New Year … New Floor!

Goodbye, 2009 … hello, new dining/kitchen flooring!


Here’s the old (and very ugly) linoleum flooring in the dining and kitchen area.


Getting started …


In process …


I had to take a picture of how many nails the previous owner used to fasten this piece of molding because I knew nobody would believe me. It’s a slight case of overkill!




After a full day … finished!


As a bonus … Dad found this creepy clown lurking under the fridge. I have no clue where this came from as I have moved the fridge on several occasions to clean and have never seen it before. I can’t wait to terrorize Sherry with it. She hates clown.

New Year … New Floor!

Deck Rebuilding (Construction: Part I)

Saturday was a nice hot day for working on the deck. Michael came over and my Dad was there … so we fixed the supports, cut boards and nailed ’em into place. It took most of the day as we were taking some liberal rest breaks in the shade on my Mimosa tree.

All that’s left now is to put up new railing in the corner and the building will be done!

Here some pictures just to bore you …

Deck Repair
Deck Repair
The supports were put into place …

Deck Repair
Then the boards for the floor …

Deck Repair
It was crafty of Michael to work in the shade while Dad baked in the sun and heat.

Deck Repair
Michael hammers and nails.
(Insert alternative dirty caption here.)

Deck Repair
And here’s me putting the last nail of the day in.

Deck Rebuilding (Construction: Part I)

Deck Rebuilding (Prep Phase: Part II)

Deck Repair
I started taking the deck apart last night. What fun! (Pssst … that was sarcasm.)

As you can see, five braces are gonna have to be replace along with the supports underneath. There are still seven boards that need to be removed plus parts of the railing. I have to run to Lowe’s after work and pick up nails and screws. I totally forgot to do that the other night.

Tomorrow it will all go back together (hopefully). MGW should be coming by to help so that should be fun.

And here are some semi-arty burn photos …
Deck Fire
Deck Fire

Deck Rebuilding (Prep Phase: Part II)

Deck Rebuilding (Prep Phase)

Deck Repair
Here we go. The last thing I wanted to spend time doing this summer was rebuilding part of the back deck. But, it’s gotta be done. Last night Dad and I rolled out to Lowe’s and picked up 16 pieces of 2″ x 6″ x 8′ and 16 pieces of 2″ x 6″ x 10′ lumber. Tonight the burnt of boards are gonna get ripped out and the debris from the fire cleaned up. Looks like Saturday (weather permitting) is gonna be the day that we start (re)building.

As fstclss mentioned, the “what if’s” are still going pretty strong through my head. Folks have been asking how close the fire got to the house and I now have an official answer … 30″ … which is right at 2-1/2′. It might sound like a good distance. Well … it isn’t.

Deck Rebuilding (Prep Phase)

Improvements

Well, the molding went up in the living room this past weekend. All that is left to do is fill some nail holes and do a wee bit of touch-up painting. Yes, yes, yes … I do know that I need to post photos for you “improvement” nuts to see. I’ll get there.

So, what’s up next? Funny you should ask …

Dining Room Colors
Repainting the dining room/kitchen is next on the agenda. There are a few spots that I need to put some mud on and then I will ready to rock. The trim (and probably the ceiling as well) is going to be “Oatmeal.” The walls will be “Powder Blue 4.” Oatmeal is a Ralph Lauren color and Powder Blue 4 is from the Laura Ashley Home Collection. What can I say … Christy has good taste in color.

Improvements