Painting the Porch: Day One

After nearly 3 years of being pregnant and birthing babies, we are finally getting around to taking care of our house.  As you can see, it sorely needs it.  This is a pic of a rail on our front porch.  If you think this is bad, you should see our chimney!  The wasps, squirrels, and woodpeckers have done a number on it over the past few years.

We borrowed a power washer from a friend and blasted the heck out of our porch.  We cleaned off all the mold and managed to remove most of the peeling paint.  We bought industrial strength paint stripper to tackle the rest and then we hit a big roadblock…

Rotted wood.  One of the stringers was rotted from the bottom up.  This explained why the stairs were so wobbly of late.  There was no way we would be able to paint over this.

So our painting project turned into a replace the stringer project, which entailed dismantling the entire front porch steps.

“What’s all the racket??? I’m trying to play with my trains!” says my son.

Daddy’s little helper!  Oliver picked up his daddy’s tools and proceeded to help him out by dropping them through the spindles and into a bush in the side yard.  That’s my boy!

We ended day one with a clean porch, clean gutters, and a clean planter box, but no porch steps.  The hubby went to Lowe’s to buy replacement wood to build a new stringer and to replace a couple rotted treads.

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