Renovations

Garden bench Before/After

This bench needed a little TLC. The wood was old and feeble and the coating of glossy brown paint was peeling and not to my taste.

Before: in need of repair

 

Before: sad, sad wood and paint

I picked up some spruce strapping at the hardware store. Thankfully they were able to cut a few pieces lengthwise for me as a few of the holes in the iron ends were only 2″ and 2.5″ wide. After cutting them to length and drilling the holes for the bolts, and sanding everything, I opted to use a polyurethane stain for the wood and a glossy black spray paint for the iron.

Now I’ve got a bench that can actually be used, and I’m pleased with the finish.

After: just what I was hoping for

 

Fire pit before/after

One of the tasks I had meant to get to last year was fixing my fire pit. The poor thing was only a year old and had already started to rust…

The fire pit in need of repair

 

The first step required a little bit of elbow grease and a metal brush to scrape the rust off.

Removing the rust from the fire pit

 

Lastly, it didn’t take long to add a coat of the Tremclad flat black high heat enamel.

The renewed fire pit

 

Now I just get to wait for warmer weather so I can get outside and enjoy using it!

2012 in review

Early in 2012, I made the decision to start looking for a house. I had new loud and annoying neighbors that smoked pot and made the hallway between apartments reek, more bars opening down the street which made for more noise in the middle of the night, low interest rates on mortgages, and the realization that if I got a mortgage now I could have it paid off by the time I retire. For this variety of reasons, I realized that it was the ideal time to make the move from apartment living. By February, I had a real estate agent and had a list of houses in my price range that I was narrowing down. By March, I had narrowed things down and found a sweet little spot with a great ocean view.

In April, I bought my first home:

Sold! Well, to the bank. It'll be mine by the time I retire though! :-)

It needed a lot of TLC, but it was mostly cosmetic stuff. I had a lot of help, and unfortunately a bit of a back problem, but managed to get a lot fixed on the inside of the house over the Spring and Summer. By September, I was able to enjoy a house warming party. I’ll try to make a point of posting before and after photos and stories of the renovations in the coming weeks.

The remainder of the year seemed to fly by. I did a bit of knitting, played a video game or two, and settled in to the home. I also worked from home a lot due to my back giving me problems when I sit for long periods of time, but the back is getting better, and I have a standing desk available for me at work now.