Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Pretty in Pink

The kitchen is now painted "French Cream" and the plumbers are there as I write this fixing all the leaks and putting on new faucets.

Bob put up the goose weathervane this weekend.

Pretty green moss covers one side of the farmhouse roof and the red buds are beginning to bloom!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Renovation Woes

Well, guess who showed up after four months!  The water pipe is now replaced, so now the farmhouse can get the cleaning it so desperately has needed. 

Even though I am so happy to finally have running water in the farmhouse, why is it when a contractor comes to do one job, you end up needing three other tradesman to clean up the mess?  We still need a french drain that was going to be done by this plumber, but I doubt we'll see him for another four months, so now we will start making calls to find someone to do that.  We now need someone to come and cut the logs left behind into firewood.  

Just a big mess of brush, cut bushes, trees and bamboo that now needs to be cleaned up.  A nice mud patch for the dogs to get into.   I hate that the path went through a section of old Rose of Sharon.  I have lots of baby Red Bud trees that I hope I can dig and transplant before it gets too hot.  The electrician that came a couple of weeks ago to see all that needed to be done was to come last Friday and haven't heard a peep from him, so now to find another electrician.  As I said, renovation woes.  

I wish we could do everything ourselves, that way it would get done.  We got our tree from the boathouse in the hole from the downed tree.  

Baby steps for sure, but in the next month we will be getting a lot accomplished now that we have water!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Feeling Motivated

Seventy degrees on a Sunday with flowers blooming will get anyone motivated, even Bob (haha) and the fact guests will be arriving come May!

Even the praying mantises had to emerge from their cocoon.  

First order of business, remove an old fallen stump covered in ivy . . . and poison ivy I'm now finding out from the itching and burning arms I have.  

A large evergreen tree will be placed here.  I just have to go to the boathouse and retrieve it from an old whiskey barrel that it has outgrown. All the ivy was removed from the walls so it can be cleaned and painted.

I painted a patch of Valspar's "French Cream" to see if the color is subtle and cheery.  I wanted to match the weathervane since I loved the color.  If it turns out not to be what I envisioned, it's an easy fix with another coat of paint. This is the only room in the farmhouse that will have color, the rest will be an antique white.

Bob removed the medicine cabinet from the wall where I plan to hang my iron mirror.  The light fixture will be a thing of the past, thank God, I hate it.  Stinson, our electrician, was here yesterday to check out all the work I have planned for him to do on Friday.  He will be hanging chandeliers and hooking up a dryer. 

Goodbye ugly medicine cabinet . . . 

. . . hello pretty iron lace mirror!

This old cabinet in the kitchen is getting the linoleum ripped off the top, and one of my antique butcherblock boards will be replacing it.  This is just a very small amount of the "to do" list, and hopefully next week I will be posting photos of these jobs completed and moving on to more projects.  We STILL do NOT have our water pipe fixed!  This is the second plumber and has now been four months.  Moving on to Plumber Number 3??