So I didn't get a chance to cook this weekend, it probably won't happen until the fridge comes (fingers crossed the end of the week, it's now been 2 1/2 weeks since I ordered it because apparently it is being "made"). But we made a lot of progress in getting rid of the junk from the backyard and hanging an old door that our friend gave to us (thanks B!). The shed in the back had been filled with junk from the former owner. It's taken us 1 1/2 years to go through it and finally sort out what we want to keep. There were a few good finds in there, apparently I have been an owner of 5 shovels for the past couple years. Who knew? There's no dirt to shovel, but who cares! Also found a large piece of astro turf! Wow....that's really all that can be said there. That was left out for trash the other day. I kept hoping some frat boy would pick it up and intall it on his fire escape, but then I remembered there's a dirth of frat boys in greenpoint.
It was a huge relief to get all this stuff out of the shed and sorted. We have a lot to take to the green building place in Long Island City on Saturday. Shed is now clear enough for us to get stuff out from the house (gardening supplies, etc) and gives us more room to actually start bringing stuff downstairs to the kitchen.
So as you can see the yard is a big concrete pit, we're hoping to have enough motivation to stucco over the cinder blocks this summer to create a more inviting space. That and some seating and plants and it will look a lot different.
As I mentioned above we also got a really cool door for our bathroom from a friend. It clearly needs stripping - we'll do that sometime, probably when I get fed up with the pink. For the time being it creates much needed privacy between kitchen and bathroom as well as a sound barrier for washer/dryer. This is view from the inside of the bathroom.
And a view from the kitchen. Two colors!
Our next goals, get the inside of the cupboards lined in cork, so we can start bringing some of our cooking stuff down, then we need to sort out counters and shelving.