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Notice anything different about the front of my house?
Well, if you took the post title as your clue, then you would say the railings are noticeably less drab.
And then I hand you ten thousand Bower Power points that are good for absolutely nothing.
So this is how it went down. Last year we had our exterior of our home repainted. It was done by a group of men that I like to call “the world’s most amazing painters”. Seriously. They were exactly what I expected in terms of painters painting-skill-wise but they were super respectful and kind and gave me all sorts of pointers…like the front door color was off and how to replace door weatherproofing and…wait for it…how to paint railings.
You see, our railings looked fine from far away but up close there were all sorts of issues like rust spots and overall worn finish.
It wasn’t like it was one of those changes that was in your face (like our spongepainted interior walls) but more of a minor imperfection.
Honestly I didn’t even notice they were in poor shape until the painters told me about them. After that, I noticed it every single day.
Armed with their advice, I decided to tackle this project once LJ settled into his longer naps. I knew it was gonna take me long (there are nine railings plus two mini railings that needed addressing) so I broke it up into multiple days.
The first step that I did was sand down all the spots that had the finish rusted or raised. Most of the spindles were fine, but the horizontal railings where moisture could sit and cause rust needed a quick once over with 120 grit. Oh and yes, I keep my sandpaper and sanding blocks in a plastic scrapbooker’s paper box. It holds it all really neatly with a pair of scissors so I know exactly what I have at all times 🙂
It’s best to wear a pair of gloves to tackle this. The black dust will go everywhere so a mask isn’t a terrible idea either.
Just rub it until the raised parts are completely smooth to the touch.
That black dust was literally everywhere…and the railings aren’t clean…so I had to wipe everything down with a bit of soapy water. The blue cloth I had is from the dollar store (they come three to a pack) and are amazing for projects that you need something that won’t leave fibers and that you can throw away. You will have to throw the cloth away because it will turn black. So will your hands. Don’t throw those away 🙂
Some of my railings also had a bit of mold growing on them and that came off really easily when wiped….as did the bird poo and the pollen.
Next came taping up the porch floor.
I used ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Exterior Surface#2097 for this part…it’s really thick (much more than the normal painters tape) and wider too and it has this quick snap tear which takes some getting used to but after a little practice, you get straight tears which is really nice.
I used it around each end post and then also to protect the columns and hold my drop cloth down.
So after my prep was done, I was absolutely gung ho about painting….like picture me after a couple Jolt Cola’s and an energy drink.
The materials I used for this project were oil based paint in Semi Gloss Black and a variety of painting tools…one being a paint mitt. Spoiler alert…I hate the paint mitt. I also hated using an old tshirt rag with a glove, an old sock and a foam brush.
In the end, I used a regular ole paint brush for 80% of the painting.
It ended up being a lot easier for me personally. Oil based paint is super tricky for me and I wasn’t used to it at all. I was glad that the brush held at least a bit of paint and I could get to any drips easily.
Here comes the part where I show you the most dramatic before and after in history…
On the left I hadn’t painted yet and on the right it was complete and dry. Your life just changed forever. I know it did.
Okay – so maybe not. But even though it isn’t the biggest difference, I do see that it helps. It’s like black eyeliner…once you put it on, it makes everything else pop.
And how did the exterior tape hold up around those slate tiles?
I’d say pretty darn good…even with the uneven surface, there was clean lines and no residue from the tape.
In the end, this tedious job turned out exactly how I hoped. It looks great. When we found this home, we fell in love with the lot and the location…and now, three years later, the exterior has been the one area that looks the most finished and bragworthy. There are some other tweaks I wanna do, but for the most part…I love it.
Now for some more after photos…
Oh and remember that bit of railing that had tons of rust? The after is smooth as buttah.
Here’s to crossing another thing off the list! You know…that list of projects that never ends and always changes! That’s our honey’s favorite kind of list, right?!
I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products like ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.