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A Little Pop to the Front Stoop! (Oh the puns I considered!)

Just a little project again this weekend.  Years ago when I built the front stoop, we decided that staining was the way to go - less maintenance!  But the other day I got the idea to paint the railings on the stoop.  I like the way it turned out.  On Friday I used 100 grit sanding pads to sand the whole thing, then it was a matter of painting.  So here's the first before:

And midway through:

Another before:

And after:


And after:

That's the first coat.  One more coat oughta do the trick.  After that, the next step will really add some pop to the front of the house!

Simple Project - Back Porch Door Trim

Some projects are so simple, yet make a big impact.  Ever have one of those moments - you've looked at something on your house for years, then one day you look and think - Hey!  I have an idea!  That happened yesterday.  I was in the back yard and thought - wonder how the trim around the back door would look if it was brown instead of white?
That's right - off to Lowes for a pint of Rustoleum Flat Leather Brown.  After washing the area, setting up a small tarp (I am a horribly messy painter) and laying on the first coat (the final coat went on today), the whole project took less than an hour-and-a-half!  Here's the before (ignore the back stoop - it's on the list):

Here's a side-by-side before and after:

And here's another shot that really shows the look:

Gotta love the high-impact, oh-so-simple projects!

Made at 173: Rustic Bookcase

Not long after we bought 173, we put in a new basement floor, and while we were at it we replaced the basement windows.  Well...if you've followed this blog for any time at all, you know we're all about re-purposing stuff.  So we kept a few of the old basement windows.  One of them I put mirrors in and mounted on the side of the shed ... I dunno, sounded like a neat idea at the time, but over the years the frame disintegrated.  I don't recall where the other windows wound up, except for one.

Yes, that's right - for the first couple years here at 173, the basement windows were sealed with duct tape!  Anyway - after the front porch was remodeled (the link takes you to the second remodel, the first was pre-blog) a number of years ago, I had "my" little corner.  

I found that old Morris chair at a little country auction for $25 oh maybe 15 years ago or so.  Anyway, THAT'S what this post is about.  No, not the Morris chair - see that little bookcase?  Yep - M…

A Cleveland Pear Tree for the Devil's Strip

What's that strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street called?  I've thought about that a few times...and I can't remember what we called it when I was growing up.  You know, I don't think we called it anything!  I don't have even a single memory in which I recall even talking about it! A couple years ago I Google'ed it (geeze, is that how you even spell it?) and found some thoughts here.  There's a couple interesting terms in there, but really - I LOVE the Devil's Strip!  Apparently it's a regional term used in Akron, Ohio but I think it's cool enough that in the last few years I've taken to calling it that myself.  I know it's a total affectation, and almost always have to explain it when I use it in conversation - but I'm a one man crusade to see if we can get the Devil's Strip adopted nationwide!  Or at least in my little circle of friends!
Aaaaanyway...when we bought 173 back in '97, there were three HUGE maple …