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Home improvement progress report

(1) Clear-cut my back patio. Pulling weeds, bagging and hauling them (15 trash bags full), sweeping the flagstone of pine needles and debris, spraying round-up in all the cracks. I still need to dig up the roots of the biggest weeds so they won't grow back next year, but those things are the size of my fist and have deep tendrils, so tougher measures will be required.

(2) Did #1 so I could have the patio cover rep over to give me an estimate on retractable awnings. Turns out my patio door wall is too narrow for their ordinary retractables, and the ones with alternate technology are v, v expensive. So now I'm contemplating whether to do a fixed fabric awning (relatively inexpensive, but not much coverage), or a wood/metal patio cover (I like this idea, but no sun for the kitties), or a lattice patio cover (some sun for the kitties, but more expensive than the solid patio cover and not as shady).

Definitely getting blackening screens for the sunniest windows in the living room, though. They will pay for themselves in lower AC bills in a summer or two.

(3) Stained the floating mantle destined for the fireplace. It was still blotchy, so instead of rubbing the stain in, I slathered it on like paint. You lose the wood grain, but it looks presentable.

(3) Stained the three-tier shelf that used to belong to my father and grandmother. It just needed a fresh coat of color, it's been banged up a lot over the years.

(4) Put a coat of polyurethane on the three-tier shelf. I want to poly the fireplace mantle as well, but I'm thinking it needs another coat of stain first.

(5) Carved petroglyphs into the interior walls of my clay cave. It is in the process of drying before being fired. It will go through two different firings, apparently, and after the second one, I am going to cover the surface of it with some cool moss I found at Michael's Arts and Crafts. That way it will look more like a hillock, and less like a Thanksgiving turkey.

(6) Bought a 4x6 blue cotton rag rug and proceeded to cut off the tassles and sew the nubs under the edge of the rug, then paint the edges with fabric paint to bring in the accent colors (black and taupe) in the kitchen. Ran out of fabric paint. Bought more at Michael's. Rug only partly painted.

(7) Poked at TD 216. Sort of barely. I need to get back into it, but finding the time is a challenge.

(8) Um...did some work at work.



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 17th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
love that icon. LOVE IT!

i wish i could get anything done on our house. interior painting and new flooring, is that so much to ask?
Apr. 17th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I find more gets done if I pay someone else to do it.

::there goes the tax refund::
Apr. 17th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
aint that the truth.
Apr. 17th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
What are the dimensions of your patio you are looking to cover? Is this a separate build from your house, or an extension of the same floor system (slab or whatever)? I have a 14'x20' back deck that I've been thinking of doing a pergola over, which would give me a semi-covered deck that I could then wire some outdoor fans to in order to have some artificial breeze and keep the worst of the insects away during summer.
Apr. 17th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
My patio is oddly shaped. It is roughly L-shaped, but the room that forms the elbow of the L juts out a bit at the fireplace, which means the living room patio door where I want to put the patio cover is about an eight-foot wide door set into a wall that is less than ten feet. The patio cover company needs at least ten feet of wall to mount their normal retractable patio cover, at least for the length I would want it to shade.

I could have them mount a non-retractable type with much more flexibility in its dimensions than the retractables, which are set sizes to accomodate the retracting technology.
Apr. 17th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Man, you are full of energy.

As far as those weeds, best things is brush all the exposed ends with Round-up. Round-up immediately breaks down in the soil so it is harmless to the environment.
Apr. 17th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
I pretty much ROunded-up the whole back yard, except the flowering weeds I actually like.
Apr. 17th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
For a cheap cover that would do you for the interim, you could do what we did at the trailer. We got a big blue tarp, wrapped & stapled the ends around a 1X2 (really a 2X4 ripped in half, but whatevs) and then used that with hooks & eyes as a patio shade.
Apr. 17th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
LOL, then it falls apart at the first summer storm....

; )
Apr. 18th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
I would take it up & down depending on the weather, heh. We didn't hang it very high, so it was doable. It probably looked horrible, but it got the job done.
Apr. 18th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I think my HOA would protest.

; )
Apr. 18th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
One of the advantages to being trailer trash, heee! No HOA!
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