Sunday, August 30, 2015

Summer & Fall Collide

It's the end of August and so many wonderful things are happening in the garden...like this:

Don't you just LOVE fresh produce?  My little garden has been good to us this season and I've been able to freeze some of it to enjoy this winter.

My flower gardens are flourishing.  If you remember, the cottage had absolutely no landscaping, so I had a blank slate.  Here are a few glimpses of the flowers:







Then my mum from last fall started to bloom:

And this showed up:

I've been enjoying Summer so much this year that I'm just not ready for Fall yet.  Like it or not, I'm afraid the two seasons are about to collide.  

How about you?  Are you ready for Fall or do you want to squeeze out a few more weeks of Summer?




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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Shutters...No Shutters

With the front door painted a bright, cheery yellow, it was time to paint the shutters and give the cottage a new look, until we took them off and discovered this:

Yes, my friends, that is rotten wood.  The shutters were original to the house and the only thing holding them together was the paint - MANY layers of paint.  It was time for a new plan.  

We could:
  • repair the original shutters - not a viable option.
  • make new wood shutters like the originals - a lot of work.
  • replace the shutters with a vinyl in a similar style.....
...and then we walked across the street and looked at the house.  My husband said, "You know, I kinda like this 'no shutters' look".  I immediately said, "no way!", but then we started to talk about it.  
We both agreed if there would be no shutters, the frame around the windows needed some color.  The shutters were going to be a dark blue, but we both agreed the window frames needed a lighter color. After looking at several paint chips, we decided on this:

Here are a couple of other views:


This story wouldn't be complete without a look at the cottage from when we first saw it:

Before:

After:

My neighbor described it as a "Country Cottage Look".  That's just what we were after.  

As you can see, we've also done a little work on the landscaping.  My husband recontoured the front lawn for better drainage.  Once that was done, I started planting the flower garden.  All of the perennials are off to a great start and I can't wait to see them next summer!

So there you have it. This project ended up being a complete surprise. Just so you know, we are talking about painting the window frames of the other windows and the frame around the side porch door - in case you were wondering!

Tell me what you think - Shutters? or No Shutters?

Thanks for stopping by - have a great week!




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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Shut the Front Door!

Everytime I did, I thought, "Man, this thing needs help!" and help it got:
I chose a bright, cheery yellow.
Here's the "before" shot:

If you've been following, you'll remember the rescreening project - which was just the beginning.  You can read that story HERE.  The rest of the door needed some TLC, which is evidenced here:

After scraping and sanding...

Did I mention the scraping?
The driveway was a mess!

After finishing the screen door, the main door also needed some attention.  It didn't need a lot of scraping and sanding, but it did need an update - it was white:

Not anymore!


The transformation is striking, don't you think?

From here, we're moving on to the shutters.  My hubby has been painting the house, so stay tuned for the cottage's new look!

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Frame Redone & the Original Owners

UPDATE:
We had a visit from the niece and nephew of the original owners of our house. Tim had seen a lot of the work we've done, but this was the first time his sister had been here since we bought it. When she saw the photo of their aunt & uncle in the dining room she blew them a kiss, turned to me, with tears in her eyes, and said, "Thank you for having them here". 
It touched my heart... 

Keep in mind, this couple built this house in 1931 and were the only people to live in it previous to us.  Fran lived to be 101 and was loved by all who knew her.  We feel honored to live in their house.

I thought I'd share a little bit of history along with a recycled frame. Apparently, there is entirely too much light in the dining room, because it was impossible to get a good shot of this frame and photo - glare everywhere!

Meet the original owners of The Cottage:

This was the only angle that had very little glare.

Here's a close-up of the pic:

Meet Fran and Ernie, the original owners of our home.  This photo was take in the living room in 1961.  How do I know that? The original photo had a date on the back and there is a piece of the carpet in the attic. Pretty cool, huh?

We purchased the home from their estate.  That's right, they were the only owners - until us!  We've learned so much about them and the cottage from their nephew - it was built in 1940, they had no children, Ernie passed away in the '80s and Fran lived to be 101 years old.

It was only right to have a photo of them in this house and I wanted a pretty frame.  I found this one at a flea market:
Not so pretty...

especially that velour ribbon - which peeled right off!

All it needed was a can of spray paint:
and the transformation was complete.

So much better!

The photo is an a plain frame and is surrounded by this, more ornate frame.  The perfect way to honor the couple that built and loved this home for so many years!

We continue to learn bits and pieces about them and the history of this house.  For instance, they had a wedding reception in the basement (see that space HERE) and used to have wonderful parties.  I wish I could have met them, they must have been fun people.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed hearing a little more about the cottage.  Now I must get back to work on the front door.  Yes, it's getting a fresh coat of paint...stay tuned to see what color we finally chose!

Have a great week!

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