Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Home Improvements

When we bought a 99 year old house a few years ago, I somehow thought it would be more or less renovated eventually.  What was I thinking?  It's 102 years old now and though quite livable nothing is every really finished around here.  Or if one thing gets finished, some child whacks a hole in the plaster.

Mostly, I vacillate between dreaming up projects and bugging my husband about why he doesn't take them on in all his spare time. I'm not nearly as handy as I like to pretend that I am. Painting on a little shellac on some trim now and then probably doesn't qualify.

Recently, our home improvements have actually been outside -- building new garden beds, moving plants, planting new plants  and all that. But I really hope that the summer can bring about some other projects -- the installation of a new dishwasher, fixing windows (for heat retention and lead abatement purposes), and maybe, just maybe, we could get around to giving the kids some closet doors.  If I get really motivated, I might even get around to painting our laundry room or something -- although the window and door trim has never been put up.

Or maybe...

Maybe I'll just sit back and ignore all the stuff that could be done, it sounds like too much work.


Anonymous said...

There's always the "shellacking little painters" option, too ;)

Janis Gore said...

Honey, I recently spent an afternoon with young'uns.

The house can wait.

Janis Gore said...

Look at it this way, my dear Jordana, when you get back to work on the house it will be 110.

You can brag about working on a 110-year-old house.

Mary @ A Simple Twist Of Faith said...

Before children, my husband and I remodeled the follow by ourselves in our 48 year old house: the kitchen (the whole enchilada), removing a load beang wall between our living room and dining room, replacing most of the windows, refinishing the floors, painting, and installing a built-in buffet in our dining room. Since, we had kids, ZERO home improvement projects had been completed unless you count a playground and a swing set. I used to feel bad, but now I realize it just isn't the season.

Darwin said...

Yeah, our house is 120 (though it had a bang-up renovation 80 years ago!). It's in pretty good shape, but it's still one damn thing after another. The slate roof is pretty healthy, as long as you regularly replace the worn slates, and some of the rubber roofs have hit their limit. Which means repairing plaster. But the shower in the master bedroom leaks (we knew that when we bought the house) and so we've never been able to use it. It would be nice to get that fixed, but that means ripping out the vintage tile and finding something comparable to replace it. And let's not get started on all the floors that need to be refinished.

I love it, though.

MrsDarwin said...

...and that was my comment, not Darwin's.

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