|The Porch in its Original Glory - gotta love that light|
Then one day my daughter was outside and she saw a bee. She said "Look Mommy, a bee!" and then proceeded to pick it up. Two year olds don't have much common sense. Needless to say he was not dead yet and stung her which resulted in tears - poor thing. After that she didn't pick up any bugs that were getting in but I figured now that I have some time on my hands this would be a great project to take on. Especially with it being the beginning of the summer and having the whole season ahead of us to enjoy it.
|The Original Porch looking the other way - that's a lot of wood|
I did some research (thank you lovely ladies working the paint section at Home Depot) and found out that because the porch was made of pressure treated wood, it would need to be painted with a special oil based primer - yuck! Oil based primer is such a nuisance to paint with because you can only remove it with mineral spirits. It is stinky and it is thick. Then why should I use oil based primer? Well because the wood is pressure treated which means that it has been treated with chemicals so it has the ability to stand up against the elements. If you don't use this primer then the chemicals will leak through the latex paint and ruin the finish you put hours into.
|The oil based primer needed for the porch|
First I cut the carpet into strips and pulled it up and tossed it in the garbage. I swept the floor trying to get up any loose debris and adhesive. If your floor is like ours, this will be a lot to clean up and throw out.
|That's a lot of gross stuff that was under my carpet!|
Then I tried to get up the adhesive using some home remedies - boiling hot water and white vinegar. It didn't make a dent so I pulled out the big guns. I drove to home depot and rented a cement sander and brought it home. I got home and realized that I didn't have the upper body to lift it and wasn't sure if I could even control it. Poor hubby was still sleeping because he worked until midnight the previous night but I was so excited about our redo so I woke him up (nicely of course!) and explained to him that I had a large piece of equipment in my car I couldn't move... He looked at me like I was a little crazy but wasn't surprised (I have pulled these antics on him before). So he got up, threw some clothes and flip flops on, got it out of the car and started sanding the floor down.
|Hubby demonstrating how to properly use the concrete sander'|
UPDATE: Don't use a cement sander the way we did. Please wear sneakers and face protection. There is a lot of dust.
We found out quick that because I have no upper body, the machine controlled me instead of the other way around. So while he sanded, I swept. The sander creates a lot of dust that covers the ground. You can't see the floor while sanding because of all the dust. This makes this job great for two people. Remember when using the sander to go in sweeping motions and don't stay on one area too long or you will make a hole in your concrete.
After we thoroughly swept all the dust up, we started to remove the screen. We started just hammering at the screen and then pulled it out. It came out easy. We used a crowbar and hammer to pull off the trim. You want to make sure you remove any staples, nails or anything else from the wood. We used a flat head screwdriver to pop the staples out and a set of pliers if they broke before coming out. Prepping the surface properly will make sure your finished product lasts longer.
Once we removed all the screens, trim, staples, nails and everything else, it was time to power wash. We enjoyed power washing. It was messy and what but when I use the power washer I want to make that grunt that Tim the Toolman Taylor makes on that tv show. Here's a reminder of what I mean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V9YZ7C88iU. We swapped out which helped with the arm aching situation. Once we were done power washing, we let it try for 24 hours before starting to prime.
|Another view of the priming completed|
|Snow Leopard Paint Chip|
|Shale Grey Paint Chip|
We plan to stain the floor as well but we had some cracks that we patched and you need to wait 30 days for new concrete to cure before staining so I guess that we will have to wait. In the meantime, we are going to enjoy our "new" finished porch bug free!
|See how nice the Shale Grey looks with the red brick. I love it!|
|Looking out in the other direction of new porch|