Milk Can Makeover

This was a milk can that I found in my Dad’s barn after he passed away. šŸ˜¢Ā He passed away on July 27, 2017. I miss him every day, but I have several special items from his house that remind me of him.

This milk can was originally covered in rust and I had it sandblasted, but not powder coated because I sort of wanted to keep it natural. When I picked it up, Josh (sandblaster guy) highly suggested that I put a coat of polyurethane to protect it or it would rust more. šŸ¤”Ā Well . . . I should have heeded this advice because it started to rust again! šŸ˜«Ā So I took it back and Josh sandblasted it again and powder coated it for me.Ā  Continue reading “Milk Can Makeover”

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How We Transformed Our Porch (Total Porch Renovation)

Our porch has been an ongoing project for several years. In this post, I share the TOTAL transformation process, which includes links detailing each specific phase.

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How We Shored Up Our Porch FoundationĀ 

Over the past few years, we have been working on our porch. One phase of this project was installing simulated stone. Before we could do this, however, we had to shore up the porch foundation.

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How We Built Our Porch Columns

We originally had old cedar columns on our porch. As part of our porch renovation project, we decided to add an apron to frame the porch ceiling and then we wrapped the cedar columns with Hardie boards. Below is a glimpse of one of the columns. Here is a before picture (also before the outdoor fireplace and old barn wood ceiling. Notice in the picture below the old columns on the far left and that there is no apron around the edge of the ceiling.

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Chalk Painting Our Front Porch Bench

I really enjoy the transformational process that occurs when I chalk paint furniture. We purchased this bench from Grandinroad. It is the prefect size for our porch; however, we changed our minds about the color (black) and decided to chalk paint it so it blended better with our porch.

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Renovating/Updating Our Patio Porch

Patio Porch on the Lakeside

Check out this before and after picture! Here is a picture of the basement patio (lakeside) once we cut the block and added a header to add a double window. We wanted more daylight in our basement living room.Ā Here is the inside view of where we cut the block to add the double windows. We will show you more interior pictures of the basement living room area later in this blog post.

More patio porch project pictures:Ā 

  • Click here to see how we built our outdoor fireplace on our patio porch.
  • Click here to see how we wrapped the columns on the patio porch.
  • Click here to see how we added old barn wood to our patio porch ceiling.
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