Last weekend, we tore down the front porch. Let me be more clear. The Mister and his father tore the front porch down.
If you follow me on Vine or Insta (Rachael__Anne) you saw the carnage and it was beautiful. Over the next few weeks we got big things happening. Here’s a photo with the project lists’ corresponding letters.
A: Trim the two plants on the left of the house.
B: Seed this area. It’s dirt right now from the massive pile we had earlier this summer.
C: Remove this gutter. This is not needed anymore as it was the downspout from the gutter around the porch.
D: Replace the storm door. If you want it, email me.
E: The fascia is being replaced and new 6″ gutters are being put across the front of the house. Then, an awning will be installed.
F: Replace tiles and fix some of the chips. Then, paint it.
G: We’ve been told by more than one person that the top of the window is weatherproof. However, we want to be super sure. So, we have a tarp over it and will be brainstorming a way to cap it.
H: Paint! This is happening in the next two weeks.
I: Plant something here. We’re thinking “monkey grass.”
J: These are some of the boxwoods that we planted. I’ll share the rest of the landscape later.
K: Window boxes need to be made and installed
L: Shutters need to be made and installed
Many thanks to The Mister and his father. They worked hard.
If anyone is interested in the porch supports, email me.
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That’s right – hell. We’re telling our kitchen to rest in hell, not in peace. Our new kitchen cabinets are being installed the week of February 20. Unfortunately, I’m on the road every week until then. So, I’ve helped The Mister on the weekends and we prepped it some when I was in the week of January 16. I have mixed feelings about him doing “the demo.” Part of me really wants in on it while another part of me is concerned about getting a splinter. Here is a photo he sent me last night after he took down the crown molding.
He’s having to remove the molding as our new custom cabinets are going to the ceiling. Of course, we’ll share more photos of the kitchen. What it looked like, what the demo looked like, what we did and how we did it. First, I’m telling you why we’re so enthusiastic about
killing replacing it.
1. I called it “The Kitchen of Many Colors.” The counters were blue laminate. The cabinets were light oak that I painted – twice. The dishwasher was black, the oven was white and the fridge was stainless (we bought it). The walls were a mix of browns and beige -as seen above. The vinyl was white with a light blue pattern that had multiple stains.
2. It was groddy. There is a reason you haven’t seen many photos of our kitchen. I believe this is it. I was fearful that y’all would call the Humane Society for The Colonel. The counters had mystery stains and cuts/chunks. The paint on the walls was peeling off. We’ve had to scrape the walls for months. They’ve been partially since 2009. Our kitchen has looked like/has been a Work Zone for years. It’s been clean, but it has definitly looked dirty.
3. The Magic Chef oven lost his magic. We were left with two burners and one of the remaining two was temperamental. Plus, with all the different finishes on our appliances it was a little odd-looking.
4. Cabinets were falling off the wall. Seriously. Two came off the wall. One was the large pantry that was a single floor to ceiling unit. We were prepared for it and basically “put it down.” Every time we walked through the kitchen it would wobble, even after The Mister and my father had worked on it. Finally, we decided it falling down was too much to risk. So, down it came about two years ago. Under the cabinet we found a different patch of vinyl. You’ll see photos the next few weeks of what I’m talking about. Then, one night a few months ago the cabinet containing our dishes came down. The cabinets falling down didn’t surprise us after taking them down.
This photo has been our inspiration:
Mark Challen’s Handsome Bistro Kitchen
Photographer Donna Griffith
House & Home September 2011 issue
The pretty is on its way!
The pretty is on its way!
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