We Saw the Before & Now Here’s the After…Plus, Bunnies and Birds

Removing Old Paint from Historic Home to Prepare for Painting

Welcome to the 698th Metamorphosis Monday!

A few months ago I shared a historical home here in Ohio that was in the process of being stripped of its old paint. It was the first time I had seen an older home taken back to the bare wood before painting. So often old homes just get painted over and over and over since it’s expensive to remove the many layers of old paint and start fresh. I was so impressed that they were taking the time and expense to take it back down to the wood.

Removing Old Paint from Historic Home to Prepare for Painting


A few days ago we walked to a nearby restaurant to pick up dinner, followed by a picnic and some playtime in a park near the restaurant. On our walk back, we went back a different way and ended up passing the house that was being in the process of being repainted several months back.

Historical Home, Old Paint Stripped and Painted


It looks so nice, really turned out beautifully!

Old Home, Paint Stripped and Freshly Painted


I wonder what the two little support-looking things are above the front door…wonder if a balcony was there once upon a time. It will be interesting to see if the front of the home changes in the next few years.

Historical Home Freshly Painted



I love bunnies and have seen quite a few in my front and back yard this spring. A few days ago, I looked out a front window of my son’s home and saw these two cuties.

Wild Bunnies


They were perfectly motionless. They may have heard me talking with one of my grandsons inside the house or maybe they saw me looking out the window because they stayed motionless like those bunny statues/figures you see for sale in stores for a long, long time.

Wild Bunnies, Front Yard


They were so BIG and stayed still so long, I honestly began to wonder if they were fake bunnies that a friend or neighbor had placed on my son/DIL’s lawn as a joke or prank…you know, like when you see flamingos all over someone’s lawn. lol

Adorable Bunny, Front Yard


But when I zoomed in, they looked way too realistic to be fake. After about 15 minutes, I opened the front door to get a better look and they “unfroze” and hopped off to do more bunny things elsewhere. lol

Adorable Bunny


During my drive to Ohio to visit family a while back, I stopped briefly in a Cracker Barrel to stretch my legs and to scope out the goodies in their little shop.


If I had a beach cottage painted in fun, pastel colors, this would have been tempting.


They had lots of beachy stuff like this shell wreath and the pair of shorebirds. I love using shorebirds in beach-themed/seaside table settings.


They also had pretty beach-themed, blue and white dinnerware, too. Love the nautical rope edging!


Cute birdhouse decor!


What do you think about the teacup lamp?


Here’s another view of the lamp. It probably wouldn’t work well with my decor, but I thought it was really cute.


Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start. The cute little Mourning Dove baby in the nest in my son’s garage, fledged today. I found him sitting atop my son’s car with Mom on a shelf nearby and Dad sitting on the rock wall just outside the garage. Mom was cooing and the baby was making the cutest little peeping sounds. Eventually, Mom flew down and fed him, then a bit later they all flew off. I started to put the garage doors down but my son said they occasionally come back to the nest for a few days after the babies leave, so I put one of the doors back up. This is the 3rd year they’ve nested here in the garage so he knows how it works. Do you have baby birds nesting in your yard this year?

Mourning Doves Nesting on Shelf in Garage


Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters linked for this week’s Met Monday!

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Author: Andy Edwards