Wednesday, April 15Since we're having gorgeous, sunny weather Ivan has spent almost every siesta scraping, sanding, cleaning or painting. Here's a shot of him painting the rejas (bars) on the kitchen window:
Thursday, April 16Windows, window frames and rejas all done! Here's a shot of each window from the outside:
(left: kitchen; right: bedroom)
We're going to paint the exterior of the casita a soft gray (Sherwin Williams Gray Screen #7071), but the cement "frame" around each window will be painted the same bright white as the windows and rejas.
Friday, April 17Just because the windows are done doesn't mean Ivan's finished with the aberturas -- he still has the door, door frame and screen door to do. Ivan needed to replace the rusty screen that was on the used door, anyway, and this made it a lot easier to paint the frame:
Saturday, April 18Ivan went to a men's retreat this weekend while I participated in the virtual retreat I talked about in my last post. I also decided to paint the bathroom door and frame. We bought the bathroom and bedroom doors at a salvage place, and they were in pretty rough condition. We cleaned them up but they seriously needed a paint job. But until recently, we haven't had space in the garage to work on projects like this. Early Saturday morning Ivan took the door off the hinges and carried it to the garage for me before he left. Then I sanded, cleaned and taped off the door frame:
Sunday, April 19Ivan and the three guys who went with him to the retreat had a wonderful time. I borrowed a few photos from the camp's Facebook page to create a little collage. Top right photo, the three on the far left are the ones who went with Ivan: Sebastian is in the maroon shirt, and sitting on the short wall next to him are Charlie and Joaquin. Lower right photo is a shot of just Charlie and Joaquin. The organizers asked Ivan to say a few words at the beginning of the retreat.
Wednesday, April 22So we've had a bit of bathroom door drama the past few days, and I didn't remember to take photos until the door was back on its hinges.
As soon as I applied the first coat of paint to the door frame on Saturday morning, I knew it wasn't going to work. We painted the interior of our casita bright white, to try and visually expand our very small space (395 square feet total), and this paint was not a true white so it looked very dirty and dingy next to our bright white walls. I decided to apply one coat to everything and then wait until Monday when we could get some bright white for the second coat.
Ran into another problem, though. After he carried the door to the garage, Ivan had quickly filled in on the bottom of one side of the door where several chunks of veneer had come off. He'd instructed me to let it dry, then sand it before painting. Only it never dried! Not the whole weekend. It was still soft and kind of tacky on Monday morning. So I left that side alone and applied one coat to the other side.
Which is fine because, in the end, Ivan ended up scraping the paint off both sides of the door. And peeling off the filler he'd used.
The paint that was on the doors when we bought them did not pass the "scratch test" -- which test Ivan had not thought to do before he left for the retreat, since I decided to paint the door sort of last minute and he was in a bit of a hurry. We also discovered that, in the rush on Saturday morning, Ivan had inadvertently mixed an oil-based paint with a water-based paint for me to use. So really, all in all, it's a good thing I had not done much painting.
Once he'd scraped all the paint off, peeled off the weird-filler-that-never-dried and re-did it with another filler and sanded that down, it was my turn to show the door some bright white love. It required three coats, so between coats and drying time, it took all of Tuesday and part of Wednesday.
It's impossible to get a photo of the whole door, from either side, because the space is just too tight, so here's the best I can do:
Friday, April 24On our walk today we noticed this house had gotten a new paint job:
Saturday, April 25Skyped briefly with Tina this afternoon, and asked her which of the quilt designs she liked best so far. I'm not sure how many I've sent her altogether; maybe 5-6? About a week ago I'd revisited one of my earlier designs, doing two different color versions (the design I shared on P365, April 2nd):
Sunday, April 26During church we decided to see if Charlie and Joaquin wanted to come over for lunch. Since it wasn't a planned thing, I had to quickly come up with a menu. As soon as I got home, I made dessert (chocolate pudding) so it could be chilling while I fixed the rest of lunch. I let it sit on the counter to cool down for a bit, then put it in the fridge. After we ate lunch, the guys went out to the garage and I decided I'd put the puddings in the freezer to cool even quicker. But when I went to open the fridge, I shrieked and pulled my hand back quickly...
Tuesday, April 28The scraping, sanding, cleaning and painting during almost every siesta continues. Ivan finished the front door last night, but it was too dark to get a decent photo. Here's from outside:
And here's from inside:
Bonus:While trying to get a photo of the door, I thought now would be a good time to take photos of the rest of my kitchen. I'm pretty sure I haven't shared any photos since right after we first moved in 2-1/2 years ago. I'm going to share six photos, starting at my front door and moving around so you can get an idea of the space. It's tiny and we've packed a lot into it! This serves as our kitchen, dining room, and it's also where I come to sit and read late at night or early in the morning when I can't sleep.
2 canister that Ivan uses to turn plain water into soda water. We have quite a collection of recycled soda bottles that we can use over and over. We like agua con gas, so we were pretty excited when Ivan found the valve necessary to 'gas' our own bottles.
So there you have it, my 9' x 15' kitchen/dining room. There's not a lot of space around the table and chairs but once we take the hutch back to Sta. Rosa, we'll scoot the table and chairs against that wall and I anticipate the room will feel downright spacious at that point. (By the way, this is a folding table from Sam's Club that measures just under 2' x 4'.) The bookshelf stays. I have to have at least one bookshelf!