Counter Tops and Tubs are in Place

Today is the day when things are starting to really come together.  There was a flurry of activity going on at the house.  Counter-top installers, soffit going up on the back porch, plumbers moving the two claw-foot tubs into place and the stairs are looking better and better.

What a fantastic way to end the year.  Not moved in, but darn near close.  Tomorrow the heating contractor is coming out to check the heat pumps and see what is making the bills so high.  Then on Monday the flooring contractor will be coming and putting in the laminate flooring in the utility room and small 1/2 bath and finish up the master shower.  Plumbers and electricians will be in after that to install the water heater, cook top, oven, sinks and tubs and a bunch of other stuff.

How am I going to spend my New Years Day?  I will be staining stairs.  Now that aught to be a sight.  Lets hope I remember some of the stuff I learned watching This Old House, Norm Abrams, and various other DIY shows.  Plus if I reach way back to the late 70’s when I worked in a cabinet shop, I might remember a thing or two from then.

Now for some pictures.

Looking from the pantry toward the kitchen.  Waiting on the dishwasher & trash compactor
Looking from the pantry toward the kitchen. Waiting on the dishwasher & trash compactor
Looking toward the breakfast nook.  New counter tops and my cast iron sink
Looking toward the breakfast nook. New counter tops and my cast iron sink
Looking toward the soon to be oven and microwave
Looking toward the soon to be oven and microwave
This is our little sandwich board
This is our little sandwich board

Now for the baths.  Oh, and the faucets and chrome lines were just delivered by the UPS guy today.  Wahoo!!!!

The long tub in the main bath upstairs
The long tub in the main bath upstairs
The shorter tub in the guest suite
The shorter tub in the guest suite

This last picture is just for Jodi, my sweet co-worker that will be viewing this tomorrow.  My Christmas cactus still lives 🙂

This is for Jodi.  My Christmas Cactus finally bloomed after a year.  Lucky it thrives on neglect.
This is for Jodi. My Christmas Cactus finally bloomed after a year. Lucky it thrives on neglect.

More blog to come as this project gets closer and closer to completion.  I will have a hard time sleeping tonight.

Annie, the excited stair stainer 🙂


Winter’s coming, time to shut down

Well, it’s raining outside and the wind is blowing and expected to be the same tomorrow and Sunday so that pretty much shuts down our home project for a little bit.

I have to give it to Lynn, he has tried to put a little work into it this past week.  He put up some of the soffit and fascia in the other gable.  I know he wanted to get finish putting up the shakes in the east gable, but not sure if that will happen before Sun Rental comes and gets the lift on Monday.  Can’t go up in the lift when there is any wind and we are expecting 15-30 mph winds this weekend.

I am happy about how much we have accomplished in this last 5 weeks.  Would have liked to have done more, but we will get some little jobs done this winter and I will post our progress.

Pictures will be posted tomorrow if the rain lets up enough for me to venture out.

It has been fun to do this blog and I plan on reflecting some during the next few months.  I think I ended with 1998 but remembered some stuff I missed so I will try to get that in there too.  So stay tuned.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend 🙂

Annie, the hybernating novice carpenter


4th Day of Vacation

2005 house is wrapped and roof is on
  • Woke this morning to 40 degree temperatures. But the forecast was to be in the 70’s and 80’s, so I was hopeful.
  • Began by painting the finish coat of white on the post. Let a side dry then turn, paint another side and then dry, until finished. I used Kilz Premium Primer. Nothing on the market to match it from everything I have tried. Then the finished white coat was from Behr exterior acrylic semi-gloss w/o the primer from Home Depot. While waiting for the post to dry, I painted some of the trim pieces that will go around the windows and trim the gable. This is Hardie Board Siding. It appears to hold paint pretty well, but have found that if you use a cheap primer, even though it is supposed to be primed when you get it, the paint won’t stand up. So again I used Kilz Primer, then the Behr semi-gloss exterior finish coat. Maybe you are wondering why I am using semi-gloss and not flat exterior? We have a lot of dust from the wheat fields and it is much easier to keep clean.  This is just trial and error on my part. 
  • Lynn was checking out the lift and loading tools and extension cords, air hoses and miscellaneous other things on it.  Then he took the maiden voyage, so to speak.  He really had to get his sea legs on this one.  It was a little scarey for him and he isn’t afraid of heights.  He said at least it gets you up there.  But he tired out right away.  So by 1:00 he was done.
  • I played gopher for him and ran to get things he needed and put 2×4’s out the window to him so I was at least a little help, plus I got my exercise running up and down the stairs.  I did get out of my comfort zone when I had to get up in the attic rafters to drill holes in the upper dormer windows.  They were already framed in but needed to be cut out.  So the pilot holes are done and tomorrow or Thursday we will be putting in at lest one of the windows.
  • Tomorrow the plan is to put up the green soffit and some of the white trim I painted, after we put up the tar paper or house wrap.  Maybe then I can see some progress and I won’t get so discouraged.  Everything just takes sooooo long.  Now you know why 15+ years.  Moving at a snails pace.
  • Back to the posts.  I finished the white and started adding the colors.  Not happy at all with the results.  Don’t have a steady hand to put on the colors so I have to research how to get those lines crisp and straight, because how I did it today won’t do.  So I will not be posting a finish photo of the post, but I will post some of the steps I have taken to this point.  When I finish this blog, I will be heading to u-tube for some instructions.  I have the blue painters tape, but not sure that I got the right one.  They advertise it on the tv all the time but there are 4 or 5 kinds, and I’m sure I don’t have the right one.  Maybe u-tube will educate me on that subject or maybe a website for the blue painters tape.  Researching more tonight.
  • Now for some photos.


East Gable, the one we are working on now

A little wobbly

Ready for Bondo

Another view

Moved to the back deck for Bondo

Primer is on

View from the back deck

Working the controls

A little wobbly