It’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow so I’m going to start my to-do list tonight.
I need to find a place for this shelf unit. Maybe the basement.
Put shoe molding in conservatory.
The living room is full of the furniture and building materials for the conservatory.
2. Cut and apply base trim to the bottom of the linen closet.
The cabinet is in place and ready to be trimmed.
3. Wash, iron, and replace the slipcovers in the conservatory.
I’ll replace the flowered slipcovers on the loveseats.
4. Determine casing and trim needs and place an order at the local lumber yard.
We usually have lumber delivered.
new items on Craigslist.
I list almost everything on Craigslist.
bookshelf wall to assess cornice and trim needs.
Can’t wait until these shelves are finished.
7. Move bed from Cottage.
The footboard and headboard of our king size bed needs to come back into the house from the Cottage.
8. Move doors from Cottage.
I want to get rid of this door.
9. Clear small junk from side porch.
Time to autumnize the porch.
10. Move oak chest of drawers to conservatory and hook up television.
Our oak chest is blocking the front door.
11. Put baseboard and shoe molding on conservatory closet. Start at back.
The closet needs baseboard before we stuff it with stuff again.
12. Surform the upstairs doors.
The Surform can be used to plane the bottom of the doors.
13. Paint bedroom doors.
The master bathroom door has a small hitch when opening it that needs to be adjusted. Then it needs some paint.
14. Wash old jeans for a special project.
We have a special project planned for our tub of old jeans.
If I can execute half of the list I’ll be extremely happy.
Are you working or taking it easy this weekend?
When my tenant put her new Ikea Ektorp sofa with chaise in the Cottage it reminded me of just how much I still need to remove.
The lounge can be put on either side or in the middle. (That’s my headboard next to the sofa.)
My goal for this weekend, if Hurricane Matthew doesn’t get in the way, is to remove our bed frame headboard and footboard which prevents the new sofa from being moved to the wall.
These doors have to be dispersed in the house because they’re clogging up the corner in the Cottage.
I also want to move the doors from the corner near the door so the
new cabinet can be put in.
The right section of fence is sold. I’m using the rest.
I’ve been successful in getting rid of some things on Craigslist like the last section of porch railing from our demolished porch.
A man bought the blue screen door for his wife for $10. I had it listed for $5.
Also gone is the
screen door . A man’s wife sent him for it. I was selling it for $5; he bought it for $10.
This last bit ended up in a dumpster.
The pile of scrap wood is gone – some to toy makers, some to the dumpster.
The drafting lamp was just taking up space.
My draftsman lamp from college is gone.
My drafting table while bulky does fold to an almost flat disposition.
I’m also planning to put my drafting table on Craigslist. It makes me sad because I always thought I would need it again because I would go back to designing. That seems unlikely.
Have you given up something you thought you’d always do?
Starting from bottom to top, now that the
floor is finished in the conservatory, we’re putting the furniture back in a piece at a time.
Time to furnish the conservatory.
Charlie began by
vacuuming the rug and rug pad completely.
I’ve had this awkward-to-use rug shampooer for decades.
I pulled out my old Bissell rug cleaner and shampooed the rug.
I’d like to start with a truly clean rug on this new floor.
This convinced me that my old machine was ready for the dumpster. It leaked and when I tried to use it on the upholstered love seats it squirted all over the place.
This upright Bissell is self-contained.
My friend let me borrow her newer-model upright Bissell. It’s much easier to use because it doesn’t hook up to the sink. I changed the water twice in the canister. Even though I had already shampooed once, more grit and dirt came out of the fibers.
The love seats have been mildly cleaned and their slipcovers are in the laundry.
I also used this machine on my love seats. The original white wool upholstery will never come clean but it did release some dirt.
I’ll replace the flowered slipcovers on the loveseats after they are laundered. (Photo taken before floors, walls, trim, and paint.)
Next project is to put the slipcovers back on the loveseats.
Are you following the political race in the US?
We’re rehabbing a tiny, closet kitchen in a
We’ll be removing the full-size refrigerator.
The whole apartment was painted white including the dark paneling.
The first issue was to paint the dark paneling “Dove White” and the trim “Revere Pewter”.
The old kitchen was pulled out.
Then the installers removed the old kitchen and beefed up the electrical wiring.
The base cabinet was plumbed and electrified.
The base and upper cabinets were installed in the alcove.
The countertop was mostly cut-out for the sink and stove.
A laminate countertop which coordinates with the “Revere Pewter” trim topped the cabinets.
We tried to keep everything bright in this area.
A stainless sink with high arc faucet is placed on the left.
A Summit 2-burner cooktop.
A 2-burner electric stove was added to the right of the sink.
A few more details remain.
When all is finished there will also be a side bar for an undercounter refrigerator.
Are you changing up something cozy for the fall?
My friend who’s moving into the Cottage and I made a buying
trip to Ikea.
The pile of my stuff in the Cottage is diminishing.
I still have quite a few items in the Cottage but she will move in soon because she put her own house on the market and it sold within a week.
The space in front of the “kitchen” will be the living room sitting area.
Since she’ll be moving in 30 days she wanted to start
furnishing the space.
The purchase took 2 Ikea furniture carts.
The first item she purchased is an Ektorp sofa with a chaise longue attachment. We unpacked it but are waiting to put it together. I can’t wait to see how it fits in the space.
Cardboard deters weeds under chips.
It came in two enormous boxes which Charlie plans to use under additional
This Brimnes cabinet should fit well in the Cottage beside the door. The space is 38″ and the cabinet is 30-3/4 ” wide.
Another item is a cabinet that should fit into the space to the right of the door.
55 inches wide by 39-1/2inches tall a color photo of Baltimore, Maryland, at night.
Finally we surprisingly found a large photo of the city of Baltimore to hang in the Cottage. (I have the
Paris photo in my bedroom.)
What’s “your” city?
A local church near us has come up with a unique way to raise money for charity.
Domestic Violence Center is now called Hope Works.
They’ve asked ladies of the community to donate gently used scarves and jewelry to support
Hope Works which provides support and advocacy to survivors of sexual, dating, and domestic violence, and aims to be the catalyst in the community to change the cultural norms that allow sexual and domestic violence to happen.
A pile of scarves I feel comfortable donating.
While I don’t have much jewelry (most of it was stolen 15 years ago) I do have scarves that have seldom or never been worn.
I have a lot of music theme scarves that I used to wear to gigs. I don’t gig much anymore so I’m happy to donate my rarely worn ones to this cause.
I’m not just giving junk.
I have a beautiful silk poncho by Liz Claiborne that I’ve never worn.
I love the print but can’t see me wearing a short silk poncho.
It’s not really my style.
Too bad the sale is after Halloween.
Plus I have theme scarves that are not exactly my cup of tea.
I love when a good purpose for thinning my overflowing drawers is dropped in my lap.
The sale is in mid-November.
It’s also important that people show up for the sale.
What could you support?
the floors in the conservatory are finished we’re going to carefully put the furniture back in there.
Time to furnish the conservatory.
Since the room is clear we decided to start by cleaning the rug very well.
The conservatory rug was originally from Pottery Barn about 30 years ago.
Instead of putting down the rug pad first Charlie laid the rug and vacuumed it from the top two times.
The dust was evenly distributed under the rug.
Under the rug was a white, sandy grit. I always thought the grit was dirt that had sifted down through the fibers.
Charlie collected the dirt which was about half a cup.
Some of it is dirt but my Google search revealed that it is actually the glue from the backing that is disintegrating. (This rug does NOT have a vinyl backing.)
Dirt and grit from under the rug.
Then Charlie vacuumed the underside of the rug, pulled the rug up, and laid the rug pad which he also vacuumed.
We’re going to use our old Bissell and my personal rug cleaner to further clean the rug.
Today we’re planning to shampoo the rug.
Do you have this issue with non-vinyl-backed rugs? Apparently it doesn’t happen to Oriental-style rugs.