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The Hand Rail & Banister

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Exhibit A.

 

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Exhibit B.

As you can see the banister and the handrail to the basement stairs needed a little TLC. Crusted up old paint and rust used to be the name of the game.

 

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That’s until I got out my all-time favorite power tool, the mouse sander. Little mousey got working and quickly gnawed off all the old paint and rust. Knew I could trust him!

 

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And a couple of licks of paint later, tadaaaa!

I chose a grey metallic instead of the original black which I had first intended. The reason being that the mechanism of the awning is aluminum and a similar color and since I’m going to stretch awning fabric between those two narrow bars I wanted the whole thing to match the awning. I think it turned out great. Now I just have to wait for the weather to go bad so I’ll be inspired to sit in the basement sewing.


The Mail Box

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Don’t know if you noticed the old mailbox in yesterday’s post? Remember how Wille and I found it along with the old wallpaper in the attic and how I was inspired to use it like this?

 

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Well it’s up! And dusted…

 

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And in use!

 

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I love the function which means I don’t have to store small garden tools inside behind the locked door but can easily grab them. And with the lid they stay dry too! I also think it’s so cool that it’s the original mail box to the house and back in use again. Second life.


The Painted Foundation

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So the foundation at the back of the house has finally been painted. I know several of you like the green color but it was so dark and dingy so I’m afraid it had to go.

 

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And here’s the result. The same grey (called duva/dove) as at the front of the house. I like it because it’s grey but it’s light. It gives the house a base to stand of without feeling heavy.

Oh, in this shot you can see how the deck rests on the top of the stairs. A couple of you were wondering if the step down would be hazardous but on the contrary it’s safer as it’s now down as opposed to over and down before.

 

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And here’s the before from afar. Or actually more like the during…

 

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… since this is the real proper ghetto before.


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And here’s the “kind of after” which still isn’t 100% complete. Will keep you updated with the flower bed process a little later on when the plants I ordered arrive. So excited!