Tuesday, May 21, 2013

No scroll left behind

Am I in the twilight zone or something?  Is there a boyfriend doppelganger in my midst, one who does crazy things like make window boxes and removes iron scrolls from railings at mere suggestion?  Clearly that can be the only explanation....I'll be testing it out tonight, when I request a home cooked meal cooked by someone other than myself.



Out came the grinder.  Look at those pretty sparks fly!  Be gone, scrolls, be gone!


Yes, yes, these scrolls were very harmless, but they "fuddy duddy-ed" up the whole look of the cape to me. I feel like they scream "I'm a house made in the '50s.  Don't confuse me with anything more modern." What, you don't hear see it?


Alternating patterns of swirled and straight rods, but to me, it's better than scrolls.


Good thing there was nothing in those pots, as this was taking quite a direct hit (yes, this was done before I went on my green painting frenzy.)


Now in the backyard, we switched to the sawzall and chopped those puppies right off.  Unlike the front where the railing was still in place, we had to replace this with something.  Can't have little children falling off and wrecking my plants. Or, you know, hurting themselves.  Sure.... 


At Home Depot we got some straight rods that you just cut to your desired length and weld to your space.


A little spray paint and 36 dollars later, we're rocking a more streamlined look.  Still needs touching up, but a huge improvement over the ornate pattern that was there.

 
So yeah, you saw the cute boyfriend with the safety glasses, and there was a welding mask when that was happening, but still, he ended up with metal in his eye.  A sleepless and stressful night and an opthamologist later, the metal was removed.  It left an indentation and a scratch, and thankfully, with eye drop antibiotics, he's fine now.  No eye patch necessary, though he couldn't go to work for a few days.  The computer nor the sun would have been good for him.  The piece did not fly in when he was welding, but somehow got transferred there after, maybe when he rubbed his eye or changed his shirt. Just a word of caution.  Eyes are serious business. 
 
Zero scrolls, one afternoon, two eyes.  
 
All is well.    
 
 
 
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15 comments:

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

If I were you, I wouldn't push my luck by asking him to cook dinner... But maybe you could talk him into wearing the eye patch, just to spend the evening with Jack Sparrow without being unfaithful!

Jill said...

Phew! Glad your man's eye is ok - at least he got to rest up for a few days after all that hard work! :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love the new look! Much more modern! Glad the VERY cute boyfriend is OK. I had an injury to my eye once and had antibiotic drops...no eye patch for me either...lol!
hugs
Linda

Michelle said...

Who knew it was that easy to just zip them off?? I figured you'd have to get a new railing! Cool.

Crystal @ 29 Rue House said...

Well this is timely!!! I've been trying to decide what to do with our porch rails (you can see my ideas here - http://29ruehouse.blogspot.com/2013/05/wood-porch-railing-options.html )

I actually even spray painted some of our black rail to white to see if I'd like it better if it weren't black and instead of having to rebuild the whole thing. I love how yours turned out and definitely considering it as an option!

Rustown Mom said...

The back ones, for sure, had to go. Looks like it's really shaping up!

Lisa said...

Wow! I don't think I would have had the guts to try something that permanent if it didn't come out right. But they look great!

Winnie said...

I think the new look is very nice!!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

So much more modern and simple! Love a handy man in the house!

Jenna LaFevor said...

Big improvement! I'm not a scrolly fan either! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

Good call on the scroll recall.

Ya just can't be too careful when it comes to eyes. Thanks (to you and your guy)for the reminder.

Corey W. said...

What a great update! Thanks for stopping by my guest post at the DIY Dreamer and leaving a kind comment. I'm enjoying clicking around your blog.
Corey from www.tinysidekick.com

Craftivity Designs said...

I would never have though to remove the scrolls. One of the houses we are considering buying has similar 50s scroll-y railings. I just figured we;d have to replace them all, but this is an inexpensive alternative! Thanks for sharing!
-Lora @ Craftivity Designs

dee -@ The Old Fat Hen said...

I love the new rail look much better now than before-love dee x

Kylie Helm said...

I've got to say...this is some serious DIY! I don't know if i'd have it in me to attempt welding! But, MAN! The impact it made sure is beautiful. :)

Kylie @ Absolutely Arkansas