The Project that Ate My Summer

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Project by Sam12 posted 01-25-2015 06:44 AM 1636 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was only supposed to be a simple shed roof over my back door to keep the rain from drenching me while I was trying to unlock it. As you can see my ‘simple shed roof’ turned into a new door, light, and re-siding a portion of my house. The good news is the roof serves its original function: I no longer get soaked when I need to unlock my back door during inclement weather. The bad news, however, is that the new roof, door, and light look so good that the rest of the house now is in sore need of some updating! Guess I know what I will be doing this summer!

The entry way roof is approximately 6’ wide. I used rough sawn cedar for the trim, pine bead board for the ceiling and 1/2” MDO for the green triangles with the hummingbird cut-outs. My two favorite features are the ‘sky scene’ ceiling and the hummingbird cut-outs (pictures 4 and 5 respectively). Years ago I read that many Victorian era houses had porches with a ‘sky scene’ painted on the ceiling. Since reading that I decided that someday my house would have such a ceiling. Unfortunately, since I don’t have a house with a giant covered porch, the ceiling in the roof over my back door will have to do!

The hummingbird cut-outs were so much fun to do. I used an old stencil that I found in my stash to create the image. First I made a template of the triangular shape, using 1/4” luan, and traced the stencil on it then cut it out. Once I had it cutout I checked for correct size and orientation of the bird. I then transferred the whole thing to a piece of 1/2” MDO which would serve as the final product. Next it was off to use my favorite tool; a 21” Excalibur scroll saw. A little sanding, a couple of coats of exterior paint and my hummingbird accents were completed. They turned out really great and I am very proud of them. The best thing about these cutouts is that they are lined up just right so at night the light shines through them and casts a shadow of a hummingbird on the siding.

It was, as I said, the project that ate my summer; but, if every rehab project is that much fun then I will serve future summers up to it on a silver platter!

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 01-25-2015 02:09 PM

Your new doorway and door really brighten up the house! It’s a great feature and a nice shelter too.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 02:19 PM

Nice job and I really like the hummingbird

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 01-25-2015 06:57 PM

Wow, what a difference a new entrance makes. It looks fantastic. Gives the house a whole new vibe. Well done.

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#4 posted 01-25-2015 08:33 PM

Nice job Sam. Your new entrance looks really great.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#5 posted 01-25-2015 10:20 PM


Beautiful transformation!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 01-26-2015 04:17 AM

Huge improvement… Very nicely done

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 01-26-2015 06:53 AM

Looks great, made the diffrence between night and day….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#8 posted 01-26-2015 05:39 PM

What a transformation. Great job. I heard somewhere that if you paint a porch roof blue, spiders don’t go up there and leave webs. Don’t know if that’s true though.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#9 posted 01-26-2015 11:57 PM

Very nice job on a project that I can identify with. The hummingbird is a really nice touch.

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#10 posted 01-27-2015 01:10 PM

Nice job now you are done you can come to my house this summer and do mine. LOL


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