Monday, August 26, 2013

Are We Done Yet???

We've all road tripped with children or in our case, an immature adult (me) that has whined those terrible words..."Are We There YET?"  The initial anticipation has worn off but you aren't quite close enough to see the finish line.  That's where we are right now.

Tons of progress has been made but at a great cost.  We are tired.  Putting in a full work day, especially in 90 degree weather is tough.  So we do what we can and quit when we're exhausted.  The weekend saw many accomplishments but they were the kind that are hard to see.

Brent and his dad finished the roof so we are 100% complete there.

I picked up 4 windows from Craigslist for a total of $70.  They were unfinished and the perfect size!

It took the entire weekend to work on the window frames and sashes.  TEDIOUS!  The fun part was painting the windows this gorgeous shade of blue green.  It's called High Tide.

It was tricky to get an accurate picture of the color because it was really dark out the morning I started painting.  I took this one Sunday night and it's a little more representative of the color.

Priming and painting these took FOREVER - and I'm still only half done.  I taped off each pane of glass on these to minimize the amount of scraping I would have to do.  After taping them off, they needed a coat of primer and two super thin coats of exterior paint.

While I was waiting for coats of paint to dry on the windows, I worked on the three coats of paint the window frames needed.  That meant filling all the holes and seams with paintable caulk.

A final coat of exterior trim paint goes on after caulking is complete.  

The east side of the shed needed the soffit installed before we can install the siding this coming weekend, so Brent tackled that along with replacing a few pieces of rotted siding.

From anyone else's perspective, it looks like a whole lotta nothing got done this weekend.  And for a while, we were moving so slow that I may or may not have almost cried.  This is a ton of work and feels like we are still so far away.  The groundwork has been laid for siding though and we should see some huge changes next weekend.


  1. It looks great! You guys have been working so quickly on this project that of course you'll have moments of that "burnt out" feeling. Everyone watching this transformation can see all the progress! Keep going, you'll be there before you know it. Imagine looking out your back windows at this adorable little shed you and Brent turned into something beautiful!

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Weezie!! I can't wait for the day that we can post pictures of it all complete.

  3. I agree with Weezie! You guys are work horses and I would have had that "are we almost there" about 3 weeks ago. :) It's looking great!!!

    1. Awww...thanks Kate! As long as we don't run out of ibuprofen for all these muscle aches, I think we can make it to the finish!