Wall of Sunflowers

We’re on our way to having a wall of sunflowers on the west façade of the house.

At the end of April the sunflowers had sprouted and the whole area had been weeded.

When they first started to come up I was excited because last year out of 100 seeds I got 6 wimpy plants.

In less than a month the sunflowers have made a lot of progress.

This year however Charlie did the planting: Sunflower Lemon Queen and Sunflower Italian White.

The rows are 3 deep in 2 different varieties.

He turned over the soil and enriched it with compost.

Each plant has its own personality: short, tall, spindly, healthy.

I can’t wait until they start to bloom which I believe might be the middle of June.

How’s your green thumb?

New Hangers

The new master closet is ready to have clothes hanging on the rods.

The new hangers fit Charlie’s shirts well.

After a little research I decided to get Proman Kascade Hangers.  I ordered one hundred.

My side is a bit more colorful.

Our clothes used to hang on plastic and wire hangers.

Destined for the trash heap.

I’m getting rid of the old wire hangers but I’m hanging on to the plastic and odd wooden ones for the remaining closets in the house.

Our suitcases fit neatly above the hanging sections of the closet.

And the horizontal closet boxes that we topped the towers with are perfect for storing our suitcases out of the way but handy.

Do you have a closet that needs an overhaul?

Spring Goals

I have 2 main goals this spring:

The master bedroom still needs baseboard trim.

one indoors and one outside.

Trim in the hall ready to be measured, cut, and applied.

I have a hallway full of wood trim which needs to be cut and installed.

The bedroom hall needs trim also.

I know there’s not enough to finish everything but I’m not going to place the final order until I know exactly what I need. I plan to work on this during the week.

Some of the shutters have already been scraped.

I also want to clean, paint, and hang the shutters we took off the house 3 years ago when we started the renovation.

I hope we can match the right shutters to the corresponding windows.

I’m going to start the shutters on Memorial Day weekend.

What are your plans for the long weekend?

Finishing Up on the Closet Boxes

When last we left the progress on the closet most of the boxes/towers were finished except the ones on the very top.

We made 2 towers and a sort section tops with a stock cabinet left over from the kitchen renovation.
The closet is built floor to ceiling.

Yesterday we built the remaining boxes and installed them in the gap on the top of the towers.

The final box on the left side of the closet slid in with a snug fit.

Like the other boxes they are made from 3/4-inch plywood, 21 inches deep, and backed with luan.

The long box on the right-hand side of the closet was more difficult to install due to the attic access on the ceiling.

We made long skinny boxes which sit on top of the tall towers.

The right-hand side of the closet is finished.

At the end of the run we made shorter cabinets that coincide with the towers near the window on each side.

The closet space before we started to outfit it.
Next step: Trim!

The closet is now usable but still needs finishing:

  • Connect the boxes together.
  • Trim the baseboard around the room.
  • Trim the window and inside of the door.
  • Make face frames for the boxes.
  • Add drawers to the area under the closed cabinet.
  • Hang curtains.
  • Stain the doors.
  • Touch up the paint.

Do your projects seem to go on forever?


Step 1a: Removing the Tile

I have started my tile project in the pink bathroom.

Crack in the pink bathroom tile.
The tiles I removed.

It was going very slowly until Charlie took over.

The Dremel tool cuts through grout with minimal scraping.

Instead of using the grout saw he pulled out our Dremel tool.

Once Charlie figured out a method he was rolling.

All afternoon I received photo updates.

We’re retaining the old ceramic fixtures but removing the Laura Ashley wallpaper.

Now that the easy tiles are removed, onto the more important bull-nosed variety.

Do you favor hand tools or power tools?

Taking a Mirror Down

While we’re remodeling the vintage pink-tile bathroom we’re also going to hang new wallpaper.

The mirror above the vanity in the pink bathroom runs almost the entire length of the wall.

One obstacle to that is the 3′ by 4′ mirror on the wall.

The mirror is stuck to the wall in addition to being held by top and bottom clips.

It appears to be held up by clips so we bent the edge of the clips out.  Since I’m the one who originally hung it about 18 years ago I can assure you the mirror is also held up with Liquid Nails.

The mirror was removed without breaking.

Three two of us tried to remove the mirror without breaking it. My friend and Charlie carefully pulled it off the wall.

The back of the mirror is spotted with well-dried Liquid Nails adhesive.

I’m fairly sure I’m not going to use this mirror again.

I plan to repaper this room.

Now we must remove all the wallpaper in the bathroom.

What permanent mistake have your made?

Step 1: Removing the Tile

I have started my tile project in the pink bathroom.

Crack in the pink bathroom tile.

It is going very slowly.

The plan is to carefully remove nine bullnose tiles in the shower.

I have a goal to carefully remove about a dozen and a half tiles at the rate of one per day. Actually I’m succeeding at the rate of one per week.

The grout saw has a carbide grit edge for removing grout.

My friend bought a grout saw with which I remove as much grout as possible.

I spend a lot of time carefully removing grout.

Then I carefully chisel the tiles off the wall.

The broken tiles came off easily.

So far I’ve removed completely two tiles that were already broken. The rest of the tiles must be removed in tact.

Are you good at tedious jobs? Or the quick and dirty ones?