Welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge, where I have decided to makeover my ugly trailer’s front porch in 6 weeks with $200; I’m joining over 200 other bloggers in this challenge.
I’ll be really honest and let you know this week won’t be terribly exciting. I didn’t get a whole lot done.
Just as a reminder, this is the idea I’m going for with my makeover:
And since I didn’t share last week, here are a few images that I absolutely love and pulled inspiration from:
So this week, I began by trimming a few bushes. Here’s what they looked like before…
…and here they are after I went to town on them.
Don’t judge my pruning abilities…I am no gardener. They look really sparse, but in order to open up the porch, I had to trim down to the level of the handrail, and all of the greenery was at the top. It made me a little sad, because they are really pretty bushes, but they were so overgrown that it had to be done, and I’m hoping they grow back in next year. I’m contemplating clearing out a flower bed around the bushes and adding mulch and a few flowers…if I have time, that is.
The next thing on the list was some power washing on the porch, which did wonders. You can see the finished and unfinished sides here.
I also got my stain for the porch, Behr Solid Color Weather Proofing Stain in Slate. And yes, it passed the puppy’s approval, just in case you were wondering.
I tried it out in a little patch to make sure it was what I wanted.
I love the way it looks. Unfortunately, there were 2 layers of paint, and while the pressure washing got rid of most of both layers, there are still traces of paint, which are not going to take the stain (as you can see where the shiny spots are). So, I’m going to have to use a paint stripper and scrape the rest off before I can finish the stain.
So, we’ll get there…slowly but surely. That’s all for this week. Be sure to check out all of the other bloggers over at the One Room Challenge…there is a ton of work being done, and so much inspiration to be found over there!
Until next week!