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Sunday, February 21, 2010

100 Years (+) and Beautiful

This home is kept in immaculate condition by the owners. Over the years the front porch had been tended to, however, problems persisted.
The home is coated with stucco and painted. The front porch area has concrete knee walls, concrete formed cap stones and a concrete floor made to look like individual tiles. The columns are wood and the ceiling is tongue and grove hardwood.
The first problem was multiple layers of peeling paint on the columns.
So, the stripping process began, layer after layer. Eventually the design of the columns began to show through. Note the square trim on the corners. This detail had almost disappeared from paint build up.
Not only were the columns stripped, but the cap stones were stripped and sanded.
Next came the floor.
This process continued for several days.
The floors were scrapped by hand to protect the tile design. A large amount of loose paint was removed and sanding, carefullly, brought new life to the floor. This floor is exposed to sun, rain, snow and whatever else you can think of. Its been there for a long
 time.
Eventually the loose and peeling paint was gone. After a good cleaning of debris and dust, the primer coats were applied. All of the concrete surface were sealed with Benjamin Moore's Acrylic Masonry Sealer (clear). below, the cap stones had two applications of Benjamin Moore's, Moorlastic® 100% Acrylic Elastomeric Waterproof Coating - Low Lustre 055, white.



Next came the columns. As pictured in the above photos, the columns were finished with an alkyd Benjamin Moore primer. Then, two applications of Benjamin Moore, Low Lustre, exterior white. All the detail is visible and they look new.
The floor had the same clear coat applied and two applications of alkyd exterior grade paint. Some rough spots remained in the high traffice areas.
This was a labor intensive job, but worth it. The porch is the entrace way to the home. This porch makes a statement to visitors about the home owners and their care for this home. Its also a nice place to sit and relax.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! The transformation is fantastic It's amazing to see how a clear vision and a little elbow grease can transform an area. How did you scrap the floor tiles? I have a similar issue with my current porch and want to give some new life.

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