|Five weeks ago. It's getting to be time for a diorama of the current state of affairs.|
|Shortly after we moved in coming up on four years ago.|
1. Deal with the inside of the microwave niche in the cabinets.
I built a little shelf for the microwave to sit on that looks nicer and has a stop in the back to keep it from slowing and unevenly moving back on the side where the controls and door latch are. I was able to use scraps from the counter top reconfiguration for supports and the stop, but bought a small piece of 1/2" plywood from the home center for the shelf itself.
|This shows one of the three pieces of unfinished, half-inch plywood that made up the shelf for the microwave.|
I'll be able to put the microwave back in place the middle of next week.
2. Do something with the terrible brick veneer behind the wood stove.
I got all the loose bricks reattached on the wall and on the base. I even removed some of the old mortar which was actually pretty quick and satisfying.
I also vacuumed the whole thing in preparation for priming and painting, but the next steps will have to wait until I get the stove itself prepped and painted. I'll have to vacuum again and then scrub before proceeding.
3. Paint the wood stove and stove pipe.
The paint arrived on Friday. Prepping the stove is going to be stinky and messy, so I decided to do it on Monday when Eric will be at the office and Betty will be with him. That way there will only be two of us here in the cold and stinky house.
|Why there are two outlets so close to the wood stove, I don't know. Why they are at different heights... well, that's just how things are around here.|
This is it what we're dealing with. Here are the brick and stove post-vacuum, pre-washed and pre-stripped.
The original list of the order I thought the projects will happen.
15. Paint wood stove and stovepipe.
13. Build a door of some sort for that too-big hole for the microwave