Sunday, March 22, 2009
This is my beloved house.
My husband and I became first-time homeowners almost 3 years ago. This is a real dream come true especially with me being a "mostly" stay-at-home mom. Less than 1 month after moving in, our insurance company told us we needed to add hand rails to the cement steps at each entrance within 30 days or our coverage would be cancelled. We freaked out and my husband and his dad built steps with rails over the existing steps. They did an amazing job under the pressure of a tight deadline.
Ever since we've been debating whether to paint them, stain them, let them weather. Right now I feel that they stand out way too much. When I give directions, I say, "We're the house with THE STEPS!" I would like them to blend in. I am thinking of using a white stain pickling effect I saw once on HGTV. We will be adding some lattice to the sides of the steps. I want our Cape to look more Cape-y. Someday I would also love to add window boxes, have a curved path from the steps, and of course there's always the dream of the white picket fences with roses ...
All of my blog friends are so creative and full of inspired ideas. If you have any suggestions as to how to make the steps blend in more; how to Cape-ify my home more; colors for the door/shutters; any ideas; please feel free to share in a comment!
Until replacing the shed gets put on the to-do list (aka the budget), I try to make this little shabby shed as cute as I can.
Thanks for taking the time! I so look forward to reading any suggestions!