After taking several months off after finishing the bedroom, we will begin this years project. This year, we decided to tackle some outdoor projects.
First off is the front porch. We have some drainage issues, some repair issues and a lot of aesthetic issues. The name of the game will be Curb Appeal.
We start here ...
Notice the charming railing and the squirrel cutouts on the shutters? If you've been following this blog for a while you will recognize the railing from our screened in porch project a few summers ago.
There was quite a bit of discussion on the railing. I do like wrought iron but have you priced that stuff? We do have a piece of the railing that we could have welded back in. Maybe painted black the stuff would have some charm as evidenced by this fantastic photo of wrought iron work on a historic building in New Orleans. We talked to a wrought iron guy and the cost was just prohibitive.
See the set of steps on the left hand side of the picture. They are DUNZO!! Essentially, they lead nowhere! and the walkway in front of the planter will go as well. The planter will stay and my good friend Denise is going to help with flower selection in exchange for the shutters and railing. She actually WANTS them.
The front door will get a paint job and new shutters will be installed as well. I am thinking black shutters but that may change.
My major job in all of this will be brink pointing - whatever the heck that is. I guess I'll learn soon enough! Demo starts next weekend.