The one thing I love about bungalows are the porches. I’d prefer a huge wrap around Victorian or plantation style porch but that will have to be a future want. Our cozy bungalow porch is big enough to still enjoy it and worth spending a bit of time making it look nice. It’s kinda the part of the house that draws the eye from the street.
If there is one thing I detest, its glue-down anything. Whether its carpet, vinyl tile or what ever quick fix “upgrade” is all the rage that year. Hate it! The front porch had this gray carpet from probably 1960 glued to the cement the was torn, missing sections, and all together just looked horrible. Every time it rained hard the porch would also leak into the “cold room” below. That means either way the carpet had to come up so we could fix the crack that we knew was in the porch floor.
The carpet itself came off pretty easy. Actually it disintegrated like an old very loved quilt that was washed one too many times. The glue of course was another story. Thinking the glue is probably 10+ years old, gone through many a cold winters, that it was going to be chiseled or scraped right off. Of course that would be too easy. Maybe a grinder would work. Nope, that just melts and smears the glue. When all else fails, start shit on fire! With a roofing torch and a tank of propane in hand we went to work super heating the glue which allowed us to get the glue to release from the cement and scrape it off. The smell of burning glue was rather horrid, along the line of burnt hair smell. Good thing this was an outdoor project. I can only imagine the toxic fumes could kill a person.
Now with the glue gone we had a pretty well scorched porch. After some scrubbing the porch was ready for its makeover.
The stuff we used is Rust-oleum Restore concrete resurfacer and is like a mixture of cement and paint. It’s as thick as pancake batter and leaves a slightly bumpy yet smooth finish. Fills cracks up to 1/4″ so we that means we could fix two problems at once. No more leaky porch or ugly carpet, yay!
It takes two coats and the stuff isn’t cheap so it’s a good thing the porch isn’t bigger. 24 hours later and we have a shiny new non-leaking, not too bad-looking porch. It’s not perfect but it looks a whole lot better than it did.
I can’t wait to get started on some real major projects inside the house but for now we are making the outside look pretty and welcoming since it doesn’t take much money to make that happen. Especially when the house looked pretty scary to begin with.