Look at this, three posts in a row! I am so proud of myself! I hope that my #BBFF Sam @ Away She Went is also proud of me. Hi, friend!
Not only am I consistently blogging but I am also making steady progress on my exterior. If you were wondering where my motivation comes from... it comes from being poor. When you have no money to spend on shopping, you spend your time using all the paint you have in the house to finish your projects. You know- the ones you've put off for like, 7 years?
For instance, the paint on the beams of my carport. I have officially, as of this month, owned my house for 7 years. In that time the beams and structure of my carport has never been painted. Even though I paint the deck every year I guess going outside of the fence is where I draw the line.
Here's what they looked like after 7 years of sun damage and weather:
That's #totesgnar and not in a good way. So I spent a cool summer's day painting all of the beams. I used the same basic white exterior color that I use on the deck and those beams to give it a very uniform look. I have to say it looks wayyy better. There is still some restructure and things that need to be done to make it sturdier, but at least it looks better!
Now there's all the beams looking all painted and fresh along the entire front of the house. And my puppy dog.
While I was at it... I painted the sections of the porch that had been exposed in the replacing of the deck and repainted the front steps. I love how bright and beautiful they are.
I'm pretty sure I showed this hot mess last week. It turns out there is actually a spot where water is getting through that I need to do a little caulking on, but otherwise that staining was just dirt. I started by painting the worst parts and scrubbing with soap and water.
Boom! Here is the after:
Since I'm on a roll to get things repaired and (hopefully) raise the value of the house at appraisal, I hope to sell in the next 1-3 years. Hopefully. I need to cut down this horrendous tree. I am pretty sure I have a friend that will help me do it, but it looks really bad. Plus it wants to fall down into the neighbor's yard. Which would be drama I would love to avoid.
But before I continue on with my porch projects... I like to sit out there and drink some wine and read a book. Oh, and take a #selfie! hehe.
Here's a look again at the list for the yard, the stuff in green is what I added in the last couple weeks, mostly what I've found doing other projects. Does anyone else notice that seems to happen? Phew. This homeowner life.
Summer Porchin' Re-do List:
Install new decking$650.00 Stain new decking$20.00
- Spray paint lawn furniture
- New accessories for tables
- Plant flowers
Touch up front door
- Install dead bolt on front door
- Paint ceiling of awning
- Repair wood damage
- Cut down dead tree
- Paint back steps
- Move wood from under porches
- Hang lights beneath awning
Paint trim and sides of deck Paint carport beams