Cottage Work – Week 4

Before getting started this morning, this is how the kitchen looked

Before getting started this morning, this is how the kitchen looked

I am exhausted yet again.

These are metal cabinets and a cast iron sink

These are metal cabinets and a cast iron sink

I’m not a stranger to hard work. And while I am a fan of many things, including modern devices like air conditioning, ice makers, computers, and so much more, I know that sometimes what you really need is just good old-fashioned elbow grease.

Top level of kitchen linoleum

Top level of kitchen linoleum

And today, I wore out one elbow, and then the other, if we continue to follow that metaphor to its natural conclusion.

Second level of linoleum. Followed by a very shiny red 3rd level before reaching the wood floors beneath

Second level of linoleum. Followed by a very shiny red 3rd level before reaching the wood floors beneath

I focused on The Cottage kitchen today, working on scrubbing the walls, the appliances, the metal cabinets and cast-iron sink, and pulling up the THREE layers of linoleum.

Meanwhile, Dave got busy pulling up the carpets in the dining and living rooms

Meanwhile, Dave got busy pulling up the carpets in the dining and living rooms

Ai carumba!

Buh bye nasty green smelly carpet.

Buh bye nasty green smelly carpet.

I’m getting used to a few things along the way …

Check out our pint-sized army of helpers!

Check out our pint-sized army of helpers!

Sweat – It was in the 90s today, but it seems like anytime we are working, I’m absolutely drenched and dripping. I also try to drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

Bee-yoo-tiful pine floors beneath!

Bee-yoo-tiful pine floors beneath! They just need some scrubbing

Filth – I’m amazed at the grime that comes off of my body after I peel my sodden sweaty clothes off and sink into the tub.

All three of our army of young helpers.

All three of our army of young helpers.

Time – My time sense is completely whacked. I think, “Oh, we can get that done in a couple of hours.” Four hours later, we are halfway complete. Nothing takes what we expect it to and always far longer and more exhausting.

Why look there are wood floors HERE too!

Why look there are wood floors HERE too!

Aches – My signal to stop is the inevitable headache, probably caused by too much sweating and not enough replenishing of fluids despite my best efforts. And as for back and neck and the bottoms of my feet, everything hurts.

My idea of putting the stove and fridge side-by-side, so we can add some additional counter space that could double as a breakfast bar on the west wall.

My idea of putting the stove and fridge side-by-side, so we can add some additional counter space that could double as a breakfast bar on the west wall.

We discovered that, after I cleaned it off a little, the stove has exposed wires and looks a lot worse off than I had originally thought. It may or may not work, but I don’t want it. We have a spare electric stove in the basement of our house, and we will fix the heating element in the oven and then install that in The Cottage.

Gah!!!!

Gah!!!!

The refrigerator looks like it might be in good working shape and a relatively recent appliance (within the last 20 years – ten of which it has not been used) but it is missing its cord. Yes, someone cut off the power cord to it, can you believe that?! In any case, we are going to replace the power cord, plug it in and if it works, we might haul it over to our house and swap out refrigerators.

Sooo much better!

Sooo much better!

No, it doesn’t have an ice maker, but it could be retrofitted with it (if we can find one online for cheap) or I can just use some ice trays. No biggie!

Spic 'n Span helps, but so will paint!

Spic ‘n Span helps, but so will paint!

The kitchen is looking much better. It will take a coat of paint to make everything look right again, but I think that the metal cabinets would look real cute with a bright color of paint covering them. What color should I use?!

Meanwhile, down in the basement

Meanwhile, down in the basement

While I was busy on the kitchen, my husband was busy pulling up the carpets in the living and dining rooms. The hardwoods underneath are GORGEOUS! They might not even need sanding or refinishing. We need to finish pulling out the tacks and nails, vacuuming it and mopping before we make a decision on that.

Things were looking better and better. Remember, there was debris almost knee high everywhere in here!

Things were looking better and better. Remember, there was debris almost knee high everywhere in here!

A small army helped him with the carpet removal. Literally. Our daughter and two of the neighbor boys came by. The stepfather of one of the boys, a metal scrapper, was busy clearing wood out of the basement along with collecting metal. And my husband stayed busy going back and forth between the kids and the basement helping/supervising in both areas.

Going through the cottage is like a treasure for all of us - young and old alike!

Going through the cottage is like a treasure for all of us – young and old alike!

The basement is looking cleaner with each week that passes. Our neighbor helper pulled out a bunch of wood for us to add to the burn pile and we made some more exciting discoveries along the way.

Emily was excited to find this metal flower.

Emily was excited to find this metal flower.

What kind of discoveries?

A cutting board? This is pretty small, folks.

A cutting board? This is pretty small, folks.

Why treasure of course!

And it has this on one side ...

And it has this on one side …

Would you believe we found a second Civil War bayonet? And this one was in its sheath. A little WD-40 and we were blown away by the excellent shape it is in. Absolutely amazing. It turns out it is a 1873 bayonet from a Springfield. The sheath has a sharpener inside it. How cool is that?!

If someone could tell me what this is

If someone could tell me what this is

And despite thinking they are absolutely GREAT, we need to be realistic. These could possibly help fund our project, something we desperately need, so we have decided to sell them. We plan on taking lots of photographs before we do!

I washed it so it was wet when I took the picture, but there is a hinge and it opens up. But it isn't very big. What in the world is it?

I washed it so it was wet when I took the picture, but there is a hinge and it opens up. But it isn’t very big. What in the world is it?

I also found what looks like a military button, and a ring made out of an old spoon.

Sorry, it looks blurry here.

Sorry, it looks blurry here.

And if that wasn’t enough for one day – my husband gamely began mowing the jungle of a yard we had let get overgrown. He isn’t done, but it is well in hand. Hopefully I can mow some tomorrow and so can he and we will get it finished up.

A better focus on the ring made out of a spoon handle.

A better focus on the ring made out of a spoon handle.

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2 Responses to Cottage Work – Week 4

  1. leah says:

    OMG My grandma had a cheese cutting board just like that hanging on her wall, you weren’t supposed to use it though or she’d kill ya. As for that sink I want it! I work at commerce on 89th and stateline and we have that style cabinets and sink in it. I’ll have to take a picture and post it. They were usually painted yellow, brown or green, they all looked tacky but that was the era.
    That is a patty maker does it have a rooster on it too?
    Boy your husbands a hardworker.

    • Christine says:

      Yes, the patty maker does have a rooster (at least I think that’s what it is) on it. So, the cheese board, is the slot in the side for holding a knife?!

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