Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The Office

The worst part of this job was removing three layers, plus the backing of the original layer, of wallpaper. The original layer had been painted a deep rose color, and the backing was stuck. I wasn't sure about how the crummy surface would take paint, so the paint guy recommended a special (very expensive) primer. It worked!

The second worst part was removing the smelly carpeting. The backing stuck and I didn't think I'd ever get it clean. I did the best I could with what I had. Surprisingly removing nails, staples and the tack strips was relatively easy. We decided to move the desk across the room to disguise all the stains. Oh, and painting the baseboard near the paneling with a little, teeny tiny paintbrush. I initially wasn't sure that the color (Benjamin Moore Salisbury Green, from the historical collection) was dark enough, but I love it now. I think it's perfect with the paneling. I also think painting the paneling white would have been a mistake. I thought of trying to remove the paint off the baseboards and staining them but that would have been an enormous project, plus there's white trim around the window. It's all kind of mismatched, but it is what it is. What's left is to get a ceiling fixture from my brother and have my brother-in-law install it and replace two electrical receptacles. I also need to replace a white switchplate with a brown one.

This was the worst part of the floor.

What I ended up with before painting.


These curtains were made by my mother with Waverly fabric for my condo years ago.
These are items found under the rug, under and in the radiator and under the baseboard. Mostly Lego pieces, but the bat ring is cool, as is the plastic chipmunk. There was also a bobbin and three common pins.

Friday, July 22, 2022

High Garden Season

 Well the roses did quite well this year. I’m about to ditch Abraham Darby and Crimson Bouquet because they barely bloom anymore. They’re 16 years old. 

Red Double Knockout

Zephirine Drouhin (Bourbon)

Red Fairy

Red Fairy

Pink Double Knockout


Crimson Bouquet (Grandiflora)

Red Fairy

Harlow Carr (David Austen)

Red Fairy

Lady Elsie May

Red Fairy

Lovely Fairy

The hydrangeas were OK. Better than expected.

The back garden is just about perfect, except that I cut the smokebush way down and it didn't come back too well. When will I learn? The Invincibelle Spirit never recovered. About the only thing left to do is plant more phlox and switch around the daylilies by color when I figure out what color they all are.

We're in a drought so this condition is sort of surprising.

Monday, May 30, 2022

The Merry Month Of May

I’m almost ready to start painting my mother’s office. And she asked me to weed and mulch her front garden, which I was happy to do. It looks spectacular and it made her so happy. Consequently I’m way behind on gardening. And my guest room? Fuggedaboutit. Just yesterday I fertilized and put compost on select roses and clematises, about a month late. Most of the roses this year are ginormous and the hydrangeas are looking more promising than I initially thought. The iris did well. Apparently I had divided the front ones, which is why last year's were sparse.  
I'll try to remove the last bit. Got a special primer also.

These are my Gramp's iris.

These came with the house; they were the owner's mother's.

Gramp's again. My fave color.