Exterior Renovating - Phase 1
Spring sprung sprang. Whatever. The weather is delightful and staying inside is frightful. So we stepped outside for a little fun in the sun. Mid Century Modern renovation style.
Let us preface by saying we typically wouldn't recommend someone paint their limestone facade. But, in our case there were several layers of offensive beige paint to contend with. Combine this with fear of sandblasting the mortar to oblivion, and you're faced with a logical decision: Paint over the old bad paint with new good paint.
To remind you, we previously painted over the same beige paint on our fireplace with the gray you're about to witness.
But first, how awesome is this tree. Pretty awesome, right?
Back to work.
We busted out the Wagner paint sprayer. Sprayers save time. Time is precious.
Took a break from the ground. Scurried up a ladder. Painted the chimney. Got a sunburn. Didn't mind.
Back on the ground, we called out a too-long-unnoticed detail with our accent color of choice.
And then the deck came tumbling down.
The slapped-on deck has never looked like it belongs to this house. This is most likely because it doesn't. It was put on by the "flippers" to cover up and stabilize a large built-in planter that was falling apart. We may eventually restore said planter. But for the time being, we choose to make the existing deck a better integration to the horizontal lines of our Mid Century Modern home. We turned it into a chill platform. For chilling.
In nearly two years of living here, we've never sat out on the deck. Bring on the Salterini-style bench. And Mojitos.
Here's a closer look at the foundation of the built-in planter, turned deck foundation. The deck now stabilizes the decay.
Using HardiePlank, some Liquid Nails, and a level, we went about the business of making bad into good.
This concludes Phase 1 of our exterior renovation project. Phase 2 involves removal of the beige vinyl siding. Beneath the vinyl is the original vertical wood siding. Cross your toes that we may find it in good shape. Phase 2.5 is a new front door. Crestview Doors, here we come.