Normally I can go junkin' ... buy something and stash it someplace until I restore or put it to use ... without Mr. Z. even knowing it ... but this thing I bought ... well, no way was I gonna even move it by myself ... Ouch ... I was not thinking.
I went to Find's Resale Wednesday Sale and bought a Victorian architectural bannister and post piece. Luckily I had taken the pickup ... but maybe NOT, for had I NOT had the pickup, I would NOT have bought it. Lot of NOT's there.
It was BIG ... it was HEAVY ... but just what I wanted on the front porch. Reasonable too ... $125.00 for a piece that is about 6' x 8' with three posts and some bannister pieces. Vintage posts alone range from $60.00 to $100.00.
The guys loaded it on top of the pickup bed because it was too wide and too long to go inside the bed. With seeing them struggle to load the piece; I was beginning to have buyers remorse ... for how in the world would we ... (two olden people) be able to handle that piece? I even tried to sell it to an Antique dealer there ... no luck.
Well, I would just have to work something out.
I got in the truck to go home and face the music ... BUT ... nothing ... just a click ... the truck would not start. Well, by this time I was really sweating, because I knew I was in trouble. Oh my gosh, I had to call Mr. Z. to come to my aid. Confessing to what I had done and said "come help me, but please don't be mad at me and make a scene in front of everybody". He came; did not say a word about what I bought even when I asked him to check to see if I had it tied down good enough. He got me started and off we went to Wall-Mart to buy a new battery.
Unloading and installing was much easier than expected.
We backed the truck up to the porch so we would not have to carry the piece very far. I got up in the bed of the truck, lifted up one end and let it slide off to the ground. We leaned it up against the truck, removed a few screws and made two pieces out of it which we could lift.
It took a couple days and a little bit of effort but we got it installed.
I will need to paint it when it gets warmer.
It makes a nice screen for the front side and offers me some privacy when I am out there. I feel like I have a little room at that end of the porch with the end enclosed with three vintage metal porch columns and a plastic rain curtain.
(done long ago)
We hung Christmas lights inside the porch this year and it looked real pretty.
I also plan to get some matching chairs and a nice outdoor rug. Grandma Susie's old wooden rocker will finally be restored and will remain on the porch.
This mirror was left over from our last garage sale so I painted it white; made this chandy out of two different lamp pieces and hung in it front of the mirror. It is beautiful and I will add more prisms.
As you can see ... it was November when we installed it. We, or at least, I am enjoying it.
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