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Future Honey Wagon contributor July 7, 2010

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Hasn’t anyone else ever seen the Honey Wagon?  It’s a giant truck that comes to your house when your septic tank is full, and it sucks up all the poo.  I actually just saw in on Rt 12 the other day.

I took one picture of the septic tank….after it was half covered.  But to make up for all I missed, I also took a picture of the man moving the dirt.

I forgot I also took this picture of my beautiful plants and herbs. If you're ever in need of fresh basil, cilantro, parsley or lettuce, stop on by!

 

Wood floors

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We decided to install quarter sawn hickory throughout the house. Here are some pics of the process and unfinished product (it’s being stained tonight).

The living room, where the flooring started.

Flooring going into the front bedroom.

Trivia question: which stain did we choose? You'll have to wait for the next post to find out, but the winner who comments with the correct guess will win all the leftover stain!

Front bedroom

Nice picture of the area where the hallway meets the guest bath.

 

Window work

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And since I’ve been in the process of finishing the molding, Nick decided it would be a good idea for me to sand, condition and stain all of the windows, which I also did.

And then I had to do three coats of poly.  However, Nick and I went to the mall, and I got him to go shopping in three different stores in exchange for helping him do all of the poly work on the window jambs.

Very exciting.

So, here are some pictures of our very impressive work:

One of the windows off so that I can stain the jambs.

Dining room bay windows. The small ones are my favorite. :)

A close up to show the contrast between the original wood color and the stain on the jambs.

 

Staining and Polying -or- My life for the last three+ months

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The last three months or so have consisted of sanding, conditioning, staining, polying, sanding and then polying again.

Yes, I’ve been working on the molding for the ENTIRE house.  I can’t say I did it alone.  I had a lot of help from Nick’s mom and Aunt Mimi, but I have no pictures of us in action.  However, I took a picture of the final result.  Let this be proof that every time someone called or text me to hang out or do something fun, I really was working at the house.

P.S. – The pictures don’t do much justice, but just remember, this molding goes around the entire floor of the house AND all of the windows and doors.

The dark tile is for the master bath

I tried to take a picture that showed how much molding there is, but nothing seemed to do it justice.

 

Tile Floors

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Our dear good friend Fred is doing our flooring and we are so lucky to have him doing them!  He is beyond meticulous (which goes well with Nick’s case of OCD) and has given us some great advice on how to design our space.  Check out the pictures of him putting in our kitchen floor.

Removing the excess grout

More grout. We never took a final picture, but whatever. Let's just say it looks AMAZING.

 

The land is moving June 6, 2010

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Our excavator (I guess that’s what you’d call him) has started making appearances again.  He has to finish grading the land and setting up our leech (sp?) field.  Check out the backyard.  No more giant hill of dirt in the way.

 

COLOR!!!

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Kitchen walls -River Gorge Grey

More kitchen/dining room wall

Our guest bath in "Fennel Seed"

Two living room walls are "Hush."

The remaining walls in the central part of the house are all my favorite color, "Smokey Mountain Blue."

Love that blue

I hate to do this, but I don't remember this color. I want to say "Potter's Clay." This is the laundry room.

I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT ALL PAINTS ARE BENJAMIN MOORE.  SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO MY LADY LINDA AT URBANICK’S IN UTICA.  SHE HELPED US PICK EVERYTHING!  SHE WAS AMAZING, AND I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO MAKE A COLOR SPLASH IN YOUR HOME.  DOES CAPS LOCK MAKE THIS SEEM LIKE I’M SHOUTING???

 

 
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