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
catalog (where we bought Shades of Light 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?
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.
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?
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.
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. Have
ancestry confirmed through DNA. Write a personal mission statement.
Stain the interior wood doors.
3 sets finished – 2 sets to go. 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. Take a trip to the UK.
Planned for Fall, 2018. Get rid of 50 books.
No matter how many books I get rid of I still seem to have more. Evaluate and upgrade home electronics: CD player, speaker, turntable, tape deck, DVD player, TV.
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. Revisit my will, trust, and POA.
National Wildlife Visitor Center Visit
Cryptographic Museum Make a stone patio with
firepit. Host a swap meet.
We’ve had book swaps and soup swaps. Maybe we’ll try something new. Get rid of 101 items.
I am forty items lighter. Hang photos in upstairs hall
Take dance lessons
Casablanca party/movie night.
Someday I’m going to have a Casablanca themed party. Host a dinner party for 8
Organize trip to a Caribbean island – Cuba. Complete! 8/1/2017 Work on family recipe
Visit a waterfall Cunningham Falls, Thurmont MD Complete! 8/1/2017 Cunningham Falls in Maryland See the Southern Cross in person
Go to the beach for a long weekend
The last time we were at the beach (in California). Host a scavenger hunt.
Make a month’s worth of meals one weekend.
Planned for April, 2018. Make a home maintenance calendar.
Set blogging goals.
Work on wardrobe: buy what I need, get rid of what I don’t, make a list of everything.
Sort out things in attic by attaching children’s names, give away, sell, etc.
The attic is overdue for a major tidying. Learn to copyright (watermark) photos
Complete legacy file
Make a photo album of Mommie
Paint some canvasses
Chapel in the yard at The Glade
There must be an appropriate spot for a small chapel in our yard. Ride on a Vespa
Locate and catalog local thrift stores
Develop a cleaning schedule
Write a novel based on work
Increase net worth by 25%
Currently up 6%
Visit Statue of Liberty.
Complete! 10/27/2017 How beautiful is Lady Liberty! Paint landscapes/seascapes on canvas/wood
Take a cruise.
Leave from the Port of Baltimore. Memorize a poem.
Make a household inventory with photos
Finish laundry room
Give heirlooms to children – hope chest, china, desk/chair, Christmas china, sleds – 1 for each
3 sleds Finish painting trim in pink bedroom
Make a master menu for 14 days of meals
Wash all the windows in the house
We have a lot of windows. Paint dining room table – finish sanding, prime and paint
Use my God box.
Build bench for mudroom.
Build shelves in master bedroom.
We must finish the bedroom shelves. Landscape the front yard
We’re working on the foundations plantings. Read 2 biographies
Read 2 classics
Design Etsy boutique packaging
Fund my Revocable Trust
Achieve my personal weight goal
Get rid of 5 big items from the house: 4 down, 1 to go
Cedar chest, Skittle game, Rocking horse, Chandelier, Easel, Dollhouse, Saddle/horse gear
Design and print business cards
Celebrate our 10th anniversary.
9/12/2019 Organize papers, bills, and contracts from renovation
Trip to Venice/Serbia/Greece.
Attend 5 concerts — Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto No. 1, Saint – Saëns Organ Symphony, Glenmar Dance Music, 50th Anniversary Organ Concert, BSO Gala 2017 Complete! 9/9/2017 Visit Smith Island, Maryland
Planned for the end of July, 2018 Start a new blog: “Let’s Fake the Music”
Lead a Bible study at home
Plan my funeral
Hang exterior shutters Complete! 9/23/2017 The before and after of the shutter installation. Build a structure for trash cans and recycle bins
Upgrade deck off master bedroom with new surface and railings
The master deck. Make curtains for master bedroom
Install all trim
Paint all trim
Finish painting exterior details (
oil tank, vents, etc.)
The tank is painted. Clean out car
Clean up all paint cans
Clear out the basement
Remove 10 boxes from the attic
Set up a better home office
Perhaps we can set up the office area in the pink bedroom better.
Refinish sleigh bed Complete! 9/23/2017 A recent project was refinishing the bedframe of the sleigh bed. Build frame for full length mirror
This mirror needs a frame.
Renovate pink bathroom
We’re making progress. Renovate powder room
Let’s update the bibliotheque. Paint all
interior doors grey
First floor doors finished; 3 doors on second floor still need painting.
Have 5 parties. Complete! 3/17/2018
Coffee table for conservatory Paint secretary
I think painting will improve this secretary. Finish
living room curtains Dye hall rug
This rug is a little bland. Fix hall water wall
Paint green vanity
The dressing table in the master bathroom might not want to be green anymore. Refinish tall dresser
Finish cushions in dining room
Clear out mud room closet
The closet has become a storage spot for lots of stuff that doesn’t belong. Whiten my teeth
Complete! 7/14/2017 A wall of sunflowers attracts bees and gold finches. Fast for 24 hours
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
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?
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?
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.
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?
The last time (Fall of 2016) Charlie and I went away from The Glade for some days, the floor in the
conservatory was installed.
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?