December 2016 { Back porch progress } New insulation and drywall




We removed this drywall due to water damage.
Underneath was beadboard and old pink insulation. It was damp and smelled of mildew/ mold. There was no vapor barrier or house wrap, so water was seeping through the vinyl siding.

At some point there was a wall of windows(s) here. They were removed and replaced with this one window. The window frames were covered with wood planks, and the siding was nailed directly to the planks.

This old bead board was gently removed and is being stored for a future project.
To the left, and around the door, we have insulation and drywall.
We were able to keep the beadboard on the interior wall (to the right) and the ceiling.

We were able to recycle some pieces from my wood pile to trim the windows. With some caulk and paint, it will work.
The trim around the door I rescued from our dining room demolition. 

Next: clean, prime and paint! 
Shop for a floor runner rug, ceiling light fixture, and window treatment.

Future: Better quality exterior back door and window. Even with insulation, it is still freezing cold! 

Since we do need to replace our siding on the back porch, we can better insulate at that point.


{ Our Kitchen } up until December 2016

Here are some snapshots from our kitchen. Completely gutted but we made it work for awhile.
We started a remodeling project in December 2016, so the kitchen looks completely different now!

It is hard to see in the photos, but the walls are all exposed brick.
Since they were in really bad condition, I patched them and did a plaster/ paint  treatment. 

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There were two windows that were hiding behind the drywall. Since we were undecided about our kitchen remodel design, we kept them open. 
I built frames for the windows and covered them with curtains, and also tried building shutters from some rescued old closet doors. The fit is all wonky! I was picturing installing some sort of glass windows. I really love(d) all of the natural light in the kitchen.


Temporary kitchen set up. 
We were able to use the old sink and a portion of the old counter. 
The counter is resting on two cabinet end pieces saved from the old kitchen cabinets.
Garbage and recycling is hiding behind the curtain.



February 29, 2016 { Leap year birthday }

Hello
As some of you know I only have a birthday every four years, and this year was one of those years. Thank you for all of the wonderful birthday wishes, cards, emails, etc. Really appreciate all of the love! :)
I am in the process of writing thank you notes, but am moving at my typical tortoise speed. So my apologies.

Here is a video of me at my party (Spoiler alert: it's not really me).
 
I love Flossie! We could be soul sisters.

Gotta go. Need a nap...

January 2016 { Home improvement and DIY projects }

Hello
Just wanted to post some home improvement updates. My photos are from my new cell phone and they are pretty bad. Still trying to work out the kinks.

Let's start with the stairway:

Remember when we moved in and pulled out the nasty old carpet?  We installed new carpet because we couldn't deal with refinishing the stairs at that point in our lives. 
Well, we ripped it out again! It was poor quality- installed in pieces vs a runner. 


Since it was time to do some work around the stairway, I removed the spindles and trim. 



Spindles and trim waiting for minor repairs and paint.
Remember the dining room table that our friend built? 
Well he built us a second dining room table! 
Isn't it a beauty? Such a nice friend, right? 

The other table he built will now be a desk in the office.




I used our new paint sprayer to paint these closet doors black.
These were the doors from the the upstairs bedroom closet, and will be used for a future project.


This was the old tile in our first floor bath that I decided to demo.
Guess what is underneath? Oak hardwood floors - the same floor throughout our main level


Oak hardwood floors peeking out from underneath the tile.

Update on my office / studio space: After removing the old paneling, I finished patching up the holes and primed the walls.

I thought wallpaper might be a good idea. But before that I wanted to try a wall covering made of fabric and liquid fabric softener. It is super easy to take down and doesn't damage the walls so it is easy to play around. There are lots DIYs on Pinterest.

I decided to use this pretty fabric that I have been holding on to forever. It is from a vintage duvet. The fabric is too fragile to sew or use in a quilt, but the starch really helped give the fabric new life. 






We removed the trim around the dining room window for some repairs, insulation, and to tidy up the trim.
Before : see how the trim is all chippy and peeling? 

After some cleaning up (photo above).
I still need to do some patching with wood putty and add a fresh coat of paint.

Happy New Year 2016

Hello world
I am just trying to get our stuff organized while hiding from the cold.
Our house is such a mess with all of the dust from our current projects. Constantly cleaning but it never stops. I have pictures to share, and now that the hibernation season is here my hopes are to make that happen. 
Also, thinking I need to check out some better office chairs. My current chair is comfy enough for 5 to 10 minutes max. 



photo from the movie A Beautiful Mind

more destruction


This is was the tile inside the front door, it came with the house. I held myself back from demo-ing this long ago but it wasn't at the top of our priorities. 

There it is at the bottom of the stairs (photo taken at closing).
after removing the transition piece- ick

This is my therapy!
Tile is gone! There is one hole from an old radiator, but otherwise it just needs to be sanded and refinished. 
Wish we would have ripped out the tile to begin with, but we didn't. 

I originally wanted to lay some new tile. It is a small area and shouldn't be too hard or that expensive.The only thing holding me back is that the floor is level now, and before it needed the wood transition piece for the 1-2 inch difference between the hardwood floor and tile. Does that make sense? Plus the door jams if there is a rug on top of the tile. 

If we do end up adding tile, I think a tiny black and white hexagon or penny tile would be my first choice. Similar to the photos below.


photo via