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Today was an errand day. I made the rounds: Home Depot, Container Store, Pier One… and by the time I finished at Pier One, the crazed holiday shoppers were bad enough that I went home to do some chores. Among other things, I scrubbed and re-waxed the steps. They look… well… a little better. In the single digit wind chill tonight, Ken and I took down the front storm door which has rusted from the inside out. 😦 We would like to replace it, but for now will do without.

I spent plenty of buckages at The Container Store, getting the right size drawer inserts for silverware and serving utentils. Not only are the new drawers larger, there are more of them. One of the cooler inserts I found was a knife garage that is made of cork and bamboo. The cork is loosely fitted at one end so that knives of various sizes can go in. Me likey!

I also nabbed some drawer liners for spices, and a “thingy sorter” (aka kitchen tools).

Finally, I picked up a bamboo dish rack and an absorbent rack diaper. I like the look of it, and it folds away for quick storage when we aren’t using it.

Other items: some shelf and drawer liners, some bins for mixes and seasoning packets and other things. I resisted all kinds of cool Click-Clack canisters and gizmos. I’m going to wait and see what works and what doesn’t work from the old kitchen in terms of size and space before I spend more money.

The house was full of workers today – electrical and painting contractors,  and then George and John doing all of the endless carpentry tasks towards finishing. The dishwasher, stove hood and fridge are up and running. (And don’t tell John, but we heated garlic bread in the oven. Just to make sure it worked. 😉 It did.)

I didn’t get around to taking pictures. When everything is in place, I will.

Sweat Equity

Posted: 11/14/2010 in DEMO, sweat equipty

Even with a great design/build team, there’s still a lot we do as the homeowners. We didn’t have to, but we added to our workload, and set things up for some finishing touches that will make the difference when you walk in the front door in a few weeks…

First, I took down the 1980s vibe mirror tiles that were by the front door. To no one’s surprise… the paint underneath was AVOCADO GREEN!!!  AHHHHHHHhhhhh!!!!  But when it’s scraped, sanded and painted, it will look really, really good. The stupid tiles had double-sided tape on the back, so that means extra prep for the painters before they start painting. But we kinda knew that was coming.

Then, in a fit of inspiration (and possible insanity) I decided to take up the ripped up carpet on the steps. It’s a good thing that we did, because in places the padding underneath had fallen apart, and there was a definite “aroma” to the carpeting that I don’t think we will miss. (Be grateful that blogs are not scratch-n-sniff!)

As with any demo job, the ripping out part was easy. Removing a gazillion staples and nails to finish the job on the steps was not!  I conscripted our high schooler to help me, and she and I got 99% of the staples out. Then I vacuumed and washed down the steps. It’s already a huge improvement. Once the painting and so on is done, we will be re-carpeting the steps and upstairs hallway. But for now, the wood steps look much nicer.

So it was a little sweat equity, but I think it was a good idea. Don’t you agree?

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