Saturday, June 30, 2012

Country porches~~~Color Therapy

I've been blamed for "loving my house too much".

 Ok. I confess, I do like the house because I put alot of work in it over the years and tried to make it a home. Before I moved here, I thought my dream came true to one day live in the mountains. It's honestly almost like a picture I had on the wall and would dream about it.

 I digress........
For the past 3 weeks, still working on the sanding of 5 layers of old bubbled up paint, in order to put a stain only, a redwood stain, on the floors.
I gotta BIG porch on the front, sides and back.
The project definitely took longer than expected but it's really so relaxing to sit outside at night, minus the skeeters. :P

I have to still do the trimming and sides where the pressure washer knocked off some paint on the bottom of the house and also will repaint these rails.

Note to self:  July is not so good a month to do such a job.

Yesterday and the day before we were in triple digits temp; but, the GOOD thing is a week without rain to do all this. I'm hoping and praying that it doesn't rain while the side is being done.

I was really hesitant at first to go with a drastic change in floor color but it really went well with the red tin roof and the front door. The front door is my next project but it will be painted in an oil based redwood. Then I'll put my "nest" sign back on.

I'm really pleased with the wood after the sanding and staining. So much better than painting over and over on bubbled up paint.

Abbie has been minding the computer and emails since I've been busy either working or running errands or chores around the house. However, she is NOT negected. LOL
She gets to watch from the top of the sofa through the windows.

Got the sticky stuff off the door that held the other sign. A good coat of paint in the same color will be good.

This is a pinecone wreath I've had for about 3 years from my Godmother, Dot.

And Thomas really does lay here under the bench on a freshly washed fluffy pillow.

The back porch, done yesterday, except the sides. Today I have to clean all the back porch and side porch furniture and move it back around.

Did this project ever make a sandy mess? Oh yeah!

The little sampler I stitched and was designed by The Sampler Girl about 2 years ago and it's sustained covered porch outside weather.

The lemonbalm helps keep the mosquitoes at bay.

What a project for today!

This table has always been with the house. The previous owner left it and I painted it redwood and it was housed on the back porch for the past few years. The top is an auction piece of stained glass window which fit perfectly on top of the table to have a spot to eat on cool evenings for two.

As you can tell I like red and I like hearts. This old shutter I got for 8 bucks at a local junkin place about 7 or 8 years ago.

Stay tuned for an after pic of the general re-do of the porches and rails.
This house should feel loved after all it's had done to it since moving here.

Even though I was hesitant at Home Depot, picking out this color, I'm glad I did.
I need to get busy cleaning but I"d rather be stitching. :)
Laundry is calling though. Tomorrow evening I think I will actually get some time to stitch. At least finish the sampler I am on and start a new one.......XXXX my fingers. Then it's back to work on Monday time.

The man that is making this sanding project possible

A cool dude who loves me mor-n- his coffee!

Stay cool!


  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love everything you have done. It's hot here in Kentucky, too. I am so ready for Fall. Stay cool. :)

  2. Your porch looks amazing! What a huge undertaking, but how nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor! I love everything you shared - so pretty! Enjoy your weekend. :)

    Blessings - Julie

  3. I asm relaxed just looking at your porch very nice.
    Thank-you to the wonderful Man for making your project possible.

  4. Dearest Jennifer,

    Was wondering already about all the sanding but you had a man for the job! That helps but you still were very busy and supervisor Abbie staying comfy inside...
    It does look great and the wood seems to be in great condition too. Well, no matter how much sweat goes into it, this feels great afterwards. Rewarding to sit there for cool evenings and taking it all in...
    Love to you,

  5. Wow, what a lot of work! So worth it though. I hope you do find that stitchy time. :)

  6. It's been a lot of hard work just getting the decking all prepped for staining; especially the last couple of days with this heat. I appreciate the kind comments about how the front porch looks.

    Yes, Jennifer is correct. I do love her more than my coffee and she knows how much I love my coffee. LOL


  7. What a beautiful porch! Would be nice to sit and stitch out there on a nice spring day!

  8. Can I have your porch? lol! Beautiful!!! I just love it!

  9. Hello Jennifer,

    Amazing work on the porch, I can just imagine sitting on there with you.

    Happy days.

  10. Looks like a ton of work, but so pretty! You will enjoy it for years! When you finish, will you come do mine????

  11. Oh my, what a great jam-packed post! I LOVE your porch re-do. The color goes really well with the door. Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos. Your home looks like a very cozy place with many well-loved pieces. The perfect place for a sweet dog like Abbie!

  12. The porch looks wonderful. Very warm and inviting. Have a great holiday.

  13. Your home is so beautiful. The porch looks fantastic and I can imagine how nice it would be to sit there sipping lemonade and stitching!

  14. Great pics of the homestead, Jennifer. I love the porch. It looks wonderful. I hope it doesn't rain, and keep you from completing the project. Good luck!!


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