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Exterior Home Makeover…why did I wait so long?

The past several weeks have been a little crazy for me.  Not only was my first grandbaby expected but I was getting new vinyl siding.  No more blue house for me…or as the kids called it…the smurf house.  In the ’80s, country blue was big but honestly, it’s been out of style for a long time.  The decision to paint/repair or to buy new siding was a big economic commitment.  I finally made the decision…vinyl siding.

The kids were a little nostalgic about the change…no more smurf house!  I was excited to see my house transformed.  The results were amazing.

BEFORE…Smurf House
AFTER…Is that my house?

You know the old saying that once you start fixing one thing it leads to a host of other needed improvements.  I intended to paint the old garage door but after 15 minutes of scraping, I realized this door was not going to stay.  My garage was always dark and a door with windows was on my wish list. Voila! Home Depot had the solution.  Now when I walk into the garage, my first reaction is ‘I must have left the garage door open since it’s so light in here’ but realize the new door makes that much difference.

Every big job must have at least one issue and mine was the mailbox.  So what does a new siding job have to do with a mailbox you ask?  During a delivery of siding supplies, the workers knocked over my old mailbox.  It was vintage (meaning ready to be replaced anyway), so another trip to Home Depot for a brand-spanking new white mailbox and post.  The workers installed it for me while I was away at an appointment (bless their hearts!).  Only problem…it was installed hanging about 6-8″ over the sidewalk.  Needless to say, I didn’t want to be the owner of a mailbox that took out the neighborhood kids skating down the sidewalk.

Neighbor, Gary, to the rescue.  He was kind enough the next day to move it back to the safe zone for our neighborhood.  Now, I hope, I’m on the good side of the HOA and my neighbors.

This job now has me contemplating my next project…I think the smurf shed needs a transformation, too!

4 thoughts on “Exterior Home Makeover…why did I wait so long?

    1. I can’t imagine the work that went into painting the house. I painted the blue ceilings of the porches and after 3 coats (with primer), it could use another coat or two.


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