All Hands on Deck!

2 Jun

Well, the porch project has officially started. Yesterday, our plan was to strip it (or as much of it as we could) so we could see what we were working with. However, after over 2 hours of work, we still hadn’t removed the paint from one full board!

As evidenced by the photo above, you can still see a fairly decent amount of blue paint on one of the boards we tried to strip. You can also see what came next…

We spent today removing as many boards as we could since we had extra hands available. Thanks to Mike’s parents for helping out!! We got about 4ish hours of work in today (we also enjoyed the lake and our new canoe!) and I think we are nearly half-way done with the removal process.

Why replace instead of repaint? Well, I had my heart set on a wood (not painted wood) porch and some of the boards were curling and damaged from the elements. Many of the boards were chipping from paint too- and we still couldn’t strip it easily! So, since some of the boards had to be replaced anyways and we would’ve had to rent a sander and buy a ton of paint to re-paint it, we just decided to go all out and replace the boards with new pressure treated wood.

Here are some more photos of our porch’s current state.


View from our kitchen door


Where we left off


The scrap pile

I will say that Riley is not a fan of the plywood situation. It took a lot of coaxing to get her out of the house! Hopefully she won’t have too long to get used to it. We’re hoping to get the rest of the floor boards pulled up this week and pick up the new lumber this weekend. So if anyone is looking to physically exert themselves after work this week, we have plenty for you to do!

We did go to Menards today to price out things and it is definitely a little scary adding everything up- especially the PVC railing system! Thank goodness for the 11% rebate they have going on right now. With all out projects we will definitely appreciate the rebate check! After the porch is done, we are going to tackle the crumbling brick path you can see in that last photo.

Here’s the latest “To Do” list:

  • Finish removing the floor boards
  • Enhance the floor support?
  • Install new floor boards
  • Replace the hand rails
  • Build new steps
  • Fix the roof/ceiling with more support

I’m sure I’m missing some crucial steps that I just don’t know to include. The list seems deceivingly short, doesn’t it? I’m sure we will find out soon enough! Here’s to hoping we can cross the first 3 bullet points off our list in the next 1-2 weeks!


4 Responses to “All Hands on Deck!”

  1. Carol Tsacoyeanes June 3, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    You guys are UNBELIEVABLE! You’ll be so happy you did it the BIG WAY!!

    • mj June 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      Thanks Carol! Sometimes I wonder if we are crazy though! Never a dull moment around here that’s for sure!

  2. julie fannin June 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Awwww darn it ! We were serious when we said we wanted to help with this project. Looks great, keep up the good work.

    • mj June 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

      It was sort of spur of the moment when we started ripping the deck boards off! We’d love your help though if you are free this weekend or next? Otherwise you’ll just have to help us enjoy it when it’s done!!

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