Author Archives: ellen

Kitchen Progress

After days of work that did not show lots of results, today progress was made. First job was to connect the kitchen drain. The cabinet is now closer to the side wall so I thought I should move the drain … Continue reading

Posted in -Chronological Recent Posts, Design Style, Kitchen, Plumbing | Comments Off on Kitchen Progress

Another Wet Look Bar Top Counter

For the second counter top I scaled back the sanding and left the original finish mostly intact, and I decided most of the damming of the sides was unnecessary. So I only taped the edges and let the first seal … Continue reading

Posted in -Chronological Recent Posts, Finishes, Kitchen | Comments Off on Another Wet Look Bar Top Counter

Decorative Cracks in the Concrete

The steamer works great to get the blobs of paint and dried compound off the floor. There were some unprotected areas like in this closet that really needed work. I used one of the small bristle brush attachments to scrub … Continue reading

Posted in -Chronological Recent Posts, Design Style, Maintenance and Repair | Comments Off on Decorative Cracks in the Concrete

Kitchen Sink Sound Proofing Decor

I’m going to start spending more time on decorative touches and less on large building projects. We have all the finish work to complete now that the drywall is installed. The kitchen sink bottom is visible under the open cabinet … Continue reading

Posted in -Chronological Recent Posts, Finishes, Kitchen, Maintenance and Repair, Reduce Reuse Recycle | Comments Off on Kitchen Sink Sound Proofing Decor

Wet Look Counter Top

The kitchen counter next to the sink was starting to turn grey and rot. Despite the silicone coating under the sink rim, water was collecting in a low spot on the pine counter. I read about finishing the wood with … Continue reading

Posted in -Chronological Recent Posts, Design Style, Kitchen, Maintenance and Repair | Comments Off on Wet Look Counter Top

List for my month of recovery

I’m working on a list of low energy tasks for post-surgery progress on the house. Once we are sure the drywall and painting is completed there are several tasks that are pretty easy and should not take much effort. Shopping … Continue reading

Posted in -Chronological Recent Posts, Planning | Comments Off on List for my month of recovery

Cleaning the Concrete Floor

The drywall and paint process made a big mess on the concrete. Although they vacuumed and swept, and they put paper on the floor before sanding and painting, the whole floor has ground in drywall dust on it. I contacted … Continue reading

Posted in Construction, Maintenance and Repair | Comments Off on Cleaning the Concrete Floor

From Primer to Paint with Detour to Hospital

I didn’t go to the hospital because of the painting, but because I developed scar tissue from the August surgery and had to be cut open again to alleviate a blockage in my intestine. Another Friday night emergency, although Dave … Continue reading

Posted in Design Style, Distractions | 1 Comment

From Drywall to Primer

The drywall is finally done. I think Hector feels good about the job being done too. It was a long hard battle to get the drywall around all the odd shapes of our house. It took more sheets of drywall … Continue reading

Posted in Construction, Design Style | Comments Off on From Drywall to Primer

Safety for the Birdies

Covering the chimney opening with barrier wire has been on the to do list for some time. Luckily some square wire mesh was accessible in the full garage so I cut some and installed it on the chimney. Every spring … Continue reading

Posted in Fireplace Boiler, Maintenance and Repair | Comments Off on Safety for the Birdies