Monday, September 15, 2008

Weekend Update

I have learned my lesson. Never set a date for a project, it just won't happen. You can plan for something, sure, no problemo. Just don't lock it down in stone. It will not happen. Unless your project involves one simple task with one tool, don't bet on it buster. With all my talk of how this past Saturday was going to be my front yard renovation completion, something was bound to go wrong. While somethings were accomplished, the larger projects still remain in limbo. The lights for the front doors did not show up as they were being shipped directly from the manufacturer. Then, Sunday brought a wave of heat that made breathing a sport, which brought our plans to work on the deck to a screeching halt.

Overall, the weekend was not a bust. I painted both front and back doors of our rental unit, replaced the doorbell, put up new sconces in the front "hall", painted the front hall, hung some coat racks, and painted the front door trim. Since the front is not finished, I'll save its reveal until the job is done.

Meet our old sconce. It's not pretty people. It was painted on, holding "debris" and just plain ugly:

While changing the sconce I decided to install a new organization center for coats and bags and mail. Here is the before:

And, the after:

Not the best picture, but you get the idea. Hopefully this will stop our coats and bag piling up on the dining room table. But, I'm not going to count on it.


Gene said...

No, Murphy's Law says one simple task with one simple tool is a guaranteed way to have either (a) the tool break (b) the tool be the wrong size :-)

Ben said...

Ah, this is true. Very true.

Injuries Obtained

  • Sprained Toe/Foot: 1
  • Blood Blisters: 2
  • Splinters under fingernail: 1
  • Bird Shit on me: 1
  • Eye Injuries: 3
  • Burns: 0
  • Falls off ladder: 0 (this is because we don't have a ladder yet)
  • Headaches: too many to itemize
  • Broken Bones: 0
  • Bandages Needed: 5
  • Electric Shocks: 2
  • Stiches: 0
  • Bruises: way too many