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My sister Sonja's family has moved down the street from me, time for them to work on home repairs now! The girls' room had a large desk built-in that took up half the room. And when I say built-in, I mean built-in. Felt like the house was built around this desk! I'll let Sonja narrate the rest:) Sam thinking hard Samurai Max Sam working his muscles Nail from hell! Deconstructed Desk! Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Now I'm working on my back yard/patio. I'm borrowing a power washer from a friend tomorrow and I'm going to clean the patio before putting furniture in. I ordered one piece already and am going to try to get one piece per paycheck! The first item is a sofa. I wanted 2 seats that didn't take up too much room on the close side of the patio since the door takes up a lot of the space. I plan on getting 2 matching seats for the other side and a bench/storage bin to sit on that I'll keep behind the door when not being used. For my table I'm going to get a fire pit table. I'm going to power wash my front mini driveway as well.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2011 on April 25, 2011 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Hmm, long time no write! I have actually done some things on my home but I don't know how exciting the things I did myself are. I finally painted my master bedroom. It's the same color as the spare room I painted over the summer. It's nice not to wake up to a bunch of paint swatches on my wall. More exciting news is that after eight different samples painted onto my first floor walls I finally picked a color! I went with Brick Dust. I totally would not have even thought about it but I bought the paint as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Well it’s been a while since I posted but have no fear, I did finish the tiling! 4th of July week was spent getting my house in order for LuLu’s visit with her family. After laying the tile I had to grout and seal the tiles before the toilet was installed. That is a very messy but not too difficult chore. The grout was very difficult to get the right consistency though. This time most of the home improvement sites said a “toothpaste” consistency was what you wanted. I think my first batch was a little dry but all the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Whew, tiling is hard! More specifically, putting down cement backer board is hard. That was probably one of the more miserable home improvement projects I have worked on. The board is difficult to cut, the thinset is very messy, and those damn cement board screws suck! I actually tried to hire someone to do the job. I was really worried about messing up my subfloor so I went to the Consumer Checklist website (rates local businesses) and got the name of a reputable company. The guy came out to look. It then took him over a week to give me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Well I have been delayed in posting this but....I decided to finally tackle the peg board project in my kitchen. It seemed the most efficient way for me to add some storage space to my kitchen. I got my idea, of course, from Julia Childs! I don’t have the space to make it as large as hers but I like it. It was a lot harder than I thought to install. It’s hard for one person to do the job. It’s just awkward holding things in place while I attach them to the wall! The first thing I did was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
I have managed to work a little on my home. I’m concerned the tiling may be beyond my patience. I have been trying to cut the backer board but seem to be unable to consistently get strait lines. I think having a small space is actually harder for backer board since it requires lots of cuts in prime locations. With a large room I would just lay out the backer boards and cut in the least tread-on areas. If I don’t get the backer board right the tiles will crack. Here is my graveyard of pieces! I did start installing... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
With the weather getting warmer and warmer it’s hard to work on the house! I had another race yesterday (half marathon). The weather was really windy though. My calf felt a little cramped during the run but it was my left knee that bothered me most. I think it’s an IT band thing. I’ve been meaning to get a foam roller ball. You’re supposed to roll over it along the IT band to loosen it up. Anyways, I have done a few things on the home. I put in a new door knob in the master bathroom (same kind I... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
My calf sometimes feels tight and a little sore during the run but doesnt last.Feel free to design and create a chime box for me! I can send you the dimensions - it has to look better than the clock I made:) To:
Toggle Commented May 7, 2010 on 26 April at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
I had another 10 mile race this weekend! After the race there was a group from a chiropractor’s office that deals with soft tissue injuries that was giving away free treatments. Usually there is some sort of sports massage after these races but I don’t take advantage because there is always a long wait. Since my calf is still not all better I thought I’d wait it out. They were really good, identified all my problem areas, much better than the other chiro I went to. I really thought they were a little suspicious. They kept trying to rush me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
I managed to work a little more on my home this weekend. Saturday’s weather was sunny but windy so I thought I’d finally get the spare room painted. I had to patch up a few holes first. The prior owners had a 2nd alarm box in that room that I took down so I got to do some more spackling! They used that as their master bedroom. It’s slightly larger than the one I use but they both have ensuite bathrooms and mine is the larger one. Also, the positioning of the windows in my room is better for lots... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Happy tax day! I know I haven’t updated in a while but I have been working a bit on the house. The weather is getting nice and I’m outdoors on the weekends more but I haven’t forgotten about my unfinished projects! I got the spacers fitted to the cabinet. Brandie took me to the wood shop on base and cut them really nicely down to size. She also shaved a little off of the brace. It was very difficult to get it to snap into the spacer. I did the actual installation all by myself! The first piece was pretty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Well I got the main part of the vanity in! I was ecstatic that I cut the holes in the right place when we moved the vanity. As you can see in the close up picture there are several extra screw holes. This is part of my education as I determined how to cut the sides to make it fit. At first I thought it was going to be too tight a fit and would need one big hole for all the pipes. Because the furthest back pipe is so close to the wall I only wanted to cut the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
The vanity installation isn’t going to be easy! I put all the pieces out and noticed that the spacers are not as tall as the vanity. I try putting it in various positions with the supplied brackets. Brandie comes over to help install it and she can’t figure it out either. This morning I started thinking that the spacer’s brackets are supposed to be placed on the bottom to line up with the toe kick. Of course then that would elevate the spacer to make it much taller than the vanity. I emailed the granite company and the rep said... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Well my vanity counter did not come in last week so I couldn’t get that installed over the weekend. It did come in today so hopefully I can get it installed this week. The weather was pretty warm so I finally got outside this weekend! I went hiking at Great Falls Saturday morning with Brandie. Of course I use the word hiking very loosely as most of the trails were closed due to flooding so we stayed on the towpath. It was nice to get outdoors though. Afterwards we went to a Korean buffet before I was headed off to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
I’ve gotten 2 estimates for changing out the floors and am planning to get them done late April/early May. I received my federal tax return but I am still waiting for my Virginia tax return. I need to make sure all the ceilings, wall, and trim are painted before the floors are replaced. Additionally I will be replacing the base boards and in order to save money I will be getting those on my own and painting them before being put on the wall. Of course this will cost an extra $500 in material. The tax return money will not cover the entire cost of the floor installation so I’d like a few more weeks to save up. To:
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2010 on 18 March at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Let there be light! The electricians were at my house almost all day yesterday but I finally have a well lit homeJ They had difficulties getting the wire down to the switch from the ceiling. There was a metal fire wall up a large part of the wall so they had to drill just below the crown molding and get the wire around a tight corner with very thick wood. It took over an hour to get it routed. I really didn’t want them to have to take down the crown molding so if they weren’t going to be able... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
I bought a new car! I had my last car for almost 11 years, and this is my first new car in 14 years. I went with a Honda Fit. I love my Hondas and I felt a little melancholy giving up my faithful Civic but I just didn’t feel comfortable driving so old of a car, especially after the muffler incident. How will this help me in my home renovations you ask? Well, my Fit has much better cargo capacity! The back seats fold all the way down to be level with the cargo area. Those will probably stay... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Yep, that light fixture is jinxed! I start adding the crystals only to find out that one of the tiles you connect the crystals to is upside down! There is no way to take out the tile and change it’s position (without breaking the fixtureJ). What a pain this fixture is! I sent an email to the vendor (Luna Warehouse) with the picture below but I guess it was still a little confusing to them because they told me to give them a call. See where one of the tiles has a hole at the top but the other tiles... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
My lights all work! The electrician was very nice and patient with all of my questions so I would have a better understanding. I ended up changing out my hall light as well because the electrician couldn’t get a correlating wire from the other 3 way switch so he needed to look at the wiring in the fixture. Fortunately I had just bought a new one at Home Depot last weekend so I didn’t have to take it down twice! It turns out someone had cut some wire up in there which is why the kitchen light (and as it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Well, my career as an electrician has been stalledL I tried to change out the lighting in my dining room. There was an ugly ceiling fan/light in there. The lamp was okay but the fan was ugly and I really don’t want a ceiling fan in my dining room so decided to put in a nice crystal flush mount light in there. I took down the fan in as many pieces as possible. The base that holds the bulk of the fan is held there by 4 screws on what looks like 4 panels. Three of the panels are fixed.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
My house got some much needed cleaning this weekend but I also tackled a few small touches. I’ve ordered some new door knobs (one for the new bathroom and a few others as well). In preparation I painted one of the other doors to get the new knob. I had already painted the bathroom door. It’s really easy to see how much yellow was in the old paint when you have the new paint on top of it. I must thank Meat for his contribution of old flight suits for me. They re-purpose into great painter jumpers! His boys wore... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
I think Ill probably keep the general sense of furniture placement but I want to get a smaller couch and a nice side chair. I also want to put a cabinet in that corner. Without the rail Ill be ableto access it more easily from the dining room. I want to keep wine, glasses, the cabinet. To:
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2010 on February 15 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
No, when I have the floors re-done Im going to take it down. I cracked the bottom to see what was under the railing and its just sub-floor. I was hopingit was put on top of the parquet! I may try to get the floors done this summer. Thats the one thing Imnotgoing to do. Too much skill andtoo many tools needed to put a wood floor in properly:) To:
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2010 on February 15 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog
Okay it was a busy weekend! I must say I am sick of painting. My 2nd floor is done thoughJ The gray I chose for the living/dining area is lighter than I was hoping for. Doesn’t it look darker in the sample? It’s the upper right. I think part of it is that the samples only come in matte but I got an eggshell finish. I think I prefer the matte color. Part of the advantage of the eggshell finish is it’s easier to clean and it reflects light making it brighter. Of course it’s this reflecting light that is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2010 at The Accidental Carpenter's blog