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    Putting on jeans and a T-shirt

    Quoting designer Deborah Osburn in reference to subway tile, “it’s become a classic, like jeans and a T-shirt”.  She said, “like jeans and a T-shirt, subway tile is a timeless, practical staple that goes with just about everything”.  “Subway tile” earned its name from its origin when it was first used in 1904 for the Manhattan subway. The designer was looking for a surface that would be easily cleaned.  The tiles were sanitary, glossy, and bright.  So today, as we approach 2020, we are reviving this charming 1925 farmhouse using subway tile. Our motive is the same, to create a timeless look with a surface that is bright and easy…

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    Putting on a chic skirt

    Almost done…time to finish the skirting, paint the door, and we will be inside for the winter for interior restoration.  The lattice deck skirt is traditional but we prefer the heartier and simpler look of the horizontal slat design we selected.  Note that all the horizontal skirting is repurposed from the previous porch deck.   With exception to the 2×2 balusters, the rebuilt porch is all repurposed from the previous porch and deck wood. Compared to the previous deck that consisted of short walls, narrow steps, and lattice; the new has widened steps, railing, starting posts, horizontal skirting, and column supports. It was time for this guy to take a well-deserved…

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    Rainy forecast

    “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain”. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   We love living in Washington State.  One of the many things we love about our state is how the beauty of the changing seasons is pronounced by the changing colors and temperatures.  With those seasons comes the rain. Today we are saying “rain, wait please!”   The forecast is for rain this week and we are wishing the rain away.  We need just a little more time to get the porch skirting finished and get the painting completed before the rain comes.  Then we will welcome the rain back.  

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    Friendly affirmations

    Restoring this house is a labor of love.  We are motivated by our vision for the day the house is fully restored and we stop calling it a house and call it home.  The progress is steady, but progress takes time.  We are in no way discouraged because we knew that this was going to be a large scale project.  None the less,  your words of encouragement in this long process have been inspiring and appreciated. Thank you to all of you who have given us encouragement via our blog or in person.  Many locals stopped at the house just to say hello and share words of support.  There’s been…

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    The Bluest Skies You’ve Ever Seen are in Seattle

    Do you remember that popular Perry Como song, The Bluest Skies You’ve Ever Seen are in Seattle? Give it a play if you aren’t familiar with it.  We remember it well, which is a reveal of our ages.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NUzNtqu3zQ Being on the outskirts of Seattle and wanting to keep the character and style of our porch, we painted the ceiling of the porch blue.  It is a popular choice to go with a turquoise shade but we wanted something more natural and went with what we referred to as “a warm true sky color”.  We literally took a picture of the blue sky on an early evening while we were…

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    We are primed and ready

    To be primed is to be ready and prepared for change. At the farmhouse, we are primed and ready to segue into the next season.  We have gotten a lot of positive feedback regarding our color choice. Thank you! We like it too.  This picture shows the primer painted on the concrete foundation. It’s fun to see what it would look like if we decided to paint the concrete the trim color but no, it’s not staying that way.  This is only the primer. Primer prior to final painting promotes durability, adhesion, and protects from uneven absorption. Taking the time to prime this concrete was necessary because it had never…

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    Sweet and Spicy

    Here is a preview of our new exterior paint. The trim color is called “bit of sugar”…sweet. The main house color is “peppercorn”…spicy This is only a preview because it is not finished yet.  We felt the need to get as much done as possible regarding exterior painting before the weather stifled progress, therefore; we had the exterior painted while we are still working on the porch. We are very pleased with the job our contractor did.  I’m sharing a picture of the new paint and a picture of the old at a time when we were snowed in working out our timing to get the house painted before the…

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    Rain, rain, go away…

    Remember that simple little song “rain, rain, go away, come again another day….”  That is a very old song that many of us remember from childhood.   That silly old rhyme comes to mind as we are waiting to get our exterior paint completed. Historically, this time of year there is typically only 20% chance of rainfall.  Why does it seem like that 20% is all summed within the days we want to paint our house? Not really, but it seems that way because we are excited to see the house painted. Painting in progress: Paul’s front porch progress.  Old decking will be replaced and repurposed: Truly, we love Washington State. …

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    Old is new again

    “Sooner or later everything old is new again”, quoting Stephen King. I am not a Stephen King fan. That’s not to say that he is not a good writer.  From what I am told, his writing is finely crafted. It is his genre that does not appeal to me, more specifically it scares me. There are a couple of people in my family who read all his work. That is how I have come to know his quote “sooner or later everything old is new again”.   For this old house, we are reviving what was left abandoned and neglected.  We are making the old new again.  One of many steps…

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    We are Falling behind

    Fall is definitely in the air.  The sunlight is showing itself later and the air is crisp.  We commiserate the waning of summer while enjoying the beauty of the leaves that cover the trail where we ride our bikes.  We are really not falling behind, we are embarking on the Fall season though.  We are actually feeling really good about our progress, yet the arrival of this new season does bring with it a sense of urgency.  We do think it was a good decision to prioritize the progress of the exterior so we can paint before Fall is in full swing. We love the colors the new season will…