Just when I get used to finding myself alone on the weekends and enjoy getting things done, I have a weekend with a huge list of things I want to complete and company each day.
I rarely share my to-do lists, and that’s because I rarely make them. I know what I want to accomplish so why write it out. But this weekend I did make a list, I may never do it again as I didn’t get much completed.
With rain all weekend I already knew at least one job wouldn’t get done as it was outside.
Here is the to-do list I started with on Friday.
- Re-pot seeds that aren’t doing well (done)
- Move the cabinet fronts under the sink (not possible)
- Make larger holes in the outdoor table (will wait until the rains stop)
- Clean out cabinet (only half completed)
- List scanner on Freecycle
- Take cardboard intended for the garden outside (again waiting for the rain to stop)
- Clean out closet and begin turning it into a play space for the children, can’t do this until the cardboard is taken outside)
- Make curtains for under the kitchen counter and for the front window (one is done, but not up)
- Repair tile in bathroom
- Go through cookbooks, copying recipes I will use and put books in pile to donate (two completed out of five)
- Work on Floor lamp
- Order more seeds
- Paint baseboard (half way completed)
- vacuum (done)
- Paint kitchen counters (2/3 completed)
Pretty big list for a weekend I ended up having only a few hours to myself, don’t you think? I think I may have jinxed myself by making that list.
So here are some before and after pictures of what I did carry out.
First I never showed you the completed night stand. With rain I couldn’t get a decent picture until now. For new pulls I used inexpensive handles sold for screen doors. (at $2.49 each this brings the total cost of transforming a desk into a nightstand to $8!)
First, I apologize for the pictures, with rain all weekend, it’s been hard to get enough light to take pictures with my phone.
Here’s the progress:
I pried off the wooden pulls and then used a hammer to break off the protruding part of the screws, patched with putty and sanded everything down then painted. Simple as could be.
Of course, I decided to be lazy and didn’t take the drawers out yet again. Here’s how I kept everything clean while working.
I also never showed you the scrap piece of wood that became the children’s coat rack, at least not on the wall.
The hallway didn’t feel complete. But now it does. I used the white paint to show off the baseboard and to make it easy to clean I have coated it with polycrylic (throughout). Being sealed this is one job I won’t have to touch up, hopefully, ever.
Then it was on to the entry way at the front of the apartment. Here is probably the best picture I have of that area, I took it Christmas Eve when we had some real sunlight streaming in.
And here you can see a little of the night stand that serves as storage and an end table from the day we installed legs on the loveseat. (Yes I’ve cleaned up the carpet!)
Here’s how that looked Friday:
The nightstand had a piece of fabric on it to cover the damage to the pressed (cheap) top, see in the above photo.
I updated the table top while I was at it and was pleasantly surprised to find the paint did a great job hiding the imperfections in the finish. I don’t like to have fabric on table tops as they seem to be nothing more than dust collectors that need washed. It’s easier to wipe a surface down with a rag, at least for me.
And the kitchen. I found I couldn’t move the fake drawer fronts under the sink as the counter top is too low to allow me to move them. Bummer. Here are some close-ups of the kitchen before and after, at least what’s completed.
As you can see the wood on the left supports the counter top. It was painted once with a coat of primer and never touched again, it was stained and no amount of scrubbing made it look any better. The wall was painted in the wall color I chose when I moved in, along with the baseboard.
Here is the same view, but with a fresh coat of white paint on the wood support and the baseboard. This sets off the wall color so much better. Both were sealed with the polycrylic for long-lasting finish.
I have only one outlet in the kitchen area. This isn’t a problem for me as I never need to use more than that one outlet, but its location is a problem.
So to have easier access I keep a surge protector on the side of the counter that can be switched off to save electricity when not in use.
While I hated the baseboard being painted the same color as the walls, they could have at least done a decent job. You can see here how the painters didn’t attempt to paint near the rug.
I began in the kitchen by painting under the counter top so that would be ready to hang a curtain, unfortunately that didn’t get hung, but at least I got it made right? From this shot you can see how yellowed the cabinets were that I was living with, and trying hard to ignore.
Isn’t that the nastiest color ever? If you can’t decide here’s another view of the cabinet doors as I worked my way around.
And where I had to leave off this weekend.
The weekend wasn’t all work. I received this coupon in the mail.
Seems I don’t shop enough. The local grocery story realized I hadn’t used my reward card in a while and sent me this coupon for $10 off $20 or more on food only. I took advantage of that on Friday in between the rain.
The little one’s were excited on one of our walks (on a nice day) to find more pine cones. After a few days to dry it was time to do something with them besides sitting on my counter. With constant rain I pulled out some paint and let them have some fun, then sent the pine cones home with them for mom and dad to decide what to do with them.
And Sunday, with just one child visiting, I cut up a toilet paper roll and let my grand-daughter help with the glue gun to make flowers, of course paint had to be part of the equation.
So what would a week be without a dumpster find?
Someone thought ink on wood was the perfect place to practice penmanship