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After a pretty long break from posting updates on the blog (sorry!), I finally shared some “after” pictures of our exterior paint last week, along with the list of related “add-on” projects we completed to help spruce up the outside of the house.

As a quick refresher, here’s a “before” and “after” of the front:





Big difference, right?

And, while it feels like we’ve been working on this project to update the exterior of the house for a really long time and it’s come a long way, we still have a few things remaining.

So, as for what’s left, the list is (thankfully!) getting shorter.  Here goes!

1)  Window Boxes.


The old window boxes.

We REALLY need to find some new window boxes for the front of the house (and, of course, plant some flowers).  The ones that are there now just aren’t cutting it – they don’t match the paint very well, they’re plastic with plenty of cracks and chips, and I’ve always thought they’re too small for the windows.  I’ve been looking at all of the local garden centers without much luck.  Seems like plastic window boxes are about all you can find around here.  So, I’ve got a couple more places to look locally before probably breaking down and paying a small fortune to order some composite ones online.


2)  Finish Storm Windows and the Front Door.

The painters are done with the house and garage (yippee!), but they still have our ~40 storm windows at their shop.  They’re being primed, painted, and re-glazed.  And, since this is being used as filler work in between their other jobs, it is going really slowly.  I talked to them a couple days ago and they said they were about half way done.  The goal is for all of the storms to be back on the house by the first week of August.  And, when they come back to put the storms back on the house, they are also planning to put another coat of sealer on the front door.  These are the only paint-related tasks remaining … and I am so looking forward to crossing them off the list!


3)  Rubber Roof for the Front Porch.


Those soffit and trim boards in the corner are super soft. Water has probably been leaking straight through the roof and coming out in that corner.

This is the summer of porch roofs, I guess.  While painting the soffit area on the front porch, the painter found a really soft, wet spot that looked to be the result of a roof leak.  We knew we were probably living on borrowed time with that porch roof since it was jacked up to be more level prior to starting work on our entry way addition.  It’s currently covered in a rolled roofing material and water does sit on it after a good rain, so it’s no wonder that it’s leaking.  We have a roofer scheduled to come out the first week of August to install a new rubber roof.  Then, we’ll have a few water-damaged soffit/trim boards to replace and a little touch up paint before we can consider it done.


4)  Re-install hardware on the back storm door.


When the painter was working on the back storm door, I made what seemed like a great decision at the time and told him to go ahead and remove the hardware on the door and patch the holes so we could get something that would look more appropriate on the door.  (The old hardware was a cheap replacement kit that looked totally out of place on our wooden storm door.)  That sure seemed like a great idea to me at the time.  But, now it’s been probably about a month and we still have no hardware on the storm door.  I’m sure it’ll be one of those “that was easy – why did we wait so long?” projects when we finally do it … but, right now, it’s just one more thing on the to-do list.  And, in the meantime, the door is a little impractical to use.


5)  Mulch/Rock.


Ugh – I think we will still be finding paint chips in 5 years!

We need to do something with the flower beds around the house.  New mulch … or maybe new rock.  We’re not sure.  They were mulched, but it’s been a few years since we’ve put any fresh material down … and most of what was left was raked up with all of the piles of paint chips.  So, there’s really not much covering the flower beds at the moment and the weeds are loving it.  Clearly it’s time to do something different.  We love the look of fresh mulch, but we feel like rock is less maintenance in the long run, so we’re debating.  Hopefully we can make a decision and get something down by the end of the summer, though!


6) Fix the back patio area.


This has been an eye sore for a long time.  We clearly don’t use the space, but between the railing that rusted through and fell off a few years ago and the mildewy tile floor that seems to come apart more every season, it’s time to do something about it.  We would love to start on this project yet this summer, but I guess we’ll see.  If we don’t get there, it’ll still be waiting for us next spring, I’m sure!


Anyway, that pretty much brings us up-to-date on the painting project that wound up including a whole lot of updates in addition to just painting.  We’re definitely in the home stretch now – and let’s just say that I’m really looking forward to the day when we can cross the “Update the Exterior” project off our list!  (That day will come, right?)  :)

Entry Way Project Update

The new front porch and entry area has really started to take shape in the last several days.  It’s looking so different now, so I thought it was time to post some updated photos.

Last week, several more coats of primer and paint went on the exterior of the new entry way addition and the first coats of finish went on the new mahogany front door:

The New Front Door & Porch

There’s still at least one more coat of paint planned on the new siding and deck boards.  The facia boards on the front porch (along with the footings that are now painted black) will also get a fresh coat of white paint, which we think will help the footings disappear into the shape of the porch.  Color wise, we decided to stick with white for the siding and trim and picked a medium gray color (Sherwin Williams Pewter Cast) for the deck boards.  With the first few coats of paint on the new columns, siding, and porch, we’re really starting to see what the new addition is going to look like when it’s done – it’s exciting to see it start to come together!

Inside, the plaster work was completed a couple of weeks ago and painting started at the end of last week after the plaster had had a chance to dry enough.  The ceilings and closets have all been painted white.  For the walls of the entry way, we picked a blue/gray color (Sherwin Williams Aleutian) that we’re hoping will look nice against the gray tiles.  We had originally planned to paint the walls a little bit different shade that was a little more muted and not so blue (Sherwin Williams Steely Gray), but decided that it might actually look too much like the gray floor tiles that we picked out, so we changed our selection at the last minute.

The second coat went on the walls today and I’m really happy with the way it looks.  Here’s a picture I took tonight – it’s a little hard to see the color since we don’t have good lighting in the room just yet, but you can get the idea:

Entry Way Paint Color

This week, there has been a lot of progress on our entry way addition and front porch project.

On Monday, the rest of the porch flooring was primed and installed.  I’m so excited to see the finished flooring, but I haven’t managed to get a picture of it yet … the time change is making it hard to get exterior pictures before it turns dark!  I’m hoping to get some good pictures of the progress on the exterior of the addition over the weekend.

Earlier in the week, wallboard was also installed on the interior of the entry way and the plasterer came today to put up the first coat of plaster on the walls.  The addition is really starting to take shape – it’s always amazing how much of a difference wall board makes in defining what the room will look like.  Here are a couple of pictures of the progress so far:

Wallboard and Plaster in the Entry Way

The Ceiling and Coat Closet

We have a couple of fans running tonight to help this coat dry and the plasterer will be back tomorrow to complete the top coat.  We decided to do the walls and ceilings all with a smooth finish to match what we have everywhere else in the house.

Also this week, we made some decisions about the interior doors for the new space.  Our original plan was to reuse a couple of the old doors – the old glass front door was going to be used in the doorway between the kitchen and the new entry way and the old bathroom door (that’s being closed up with this project) was going to be used as the pantry closet door.  From the beginning, we knew there was a chance that the doors would have to be re-worked some in order to be re-used in the new locations, but we expected that those would be modifications that we would be able to make.

With the framing complete now, it’s become obvious that the old doors are both significantly large than the openings we’d planned to use them in and the difference would be to large to be able to modify the door to fit the opening.  So, we made the decision at the beginning of the week to order new doors for these two locations as well as for the new coat closet (which we had planned to order new doors for all along).

We decided that it was important to us that the closet doors match the rest of the doors in the house since they will a fairly prominent part of the new entry way.  The doors we have elsewhere in the house are four panel doors, but the design of them isn’t something available anymore, so the two closet doors will be custom made to match the existing doors.  Here’s a picture of the door design we will be matching for the french doors for the coat closet:

Existing Door Panel Design

For the door between the kitchen and the entryway, we decided on a standard 15 pane glass door that will be very similar to the old front door that we were planning to re-use, but the right size for the opening.  And for the pantry closet door, since it’s so narrow (only about 18″ wide), we decided to go with a standard two panel design similar to the one below, which we’re thinking will look like the narrow version of the 4-panel doors we have everywhere else:

Two Panel Door Design

We’re pretty excited to see the completion of the plaster work tomorrow and the new doors when they’re ready in a few weeks.  Things are really seeming like they’re starting to progress more quickly as far as the finish work on the inside of the addition – the floor tile should be in next week and there’s not much left after that!