Renovating an old house by a musical couple who want to live there the rest of their lives.
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.
This weekend we’ve got a variety of goals to accomplish.
First our friend the Viking is back to install window trim. We have 3 windows still needing casement: the master closet window
and the circular windows in the new showers.
When the window trim is finished it would be a good time to take the protective film off all windows that still have it on. Unfortunately Charlie told me the peel-off film is now stuck tight. I told him I would take care of it. I hope I can.
If time allows I’d also like the laundry room door hung.
In the mean time I want to create a money tree, clean and decorate the downstairs bathrooms, make a grocery shopping list for the wedding shower, make a party prep timeline for the shower, clean and straighten the first floor, decorate the mantle and dining room in fiesta fashion.
I plan to use items from around the house like this vase I painted ochre a few years ago and my fish plate.
I’m sure the lawn will also get it first cutting this weekend.
My sister has a magnificent Red Wing vintage pottery collection.
On the other hand I have a few pieces of my own.
I also have a large set of dinnerware in the Merrileaf pattern.
As I was perusing eBay I saw a set of cups and saucers. I already have lots of saucers but wanted to add a few more cups.
For a bid of $9.38 I received 8 cups and 7 saucers. For comparison Replacements, Inc. charges $9.99 for one cup and saucer set. Everything came well-packed as indeed it should for an extra shipping charge of $20.
April was a month of progress, pleasure, and plight. We worked on a number of projects:
The master closet although not complete is well on the way to being finished. All supplies have been moved to the closet and out of the living room, dining room, and conservatory. Every weekend in April we — Charlie, my friend and I — did a task or two toward the completion of the master closet.
New Attic Stairs in The Cottage
The Cottage tenant had the stairs to the attic replaced with the hide-away, pull-down attic variety. They are much easier to handle as well as sleeker on the ceiling. Soon she’ll paint the door to match the ceiling and they’ll all but disappear when in closed position.
Crown Molding in The Cottage
Cornice molding in the Cottage as added a finishing touch to the walls. The white trim also sets off the pale grey-green of the ceilings.
By the end of April plants were well on the way toward feeding us.
Although not on the list for April Charlie got busy in his garden as the time was right. He pulled weeds, tilled, and planted.
The weekend after Easter Charlie and I went to see The Doo Wop Project in concert with the Baltimore Symphony. They’re a group of men who starred in Jersey Boys together singing classic tight harmonies . They can really sing and apparently love to perform. Our seats were in the 4th row so we really enjoyed all their antics: singing, dancing, and bantering.
Bridal Shower Planning
Finally we’re getting the house ready for a bridal shower.
I have been working on a menu and festive set up for a the party.
The week after Easter I was called to jury duty. I checked in for Monday and Tuesday by phone and was not needed. Finally on Tuesday night I checked in once again and was dismissed for the rest of the week. I never had to go to the courthouse — woo hoo!