Part Two In The Regal Beagle Exterior Transformation
What a blessing it is to have the capability to see potential in places and things. It's something that is ever-present in my relationship with my husband The Mighty Oak. We have an innate ability to look at something and see something else. What could it become? TMO and I have moved five times in the last seven years. Every place that we go undergoes a major transformation. We have a burning desire to make things better. Hopefully we will be at the Regal Beagle for a long, long time. With that in mind we proceed with vigor!
THE DECK BEFORE
As I mentioned in the last post, the remodeling of the Beagle started with the exterior paint. To back up just a little further, you will notice something just above the French doors. This was a retractable, fabric sunshade that was ripped and worthless to us. TMO put it on Marketplace in the fall. Someone purchased and removed it. A good start to our project!
Then this spring before the paint went up, TMO took down the cornflower blue, gingerbread shutters. We still have these in our garage. Perhaps we can repurpose or sell them. The railings of the deck were the next to come down. We did not like this deck at all. TMO said it felt like a playpen, and I agree. There were also two planters by the step that also needed to be moved. The deck boards were not in good shape, and ready to be replaced. So TMO went to work deconstructing. Or as Chip Gaines would say... demo day!
With the deck boards removed, the painters arrived and started priming the house and painting the window trim and doors the gorgeous Sealskin by Sherwin Williams. I absolutely love this color, and am happy to be using it all all the accessories for my raised bed garden... which will come in another post. The Beagle was a bit of a ramshackle mess for a couple of weeks, which was fine, because we know that sometimes things have to look worse before they look better. That's part of the creation process. However, can we just appreciate how organized my husband's mind is... just look at that beautiful mess. There's a method to this madness after all!
The painters had been priming and trimming for a few days, when the weekend arrived. It was chilly, but sunny. We had the new deck boards delivered and it was a good time to get it done. We finished it up on Sunday which was also TMO's 50th birthday! We are so happy with the way the new deck turned out. It seems bigger, but isn't. And with the decision to paint Sealskin on the bottom edge, it really tied into the rest of the house. Next up is getting it stained and filling it up with planters and fun. I will add to this post as we get more done on the deck. We have a pergola planned for the deck in the future. Next post I will show you how we repurposed all those deck boards! If you like the idea of a raised bed garden, stay tuned! What is a project that got worse before it got better for you?