Archive - August 2011

MCP Project 52: Week 34–Connections

It’s important for boys to feel they are part of a group. They need that support and camaraderie. Often this comes it the form of a sports team. In sports they work together toward a common goal; literally a goal in soccer. They...

Atlantic Beach

As the hurricane hits North Carolina, my thoughts are with my wonderful in-laws who live there.  Their power is out but they have two bathtubs full of water and plenty of supplies.  So far the only casualty within the family was my...

April’s Kitchen Remodel: “Almost” Finally Done

I’ve been so bad at keeping up on the remodeling series that I thought I might as well jump toward the end and put us all out of our misery. Particularly my sister Catherine, who has faithfully blogged about each step in her...

Bungalow Kitchen: Grouting

As I mentioned, April and Robear came over to help grout the slate floors this past weekend. Grouting is a lot like tiling, except rather than smear mud on the floor and then heft stones upon the mud, one simply squishes mud in between...

Bungalow Kitchen: Crown

This week has been exciting! Andy, our cabinet installer, returned to put up the last three cupboards and to add the finishing detail to the cabinets. The hold up had been a mis-communicated spacer which needed a full box built. He...

Bungalow Kitchen: Slate Sealing

In preparation for grouting, I cleaned and sealed the slate. Sealing the slate before grouting helps in the clean-up process and helps to keep the grout damp enough to bond to the slate. Because slate is a porous and absorbent stone the...

Bungalow Kitchen: Slate Saga Continues to Day 3

When April abandoned me returned to parenting her five children, I was left to do the last bit of the floor myself. It doesn’t look like much, but I will tell you: I have never been more grateful for the work April did, than while...

Bungalow Kitchen: Slate Floor, Day 2

Day 2 of the flooring began with a lot more prep work. First we removed the door way. Then we had to lay subfloor on the landing at the top of the stairs and into the utility closet. Clearly, laying subfloor is hilarious. It was so...