I found this idea on Pinterest.
and made this with a leftover board and paints. I bought the letters at a local craft store. I have one in the works that will say NOEL and Ho!Ho!Ho! They are about four feet tall and I can’t wait to lean them up on the front porch.
I am glad I found some use for these old fascia boards and half cans of paint. I prefer to reduce, reuse, recycle before sending it all the a landfill. Soon though, I am going to have to clean up my yard and anything I cannot reuse will have to go. I have already donated what I can to Habitat for Humanity and to friends for their Misc. projects. We are thinking about renting a wood chipper and reduce the non treated boards into mulch. If that ever comes to fruition, I will come back with a follow up post. Over the next few weeks I will post some of the things I made with the construction leftovers.
Happy early Christmas!
Last weekend, we decided to tackle the jungle bush in the front yard. Unfortunately, the azaleas could not be saved. After digging deep, we found a huge wisteria vine and poison ivy ropes bigger around than my thumb. We got tired of battling the ivy and always having to cut it back, so we pulled everything up! That did not go over very well with our neighbors since they know the azaleas have been here 50+ years.
We decided that the only way to get rid of all of the wisteria and poison ivy, we had to take it all up. Here is the base of the wisteria vine!
Here is the after pic. We are going to wait until next spring to plant the flowerbeds. This is what it will look like until then.
Yesterday, I decided to paint the top of the porch rail black. I like how it came out. I procrastinated for so long because I could not envision it. It is not easy to paint over black if you change your mind. But, I am very pleased with the outcome.
It now looks like this!!!!!!!! TA DA!!!!!!!!!
The porch rail was built by Steven out of leftovers from the front porch boards that we cut down last year. We have a pile of them! I really like the pattern. The 4×4 posts were leftover from our fence project from almost 2 years ago. We only bought the post anchors, the solar caps (which are really neat by the way) and the pocket hole jig to mount it. Our back rail cost a grand total of….drumroll….$40! Woot woot! The rail we took down was not the original rail and it was rotted in many places. Instead of trying to match the back porch to the front porch, we decided to update it and give it a more modern deck look. I love it!
To see the evolution of the back porch, you can click here, after that it looked like this: click here
We used to wonder why the master bedroom was the only room in the house carpeted. That was until we cut a piece out and looked underneath. It appears that the old, old, old carpet backing was stuck to the hardwood floor. (Maybe 1940ish?). We hemmed and hawed for a while until we just decided that easiest thing would be to replace the carpet. Sure, we could move everything out the room and try for a couple weeks to scrape, sand, and glare this crazy carpet pad off the wood. But, in all honesty…I’m just tired and have way more things to do (like graduate this Spring) so we elected to just replace the carpet. Yesterday, the crew came and took out the horrific carpet (blue! Ugh… Not to mention all the contractors trooped in and out with their muddy shoes through that door while working on the house) and replaced it with a beautiful cafe au lait Stainmaster. It is divine. I think I am prouder of this project than any other to date–andi did nothing but pay for it (oh and breathe down their necks a little…hehe).
I am so pleased! Soon, I’m gonna call the interior done! We are right at 95% complete. Have some trim and ceiling paint to do, but other than that, I finally have a tool free, organized, remodeled, rebuilt,fully functional house!
Anyway…here are the pictures from yesterday.
I guess I did do one thing….I painted the vents to match the carpet.
So the poly is dry and I painted the trim. Besides a couple touch up paint spots, I am almost ready to move the furniture back in and hang our family pictures. To be continued….
Today, I was able to finally finish putting poly on the back part of the hall. I did not take any pics. It looks just like the ones a couple posts down. When it is all dry and I move my furniture back in, I will take pics of the final project. I want to install my pew and picture rail first.
Any-who…in between drying times, I caulked the front hall wainscot to ready it for paint. I also pulled out quite a few misc. boards for holiday and other projects. Here is my line up:
A couple of them I’m turning in to holiday decor for the porch. I distress painted them and I’m going to put JOY and NOEL in red letters on them. I will lean them on the front porch.
One of the other smoother boards I am going to make into an oversized chalkboard. Kinda like this one I saw, but much larger.
I also took some of the old 100 year old wall boards (that were taken down in order to add our bathroom) and made a low hanging coat/book sack rack for the kids. The top piece is a leftover piece of baseboard painted with chalkboard spray paint from Lowes. I will probably write on it too. The knobs were some ugly brass ones I took off of my night stands when I painted them many moons back. I painted them with spray paint leftover from some project or other. The coat hooks are from Target and the chalkboards are from Hobby Lobby.
Steven painstakingly primed the new back porch rail he built. It took him allll day just to prime them….ick. I also pulled up all the horrifically ugly floor registers and cleaned, rust primed and painted them.
Overall, it was a very productive day and I’m pleased with what we accomplished.
Thanks for stopping by…or sticking with us! It’s been a long road, hasn’t it?
Here are pictures inside the attic. Someone left a comment that there was a back dormer at one point. None of my records reflect that, and the carpentry does not reflect it either.
The first picture is of another dormer in the front of the house. It is really big, and leaves a really big footprint. When you go to the back of the house, in the attic, none of the carpentry in that area of the roof has ever been changed. It is all original to the house, has never been refitted. There is no discoloration of the wood where you would expect to see newer wood (newer than 100 years old) grated into the old. The supports and cross wood that make up the roof, are all the same color and thickness as the rest of the 100 year old roof. There are a couple places in other areas where you can see work was done. But, this entire back portion of the house is intact as it was built 100 years ago. Also when viewing the floor, underneath the piece of plywood there is no dormer footprint.
I really enjoy when people tell me stories about my house. Of course, since I’m investigative, I always check them out. Thank you Mr. Smith for commenting, but I really do not think this house ever had a back dormer.