Porch with painted brick
Photo: Dominique Vorillon
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Perfect Porch

Rather then sandblast the whitewashed brick porch piers, which now stood out against the new exterior, the homeowners painted them using a decorative two-tone technique that Murray learned about on a model-train website. This saved them a lot of money. "If you don't inspect it too closely, you can't tell," he says.

The original Quartersawn oak entry door and casing were stripped and refinished with varnish to show off the wood grain, and damaged window trim was replaced with new oak.
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