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We love DIY; that’s for real. (You know that already, because this blog.) But every now and then, we’ll run into a project where we find ourselves spiraling downhill, wasting time and arguing way, way more than the, uh, normal amount. Accusations fly, something will inevitably shatter in to pieces, frustrations grow, and pretty soon you’re wondering if it’s 5 o’clock because I could use a beer right about now!

And at some point along the way, you remember to cut your losses and move on.

On a side note, I had an amusing conversation with a friend this past weekend; she’s always said that she gets a kick out of the quirky banter between me and Scott – and by ‘quirky banter,’ I really mean strong, opinionated disagreements. (It’s out of love, really!) These two are a stubborn bunch, but can I just say? I appreciate the way that Scott challenges me. Most of the time.

In this particular case, I’m talking about our doors. Remember when it took us a day to install just one? (Which, by the way, swings beautifully!) But then we still had four more to go? Excited to just get on with our lives – and gain a bit of privacy while we were at it, let’s be honest here – we decided to just hire it out. This decision, of course, came at the price of a bit of ‘quirky banter,’ in which we weighed the pros and cons of cost vs. time, our current growing list of would-love-to-dos and can we afford it?

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But! If you figure that it takes us a day to install one, well, the math checks out that it would take us a good four days to finish the job. Not to mention that one of the doors needed to be shaved down, one of the doorways needed to be raised and another one needed a couple more 2x4s installed for a perfect fit. All of that sounded like our idea of a terrible time, and after a handful of phone calls and quotes (some outrageous, some so-so), we found Harry. He charged by the door (as opposed to the high hourly rates we’d been receiving), was ridiculously fair, and he had every last door installed in half a day.

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We’re still far from being finished, but man, Harry was worth every single, shiny penny.

What are the jobs you’ve found yourself saying no! to DIY?

  • caroline [the diy nurse] - June 2, 2014 - 8:15 AM

    Yeah with all those odd specifications I’d say you made the right decision! Yay for new and working doors! [and privacy ha]ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - June 2, 2014 - 8:31 AM

    We paid people to put on a new roof, install new windows, refinish the wood floors and install new countertops. Those are all things that we could have done ourselves, but not without a high price in blood, sweat and tears. We decided that it was worth the money to let someone else do these projects in a quarter or less of the time it would have taken us. Also, not having to purchase or rent new tools and equipment such as dumpsters meant that we really did not pay that much more than we would have for most of the jobs.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2014 - 9:21 AM

      You said it best – sometimes a job is not worth the high price of blood, sweat and tears! Not to mention, we’re still learning to balance work vs. time away… In some cases, hiring it out makes the most sense.ReplyCancel

  • Elly - June 2, 2014 - 8:46 AM

    High five Harry (and for the relief of having beautifully swinging doors!) :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - June 2, 2014 - 9:02 AM

    Good call! Half a day vs. 4+ days makes much more sense. For us, we hired out for doing our carpet removal/installation, our electrical/asbestos issues (you kind of have to for that kind of thing), and of course for big stuff like our furnace/AC replacement. It would take so much longer (and create so much more stress) to try and figure that stuff out ourselves when others are more qualified and can ensure accurate results.ReplyCancel

  • Cait - June 2, 2014 - 10:18 AM

    You totally made the right choice! The doors look great! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - June 2, 2014 - 10:49 AM

    I’m with you, when it came time to install some doors in our house we decided to hire it out, we were selling after all and figured we could spend some time doing other things to get the house ready instead of arguing over doors.ReplyCancel

  • Heather {AFirePoleintheDiningRoom} - June 2, 2014 - 10:58 AM

    First off – Yay doors! What a difference :)

    We are definitely fans of knowing when to call in the pros. We use a similar approach to decide when to hire out: time, confidence in tackling the project, safety and cost. We opt to call in the pros for big projects that would be massively time consuming (breaking out the bricked over windows and replacing them) or impossible for us to do (pouring our concrete patio). We’re also looking for a plumber to replace one of our outdoor spigots because it runs right next to our natural gas hookup for the range. Obviously that’s a safety issue.

    I think our smartest hire out/DIY combo is the carport turned garage. We hired people to build the actual structure and install the garage doors. But we’re taking the time to finish the walls. It looks similar to your doors – pay for the installation and DIY the finishes (trim and paint).ReplyCancel

  • Joanna @ TheNestbook - June 2, 2014 - 12:15 PM

    Ha! So true! We recently just hired out some concrete work and installing a sprinkler system. We briefly considered doing them ourselves, as all DIYers do, but ultimately thought better of it for those particular tasks! Worth every penny!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia @ House Pretty Blog - June 2, 2014 - 12:57 PM

    My husband and I usually love to DIY, and we’ve taken on some pretty challenging projects ourselves, like installing hardwood floors and building a patio. We’re actually working on a privacy fence right now. We hired out a major stair renovation, since it involved installing a new beam and some major structural work that was way beyond our skills (we installed the new treads and risers ourselves though). We also hired out the drywall finishing for that job – something we could have done ourselves, but we knew it would take way, way longer and it just wouldn’t be as good as a professional. After spending all that money on the stair remodel, we figured it didn’t make sense to go half-hearted on the drywall finishing, since it’s something everyone would see – daily!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2014 - 1:07 PM

      That’s awesome! We would absolutely hire out the drywall work too (actually, we DID hire out drywall work for this house!); I can’t imagine if we had to do that all on our own. Just the dust alone would be a nightmare. Thank goodness for amazing contractors.ReplyCancel

  • Katja | Shift Ctrl Art - June 2, 2014 - 1:31 PM

    We love to DIY, but when it comes to taking walls down, we want to do it right, so we hire a structural engineer and a contractor to put in the new beam. Of course now that I have seen it done… wasn’t *that* hard ha ha… No, I would still hire that out…

    Love your new doors!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - June 2, 2014 - 8:35 PM

    It’s so worth hiring out some projects for sure. For me it will always be drywall and mudding. Hate it!
    Electrical work too, scares me to death.ReplyCancel

  • Loryn - June 3, 2014 - 7:59 AM

    The doors are looking good! It’s really fun to watch you turn this mishmash of a house into one with consistent details.

    We finally broke down and hired a contractor to install our upstairs bathroom. We’d gutted it, and it stayed like that for nearly two years. You could actually stand in the downstairs bathroom and see the peak of the attic, two stories above! The contractor finished it, tile,flooring, walls, trim, everything, in less than two weeks. Hiring him was one of the best decisions we made!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2014 - 9:19 AM

      Oh, WOW! I bet it feels amazing to have that knocked out in such a short amount of time!ReplyCancel

  • misie - June 3, 2014 - 10:23 AM

    Before we moved cross country we were getting the house ready to sell. Most of our projects were the little things never finished ten years earlier when building the house….shoe moulding, painting doors that were only ever primed…etc. The biggest was painting our hardy plank siding. Mick reeeeaaaalllly thought he could do it, and I’m sure he could have but all I saw in the future was months of time in 90 degree weather and/or him falling from the 2nd story and breaking his back. SO we hired out and they finished in two-three days and it was amazing. It was also so much more affordable than Mick being in traction for months :-)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2014 - 10:27 AM

      Good call! I’m sure that project was a beast!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - June 3, 2014 - 2:24 PM

    Seriously, good for you guys and cheers to having a bedroom door now!! Have you decided on a color or stain?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2014 - 2:37 PM

      Thanks! We’re definitely going to be painting them bright white to match our trim (that we’ll be installing SOON), and we’ve already purchased new black doorknobs for contrast!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - June 3, 2014 - 4:33 PM

    Our garden…….it would have taken my husband every weekend til Christmas…….
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  • DIY Discussion | 702 Park Project - June 5, 2014 - 7:31 AM

    […] this week I read Jackie’s post on why she quit DIY, and Kim and Scott’s post on hiring out, and both really struck a cord with me.  I get so jealous when I see all these other bloggers […]ReplyCancel

  • alana - June 13, 2014 - 12:19 PM

    We recently hired a stone mason for the numerous items that needed to be done around our house, it was definitely way beyond our skill level. Worth every red cent too, he did a great job. Knowing when to bring in the pro’s can save a lot of heartache!ReplyCancel

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Well, the vertical surfaces, anyway! (We’ll get to the porch floor soon.)

As I mentioned yesterday, the weekend was a full blown DIY party, paint-stained pants, cold beers and all. (Although, that depends on your idea of a party?) The concrete work began Thursday night and was dry by Saturday morning, and while Scott and his dad focused on building new exterior stairs – which you’ll notice are there, but not quite finished yet! – his mom and I got to work on giving the front porch a fresh coat of paint. Or, it’s first ever coat of paint!

For this project, we worked alongside Ace Hardware, having just launched their in-store Paint Studios; all their colors are displayed beautifully and in our case, the Valspar line was arranged by mood (calm, serene, ooh, aah!). We knew we needed a good, clean white – nothing too bright, nothing too blue and definitely nothing too yellow.

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While Valspar has a vast selection of whites, we found ourselves gravitating towards the white choices for Clark + Kensington, and we ultimately landed on Designer White (as it’s described on the swatch, a cool white with a pale shade of gray). In our case, however, we had it color matched using Valspar Aspire in a satin finish, their exterior paint line. And because our porch is weathered pressure treated wood, we also opted to pick up the Prep-Step Primer to prevent any bleed through whatsoever. (We have a handful of sappy knots and the color of the wood is pretty dark; better safe than sorry – especially with the amount of work we were about to put in!)

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I’m not going to sugar coat it – this porch was a beast. But my goodness, what a difference it has made! Let me fast forward for just a moment:

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But you know there’s more to the story than just a few coats and calling it done, right? For starters, the columns on our porch are just typical 6x6s, so to give them a little more oomph, we first trimmed them out with plastic molding where they meet with the metal sheeting:

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Below on the right, you can see how they look now. On the left, you’ll see our neighbor’s column, which was also trimmed out (as are a few other houses on our street, all of which were used for inspiration):

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And now, let’s jump back even more – back to the priming. In the end, we’re so happy we decided to prime first, even if it was the worst job ever. I used a small foam roller and an angled brush, and Scott’s mom did as much cutting in with another angled brush (by the way, she is a trooper – thank you a thousand times over, Ann!). With both of us working non-stop, this took us a good seven hours. Every time we thought we had coated every single surface with the primer – nope! (Spoiler alert: we got the job done!) Regardless of the self-induced torture, we do think the primer helped to seal in some of those tougher knots while eliminating an extra coat of Designer White. Note: We also used wood putty on some of the deeper cracks in our columns, although the Aspire paint filled in a lot of the hairline cracks really well.

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Sunday morning, the Vargo parents headed back to Cincinnati, but Scott and I were determined to finish the porch painting. With the primer out of the way, I told Scott, there’s not a chance in hell I’ll brush and roll that porch one more time! The thought alone made me want to run for cover, and so, we spent a good hour (or two?) taping and sheeting off our house. And our fence. And, yeah, the grass. I did roll the columns (just so we didn’t have to also tape off the porch ceiling!), but aside from that, it was paint sprayer time!

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We knew our sprayer would waste some paint – which is to be expected – but especially since we’d be spraying through slatted railing and lattice. But, no matter! It was worth every bit of not having to pick up an angled brush and cut, cut, cut. All in all, we used 3 gallons of the Valspar Aspire, and it took around 1 and a half hours to coat every last bit.

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This has got to be one of the most satisfying and instantly transformative changes we’ve made to our entire home – we were (are) so happy, we couldn’t (can’t!) stop smiling! Once we were done, we toasted drinks, sat on our new porch chairs and watched the pups play in the yard for the rest of the day. Note: The stairs are thisclose to completion; we just need to finish up that banister, and we’ll circle back around once we can finish it up. But hey, how ’bout that concrete?

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Our tape lines weren’t perfect along the porch floor or the 2×4 directly beneath it, but any of the raw wood you see left – with the exception of the stair stringers/risers, which will also be Designer White – will be covered with deck paint. We’re leaning towards a medium gray (to hide dirt), but overall, we’ll be keeping things light and lively on the front porch.

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As for our thoughts on the Valspar Aspire, we are fans. Truly, we’d pick it up again in a heartbeat. It took one coat with the paint sprayer, and it covered so, so well. (Although if we were to cut and roll the entire porch, it would likely take two coats, simply because a sprayer is able to provide an even, thick coat in one shot.) The satin finish is the perfect sheen for exterior use (I had waffled between satin and semi-gloss and had second guessed my decision at one point, but I’m thrilled I stuck with my gut!), and we were impressed with how well it covered!

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Of course paint can transform just about anything, but you guys. Look! Just last week, we were looking like this:

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And now? This!

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But wait! Remember this?

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So much better. (So, so, so much better!)

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We’ve come a long way on the exterior in just one weekend, but we are so looking forward to what’s to come! Here are the items on our short list:

Swap out the old outdoor lights for new ones (they’ve arrived, and we can’t wait to install!)
Paint the front door
Paint the porch floor
Finish the staircase hand rail
Paint the staircase – that is, once the pressure treated wood has dried (boo)
Top the downstairs cinder blocks with limestone caps
Garden!
Install a path from the pavement to the side of our home, alongside the garden
Sod / grass seed

Oh, and there’s a pretty big one, too: Build a fence. Our neighbor to the south has a gorgeous cedar fence that we’d like to mimic on the opposite side (it’s currently raggedy, old chain link), but we’re working on receiving a few quotes. These two? We’re not building that ourselves. (We’d rather garden!)

 

We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel! Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (hey, thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own. Cute puppies are an added bonus.

  • Laura @ Rather Square - May 29, 2014 - 9:04 AM

    I totally understand your decision to spray paint the porch, with all the railing/lattice pieces to deal with! Everything is looking more and more finished. Did you not tape off the house itself when you were spraying (I saw you did the door, etc)? Is that because you’ll be repainting the house as well at some point?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 29, 2014 - 9:21 AM

      I just realized that the photo of the covered up porch was taken right before Scott taped off that part of the house! We did cover up all of the siding (you can sort of tell in the photo where I’m painting the columns), so we didn’t get over spray there. WAY down the road, we’d love to replace our siding with something wider and in a darker color!ReplyCancel

  • This seriously looks amazing! So fresh, so clean!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - May 29, 2014 - 9:50 AM

    Yea! for helpful Mother-in-laws! Don’t you love the transforming power of paint and lots of hard work?ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ How to Nest for Less - May 29, 2014 - 10:51 AM

    Looks awesome! It’s amazing what framing out those columns and painting the spindles can do for your exterior space. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - May 29, 2014 - 11:35 AM

    What a change, it looks awesome! And, I love that last pic of the pups they look so happy on their porch!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - May 29, 2014 - 12:09 PM

    What a difference some paint makes! Looks amazing, I imagine your neighbors are excited too :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Schutte - May 29, 2014 - 4:25 PM

    Wow! What a difference! Your neighbors must love you guys.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 29, 2014 - 4:29 PM

      Ehhh… either that, or they’re wondering when we’ll finally be putting the loud power tools away!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - May 29, 2014 - 8:17 PM

    Floppy ear love!
    The front of your house looks so good now too. It reminds me of an east coast beach house.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 30, 2014 - 8:39 AM

      Ha, that’s the same thing Scott said!ReplyCancel

  • Kacey - May 29, 2014 - 8:34 PM

    Such a great transformation!! I love a paint project because it always makes such a big visual difference. It makes you feel like you are really making progress. The plans for the yard sound great, I can’t wait to see the results!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - May 29, 2014 - 9:02 PM

    What a facelift! It really looks great- Momelia and I might have to walk over and get a better look tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - May 29, 2014 - 10:04 PM

    Wowzas!!!! What color will your front door be? I am amazed at the difference! Once we kicked ourselves into gear (maybe 2-3 yrs after we moved in? Haha) on our yard/outside I was shocked how good it made me feel! It really is a wonderful feeling to pull in your driveway of your pretty place! And my in-laws were/are a major help too, thankfully! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 30, 2014 - 8:39 AM

      Thanks! The front door will be the same navy that’s on the garden unit, and the same color that’s on our coat closet!ReplyCancel

  • Jeney - May 29, 2014 - 11:02 PM

    What an amazing difference! We are also about to tackle this project…as in the stain is waiting on me in the garage. Why did you go with exterior paint for the rails vs. solid weather proofing stain? We are planning to use solid white stain for the rails and semi-transparent light grey for the floor. I struggled on which to choose, I’d love a little insight!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 30, 2014 - 8:38 AM

      Hi Jeney, to be honest, we didn’t even consider solid stain for the railings – we’d just always loved the painted look of the other porches on our street, and took that as inspiration! It sounds to me like your stain is going to be a great bet though, so it seems like the right choice!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole S. - July 11, 2014 - 7:55 PM

    Hi! Who did you go with to frame and install your new front door? We are looking for local contractors to do ours, and I figured if you were happy with yours maybe you could recommend him/her? Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 11, 2014 - 8:58 PM

      Hey Nicole! Our front door was installed by the same contractors that did a TON of the dry wall work in our house, and they’re typically scheduled pretty far out. However, most recently we used Harry to install a bunch of interior doors, and he was great and fairly priced!ReplyCancel

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Although it’s Wednesday, we still feel as though we’re coming off of a DIY hangover; this past weekend, we put on our DIY-party-pants, and we hit it hard. Scott’s parents planned to visit us for one full day of help, and still being fresh off the headache of baseboard installation (and miraculously living to tell the tale!), we moved the fiesta outside, an area that we’re eternally apologizing to our neighbors for.

We have big goals for the front, and in typical Scott + Kim fashion, one project idea will quickly snowball into another project idea that’ll easily require a handful of mini projects to prep for the initial larger project idea. (Got it? We know, you know.) Over the course of the weekend, we made a ton of progress, made huge messes and – again, in our typical fashion – haven’t quite wrapped up every last bit, but we’re getting there!

And one of those mini projects (that turned out to be not so mini) that was needed to prep for the larger project? New concrete!

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But let’s back up. Scott and his dad wanted to tackle the building of new stairs that would lead up to our front porch, but about a week before their visit, we spent a little more time looking at the state of the stairs – which, at first, was just to get our shopping list in order. Of course, this had us realizing that eek! These stairs are in worse shape than we thought, but as we looked closer, we noticed, gah! If we’re going to do this right, we need a whole new concrete pad. This, naturally, was followed by foul language and a slew of phone calls to contractors that were never returned.

Below, you can see that our stairs all slope downwards to the left, but if you look at the base of the stairs, you’ll see the bigger problem – they weren’t even built on top of the pavement in the first place! Nope, they simply land on uneven dirt and gravel.

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We’d discussed pouring a new concrete pad down the road, but with it now becoming a necessity to have, you know, level ground for the soon-to-be new stairs, it got bumped to the top of our list. After all, there were more than a few issues with the concrete in the first place. For starters, the shape makes no sense…

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… A poor gutter situation (which has since been corrected as well!) caused cracks along the cinder blocks that lead down into the garden unit, not to mention, there are also a handful of missing cinder blocks…

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… And cosmetically, the whole thing was full of cracks. (Which we found out was almost entirely due to the fact that there was no drainage allowance built into the large concrete pad in the first place!)

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With Scott’s parents coming to visit in just a few short days and not a single returned phone call from a masonry contractor, we figured that the stairs could still be built – just not installed. (You can’t bring these two down!) But! On an evening trip to the grocery, we found ourselves behind a pick-up truck with the words “We Do Concrete!” followed by a number. We called it immediately, told the driver we were right behind him, and since he had wrapped up his day, he agreed to follow us back to our house and provide a quote. Hip, hip!

Not only was his quote extremely fair, but because the job was so small, he was able to squeeze us in the next day. (And he was super professional, very tidy and an all-around good guy! A unicorn pony, for sure. If you’re looking for someone in the Chicagoland area, send us an email, and I’ll fill you in!) The Thursday before the weekend, he dug up all the old concrete and framed in a new wider path – a path that would accommodate our soon-to-be stairs and curve nicely along the front yard, too:

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Friday evening, the concrete was poured, feathered and lined for drainage ability (which would prevent future cracking). All said and done, the job took around 4 hours.

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We asked our guy if he thought we were loony to add a personal touch – would it be weird if we added a puppy paw? Or two? He laughed, said it was perfectly safe for those cushy paw pads, and he even stuck around to make sure none of us fell into the fresh pavement. (We didn’t, although I’m not saying there wasn’t an incident later in the evening, in which one CC took a flying leap from the porch into the almost dry concrete. Nope, I’m not saying it.)

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Bright and early Saturday morning, he came back to take away the temporary frame, and we were ready to get started on building stairs! We had ourselves a fresh slate! Side note: The stairs aren’t finished – yet. More on that once we can call it ‘done’!

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Where the pavement meets up with the cinder blocks will eventually be the start of our garden bed; it’ll curve around to the right and in front of our lattice. (We cannot wait to get going on that!) In front of the garden, we’d like to lay a flagstone or paver walkway that will lead around to the other sidewalk, and we’ll fill in the very front with fresh grass.

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Ooh, and look! The garden unit has a full wall of cinder blocks! We’ll be topping those with limestone caps to finish it off nicely. (Aaand installing new lights – downstairs and up!)

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But our absolute favorite part? These sweet puppy prints. CC’s tiny paw is on the left, and Jack’s big brother imprint is the right, and yeah, they’re far from perfect. (Perfect from far?) Never mind, we love them so.

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With the pavement laid in record time (it was a miracle, we tell you!), Scott and his dad worked on the front stairs while his mom and I prepped the patio for painting – and omg, you guys. The view from our front porch is much, much better! We’ll get into that – tomorrow!

  • Laura @ Rather Square - May 28, 2014 - 9:08 AM

    Okay, I just love this story for so many reasons. First, that you couldn’t get any contractors on the phone, then you called the number on the back of a random truck at the last minute and it turned out to be the perfect solution! Second, the puppy paws (wonderful touch). Third, your new concrete walkway – it looks great! Can’t wait to see what you do with the stairs and garden bed.

    Our front steps are also slowly sinking into the ground – so I’m interested in your process here and how we might apply it. Although in our case, I think the entire porch needs to be replaced…ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - May 28, 2014 - 9:31 AM

    Love the puppy paw print touch!! and of course Jack’s face wondering what you are doing to him! Such cuties!ReplyCancel

  • Holy cow! Saying you had a busy weekend is a total under statement!

    I love that you called the number on a concrete truck and had a new pad the next day. Wouldn’t it be nice if all contractor relationships were so fast and easy? I love the new walkway. It looks amazing and I know you have more to share based on your Instagram feed :) Seriously, when you’re done there do you want to come down for a long weekend to help us finish a few outdoor things??

    Way to go, you guys!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 28, 2014 - 10:45 AM

      The whole outdoor thing is so new to us, so it’s definitely draining! We should do a trade – you up here one weekend, us down there the next.ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - May 28, 2014 - 10:27 AM

    Looking sharp!! My parents had my sister and I put our handprints in the concrete in their house about 20 years ago, so you aren’t loony, just typical parents ;)

    How are you getting up to your front door right now without stairs?

    As always, can’t wait to see what’s next!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 28, 2014 - 10:46 AM

    We used the back door for one evening, and by the end of the next day, Scott and his dad built up the steps enough in the front for us to use them – even though they’re not 100% done (but really close!)ReplyCancel

  • Megan @ The Brick Bungalow - May 28, 2014 - 12:41 PM

    What a great improvement! We had new sidewalks (and part of our driveway) poured last year and it can be a pain but so nice in the end! Glad you found a great guy in a random way…adds a nice touch to the whole deal. I can’t wait to see the landscaping. I’m currently working on various garden tasks myself!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna @ TheNestbook - May 28, 2014 - 2:59 PM

    Isn’t it amazing what a difference some new concrete makes?! We just added concrete step outside of our front door and it made all the difference in the world!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - May 28, 2014 - 7:24 PM

    LOVE that you put the puppy paw marks in the concrete!

    We did the same at our place and it’s a great reminder of my girl now she’s no longer with us
    Love it!…love the house reno too.

    LesleyReplyCancel

  • caroline [the diy nurse] - May 28, 2014 - 8:08 PM

    The puppy paw prints are too sweet. I wouldve loved to have seen the “incident.” I had a paint tray on top of a desk while painting our office last week and the cat jumped up right into it and then ran away onto the carpet. I can only imagine how much fun you had with concrete!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 28, 2014 - 8:27 PM

      Oh my goodness! Is it bad that I literally LOLed when I read that?! I hope it wasn’t too bad! God love our pets.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - May 29, 2014 - 11:30 AM

    This is awesome, love the addition of the puppy prints!ReplyCancel

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