Whoo-hoo- we’re on our way to checking off a couple of projects on our 2011 To-Do List!
Notice how I wrote on our way and not finished.
Hey, we’ve got to celebrate the baby steps around here. It might take us longer to do-it-ourselves, but it eventually gets done, even if it’s 6 years later- like the laundry room (um, not done, in case you’re wondering).
Remember this list of the Top 10 Things We Learned About DIY Remodeling? Well, it’s all still true.
But I digress- this is about celebrating projects that are starting! (Gee, I hope this isn’t sounding desperate.)
Now it doesn’t look like much progress was made in this picture… and, I have to be honest, not much was. All we’ve done is remove the cupboard doors.
BUT, it’s in preparation for this:
Why isn’t it up? Well, the cupboard above the stove is too big and this baby would hang down too low for me to use a canner and large stock pots. Amazingly, I have seen some put this low- with the handle of the teapot almost touching the bottom of the microwave! But we’re planning to do it right and cut out the bottom of the cupboard and move it up 8 to 10 inches.
And of course we’ll keep you posted. *smile*
Oh- see that beautiful dresser the box is sitting on? An equally beautiful friend gave it to me last week when she came for a visit! It’s got great lines and after I refinish the top I’ve got a place for it in mind. Yeah, she’s a pretty special friend.
This deck has been slowly rotting for about two years. It’s a monstrous 24′ x 24′ and so slick when it rains that it should probably have it’s own insurance policy.
Oh, and have you heard it rains a lot in Oregon? Yeah…so we pretty much stay off this thing, or tiptoe very carefully across it, 7-8 months of the year.
Honestly, I just don’t get a deck a foot and a half off the ground. It’s expensive to put in, lasts only about 10 years and that’s if you spend a lot of time in cleaning it and coating it with preservative.
Can you tell I’m happy to see it go?
My dreams were much bigger than this (of course…). I envisioned a screened porch with a peaked roof leading to a slate patio.
The budget calls for gravel and stairs, so I’m going to work those gravel and stairs to the best of my ability.
There was also this stuck in the corner of the huge deck. There wasn’t much I could figure out what to do with it when it was part of the whole deck, but the wood is pretty protected under this, so we are keeping it and creating a gazebo-like structure out of it.
I’m seeing a Pottery Barn-type place with canvas “curtain” panels, and a daybed piled with outdoor pillows. Maybe even a rug and outdoor chandelier?
But no bets on when this all will happen.
We’re sure to lose.