I was on a ladder stripping paint until 9am the morning the painters arrived. I was also on a ladder stripping paint and installing reconstructed woodwork the following day before the painters had finished their prep work and priming. To say that we ran up and until the last-minute is a bit of an understatement. You may remember that the front of the house used to look like this on the day we bought it:
The past six months have been a whirlwind that only recently subsided, allowing me a chance to sit down and write about everything that happened this summer and fall at My Perfect Little Money Pit. My sincerest apologies to all the readers out there who have been waiting for an update. The vinyl came down in May with the goal of completing all work by October 1st so that all documentation could be submitted for the rehabilitation tax credit program here in New York State. The necessity of submitting this documentation for the anticipated 20% tax credit is predicated on the fact that MPLMP was officially listed in the New York State Register of Historic Places in September! It is currently under review by the National Park Service for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and a decision should be made within a few weeks. The validation that MPLMP is significant enough to be individually listed on the National Register is a true honor and testament to its unique history.
This past February while warm and balmy elsewhere in the country, was the coldest on record for Rochester. In addition to this we were denied our typical mid-season thaw, so I did not see my grass from early January until only a week ago. However, being relegated to inside did not keep us from working on the house (there are always things to do).
The ongoing saga of stripping the kitchen cabinetry continues with one pair of upper cabinet doors left to be done. We finally settled on restoring the cabinetry to a painted finish with a stained oak counter, however the original paint color of “canary yellow” will not be used. We have also been having an ongoing debate Continue reading
This past month has been a whirlwind of sprinting to get things ready for the floor refinishers who began work this week on Monday. Amazingly, by the skin of my teeth everything was ready to go by 8am Monday for the sanding, staining, and sealing mayhem to begin, but not without a few hiccups along the way. When we last left off, the two smaller bedrooms upstairs had nearly been fully painted, with only some trim and touch-up work left to be completed. The shelves for the built-in bookcase in the medium, and Kit’s favorite, bedroom still remain to be painted (hopefully I will get around to finishing them before September 1st when my not so new housemate moves in), but otherwise the rooms look finished and the colors have grown on me.
Well, I guess you should always expect that something needs to go wrong during the blissful first months of new home ownership to bring you back down to cold hard reality…and MPLMP was not gonna let me miss out on that experience. Amid the craze of summer activities, the tank mounts on the second floor bathroom toilet had begun to give way. Drip by drip water made its way down the outside of the toilet bowl and beneath the toilet where there was a concealed hole in the ceramic tile floor. The water passed through the hole to the plaster ceiling of the kitchen below building up to a point of saturation when it began to drip to the kitchen floor, and that’s when I got the phone call from Josh letting me know there was a large puddle of water on my kitchen floor and drips coming from the ceiling. He quickly shut off the water to the toilet, but I was to find out that would not stop the flow. Continue reading