Weekend projects Thursday, Feb 28 2013 

This weekend is going to be another full one.  In no particular order
1. The lawn needs cut.
2. The garage needs cleared.
3. The study needs cleaned.
4. The front yard needs some landscaping.
5. We need to build some bins for the pantry, and our new console in the dining room.
6. We need to clean the house.
7. We need to clear the backyard.
8. We need to get some pavers for the backyard.
9. We need to get a cover for the Grill.
10. Wash the dawgs.
11. Check into auger/post hole digger rental for installing fence posts.

Oh there’s more, but for now I hope to get all of that done. Luckily there’s no Arsenal Match until Sunday morning, so I should have much of this list done and dusted before then. I will have Erika around to help me and to document some of the projects: the yard, the study, the bins, maybe even the Pavers.
Speaking of the Pavers, I am foregoing my master plan for the backyard for now, and simply laying some pavers out atop some of the grass for now…I may get ambitious and clear some of the grass and lay some leveling sand, we’ll see. Our master plan for the back yard involves an outdoor kitchen and dining room aside from the patio that will be the outdoor living room. We are so blessed to live where we can enjoy the outside for most all of the year; heck, I am cutting the grass on March 1st, probably should have on February 1st.
Outdoor kitchen will have the built in Grill, counter space for stuff, cabinets and shelving for keeping stuff, a cooler to keep stuff cool in, a bar to sit at with stools, a pergola over the whole thing. The Outdoor Dining Room will similarly have a pergola over head, a table and chairs and benches, and landscaping to tie all of it together.
For now, tread water and keep it all in check. We’ll work towards all of that stuff, until then, knock off one thing from the list and move on to the next.
Check back for updates. Erika slept well last night so maybe she’ll get a jump on the list today 😉


Mud Room Progress Tuesday, Feb 26 2013 

Well, maybe Erika can post a picture of our mud room bench.  Erika’s Mom gifted us some money to go buy a storage bench for the Hall, and so we shopped around for one.  Our a) being good Shepards of Nancy and Sal’s Generosity and b) inability to make a decision and stick with it contributed to it taking longer than expected to get one picked out and errected.

Hopefully Erika can post a picture of it for everyone to see.  Our next thing for the mudroom, I think we have the budget for it, is to make a shelving and coat hook unit for the wall above the bench.  Add a basket for umbrellas and some art on the wall and we should be golden.

Our ‘Mud Room’ is really a hall between the garage and the Kitchen.  Off it are the pantry, a 1/2 bath, the Laundry Room, and a coat closet.  It also has a cabinet above a built-in desk that has become the accumulator of all things random; from candy to mail to random papers to tools and tape.  The Dawgs also get their gourmet, pronounced gore-met, water and food in there.  Erika picked up an awesome bin for the dog food.  We can get a ginormous bag of Iams from Sams or Target or Winn-Dixie and dump the whole thing in there.  it came with a lid and a scoop!  Maybe Erika will get a picture of that too and upload it for some of you to see…

All in all the Mud Room may become our first ‘done’ room if we can just keep the built in desk clean long enough to take a picture. Oh and put up some art work too…

First Project Thoughts Tuesday, Feb 26 2013 

Erika really knocked this first little project out of the park.  I knew she had it in her, yet she still had to get it done, and she did.  We spent a fair amount of time last night contemplating our next projects.  Erika still has to make some storage bins for the shelf.  And decorate the thing with a lamp and some other trinkety type things. 

So what is next?  We have not really decided.  There is so much to do.  We are working our way up to some far more complex projects like a Loft Bed for the girl child, which we have grand designs for, and maybe tackling a fence for the back yard, and maybe an outdoor kitchen and outdoor dining room.  All in all alot of huge projects in the works, but before that we have to clean up the Study, the ‘Mud Room’ and the Garage.  In case you missed it in one of the pics, our Garage is a) a mess and b) seriously lacking workbenches and storage and whatnot for us to do our projects.  So, I think my plan for this week/end is to clean up the Garage and the Study.

Project update Monday, Feb 25 2013 

Last night I got our new console/sideboard table all primed…


And then this morning I started on the painting. We chose a color that isn’t black or brown, rather a blackish brownish color. It’s Valspsar “fired earth” in eggshell.


After two coats, it’s done! Mostly. I’ll be going back to make some crates/bins for it tomorrow. We are so proud of our first Power Tool Project!



Project in progress Sunday, Feb 24 2013 

Mr. Bumpkin has new power tools, so we started building some items to get ourselves acquainted with said tools. We built this console/sideboard this morning and will paint it later today and tomorrow.


Curtains! Friday, Feb 1 2013 

We made a trip to the Houston IKEA last weekend and among the things we bought were curtains. Still tons of things to do, but the rooms feel so comfy with the curtains up.



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