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Big strides were made over the weekend, starting with our home’s garden unit! You might remember that we’re turning our former two-flat into a single family home, but we also have a finished basement that we’ve been avoiding since our July move-in… until recently. We’re working with the city on some zoning restructuring (and once we can share more details on that learning process, we definitely will!), and in the meantime, we logged many, many man hours – these two! – on Saturday. We’ve been cleaning, spackling, de-bugging and replacing closet doors. We vacuumed bread crumbs from the cabinets and somehow filled an entire trash bin. We stared at the former owner’s shortcuts and cursed, loudly and often.

It was trying at times, and there may have been tears shed (me) followed by we can do this! speeches (him).

As a reward for our hard work, we hit the sack by 10PM like the two, old aching back DIY-ers we are, because at 5AM on Sunday morning our alarm would go off – but for good reason! Sunday morning, we packed our camera, fueled up on pancakes (in our usually bustling neighborhood diner) and hit the road for Wisconsin. We were going to the Elhorn Flea Market!

It was the last one of their summer season, and we’d been meaning to go all year – but then we bought a house, and well, the crumbling walls and ceilings took priority. Because we’re in the limbo stage of construction – and because we craved a much needed change of scenery – we took to Elkhorn like kids on Christmas. Held at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, this flea is unlike any we’ve ever been to. It was huge. The sun was in full force, booths of stuff abound, happy people bustled, and the smell of coffee, bratwursts, and fried foods came from every direction.

You guys, I wore a fanny pack with nothing in it but cash and lip gloss. (It promise it was not your mother’s fanny pack, although I realize that’s up for debate.) We meant business; I had to keep these arms free for browsing.

It’s frightening how much can happen before noon when you wake up early enough; by 11:30, we’d been at the flea for over 3 hours. While we had been on the lookout for light fixtures, a rug and some living room chairs (none of which we found), we did load the car with other loot (we’ve been doing that a lot lately!) – all of which was found in the first 30 minutes of our time at the fairgrounds.

By noon, we stopped for cheap fuel, a couple cases of our favorite beer, and a pumpkin patch! When we passed it – Wisconsin is magical, we tell you – Scott half-jokingly asked if I wanted to pick a pumpkin or two. Um, yes, please!

By early afternoon (and a cat nap later for this girl), we had finally made it home. And if you’re wondering, well, what did you get, what did you get? Here’s a better look at what was on that cart:

Those dining chairs! It’s so hard to think that far ahead, but after publicly announcing to our friends that we’d host the annual Friendsgiving dinner, we knew we’d need somewhere to seat them. (Now, where to find the table?) They’ll need a quick wood refresh, but other than that, they’re golden. To say we’re obsessed with them is an understatement. Even after we spent the rest of our day in the garden unit (again), we’d randomly say to each other, remember when we bought those chairs? Ah, good times.

Scott had been on the hunt for the just-right vintage fan (they’re a dime a dozen at most flea markets), but this one fit the bill perfectly. And when the same vendor had an antique “lap desk,” Scott insisted this was just the thing for painting my mini portraits; I had been resisting an easel for years, because I prefer a more reclined surface. This guy, though? It’s changing my life already. It slides up and down in almost any direction, or it can lay completely flat and boost up, if all I needed was a little lift. (You know?)

We also scooped a Paul Simon record that had been on Scott’s wishlist for a while (man, we are seriously missing our turntable), a Thin Lizzy album (because why not?), and a vintage Coach purse (that I can’t stop staring at).

I’m thinking half-day trips should be on the agenda more often. Scott?

  • K - October 1, 2013 - 7:13 AM

    flea market AND reno in one day!? I’ll say that’s productive! And man, stuff never looks that cute and appealing when I go to flea markets/ thrift shops/ yard sales. You guys have an eye for it!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - October 1, 2013 - 7:24 AM

    I want to see a photo of the fanny pack!!!

    Seriously awesome finds. You’re right…those chairs = amazing.

    I thought that was Scott in the bear’s shirt (holding the letters) and COULD NOT figure out why he had a baby strapped to him…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 1, 2013 - 8:13 AM

      K, thanks!

      Hannah, the fanny pack was undocumented! It might have exploded the blog. Also, no, no, no, baby.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - October 1, 2013 - 8:19 AM

    WOW I love your treasures! Those chairs are gorgeous and the fan is just perfect! I can’t wait to see how your garden is coming along also (and is it bad that I’m in bed before 10pm each day even without diy’ing all day haha).ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 1, 2013 - 8:21 AM

    Rachel, nope, we love sleep as much as you do! Zzzz.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly @ Turning It Home - October 1, 2013 - 9:17 AM

    It looks so dreamy there! That fan is in great condition. I bought a Zero fan for $5 at an estate sale, but those blades look pretty rust-free… great find!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - October 1, 2013 - 9:28 AM

    You just made me so homesick for Wisconsin. It is magical, especially the Spotted Cow. We drive up from Atlanta every Christmas just so we can return with several cases.ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - October 1, 2013 - 9:44 AM

    Oooh watch out. Vintage fans have a way of multiplying. We started with one and I think we’re up to 4 (all in working order and being used). You’ve been warned ;)

    LOVE the chairs!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 1, 2013 - 9:47 AM

    Kimberly, that’s a steal!

    Angela, we picked up 2 cases, but I’m thinking we should have gone for 4…

    Heather, I don’t doubt it! Although admittedly, I’ve always been a little fearful of them after I almost chopped off my finger on one.ReplyCancel

  • Laura at Rather Square - October 1, 2013 - 11:27 AM

    I love your finds! The lap desk thingy looks like such a nice setup to work on paintings. Seems like you had a really fun little trip – and it was a good break from all the house reno stuff. I’ll have to check out that flea market next year – we’ve been talking about going to one once our house is a little more set up.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 1, 2013 - 11:37 AM

    Laura, definitely worth the trip from Chicago!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - October 1, 2013 - 12:27 PM

    Ah.mazing. We need to find a flea like this near us! And Coach purse pic? I definitely need to see that!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole T. - October 1, 2013 - 1:15 PM

    How much do you want for these chairs??!?! I am in love! You and Scott did a great job!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - October 1, 2013 - 3:19 PM

    I vote we bring back the fanny pack! I am always in danger of losing my purse and becoming a victim of identity theft because I set my purse down all over the place and forget about it. If fanny packs were haute couture, I would not have this problem.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn - October 1, 2013 - 3:25 PM

    Fantastic finds! I love virtual thrifting… although I love your finds so much I kinda wish this had been IRL instead and it was me doing the shopping :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia @ Cuckoo4Design - October 1, 2013 - 7:17 PM

    I always enjoy looking at your photos so much! They are once again gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - October 1, 2013 - 7:19 PM

    SAWEEET daddy dog!!!!! you owe me a pic of that purse, lady! i will remind you a 3rd time if i’ve gotta!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 1, 2013 - 8:43 PM

    Thanks, guys!

    Nicole, one million dollars.

    Jessica and Jillian – I suppose I should have taken a photo of it, too! Bad blogger.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - October 1, 2013 - 11:14 PM

    Don’t know that I’ve ever been as jealous of anything as I am of those chairs…ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - October 2, 2013 - 11:56 AM

    I’m insanely jealous of your drafting table. And your pumpkin picking. I’m glad you guys got away from the reno, even if only for a few hours. It can make all the difference.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - October 5, 2013 - 4:03 PM

    This flea market is THE BEST. My mom used to live right down the road from it, and my aunt would drive over from Michigan a few times a year and we’d trek all over the grounds for hours at a time. I hope you also ate a chocolate eclair from the ladies under the awning in back – if not, next time for sure!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 6, 2013 - 11:03 AM

      Kate, ooh, we didn’t have a chocolate eclair, but DEFINITELY next time!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - October 7, 2013 - 1:59 PM

    I found the same fan just last year. Love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - November 1, 2013 - 3:02 PM

    I am drooling over all your finds! Love them!! Those chairs I want in. my. house. now!! :)ReplyCancel


Okay, first: The contractors. Let’s just put this out there – this waiting game is no fun. We’ve talked about our feelings on being stunted, and every day is a new wave of emotions; sometimes we’re all yeah, we’re going to kick so much ass this weekend!, whereas other days we’d rather sleep in, curse our blind-less windows and curl up with Netflix. When there’s so little we can actually do until the contractor’s have completed their work, our motivation goes up and down (and up and down), and right now, we’re still waiting. Their job in the queue before ours has gone weeks past schedule, which in turn does the same for us. (Although word on the street is that they’ll be back next week.)

And so, we wait.

However! We were able to get Mike, our head contractor out for a quick visit, if only to discuss a few more questions we had for him (and while he was there, Q: Is there anything else we can do? A: Not really, no. Boo!). The biggest question? Our front door. Oddly enough, this was no where near as difficult as the Great Door Hunt for the foyer coat closet, although there was still a lot of juggling numbers, measurements and finishes. (Are you sick of all this door talk yet?) Currently, you’re greeted with this:

The door itself might not seem like the worst thing (although it’s far from anything we’d choose on our own), but the door jamb wasn’t properly installed (big surprise, right?), it’s full of dents and so much air can pass under it that little Miss Maddie actually crouches by the door all day long. Staring. Chirping back at the birds.

The door is a pretty standard 36″w x 80″h, but Mike suggested opening the height to a more substantial 84,” which we soon found out meant dollar dollar bills. We loved the suggestion (and it would match the height of the vintage 5-panel that’ll be sharing the same foyer), but it just wasn’t in the budget. Sadly, a new door isn’t something we can put off – there’s a Chicago winter around the corner! – so we had to reassess our options.

And what happens next is why we love you guys. (You all are so helpful. The best! Can we just all sip wine together and hang out in a big circle and braid each others’ hair?)

A recent comment from Cait on a past post quickly evolved into a more private email exchange about entry doors after she linked to a door that we really liked. Not to mention, she had just gone through the front-door-buying-process herself, so she was full of information. The style was non-offensive, clean and just our speed. Oh, hey, new door:

Whether Cait liked it or not (hi, Cait!), she turned into our Door Guru. Throughout the relatively easy hunt, I would email her a question or two, she’d reply, we’d gain insight, and we’d have a happy evening knowing that we’d been blessed by the Guru herself. But when I told Cait that we were bummed about not being able to afford the taller door (We’re going to loose the impressive height! I thought. We’re… settling!), she suggested the most magical answer of all: A transom window!

For a few days after this revelation, Scott and I Googled, pinned and researched transom windows. It’ll add the height we want!, we said. And we’ll get more natural light, too! The good news is that the cost of the transom + the door is still less expensive than custom ordering an 84″ door. Then I found this image that was almost identical to the door we liked with a transom. Done. Sold.

Because Mike will be installing the door and creating a proper jamb himself, we confirmed our plans with him, and he assured us we could buy the door off the shelf at the standard jamb depth (which comes in around 4″ or so). As for the transom, we’re leaning towards this one, but we could go with a single glass pane as well (thoughts?). Here’s how my rough Photoshop calculations predict it’ll look in Hague Blue:

The door was already purchased over the weekend, but we’ll buy the transom window once Mike has had a chance to look at the ordering options. As for the finish, it’s currently primed and (mostly) ready for paint, although we did have an internal debate between steel, fiberglass and real wood. While fiberglass would have been nice, cost reared its ugly head again (since the price can easily double!), and we didn’t want the maintenance of a solid wood exterior door. Side note: In regards to the price tag, we kept in mind the cost of not only the door itself, but new locks and installation. Because we needed a whole new jamb built – and properly! – it was important for us to not skimp on the build-out.

In the meantime, we’re still deciding on a door handleset, which is turning out to be the real question: Will a matte black handle blend in too much with the door? (And if so, is that a bad thing?) Or should we go with bronze/brass for contrast? And dare I mention those exterior lights? It’ll get there…

  • K - September 26, 2013 - 6:55 AM

    We bought a similar steel door last year, and my husband painstakingly primed and painted it with some special door and trim paint. I think it took about 4 coats….and it immediately started chipping and wearing off on some of the panel edges! Argh! I’ll have to check back to see how you guys end up finishing yours, and how it holds up. We have touch-ups in our future!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - September 26, 2013 - 8:15 AM

    So the good news is that once the contractors start it will be all excitement and unicorn tears. But until then, the waiting just plain sucks. We went through the same up and down emotional spikes. Even if it’s not normal, at least you’re not alone.

    As for the door, I love it and the dark color and the transom window! I’m torn on the hardware. Matte black might be a nice sleek look (which I love) but when I look at the Photoshopped pic above I think ‘where’s the handle?’ I know there’s not one there, but it might have the same effect? Maybe you could buy both handle sets and return the one you don’t love in person?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - September 26, 2013 - 9:15 AM

    K, oh no! Do you know what type/brand of paint he used?! We’re open to any suggestions!

    Heather, we may have to do that (buy 2, return 1). We just can’t decide, and we go back and forth. We’re leaning towards a matte black for a super sleek look, but maybe some contrast would be good, too? Arugh, what happened to just buying a door and being done with it? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - September 26, 2013 - 9:29 AM

    Lurve the door choice! Also, just my opinion, but I think a matte black door handle would look really sleek and awesome. Don’t be ‘scurrred!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - September 26, 2013 - 9:29 AM

    I like this plan, can’t wait to see the finished product!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - September 26, 2013 - 9:45 AM

    That is a great looking door, especially after the color swap. I never thought a steel door could look that good! Nice one Cait. Transoms are one of the favorite design elements in our house. Living in New Orleans, they are as common as having a front door, but I never get sick of all the light they allow into the house. It’s kind of obnoxious, but we have 6 in our home! I included a link that shows all of them- Dana from House Tweaking wrote a cool piece on our place. Keep up the good work. I really enjoy watching the progress.

    P.S. I loved the painting of Baron. It was a shock to see it, so it took me a while to display it out in the open. Now it sits next to his ashes on my dresser.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - September 26, 2013 - 9:51 AM

    Heather, your home is AWESOME. And don’t think I didn’t notice the photo of The Baron towards the bottom of the post – perfection. I’m so happy to have painted your little man for you.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - September 26, 2013 - 10:08 AM

    We have transom windows all throughout our new house! I love them!!! :)

    Can’t wait to see how lovely it makes your front porch look! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura at Rather Square - September 26, 2013 - 10:13 AM

    Transom window = genius. That will look so sharp! Good idea to get this all squared away (no pun intended) before the Chicago winter. ;)

    I’m a fan of contrast, so I would go with the brass hardware. Can’t wait to see what you do with this. Our front door is original, I think, and covered with layers of crackling paint. We don’t want to totally replace it ($$$) but are trying to figure out a way to repaint it. I think it will end up being a very messy project (like your lead-paint-scraping adventure). Maybe next summer….ReplyCancel

  • Gloria @ The Faceted - September 26, 2013 - 10:52 AM

    Budgets kind of suck the fun out of decorating some times, and functionality? Another speed bump. I have similar front door issues regarding the gap under the door. Mine is so big, I bet squirrels would fit through it. Oklahoma winters aren’t always very nice and I’ve got to get a solution for it soon. The first thing I bought for it won’t work, boo, back to the toy store… On the plus side, I did paint it orange and love it!

    Oh and my vote is for brass handles!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 26, 2013 - 2:22 PM

      Gloria, awesome! Orange is my favorite color, believe it or not!

      Cait, ooh, I’ll have to look at their post! I’m definitely leaning that way now. So fun!ReplyCancel

  • PAppel - September 26, 2013 - 11:49 AM

    Sigle pane transom either with or without address numbers on it is my suggestion.ReplyCancel

  • Cait - September 26, 2013 - 12:37 PM

    Oh wow, I definitely did not expect to see a post with my name in it! Can you see me blushing all the way in Chicago?

    LOVE the Photoshopped version of the door and transom! Great color choice, too! I think I’m leaning towards the 3-pane transom, but the single pane would be fun, too. Especially with house number decals like a commenter above suggested! (ps- Wendy & Alex at Old Town Home have a post on adding decals to their transom.)

    As for hardware, I’m torn between the idea of matte black or something with more contrast like lacquered brass. I guess it depends on whether you want the door, transom and hardware (& lights down the road) to be taken in as one unit or for one element to be the show stopper. Does that make sense? I feel like matte black would allow your eye to view it as a whole before noticing the smaller details, and bronze/brass is sort of the apple in Magritte’s The Son of Man, you see it before you notice other elements.ReplyCancel

  • ann - September 26, 2013 - 12:54 PM

    I think a single pane transom would look better with your new windows.
    Menards, and I’m sure HD or Lowes, sells metal doors already painted, with several color choices.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey - September 26, 2013 - 2:07 PM

    I’m of the single pane transom boat too. There’s a lot going on with the windows in the door and the panels, along with all the texture of the siding. Single pane with your house number, perfecto!!

    btw, love your blog– it’s a daily read!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 26, 2013 - 2:19 PM

      Pappel and Lyndsey – I love this idea! I actually thought that might look cool with our address in the single pane, since so many older Chicago homes do this. Thank you for the input!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - September 27, 2013 - 11:42 AM

    This is the exact door we ordered for our last house and really loved it! The paint literally peeled off the first time we painted it. In huge sheets. So although it says it is primed, we ended up priming it again ourselves and rolled on (or a sprayer would work great too!) the paint the second time and it stuck a lot better. Can’t wait to see it in action at your place.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 28, 2013 - 10:13 AM

      Oh, no! Julia, did a good priming job do the trick?ReplyCancel

  • Shay - September 28, 2013 - 6:08 PM

    Love this door choice! But I am biased since it’s on my home improvement wishlist as our front door replacement. Our house has three solid wood exterior doors and all three are cracked through. I look forward to a low maintenance steel door; but it’s good to know we should re-prime it before painting.ReplyCancel


Have you ever heard the term blockormore? (Or as Kim would call it, the Monet?) Looks good from far, but far from good? We’re trying to avoid that syndrome as much as possible around the new digs, but there are certain projects where looking good from street-level is all we’re striving for.

Let me explain.

When we had our big, beautiful new windows installed a few weeks back, the first thing I noticed when I pulled up to the house was how disgustingly horrible they made the remaining two front windows look. Yuck. The third window there on the left is scheduled for a proper replacement, but that little octagonal guy at the peak of the attic was a whole different story.

Enter the blockormore…

From the beginning, I knew that this window didn’t have to look perfect since no one will ever see it up close, but replacing the few rotten planks seemed like a pretty pesky undertaking at this point in our remodel. (You know, since we don’t have a ceiling and all.)

So wandering the aisles one day at the orange toy store, I spotted Elmer’s Structural Wood Repair – a two-part epoxy putty specifically formulated for repairing rotten, cracked wood. I got started by sanding and scraping away all of the loose bits then just followed the instructions from there.

Here’s the stuff. We used the plastic top of a foil carry-out bread stick pan to mix the two parts, which, FYI: John’s Pizza in Chicago has the best garlic breadsticks known to man – and arguably the best non-deep dish ‘za (think: thin, floppy squares). This is a fact. Also, is it just me, or can you judge how great a pizza place will be by how terrible their website is?

The combined mixture is actually pretty difficult to work with, but be patient. It’s a little too thick and crumbly to apply easily with a putty knife like you would with spackle or wood putty, but is pretty easy to smoosh into gaps with your fingers. I found that a pair of latex gloves worked well to protect my mitts as I rolled it into little balls and worms and pressed it into the gaps of the rotten boards.

It looked like this after… super-ugly, right? I wasn’t too worried about the appearance of the epoxy, since I knew I’d ultimately sand it down to a smooth finish.

The box wanted us to let the epoxy cure over night, so we let things sit and got back after it the following morning. The putty cured to a very dense, almost cement-like consistency, and I was really happy with the results after the difficulty applying it the day before. It seemed as strong, if not stronger than the wood around it.

After a lot of sanding with a course grit paper on our electric mouse sander, we were ready for paint. (Side note: If you’re not planning on using an electric sander for finishing, I’d highly recommend taking the time to make things as perfect as possible while the putty is still flexible. Or you could just skip working your arms at the gym that week, because this stuff is dense and will require quite a bit of finish work – but your guns will be super buff, so take it as you will.)

This sparkly little spaceman was holding down the fort up in the attic (I found it while clearing some junk for our new furnace – which we’re getting this week!), so I figured he’d be a perfect neighborhood watch-dog from his lofty perch. Also, how great will it be to put an old Jason-esque goalie mask up there in a month?

So, our little blockormore project is complete. The window looks great from the street, and we were done with all of the actual work in an hour or two (if you take out the set-up and dry time). We’ll still probably rebuild the whole structure in a couple of years, but the epoxy definitely bought us some much needed time.

The front of the house obviously has a ton of work in store for us, but every little bit helps. Oddly enough, Jack and the spaceman don’t seem to mind that a lot of this work will end up happening next spring. One small step for our house, one giant step for our sparkly new buddy.

  • Kate - September 24, 2013 - 6:57 AM

    just thinking about that ladder on the roof and scott perched on it gave me an anxiety attack of epic proportions…scary!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 24, 2013 - 8:00 AM

      Kate, same here! I sat on the roof with him because I was so scared (and to take photos)… but it’s not so bad after a minute or two.ReplyCancel

  • K - September 24, 2013 - 7:10 AM

    Ha, the spaceman made me chuckle but I think the mask might be terrifying! Maybe perfect for Halloween though!ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie - September 24, 2013 - 8:44 AM

    I’m jealous of your new windows. We still have the original sixties single-pane aluminum windows on our new house. Got a quote for replacement and it wasn’t ridiculous, but it is a little out of reach right now with the other things we’ve got going on.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah@Eriesistibull - September 24, 2013 - 8:56 AM

    I have windows like yours installed a couple years ago in my house — I love the sliders!

    The blockormore approach is EXACTLY what I have taken for 90% of the projects around the house — focus on what i can actually afford and just make everything else look “good enough.”ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - September 24, 2013 - 9:00 AM

    Nice update!
    Sometimes those ‘this will work for now’ projects are so nice to knock of the list so you can focus on bigger/more pressing things.ReplyCancel

  • ann - September 24, 2013 - 9:18 AM

    What an improvement! But this mom of yours is glad she didn’t know you were up on a ladder on the second floor roof.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - September 24, 2013 - 9:51 AM

    I literally thought for a second “Why would they sell epoxy putty at a toy store? Sounds hazardous!!” Then I felt like an idiot and contemplated sharing this. HAHAHAHAReplyCancel

  • Jess Lively - September 24, 2013 - 10:11 AM

    Can I tell you how much I like the sparkly space man? Have you considered naming him? Or is Sparkly Space Man his new name?

    Or… can I name him?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - September 24, 2013 - 10:47 AM

    Ann, it was the only way!

    Shannon, too funny! It is our toy store though :)

    Jess, yes! Please do! I know how much you love doing that…ReplyCancel

  • Cait - September 24, 2013 - 11:58 AM

    Oh my gosh! I agree with Kate (and Kim!) about the ladder! I’m sure you were on top of things as far as safety, but after reading a few recent posts at Old Town Home about falls/near falls from their roof, I’m paranoid! (Or maybe to some extent I always was?)

    Anyway, the attic window looks great! (And your other new windows, of course. hehe) Love the Spaceman & Jack-attack photo-bombing, too!ReplyCancel

  • dave - September 24, 2013 - 7:30 PM

    Always remember when doing a project that far from your eye that, “your eye won’t go there!” You will only pick up that window if it looks as it did before the project. When working on a ladder that high off planet earth, safety first! A rough edge,here or there, will never be noticed from below. This is not to say that you should cut corners, but be realistic. Great job on restoring rather than replacing. $10 vs. $300, great trade!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @ Cuckoo4Design - September 25, 2013 - 6:28 AM

    What a great fix! So much better.ReplyCancel

  • hena tayeb - September 25, 2013 - 9:15 AM

    Nicely done.ReplyCancel

  • ashley @ - September 25, 2013 - 10:42 AM

    Looking great! What are your plans (if any) to continue sprucing up the exterior? Those columns look like they will be awesome to work with and bring back to life!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - September 25, 2013 - 10:48 AM

    Hi Ashley! We can’t wait to paint the porch, stain the floors, add a tongue and groove ceiling, replace the front door and lights… not to mention, plant some flowers and get some grass growing again! The whole thing needs the pressure washing of its life, too.ReplyCancel