1 - August, 2011
The finished curtains!!
5 - August, 2011
After play practice (I don't think I have mentioned that Mary, Jacob and Abi are rehearsing to be in The Wizard of Oz at The Five Flags downtown Aug. 12 and 13th)Abram and the three older children went to Guttenberg to visit Great Grandma and get some work done here and there. Baruch, Chloe and I painted the living room! Yes, it is the summer of painting.
6 - August, 2011
Today Drew started sanding our dining room and living room floors. He didn't get too far before he realized that the sander we had was not going to cut it for the living room. The dining room had been refinished 10 years ago and since we didn't put a stain down it was easily sanded this go around. We had never done anything to the living room other than about 4 years ago rip out the carpet. Well, we had Steve replace some boards too. Otherwise I don't think any previous owners of our 1917 built home had done any refinishing. The stain was NOT coming off so. . . I was sent on a run for a drum sander. So when I got back we had both sanders flying! For a while anyway, until I needed to get lunch ready.
When I started painting the living room I took down the light switch cover. It is brass and in need of some polishing. I googled brass polish and read here at Jules blog about making your own. Here are the results
I took Jules advice and decided to make enough polish to bury the switch plate. Chloe helped me stir the flour and vinegar together
And then she helped me stir in the salt.
And mixed well. Please note the black poster board in the background. It is another story altogether. You will have to check the blog tomorrow for that story :)
At this point Abram and Abi caught wind of a project and joined in. Well, as soon as I brought the switch plate over I remembered I was suppose to do this in plastic or glass but NOT metal pan! So we switched it. . .
I wish I had gotten a better before picture. Anyway here the kids are pouring the polish over the brass plate.
Cover it well.
Here are the brass screws.
I got a pretty good before picture of one of them.
These were covered as well.
I decided the brass polish should have plenty of time to work is wonders. The smell of the vinegar made my children think the reaction baking soda and vinegar have, which caused me to suggest paper mache, which turned into this. . .
8 - August, 2011
After the paint dried they fired off the volcano!
Drew decided that I should put down the poly urethane, telling me how much better I am at making very little splashes, spills etc. when applying it. So I put down the first coat and then he talked to a friend who chewed him out for not making me wear a respirator. So here I am putting down the second coat, wearing my respirator!
Drew's awesome sanding job sure looked great as I spread the urethane over it. I think I got the way more rewarding aspect of the work. The wood looks so beautiful as it is transformed from dusty looking to clear, vibrant and full of life!
9 - August, 2011
The wood floor got two more coats today. One early in the AM, the other after supper. Low and behold there are air bubbles in spots :( This means fine sand paper and another coat. Refinishing has improved the floor a hundred fold no matter what!!
We uncovered the brass objects. The pictures don't do justice to the improvement.
Then we went to play practice. All the children are looking forward to dress rehearsal tomorrow. The older three because they are thrilled to be in a play and the younger three because I am taking them to watch it!! After play practice we headed out to Swiss Valley to check out the damage the heavy rains had on one of our favorite parks. Incredibly extensive damage occurred 13 days ago. The devastation amazed me. The POWER of the water rushing through the park amazes me still! The pavilion we had church fellowships at - completely GONE! The cement slab remained, we found pieces of the pavilion scattered. Roof here, pillar there. The creek itself looked cleaner, wider in some spots.
pavilion roof and picnic table
10 - August, 2011
My Emerald citizen, flying monkey and munchkin had their first full dress, dress rehearsal, even though their costumes weren't 100% complete ;).
After work Drew keeps plugging away on the cellar doors.
12, - August, 2011
I dropped my performers off for their very first EVER play performance. We were even one minute early, 5:59 PM! I headed out to look at a couch I saw on Craigslist. It was gorgeous, a love seat, which is what I wanted, and the price was right, well, after some negotiations. It was 6:50 and I was almost home. Drew, Baruch and Abram were on the river canoeing. An extreme urge came over me to see my babies perform (even though I had tickets for Sat.) I headed straight to the theatre and Chloe and I loved every minute of the wonderful performance of The Rising Star Theatre Company's The Wizard of Oz!! I am so so so so SO glad I went with my gut and came to the show. It was awesome to be there.