Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

spring break = work on the house

We got A LOT done on this house this week!  Jake was on spring break & as I said in my previous post, Luke & Jess were here all week.  Emily also came up in the middle of the week to hang out & help.  Here's what we worked on:

The YARD - there was a chain-link fence area in part of the backyard.  It was the kennel for the previous owners.  Jake & Luke took it down & cleaned it out.

BEFORE - we couldn't even see that there was a dog house in there.  It was so overgrown.

AFTER - The girl's swings are up & you can see the backyard!

The AWNING is down!

 Next weekend these doors are coming OUT & windows are going in!

Caulking & painting - The wainscoting is finished in the dining room. We still have some more painting to finish.  Plus eventually the ceiling will have plank board on it.

And we only have ONE pile of tools & such left in the dining room.

The ISLAND - We wanted a butcher block look but nowhere in town sells it or its just too expensive.  We ended up using hard wood flooring & Jake put it all together.  It looks great!  Jake finished the sanding, then Jake, Luke, Jess & Lily helped distress it.  Then the stain went on & one coat of polyurethane (we still have 4 more coats to go).

The FRONT DOOR - a fresh coat of paint inside (black) & out (the grey from our shed).  Jake & Luke also finished trimming out the inside of the door.

ELECTRICAL - Jake is also our electrician.  Have I said recently how thankful I am for such a handy husband?  It is amazing!  Jake is switching out all the outlets & switches.  Some of the outlets are very old & are shorted out.

The pantry door is painted, (both sides) & up.  Jake & Luke also finished trimming it out.

The microwave shelf is up.  Jake built these shelves.  Eventually they will be covered in sheet metal.

Jake build Lily a stool for the bathroom.  Isn't it cute? Now she can wash her hands without standing on the toilet.  It's a little safer.

RIGHT NOW Jake is outside working on the pond.