Well, we can finally check the back porch off the big ugly to-do list on the house. It’s only been two years in the making. But, dang, it looks good.
For some reason, the back porch became one of the last projects at this house (for now). Until now, we painted the house and foundation, added new lights, a new door and some landscaping. Right before Henry came along, Ryan ripped out the rickety railing and replaced it with this beautiful wooden number. And I even painted the railing last summer. But, I never went through with painting the porch.
Why wait so long? Because of this. Scraping.
I really hate scraping paint. Ew. And ick. But since I looked at this monstrosity every single stinkin’ day, I said ENOUGH on Saturday when Henry went down for his morning nap. I put on my big girl pants, cleared off the porch of all the crap it had accumulated and begun to clean and scrape it.
There were at least three layers of paint on that porch. And it’s pretty darn important to scrape everything as well as you can before painting again. So, I scraped scraped scraped until all the loose pieces were gone. Then, I cleaned everything really well with soap and water. (I hosed everything off, then mopped and then sponged by hand.)
The paint color is the same we used on the front porch. It’s Satin Porch Paint by Sherwin-Williams. (Learn from my mistakes – do not, under any circumstances, use gloss paint on your porch. It’s an accident waiting to happen.)
The concrete is old and has some major chunks out from years of wear. But the paint really evens it out. I paint around the edges with a brush and then roll the paint on in the middle. It took two coats.