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Craft/Office Closet Update

Progress was made for the new year.

Progress was made for the new year.

We were able to finish some aspects of our craft/office closet project before the new year.  Seams were caulked and walls were touched up with paint.  I organized shelves based on how often items are used.  After organizing supplies, it became quickly apparent that the third row of shelves is needed.  We will be adding them later this winter.

In a small home vertical storage is very important!  A keen eye towards aesthetics in small spaces is equally important.  I am continuously looking for ways to better utilize our space while making and keeping it more visually appealing.  Paint color and lighting can make or break a space.

The Craft/Office closet is almost finished.

The Craft/Office closet is almost finished.

We painted the hall but decided to keep the current paint color of Sherwin-Williams Halcyon Green in the closet.  Lighting makes a big difference as you can see in the pictures above and below. The hallway color is actually just a shade lighter than the office color.  The lighting in the office makes it appear to be a much different color than what we have in our bedroom.  I will be experimenting with different light bulbs to see what effect I like best.

Hall 112014

The hallway is painted in SW Quietude.

We went ahead and added the computer and monitor so that the office portion could be used.  Many of the craft and art supplies are still being sorted and organized.  The only items left to be added are the office chair, desk lamp, inspiration board, and peg board for organizing tools.

Most of these items will be added this coming weekend.  The third row of shelves can be added at anytime.  We will be installing beadboard on the ceiling over a future weekend.  The computer desk will be painted when I have 2-4 hours to devote to it.  There are so many other projects that take precedence right now that some of these tasks are just not high on my list!

The main goal for this closet was to create a space that would operate as our “central command” (office) and a sewing/crafting room.  I have also been able to store a number of seasonal items since we decided to have the very top shelf wrap around the whole room. This has created more efficient space in our downstairs closets for items we use more often.

The closet is fully functional for office and craft use.  Sure, there are odds and ends left to sort and add but it is definitely ready for use.  I am typing this post from my new office space!

I am hoping to finish this space by late February April.

Stalled Progress!

Stalled Progress!

Our Lively Yellow House

Our Lively Yellow House, Winter 2013.

Our Lively Yellow House, Winter 2013. Almost Done!

Finally, an update!

It has been busy around here! On the days that were nice enough to work on the exterior paint my husband was up on a ladder finishing areas of the chimney and eaves. The pitch of the roof made it really difficult to reach all the areas of the chimney without him standing in precarious positions.

From his description, I am really glad I did not go out to see how things were going! There are still areas around the dormers and trim to finish painting the last coat but compared to where we began it should be short work on warm days.

All that is left to finish painting the trim and replacing gutters.

We will finish painting the trim and replacing gutters early spring or whenever the weather allows.

All the storm windows have been installed and we will finish all the trim paint as soon as we get a mild day.  Now that we are officially in winter we may have to wait until spring. However, with the mild temperatures we had this past week we may get lucky and finish well ahead of March.

For now, we will focus on the inside of the house on various projects we need to finish for the upstairs bath, kitchen, and craft/office closet.  I hope to get another post out after we enjoy our Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


Our Little Yellow House

Summer 2012

Summer 2012

This is our house last summer before we replaced the 30 year old siding.  We bought the house in April 2009.  Since then, we have slowly been remodeling the whole house.

Besides replacing the siding, we have also painted it a lighter and brighter yellow.  We decided on “Lively Yellow” by Behr with pure white for the trim.  Our front door is painted “Candy Violet” by Behr.  I wanted something fun for the front door as we remodeled and the color actually matches the petals of the Dame’s Rocket that grows in the front borders each spring.  It looks a little more purple in the first picture than the picture below shows.  It will stay this color until we replace the door.

We are now so close to being finished with the exterior of this house.  We are crossing or fingers that the weather stays nice through this weekend so we can finish siding, caulk, and paint!   It has been an interesting journey with lots of setbacks.  We would most likely be done if it weren’t for those pesky trees!


Late Summer 2012

I have decided I am not a fan of Silver Maple trees or Bradford Pears. They are fast growing trees and the wood is soft and weak. They constantly drop branches. During the time we were painting the front of the house we had a couple of tree limbs fall off the Silver Maple in the front yard.

There is less of a chance of this happening if the trees are properly pruned each year to help shape their fast growth. However, when we bought this house in 2009 we inherited older trees that were not pruned as they were growing and now limbs are dropping. This spring as we were finishing the back of the house my husband noticed the Bradford Pear had split clean down the middle of the trunk all the way to the ground. Splendid!


Early Spring 2013 bringing down the Bradford Pear

We were fortunate that none of the spring storm winds had brought the tree down but when the wind would blow you could see straight through the crack by almost an inch in places. It was only a matter of time before it would fall on someone. It had to come down right away.

My husband stopped working on the house to get rid of the tree. We are not entirely sure how old this tree was but we estimated 25+ years by the growth rings. We had expected this tree to fail because we had watched others in the neighborhood fail every spring. Bradford Pear trees have an awful reputation for weak wood so we watched for signs each year.


Bradford Pear Spring 2010 & Dargo our first Border Collie (RIP 1/11)

I was sad we had to bring down this tree because they are prettiest in the spring when they are flush with white blossoms. I won’t miss the awful smell though! Their blossoms smell foul and every spring it smelled like a critter had died in the yard! Yup, they smell that bad.

There is good that came from removing the tree. We have been able to give away and keep quite a bit of kindling and firewood. We were able to make a grape arbor, a little fence line for our potager garden, and I should be able to use quite a few of the small branches that are remaining for trellising the vegetables next spring. Just this past week we had another limb and a branch drop from the maple so it may be cut down soon as well. We will have an arborist take a look at it to see what should be done.


Grape Arbor

Potager Fence

Potager Fence

Now, I am optimistic I will be able to update this post with pictures of a fully painted house after this weekend!

Crossing fingers…

Update: 11/12/13

The weather changed on us and a cold front moved in.  We are hoping the forecast holds for this coming weekend when we should be able to paint!


Update: 11/17/13

50 mph gusts from 10am to 5pm today.

We can get away with painting all North surfaces of the house but that may be all today. It’s better than nothin’.  Off to take some pictures…