I've been channeling all of my energy into other projects lately, and this sad little blog has fallen by the wayside. Sorry!
Yesterday BJ and I got a good start on painting the porch. I did the posts (which are turned wood, so they have lots of little groovies in them, and it was a lot harder than I expected) the soffit across 2/3 of the house (insane people built our house, and there are a bunch of different layers of wood that make up that part, too), and the trim around the garage door. I was just about to start on the ceiling under the porch when BJ decided that we're going to replace the original-to-the-house aluminum siding under there. It's cracked and old and really needs to go.
We went to Lowe's and while they do have vertical vinyl siding, it would look screwy, so we're going to use a concrete product that I'm kind of excited about. Anyone have any experience with this stuff? We'll be able to preserve the "board and batten" look of the front porch without using actual wood (which would swell and rot and require painting and blah blah blah). I wish we'd known about it before we re-sided most of our house (we still have one side of the upstairs, above the garage, to finish. Eventually).
Meanwhile, I also got new curtains for the front room (white sheers, to let in more light this winter!) and moved the brown ones into our room. I got a new headboard for our room, too. I got a heck of a deal on Woot.com. I need to find new lamps for our bedroom, and some sort of art to go over the bed. Monica is coming over tomorrow and we are going to see what we can make. Arts and Crap! Yay!
If I ever find lamps for our room that I don't hate, I'm going to move the ones that are in there into the living room. The advantage of using the same few colors all over the house (blue, light brown, dark brown...) is that I can move everything around as needed. That and I suck at matching colors, and you can mix blues and browns without it looking crappy (as opposed to reds which have variations in the orange direction or the blue direction, or greens which go yellow to blue - you can't mix those as easily, or I can't, anyway).
I also need to find a new curtain for the kitchen because I hate the one that's there, but that's not an emergency. The kitchen is painted a very light green. I think I may just go with off white in there.
I'm trying to decide if we should paint the front door cranberry and get cranberry shutters, or if we should stick with the white door and black shutters. We need to replace 5 out of 6 of the sets of shutters on the house, anyway, so if we're going to change color, now's the time.
Do I have a picture of the front of the house?? Somewhere, but heck if I can find it. It's too dark to go out and take one. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.
Decorators? Leave your comments!