Archive for October, 2010

Yesterday I finished painting our front porch posts, railings and spindles. As soon as we moved in last July, we knew this job was coming. Quite a bit of the paint was cracking, getting mildew spots and just generally dirty and grimy. We finally decided to tackle the job this fall.

We chose to paint it with Olympic’s exterior satin in “White”, since the existing color and siding is white. Here’s the breakdown of time spent:

  • 1.5 – 2 hours sanding, scraping and hosing off the dirt
  • 2 hours last Sunday painting 2 sections of the railing
  • 1.5 hours on Tuesday painting another section
  • 4 hours yesterday finishing the painting and touching up

So about 9 or 10 hours total, but it definitely looks much, much better than when we started. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts until it needs repainting. My biggest concern is the mildew returning since about half the porch gets little to no sunlight and has little chance to dry.

Now that this project is done, we have a couple more small painting projects in the house – S’s room needs to be finished (hopefully this weekend) as well as the laundry room. I need to finish the threshold/transitions from the tile to hardwood floors and hang the new wood blinds in S’s room. The goal is to finish it by Halloween since we’re having a party.



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