Wednesday, August 20, 2008

hodge podge and a bloody finger

I have lots to say today, but I'm having trouble typing. I managed to slice off the outer tip of my left index finger while cooking dinner last night. Damned Cutco knives! It bled FOREVER and it hurts worse than childbirth (although that's not saying much for me...mine were relatively painless). That would be the ONLY time I've appreciated these child bearing hips.

I'm so, so excited! Dr. Daddy has finally given me the green light to have the house painted. It's a brick house with wood siding on a small portion of an addition on the back. So, not too much to paint but it will make such a huge difference. We're getting new shutters and we're going to add front porch lights on the front to match the ones we had put on the garage when we redid that last summer.

Here was the garage mid project (it was originally just three brick walls and a metal roof with no doors and an asphault floor). We raised the roof, had a side door and stoop installed, added a concrete apron and concrete floor and storage in the rafters. Our neighbor owns an overhead door company and hooked us up on the doors. I love them.



And after...




Here's the outside of our house now...you can see the shutters are in major disrepair. We also need a new roof for the door overhang but we aren't sure what we want yet.





We've decided to paint the shutters and the front door black. The trim will all be the same color as the garage doors. Dr. Daddy does not want a black door AT ALL. But, he doesn't want a red door, either, so what's a girl to do? Any suggestions?

Also exciting is the fact that we booked our spring break vacation. We decided to go skiing in Steamboat Springs in January (an excellent place for kids to learn to ski, by the way), and bagged our plans to ski in March. So we're off to Disney (again). We're excited though, because this will be the first time our kids have gone together. We're staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas. (gotta love that Disney Vacation Club) Also for the first time, our kids will both be old enough for the night time kids program. Do I hear a hell yeah?!

Dr. Daddy really has his mind set on driving but I'm going to do my best to talk him out of it. Anyone ever ridden the auto train?

17 comments:

debra said...

Our old house was brick like yours and I painted the door a dark (hunter) green. I quite liked it. It's still dark but not black.
Good luck!

Insight, Insanity, Imagination said...

oh boy! can't wait to see pictures of the finished project.

sorry I'm not help wit the travel plans. Never done the train thing

Bobbie said...

Hello neice,
Today is our 31st anniversary...thanks for the card! HA


Anyway, the house will look great no matter what you do.
You need to come see us and see our latest investment...paint and carpentry to repair the house! It looks great! I have enjoyed your blog! BS

Just Ask Beth said...

charleston green is a lovely color, not green, not black, but leaning towards black mostly. used in Chas. SC very popular and nice looking.

Ned said...

Why is he opposed to red? How about a deep cranberry? If I could not have either of those I would do black. OHH I recently saw a home with a gorgeous blue door, almost wedgewood blue, but a little periwinkle to it. I will try to take a picture for you.

Nina said...

What about a green door?

GroveGals said...

do NOT take the auto train...while i have not done it we have friends in richmond who took it last year with a 4 year old...they purchased one way walk up fare airline tickets to return

linda said...

The garage is a fantastic before and after! How about painting the front door one of the colors from the garage( beige/putty)?

SouthernAccent said...

Ever thought about painting the whole house? I love a white brick house with black shutters.

Sarah's Fab Day said...

What about painting the trim a dove gray and the shutters a slate blue? I know it sounds weird but it might work and be a little different from the black and red scheme. I posted a house a while ago with those colors and something similar might work. Just a thought.

http://sarahsfabday.blogspot.com/2008/05/my-ideal.html

Anonymous said...

Your home looks beautiful! Can't wait to see pictures after the changes!

Etiquettely Correct said...

You have a beautiful house. What about a shade of green for the door? Maybe a forest green?

Angela - Life w/ One Busy Boy said...

I hope your finger is feeling better...I love my cutco knives but they are always a hazard!

Sophisticated Southerner said...

Love those garage doors, and the outside lighting is absolutely exquisite! You always have such fabulous taste!

Eric said...

OMG all I have to say is "Preppy Pink Pickle!"

I LOVE THIS BLOG!

XOXO

The Lawyer's Wife said...

We have ridden the auto train and I found it fabulous. What could be better ... put your car on ... relax and wake up the next morning there? Kind of cool ...

Monogramchick said...

I love the house! I think you need a fabric awning with a monogram :) We were driving through a neighboring town the other day and I saw one and went nuts! Ok, maybe that's a little over the top, but what a great house!