A Ceiling Light for the Master Closet

I had rewired a vintage hanging light to use in the master closet.

Painted, rewired and ready to install.

I painted it and cleaned it up. Unfortunately Charlie (ahem) broke 2 of the glass panels so I just threw it away.

This one is a 12-inch square and hangs 4.75 inches from the ceiling. $219 — Acrylic shade with Satin Nickel

I was looking through the Shades of Light catalog (where we bought a lot of fixtures on a road trip to Richmond, Virginia) and decided to choose a ceiling fixture to replace the trashed one.

This light is a 13-inch square and hangs 5.5 inches from the ceiling. $149 — Glass shade with polished nickel.

When I checked the website I saw something similar at a better price point. Now I don’t know which one to choose.

Pros and cons?


Conservatory Bathroom Window

While Charlie and I were away for a week Sug’s carpenter came to the house to install window trim on the last 3 untrimmed windows.

We spend a lot of time in the conservatory.

The round windows in both the conservatory and master bathrooms now have extension jambs and trim.

The jamb was extended with a specially made piece before the trim was applied.

The round window in the conservatory bathroom took some extra maneuvering.

All bathrooms have a round window except the powder room which has no windows.

Sug plans to paint it tomorrow so the conservatory bathroom will be ready both functionally and cosmetically for the Irish Tea Party on Saturday.

The conservatory shower doesn’t get much use but the bathroom itself does.

As each detail is completed the house is becoming more and more comfortable.

Do you have plans for Saint Patrick’s Day?

101 in 1001 #4 — First Quarter 2018

Here is my new list beginning May 10, 2017 (first list ended 11/13/2011, second list 8/11/2014, third list 5/9/2017) until February 5, 2020. Completed items are in blue, black is the color for original post.

  1. Get a dog. Picking up my puppy 4/10/2018.

    My new puppy was born on February 6.  Here he is at 2 and a half weeks.
  2. Have ancestry confirmed through DNA.
  3. Write a personal mission statement.
  4. Stain the interior wood doors.

    3 sets finished – 2 sets to go.
  5. Hang a door at the entrance to the laundry.

    This solid wood door with 4 lights might fit the opening in the laundry room perfectly.
  6. Take a trip to the UK. Planned for Fall, 2018.
  7. Get rid of 50 books.

    No matter how many books I get rid of I still seem to have more.
  8. Evaluate and upgrade home electronics: CD player, speaker, turntable, tape deck, DVD player, TV.
  9. Make the guest room ready for guests.

    The treetops room needs to have all clutter removed before it is ready for guests including my shoes piled in the corner.
  10. Revisit my will, trust, and POA.
  11. Visit National Wildlife Visitor Center
  12. Visit Cryptographic Museum
  13. Make a stone patio with firepit.
  14. Host a swap meet.

    We’ve had book swaps and soup swaps. Maybe we’ll try something new.
  15. Get rid of 101 items. I am forty items lighter.
  16. Hang photos in upstairs hall
  17. Take dance lessons
  18. Host a Casablanca party/movie night.

    Someday I’m going to have a Casablanca themed party.
  19. Host a dinner party for 8
  20. Organize trip to a Caribbean island – Cuba. Complete! 8/1/2017 
  21. Work on family recipe book
  22. Visit a waterfall Cunningham Falls, Thurmont MD Complete! 8/1/2017 

    Cunningham Falls in Maryland
  23. See the Southern Cross in person
  24. Go to the beach for a long weekend

    The last time we were at the beach (in California).
  25. Host a scavenger hunt.
  26. Make a month’s worth of meals one weekend. Planned for April, 2018.
  27. Make a home maintenance calendar.
  28. Set blogging goals.
  29. Work on wardrobe: buy what I need, get rid of what I don’t, make a list of everything.
  30. Sort out things in attic by attaching children’s names, give away, sell, etc.

    The attic is overdue for a major tidying.
  31. Learn to copyright (watermark) photos
  32. Complete legacy file
  33. Make a photo album of Mommie
  34. Paint some canvasses
  35. Chapel in the yard at The Glade

    There must be an appropriate spot for a small chapel in our yard.
  36. Ride on a Vespa
  37. Locate and catalog local thrift stores
  38. Develop a cleaning schedule
  39. Write a novel based on work
  40. Increase net worth by 25% Currently up 6%
  41. Visit Statue of Liberty.  Complete! 10/27/2017 

    How beautiful is Lady Liberty!
  42. Paint landscapes/seascapes on canvas/wood
  43. Take a cruise. Leave from the Port of Baltimore.
  44. Memorize a poem.
  45. Make a household inventory with photos
  46. Finish laundry room
  47. Give heirlooms to children – hope chest, china, desk/chair, Christmas china, sleds – 1 for each

    3 sleds
  48. Finish painting trim in pink bedroom
  49. Make a master menu for 14 days of meals
  50. Wash all the windows in the house

    We have a lot of windows.
  51. Paint dining room table – finish sanding, prime and paint
  52. Use my God box.
  53. Build bench for mudroom.
  54. Build shelves in master bedroom.

    We must finish the bedroom shelves.
  55. Landscape the front yard

    We’re working on the foundations plantings.
  56. Read 2 biographies
  57. Read 2 classics
  58. Design Etsy boutique packaging
  59. Fund my Revocable Trust
  60. Achieve my personal weight goal
  61. Get rid of 5 big items from the house:  4 down, 1 to go                                       Lawn mower 

    Lawn mower


    High chair


    Yard cart


    Cedar chest, Skittle game, Rocking horse, Chandelier, Easel,  Dollhouse, Saddle/horse gear

  62. Design and print business cards
  63. Celebrate our 10th anniversary. 9/12/2019
  64. Organize papers, bills, and contracts from renovation
  65. Trip to Venice/Serbia/Greece.
  66. Attend 5 concerts — Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto No. 1, SaintSaëns Organ Symphony, Glenmar Dance Music, 50th Anniversary Organ Concert, BSO Gala 2017 Complete! 9/9/2017 
  67. Visit Smith Island, Maryland Planned for the end of July, 2018 
  68. Start a new blog: “Let’s Fake the Music”
  69. Lead a Bible study at home
  70. Plan my funeral
  71. Hang exterior shutters Complete! 9/23/2017 

    The before and after of the shutter installation.
  72. Build a structure for trash cans and recycle bins
  73. Upgrade deck off master bedroom with new surface and railings

    The master deck.
  74. Make curtains for master bedroom
  75. Install all trim
  76. Paint all trim
  77. Finish painting exterior details (oil tank, vents, etc.)

    The tank is painted.
  78. Clean out car
  79. Clean up all paint cans
  80. Clear out the basement
  81. Remove 10 boxes from the attic
  82. Set up a better home office

    Perhaps we can set up the office area in the pink bedroom better.
  83. Refinish sleigh bed Complete! 9/23/2017 

    A recent project was refinishing the bedframe of the sleigh bed.
  84. Build frame for full length mirror

    This mirror needs a frame.
  85. Renovate pink bathroom

    We’re making progress.
  86. Renovate powder room

    Let’s update the bibliotheque.
  87. Paint all interior doors grey

    First floor doors finished; 3 doors on second floor still need painting.
  88. Have 5 parties. Complete! 3/17/2018
  89. Coffee table for conservatory
  90. Paint secretary

    I think painting will improve this secretary.
  91. Finish living room curtains 
  92. Dye hall rug

    This rug is a little bland.
  93. Fix hall water wall
  94. Paint green vanity

    The dressing table in the master bathroom might not want to be green anymore.
  95. Refinish tall dresser
  96. Finish cushions in dining room
  97. Clear out mud room closet

    The closet has become a storage spot for lots of stuff that doesn’t belong.
  98. Whiten my teeth
  99. Plant sunflowers Complete! 7/14/2017 

    A wall of sunflowers attracts bees and gold finches.
  100. Fast for 24 hours
  101. Private

A Hole in the Wall

After the main hall on the second floor was totally painted and finished, Charlie knocked a hole, a major hole, in the wall.

A new piece of drywall was installed near the entrance to the laundry.

It was so bad that almost the entire wall had to be replaced which lies behind the bathroom door when it is open. The seam tape needs a couple more coats of mud then we’ll paint the area again with Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine.

The wall also has a plumbing access panel on the bottom.

We had repaired it once before because the glass door knob had poked a hole in the wall. Now that it is repaired again we’ll try to be more careful.

Are you frustrated by repeated repairs?

Painted Trim and Touch Ups

While I was away Good Ole Sug let herself into my house to paint the downstairs baseboard trim.

Newly painted white trim outlines the details of the room.

She totally finished the conservatory.

I decided that the thin wall between the kitchen and dining room should be the kitchen color, Waterbury Cream.

Then she moved into the kitchen also touching up scuffs on the wall and painting areas that had never been painted like the reveals between the kitchen and dining room.

The white paneling brightens the dining room which has minimal light.

The dining room has quite a bit of knotty pine paneling which I painted white just after the renovation.  It still needed another coat so Sug painted that as well.

The mantel is ready for a change — something Irish perhaps.

After the dining room she painted all the trim in the living room including the fireplace surround and mantel.

Before — The kneewall right after installation.
After — The kneewall cap between the kitchen and dining room is finally painted.

She supervised the installation of the final window trim and even painted that.

Sug and Charlie built the greenhouse under my supervision. That’s how the team usually works.

I know I’m blessed to have a friend like Sug. When she returns from a Central American mission trip the three of us — Sug, Charlie, and I, — are going to work on some local projects. As anyone who reads the blog regularly knows, Sug and Charlie actually do most of the work.  I am so grateful to be part of the trio.

What project would you like to have a team complete at your house?

All Trimmed Up

While Charlie and I were away for a week Sug’s carpenter came to the house to install window trim on the last 3 untrimmed windows.

Before — the untrimmed window.
The trim still needs to be painted.

The round windows in both the conservatory and master bathrooms now have extension jambs and trim.

Before — the window is untrimmed in the master closet.
After — the trimmed window only needs paint.

He also trimmed up the window in our not-yet-completely finished walk-in closet.

I have yards of cotton voile that might work just fine.

My next step is to make curtains for the closet window.  This window faces the street so needs window coverings for privacy.

Do you prefer curtains, shades, blinds, or nothing at all at your windows?


Whilst I’m Away

The last time (Fall of 2016) Charlie and I went away from The Glade for some days, the floor in the conservatory was installed.

Conservatory floor

We were happy to return to the improvement.

Sug touched up the front door when we were out of town for 2 days.
She also gave the mudroom door a much needed second coat.

Now we’re planning to go away again for a few days and Sug has big plans for giving us a hand in furthering some projects.

Painting trim is a BIG job.

She has already filled the holes in the conservatory trim which she plans to paint while we’re away.

Sug plans to remove the Laura Ashley pink and white wallpaper in the pink tile bathroom.

And she will supervise her carpenter installing some window trim and repairing a very large hole in the upstairs hall wall.

I don’t know why Sug enjoys these projects of ours (hers) so much but I am very grateful she does.

What project do you need help with?