I have been teasing for what seems like months about the new steps for the front of our house.
We have been working on them – I swear we have!
I say “we”, but in truth Jordan has been working on them – I’m just here to lend an opinion and words of encouragement every so often. 😉
As usual, this was one of those “no big deal, I can get it done in a weekend or two” projects that turned into way more work and time than anticipated.
But don’t they always?
While it’s slowly and steadily been turning into something, this weekend’s progress was a big turning point and we can really start to see how the finished product is going to look. And as usual, I have to give a big shout out to my husband who somehow always manages to take the ideas rolling around in my brain and brings them to life. I’m not always the best at vocalizing what I’m envisioning, but somehow he reaches in there and figures it out and makes it better than I could have hoped. Thanks, J!
We still have some work left to do, but since I’ve been promising, and talking, and hinting about these new front steps, I thought I’d share a little progress update with you all today.
Just to refresh your memory, here is what we started with
Sad, uneven, unproportioned, boring ol’ concrete steps.
And here’s what we have so far. I snapped these pictures quickly at the end of the day, so they’re a little dark, but at least you can get an idea…
Now, I know I talked last year about doing some sort of stone on these steps, but the cost of stone or brick was just not realistic for our budget right now. I’d much rather put that kind of money toward something like the kitchen or bathroom (you’ve seen the pictures – you know they need attention!), but with that in mind, we still wanted to give the front of our house a little curb appeal.
As we talked through our options, we thought we could probably make something out of wood that was both appropriate for the age and style of the house and would not break the bank.
The more the plan started to come together, the more in love with the idea I became. And now seeing it as it starts to come to life, I’m so glad we went this route. Pictures don’t do it justice right now, but it’s charming, and quaint, and cottage-y, and it makes me want to stand out on the sidewalk and make goo-goo eyes at my house all day.
We still have the railing left to finish and then everything needs a good finish coat of paint to crisp up all the lines and really make it pop – and of course I’ll be sharing more about all that once it gets done. I’ll also go into more detail about what we did, what we used, and why you may not want to do this for your own house – let’s just say the porch floor you’re looking at there is floor number two – hence part of the reason for why this has taken longer than expected. The joys of DIY home remodeling, right?
But until then, let’s just admire the progress and picture in our minds how cute this is all going to be once that railing is on and those white hydrangea bushes are in full bloom.
Have a great week, friends!