Friday, June 20, 2014

Front Porch Facelift

Shortly after we moved into our house, Mia chewed the railings on our front porch. She was a young puppy and didn't know any better, or at least that's what we keep telling ourselves. Most of the damage could only be seen when sitting on the porch, while the view from the front yard still looked okay. No matter, I got it in my head that I would sand down where she chewed and repaint it. This was in 2011.

Fast forward to this Spring, when I finally got around to it. By this time though, the front porch was in even worse shape and needed a thorough cleaning before I was even close to the painting stage. So we borrowed a pressure washer from our neighbour and I got to work.

It took a while to get all the grime and peeling paint off, but when it was done I was feeling good about myself.

As you can see in the above photo, the railings were looking a little sad, with lots of peeling paint. Here is a close up to show more of the damage.

Once the porch was nice and clean, it was ready to be sanded and painted. I took a little break before the next step, probably about a week, but it wasn't long before I was sanding away the remaining paint peels and smoothing it all out.

Sanding took longer than I thought, it always does, so it was a little later in the day before I started painting. Which meant that I was in the sun for a lot of it. Painting was slow too, but Dan came and helped me partway through.

By the end of that day, we had completed one coat of paint and it was looking loads better! But if you looked closely, you could still see a bit of the wood through the paint so we knew we had to do a second coat.

The second coat didn't get done for another couple of weeks, since the weather changed and it was raining a lot. But this week, I finally completed the entire second coat and can officially call this project done!

The porch looks loads better and the new coat of paint will hopefully keep out moisture and avoid rotting. Here's to hoping I won't have to redo this project for at least another 10 years. We just have to remember not to get any new puppies and we should be good.

Anyone else working on outdoor house projects this Spring? The nice weather has definitely made it easier to get stuff done outdoors. I'll be sharing our outdoor to do list with you guys again next week, to show you where we're at.


  1. Nice work Jennie! I love the pic of you with the pressure washer. :)

  2. Jackie - Thanks! Pressure washing is harder than I thought it would be!

  3. Good job well done there Girlie! I have to paint one whole side of my old wood house. It's hard to find enough dry, not too hot days to get 'er done.

  4. Karen - Ugh, painting a whole side of a house seems intimidating! And I agree, finding enough dry days is hard. Good luck!