The Duvet Cover

I always disliked putting my thick winter down comforter in its cover.

My winter duvet cover is natural linen.

Until I saw this video with a technique called the California Roll.

I laid the cover on the bed sideways so I could easily roll it alone.

Lay out the cover inside out and place the comforter on top.

The roll doesn’t have to be really neat.

Roll the whole thing together from top to bottom with with the cover on the outside and the comforter on the inside.

The enclosed comforter looks like a duffle bag.

When it’s all rolled flip the open end to enclose the comforter.

The comforter is inside the cover.

Then unroll.  The comforter will be on the inside more or less evenly distributed.

Have you tried this before?


While We’re Away

In addition to watching our sweet little dog, Dash, Sug has created a chore list for herself while we’re away.

All trim in the master suite will be painted with semi-gloss paint in “White Mosaic”.

She’s planning to secure all trim that has been cut.  Then she’s filling all nail holes and finishing the project by painting all installed trim.  She will also touch up some spots on the ceiling in both the pink tile bathroom and the powder room.

This wall needs to be painted grey: Moonshine.

She plans paint the wall just outside the pink tile bathroom that was repaired a while ago.

The interior doors are painted grey — Secret.

And we have 2 interior doors that have not been painted. Sug will paint them.

The shed door hasn’t been painted since 2012.

She’s also going to paint the shed door which has peeled significantly.

I bet she moves Charlie’s dirt pile from behind the dog run to the lower yard.

I’m sure she won’t stop at these tasks.

Does someone look after your house and animals while you’re away?

Repaving the Path

Sug has been pulling weeds on the path below the Cottage.

Looking up the path on a previous clean-up.

To neaten the path we usually cover it with corrugated cardboard or newspaper topped with wood chips.

Chips are on the driveway at the top of the path.

Our neighbor has a lot of farm animals — chickens and pigs — and so she has wood chips delivered regularly some of which she offered to Charlie.

A small pile of chips.

Charlie hauled a few cartfuls of chips down the street and dumped them on plastic tarps at the top of the path.

The clean-up is in preparation for the dedication early next month.

Now Sug has another chore.

How are your paths paved?

My Nemesis: Trim

One of my goals for September is to finish some projects that we started earlier in the year.

The vintage pink tile bathroom.

This is the list:

Powder Room — “The Grand Tour”

Both the pink tile bathroom and the powder room are finished.

When it was first carried in the trim lumber filled the space between the living room rug and fireplace.
The pile has dwindled but the trim has not yet been totally installed.

The trim has more than a few issues:

  1. The conservatory bathroom needs one piece of baseboard behind the toilet.

    Baseboard need behind the conservatory toilet up to the bookshelves we made and installed.
  2. The master bathroom needs ogee and shoe molding to finish one last piece of baseboard on the side of the vanity.
  3. The laundry room needs full baseboard. I have enough 1 by 4 but need more ogee.

    Ogee is placed on top of 1 by 4 to complete the baseboard profile.
  4. The upstairs hall needs to have the baseboard finished.  The 1 by 4s have been cut but I ran out of ogee to top it.

    The original upstairs hallway baseboard was removed because the doorway was filled in.
  5. The living room 1 by 4s have been cut and need to be installed.  Need ogee for the living room.
  6. The laundry room also needs chair rail trim.  I’ll have to order more 1 by 2s and cove molding.

    Profile of the laundry chair rail.
  7. The master closet has baseboard but needs 1 by 2 face framing and shoe molding.
  8.  The top of the linen closet needs to be trimmed.

    The trim will be cut straight with no mitered joints.
  9.  The bookshelves in the master bedroom need cornice molding and face frames.
  10. I need enough ranch casing to finish 3 doorways.

    Casing profiles:  the first 3 on the left are ranch casing.

These tasks cannot possibly be finished in September. I will be happy if all trim is installed and painted by December 31. My plan is to use all the trim I have on hand then reassess the unfinished list and place one last order with my favorite lumber yard. Hoping to place the order and receive the delivery by the middle of October.

Do you have a project for the last quarter of 2018?

Cutting Cove Molding

If you don’t have a strong relationship with your significant other I suggest you don’t, under any circumstances, try to cut cove molding.

We tried to fill the gap under the powder room shelf with cove molding.

Charlie, Sug, and I gave it a go on Saturday and quit in failure and disappointment after some heated words. We made so many wrong cuts I was afraid we’d run out of cove molding.

The YouTube videos seemed to say put the open side of the molding against the saw’s fence. WRONG!

Today, knowing it was difficult, I googled a few videos which were of little help.  After making some different cuts we tried to puzzle the joint together.

The cove molding actually sits on the saw with one flat side down and one against the fence. The blade is set at 45 degrees.

Finally two pieces fit together so we cut a longer piece by putting the sample on the saw and matching the cut.

The corner 45-degree angles came together.

When one of the 45 degree corners finally fit together we were all excited. We were careful to cut the piece on the opposite side of the room in the mirror image by again holding one of our short puzzle pieces.

Very funny (said with great sarcasm).

When Charlie and Sug put up this third piece they both shrieked, “Oh, no.”  I thought I had made another wrong cut but they were joking.  NOT FUNNY!

When working overhead it helps to have one person hold and the other tack.

After all the pieces were cut they were pinned to the wall with a pneumatic tacker.

Cove molding is flexible enough to cover some gaps. (See previous photo.)

Sug will add a little wood putty to the staple holes and any small gaps.

We spent a lot of time on details that we hope ultimately go unnoticed.

Now we’re really finished in the powder room.

Do you have a trick that makes something complicated simpler?

Labor Day

Happy birthday, dear sister.  While you’re celebrating I’m going to try to finish up some details.

I found one piece of ogee molding that will top this piece of baseboard.

First, I found one more sufficient piece of ogee molding to finish all the baseboard in the master bedroom. I plan to cut that piece in the morning.

Since the bottom (and not the top) of the shelf is visible I wanted to close up the holes.

That’s the easy project. The one that Sug and I started on Saturday was to face the bottom of the overhead shelf in the powder room which we accomplished with the help of Charlie.

Luan trimmed this sturdy shelf.

He cut some luan with a circular saw that I had marked by scribing a leftover piece of the 1/4-inch paneling.  Sug tacked it up.

The gap is small but I would like to make it less visible.

Unfortunately the wall behind the shelf is not flat so there are gaps in the between the wall and the shelf so I thought we could use some leftover cove molding to finish the bottom of the shelves.

The shelf viewed in the powder room wall mirror.

I tried on Saturday to cut the cove to finish the project. I mean I tried and tried and tried and could just not figure it out.  I’m hoping after a day of thinking it through I  can figure out the cuts without wasting all the molding.

Do you get wild but confused notions?

Powder Room Redo — Step 9

The last few items on the powder room remodeling list are just for fun.

I was originally going to add this simple wainscoting to the powder room wall.

I had planned to apply some ogee frames to the bottom of the walls to replicate simple paneling.

Paneling trim would be contrived on this already busy wall.

However, after we reinstalled the toilet paper holder and a grab bar, I felt the look was busy enough.

The towels cover up most of the front wall next to the sink.

And the wall under the mirror is mostly hidden behind the towels on the towel rack.

Powder Room — “The Grand Tour”

So I guess we are officially finished the powder room.

Have you finished a long-term project this summer?