Baseboard Breakthrough

Charlie, Sug, and I had a goal today to get 18-foot 1 by 4s off my bedroom floor.

We’ve been tripping over the long lumber for 2-weeks but it is acclimated to the interior of the house.

We started by filling in the small areas at the front of the master closet with 1 by 4s for baseboard.

The 1 by 4s are installed with straight cuts.

The closet has matching alcoves on either side of the door where the shoe towers are located.

The 1 by 4s were topped with mitered ogee molding.

It’s always difficult to match up mitered corners.  The preferred method for molding is coping it at the corners.

There are both inside and outside corners to contend with.

I’m hopeless at both methods.

Both Charlie and Sug used the pneumatic tacker to secure the trim.

We decided to miter the corners which I marked and Charlie cut.

The back of the closet under the window.

The trim goes all the way around the back of the closet.

I remember when this was an empty room.

We still have to install:

  • door casing,
  • face frame,
  • shoe molding.
Yea! No more lumber.

The best part, though, is that the lumber has been moved from the middle of the bedroom floor.

Can you cope? Or do you miter?


101 in 1001 #4 — Summer, 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. Now that summer has started we’re hoping to make some quick progress on items that need fair weather.   Completed items are in blue, black is the color for original post. Pink is the color for concrete plans. 

  1. Get a dog. Complete! 3/31/2018  

    Cafe culture.
  2. Have ancestry confirmed through DNAComplete! 5/19/2018  
  3. Write a personal mission statement. Complete! 6/28/2018  
  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 fifty-two items lighter.
  16. Hang photos in upstairs hall
  17. Take dance lessons — Tango
  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   

    Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro in Havana Bay
  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 July, 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. Started 6/27/2018
  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 LibertyComplete! 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  Complete! 6/11/2018 

    Now we’re just waiting for everything to grow.
  56. Read 2 biographies
  57. Read 2 classics
  58. Design Etsy boutique packaging
  59. Fund my Revocable Trust
  60. Achieve my personal weight goal Started 6/28/2018
  61. Get rid of 5 big items from the house:  Complete! 10/30/2017
    This dinosaur is history.

    Lawn mower 


    Lawn mower


    High chair


    Yard cart

  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  Complete! 6/27/2018  

    The guest bathroom is ready for guests.
  86. Renovate powder room Started 6/30/2018

    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 Complete! 3/28/2018
  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 Complete! 6/28/2018
  99. Plant sunflowers Complete! 7/14/2017 

    A wall of sunflowers attracts bees and gold finches.
  100. Fast for 24 hours Complete! 6/29/2018
  101. Private

Collecting Supplies for Trim Installation

We stopped working on the  bedroom trim back in the fall of 2017.

The lumber is lying across our passageway from the hall to the bathroom.

We already brought the wood back inside from outside where we have been storing it.

This section of baseboard in the bedroom needs shoe molding.

We will also need:

  • trim paint
  • paint brushes

    My brushes are all over the house right now.
  • miter saw

    We’ll set up the miter saw on the deck outside the master bedroom.
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • drop cloth
  • hammer
  • pneumatic tacker
  • air compressor and tubing

    I have a small compressor and 2 nailer guns.
  • framing square
  • lumber: 1 by 4s, ogee molding , shoe molding

    The upstairs hall still has piles of trim pieces.

What did I forget? There’s always something I either forget or can’t find.

The shoe towers on the left need selves.

I also need to add shelves to the shoe towers.

Face frames will cover the raw edges of the plywood.

And, I almost forgot, add a face frame the entire closet with 1 by 2 lumber which needs to be ordered.

Are your tools organized and at hand?

This Time I’m Serious

We’ve been working on the master suite for years now.


Last year we installed the bare bones of the walk-in closet.

We held down the plastic with with furniture frames.

Then the weather turned bad and we had a lot of other things scheduled so we put the baseboard trim lumber covered with plastic out on the second floor deck.

The master closet is still cluttered but also in use.

Now I have set a goal to finish trimming the closet and the master bedroom by the end of July when we are having guests who will use the suite.

The drying wood.

To that end I laid out the 16-foot long wood on the deck this morning so it could dry out a bit in the 90 degree sun.

The lumber is lying across our passageway from the hall to the bathroom.

Then Charlie brought it in and shoved it under the bed so it can get acclimated again to the house. The fact that it obstructs the passageway in the bedroom will encourage us to get it finished sooner rather than later.

Baseboard runs around the master closet as well as the bedroom.

Chore for next week: remove all floor obstacles in the closet so trimming can begin next weekend.

Do you have a project with a looming time goal?

Summer Chores

All through the cold months we’ve let some big projects go by the wayside.

Baseboard runs around the master closet as well as the bedroom.

We must finish adding baseboard trim to the master closet, master bedroom, and upstairs hallway.

I think we can stow the trim under the bed although it will definitely be in the way.

Unfortunately we’ve been storing the lumber outside on the master deck.  It needs to come inside for a few weeks while it gets acclimated to the indoor climate.  The boards are 16 feet long so finding a reasonable storage will not be easy.

I don’t know who is going to do this job.

We also need to get the toilet in the little pink bathroom reset but the flange has to be changed.

My great grandmother might be the key to a DNA relationship.

I have to find my genealogy box with notes from the 1950s written by my mother’s aunt.  Someone from the DNA project has contacted me about a certain name which I think has some interest for me.

Little Rory is coming home on Saturday.

This weekend we’re picking up Sug’s new puppy. Then we’re picking up Sug at the airport when she arrives home from a week-long mission trip.

We have discovered a groundhog has made his home under Sug’s new deck. Oh NO!!!

It would be nice to get something done but I’m not hopeful.

What’s holding you up?

Building the Deck

The Cottage deck was begun like this.

The ground in front of the Cottage is bare with a slight swale running left to right for drainage.

The carpenter is the same one who built the gabled roof over the door.

The framing was built first.

He started by framing the area with pressure treated 2 by 4s and 4 by 4s.

The deck is supported by short 2 by 4 legs on top of buried cement blocks.

Then he dug holes under various corners and buried concrete blocks as a base for the ground level deck.

The decking boards run perpendicular to the Cottage.

After the deck was framed it was topped with 5/4 decking boards set very close together and screwed in place in the traditional way.

The edge of the deck still needs to be finished.

The deck runs the width of the Cottage — about 20 feet — and is 8 feet deep. The boards will ultimately be trimmed evenly and edged with a banding board.

Before — The Cottage in 2012
The Cottage has been transformed.

In about 60 days Sug plans to seal the deck.  The pressure-treated lumber needs to dry out before applying a finishing treatment.

The Cottage bistro set.!

In the mean time I’m sure she’ll pull out her red bistro set so she can enjoy her morning coffee under the dogwood tree.

Where do you have your morning beverage?

Decking the Cottage

Yesterday Sug’s carpenter came to measure up the area in front of the Cottage for a deck.

The Cottage is ready for its next improvement.

Over the weekend Sug had removed all the plants from in front of the Cottage.  Some were potted for later use and some were transplanted into spots that needed a little greenery.

The ground in front of the Cottage is bare with a slight swale running left to right for drainage.

The carpenter removed all the brick and stone that we had been using as an entranceway.

Framing lumber for a ground level deck.

He also delivered the pressure-treated framing lumber.

The diagonal brace is temporarily holding the framing square.

The first step was to lay out a square frame across the front of the Cottage by 8 feet depth.

N.B. Before starting the decking the carpenter put a piece of white Azek trim across the bottom of the Cottage to neaten it up.

The top boards are temporary to allow access to the Cottage while the deck is being built.

The deck will ultimately stop on the right at the hose bib.

The deck will span most of the front of the Cottage stopping just before the dogwood tree on the right.

Do you have an outdoor living space?