The Painted Cross

An iron cross has hung on the Cottage for many years.

An iron cross hung on the Cottage near the front door.

Sug spruced up the paint when she painted the side panels on either side of her front door.

The cross didn’t look right on the shutters.

When we hung shutters on the door panels the cross needed to be moved.

The cross is easy to spray paint.

Sug hung it above the door but the white cross on pale grey was hardly visible so she asked me to repaint it.

Navy blue spray paint needs a few coats to bring out the true color.

I used navy spray paint misted with hammered charcoal metallic to give it a little interest.

The Cross at the Cottage.

Now it hangs more visibly above the door.

Are you changing the color of something?

 

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List, 2017: November Plans

November is a cold month here in Maryland so I’m planning indoor projects.

Exertion

Much, but not all, of the dirt was removed when we cleaned the rug in spring.

Clean and store for the winter the rug from the master suite deck.

WE should have enough trim on hand to finish the laundry room.

Install interior trim and clear up pile in hallway.

Execution

The center cushion of the windowseat has never been upholstered like the other two but I have the fabric.

Work on sewing projects.

Entertaining

I have a cabinet full of party games.

Let’s have a game night in November.

Entertainment

No tickets or events on the schedule for November.

Exterior Outsourcing

Someone might just need this chandelier over their Thanksgiving table.

Relist some large items on Craigslist like saddle, chandelier, Christmas items.

Exercize

I’ve been back at the gym for a month riding the recumbent bike.

The gym has all sorts of equipment including weights.

Now it’s time to up the game to include some weight lifting.

When do you put up holiday decorations?

List, 2017: October Progress

At the beginning of the month I had made rigorous but reasonable plans for projects I wanted to accomplish.  I’ve been posting updates regularly but here is the summary.

Exertion

We refinished our king-sized bed frame for the master bedroom.

We started by cutting down the footboard.
The new finish is charcoal grey with a darker drybrush finish.

We cut off the sleigh end on the footboard then painted it.

We’re still working on baseboard trim.

While the bed was pulled away from the wall we installed baseboard trim.

Before
After

While we were concentrating on projects in the master suite I stained the doors to the closet much like the ones in the conservatory.

Execution

Charlie and I have both started working with our Christmas choir.  There are only 8 Sundays left until Christmas eve. Yee ha.

Entertaining

We had no guests at the house. We stayed totally focused on DIY projects.

Entertainment

Charlie, Sug, and I took a day trip to the Statue of Liberty.  It’s as grand as I remember.  My traveling companions were very excited to see this welcoming icon up close.

Lady Liberty

Our tickets were for the crown. We climbed the 146-step spiral staircase. Miss Liberty is fantastic.

Exterior Outsourcing

I listed some old Halloween costumes on Craigslist but was not successful off-loading them.  Maybe next time.

Hoods and leggings are crucial for cool Halloween nights.

It was fun to revisit old photos of our son when he was a little boy.

I cleaned up the old computer.

Time to get rid of this old computer.

It’s been plugged in for years without being used or hardly used.  We have a new set-up now so it is time for this relic to go.

We’re scheduled with Sug’s contractor to install window trim on 3 interior windows in the house.

The master closet window needs a sill and casing then I can hang a curtain.

Two round windows and the window in the master closet are trickier than we think we can manage ourselves.

Exercize

I’m back at the gym on a regular basis riding the recumbent bike.

I have advanced to level 9.

Maybe next month I’ll add weights.

What’s your plan for November?

 

Door Shutters

I decided back here not to use the old door shutters on our front door.

Our old front door was decorated with non-functional shutters.
The shutters are leaning against the front door. There is not enough room for them.

They just didn’t fit.

How can this little Cottage look any cuter?

However we found another place to use them.

These long shutters sprayed up very quickly.

Sug primed the shutters. I spray painted them the Cottage trim color.

The shutters are held in by two large screws: one top and one bottom.

Then we hung them on the panels of the same color on either side of the Cottage door.

Compare the left side of the door to the right.

On this door they look great.

We’re surprised how much we like the shutters near the Cottage door.

Just the subtle adornment the Cottage was missing.

Our neighbor’s goat tried to butt both Sug and Charlie.

While we were working on this project the neighbor’s goat came to visit — twice.  We must have great weeds because he came to munch.

How do you decide when to stop adding details?

The Danger of Reviewing Pinterest Pins

Every so often I look over my Pinterest account to see if there are pins I can delete.

My Outdoor Inspiration Pinterest board

Unfortunately instead of deleting pins I came across one that caught my eye.  In “Outdoor Inspiration” I found a small, low deck outside of a French-style potting shed at Botanic Bleu.

A deck on the shed might be a nuisance in the long run.

In the past I had considered a deck for our shed.

A quick impression of the Cottage with a deck.

This time, however, I mocked up a deck in front of the Cottage.

A little greenery landscaping would be in order, too.

Now we’re seriously considering putting a deck on the Cottage.

My color is denim blue but Sug’s is definitely RED!!!!

Wouldn’t it look cute with this little red bistro set?

Do you have a Pinterest account? What kinds of pins do you save?

List, 2017: October Plans

I haven’t made a monthly to-do list since spring. (We actually have accomplished everything on the May List except finishing the master closet and, sad to say, going to the gym.) The cooler weather and clear days are an encouragement to make a big push before the end-of the-year holidays are upon us.

Exertion

First we’re going to see if we can get the bed frame for the master bedroom cut down and refinished.

There’s the bed in the window behind the loveseat.

We even received an email from Chad with some helpful suggestions. While all this is fresh in my mind I’d like to get started on this project. (And finish it, of course.)

While the bed is pulled away from the wall to mount it on its frame we should install the baseboard trim that is still blocking our upstairs hallway.

We still have some long trim on the upstairs hallway floor.

Since we’re concentrating on projects in the master suite I’d like to stain the doors to the closet much like the ones in the conservatory.

We’ll stain the doors weathered grey like the ones downstairs.

Execution

An ongoing project that I’m up against every October is planning and learning music, especially Christmas music, to teach my choir.

Someone has recently donated crimson choir robes to the church which we will wear at Christmas.

Entertaining

No entertaining planned for October.

Entertainment

At the end of the month Charlie, Sug, and I have a day-trip to the Statue of Liberty planned.

Charlie, Sug, and I are planning a trip to the crown of the Statue of Liberty this October. Tickets must be purchased months in advance.

Our tickets are for the crown so we need to be in good physical shape to make the climb.

Exterior Outsourcing

Bringing two large plastic hanging bags from the attic I was able to clear up a big pile of clothes that hadn’t been worn in over 20 years.  In addition to old coats and handmade baby clothes there were more children’s Halloween costumes.

I even found the Aladdin turban still in good shape.

I plan to photograph and list all costumes on Craigslist before the 10th of the month.

And I want to get rid of our old computer.  I’ve been dragging my feet because I had wanted to save some of the photos on it.

Time to get rid of this old computer.

It’s been plugged in for years without being used or hardly used.  We have a new set-up now so it is time for this relic to go.

In a separate subject under outsourcing I’d like to hire Sug’s contractor to install window trim on 3 interior windows in the house.

The master closet window needs a sill and casing then I can hang a curtain.

Two round windows and the window in the master closet are trickier than we think we can manage ourselves.

Exercize

The most important improvement is that I’m heading back (once again) to the gym beginning Monday morning.

The sky above the gym is often inviting in the early morning.

The key will be consistency.

That’s a monthful for sure.

Is October your turn-around month?? Or do you wait for January?

Curio Cabinet Upgrade

In the Cottage on the front wall between the front door and big window is a tall narrow curio cabinet.

The curio in the front of the Cottage.

Sug decided it was time to lighten it up.

The doors are still drying.

First she primed it then gave two coats of semi-gloss paint in 2 evenings of work.

White seems to be more in line with the Cottage vibe.

Before and after.

Before and after

Filled with curiosities.

Everybody has a little collection that needs to be displayed.

Are you afraid to paint your good wood furniture?