Update on the downstairs project: In the good news department, we have the wood for the other handrail.
The single hand rail is a safety issue, and it’s past time it was addressed.
The new hand rail will be cut and stained to match the other. It will also keep the freshly-painted wall in the stairwell from being covered up with dirty fingerprints because everyone has always wanted a second hand rail and has used the wall as if it were one.
In more good news, this is the sink that is coming.
Awesomeness. This sink is nearly four feet wide and has three bowls. BuckeyeGirl is bringing it to me. It was nearly smashed in a recent storm in her area–she’d just happened to move the sink right before the storm. Her brother found it by a dumpster with other discarded kitchen items outside of a restaurant that was being remodeled. He asked the workers and they said anything out there was getting junked. One man’s junk, another woman’s treasure!
In the not-so-good news department, the stove still isn’t hooked up.
The stove (and dishwasher) are still in the same place they were when the propane conversion was completed on the stove after bringing them home last weekend (which is why the bottom panel on the stove is removed in this photo).
On the other hand, the reason the gas line has taken a back seat is due to the real problem area:
This is the one small remaining part of the block wall that hasn’t yet been painted, and the only part of the downstairs that hasn’t been cleaned out/cleared out of its former unglory. As you can see when I pull back, it’s in the new kitchen.
This can’t be in my new kitchen.
As anyone who has chickens can testify, they are pretty hard on outdoor tools and equipment that are left outdoors. This workbench, along with various tools, equipment, and some other random items, is inside to keep it safe from the chickens. We have a lot of other tools and equipment outside, also, and all those things have been thoroughly “decorated” by the chickens. This corner of stuff, along with much of the other stuff that’s outside, has long needed a home of its own. We have no outbuildings (not even a garage) other than buildings that have been constructed for the animals–goat house, chicken house, sheep shelters, etc. We need a tool and equipment shelter. While we’re working on collecting pallets for a big pallet barn, a tool and equipment shelter needs to be constructed in such a way that it can be completely sealed–from the elements, and from the animals. We’ve looked into a lot of options, including purchasing the construction materials or salvaging the construction materials, as well as looking at outdoor building kits–which are mostly too expensive, or if not too expensive, of the metal variety that will soon rust. If you wait and watch long enough, sometimes you can come across a good deal, and we recently found an 8 x 10 kit building deeply discounted and snapped it up.
It’s made of vinyl (resin) material, so it won’t rust.
Separate from the kit materials, we (that’s the royal we, people!) built our own solid foundation.
The building came in a lot of pieces.
But went together fairly quickly!
I actually helped with this part!
Done! (Whew. That was hard.) Now if only the stuff would leap in there!