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And so it begins.


We chose a local company and our big barn will finally get some color in his cheeks.

An oil based stain was matched to baby barn’s red paint… and white trim will finish him off.

I’ve been waiting 8 years for this…  so, yay.

The painters showed up the other day to pressure wash off the black mold. They thought this would be a quick prep, saying it would only take a few hours.



10 gallons of bleach, one broken pressure washer, an auxiliary pump and 8 hours later…



They recalculated and said they wouldn’t be able to get it all off as promised.

Which we told them would be the case, as we’d tried ourselves and failed.

But they got a lot more than we managed, and it looks better.

Before :


















Of course they had to move all the trim wood we’d bought to do the porch, so this is now my afternoon cocktail view.



Not ideal.



But hopefully it’s more temporary than my husband’s so called temporary doors.

Another scorcher.


Temperatures and humidity rose to an unbearable level but the deck railing project moved on.


And with copious amounts of sweat.



Rotted wood here.



Rotted wood there.

And then my husband decided to add the piece of J channel that he was supposed to add 16 years ago when he enlarged the deck.

(No judgement on the dirty siding please, we have yet to buy a new pressure washer.)



The existing piece only ran halfway and the task of replacing it has been on my honey do list for almost two decades.

So off to the store he went, coming back with white J channel, while the old piece is beige.

This was a problem.



That he knew he could solve.



Hours were spent on this tiny annoying detail.

The old piece wouldn’t come out without tearing off the siding, and the siding had been caulked around the door and corner post so that was more hassle than it was worth.



He tried to slide it over, then under, and then up around the old piece but nothing worked.



Hot and frustrated, he ended up cutting a section of the old piece out and we were left with this.



A gap which will probably fill with water when it rains, but hey… it matches.



And if you’re wondering what I was doing during this time?



I was breaking the little toe on my right foot which isn’t so little anymore.

Ever the helpful wife, that’s me.

For something so small, it’s amazing how much that sucker can swell and hurt.

The result of my injury?



Husband had to do my job of staining the new wood.

In what little bit of shade he could find.

An entire day, and only we accomplished 3 things.

Yay us.

Why is nothing ever easy?


Take staining the deck for example.

I do it every few years, and that time had rolled around again.



So I went to Lowes and had them mix this color.



A nice warm chocolate brown.

Then I duded up in my paint clothes, gathered my brushes and hacked back the boxwood shrubs that were in the way.



All was well…. until I opened my can of stain.



And saw that.

Does that look like a warm chocolate brown to you?



It wasn’t even close.

And looked positively awful when painted on the deck railing. Like liquid peanut butter.




Way too light.

Knowing I’d have to return it but not wanting to change clothes and drive 40 minutes to Lowes, I ran up to the local hardware store for a darker stain.

Of course they were almost out of stain and only had one choice…. which I bought, went home and tried.




Way too dark.

I was beginning to feel like Goldilocks…



And trudged back to the hardware store to return the second can.

By the time I got back, the husband told me to hold off staining because he wanted to replace all the old rotted railings with something nicer.

Another project?

I’m not sure I have it in me.

And how long will I have to live with a multicolored railing?



Stay tuned for this and other equally as uninteresting answers.