Ever Since the Floor

The floor in the master bedroom addition was installed last year.

The floor in the master bedroom (left) is lower than the new floor in the hall.

Since then the new door to the master suite has rubbed along the floor.

The floor is scraped near the door jamb.

It has even caused a subtle scape on the floor near the hinge side of the door.

The hinge was taking a lot of pressure as the door was hung up on the floor.

The real problem is that the hinges were getting a workout each time the door got held up on the floor.  I was concerned that the hinges would pull loose from the door or jamb.

The bottom of the door is wood and easily trimmed.

Charlie took the door down and planed some of the wood off the bottom.

The Surform can be used to plane the bottom of the doors.

He used our large Surform.

The door on the left is working great now.

Now the door closes easily and no longer marks the floor.

Do you sleep with your bedroom door closed?

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Prettying the Porch

Over the past few months while we’ve been working on projects the side porch had become cluttered with all sorts of home improvement paraphernalia.

The side porch was a cluttered mess.

The porch was loaded with stuff: paint, tools, furniture, papers, rags . . . get the picture.

We don’t have time to decorate the porch, just clean it.

When I arrived home yesterday evening the porch was bare.

All this clutter must be put away or thrown away.

The driveway was a shambles.

I was surprised that the polar bear mat was more turquoise than blue.

Charlie had removed everything and washed down the porch. And I had received my new polar bear door mat so I gave it a try.

It’s a relief to have the porch cleaned up.

I decided to save the new mat until I clean the front porch and put the twin mat out there.

What spot in your house is needy?

The Sleigh Bed: Before and After

We finally have the sleigh bed in place.

Bed
Just after we cut down the footboard.
BedPaintMaster
The painted bed frame looks new.

It was quite a bear.

A glance in from the second floor deck.

I’ll take some more photos when the bedroom is more straightened up since we still have a few building projects in there.

The bed before the sleigh bedframe was ready.
The sleigh bed is installed.

Here are a few befores and afters.

The Paris photo should be raised a bit.

I think I should move the Paris photo up a little so the blue areas above and below are approximately equal.

A winter bed before the bedframe.
The bedroom feels more finished with an actual BED!

It won’t belong before our summer linens are exchanged for the winter ones.

Do you have a good sleeping pattern?

Clearing the Weeds

Charlie’s been working diligently on the landscaping at the front of the house.

The berm along the road was covered with weeds.

On a slightly rainy day he decided to pull the long weeds and golden rod that grow in fall.

A clean slate helps with planning.

Now I might have to think about a ground cover or other plants along the road.

The stump is rotting away and might be disguised with some blue juniper carpet.

We have no sidewalk.

The bright green false cypress will grow to about 3 feet tall and eventually grow together.

Some of our newly planted shrubs are taking well.

Do you have a favorite shrub? Groundcover?

Master List: Fall, 2017

You can read about the Master List we’ve been working on for the past couple of years and our progress here. In 2015 I decluttered the list itself.  And now I’ve removed anything that has been accomplished before 2015, retaining things that still need work, and adding projects that require finishing or are just plain FUN. (Our room by room to-do list is here.)

When I recently looked at this list I realized we were making progress in spite of ourselves.

Projects to Do:

  • 1. Paint green vanity

    The dressing table is still green.
    The dressing table is still green.
  • √2.  Pump up curb appeal with landscaping upgrades
    This total lack of landscaping needs to be graded, seeded, and planted.
    Last year.

    We’ve added shutters and some immature foundation plants.
  • √3. Make a cushion for the piano bench.
    Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench. Something better is needed.
    Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench. Something better is needed.

    Charlie received this piano bench cushion last year for Christmas.
  • 4. Move former back door to laundry
    Former back door now in storage.
    Former back door now in storage.

    This solid wood door with 4 lights should fit in the laundry room doorway.
  • 5.  Clean closet in Treetops room

    The Treetops Room.
    The Treetops Room.
  • √6. Clean and paint side porch door.

    The side porch is painted with the new house color, new door color, and bright white trim.
    The side porch is painted with the new house color, new door color, and bright white trim.
  • √7. Paint master bedroom door.
    One of the master bedroom doors.
    Unpainted door

    The doors are painted.
  • √8. Strip and repaint front door.

    Front porch door
    Front porch door
  • 9. Scrape, sand and paint back bedroom door. Repair jamb.
  • 10. Lighting for walk-in closet
  • √11. Clean floor in cottage
  • 12. Paint trim in pink bedroom

    The trim and this closet door need a fresh coat of white.
    The trim and this closet door need a fresh coat of white.
  • 13. Refinish floor in laundry and cottage
  • 14. Replace trim in laundry
  • 15. Finish closet in laundry

    The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.
    The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.
  • √16. Lighting for master bath
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.

    The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.
    The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.
  • √17. Vanity and sink for master bath (choose style).
    The vanity is in place and in use.
    The vanity is in place and in use.

    The master bathroom is finished.
  • 18. Refinish my tall dresser

    My chest of drawers which belonged to my grandmother needs a surface treatment.
    My chest of drawers which belonged to my grandmother needs a surface treatment.
  • 19. Check interior shutters for size
  • 20. Think about bedroom curtains
  • 21. Make living room curtains

    Working on it.
    Working on it.
  • √22. Paint bedroom

    The bedroom walls are blue: Virtuoso.
    The bedroom walls are blue: Virtuoso.
  • √23. Paint new closet

    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.
    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.
  • √24. Think about dining room décor

    The dining room proper is finished. A few sewing projects remain.
    The dining room proper is finished. A few sewing projects remain.
  • 25. Finish cushions in DR

    One cushion remains to be sewn.
    One cushion remains to be sewn.
  • 26. Paint all the trim in the house

    Tons of trim needs to be painted.
    Tons of trim needs to be painted.
  • √27. Paint wood trim on exterior of house
    Charlie started painting on the rear eaves. Upper left.
    Charlie started painting on the rear eaves. Upper left.

    Painted!
  • 28. Paint dining room table and chairs to use in the kitchen or Craigslist current set and buy something more size appropriate (Go to Red Hen’s blog for great inspiration)
    Sold.
    Sold.

    We’re using a smaller table.
  • √29. Check out overstock.com, Lumber Liquidator, and wood place for flooring

    All the floors are installed.
  • √30. Pick tile for bathroom
    Conservatory bathroom tall is installed.
    Conservatory bathroom tall is installed.

    The conservatory bathroom is now fully tiled.
  • √31. Get rid of rubble pile
    The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.
    The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.

    The rubble pile is history.
  • √32. Decide where every lamp goes

    Limoges lamps - for the bedroom?
    Limoges lamps – for the bedroom?
  • 33. Consider terrace or deck
  • √34. Decide where mirrors go

    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie's sink.
    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie’s sink.
  • 35. Decide where art work goes

    Lots of original art in the living room.
    Lots of original art in the living room.
  • 36. Get rid of art that does not suit
  • √37. Paint hallway

    The upstairs hall is painted "Moonshine".
    The upstairs hall is painted “Moonshine”.
  • √38. Paint stair risers

    Painted stair risers.
  • 39. Paint design on stair walls
  • 40. Hang photo gallery in upstairs hall
  • 41. Put shelves in pink room and paint stunning color at back of shelves
  • 42. Clean basement and add utility shelves under the steps.
  • 43. Design garden plan for back of yard behind the cottage.
  • 44. Open an Etsy shop.
  • √45. Paint house exterior

    Sandy Hook Gray
    Sandy Hook Gray
  • √46. Paint exterior shutters
    Shutters on the house are Duron's "Thunder Grey"
    Shutters on the house are Duron’s “Thunder Grey”

    The shutters are finished.

I’m going to clean up the list for 2018 soon.

Do you plant grass in spring or fall?

I Pruned the Mystery Plant

We established yesterday that the plant in my front yard is an Upright Japanese Plum Yew  (Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’).

 

This plant is a slow grower.

Unfortunately over the past 20 years it has become weedy looking.

Ultimately all branches seem to grow in a vertical direction.

So last evening I decided to prune it. My online research said it could be pruned at any time of the year.

I tried not to get carried away with thinning and clipping.

I cut about one-third of the plant away. I used a technique of both cutting branches which were growing sideways at the base and topping a few of the longer stems.

The plant is tamer now but still not too attractive.

I’m hoping the yew will fill in at the bottom now that it has been thinned and light can get in.

The wheelbarrow is full of trimmings.

Perhaps when we finish the landscaping it will fit in better.

Do you have a method for rotting out tree stumps?

To Shutter or Not?

The living room window on the east side of the house originally had a shutter on it.

The east side of the house looked like this before the renovation.

Then we built an addition, the conservatory and bathroom, that almost touches the window frame.

The conservatory fits up against the first floor window now.

The question now is should we put the shutter back on the window?

The space on the right side of the window is limited.

And what do we do with the right side of the window where there is no longer room for a shutter?

Correct placement for shutters in tight spaces.

The OldHouseGuy.com/shutters recommends this approach so we’ll definitely be hanging both sides of this shutter set.

How do you decide on debatable décor placement?