Progress!

Nov. 2nd, 2010 11:51 pm
felis_lupus: (Lancelot)
We has a roof! Rubber went down today! Yaaaaay! They should be done by Friday, and then... well... that's about it, for a while. After the electrician finishes up his bit of stuff on Thursday, anyway. We has a generator hookup, and non-crispy wiring, with promises of fixing the spaghetti in the main panel. Then more painting. Getting the guest room ready. Finally sewing a shirt for my brother, which I've been poking at since JULY. Doing some fencing. Having a whole buncha people over for Thanksgiving. Should be good.

Played sport fencing tonight at practice. Foil. Am TIRED. Hoping it will help with my parries, but it's not a whole lot of fun right now. I'm thinking too much, and feel like I'm just kinda flailing around, and I was kinda tired tonight. I also suck at drills, always have... Ah well, it'll come along. Hoping to have a good time at the event this weekend, there will at least be lots of folks to fence with. :)

Am also trying to convince my boss it would be a good idea for me to work 4-day weeks this winter (but still get 40 hours, so loong days), so I don't have to slog through snow (or potential snow) quite as much. Saves on gas too. And having a 3rd day off, even if it's not in line with weekends, would be lovely... Not ready to think about snow yet, though... no thanks.
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First Fire
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Proof of Concept - Fire in the new firepit! The wood was kinda wet, but we managed to get it burning with newspaper and bits leftover from the construction in the bedroom. There's plenty more where that came from, thanks to the breaking down of the garage (no pressure-treated stuff, though it does make pretty pretty colors...). We built the firepit itself on Saturday, then had people over and didn't end up doing anything. I skipped fencing tonight (too much going on in my brain argh), and while waiting for the chicken pie to finish cooking, we wandered into the back yard, and had a little burn. Lovely.

The garage project is going well... Photos up here. There's snags and unforseen stuff, as with any construction project, but they've stripped it to bare bones now, so I don't think there's anything else that they can find. I hope not, anyway.

I know construction projects always end up costing more than we expect them to, but ARG. Drunken Monkeys. Only explanation. )

Right. So budget is important now. I've never in my life had to keep so close track of where everything goes. Good heavens, please let both of us keep our jobs, and maybe even by some miracle get a raise in the next year or so... that would take a little bit of stress away. We may be eating a little bit more ramen and mac n cheese for a few months...
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Oak Room
Originally uploaded by gshower7
I have kicked Max out of my bedroom...

And I made sure to take a photo (will be taking more tomorrow, in daylight), because it will never, ever be this clean or organized again.

The last of the trim and the windowsills went in tonight, after a month of work, we are DONE, save for the door threshold. What a difference. There is no sign anymore of the disaster that was there when we bought the house, thank goodness.

It is beautiful. The wood in the windows even matches the trim pretty well, color-wise, so I don't think we'll be doing anything further to them except plugging the nail holes in the vinyl from where the old windowframes were nailed through... (dumb dumb dumb) Just a little bit of sawdust to vacuum up still, and a lot of dusting of dressertops and door creases, then the rugs can go down, the clothes can move to their respective dressers, and we can move in and move on to redoing the upstairs room! Later. Not just yet. But before Thanksgiving, so if folks need to stay, we'll have an official Guest Room. Yay!

A thought I had too. Will have to figure out how to attach curtain rods, both for curtains and to hang small plants off of them, since those are the two sunniest windows (hence the beautiful, 6" wide windowsills! Hooray!) in the house. NO WAY did I even consider attaching brackets to that oak. For one thing, I'd have to drill if I even wanted a chance of getting a screw through that, and for another, it's too darn pretty to mar up with brackets. I will figure something else out. We've got those softwood window frames that will probably work out just fine.

Happy. Now, to figure out where we want to poke holes in the walls and hang stuff on them! Yay! (tomorrow. sleep now, actually...)
felis_lupus: (Lancelot)
So. We got our home equity loan straightened out, and have money (at the moment), and roofers that have been chomping at the bit to start ever since we suggested we might have a big project for later in the year, after they fixed the front leaky roof back in August.

Saturday was clean out the garage day. The amount of crap we pulled out of there was truly astounding. Had Dad-in-law and Dad there to help in the morning and afternoon, respectively. Found amazing things. If we couldn't identify it or decide definitively to keep or toss it within about 20 seconds, it got tossed. So many mouse skeletons. Ick. Some stuff worth keeping, like door handles and screen door return springs (anybody need any? We've got lots... in decorator colors...), a box full of Avon stuff (to be gone through later), lots of various wood (some good, some going to go to the fire we're having once we get the firepit built), but the majority of STUFF got tossed. The little trailer was quite full.

Wood arrived bright and early on Monday morning, followed by our fabulous roofer guys. When I got home Monday night, the garage smelled like fresh-cut softwood, the tetris mess of the back wall was gone and replaced by proper framing, and there was a pile of railing parts in my garage bay. Progress has since been made. The sunporch (which it turns out, is a pretty expensive little building add-on, just installed waaaaay wrong) has been disassembled and stored in the shed, and will be given new life as a greenhouse, or as a sunporch, off the back of the house at some point. For now, storage...

The roof comes off Friday, I think... supposed to rain some tomorrow, roofer says that they've saved some indoor work if it gets too wet outside, but they're just plugging away on this... It's wonderful (until the payments hit... then... ugggghhh!).

Now! See! The Remodeling of the 3rd Garage! Fear! The mouse nests, now gone in the Great Insulation Purge! Rejoice! In the soon-to-be-non-leaky roof! Coming soon, to our home...
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Upstairs Bathroom
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Finished repainting the little upstairs bathroom Wednesday afternoon. It is so much nicer than the turquoise that was there before. Beautiful springy green walls (and ceiling. I still hate hate hate painting textured ceilings), and painting the woodwork white was the best thing I could have done, and so glad I did, even though it took 4 coats to get good coverage on that awful wood. It is bright and clean, and there is no longer an obvious mirror on the inside of the door, now that I've hung the extra fern curtain. Who seriously thought that was a good idea, hmmm? Full length mirror, right on the inside of the door, so that when one sits on the only seat in the room and closes the door... yeah... good morning... There's a curtain, now. Much better. I'd have taken it off, but it is apparently liquid-nailed to the door, along with the little clips. Grr. One modification left to the little table; going to add a towel bar (or two) to the top, and a botanical print or two to the walls, and it will be perfect.

Edit: hm... that glowing turquoise thing at the top is actually the vanity light... not sure why it's decided to be turquoise, but it's not in reality... ah well.
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Bedroom Door
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Amazing what a couple coats of paint will do...

So, Max and I have spent the last several days in what is soon to be the Master Bedroom, putting up the beautiful quarter-sawn oak molding he has been kind enough to make out of a pile of wood we found in the basement of the house. I've stained it a lovely reddish-gold, and through much effort and a bit of cursing (why, oh why, are there no straight walls? And why are the drywall screws not where they should be, neatly in the center of the studs? sigh...), have nailed it to the walls. It goes with the laminate oak floors beautifully. The end is near. I am so happy.

This room, directly at the end of the hall, was formerly the dog's room. The previous owners of the house had two rather poorly-behaved pit bulls, and it was rather... not good. Among other things, they'd scratched the heck out of the backside of the door, and were none to kind to the front of it. The door itself is a solid door, but made of relatively cheap, ugly wood. Spruce, pine, whatever, and stained a boring brown. Looked positively awful next to the gleaming new oak.

Max had the brilliant idea of paint. Found the darkest brown paint with just a hint of red in it that Home Depot had (kinda matches the furniture... it's pretty close), and asked the fellow at the mixing counter for a quart of it, in the shiniest, glossiest paint they had. It is glorious. The color is Behr 'Warm Brownie', and it has turned the door to my bedroom into a Hershey Bar. I love it.

Painted also the inner doorframe, the closet trim (that was an adventure in itself... see previous statement about no. straight. walls. ARGH.), have so far put one coat on the formerly disgusting and slightly rusty heat register cover, and once we get to rebuilding the window frames, the inner parts of those will be the same glossy brown, trimmed in more beautiful oak.

Only bad part, really, is that now the rest of the molding looks positively awful... I didn't want to paint everything... but I might.... project for later... after I finish the second coat of green on the bathroom upstairs, and get that back together...
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Blue Library
Originally uploaded by gshower7
But a good one. This is not the best photo, but it gives a pretty good idea of what I've done for the last couple days... When are my weekends going to be relaxing again, I wonder...

Yesterday started semi-early, but it was good to be up. Had to go buy paint! But first, had to clear away stuff from the walls in what would become my library.... that took a little while, as did taping and prepping. Took off parts of the door molding, since they weren't exactly securely attached to the walls anyway. Made for easier painting. First, bought compost for the garden (and two new Pasque flowers, to be planted soonish... I hope), and then paint, brushes, and rollers, and then home.

Did yellow first, to finish the main column which is part of the same visual space as the dining area... Max and I debated about painting it or not, and after not, it turns out it definitely needed to be done. Better now. Then onto blue, ceiling first. A beautiful, pale blue. Almost white. Pale enough that it was a little bit difficult to see where I'd painted, plus it being a textured ceiling (haaaaate.), coupled with the dawning realization of 'uh oh... I'm using a LOT of paint (dang super-fluffy roller)... perhaps two cans would have been better?' made for a semi-frustrating time. I think I used every single drop of paint in the can. Should do a second coat at some point, but it's done enough for now... got one pretty even coat over the whole ceiling.

Walls went quick, thank goodness. They are perfect, forget-me-not blue. I love it. Only a few little touch-up spots that I find every now and then, and they're easy enough to hit with a brush. Now the only thing left is to figure out what to do with the horrible white door... I'm thinking mural, but not sure of what yet. I should just paint it and get a clean coat of *something* on it.

After paint, went to visit Max, and we finished up edging the last of the oak molding for the bedroom. Hoping to get it over here sometime this week, and will stain, and then hopefully put it up soon. Can't wait to move into the downstairs bedroom...

Max and I then met [livejournal.com profile] anna_mickel, [livejournal.com profile] ninian_vesalius, and [livejournal.com profile] alexsaintpierre at the movies, and saw Robin Hood. Oh. My. So good. EEEEEEE. Fun movie, different take on the legend. Forget everything you know, enjoy the pretty, and listen to the wonderful Alan Doyle sing. :)

Speaking of which... Alan, Bob, Sean, and Murray have a new album coming out. Just in time to completely miss GNEW, but it will give me something to look forward to after it's over. Three tracks are available for listening (and if anybody can figure out how to get actual copies of them off the flash player, it would make me a very happy kitty), and I am so looking forward to hearing the rest of the album... Eeee!

Painted the library yesterday in preparation for E, Mom, Dad, Mom-in-law, and Dad-in-law, who all came to visit today. Mom and dad brought boxes of books, great-grandma's sewing machine, and some random other STUFF. MiL and DiL brought a rocking chair that was J's great grandmother's, and came to help put more stuff away. E came to visit, and was shanghaied into helping reassemble my house... I've promised her a better visit soon... The library is assembled, my sewing room is more organized, almost usable, and I'm exhausted. My plans for today (since it was kinda rainy) had included getting the library and sewing room organized, whether everybody had come visiting or not, but it certainly went quicker with more help.

This week at work will be interesting... tiring, I suspect. Open house/Customer appreciation day on Saturday will be zooey, and it's prep for that that will be taking over my work week. Aieee. Hoping to get in my garden on Friday, the sumac is starting to wake up, and since I've taken away the big feeder trees, root suckers are popping up everywhere. I think I'll have to buy a wheelbarrow this week, start hauling stuff out of the garden and into the trailer so we can take it to the brush pile. Hope to clean up the boxwood, rip out more roots, and get those 6 bags of compost spread on the cleared part of the garden soon.

Golden Sun

May. 22nd, 2010 05:59 pm
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)

Golden
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Beautiful, glowing, golden room.

Finished painting (mostly) the dining area last night. Did the lower half last week, covering dog-gnawed and dented cranberry with lovely dark golden yellow (Killz Casual Colors 'Pommery Mustard'), and the top side in 'Light Honey'. Found some nail holes I missed spackling, of course, and have decided to finish a column that extends to the ceiling, but is still kinda part of the same visual space as well, but for now, it is done. I love it. It sets off the lighter oak flooring very nicely, and I may even continue with the same color down the hallway, not sure yet. Next weekend (assuming I'm going to be sane and not go to Panteria even if I don't have to work on Saturday... jury is still out, both on the sanity and on work), BLUE. Upstairs. Have perfect colors, finally.

Spent yesterday with K, digging in her garden, splitting hosta and other perennials, which are now, along with two enormous hydrangea that never bloomed for her (and probably won't for me either), sitting around in pots in the shadier parts of my front pathway. Sometime, I will plant them. Have to clear out the garden area first. One project at a time. (yeah, who am I kidding?)

[livejournal.com profile] anna_mickel and Max showed up at my front door around noon, and we went to lunch and wandering around antique stores, and all kinds of stuff today. Blueberry ice cream is delicious. :) Visited the little farm store down the road too, where I can buy compost cheaper than at work, and not have to haul it nearly 40 miles home. This is a good thing. Hopefully soon, am going to jump on the motorcycle and go see S, who just moved to an amazing new apartment in Saco.

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