The Back Porch
So here's a more recent project. The old back porch at ol' 173 was in baaaad shape. I don't have a complete "before" picture, but this first one should give a clue to its condition. Of particular note is the peeling paint on the walls and ceiling. The windows were the kind that opened into the porch on hinges. While when we first moved in we thought this was unique and charming, we soon found out that they were simply old and worn out. On top of that, when the windows were open, they reached almost halfway into the porch. AND...they leaked like the proverbial sieve!
The first step was a bit of demo. Above the windows, the walls were covered over in 1/4 inch plywood and had been painted white so many times the paint was cracked and "gatoring".
Without taking you through every-single menial task, we eventually put up the ceiling, new walls and painted. We went with a brown deck and floor paint. It used to be that old-school blue-green porch floor color (which I love), but it just wouldn't go with the look we were heading toward. Here's a pic with all the "big" stuff done.
Again, so much was learned that I couldn't possibly list them all. But here are a couple that really stand out in my mind:
1. Review the products you're going to buy, then review them again. I reviewed paints and primers over and over again, but still came away disappointed. We used Baer Premium plus primer and paint. This was the #2 top quality paint on several websites. It was about 1/2 the cost of the #1 and received excellent reviews, but after this experience - I definitely don't recommend it. Next painting project - I'm paying the extra and going with #1! HOWEVER! The Baer porch and floor paint was excellent!
2. When installing upper cabinets, join the cabinets together, then put up a ledger board to rest them on and keep them level while fixing them to the wall.
3. Spend a lot of time walking around Loewes and Home Depot. Look through the aisles, eavesdrop on conversations and just ask people questions!
4. Grossman's sells the exact same windows as Loewes and Home Depot, but at roughly half the price!