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Hodge Podge of Projects

2011 March 31
by Sarah

We’re making progress on some much needed projects over here at our house lately. This week we have a guy repairing our hole in the dining room ceiling. We had been waiting to fix the hole until after we had some work done on the bathroom, but the bathroom is going to have to wait a bit longer and we wanted our dining room back.

Here’s the progress after Day 1:

Looks a bit better than this, huh?

And here’s the progress after Day 3:

Can’t wait to repaint the ceiling and rehang the light! We are so thankful that Kirt could come and do this work for us. In the meantime, it’s fun to have your living room full with most of your dining room too, right?

While the dining room is cleared out, Jeff took advantage of it and painted the baseboard trim. Over the weekend I tackled some more sections of our living room trim.

You see, the previous owners had painted everything—the walls and trim—the same dingy, flat white color. There are a lot of colors of white out there, and most of them look good. However, these people managed to find the one that was dull and gross.

See the difference?

The kicker is, if you look very closely, you can see that the trim used to be a normal white color before they dull-ified it. The entire house, except the kitchen, was this color. We immediately started painting the walls upon ownership, but never got around to the trim. Now we’re slowly working on it piece by piece.


The big project over the weekend was replacing the warped, broken fence door. Let’s just say we haven’t recommended to anyone the guys who built our fence a few years back. Jeff ended up with cedar fence boards from our local lumber yard and built and installed the new door over the weekend. I helped with the installation, but my weekend warrior did the brunt of the work.

Still needs new handles, and will always be a little warped because of the big posts, but it’s soooo much better. As in, we can actually use it again.

My other big project of the moment is implementing a lot of changes at, the web site I built and run for a wonderful camp that I attended as a kid and volunteered at for a couple summers.

If anyone within a couple hour radius of northern Illinois is looking for a good Christian camp this summer, I can personally vouch for Land o’ Lincoln Camp Cedarbrook!

And, finally, a preview of projects to come:

3 Responses Post a comment
  1. April 1, 2011

    Hey thanks for commenting! I just browsed your blog and am adding it to my blog roll. My sister and brother in law live in Cinci… actually my husband’s whole family is based there although they’re missionaries in England.

  2. April 1, 2011

    Oh AND congratulations about the baby coming! It’s super fun. :) You should keep writing about it too.

  3. April 2, 2011

    You and your DH do wonderful work. It just never seems to end, doesn’t it? But being a homeowner gives you lots of opportunities for shared projects and learning more about each other and life. Thanks for sharing!

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