Monday, November 29, 2010

The Work Has Begun...

The work has begun to make this...

Look *something* like this... (which I rendered in photoshop)
We found someone to help us do the work for a very good price so things are moving much quicker than if we were doing a straight DIY.

First, the scraping & sanding...(which took about a week)
Looking rough, huh?

Then, Chris and Charles the Painter spent a Saturday putting up some additional trim work...
(don't worry, we'll add that last little piece up top after we fix the gable)

...While Bei and I worked on the shutters...

Then, Charles the Painter pressure washed the house...
and accidentally discovered that we have really pretty flagstone walkways and patio in the back (under a bunch of dirt)!  Who knew!?

Anyway, back to the house...
Next, Charles the Painter primed (most of) the house...

And then...




drumroll, please...






Charles the Painter went on vacation.  





But never fear, the improvements continued...

Over the Thanksgiving long weekend...Chris and his dad (and I) were hard at work.  

They removed the wraught iron...

(can I get an amen!?!)

...replaced rotten wood, and started building new columns, which meant that our house was temporarily suspended by 2x4s...scary.  

Huge improvement, right?

But the gable needed replacing...

I kept myself busy by adding more color to our front door, painting & rigging our porch swing, staining & building our shutters, and priming wood boards.  

At the end of the weekend, I think we accomplished a lot!  

This week, we'll work on getting up the new wood railings, and then awaiting Charles the Painter's return for our spiffy new paint job!

Wahoo!  

So remember, we started out with this...

Spruced it up to this...

But it currently looks like this...

And now, we're going for something like this...

Check back in for more updates!





5 comments:

  1. exciting! wrought iron is only okay in New Orleans, and although your street has a New Orleans-y name, I was never buying it. this is much much better!

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  2. Oh my gosh I LOVE it!!! It looks amazing! You guys did such a great job...can't wait to see the finished product!

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  3. it is going to be beautiful!!! yall have definitely bathed this house in love!!!
    kthjbbnyhvfvgkb,;l97jbmkj8jhhhhhbkbjiugghgihukgnb (from Ella)

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  4. wow, Sara! It looks great. I need to do a drive by soon.

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  5. So exciting!!
    It looks great!

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