Welcome to the Remodeling Guy Round-Up! I hope you’re here for the party with your post all ready to go! Ready to show off your hard work and your big dreams! I can’t wait to see what kind of awesome creativity everyone brings to the party! I know that you all are an amazing bunch, so I’m sure we’re in for some treats!
What’s A Round-Up?
Despite months of hard work, I’m not world famous yet! So there is the chance, slim though it may be, that you’re here and you have no idea what I’m talking about! Here’s what Webster says about a Round-Up:
Round”-up`\, n. The act of collecting or gathering together scattered
cattlebloggers by riding around them and drivingbegging and bribing them in. [Western U.S.]
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc. Revisions by Remodeling Guy
Well, the begging is over because the time is here! (indicating that if I had more time, I would proudly spend it on further begging) And the bribery, well I’ll tell you about that in a second!
First, I want to show you what I (we) did for the Round-Up!
Before & After Island Style
I don’t technically live on an Island, but I can see some from my window, and that’s close enough! As you’ll soon see, our remodeling has a tropical flare! So, without further ado, take a look at the eyesore we set out to fix today:
Welcome to our side porch! Yuk! I’m telling you what, this was one neglected and un-cared for piece of real estate right here! I’m talking BAD!
We almost never even use this side door. The most frequent use has been to take out the trash, which is generally done by the big kid, AJ. He’s fourteen and he never thinks to straighten the area up a little. And since Kim and I knew it was bad, we were content to pretend it wasn’t there!
You Can’t Pretend!
That whole “pretend it’s not there” is a bad idea. Areas that are just totally neglected like this just quietly knaw at you CONSTANTLY, even if you try to ignore them! I could write a whole book about that…
This area had broken deck boards, dead plants, dead batteries, worn-out rugs, and was just generally messy! And it was completely devoid of color! You can see by looking at the photo above that our house needs a new color outside! Bad!
What A Difference A Day Can Make!
That’s right! Uh huh!
How hot is this picture!? It’s beyond words if you ask me! I mean, if I do say so myself. In most of my life I try to be humble, but a man has to know when it’s just impossible. Like now.
And, I’m not sure if you noticed the little photography trick… but check the reflection in the glass. Oh yeah, that’s my Evinrude Outboard Motor! Now you see why this picture is just perfect!
One Day Only!
I’ve been busy working on some big projects due out on Monday. You’ll see. So I sort of procrastinated on the Round-Up project. In fact, I only started thinking about it last night (Wednesday…late!). So all of this had to be done in a day. Here’s a quick run-down of the day!
9:00 Take before pictures (because no-one would believe it otherwise!)
9:30 Go to shop and get some tools (how to chose? bring ’em all!)
10:00 Go to Home Depot – paint and lumber (we’ll talk more about this later!)
11:00 Finally start working – Build shutters first (I’m in love with my helper!)
12:00 Kim’s working too! – Inside painting brackets and the French Door (!)
1:00 Shutters almost ready for paint! – I Love My Sander (deeply)
2:00 Shutters painted and drying – Paint house walls (not ALL of them!)
3:30 Install shutters (more in the tutorial)
4:00 Kim touches-up shutters, while I install brackets on screen door
4:30 Fix broken deck-boards, then apply awesome cool finish to deck
5:00 We need some art! Make a lizard (the obvious choice)
6:00 Plants, pots, hang the lizard! (he’s a Fence Lizard!)
Then, we were done! (except for the clean-up…what a mess!) Take a look:
What A Day!
We’re thrilled with the results of today’s work and there is SO much I want to show you about everything we did!
- How I Built The Shutters – tutorial will be in the May Newsletter
- All About The Deck Finish – an upcoming post right here!
- How to Make the Gecko and Paint it – will be at Forever..Wherever!!
- Ralph Lauren Paints – I’ll talk about them at RG:Select soon!
None of these are done YET! I’ll do them over the weekend and update the links.
Enough About Me
I want to see what YOU did, or want to do, or tried to do! Whatever! This Round-Up is all about YOU and anything Home-Improvement related! Large projects, small projects, and projects that are still in the dream stages! Bring them all and include them in Mr. Linky!
It’s the standard set of rules:
- When you link, make sure the URL (website address) you put in is the one that goes straight to your post rather than your blog homepage. If you need help, email me I’d be happy to assist.
- Make sure you have a link to this post in your post! If you’re not linked here, then your readers can’t come see everyone elses entry. (I hope I don’t later realize that this should say “the other entry”)
- You may get a Round-Up button for use in your post at this post here. But you may not follow my example and photoshop my head onto clip-art! Only I can do that!
Oh Right, The Bribery
I promised there would be goodies! And there are! We’ll have two winners, randomly selected from the entries (only those entries which followed the above rules can win). The prizes are:
Prize Number One:
A Pink Tool Belt from Girlgear Industries! This was a big hit when we gave one away before and people still talk about it, so I figured you would love another shot at it! (Friday 2:00 PM, I just got an email from Terri at Girlgear Industries and she says she’ll supply another toolbelt to give to a randomly selected Newsletter Subscriber…so if you haven’t already, sign-up for the Newsletter right here!)
Prize Number Two:
Very simple and no picture needed: a $20 gift card to your choice of Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Okay..this is it. I won’t do another post until late Sunday night, so this will be up all weekend. Plenty of time if you don’t have something ready yet, and time to tell your friends! And now, Heeeeeeere’s Mr. Linky!