Welcome to our old house...the blog AND the house. We have been in this house for about 14 years now, and it was old when we bought it. Since the day we moved in, the house has been "under renovation". In the beginning the renovations were merely paint, pulling up old carpeting and the like. There have been several "major" projects, but they were pretty well separated by time, mostly due to the fact that we always had to save up the cash to do them.
Well, now the mortgage is paid (yaaaay!) and it's (finally) time to really get busy on this old place! And that's what this blog is about. Just a way to chronicle the changes at 173!
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to stop by now and again!
OK, so this table wasn't exactly made at 173, but it was re-done! Bear with me a minute. For years the dining room was just missing something...
I know, it's not Christmas, but you know, with all the pictures taken around here, there just isn't a clean shot of the dining room...this was the closest. But it gives you an idea - there's no table! It's been that way ever since the previous family was here...
Huh. Just dawned on me...that's a Christmas picture too. Anyway, just hadn't put a table in there. For the longest time we just weren't sure what kind of table belonged. There are so many choices out there!
Seriously though, I think it was always destined to be a pedestal table. But there were conditions...it had to have an interesting build, it had to have a leaf, and it could NOT be oak! So that really put limitations on what kind of table 173 would have.
It wasn't even on the radar (although it was kinda always on the radar) for a din…
As a reminder, when I started the back stoop, which seems like forever ago, it looked like this:
So it was time. At the end of the last post, the stoop was looking like:
It was getting there. Really, all I had to do was paint, but if you know me - I......hate.....painting! Stain on the floorboards and two coats of B-I-N primer, and two coats of paint later, here it was (of course Linus supervised throughout):
Oh, just a quick step backward - here's the stoop without the doors. As you can see the mower and some other things are stored below:
What you can't see here is that the storage runs the entire length of the back porch, more storage is always good! Anyway, I showed you in the first post about the stoop that I had built the doors, so all that was left was to paint them (of course - ugh) and hang them.
Aaahhhhhh, so much better - or was it? The pad outside the stoop looked like, well Ma will be reading this so - it looked like (insert your own word). I hate when y…
The walls were solid, but paint was peeling everywhere, and there were some rough spots throughout...
If you look closely at the picture above (and below for that matter, you can see the spackle in pink. And, this next picture shows where there was a large dip in the wall that leads to the dining room. It was significant enough that it made the ceiling look horrible, and I had to put so much spackle on that I figured I better put some tape in it:
I used this stuff:
I liked it because it went on pink, and when it was dry it turned white, taking the guessing game out of it. Besides that, as to quality - well, it worked just like any spackling I suppose.
Then there was the area behind the stove - what a mess. All these years there was this big piece of metal on the wall behind the stove, and a large piece of melamine on the wall next to it:
And here's the sheet of metal behind it:
Luckily it all came off pretty easily, but how ugly is that glue?
Only one thing to do - cover it: