Closet Cutting to Date

We have been slowly cutting the lumber for the closet.

These towers are 21″ deep.
After cutting the side pieces I started priming the plywood on the rough side. Then I’ll prime and paint the better side.

First Charlie cut twelve 21″ by 78″ from six pieces of 3/4″ plywood.

The plywood needs to be painted on both sides; the 2″ by 6″s can remain unpainted.

He cut the tops and bottoms for my side of the closet: six 21″ by 30.5″ pieces from one piece of 3/4″ plywood. (The pieces for the other side of the closet will be slightly larger but still able to be cut from one 4′ by 8′ piece of plywood.)

We’ll be using identical bases on each side of the closet.

For the 2″ by 6″ base Charlie cut two 10′ (120″) boards down to 117″ and two pieces at 21″ for the end pieces and three 18″ pieces for spreaders.

Is it easy for you to keep focused on a long-term project?

10 Pink Tiles

I found a source for pink tiles for my 1946 pink tile bathroom. I ordered 10 pink bullnosed 4.25″ by 4.25″ porcelain tiles over the internet

Pink Mid-century tile with what is described on the website as a “coral tone”; I say it’s fleshy.

Sight unseen from Clay Squared in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I ordered bullnose BN44, a 4.25-inch square.

I’m not sure they’ll be exactly the right color but I have an idea to take care of that.

How are your hare-brained schemes working out?

Is Someone Pulling My Leg?

I’m a natural-born skeptic.  I question all premises that seem too good to be true.

I was backing up and the truck came around the corner from behind the hedge.

I was backing out of my parking space at work when the farm truck came around the blind corner.

This was not a small dent.


A friend was going to put this up on a lift to see if the dent could be popped out easily.

I had another repair for the list. I wasn’t worried about it because 1.) my friend said she could fix it and 2.) if she couldn’t it was covered under insurance at work.

On Tuesday.
On Thursday.

Two days later the dent was gone.  Other remnants of the incident like scrapes on the bumper remain but the volleyball-size indentation was no longer there.

The car has not been out of my possession and I didn’t have it fixed. How did that happen?

Clutter Rummaged

Charlie took my pile of goodies to the rummage sale site.  These are things I don’t just want to trash.

  • Sewing machine
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse equipment
  • Picture light
  • Punch cups
  • Batting helmet
  • Juggling sticks
  • 2 glass-front cabinets

I piled them in 2 piles:

Someone might be interested in the lacrosse equipment.
The dining room is clear of extra clutter.

One in the middle of the dining room

I couldn’t find a good place to use any of this stuff.
Now the above pile is gone, too. We’re keeping the chair.

The other on the porch.

We said good-bye to Star Wars Darth Tater Mr. Potato Head.

Over 20 individual items on to new homes. Plus, I’m putting a printed copy in my tax file to use as charitable deductions for 2017.

Do you find it hard to give away things someone made for you?

Looking for Pink Tile

I am searching for some vintage pink tile to replace the broken pieces in our original bathroom.

Crack in the pink bathroom tile.

Aside from asking at The Tile Shop I haven’t really started my search until yesterday.

Community Forklift is easy to find following the directions on its website.

After work I drove to a suburb of Washington DC to a salvage yard called Community Forklift.

Building salvage

They house a supply of building salvage like radiators, doors, windows, furniture, mantel pieces, plumbing fixtures, etc.

Boxes of tile are marked on top with a sample piece of what’s inside.

Since I was specifically searching for tile I sifted carefully through the surplus tile aisle.

If I were looking for white I might have found some.

There was a good supply of vintage white tile including sanitary base and bullnose tiles.

This style of tile came in blue, red, and aqua.

Among the boxes were some interesting mosaics.

This tile would make an interesting project — a bench maybe.

I liked this textured yellow tile.

You don’t see tile like this much — ever.

I was intrigued by the wheat stalk listello. Not my cup of tea but interesting.

Light pink tile — too light.

Finally I spotted just one box of pink tile. I really need bullnoses.

My tiles (left and right) just don’t match.

Unfortunately the tile was neither bullnose nor a good match to the tile in the bathroom. so I passed on the $17.50 box of tile.

Thankfully I don’t need a stove.

I’m sure if I had more time I could find something I can’t live without at Community Forklift.

Do you shop salvage stores?

The Old Fashioned Rummage Sale

I have held off getting rid of some clutter because I couldn’t come up with a good category for it.

The vintage Singer sewing machine.

Craigslist seemed like a hassle.

Lacrosse sticks

I have reservations about giving things to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

Punch cups.

These are things I don’t just want to trash.

  • Sewing machine
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse equipment
  • Picture light
  • Punch cups
  • Batting helmet
  • Juggling sticks
  • Small under-cabinet lighting fixture
  • 2 glass-front cabinets
Handmade cabinets.

So I’m donating them to an upcoming rummage sale at a local church which proceeds will go to fund “Missions”. Charlie has offered to drive the stuff to the collection point.

Art light.

I’m trying to get Charlie on the wagon also.  Hoping he will let me get rid of a few of his items.

Are you waiting for the right opportunity to get started on something?

The First Day of Spring

Spring is my favorite season.

I look forward to the purple iris each spring.

It begins today.

As soon as the weather warms just a bit the garden will be green with edibles.

The weather has been cold and snowy so the yard and garden haven’t had any attention yet even though I purchased seeds a while ago.

We should have a backsplash for the master bath vanity by the end of the month.
We’re cutting and painting the closet lumber methodically.
We must finish the bedroom shelves, too.
The bedroom trim needs to be finished.
The footboard and headboard of our king size bed must be refinished.

I’m planning to keep us focused on the master suite by leaving as least one chore each day for Charlie to accomplish while I’m at work. How that will go I’m not sure.

Your favorite season?