Crown Molding

Yesterday crown molding was installed in the Cottage.

The molding on this side of the Cottage is painted to match the ceiling and so is not highly visible.

The living room side has always has a sort of trim between the ceiling and the walls.

No molding between the ceiling and the wall.

The ceiling on the other side of the main beam was bare.

Crown molding is being applied all around the room.

The carpenter installed white cornice molding all around.

The walls are “Siamese Eyes” and the ceiling is a pale grey-green custom mix.

I noticed it really highlights the blue wall and pale green ceiling.

Eventually the door to the attic will be painted the same color as the ceiling.

It’s a nice finishing touch.

Are you handy at installing trim?

Master Mirrors

Last May when the master bathroom vanity was installed I hung two distinct mirrors on the wall over it: one for me, one for Charlie.

The mirrors were hung over the vanity even before the plumbing was installed almost a year ago.

Mine has always been a little low according to my height.

Charlie’s mirror hung over the top of the backsplash.

When the 10″-tall backsplash was installed recently the mirrors in their original position hung over the backsplash.

The smaller mirror is on what we consider to be “my side”.

It was an easy task to raise the mirrors about 2 inches.  My mirror (the smaller one) just needed to have the hanging wire shortened.

The bottoms screw was the original position. I jest left it in the wall since the mirror will cover.

To match the bottoms of the mirrors at the same level I moved the hanging screw up about 3 inches.

The bottom of the mirrors are at the same height above the backsplash.

Now both mirrors are fully useful to both of us.

We’ve become “bathroom snobs” after using this wonderful space.

We might have to put a curtain of some kind at the window.  Maybe to cover the bottom half.

Where can you make a small but practical tweak?

Weeding the Potager Entrance

The front of the potager was fairly overgrown and the end of last summer and stayed that way over the winter.

The day after a big rain when the ground was nice and moist Charlie decided to weed the herbal section of the potager.

Iris have filled in a lot since first planting them in 2012 .

This is not the raised bed part of the garden, instead it’s an area where he tolerates flowers.

Almost everything was cleared out except the swordlike leaves of the iris and the lamb’s ear.

Over time it becomes overgrown and needs major pulling of weeds and dead stalks.

More cleaning is necessary. The pile of brown debris is all from this small area.

Usually we plant herbs in front of the iron fence.  This year it will be parsley, lavender, and basil.

Do you have a favorite herb?

March, 2017: All Tiled Up

I like to look back over a month and see what we accomplished, if anything.

March is our month for daffodils.

It seems we often wallow around getting almost nothing finished and then something happens at the very end of the month that produces progress.

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The island was set up with a salad bar. Most popular items: avocado and chopped eggs.

In March we threw a surprise birthday party for our friend and at the same time celebrated Charlie’s birthday.

Currently the new computer/printer is inconveniently set up in the dining room.

Charlie bought a new printer and moved all his invoice templates to a new-to-him computer so he can bill his clients in a timely manner.

We’re cutting the closet lumber I the front yard and building it in the closet space.

The closet building supplies were delivered to the house. We started the project with a few delays and missteps.

Bye, bye beautiful things.

A big load of clutter was removed from the house and sent to a rummage sale.

Still waiting for the new vintage tiles to be delivered.

I ordered new vintage-colored pink tiles to make repairs in the original bathroom in the house. I only need bullnose tiles to make the repairs so I’m hoping the color and size are correct.

The conservatory bathroom is now fully tiled.
Likewise the master bathroom is tiled.

Coming in just under the wire at the end March was the tiling of backsplashes for the new bathrooms.

More details to come.

While the tiler was at The Glade he also put a backsplash in the mini-kitchen in The Cottage. It’s like jewelry.

We’re still harvesting daffodils at the end of the month — they’re just a little different.

Unlikely though it seemed early in the month we made progress.

Was your March like a lion or a lamb?

Is Someone Pulling My Leg?

I’m a natural-born skeptic.  I question all premises that seem too good to be true.

I was backing up and the truck came around the corner from behind the hedge.

I was backing out of my parking space at work when the farm truck came around the blind corner.

This was not a small dent.

Blam!

A friend was going to put this up on a lift to see if the dent could be popped out easily.

I had another repair for the list. I wasn’t worried about it because 1.) my friend said she could fix it and 2.) if she couldn’t it was covered under insurance at work.

On Tuesday.
On Thursday.

Two days later the dent was gone.  Other remnants of the incident like scrapes on the bumper remain but the volleyball-size indentation was no longer there.

The car has not been out of my possession and I didn’t have it fixed. How did that happen?

House To-Do List – 2017

I used to organize the house to-do list in one long list that I added to as I thought of something new.  Here’s the updated room by room view at the end of 2015.  Lots done in the ensuing year.

The living room in 2017.

Living Room

Living room in 2017.
Dining room

Dining Room

Dining room
  • Clean paneling
  • Paint paneling

    The paneling on the back and side walls still needs another coat of paint.
    The paneling on the back and side walls still needs another coat of paint.
  • Paper top of walls
  • Clean floors
  • Paint chairs
  • Get a rug
  • Finish cushions

    The cushions are in place on the window seat but still unfinished.
    The cushions are in place on the window seat but still unfinished.
  • Move piano
  • Paint trim
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula

Kitchen

The kitchen
The kitchen
Coffee bar in the kitchen

Pantry

  • Add shelves
  • Add counter

    Counter in the pantry
    Counter in the pantry
  • Add cabinets
  • Paint wall and ceiling
  • Hang lighting fixture
  • Organize pantry food and tools
A new floor was installed last year in the conservatory.

Conservatory

The floor has made a big difference.
  • Paint floor or lay flooring
  • Lay rug
  • Hang drywall
  • Mud walls
  • Paint walls
  • Move furniture
    • Love seats
    • Bistro set
    • Oak dresser
  • Get TV
  • Move file safe into closet
  • Drywall window
  • Mud closet
  • Paint closet
  • Get doors for closet and bathroom
    Doors in the conservatory.


    Conservatory bathroom

Conservatory bathroom is tiled.
Conservatory bathroom is tiled.
Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.
  • Choose tile
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    Conservatory floor tile — white on white basketweave.

    Bookshelves in the bathroom
  • Choose fixtures
  • Choose sink 
    Ikea sink and faucet in the conservatory bathroom.
    Ikea sink and faucet in the conservatory bathroom.

    Conservatory vanity
  • Get shower installed

    The shower is installed.
    The shower is installed.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.

Powder room

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Add paneling at bottom of wall
  • Paper top of wall

    Anthropologie wallpaper would lighten the space.
    Anthropologie wallpaper would lighten the space.
  • Paint lighting fixtures
  • Rehang towel bar
  • Fix hole in wall
The stairs and landing to the powder room.
The stairs and landing to the powder room.

Stairs

Upstairs hall
Upstairs hall

Hallway

  • Repair wall where door was removed
  • Paint wall
  • Hang gallery

    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.

Laundry Room

La buanderie means either laundry room or utility room in a house

  • Finish floor
  • Hang closet door
  • Add hanging pole to closet
  • Add baseboard trim
  • Add chair rail trim
  • Paint and install inside shutters
  • Paint and install old kitchen cabinet above dryer
Master bathroom.
Master bathroom.

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Master bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master bedroom
  • Tear out closets
  • Erect bookshelves

    Shelves to be finished.
  • Patch holes
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls

    Blue master bedroom
    Blue master bedroom
  • Paint trim
  • Lay rug
  • Make bed rustic
  • Refinish tall dresser
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.
The master bedroom French doors lead to a private deck.
The master bedroom French doors lead to a private deck.

Master Deck

  • Rug
  • Paint vintage garden furniture

    The furniture is painted and in place on the master deck.
    The furniture is painted and in place on the master deck.
  • Have railing built
  • Have deck surface finished
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

Diva Room

  • Paint trim
  • Add shutters or curtains
  • Clear out boxes
  • Refit closet after ductwork
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.

Treetops Room

  • Clear out boxes
  • Wash windows
  • Move large painting to living room
  • Reorient bed
  • Paint lamp and refinish shade
  • Paint door
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.

Front entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose blue stone or paving
  • Make planters
  • Add landscaping
  • Paint door
  • Door mat
The westside porch.
The westside porch.

Side entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose bluestone or paving
  • Make planter for front edge
  • Make wood box
  • Bench or chair
  • Door mat
The back stairs to the conservatory.
The back stairs to the conservatory.

Back entrance

The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.

Garden

  • Make a plan for foundation plants
  • Plant grass
The shed is both charming and useful.
The shed is both charming and useful.

Wee Little House

  • Organize tools
  • Paint shutters
  • Clear work bench
  • Organize garden items
The Cottage has come in handy for guests and as a temporary home for our son's friends.
The Cottage has a permanent tenant.

Glade Cottage

Glade Cottage in Spring
  • Clear up unfinished projects
  • Move paint to house
  • New water heater
  • Install kitchen sink 

    Cottage kitchen
  • Move tools to shed
  • Move and repair drafting table
  • Clean up old lumber and flooring
  • Vacuum well
  • Dust and wipe clean
  • Rent

Exterior

  • Paint shingles
  • Paint and install shutters
  • Paint trim
  • Hang gutters and downspouts
    New downspouts accentuate the corners of the house.
    New downspouts accentuate the corners of the house.

    We’ll be adding and crossing off as time progresses.

The longest night is over for another year. Did you survive?

February, 2017: Keep Stairing

Although it seems like we accomplished little last month when I checked back some things did get done.

Our security lights are now well-positioned.
Our security lights are now well-positioned.

The first item checked off the list was to reset the security light that shines on the driveway.  Now when anything or anybody moves in the area to the west of the house 2 bright lights come on for 5 minutes.  It has made a wonderful difference to coming home after dark.

The little shelf is meant to be decorative as opposed to functional.
The little shelf is meant to be decorative as opposed to functional.

I also hung a glass shelf on the wall behind the toilet in the master bathroom.  I’m not sure if it is as solidly hung as it should be but it hasn’t fallen yet.

The usually pink blossoms are white.
Blossoming quince.

I forced some quince branches to blossom early to give us some spring color in the living room.

Rattan bench for the conservatory.
Rattan bench for the conservatory.

There was also some rearranging of furniture when I bought a rattan bench for the conservatory and sold my drafting table on Craigslist.

This chair is sturdy and comfortable.
Grey wicker chair.

And I bought a new chair, some pillows, and a tray at my favorite model home furniture resale store.

At last the runner is finished.
At last the runner is finished.

The most time consuming project in February was sewing and installing a runner for the steps that go from the first to the second floor.

Charlie posed with the statue of George M. Cohan in Times Square, aka Father Duffy Square.
Charlie posed with the statue of George M. Cohan in Times Square, aka Father Duffy Square.

At the end of the month we hurried up with a 3-day road trip to New York City and a quick paint project.

The exterior stairs and porch to the conservatory have been cleaned and painted.
The exterior stairs and porch to the conservatory have been cleaned and painted.

That’s at least 9 items that kept us busy.  Looking back over the list it seems our focus was on staircases.

Looking back what have you accomplished?