The Floor Finish

When we returned home from our vacation the floors that had been sanded and polyurethaned were dry and cured.

The floor before finishing.
The floor before finishing.
The finished floor looks and feels very nice.
The finished floor looks and feels very nice.

They looked great. The polyurethane gives the light flooring a warm and rich finish.

The floor in the master hallway has a reducer at the bathroom doorway.
The floor in the master hallway has a reducer at the bathroom doorway.

One of the other tasks that I requested was threshold reducers at all the doorways where there was a change in level.

The living room floor needed a reducer after having been moved from the left side of the house.
The living room floor needed a reducer after having been moved from the left side of the house.

We asked our flooring guy to add them even to doorways that were not attached to new flooring.

The French doors in the master bedroom needed a threshold reducer to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.
The French doors in the master bedroom needed a threshold reducer to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.

 

The reducer finishes the floor.
The reducer finishes the floor.

The price breakdown for the new floors is:

  • $1200 for 400 square feet of select red oak,
  • $750 to lay the floors,
  • $1275 for the finishing and reducers.

Total $3225.

Next we’re going to have the trim finished.

What is your latest project?

Progress on the Hydrangea Hedge

I have always wanted a blue hydrangea hedge at the side of the house.

In 2013 before the excavation for the renovation the Nikko blue hydrangeas were filling in on the east side of the house.
In 2013 before the excavation for the renovation the Nikko blue hydrangeas were filling in on the east side of the house.

After the new additions were built we returned our few Nikko blue hydrangeas planted to the east side of the house.

The hydrangea cuttings are planted.
The hydrangea cuttings were planted a year ago in September.

I took cuttings with the hope of producing more plants.

The hydrangeas were merely one-leaf sprigs a year ago.
The hydrangeas were merely one-leaf sprigs a year ago.

They also were planted well-spaced on the same side of the house.

From above the hydrangeas appear lined up.
From above the hydrangeas appear lined up.

This year, though they are still small, these hydrangea plants seem healthy.

The hydrangeas have grown to multiple leaves over the past year.
The hydrangeas have grown to multiple leaves over the past year.

Next year they should be doubled in size.

What shrub do you admire?

Recent Craigslist Dispursements

When Charlie found out I had listed about 20 items on Craigslist he was surprised.

The granite samples I wrote about here were given away free.
The granite samples were given away free.

Most things are on there for $5 or $10 and some things are even free.

When we removed the front path this light went, too. Sold for $5.
When we removed the front path this light went, too. Sold for $5.

Importantly they’re heading away from us an on to new homes.

A man bought the blue screen door for his wife for $10. I had it listed for $5.
A man bought the blue screen door for his wife for $10. I had it listed for $5.

Some items are very particular size-wise to the space they need.  One person in a thousand might be interested.

The second toymaker who drove 35 miles to pick up some free wood.
The second toymaker drove 35 miles to pick up some free wood.

However 3+ people are interested in our scrap wood pile. Two of them are planning to make small toys with the wood.

The last of the scrap wood -- 1st offering.
The last of the scrap wood — 1st offering.

The remainder of the woodpile was picked up yesterday. Of course we have more scraps which we haven’t gathered together yet.

Believe it or not the pile in the Cottage is diminishing. The lamp with its shade is now listed.
Believe it or not the pile in the Cottage is diminishing. The lamp with its shade is now listed.

What can I list next?

Our friend-and-future-tenant’s house went on the market today. Have you got any drastic changes planned?

My Trash, Another Man’s Treasure

Our renovation contractor was shocked that I listed about 70 tons of rubble.

Tons of rubble at the back of our driveway divided the cottage from the house.
Tons of rubble at the back of our driveway divided the cottage from the house.

People wanted our rubble. All but about half a ton remained.

The pile grew and grew.
The pile grew and grew.

So when Charlie started cleaning up the scrap wood in the yard he piled it with the thought of taking it to the dump.

The Craigslist ad suggests uses: firepit, crafts.
The Craigslist ad suggests uses: firepit, crafts.

Thinking I could save us a trip I posted it on Craigslist.

The toymaker gave us our pick of handmade wooden toys.
The toymaker gave us our pick of handmade wooden toys.

Believe it or not, a toymaker saw the ad and came over to get it.

The pile is dwindling.
The toymaker said he would go through a truckload of wood in a month.

He only wanted solid wood but he took a pick-up truckload of it.

The pile is messed up but dwindling.
The pile is messed up but dwindling.

We’ve heard from another person who is coming today to pick up the rest of the pile.

Do you take risks?

Facilitate

I like to have get-togethers at our home.

A party can be simple or elegant.
A party can be simple or elegant.

But sometimes actually entertaining at home is not possible.

Lurman Woodland Theatre has free concerts on Saturday and Sunday nights in summer.
Lurman Woodland Theatre has free concerts on Saturday and Sunday nights in summer.

In our area there is an abundance of free music and free films.

Last night 6 of us visited a church (not ours) to watch God's Not Dead 2.
Last night 6 of us visited a church (not ours) to watch God’s Not Dead 2.

When I find something that really interests me I email a group of friends and tell them I’ll be there. I don’t judge the interest I just make the invitation; I facilitate.

Texting is an easy way to hook up.
Texting is an easy way to hook up.

I’m sure to add my cell number to the email with the instruction to text or call when they arrive at the venue, especially if it is a big venue like the parade grounds at our local Army base.

This cannon actually fires.
This cannon actually fires.

If it’s something I have done previously I add any details that might sway someone who is on the fence. For instance the U.S. Army Field Band is performing the 1812 Overture with real canons.  I’ve heard it before and it’s fabulous.  I reminded everyone to bring their own lawn chair.

Bug spray is de rigeur in Maryland in summer.

I encourage you to do some research and contact your social circle for a fun and different and free event.  Provide as much or as little as you like. Don’t for get the bug spray.

What event can you facilitate for your friends?

Craigslist Challenge is Encouraging

I challenged myself to get busy getting rid of things I’ve stashed but have no intention of keeping. I’ve had some success recently which is encouraging me to list even more items.

18-inch lighting fixture.
18-inch lighting fixture.

NO. 1: Light fixture that we bought for the conservatory bathroom so we could pass inspection.  We had no intention of keeping it and have replaced it with this.  Sold for $5.

Our son was a ferocious skater but turned out to be a better swimmer.
Our son was a ferocious skater but turned out to be a better swimmer.

NO. 2:  Men’s hockey skates.

2-drawer file cabinet.
2-drawer file cabinet.

NO. 3: A small 2-drawer file cabinet. Sold for $10.

A 3-tier table in a fun color with a shell painted on top.
A 3-tier table in a fun color with a shell painted on top.

NO. 4: The 3-shelf table fits easily into a corner. It’s very sturdy. Gave this little table to our son.

We were hoping to find a place for the large corner cabinet in the middle of the photo.
We were hoping to find a place for the large corner cabinet in the middle of the photo.

NO. 5:  We gave away most of our old kitchen cabinets but have a large corner cabinet remaining. Until we had a new layout for the Cottage we weren’t sure if we could use it or not.  Now we know.

There are 1 full sheet and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation.
There are 1 full sheet and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation.

NO. 6: After all the projects that required drywall were finished we decided to get rid of these final pieces. Drywall given to someone with a small project.

I may be able to clean this up a little to make it more desirable.
I may be able to clean this up a little to make it more desirable.

NO. 7:  Double-light brass lamp

The handle on the tankard looks like a wolf or a fox to me.
The handle on the tankard looks like a wolf or a fox to me.

NO. 8:  Pewter tankard lamp Sold for $5.

Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.
Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.

NO. 9:  Hand-made afghans

EMC (Electronic Music Corp.) Libra amplifier
EMC (Electronic Music Corp.) Libra amplifier

NO. 10:  Amplifier/mixer

With 4 items sold I’ve also listed:

a saddle

a dining room table

a batting helmet

oak rounds for firewood.

Do you have a last ditch summer vacation planned?

Challenge: List Ten Items on Craigslist

I’m challenging myself to get busy getting rid of things I’ve stashed but have no intention of keeping.

18-inch lighting fixture.
18-inch lighting fixture.

NO. 1: Light fixture that we bought for the conservatory bathroom so we could pass inspection.  We had no intention of keeping it and have replaced it with this.

Our son was a ferocious skater but turned out to be a better swimmer.
Our son was a ferocious skater but turned out to be a better swimmer.

NO. 2:  Men’s hockey skates.

2-drawer file cabinet.
2-drawer file cabinet.

NO. 3: A small 2-drawer file cabinet.

A 3-tier table in a fun color with a shell painted on top.
A 3-tier table in a fun color with a shell painted on top.

NO. 4: The 3-shelf table fits easily into a corner. It’s very sturdy.

We were hoping to find a place for the large corner cabinet in the middle of the photo.
We were hoping to find a place for the large corner cabinet in the middle of the photo.

NO. 5:  We gave away most of our old kitchen cabinets but have a large corner cabinet remaining. Until we had a new layout for the Cottage we weren’t sure if we could use it or not.  Now we know.

There are 1 full sheet and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation.
There are 1 full sheet and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation.

NO. 6: After all the projects that required drywall were finished we decided to get rid of these final pieces.

I may be able to clean this up a little to make it more desirable.
I may be able to clean this up a little to make it more desirable.

NO. 7:  Double-light brass lamp

The handle on the tankard looks like a wolf or a fox to me.
The handle on the tankard looks like a wolf or a fox to me.

NO. 8:  Pewter tankard lamp

Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.
Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.

NO. 9:  Hand-made afghans

EMC (Electronic Music Corp.) Libra amplifier
EMC (Electronic Music Corp.) Libra amplifier

NO. 10:  Amplifier/mixer

What is the one item that seems to accumulate in your house? (We got lamps!)