 4″ scraps, then dry-walled.

The floating wall is also being faced with wallboard on the unfinished side.

Moving the stored items is happening slowly but surely.
Moving the stored items is happening slowly but surely.

Lots going on.

What’s your favorite cleaning product?

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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.

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