Friday, April 1, 2011

March 2011--month in review

February we felt good, like we were really getting back into the swing of remodelling.  I'm not sure what happened to us in March.

Guest Bedroom
  • hang pictures
  • reupholster antique chair install closet doors
  • fix hinge-bound door so it will actually close


  • make and hang curtains still halfway done--mom, do you want to come finish the job you started for me?  ;-)
  • reupholster footstool
  • put laminate on top of craft table
  • paint and hang door

Hall Bath
  • skim coat walls a little more
  • repaint walls
  • really, really scrub grout--and if that doesn't remove yellowing, try one of those grout pens I got a magic eraser, and dang, those things are magic--it removed dirt from the tub bottom that I thought was there forever!  I also erased my fingernails, so be careful how you hold those things!  The grout just laughed back, however, so I guess we're on to the pen.
  • hang at least one picture/piece of art I'm thinking of buying something like this:

  •  install closet door knob
  • install hooks where I can hang my work clothes 
  • install new light fixture

Hall/Living Room/Kitchen/Dining Room
  • knock down walls to make these all a single space
  • install structural beam to replace structural wall  P has been brushing up his engineering skills and reading about beams
  • patch existing oak flooring where walls were removed
  • make new attic hatch
  • replace textured ceiling in kitchen
  • remove wood panelling and replace with drywall
  • remove vinyl floor in kitchen, and lay new hardwoods there and over exposed subfloor in dining room
  • commit to new kitchen plans I've been sketching ideas, and then using IKEA's kitchen planner to turn them into 3D renderings.  We won't be using IKEA products, so the measurements and appearances aren't exactly right--but "within a few inches" is good enough at this stage.  Good enough for me to see that I like where things are going!
  • build new kitchen cabinets (at least the lower ones)
  • get/make new countertops
  • install backsplash
  • run plumbing for gas range
  • install new sink
  • remove windows in dining room, and replace with french doors out to backyard spent a while staring at doors.  It's amazing how inexpensive a decent set of prehung french doors are, and how expensive screen doors are--seriously, it will cost us nearly as much to hang two flimsy screen doors as the entire french door assembly will!
  • buy fireplace screen and make the occasional fire    
  • replace hearth tile
  • make living room curtains (purely ornamental)
  • figure out window treatment for front windows that will maximize both light and privacy (plantation shutters?)
  • install new baseboard and crown molding
  • install doors on coat closet
  • fix draft under front door
  • install lots of new outlets to bring house up to newer codes for required number of outlets per room
  • install new lighting

Utility room
  • build utility room
  • buy and install new tankless water heater
  • run plumbing and install utility sink
  • run plumbing and vent lines for washer/dryer 
Master bedroom
  • lay hardwood flooring over exposed subfloor
Master Bath

  •  give ugly medicine cabinet a cosmetic face lift

  Crawl Space 
  • complete encapsulation 99% of the way there....
  • test house for radon
  • enjoy running lots of plumbing and wiring for new kitchen/utility room/great room in new, dry, clean space


  •  fix roof leaks P's still puzzling over the remaining leaks--sometimes water pours in, sometimes it doesn't.  Maybe something to do with wind direction? 
  • continue to work to make this a functional wood shop for P (so he can spend lots of time out there building me new kitchen cabinets!) P has spent a lot of time out there this month building himself things that are key (I hear) to his ability to build other things.  He now has the nicest utility cart known to man.  I guess I should have seen that one coming if the point of the project was to practice cabinetry skills before launching into the kitchen project.

  • paint foundation to complement new stair color
  • figure out how to make exterior brick look good after we cut into it to install afore-mentioned french doors
  • paint front door a more lively color (it should be easy to beat white)
  • work with P's brother A, a professional landscape designer, to come up with an actual design for our landscape
  • remove a few more azaleas
  • add more plants and beds to continue moving toward cottage garden look started my seeds and am happily doting on them 
  • grow a tomato that doesn't rot before it ripens started those seeds too--selected varieties that seemed less likely to split than last year's beefsteaks (i.e., currant tomatoes--even smaller than cherry tomatoes--and plum tomatoes)
  • try to agree on privacy plantings for west property line, and plant them so they have some time to grow decided to go with Yaupon (or similar) hollies here as well.  We placed an order with A, and are waiting to see some trees
  • buy and plant Yaupon hollies on east property line  see above
We made some progress this month, but I didn't get to cross off a single item.  Ouch.

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