We had such an eventful week here. Erin from Top Shelf DIY came from Atlanta to help me kick start the One Room Challenge. And oh my, she's been so helpful! We had so much fun doing a demo and installing side paneling for my screened-in porch makeover. But let's start from the beginning.
If you are new here, hi! My name is April and I'm doing a makeover of my screened-in porch in 8 weeks as a part of the One Room Challenge. Last week I shared with you my design plans, the before photos, and a mood board so you can get an idea of what direction I want to go.
Here is the list of things that need to be done and what's already completed.
Clear the space Demo the walls Put side paneling
Power wash the floors
Paint screened-in porch
Add a new door
Install new fan light
Source credenza from Facebook marketplace
Build outdoor chairs
Make tile coffee table
Decorate the space
Ugh, when I write it all down, it looks like I have so much work to do!
Progress update for screened-in porch makeover
We started by clearing out the whole space. It was amazing to have a friend to do it with. It didn't take us more than an hour to do it.
Turns out, we've accumulated quite a lot of things in the last years. I still need to think of appropriate storage for this room, where we could keep all the towels and outdoor-related items.
Maybe a dresser?
The only thing we couldn't move outside was a punching bag since it is so tall and heavy. As I previously mentioned, I'll keep it as it is and make it into a small workout area.
When the room was cleared, it turned out it's so much bigger than it seemed haha I guess that's always the case - you need to completely clear out the space to see how much potential it has.
The next step was to demo walls! It was probably the most exciting part of the process since it was my first demo and I had no idea what to expect 😁 We armed with a crowbar and started demolishing the walls. This process is so oddly satisfying. You can see all the behind-the-scenes on my Instagram. I have it saved in "ORC" highlights. I'll try to edit a video for YouTube in a few weeks.
The demo didn't take too long and soon we had exposed wooden beams that had to be covered with new walls.
The crowbar is officially my favorite tool now 😁 If only I could use it every day.
Installing panel siding
We got these siding panels from Home Depot. They made from special materials and are meant to be outside and to be exposed to all natural elements, unlike the bead board that previous owners had.
We measured the height of the walls and asked the Home depot guys to cut it for us. Siding panels usually come in 4x8' and it wouldn't' fit into my car anyway. It saved us a lot of time. In the end we only had to make a few cuts to get a perfect fit.
To attach these siding panels we used 2 ½" galvanized (meant for outside) screws that we drove into the studs. Easy peasy!
We finished all the siding panels and started adding a trim. Erin had to go back home, and I was suppose to finish the trim but I caught a cold 🙁 So I have to take a break from the screened-in porch makeover till I feel better.
Stay tuned for the next week! I hope to finally finish the trim and power wash the floors. My wonderful neighbor said he would lend me a power washer. So I'm waiting on that!
I also started looking for a right size credenza to go to the room, but no luck so far. I'll keep you updated!
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