Saturday, April 13, 2013

Painting: Actually Starting!

Our back patio cover, with the corrugated plastic removed, and the surface pressure washed.
The ground beneath looked like it snowed paint flakes!  Yikes, this took some cleanup with a shop vac.  I'm glad the house wasn't peeling!
We started actually painting on Wednesday late afternoon.  We still have some more prep work around some sides of the house, but it's really nice to see some fresh color going on. 
Painting under the eaves is one of the more tedious parts!
Yesterday we finished up the main color on our north wall and started caulking (pronounced: CALL-king, or COK-ing, depending on who's saying it around here :-) all around the porch.  This was a pretty big job, but I think the end result will look so much nicer with that detail.  Of course, some of the caulk is for weather sealing, but a lot of what we did yesterday is probably more for looks.
And last week's progress photo.  Although I feel bigger than that picture makes me look...  Especially when I'm trying to turn over in bed, or crawl under the scaffolding to get to the back yard...

We finished our childbirth prep classes this week.  Crandon says we're experts now; I wondered if maybe we should wait until after the birth to say that... ;-)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Painting: New Porch Trim

Dad and Crandon removing old plumbing left from an old water softener that we got rid of.
Putting up the new corner brackets.
Before

After
Before
After

Notice our new kitty?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Few More Photos

Some spring flowers from our yard.

Naomi spent the night here last week, and made a batch of cookies for the freezer (we ate a few :-)

My diaper order.  This should make enough to get started.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Painting: Prep work

This is a picture of all the stuff we removed from just the front porch, in preparation for painting!

Crandon working on tightening up trim boards.

Jordan spent the day over here helping with replacing some of the rotted or badly warped trim on a few windows.  Thanks, Jordan!

Yesterday, Crandon and I got a good start on some decorative corner brackets for our front porch.  We thought it would be fun to add a little customized trim work, hopefully without standing out too much in our tract-home neighborhood!

I actually helped on this project. :-)

Primed and ready to put up.

It was a gray drizzly day here, but we made use of our big porch to cut, sand and prime the pieces.