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Front Hall trim

Well we had a bit of a break on the house work with Ryan needing back surgery and then getting it.  His recovery is going great though and this past weekend we took a day to drive out and work on the house, leaving Alex in NY with grandparents.  We drove out friday night in the horrible ice rain, then back saturday night in slightly better normal rain :(  That left us one full day to work on trim in the front hallway.

First Ryan installed the rosettes and top piece of trim on the doorway that was missing it.  Then he firred out the front doorway so we could install the trim around that.  We have to strip more rosettes so the tops of the doors (front door and closet door) are waiting for that to happen.

Plinth blocks, trim up the sides of the doors and baseboards installed

The chair rail and the trim up the side of the door – the baseboard is also done in this section.

We managed to get plinth blocks in, baseboard, baseboard cap and trim out the strange section at the bottom of the stairs.  Then Ryan got some more chair rail in.  We need to buy chair rail and the trim for making shadow boxes up the stair well so we’ll need to get that measured and bought for a next project.

Baseboard cap started up the stairs and the cap for the section at the bottom of stairs is done

The tricky section with some angles that took a little work – to get the baseboard cap to wrap around nicely.

I think we were both happy with how that little section came out at the bottom of the stairs, it looks nicer from the tile side than the stair side but there isn’t much we could do on the stair way side as it’s just a ‘cap’ of wood over there.

The front hallway is getting closer, shadow boxes are the main thing left in there, then it’s painting and upstairs trim next!


Weekend away

Ryan and I had our first kid free weekend since Alex was born!  And that weekend involved driving to NH to work on the house – and Ryan’s back is still out.  It was definitely worth it though, although the 5 hour drive back was horrible (it’s normally under 3 hours).

We drove out Friday night after dropping Alex over at the grandparents for a sleepover.  Saturday we slept in until 9am – oh so glorious!  Then it was time to start painting (for me, Ryan’s back was horrible).  We had our neighbor paint the last 3 windows (first coat inside) and I started by finishing up the bit of red molding around the porch (of course it rained!) – but the red is all protected so not biggie.

Friday, our neighbor got the yellow by the stairs and all around the skirting sanded and painted final coat! He also finished painting the last railing so we just have the 1/2 railing and the back railing we plan to rebuild still left!

Next I started on the little porch off the master bedroom, I got the last tiny bit stripped, everything sanded, cleaned up and then primed – priming until after dark!  Then I went in and did a coat of paint on one window that was lagging behind (it needed a coat of outside paint).  Then I called it a night!

Everything primed!

Sunday Ryan was feeling a bit better so after breakfast and a trip to home depot we both worked on painting the little porch.  He painted anything he could reach without bending at all – which was the red and then the posts in yellow.  I started by caulking and filling any holes that had been missed, then painted the green siding, then the rest of the red and yellow that Ryan couldn’t finish.  We were done by 1:30, then time to clean up and pack up and hit the road (and hit the closed i-90 resulting in a 5 hour drive).

And the porch is painted – the green is just primer but the yellow is first coat of paint!

Red! The ceiling will be a new drop ceiling, so that can be ignored.

Another view. The shiplap that’s white will probably be green, undecided still.

Good progress for a weekend where Ryan’s back is out.  We decided we’re going to have to have our contractor finish the back porch- no way we will be able to before it’s winter with Ryan’s back in bad shape.  So now we can switch to inside projects and if we get a nice day by chance we can do the final coat of paint on that porch but no worries, it’s protected for winter!


Painting Weekend

Back to NH this past weekend and of course it rained on Saturday ;)  Ryan’s back is still out – worse this weekend than the last!  I was able to get some painting done though.  On Saturday I vacuumed the master bedroom ceiling/walls and then got them primed!  My plan in there is to save money and use some of the old paint we have that’s too dark and take it to home depot to have the colors lightened to more neutral colors.  I have a light brown (2 cans) and a dark green (tv room color) that I’d like to use up in the upstairs rooms to save some money and use up the paint!


Sunday the weather was great, so after some errands in the morning I got the green painting on the outside of the house finished up while our neighbor painted some more railings for us!  The outside painting is winding down, next weekend we hope to work on the back porch, we still have the small porch off the master bedroom left and a tiny bit of red paint on a molding to finish up and we’ll be done.

Finally this section of green is finished!

This green wall by the side door is also finally finished. Only 1 last railing to paint, then the posts and frieze boards by the skirting.

Getting there, once the outside is buttoned up for winter we’ll be focused on getting trim installed in the master bedroom, front hall and upstairs hall.  The sooner we can get the master bedroom done completely, we can put our bed back in there and empty out the front livingroom again so we can paint that crown molding!  Lots to do!

Deck Stained

(Edited to add pictures!!!)

With the rain every weekend really messing with plans and cold weather coming soon I decided a week ago to just do the deck anyway, it’s a covered porch so the majority of it would be just fine and hopefully the rain would hold off anyhow (spoiler : it didn’t).

Well I spent all day Saturday sanding the deck while Chloe watched Alex and Ryan painted the red molding on the porch soffit (and the tops of the posts).  That came out awesome!  Finally about 6pm I had finished sanding and cleaning up and started staining.  By 7 I had to quick for a few min to give Alex a bath and then finished up while Chloe read books to Alex.  I was done in time to do the rest of bedtime!

Old to new – hopefully the new darkens over the winter!

From the other side

The red molding under the soffit was painted all around

Up to this point (it got dark) – and notice the vertical frieze boards installed on this side of the skirting – there is only one more piece by the stairs to add and that will be done!

There wasn’t any packing to do because our truck was filled with our new bed (king size bed!) so we just relaxed after bedtime.  Of course at 6am I woke up to pouring rain!  Our windows were all out upstairs too (getting painted by our neighbor) but luckily the rain was really coming straight down so everything was fine (except the ends of the deck that got soaked!).

No idea how it really faired, it stopped raining for our drive Sunday and I’m heading up there tonight and I’ll get to see how it looks after a week of drying.

This past weekend we stayed in NY and I got the built-in doors primed finally.  They still need paint but the primer I could spray on since it was sanded after anyhow.  I really need to set up a better spot to paint – the primer had tons of bugs stuck in it :)

No pic weekends

OK so the trouble with driving out to work on the house for a day and then driving back – means I always forget to take pictures!  Arg!  2 weekends in a row now!  I don’t want to forget what we did so I’ll update anyhow and hopefully next weekend I’ll remember pics.

We’ve been driving out Friday nights then Saturday Ryan is doing errands with Alex (dump runs etc).  The weekend before last I sanded the railings and got them stained after we went and bought new stain that actually matches this time :(  Then I went up on the roof over the porch and painted the red molding that was left and the green siding – and just as I finished it started pouring.  So the last 5 boards that weren’t dry all have to be re-painted as the paint washed off – yup!

We waited for the storm to pass before hitting the road and coming home Saturday night that weekend but last weekend we stayed until Sunday morning which worked better (rain again too).

So this weekend it was planning to rain again so i still couldn’t sand and stain the deck (UGG!!!).  But I had the morning rain free so I painted the soffit around the porch yellow (part of it that needed one more coat).  So the porch soffit just needs the red molding painted next.

After that Ryan and I worked on installing the last trim around the skirting of the porch (I believe there’s 1 piece left that needed an angle cut and hence a different saw) while Alex napped.  I got the nail holes all filled and caulking done while he installed those.  Georgia came over to play with alex for the afternoon/evening so we then built the small 1/2 railing that goes by the side door and got that ready to prime/paint before installing (so we brought it back home with us).  We’ll install it next week!

We took the doors off the built-ins as well, hoping to have time to paint those this week and bring them back to install.  The more we can do here in the evenings like that (painting big doors is next on the list) the better!

That’s it.  Next weekend Chloe is coming over to watch Alex (getting lots of cousin help!) so hopefully the rain will hold off and we can get the deck stained already!!!!


Been a while since I updated!  We were just very busy with working on the house, moving, vacation, moving some more.  The week after insulation we spent prepping for sheetrock.  The first day of our vacation I spent the first 1/2 the day finishing the electrical (wiring smoke detectors, washer, dryer, last light).  All the sheetrock prep we hired my neighbor to do, just filling in corners with nailers, fixing fir strips, removing nails etc.  So there wasn’t much else for us to do except the last bit of wiring.

While on vacation my neighbor and our contractor hung the sheetrock in the master bedroom, the hallway and the back bedroom.  It took 3 days to hang everything (and we lost a day because the sheetrock didn’t show up the first day even though I was guaranteed it would be there by 8am!)  Not a good way to start our vacation :(

Master bedroom

Another view

Our neighbor spent the rest of the week/weekend taping and when we got back on Saturday he had just finished taping all the seams.  He had 3 days the next week to spackle and he got the hallway and master bedroom all done.  The back bedroom is the only thing left (needs a bit of spackle) and it will be ready for sanding and painting!


Hallway from the other end

Back bedroom – in progress

Back bedroom

The list of what to do next is long.  We need to focus on finishing up the bit of painting we have left outside, finish the porch/deck (stain the deck!) before the weather gets cold.  The rooms need to be sanded and primed, then trim installed, doors installed.  Lots of painting etc.

We’re going to get really good at the 3 hour drive on weekends to work on the house (out friday night, back sunday).  That means with someone watching Alex we’ll get 1 person working all day saturday (2 during naptime) and sunday morning.  We’ll probably drive sunday naptime so we get a little time to relax on sundays before it’s back to work.  We’ll see how this goes in September, by October we may be leaving Alex with the grandparents to take a weekend out alone and really make good progress.  Until we start to go out, it’s hard to say how long this will take us but our goal is by spring to be done!  Until then we’re living in 2 places :)


Our last chunk of insulation is done!  If you don’t count the windows – we’ll have to insulate around the windows ourselves with cans because their sprayer was broken but we weren’t charged for it so no biggie.  Either way – we are very close to ready for sheetrock now!

Last section of the attic is done!

Coming up the attic stairs we had them cut it back for more head room

Back bedroom done!

Washer dryer room done!

under the master bathroom windows (just the small space) had to be done

Master bedroom done!

Hopefully this weekend we can finish prepping the hallway and get the windows sprayed – then we really are ready for sheetrock!

Back side of house

Our contractor was out Monday and Tuesday and making progress on the outside of the house.  On Monday he got the yellow and most of the green painted.

Monday progress

On Tuesday he finished the green and then took out the back door and boarded it up so that can get re-sided next.

Tuesday progress

Today we get insulation!  While that happens our contractor is installing the built-in cabinet doors!

This and That

The last week and weekend has been a bunch of projects so I’ll just update using pictures on all the work that’s been done recently.

During the week we had a crew working on the siding on the back side of the house! They got the siding installed and the soffit stripped and all primed (new siding primed too).  good progress.  Our contractor is back today getting paint on the soffit and siding and when the crew comes back they’ll install the red molding and take down the pump jacks.

Progress from Monday – just our contrctor getting the base piece on, the tar paper up and the window cab on.

Tuesday progress – siding 1/2 way up

Siding all the way up on the next day

Everything is scraped and primed now!

On Friday I got the front stairs sanded and stained in anticipation of rain this weekend (there wasn’t any of course) :)

The color is supposed to match exactly but it doesn’t – I’m pretty sure the deck used to be reddish like this and age just darkened it. 

Also last week our contractor finished the front hall closet door – got the knob installed and the door fits very nicely now!

Closet door done!

We had our neighbor help with demo cleanup and room prep Friday and Saturday so with that help and our time Saturday and Sunday we got the Master bedroom and back bedroom ready for insulation.  Wiring is just about done (i’ll finish securing some wires tonight) and rooms are nice and cleaned up.

Master bedroom – light is wired, outlets are wired (from existing outlets) and rooms is ready for insulation and sheetrock!

Ryan framed out the new door that goes to the master bathroom

A few wires for me to secure tonight but otherwise this room is ready!

The back bedroom is a step behind the master bedrom, only because the light isn’t wired yet.  The outlets just need to be secured (and existing wires need to be put into new boxes) – then that room is also ready for both insulation and sheetrock!  These 2 rooms are moving along quickly.  We are leaving baseboards in these rooms and sheetrocking up to them.  Then we’ll just put the baseboard caps on.

Back bedroom – all cleaned up and ready to go!

Another view

I got the attic all cleaned up (the side that needs insulation still).  I have some stuff that goes in the garbage but otherwise the attic is ready for insulation too!

Attic cleaned out

A productive weekend, we also had a yard sale on Sunday to get rid of some stuff from the attic.  Now I just have a trip to the library to get rid of some books and everything else stays/goes with us :)

I’m hoping to have a few nights this week to complete some projects.  It’s our last week here officially so I’m hoping for it to be productive!  After that it’s just weekends!


Work continues

We were back in NY this weekend getting things settled for our move soon!  While there work continued on our house, our contractor came over for a couple of days.  A little time this morning too and he’s finished up 2 projects – the upstairs hallway now has flooring and the front hallway downstairs has crown molding!  He’s also doing the last bit of work on the closet door for the front hallway so I can get that painted soon.

Crown molding in the hallway!

A view from the stairs. We are having it stop here, not doing crown upstairs.

New floor – this is the washer/dryer room and entries to the stair cases

Another view. That doorway will actually be a full wall between the staircases but hasn’t been framed in yet.

I hope to make progress on a few more projects this week.  Right now our front stairs are being protected from the rain and hopefully after tonight i can uncover them to really dry out and then stain them by the end of the week so they will be safe.  (Hand rails too).  The other main project is getting ready for insulation in the 2 bedrooms and attic (moving stuff and electrical to be done).  Insulation is next week!