Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Painting Cement Project - Complete

Painting the concrete around our house, on our entry steps, and on the outside of the driveway was a project that has been on the to-do list for far too long. It's one of those things I always knew would make a big difference, we just never got around to it. I was so nervous that we were going to have the worst time chipping off every morsel of flaking paint. Here's what we were dealing with...

The cement bunkers on the sides of the driveway get to be a real pain in the butt. Especially in the winter. The snow sifts into them and fills the driveway with snow like you wouldn't believe. A neighborhood snow trap of sorts. Our neighbors to the south of us should be really grateful for our snow catching driveway. 

The brown streaking and spots like you see here are from Pierre's water - the mineral manganese makes it have this color on cement, houses, etc. 

Luckily, we had some help around. Cody's parents were in town for work, so we got Annie off to bed, and Grandma and Grace hung out. We put Cody's Dad to work with a roller. It was so great to have another hand at the job - went by very quickly. Thank goodness!

Here's the start to the process. It actually dried a bit darker than this, luckily. And you can see how badly this job needed to be done! Yikes!

 And a little before and after...

 So happy to cross that one off the list!

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