Spring sprung here three weeks ago, but it only lasted a week before winter shooed it away. Everything is covered in snow again. It's cold, dreary, and depressing.
Work continues at a slow pace at Kate's house. Just as her 60 hour work weeks were going back to the normal 36 the new nurse got sick, so she got called in. She, her future roommate, and I have been painting whenever one of us can get out there, but we all work full time, so it hasn't been as often as we'd like. Kate's exhausted, I'm sick of painting, we both want the renovation to be finally DONE already so we can rest. I'm looking forward to my Chicago trip in a couple of weeks!
She had an electrician out last week to run modern wiring and replace some outlets in the living room and kitchen. Her roommate's Uncle came yesterday to replace the broken sump pump in her flooding basement. There were two sump pumps in the basement, one broken and one working, when she bought the house. We didn't realize the second sump pump was necessary until all the rain and thawing snow caused water to pour into holes in the sides of its basin, overflowing onto the floor and rushing across the basement to the second, working, sump pump. He told us "this town is wet", we'll always have the issue, everyone with a basement does, but as long as the sump pumps are working the basement will be dry. She is still going to have the property re-graded this summer, though, as the ground currently slopes toward the house and garage instead of away from them. (That's not noticeable when one buys a house in December and the ground is covered in a foot of snow.)
While the new sump pump was being installed Kate spent hours scrubbing the last of the residual grout haze from the bathroom tiles while I primed and painted the ground floor window recesses.
The list of things to be done is getting shorter. The painting is almost done now except for touch up painting on the walls of the blue bedroom, the trim around the front door, and the trim in the mudroom. (The mudroom and front door need to wait for warmer weather.) There are some odd and end tasks to take care of...cabinet knobs installed, outlet covers put back on, curtain rods hung, have a mirrored front made for the custom built medicine cabinet, etc. Mostly it just needs a good cleaning. The professional cleaning she was gifted doesn't look like it's going to happen, the cleaners her realtor knows are either out of the business or unavailable, so Kate and I will do it ourselves.
The drywall was slightly damaged around the living room outlets when they were replaced, and rather than try to repair the damage Kate bought new, larger, outlet covers. She fell in love with these resin ones, but they didn't come in white, so "I'll just spray paint them!" Sigh.
I explained they are too detailed for a non-expert to spray paint without making a gloppy mess, then brought them home with me and am painting them for her. I was going to brush a coat of enamel paint on them, because it will wear well, but she wants them to match the rest of her trim. Thankfully I insisted she buy a good quality paint with ceramic in it. Here's the first with a coat of gesso....once I'm sure the gesso adheres well I'll coat the rest.