Saturday, February 18, 2012

Week 16 - Checklists and Paint Frustration

It was such a nice day today that I decided to venture to the edge of the property in the back to see what was there. I discovered that the yard abuts the aqueduct which transports water from western Massachusetts into Boston.

Of course once spring comes, it will be too overgrown for easy access, but for now, you can just see the edge of our little project house peeking out in the upper right hand corner of this photo.

See the tires? I counted. There are 20 of them and they appear to form a ring around what was once used as a fire pit, most likely for burning yard debris. Right now, I am torn about disposing of them prior to sale. Digging them up will be a chore. Thoughts?

Inside, the rooms at the end of the house are nearing completion and they are all sporting checklists in their windows. This one is in the small bedroom.

And this one is in the full bath. More to do there. Such a fussy little room.

And then there is the paint sprayer....

What had previously filled the Mr. with joy is now the source of large amounts of frustration. It decided to stop functioning. After a full day of tinkering, replacing components and trips to and from the paint store, he was certain that it would be fully operational again this morning.

Sadly, no. Time to break out the rollers I guess.

The faithful chandelier has been unceremoniously dumped in the garage.

Aw, poor thing.

Mango Momma

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Week 15 - Tile and Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen cabinets made the journey from the work shop to the job today. Here they are in the master bedroom awaiting installation.

Tiling. Ugh. Up down, cut measure, very hard on the knees and back.

As with everything on this project, keeping it as bland as possible.

Check out the cool high tech spacers. Like little spaceships. Easier both to use for keeping the tiles the correct distance from each other and to get out once the tile has set.

I'm always amazed at the amount of "stuff" that goes into running a project. The nice thing about this project is that it can all be stored wherever is convenient as there is no resident home owner to work around.

Also, it is a relief to have the house smelling like new paint instead of dead mice and years of fud.

The living room is temporarily saw central.

Tile is up off the kitchen and family room floors. The original plan was just to go over the existing, but it provided too uneven a surface, so up it came. Remember, this house is just built on a concrete slab.

For those of you who never had the pleasure of owner a circa 1960 house, here is what a vintage boiler looks like. Kind of monstrous. We had one like it in our old house and it always scared me a bit. Just doesn't look like something that would actually function.

And here it is, your chandelier photo of the week...

Mango Momma

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Week 14 - Paint, Tile, and Outside Cleanup

This time around there are a lot fewer subcontractors on the job. That means not only that we save money, but the Mr. can work on several things at once so as not to cause too much strain on his old body from persistent work which requires bending, stooping, or working overhead.

For example, the shower stall tiling. Ouch. What a pain that is. So much tile to chop up, stepping in and out of the shower, and reaching up. No fun, but done!

In between, some work on the baseboard in the main bath.

And the little half bath. Nice corner! It's sweet touches like that which give the house a finished look even if people don't really know what they are seeing. Baseboard trim, you don't see it when it's there, but you know it's ugly when it isn't and none of these little ranch houses had any trim when they were built.

The bedrooms and bathrooms all have freshly painted ceilings now. No spray painting for that, just a traditional roller.

They don't call it a "wet saw" for nothing. What a mess. Much easier when you have a nasty unfinished space to setup in (note your weekly chandelier photo).

See the bottom panel of the garage door? Nice and new. Instead of buying a whole new door, the Mr. found a guy to just replace the bottom panel and fix the lock. Paint on the upper panels will complete the job.

James the helper returned to do some cleanup out back. Here is the former site of the shed.

And here is the shed itself. Can you say firewood?

In addition to dismantling the shed, James set to starting to remove some of the accumulated debris from the back wooded area.

To whit, not one, not two, but THREE lawnmowers (as well as dozens of discarded flower pots and other stuff). WTF?

Mango Momma