Fall 2017 Vibes from Zara

Posted 15 November 2017 at 11:16 PM | Comments (0)

Great use of all the fall trends: suede jacket, yellow top, wide leg jeans, wide belt, and silver boots. I’m feeling you, Zara. Thanks for the outfit inspo.

Fall 2017 Trends from Zara: Wide Leg Jeans, Suede Jacket, Silver Boots

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 18

Posted 3 November 2017 at 2:47 PM | Comments (0)

The gables were finished in September, but we kept dragging our feet on painting them. I was going back and forth on color choices (everything in Pewter Tankard, or introduce a new color?), and we were just very busy.

Then, last week, we noticed the weather forecast showed sun for several days, which is unusual for fall in the Pacific Northwest (usually it’s rain and more rain). So, my husband scrambled to take days off work, and ended up spending six days spackling, sanding, priming, and painting.

We got really lucky, too, because it wasn’t just that rain was coming—it turns out that snow was coming. Two mornings later, this is what we woke up to.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

Next, we have to get the gutters and downspouts on. Good thing, too—we’ve heard there may be some precipitation…

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 17

Posted 3 September 2017 at 5:16 PM | Comments (0)

Gables are done! This part actually took all week, so technically it’s Day 17-21, but since I didn’t take photos any other day, we’ll just group it into Day 17. It looks good, doesn’t it? More painting days to come.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 16

Posted 2 July 2017 at 7:55 PM | Comments (0)

I went to the house by myself today and painted the car port. It was peaceful and meditative—and this is coming from a person who used to think I would never want to own anything but a condominium, because I didn’t want to have to take care of the exterior and grounds.

You could say I’m growing up.

In the right light, the color (Pewter Tankard from Sherwin-Williams) is perfect: silvery gray with a touch of warmth. In morning light and under cloudy skies, it looks like a cooler gray, which is a little less sexy against the brick house, but it’ll do.

I am having the best time working on this house. Next up is cleaning and painting inside the car port, which is a big mess… but I have big plans for it. Big mess, big plans—sounds about right.

Sherwin-Williams Pewter Tankard, Gray Exterior Paint Color, Looks Good with Brick

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 15

Posted 25 June 2017 at 7:00 PM | Comments (0)

It was a family priming affair today. All four of us (including our two boys, ages six and nine) spent close to five hours priming the car port. In the process, I learned that new parents should hold off all painting projects until children are old enough to help! It went faster, and they learned a new skill as well.

While we were priming, a neighborhood couple walked past us and yelled out that they were big fans of the gray paint sample. I am glad they agree. Goodbye, ugly terracotta!

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 15

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 14

Posted 23 June 2017 at 4:56 PM | Comments (0)

Man, that roof looks good. And we’ve run out of money.

Next step: paint the wood siding of the car port until we can afford to finish the gables.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 14

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 13

Posted 22 June 2017 at 5:46 PM | Comments (0)

We’re so close…

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 13

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 12

Posted 21 June 2017 at 8:36 PM | Comments (0)

The roof is halfway there.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 12

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 11

Posted 20 June 2017 at 6:55 PM | Comments (0)

Well, shoot, things are looking pretty monochromatic right now (see the roof panels leaning against the house?). I’m hoping that won’t be the case when the roof is on.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 11

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 10

Posted 19 June 2017 at 9:37 PM | Comments (0)

The asphalt roof is coming off. Black dust is everywhere.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 10