Being away from home certainly makes us appreciate our little house.
We took a short trip this past week, and coming home and driving up the alley into our driveway instantly made me smile.
Last weekend before we left, I tweaked the back of the garage by installing a new galvanized barn light and touching up the vanilla-cream paint; and Jamie gave the garage door 2 new coats of Chocolate paint. (The first 2 were flat and we decided that the eggshell finish looked a little more….. polished)
Here’s the view coming up the back.
It looks great.
The new paint, the fence, and those river rocks around the Mexican razor grass…
I don’t know which detail I like the most.
Here’s what the back of the house looked like when we moved in…. obviously, before the fence went up.
But you get a good idea of the “pea-soup” color half the house was……
Why would anyone have a satellite dish right next to a TV antenna? Amazing? Those were the first 2 things to go. Jamie just reminded me that on Day 1 he climbed up on the roof and removed both of them just so I would stop bitching . Eventually I will paint the chimney to match the rest of the house…..but not in this 100 degree heat.
And here’s our warm, charming, slightly smaller than I wanted, barn light. (There’s a small light sensor on top, so it turns on at dusk)
Maybe someday I’ll find a bigger vintage one with paint chipping off.
This one was only $26 on Amazon, and I love it way more than the builder-grade bullshit spotlight that was there.
I think it gives the garage and “old service station” vibe… even more with the vintage Coke machine and tin sign collection inside.
Every little personal detail we add just makes this place feel more like home.
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