Friday, October 24, 2014

Dining room chair rail

Right before you have 6 house guests coming is the correct time to start a project right??
This was our dining room on Sunday. The chair rail has always been highly annoying, its basically a window molding and its so low my chairs leave marks on the walls. Its bugged us for 10 years.

Dining Room before

We pulled off the chair rail and discovered this craziness. Bright pink paint and dark pink, gray, blue wallpaper.
Left wall of DR

The other side of the wall had a different wallpaper. Who used to own this house anyway? Romper room? I'm ignoring the signs of water damage. 


Right side of DR

Now after many, many pencil marks, a compound miter saw that was used for something other than collecting dust, a laser level, and lots of finishing nails, we have a paint-ready product!


The new chair rail is 4 inches higher and prettier.
We used 2 pieces of trim - a baseboard and a chair rail - to make it a little beefier. Jeff cut the exposed ends to 45 degrees.
Close-up of the chair rail
And of course we had to upgrade the thermostat to this fancy model, the Nest. When the light is off, I pretend its HAL and that its watching me.


Just needs wood putty, paint, and I have to decide if I'm going to really upgrade the whole thing with navy blue wallpaper. I'm sure HAL will tell me what to do...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Walk right up!

In an ongoing effort to improve our curb appeal, we decided to have a lawn that was alive and a new walkway to entice people to knock on our pretty front door. The old concrete walk was replaced with a wider bluestone path.

The entire lawn was torn up and reseeded.

This will hopefully grow into grass and be lush in 21 days!

But one more look at the bluestone...

Makes you want to visit, right?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Death of a Beech Tree

Our Beech Tree has been dying for a while. We didn't want to face it. The tree was the reason we bought this house in the first place. We've had hot, dry summers the past few years, combined with some construction on the street and rebuilding the deck. The arborist came out today and looked at the tree and delivered the bad news: Take it down.
This is what it used to look like, large and majestic, towering over the house:


Here's what it looks like now:



It feels like we are losing a friend.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Stump. Ground.

We had a dead maple tree taken down from the front yard over 4 years ago. They left the stump. We couldn't figure out what to do about it. Then this morning, I heard a commotion outside. The neighbors across the street were having their stump ground by a landscaping company that had a remote controlled stump grinding machine. I talked to the landscapers, and he agreed to grind the stump in our yard, and literally 4 minutes later it was gone.


Now what should I plant?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Little by little, it's coming together

Last year we replaced a slider with a window in the kitchen. In order to save money, we decided to paint it ourselves.
So it sat unpainted for almost a year. 

But we decided to buckle down and paint it over the past 2 weeks. 

I'm happy to report it's done!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Welcome and please come in!



The new front door is installed! This is a huge improvement over the old door that was drafty, sagging, and never opened when the weather was humid.



It took years of planning and research. I really wanted a double door, but finally had to admit it wouldn't work, the space was too small. 
This door is a generous consolation prize. In addition to being 2 inches thick, it's 42 inches wide and almost 8 feet tall. So instead of 2 small doors, I have one massive door!


In the end, I'm very happy with it. Just waiting for a nice big knocker (go ahead and giggle)!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New front door, in progress!

Front door being installed. It's only taken 3 years to find the right one!


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