Watching Paint Dry


If I had a choice between watching paint dry or watch the London Olympics opening ceremony, I would choose watching paint dry. What the heck was that!? It seemed to start off with a plot and a purpose but got boring and chaotic really quick. Sadly I think I’ve seen better productions put on by high school kids. My head hurt trying to figure out what the point of it all was.

Anywho, speaking of paint…

It’s time to get to work on the kitchen! Right now the kitchen is serving as our “I’ll put that in there for now” spot. However if we want to work in the kitchen we have to put all the stuff hiding in there somewhere else. The basement has no vacancy and the garage plum full. The only room that is empty is the back porch. The only problem was the porch is stinky, dirty, and dark. So today we tackled the back porch in preparation for getting down to business in the kitchen.

All the electricity was fixed, floors cleaned, and all that is left is to give it a fresh coat of paint. I really would have liked to re-drywall the space but like other parts of the house, it’s going to be gutted redone at some point. Quite possibly the whole back porch is going to be taken down and totally rebuilt. Pour footings and build it as an addition to the back of the house that would include a pantry and a porch.

Porch Before


This is how the porch looked today before getting it’s tiny make-over. I’m not sure what color you’d call that red, maybe dried blood-red? Either way it had to be changed! As you can see there are a lot of windows on the outward wall so this room gets a ton of natural light. A dark color would have worked but still wanted to go in with a nice bright clean color. We can add some boldness with some decorating in the future. For now

We chose a light latte color for the walls and ceiling. So with all the light that comes in there it’s going to be really bright now!

Walls and ceiling done


How’s that for a bright fresh change. It isn’t pretty but it sure looks better, and smells better. If only paint could hide big holes and torn drywall paper. It’ll do for now though as it’s most likely going to be packed with boxes for a while.



For the floor we chose a silver-grey color. Again nothing earth shattering or special about this, but it’s clean and new.

Bye bye dirty floor

Much better!

All in all the porch looks fresh, clean, and almost new. If you ignore the big hole in the wall it looks great! :) Now maybe we don’t have to avoid that stinky room like the plague anymore.

Porch After

Tomorrow the porch should be dry and we can pack it full of more stuff. Then out comes the kitchen floor and we get to finally start on some real noticeable work in the house. Yay! Can’t wait to have a working kitchen again.

4 comments for “Watching Paint Dry

  1. Ellen
    28 July, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I seem to miss the opening ceremony for every Olympics. Then I hear about how wonderful the whole thing was and I kick myself . . . so I made a point of turning them on last night.
    OMG! I was bored out of my mind. That whole story telling thing was awful.

    Can’t wait to see the before and after of that stinky back porch.

    • Joe
      28 July, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      I love the Olympic opening ceremony and look forward to it every time. I and many others were rather disappointed with this one. Had there not been for the commentators I would have been more lost than I was by what I was watching.

      If you click on the “Continue Reading” link at the end of the blog post you can see the before and after porch photos ;)

  2. Ellen
    29 July, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Wow! I didn’t have to click on “continue reading” – the pics magically appeared. What a difference a coat of paint can make, eh?
    Down the line, this porch is going to be a great place for whatever.
    I’m really enjoying this “make over” and so happy it’s not me. I’ve been through it once and that was enough.

    • Joe
      29 July, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Paint really does change a space quickly. Especially when you have a commercials spray gun and can do a room in 10 seconds! :)

      If we do decide to sell this house in a couple years I’ll probably need a couple years of rehab from rehabbing. So much to do yet!

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