Sunday, November 30, 2008
Ahh now I understand, our first WET snow of the year! Now having a corner lot has alot of advantages, but having twice as much sidewalk to shovel is not one of them.
My apprentice is surveying the area and deciding how to tackle this new snow. She finally went into the house, laid down, took a nap leaving the bulk of the work to me. How can you get mad at cuteness?
Saturday, November 29, 2008
So what does that have to do with home improvement? not much really. But I got a busrt of energy late last night and FINALLY got the bedroom door rehung! Whoo Hoo! Now being the only person that lives here, I don't have and real reason to shut the door, but it is still a neat milestone to reach. So I guess I did divert all power and compensate and I did get it done.
Found two gallon cans that were half empty and they are a kind of a celery green color that was used by a PO in the second bedroom, so I mixed them together and decided that I would try and paint the front sun porch with what I concocted. At first it kind of looked a bit to pale of a green and then went into it's darken stage.
I was kind of worried that it was gonna get real dark and defeat the purpose of being a "sunny" room. Actually the paint turned out ok . If I get some Boston ferns in there (being a north facing set of windows) they should do nicely and add something to the room. I really am holding off on the trim, it just kills me knowing underneath the white paint is some really nice poplar wood under there screaming to be let out, although a nice bright glossy white trim would really set the room off. The other train of thought, is that with the light color would the natural trim look ok? being so dark? I also was thinking of adding some beadboard and maybe that would help tie it all together and lessen the impact of knowing there is some cool wood under there.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Here are two pics of the door hardware. The first is the before and the second is the after. I think they turned out pretty good, I used brasso and some scraping to get the last of the paint out of the cravases.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here are some pictures of the picture rail in the bedroom. the last picture is of my wallpaper patch job in the front room.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I have spent the last few days vacuming cobwebs in the basement and think that a: it was never done by the past few PO's or b: there is one stealth spider that has been squirting her webs all over the damn place. But I think I got em! about the size of a head of a pin and brown (be my luck it was a brown recluse) yep, I painted right over that sucker and felt good about it too! So it is in the paint for future PO's
I finished the picture rail in the bedroom tonight. I'll post a picture later.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The door; this damn thing has kicked my butt for 3 weeks.
This is a stained only picure. I did get the first coat of poly on the door today and cleaned the hinges up a bit by just letting them sit in the same stripper that I use on the wood. They cleaned up pretty good but I need to get some brasso to give the brass a good polish. I started looking at the windows in the basement today, just anotherproject to add to the list. None of the windows close properly and you can feel the wind coming in around the sashes. So I just calked all the windows shut, covered the panes that were broke or in one case there was one pane that was to small for the frame, why even put a piece of glass in the hole in the first place if it isn't gonna fill the void all the way? So I bitched a bit and filled the holes. Thats it for the weekend.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Now I have a Porter Cable palm sander that his given me a few good years of use. But it will not keep the damn paper in place and after a few minutes the paper is flopping around and pissing me off. So much I felt like giving it a fast pitch across the room. But taking a few deep breaths, a few Ti Chi moves and a yoga stretch or two I reached for this Black and Decker kinda large vibrating sander that I tried a while back. This thing works like a champ! and uses less sand paper. So I am blasting through all the trim like a breeze stop the sander and my hands are still vibrating, so much so I take a break and 15 mins. later they are still vibrating.
So anyway, my hands are vibrating and I start to tackle the bedroom door. Whatever was used as a sealer was sure a pain to get off, this is even after I used stripper on the thing. But my trusty B&D plowed trough it without complaint.
I setup a "clean" room in the next room over in the basement so I can stain and finish in one room and still have the sander kicking up the dust in the other room. I put some plastic over the door to keep the dusties out.
Found another cool discovery today.
I know its kinda hard to read but the PO lady of the house had taken inventory of her canned goods. One is listed as 1945 and the other 1944. One lists how many cans of tomato's, plums, peaches etc. The first pic, you can see where she had crossed off the number of cans as she used them. When I first caught the writting out of the coner of my eye, I thought it was just measurements someone wrote down when they were making the shelves.
As a last note I painted the kitchen "closet" pantry this evening. Not to exciting but it needed it pretty bad. This is also where you can access the attic, which I haven't really mustered the courage to take a peek at yet.
Oh! I almost forgot! I was thinking of running some CAT 5 data cables into each room but again consulting my checkbook and thinking more about it I deceided that staying wireless is much easier and cheaper. I was able to tuck the cable modem and wireless router in an old upright 1920's radio that I have in the corner. Out of sight and out of mind, and I can get back into some serious X-Box again.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I started to strip the last pieces of the window casings for the Master Bedroom this evening and found the paint to be REALLY stuck to the wood. So much so that I might just write them off and replace them. I put 3 coats of stripper on the boards and the stuff still did not want to come off without a fight. But I think I will try the sander first and see what the does.
The second image is of the bedroom door. I got lucky on this (again) only one coat of paint! The only bummer is that both sides of the door are painted and I have to re-do both.
I have been sitting here for a few hours and I keep getting a smell of ashes that I think is coming from the fireplace. I double checked the damper and it is closed. I hope this isn't going to be a continuing problem. Or the second and third options are the dog just smells or is farting. Or a combination of all 3. What is pretty cool is ( sorry back to the bedroom door) that the door hardware is in great shape and the whole unit is mortised into the door itself. The original paint is still on the locking mechanism, but the old skeleton key is long gone. Looking inside the mortise, you can still see the chisel marks from the Carpenter that cut the wood out. I guess there where no pre-cuts from the factory back in the day. Something interesting I also found when removing the hinges was 3 pieces of old newspaper that was used as a template (maybe) to cut the mortise. I am not really sure.
One side talks about Gov. Smith bombed his own house for publicity and the other side talks about cancer in children.
I didn't find any dates and the paper looks as though the center is burnt out rather than cut. So, if any of my great following of fans of this blog might know what these papers are for, clue me!
I envision some half drunk carpender with a non-filter Pall Mall (or Lucky Strike, you choose) cigarette hanging out his mouth sticking that paper under there just to mess with some future owners head and chuckling about "I wonder how long it will take them to figure this riddle out" then taking another swig of half flat and warm beer like Hamms or Falstaff that was left over from lunch 3 hours prior. Who knows! The bloody mysteries of an old house!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thse last two pictures are of the basboards that I stripped and sanded. I finally finished them Saturday and got them back in place where they need be. Still have some trim to add like quarter round between the baseboards and the floor. The original didn't survive the removal and I just chucked them.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Last night I was working out of the basement and took some garbage out the back door. As soon as I let go of the handle I knew I was in trouble. I locked myself out. No keys, no phone, no nothing, but a dunb-assed look on my face. To top it all off, the weather changed Friday and it was about 30 something degrees outside with a good stiff wind blowing. And! I had no coat on. So, what to do. I checked all the windows, locked tighter than a bulls ass. I grabbed a large rock and proceeded to wail on the window. Now, let me tell you this was no movie where a guys walks up to a door and just gives the window a quick rap and the pane breaks, oh hell no! I wailed on this window 4 times and never left a chip in the glass.
Again, I am 6'2" and 225lbs and I could not break this damn glass! with a large rock in my hand. All I managed to do was make alot of noise beating on that door.
So I go next door and roust the the neighbor up, interrupted her movie and popcorn ( I could smell it) and asked for a screwdriver. Back over to the 454 house cusing, I was able to pull the trim off around the window. But so you think that damn glass would come out? My hands where turning numb and Mr. Schmeko was so shrivled up that I could feel him retreating deeper into my body cavitiy to stay warm. Back to the window, I finally was able to get the screwdriver under the pane, but it would slide back on me everytime it came to the edge of the frame, I was about having enough of this and being cold and tired I hooked the corner of the pane, and what the rock couldn't do I craked the corner of the glass, took the window out and reached in the door. Ahhh heat! Felt pretty bad about the glass and having to sacrifice a 90 year old pane for my stupidity.
Thats it for this weekend.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Spent a couple hours again on the room today. All I really did was paint the crown molding and pull up the paper from the floor, and vacuum.
I have to say that after all the furniture that I redone in my lifetime, the walls in this room turned out great! no bubbles, bumps, or roughness. The poly went on great, settled and dried well. There are a couple of runs here and there but nothing that is glaringly apparent. All the wood is smooth and looks pretty tough. I used about a gallon of the Minwax Polycrylic (water based) and sanded with a 3M foam sand block that I picked up (kinda like a sponge with sandpaper adhered to the outside). This was the first time I used one in a refinishing project and I am happy with the results. I only put two coats of the Polycrylic on just for expediency sake and probally should do another but maybe in the next rehab.
Wednesdays punch list:
Strip and redo all the baseboards, door and window casings.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Figure is out? Well let me tell you, when your thirsty and not paying attention they both look alike, except......one has spring fresh, filtered, de-chlorinated water and the other? Vinegar! Ummm! I grabbed the latter and thought; this is kinda heavy for a water bottle, crack open the the cap and.......whew! this thing stinks! ( and you thought I was gonna take a swig).
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The picture below is the first panel I did. My hands were to full of stain to get a shot of the whole room, and didn't want to get the phone camera all trashed with sticky stained hands.
I'm not sure if you can see the seam in the picture to the left but this was my first attempt at taping and mudding. As you may or may not see in the image, I did a crappy job. I was pretty lucky in that I only had 3 seams to tape and the other 2 turned out OK. I think also having the bright light shinning on the wall makes it stand out more.
The last picture is of my baby, she isn't to sure of the new house thing yet and absolutely hates the wood floors and on top of that she needs a bath. I guess she is getting a bit more comfortable cause to she took a poop in the yard today ( is that TMI?).
The other pictures have been added to the slide show below.
Counter sunk all the the brads that I used to tack the paneling up to the wall, filled in with putty and sanded everything down with my trusty sander. I really had to be carefull not to let the sander sit on the wood to long for fear of burning through the top layer ply.
Sanded all the drywall and reapplied mud on some of the areas that needed a bit more.
I purchased a gallon of Minwax Early American stain and a gallon of of Minwax Polycrylic Satin finish. I am not sure if I am going to spray it on with my compressor ( the polycrylic) or brush it on with a foam brush. I have had good luck in the past with both methods.
Thats it for tonight