Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Countertop 1 reveal

Here it is!

It didn't turn out quite how I imagined but it is still very pretty. The blue color did not show up so well in the photos. It is more of an aqua.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Concrete countertop 1 in progress

We finally are getting going on getting the countertops poured. Colin worked very hard on the mold for the little counter while I worked on getting the chicken coop built.

Then on Saturday I weighed out all the ingredients and got them all lined up and ready. The liquids went into the fridge. (How are we going to fit the liquid for the big countertops in the fridge?)

Then on Sunday we began! We are using a new technique where you do a thin color coat on the bottom of the mold and then a glass fiber coat on top of that. We used a drywall hopper to spray the color concrete into the mold. That part was incredibly messy so I did not get any pictures. My friend Birgitta came to help and observe as she will be making her countertops later in the year. She graciously took these photos.

See how fury it looks? It was a very weird process.
Results will be posted tomorrow.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Carriage doors!

Here is the before and after of my garage door. I think it turned out pretty good!

So, everything on here is paint except the handles. This update cost me a whole $17. 

I made the hinges with a cardboard stencil.  Now if only that vine would hurry up and grow along the top.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Chickens and Coop

They are always so sleepy.

 Here is the coop I am building them. It still needs a roof and roosting bars and to be painted. I think this turned out pretty good for my first carpentry project. We haven't decided whether we will get them an automatic door or put fencing up as a roof for the already existing pen in the back.

Do you want chickens? Do you think they are worth it for fresh eggs? I think next I am going to get some bees.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Curb Appeal? More like curb repulsion

Here is the outside of our house.

So what's the plan to make this less (what's the word) cold?

I was thinking of turning the garage door into carriage doors.

And hopefully I can train that vine to grow across the top of the garage too. 

The someday I would love to put in a stucco wall across the front with a nice big gate. 

First I need to finish the chicken coop. But maybe tonight I will at least string some twine across the top of the garage for the to grow on. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Peep, peep!

We got chickens. Baby ones. Four Buff Orpingtons and one Barred Rock. I have not yet taken any pictures of them but I will soon. I will also post about building their coop. Fresh eggs here we come.

Do you have ideas for naming the flock? I don't want to name them individually in case I get too attached. But since there are four yellow ones and one black one I was thinking. Los Angeles y Diablito.