Archive for August 13th, 2009

Rain Delay IV

What did we do yesterday afternoon?  Oh, not much – just fundamentally changed the entire atmosphere of our dining room and kitchen. A coat of Yellow Coneflower (Olympic – which turned out to be the best paint we’ve ever used) turned a stuffy maroon dining room and nondescript white kitchen into a fun, happy, vibrant place.

I’m going to go stand in the doorway and smile at it for a while.

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I also want to send some well-deserved praise toward Hyundai.  On Tuesday morning, our 2007 Elantra refused to start, and let me tell you, there’s nothing that makes my stomach hurt more than automobile trouble.  I’d rather deal with rotten porch floors every day of the week than ask a mechanic to look at our car.  But Hyundai and the local Hyundai dealer?  Were awesome.  Towing was done within half an hour after we called, and completely covered by our warranty.  The dealer called us the next morning to say they’d taken care of the problem, plus fixed a recall issue that letters hadn’t even gone out about yet.  They just needed to wash our car, start and drive it a couple more times, and then it was ready for us to pick it up.  We kept waiting for the catch – “Yup, your warranty covers parts, but we’ll need $845 to cover labor, plus the $79 diagnostic fee” or something – but it never came.  The last line of the invoice read Total Due: $0.00.  This is the first new car we’ve ever owned, and maybe every car company is like this, but Hyundai may have just turned us into long-term Hyundai buyers.


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Rain Delay III

It’s not the kind of progress that involves slapping dark gray paint on the side of the house, but progress is being made nevertheless.  With three days left, Jason & Missy’s Big Week O’ House Projects (featuring Kyle the Brother and Denise the Mom) has already been a big success.  I’m amazed at what we can get done when we’re not trying to work around (1) work and (2) that baby who always asks us for juice.  If you have the ability to take a Work On Your House vacation (with childcare included), I recommend it.

Here’s what we worked on in the morning – I’ll post our afternoon project shortly.  It’s impressive – prepare yourselves.

Kyle and I jacked up the corner of the porch, only to find that the damage was a lot more severe than I thought.  We’re going to have to lift up from the top so that we can clear out this entire corner, from the column pedestal down to the concrete blocks.  A 4×4 may look too piddly to hold up the entire corner, but yesterday morning, the column was only being held up by rotten wood and misplaced optimism.

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Right-click and Save – it’s a rare photo of us working together!  The porch skirt I built is primed, painted (dark gray, to match the main house color), screwed on, and staked down.  The colony of spiders under the porch have made me their king.

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I’m going to put one more coat of dark gray on the stairs and the door right after I hit Publish, and then the mudroom will be done.  Well, not done done – like the downstairs bathroom, this is a cheap, temporary makeover until we can afford to do what we really want.

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For comparison, here’s what the mudroom looked like when we walked through the house the first time –

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