Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Let There Be Light!

Quentin re-ran the wires for Laine's room so she has a lovely new ceiling fan and working electrical outlets. Now we just have the office fan to rewire. Or should I say Quentin has it to rewire. I apologize for my lack of posts recently. We have been finishing up alot of unfinished projects. It feels REALLY good! Everyone is so impressed when they come over now. It's so funny how much work goes into every detail- yet noboody knows just how many hours went into the smallest thing that you pass by every day.

This weekend we are going to begin digging all of the holes for the posts by ourselves. Can't wait! (sigh). It will be nice to get the fence up.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Excited for the fence

This weekend we are getting some new electrical run so that Laine has some light in her room. We have had an issue with the lighting in the office and new guest bedroom since last August. We've had to rip open the walls so we've been sort of waiting to open this can of worms do to the mess. It's almost complete though- putting all of the baseboards back together is going to be the Shitty part.

AND... We just might be renting a post hole digger this weekend from Home depot. It'd be much better than doing it by hand. I've heard it's quite labor intensive. They rent for $46 for 4 hours. I'm thinking that should be enough time to get all of the holes dug. I can't wait for the fence!

Monday, April 13, 2009

The fence is down!!!

This weekend we got our eye sore of a fence removed from the back patio. Now we just need to get in contact with City Hall so we can get the new fence process moving along. We were thinking of applying for a variance to make the fence 5 feet rather than 4. Being on a corner lot, and having the fence in our back yard and side yard makes a big difference. We want the new fence to look welcoming, but not so low that our dogs can spring over the fence. (they can jump about 4 feet high!) So that's pretty exciting. Now comes the funds. I'm so relieved that we are going to have some extra money since my friend Laine is moving in. We wouldn't be able to do any of this without her help.

I am dying to begin planting more of the plants on my plans for the yard. The first trip back is going to be pretty expensive. I have about 18-24 more plants to complete the area up by the house. My Salvias and cranberry bushes are already coming back. I LOVE plants! Gardening is so much fun and by far the most rewarding to me. I also seem to go broke everytime I go to Gertens if that says anything. Just 1 more month!!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

My small dilemma.

I pulled down the hinges from the bedroom doors upstairs and stripped them. Stripping paint from hinges and pulls is very easy by the way. All you need to do put the hinges in a pot you don't plan on using again, fill the bottom of the pot with baking soda and simmer them for a half an hour. When you pull them out the paint just comes right off. It's not good to use stripper on metal as it is abrasive.

Ok, so onto my dilemma. The orginal hinges are copper underneath. I think they are pretty charming, however the rest of our hardware is brushed nickel. We are restoring the woodwork, in the house, but that's about it. We are updating almost everything. Do you think it would be weird if we kept the hinges copper and had silver everything else? I am thinking I may just give these guys a coat of metal spray paint.

PS. Our dumpster is being delivered as I type this. Down with the ugly fence this weekend!