Archive for August 9th, 2009

Rain Delay

Blehg – all the surfaces in our house are just sticky with humidity.  It’s oppressive, and I’m not just being dramatic – Wikipedia backs me up on this.

Those accustomed to continental climates often begin to feel uncomfortable when the dew point reaches between 15 and 20 °C (59 to 68 °F). Most inhabitants of these areas will consider dew points above 21 °C (70 °F) to be oppressive.

See?  Oppressive.

See? Oppressive. Update: in the time it took me to post this, the dew point increased to 74. Double-blegh.

So we didn’t paint outside the last couple days, but we didn’t sit around and eat graham crackers and watch Mad Men either.  Nay – we built!  I took the week off work, and I’m not going to let it go by without some serious progress being made.

Here’s what we built, in particular:

-Shelves in the mudroom.  I also painted the terrible paneling white, which makes it four-degrees-less-terrible paneling.  We’ll also be giving the floor a few coats of the same light gray we bought for the porch.  It’s not the long-term plan for the mudroom, but Kristen’s comment about our bathroom made me realize how valuable and satisfying these kinds of intermediate projects are.  The shelves are 3/8″ birch ply with 1/4″ x 2″ facing.  Very simple, very strong.  We’re going to paint them white too, to blend into the walls.

Mudroom shelves 005

-Built-in bookcase in our bedroom.  Missy saw this on a paint chip, and asked how hard it would be to recreate in our bedroom.  We have a zig-zaggy wall that skirts around the chimney, so we have a perfect place for it.  We’re never going to be able to hide that odd wall, so why not take advantage of it?  Leveling and squaring the base was the hardest step – those walls aren’t square and the floors are far from level.  In one corner (where there used to be an pot-bellied stove, as far as we can tell) has a 1/2″ drop over about 16″.

I had Kyle’s help with this one, and an extra set of hands makes all the difference.  This shelf is being built faster and better than I could have done on my own.  We have one more shelf to mount this morning, the top to cut, and the molding to install, then it’ll be ready for patching and paint.

Bedroom shelf

Bedroom shelf 002

Bedroom shelf 013

Bedroom shelf 012

Bedroom shelf 015

If the humidity doesn’t break soon, a full wall of built-in bookshelves in the office is the next item on the to-be-built list.  It’s something we’ve wanted to do since we bought the house, and maybe a wave of rain and outrageous humidity are fate’s way of getting it done.


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