Monday, 31 October 2016

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the Little Blue House! I have been rather quiet lately... The house is doing great, with work more or less paused until the Spring Thaw! We have found it to be rather an expensive enterprise, restoring a Gold Rush era former brothel. Surprising! Hehe.

That said, I am looking to earn some more money to help pay for it, so it doesn't all fall on my husband's shoulders. More on that in a later post.

For now, we would like to wish our readers a Happy Halloween!

Not a Halloween picture, but creepy enough for today!

Monday, 19 September 2016

An Invigorating Tonic

This really doesn't have anything to do with the LBH, at least not directly. I am tired, however, from all of these renovations.

If I had been building the house in the late 1800s, perhaps a well-intentioned advert such as this one may have caught my eye?

I stumbled upon the image in the British Museum's free online gallery at Flickr, which is a delightful treasure trove...

Just say no to depressed vitality!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Trim is Finished!

Satisfying feeling, knowing that we've finished painting before the cold temperatures hit. That's happening now, as last night we had our first frost. 

The body & trim are finished! My only regret is that we didn't get to the bay window. It will have to wait until late spring. 
It looks pretty good, I think! Our carpenter added a nice step to our side door, which makes things easier. Less dirt tracked into the house, too. I'll paint the step next year after the pressure-treated lumber has had time to cure. 

The next project is a balcony for our front door. We are hoping that will be competed this fall.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Summertime

We enjoy these snippets of family time in between coats of paint...

Here's our littlest one heading for her LBH!

Friday, 5 August 2016

Improvements

July 1st, 2012

August 2nd, 2016

Making a little progress! 🙂

Monday, 1 August 2016

We're Nearly Done the Front

The front of the LBH is almost finished (painting the exterior that is). You can see that there's still tape around the door, as I've got another coat of our fitting "Aspen Bark" to add. Also, the trim on the L-shaped nook is only primed. It won't be staying that Too Bright White you see there. And, bay window trim & soffits haven't even been sanded yet... Whew!

She is coming along nicely though. Tomorrow, we are going to work on the south wall where the overhead electrical wire comes into the house. BC Hydro is going to disconnect the power for the day, so we don't have to worry about electrocution. That's a relief. :)

Check out the soffits!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Painting Pics!

Here are some more photos of the painting going on at the LBH. I'd say we are about 80% done!

Here is what we were up against, quite literally...

We used a product called Lead Out by Blue Bear (formerly Franmar). This is great stuff that when properly applied to lead paint, reacts to convert it to non-hazardous lead sulphide. I'd recommend it to anyone. It was expensive, especially to a Yukoner, but cheaper than going crazy like those poor Romans...

After applying the stripper, we wrapped the house in plastic to let it blister in the sun, as the Violent Femmes would say...

Then we unwrapped one wall at a time, and scraped the paint off. The coved part of the siding was tricky, so my husband suggested spoons. A couple of old ones did the trick. Our arms felt noodle-like the following day. 

Me!

Almost finished scraping the last wall...

While I started priming and painting the north wall, my husband set to work with the orbital sander and sanding blocks fashioned to fit in the coved siding. Before priming:

After priming:

After painting the north wall (left side of house) and large front wall:

Jeff and Riley, our Irish Terrier!

That's where we are at now. Our trusty carpenter has just added several new pieces of primed siding and some trim (much of the old corner trim was rotten where it was contacting the earth).

Next, we will paint those bits and the remaining walls, trim, soffits, etc.

I am keen to get this project finished!