Before, After, Next?

It’s always good to remind yourself where you’ve come from… House upgrades are no exception.  I have been saying for years that I would scan the pictures I took before buying my house, and I finally did it!  I must say, they are as frightening now as they were 13 years ago, and they’ve given me some perspective as we prepare to paint the house and add curb appeal.

So, what’s next for the journey of the outside of this house?  Well, some dark taupe paint will start us off.  I am still debating on some parts, but I want to paint the vent at the top of the house white.  I also want to move the horizontal white board up, so that I can beef up the molding around the windows.  I am thinking of adding window boxes, and I plan to add a tiny accent piece of trim around the windows in the color of the front door… which will be a lovely yet difficult to describe shade of blue. I would also eventually like to cover the concrete walkway and the concrete base of the porch in something… probably slate tile.  What do you think?  I can’t wait to get started.

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Time to Get to Work!

Deck BeforeI couldn’t be more excited that this weekend is not supposed to be a total washout because it means we can get started on the deck and the trim on the house!!  As you can see, we have a pretty big deck upstairs and a small deck downstairs.  The upstairs deck was finished with solid stain several years ago, and (as you can see in the pictures) the stain on the floor boards failed within months… though it is still hanging on nicely to the vertical surfaces.  Needless to say, we will not be using solid stain… ever again.  The tough part is that if we wanted to redo the entire deck in semi-transparent stain, we would have to get every speck of the solid stain off.  Because I have less than zero interest in using stripper ten feet in the air and on the underside of the deck, we’ve decided to strip the floor and paint the rest!  We plan to go with white for the painted part and a nice wood color for the floor.  We shall see tomorrow how well the stripping process works!  If nothing else, all of the scrubbing will be good exercise.  I know, it sounds like an awful job, but I try to go with Monty Python and always look on the bright side of life. 🙂

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First Blog Post!

1999 to 2013
1999 to 2013

Why a blog?  I remember when I bought the house above, 13 years ago, and I remember showing it to a bunch of people who were trying really hard to look encouraging.  Some of them later told me they had been afraid for my sanity when they first saw the house.  I guess to most people, a bathroom ceiling that’s falling out and a rotten, 10 foot tall deck with no railing seems like a bad investment, but I looked right past that to see what it could be.  I had a lot of help getting the house to be liveable, since I am lucky enough to come from a long line of carpenters.  Back then I was more into baking than hammering, but somewhere along the road I realized that I love to get my hands dirty.  I began to want things that I wasn’t willing to pay a lot for, so I decided to learn whatever skills I needed to make my visions reality.  I started to love power tools and doing things that “girls can’t do,” and I realized that tackling and finishing a difficult project is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling feelings in the world.  Idealistic though it may be, I hope to help inspire visitors of this blog to tackle their own projects and follow their own passions so that they might get a bit of that awesome feeling.

I am currently bursting with ideas for continuing the transformation of my humble abode, and I plan to document those projects here.  First up is painting and adding curb appeal, despite the lack of ability to see the house from any curb, to the house.  I have never been a fan of the outside of the house, so I have challenged myself with creating an outside I can love.  Before the end of the year, I also plan to revamp the kitchen… again, and I am sure there will be art projects and who knows what else along the way.  I invite you to check back often to see how things are going. Thanks for visiting!

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