With more paint stripper from yesterday’s trip to the suburbs, Liz continued on her work today with the second pocket door. Here, she’s carefully removing trim pieces (which will get cleaned and reinstalled later).
We moved the second pocket door down to the basement recently. We have a lot of doors stored down here already, but with our recent basement reorg… we’ve got a lot more room to work with.
Liz has continued the bonding sessions with them, but has slowly progressed to where she’s no longer sitting and monitoring them both. The two have been in the same space for a few hours at a stretch, and Liz felt it was time for them to be around one another, 100%.
Putting plywood up means we won’t have as much air going into the basement. And also allows for certain four-legged friends to be near the space, without fear that they might tumble down into the basement.
Not a very sexy project. But a small step towards making the first floor a little more normal.
I know it’s technically a “wand,” but to me it still looks like a gun that makes “pew pew” noises.
A lot of the complexity is in the paint needing to overlap the putty slightly, and make contact with the glass. This ensures a proper seal, but is also incredibly tricky in that it’s paint on glass (and has a tendency to run and not remain in a straight line).
Woke up early this morning, for a trek out to Reuse Depot. Liz was looking for some wavy glass to use, for her window resoration project – and the best option was to find some older windows, and to cut the pieces she needed from them.
Liz, continuing her work on restoring the hall windows. Because all the previous glass panes had a lot of scratches… she cut new window panes by hand, and applied the putty to set each pane into the window.
The first one took some time, but it looked like she found her rhythm.
Liz is a very careful painter. When she explained things to me, I learned that this task especially, requires a very steady and precise hand.
Well, this was a long time coming… and very, very overdue. Liz and I finally got around to painting the main hall area today. After an embarrassingly long hiatus of nothing.
Liz has been working to clean up the main hall windows. Tonight, I got to see an interesting side by side between two of them.
Liz did a lot of cutting, while I did a bit of sanding in the closet area. I then switched over to priming the vestibule while she continued to cut all the corners/edges along the rest of the hall.
Lately, Liz and I have gone in different directions on house-related work. I’ve been doing more planning and documentation, and she’s started to suit up again after hours, heading in to the basement.
We’re on the lookout for new newel posts. And in the meanwhile, we’re looking to get rid of these. I’m sure someone would take them for free, but I’m also thinking we could get some small bit of money for them.
Craigslist seems too… specific? A salvage/restoration place seems more appropriate. I may break down and give Facebook marketplace a whirl.
Spent today working in the main hall – sanding down spots that Liz patched, identifying newer spots that need more patching, then cleaning and wiping everything down with a damp sponge.