Monthly Archives: November 2013

Our Little Yellow House

Summer 2012

Summer 2012

This is our house last summer before we replaced the 30 year old siding.  We bought the house in April 2009.  Since then, we have slowly been remodeling the whole house.

Besides replacing the siding, we have also painted it a lighter and brighter yellow.  We decided on “Lively Yellow” by Behr with pure white for the trim.  Our front door is painted “Candy Violet” by Behr.  I wanted something fun for the front door as we remodeled and the color actually matches the petals of the Dame’s Rocket that grows in the front borders each spring.  It looks a little more purple in the first picture than the picture below shows.  It will stay this color until we replace the door.

We are now so close to being finished with the exterior of this house.  We are crossing or fingers that the weather stays nice through this weekend so we can finish siding, caulk, and paint!   It has been an interesting journey with lots of setbacks.  We would most likely be done if it weren’t for those pesky trees!


Late Summer 2012

I have decided I am not a fan of Silver Maple trees or Bradford Pears. They are fast growing trees and the wood is soft and weak. They constantly drop branches. During the time we were painting the front of the house we had a couple of tree limbs fall off the Silver Maple in the front yard.

There is less of a chance of this happening if the trees are properly pruned each year to help shape their fast growth. However, when we bought this house in 2009 we inherited older trees that were not pruned as they were growing and now limbs are dropping. This spring as we were finishing the back of the house my husband noticed the Bradford Pear had split clean down the middle of the trunk all the way to the ground. Splendid!


Early Spring 2013 bringing down the Bradford Pear

We were fortunate that none of the spring storm winds had brought the tree down but when the wind would blow you could see straight through the crack by almost an inch in places. It was only a matter of time before it would fall on someone. It had to come down right away.

My husband stopped working on the house to get rid of the tree. We are not entirely sure how old this tree was but we estimated 25+ years by the growth rings. We had expected this tree to fail because we had watched others in the neighborhood fail every spring. Bradford Pear trees have an awful reputation for weak wood so we watched for signs each year.


Bradford Pear Spring 2010 & Dargo our first Border Collie (RIP 1/11)

I was sad we had to bring down this tree because they are prettiest in the spring when they are flush with white blossoms. I won’t miss the awful smell though! Their blossoms smell foul and every spring it smelled like a critter had died in the yard! Yup, they smell that bad.

There is good that came from removing the tree. We have been able to give away and keep quite a bit of kindling and firewood. We were able to make a grape arbor, a little fence line for our potager garden, and I should be able to use quite a few of the small branches that are remaining for trellising the vegetables next spring. Just this past week we had another limb and a branch drop from the maple so it may be cut down soon as well. We will have an arborist take a look at it to see what should be done.


Grape Arbor

Potager Fence

Potager Fence

Now, I am optimistic I will be able to update this post with pictures of a fully painted house after this weekend!

Crossing fingers…

Update: 11/12/13

The weather changed on us and a cold front moved in.  We are hoping the forecast holds for this coming weekend when we should be able to paint!


Update: 11/17/13

50 mph gusts from 10am to 5pm today.

We can get away with painting all North surfaces of the house but that may be all today. It’s better than nothin’.  Off to take some pictures…

Craft/Office Closet Progress

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This is the walk-in hall closet on our second floor.  It measures just around 5 feet wide and 6 feet deep.  In the past we have used it for miscellaneous storage and pantry overflow.  We have been slowly converting it into a craft room/office.

I really need a place I can work on projects without little hands being able to get into stuff. This closet is the best place in the house to set up shop.  Right now, the kids have the kitchen table for their projects, and when it is nice out, their work table in the garage.  As the kids get older they need more project space that they can leave stuff set up for later and this space will fill that need as well.

The room was the cream color you see in the outer hall with white Rubbermaid wire shelving.  We moved the shelving to the utility room and decided on built-in shelves.  We bought poplar for the shelves and supports.  As we had time, we cleaned up the walls, cut, installed and painted the shelving.

Now, we need to just get it finished.  Currently, my husband is finishing the outside of the house.  We are crossing our fingers we can get the siding and paint finished before it becomes too cold and wet to do so.

The wall color is “Halcyon Green” by Sherwin-Williams.  We had extra from our bedroom remodel.  It changes color from a blue to a blue-green depending on lighting.  It is very pretty.  I love it in the bedroom because we get lots of natural light.

I may change it to SW “Quietude” here because it is a shade lighter and there is no window in this room.  I haven’t decided just yet.  The shelves are painted the same color as all of our trim, Vermont Cream by Behr.  The walls and shelves need one more coat of paint.

We are still deciding on whether or not to add another row of shelving.  I wanted to see how much I could fit on the existing shelves so I arranged some of my fabric and yarn stash on the middle shelf.  I left the top shelf for seasonal supplies, seldom used items, and bulk supplies like batting and stuffing.

Drawing out ideas with my awesome drawing skills

Drawing out ideas with my awesome drawing skills

I like the idea of adding another lower shelf for various office supplies and art notions.  I may not have it wrap all the way around the room, but rather, have it wall to wall on brackets above the desk.  It just depends on how much wall space is left over for an idea/inspiration pin/peg board.

This may go on a side wall so that tools can be placed in a more reachable area while I am working on projects.  Sometimes it is best to work in a space before putting on all the finishing touches.  If I can get a great work flow system in place using all three walls I will be happy.

I would also like to remove or cover the popcorn ceiling with beadboard and replace the existing chair with a more comfortable padded office chair.  Actually, I would LOVE to put a decorative window right in the middle of where I have the inspiration board but I am not sure how that would look on the outside of the house.  A girl can dream…


I am hoping to finish this project early winter 2013.

See the project update here.