Amazingly, our extensive fixer-upper project is moving along without a hitch but there are still more decisions to be made. However, after the trauma of picking out the cabinet hardware (okay, maybe I’m slightly exaggerating), everything else seems to be a breeze!
(If you’ve missed anything along the way, you can find the full series here)
Our next decision was to figure out what color we were going to paint the house. We knew we wanted yellow but when we got the book of colors from the HOA, there weren’t a lot to choose from. In fact, there was only one shade of yellow available…Banana Cream. The swatch was definitely banana-like in color and I was worried that my neighbors would have to wear sunglasses every time they took a stroll past our house. However, we were dead set on yellow so we rolled the dice and went with it, fingers crossed!
We also had to have our landscaping completely redone. If you saw the picture of our sad looking Charlie Brown tree last week, I’m sure you’d agree! We weren’t exactly sure what we wanted except that we knew we needed a lot more palm trees…we are in Florida, after all! When I met with the landscaper, I basically let her to choose the best plants for us. My requirements were simple. We wanted a tropical feel and the plants had to be low maintenance because I have proven in the past to be completely incapable of keeping plants alive. The only ones that seem to do well in my care are the ones that need absolutely no attention, except for the occasional watering. Here are the before pictures: In the meantime, as I was taking “before” pictures of my landscaping, I decided to take some pictures of the worn, peeling front porch ceiling and the ugly porch light. Obviously I was looking up the whole time as I was snapping away but when I lowered my camera to see the pictures, I saw it…right by my foot. It was a snake so close that I almost stepped right on top of it! I turned to run towards my car but after a few steps I turned back around to snap a quick picture. Then I ran to my car and jumped in but decided to go back for one more picture. However, when I started walking back to the porch, he was gone. If I had run fast before, this time it was double-speed because I had no idea where he might be…surely I could be viciously attacked at any second!!! Luckily I was able to enlarge the first picture and we determined that it was a rat or corn snake. While it may cause a great deal of emotional harm, it won’t inflict any physical harm. So far I haven’t seen him again but believe me, I’m always on the lookout! And then there was…the pool! It was starting to look more and more like a swamp every day and had reached the point where we could barely see the bottom! We knew that it was an easy fix but it was still pretty disgusting. We also needed to have all the lanai screens repaired and install a safety gate for the little ones. All in all, a lot to be done! I’m happy to tell you that since these pictures were taken, the landscaping has been completely redone, the pool looks like something you might actually want to swim in and the entire outside of the house has been painted Banana Cream. Check back next Monday for the “after” pictures to see how it all turned out.