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    Shiplap song

    We love the Christmas season.  We are those people who listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving.  Some of our favorites being: “Joy to the World”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, and “O Holy Night”, just to name a few.   So, how is it that one of my least favorites was stuck in my brain during this glorious Christmas and shiplap season? To the tune of Jingle Bells chorus: 🎵 Shiplap walls, shiplap walls,  🎵 shiplap all the way 🎵 Oh what fun it is to see 🎵 the shiplap on the walls, hey! 🎵 Shiplap walls, shiplap walls,  🎵 shiplap all the way 🎵 Oh what fun it is to…

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    Clinging to our vision

    Quality restoration takes time.  We did a little personalizing/decorating to stay focused and optimistic as we cling to our vision for this project.  I love this HELLO on our front door.  Thank you Laura Marcello from Slaybel clings (sold via Etsy).  Her clings are advertised for special occasion glasses, but we think they bring a special touch to so much more.  Such as this fun “Hello”.  Everyone who comes to our door will be greeted by the Hello of this bold and creative font. In addition to the window I asked her to create a cling for my trash bin. It will be nice when friends come over and don’t…

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    Appreciating modern conveniences

    We are calling our design style “Modern Farmhouse”.  What that means is that we want to keep the integrity of the original style but are bringing it up to date.   “I ran the dishwasher today” is probably not something significant enough for you to announce as an accomplishment of your usual day.  That is the announcement I received when I got home.  For us it was significant. It was an announcement of clear and present progress! The invention of the dishwasher dates back to 1850 when they were prohibitively expensive and highly unreliable.  Miele introduced the first domestic dishwasher with an electric motor during the postwar boom (50’s).  However, it…

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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…