So I haven’t been posting a lot lately… It’s not that I’ve sat idle, it’s just that I haven’t done any “pretty” projects lately ! As we approach fall, we’re busy getting the house ready for cooler weather.
With an old home (or with any home) there are tons of projects to complete to prepare for the colder months to come. Since the weather is cooling down, I decided that it was time to touch up the paint. We hired someone to do the higher parts (I wasn’t getting up on a ladder with a rope tether!) but to save a bit, I did the parts you could reach on the ground.
We started by soft pressure washing the parts of the house that needed touching up. We made sure to check the weather to ensure that we’d have a couple of days of warm, dry days. I waited about 2 days for the wood to completely dry before I painted (painting before the wood is dry seals in the moisture). Next I went around with my paint scraper and scraped off all the bubbling peeling paint off the cedar boards. The south side of our house is really hit hard by the sun so that’s the side I spent the most time on touching up.
Here is an example of paint I scraped off and re-painted over. This area was probably the worst because it is hit by sun a majority of the day and evening. Also, it’s been re-painted a number of times.
(A cool note on our house. Although our home is old, the previous owners took a lot of care in updating the insulation. Can you see the circle two boards under the window? They blew in insulation in the 90’s to help keep the house warmer. They also added storm windows to help keep the cold air out in the winter. Pretty smart and energy efficient, huh?!)
I’m doing this post after I’ve painted but here is an area that I missed. See how the paint is cracked. I used my scraper to remove all the cracked paint to get down to the bare wood. I’ll go back around and hit this area with paint soon.
Our house has 7 different colors, yes, you heard me right, 7 different colors. I really only had to touch up the light green, maroon and dark green. So I lugged all three of these paint cans around the house to do the touch up.
I also touched up the stairs and Freddie couldn’t resist a photo op. 🙂
Other than touching up paint, it’s time to start thinking about getting the house and yard ready for winter.
A list of a few things to think about before winter hits:
- Yard Work: After the first hard freeze, cut back all of your shrubs that need to be trimmed (E.g. rose bushes and hydrangeas)
- Sealing Up Drafty Windows: Check all the windows in the house. Is there a draft? Be sure to fill those holes with caulk or weather stripping.
- The Crawl Space: Every fall and spring Ryan has to crawl under the house to put up/take down the foam bricks in the vents under the house. The bricks help insulate in the house in the winter and allow ventilation in the summer.
- Gutters: Fall is a great time to get out there and clear your gutters. Cleaning gutters out will help prevent any water damage from clogs.
Ryan and I are also going to get out there and winterize and close the pool this weekend too! I plan on taking advantage of this cooler weather to get some yard clean-up started and check of my fall to-do-list!
When I stepped out to take a few shots of the house I saw this little guy watching me. He’s been watching the squirrels and mice in the yard as they prepare for winter!
What do you do to get your home ready for fall?