Day 255, Anything but painting..

I continued my painting procrastination today. If you remember, last Saturday and Sunday I put two coats of primer on the ceiling of most of the rooms on the first floor of our house.  The plan for this weekend was to either go around and paint the edges with two coasts so that everything matched or put a final finish coat on all the rooms. Or, I still have one bedroom that I have not done anything to. I taped the walls, but that is it.

Today, I did none of the above. Instead, I removed the gazebo from the back deck. I put the grill and the table on the ground and pulled up the green all-weather fake grass carpet that has been down for the last five years.  We originally put the carpet down on the deck since the deck needed some work and covering it with the carpet was a quick and reasonably cost-effective way of dealing with the problem. And, you would not get splinters in your bare feet. Fast forward though five years of weather and use, the carpet was a bit rough here and there. It certainly could have lasted another year.

I was afraid the wood under the carpet would be really nasty after being covered for all that time. I was quite surprised with the condition of the deck. It really did not look any worse than it did five years ago. Maybe the carpet protected the deck. I decided to power was the deck and buy a new carpet. As an aside, while it was sunny today, the outside temperature never got above 45 degrees. Not exactly my idea of ideal power washing weather. I rented a power washer from Home Depot and got busy. DS3 spread out a mixture of water, bleach and soap on the deck and the various parts of the house’s exterior where there was green mold. I ran the power washer.

My plan was to wash the deck surface and the bad spots on the house. Three hours later I was finished. I had done the entire back deck, the railing, the steps, everything. I did the entire house. I did the entire front porch. All this effort to avoid painting. Granted, all the work I did today needed to be done, but anytime this spring would have sufficed. It was good to have all the kids home to help move things off the deck. Tomorrow we will put the new carpet down and return all the things we moved back onto the deck.

DS1 went to work around 4 pm today. He watch college lacrosse on tv for the rest of the day. DS2 went out to lunch with the girl who he went to the senior prom with. He also visited with a friend from high school for a few hours. Last night he went to the movies with another friend from hight school. DS3 helped around the house today. He has always been a good helper. He smiles, is not afraid to tote that barge and lift that bale.  My DW did some household chores and worked on the final touches for her paper. It is due tomorrow at midnight.

Tonight’s picture come from July 2009 when DS1 turned 21 years old. Enjoy!


DS1 turns 21, July 2009