This Tuesday Tidbits is coming to you from a very hot and humid place. I love our four seasons (LOVE) but I’ll be the first to admit I’m already online shopping for fall house decor (shh….don’t tell Trent).

When I left you last Tuesday, I was preparing to caulk the small fireplace and I’m happy to tell you this task is almost done. Woohoo! I still need to apply another coat of caulk (this will be the third coat) and I still need to apply 2 coats of paint (and presumably do some touch-ups), but I’m getting closer.

Before caulk:

Current status:

We are currently waiting for custom trim to be finished up for both the doorway in the kitchen/breezeway and the doorway we are re-opening in the office. Once the trim arrives (we had to call for help on the curved archway trim…totally over our heads), we will officially break open this original door. The home originally had a small third porch at this doorway. We plan to put something here (porch, patio, etc)…but we are still considering the options. Since this has been our plan all along, we did think to add exterior lighting at this soon-to-be doorway.

Trent and I are going back and forth with all of our exterior trim/windows/overhang/porches/etc. We are debating the best way to go about scraping, sanding and re-painting all of it. Several spots need some pretty extensive repair work, so that will be our first order of business. Repair. Then we will start scraping. My advice if you happen to drive by while we are up on scaffolding scraping the windows/trim: keep moving. I’m guessing this may be one of the worst jobs we have done to date. Nothing like making memories in the summer of 2018! Just look at all the work ahead of us.

And because I receive complaints if I don’t post some kind of photo of Niles, here he is. He does not appear to be too concerned with the summer projects ahead of us.

As always, have a wonderful week and thank you for following along!




  • June 19, 2018 Reply

    Karen Petsovich

    Do you have a name of someone who works on your overhang? Repairs are needed. Or do you do that by yourself?

  • June 19, 2018 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    I can certainly understand the scraping portion of your outside work. I am not sure if soda blasting coult work on removing the loose paint or not. There may be local restrictions for noise for noise but it is the least contaminating. Sandblasting leaves residue and also is very aggressive. Best of luck in what ever you decide.

  • June 19, 2018 Reply

    Drew Meyer

    A grand old house like yours would be incomplete without a cat…..

  • June 19, 2018 Reply


    Oh my gosh. I swear I’d hire that done!!

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