[ SUMMER LIST ]
Summers here in the Pacific Northwest are glorious, but truncated. With such a long stretch of the year being dominated by 40º temperatures and rain showers, we tend to put off most of our bigger projects for the two or three months with predictable sunshine. That means we have to get seriously busy in order to accomplish our long list of goals.
Patrick and I sat down last week to discuss this year’s list and here’s what we came up with:
Paint the upstairs floors white - The plan is to get started on this in late May, and I can’t wait!
Refinish the dining table - I’ve wanted to do this project for two summers, and it keeps getting bumped for other things. This year is the year… unless I find a secondhand table that I like better between now and then.
Replace light switches and outlets - This isn’t necessarily a summer project, it’s just on the general list of things we need to tackle. They are all a little wobbly, and some have bad connections. Plus, we’ll get rid of the beige plastic and go with a nice bright white.
Replace one side of the fence - The entire fence is rotten and falling over, but it’s too big (expensive) to tackle all of it this summer. We’ll replace the worst side this year.
Finish drywall in the carport - When we moved in last year, we made the terrible discovery that the supply hose to the dishwasher had been leaking water for nearly a month. Since we purchased the house as a short sale, we knew the chances of the previous owner taking care of any of the damage was next to nothing. We spent a few weeks drying out the kitchen subfloor and ripping out insulation and drywall in the carport, which is directly below. Patrick worked hard last summer to replace the insulation and drywall, but there are just a couple of small and inconvenient pieces left.
Tear out kitchen cabinets and install shelving - If any project gets bumped this summer, it will probably be this one. Our kitchen cabinets have about eight layers of thick, drippy paint on them. There is so many paint layers that they don’t even close properly anymore. They are currently painted black, though whomever did the painting didn’t bother to prime them, so they are covered with white Knicks and scratches. I’m going to ignore the lower cupboards because there are just too many to deal with (11 doors and 8 drawers), and focus on the upper ones. Ideally, I’d like to rip one section out and replace it with open shelves. The last three full-sized ones and the two little over the refrigerator will get stripped and repainted white.