Veranda Update…

BEFORE
We have an update on the progress of our front Veranda. This is what it looked like when it was newish…very cute and cottagey, but over the years the poor carpentry skills of the Builder who made it showed. Railings falling out, wood rotting from the poor supports under and those kopper logs used as support post starting to get huge cracks and generally not looking too pretty.
DURING
This was the Veranda with the first coat of paint on and before the door was done and posts replaced…looking better….

AFTER
OK, so it’s not the best shot, but you can see what’s going on I hope.
We decided not to replace the railing as it opened up the front so much and we also opened up the view from inside. A new garden along the front (still in progress) of European Box, and twisted pines (soon) and some seaside daisies to soften it all up and I think it is a great improvement.

We are still doing some finishing jobs under the roof, and I still have to dress the front, once the floor is painted the charcoal on the door, but I can’t get over how grown up it makes our home look. Not like a doll’s house at all anymore.
You can see our new wicker roman blinds here, which we have everywhere else as well!

I hope the little pines grow fast, so I can whip them into shape like this one. We still have a lot to do in the garden…I have been enjoying pottering about out there now that the boy’s are a little older, so hopefully it will all take shape soon.

Here is the lovely charcoal colour on our front door I was talking about in a previous post. I think it looks lovely against the warm grey and white.

You can actually see a lot more of the detail from our old stain glass door now.

…and it looks wonderful with our Christmas wreath. I am still deciding on the urns as Mum bought me 2 wooden planters (you know the square ones with tounge and groove panels and little balls on the 4 corners?) that I was thinking of painting white for my little topiaries…hmm!

Ness xx

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  • BEAUTIFUL, NESS! Makes me want to pack a picnic and hang out on your porch!! I adore it!

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  • Wow, what a difference the painting and the removal of the railings has made (as well as your new garden) – it all looks very gorgeous and stylish. I can just imagine sitting in that rocking chair and whiling away the hours!

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  • O Ness am so glad you showed these as now i can imagine you there!! AM LOVING IT! The new paint and lack of railings really make it look so much more “now” and “you”..i bet you get lots of admiring drive bys! Mel xxx

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  • Oh Ness, it’s gorgeous. What a difference you have made. I love the history associated with your home…. oh and hi there little puppy! A-M xx

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  • Ness, the change is amazing! I love the charcoal on the door (would you share the paint information?) — taking down the railing and changing the plantings and the window blinds changed the entire feel of the house. It’s really wonderful. I could sit for hours in that rocking chair!
    Very nice, indeed!
    xo Isa

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  • Beautiful Ness – I love the colour scheme – such an improvement!

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  • Wow! Fantastic job. Looks much better without the railings – larger even. Love the charcoal colour on the door, which will look great on the floor too. Could you tell us the colour please? I’ve been thinking of painting my horrible colourbond fences charcoal, so they recede a bit and let the plants stand out more. This might be just the colour I’m after!

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  • The colour of the door, little cherubs, is ‘Woodland Grey’ by Dulux. They have a site at http://dulux.com.au
    Ness xx

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  • Love those plans. I, too, have a wooden house and can relate to ALL the things you’re saying …

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  • Just fabulous Ness! Well done to you, Mic & your trusty helpers, they must be as delighted as you.
    Millie ^_^

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  • Well maybe not so Millie now they have no fingertips from all the sanding!! No, I am kidding…they are.
    Ness xx

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  • Well done with all your hard work! Looking good.

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  • The front of your home has come a long way…looks great you’ve done a wonderful job.
    I love the door, both the color and the stained glass window…lovely!!
    Cheers

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  • Perfection, Ness!
    The paint colors you chose are just lovely. I like the wicker shades. They really add warmth.
    I love your ideas for your garden. Can’t wait to see it grown in!

    xo
    Brooke

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  • Beautiful Ness, beautiful! It reminds me of my fathers mothers house in Texas. The porch and all. Pour me a glass of lemonade, I think I’ll sit awhile! 🙂

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  • Wow…What a transformation. I love your front door. It looks so enviting.

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  • Ness, You’ll be sorry if you paint that concrete floor. Makes for very slippery footing underneath..that is if it doesnt start to peel, which it always does. I painted a friends concrete porch floor in a checkerboard pattern and it bubbled,peeled and was very slick in rainy weather. We used very good paint and follwed all of the specific directions. Just thought you might like the info.

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  • Anon,
    thanks for the advice. My Brother is head a an Industrial Floor company and he has the scoop on what to use. It better work and not peel is all I’ll say!!!
    Ness xx

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  • Don’t you wish you could wave a growing wand to make your plants grow faster? I do. I am very impatient when it comes to seeing them reach their prefered height..especially those sodding slow growing things!
    Ness xx

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  • Why did you remove the what seems like the wrap around porch?

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  • This turned out beautifully! What a charming home you have. Love.

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  • Anonymous,
    There was never a wrap around veranda. It just goes straight across the front. All we done was change the poles to new ones and take the railings away. Everything else remains the same. That is what we will eventually do though, put the veranda around the entire house. Until then I dream 🙂
    Ness xx

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  • It looks gorgeous. I love that you have removed the railings.

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