Sunday, August 31, 2014

Odds and ends

Odds and ends is quite appropriate for this post because nothing I accomplished this week seems related.  Oh well...

Remember last post I said I was going to have a little marshmallow roast? Well, here it is, fire and moon.  And the marshmallows were roasted to perfection.

So here is project #1.  Fixed the stairs so they don't wobble anymore.  I attached them to the house and put a temporary foundation-ish under them.

Next was that big clean-up I mentioned last week.  Amazing the porch is actually visible!

Next, I attached the weather stripping to the doorjamb. Exciting pic, I know.

And last, but not least I put the trim up on the sleeping loft - a 1x4 with braided rope underneath.  I got the rope idea from a Mexican restaurant in Springdale, UT, just outside of Zion National Park.  Good food too.

Wider view of the trim.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Doors...okay just one.

So exciting!  Saturday night I actually closed and locked the door!  I felt like no matter what else was left to be finished, I could live in my Ticklebelly Bungalow now if I had to.  It has a door!...that locks even!!!

So here is the door hanging in its new living space. No handle, no lock, no doorjamb, no threshold...

And from the inside...

And closed from the outside...

I also got out the paint again and painted the porch ceiling. This was after one coat...still needs about 4 more. Think I'll buy different paint next time.

Doorjamb with one coat of paint. Almost can't tell there is any paint on at all.

Door finished minus one piece of trim on the top. I actually got Nellie to go through the dog door too.  Trim and doorjamb still need a couple more coats of paint, but that is easy.  Debating whether or not to paint the speakeasy and the horseshoe white.

I have determined that tomorrow is a clean-up day. Going to clean up all the odd pieces of wood, siding, etc and have a little marshmallow fire with the burnable pieces.  Then I'll finish the trim and start on some of the other items on the list.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Small items

This week I'm feeling like I didn't accomplish much, but a little is better than nothing.  The tub platform started here.

Then added a little height.  In my attempt to not have any holes in the floor I had to find a drain for the tub that was quite low profile.  I originally thought I would need to build the tub platform out of 2x6 in order to accomodate the drain. But then I found a drain that would work with 2x4. Whew.

Then the platform itself is made of leftover chunks of 3/4" plywood.

Here it is I need to cut the hole for the drain and get the plumbing going. I'm also using shims to create a little bit of a slope for water draining.
Also, when I put in the water input I was still thinking I would be using 2x6 for the platform, so my water intake was too high.  I had to relocate it a bit lower, and fill in the original hole.  Didn't take a pic of that mess, but once it is painted I'm sure I'll be the only one who notices.  Need to get the shut-off valves for the sink and then I can test the water connections and finish that wall. 

The other thing I did this week was paint the trim for the storage loft.  Started with a bit of pale green...

Added some darker green (it is sparkly if you see it in person)...

Then added some blue to the opposite side and blended it all together.

It is difficult to take a picture while attempting to hold the trim in place.  Here is my sad attempt.

The last thing I did this week, which doesn't have accompanying pictures, had to do with the bathtub.  I've had many ideas to create a slope in the tub to facilitate draining.  The first idea I tried failed pretty completely.  I mixed sand with plastidip and spread it around the bottom of the water trough creating a slope toward where the drain will be.  I think it would have actually worked if I had used finer sand, but alas, this week was spent chiseling the dried concoction out of the tub. I think the shims under the tub platform will be enough, but I'm still going to line the trough with a layer of plastidip. I tested the water-tightness and the trough is not leaking, but I want an extra layer of water seal.  So more on that coming up.