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Monday, January 9, 2012

Two Years, and 9,000 Gallons of Paint Later . . . .

When we bought That Old House in 2008,
she was yellow, with white trim,
a green front door, and green shutters.

On a snowy afternoon shortly before Christmas 2009, my daughters and I decorated
the front door with white pine roping, little white lights, and yards & yards of wired red ribbon.

Tarting up the front door went a long way in disguising the worn and chipped paint on the house,
the scarred pillars, the scuffed porch deck and steps, the general shabbiness of the house's exterior . . . 
what did an even better job of disguising all those uglies was the paint job That Old House
got in June 2011, when she was given a whole new wardrobe:  all white, with shutters and front door
trim so darkly green that the color looks black, and a brilliant yellow front door.

This year's front door roping went up against the now-dark transom and sidelights,
and even though we forgot the red ribbons this time (I save them from year to year),
it was enough bling against the pristine white and the austere near-black.

Oops.  A bit of roping flopping off the porch railing.
What messy people must live here.

December 2009: our front door.

December 2011: our front door.

 Now normally, I am not one for change.
I like things to stay as they are.

But I am OK with this metamorphosis.

White and very dark green are the original colors of That Old House,
found beneath many coats of paint during the scraping last June.

So I guess we didn't really change much, after all.  -- Cass

At Between Naps On The Porch, it is Metamorphosis Monday!  Click here to visit.


  1. Love the darn entrance door....looks so updated...

  2. I love all the changes but I can honestly say I like the most recent one the most! You have such a beautiful home!

  3. I like the look of both of them!

  4. I think it is great if you wanted the white and green like it was in the beginnning, I just loved the yellow and white...but I am totally a yellow lover! Either way it is a beautiful home!

  5. Cass~..
    yep.. love the latest transformation the best..
    so understated that the least amount of Bling..
    shines!! love it!!
    warmest hugs..

  6. Love the dark!
    Happy 2012, Cass!

  7. O Cass~ the front door looks beautiful and inviting as always! The newest picture though is lacking the touch of snow. :)

  8. sniff, sniff....yeah, the house looks great and all, but (dare I say it??) I still miss the yellow!

  9. Cass,
    House looks wonderful! I made your beef brisket and it was a real hit. Still have some in freezer.

    Can't believe it is another New Year. Hope yours is the best.


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  11. OK I'll try again: I think the Old House is tickled pink (or dark green and white) to be back to her familiar, comfortable self. Both doors are lovely but I'm drawn to the 2011 door, even sans ribbon !

    LOL in my first comment I typed "ticked" rather than "tickled" and I knew that wouldn't do. I have a key thumb out to lunch for a time so typing is a challenge.

  12. How pretty both looks are..I love the yellow. How fun to transform the outside of your home. We are going to paint our house sometime this year. Its just so hard to choose the right color. I have a lot of looking and surfing the internet to do.
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year.
    Hugs, Elizabeth

  13. Cass, You'll have to up date your header picture. I will tell you, I absolutely loved looking at the header, when the house was yellow.It's a pretty house either way. Smiles, Susie(She Junks)

  14. Beautiful before and more beautiful after! How cool that the colors you chose turned out to be the original.
    Thanks for coming on the house tour with me *winks* The neighborhood is in Tacoma Washington's north end. It has long been one of my favorites and the prices are so good right now I'm tempted to move there...hence the walk *winks* Vanna

  15. It looks devine. You can tell somone that loves their home...lives there.

  16. Hi Cass! You've got a great house! The door looks fab at Christmas. Thanks for stopping by! Your suggestion for my neice about walking a dog is a good one. She is thinking of doing a dog walking service because she was just laid off! Happy New Year!

  17. It looks wonderful! I know the feeling you are going thru, last year we did some much needed painting,and I love the fresh, new feeling!

  18. Oh Cass, I love the new look without the red. For some reason it appears even more elegant. The other night I had a dream about my childhood home in New was Christmas, and it was snowing. Just like your snowy picture. DeLovely.
    **kisses** Deb

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  20. It looks lovely, Cass! Our two story colonial on several acres was white with dark green shutters, too. That was 2 houses ago, prior to us downsizing. I loved that house & I love YOURS, too.


    p.s. I'm STILL not able to get any of your postings via email. I have tried to re-sign up but they just tell me I am already subscribed! Grrrr!!!
    Also keeping my eye out for my Dishes book. The mails are Soooo s-l-o-w nowdays, huh?


  21. I love the new color on the door...really makes it pop! Knowing that the "new" colors are pretty much the same as the "old" colors I think means that you are meant to be in this house....kindred spirits.

  22. That was so much fun walking down memory lane!


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