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. I think that is mostly done now. It’s time to concentrate on the front porch.
First up? Porch posts. ugh! disgusting, right? We put these in—well, I didn’t. They 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.
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 2×4’s. (we screwed two 2×4’s together). The porch ceiling is vinyl, and we had a difficult time finding a solid spot to support it. Oh, and yeah, those old supports weighed a TON!
We used 2 levels to make sure everything was plumb. For spacers we used some 2×4 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.
New posts, and the porch didn’t fall down on our heads!
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.