All those years of dreaming about building porches onto our home never took into account all of the work it would take for us to make those happen. Once the lumber was delivered and the building started, then I had to face the fact that the work was just beginning. There was a lot of painting to do, which seemed a little overwhelming to start. But, it was actually much easier than I thought – it took less time than the actual building (much to my surprise.)
Before we go any farther, I have to confess that the silly suit the mister is wearing above was totally unnecessary. Since we were painting rafters and overhead bits, we really thought the overspray would be killer, but it wasn’t. About five minutes in, the suit came off and that was that. (Wasn’t he a good sport for posing, though?)
Overspray you say? Yep, because we used my favorite painting tool, my handy dandy HomeRight Finish Max sprayer. I love this thing. It’s so easy to use, easy to clean up, and saved me days worth of work compared to painting with a brush.
Before we got started, we papered off the floor of the porch with brown paper and tape, and used sheet plastic to protect the house. It took about 30 minutes to protect everything, but the rest of the day went much faster.
Next, we used the sprayer to give all of the rails a good coat of paint. I’d go up one side, down the other, through the middle and do it all over again. I did add enough water to the paint so it was about the consistency of buttermilk before using it in the sprayer. The thin paint dries very quickly on a warm day. It only took me (by myself) about 2 hours to paint a rather large area of porch rails (8 ft. wide, 24 ft. long). Pretty quick, eh?
After it was all dry, then we stained the floor. Originally I was going to use my StainStick (which I LOVE), however it did not get into the gaps on the deck. It worked beautifully on my bedroom floors, but this was different, and so we stained it all with a brush. When I say we I mean my girls. They did a fabulous job!
We woke up that morning with bare wood and it was all complete by late afternoon. Totally worth all of the work. Now we’ve got two more to do. Have mercy. At least I know how to paint a porch in one day now.
But, first, I’m going to finish decorating this one. I started with a DIY rug with a few more projects up my sleeve. Stay tuned!
And, if you want more info on the paint sprayer, be sure to see my post on my secret to paint almost anything.
*Thanks to HomeRight for partnering with me on this post. All ideas, projects & opinions are 100% my own.*