Guys, the dark columns were the way to go! Thank you to everyone who weighed in on the decision. I’ve been waffling about this since early summer, so it will be nice for all of us to finally put this behind us.
First: CHECK OUT HOW AWESOME THE COLUMNS LOOK!
We finally feel like our house isn’t screaming “1993!” Here’s what the house looked like when we bought it, snow and everything.
Then we embarked on the column project. I’d estimate this project cost us about $300 (wood, nails, paint), not counting the new miter saw we purchased for the project. Here’s the link to part 1 of the column project.
Getting the columns to this point took me more weekends then I care to admit, and the final product isn’t perfect. My dad was super encouraging though when he noted, “whenever you work with a piece of wood, you get better at woodworking.” I got VERY frustrated many times through this project, but now that it’s finished? I’m very proud of how it turned out and I feel much more comfortable with power tools and building in general. Sometimes I want my Dad (or Kenny) to just step in and HELP already, but in this case, I’m glad they didn’t. I learned a lot.
Once I primed the columns it was evident that white was not the way to go. The primer step was a nice test run just to find out that very thing!
So I got a gallon of $40 paint (OH OUCH why is paint so expensive) and began the most satisfying part of the project.
One coat covered fairly well, but I went back and put a second coat on just to help protect the wood a bit better.
I painted that small section of railing on the left side too, but stopped before I open the Pandora’s box of painting the house trim (it includes painting the garage door! and possibly the gutters as well! Gah.). Though that will happen eventually. Update: We did this! Pats self on back.
At this point, I’m happy with the exterior progress we’ve made on the house this year. We didn’t get everything done, but we did finish off several large projects like this one that make a big difference. Oblige me by laying your eyes one last time (promise!) on this before and after:
And now, I have a porch to decorate!
Linking up here.