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Summer Project: The Entryway

May 22, 2008 | 8 Comments | Uncategorized
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This is the front door to my little abode:

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The entire entryway has been slowly crumbling to pieces about since I bought the place four years ago. Starting with the 80 year old wrought iron railing, which was held together with spit and twine.

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Then there’s the spot where the wrought iron was sunk into the concrete, rusted, and subsequently over the course of several decades, well nature took it’s course..

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Nature, in the form of a squirrel named Frida, is also responsible for the corner of my door which has been gnawed off.

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This is my fault, because Frida was a friendly squirrel, and I used to feed her peanuts by hand. And when I was inside and she was hungry… well, you see what happens.

The culprit (pre cats of course, who wouldn’t stand for this at all):
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Squirrel feeding is by no means a new activity for me, as evidenced by this picture, circa 1985:
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That’s Clifford. I named him after the Big Red Dog, which was actually fairly creative for the animal naming scheme I had back then, since my pet rabbit was named Hopsy, and my pet hamster was named Hammy. And my grandmothers parakeet (which I named) was called Perry.

Okay, we went from broken porch to parakeet naming, so I’ve gotten a little off-topic here. The moral of that story was don’t hand feed squirrels, or make sure they can’t reach a corner of your door to gnaw on.

The last front porch flaw I’d like to point out comes to us courtesy of the scotch-tape, popsicle stick, and toothpick weilding previous owners.

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You can see here that some highly unqualified person attempted to use mortar and/or some runny mystery substance to patch up areas between and around these stones. And you can thank them for the upcomming lesson on tuck-pointing, which I feel obliged to share with you all to ensure that this never happens to anyones house ever again. I mean, W.T.F?

I have to move on before actual steam starts pouring out of my actual ears.

I already started on this project the same way many projects start in this house… with demolition.

Tools of Destruction:
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Something you may not know about me is that I am like Macgyver for tools. (If you don’t belive me, read this post wherein I use a screwdriver and zip-ties to get a fence post out of the ground.) So, when my usual Tools of Destruction weren’t doing the job, I found something else handy and used that. Like a BFR.

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The end result:
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Next up, tuck pointing, building a new storm door, having a new concrete pad poured, and installing new railings. Ahhhh, projects. The makings of a perfect summer.

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    Comments

  • Julie


    Awww, I love the old door……so pretty. But I can see why there are needed repairs. :)

  • jenni


    I love the door too, Maybe it can be re-used as art or something. Maybe that mirror spray paint behind the glass. I can see your door, door is very attractive as well and the current storm doors distracts from your door, door. Another “fun” project, can’t wait to see the results.

  • Sandy


    I, too, like that door. I also like what looks like terra cotta tiles on the porch. Too bad the PO was a doofus!

  • patti


    i so got BFR on the first try. either i am a savant of this site or everyone got it on the first try and i am an idiot for thinking i was so clever.

  • Julie


    Beautiful entry way! I’m sure it’s going to be even better when you get done fixing it up.

  • Bix


    Looks Awesome …totally digging the Colors .. Looks Beautiful
    Job Well Done … I am laughing out loud at your comments of previous Owners … Scotch tape, Popsicles sticks …toothpick welding. Don’t forget the Duct Tape and Cereal Boxes …… funny things you find behind wall plates in your living room. – Kit I am with ya.

  • Jennifer


    Oh, I love curved doors. LOVE them. I’m sad that door is leaving… :(

  • Cara


    Love, love, love the entryway – the color is perfect! Good luck with the repairs, happy birthday, & congrats on the weight loss! Your blog is inspiring – maybe I can pull myself away from the PC now to go paint the living room…

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