House Projects #12: Taking Care of Business... #2

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 06-21-2022 01:45 PM 271 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Though I have wanted to “press on” with this Office project, other duties and work have not been neglected!
When Spring arrived, I finally got around to removing a section of dilapidated stockade from the yard…
LJ”s won’t let me post images of that for some reason, saying the file is > 5 MB???
Anyway, light gray trim was painted next, which included the Crown Molding and the French Door…

What a lucky find that door was! Happy too, that it’s no longer green
This Old House is (or was) completely devoid of doorstops, so I whipped up a bunch of simple and effective ones out of scrap…

These were then painted dark gray, along with the the baseboard covering, the “internet garage” that was built, some of the interior of the closet… I also purchased some strapping to build a framework for shelves and such in the closet (and to finish up the small Sun Room closet)... These became dark gray as well

The interior of the closet was yellow and looked fine, but some new yellow was purchased anyway, and applied…
Which brought us to the walls… Hold onto your breath…

The walls are BLUE... Lol

All that was left in the Room to do was the floor…
Another “outside” interruption caused that to be delayed however… Early Spring Work in the Yard caused me to go into our little shed out back… The Squirrels here had their way with it all Winter, and any paper that was stored therein, shredded it like a machine… I truly laughed when I first saw it, it was such a mess!
But I wasn’t laughing when I had to take out the lawnmower, and had to sweep up and clean the mess!
The eaves of the shed were largely missing…

So when I bought the Strapping, some lengths of PT Decking were purchased too, then used to replace the old and the missing…

The Squirrels are not pleased I’m sure, but I could return to the floor work in the office with one less care…

The floor work was straight forward… In this and any old house, decisions have to be made constantly when repairing, in regards to what “degree” of repair is going to be rendered… This floor has some damage near the window… Working on and in this house has revealed that the Office Window was the original location of the entrance way of the house, the Front Door, if you will… So the damage was likely caused by Winter Boots and shovels and things melting on the floor near it… I might have replaced the affected boards, but the floor is, I believe, Black Walnut and this would be costly…
As it is cosmetic damage and not structural, and the intended final floor plan will have furniture over that area anyway, it will be left as-is… My Goal in this house has never been to “make it new” but to preserve and tend the fine home that it already is… These sections of the building were built 122 years ago and wear the scratches and scars of time well, it would be sinful to erase them! What is a Home without some Homeliness??
In any event, time was taken to clean-up the floor… I’m pretty good with paint, but with a small screwdriver and sandpaper, my few drops (and many that were not mine) were scraped or sanded (or both) from the floor…

I was going to try something different, some Varnish perhaps, but found an almost-full can of Poly for floors kicking around.. The results are very pleasing…

Another Room and Chapter closes…
After two coats, the Floor and Room look excellent, but smell terrible…
I’ll keep the door closed on it for a couple days before I start moving back in

I’m anxious and excited about finishing this room in particular, because it is going to be like a “key log” in a lot of the log jam that is our household!! Many things are going to fall into place nicely, as far as having their own “forever places”!

As always, Thank You for your time and interest my Friends… :)

21 June 2022

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 06-21-2022 02:02 PM

You’re giving that old house a new life, Mike. That is very good mass of projects that will be never ending but rewarding….........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-21-2022 02:11 PM

The joys of being a happy home owner. About the time you think you’ve gotten everything done. Something new pops up needing attention.

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#3 posted 06-22-2022 12:05 AM

Inching along is progress ;) Looking good!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 06-22-2022 02:51 AM

You’re making a lot of progress in your house. It’s shaping up little by little. Looking great. Every time I think I’m ahead I fall behind.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 06-24-2022 12:57 AM

Love that blue!! The hardwood floor looks awesome!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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