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The weather here is frosty most nights. Low temps up and down between 25 to 44. Few snow flurries already this year. The hardest winter in my area is in Feb when the temps drop to 5 degrees off and on.
The house construction is kinda slow these days. Winter brings less income. Most of the outside siding is on. The deck has been lowered but not level yet. Hubby really hates the deck leveling job and has put is off until I scream to have it done. He asked what did I want for Christmas and I said a level deck and that didn't go over too well. Sigh.
Several pictures to show.
first= the outside of the house. Three more sheets of siding to complete the front of the house siding...the back is complete. The ends on the second story need a few more sheets. I still cannot make up my mind on what color to paint the house. rolling my eyes.
Someone gave us some lynolium tile and it was enough to cover the livingroom, dinning room and kitchen floor. It's not what I really want but I can mop the floor now.
But since the floor was still a subfloor and osb board, I had to sand the floor before I could lay the tiles. I used liquid nail to lay the tiles==even though the liquid nail said not to use with lynolium tiles... It always worked in the past and this is temporary for a few years.
I hung my skillets and what have ya on the kitchen side of the stair case wall. It's not all my skillets and cast irons but most of it. I can't hang it all right now cause the black board will not hold the weight. These are hanging on the wall studs. Later when I put up the wood wall panels, it can handle the weight of the smaller cast irons. There is a few antique strainers on the wall too. (looking for cast iron serving utensils )
edited= the shelf is temporary and that is where a future cabinet and counter top will be.
The bathroom window = looks like colored glass but its not. It is a sheet of plastic that you put on the window to make it look like colored glass.
You can't see out and no one can see in. they sell it at home depot where you find the blinds for windows... The part of the window that you cannot see is the top section of the window and it does not have the plastic art window covering so I can look out if I need to but high enough off the ground that no one can look in.
The front door has a little glass art too. stones. You can't see it very well in the picture but it looks better in person. My son used this design on one of his windows and had some left overs and i cut it up and used it like this on the front door. We can't find anymore of this design to finish the window yet.
edited= the plastic glass art is not glue on. You just wet the window and stick it on and it stays. I like it.
Went Flea Marketing yesterday. I bought an Amber blackberry dish. (I collect amber). I have never seen one like this. I just had to have it for only $2.75
The outside of the bowl has the impression of the leaves and the blackberries. Love it.
I struggled and changed my mind several times on the color for the house. I like earthy colors but I like pastels too. I wanted a color that would match the design of the house...barn...but I didnt like how dark that would be. Then I thought tan but that is so blah and very common. I didn't want Doll House colors cause it is a barn style house...but I REALLY like Sweet Pea which is a tad darker than pastel green. I am 99.99 percent sure this will be the color with white doors, white trim, white shutters.
to give you an idea of the color, I have an Old Picture of some cabinets that was in the home that burned. They were Sweet Pea green.
I went with pastel softer color cause the summers are also dreadfully hot and I was hoping a lighter color would be cooler in the house. I like sage too but I love sweet pea.. I can't paint until March or April. Need a few warm sunny days so the paint bonds well.
NO NO =feeling good about a color is not half the battle. The large part of the battle is not changing my mind cause there is so much time to think about it. But me and hubby been talking about it for a couple of months and sweet pea is one color I can't seem to shake off my mind.
Hubby's occupation for 22 years has been a Painter. Color decks everywhere and so many pretty colors to choose from. It will most likely take 15 gallons to paint two coats of the main color. 5 gallons on trim and doors. etc. ($550)
We didn't have the money to put insulation on the inside of the walls before winter hit. We are being guinea pigs and trying out the black board insulation on the windy end of the house inside. The bathroom is complete and only has black board insulation inside and out, the exterior siding and the wood interior siding and it holds the heat in very well surprisingly, But the temps havent been low for a long time yet either.\
There is no insulation upstairs yet. It has to be the R30 in the roof ceiling and that is a Spring project. It's gonna cost out the yang yang.
We ran across a product many years ago when it first came on the market. In fact, we were going to be distributors for the product but it didn't work out. It was bubble wrap sandwiched between foil. It was amazing how well it worked. It was called astrofoil, I think. They sent us a good sized roll of it and we put it in our windows for winter and in the big picture window in summer to keep out the heat from the afternoon sun. It was amazing. If we ever do build us a house we will definitely go with that product.
So much goofy information on insulating.
Our house has R-11 fiberglass in the walls. Use the unfaced stuff, it's lowest price, too. It fits perfectly in between the studs. Make sure there are no open spots. Cover this with plastic sheeting, then your wall covering, drywall, etc.
For the ceiling use the blow in cellulose. We put it about 14" thick here. R-40. It gets all the corners filled so there is no heat lose anywhere.
Our heating costs are very low & didn't need the air conditioner much last summer even with an extra hot summer.
The entire upstairs is second story Gambrel roof. the roof was built with 2x6s. There is no attic to the second story roof. I need to insulate between those 2x6s with the best method / materials possible. I don't think I can use the blow insulation.
Just my 2 cents, but I like the color you picked! It's hard to see the exact color online from a picture you took, but I have always liked that color. I'd probably go a bit darker in the same color and I like your idea of white trim too. Can't wait to see it done one day. Love following along on your journey! I bet if you gave your mailing address, you'd get some donations just so we could see you get things done faster LOL!! Janet in W Houston
It was nice spending Christmas in our new home. It was a nice Christmas too. I got a hatchet and a small canister Rigid Shop Vac on wheels (wet/dry) And a sewing machine.
Thanks for following along everyone. It helps having others to talk to about decisions, plans, and ideas. Friends make the world go round.
time to stoke the fire and head to bed. It has been a long day. We Moved the shed today that we called home for 6 months. I can now move all the greenhouse supplies back into the shed and organize everything. Life is not boring.
I was too tired to think about details last night. Hubby thought he could lift the shed with a boom lift yesterday and the weight of the shed folded the boom lift which caused the shed to shift positions. Then when I said watch out for that satelite dish= you know that was the first thing he would hit. The he drug the shed over the water pipe and sewer pipe that were right next to the house and busted it all. We are suppose to cover those pipes with soil but haven't done it yet. He got it out of its cubby hole eventually and this is where it ended up. In front of the main greenhouse waiting for all the supplies/ inventory to be organized. I have containers sitting everywhere and lost a lot too cause most was sitting in the greenhouse during the hottest part of the summer which caused the containers to warp from the heat. Anyway= I have a big job ahead of me on top of having to sow seeds and get ready for spring sales.
Speaking of greenhouses. The business is called Crickets Greenhouse. Cricket is my nickname. My Home will be painted a green shade which is right here with the greenhouses. Cricket's Green House. ha. It crossed my mind last night that it goes together.
The bathroom sink. Doesn't have plumbing yet. We are suppose to have two bathrooms. The laundry room is the other bathroom. The bathroom shower and toilet that was in the shed is suppose to go in the laundry room which is next to my bathroom that we just put the sink in. We wanted to put the shower and toilet in place before we ran the plumbing to the sink so we could do it all at once. Time consuming details.
No telling when that will get done. blah blah
What we gonna do here is= cut the top of my head off...etc...
The plan is to use this sink in my bath til I can afford to have the one I want--which is actually an Oak kitchen base cabinet and a kitchen sink with a high rise facet. When I buy those then I can take this sink and put it in the other bathroom. wala.
Other issues in the house is= when we put the cast iron wood burner in, we ran the pipe up and out the side wall. This is causing a wind draft to push smoke into the house on windy days. It works fine as long as the wind is not blowing which isn't very often during the seasonal weather change. We are currently working on running the pipe up through the second story floor and up through the roof top the way it is suppose to be done. ug. Trying to get this done before the coldest winter hits..which is just around the corner.
We got our wood burner smoke pipe up and out the roof and it works like a charm. Amazing difference.
And the pipe going through the second story helped heat the upstairs too.===no worries= it will have a lattice wall around it to prevent
the babies from touching or falling into it.(soon)
I do want to make the bathroom sink look more country. Did you know you can buy a wood stain gel (applied over a special base coat) and use a wood grain trowel and make flat painted surfaces look like natural wood grain? Yep... It takes a little practice and know how and we have both experiences.
Hubby wants to make the white metal exterior doors look like wood grain too...all a spring project
My SIL did that with an ugly side table. She painted it yellow, wood grained it brown, stained it reddish and then with black stain to make it look like mahogany. She may have done even more layers than that but it looked like she had traded it for a mahogany table ☺
This ceiling fan was thrown away by one of charles' customers because it needed screws.
We bought all the screws for it. Hubby put it together and there was two wires that he didn't know what to do with. The upper globe is a dim light and comes on seperate from the lower globe votives. One problem. The fan doesn't want to turn until you give it a little push.
Is it salvageable?. I never heard of a ceiling fan repair shop.
It's amazing what people throw away! We got a nice double camp chair because it needed a few screws!
I just asked my engineer hubby about getting the fan to turn. He said he doesn't think there's anything you can do. Keep a long stick handy to get it going. LOL! That's a very pretty fan and wall fixture. Way to go!
hubby did not look into the actual fan motor casing...just the initial wiring. He knows nothing at all about electronic and small motor wiring and wouldn't know what he was looking at , except a ball of copper, even if he tried so He/ we didn't think to look inside for loose wiring.. As far as we know= it is not a remote. I even thought about using a motor from another fan but that will be next to impossible with my knowledge cause = well,,I don't know what I am doing and also the motor casing has controls for two sets of lights and I have never seen a fan with two sets of lights like this...so it might be hard to rig. The Fan and light is used...was taken down...the screws were lost ...so I don't know how long it was stored away either. Wonder if I should spray the fan ????? housing???? thinga ma flangie with some W-D... OH anyway... I am sure I won't stop thinking about it until I know for a fact that it can or cannot be repaired.
the belated happy birthday being a year later comes just before this years birthday= Feb 9. But thats cheating and I want a new birthday gift...aren't I greedy? lol.
LOL ~ who knows what surprise he'll have in store for your next birthday. Sounds like he is good at spoiling you. 8 )
I wouldn't use WD 40 on it. I think only the part where the blades turn would need oil. When you turn the fan on, do you hear the motor hum like it is trying to start? Does it reverse and have you tried it both directions?
well. Like all husbands, they tend to be a @!&% sometimes.
The sad truth to it all.
Ok...here goes...on the day that hubby installed the fan , he checked to see if the motor would turn before he put the blades on it and he had to give it a push to get it going but I was not sitting there when he did this but my sister was...They both said the motor was turning if you help start it...I wasn't there when he actually put the blades on either. I was there after he got the lights on it and told me about the motor issue. I thought they knew what they were talking about...
So I did ask the other day if the motor made a noise or a racket. Hubby said no. which is the answer i gave here.
Tonight when you asked = when you turn the fan on , do you hear the mo tor hum like it is trying to start...I went to the kitchen and turned it on myself to hear the motor. I heard nothing. I gave it a push and it slowed down to nothing. I saw that it wasn't even balanced up there. The blades are rubbing against the rim...off set to one side...one side scrubs and the other side does not... So I started asking hubby questions = like====ummm when you gave this fan motor a push to get it going, could you hear the motor running? He said no. It was quiet. So, you never heard the motor run? NO I didn't...he was getting irate with me and started acting like he was offended that I was asking questions and said the motor doesnt work. The fan is no good. (rudely) I said ok. What made you think the motor was running when you pushed the blades and they turned? He said he didn't try it after the blades were on...he only tried it when the blades were off. I threw my hands up and walked away saying,,,you just made me look retarded. I feel retarded. The end . rofl.
He is upset with me. He doesn't want to bothered with it. I guess I need to take a crash course about ceiling fans...find the time to take it down piece by piece and figure it out...what if the fan itself can never be used? So sad.
Let me tell ya a secret...If I start doing something that I have no idea what I am doing, hubby will jump in and help... I been doing that for years.
No the motor does not hum. It does not turn on it's own.
LOL Cricket ~ that makes me laugh. Don't feel retarded... and your husband is NOT upset with you. How retarded do you think he feels knowing that he went to the trouble to assemble and install it. I'd bet he is upset with himself.
Quoting: Let me tell ya a secret...If I start doing something that I have no idea what I am doing, hubby will jump in and help... I been doing that for years.
and that sounds like my house. For years I would do that to jumpstart my husband. Now with age and health issues, I find myself doing more than I want to.
Today I went to use a new woodsplitter he thought I needed. Well, the young man that helps us sometimes assembled it and the ram is in a bind. Now, I need to find the paperwork and see if I can figure out what he did wrong. Just one more project. My patience does wear thin...
I googled ceiling fan motors...read about parts that can be ordered and replaced which is mostly two parts...the capacitor and the motor and read how to know which one needs to be replaced. Then I watched a few Youtubes about ceiling fan motors so I won't be completely lost when it is time to open this ceiling fan up and disect it. And I will be finding out if the Lighting and Lamp company can order the motor for me.
Yes mam. google said the same thing. It would be such a shame to throw away this ceiling fan. I even tried finding one just like it on google but no luck. For a motor with 3 speeds and reverse, it might cost about $100 for a motor. Most capacitors cost about $50. give or take.
Lighting and Lamp said I would be better off getting another Fan.
so===as pretty as it is, this is what im gonna do.
when I find a dinning room ceiling fan light that I am happy with,,which is gonna be hard comparing it to this one, I will take this one down and
put it over the kitchen sink without the fan blades...just a light. why not?
I am so glad we have a wood burning heater.
We have an electric heat unit too . It comes on when the wood burns out in the wood burner cause we were too
lazy to wake up and fill the heater.
Guess what? The heating coils are not heating correctly in the electric heat unit.
It's gonna get cold tomorrow night...25ish. and the next night too. Burr
That is a sensible approach that will pay off in the end.
We have 2 dogs also. We lost our schnoxer pup a few months ago. He went up to the road and a coal truck got him. He was a very good ratter. Now we have the 4yo guard dog that is a boxer/bullmastiff/german shepherd mix and my best bud border collie that will be 14 in the spring. He has been with me through thick and thin and I hope he lives to be 100.
I am Liz and new here. Found your post and had to give it a read. All I can say is
Wow, what a busy place.
The home is comming along beautifully . The birthday gift light is just incredible. Thank you for sharring your journey here .
Hey Liz. I am glad you enjoyed it. It is busy most of the time but I enjoy the Fall months. That is my time off. After Christmas everything starts rolling again. You would think Winter was my time off but it's not cause I spend most of the winter sowing and growing seedlings by the thousands and thousands. and more thousands.
I am sooooooo impatient. I want to paint the house Now. But I must wait. :( And I want some gutters! I need to paint all the bare wood before we put on the facial board that the gutters get connected to... Impatiently waiting for warm weather. March? ish
As usual , tossing things around trying to make things work to my liking.
We went to Home Depot today and they had some ceiling fans on sale. Their orignal price was 49.95 and we bought two for 15.oo each. They are white. The gold grape fan blades on the damaged ceiling fan fits the new ceiling fan. We are switching out the blades and going to move the other light to the kitchen sink with no blades. I had no plans of doing this right now but couldn't pass up the Sale .
Will post pictures later.
When you get the gutters up will you be harvesting rain water?
I am going through my seeds and deciding what I will plant this year. Getting my planting calendar layed out too. My legs have been hurting a good bit the last 2 days so I am taking some down time and putting it to good use.
I am also hosting a seed swap again for my community. I had one last year but the day of the swap turned off cold, windy and wet. Nobody here had ever heard of a seed swap. I wanted to have one for 2 main reasons. 1, I hoped to get some young people to take up gardening and 2, this is a very impoverished area. I hoped to get food on the tables of people who really needed it. I do know of a couple people who got seeds and took up gardening so it was a success on that point. I was suprised that people are asking me to do the swap again so I am glad to do it. Lots of people here on DG were so good to donate to my cause last year and I have lots of those seeds left so I will be trying my best to get folks gardening again this season.
Yes Yes...can't wait to harvest water again. I use to have barrels on the ends of the home that burned catching water. So Nice. I miss it.
I am sorry your legs are hurting...remind me again what your problem is.
I have arthritis in my knees , back , hands and elbows. (for 20 years now in my knees) I love sunshine!!!!!! I am worse when it rains. Sometimes can't walk. Knees lock up in the middle of the night. The description of pain on a scale from 1 thru 10 and 10 being the worst, the scale is a 15.
Which is why I love container gardening and high raised beds. Your community seed swap is a very nice thing to do. I hope you have lots of progress with it this year.
Our son has a doctors appt Feb 16th about the cyst in his leg bone.
Hubby went to an estate sale yesterday. He bought a 250 gal propane tank for $50
A hand sown quilt for $10. Somebody put a lot of time into it. Not a pretty color...definitely scrap odds and end materials. Some Wool squares too. Bought my son a couch and two chairs, fairly decent for $15. We put them upstairs. He is now set up with his own living room/ game room. If the doctor has to drain and fill the cyst in his leg, we might have to move his bed downstairs for a while.
A lot of things happening right now. Plus the greenhouse business getting ready for spring. Gardening has always been my retreat.
Sorry about your pain. I know the feeling. I hate when it is cold because my muscles hurt so much. Always stressed and in spasm. I have MD. I will be so glad when warmer weather is here to stay. But this winter has been so much better than the last 2.
Nope. But they will be 3 hours away, give or take.
I told her that no one will be there for her like there is now. No one to give her a break. No where to run to. Notta. Alone.
Her husband is a truck driver and stationed in Nashville and not allowed to bring the truck home.(new enforced existing rules)
Thoese are great buys. Lucky for you to live in an area where so much is available. We have next to nothing here being such a small town and we are right in the middle so to speak. 160 miles to the south or 140 miles to the north for the closest city of any size.
Cajun, best of luck on your seed swap! Will definetly due the community good. Wanted to get something like that going here with our community garden. Problem is I am 38 miles from town and not realy considered part of the community.
Wanted to find out what was needed to get involved with the farmers market here because it is pathetic. We had 4 venders and they wanted twice as much as the grocery stores. But to do so, I would need some help to get it set up since I have never done the market thing as a vender. Since I am not in the immediat community and won't be working there at the garden site, I don't fit the mold . Thats ok, I am used to that not fitting thing. The food bank will be very happy once all the beds get done and we are solidly producing.
We all suffer together as far as pain goes, the cold causes major problems for Tim and I as well . Not MD here, for me its, Fibro, myafacial pain, degenerative disk, arthritis, mitral valve prolaps, etc.etc.etc.
Can keep track any more Lol...
Cricket, how old is your son again? I know it was a nightmare trying to keep mine down when he fracture both of his knees in a fall. Nothing would keep him still ! Sounds like you have a great set up for yours. Truely hope for all of you that it is easily treated and he is off and on the run again soon.
Baby sat the grandkids today. Made Sonnie a comfy place on the love seat, put in a cartoon= Cars= and he's out like a light switch turning off.
His momma had a doc appt with the o.b.g.y.n. third baby due in May.
I always mock a hyper sleepy child. they make a bunch of noise, yelling, laughing, crying, then they just kinda fall asleep instantly==like turning off a light.
Precious!! My niece 's birthday is the same way sometimes it falls on Thanksgiving and sometime it does not. My 2nd to the youngest has a May 25th birthday and it is the same way with Memorial day. Every so many years his birthday falls on the holiday.
My husband bought me a computer desk today. I have been using a folding table. Papers stacked everywhere. hate it.
So here is the desk. used...$35. excellent condition. that press board stuff. wish it was real wood but i can live with this.
Oh===my son Chad looked through the hole in the center of the desk===where you pull the wiring through.
I want a U shape counter tops at the end of the kitchen looking over into the dining room but I have to do this one step at a time.
I bought a 6 ft Oak kitchen base cabinet today and two sheets of Oak plywood.
One sheet of oak was cut to fit the back of the cabinet. Hubby helped with that.
I measured , drew out my design, and cut the counter top out with a jig saw.
I wanted the outer base cabinet to have extra over hang for two bar stools.
I been putting on a coat of polyurethane all morning. Even sanded down the dining room table with 400 grit sand paper and put a coat on it too. I never got around to doing the table after I cleaned it up from smoke and water damage. It had a dull finish from scrubbing it. It looks a lot better now.
I like to cook. And I like kitchen gadgets and dishes and Amberware. Gotta have a place to store it all.
That base cabinet , two sheets oak plywood, wood brackets, sand paper, stain, polyurethane, oak end panels, paint thinner and paint brushes costed $527
I have a tip for yall if you ever want to finish any wood work with polyurethane.
After you have sanded and polyurethaned all that you think you can possibly deal with and it still has
a fine grain roughness here and there ------grain of dust that got caught in the poly------ take a piece of cardboard and remove the paper off one side of the ribbed center and use the ribbed side to buff the dry finish and it will get rid of those fine bumps you feel and it will be smooth as glass.
Finally...hubby put up the ceiling fan light ...but disconnected the fan motor wiring. The motor actually sits inside the upper portion of that light. You can't see the motor unless you look up into the light.
That upper light is only as bright as a night light but when i took a picture of it on by itself, the camera shows it to be very bright, but it's not.
I should take a picture of it during daylight hours...it will look better.
Golden Oak has always been my favorite. I only use one coat of golden oak stain. If you want it darker, you add another coat 12 hours later.
I have an update====not much...
We have all the outside siding on the house except for 8 sheets short having it for the upper end on one end of the house
Hubby was always working or it was raining and never found the time to put up what we did have.
The Deck...oh my goodness ,,,the deck. The one thing I could never get hubby to level. He hated thinking about. It made him an angry man. We are hiring someone to finally come out and finish leveling it. Should be Wednesday. FINALLY!!!!!!!! Tickled Pink. In addition... We have a deck portion that we used on the shed that use to be part of the deck that we will be adding back to the deck... round and round we go...where we stop ,,,no body knows.
I am going to buy One gallon of the Sweet Pea Green and paint around the back door and see how I like it before we buy 10 gallons. What if I don't like it? that would be a lot of wasted money and paint.
the second color of choice would be Sweet Tea if I don't like Sweet Pea. And I just realized that they rhyme and titles are so close...that is completely coincidence.
HA! We just started planning an update for our house and I have been going crazy with paint colors (interior). So, YES get a sample of your color and try it on! So far I have gotten 12 quarts of different colors! I THINK we found one for most of the inside but not our bedroom. I am bad at decorating! I should probably hire someone before I mess up! We are painting all the inside and replacing ALL the flooring--3300 square feet? So, now I know what you are going threw--a little bit... :)
Keep on truckin' Cricket!
I don't have pictures yet...The front deck is leveled and glad to say I directed my husband on what had to be done to get it done and he Had Been so aggravated by it that he didn't realize how close he was to having it finished. He had just walked a way and threw his hands up and said forget it...I aint doing it ===== The man we were going to pay to level it never had time yet... Then 4 days ago I said...HUNNY...look at this...You gotta look and just hear me out... 30 minutes later it was 98% level. What a relief.
Then we moved the 8x12 deck that use to be the second story deck that we had used on the shed that we lived in to the back door on the house. It is level but it needs a few banisters so the grandkids don't fall over the edge. We bought fencing and T post to fence in the back yard to keep the dogs in away from the customers. They( the dogs ) are extra friendly and try to get in the customers cars. ROOOPS. sorry bout that.
My brain is fried.
I think too much or maybe I think about too many things at one time and it becomes a tangled web. What causes that web is lack of money and getting done what needs to be done so you end up sitting there trying to decide what is more important Right Now! You end up putting off your wants and doing what is important.
On top of needing to do things to the house, a family member ( who is collecting amo and food ) thinks we should be preparing for economic disaster. Wow, overwhelming. How to decide what is more important with little money. So you go search the World Wide Web for simple ways to prep for an economic collapse and the internet will scare you to death. Literally!!!! Then you wish you had a friend that could help you make the right decisions.
In my opinion, the one thing that will cause an economic collapse will be Panic Induced. Danged if you do and Danged if you Don't.
there is a reality show on them survival people. One guy is spending millions on an underground home ect... its a pretty sweet set up i must admit.
Cricket i know the feeling. Its like to much to going on in our heads and we collapse from thinking about it all.
Dh is leaving on sunday and i m stuck with so much to do , ! uhg. i can't even process it all and also having no money to it LOL we can't win LOL
i love the porch. it looks great !
The shutters will be for decoration only. I don't think I would really take the time to go out and shut the shutters.
My husband really likes the Board and Batten shutter design. I was thinking about cutting a pine tree design piece of wood and putting that on the shutter and painting that pine tree the color of the houses main color but it just so happens that a member(pirl) here sent me a link of some shutters with a pine tree already cut out in the actual shutter and I like it. Then I followed their link showing a batten design with the pine tree cut out .
I like the one with the batten style and pine tree design and it would be simple to make.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to choose a paint color when you have 10 family members giving different opinions. It's pure hell. Oh my gosh. We have a friend who is a home decorator and she put her 2 cents in there too.
It's been the best hell to sort out. It's been fun and confusing. If you ever have to paint your home...brace yourself.
My choices were based on the fact that my business is in the front yard, I have no trees around the house or in the front yard, and the house is big and it sticks out like a sore thumb already. I couldn't choose Sweet Pea (pastel green) cause it would stick out like a Broken Leg or a giant Easter Egg. I am painting my bathroom Sweet Pea.
Hubby is on his way to buy the paint and the wood to build shutters and trim. No turning back now!!!!!!!
Between customers, I managed to design and cut out my first shutter. All my windows are 6 feet long.
The shutters are cut at a 45 degree angle at the tops.
first pic is when I drew it out on graph paper and decided how to go about making them.
The windows will have a 1x4 trim at the top and bottom and the shutters on the side.
The bracket boards that hold the two battens together will be painted Pine frost==I think and the battens will be the Pine Forest.
Sheesh--how adorable! You are very creative/artistic. And I know what you mean about choosing paint colors. And carpet colors. I've almost got all my choices pinned down. Just got to pick out tile for kitchen and bathrooms. Then the "fun" begins at our home.
I love the green combos you picked out. That will be beautiful and goes with your charming cottage! Janet
Brace yourself= My house looks like a Gaint Easter Egg
The deck is so ugly right now. It needs to be cleaned, repaired, more construciton, and lattice will be put back on the deck rails and all will be painted. Meanwhile, we have to deal with its ugly sight while we paint the house, construct the soffit (that is the boarding that goes under the overhang) and complete all the trim work. All one step at a time.
We started painting the main color on the house. The color does not match the color on the color deck. But it only has one coat . I say we but my husband painted the whole front side of the house and one end yesterday while I worked in the greenhouse. I like painting but I just didn't have time to help yesterday. A storm came through and blew over some tomato plants and I had to get those tied up (150 vines) Anyway, the house was and will only be painted with a brush. We have a paint sprayer and rollers but I don't like the texture that the roller nap leaves behind and paint sprayers are messy and more time consuming than you realize. You think by using a paint sprayer that you are going to save a lot of time painting something but you don't after you add up the prep time of getting the sprayer ready and protecting the windows and everything that can get over spray on it and the cleaning up time. It took hubby 2 hours to paint the front side of the house and 2 hours to paint one end of the house with a paint brush. And it only took One gallon of paint to paint all of that. Paint sprayers and rolling system takes almost twice the paint. Example...We have a couple of rental mobile homes and it takes a whole 5 gallon bucket to spray paint one mobile home with one coat of paint but when I painted my mobile home (the one that burned down) It only took 5 gallons to paint it twice with a brush..
This paint color is strange stuff. It is slightly lighter than the color deck and sometimes it looks blue and sometimes it looks green depending on the color of the sky and how the sun is shining. The closer you are to the house the more blue it looks but if you are far away from the house it looks more green.
The house structure is considered Colonial Dutch. (google it)
Oh= I haven't changed my mind about making those octagon windows for that front office room in the gable. We have to finish the inside walls before we install the windows. We need both outside and inside walls complete so we can use the octagon shaped frame to cut the windows out correctly. Should happen this Fall.
After the house is painted we will start working on insulation upstairs and building - constructing my sons bedroom wall so he can have an air conditioner in his bedroom area . It gets HOT up there during summer and I don't want the expense of cooling the entire upstairs. It will be constructed so that only his bedroom is heated at night during winter too.
It's really looking good! I think a lot of modern paints have some strange optical qualities. Our house can be either blue or grey depending on the light conditions, and the rental house I recently repainted alternates between almost white and medium grey.
Thank you for all the compliments. I am hoping that when I get the Pine Forest shutters up that the house color will look more green more often.
I worked on the shutters alllllllllll dayyyyyyyy long.
It took me all day - literally 8 hours to sand 4 sets of shutters and paint them with wood primer. 5 more sets to go. I had to replace one of the kitchen shutter boards cause it had a crack down the middle of the board and some pine tree tips were loose. It was very time consuming trying to get the primer down in the cracks of the pine tree crevices and then trying to get the paint to sink into the cut wood of the pine trees. Rolling my eyes. I kept telling myself it will be worth it once it is done and I pushed myself all day. Then at the end of the day I had to go water all the plants in the greenhouse. Then the grandkids came over for a long visit. Then somebody came over to pay rent. then then then.=
I spent some long back aching hours on those 4 sets of shutters and I really dread the other 5 sets. But I will be taking my time. I was excited and anxious to get some on the house. It wasn't hard,,,but it was very time consuming and lots of bending over. I spent so much time on those shutters that I lost track of days...
6 days? Plus I had to work in the greenhouse and tend to customers too.
several of us around here were joking about the Christmas Theme also.
we all had a different idea for each holiday through out the year.
Make wood plaques of Easter Eggs, Turkey, Pumpkin to hang in front of the pine tree during each holiday.
Pine trees are popular around here. It just looks woodys to me. I been watching 5 pine trees grow since I moved here. They were little tiny saplings 6 years ago. They get prettier each year. I thought about putting some fertilizer spikes around them to give them a little boost.
I put some fertilizer spikes around the scuppernong vines 5 years ago cause the leaves were pale green. They are still dark green after 4 years===this will be the 5th season.
My energy and shape= gosh= The arthritis slows me down. I have to take vitamins and extra B vit every day. By the end of the day , I am slow and sluggish and I better not sit down before I cook and wash dishes or neither one will get done.
I spent most of my day watering and fertilizing plants and tilling the garden once again.
Here is a daylight picture of the house.
And we took down the old hand rails that were on the deck cause hubby wants to do them differently and the future deck will actually wrap around the house from the office door around to the back door. (half the house)
I kinda like the deck without rails on the front ... undecided.
It all looks so adorable! (Do I keep saying that?!). I love how the deck will wrap around. And some railing can be so cute too! I love the look of a house with a white picket fence in the front too. Homes in New Orleans have lots of wrought iron railing, gingerbread, cute fencing... So go for it! Can't wait to see what y'all come up with.
Thank you Thank you.
The funny part is= the back of the house isn't painted yet. It just has a facial. We are working on the back.
Sure thing Taynors. As soon as I get through with this one. Note=, you might be retired by then.
Those planter beds are concrete blocks stacked on top of each other. They don't even have morter between them. Then I put cap blocks on top to cover the holes. And the steps are concrete blocks too and the only thing that held them together was exterior liquid nail and they have to be repaired cause we had to knock off the upper step level to make it level with the deck. They have stepping stones liquid nailed on top of them to cover the holes. A few folks laughed at me when i used liquid nail but It has held for 3 years now. I thought I was crazy too. It was suppose to be a temporary fix that turned permanent.
I would like to paint the concrete planter boxes. Not sure what color yet.
when we bought this land we were told that there was an old well system that fed to the house that had burned down a few years before we bought the property. The people who owned the land took the well house down and covered the well pipping system that ran 170 feet deep. No body could locate the well cause they had forgotten. One day the kids were digging into a dirt bank out back near the garden and I told them if they dug into the bank deep enough they might be able to make a shelter club house. Instead of digging into the bank they went up hill and started digging down into the ground and accidently found the old well pipping.
We found a Well Digging company that will come out and inspect our findings and to figure out if it is worth putting a pumping system back in to the pipe housing that is there. But it's gonna cost me $100 to find out. If the housing pipes can still be used then that will save us $3000 and will have to pay out $1000 estimated to get the well working again.
Crossing my fingers.
The well digger never showed up and he won't answer the phone.
This is what you call forceful education.
slowly painting the back side of the house.
I have to tend to all the chores and responsibilities early in the day
and paint in the evening if I feel like it on sunny days.
Here is a bummer. Even though the mobile home burned down, it was on the mortgage loan and we did pay $50,000 on the mortgage when the home burned and even though it is not here, the mortgage company is making us pay insurance according to the value of the mobile home by company rules or they will take what we have...I cannot get insurance outside the mortgage company on the home we are building until it is completed. Then I can prove i have my own insurance and the mortgage company will stop charging me. Which will be sometime next year.
Sue put a small down payment on a house today. Not much land & a real "fixer up"
She lost a friend two weeks ago that she had known since grade school. After the services I think she tried to make an arraignment with her sister to take care of me should she go first. Don't know how that worked out.
She wanted a place we could call home, with no mortgage, for when we need a place.
Gotta love her.
I had posted a picture awhile back of a bathroom sink and base cabinet that we got from someone for free...kinda sorta...hubby was working on the bathroom for someone else. Anyway. He finally ran the plumbing to it but the faucet was bad. Tried to replace a few things and it still didn't work. Then we noticed the sink bowl had a crack. We replaced the bowl (free) and bought a new faucet. We now have a "working" bathroom sink.
hubby finally put a ceiling fan with a light in the master bedroom. The fan made a huge difference in air circulation . It was getting kinda stuffy in this heat.
A year ago, all we had was the lower floor and four outter walls and even then I was very grateful.
Grand Dad is feeling poorly. He hardly ever comes outside and we never talk about my life. I just sit there and listen to him talk about what he watched on TV. He hasn't asked us any questions about the house, the kids, the garden...nothing. No compliments. No advice or opinions. He wants to die and it just aint happening fast enough for him. His digestive system is not working correctly so he hardly ever eats but i still cook and take him food. Every now and then he eats it. The doctor wants him to go into a nursing home but he refuses. He wants to die at home.
Yes, he lives alone next door to me. Grandmother died 12 years ago.
It has been really sad recently. I stopped talking to him about my life cause he seemed aggravated by it. I would tell him something and he would make remarks like: " So" with a snarly facial expression. So I took it as though he didnt want to hear anything.
Cricket, my Dad got that way in his 80's...ate little, isolated himself, hated everybody and everything. I talked to his doctor and he put him on an antidepressant. within a month the change was amazing...and his last few years were good for him and me. don't know...but might be worth looking into.
just reread all your building posts...amazing job!
thanks kanuallc. That is exactly how he is with the addition of memory loss. Which makes it even worse. I feel sorry for those who know their life is about to end and there is nothing we can do about it. I just try to make him feel more relaxed and let him do all the talking even if some of it is non sense. I will be in his shoes one of these days.
Let me tell ya...We bought an attic fan for the second story floor. It is a 30 inch...made by Cool Attic and it pulls 7600 cubic feet per minute.
I am so happy with it. It took alllllllllll the heat out of that second floor in 5 minutes. It was 7 pm when hubby finally got it going after building a box for it, electrical, and putting it on wheels. By 8 pm I was cold down stairs. Our highs are around 85 ish...give or take. Lows around 58 to 60. Now to see how it does between 2pm and 6pm tomorrow.
When I was little, we lived in a mobile home and my mama had an attic fan in her bedroom on the end of the home and it never got hot in the mobile home...
If you live in a mobile home...think about buying an attic fan. Seriously
It needs to be the size of the window that you place it at.
Details...the fan had a 3 inch wood frame around it already. Hubby built a 16 inch wide wood frame box around it by screwing it to the 3 inch board on the fan.
Then he used an old heavy duty extention cord to wire the electrical so we could plug into a 110 wall outlet.. He drilled a hole in the top of the box frame for the Low High switch.
then covered the box frame with 1/2 inch hardware cloth to keep little fingers and hands out.
he drilled a hole in the side of the wood frame for the extention cord also.
the fan has a 10 yr warranty.
$266 after tax...plus the wire $16, already had extention cord, already had hardware U nails, already had screws.
He put wheels on the bottom also but realized later that the fan needed to sit up higher so we set it up on concrete blocks so it would be more even with the window.