Sunday, September 4, 2011

Front Porch Progress.

Tuesday is the first day for students at school so only one day left of summer vacation! I'm looking forward to meeting my 15 grade two students and settling into a routine. I took a look back at my summer to do list and sheepishly realized that I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as planned. I forgot how time consuming it is just to look after grass and gardens!


Oh well, I did (mostly) finish my porch, minus a few details, so I thought I'd give you a little peek!
Here are some before shots:
The rickety old stairs and post had to go!

The floor boards had certainly seen their day! 

As I mentioned in a previous post, the plan was originally to just replace the stairs and the floor boards. My brother is a bit of a perfectionist and decided, rightly so, that the whole thing needed to be torn out and replaced. It was more work and money than anticipated but definitely the right decision. The only thing that was spared were the railings.

Here it it mostly finished. 


 I obviously decided to keep the green door after LOTS of encouragement from my loyal readers!


I painted the stairs, new post, trellis and railings Para's Weathervane, which is the same as the trim around the windows. The floor boards and the long board across the front are pressure treated lumber and therefore can't be painted until next summer. Oh well! One less thing to accomplish for now:) I think I'll go with another shade of grey but I have some time to decide over the winter! I also gave the house a fresh coat of white paint and touched up the trim.

I can't wait to pretty it up with some Fall mums and pumpkins. I still need new house numbers, doorbell and a welcome mat. I'm also looking forward to not worrying that my trick or treaters might fall down those steps!

I'd love to hear what you think! Wish me luck at school! I still get those butterflies every year!

28 comments:

  1. The porch looks great! I'm glad you decided to keep the green door--love it!

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  2. It looks amazing! Good luck with your new school year:)

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  3. It looks so great!! Good luck with your new set of kiddos and getting back into routine :-)

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  4. WOW! it looks awesome! i love the black on the steps... very classic!

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  5. Wow! I love the way this looks. Your chairs and pillows are so cute. The green door is also so fabulous. I love bungalow/craftsmen style homes.

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  6. what an improvement!!! it looks great--i just love your home and especially that green door ;)

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  7. Ooo, looks so much more crisp!

    Have a good first day back!

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  8. Beautiful! I love your porch-- and I'm glad you decided to stick with the green door, it looks great!

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  9. Looks great! I love the dark grey colour. Have fun getting back to teaching.

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  10. I love it!! It looks so clean and fresh. And inviting!!

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  11. I love the paint color that you chose for your railings. Your porch looks so inviting now. I hope you'll have time this fall to sit out there with a warm beverage to enjoy it.

    Good luck with school! I hope you have a great year with your 2nd graders.

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  12. I so covet your front porch!!! Looks beautiful & I'm so happy for you that it's done.

    Enjoy!

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  13. I love your porch and you house! Such character. Lucky you. Also 15 students??? What??? No fair..the class sizes here on the west are 25 in a gr 2 class! Crazy busy.

    Have fun tomorrow meeting your new charges :)

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  14. Like every one else here I love your porch (and your class size!). Great job!

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  15. looks so great. hope your school year gets off to a great start! Good luck!!

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  16. It looks amazing! And what are you talking about, not getting much work done? You painted the house, trim, door and got the porch done? Holy moley, I'm tired just thinking about it. I'm loving the kelly green door. Just perfect.

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  17. It looks so good! So inviting - glad you kept the green door :) and I love your chairs too!

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  18. Looks great - so welcoming! So glad you kept the green door :)

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  19. Love the porch! I too am so excited to decorate the porch for fall :) Can you tell me where you got the chairs and if they were expensive?

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  20. Just beautiful. I especially love the chair and pillows on the adirondack chairs. The black is a welcome surprise. Love it.

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  21. It look soooo amazing!!! Great job, I seriously love your house :)

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  22. Such a beauiful makeover!

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  23. I think if all you got done this summer is that fabulous porch, then you have accomplished A LOT! I'm so glad you kept that fantabulous green door, it makes me smile just looking at it...and that porch is perfection, I hope you still get time to enjoy it now that school is back in! (c:

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  24. Fantastic! Yay for keeping your green door! The chairs and all the other accents looks great too.

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  25. What is the name and brand of the green paint you used on your front door?!

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Love hearing from you! Thanks so much :)