So Bunny came up and said, 'I would like to put a valance on the kitchen windows. I already have the material I want to use.' OK, so what do you want it to look like. She shows me something she found on Pinterest. We go to Lowes and pick up the supplies I need to do the job. The next day I am prepping to start and she says, "what if we do it this way.' and shows me something different in Pinterest. Wow, that may be a lot easier than the first plan, plus, I already have everything I need to do it.
Now, keep in mind, Bunny doesn't sew, or anything else that comes to material, fabric, etc. so that's me.
So here is the material we are going to use.
Here is where they are going to go. There are a couple of angles that need to be dealt with as well.
So I grab a couple of 2x4's, measure the length wanted for each window and cut them to size.
Because they are going right above the windows, I know there is going to be header inside the wall to attach to. So I drilled holes into the 2x4 about 2.5" inches down. I used 3" in. deck screws to attach the 2x4 to the wall.
I had to calculate the angle need to turn the corner on the two end windows and this is what I ended up with. The test fix was good.
Now on to the fun part. I used velcro to attach the fabric to the lumber. I couldn't find the super industrial sticky backed velcro so I bought plain white non-stick velcro, .5" in wide, and a couple of rolls of Gorilla Double Sided Tape.
I cut the Velcro into 1" in lengths.
Then stuck them to the double sided tape, then cut them into individual pieces. I did this for the hook and the loop.
Then stuck them to the board spaced about 3" in apart.
You have to put the Velcro on the board before you measure your fabric. The Velcro adds a little to the width you will need.
I started by folding the primary top edge over and ironing it. Then lift the edge you just created and put hem tape under the flap and ironing it again. Let it cool before you move or bend it.
Then do the sides.
After I finished that, I test fit it to make sure it was correct then stuck the Velcro on the fabric. Once that was done, I screwed the boards to the wall then attached the fabric.
So here is the finished product. Happy Bunny!!
This isn't much. Bunny and I took a few hours to have some fun together and paint/glaze some ceramics. There is a place called 'You're Fired'. We stopped in and had some fun. She did a sugar bowl. I did a turtle.
Here is Bunny working on her project.
Here is the turtle I was working on. Here is the before shot.
Here it is with the glaze on it. I have no idea what this is going to look like when it comes out of the fire.
Here is the finished product.
Yeah, I bought a new domain.
I will be setting up email for it soon. I will still have edsplace.com and, more than likely, continue to use it as my primary. I have some fun ideas that I need to take a closer look at.
So, Bunny is tired of me getting up every morning and turning the bathroom light on. That probably isn't a problem in most homes, but it it in ours. You see, the shower and toilet are in a room with a door but the vanity/sink is exposed to the bedroom, like in a hotel. I don't know what they were thinking. Here is a staged pic of the space when the house was for sale.
The coset is on the left and shower/toilet on the right.
Needless to say, Bunny asked if I could close it in. Well, yea, I guess. But that would mean pulling trim, removing sheetrock and flooring. What a pain. Then... ...what if, we put a pair of sliding doors up instead. Yea! Thats a great idea. Right?!?! Lets find out.
First, I pulled a little sheetrock out at the top of each side, measured the span, then cut a 4x6 beam to fit. Thats a pressure treated 4x6. That was the cheapest thing in could find. A couple of taps with a hammer and its in. I drove 6 8" bolts in. I don't think its going to move.
So, it looks OK, sorta. But it would look a lot better if it were wrapped with cedar. Yea. Lets do that. Then I can stain it.
So this is from the sink side. I have half of the wrap complete.
Heres the outside view.
Full wrap. I extended the cedar across the wall on both sides so it would be behind the track. You can see, on the right, I had to add a little extra. You will never know once the stain is on.
Bunny wants it done NOW! So, while I was at work, she stained it. She used the same stain we used on the mantel.
Its hard to tell but I have the track up. I did that so I would know how long the doors needed to be. They will be a little longer than standard. 90 1/4" long x 32" wide. She already has the handles picked out. Now I just have to get the doors. The next size up is an 8 foot door, so thats what I'm getting, times 2.
So the doors are finally in. What a beast. I need to remove 5 and 3/4 of an inch total from the door. So I calculated what the percentage difference was between the top and bottom, (the bottom of the door has more space between the bottom panel and the floor than the top), took that percentage and calculated how much I need to remove from the top and bottom to get my 5 3/4 inches. I marked my lines.
I stacked the two doors on top of each other so I only had to mark and cut once and I knew they would both be exactly the same. I used my 4 foot level as a guid for my circular saw and made my cuts.
I set the door in place to see how it would fit. (Ha! It turns out an 8 foot tall 5 panel door is really 6 panels.)
Next, I laid it down, drilled the holes for the hangers.
I bolted on the hangers and hung them to test how they would really fit and to make any adjustments before they were painted. They seem to look OK and roll really nice.
Yeah, thats me taking the shot. Oh, and one more change back there. The mirror.
So now, take them down, unbolt everything, paint both doors, bolt the hangers and handles on, hang them both back up and see what it looks like.
Camp!! We spent 4 days with over 500 middle and high schoolers. I have never... ...and I mean Never, been someplace where there are two concerts a day. TheFuse is high school and ReWired is middle school. Around 90 kids gave their lives to Jesus while we where there. I through together a little slide show if you are interested.
I hope you enjoy.
WARNING! THE BELOW VIDIO CONTAINS GRAFIC IMAGES OF KIDS (AND ADULTS) HAVING FUN.
This video is rated 'J'.
Well, the master bath sliding door project got bigger. Bunny decided she didn't like the vanity top and wanted to replace it with granite. OK. I can't completely disagree with that.
Here is what it started out as.
So i pulled the top off.
OK. Well I didn't like that there was open space on each side of the cabinet and, I would like the the new top to go wall to wall rather than have that open space on each side.
But, if I make the top go wall to wall then there will be an open space below it and that will look dumb. So I needed to create a filler to go between the cabinet and wall. But then I needed to remove some trim. What a pain... ...but here is what i came up with.
Now I'm thinking, how am I going to match the stain. Then Bunny says, "Lets paint it black." I am thinking, black granite on a black cabinet is going to be a lot of black. So I say, "What if we paint it white?" That was a hit and this is what we've got.
The top was delivered. Here it is.
Here it is with the bowl and fixture setting on it.
And here it is finished, with the sides, backsplash, drawer fronts and pulls back on. What a hug improvement.
I will be updating this as I go along.
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Here is what I started with. Well... ...thats not my stuff. That is a 'staged' pic of the previous owners stuff. But that is the basic space I had to work with. It is/was definitely a man cave. But... ...it could be better. Right? Its demo time.
So I had to start with removing the ceiling, light fixtures, paneling and wallpaper. Then I pulled all the aluminum wire that I could and replaced it with copper as well as pulling several new runs (from the panel and NOT tied in to other aluminum runs like I found).
Here is some of the crazy I found inside the cabinets (Oh, and the stuff on the shelves, is mine). Yes, thats right. Steel shelving inside the cabinets. Yeah, so I have more work to do. :)
So, now I'm here. I installed can lights.
As you can see, in the black hole. there is some metal duct work running in the crawlspace.
There is nothing but good times going on in there.
I raked the dirt to smooth it out, lined the floor with plastic.
Pulled the metal duct work out.
Installed insulated flex duct and cap'd a run that was over kill.
Tied up some electrical runs. It does look a little better than that. I should have taken a shot when everything was complete. Tip: I filled every hole that leads out, with foam insulation. I did that throughout the crawlspace and in each room I work on.
Then Bunny says 'Can we use something besides sheetrock on the ceiling? Maybe bead board?' Hmmm... ...sure. Why not. So we decided to use this on the ceiling.
And here we go. The first run is in. I added a soffit around the drain and then added a few more can lights. There will be a work surface below, so Bunny can do her arts and crafts. I have no idea what that will look like yet.
Here are some progress shots.
Next, I had to build a soffit for the duct work.
Then its sheetrock time. Mud and sand. Mud and sand. Mud and sand.
Mud and sand. Mud and sand. It seems like it never ends.
Next, I framed the opening to the crawlspace and made door. I used the reclaimed oak I pulled off the walls during demo. I did fill all the holes.
The door is finished. Now I need to pick out the hinges.
I put the trim up around the ceiling.
Bunny painted all the cabinets and doors. We put the hardware on and I got them hung.
I was looking at putting some tile down so I would have something between the shop and carpet in the office. This is what we picked out.
I hit a snag a couple of nights ago. I was working on another side project when I felt a drip. I thought I had flung some of the finish I was laying down. I didn't really think much more about it until, a couple of minutes later, another drip hit my leg. 'OK. Whats going on?' I looked up and saw a bead of water hanging from one of the boards on the ceiling. Awesome.
I pulled out my drill, put a whole in one of the boards, put the jig saw in and cut the board and pulled it down. Yeah. I suck. I drove a nail into one of the water lines.
Here is a shot of the damaged part. Drove the nail right through the middle of that think.
I replaced it with a piece of PEX plastic tubing. Its a lot easier to work with. Any time I have to replace any water lines, I will use PEX.
Not my best work, sweating the brass fitting to the copper, but it doesn't leak.
I fixed the ceiling and you can't really tell where I had to open it up. Back to filling nail holes then I can paint.
I finally had a minute to start laying the tile. First, I put down Hardybacker underlayment. I don't care what anyone says. Never lay tile right on concrete. That is, if you don't want to replace cracked tiles, over time.
Now its time for the tile.
Here it is finished. Now I have a landing pad/transition between the office and my shop. This way, I will be less likely to track anything bad from the shop onto the carpet in the office. Now its time to start painting the walls.
The walls are finally painted. I'm going to pull all the carpet and pad, fix any cracks in the concrete floor and clean everything up. Then we are ready for the carpet guy next weekend, then I'll put in a little trim. The room will be officially complete minus the extras that will go in afterwards.
The carpet guy came today. The carpet is in. He also did the stairs. It is amazing. Now I need to install the baseboards.
I finally add the last piece of trim and am officially done. Well I have to add the built-in, but that will be a different post. Bunny has already started to put her spin on things. I am still setting up my workstations and sound system. I also have pics to hang, but the rest is complete.
Please forgive the vacuum. I am going to hear about that being in the above pic.
Thanks for checking it out.
Finally, after months. I have all the interior doors replaced in the house. There were 2 or 3 different kinds of doors installed. Some where in bad shape. The door going out to the garage was a hollow core door. I can't even ask why anymore.
It's nice to have them all the same. It makes things look so much better, and looks thought out. I found a place here in town, Mill Creek Lumber, that had doors Bunny and I liked. You take the door off, remove all the hardware and take it down to them. Pick the new door style you like, and they take the old door, match it to the new door, cut it the the right height, cut the hinges, and holes for the handle to match. You take the new door home, paint it, attach the hardware and it hangs perfectly where the old door was.
You would think that's the best part of the whole deal, and maybe it is, but the other thing is, it costs less than buying a door at Home Depot or Lowes. That's what I'm talking about.
Here the doors we have now.
The door leading to the garage. That was a lot heaver than I thought it would be.
Bedroom 2 and hall bath.
Office door leading to the shop.
I guess I forgot to get a shot of the basement closet, but you get the idea.
Bunny and I were invited to go to Oregon over the weekend to attend a wedding. Our nephew got married to an amazing woman. We took a couple of extra days so we could visit the ocean, a few restaurants and basically see what there is to see, while hanging out with family and friends.
Here are a few shots I took while there. At the bottom, I will put a link to all the shots I've posted. Also, if you would like to stay a little more up-to-date, you can see me on Instagram @eds_place.
This is a shot looking through the window of the room we stayed in.
Cape Meares Light House
Friends and family.
My nephew and my new niece.
Pacific City, OR
This guy was in a tidal pool.
I have not been slacking. (Too much) The last couple of weeks, I am getting ready to post my latest project. This one is for my shop, which I have not been able to work on due to all the other projects I have been working on. Some on the basement office and some for others.
I have been busy in the basement. I was getting ready to add more pics, but after having to scroll down for 10 minutes I decided it should be broken out into sections. So I will be starting on that shortly. The sheetrock is finally done and the first coat of primer is getting rolled on. The ceiling is done along with the trim on the can lights. The carpet guy is coming in a couple of weeks, then the last thing will be to add the baseboard. Well, then it will be cabinets and a work surface in the back corner of the room.
Then its back into the attic. I'm adding some insulation where they complete missed, adding some vents, 6 new can lights for the front room along with wiring needed. I'm sure I will be able to pull more aluminum wire out, add grounds where they were too lazy, and add, maybe, an extra light switch. We'll see.
I promised to help someone else with some lights, so I need to make good on that as well. I know there is more that I'm not thinking about right now.
Its time to get your geek on. That is, if you are into this kind of thing. I ran across this video and thought it was interesting. (its at the bottom)
Tidal disruption events are caused by black holes. This is when a star, gets too close and is pulled apart by the forces generated by the black hole. Some stars can be massive in comparison to the black hole. The black hole will always win. As most know, black holes are so strong, not even light can escape.
A black hole can have the same mass as the sun but be only a couple of miles in size. Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, has a super-massive black hole that is around 2 million times the mass of the sun. This is the force that surrounds us and binds us together. : )
I have also added a few images of tidal disruption events.
Another side project. I was given a request to build a vanity.
The inspiration came from this link from Shanty 2 Chic. But it needed to fit a 30" wide sink rather than the 24" displayed in the photo.
Then I was told not to put the cross (or X) on the front or sides and to make it look more like the photo below. OK.
Once the sink was picked out, I had the dimensions I needed to work with.
I started with the sides. Here is one.
Here is the other. The plans call out for pocket holes and screws. It make for an ugly inside so I used biscuits instead.
Then i put the front and back rails on.
Added some detail to the side.
Made the door.
Here is is, completed. I turned it over and the owner stained it.
Here is what it looks like finished.
Here is a pic of it installed.
Side project. I received a request to build steps. These steps will hold cupcakes. I should have taken more shots while I was building it but I was rushing to get it done in time for use. Posting this was an after thought.
The inspiration came from this photo.
I didn't have any dimensions to go by so here is what I came up with.
My job was to deliver it raw. Here is what it looked link after it was stained and in production. The total cost was about $15.
Well, I did it. I dumped Facebook. When it was announced that they were no longer a social media site, but rather, a full blown media site. I knew it was going to get ugly.
Page after page of junk to sift through. People posting rants. More junk. Reposting other peoples junk. No one seems to have time to post what they are doing but they have time to post their opinions or what other people are doing. "Its not fare." "I don't like that." "I can't believe they did that to me!" "I'm so mad right now." Back in the day, we called it 'dirty laundry'.
Don't get me wrong, I know there are those out there that do post nice things, but it has become increasingly harder to sift through the
As I conclude, I had to laugh as I realize I have just posted a rant, and my opinion, yet again. Its harder to not do it than you might think. So to all my FB friends, I love you and safe travels.
I read an article that talks about a breakthrough in battery technology. The ability to create a Lithium-ion battery that will withstand charging, for life. This article was published in May/2016.
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