September 21st, 2008 . by Jason

Perhaps one of the only times that I have needed a tool belt for work done around the house was when we were hanging our shutters. The funny part about it is that even though I sell tool belts and have more than my share of them laying around I didn’t use one….Before buying our house Melissa had drawn up a sketch of what she wanted it to look like when she was done with it. Her artistic vision was to transform a bland white box into something somewhat pleasing to the eye.

The Ugly Box Monster!

The Ugly Box Monster!

Later...what we really want our house to look like in 5 years.

Melissa's Photoshopped Dream.

It came as no surprise to me when Melissa immediately started saying that we had to get shutters on the house as soon as possible. I promptly replied that as soon as there was money in the budget for it she could get them. By saying this I thought that I would be able to put off getting them for several months if not even until next spring. After-all the monthly budget allocated to home decor and repair is set pretty low and shutters would require the entire month’s budget. I surely thought that this would discourage her because she would want to do to many other things that wouldn’t be so taxing on the budget. Well, I was wrong.

The first day of September came and the budget was freshly renewed. Being Labor day Melissa didn’t have work; however, she still woke up early and was acting like a six year old on Christmas morning. As I grudgingly opened my eyes she told me she was off to the store to order the shutters. She invited me to come along, but explained that she was leaving right then. I closed my eyes and she was on her way.

Ten days later we came home from work/school to see tall boxes leaning against our front door. Melissa jumped and squealed for joy and then quickly her mood changed from ecstatic to sad, as if someone had just ripped her lollipop out of her hand as she was about to take her first lick. She desperately wanted to install them that evening, but we had a ward dinner that night for all of the new members in the ward. We didn’t get home until after dark, so she had to wait another day.

The next day we installed the shutters above the garage and window on the main floor. Instead of using a tool belt like I should have, I delicately balanced my tools on the garage roof and hoped they wouldn’t fall. There were only a couple of times that I had to reach out to stop a sliding tool. We weren’t able to get to the 2nd floor window that night because it started to get dark on us, the beasties were starting to come out, and I didn’t have an extension ladder.

Fast forward nine days. Melissa eventually convinced me that I could hang out of the upstairs windows and install the last two remaining shutters. Our search for an extension ladder was going nowhere so this was our last option. To be honest though, we really didn’t try that hard to find a ladder….. Hanging out of the windows was not as bad as I thought it was going to be, especially since the holes I needed to drill we just right outside the window. After twenty minutes of work the last shutters were up.

We still have to paint the front door and put a real tree into the front yard to make the house look like Melissa’s rendition, but we are getting closer and it no longer looks like a white box.

House With Shutters

The House with Shutters

2 Responses to “Shutterific”

  1. comment number 1 by: Tracy Belt

    It looks great with the shutters! I can see why Melissa was so desperate to have them, they really have transformed your white box. Great job!

  2. comment number 2 by: kim

    ooohh your house is so cute :) i love it! i cant wait to see in someday.