Dispersing the Doors

We had a delivery of doors last week which were put on our side porch.

Five pre-hung doors have been leaning up against the porch wall for about a week.

Five pre-hung doors have been leaning up against the porch wall for about a week.

Our builder friend told us they should actually be stored in the house to acclimate them before installation.

The two doors that belong upstairs were a tight fit on the steps.

The two doors that belong upstairs were a tight fit on the steps.

Our son came over for Mother’s Day and helped Charlie haul the doors, which were too heavy for me, into the various rooms: 2 upstairs, 3 downstairs.

Solid doors in both six-panel and Shaker styles.

Solid doors in both six-panel and Shaker styles.

The doors weigh between 50 and 75 pounds and are awkward to carry alone.

Charlie and son handled the heavy doors with ease.

Charlie and son handled the heavy doors with ease.

The 3-foot wide door for the conservatory bathroom as well as the 2 upstairs doors came up the ramp and through the front door.

The 6-panel door upstairs is for the master bathroom.

The 6-panel door upstairs is for the master bathroom.

We’re storing the upstairs doors in the future master closet.

Conservatory bathroom door.

Conservatory bathroom door.

The conservatory bathroom door is leaning against the fireplace but not for long since we all feel the doors should be stored in a vertical position.

The back steps are not too difficult to scale even with a heavy door.

The back steps are not too difficult to scale even with a heavy door.

The boys brought the two conservatory Shaker-style closet doors up the back steps.

They almost nicked the conservatory ceiling trying to stand the doors upright.

They almost nicked the conservatory ceiling trying to stand the doors upright.

We’re storing them very near their final destination in front of the closet with the new shelf.

Are you planning a summer vacation this year?

Conservatory Tile Order

On Saturday morning I was all set to spray paint my large olive tree planters but it was misting outside so I went in another direction totally.

The master bathroom is primed but not painted.

The master bathroom is primed but not painted.

I decided that I needed to choose a paint color for the master bathroom.

I stopped at Best Tile for samples of this marble tile planned for the master bathroom.

I stopped at Best Tile for samples of this marble tile planned for the master bathroom.

In order to do that I needed tile samples with which to compare color. I’ll let the master bathroom decisions be the subject of a future post.

The Tile Shop's white-on-white basketweave floor tile.

I don’t care for the Tile Shop’s white-on-white basketweave floor tile even though the price is right.

Conservatory bathroom tile white-on-white floor basketweave with glass Snow Frost subway on the walls.

Conservatory bathroom tile white-on-white floor basketweave with glass Snow Frost subway on the walls.

While I was working on tile I stopped by the Tile Shop to look again at their white-on-white basketweave floor tile before I ordered a similar tile on-line from Home Depot.

Conservatory bathroom shower tile -- Snow Frost glass subway tile

Conservatory bathroom shower tile — Snow Frost glass subway tile

I talked to an assistant manager while I was there who told me my choice of Glass Snow Frost 3″ by 6″ subway tile was running low in inventory and that the price was $14.99 per square foot.

Glass tile on the Tile Shop website.

Glass tile on the Tile Shop website.

I thanked him and went home to order it on-line and found out it was $27.99 per square foot. OUCH!

This is the plan for the conservatory bathroom.

This is the plan for the conservatory bathroom.

Charlie and I went back to the Tile Shop, found my assistant manager, and ordered 114 square feet of tile.

The conservatory shower stall measures in at 114 square feet.

The conservatory shower stall measures in at 114 square feet.

I received the $14.99 price plus an additional Mother’s Day discount of 20% so the tile was $11.98 per square foot.

The conservatory bathroom floor plus the shower pan is 47 square feet of tile.

The conservatory bathroom floor plus the shower pan is 47 square feet of tile.

It will be ready for pick up next week. Nineteen boxes with a total weight of 461 pounds. Will that weigh my little “Blue Note” down? Are you having a lovely Mother’s Day? I hope so.

List for May

My list is on bright green paper so it's easy to find and difficult to lose.

My list is on bright green paper so it’s easy to find and difficult to lose.

I made a special to-do list for the month of May.

The last project I finished was hanging a shelf in the conservatory closet.

The last project I finished was hanging a shelf in the conservatory closet.

The purpose of the list is to keep me on task.  I have a tendency to flit from project to project with little thought about finishing one.

The 2 cabinets that make up the linen closet need to be painted and positioned correctly.

The 2 cabinets that make up the linen closet need to be painted and positioned correctly.

It’s mostly made up of half-finished jobs.

I stopped in before work yesterday morning to price up tile at yet another tile showroom. Can you say,

I stopped in before work yesterday morning to price up tile at yet another tile showroom. Can you say, “YIKES!”

Everything on the list is something I must personally:

  • do or
  • pay for or
  • oversee.
Charlie and Doug laid Hardiebacker on the master bathroom sub-floor.

Charlie and Doug laid Hardiebacker on the master bathroom sub-floor but I’m ultimately responsible that everything fits together.

Some of the list is fun and some just drudgery.  Here it is:

  • Order bathroom tile

    Marble dogbone basketweave at $45.55 per square foot.  I think not.

    Marble dogbone basketweave at $45.55 per square foot. I think not.

  • Paint planters

    It takes numerous coats of spray paint to completely cover these large planters.

    It takes numerous coats of spray paint to completely cover these large planters.

  • Make potting soil
  • Transplant olive trees

    The olive trees really need bigger pots, good soil, and nice weather.

    The olive trees really need bigger pots, good soil, and nice weather.

  • Touch up paint on bathroom lighting fixture
  • Choose paint for master bathroom to go with marble floor, bedroom color
  • Mix paint for linen closet
  • Prime and paint linen closet
  • Paint TV trays

    Ready for these to be plain.

    Ready for these to be plain.

  • Paint dining room paneling
  • Buy wallpaper or fabric for dining room

    The wall above the paneling in the dining room needs something spectacular which I have not yet found.

    The wall above the paneling in the dining room needs something spectacular which I have not yet found.

  • Transplant rosemary, lavender
  • Paint and set up potager fence

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

  • Get rid of old ironwork

    The old ironwork that help up the porch roof at the kitchen door and front door has been removed and is now junk in the yard.

    The old ironwork that held up the porch roof at the kitchen door and front door has been removed and is now just junk in the yard.

  • Arrange bedroom furniture
  • Hang pictures in upstairs hall
  • Paint yellow trays

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

  • Find pale pink cotton king-sized sheets for a reasonable price
  • Design book shelves

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.

  • Trim island toe kick and stain
  • Varnish shoe molding

That ought to keep me busy, n’est-ce pas?

What’s keeping you busy?

Always an Alteration

I finally found the shelf I wanted for the conservatory closet at Home Depot. (They had just received a new shipment.)

The conservatory closet drywalled and painted.

The conservatory closet, drywalled and painted, needs a shelf.

I needed a piece 91 inches long. Since they only come in 12-foot sections it needed to be cut down. (I had to buy the entire 12-foot piece.)

This monster of a bolt cutter really did the job of cutting wire shelving down to size.

This monster of a bolt cutter really did the job of cutting wire shelving down to size.

I was assisted at the store by a customer service rep who used a pneumatic bolt cutter to cut the shelving.  She took it off the rack, measured it to my specifications, cut it, and helped me to the cash register. Truly the best service I’ve ever had at Home Depot.

I often mark a drill bit with tape so I don't have to worry about going in too deep.

I often mark a drill bit with tape so I don’t have to worry about going in too deep.

I  marked the drill bit with tape so it wouldn’t go into the wall too deep and hit something like ductwork that I know is in this particular wall.

A level pencil line is marked along the back of the closet 70 inches from the sub-floor.

A level pencil line is marked along the back of the closet 70 inches from the sub-floor.

Once home I marked the inside of the closet with a long level line and drilled 1/4-inch holes for the wall plugs which are built into the back clips.

The clips/plugs were easy to install.

The clips/plugs were easy to install.

These should not be more than 12 inches apart. Mine were 11.

We had to drill a deeper hole and use a screw to install a clip that has a stud behind it.

We had to drill a deeper hole and use a screw to install a clip that has a stud behind it.

The only one that gave me any trouble was the left end which went into a stud.  The plastic plug buckled a little making it difficult to push in the nail.  Instead I found a similar sized screw and Charlie screwed it in.

It takes a good bit of pressure on the hammer handle to push the nails into place.

It takes a good bit of pressure on the hammer handle to push the nails into place.

The other brackets are held with a nail/pin that just gets pushed in with the handle end of a hammer.

The back clips hold the shelf in place, either up or down, while the front brackets are installed.

The back clips hold the shelf in place, either up or down, while the front brackets are installed.

I hooked the shelf onto the brackets and measured for the front-end brackets.

We had to poke a hole in the dryer duct to get the bracket to support the front of the shelf which we hope is self sealing when the screw is in.

We had to poke a hole in the dryer duct to get the bracket to support the front of the shelf which we hope is self sealing when the screw is in.

Notice that the one on the left wall is lined up with the dryer exhaust duct.  We had to drive a screw into this, too.

Combination of the pin that came with the bracket on the left and a random screw from our hardware box holds up the end of the shelf.

Combination of the pin that came with the bracket on the left and a random screw from our hardware box holds up the end of the shelf.

If we ever decided to actually put a washer and dryer in this closet the shelf will need to be shortened.

The right price but the wrong descriptive picture and the wrong information (bracket size) on the label.

The right price but the wrong descriptive picture and the wrong information (bracket size) on the label. Thanks for the confusion, Home Depot.

I had purchased 16-inch brackets for this 16-inch shelf but since it has a hanging rail at 12 inches it only needs 12-inch brackets.

I returned two 16-inch brackets for a two-pack of 12-inch brackets.

I returned two 16-inch brackets for a two-pack of 12-inch brackets.

Back to Home Depot for an exchange.

Next the doors.

Next the doors.

The shelf is totally up and ready for use.

Next item: Put the doors on the closet.

What’s next on your list?

Leave Me Some Flowers

Charlie has taken over what used to be my perennial garden with a kitchen vegetable garden.

The vegetable garden has been partially planted.

The vegetable garden has been partially planted.

He’s pushed me under the trees and minimized our formerly wide chipped path.

Forget-me-nots (brunnera) grow both in sun and shade.

Forget-me-nots (brunnera) grow both in sun and shade.

Do what he might, my flowers are blooming.

Late narcissus are still blooming.

Late narcissus are still blooming.

If we weren’t so lush with weeds I do believe my flowers would spread.

Naked ladies on the left, large hosta on the right with white violets and lily of the valley sprinkled all around.

Naked ladies on the left, large hosta on the right with white violets and lily of the valley sprinkled all around.

The iris will bloom soon. They’re my favorite.

Do you have favorite bloomers in your yard?

Bathroom Sub-Floors

We’re planning zero-threshold showers in the conservatory and master bathrooms.

Cutting the hole for the toilet drain.

Cutting the hole for the toilet drain.

The newly cut hole must match exactly.

The newly cut hole must match exactly.

Last weekend Charlie and friend began laying the sub-floors in the new bathrooms that will bring the flooring up to the level of the shower pans.

Charlie used 2" screws into the joists (marked by the pencil lines) and 1-5/8" screws elsewhere.

Charlie used 2″ screws into the joists (marked by the pencil lines) and 1-5/8″ screws elsewhere.

The first layer is paper (to keep the floor from squeaking). On the paper is a piece of 1/2″ CDX plywood  with openings cut to match the plumbing fixtures and wall configurations.

Deck screws need a star-shaped drill bit.

Deck screws need a star-shaped drill bit which often comes in  the box.

The plywood is screwed down every 9 inches (or so) with coated deck screws: 2″ screws into the floor joists and 1-5/8″ screws in the field.

Each layer was separately screwed in to make a very stable base for tile.

Each layer was separately screwed in to make a very stable base for tile.

On top of the first layer of plywood is another sheet of paper and another piece of plywood.

The master bathroom us ready for cement board.

The master bathroom us ready for cement board.

All this gets screwed down in the exact same way. Friend did the cutting and Charlie did the screwing.

The conservatory bathroom needs one more layer of paper/plywood.

The conservatory bathroom needs one more layer of paper/plywood.

That’s as far as we got on Saturday because that’s a lot of screwing which, by the way, is accomplished with a cordless ratchet hammer drill.

The ratchet drill is on the right above.

The ratchet drill is on the right above.

Next task: Lay down Hardiebacker with a layer of thin-set mortar and screws.

Does working on a big project give you a sense of satisfaction? Or frustration?

A Simple Shelf?

Before we install the doors on the front of the double closet in the conservatory I thought we should hang a shelf with a hanging bar.

The conservatory closet has a washer/dryer hook-up on the far left and needs a shelf for storage before the doors are installed.

The conservatory closet has a washer/dryer hook-up on the far left and needs a shelf for storage before the doors are installed.

After looking around the one we liked best is the one our contractor had put in the mudroom closet.

The long shelf is 16 inches wide with a hanging bar at the 12-inch mark unlike the narrower shelves on the side.

The long shelf is 16 inches wide with a hanging bar at the 12-inch mark unlike the narrower shelves on the side which are only 12 inches wide.

Aside front having an integral hanging bar it is 16 inches wide.  Typically these white wire “wardrobe” shelves are only 12 inches wide.

Home Depot has a serious bolt cutter near its shelving so it can be cut to the exact desired length.

Home Depot has a serious bolt cutter near its shelving so it can be cut to the exact desired length.

Charlie called the contractor to find out where he got it: “Home Depot”.

Notice the empty space above the #27 where there should be four 16

Notice the empty space above the #27 where there should be four 16″ wide by 12-foot long shelves with a hanging bar.

First I went to two Home Depots and couldn’t find this particular shelf.

There was plenty of shelving, just not what I was looking for.

There was plenty of shelving, just not what I was looking for.

Then I looked it up on the internet and both of our nearest HDs gave aisle #, bin #, and amount on hand.  I returned and with the help of a customer service rep, still could not find this item. (You know I also looked at Lowes and searched the internet for another source.)

There are lots of hardware options depending on the shelf selected.

There are lots of hardware options depending on the shelf selected.

Now it’s on! I’m going to find this shelf this week and install it.

Why is every little detail so hard to accomplish?