Sunday, February 28, 2010

Things I've learned in life


If there is anything I have learned in my renovation experience it's that you make a comprehensive plan in advance, make sure you have all the tools and parts, make sure all the parts you are using actually work, and create a work flow for yourself that follows a logical progression. Over the past couple weeks we re-tiled our shower and followed none of this advice.

Truthfully, we didn't really lay out a plan for ourselves. We just new we wanted subway tile. With a couple bumps in the road, the installation of the cement backer board, the new dyrwall and the tiling went ok. Our biggest mistake was trying to re-use the shower faucet. We thought everything was in working order, but didn't look closely. The seat on the hot water side was corroded and wasn't coming out. So, I went to Home Depot and purchased a new shower faucet. When I got home, I realized that I didn't have all copper fittings so back to HD I went. I think I went back and forth to HD 7 times in the last 2 days all because I didn't follow my own advice. Now, I'm tired.

Next up is building a vanity. I think I plan it out a little better.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Pub In Peekskill

I don't think it's any secret that we enjoy a good beer, plus also love to hear about new businesses joining our town.  So super excited to read on Peekskill Daily about a new tavern due to open soon in downtown Peekskill - Birdsall House.  Not only does it sound like like a place we will enjoy, but I love that the proprietors are posting pictures of their restoration/renovation of the place and blogging about it too (and they are much better at it than I am!!)  Can't wait to go!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Paint Shop



Since the paint won't set properely outside in cold temperatures, I've set up a basement paint shop. Not only is this going to take a very long time, but the fumes are getting to Amanda. Good thing I have a cold.


7 Different Kinds of Smoke!!!!!

As millions of fans and loyal readers to this blog can attest to, we are very slow to post our progress. The truth is we have been very lazy in doing the work. We have started a few small projects, mostly painting, but haven't made a lot of progress. I think the neighbors are starting to think that we will never get this rundown house fixed up. But, that's all going to change this week. Amanda and I both have the week off and I have a very ambitious list of tasks for us:

1. Clean and organize the house including the basement and garage. I have tools everywhere and it's time to straighten up a bit.
2. Finish the basement doors and jacking up the 2nd story. We had some termite damage and I started the demo, but never finished putting it back together.
3. Finish painting the foyer. It's almost done, just needs a bit of touch up.
4. Finish the attic closet. This was a project started months ago that I never finished. (Are you starting to notice a pattern here?) All it needs is a little paint and add some shelving.
5. Paint the guest room. It's really not bad, but it's purple. Enough said.
6. Paint the dinning room. It's mustard yellow and gross.
7. Replace the siding on 1 side of the house. This is going to be my big winter project and since I already have the pump jacks set up, I may as well get started.
8. Start the bathroom renovation. All we are doining is tearing out some tile on the wall and replacing it with drywall. It should be easy. Famous last words.
9. Replace shocks and shock mounts on the pick up.
10. Finally, we need to pick up dog shit. It's supposed to snow in a few days and if we don't pick it up now, it will stay there frozen until spring.

I'll keep you all posted.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pump Jack Set Up

When we freshened up the paint on our Spanish bungalow, all it took was a roller on an extension pole




This project has been much more complicated = labor and time intensive, and thus the "painting" has not yet even begun.  J. promises to add some text to more fully explain these pictures. 


 







 





 

 









 

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Color Selection Method

Here's what indecision looks like  :)



 

 

And then finally, we have a winner!
 

UPDATE:

Unfortunately, while a color decision has been made, no actual progress has been, so our house will look like a patchwork quilt for the foreseeable future!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

House Paint

Well the summer is almost over, but we are finally getting around to painting the house. We had originally tried to sand the cedar shingles (the house is cedar shakes on the second floor and stucco on the first), but discovered that was just not going to work. The new plan is to paint the first floor, and then pull all the old shingles off (saving any that are still in good condition) and install new shingles pre-painted.

We've decided to use Behr paint (they were having a pretty decent sale over Labor Day) - Shady Willow for the main color, and then Red Bluff and a cream for the trim and accents. Hopefully will look something like this:




This is obviously not our house, but it has some of the same type of elements. Keep your fingers crossed - we're still hoping to get (most of it) done before snow!