The next step in the front porch drama has concluded. I’m sure you remember the photos of tim and me from sandblasting last summer. So so dirty.
What I didn’t say at the time was that what we uncovered when we got rid of the 3-4 layers of paint was horrific. Completely uneven, a few long gouges and all the holes from when the house had been insulated back in the `80s. My vision of painting the weekend after the sandblasting and being done were shattered. tim walked me through plastering process but as the weeks went on, I knew I wasn’t up to it. 3 years into this project, I just needed a professional.
I found The Stucco Guy through my hardware store. He came out, looked it over, took a few photos and the next day sent me a quote. I accepted but by this time it was too chilly to do stucco work so we made a date for this spring.
They came last Tuesday morning and spent most of the day prepping. Then on Wednesday they did the base coat. It was a little disheartening because it is dark gray on application and it made the front porch seem quite gloomy. They assured me it would lighten up over night and they would do the final coat the next day.
On Thursday, I purposely stayed upstairs in my home office; I was so worried how it would turn out and if I would like it. When he texted me at 4:30 that they were done and cleaning up, I was almost afraid to go downstairs. It’s so beautiful that when I stepped out onto the porch, I teared up a little. Best news? He didn’t increase the price he had estimated for me last fall. Very reasonable for 3 days of work (for 2 of them) and such a fabulous result.
There is some work to be done yet, but it’s the kind of work that YA and I are qualified for (little sanding, little painting) and hopefully will be done within the next month. Only 3+ years to remodel a small front porch. Gotta love these old houses!
When was the last time you gave in and called a professional?