Project Completions from 2016

I always have lists of projects both written and stored in my brain. (101 in 1001, Clean Sweep, Master List.)

The Cottage interior last June.
The Cottage interior last June.

Every so often we actually finish something. Sometimes it’s something we didn’t even hope to accomplish.

The brown sewing machine in the foreground belongs to me and will eventually come back in my house.
The Cottage sees regular improvements now.

The biggest change last year was The Cottage.  It went from a storage bin to permanent living quarters. We had hoped to sort it out but never expected to make such progress.

The shower glass provides a lot of reflection in the master bathroom.
The shower glass provides a lot of reflection in the master bathroom.

Early in the year we had shower glass installed in both the master bathroom and the conservatory bathroom.

Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.
Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.

Both showers are curbless.

We upgraded our mailbox.
We upgraded our mailbox.

We also switched out our rural mailbox with a totally upgraded version that was a gift from my sister.

All the floors are installed.
All the floors are installed.

While we were on a trip to the Grand Canyon, our son oversaw the installation of red oak floors in the last two unfloored sections of the house: the master suite hallway and the conservatory.

The rustic vanity.
The rustic vanity.

Charlie and I actually worked together to finish the rustic vanity in the conservatory bathroom.

We also made shelves in the conservatory bathroom.
We also made shelves in the conservatory bathroom.

We even built rustic shelves to cover an access alcove behind the shower. We were on a roll.

The conservatory bathroom door was painted "Secret" by Benjamin Moore.
The conservatory bathroom door was painted “Secret” by Benjamin Moore.

My last project of the year was to paint the interior doors grey. (Door 1, Door 2, Doors 3 and 4.) I painted them solo and am very happy with the change.

What’s your number one project planned for 2017?

When in Doubt, Paint It white

One of the pieces of necessary-for-storage furniture in the Cottage is a 2-drawer file cabinet.

The little brown file cabinet no longer goes with the Cottage décor.
The little brown file cabinet no longer goes with the Cottage décor.

I showed my friend my transformation of a similar one that I had refinished.

New paint and new pulls.
New paint and new pulls.

And she transformed hers.

Are you planning any furniture transformations?

Mini Kitchen in the Cottage

The mini-kitchen in Glade Cottage is totally functional.

The Cottage kitchen set-up is behind the living room.
The Cottage kitchen set-up is behind the living room.

My friend and new tenant moved in on October 29th just in time for Halloween.

The Cottage corner that became the Cottage kitchen.
The Cottage corner that became the Cottage kitchen.

We started with open wall space on the back side of the bathroom wall. A drainage pipe had been previously installed a dozen years ago (behind the blue chair above).

The sink and counter in place.
The sink and counter in place.

I already had a mini-fridge for the kitchen.

One cabinet supports the countertop. and sink both from Ikea.
One cabinet supports the countertop. and sink both from Ikea.

First we added an Ikea counter and sink.

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A microwave and toaster oven are perfect for one-cook-one-diner eating.

Then my friend brought her kitchen cart with a new microwave/convection oven she had been gifted by her sister-in-law.

Upper cabinets over the sink and counter.
Upper cabinets over the sink and counter.

We added upper cabinets.

Base cabinets were custom made from the old cabinet doors from our now demolished kitchen in the house.
Base cabinets were custom made from the old cabinet doors from our now demolished kitchen in the house.

Base cabinets.

Left to right: Dryer, washer, refrigerator, water heater closet.
Left to right: Dryer, washer, refrigerator, water heater closet.

And a larger refrigerator/freezer back in the laundry area.

We tinted the lower cabinet paint at home to coordinate with the upper cabinets.
We tinted the lower cabinet paint at home to coordinate with the upper cabinets.

The tenant carefully primed and painted the lower cabinets.

The small coffee pot is set on a timer to brew early in the morning.
The small coffee pot is set on a timer to brew early in the morning.

After painting the base cabinets, a white enamel towel bar (also from Ikea) is hanging on the side of those cabinets. I also provided a small stainless steel shelf from Ikea that I had hoped to use somewhere.  It’s now a coffee station (over the toaster oven).

A kitchen where there wasn't one.
The final improvement is stainless steel knobs and handles for the cabinet doors.

Notice the induction heater burner near the window.  It works well as a cooktop.

The kitchen is in a space behind the sofa.
The kitchen is in a space behind the sofa.

I’m sure there will be a couple more improvements upcoming. Can you guess?

What’s your “must have” in the kitchen?

Old Knob Spray Paint Project

I have been waiting for a warmish day (above 50 degrees) to spray paint an old doorknob.

The powder room door is also going grey.
The powder room door can be seen from the mudroom.

The end of December and the temperature is 63 degrees — spray paint time.

The old brass knob for the bathroom door is worn beyond repair and not in a charming way.
The old brass knob for the bathroom door is worn beyond repair and not in a charming way.

I stuck the knobs balanced on long screws through cardboard so they would stand up.

I gave the knobs and backplates 2 quick coats of spray paint.
I gave the knobs and backplates 2 quick coats of spray paint.

I took two partial cans of paint outside with me and started spraying. I meant to use “metallic charcoal” but accidentally started with “hammered” paint.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color.
Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color.

As soon as I noticed I switched to the metallic charcoal.

The lock on the powder room door is old fashioned and takes both a plate and knob on both sides to complete the latch.
The lock on the powder room door is old fashioned and takes both a plate and knob on both sides to complete the latch.

The powder room door had recently been painted grey (Secret).

The paint almost looks like enamel.
The paint almost looks like enamel.

The hammered texture of the first coat is just visible on the finished knob.

The closet has been removed to allow direct access from the front to the back of the house.
This part of the house has had major changes in the past 3 years the least of which is painting the door.

The charcoal knob looks good with the grey paint.

The powder room, AKA bibliotheque, door is also going grey.
The powder room, AKA bibliotheque, door before the renovation which removed the louvered-door closet and opened a doorway to the back of the house.
This part of the house has had major changes in the past 3 years the least of which is painting the door.
The closet has been removed to allow direct access from the front to the back of the house.

The top photo is the dead-end hallway before the renovation.  The shallow closet is now removed and an opening allows access directly to the mudroom, side door, and kitchen. (See the first photo in this post.)

Early sun gives the knob a burnished appearance.
Early sun gives the knob a burnished appearance.

The newly painted knob in the morning sun.

Do you enjoy looking back over changes?

Before and After Painted Doors

I finished painting the doors on the first floor. The color is Benjamin Moore’s “Secret”.

I only had to paint one side and the edges of the basement door.
I only had to paint one side and the edges of the basement door.

Some I painted while they were still hanging.

The powder room door blocked the mudroom hall all day while I painted 2 coats on both sides.
The powder room door blocked the mudroom hall all day while I painted 2 coats on both sides.

I took the powder room door down and painted it on the floor.

The old brass knob for the bathroom door is worn beyond repair and not in a charming way.
The old brass knob for the bathroom door is worn beyond repair and not in a charming way.

This was one of the original doors to the house so I removed the doorknob with the intention of painting it “charcoal metallic“. I’m hoping to do that today since the temperature is supposed to go above 60 degrees.

Before and after -- powder room door
Before and after — powder room door

Powder room door in the front hall.

Basement door before and after
Basement door before and after

Basement door in the kitchen hall before and after.

What are you painting?

Another Painted Door

There are 3 interior doors on the ground floor of The Glade.

The powder room door is also going grey.
The powder room door is also going grey sometime soon.

Eventually I would like them all to be the same color.

The conservatory bathroom door is 36-inches wide.
The conservatory bathroom door is 36-inches wide.

I started with the largest one, the 3-foot wide conservatory bathroom door.

The door is painted.
The door is painted.

It is now painted “Secret” front .  .  .

The bathroom side of the door.
The bathroom side of the door.

and back.

The bathroom is behind the grey door.
The bathroom is behind the grey door.

The closet doors will be a similar color but instead of painting I’m planning to stain them along with the other wood closet doors. That’s an outside job I’m saving for spring.

I've had this cute frog on a leaf for decades and I'll finally have a door for him to knock on.
I’ve had this cute frog on a leaf for decades and I finally have a door for him to knock on.

Now I have a place for a special door knocker.

What color are your doors? Do they need cleaning or painting?

 

Plan: Paint 1 Door

Though my plan was to paint the door to the master bathroom I ended up partially painting 2 more.

I removed the door from its hinges because I prefer to paint doors horizontally.
I removed the door from its hinges because I prefer to paint doors horizontally.

I put my future closet to good use as a painting studio by laying down a drop cloth and dragging in 2 sawhorses.

I'm using a Benjamin Moore color: Secret.
I’m using a Benjamin Moore color: Secret.

I used a 4-inch brush and a foam roller to apply the paint. I stroked it on with the brush and smoothed it with the roller.  I also have a detail brush to work around the hinges and knob (which I loosened to simplify the painting).

I always seem to begin in the middle.
I always seem to begin in the middle.

I don’t enjoy painting doors because both sides must be painted.  While one side was drying I started painting the other bedroom door and the door to the conservatory bathroom.

The door color is similar to the color on the bottom of the linen closet which I custom mixed but a little cooler.
The door color is similar to the color on the bottom of the linen closet which I custom mixed but a little cooler.

The doors take 2 coats of paint on each side.

Before
Before
After
After

Now the door(s) look finished.

The hallway in the master bedroom leads to the bathroom.
The hallway in the master bedroom leads to the bathroom.

The master suite hallway has a lot of details still needing attention:

  •  Hang robe hook on the back of the bathroom door.
  •  Install baseboard.
  • Install a doorstop.
  • Stain the closet doors.

How’s your painting coming along?  Does something need a fresh coat?