Completed projects:

roof, kitchen, master bedroom, main bathroom (sans shower tile), fireplace, hardwood flooring, windows, office, front entry, stairway

Ongoing projects:

shower surround, dapping/painting woodwork, ensuite vanity/lights/mirror, painting outdoor trim, finishing front entry tile work, interior door painting and hardware, decorating

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sat Feb 1 update - more varnishing, woodwork painting.. and truck light

On Saturday, the stair woodwork got another coat of varnish. And I have discovered something that fine sands better than steel wool. I went to Lordco and came across these thin sponges with EXTRA fine sandpaper on them. Much easier to use than the steel wool as it doesn't come apart from movement and does a wonderful job! I'm thinking the woodwork may need one more coat as the more coverage is on the wood, the less you feel the wood grain. I'll keep at it!

So while the varnish was drying, I moved upstairs and coated the inside of the upstairs old vanity. The ensuite houses a new toilet and tap/counter but the old wood part of the vanity remained as I felt it was in good condition.

Then I moved over to the kitchen to finally coat out the beautiful woodwork around the three windows. I adore newly painted woodwork! The look simply can't get any crisper!

And then I ran out of time. Next up was real life in picking Cody up from his Dad's, and starting dinner, and getting ready for a school/work week.

Abit more got done on the weekend, but it wasn't reno related. I've finally settled into a routine for housecleaning once again, so the house gets hit top to bottom on Saturdays once more. I had done this on ugly floors before the reno but is it ever alot more fun cleaning pretty!

Also, a headlight on my truck needed replacing. Others I had talked to told me I could do it myself NO PROBLEM. So I was encouraged to try. I had picked up the light at Lordco and then Saturday, popped up the hood to look at a thick mass of wires. Eh.... I walked next door to Jake and beckoned for his advice and he suggested I crack open the manual. Turned out to be very good advice. You don't pop the hood at all to touch this light. You have to own this minuscule of an allen wrench thing, the kind that is so tiny you can barely hold onto it and turn one tiny hidden screw. Sounds easy right? It wasn't. Our allen wrenches between the two of us weren't working. So I called up guy #2 Dan.

His allen wrenched worked but on the wrong screw. The screw we WANTED to unscrew wasn't cooperating so we called on guy#3 Gord and guy #4 Gord's son. With me encouraging (ok, laughing) while they did all the work, we (they) figured it out, but many drills and what not were used. This didn't turn out to be so easy after all like 'they' told me. I sure appreciate my friends!

It was a good productive weekend with abit of good natured friendly razzing thrown in.

Next up? Finish the stair woodwork already which is priority! Then perhaps the vanity again and paint out some more white woodwork. But that can change pretty quick so who knows.

just edited to add:

Cody just SLID ( I said slid!!!!) this box across the hardwood floors. I quickly suggested he




His comment? "You're so worried about the house now."

Yeah well..

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