...and today will be picture-palooza (don't say I didn't warn you!) of the finishing touches. After kicking the walls down, tearing off the plastic ceiling, and realizing that this would actually be a fantastic pergola... the new goal was cute-ification, which only involved a lot of paint & 2x2's. Here come the photos!
First things first, let's focus on this door!
Yum-Yum. So now the plan of action was to tackle the top. It was a little boring, and to disguise this ex-enclosed-patio to look like a pergola, we added some simple 2x2's in the opposite direction. You can kind of see in that photo how we placed the plain ones up there to try them on before deciding, and it was good. Enter, Mr. Miter saw - my new best friend:
Now time to paint. Tip: paint them before putting them up - it's just easier (unless you;re going to do some crazy spray action, then by all means.....). We used exterior paint & primer in one, in Semi-Gloss to help resist some of the rain we get around here. That Primer being in there saves so. much. time!
Alrighty! Once those are done it's as simple as measuring, placing & attaching. I started with long deck screws but found using long thin nails to be a little easier, plus they held it still so I could put a few deck screws in afterwards.
I believe we have ourselves a front porch.
What do you think, big improvement? In the future.... more plants, a vine to the left of the door, probably a bench and some new brickwork or other flooring down there.... but for now? I'm so so SO happy with the results. It wasn't even that expensive! Between the wood, paint, dump runs & fixtures, we're still sitting under $100... not to shabby at all.
Got any projects going on at your place that are changing your home's curb appeal? Think you might tackle a pergola project? I say do it - the results are so rewarding! Remember my sister & her boyfriend's pergola?
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