You know how you have to basically destroy everything in order to put it back to together - that was this porch! It was definitely on our "to do list" for getting this house ready to sell.
1. The screen was torn/had holes in a variety of places.
2. The door was broken
3. It had some rotting wood on the outside
4. It had never been sealed, painted or stained - ever
So - ALL the screen came down. We bought a special wood cleaning solution and scrubbed all the wood. None of this was difficult - but it was time consuming - as there are a lot of pieces of wood making up the structure of the porch, and they each have 4 exposed sides.
We bought a special stain that is Behr brand, and a stain and paint combo, made for exterior use like on decks. Brian was extremely happy with it for our purposes. We used Gettysburg blue for the ceiling, Brian picked it out himself, and I couldn't be happier with it. He's got good taste! Depending on the time of day or lighting, it looks grey, or sometimes "wedgewood" blue. It's a great ceiling colour. The wood we sealed in with a dark brown.
There was lots of painting involved. If not for the help of several friends helping (it all needed 2 coats before we could put the screen back up) we would not have been done in time for the party, for sure. But we got it done! Painted every board, and the ceiling, got all the new screen up, installed a new door...it's a new place! The only thing we didn't do is paint/stain the floor - which we do need to do. But because of the party, the obvious time needed for not walking on it etc, we just couldn't do that right now. Plus we ran out of the brown:-) - we used every bit of 2 gallons painting all the wood brown!
|Gettysburg blue ceiling|
I didn't get any pics during the party. It was pretty crazy fun! I think it was our largest party yet...40+ people for a bbq and outdoor fun. We did: Slip n slide, cornhole, box hockey, kayaking, massive water balloon fight, frisbee golf, and then a bonfire. We definitely enjoy having a great outdoor space where we can host and facilitate fun!
|We were given a wonderful outdoor table and chairs! I bought an umbrella to complete the set.|
|The porch is all sealed now, under the paint/stain, and it looks great!|
|Cleaning up the yard on Tuesday, the kids were still more interested in playing:-)|
|Take note of the trees...|
|My new project! We got this awesome dresser at a thrift store, and will convert it to a tv cabinet. Stay tuned...!|
|These very long beams can only mean one thing: Walls will be coming down!! Waiting on permits and plans to be approved by the city|