That woman you see, the one walking around muttering and looking distracted…yeah, that’s me. I know it has to get worse before it gets better but I still don’t especially like it.
The porch that normally looks like this…
…currently looks like this. I just keep reminding myself, chaos is a sign progress is being made. The porch has weathered well for the past six years despite being surrounded by so many trees and going through the torrential downpours we’ve had in recent years. But it’s time for a freshening-up.
The sheers are down and in the wash, the screens have been removed and the furniture is all clustered together in the center of the porch.
The speakers above the doors on both sides have also been removed, too. The company I’m using for the pressure washing and painting is taking such great care, very impressed so far.
The exterior of the house and the outside part of the porch and decks have been pressure washed. Either today or tomorrow, they will be hand-washing the inside walls of the porch with a mild bleach solution. Even though the flooring on the porch is “porch flooring” they didn’t feel comfortable using their big pressure washer inside which would create a tremendous amount of water on the floor. Again, so impressed with the care they are taking.
The fabric covers over the swing chains were partially covered yesterday for the exterior washing. I think they will be fully covered before the actually painting inside begins.
Just went down to grab a quick photo and noticed the swing is now fully covered.
Fans, too. It’s quite a production to paint a porch, isn’t it?
One thing I’m having done while the guys are here is I’m having these end/side pieces removed from the pergola. See how they are starting to pull away. One has already fallen off. The guys who built my pergola had never built one before and they thought these decorative end pieces would look great there.
They have always looked a little odd sticking out on the right side of the pergola, pretending to be the ends of cross pieces that didn’t exist. Since one has fallen off of its own accord and the others are fast headed that way, they are all being removed.
Remember the woodpecker damage to the chimney shared in a recent post?
They have started removing the corner pieces and the four corners are being replaced with Hardieplank which is the kind of siding on the rest of the chimney. More signs of worse before it gets better. (Progress, progress, progress, she mutters.)
Recognize those copper things on the table? Those are the solar post lights, all removed for the work that’s being done.
I never did a follow-up post on how those have worked out.Let the record show, I like ‘em!
I love seeing them aglow at night. The only ones I’ve had problems with are the ones you see all the way over there under the end of the pergola near the bird feeders. The reason I’ve had issues with those is because the raccoons who sometimes visit at night, track all through my planters getting to the bird feeders. In the process they also track stuff onto the lights, at least I think that’s how they get so dirty. The dirt blocks the sunlight getting to the sensors so they don’t come on a night now like they once did.
Also, the bird poop I find on them isn’t helping much. The others have done fine. The copper finish doesn’t weather that great under the trees and bird poop. Wish I could find the exact same solar lanterns but in an industrial, heavy-duty, bird-poop resistant finish. HA! If you come across something like that, let me know.
You’ll find more information about the solar post lanterns in this previous post: Solar Post Caps For The Decks
Remember the tree-form Tardiva Hydrangeas I purchased recently for the deck?
They are just beginning to bloom! Ironic to see their beauty amidst all the craziness!
I’ll share a better picture of the Tardiva Hydrangeas when they are further along.
So got any chaos, progress and getting worse-before-it-gets-better, going on at your house?