Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Porch update

Well we did not finish the porches before the snow started flying.  It is snowing outside right now.  
But we are SO THANKFUL that we got the porches secured, and almost done, before the tornado came through!  We seriously doubt these porches would have held up during the storm.  The winds were around 84 mph in our area. We did finish the painting on all three porches since the last time I posted.  And Dave got the ceiling up on the balcony.
 You can see here the bottom porch still needs a ceiling...
 We started on the railing but had to get more, and a couple of parts had to be ordered.  Each spindle has to be cut down on the top and bottom.  It seems that everything we do, has to have an extra step or two involved to finish the project. 
 I LOVE the way the railing looks.
I like it so much, that we've decided to add it on all of the porches.  The bigger front porch will only have it on the front ends, and in the center there will be steps. 

We did do a "walk-through" in the house the other day, to try and decide what to do next.  I think, after the Holidays, we are going to start on the breezeway.  It's such a small room, we are hoping to put plastic up and warm it up with a little propane heater.  It is VERY cold in the rest of the house.  I am also thankful for insulation and a warm room to live in!
I'm getting excited to start on the upstairs!!!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Porch painting is finished!

 I'm a little behind in this blog.  We did close on the house on the last day of the contract!  So, we are now down to one house!  WOOHOO!  We are still living in one room in the basement, but I'm OK with it.  I know we will someday be upstairs, and right now I'm still feeling the relief of just having one place to keep up.  I had no idea how much stress we were under until it was all over.  And as long as we are moving forward, I'm good.  No deadlines, just moving forward!

So, we were working on porches the last time I posted...and we still are! 
This is the porch I left you with the last time...and you can see it is very close to being finished.

We decided to get all of the painting done before cold weather set in.

 The upstairs balcony seemed to take a long time to finish painting for some reason.  It was a bit chilly out that day, but we think anything this high off of the ground just takes longer.  Don't know why.

  This porch is right off of the upstairs bedroom that everyone is fighting over!
 Because of this view!  
All of the porches have this view....but only one bedroom has a balcony.
 We had another warm day so Dave took the afternoon off and we got the final porch painted.

 By the time I finished painting all of these cracks and crevices with a brush, I was DONE PAINTING.  Dave did help paint the crevices and cracks as well.  Then he would roll while I finished.  I'm just tired of painting. After all of the columns, bases, caps, and now porches...I'm a little bit tired of it!  I have a couple of Adirondack chairs I need to paint, and I have been putting it off.  Maybe tomorrow.
 When we were painting this last porch, it was a nice sunny, warm day.  And these Asian beetles were bombarding us.
 They were so horrible that they were flying in the paint buckets, and just everywhere.  We couldn't even sit outside they were so bad.
I'm just glad we got the porches painted.  Now Dave can finish the ceilings and upstairs railing and such on nice days to come.