Thursday, July 17, 2014

Here a Little, There a Little!

It's been a while since I've posted anything.  Spring came.  With all it's wonderful nature bounty! Then Summer.  And we were just so delighted to be out of the snow and cold that blogging got put on the back burner!  But we have made some progress around here at the Money Pit! Would you like to see?  Here a little.  There a little.

We removed and replaced the ancient thermostat!

Yay for better control over the heat and air conditioning!

We discovered a missing drawer front---hidden back behind the drawer---for a little desk in the kitchen!

A little scraping, fixing, gluing, and clamping....

And our little kitchen desk was back in business!!!

We painted the side front door to match the regular front door!  It looks SO much better!

And it matches!

I decided to paint some of the newel posts and railings black.  The jury is still out on whether I like them.  But they are too widespread for modern safety standards anyway---so changing them all up is still a future project.  (No grandchildren falling on their heads, please!)

More scotch tape was found and dealt with in the office.

I have decided that there should be a law prohibiting children from buying, using, or even touching scotch tape!  I have found bits and pieces of it all over the inside and outside of this house---and of course it is impossible to remove!  Much of it old and brittle and stuck down hard.

Give children masking tape!  It doesn't hurt a thing and the worst residue it can leave is easily scrubbed off.  (My new mission in life---to get children to turn in their scotch tape dispensers for free masking tape!  Let the violence to walls and doors END!!!)

This particular batch had been painted over!  So when I pulled it off, it took part of the wallboard.  Making for yet another unnecessary wall patch!  Sigh.

Tee hee hee.  This wallpaper border was also an interesting tidbit we found in the office.   I imagine the previous owners making this decision:   "Hmmm.  The ceiling does something different here---how shall we handle the wallpaper border?"  "I know!  Let's just split it in half!  And pretend the bottom half stretched all the way through the alcove!"

I could have just removed all of the wallpaper border, but I kind of liked it--so I simply removed the sections that were so silly!

And then painted everything to match.  Much better.

Do you remember our sad little powder room!?

With the toilet that had rust stains that wouldn't go matter what I scrubbed, bleached, or pumiced them with!?

 And that wonderful brass hanging light fixture---that came down on both sides of the missing mirror---but only worked on one side---with both globes missing?

And the 1990 texture-looking vinyl wallpaper?

Yes, THAT powder room!  The one we could welcome guests into.  Yea.  Yuck!

The wallpaper removal was a total pain!

But we got it done!

And then found moldy wallboard behind the toilet.  Because the toilet was leaking.  (A theme in this house.)

The toilet got ripped up and thrown away!  (I'm actually an expert now at toilet removal--this being my 4th!)

Did you know a hair dryer is an essential plumbing tool?!  Well it is!  Especially for stuck pipes that won't budge when you are trying to replace a faucet!

But here it is!  The finished powder room!

Ta Da!!

Brand new "Edison Bulb" light fixture!  And a new mirror!

New faucet!  (I installed it all by myself!)

New towel rack.

New toilet!  New paint!  And a brand new feel!

Maybe guests will actually come back for a second visit now instead of running screaming into the night!

That's all the tidbits of progress I have to show today!

But here's our next big project:


Stay tuned for the expense and trauma and toil and sorrow.....  ; )

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