I feel like celebrating this hardiboard siding installation accomplishment, but before I go giving myself a pat on the back I feel like a little background information is in order to explain how we got to our new look. Maybe it’s because this project actually started over Labor Day 2013, that would be almost 5 months ago for any other score keepers out there. Granted, she is a far cry from finished, but remember the peach paint, faux brick facade, stubby windows and unfortunate brown color shutters that made us say “we need to own this house” back in April 2013? That photo hurts my head. We knew if we were going to make any significant impact on the overall curb appeal of our diamond in the rough the whole front look of her needed a facelift. So we hired a small crew who worked over Labor Day weekend and got rid of that awkward 3-roof-line look and raised the roof on the front part of the house to line up with the gable we had over the rest of the house. Here’s another shot of the roof raising in process. Here they are leveling the new ridge board, the length of that shows the length of the roof we raised, it’s just over 6 feet of new vaulted ceiling. That we still adore. You can also see on the section on the right where they heightened the wall, they framed it in with 2 x 6s so it would stick out farther than the previous exterior wall so we could hang the siding over the old faux brick. Oh faux brick, how we don’t miss you one iota. Once we had the new exterior framed out to a flat surface, all the deets on that here, and all of the … continue reading
Tip #1 Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke is an excellent song to stain to. I guess that’s a matter of personal preference, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to walk in the guest bedroom again without singing “Everybody get up”. And I stained that floor long before all of this Miley twerking business and I refuse to let her ruin it for me. :) The Billboard Top 100 list was my closest companion during this hardwood floor restoration process so I’m going to give you the billboard chart of hardwood floor sanding and staining tips and tricks!
My official answer is … I think so. :) Update: My official-official answer … not well enough to be a fun craft project. :( Decisive, I know. But here’s the deal, my BFF Sue tried it over the summer and totally couldn’t get it to work. And when my very Proud younger cousin who enjoyed her recent visit said she had also tried and couldn’t get it to work I knew I had to give it a go. So I gathered my supplies.
Well. I did it. I went ahead and made a little something that Joel would wholeheartedly consider a “zero priority” project. But considering he also views a bed frame in the guest bedroom a zero priority project, can we all just agree that he is wrong? :)
I would love to be able to say “So, I tackled the next project on our to-do list and I’m here today to tell you about it. Our brand new DIY wooden mailbox.” But the truth is, that’s not at all how things happen around here. :) Seemingly unrelated question – Do you travel to have girls’ weekends with your friends? Not to alienate any male readers. Next week we’ll talk about guys’ trips.* *no we won’t
Hello hello!! Happy week to you! We are having a great time with my dad and his girlfriend, Catharine. Between house projects, sunset sails and walks around town we’re fitting as much Key West fun into this “vacation” as possible. Now, most people’s idea of a vacation doesn’t include something like this …
Holy heck … we made a wood bed frame!
Well, somehow I did it again this year. A random idea for an easy pumpkin craft popped into my brain and just like that I made a pumpkin. Out of a slinky. Seriously.
There was a time when I thought building a closet was going to be super complicated. I actually spent wayyyy too much time online researching closet systems. But nothing was exactly what I wanted and everything seemed really expensive to me.* *”Ummmmm, everything always seems expensive to you” my sweet husband chimes in. “Well, I would hate to have to dip into my secret Cayman account” I retort. And so we decide to build our own wall to wall closet.
Everything happens for a reason, right?!? So when we got delayed by a week on our hardwood floor restoration adventure we had a little extra time to over analyze the situation.
Clearly we’re still talking about drywall and spackle here. ;) And it’s impossible to drywall without ending up with a few butt joints. You know, the butt joint, it’s when two edges of drywall come together that aren’t the manufactured, tapered edges. Raise your hand if you think it needs a new name.
We are definitely getting a taste of what rainy season is like in southern Florida. :) While I actually don’t mind the rain, it isn’t doing anything to help our floor curing situation. :) It was recommended to give them 3 full days to cure, but with this damp weather and humidity we were told it wouldn’t hurt to add on some extra time. And while we’re extraordinarily excited to keep making progress in there, after all the work to get the floors looking so nice, the last thing we want to do is rush in and scratch them up. But she is definitely starting to look mighty fine. :)
Now, I’m not usually a “right fighter”. You know the type. Where justification for pretty much everything comes down to “because it’s the right thing to do”. But I’ve had a few moments in this guest bedroom renovation where I just wanted “because I don’t want to” to be justification enough to actually not do something. Ummm, hello pressed sawdust covered walls.
So this happened. Sorry for the bad, I can’t believe this was hiding under the carpet, picture.
Hey hey! Happy Friday!! I am going to jump right in and say I feel like we’ve been purging money lately. :( You know, just walking out into the street and throwing my hands up in the air and letting loose handfuls of cash. Then just watching it blow away into the universe. Ugh, I can feel my heart rate increasing as I think about. There aren’t many things less appealing than spending money to this thriftress.
So, we told you last week that we called in the professionals to whip our hardwood floors into shape. The timing actually worked out perfect since we had a friend come to visit for the week. So I could do some gallivanting around Key West and still feel like things were happening around the house. Extra points to me for slacking off and still ending up with floors that look like this right now. :) (And if you like gallivanting pictures, they all go down on Instagram, I’m @thespacebetweenblog.)
This project could also be categorized as ‘just another reason to use my new framing nail gun’.