Skip to main content

The Back Stoop - Done! (Well, for the most part)

As a reminder, when I started the back stoop, which seems like forever ago, it looked like this:
So it was time.  At the end of the last post, the stoop was looking like:
It was getting there.  Really, all I had to do was paint, but if you know me - I......hate.....painting!  Stain on the floorboards and two coats of B-I-N primer, and two coats of paint later, here it was (of course Linus supervised throughout):
Oh, just a quick step backward - here's the stoop without the doors.  As you can see the mower and some other things are stored below:
What you can't see here is that the storage runs the entire length of the back porch, more storage is always good!  Anyway, I showed you in the first post about the stoop that I had built the doors, so all that was left was to paint them (of course - ugh) and hang them.  
Aaahhhhhh, so much better - or was it?  The pad outside the stoop looked like, well Ma will be reading this so - it looked like (insert your own word).  I hate when you do a project, stand back and it looks nice and then the surrounding area brings it all down.  The area outside the stoop has always been a problem-area.  Back in the day, we even used an old rubber welcome mat:
Then a number of years ago a neighbor took down his old stone fire-pit, so some of them ended up outside the stoop. But the area ended up looking like this, which the other day was driving me batty!
Off to Lowes!  First I graded the area, then laid down some recycled landscape fabric to try to keep some of those horrid weeds down!  Then I had to even out and neaten up some things with a little concrete (no precision work here!):
Then it was just a matter of putting in the pavers:
Nice huh?  All done yeah?  Ooooof course not.  Look at this:
Do you see it?  See on the right side of the picture?  I have always hated how there was a veritable cliff down to the pavers, it's always been like that.  So, once again I had to do something about it.  So I thought I would just put a small slope leading up to the pad to make it neater and easier to mow.  
Then just a little grass seed...of course when you have this guy - 
there's no way in the world grass would grow unless one took a bit of precautionary measure:
And THAT should be the end of the Back Stoop project.  Maybe.  I hope.  The beauty shot:
And a Before/After shot:
And finally, a few project bonus shots - just for posterity:
I really hated this 2-rail look:
So I took it apart and started over:


Popular posts from this blog

Made at 173: Dining Room Table

OK, so this table wasn't exactly made at 173, but it was re-done!  Bear with me a minute.  For years the dining room was just missing something...
I know, it's not Christmas, but you know, with all the pictures taken around here, there just isn't a clean shot of the dining room...this was the closest.  But it gives you an idea - there's no table!  It's been that way ever since the previous family was here... Huh.  Just dawned on me...that's a Christmas picture too.  Anyway, just hadn't put a table in there.  For the longest time we just weren't sure what kind of table belonged.  There are so many choices out there! Seriously though, I think it was always destined to be a pedestal table.  But there were  had to have an interesting build, it had to have a leaf, and it could NOT be oak!  So that really put limitations on what kind of table 173 would have. It wasn't even on the radar (although it was kinda always on the radar) for a din…

The Kitchen - Part 3: Walls

The walls were solid, but paint was peeling everywhere, and there were some rough spots throughout...
If you look closely at the picture above (and below for that matter, you can see the spackle in pink.  And, this next picture shows where there was a large dip in the wall that leads to the dining room.  It was significant enough that it made the ceiling look horrible, and I had to put so much spackle on that I figured I better put some tape in it: I used this stuff: I liked it because it went on pink, and when it was dry it turned white, taking the guessing game out of it.  Besides that, as to quality - well, it worked just like any spackling I suppose. Then there was the area behind the stove - what a mess.  All these years there was this big piece of metal on the wall behind the stove, and a large piece of melamine on the wall next to it: And here's the sheet of metal behind it: Luckily it all came off pretty easily, but how ugly is that glue? Only one thing to do - cover it: I…