Archive | July, 2012

Police take notice

30 Jul

Here’s one of our neighborhood feral cats keeping the state data storage center safe from robbers.

Pack nap

28 Jul

The cats and dog all have favorite napping spots in each room. They really love to hang out in the monkey room (my office). This is them each in their favorite spots as happy as can be with sunlight and a breeze for optimal napping conditions.

Done door

28 Jul

Well, I finished the kitchen door. Yay! Or yay. It looks MUCH better than it did, and when I have the top two panes of plexiglass replaced with glass-glass, it will look even better (I couldn’t scrape my overpainting off the plexiglass without scratching it all up, so I figured I’d just wait until the glass guys come — next week — and put in real glass).

The Yellow Magnolia color was yellower in person than on the chip, so I added some gray-green paint that I had hanging around and that made it more of what I was looking for (which, apparently, was something very close to the color of my bedroom doors).

I polished up the doorknobs, and found some brass doorplates on ebay, and the door looks tons better. The mortise lock is not properly attached — I think it was previously held in place by paint. So I’m going to try to find longer screws for it.

The best thing about this is that I get to cross it off my list of things to do this summer — and there are only a few little tiny things left to be done by moi. The rest (electrical, stripey hallway papering, exterior canopy repair and painting) are things beyond my skill level and that I’m waiting for pros to do. All I have left are a few tiny painting projects, and then I’ll be done for the summer. Woo freakin hoo!

The door:

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Door progress

25 Jul

I got a random orbital sander (an el cheap-o number from Harbor Freight Tools) and sanded the door down. Then gave it a good coat of grey primer (had it hanging around). I decided to use a golden marigold or some such color (don’t remember the precise name) from the MS collection at HD. I put one coat on just now — I got exterior semi-gloss enamel. I was wishing for a chartreuse and the color (at one wet coat) is yellower than I wanted. I’ll see after a couple of coats and when it’s dry, but I may have to add some green to it (I have plenty to choose from) and make a custom color.

It looks better than it did.

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More on door (or more off door)

22 Jul

I finished using the heat gun on the exterior of the door today and started the interior, but need to just sand both sides now. I’m going to have to pick up a new small sander (with dust bag) and do the sanding this week. Hope to be able to get the glass changed one day this week, too.

I also polished (and boiled) the lovely brass doorknobs. I got these at a flea market several years ago and had never given them a proper polish, so now they’re lovely and shiny. Will lacquer them up before re-install. The rosettes are toast, though, so I’ll see what I can find online to replace those.

I’m thinking a chartreuse color for the door.

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