We purchased this small farmhouse back in February of 2016, the photo above is how it looked when we purchased the home. Cute right?
The home has two small bedrooms downstairs, a loft upstairs which we use as our Master, and one bathroom. It’s less than 1,000 square feet. Which was about 400+ square feet less than where we were previously living. No big deal, no kids for now so all seemed gravy!
Within a short period of time we started to run into some issues with the wood on the exterior, and of course sharing one bathroom has been quite comical to say the least.
Most of the home is made out of 100 year old reclaimed wood, mainly heart pine. Which we thought bees wouldn’t bother it, we were wrong. Also obviously there’s more upkeep with an all wood home, so one day I wanted to waterseal the exterior. Bad idea, and this my friends is how it all started.
I can’t even begin to express the stress and anxiety this now filthy porch gave me. I didn’t even spray the porch, it was windy and I apparently wasn’t paying attention. And then our dog walked through dirt and who knows what, which ended up sticking to the porch, making it appear dirty. No good.
So I read how to remove the excess, didn’t work. Everything didn’t work, so the next best thing. Sand it off, easy right? Boy was I in for a surprise.
This was the best I could do with a small circular sander. Yes I know I should’ve used a belt sander or something that doesn’t go in circles but oh well. Our porch is 8 feet wide by 40 feet long, this took forever and it was 100 degrees out. Not how we wanted to spend our weekends but we had no choice. Good news, look how pretty the floors are underneath! 🙏🏼
Getting somewhere! But my Husband argued that leaving the wood exposed to its natural state wouldn’t look good. 😒 Especially with the house being wood also, so he wanted to paint the floors. I wanted to paint the house, so the floors were still incomplete and we started on a new project. 🙈
Painting The House White
So here we decided to try white paint samples on the back of the house, this surprisingly helped with the bees 🐝, yes! Check out that large pecan tree out the back door! So we decided to paint the whole house white, however the doors were both a bright yellow color. Well, that had to come off. 🙈
After hours of scraping, and paint thinners this was all I was able to remove. Without sanding of course, but now we wanted to sample paint colors for the doors.
We chose this pretty blue/gray color, Hamlet seems to like it! 🐷 Touch ups to follow later. It’s almost Christmas time now, got to rush to finish the front of the house!
Now we’ve completed painting the front of the house, but my sweet husband wanted to paint the floors. 😩 So we chose a dark color in Home Depot’s Deck Over, I wasn’t in love with it. It showed up dog hair, and because of it’s non slip type paint it showed up more dirt. 😔 So guess what..
Time to sand it off, again. But because we had to sand off the deck over and the previous blue paint, we needed something stronger than a hand sander. So we rented a belt sander, and we put that thing to work! Still a ways to go.
So while the Hubby worked on that I removed the yellow paint off the front door, and painted it the same color as the back door.
Now it’s Christmas, time flies when you’re having fun right?
So we took a break, yeah right. Okay sort of. We discussed adding more to the entrance of our driveway, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Especially since we’ve been sanding and painting for weeks, so my husband came up with a great idea! A new mailbox, but one made from scratch of course. Never store bought.. But I must say he always impresses me with his talents. ❤
On a side note, our furbabies sure do love spending time outside with us. ❤🐷🐶
Moving on, here is what the wood on the railings, rafters and posts started to look like. Very dark and dirty, so my husband decided to sand these and see what happens. Here we go again. Beautiful result, and much nicer with the new white exterior which we know there’s spots that need touch ups.
Still have more work to do, but we absolutely love the floors and the new looking wood. Just from using a belt sander!
Who knows what’s next, but clearly a new roof would make this house look great. Looking for roofing companies in Guyton Georgia, email me their information!
Actually, before a new roof we will be building a new back porch, because ours is falling apart due to rotting. It never ends, but at least we know whatever we do next will be pretty and hopefully last! 🙏🏼
Whomp Whomp.. The steps have already started to break off and the screws have nothing to grab onto anymore because the wood is so rotten.
Stay tuned for more updates!