You can read about the
Master List we’ve been working on for the past couple of years and our progress here. Last year 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.) Unfortunately we haven’t made much progress on this list.
Projects to Do:
I 1. Paint green vanity
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. 3. Make a cushion for the piano bench.
Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench. Something better is needed. 4. Move former back door to laundry
Former back door now in storage. 5. Clean closet in 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. 7. Paint master bedroom door.
One of the master bedroom doors.
√8. Strip and repaint front 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. 13. Refinish floor in laundry
and cottage 14. Replace trim in laundry
Finish closet in laundry
The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.
Lighting for master bath
Master bathroom vanity pendants. The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.
Vanity and sink for master bath (choose style). The vanity is in place and in use. 18. Refinish my tall dresser
My chest of drawers which belonged to my grandmother needs a surface treatment. 19. Check interior shutters for size
20. Think about bedroom curtains
living room curtains
Working on it.
Paint bedroom The bedroom walls are blue: Virtuoso.
Paint new closet With the ceilings finished, walls are next.
√24. Think about dining room décor
The dining room proper is finished. A few sewing projects remain. 25. Finish cushions in DR
One cushion remains to be sewn. 26. Paint all the trim in the house
Tons of trim needs to be painted. 27. Paint wood trim on exterior of house
Charlie started painting on the rear eaves. Upper left. 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.
√29. Check out overstock.com, Lumber Liquidator, and wood place for flooring
All the floors are installed.
Pick tile for bathroom Conservatory bathroom tall is installed.
Get rid of rubble pile The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.
√32. Decide where every lamp goes
Limoges lamps – for the bedroom? 33. Consider terrace or deck
Decide where mirrors go This antique mirror would look great over Charlie’s sink. 35.
Decide where art work goes
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”.
√38. Paint stair risers
A small job that makes a big difference — 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.
Paint house exterior Sandy Hook Gray 46. Paint exterior shutters
Shutters on the house are Duron’s “Thunder Grey”
I’m going to clean up the list for 2017.
Thanks to all who serve to maintain our freedom. I salute you.
What are you trying to finish in this calendar year?
A week ago we bravely started to
trim the conservatory bathroom with salvaged lumber.
We finished the top section first then planned the shelf underneath.
This past weekend we put the finishing touches on the bottom shelf of the vanity.
The lumber for the shelf under the sink will was made narrower to better cover the area.
Charlie ripped a 43-inch long piece of our vintage lumber to face the 2 by 4 framing.
Before we ripped the boards Charlie sanded the dirt off leaving the rustic nature of the boards.
Additionally he ripped in half additional 1 by 8s to form the shelf.
The boards on the shelves are easily removed to access the plumbing.
After making a two notches for the supply lines we simply laid the boards on the framing.
This shelf provides some nice storage.
The vanity is finished.
Next we’ll turn our attention across the room.
With little time to spare.
The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
Next project: shelves for the access space behind the shower.
What project are you trying to finish before the end of the year?
. . . we have our
Party with a Purpose at The Glade. We’re expecting 25 people or so.
Since we’ve been taking our clutter out of the Cottage so our new tenant can move in, the house now has items that we had been stashing out there.
This year trim lumber was moved from the Cottage to the living room to the Cottage and back to the living room.
For instance the baseboard trim and bits of other trim were redeposited onto the living room floor.
Second floor hallway.
After finishing up the downstairs baseboard Charlie moved the remaining 16-foot 1 by 4s, shoe molding, and ogee to the second floor hallway.
The master bedroom deck in on the left in the photo above.
The master deck. Note the slanted roof on the center rear of the photo.
We couldn’t take it up the interior steps because the turns are too tight so he hoisted it up to the master bedroom deck,
Charlie moved the wood onto the small slanted roof and through the window on the right. YIKES!
then took it in through the window of the back bedroom.
Turning right at the top of the steps is no longer possible.
The second floor hallway is no longer passable and the middle bedroom is blocked totally.
Moving lumber and finding a new place for it is a chore.
The good news is that living room is set up ready for a party,
The loveseats are back in place facing each other.
the conservatory is close,
The dining room is in view behind the conservatory love seat.
and so is the dining room.
What room in your house is ready for company?
Piece by piece the Cottage is being furnished.
The sofa shares the living area with an old piece of furniture and a large television..
In the living room area is an
Ikea sofa with a chaise attachment.
The rug pulls together the whole room.
The chaise feature is moveable so we switched it to the other side of the sofa. Further delineating the living room space is the
southwestern-style rug featuring the color scheme: aqua, cranberry, and greige.
A ruby red vintage stepstool fits in the corner of the mini kitchen.
Once we got going with the palette, little pops of cranberry gave dimension to the space. The little stepstool is an heirloom from the tenant’s family.
I still have some clutter to get rid of but sitting on the sofa and looking out the picture window is lovely.
I have been using the Cottage for storage and we still have more to move out. However there’s been a lot of progress in the past 6 months.
The picture window.
Sitting on the sofa the window overlooks the garden. Soon we’ll also diminish the
chip pile so the scenery will be even better.
Using old pieces and new pieces allow style to develop. We’re not too eager to replace old furniture before having a better option but downsizing from a single-family home to a single-person home is a big move.
Do you wait to find just the right piece?
Months ago I bought
white curtains for the living room.
The new curtains are too white white.
I thought they were too white.
While the fabric was in the coffee dye bath it looked like it might be a good color.
I wanted them more the color of the linen shades that were in the windows so I
dyed them with coffee grounds and a small touch of navy dye to tone down the orange/brownish tint. I was going for greige.
The curtain fabric turned out very blue after dying with coffee.
Unfortunately the curtains turned out a baby blue kind of color.
I redyed the curtains without removing the first color.
Since they were hideous I’ve waited to write about it until I redyed the curtains.
Taupe liquid dye from Rit.
This time I used Taupe by Rit dye.
When dying cotton add salt to the dye bath.
I rinsed the pale blue curtains in the washing machine. While they were spinning I filled our 30-inch stainless kitchen sink with 11 gallons of very hot tap water, half a gallon of boiling water, 2 cups of salt, and 2 bottles of taupe dye.
The curtains looked very brown almost immediately.
When I submerged the wet cloth it immediately took on the taupe dye which has a brown tint to it. I was hoping the blue would make the curtains more warm grey than brown.
The curtains are just a little darker than I’d prefer.
The directions called for stirring the dye into the cloth for 30 to 60 minutes. After about 15 minutes I called it quits. The curtains seemed dark enough to me. I rinsed the curtains well in the sink then washed them with a small bit of detergent in the washing machine.
The living room has been decluttered and curtains are hanging at the window.
I dried them slightly in the dryer and ironed them while they were still damp. I was hoping they’d be a little less brown and a little lighter shade. They’re kind of growing on me and I can have curtains up until I finish the lined pairs I’m making from scratch.
Have you ever dyed anything that turned out perfectly?
We removed all the old kitchen cabinets from the main house in 2013.
The old cabinets were stained ocean blue on the bottom and limed on the top.
Before that we had stained the bottom ones blue and limed the uppers with Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain.
Most of our old kitchen cabinets found a new home.
We gave away some of the bottom cabinets but were left with two heavy solid wood doors. (See first photo above.)
One cabinet supports the countertop. another one could enclose the sink.
The Cottage carpenter came yesterday to use these doors on a custom cabinet he built under the sink.
The bottom of the cabinet is a piece of waterproof material.
He framed up the bottom of the cabinet under the sink with 2 by 4s and added a shelf of water resistant material. The walls are made from the Cottage walls and on the left by the other base cabinet.
All the cabinets need knobs or handles.
I’ve encouraged my new tenant to make the place livable but not to finish all the details until she’s lived there for a while.
This mini-kitchen still needs some tweaking.
Perhaps we’ll paint the base cabinets and the old microwave stand.
We can rearrange the furniture now and lay the rugs.
The move-in date is 12 days away.
What is your favorite color to brighten up a space?
When we returned home from our vacation
the floors that had been sanded and polyurethaned were dry and cured.
The floor before finishing.
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.
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.
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 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.
Next we’re going to have
the trim finished.
What is your latest project?