Monday, May 25, 2009

A tired old house...

Our house looked pretty in pictures, as long as those pictures were taken from a distance. Like all old houses, if you looked closely, you could see the tell-tale signs of age, a wee bit of neglect and evidence of standing out in harsh weather over the years.

If you looked closely you could see small spots of rust on the gutters in some places

and outright holes in other places in the gutters from all the rust.

Where paint wasn't already wearing thin, it was blistering and cracking.

This grand ol' dame was in desperate need of a face lift, a bit of cleaning

a thorough scratching of all the places where paint was lose,

removal of the shutters to try on a whole new color for this face lift.

And no one was exempt from the hard labor!

It wasn't just the walls and gutters that needed attention,

the ceiling of the porch was also calling out for a cleaning, scratching and fresh coat of paint.

The floor of the front porch also demanded attention.
"People have been walking all over me for 70 years! I've had enough! I want the total spa treatment as well!" M was enlisted to address this and other areas of the house.

M got right to work priming and painting the once staid burgundy shutters a new beachy blue!

The ceiling of the porch went from a pale blue to a mint green....wait for it, wait for it, it's coming, the reveal is coming soon!


Anonymous said...

Mint green a very nice choice, cool & calm, a very peaceful color. Am waiting.:)

maeve said...

Are you ladies for hire?? Good gosh does my house need a face lift!! Looking forward to more pics!!

tshsmom said...

I know it's a lot of backbreaking labor, but doesn't it feel great to admire your progress at the end of the day?

We finished painting the kitchen and installed a new range hood this weekend. We can't stop looking at it from different angles. It really doesn't take much to entertain us. ;)

Vancouver Voyeur said...

Pat, we thought we were picking out a Caribbean blue for the ceiling, but once it got up there, it looked more green. I think it has something to do with the blue color mixing with the yellow wall color reflection.

Maeve, I don't think we could hire ourselves out, it was too painful. I really am either getting too old for this, or I'm really, REALLY out of shape. A little bit of both might actually be true.

Tshsmom, I know exactly what you mean. Our completion of the project is currently delayed by rain, but we keep going out front to admire our new fire engine red mailbox, our BRIGHT blue shutters and how clean and new everything looks. *sigh*

tweetey30 said...

Looks gorgeous from what I am seeing.. Thanks for sharing.. Now I want to reside our house even more but money is money right now..

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I look forward to seeing the "reveal"....I bet it will be Awesome...You both don't do anything Half-Way...!

Larena said...


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Thank you so much for your very thoughtful words...I wanted to email you, but I'm not sure I have the correct email...
If you would just e-me, I will answer:
myrtillo1984 AT yahoo DOT com