Work on The Cottage…and More

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View from living room into front bedroom

Work on The Cottage

We have been busy bees on The Cottage and have nearly completed the demo of all rooms except the front living room.

Old dining room/future kitchen (hallway on left, pantry to old kitchen on right)

Old dining room/future kitchen (hallway on left, pantry to old kitchen on right). This had been piled five feet high with lath and plaster on Friday!

So far, we have filled and dumped six truckloads at the local dump. I figure we have at least two more to go, maybe three.

Old kitchen/future utility room with door to basement stairs.

Old kitchen/future utility room with door to basement stairs.

The original plan was to rent a dumpster, but the cost to have it delivered would have been the equivalent of around 20 truck loads AND we would have had to fill it immediately.

I love the look of exposed brick. I will continue removing the plaster from the original stove chimney and then seal it with some kind of gloss sealant to bring out the rich color of the bricks.

I love the look of exposed brick. I will continue removing the plaster from the original stove chimney and then seal it with some kind of gloss sealant to bring out the rich color of the bricks.

If we had kept it around even longer than a day or two, word would have gotten out, and suddenly the dumpster we paid for would have been filled with other people’s trash.

It’s a fact of life here, but one I’m unwilling to pay for!

View from dining room/future kitchen into front bedroom

View from dining room/future kitchen into front bedroom

In the end, we will probably pay less than $250, which is less than half of the dumpster rental.

Back Bedroom

Back Bedroom with back porch beyond door

We have a contractor now and she worked with us yesterday to move over four truckloads of debris to the dump. She’s like the Energizer bunny, she kept going for another three hours or more after we had collapsed in exhaustion. I’m excited to see what she suggests with the front porch rebuild and more.

The bathroom - we pulled over three feet of lath out of there and off to the dump. This right here is about a truck full.

The bathroom – we pulled over three feet of lath out of there and off to the dump. This right here is about a truck full.

After we have finished the demo, we will continue getting lights and power into the main level and on up into the attic. Then plumbing, gas, insulation, HVAC, drywall, the porch rebuild…the list seems endless!

 

I am very excited about how things are going, though. Finally…progress!

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October Homes Tour

It might seem a long way off, but October 15th, for me at least, seems right around the corner. I made a list on Friday and promptly freaked out. There is so much still to do!

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I spent a good part of the morning on Friday working on decluttering the utility room, transplanting houseplants from the hanging planters on the front porch to indoor containers and organizing/decluttering the front porch.

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I still have plenty to do, but things are looking better. I also spent time yesterday tidying and organizing the Art Room which is looking rather spiffy.

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I spent several hours this week working on the bottom of this table now that the top is done. It will occupy a space in my bathing retreat once it is done.

It looks a little washed out, but the colors consist of dark blue (little round dots on left of pic), light blue and white.

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I showed my mother the other day and she squinted at it, “Is that rick-rack on the edges?”

I shook my head.

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“You painted that by hand!?” Mmm-hmmm…

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Dee’s Birthday

We are also having a party for my eldest, who turns 28 on Friday. Twenty-eight years old. How did that happen? How did I become the mother of a 28-year-old?! Seriously, I’m not sure how I feel about that!

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Birthday Gifts

I sat down and created these little gems this morning. We are going to a dual birthday party later, and I do hope the birthday girls like them. These are some old wooden plaques that were down in the basement of The Cottage. I painted them with chalkboard paint and today I “artfully” ripped some of the 1900 Encyclopedia Britannica pages to match the size of the plaque.

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Then I drew the initial of each girl. Then added some color. When it was complete I decoupaged it with some sparkly Mod Podge and waited for it to dry.

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A final coat of clear gloss spray to give them better protection and we are all set for the birthday party!

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