Finally, I'm replacing my porch posts and painting them with my Finish Max paint sprayer. More details below.
My home has zero curb appeal. That’s okay, because a few years ago it was a –50. I’m making improvements slowly but surely. If I had all the time and the money in the world it would definitely be on the very top of my priority list. Who wouldn’t love to smile every time they drive up to their home? I look at magazines and daydream about changes I would like to make. b.a.b.y. steps.
In recent years, I’ve taken out bushes and trees. It’s time to concentrate on the front porch.
Maple Leaf Wrought Iron Posts
First up? Porch posts. ugh! disgusting, right? We put these in—well, I didn’t. The maple leaf wrought iron posts were not my choice.
They’ve been here for about 30+ years. This is back in 1984—my daughter Jamie.
I’ve been trying to get someone to replace them for about 2 years. It seems that nobody wanted to do such a small job. So, what’s a gal to do? DIY !!
I contacted my Cousin Terry—you may remember she helped me do Leann’s barn door last year. Terry loves this kind of stuff. This is the dreaded before.
Middle aged women can DIY
Don’t we make it look easy? If two middle-aged women can do this, so can YOU! Honestly the most difficult part was trying to find a solid area to place the jacked up 2x4’s. (we screwed two 2x4’s together). The porch ceiling is vinyl. We had a difficult time finding a solid spot to support it. Oh, and yeah, those old supports weighed a TON!
Installing new porch posts
We used 2 levels to make sure everything was plumb. For spacers we used some 2x4 scraps-to insure that the left side matched the right side.
After we figured out where to place the jack, we were done in no time. My new porch posts are wood. The vinyl ones wouldn’t work on my concrete porch. Therefore my posts need to be painted. In a perfect world, I would have used my Finish Max BEFORE putting the posts in place. But, time was an issue and I needed to get the posts up while I had someone to help me.
In this picture we are signing our work.
Yes, women can DIY porch posts!
New posts, and the porch didn’t fall down on our heads!
Paint porch posts with Finish Max Paint Sprayer
It was time to paint the new posts. I could have used a brush, but I just love the finish I get with my HomeRight Finish Max. I taped up some plastic drop cloths.
The posts were pre-primed. I used Glidden Exterior Semi-Gloss in my HomeRight Finish Max.
There were two plants that I needed to protect, I used old sheets.
It took me longer to hang the plastic than it did to paint them. I did three light coats, following the dry times on the can. I’m thrilled with how they turned out. The Finish max did such a great job.
Thank you Homeright for helping me DIY stuff around this old place!
I tackled something I had no idea I could do. One more thing checked off my list! Thanks to this YouTube video. Have you done something around your home where you surprised yourself?
disclaimer: I’m happy to be a brand ambassador for Homeright. All thoughts, opinions, projects are my own.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.