Sunday, August 12, 2007

Some more progress...

We are slowly hacking away at our "to do" list for this summer. We hung the refinished oak door in the den on Saturday. It looks nice, but after we hung it I really had that "I want more!" feeling.

I wanted to rent that jackhammer and tear up decrepit patio or obsolete sidewalk in the front yard that will expand my garden. Or start stripping the basement stairs or something. But unfortunately, I am sick with a miserable summer cold.

I managed to prime the trim around the back porch door and then I called it a day.

Steve wired the additional outlet we are adding in the pantry and put in the blocking for the shelves.
Anyway, this is about all sniffly me can manage in the way of a post today. Pantry post coming soon.




5 comments:

mindy said...

If you rent the jackhammer from Home Depot, get the smaller one - it is much easier to hold upright and I managed to break up an entire porch foundation (about 2 feet thick) with it.

Hope you feel better soon!

The Litter Box House said...

Looks good girl! Seeing your photo made me dream about my upstairs hallway. All four room doors were replaced by some miserable PO with crappy hollow core doors. I really want to strip the trim and get more appropriate doors...Your photo is nice incentive to get a move on.

Andrea

murk said...

Nice work on the refinished door! May I ask what you used to refinish the door? Shellac? Stain? The color looks great and would love to try to duplicate your results.

We too have an old Chicago 2flat and we're refinishing all the woodwork. (crazy hard work that has taken way too long!)

We're just about reading to start staining, and I'm looking for advice on shellac, stain, varnish, etc. Thanks much!

murk said...

Nice work on the refinished door! May I ask what you used to refinish the door? Shellac? Stain? The color looks great and would love to try to duplicate your results.

We too have an old Chicago 2flat and we're refinishing all the woodwork. (crazy hard work that has taken way too long!)

We're just about reading to start staining, and I'm looking for advice on shellac, stain, varnish, etc. Thanks much!

Jocelyn said...

Yes, refinishing woodwork can be pretty tedious I agree. My least favorite part is the sanding.

We used stain for our woodwork. We use Minwax - a mix as follows:
3 parts Golden Oak
2 parts Dark Walnut
1 part Red Oak.

It's kind of a warm medium brown. We used dull Pratt & Lambert poly, which is pretty much invisible to the naked eye when it dries.
Good luck and feel free to email me questions at jmm922@yahoo.com.