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Our Yard’s Blue + White Theme

It’s starting to look like Fall in our yard,

as some of our + our neighbors’ trees are dropping their leaves

Speaking of  leaves, check out these, on one of our Oak Leaf hydrangeas:

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 If only I’d taken this photo a couple days ago,

when those red leaves were so vivid + gorgeous!

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They already pop nicely against our neighbor’s light wood fence,

so imagine how stunning they will be when all the leaves turn scarlet!

They’ll eventually grow to 8′ – 10′ tall + will provide lots of privacy.

I blogged about them last August when we were planting them.

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They were only about a foot tall.

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They’re now almost 4′ tall.

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This first season, we had only about 6 or 7 total blooms,

but fingers crossed they will look more like this next summer:

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While I was outside this morning,

I decided to snap a few more photos of my groovies.

There’s my very pretty blue gazing ball on an old hollow stump,

 a vintage Dachshund statue,

+ some velvety Pulmonaria (a.k.a. Lungwort) plants:

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That bit of a fern belongs to our large Boston fern (below),

+ those cobalt blue glass stars are from my favorite garden center,

Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, IL.

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Here’s a better look,

with some companion globe thistle plants, in our last house’s yard:

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So pretty!

And wouldn’t you know it — I got the globe thistle plants at Blumen Gardens, too!

Anyway, it’s easy to see that our yard has a bit of a blue + white theme.

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Some pretty blue Endless Summer hydrangeas

are growing just across the yard from our Oak Leaves.

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We even painted our garden shed blue.

That’s our bee garden that we planted this summer.

The pretty white Coneflowers are the stars right now,

+ yes, we attracted bees!

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That bird bath on a stand is also from Blumen Gardens,

+ how much do I love that mosaic blue + white transferware plate!

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Oops.  I should have tidied it up before taking a photo!

Finally — in closing — next spring

we’ll have all sorts of pretty blue + white spring flowers.

We planted lots of bulbs, about which you can read more, here.

That’s really going to be a much-needed morale boost

when everything’s gloomy + muddy in March

+ I’m so cold I can’t feel my toes.


Chippy Vintage Outdoor Dining

We gave away our old outdoor dining set the other day.

I have no photos of said same, which is just as well.

Meanwhile, one wonders at this point:

what are we to do when we want to dine al fresco?

Luckily, I had a light bulb moment when I spied this table,

languishing unused in our cellar hideaway.

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I thought — wouldn’t it make an unusual + charming outdoor table?

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People.  That very shade of green is crazy in style now.

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And who doesn’t  love the enamel table top?

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Within minutes, G.O. + I carried our table outside

+ set it in front of our garden shed.

Please allow me to point out a couple items.

That DOOR remains in its awful before state, which I hate.

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Fingers crossed we’ll re-do them yet this year.

 And please may I point out our shed’s roof finials?

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I was after a colonial Williamsburg vibe at the time.

But back to the table.

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Soon I started gathering a few things,

hoping that a quaint vignette would ensue.

Check this out.

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It’s one of those weed/cedar trees that are all over the yard!

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I thought it would look great in a pot,

 but shockingly, G.O. predicted it would never live.

So far, so good, but there is winter, looming.

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Next — these vintage folding chairs were languishing unused in our garden shed:

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I have to say that I love a good chair project

+ I’ve done plenty of them.

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For these chairs, I decided that I’d sew some simple cushions,

using my go-to fabric — the blue ticking stripe cotton.

 I had hand-stenciled them with my go-to motif,

the red circle + white plus sign.

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You can just see a peak of the pretty pale blue liner fabric:

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I decided to attach the chair pad with ties

that I’d sewn with the same blue + white ticking stripe.

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I’ll be sure + keep you posted re: our shed doors.

Stay tuned, later this wee, I hope!


She Said She Shed

Today’s perfect weather left me no choice.

It was a great day to work outside, so I (we) did!

First thing, I mowed — on the diagonal, like at the ballpark.

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Oh, how long have I waited for a re-do of that porch of ours

+ for the chance pop a few (dozen) plants into the ground!

Today’s project, however, was to turn our garden shed into a she shed.

Yeah.  That’s a thing.  She sheds.

Here’s what it looks like now:

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Here’s what it looked like when we bought our house:

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OMiGosh!  How nasty!

First up in the re-do — a new roof:

To charm things up a bit, I ordered a pair of metal finials

from architecturaldepot.com:

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Ta da!

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Much better, am I right?

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Yes, they’re just what that shed roof needed!

Oh, + I forgot to mention — at some point, we painted the exterior

Benjamin Moore’s Blue Spruce.

Those hiddy original doors still await their makeover,

but I know what I want, + I will share soon, promise.

So.  Today we worked inside.

Exhibit A:

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HORRIBLE!

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These shelves held (just a fraction of) G.O.’s “valuables”

+ if I was to have myself a she shed, they had to move to the garage.

He offered to give me one of those Rubbermaid masterpieces,

but I said I couldn’t possibly take one!

Given the choice, don’t we always go with something vintage?

Yes, we do, + here we have it —

some really swell old shelves from my old booth space.

Got ’em from the curb!  Score!

Check out the chippy white metal shelves!

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Here ’tis, sporting some of my gardening supplies.

Disclaimer: It doesn’t look like this now, as I’ve tweaked it a bit.

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Updated photos in the a.m., promise.

My next storage item is made from yet more vintage happiness —

these wonderful yellow metal saw horses:

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Aren’t they great?

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Disclaimer, the sequel:  it’s all been redone a couple times.

That’s how I roll!

See you in the a.m. for some updated snappies!

 


4 Befores + Afters In My Head

#1

Look what I discovered at the Dutch Colonial just this morning!

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  How adorable is that charming little window in the gable?

My steel trap-like mind immediately raced to a ‘before + after’

involving a transformation of this boxy room . . .

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B E F O R E

. . . into something far more wonderful, like this one!

A F T E R

A F T E R

Sure, we’d have to vault that ceiling.

Is there a problem, she asks?

G.O. assures me that there IS.

(Stay tuned.)

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#2

More do-able is our next ‘before + after’,

which is actually already underway.

It involves our front porch’s light fixture:

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B E F O R E

That Craftsman-style light fixture might look divine in someone’s dining room,

but not so much our front porch.

No worries . . . I’ve already ordered its replacement:

A F T E R

A F T E R

It was on final sale at Pottery Barn when I ordered it a few days ago . . .

. . . but I just checked, + it seems to be sold out already!

So glad that  I (for once) ordered in a timely fashion!

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#3
And speaking of our front porch,
here ’tis, in the first weeks after we started our project:
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You just KNOW that it wasn’t originally enclosed like this!
Currently, it’s in its mid-demolition mode,
en route to its ‘after’:
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Fingers crossed!
Here’s what I’m envisioning:
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Can’t wait!

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#4

And, finally, here’s an ‘after’ which took place on Sunday:

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Our new finials have been attached to our garden shed roof!

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Love them!

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Not loving those plywood doors,

still in their ‘before’ stage!

Once again, stay tuned!


Retail + Baseball Therapy!

Today I’m seeking the morale boost that an online purchase provides.

Here ’tis:

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‘Tis a roof finial, + I need a pair, actually . . .

. . .  one for each end of our garden shed roof peak:

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At about 7″ high, I’d say these finials will be perfect!

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Speaking of retail morale boosts,

Saturday morning I shopped our local French Country Market:

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The Good Humor Man was there!

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This adorable girl provided live sax music!

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This cool, vintage camper was for sale!

I called G.O. + asked him to come down + have a look-see:

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It was completely re-done + wonderful,

but I’d rather we re-did one ourselves.

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Speaking of G.O.,

I did purchase a huge, red O from this booth:

Hundt No More Antiques & Collectibles 779.279.1109

Hundt No More
Antiques & Collectibles
779.279.1109

Even though he nixed the idea**,

my plans were to include the O in my bridal shower gift

for his beautiful soon-to-be-daughter-in-law:

L, niece of G.O. R, soon-to-be-DIL of G.O.

L, niece of G.O.
R, soon-to-be-DIL of G.O.

** He even said, “I’d have just gotten her a $50 gift certificate to Kohl’s!” . . .

. . . no offense, Kohl’s, but that’s just not how I roll,

gift-giving-wise.

Fingers crossed that ‘the kids’ dig their O (+ other stuff!)

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Back to the Market.

My other purchase:

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Vintage initial pennants!

I am going to use them to make pillows,

similar to what I’ve done in the past

with a really swell vintage golf flag:

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Sold it in my etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/transaction/39139050

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Anyway, as much fun as I had at the French Country Market,

Saturday’s highlight took place here:

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Wrigley Field’s iconic manual scoreboard

We took our grandlad to his first-ever Cubs-Cardinals game

at Chicago’s Wrigley Field!

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Wrigley Field’s iconic marquee

And yes, the Cubs DID manage to win one.

(HA!  I “keed”!)

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But check it out!

WE GOT ON NATIONAL TV!

He has a peanut shell on his finger.   Kids do that sort of thing.

He has a peanut shell on his finger.
Kids do that sort of thing.

Yes, we made our own signs,

+ yes, the national FOX TV broadcast showed us!

His “GO CUBS” was a huge hit!  FUN!

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My sign is a shout-out to Tim McCarver,

the FOX MLB broadcaster who’s retiring after this season:

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McCarver was the Cardinals’ star catcher in the sixties:

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3 World Series: ’64, ’67 + ’68!

Feel free to comment if you noticed

what a good sport Grandma Kay is,

to promote or even tolerate my grandlad’s Cubs fandom!  😉

Who do you think bought him that shirt?  😉

Thank you!


OMG! Original 30’s Wood Siding!

Imagine my very pleasant surprise on Wednesday morning,

when I show up at our project Dutch colonial

+ see that the bad aluminum siding is “going away”!

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Good riddance!

Compare + contrast:

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B E F O R E

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D U R I N G

So, it DOES look a little like a haunted house right now . . .

but can’t you SEE how fantastic the original siding + trim is?

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The long-ago (C 30’s) carpenters who sided this house

were beyond superb craftsmen, I’d say.

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Just look at the detail of the dining room bay angles!

Their precision workmanship is mind-boggling, don’t you agree?

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Meanwhile, our garden shed is now a dark-ish gray/blue.

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No worries — those doors are going away.

At the Benjamin Moore store earlier in the day,

I opted to go with Blue Spruce,

one shade darker on the chart than my original choice,

Providence Blue.

YIKES.

Natch, I immediately felt a twinge of painter’s remorse**.

Providence Blue is at the lower right.

My original choice is at the lower right.
Blue Spruce, a shade darker,
is not shown here.

Here’s our adorable painting assistant, at the start of our project:

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Our grandlad.

**At this point, I’m worrying that I didn’t go dark enough.

YIKES.

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 Meanwhile, G.O.’s (unsolicited ;-)) observation was,

“I don’t think I am going to like this!”

I smiled, knowingly . . .

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. . . because, at the finishing point, guess what!

HE LOVED IT!

I LOVED IT!

Here are G.O. + our painting assistant, relaxing after their busy day:

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Please pay close attention to the vintage, white trellis in this ^^ photo op,

+ envision it attached to this side of our garden shed:

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I KNOW!!??

I love it!

I think we should plant a climbing Hydrangea on said-same:

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As always, stay tuned!


My Colonial Williamsburg Hopes + Dreams

What a difference a day (+ a new roof) makes . . .

. . . 24 little hours!

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B E F O R E

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D U R I N G

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And, in my semi-delusional state of mind . . . here’s the

A F T E R !

In my mind, anyway, AFTER!

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  What’s this?  You’re not seeing a Colonial Williamsburg vibe?

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Okay, so maybe my Colonial Williamsburg hopes + dreams

are a bit of a stretch . . .

. . . but the shed does look better!

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Tomorrow we paint!

I've chosen Providence Blue.

I’ve chosen Benjamin Moore’s
Providence Blue,
at the far lower right.

My plans include tricked-out doors, similar to this:

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Remodelista.com

IF our shed gets enough sunshine during the day,

 I want to train an espalier fruit tree

on this plain, south-facing side:

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espalier against stone

The jury’s still out on the sunshine there.

Looks pretty shady.

No worries; if so,

we could always have ourselves a climbing hydrangea:

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Stay tuned!


Garden Shed Blues

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Now that our garage is nearly completed . . .

. . . my thoughts are turning to really IMPORTANT things like this:

dachshund weathervane

East Coast Weathervanes

. . . because of this adorableness:

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I’m not sure if I’ll spring for the Dachshund weathervane,

but wouldn’t it be cool if I did?

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Meanwhile, back to the less superficial portion of our project . . .

. . . today our humble garden shed finally gets its roof:

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B e f o r e

In Progress

In Progress

Yes, I paid nearly $20 on sample paint pots from Benjamin Moore.

No, I didn’t like any of them.

Fear not, though!

One can find color inspiration on Pinterest.

I recommend doing said-same!

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If you’re me — type “blue** paint colors” in the search + voila.

That’s how I discovered the fabulous Benjamin Moore, Santorini blue:

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One quick trip to our Benjamin Moore paint store later,

+ I have these ^^ swatches.

(**Disclaimer: I have to have a blue garden shed

because of my fondness for any blue flower.  It’s my scheme.

There’s a post for another day!)

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I’m undecided about WHICH Benjamin Moore blue I’ll chose . . .

In Progress

 

. . . but I do know that those plain Jane plywood doors MUST be tricked out!

I dig the diagonal bead board detail on these vintage garage doors:

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I think I’ll push for something like this, though:

Remodelista.com

Remodelista.com

Fingers crossed I get to paint tomorrow!  Stay tuned!


Top 2 Reasons G.O. Bought Our House

Please view the 2 reasons G.O. agreed to buy our Dutch colonial foreclosure:

NUMBER ONE  —  THE GARAGE

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It’s homely, strangely short + not that ginormous . . .

. . . which, sadly, kind of describes ME!

Va va va voom!

Va va va voom!

HA! — but I “keed”!

And I digress.

NUMBER TWO — THE SHED

This garden shed's on the huge side, meaning thumbs up from G.O.

This garden shed’s on the huge side, meaning thumbs up from G.O.

(For a starter, that can crusher’s gotta go.)

Any-hoo, if you ask me, these forelorn structures should thank their lucky stars

we arrived, just in time to give them both their facelifts.

I’ve already described my hopes + dreams for that garage,

which is now sporting its new  + muy bueno charcoal gray roof.

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And soon(er) than G.O. would like, my roof spire:

Can we please do this TO-day?  She asks.

Can we please do this TO-day? She asks.

He said something about it being “low on (his) priority list.

PLEASE.

It’s at the top of mine!

(Stay tuned.)

Now, to the shed.  It will soon have a colonial red steel roof.

Hello, gorgeous!

Hello, gorgeous!

Despite this ^^ colorful choice ^^

GO has been complaining about my ‘drab’ exterior color scheme.

Perhaps this is one reason why:

The darkest of dark charcoal gray!

The darkest of dark charcoal gray!

It’s ^^ my color inspiration for the shed ^^ — something of the dark gray persuasion . . .

. . . in my favorite — the solid color stain.

Raven, please

Raven, please

But wait!  There’s more!

Those plain Jane plywood doors aren’t going to stay that way,

not when I’m around.

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Here is my garage door inspiration, just down the street:

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It’s hard to see, but there’s diagonal bead board here, people!

Consider it done! — on our shed’s plywood cheapies — + hopefully, soon!


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