I ordered a new curtain rod for the master closet.
I wanted the finials on the rod to match the knobs on the doors.
I was so delighted when the rod came and the finials were a beautiful match and much larger than the knobs just as I had hoped. The rod was $30 when I ordered it and now it is $50.
Originally I had hung a wood rod that I had on hand hoping to find something better later.
Sug gave me a hand hanging the new brackets. The new bracket slid over the top screw and a second screw was snugged into the bottom hole.
Now the curtain end of the room looks more finished.
We have some more tasks to complete in the closet:
- Face frame the closet boxes.
Put in baseboard.
Find finials for the curtain rods that match the door knobs.
Are you happy to get a good deal?
Sug decided to stain the Cottage deck with solid color wood stain and sealer. Solid color wood stain lasts longer that transparent stain so restaining doesn’t have to bee repeated as often.
We conferred on the color and decided on “Desert Tan” so the deck would be light and natural looking but protected.
The Cottage is looking bright and neat for summer.
Do you have a deck? Is it sealed, stained, or both?
Sug has been systematically pulling weeds and mulching the beds.
Tonight’s project was the area in front of the potager which has a few perennial flowering plants and some herbs.
Just like the west side of the house Sug laid newspaper then topped it with mulch made from wood chips.
While she was digging in the mulch she found some oval eggs.
When I looked them up I realized they were black snake eggs.
I guess we’ll have plenty of snakes. Hopefully they’ll take care of the mice and moles. And stay away from the birdies.
Do wild animals creep you out?
A month ago Charlie planted and cleaned up the west side of the house foundation under the kitchen window.
Unfortunately the area had become very weedy since early June.
Sug to the rescue. She pulled the weeds then covered the area with layers of newspaper to inhibit future weeds.
She covered the paper with mulch (rotted wood chips) from the pile at the bottom of the yard.
I don’t know how she has the patience for this but it looks beautiful while we’re waiting for the plants to mature.
What jobs are you patient to do?
I have always said Sug is a 120 percenter. I, on the other hand, am an 80 percenter.
Together we get things done. From time to time Charlie also steps in on the action.
This past weekend we completed the baseboard trim in the master closet.
Before photo above; after below.
Sug also painted the door to the pink tiled bathroom.
If those two chores were not sufficient Sug began to remove the wallpaper from the powder room.
It was stuck on much more than expected.
The planned afternoon job took 3 days.
And the lawn is mowed.
We started building a cross for the yard today on Independence Day.
Sug didn’t need a time-out, but I did.
Do you have a favorite backyard feature?
While I was focused on the raspberry bush I noticed some trees had grown up in the same area.
They were not pleasant little trees but instead fast growing tulip poplars and maples.
I alerted Charlie to the problem and he said he had already planned to work on it.
It’s been in the upper 90s all week but Charlie pulled out the oak slabs he’d been saving and got into the vegetated area.
He started pulling out very substantial trees.
Now we are left with a lot of large logs which I’m going to try to get rid of on Craigslist even though the temperature hit 100 degrees yesterday.
Maybe someone can envision a set of outdoor stools for their firepit. And wood to burn.
Do you have a firepit?
Sug has been working on the heavily weedy area just below the Cottage.
Sug has been clearing the vines under the tree just below the Cottage.
We had a beautiful weekend and Sug finished up the bulk of the work.
We need to make some progress on this area before the honeysuckle and poison ivy start to grow back.
Before and during. Can’t wait to show you the “after”. Can’t wait to see it myself.
Are you planting grass this spring?