Sunday, June 6, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday - A Jigsaw May Be the Answer

Pic for Body of Blog3Visit Between Naps on the Porch for more Met Monday posts. I always find great decorating, reuse, use up and pretty up solutions.

My project today is incomplete, as you will see, but sometimes part of the answer is found in a new question. That is exactly what happened while trying to minimize the impact of an architectural style on our porch and deck. I thought it worth passing on that sometimes you just have to think out of the box.

Last week I posted pictures of our front porch with a paint question, what color? The desired end result was to help this country home settle more into the background. My genius friend Paula at Pondaliscious Plants, who can do this, said, “Why did they use THAT style? Take the ball finials off!” Within an hour, actually on his lunch time from work, my husband had taken a jigsaw and removed them all in the front and the back.

You will have to overlook the obvious need for pressure washing and paint. We have been traveling for a month, and then today, project day, it poured. We have not totally decided on colors, but will paint or stain the steps brown, keep the railings white? and paint just the door? I’ll post the results on a future Met Monday.

Below: BEFORE with finials screaming against the natural landscaping:

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Below: AFTER with the finials removed. I think it is more fitting to the Vermont countryside this way.

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Below: Now, what color to paint just the door? (The other one needs to be done, too, so ignore that color.)

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30 comments:

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Nancy, Definitely more appropriate for Vermont. I love the way the stairs circle around...so classy and so much more interesting than a straight staircase. Can't wait to see how you paint it.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow! That one little thing made a huge difference, huh? And what a beautiful setting! Happy week!...Debbie

Dawn said...

I don't know why anyone would add those large balls to anything!? I love the new england style steps, paint chips and all, HA!

Dawn said...

PS. I forgot to add, thanks for your sweetest comment on my 2 year mark post on Saturday. Touched my heart.

Lisa B. said...

I also love how your stairs curve. Safe those finials for future crafting! :)

Sandy said...

What a difference, love how the stairs curve up to the porch. You have a beautiful home, looks beautiful with all the trees in the background. Thanks for visiting, hope you stop by again soon.
Sandy

mle said...

Hi there! Removing the finials did make a difference. Love your curved stairway to the front door - so charming! thanks for stopping by to see me : )

Atticmag said...

I like the change a lot. Those types of things can be very satisfying. Your house is lovely. Hope you'll stop by for our glass vessel sink giveaway if you haven't already. Jane F.

DollZandThingZ said...

FYI: the reason there are ball finials and pointed finials on fence posts is becuase rain and humidity (and ice and snow) will seep into the wood if it flat. The cross grain of the wood is exposed to the elements and even humidity will cause them to swell over time.

If you have flat ones now , you need to cap them. Home Depot and Lowe's have various caps for them--not expensive. Some are fancy and some are just simple tops.

The new owners will get a nasty surprise if they are not capped. It's not enough just to paint them. Ask me how I know! In a former remodel, my contractor had to get them capped to pass inspection. Yours truly wanted them flat---

Shelia said...

Oh, I love your pretty steps and love them without the balls too. Your home is lovely and in a lovely setting!
Now I'm just partial to red doors! :)
thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Katie said...

I agree that it looks a lot better! Now, did you save all those finials for a fun project? I can think of a ton of things to do with them!

Katie said...

I agree that it looks sooo much better, and I love your landscaping.

Katie said...

I think it looks so much better! Now, what are you going to do with the finials? I can think of a few great projects!

Amy said...

Finials gone.. huge plus. I too really like the curved, wide stairs.. very welcoming. As far as door color. hmm.. that is certainly a toughy. I like color.. but I don't know how well bold color would due in "Vermont". It's kind of hard to tell the color of the siding.. is it salmon? It's always hard to get an exact color on a computer screen.

BTW.. is blogger down for you? I cant get in to do anything since late last night.. weird.

Southerncook said...

Your stairs to your front door are so unusual and interesting. I really like the changes you made too.

Carolyn/ A Southerners Notebook

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

So simple yet so effective!

MaidenShade Too said...

Just a note to say "hey" so you know I was here. Gosh I love your setting, house, everything (except the snow and cold you talked about during the winter; )

I work at noon today. Whoo hooo! Keep on keepin' on Nancy,

yours, tried and true - J

Katie said...

I agree that it looks great without the finials!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Nancy, that was very effective! Amazing how little details can help that way.

What about black for the door? I think that always looks very sophisticated, and it would blend nicely with your neutral palette. I think brown would work for the porch. What does your realtor say? That might be one thing to do, ask her what she thinks as they tend to know what would work in that particular market.

And one other thing... have you tried to use paintbrush or one of those programs on the picture to see what the porch and the door might look like in another color? That might be the way to go. Experiment with that and see how you like it.

XO,

Sheila

Sue Richardson said...

Nancy:
What a difference you have made by removing the finials! I can't wait to see how it turns out! You are selling? I'm new to your site. Found you after you posted a comment on my Well LOved Home. I don't know how you do all that you do!!! Can I have 1/4 tsp of your energy. Love your blog! Sue@awelllovedhome

miss corner cape said...

i think your home and stairs look amazing. those sweeping stairs look very inviting!

thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for your kind words on my planter redo. i think it looks much better that way, too.

vermont! yes! montana and vermont were the only 2 states that hadn't visited my blog. i am rather obsessed with google analytics these days, and you can see those details there. so thank you, lol!

Katie said...

Wow - I was having trouble with blogger, and I see it posted my comment every time I tried! So now you have 5 comments from me!

Martha said...

Lovely porch railing and modification. Hmm, I would go with a red color to counteract all the green and sunshine if I was to paint the door. I have a fondness for red doors, but it depends on your exposure and many things. Best Wishes and thanks for stopping by for P.S.

Sherry said...

Love the change! You have a great front yard.
Have a great week.

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

I love your stair case, it's very interesting and unusual! I can't wait to see what you decide to do with paint or stain.
Hugz,
Kim

Melissa Miller said...

WOW! It really looks beautiful! Great job! :)

Kim said...

The door? Yellow is popular and it will blend in in the fall :). You have a beautiful home. I love the curve of the steps.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

What a grand entrance. I love how wide and curvey your stairs are.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Your porch and steps are just beautiful. It's amazing what one change makes! And I've always wanted a house with a red door - I love the contrast. ;)
Thanks for stopping by today and leaving a sweet comment!

Debbie said...

What a lovely entrance to your home! Looks great with the balls removed.
Debbie@houseatthelake