Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Crud, Cobwebs, Cuts, and Caulk

While painting the ceiling of the front porch. I notice behind the dirt, crud, and cobwebs.




That someone cut the wrong angle, but they decided to use it anyway.




Then I wonder what may be down inside the column...
But, I was too scared to stick my head close enough to look in.


That's where a digital camera comes in handy.




Sigh.......Nothing exciting. I would have kept my eyeballs. I like them.



and....




Since the area was clear, I moppped the slate and rinsed it down. Then gave the porch floor a blow dry, with a leaf blower.


Last week, I used the wire brush on the rusty metal railing (that I hate) and re-painted it a black. Even if I hate the style, the railing looks better painted than rusty. One day we will change it out to something more craftsman-ish.


Finally, I caulked the area between the floor and the front wall of the house.


I used normal caulk in the tube. I have never had a plastic tube of caulk dry out. (Paper tubes, yes. Plastic tubes, no)There has been a lot of hype of the new single use caulks lately. I just can't see the point of the product for the price. A whole tube of paint able caulk is under $2. The only part that I have had to dry out was the tip, so I re-cut the tip and it works just fine months later. Just my opinion. I have read some good caulk stories from the caulk contest.

More progress!!!! At Last...

9 comments:

Karen in Wichita said...

Wait... you can see inside your columns?

{Karen runs outside, stares at her columns a minute, decides she's too lazy to go get the digital camera, and too old to climb on the porch railing to look, reaches up and very cautiously feels around on the bit that sticks out...}

I can't see inside my columns.

Marilyn said...

Jenni, that slate is so...shiny. I would hose it down every day!

You were very brave to peek in that column. If this were a horror movie, let's face it - you'd be porch pulp by now.

modernemama said...

I love the look of just washed slate ...or stone. I'd like mine to say that wy but I'm afraid of sealers......

Jen & Stan said...

Wow, I loved your porch before seeing the slate floor....now, WOW!

*plum*tree*studio* said...

jenni, the slate looks so pretty! i would have done the same thing with my camera...no way would i stick my head close to something that might have a critter!!

Bungalow Monster said...

You are lucky to have that great floor!

Also love the color of the porch ceiling. Good goin!

Taddie Tales said...

What a great idea - use the digital around corners, inside holes, under beds for monsters. I would have NEVER thought to do that - would have asked the husband to look - LOL.

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Larry said...

DANG! The builders never leave treasure do they? Only dust, grime, and cobwebs....

Jennifer said...

I agree on the single use caulk... it seems like a big waste of packaging!

I've used my camera for so many "looks"... very useful!