Friday, June 24, 2011

Hole in the wall

A while back when we were re-doing the door we removed an old window unit from the side of the house. This project was completed a couple of months ago so I apologize for the tardiness.

The first thing we had to fix after taking out the A/C were the two studs that had been cut out when it was installed. We cut two pieces of 2x4 and screwed wooden strips on the side so they could be attached to the existing studs.

We ended up enlarging the hole for two reasons. The first was just to clean up the edges so when we put the patch in the joints would be nicer. The second reason was to hide the vertical joints under the new slats of wood we were going to put on.

Here you can see the patch with the four new slats we put on. We ended up cutting our own slats because the 1x2's today are not as wide as the ones that are on the house.

Primed and ready.

It's not perfect but I think it turned out really well. Then again, anything is better than the old AC hanging out of the side of the house. Eventually we will replace all the siding with Hardy board but that is way down the road.

Patching the inside was pretty straight forward. We filled in the hole with some new insulation and then cut a piece of drywall to cover the hole.

The main issue we had with patching the inside was that the wall was warped. The weight of the AC had pulled the wall in above the hole and pushed the wall out below. Once we started to do the mudding we realized it was going to take a lot it to make the wall look smooth.

This is the only picture I took of this stage of the job. Once all the mudding was done the patch was about 3 times the size of what it looks like now.

Now that everything is sanded and painted you would never know there had been a giant hole in the wall. We are so happy to have this fixed. Now I don't have to explain to people what the box on the wall is anymore.

I took this shot because Hayward wanted to be on the blog again.

Be seeing you!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

We didn't forget the blog.

Hello readers! Eric and I would like to apologize for being such terrible bloggers. We have no good excuse and can only give you the truth: We are lazy. Not with the house, there are a lot of new things going on there. And not even with taking pictures, there are tons on the camera. We have just been lax about getting the pictures from the camera to the computer. No more! We are going to be better bloggers! We will post at least once a week from now on until we forget about our promise to post once a week.

With the apology out of the way, here is a quick little post to show you some new things around the house.

My friend Lauren brought these great Fish's Eddy (click on the link! You will want to buy everything!) glasses to me when she came to visit from New York.

Lauren has since become a permanent resident of the ATL. I plan to drink many long drinks out of these glasses with her, hopefully on a patio.

I saw these cats on the wall at Sauced and decided I had to have them. My sister-in-law bought me a set off of Ebay for Christmas.

They look like they were made for this spot!

We have a few more recent acqusitions as well.

We took a trip to Kudzu Antiques today and got this coffee pot.

It is in really perfect condition with only a small scratch at the very top.

We also got this trivet. Who doesn't need a teak fish?

Last weekend we went to I.C.E. Atlanta to see what crafty goodness we could find, and also to support our friend and neighbor who owns Fattycakes Handmade! This little guy that she made now resides on our sofa downstairs.

Eric's favorite addition/obsession to the house has been kittens from the local artist known as Catlanta. You can read about him here on CNN.

Well, that's all for now. Like I said, we have a ton more posts coming up with everything from new furniture to a new backyard.

See you soon (for real this time)!