Sunday, June 3, 2012

Another shady project

I began my project, that I've put off for over a year now. I like to think I had good reason to take so long in finishing this part of our house. But breast cancer does have a way of taking some of your time and energy. So now that we're past all that, I got back to my brick painting. I wanted to give our house a little contrast and paint the interior walls on my front porch. I didn't want the paint to completely cover the brick. I wanted it to have a light, washed effect. So here is the wall with all the windows.
I began by power washing the whole porch. Then the prep work, covering the windows, ceiling and floor. I'm a little distracted, the Bear says I've got ADD. So I tend to start projects before the prep work is complete. Just to see how it goes. I suspect that I inherited this trait from my father. My mother would agree.
So this is the paper covering the ceiling. And we have this nifty little tool that was well worth the money. It attaches the tape to the paper as you roll it out.
There's my chigger bitten hand and the wonderful tool. The Bear talked me into that when we painted the interior of the house.

This would be the point in my preparation that I began to anticipate what it was going to look like. So I decided to start painting before I had all four windows covered. I had a strategy, not a very good one, as it turned out, but I had one. This would create problems for me later, but it all worked out in the end. My eagerness usually creates extra work for me. But hey, I like hard work.

And this is how the first wall looks when completed. Next I'll turn the corner. I have two more walls to paint. I've watered down my paint, 3 parts water/ one paint, and am spraying it from a hand sprayer.

And here's a shot of the house, just a little too far away to see the painted wall, but you get an idea of where this is going. The color matches the siding on either side of the chimney. Next I'll paint the front walls on either side of the chimney.  My husband, the Bear, is quite apprehensive about this project. He's a brick mason, laid all the brick on this house, and it's against brick mason law to paint brick. I hope he forgives me when this is done!


  1. I love your front porch! As a non-do it yourselfer, I am so impressed that you are able to do what you do. I can't wait to see the end results in the after pictures. It's going to look great!

    1. Thank you! I love to rock on the porch, though I seldom do, because I usually have a project going. I'll be sure and post pictures when I get finished. Again, thank you!