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The garage apartment is directly behind the large truck built above a 5 bay garage.
The garage apartment is directly behind the large truck built above a 5 bay garage.

In addition to upgrading the kitchen and painting a garage apartment it needed to be partially furnished.

The bedroom is spacious.
The bedroom is spacious.

I ordered a queen-sized bed which was delivered and set up in the large bedroom after the painting was complete.

There is a pair of these lounge chairs which tilt back to expose a footrest.
There is a pair of these lounge chairs which tilt back to expose a footrest.

We already had two upholstered loungers which had been in the apartment previously. I needed to get a sofa that would complement both the new wall color and the old chairs.

Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.
Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.

Fortunately Ikea’s Ektorpe sofa comes in a color called Nordvalla dark beige which I would characterize as greige.

Harmonious colors.
Harmonious colors.

It goes very well with “Revere Pewter” which is the trim and door color.  I might have to buy the same color for my living room Ektorp since my room is painted “Revere Pewter”.

A large rug is available for this room.
A large rug is available for this room.
The very large rug will fill almost the entire great room in the apartment.
The very large rug will fill almost the entire great room in the apartment.

I also ordered a new rug pad for the 11′-6″ by 17′-0″ rug which needs to be shampooed.

The louvered doors and the regular doors are painted "Revere Pewter".
The louvered doors and the regular doors are painted “Revere Pewter”.

Things are progressing.

Are your projects progressing?

Upgrades to a Garage Apartment

I am helping to freshen up a garage apartment with two bedrooms and a living room which is being improved with paint and new appliances . The best part for me is that for the most part it’s not a DIY project.

Most of the apartment had been painted swine peach with tan trim.
Most of the apartment had been painted swine peach with tan trim.
The new color is Benjamin Moore's "Dove White" with "Revere Pewter" trim and doors.
The new color is Benjamin Moore’s “Dove White” with “Revere Pewter” trim and doors.

Over the next week or so, before new tenants move in, the entire place is getting painted.

We'll be removing the full-size refrigerator.
The kitchen is getting a major upgrade.
The kitchen alcove on the left will brighten with the kitchen installation.
The kitchen alcove on the left will brighten with the kitchen installation.

And a mini-kitchen (much like the one in the Cottage) is being replaced.

This vanity set-up will be replaced.
This vanity set-up will be replaced.

The bathroom is a dungeon but we’ll try to improve it with a new vanity, sink, and lighting fixture.  We discovered that the exhaust fan in the bathroom which turns on with the light doesn’t actually draw so it will also be replaced.

The small blue bedroom is also going white with grey trim.
The small blue bedroom is also going white with grey trim.
Dove White and Revere Pewter
Dove White and Revere Pewter

And it will be partially furnished.

Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.
Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.

In today’s post are the “before” shots.

The entry was very dark with wood paneling on walls and ceiling.
The entry was very dark with wood paneling on walls.
The walls were primed with oil primer and finished with "White Dove".
The walls were primed with oil primer and finished with “White Dove”.

Even the entry way is getting lightened and brightened.

Would you care if your new living quarters had been freshly painted? Or would you prefer to pick your own colors?

A Meandering Walkway

Near the pool house at my workplace we’re creating a new path.

A walk across the lawn from the house to the pool.
A walk across the lawn from the house to the pool.

Now when walking from the house to the pool one must cross the large lawn. It is difficult walking for someone who is not steady on their pins.

The path was staked out.
The path was staked out.

We have laid out a meandering path that leads from the newly asphalted back driveway down to the pool deck. First the new 5-foot wide path was created with stakes and hoses. Then it was marked with spray paint.

An opening was cut in the hedge and the path hand dug by three men.
An opening was cut in the hedge and the path hand dug by three men.

A crew of strong and determined men dug out the path to a depth of about 6 inches.

I couldn't believe the entire truckload was for the path.
I couldn’t believe the entire truckload was for the path.

An entire truckload of large stone was delivered that matches the existing stone on the pool deck very well.

The large stone pallets were distributed along the path.
The large stone pallets were distributed along the path.

The large stones were split to create smaller flag stone chucks and laid in a bed of blue dust.

The path starts at the side of the pool deck.
The path starts at the side of the pool deck.
The grass was removed and the path carefully dug.
The grass was removed and the path carefully dug.
The stones are cut larger and set closer together than the pool deck to make a smoother path.
The stones are cut larger and set closer together than the pool deck to make a smoother path.

The stone path was laid nearest the pool house deck first.

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Tomorrow more progress is expected.

Have you done any stonework?

Another Mini-Kitchen

We’re rehabbing an over-garage apartment at work.

We'll be removing the full-size refrigerator.
We’ll be removing the full-size refrigerator.

One of the first considerations was what to do with the kitchen.

The one-piece kitchen has a sink, stovetop, and refrigerator under.
The one-piece kitchen has a sink, stovetop, and refrigerator under.

In my 25-year tenure we’ve changed the built-in kitchen twice. The problem with these all-in-ones is that repairs are difficult if one of the parts goes bad.

Out contractor used our suggestions to design a slightly larger kitchen.
Our contractor used our suggestions to design a slightly larger kitchen. There will be a stovetop over the drawers.

So we’re pulling out the old kitchen and replacing it with individual components.

The first step in the kitchen is to prime the dark paneling to get it ready for "Dove White" paint.
The first step in the kitchen is to prime the dark paneling to get it ready for “Dove White” paint.

We’re still in the planning stage.

What’s important in your kitchen?

Challenge: List Ten Items on Craigslist

I’m challenging myself to get busy getting rid of things I’ve stashed but have no intention of keeping.

18-inch lighting fixture.
18-inch lighting fixture.

NO. 1: Light fixture that we bought for the conservatory bathroom so we could pass inspection.  We had no intention of keeping it and have replaced it with this.

Our son was a ferocious skater but turned out to be a better swimmer.
Our son was a ferocious skater but turned out to be a better swimmer.

NO. 2:  Men’s hockey skates.

2-drawer file cabinet.
2-drawer file cabinet.

NO. 3: A small 2-drawer file cabinet.

A 3-tier table in a fun color with a shell painted on top.
A 3-tier table in a fun color with a shell painted on top.

NO. 4: The 3-shelf table fits easily into a corner. It’s very sturdy.

We were hoping to find a place for the large corner cabinet in the middle of the photo.
We were hoping to find a place for the large corner cabinet in the middle of the photo.

NO. 5:  We gave away most of our old kitchen cabinets but have a large corner cabinet remaining. Until we had a new layout for the Cottage we weren’t sure if we could use it or not.  Now we know.

There are 1 full sheet and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation.
There are 1 full sheet and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation.

NO. 6: After all the projects that required drywall were finished we decided to get rid of these final pieces.

I may be able to clean this up a little to make it more desirable.
I may be able to clean this up a little to make it more desirable.

NO. 7:  Double-light brass lamp

The handle on the tankard looks like a wolf or a fox to me.
The handle on the tankard looks like a wolf or a fox to me.

NO. 8:  Pewter tankard lamp

Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.
Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.

NO. 9:  Hand-made afghans

EMC (Electronic Music Corp.) Libra amplifier
EMC (Electronic Music Corp.) Libra amplifier

NO. 10:  Amplifier/mixer

What is the one item that seems to accumulate in your house? (We got lamps!)

Moving Some Art

A few years ago I framed a nautical chart.

The chart has been hanging on the soon-to-be cabineted wall in the Cottage.
The chart has been hanging on the soon-to-be cabineted wall in the Cottage.

It’s been hanging in the Cottage but now it has to move.

The was above the conservatory toilet is empty.
The was above the conservatory toilet is empty.

I don’t have many empty walls in the house.

Looking from the closet side, the wall in the bathroom is loaded with pipes and vents.
Looking from the closet side, the wall in the bathroom is loaded with pipes and vents.

The wall above the toilet in the conservatory bathroom was empty but has some hidden pipes and vents that I wouldn’t want to puncture with a nail.

The chart fits well above the toilet but the colors are not quite right.
The chart fits well above the toilet but the colors are not quite right.

After measuring the approximate positions of the obstacles I nailed up a picture hook.

The bathroom mirror reflects the chart and the kitchen across the house.
The bathroom mirror reflects the chart and the kitchen across the house.
The edge of the shower wall needs to be trimmed and the opening needs will be filled with shelves.
The edge of the shower wall needs to be trimmed and the opening needs will be filled with shelves.

This room still needs some finishing details but the chart fills a large space on the wall.

What’s hanging around your house?

More Stuff

It seems like I worked on rearranging stuff all morning yesterday.

Everything with a label needs a new home.
Everything with a label needs a new home.
Missing: Table leaves, card table
Missing: Table leaves, card table.

In reality I took about 5 items out of the Cottage.

The refrigerator is against the back wall mainly because that's where the electrical outlet is.
The refrigerator is against the back wall mainly because that’s where the electrical outlet is.

In answer to a question about how the refrigerator in there would be oriented, I think it will be placed as in the photo above.

I have about 9 sunflower plants and this is the one closest to blossoming.
I have about 9 sunflower plants and this is the one closest to blossoming.

I also noticed that I might actually see a sunflower blossom sometime this summer.

We even eat the funky shaped cucumbers.
We even eat the funky shaped cucumbers.

On the other hand Charlie has had a bumper crop of cucumbers.  He passes them out to friends who are eager to get them. They’re sweet and tender this year and really smell cucumber-y.

This is only half the load.
This is only half the load.

Speaking of Charlie and clutter, he brought home two cars full of somebody’s old windows. Knock, knock, I’m trying to get rid of stuff.  Maybe he’ll build a small greenhouse. Otherwise these gotta go.

The shelf on the left of the photo is in a new home.
The shelf on the left of the photo is in a new home.

In the “gotta go” department our son took the small white bookshelf that’s been hanging out on the side porch.  As he picked it up a fat mouse ran out from under it.  Eeeek!!

If you could give away one thing (that belongs to someone else) what would it be?