Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Time Outdoor Projects

 I recently told you about the downed tree and messed up roof we had during an early May(5-2012) storm  ---

Here is the before picture of our roof. This happens to also be a *before the grasshopper plague that ate our shrubs* picture

 Our house had a charcoal colored shingle.. and the over hang on the porch addition was graphite looking fiberglass. Since this picture was taken  we've since added our 'futon rail'... you can read about that repurposing project    here and I painted the trim around the front door and 

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had my 'screen door' project you can read about that here.

One thing that has been an eye sore to us were the posts or columns. 

We had two 'turned' columns that were both supportive and decorative. They're old and cracking--and they've needed to be replaced for a while. 

Then once the addition to the porch was added out on the end (in the fall of 2010); we had one 4 x 4 post (actually, I think it was a landscape timber and it was supposed to be temporary, you know how that goes) -so far it's lasted.  But I wanted them all to be uniform


So, this past weekend The Honey and I wrapped the posts! He also added new trim pieces over the gabled porch. You can get just a glimpse of the new roof. We just got them both replaced ---the roof and the porch cover. It is hard to tell in this picture; but it is definitely lighter in color. I thought I had taken a better picture of the new roof (the roofers were here last week on Monday and Tuesday and installed it in 2 days!) 

This is as far as we've gotten ... The posts are wrapped and look new! The roof is on and there's no leaks!  We're talking about painting the whole thing; it sure needs it. 
We'll see. It's just us doing the work; so it's baby steps for sure. 

Just to be sure you know. It's not about the money you spend or the time it takes you; because believe me-- we work slow. It's about being good stewards of what you've been given. Taking care of the things you have. One small project at a time. ;)

Do you have any summer projects that need doing? 
Do you have any tips for re-purposing things around the yard? Or remaking them so that they last? Feel free to share some of your stories and even send me the link... I'd love to read them! 

The grace of the LORD Jesus Christ be with you spirit. Philippians 4:23


Revi said...

Wow, that's a lot of hard work, and it's looking great! I love how wrapping the posts unified them all. Very cottage. :)

shannon i olson said...

very nice! Not sure what projects will get done around here, most money will go to a wedding coming up....and me and my husband are taking a little road trip the end of the month. We really need to redo the siding though...ugh.

Cindy said...

I did have a few plans, but they may be changed by a sudden trip back to my oldest daughter's house. She will have to have emergency surgery this week...we shall see.
Your house looks lovely with it's new posts and roof.
Hugs, Cindy

Prior said...

I love it all painted white. It is looking really good! William spent the money and time to get treated wood, that he varnished for extra weather proofing for our back porches, but I hate it. I want it the creamy white of the rest of our trim, but men seem to like the wood look. I am hoping to do my bedroom...looking at something interesting over my bed...don't think William will like it either, lol.

Intentional Living Homestead said...

That is the cutest place...can I visit you there? LOL.

Our life has been all about reno's and will be for the next LONG while.


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Nice job! Yes! We live in an old house and we are working on it all the time. Just trying to keep it from falling down! Last week was stucco repair and a few roof leaks. Painting. Caulking the tub. Next is a new shower in the master bath. Trees need trimming. And then there's Thursday. Haha! Thank goodness it's summertime!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a cute house you have! Love that porch and it looks great with the new porch posts. We work slow around here too :)

nannykim said...

what do you mean that you wrapped the posts? Wrapped them with what? Yes, you are right--we do have to take care of the things we own... a guess an incentive to own less! Work, work , work, ....but I suppose it gives one satisfaction in some respects, ya think?

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

We work slow, too...but at least it gets done sooner or later! What a good idea to wrap the posts...they really look great and the paint does, too!

Eclectically Vintage said...

So many projects - so little time!! Slowly but surely every year a little bit gets done. But half the fun is doing all the projects after all.

Your columns looks great - love the idea of wrapping them to unify the look!

Here's to no more grasshoppers!!