Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Painting the Outside

We still have tons of stuff to do on the inside of the house but we must shift gears. The exterior of the house is looking a little worse for wear. I suspect the previous owners did not use very high quality paint. It is starting to peel and look ucky. Of course, it could just be the harsh summers we  have here in San Antonio. Whatever the reason, it is time to paint.

When we were in Yellowstone last summer I bought a pot. It is a lovely little terra cotta pot with blue and green glazed design. I really like it. So, I asked Phil about it and he likes it, too. I went to Home Depot and bought some paint. The green and blue were perfect matches but the terra cotta looked more like dried French's mustard. Back I went. I choose a different color and tried that. Though it is a bit darker than the pot, I like it well enough to go with it. So, we will paint the brick terra cotta (yea! getting rid of ugly pale pink brick!!). The house will be blue and the trim will be green. Very festive colors and appropriate for San Antonio.

Pictures to follow.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Closet in the Master Bedroom is Done!

Yep. It's done. I'll bet you were thinking it would never get done but it is done. The closet is 4 foot x 12 foot. On the right end are shelves that are are 2ft deep. Below the shelves is a place for tucking suitcases. As you can see, I have also used store bought shoe shelves in a unique way. I added wheels and a handle and now they tuck neatly under the lowest shelf. Need shoes? Just pull out the shoe caddy. Nice. The next shelf up will be a great place to stash a laundry basket. The remaining shelves will be fitted with tubs for storage of blankets, winter clothes, etc.

On the far right end of the closet I have built in a hanging unit for dresses. and such. Turns out I don't have all that many dresses. But I do still have my preaching robes. Don't know if I can ever bring myself to let those go. Phil has his academic robes. so that sort of fills up that end.
In between I built two sets of upper and lower hanging units--one for me and one for Phil. You can see from the above photo that mine is already full. Phil doesn't have quite as many clothes as I do but he managed to use up a good bit of space on his end. I added a few hooks for robes and clothing we weren't quite ready to put away.

It's wonderful to finally have it done. I was very thankful to be able to take my clothes out of the u-Haul hanging clothes boxes. They were actually very hard on the fabrics. It is also nice to have my clothes all in one place and in the bedroom. Happy, happy!

What shall we do next?

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Master Bedroom Closet Construction

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We're still working on that master bedroom closet. After painting the walls, we went to Home Depot and purchased a butt load of wood.

It took me only one weekend to cut and build the closet and another weekend to trim it out. After that, it was time to prime and paint the wood. Two weekends.

Finally, we were able to start tiling. Phil got all the tile cut weekend before last and laid it this weekend. This coming weekend I will grout.

After another trip to Home Depot for woodwork, I'll get that cut and, with Phil's assistance, installed. Then we will only need to cut and hang clothes rods.

I can hardly wait to move into the new closet.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Building the Master Bedroom Closet

Phil cut the doorway into the little bedroom next to the master bedroom, built a wall dividing that room in half, hung sheetrock, taped, spackled. I painted. This past weekend I went to work cutting, piecing, sanding to create the inside of the closet.
The space is 4x12. On one end are four shelves 24 inches deep. On the other end is a tall hanging unit for storing dresses, coats, etc. Above it is a shelf. In between these two units I built two identical sets of upper/lower hanging units, each close to four feet in length, for hanging shirts/slacks.
This work took three days over the labor day weekend.
Next weekend I will prime & paint. Now I rest.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Building a master bedroom closet

We are slowly bringing this closet together. Over the summer Phil completed demolition work, built the walls, and textured them. I primed and painted. Last weekend we went to Home Depot and spent a wad of money on lumber. Yesterday, I started cutting it down to size.

First, of course, I spent and hour and a half doing maintenance on my table saw. Necessary but hot, yucky work. I still need to haul the shop vac out there to suck all the saw dust off. I was anxious to get going, though, and began cutting the cross braces.

I quickly learned just how out of practice I am. My initial cuts were awful, jagged. Sanding cures a lot of ills, however. That's what I did after I cut the braces. I was a little anxious to put something on the wall so after cutting and sanding, I marched in to the closet and mounted two of the braces on the wall. I am not confident they will hold.

Phil is in there right now locating studs. Once these are located I'll add a few extra screws to hold them in place. Am considering a brace from floor to bottom of brace as well. Just to be safe. Given the weight these will have to hold, overbuilding is not a bad thing.

To work!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Compound Miter Saw

I bought a compound miter saw back when Sears had them on sale. It has taken me forever to get it bolted down. So now it is and now I am learning hiw to make angled cuts.

My first project is a spice rack. It required straight cuts and 45 degree angle cuts. It is not a fancy spuce rack but it is functional. And I learned how to measure for an angled cut. Certainly I have not learned all that I need to learn but enough to feel confidant enough to try my hand at cutting trim for the woodwork in the dining room.

This morning I will sand the spuce rack once more and then paint it. Then I will make my estimate for the woodwork in the dining room.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Master Bedroom Closet

Getting the master bedroom closet done may be the only thing we get done this summer. Tha is a lot but it is not as much as I wanted. We are just tired, I suppose. And there are lots of distractions.

My compound miter saw is now bolted down. Today I will cut wood for a spuce rack. I salvaged a few pieces from the wall/closet debri. Will be good practice for me as I learn how to use the new saw.

I had tried to make a spice rack once before but the wood was a bit too hefty. Ended up with a rack that was too substantial to hang on the wall. We built it into the new master bedroom wall instead. So, I'll try again.