Good morning friends! It's week 3 of the One Room Challenge and I must say it's been a labor of love. Literally a lot of laboring this week for me AND my dad! Here is Week 1 and Week 2 in case you missed them.
Luckily we were on spring break last week so we tackled a lot of the front yard work and maintenance. We removed bushes,pulled up stumps, pressure washed the porch and trimmed bushes.
Here is the updated punch list:
Build Tables and benches, paint chairs
Pressure wash and paint trim and ceiling (this week) - the Sherwin Williams sale started today so I can buy my paint now, woohoo!
3. Make curtains and rods (next week)
4. Stain/paint concrete (not sure about this yet)
5. Hang pendant and string lights (purchased)
6. Remove porch rails (this week)
Remove bushes in front and replace with new landscaping (this week)
7. Accessorize and style (week 5)
It looks so much better already with out the crazy, out of control bushes.
You can see where I still need to hang the shutters back up on the 2nd story window. I should probably paint them first though since that was the reason I took them down to begin with :)
The next item in question are the railings. I want to remove them as in many traditional craftsman style or bungalow homes but I get lots of weird looks when I tell people that. I'm trying to psych myself up to take the plunge because I know I'm not going to achieve the design I'm looking for without removing them. I'd love to know your thoughts! Keep 'em or lose 'em?
Here are a few porch styles with no rails. I wish I had the budget to taper my columns but that will be for a later date.
Another possible option would be to basically cut the railings in half so they would be lower and less obtrusive similar to the ones below. I could also paint them a color that would blend in better instead of the stark white.
I also built, stained and sealed the two farm style tables and started the benches. We spray painted the chairs and did a little more shopping.
I was also eyeing some other accessories that aren't on the punch list...I need to back away slowly...
I did promise little man he could put up a flag on the front porch because so many of our neighbors have them. I asked him what kind of flag he wanted and without any hesitation he said, "A Duke flag mom". Like duh...well if you know anything about us you know that
we are I am a die hard Tarheel. I thought the whole point of having kids was that they would grow up loving your school or team. Well, my bubble just burst, womp womp.
I'm still hovering around the $500 mark which is awesome but the X factor is going to be plants and accessories. I didn't leave much room for accessories so I'm hoping I over budgeted for plants but we'll see. Here is my Itsums board and if you want to create a board for your own project head over to itsums.com and check it out. It's such a great tool and really helping me stay on track!