Nothin’ like a little Jake Owen to get a blog post goin’…you know…”The One That Got Away”…the song…by Jake Owen? Do you guys get the country pun-ie titles? Or is that just a I-grew-up-in-Northern-Maine kind of thing? Anywho…let’s talk about our one that got away…enter our dream home:
So I have a point here, give me another minute and I’ll get there. So after letting go of the old farmhouse we realized something. Our current home, as much as we would like it to be, is not our forever home. In fact, we’re aiming to sell it either this spring or more likely the following spring, and either look for our dream home or another fixer upper to build a little more sweat equity. But just in case dream home in a dream location pops up, there are definitely things we could be doing in the meantime to prep our house for a quick sale. Enter the porch makeover plan. When we first moved into our home, the front porch looked a little something like this:
So basically we have a blank canvas for a front porch and the porch makeover wheels are spinning! But before I commit to certain design decisions we have a few things to fix in here, which we’re planning on starting this weekend, you know, since we already have about a dozen half finished projects going on. Why not start another one?! And because I love lists here’s the porch repairs list:
- Repair the windows (they’re supposed to open but don’t, we need to remove the stops, take them out, shave the sash down and reinstall them)
- Repair the door (same problem as the windows, it just doesn’t close right and it lets all the rain come in)
- Repair the rotten floor boards and feather in some new boards with the old
- Refinish the floor (I’m thinking sanding it all down and staining it a nice, rich, dark stain to help hide all the wood imperfections)
- Fix the hole in the ceiling
The first project we intend on tackling is fixing the ceiling. You know, start at the top with the ceiling and then work our way down to the floor. We’ve already decided that the bead board is coming down. Although we are salvaging it for other potential projects since it’s old and real bead board, not the giant MDF sheets we usually use. So…ceiling options:
- Option 1: Loft the ceiling and reinstall the bead board kind of like in this picture
- Option 2: Loft the ceiling and install the salvaged bead board between the beams like this
- Option 3: Loft the ceiling and keep the beams au naturale like this picture
- Option 4: Loft the ceiling but keep the collar ties and just paint them white like this
Do you sense a “loft the ceiling” theme? We’re hoping to make the tiny space feel a lot larger with a higher ceiling. And honestly, option #4 is probably the one we’ll end up going with since it’s the easiest. We know there are collar ties (the beams that go across the porch ceiling parallel to the floor) to deal with up there and we could theoretically remove them but that’s beyond our skill set. We would rather the porch didn’t cave in on itself during a heavy snow…or slight breeze…or when Goose barks. So option #4 is our game plan (fingers crossed). And now it’s demo time! It seems like forever and a day since we’ve demoed anything! I’m off to grab my crowbar! And make a mess!
Pssst…I know it’s early to be thinking weekend plans, but what are you guys up to? Any house projects penciled in the planner? Demoing a porch ceiling like us?