One Project A Weekend

Just Checking Some Things Off The List

Just Checking Some Things Off The List

Okay, so this is just a boring post…sorry!  The projects I’m about to discuss are not blog-worthy…so I don’t really think it’s worth posting any pictures….well maybe just one.  But I started this blog series to document the progress/completion of my own home improvement “To-Do List”…and here I am, six months into it, but have only posted one project so far.  So I have some catching up to do! These projects were all completed in the first four weekends after I made my New Year’s Resolution to complete one project a weekend.  So here’s the snooze-fest…I figure I’ll just get these projects checked off in a quick blog and move on to the fun stuff.  The next posts for this series will definitely be more interesting! THE GARAGE:  This was a two-weekender, as there was a lot of work to be done.  The main goal was to organize it enough to actually park a car in there!  We have a two car garage with a tandem space which is supposed to be my painting “studio.”  But the garage is the last place I really want to paint, especially late at night under the fluorescent lighting.  So the tandem space is where I keep all my painting supplies, ladders and gazillion cans of paints and swatches/sample boards…as well as as a superfluous storage area for things we just want to get out of the house.  The garage also houses many parts and supplies for the ’66 GTO that my husband is restoring.  The car itself has been at a mechanic/body shop for years, but all the extra GTO “stuff” has been taking up a huge amount of space on the garage floor.  There’s really not much to talk about with this project, except to say that after two VERY long weekends, we re-organized, moved, recycled, disposed of, donated and even sold stuff to clear out enough space to actually park our Toyota Siena minivan in there for the first time EVER!  I was so excited, I had to email a picture to my mother-in-law…she couldn’t believe it!  I think there were pigs flying that day.   Holy smokes!  I can see the floor! I also found some of my old artwork from high school and college, which was fun to go through.  Some of these drawings I had completely forgotten about!  Not bad for a teenager… THE MASTER BATHROOM SHOWER:  Like I said in my prologue to this series….”I’m not going to post pictures of every little thing…do you really want to see pictures of how I re-caulked the shower?  LOL…”  So, no…I’m not going to show a step-by-step of how I re-caulked the shower.  Just know that I did.  It was a disgusting job to scrape and remove all the old caulking…but it had to be done.  Luckily, I have enough experience as a painter to do an efficient job of applying the new caulking and it was a pretty easy job.  I was glad to get this checked off my list and see a nice, clean, white, disinfected shower.  The next weekend, Aaron installed a new shower head (Kohler Forte Deluge, only $35 at Lowe’s), and it’s made all the difference.  My bathroom may not be a beautiful spa-like sanctuary (yet), but it’s definitely a more pleasant place to be now that these regular maintenance tasks were completed....

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The Wine Room Door

The Wine Room Door

I don’t think you can ever have too much storage space, do you? If some nook or cranny can be converted into a functional place for organization… (or just to hide “stuff”…ahem, those irritatingly noisy toys that the kids love so you can’t get rid of them yet; or the gazillion tiny Legos that somehow always get embedded in my bare feet; or those papers you’re supposed to keep for seven years)… …well, then it’s time to nook those crannies! 🙂 When we first moved into our home in 2001, we weren’t lacking for storage space (yet)…but we wondered if there was usable space under the stairs.  I noticed the trend in a lot of my clients’ homes to convert small closets into wine rooms, so we thought that the area under the stairs might work as an extra closet and wine room (not that we drink a lot of wine or have a huge collection of premium vintage, but it would be nice to have a pretty place to display the bottles we had rather than store them in the kitchen pantry).  Then, when a few of our neighbors (who have the same model/floor plan), remodeled their homes and put in that extra closet under the stairs, not only did we know it was doable, but now we had a referral to a contractor (Jim Sellars) who had done a great job for our neighbors, and was very reasonable.   Anticipating the project, we found an awesome door at Builder’s Trading Supply in Encinitas.  It was the perfect size, beautifully made of solid wood with glass and wrought iron decorative scrollwork…and the price was right…half of what you’d find anywhere!  It was just the wrong color…a light honey.  Everything in our house has a dark walnut or “cherry” reddish brown finish.   Here’s the door “before”… I figured I could just re-stain or glaze the door to match our hardwood floors.  After Jim built the wine room and installed the door (he actually had to cut the bottom a little shorter to make it fit), we had hard wood floors installed with some of the leftover wood from the living room, and I somehow found a couple of weekends to do a Venetian plaster finish, throw in a bunch of boxes of games and toys and paperwork that I wanted to hide away, and my husband hung up a curtain rod for a drapery panel I had found at Marshall’s (to cover the storage area).  This was over a year ago.  I just didn’t get around to painting the door for quite some time after that.    The wine room door was one of the first weekend projects I completed in the beginning of this year.   It took a few hours over two days, to allow for drying time.  Day one was taping/prep, de-glossing the existing finish/varnish, and then applying the oil-based glaze to both sides of the door and the jamb.  The second day I added another light glaze coat in a slightly different color to soften some of the brush strokes and add richness to the reddish brown tones.  I was pleased with how it turned out and it matches our hardwood floors while still tying in the reddish-brown handrails on the stair case.  So I guess I can check this one off my “To-Do” list.  Yay!!!  Now I just need to make a trip to Trader Joe’s to stock up on “two buck Chuck” to fill the wine...

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Prologue To My New Blog Series: One Project A Weekend

Prologue To My New Blog Series: One Project A Weekend

A comment I often get is “Wow, with all the painting you can do, your house must look amazing.”  Hmmm, not really… I wish. *sigh* My answer is usually, “I’m like the mechanic with the broken down car, the chef that orders take-out, the plumber with the leaky faucet.” I’m so busy working on projects for everyone else….that I really don’t have time to work on my own home. I’m lucky if I can just keep it clean and have the dishes and laundry done on a daily basis!  So I got an idea at the beginning of this year when I decided to update my blog… But first, a little intro to the intro: The purpose of this “prologue” is to tell you a little about myself, the one-woman show behind EITAK Design, and give an explanation (long as it may be) as to why I’ve decided to start this series. There are two purposes actually: one is to give a little background on who I am, what it’s like to run my own business, why I feel the need to blog….and the other is to explain why it’s taken me so long to get around to doing this! Both are pretty self-serving, I must admit. I’m basically using this blog as a forum to talk about my ideas, interests, inspirations…but in the case of this particular post, I might be doing a lot of rambling and maybe just a little venting.  Isn’t that what blogging is about? I see blogging as a journal or ongoing diary…a way of documenting thoughts and ideas and sharing them with people who have some of the same interests. I kept a diary as a kid and I’ve always had journals, sketchbooks, notebooks to jot down my thoughts and a quick sketch or two. Some of these books are just as treasured to me as a family photo album….they’re a piece of me, a moment in time captured in words and doodles. I’m not a writer by any means, but I like to write…and when I can’t get something down with words, I sketch or draw. I guess I’m treating this blog like a digital journal, one that I’m sharing with anyone interested. I remember the days (before starting EITAK, before marriage and kids) when I kept little sketchbooks or journals for EVERYTHING! If I was traveling, I would keep a food journal of things I ate and sights I saw….complete with menu descriptions, sketches, receipts, ticket stubs and brochures. I also had a “look book” where I would tear out pages from magazines and put together a wish list of outfits, shoes, accessories, hair styles and makeup. So when my husband, Aaron, and I bought our home in 2001….naturally, I had to start a “look book” for decorating and personalizing our suburban tract home. Back to this new blog series…  If you couldn’t already tell from this post so far (or any of my posts, for that matter) I’m kinda long-winded….um, I could talk your ear off!  And if you’re a neighbor, friend or client of mine, chances are I already have!    The blog series is called “One Project A Weekend” and it will highlight a personal project that I’ve been able to complete in a weekend.  I’ve been trying to do a little something around my house each weekend for the past 5 months.  I’m not redecorating an entire room or  painting some elaborate mural or anything overzealous like that, we’re talking baby steps….a weekend is only two days and I have a family and work full-time!  Some of the projects may...

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