Anyway - Saturday in Toronto was insanely nice. Like 11 degrees (hey - it is all relative!). It was warm-ish. What leaves were still on the trees rustled in the breeze and the sun was out all day long. It was pretty fantastic.
Mostly because it meant I could paint the porch!!
We had always planned to paint the porch - we chose wood that required painting (unfinished pine) because a) our house is painted, so I think it looks better and b) to get wood that is nice enough to leave natural, it would have cost a small fortune.
So, we chose pine and as soon as we signed on the dotted line, the temperature took a nosedive. How did Mother Nature know?!
I was getting a little nervous that we'd end up leaving it unprotected all winter until I saw the forecast for this past Saturday! 11 degrees! Sun! On a weekend!!
I rushed to our favourite paint store (Primetime Paints on Queen), grabbed two gallons and dragged them home in anticipation for a glorious day of painting.
I painted from 8:30 until 5:30 p.m.
It didn't feel that glorious. Actually, it felt tiring and my legs still hurt. I guess that is what happens when you have a young son and only one person can paint at a time (little bugger hasn't figured out how to paint yet! Jeesh!). I was lucky enough to rope one of my friends into helping out for an hour or so, which was awesome! Thanks P :-)
I did manage to get 2 coats of white and one coat of the dark done before the rain came on Sunday and unless we get another heat wave, this is how it will stay for the rest of the winter. Phew.
Here is a little peek at what it looks like!!
PS - and in other news, what is UP with men and natural wood? I can't tell you how many guys walked by and said "oh...you should have left it natural."
Really? OMG Thanks!! Want to come help strip the paint I've already put on?
Thanks for the input, tips.