So the countertops and the front yard isn't the only house stuff we've been working on so here's a quick list.
Ronette and I finally finished purchasing and laying down all the rock on the sides of the house. Wow! It made a real difference with the weeds.
While I was in Raleigh, Ronette put up wainscotting on the back porch. We had planned to tile over the brick. It wasn't good brick. I think it's more like brick facade. While the outside of the porch looks like brick, the inside looked like someone had forgotten to finish the wall. The tile got nixed because, well, I think Ronette decided that it would be a pain the butt to tile that much vertically (but don't tell her I said that). I think the wainstcotting was a much better choice. She also bought some pretty plants and put on the porch. Much better than when the washer and dryer were taking up half the porch last year. I attached a couple of hooks onto the screen door so that the cat can add the porch to her territory and I don't have to worry about her escaping through the hole in the wall.
We spent a weekend cleaning out the garage. Cleaning really meaning ripping out all the old drywall and installing pegboard. Only found one dead mouse. The pegboard alone made the garage look so much better and useful. We also have a work area attached to the back of the garage that we've been using for storage. We finally gave it a coat of paint. I had the same feeling when I finally painted the upstairs bedroom in Richmond - why didn't we do this before? Dramatic changes. Now we just need to fix the door that leads into the work area.
And last, but not least, we laid cork floors in all the closets, the pantry, laundry room, one bathroom and the back bedroom. yarbiedoll
, I have to say that I'm very happy that this is the choice that we finally went with. It's so squishy! And it was really easy to put down. We went with the glue-down cork tiles since three of the areas have water usage. I'd would be interested in looking at the click cork for the next installation.
I think that's it and all that's really left to do on the house minus a few Berkeley RECO stuff. This weekend I think we'll attempt what is truly the last big project which is the shower surround in the front bathroom.