It’s been such a while since I posted a real progress report. A simple reason: It’s been such a while since I’ve any progress to report. Between Hurricane Sandy, work, Thanksgiving and leaving town early to visit Parents for Christmas, renovations have been at a stand still. And yes, I believe I just I just put the holidays in the same category as a deadly hurricane and I really didn’t mean to do that. The Holidays were great and family is always a good reason to drop your chisel and book it.
Nevertheless, I can proudly say: We have a functioning diningroom! Not a finished one (see previous entry on how we still haven’t connected any radiators back) but a functioning one. This means we have a room in which to dine (and write and work and… sit while wearing warm clothing). Here, some action shots:
We did some major re-patching. And by ‘we’ I mean the super had to come and fill in the parts where plaster had crumbled away due to water damage. After the roof had been repointed, the cause of the leaks were (thankfully, knock on wood, oh please let that never happen to us!) eliminated. This was before we bought it and we knew we would have to deal with this issue. So the super fixed the major holes, leaving us to patch up smaller blemishes with mesh tape and premixed plaster (not joint compound!). Next we sanded down the entire room, wiped the walls and moldings with a damp sponge. We also filled in endless gaps (between the baseboards and the wall, the window frame and the wall) with caulk (taking care to use backers where the gaps were too deep).
Slowly, slowly and then… let there be paint! Honestly, the paint was an unfortunate choice. Sea Froth by Benjamin Moore. Sea Froth? What was I thinking? More on this fiaso later…. For now, the situation is being tolerated. 🙂