Garage Makeover Excitement

I’ve not posted much about our Dutch colonial project,

because lately, all our progress hasn’t been that photogenic.

We’re talking framing walls, beefing up beams, etc. . . .

. . . which has to be done, but it’s just not that exciting (sorry, G.O.)

* * * *

The good news is that he’s finally bringing excitement back!

garage arbor blue morning glories

Now, THIS is exciting!

Yes — it’s time to complete our garage’s makeover!

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‘Before’

Our plans are to turn this homeliness . . .

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. . . into something a tad more cottage + charming, like this . . .

Speaking of inspirations,  this is our  garage's . . .

. . . using white vinyl siding, + lots of it.

Yes, that’s right — I said vinyl.

* * * *

Okay, okay.  I know.  Not cool.

Nothing screams “VINYL SIDING” more than an errant J channel!

What’s a J channel, you ask?  Here ’tis:

This is the J channel required by vinyl siding, to clad windows.

This is the J channel
required by most brands of vinyl siding,
to clad windows.

The good news is that at least one vinyl siding company . . .

 http://www.certainteed.com/ —

makes vinyl trim that eliminates J channels + thus, doesn’t LOOK like vinyl!

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Cool, no?

So, off we go to the local build-o-rama, to order.

* * * * *

But wait.

You know that occasion,

when you’re telling the male sales associate +/or your husband

 what you envision + what you want . . .

. . . + they’re looking at you blankly, as if you were speaking Martian?

Of COURSE, you do!

That occasion was happening to me at the build-o-rama.

* * * * *

punt

Time for lil’ mama to punt + go to plan B.

Here’s plan B:

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4′ x 8′ sheets of real wood.

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We are going to trim it out with real wood 1 x 4’s + 1 x 6’s,

which is going to be awesome.

Next, we’ll stain everything with solid color stain,

which comes in 100’s of scrumptious colors.

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I’m currently searching for the perfect pale, pale gray, like this, for the siding:

gray garage siding #1

What do you think of that black door?

I like it!  A lot!

If I don’t have the nerve to pull off black,

a medium-tone gray would be cool, too:

gray garage siding #2

Or, if I’m feeling particularly adventurous, a gray-blue would be awesome:

gray garage siding #3

Stay tuned!

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3 responses to “Garage Makeover Excitement

  • Dolores Larson

    I like the black garage door, and the black shutters. My husband wanted to replace the cedar siding on our current house soon after we moved here. I absolutely refused! But after painting (solid color staining) on the cedar siding every 5 years, which took all summer, I now welcome the vinyl siding.

    • cardinalkay64

      Dolores
      Today we went shopping at IKEA, Lowe’s + Home Depot. At 1 of the build-o-ramas, I spied a black door + KNEW. Black for our doors, it is . . . just as soon as it stops raining! Maybe tomorrow! TY for the comment. I love comments.
      K A Y

  • James

    Your inspiration pictures are always so awesome, I now that you are headed in the right direction. ( Love that little trellis with the blue morning glorys on the white garage )

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