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Adding the Ceiling to the Porch Part #1

Adding the Ceiling to the Porch

After a long winter we finally had a week of warmer temps, which meant the ceiling of the porch was finally going up. I’d ordered all the materials before our youngest son had his accident and our life finally got back on track enough to take the time to run and pick everything up. We’re adding steel to the underside in a mushroom color; it’s the same color as our window casings and doors. We went the weekend after New Years to pick everything up but it’s been on the trailer for two months waiting for the snow to quit.

Adding the Ceiling to the Porch

Hubby decided to semi retire at the end of last year so he’s home more now to do all those tasks that have been waiting to get finished (he actually only works about one week a month now). The list is long and now that he’s home, and the weather is getting nicer we can get them done.

First thing that needed to be done was add 2X4’s to attach the steel to, one of our employees spent 3 day at our house helping hubby get everything done and they left me to do the dummy work at least that’s what I call it. You know that work that has to get done, the kind that’s not fun, but is a must? Yep that’s the stuff I get stuck with; staining all the trim….BORING.

Adding the Ceiling to the Porch

The porch and yard looked like a garage sale gone wrong for a few days. The men took all the furniture off the deck and placed it in the front yard so they had a clean area to work in. I looked out and just cringed, what a mess stuff wasn’t even neatly placed but I had to suck it up and wait it out. Boy I couldn’t wait to get everything back in order once the project was over. I swept, put the furniture back on the porch, and was happy with the results.

Adding the Ceiling to the Porch

Now for me at the end of my work day I would tidy up the place, put all my tools in a nice neat area, and take care of stuff that shouldn’t be left out in the weather; but not the men, it was a hot mess going on out there is all I have to say.

I’ll be back soon to show you the reveal I need to get my new cushions on the furniture before I take any pics, the old cushions already found their way to the thrift shop. I’d like to get a few ferns but the weather will dictate that part so I’ll have to wait and see.

Rustic Front Porch of a Log Cabin Decorated For Fall Using Whiskey Barrels, Boxwoods, Mums, and BittersweetI thought you might like to take a look at the ceiling before the steel went up. It’s not horrible but I’m constantly knocking bees nest out from all the little spots they can build, and it truly never looked finished to me. I think the steel will stop that and also be easy to clean, I can just take a broom to it every once in awhile and sweep all the dust away. 


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  1. Cheryl Major says:

    Dawn, That is going to look so nice when it is finished. We have the same problem on our log house. Our roof over extends our walls and on the 2 ends of our home , the steel needs to be put up. We also have bees building constantly , and that is a sure way to fix that. It is so nice when things finally get finished.

    1. Cheryl I’ll be so glad when my to-do-list is finished. Next project is all the concrete, firepit, and pond. My hubby’s going to wish he didn’t retire I have too many projects going, lol. I do feel it’s all things that will help when we go to sell though.

    1. Shirley me too and my son is allergic to them so I try and stay on top of it. They seem to rebuild as fast as I take the down though.

  2. Nice! You just can’t beat having a nice porch to sit on and enjoy, especially during the spring and fall. Our front porch needs a total re-make. It has a roof, but there is simply no depth to it so it either needs to be torn down and re-built or find a way to make it deeper. PLUS, the previous owners used the wrong kind of brick on the floor. Brick be gone! LOL Your porch looks wonderful and I know you are going to spend many hours there enjoying it. xo

    1. Diane when I can find the time I love to sit on the swing and read. I wish I had more time to do that. The new steel looks so nice, now if the days would get warmer I’d do a little decorating.

  3. I can’t wait to see the reveal. I bet it will be more cozy!

    1. Debbie it makes the area lighter for sure, the steel reflects more and I like it for that fact if nothing else.

  4. Kathleen G says:

    Well the bees nest got my attention and the fact you wanted to pick after the men! It’ll finish off the front porch and look nice too. Last evening my husband and I were sitting out in our backyard patio and a carpenter bee ( big, black fuzzy mutant bee ) flew in my face, I did the dance of fear and cried out for my mom, is what my husband said. We get them this time of the year from our fruitless mulberry tree in our backyard.
    I always get excited seeing a project from the beginning and end.
    Have a beautiful day, Kathleen in Az

    1. Kathleen we have carpenter bees here too, they love our house. I have an exterminator come and spray once a month for them. With a log home it’s a must. Yes the men don’t organize and pick up like I would but I just have to be patient and let the process happen, and try to hold my tongue, lol.

  5. I understand how you feel Dawn. We had problems with wasps nests all the time. My husband screened in the entire porch for me. We love it! We eat almost all of our meals out there. Our two indoor cats love it too, because in the summer we just leave the front door open and they stroll in and out at their leisure.

    1. Theresa I used to do the same with our cat and she loved it. We even pay an exterminator every month but the wasps can rebuild in no time at all.

  6. Yay! I’m so happy for you and I know it’s going to look pretty. I know the feeling of looking at something that’s not finished enough for me. I’ll be looking forward to the reveal! Hope you’re doing well and thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    1. Shelia finding the time is always the problem here, but hopefully all the projects will get done this summer.

    1. Debbie it looks great Im excited to show it off.

  7. It’s going to look great, Dawn. Hope the weather holds for you. xo Laura

    1. Laura we had 3 nice days the ceiling was going up and now we’re back to cold, rainy, snowy, and windy:(

  8. Sounds like it will be fabulous. The better light reflection will help any plants you have on your porch too. We are enjoying a few days of nice sunny weather after a week of rain and snow. I am trying to make the most of it outside while I can. I can’t wait to see how pretty your porch it will look.

    1. Pam that is the first thing I noticed was the light reflected better into the house. Great observation 🙂

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