Project Completions from 2016

I always have lists of projects both written and stored in my brain. (101 in 1001, Clean Sweep, Master List.)

The Cottage interior last June.
The Cottage interior last June.

Every so often we actually finish something. Sometimes it’s something we didn’t even hope to accomplish.

The brown sewing machine in the foreground belongs to me and will eventually come back in my house.
The Cottage sees regular improvements now.

The biggest change last year was The Cottage.  It went from a storage bin to permanent living quarters. We had hoped to sort it out but never expected to make such progress.

The shower glass provides a lot of reflection in the master bathroom.
The shower glass provides a lot of reflection in the master bathroom.

Early in the year we had shower glass installed in both the master bathroom and the conservatory bathroom.

Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.
Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.

Both showers are curbless.

We upgraded our mailbox.
We upgraded our mailbox.

We also switched out our rural mailbox with a totally upgraded version that was a gift from my sister.

All the floors are installed.
All the floors are installed.

While we were on a trip to the Grand Canyon, our son oversaw the installation of red oak floors in the last two unfloored sections of the house: the master suite hallway and the conservatory.

The rustic vanity.
The rustic vanity.

Charlie and I actually worked together to finish the rustic vanity in the conservatory bathroom.

We also made shelves in the conservatory bathroom.
We also made shelves in the conservatory bathroom.

We even built rustic shelves to cover an access alcove behind the shower. We were on a roll.

The conservatory bathroom door was painted "Secret" by Benjamin Moore.
The conservatory bathroom door was painted “Secret” by Benjamin Moore.

My last project of the year was to paint the interior doors grey. (Door 1, Door 2, Doors 3 and 4.) I painted them solo and am very happy with the change.

What’s your number one project planned for 2017?

Painting a Brass Lamp

I used to have two brass swing arm lamps at the headboard of the bed before the renovation.

In the old set-up we had wall-mounted swing-arm lamps near the bed.
In the old set-up we had wall-mounted swing-arm lamps near the bed.

They were very convenient because they took up no space on our bedside tables.

The Cottage laundry is dim in the daytime and dark at night.
The Cottage laundry is dim in the daytime and dark at night.

Now the Cottage needs some light back in the laundry area.

The ceiling fan in the Cottage.
The ceiling fan in the Cottage.

I said I could paint one of these lamps and asked for a color suggestion.  The response was “like the ceiling fan“.

The lamp was easy to paint.
The lamp was easy to paint.

Then I proceeded to spray multiple light coats of Metallic Charcoal paint — my go-to color.

The lamp is on the back wall of the Cottage between the refrigerator and wall cabinet.
The lamp is on the back wall of the Cottage between the refrigerator and wall cabinet.

My tenant decided where she would like to position the light.

An old lamp put back to work.
An old lamp put back to work.

The lamp adjustable to put light right where she needs it.

How are you feeling about bright brass lately?

Correcting the Cottage Ceiling

Once upon a time I painted half of the Cottage ceiling with a primer that I tinted with some leftover green paint.

I painted half of the Cottage ceiling back in 2011 and it has held up well.
I painted half of the Cottage ceiling back in 2011 and it has held up well.

It covered the water stains.

Even after priming and painting the unpainted side of the Cottage ceiling the stains bled through..
Even after priming and painting the unpainted side of the Cottage ceiling the stains bled through..

The other side of the Cottage was painted with a coat of Kilz and 2 coats of paint. Unfortunately the water stains would not be covered.

On the left the old paint; on the right the newly painted ceiling.
On the left the old paint; on the right the newly painted ceiling.

I found a gallon of paint which I had previously mixed with primer (I use Zinsser) and the same green paint. The tenant rolled it on over the still-stained ceiling and it covered nicely.

The newly painted ceiling hangs over the bedroom side of the Cottage.
The newly painted ceiling hangs over the bedroom side of the Cottage.

Hope your New Year is bountiful.

What one change are you making in 2017?

Old Knob Spray Paint Project

I have been waiting for a warmish day (above 50 degrees) to spray paint an old doorknob.

The powder room door is also going grey.
The powder room door can be seen from the mudroom.

The end of December and the temperature is 63 degrees — spray paint time.

The old brass knob for the bathroom door is worn beyond repair and not in a charming way.
The old brass knob for the bathroom door is worn beyond repair and not in a charming way.

I stuck the knobs balanced on long screws through cardboard so they would stand up.

I gave the knobs and backplates 2 quick coats of spray paint.
I gave the knobs and backplates 2 quick coats of spray paint.

I took two partial cans of paint outside with me and started spraying. I meant to use “metallic charcoal” but accidentally started with “hammered” paint.

Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color.
Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint is my favorite go-to color.

As soon as I noticed I switched to the metallic charcoal.

The lock on the powder room door is old fashioned and takes both a plate and knob on both sides to complete the latch.
The lock on the powder room door is old fashioned and takes both a plate and knob on both sides to complete the latch.

The powder room door had recently been painted grey (Secret).

The paint almost looks like enamel.
The paint almost looks like enamel.

The hammered texture of the first coat is just visible on the finished knob.

The closet has been removed to allow direct access from the front to the back of the house.
This part of the house has had major changes in the past 3 years the least of which is painting the door.

The charcoal knob looks good with the grey paint.

The powder room, AKA bibliotheque, door is also going grey.
The powder room, AKA bibliotheque, door before the renovation which removed the louvered-door closet and opened a doorway to the back of the house.
This part of the house has had major changes in the past 3 years the least of which is painting the door.
The closet has been removed to allow direct access from the front to the back of the house.

The top photo is the dead-end hallway before the renovation.  The shallow closet is now removed and an opening allows access directly to the mudroom, side door, and kitchen. (See the first photo in this post.)

Early sun gives the knob a burnished appearance.
Early sun gives the knob a burnished appearance.

The newly painted knob in the morning sun.

Do you enjoy looking back over changes?

Before and After Painted Doors

I finished painting the doors on the first floor. The color is Benjamin Moore’s “Secret”.

I only had to paint one side and the edges of the basement door.
I only had to paint one side and the edges of the basement door.

Some I painted while they were still hanging.

The powder room door blocked the mudroom hall all day while I painted 2 coats on both sides.
The powder room door blocked the mudroom hall all day while I painted 2 coats on both sides.

I took the powder room door down and painted it on the floor.

The old brass knob for the bathroom door is worn beyond repair and not in a charming way.
The old brass knob for the bathroom door is worn beyond repair and not in a charming way.

This was one of the original doors to the house so I removed the doorknob with the intention of painting it “charcoal metallic“. I’m hoping to do that today since the temperature is supposed to go above 60 degrees.

Before and after -- powder room door
Before and after — powder room door

Powder room door in the front hall.

Basement door before and after
Basement door before and after

Basement door in the kitchen hall before and after.

What are you painting?

Another Painted Door

There are 3 interior doors on the ground floor of The Glade.

The powder room door is also going grey.
The powder room door is also going grey sometime soon.

Eventually I would like them all to be the same color.

The conservatory bathroom door is 36-inches wide.
The conservatory bathroom door is 36-inches wide.

I started with the largest one, the 3-foot wide conservatory bathroom door.

The door is painted.
The door is painted.

It is now painted “Secret” front .  .  .

The bathroom side of the door.
The bathroom side of the door.

and back.

The bathroom is behind the grey door.
The bathroom is behind the grey door.

The closet doors will be a similar color but instead of painting I’m planning to stain them along with the other wood closet doors. That’s an outside job I’m saving for spring.

I've had this cute frog on a leaf for decades and I'll finally have a door for him to knock on.
I’ve had this cute frog on a leaf for decades and I finally have a door for him to knock on.

Now I have a place for a special door knocker.

What color are your doors? Do they need cleaning or painting?

 

The Third Threebie

I’m on a roll with my weekend chores so I’m adding another threesome for this weekend coming up — the weekend before Christmas.

I have already painted around the doorknob.
I have already painted around the doorknob.

I want to finish painting the door to the conservatory bathroom.

Last week I painted the inside of the conservatory bathroom door.
Last week I painted the inside of the conservatory bathroom door.

I started it last weekend while I was painting the master bathroom door.

The kitchen is ready for some cookie baking.
The kitchen is ready for some cookie baking.

I have also made arrangements to make, bake, and decorate gingerbread cookies with a friend.

The last time I made sprays of greenery was 2012 -- before the renovation.
The last time I made sprays of greenery was 2012 — before the renovation.

Finally I want to make some sprays of greenery for the exterior doors.  I’m not skilled or patient enough to make wreaths. I have some magnolia leaves, holly branches, and pine boughs.

Both Charlie and I are tied up most of Sunday with performances and rehearsals so I’ll be busy Saturday.

Are you cooking something seasonal?