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: