Wednesday, September 25, 2013

More Exterior Siding Shots, In Case You Thought I Was Done or Something

Since Dad went home from his whirlwind tour of house painting at my place, I've kept plugging along on the project in between music lessons, college rugby matches, and keeping the local Lowe's in business single-handedly.

I also had a hard time facing the white blank square of a new blog post, so I just started it with a purty picture. Namely, these mums I picked up for the front door. I love the spicy smell. I wish blogs came in smell-O-vision. At least for this photo. 

I'm out of practice writing for pleasure, and that's a weird place to be for me. It's like forgetting how to eat chocolate, or why you like napping. How does that even happen? So it's just the mum shot and me typing along hoping I still can do this. I think it's the VOCs from the paint. 

I promised some progress photos last time I posted. Here we go: 

Please ignore the drought-condition hideousness of my lawn. Can you believe this siding is almost 75 years old? 

I think the change is pretty astounding. The house now looks like it fits on its foundation: 

The green highlights the colors in the brick, rather than fighting with it like the mauve-y beige did. The paint drips on the brick are from someone else's previous job, and I'm trying to decide whether to remove it, or camouflage it with brick-colored paint. 

Just to give readers a reference, here's a (slightly wonky) photo taken in April 2011 right before I closed on the house:

And again: 

The deck still drives me bonkers. From the street level it really blocks the view of the front door area. Previously this house had brick front patio steps to match the foundation. Why, why, why did they tear that off?

I did get some paint slapped on the shutters, but haven't had time to mount them on the windows yet. The honey gold is perfect with the green--it's somehow both light and rich, and I can't wait to see them all painted and up. That funky (and not in the good way) black box on the little table pictured below is my mailbox (lying down flat). I have a new one on order, and it will hang just under the house number plaque. I kept everything small, simple, traditional, and black, because it's a little traditional Cape Cod. 

As good as this all looks, it's still in progress. I've moved around to the south side. The paint there is positively baked. 

I also tore off a storm window on the front of the house by myself, and it went.....well. I'm not sure where I got the idea I could be up a ladder, holding onto a 30 lb. aluminum and glass storm window with one hand and prying it off the face frame with a crow bar in the other hand. The last stripped screw gave way with a sudden pop, and then there were a few moments I'm glad cameras were not rolling and that my mind vacated the situation. If it had been there, I'm sure it would have been saying "Holy ;qalweirjoaidnf;alskenr! Crowbar bad glass ow #$#%$#%."

I ended up with the storm window dumped/dropped/flung off the frame, me still on the ladder (I think that was the most important upside to all of this), and the storm window on the ground UNBROKEN (I taped the panes). I have no idea how that happened, only I am glad it did. I also barked the skin off both sets of knuckles, got a bruise on my hand, and a small cut on my left arm. 

Here's a cell phone shot I took shortly after. It looks eerily calm compared to the desperate moments I had on the ladder just seconds before. 

I sat down for a few moments just to ponder in silent awe my stupidity and then concluded that this was a four-handed job. Um.....DUH. I also sulked a great deal, because I want to do this stuff on my own, and can't. Sigh. I need to scrape and repaint the face frame of the window. I've got a new storm window on order, and most important, with emphasis added, a handyman lined up to install the new one. Because I don't have four hands. And I'd like to survive the summer. 

Which just frees me up for more scraping on the south side of the house. That I can handle-- physically, if not psychologically. 

Are we done yet? 


  1. When removing aluminum storm windows, it really helps to remove the glass windows and screens leaving just the frame to remove from the house.

    What kind of storm window are you going to use.....wood?

    1. I'll admit this wasn't a good one to tackle on my own, since the panes of glass were so jammed into the tracks they couldn't be removed. I'll be doing that with the rest. I'll be replacing them with new white aluminum storms. Probably not as historically accurate as wood storms, but I need something less expensive and more weatherproof.

  2. The green looks WONDERFUL! It looks like it's a brand new house. I love the color of the shutters, too. Can't wait to see how they look when they're up! Oh, and I love the flowers, too.

    I'm so glad you (mostly) survived the storm window incident.

    1. Thanks, Janelle! I keep plugging along. Big changes take time. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who likes it. The encouragement keeps me going!

  3. It's just so amazing, the difference paint can make. And amazing what you're getting done (mostly) by yourself. Cheering you on from Oregon!

    1. So good to see your comment here. I've missed you! (No blogger pressure, just good will there :)

  4. WOW!! That looks terrific! I love, love, love the color of the house and the color of the shutters. Don't feel bad about the storm window--I did the same thing a few years ago and still have the scar on my right arm.

    1. Thanks. I've gotten lots of positive sidewalk commentary from passersby, and that helps.

      I'm thinking I can sweet talk my college student son to come home for a Sunday to help his mom, and that's how the rest of the storm windows are going to come off. I've learned my lesson. I can be stubborn, but I try not to be foolish. Some times. ;)

  5. Ordinarily I'm not a fan of green but I've got to say the house looks great and I can't wait to see it with the shutters installed. I think a big part of what makes the deck look so bad is the railings, specifically the number of balusters. I think it would improve the look of the deck if you could remove some of the balusters. I believe that code calls for no more than 4 inches between them, so you might be able to remove every other one or something similar.