Friday, September 25, 2009

Here It Is!

It is still raining. See the rain dripping off my umbrella?
But I took this photo to show you.
When I was going through all of my house photos, I realized that I did not have a single photo of the front of our house, except this one that I took last year after we took off a layer of cement siding and painted the original siding. This is the reason my blog is called "A Romantic Porch" and I love to feature other porches. Some day we hope to have our own "romantic porch" restored to the front of our home. Years and years ago, probably 70 or so, our home was converted into an upstairs and downstairs apartment, and the porch was ripped off...gasp!

Mr. Romantic Porch spent his birthday money on trim boards for our house. They were torn off when the "modern cement siding" was put on! He could have paid bills or bought himself a new pair of jeans, but he's sweet like that, so he just bought wood! And he bought himself several hours of hard work. smile sigh
This is where a door for the apartment was. The hole obviously was quickly repaired before the modern siding went on.
Before the door was put in for the apartment, a beveled window like you see on our neighbor's wall was taken out. I hope we can find a window to put back in our wall, sometime.
But for now, the wall is all fixed nice and smooth. I painted right along behind them as quickly as they could get the wood up. Yes, we worked as late as we could, Saturday and Labor Day and a few other evenings since then.
He found the wires for both doorbells, downstairs and upstairs. Our downstairs doorbell works.

Looks like they were walking on the wall up there doesn't it?

So that's it...3 sections done. The side, front, and right side that wraps around to the chimney. I didn't take a photo of that. We don't have safe ladders or scaffolding to do the top part yet, so we will work on another section of the, I guess when we have more birthday money! And someday, there will be "A Romantic Porch" right here on our house.
Have a great day!
xo rachel


The Green Pea said...

How nice that Mr. RP can do the work himself. It looks very nice. Great job Mr. RP. sandi

Mom Going said...

Wow! how pretty!

Claudia said...

It looks lovely - how wonderful that you are restoring this beauty. And Mr. RP is a sweetie!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Rachel,
Mr. Romantic Porch is a very nice fellow using his birthday money to fix your house! I have a guy like that too. Your house looks pretty much the same colour as ours! Ours is called 'clay' and it is siding not painted. I just love the character in older homes, even those without porches! The new homes lack romance. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.


Dawn said...

Your home is so cute. Even with out the porch yet. My hubby keeps telling me "everything takes time". It's nice that your's can do the work himself.

Connie said...

Oooh, that is soooo much better than cement, sugar! You've got a sweetie to spend his money on the house. But it did turn out beautifully. You're right; it is a very romantic porch, chick...

Mindy said...

So neat to find the original part of the house! What a sweet hubby to spend his bday money like that. We are in the process of getting a porch on the front of our house. I am so excited!!! I don't think ours ever had one across the front, but it definitly needed one. I'm going to try to blog the process. Have a great weekend!

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Rachel; What a wonderful Hubby you have, to spend his B-money on your home... I love the colors you painted it, just gorgeous.. I think your front porch is not to bad looking at all... love your fall decor... can't wait to see more... have a great weekend,


The Going Blog said...

It is looking great! I know you must be so excited.

Stella said...

What a man! Your house is looking great. Can't wait to see the new porch someday. Keep dreaming.

Sharon said...

You've come a long way baby! It is going to be so pretty! It looks nice now and I love your fall decor!

Stay dry!

Hugs, Sharon

Gloria Snelling said...

Wow! It is looking great.

Esther said...

Oh, WOW!!!! That is beautiful!!!! I'm SO happy for you! It is even more beautiful than it sounded on the phone!! What talented men you have in your family! I love the new design at the top! It's all sooo pretty!

Love you!

Donnie said...

Dear Rachel,
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!!! And you did it all yourselves, even more special.
Love you, Donnie

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Rachel,
Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your visit and comment. I sure hope you come for a visit again real soon!

I also wanted to comment on your porch. It is turning out beautifully. I love your paneling and the color is my fave. Actually it is very similar to the color of my petite cottage...:-D Can't wait to look around your blog some more...Have a wonderful weekend.


Ronda said...

It looks BEautiful! So happy for you!! :) Hope that you are having a good weekend...

Joy said...

So nice that your Mr Romantic Porch is so handy. I really like the rocker on your porch. Your all doing an amazing job.

blushing rose said...

What a lovely porch ... restorations are sooo worthwhile & sooo enjoyable, aren't they. Have a great week. TTFN ~ Marydon

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Romantic Porch. How nice of you to share your birthday money with Mrs. Romantic Porch and the house. Good man!!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

It looks great! I'm still loving the sage green!

It is kinda disappointing to have to spend "fun" money on "boring" things like home maintenance. We had a little extra a couple weeks ago and "splurged" on a screen door. Just an ordinary screen door. It's nice to have... and I guess that's really the only way to get things like that... just bite the bullet and do it a little at a time.

Traci said...

Rachel, your home is looking beautiful. What a great job you and Mr.RP are doing! It is a shame what some people do to remuddle old houses. Your home is just lucky to have such loving owners. Traci


Hi Rachel. What a sweet and thoughtful hubby! You're both inspiring.


Alison Gibbs said...

Isn't it wonderful when you are both working on restoring your beautiful home. Funny how when we love something like that, that it is what we want to spend our 'extra' money on.

Gretchen said...


I love that you and your husband are taking the time to put your house back the way it was. My husband would do the same thing with birthday money. Aren't we lucky to have such great guys.

Even though I know it will take you a while to finish this project, I know when it's finished you will really have brought back its history.


Rebecca said...

OHMYGOSH...I love it, Rachel! Such beauty and so much work. I can more than appreciate your effort. Your guy and mine would SURELY be best buddies.

Now...about your comment today on old friends.

God is ALWAYS bringing people to my mind I haven't thought of in years. Random thoughts of children from kindergarten and beyond...

I use to question this...even asking other people if it happened to them. Most would say "no". Then in love my daddy said to me "God knows you will pray for the people who come to your mind, Becky Sue". He was right. I did.

Love to you girly. You are a huge inspiration to me.

Love, Rebecca