Have you ever had plans to change something in your home that was pretty simple, like maybe a new lamp, and before you knew it that new lamp just didn’t look right with the old stuff and you just had to get a new table, a new rug and maybe a new sofa too?
Yeah, me too.
Here’s the porch before getting started. Several years ago I took a workshop and made the cocktail table and side table. I’m thinking of replacing the cocktail table with something that doesn’t show as much dust and eliminating the side table completely. We don’t need it and I want to keep this area as clutter free as possible so the floors are easier to get to for cleaning. You’ll see why in a nano second.
I wanted to give the wood furniture a power wash, so we brought everything to the side of the yard and I got to work, but I wanted to show you how dirty the porch floor was! OMG!
I ask you, have you ever seen anything so disgusting??
Didn’t think so.
You’re probably thinking we’re the world’s dirtiest people and haven’t cleaned the floors in months, or even years, right? Well, it’s true we don’t clean it as often as we should, but this is the result of just a few weeks of neglect. This area gets super dirty real fast!
So after removing all the furniture to the side yard, I decided to power wash the floors. Then I decided I wanted to paint them too. See what I mean? One thing leads to another.
So off to Home Depot we went and we picked up some paint that’s a slightly brighter red than what we had. I figured it fades pretty quickly so I wanted to get something slightly brighter than what I will ultimately be happy with.
It’s recommended to use a primer first, and we asked the sales associate how long it takes to dry and he said an hour. After power washing on Saturday, this is what it looked like Sunday morning at 5 a.m. (Yeah, I was up pretty much all night).
I wiped it dry as best I could and got to work on the primer, which is a bubble gum pink color. I started at 6 a.m., and finished at 7:30 a.m. I only worked on the enclosed section of the porch. This is what it looked like right after I was done.
This is what it looked like 5 hours later. Still sticky. So much for ‘one hour dry time’. It was just too darn humid!
Around 3 p.m. on Sunday it was dry enough for the top coat, but we had to go home so we’ll just have to pick up where we left off this weekend when we get back there. If anyone stops by in the meantime, they’ll for sure think we lost our minds.
Now for the fun part.
I spent some time looking for outdoor rugs online today and I’ve narrowed it down to these three:
I like all of them, but I think the first one is the safest option. I’m concerned the second one might have too much orange in it, and the third one might be a bit too formal, but I haven’t made up my mind. I may call about the second one and see if I can reach a live person and maybe they can guide me, because I think that is my favorite design.
I’m also going to consider getting a slipcover for the sofa. Something that can be washed will be the way to go. I found a source called UglySofa that has unbelievable prices for slipcovers. Apparently, a lot of what they sell are products that have been returned to them by customers, but they are still in new condition. Here’s a snap shot of the style I’m considering:
It’s only $30.00!! You truly cannot beat that price for a slipcover! I’m keeping this on my short list of ‘things to buy’. I thought about getting a red slipcover, but they don’t have that color and besides, if I’m doing a red rug it’s very difficult to match reds so it might be safer to go with a cream or even a honey color.
I’m going to try to keep the porch as clutter free as possible. I want it to be easy to clean so it never gets as nasty as you’ve just seen again. How embarassing!!