Posted 5 January 2018 at 9:36 PM | Comments (0)
Uncovering odors continues in the third day of our kitchen demolition.
You can see that the laundry is just behind the front door. Now that we’re really doing this, we’re going to do it all the way and enclose the laundry area behind cabinet doors. Stay tuned to find out if we go bankrupt and lose everything we have.
Posted 1 January 2018 at 9:21 PM | Comments (0)
Posted 31 December 2017 at 9:09 PM | Comments (0)
God help us. We weren’t planning on touching the kitchen for another 5-10 years, but the odor of the house continues to offend our senses.
Don’t let the quaint, solid-wood cabinets fool you. They fooled us, too. We thought we would keep them. In the end, we realized the only way to pinpoint the source of the odor was to start removing cabinets. This is the photo my husband texted to me before he got started this morning:
Today’s demolition resulted in removed cabinets and flooring, with layers of rot, trash, and dirt, built up over years. This is the pile of trash he found underneath the first set of cabinets he removed:
He had a suspicion that some of the smell was coming from the floor also, so he started pulling up three layers of vinyl flooring:
Leaving us with this current situation:
Posted 15 November 2017 at 11:16 PM | Comments (0)
Posted 3 November 2017 at 2:47 PM | Comments (0)
The gables were finished in September, but we kept dragging our feet on painting them. I was going back and forth on color choices (everything in Pewter Tankard, or introduce a new color?), and we were just very busy.
Then, last week, we noticed the weather forecast showed sun for several days, which is unusual for fall in the Pacific Northwest (usually it’s rain and more rain). So, my husband scrambled to take days off work, and ended up spending six days spackling, sanding, priming, and painting.
We got really lucky, too, because it wasn’t just that rain was coming—it turns out that snow was coming. Two mornings later, this is what we woke up to.
Next, we have to get the gutters and downspouts on. Good thing, too—we’ve heard there may be some precipitation…
Posted 3 September 2017 at 5:16 PM | Comments (0)
Posted 2 July 2017 at 7:55 PM | Comments (0)
I went to the house by myself today and painted the car port. It was peaceful and meditative—and this is coming from a person who used to think I would never want to own anything but a condominium, because I didn’t want to have to take care of the exterior and grounds.
You could say I’m growing up.
In the right light, the color (Pewter Tankard from Sherwin-Williams) is perfect: silvery gray with a touch of warmth. In morning light and under cloudy skies, it looks like a cooler gray, which is a little less sexy against the brick house, but it’ll do.
I am having the best time working on this house. Next up is cleaning and painting inside the car port, which is a big mess… but I have big plans for it. Big mess, big plans—sounds about right.
Posted 25 June 2017 at 7:00 PM | Comments (0)
It was a family priming affair today. All four of us (including our two boys, ages six and nine) spent close to five hours priming the car port. In the process, I learned that new parents should hold off all painting projects until children are old enough to help! It went faster, and they learned a new skill as well.
While we were priming, a neighborhood couple walked past us and yelled out that they were big fans of the gray paint sample. I am glad they agree. Goodbye, ugly terracotta!