Sunday, September 06, 2009

Taking it off

AKA: How to freak the shit out of my wife. It's usually pretty easy to get my wife going. The stuff that really gets her going usually involve a project I start, without her knowing it, while she is out. She usually comes home in the middle of me muddling with something, shakes her head and goes into the other room. You can imagine how she reacted when she came home to this in our side yard:  
It all started innocently enough. I was trying to prep the ceiling for installation of the fixture over the front step. Well, you know how that goes: If I am going to do it right, I have to re-paint the ceiling. If I am going to re-paint the ceiling, I have to install the molding that the PO took off. If I am going to do that, I am going to have to remove some siding. If I have to remove some siding, I better just take the opportunity to remove all of the siding at the entry. Sounds logical enough, right? By the way, this is the fixture I chose for over the steps. It’s from Rejuvenation. I think it is going to look pretty cool once it arrives and is in place.
I think where my wife's freak factor started to rise as she could see that as I started removing the siding, I was getting excited about what I was finding.  The wood was in decent shape (the colors hideous though), and the trim work looked pretty nice.  It also revealed that I can actually put my porch screens on the outside of the house, where they belong.  Right now, the aluminum siding covers the receiving trim and we are forced to jam them on the inside. 
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Anyway, during all of this, there is some pacing and "nervous cleaning" going on inside the house.  I am sure "Where the hell is he going to stop?" was running through my wife's head, on repeat, a thousand times a minute.  Well, yesterday, I stopped at the entry but who knows what I'll do if I get bored today. 
 Just check this out.  Why would you ever cover this up???
Anyway, I think that she is safe from a big project... ...for know.  I can't promise what will happen next spring though.

7 comments:

design girl said...

next sprint?!?!?! maybe that is part of the freak factor too, are you going to leave it like that over the winter?

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

I intend on painting all the exposed stuff and adding back the trim and install the fixture. Now, that is my INTENT. Whether or not is gets done or not...

Nathan said...

I love reading about discovering/uncovering details. That's some good restraint though; I would have gone crazy ripping it off, then been kicking myself until it snowed for biting off more than I can chew!

StuccoHouse said...

I laughed out loud at this post. Mine started one day when I was bored & wondering what was under the aluminum at my front door overhang.....and ended with my entire house de-aluminized. Very cool that what you discovered underneath is in good condition. I too wonder what was going through their minds.....

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

It's not really restraint (though I have to say it was tempting). It is the knowledge that my wife would kill me that keeps me from going too far out on a limb.

Julie said...

Excellent discovery! Our porch has a similar reveal at the top...it's a great perching place for birds.

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