I’ve been really excited to share the recap of our exterior painting with you. I have not been excited about going through the million point million photos that I have sitting on my computer. It goes without saying that I got a little camera happy while the CertaPro Painters were in my midst. Speaking of the painters…here is the fine crew that took our house from poo to WAHOO!
Daniel was the lead painter (he’s the one with his arms folded across his chest) and his crew had two of his brothers and a guy I named Alfredo. That wasn’t his name but after I didn’t hear his name correctly I said “Alfredo?” and he said “Um….sure”. So for the two weeks that he was here….he was Alfredo. And no…I did not pose them. I asked to take their photo and they immediately adopted what I call ‘the boy band’ stance.
I can not rave enough about these guys. Seriously. I wish I could come to your house to accurately describe (with hand motions) how much I appreciate the work they did and how respectful and kind they were. Even when they came to the door every morning, Daniel would ring the doorbell and then back up off the porch to be about ten feet away. I appreciate that as a girl who stays at home because answering the front door with four large guys looming would be quite intimidating.
Okay – so this series is gonna be three parts – just so I can share the experience to the fullest…and because I had way too many photos Plus, this is THE biggest single expense we have ever had…so dude, I might be the only person to get ridiculously excited about pressure washing and caulk but as someone who doesn’t pay for people to do anything around the house, I could literally sing and dance as I watched them sweat it out as I sat back not lifting a finger (well…the camera trigger finger was busy but that was about it).
After they moved all the furniture away from the house, they pressure washed the entire thing. Will and I ran from room to room to watch the water cascade over the windows. That’s prime time entertainment in the Bower house.
Some painters do not include pressure washing in their quote…but to me, it makes perfect sense. I mean, when I am outside for any length of time, I need a shower.
During this time, the guys game me an update on things they found…like the roof has marks in it from ladders where previous people-on-the-roof-with-ladders were not careful and put small dents and a few holes in the shingles. They warned me that if I ever saw any moisture in the attic, it’s from that.
I got a kick about how powerful the pressure washer was. It seemed like it had more oomph than a normal pressure washer. Check out how this guy is standing on the ground and still getting the gutter! That’s like thirty feet high!
During the pressure washing phase, they were able to really inspect a lot of the fascia . It was really damaged. More on that later.
Yeah. That guy is high. Not like Lamar Odom high. Well. Yeah. Sortof. Lamar is tall.
I also really like the fact that they pressure washed the windows. Even the windows that are vinyl that weren’t getting painted. It just seemed really thorough and like a bonus.
Our garage doors really needed painting. BAD. Bits of trim were pulling away from the doors and the paint was in terrible shape.
After the house was clean, the entire place looked different. It was funny to me how the color could change when it was wet and clean.
Oh and we found a little guy during the process. The guys didn’t want to touch this bad boy so I found a stick and put him in a bucket and transferred him to the woods. We have black snakes near the creek so I was surprised to see this little gray rat snake (I think that is what he is). He probably made a good snack for the black snakes.
After the pressure washing phase was over, the guys started on repairs. A lot of the trim needed replaced so there was wood working to do.
This door caused a lot of problems for our living room. Every time it rained, we would have to put beach towels down to make sure the water didn’t get in.
Large pieces were completely rotted. Others just needed to be cut and portions replaced.
I found this stage to be extra interesting because I have never done or seen anyone install exterior door frames. They reminded me of interior trim and it was a lot less intimidating after I saw them cut pieces out and replace the trim.
They just cut out the rotten pieces and then cut matching boards and filled any cracks with exterior wood filler.
The front window (the one above the front door porch) had some rot too. Most of our windows are vinyl but this one has wood casing…so it was OFCOURSE rotten in parts. They carved out the soft parts and added more exterior trim.
And I know it hard to focus when you see this crazy photo…but look at that roof line. See on the left hand side? Where it is a different color? Like white? That entire piece of wood needed replaced. That is a non-standard piece of wood…so after Daniel checked with Home Depot, Lowe’s and Builder’s Supply to find nobody had it in stock. He finally got word that it could come in after a week of waiting at Builder’s Supply so they couldn’t paint this part until it came in…and they didn’t want to waste time either. At one point, there was building, caulking and painting all going on at the same time.
Speaking of caulking…they used a ridiculously amount of caulk on our house.
They applied it around each window and all the siding seams in the back. (and you can see here where they replaced some siding too. I tell ya what…this exterior was a mess!)
Most of the house wasn’t ever caulked…Daniel told me that this was the simplest way for moisture to get in and for our interior paint to start chipping.
At the end of the day, they used up all the caulk they could buy at Home Depot. They bought it all. Crazy-pants. (caulk pun not intended).
Okay…now that the house was mostly ready…it was time for priming. They primed any unprimed wood areas.
And once they got it all covered in primer it was time for paint.
Yes I said paint. And yes, I look like this when I say that…
stay tuned…next up is the progress shots…my Certa Pro’s going at it to really get the transformation going.