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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Bye-bye shutters

The best gift of the Christmas season was the removal of our ugly shutters. While the boys played with new toys outside in the 76 degree weather, my daughter took the old eyesores down for me. I'm so happy about the difference it makes!


Now you see them...

...and now you don't.


We were expecting to find a difference in the brick color that would require power washing, but luckily that wasn't the case. Just a quick once-over with a broom, and we were good to go.

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  1. Wow Dana, that makes such a difference! the whole look of the place has changed. The bricks and the roof go so well together now too :)

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    1. Ray, I always find it interesting that one small detail can make such a difference. I knew those shutters were hideous, but I didn't know just how bad they were till they were gone! :)

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  2. I'm not a fan of shutters. I guess they look okay on little cottages, but on a house like yours? No way! Nice move to get rid of them. I hope you had a really lovely Christmas Dana and that the year ahead is going to be kind to you, your daughter, and the boyos. Take care x

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    1. Kylie, I'm with you on that. Shutters just aren't my thing, especially on a modern house. I hope you and yours had a great Christmas and that you'll have a wonderful New Year.

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  3. What an amazing difference the orange door and lack of shutters make! Beautiful Dana, the perfect gift. :)

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    1. Pam, if I'd known it was going to make this much of a difference, I wouldn't have procrastinated so long. I thought the screws on the shutters would be rusted and frozen after all these years, but they practically popped off. Such an easy fix!

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  4. It looks great! You'd never know they had been there!

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    1. I was sure you'd be able to see where the shutters had been and that we'd have to go to all the trouble and expense of renting a power sprayer. I was astonished that it was as if there had never been shutters at all!

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  5. Good riddance! I've never understood why builders feel obligated to put shutters on almost all houses, and they have seem almost de rigueur. There's certainly no place for them on mid century mods.

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    1. I suspect that when the house was built in 1950, most Texas architects were aware of the kind of homes being built in other areas, primarily the West Coast, and they were somewhat influenced by modern design, but they didn't quite "get it" yet. Also, the ornate ceiling fans, shutters, doors, and crystal chandeliers (as this house had) could have been 1970s attempts to update. Whatever their origin, I'm just glad they're gone! I also suspect that most home buyers, even today, don't subscribe to the notion that less is more...hence the ubiquity of shutters. ;)

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  6. Lucky that you didn't have to power wash- huge change for the better. I'm amazed that there wasn't a noticeable difference in the brick.
    Hope you had a great Christmas!

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    1. Tina, I'd guess that those shutters have been up since at least the 1970s, if not original to the house in 1950, judging by their overall condition. The fact that the brick behind them wasn't brighter and cleaner looking (or possibly disgusting and moldy if the shutters trapped dirt and moisture) shocked me. You'd think that four to six decades of exposure to the environment would have had more of an effect.

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