Friday, September 21, 2012

Reno Cottage veranda - before.

Thought I would use a pic of pretty florals to lull you into a post of gross. Did it work?
Made a few chirpy cushion covers as I'm all spring inspired lately. Someone had given me some inserts and stuffing and thought I should use some of that opped fabric, so I made a few of those zip-less "envelope" cushion covers. Great for a non-sewer like me, actually 'mazed myself, no unpicking. Got me enthused enough to make a tote bag as well, which I'll show another time if you're vaguely interested.

So, what are the thumbs up for? Mr CH's favorite demolishing of course, this time it's the veranda's turn. In order to fix/rebuild the awnings they had to come down. Luckily, we live in a noisy neighbourhood where everyone is renovating/extending/improving/woodworking.

Pulling anything down isn't always straight forward with these old houses, it has something to do with those 2 or 3 inch nails in everything. Lots of hammering!!!!

Thought I might include a few shabby before photos of what needs to be fixed.
The stairs.
Before someone falls through them.

The front doors before they fall off.

And the awnings before they rust away and fall down through a window or six.

There has been lots of paint stripping - on the posts. Ah the smell of melting paint in the morning.

We've decided to make the new wooden brackets from scratch to save 50 odd dollars each. As the brackets only need to support one wood batten, one steel batten (on the lower edge) and roofing tin, Mr CH cut ripped (apparently that's what you say) treated framing studs in half for the bracket frame. We also chose to cut our own fretwork from scrap lightweight marine plywood.  After a few sketches the patterns are getting cut out bit by bit with the trusty scroll saw. Much easier than a jigsaw as you can cut finer details.

Mr CH gets the cutting and I get the painting.

After the awning on one side was removed the front wall underneath could be given it's two coats of green.
As you can see, a few days later Mr CH thought he would tackle the awning above the door, leaving the rest as rain protection for as long as possible.

Had to include this pic just for the smirk of satisfaction on his face. I'm sure he isn't the only male to enjoy pulling things apart.

Next post I'll show the work on the veranda doors. which we will be trying to patch and save, in spite of their tragic appearance.
Before I go, I thought that, seeing as though these couple of songs have been stuck in my head for weeks, they my as well be stuck in yours too!
The first a mesmerizing live performance by Aussie singer Jade Diary at The Ellington Jazz Club in Perth from June 2012. This is not the usual 'bounce off the walls" kind of music I like, but I found myself humming the tune after I heard it on the radio, as much for the meaning of the words as for her beautiful voice.

Loving this one as well, off the new album which debuted at no 1 on the US billboard in the first week in Sept!

After my "dump and run" post last time, I'm off to visit my favy blogs.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend, as of now, we are on two weeks school holidays,Yay!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Don't let ME buy the paint!

 Naughty truant blogger that I am, not a post for weeks!
Been busy doing all sorts of things, baking, painting, gardening, sewing (of the non-sewer kind) and time has flown by. So here's the half a post from a few weeks ago.
Bed 2 was undercoated and ready for painting.

   So I had to go buy the paint during the week for a weekend paint job. Choosing a colour for this room was a pain. I had no idea what to use, that would be suitable as a unisex room, and I eventually just picked blue  ( thinking blue and pink/purple/yellow/green for a girl or blue and orange/yellow/black/red for a boy) and then decided to pick a paint-chip at the paint shop. I had the green paint-chip from bed 1 and I just wanted a blue in the same chalky tone as the green.  At the paint shop I was accosted by a chatty salesman who proceeded (in detail) to tell me how he and others added so much value to a relatives house by painting it (I must have looked like I needed convincing)
So I grabbed a paint-chip and said "This one", just to be rid of him. Of course it was going to be wrong #*&+% !!!!!
Seems I chose a colour befitting a baby boy's nursery (like 30 years ago!) That dread when you take the lid off a six litre tin and try to convince yourself it will do ,when you know it won't. So what to do? We decided to paint one coat and have a look.
 So, I took hubby back the next day (as a man-repellent) and we chose the colour I was after. The same salesman was there helping another female. Awkward! I mean, do we females look like we don't know what we want, ha.

After/ before
  Doorway between the bedrooms.

I'm still painting doors...

..and windows..

Working in this little cottage throughout winter has been very pleasant. Now that the living areas are on the northern side, they are awash with bright light for most of the day, which makes for a very cheerful spot.

Mr CH had a unexpected weekday-off, and on a side track home from the hardware shop (of course) we stopped in at an op-shop to have a sticky and bought this funny little piece. Which is apparently a desk, which we didn't know because the keys wouldn't work to open the top door, I thought it would make a nice bar-type piece. We had to bring it home, as it is the same style as The Super-ugly Sideboard (see popular posts in the sidebar) and it has curves (which hubby is rather partial to) Though it may sit where it is for a while, until I knock a few more things off from the "to do list".

I seem to be doing things not on the list, like painting this bookcase. Spring (not pinterest) has a lot to answer for. That and Mr CH, he suggested it. We keep buying brown furniture so we needed to de-brown something. So two days later it's done and waiting to harden-up so I can put all the junk back.

Three hours on the undercoat (oil based, how I loathe that stuff), top coated in Vivid White (surrounds and shelf front edges) and Wattyl Aspen Light (for the inside shelves). Which is the same colour from the Reno Cottage kitchen and my hallway shelf (with the rosey tins, which people seem to be pinning?) only from a new sample pot $10 with enough left for a table next on the list.
Mr CH is sitting here, asking me how to spell words and adding his own words to the dictionary when spellcheck gives him a hard time. He is sooo distracting. "Listening!, why does it need a  T?" he says! So if this rambling post makes any sense I'll be amazed.

Loving this plant at the moment, does anyone grow the yellow Brunfelsia, B. Amercana I think it is? Gotta go it's nearly cuppa time and the kids are still in bed!
Have a lovely weekend everyone, no school lunches aaaaaahh.
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