Saturday, June 10, 2006

Plan of Attack

I have 11 days until the Splinter Group meeting at my house. I had mentioned the other day that there were some definite things I wanted to accomplish before the meeting. Most centered around the porch and house painting, and then I mentioned the wine rack idea for the island. Well, the wine rack is out, but I have added some kitchen trim work to the list. Here’s the original list.

1)Build new stairs for the porch.
2)Build new newel posts for the new porch stairs and finish the hand rail
3)Rebuild the soffit and put on new rain gutter for the porch
4)Finish Painting the porch and the second story over the porch
5)Build the new wine rack for the island

One, 2, and 3 are finished. I do still need a rain gutter but I’ll call a pro after I paint, and pray for no rain in the mean time. As for 4, I still have the post brackets and everything above that to paint on the porch, and then the second story section above the porch. The second story section is the just two small walls directly above the porch, and one wall has a window, so it’s not a huge area. Also, I can stand on the flat porch roof so I won’t have to fool with ladders.

The new trim idea for the kitchen is to add a small, maybe 1X2 trim piece just under the kitchen counter where the sink is. It’s only a couple of hours worth of work and I think I can slip it in later in the week when I’m painting the second story above the porch. Because I will be painting a small area there is only so much work I can do in one day. The painting will be done over 2 or 3 days but really I can only work for 2 or 3 hours at a time and then I will have to wait until I can start the next coat.

The meeting is a week from this Wednesday, and I will need Tuesday and Wednesday to get ready, so that leaves me 8 days to work on the projects. Here’s what I have mapped out.

Tomorrow: Finish prepping porch roof area and prime.
Monday: Paint first coat on porch.
Tuesday: Second coat on porch and start sanding second story shingles above porch.
Wednesday: Finish second story prep and prime.
Thursday: I’m well behind schedule at this point so I spend the afternoon on the bathroom floor in a fetal position, gently rock back and forth while I mumble over and over, I’ll never finish on time.
Friday: Regain composure and paint first coat on second story. Scrounge wood for kitchen trim
Saturday: Second coat on second story. Mill wood for kitchen trim and start installation.
Sunday: Paint porch deck and use Sharkgrip on stairs. Finish installing kitchen trim and putty nail holes.
Monday: Sand kitchen trim and shellac.
Tuesday: Start to clean the feculent hell-hole that is my house.
Wednesday: Get ready to party.

The odds makers in Vegas are already crunching the numbers. Can it be done on time?


allison said...

You’re right. That’s really an aggressive schedule. We tend to do the same ourselves, then realize that an unexpected trip to the hardware store or a burst or rain sends the original schedule over the edge. On the other hand, if you don’t push things, they don’t ever get done. So, forge ahead and see where it all goes. Good luck. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for good weather.

Jocelyn said...

It's always important to leave room for the inevitable meltdown that's for sure.

We actually had my Dad over to dinner Sat. night after working all day and taking a one hour nap. I can't believe we were able to switch gears that fast actually.

merideth said...

greg, when do you sleep? You are a machine!

Kristin said...

Thursday: Come to Kristin's house and motivate me to finish bathroom.
Friday: Give up and finish bathroom for Kristin.

There, now your week is complete. :)

G said...

Don't forget to schedule yourself in for a serious nap after all your guests leave, because you're sure not going to be sleeping for the next 8 days....

Yet I have faith. Keep on truckin'!