Our house is white vinyl siding with white trim. Since I'm about to replace the front door, I thought what better time to pick a trim color than now? I've colorized a photo for several different trim colors, so here's my basic entries just to see what it would look like. Once we've decided on a color we'll narrow it down more to a specific shade. The first picture is the original color as it is now.
Wow, $160 for a freakin' doorknob is more than I expected, but hey, it's gotta look good, right?
Here's what we chose. It's pretty plain and has the vertical line look of Craftsman, without getting too plain or too starkly straight:
I finally did it. Winter is fast approaching (this weekend...) and my air-leaky door has to be replaced. I put in an order for a new craftsman style prehung magnetic seal entry door. It should arrive next week. Now I just need to pick the doorknob set, so if anyone has any suggestions of a style that would be 'craftsman-like' in brushed nickel I'd appreciate the input.
Just like Poltergeist 2, The bugs are back. There's only about half as many as I had the first day, but this is the very next sunny day. Spraying has little or no effect on them returning because they are coming from the trees. The best option is to try to shop-vac them away. Picture this, but on every window, every corner, every eave:
We're about in the peak of the fall colors, so I posted a few pictures on Flickr.
Here's a sample:
I arrived home last night to find my house under siege. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis) were swarming my house. Each window had several hundred clustered around it. Only around 100 had made it inside the house, and all were around the older windows that don't seal well. Some of the windows you almost couldn't even see out there were so many climbing on the window.
I can see why they are nicknamed 'Halloween beetles.'
My business partner loaned me a ZVOX 315 for the new entertainment center and TV. Basically it's a stereo system all within a single speaker cabinet. It will simulate surround, etc. He'd bought it thinking he'd put a TV in his formal living room and never got around to it.
I finally finished the TV stand for the new 32' LCD TV. Here's a picture of the final product. I figure in a furniture store it would probably have cost me around $800, but materials to build it myself to my specifications were only around $350 or so. You can see the under-constructions photos here.
I finished the top, doors and drawer of the entertainment center so I stayed out until 11 PM staining it so that I can hopefully put the poly on tomorrow:
You can see the craftsman style to it, and I chose a stain that matched the period as well.
The lighting makes it look more splotchy than it is, but I probably still should have used a wood conditioner prior to staining since it's not all hardwood. imported-162
Our TV died - well mostly. The green gun went out, so the picture is excessively red. When we bought that one I swore the next TV I bought would be a 'plasma'. Well I was wrong, but not by much. I went out and picked up the Samsung 32' LCD from WorstBuy. Well I call it WorstBuy because everyone else does, and the service when Carla picked this TV up was horrible.