Another Mirror Change-up

We’ve been using this small (too small) mirror in the conservatory bathroom until 1) the tile backsplash is in and 2) I can find a more appropriate size.

The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.
The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.

Most bathroom mirrors start at 21 inches which is just too large so I’ve been searching for something vintage or rustic or both.

This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.
This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.

The  present mirror hangs too low and is too small for Charlie to get a good look at himself. He mentions it frequently.

The approximately 12" by 18" mirror was free.
The approximately 12″ by 18″ mirror was free.

I found a small rustic mirror on the “FREE” table at church which I still thought was too small but which I thought Charlie would like better.

Tiny knobs -- less than half an inch in diameter.
Tiny knobs — less than half an inch in diameter.

I removed the hooks because they didn’t make sense hanging over the sink and they were cheap looking.

The tiny knobs hid the holes where the hooks had been.
The tiny knobs hid the holes where the hooks had been.

I found in my stash some small knobs that would cover the 3 holes left from the hooks.

The mirror is not very heavy so a small hanger is enough to hold it onto the wall. I could have used the hanger holes left and right but decided not to.
The mirror is not very heavy so a small hanger is enough to hold it onto the wall. I could have used the hanger holes left and right but decided not to.

I tacked a central hanger on the back so I could use the same nail as the first mirror.

Too bad this mirror is a little longer.
Too bad this mirror is a little longer.

Charlie still can’t see himself unless he steps closer to the mirror.

Before
Before
A little change made a big improvement in the look of the mirror.
After — a little change made a big improvement in the look of the mirror.

And I’m still looking for a better mirror.

Do you try to make “freebies” work?

Mower Bargaining

For the past couple of days I’ve been looking for a ride-on mower.

This small Honda mower was for sale in a local front yard.
This small Honda mower was for sale in a local front yard.

I put out the word to a couple friends a couple of days ago that I was in the market for a used mower in the under $500 range. Early yesterday morning while walking her dog my friend saw a Honda ride-on mower.

The mower has a double bagger.
The mower has a double bagger.

After receiving texts with photos of the mower and the seller’s phone number, Charlie called and found the price was $600 or best offer. The mower has a double bagging system which should work great for our leaved in autumn.

Similar, almost-new mowers were offered on Craigslist.
Similar, almost-new mowers were offered on Craigslist.

I did a little research and realized the mower was probably worth half of the quoted price.

We drove over to see it and while we didn’t want to offend the nice man who was selling the mower, Charlie offered $300.

We said our top price is $350. The owner said he couldn’t go below $450 so we thanked him and went home.

Later Charlie got a phone call and the owner said he would take $350. We stopped at the bank to get cash and returned to pick up the mower.

I followed Charlie down the street in my car with my flashers on.
I followed Charlie down the street in my car with my flashers on.

Charlie drove it about 10 blocks down to our friend’s storage shed.

The collection hose has an easy clog clearing mechanism.
The collection hose has an easy clog clearing mechanism.

It will rest there until we can convince her brother to drive it to our house in his truck.

We're storing the mower next to our friend's John Deere for a few days.
We’re storing the mower next to our friend’s John Deere for a few days.

I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the mower because our grass is getting long.

Who mows at your house?

Checking Off the Saturday List

Last week I had a little list of projects which I had either started or finished. I planted sunflowers last weekend. We also started fixing our folding garden chairs.

Nine fully functional French garden chairs.
Nine fully functional French garden chairs.

Yesterday was hot and steamy but we finished fixing all 9 French garden chairs whose explanation is here and here. I had enough lumber to make 3 additional slats for future repairs. Or if we find chair number 10.

The wallboard leaning on the front wall of The Cottage has been cleared away.
The wallboard leaning on the front wall of The Cottage has been cleared away.

A shop (industrial arts I think they call it now) teacher came to pick up the wallboard fragments left over from our renovation project because her students are building an indoor shed and are learning to work with drywall. This is not the first teacher who has picked up supplies for student use.  Teachers are dedicated.

Hopefully the webbing will give a supportive but comfortable chair seat.
Hopefully the webbing will give a supportive but comfortable chair seat.

I started repairing the dining room chairs by weaving webbing on the top of the seat frame.  Then I had to Google the next steps which I found here.

Mice had made their home in the vanity's drawers.
Mice had made their home in the vanity’s drawers.
The Cottage bathroom floor and the tub also are getting clean.
The Cottage bathroom floor and the tub also are getting clean.

And wonder of wonders, Charlie started to clean The Cottage bathroom.

Have you finished a long-standing project? Or ridded yourself of some major clutter?

Fixing the French Garden Chairs – Part Two

Yesterday’s post described the deconstruction necessary before making the repairs to the French Garden chairs.

The chair slats break when they get rotten.
The chair slats break when they get rotten.

Using primed pine mullions I scribed the length onto the onto the new piece matching the slats on the original chairs.

Newly cut slat.
Newly cut slat.

I cut the slats to length with a power miter saw and also trimmed the corners by adjusting the saw to 45 degrees.

In the end I held the sander stationery and rotated the end of the slat against the rotating disc.
In the end I held the sander stationery and rotated the end of the slat against the rotating disc.

I sanded the sharp edges off the corners with a radial hand sander.  (I tried using a Dremel tool which was both inefficient and spotty.)

Instead of re-riveting the slats, we used nuts and bolts.
Instead of re-riveting the slats, we used nuts and bolts.

Using one of the broken slats as a guide I marked the screw holes and drilled them so the bolt would be a tight fit. Charlie screwed in the bolts (from our supply) and secured them with nuts on the underside.

The chairs feel very secure.
The chairs feel very secure.

We fixed 6 entire chairs. In order to finish the final 3 we need a trip to Home Depot for more lumber supplies.

Any difference in material should be equalized with paint.
Any difference in material should be equalized with paint.

When all the chairs are repaired I’m planning to give them a fresh coat of paint with our pneumatic paint sprayer.

Did you have a productive weekend?

Fixing the French Garden Chairs – Part One

I have had 10 9 French garden chairs for over thirty years.

These chairs stack easily.
These chairs stack easily.

I bought them at Pier One on sale for $10 each.

The chair slats break when they get rotten.
The chair slats break when they get rotten.

Over the years the slats of the chair seats have broken or become detached.

The mullion was the same size as my slat and the edges were rounded.
Primed pine mullion was the same size as my slat and the edges were rounded.

I assumed someone would be selling replacement slats because these chairs are so popular. Not being able to find the slats I looked for a synonym of “slat” and “lath” came up. It seemed primed pine mullion would work.  Although it is not curved like the slats on the original chairs the thickness and width were similar.

The rivets could not just be knocked off with a hammer.
The rivets could not just be knocked off with a hammer.

I worked the broken slat off a chair.  They were riveted on.  I knew the replacement would need to be fastened with nuts and bolts.

Dremel tips: don't push, let the tool do the work.
Dremel tips: don’t push, let the tool do the work.

Charlie used a cut off wheel on a Dremel tool to cut through the rivet.

A metal punch hit with a hammer drove the rivet out of the hole.
A metal punch hit with a hammer drove the rivet out of the hole.

He removed the portion that remained in the hole with a punch and hammer.

This chair is missing 4 slats.
This chair is missing 4 slats.

Some of the chairs had more broken slats than others.

I have a feeling putting these back together will have a learning curve.
I have a feeling putting these back together will have a learning curve.

Next tasks: cut the slats, drill holes, attach slats.

Happy Memorial Day!

Have you stumbled across a good bargain recently?

More Craigslisting

I got rid of some large construction clutter  yesterday by listing it on Craigslist.

These partial pieces of drywall will easily fit in almost any vehicle.
These partial pieces of drywall will easily fit in almost any vehicle.

We were left with partial sheets of wallboard which I described in a separate ad.

When the bit of drywall are gone from against the front wall of the Cottage it will be easier to get things in and out.
When the bits of drywall are gone from against the front wall of the Cottage it will be easier to move things in and out.

We received a number of responses which will effectually clear out the chards of drywall in the cottage.

There are two each of the round shades and only one of the squarish one on the top right.
There are two each of the round shades and only one of the squarish one on the top right.

I also listed 7 large lampshades which I have replaced with different shapes on the lamps in the house.  Lamp shades, due to their size and shape, are difficult to store.

These cone-shaped shades would be easy to update.
These cone-shaped shades would be easy to update.

These, too, are highly sought after.

I've done a lot of work at this table over the years.
I’ve done a lot of work at this table over the years.

I want to figure out something to do with my drafting table that I’ve had since college.  Maybe it will stay in the Cottage and maybe move back over to the house. The table needs a good cleaning.

The cement exterior wall shingles don't take up much room but are very heavy.
The cement exterior wall shingles don’t take up much room but are very heavy.

And Charlie is going to move the extra wall shingles and roof shingles to a spot in the crawl space under the house.

The water heater in The Cottage needs to be replaced.
The water heater in The Cottage needs to be replaced.

I’m getting closer the ability to have a plumber come out to replace the hot water heater and repair the propane heater and any other little plumbing jobs that are beyond our ability.

A pile of roof shingles also is going under the house in the crawl space.
A pile of roof shingles also is going under the house in the crawl space.

In addition to the above items the Cottage also houses:

  • the interior wood trim for the house,
  • our large power tools,
  • paints and supplies,
  • old doors removed from various doorways in the house,
  • and some odd furniture.

I’m working on it.

Does your clutter spot get overwhelming?

Starting the Cottage Clear-out

Yesterday afternoon I listed our leftover blueboard drywall on Craigslist for free.

I advertised the blueboard first and got rid of all the shorts.
I advertised the blueboard first and got rid of all the shorts.

By the end of the day I had 5 8 responses eager to come and pick it up.

This pile of drywall has been whittled down.
This pile of drywall has been whittled down.

Charlie called the first respondent and she came with a Mazda SUV.

Both the inside and outside were packed with drywall.
Both the inside and outside were packed with drywall.

Charlie helped her load up as much drywall as her vehicle could carry.

The drywall supply has been reduced and we found some more books to be donated with the Book Swap books.
The drywall supply has been reduced and we found some more books to be donated with the Book Swap books.

Bonus for me is that some of the heavy stuff is cleared out of the Cottage.

Before
Before
After
After

I was concerned that when I went to clean up over there I wouldn’t be able to move the clutter due to its weight and unwieldiness.

What are you clearing up?