Behind Glade Cottage

For the past few years we’ve been working on the renovation of the main house.

The Cottage interior is slowly but surely getting sorted out.
The Cottage interior is slowly but surely getting sorted out.

The Cottage became a holding space for tools, building supplies, and odds and ends.

Glade Cottage
Glade Cottage

Ditto the outside space around the Cottage.

The other side of the roof is even a little mossy.
The other side of the roof is even a little mossy.

My friend who might be residing in The Cottage for a while started by sweeping off the roof which gets a lot of debris since the it sits under trees.

Tendrils od English Ivy are still sticking to the shingles at the back of the Cottage.
Tendrils of English Ivy are still sticking to the shingles at the back of the Cottage.

At the back of the Cottage English ivy was growing up the wall. My friend pulled it all down.

Excess building supplies were piled everywhere over the past three years.
Excess building supplies were piled everywhere over the past three years.

We still need to relocate the lumber back there.

Charlie sorted the metal into piles by material.
Charlie sorted the metal into piles by material.

On the downhill side Charlie has amassed some metal recycling. He cleared it all out.

Before
Before
After
After

In the meantime my friend cleared away the vines that have overgrown between the front and double propane tanks on the side.

The path from the front of the Cottage to the back of the yard has been cleared of poison ivy, Virginia creeper, and grape vines.
The path from the front of the Cottage to the back of the yard has been cleared of poison ivy, Virginia creeper, and grape vines.

We will be reinstating the chip path to the back part of the yard in the near future.

We're going to pull this lumber away from the side of the Cottage.
We’re going to pull this lumber away from the side of the Cottage.

We’ll be attacking the street side of the Cottage next. I am not seriously helpful with this clearing up other than deciding what goes, what stays, and where it goes.

Have you been neglecting a project? Has it become overwhelming?

Clean and Chippy

When the trees were taken down in the front yard we took the option of keeping a truckload of chips.

Chips from our trees.
Chips from our trees.

Charlie had them dump the pile on plastic at the end of the driveway.  This pile won’t last as long as the rubble pile.

We have plans for these oak chips.
We have plans for these oak chips.

A friend came over to clean up the plantings in front of The Cottage.

The weeds in front of The Cottage are potentially oversized trees unless removed.
The weeds in front of The Cottage are potentially oversized trees unless removed.

Basically she cut away weedy tulip poplar trees and other stalky greenery.

The hosta looks healthy this year.
The hosta looks healthy this year.

All that remains are hosta, liriope, and liatris.

I was named "sidewalk supervisor" since I was just out of the shot sitting in the shade.
I was named “sidewalk supervisor” since I was just out of the shot sitting in the shade.

Then I pulled out some corrugated cardboard to line the path that leads to our propane tanks.

A chip path is an easy way to neaten up an area.
A chip path is an easy way to neaten up an area.

Charlie covered it with some of the new chips.

Before
Before
The driveway ends in front of The Cottage.
After

Voila! A neat appearance at the front of The Cottage.

How do you deter weeds in your yard?

Another Cottage Corner

The Cottage clearing is coming along.

Paint supplies, craft supplies, refinishing supplies, and general junk.
Paint supplies, craft supplies, refinishing supplies, and general junk.

The corner just inside the door is a catchall for everything and anything that we have used for various projects.

And the air hose from the compressor was all tangled up in everything.
And the air hose from the compressor was all tangled up in everything.

There is even an old amplifier and a bag of speaker wires.

I haven't seen the floor in this corner is ages.
I haven’t seen the floor in this corner in ages.

I boxed this junk up and cleaned it out.

Soon we'll have to sort through the doors and get rid of the ones that won't be used.
Soon we’ll have to sort through the doors and get rid of the ones that won’t be used.

The pile of doors isn’t nearly as intimidating now that the clutter is gone.

Would you replace some of the new doors in the house with the original vintage ones?

The Rubble Pile is History

Before we began the renovation in 2013, Charlie took apart our concrete porch, brick walkway, and flagstone with a jackhammer.

We had an enormous rubble pile in the driveway.
We had an enormous rubble pile in the driveway.

All that jackhammering resulted in a 60-ton pile of rubble.

Piles of lumber, rubble and building debris filled the space between the cottage and the house.
Piles of lumber, rubble and building debris filled the space between the cottage and the house.

Over time the rubble pile diminished because we had listed it on Craigslist as a free take away item.

The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.
The rubble pile is diminishing but I want it gone.

The dark pile on the left is crushed stone for gaps in the driveway.  The rubble is on the right on a piece of plastic to prevent it from becoming a part of the driveway.

The rubble has been totally removed.
The rubble has been totally removed.

With a shovel and wheelbarrow Charlie removed the remaining bits of rubble.

Now the Cottage can become the focal point of the end of the driveway.
Now the Cottage can become the focal point of the end of the driveway.

Check another item, #84, off my 101 tasks in 1001 days.

One More Detail?

When I recovered the dining room chair seats I decided to use fabric I already had on hand.

The shades are made from linen I inherited on a roll from Mother.
The shades are made from linen I inherited on a roll from Mother.

The fabric I used to cover the chair seats I had previously used to make the window shades in the dining room and living room.

Before and After
Before and After

However now that the chairs are finished I think they’re a little plain.

I mocked a blue line detail.
I mocked a blue line detail.

I’m thinking of adding threes line to the chair seat so it will look like a grain sack.

Any thoughts?

Fixing the Dining Room Chair Seats – Part Two

I described the beginning of the recushioning of the vintage dining room chairs here.

Three pieces each direction was a little too much so I opted for two.
Three pieces each direction was a little too much so I opted for two.

After finishing the webbing on the first frame I decided that I had used too much webbing and so reduced the remaining chairs to 2 vertical pieces and 2 horizontal pieces.

Turn under the raw edges of the muslin and staple over the webbing.
Turn under the raw edges of the muslin and staple over the webbing.

Next step is to cut and attach a fabric layer over the webbing.

The applied muslin can be seen through the woven webbing.
From the underside the applied muslin can be seen through the woven webbing.

Some sites call for burlap; I used unbleached cotton muslin.

The foam is marked with a Sharpie. (I moved the frame out of position so the marking could be seen.)
The foam is marked with a Sharpie. (I moved the frame out of position so the marking could be seen.)

Trace with a marker the outline of the seat frame onto 1-inch high density foam. I used foam that was already approximately the size of the seats. I laid the front edge of the seat frame against the edge of the foam so only three sides would need to be cut.

Since this foam is only an inch thick it was easy to trim with scissors being careful to cut a perpendicular edge.
Since this foam is only an inch thick it was easy to trim with scissors being careful to cut a perpendicular edge.

I carefully trimmed the excess with scissors. (My preferred method of cutting foam is an electric knife but I couldn’t find ours.)

The layers: wood seat frame, woven jute webbing (not seen), muslin, foam,
The layers from bottom to top: wood seat frame, woven jute webbing (not seen), muslin, foam, batting.

On top of the foam a layer of batting is applied that is just a bit larger than the foam.

My linen upholstery fabric was cut to approximately 22" by 23".
My linen upholstery fabric was cut to approximately 22″ by 23″.

Finally a layer of the upholstery fabric is cut with enough excess to totally cover the top and sides of the cushion and be pulled to the underside for stapling.  After the fabric is cut but before it’s applied is a good time to iron it.

The front of the seat cushion should line up with the straight edge of the fabric.
The front of the seat cushion should line up with the straight edge of the fabric.

Starting with the front put a staple in the middle of the upholstery fabric.  Pull it taut to the back of the cushion and staple again near the center. Then do the same on both side making sure the fabric stays on the straight of grain.

The staples must go through extra thickness at the corners.
The staples must go through extra thickness at the corners.
Take time to make the corners as neat as possible. My corners are on the front and back of the cushion.
Take time to make the corners as neat as possible. My corners are on the front and back of the cushion.

Adjust the corners so they lie flat in a neat pleat.

When the cushion is fully stapled I'll trim some of the excess fabric.
When the cushion is fully stapled I’ll trim some of the excess fabric.

Staple all around the perimeter of the fabric pulling taut to remove bubbles but not so tight as to pull on the bias.

Before and After
Before and After

Place the newly upholstered cushion into the chair.

What project took you a lot longer than expected?

Balls in the Attic

I’ve been taking trash and treasure out of the attic for a few months.

I found two bowling balls in the attic that I've been preserving for at least 30 years.
I found two bowling balls in the attic that I’ve been preserving for at least 30 years.

Recently I found 2 bowling balls up there.  Considering the condition my shoulders and knees are in I doubt I will ever again bowl.

Picturing gazing balls in the entrance to the potager.
Picturing gazing balls in the entrance to the potager.

But we do have a garden so I looked up gazing balls on Pinterest and found lots of inspiration.

I cleaned the balls well with vinegar and water then went over them again with an alcohol wipe.
I cleaned the balls well with vinegar and water then went over them again with an alcohol wipe.

In view of the success I had here with chrome spray paint, I decided to chromicize one of these balls and add them to our potager décor.

The ball immediately took on a mirror-like finish.
The ball immediately took on a mirror-like finish.

After cleaning them very well I sprayed the balls with chrome spray paint. I was careful to give light, even coats to deter drips and runs.

I sprayed 3 old balls and a gold tray.
I sprayed 3 old balls and a gold tray.

I found 3 smaller balls that received the same treatment.

The new gazing ball is set on an old birdbath pedestal.
The new gazing ball is set on an old birdbath pedestal.

Now they’re on display at the end of the driveway.

Is your garden art recycled? Disposable?