Saturday, May 2, 2015

Elbow Grease

I am spending all of my spare time doing work at the house. The wallpaper in the main bath is stripped. Tonight I will start prepping the walls for paint. I should have taken a before photo. The wallpaper was quite ugly. I think I have settled on a very light gray paint color. I really dislike this whole window in a shower thing. What were people thinking back then?! I was shocked at how well the window cleaned up. It was pretty gross.


Along with the bathroom work, I have been taking out screens, hosing them down outside, and washing all the windows and sills. The house had been empty for many years, so you can imagine the amount of spider webs and crud that had taken over.


Eventually we will replace these pain in the ass crank out windows. We have a few broken pains that will need replacing. I am hoping it won't be too difficult (or expensive) to find someone to do it.
Doesn't the "indirect" lighting in the master bedroom remind you of a hospital? And how 'bout those bedside wall lamps?!


When Jeff returns from his trip we will tackle the job of stripping the kitchen cabinets. Some years back latex paint was applied over the oil based paint... it's peeling off like crazy. This job I am not looking forward to!


The lawn was looking like it was ready to be hayed, so I hired someone to mow this week. Everything is looking so green and pretty! We are definitely going to have to buy a riding mower.

While I slave away working on the house, making pots, manning the gallery, Jeff sends me this picture at 7:15 am...


It was 8:15 pm in S. Korea and this is the evening hang out for the festival participants. The 7-11 is next to the hotel and there is outdoor seating. They can go in and buy beer or soju and drink it outside.
The timing of this trip was definitely not ideal. Jeff could have declined the invitation but would it have jeopardized future invites? Thankfully we don't have to be out of the log cabin by a certain date. I know that everything will fall into place... eventually.

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  1. that tile in the bathroom is wonderful; I hate wallpaper; if you don't have a fan in the bathroom then the window is to ventilate excess moisture. if you get a small scrub brush and scrub the screens lightly with vinegar water they will come even cleaner than hosing them off. take er slow and easy you have plenty of time

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    1. I dislike wallpaper as a rule as well. Vinegar and water took the wallpaper down quite quickly. I didn't think to use it on the screens. I sprayed them with 409, let them sit, then hosed them off. I think I will try vinegar on the next ones I do!

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  2. What an adventure you are on...and I agree with all your comments. Wallpaper in a bathroom? Oh my. You will have such fun making this a lovely home for yourselves! As Linda said, one thing at a time! And keep sending pics so we can all cheer your efforts on!

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    1. and the master bath is also wallpapered!

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  3. LOVE the tree and approach to the house :)

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  4. Lotta work. I'll bet the neighbors are so happy to have you fixing up the house. The hardest part of replacing windows is getting up the nerve to rip the first one out

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  5. Your house has got some e great bones. You are going to make it shine! I envy you, we have been looking for two years with no luck..... I was sort of liking the recessed light until you mentioned hospital, then thats all I saw, haha!

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    1. Jeff and I can't believe how this house all worked out. We wanted to stay on 705, and didn't want to be too far from the center of Seagrove... which was asking for a lot since there wasn't much available in our price range. It was just meant to be!

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  6. You must be exhausted. That's a lot of donkey work; but I know how satisfying it will be when it is done. You have a lovely piece of property there and you will make it all something special, I'm sure. PS: Agree with you on those windows. One of our first apartments had one of those and it was a stinker to clean, trying to balance a chair in the tub to reach the darned thing! LOL

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