(except for my laziness to write about it)Read More Everything is fixable!
Starting a project is always fun. The excitement of change, the endless possibilities… which end up simply turning into endless projects. Yep, we have a few of those.Read More Unfinished projects – a visual guide of procrastination
(this is long). (I promise I will make a point eventually). (or not). As part of the epic never-ending bedroom restoration, it’s time to tackle the floors.Read More An ode to our pine floors
It’s official: we have out-of-town guests arriving in 43 days. That means we have to vacate the rear parlor/guest room and move back into our bedroom. This is what it looks like right now:Read More T-43
Progress has been slow these days and work happens in fits and bursts. In the 3 years since we’ve taken over care of the Pink Lady, there has been a grad school graduation, a new job, and a miscellany of small events that go along with being an adult (ha!). In other words, life continues […]Read More Austerity (or the fear of unannounced visitors)
We’ve been in the house just under 27 months, at that point where things just drag on. The initial steam wore off and we got used to camping in our home. No oven? No problem, use the toaster oven. No direct access to the back yard? No problem, climb down the fire escape and use […]Read More A plan of sorts
Progress is slow but steady, with a good portion of the paint on the garden level gone. For most part, it’s a pretty straight forward process: apply the goop, cover with paper, wait, scrape, wash. Repeat if necessary. But since this is a learn-by-doing type of project, I found out that removing paint from where the […]Read More Stubborn paint
The paint is off the woodwork in our bedroom. Yey! Over the course of three days, our amazing paint stripping expert and her helper stripped the fireplace and fireplace cover, the pocket doors and moldings, the window frame and window seat, the base boards, the picture rails, as well as the moldings of the two […]Read More And…. scene!
Sometimes, even the most hard core DIY needs a little professional help. Since we seem to be a bit morose these days when it comes to getting stuff done around here, we decided to treat ourselves to a little help in the paint stripping department. Check out the results of day 1: The initial feeling […]Read More And then this happened
We blew through our funds getting the garden apartment ready to rent, as well as spending money in the very un-glamurous-yet-very-necessary electrical and plumbing departments. Towards the end of last year, with the garden apartment rented, it was time to take a break and save up some cash for the projects ahead. They are: Façade: […]Read More Waking up from a long winter nap