It is really not the time of year to be updating your porch, but my husband and I have been going to do this for a few months. Stuff just kept getting in the way and it took us forever. Now that we’re done, I’m really glad that we did it though. It looks so much better. Thanks so much to Thompson’s for the wood stain and to Purdy for the awesome paint brush and for sponsoring this Front Porch Makeover.
Here is what happened. Remember when I painted my front door, way back at the beginning of September? At that time I thought it would be a great idea to re-stain the porch and steps too. They were looking pretty sad. Don’t you think? I had thought I would surprise my husband but then I thought better of that because, you know, he has that type experience and I don’t have a lot. Plus, I figured if I told him, he could help. Free labor you know? So I told him and he went and looked at our steps and said we couldn’t go with my plan, we had to change out all of the wood on the steps. So sad and a big bummer.
So my sweet, very tired, husband measured all of the wood we would need. He measured it twice, just to be sure. Then we took a trip to our local home improvement store and bought all of the wood we needed. Next, he measured what he needed again and cut all of the wood. Are you getting how important it is to measure a lot before you cut the wood?
Next, it was my turn. It was pretty cool at night the week we did this, so I stained all of the wood in the house. **Be sure to stain your wood in a well ventilated area.** I picked the Thompson’s WaterSeal Timber Oil Wood Stain in Redwood color. Something I really loved about this stain, besides the color, is that they recommend only one coat of the stain. Yay! Less work for me. I did a little sanding on the wood before I stained it, to get the weird colors and stamps off before I stained it. Why do they stamp the wood anyway? Such a pain. I used a Purdy brush to apply the stain and it was so soft and all of the bristles stayed in to the brush. So nice to use a quality brush.
I got involved in making tamales this particular week, so it was down to the wire when I finally got to do the staining. It takes 8 hours for the stain to dry, which made it 3 am before I could turn the wood and stain the back side. Another bummer because I had to get up and do the staining in the middle of the night.
Bright and early, on a very cool morning, we got to work on the porch. Our porch/steps are two separate units. The steps we could replace. The actual porch, we could not. Whoever the genesis was who build it, made it go under the wall to the left in this picture and the only way to change to wood was to take the wall down. We aren’t doing that right now, but we were lucky that the wood was in good condition, just beat up. However, it needed lots and lots of sanding.
After I took a few pictures, it was my turn to sand. As I said, it was pretty chilly, so I put on my most fashionable hat and went to work. My husband got me this hat in Estonia. I actually wore it almost every day that we lived there. At least in the winter. It sure helps keep me warm. You can already see the difference in the colors between the sanded and not sanded wood.
My husband went to work on tearing the steps up. They were in pretty bad shape too.
It appears that we had some ladybugs living between some of the pieces of wood closest to the house.
This is the porch, all sanded. The wood is so pretty. It already looks so much better than it looked before the sanding.
My husband worked hard putting the steps on. Our house needs lots of work, as you can tell from the wall behind my husband. We need to replace the siding and roof next summer. Fun, expensive times. Anyone want to sponsor us?
When he was putting each board on, he used a wooden stake as a spacer to get them all to have the same space between them.
He may or may not have been getting tired of me taking his picture at this point. What do you think?
The handrails were kind of a pain, but since he knows what he’s doing, I just followed along. The wood needed to be cut at an angle, so he used a chalk line to get it all on the same angle.
This makes it easier to see where you need to cut. Smart yes?
Now I needed to stain the porch, but it was so windy at this point that I needed something to keep the dust from the wind off the porch. We rigged up a piece of foam insulation at the top of the stairs and I liked that a lot better. When you apply the wood stain, it needs to be at least 50 degrees for 8 hours, so we had to time it just right.
We got some unexpected rain the next day, but it was after everything had been dry over 24 hours. The stain just pooled on the wood. Isn’t that great?! I’m excited about this because it means the wood will last a lot longer this time. The cost of wood adds up fast.
These are the finished porch and steps. Since the wood is old and a different type, the colors didn’t end up being the same. That’s okay though. I really like both colors a lot. They look nice together too. I’m super happy with the way it all turned out.
Thank you again to Thompson’s and Purdy for the supplies. Do you have a project you need to do that you have had to put off? How about home improvement projects? Let me know in the comments.