Wednesday, August 30, 2006

August 06

Sunday, August 20, 2006
I've been Painting
The house, not canvases. It was a huge mess... here's an idea of what was going on:

First the yellow that was so very wrong:

Then the crazy spots everywhere:

So then I settled on the blue.

And here it is - done. Or... almost done - still have those triangles up by the roof to paint... and I might colorwash/glaze over it.

dining room

living room

Saturday, August 12, 2006
Front Door
I painted it black and I'm so happy about it!

Monday, August 07, 2006
The New Dishwasher
It's been a couple of months now of hand-washing dishes - did you realize this takes about an hour out of the day, sometimes more? Crazy waste of time. I finally snapped and took myself down to the appliance store and picked out a new one. I told Frank I wasn't going to be picky about this like I would be a new stove or something - I wasn't going to spend a thousand dollars on a dishwasher after all, as long as it got the job done and was pretty quiet about it. Well it turns out I did spend a thousand dollars - though we get some of it back in rebates and energy efficiency incentives and stuff. I couldn't help it - it was the model that will last 20 years, it was stainless inside and out. It has only three settings and a fan instead of heat coils or whatever they are. And it is made in Sweden! So. I guess it did matter and I guess I did get picky. Though, as the salesman said, after the rebates, it's really only $100 more than the cheap models. So I'll just consider it a bargain and money well spent. And look how pretty she is! (btw, this is the brochure photo, not my kitchen. Though, I think I'm going to go purchase a faucet like that one. I'd love the farm sink too, but have you seen how much *they* cost? Crazy.)

PS. The next thing I'm going to spend some money on? This, I think. Do you think it would look good with a black headboard and blue walls? I've got the new black fireplace insert in there and I'm trying to find a way to make it fit in with the room - I'm thinking a black bed would do it. Or I wonder, if I could paint the insert silver maybe? Hmn....

Sunday, August 06, 2006
The "hole" has walls framed in. Go Frank! Also, I ordered a dishwasher today and it can't get here soon enough. New copper pipe for the house is arriving this week along with a whole-house water filter... installation begins next weekend. Things are looking up again - moving in the right direction.