Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November 12, 2019

When you live in a small space, you need things that will do dual duty.  I am keeping this is mind as I am helping to create my daughter's furniture pieces that will do things that she needs them to do.  One thing I came up with is a side table for two chairs.  I made it out of a metal trash can that I found on sale for $1 at the thrift store.  I repainted it and topped it with a marble plant stand top that I was not using and painted a thin line of silver around the bottom so you can't tell too much that the white colors did not match.  This enables there to be storage on the inside for my daughter's crochet work.

There wasn't room for a coat closet in her small house, but she needed a place to hang coats with the cold weather setting in.  I created a coat rack out of the leftover footboard from the same bed we made her front porch swing out of using the headboard.    For the hooks, I bent some old spoons around a pipe clamp that I had clamped down to the workbench.  Zero dollars spent.  I tried to transfer the letters to the board with polycrylic, but it didn't work well so I ended up have to hand paint them.

Another thing I worked on for her house were some gnomes as a Christmas decoration.  I bought the bottom half of a Christmas tree for $2 at a thrift store and paid about $2.50 for some felt.  My daughter gave me the pacifier that they gave her for the baby when they were in the hospital.  A great way to keep a memento. . .

Lastly, we went to a church homecoming so I found a way to bring our homegrown beef, sausage, eggs, and some horseradish and pansies.

Monday, October 21, 2019

October 21, 2019

New chapter in our lives.  We have mostly turned the house over to Leah and Jake, with a few things left to finish and move over there.  We have been getting back to our poor neglected farm, but we have accomplished alot this last month on their house.  Mostly we were glad to welcome into the world our first grandchild, and pass all of the final inspections and get the Certificate of Occupancy, so he could have his first home. 

 Our daughter credits painting the polyurethane on the floor of the baby's room with bringing on labor.  I then used the palm sander to sand the master bedroom, followed by polyurethane.

 In order to pass our plumbing and mechanical finals, we had to get the mini split running.  After we installed it, we got a professional to check the lines for leaks and put in the refrigerant.  It was so good to see it working as a source of heat and cool.  We also had to install the kitchen sink.  We used the old cast iron sink that was in the house and undermounted it under butcher block countertop that we had stained gray and added a few coats of polyurethane that were sanded in between. 

 We had to get the bath tub water tight, which meant finishing up the tiling around the tub.  It turned out beautiful.  Just some trimming left to do in the bathroom. 

One of the things we were flagged on for the plumbing final was that we did not have access to the laundry area studor vent.  Apparently you are supposed to check them occasionally and change the vent if needed.  I used old progress pictures to find it, cut out a hole and put a piece of window screen we had (painted white) and bought a small frame for about a dollar to fix it.  We were also told we had to have a locking door on the bathroom.  The door cost $15 from the restore, but we paid $21 for the knob. 

Some of the finishing work including painting the bedroom furniture in gray and white.  This old French provincial dresser that we found for a bargain of $35 turned out really nice.  It had one piece of drawer trim broken off, which I replaced with a small dowel I found at Hobby Lobby for under fifty cents.  Here it is clamped down while the glue dries.

One of the final things the building inspector requested was the house numbers.  We found this metal tray at a thrift store for $2.87 that I loved the shape of.  I then painted it and the house numbers on it and hung it with a command strip.  I have been warned that the command strip might not last long, but we will see.