Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hedging...a bit

So, things have been slow. End of summer stuff, plus the scorchingly hot, sticky humidity was not particularly conducive to a lot of physical labor-type stuff.

This morning was cool enough to rip out the last dead hedge piece and replace it with two small new guys that will (someday) fill in. We got these guys at the less-expensive good nursery, on sale. And they were still a bit pricey. But a steal compared to what they charge for 5-6', balled and burlapped cedars for hedges. Since the non-dead section of hedge is in great shape, over 60 feet long and over 6' tall, we figure the existing hedge is probably worth more than the house! Crazy!
Grow little guys, grow!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Success - from the brink of disaster

So, we managed to make it through the rest of the weekend without any additional Three Stoogieness. Well, a couple of small things, but nothing as completely chaotic as Friday.





Homemade mini-pedi?


* Scored the dresser in unrestored - but never painted - condition for $37.50. Escutcheons (in the correct size and finish) were hard to find, but I got some great ones from Horton Brasses - the company seems great and prices are quite good.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Fencing, part two

Don't say it too loudly, but the weather has been fine lately. Our fencepost holes dried out (well, enough) for us to pour concrete on Thursday, then we started making and assembling our back corner fence. There will be four sections total - here are two of them.

The other two will be on the left side, in an L. This is the back corner of our yard, where the dead hedge grew (and where trash blew in through said dead hedge from the main road out that way).

The corner post looks odd now, but it should look good once we put a copper roof on it. It is pressure treated (everything else is cedar) because we wanted to sink it, so to make it look cedariffic, we clad it with leftover shakes. Kind of an architectural-type flavor to it.

A couple of more sunny days and we'll be done. If we can stand the cedar splinters in the eyes, that is! Even with saftey goggles on, they somehow always manage to get in there. Nasty!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Total liquidation sale

While we're waiting (still!) for the holes for the back corner fence to dry out, we're started on another of our planned summer projects: sorting out and selling all the house parts and hardware we're not using. If we get to the basement re-do in the next year or two, we figure, it will behoove us to start clearing out all the excess stuff now.

Oh boy, this is a task. We had accumulated all manner of hardware, lighting parts, planters, heating grates, etc. that are now on the Island of Misfit Toys and need to find a home where they'll be loved. There's nothing wrong with them - they just didn't end up working stylistically, or in the case of the awsome grille covers, we didn't need them. Bummer because it was really, really hard to find mission-style grilles, and I love these!

So, if you're in the market for house parts, feel free to check out our stuff and place a bid! (Shameless plug).