With our new porch ceiling almost finished, we’re antsy to get some paint on the walls before it gets too cold outside. I wanted to grab a roller and get it done, but The Hubs insisted we do some dirty, nasty prep work first — specifically cleaning and scraping.
Here’s the first disgusting example of what we had to tackle.
Gross. I know it’s an outdoor space and it’s gonna get dirty but still . . . gross. Here’s another.
That’s one of the overhead beams. See all the finger marks the guys left when they were installing the beadboard panels? I had no idea it was that dirty until they accidentally “cleaned” those bits off.
So I filled a bucket with bleach water, grabbed a Magic Eraser (the greatest cleaning tool ever invented), and climbed up my ladder. For any of you out there who love to clean like I do, this was soooo therapeutic.
Here’s one beam in progress.
This is a clean beam in the front and a dirty one in the back. See the difference? Please ignore the dangling lights. We just stuck them there while we were working.
Remember that filthy shot at the very top of this post? Here’s the gloriously clean “after” pic.
I realize this isn’t a very sexy home improvement post, but it’s a necessary evil. I’ve started scraping all the loose bits of paint but forgot to shoot any photos. I did capture this one piece of evidence though.
Yep, it’s gonna get ugly. So goes the life of a DIYer.
What projects are you working on that require dirty prep work before you can make them beautiful?