One of the selling points of this house was the side porch. I COULDN’T wait to be able to sit out on it and relax. So much, in fact that I mistakenly thought we’d be out there by fall of 2016. Well…clearly that time came and went…so then a Spring deadline was set…that also came and went…and then this pregnant Mama started to get a little tiny bit upset that we were missing out on all of this good porch time. So we “got serious” this May and June about the porch.
It was a fairly big project, because 1st we had to clear it off. You see, it had become a breeding ground for “extra materials” or furniture that didn’t yet have a home in the house. Let’s call these “Exhibit A.”
As you can see, there was stuff everywhere!!! So…first step toward glory was the arrival of the dumpster, if you recall my excitement in this post.
Bruce and I spent a good hour and a half “clearing” it off after Cecelia went to bed on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. This involved throwing things into the dumpster that were seriously garbage, saving some original wood for Scott to make other projects out of, putting a scrap wood pile out by the road, moving furniture to new locations, and emptying it down to the cupboard.
You see, there was about a 500 lb cupboard out on the porch that was originally in the pantry turned laundry room of the house. It was likely built in that room, because we had to remove the door frame to get it out when we were repairing plaster, drywalling ceilings, and laying tile 3-4 years ago. So, it’s been on it’s side on our porch for years, blocking half of my kitchen window, and taking up a good 50% of the porch. While we had original good intentions to refinish the cabinet ourselves, it was just too big of a project for us/me to take on at this time, and was plain and simple, in the way!
We contacted some local friends of a friends, who are restoring an old log cabin up the street, and they were excited to take it. One problem solved!!
When it finally was off of the porch I was jumping around when bruce got home. Look at all of the light in the kitchen!!! Look at all of the space for activities!!! I’ve never ever even seen the porch cleared off, literally EVER, in the time period of knowing about this porch!! Happiest day ever in June for me!
As you can see, we still had some work to do. So we cleared off the extra few remaining things, borrowed a power washer, and set to work!
My sister came into town to watch Cecelia so we could concentrate on this project, and that we did. Thanks Aunt Becca!!
We joked it was “like the old days” of working on projects together vs separate
since C’s arrival.
I spent my time removing the hostas, brush, weeds, leaves, garbage, etc. outside of the porch that had accumulated since last spring when we first planted out here.
Here’s me, 25 weeks pregnant, taking full advantage of my extra weight. I was excited to discover that with this extra weight, jumping on the shovel to dig these out was MUCH easier than last spring!!
Final product on the plants/yard
Bruce worked on power-washing the brick, siding, and deck.
Even wet, we were astonished with the results!!
That night and the next day, and really every day in between we all sat out on the porch enjoying our new space…although the work was not done! The porch is Cecelia’s favorite spot!
At some point, we believe there’s evidence that all of our exterior brick was painted. Then, it was removed, and the brick was re-pointed. For whatever reason, they chose not to do this on the brick inside of the porch, which they left painted. After power washing, the brick was not stable enough to leave exposed. So we knew we were going to have to repaint it.
We got all of our supplies…and then we went out of town to visit friends for the 4th of July weekend! We came back Sunday, and spent all of the holiday on Monday painting. Luckily, C napped for like 3.5 hours that day, exhausted from all the fun she’d had with her friend Grace!! So we got LOTS done!
During painting so you can see the difference. We tried to match it to the brick that is repointed and fine as best we could.
Painting at 26 weeks! Me and the bump!
Bruce painted all of the white on the railings and got all of the high parts that required a ladder. Short and pregnant girl probs.
C loved sitting out and watching Dad paint!
With the tour looming closely, and other things going on with Cecelia and Baby Clark, I couldn’t even mentally think about shopping and decorating the porch. I was spent!! Thank goodness, local artist and saint, Glenda Dulkoski offered to stage our porch! She and Abbey came and spent some time last week getting us all set up, and it turned out just beautifully!! She also gave me lots of good ideas for ways to decorate it myself. I need some red rocking chairs!!! Many thanks to Glenda and Abbey:
Here is the beautiful outcome:
We still need to pick a foundation paint for the exterior that we will also paint these steps. The right gray can be elusive to find! We had 3 samples, and none were quite right. We will work on that for the exterior next.