Today the back porch of our 92 year old farm house is not only the walk through to inside the house, it's also the storage place for items that Farmer-Husband might need occasionally but must keep it on the back porch to be sure it's handy, a dozen raincoats for four people, and an assortment of boots and shoes for every occasion and event on the dairy farm.
The planned porch make-over happened this week. My Mother and I marked our calendars for this special project--she's my partner in crime on projects like this! It's not that it's such a big space but the fact that there was so much stuff to move and so much dirt to clean out before we could start the project!
Here's how the steps of the project went:
- First step was to wait till Farmer-Husband left town for three days. This first step allowed me to move everything with out listening to any complaining about moving the stuff that might be used.
- Second step was moving everything out to another space which actually required a move of more of Farmer-Husband's stuff without his permission. Good reason for step number one.
- Third step was back-breaking , knee bruising scrubbing to prepare for the woodwork and floor painting.
- Fourth Step was to paint and allow plenty of drying time and keep the porch off limits for an extra day for drying.
The back porch is now clean , shiny and clutter free!
I'm still hearing a little grumbling from the Farmer-Husband about where I've moved his stuff, but it's worth it when I look at the improvement to our old farmhouse from the back porch makeover!