Patio Makeover Phase 1

I have been blog MIA lately, I know, but I was busy celebrating my birthday and being lazy :-P. I really milked it this year. My husband even threw me a party! Whoop whoop!! But now its time to get back to reality. And there’s nothing that brings me back to reality like a frustrating week of DIY.

My awesome in-laws got me a new spray gun for my birthday and I immediately started thinking of where to use it first. The back patio is in need of the most improvement so I decided to start there. It’s not completely horrible, and we’ve already done some work like new siding and new ceiling, but it just hasn’t reached it’s full potential yet.

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Between the brick, new siding and old siding, there are 3 different colors and just a whole lot going on. A while back I painted striped to create and accent wall and it just made everything even more busy.

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I spent an entire day scrubbing all the walls clean. I even cleaned our entire addition because I plan on painting that too. (the addition starts with the striped wall) I sprayed everything down with a vinegar and water solution: 1/3 to 2/3. I let that sit for a few minutes then I scrubbed it down with a floor scrubbing brush. After I scrubbed a 3 foot section, I rinsed it real good. You can forgo all the hard labor by renting a pressure washer, but as usual I’m on a tight budget. Once I got everything scrubbed I let it dry for the rest of the day.

The next day I got my new spray gun out, read the instructions ahem…. ok I skimmed the instructions and got to work. Time for mistake #1. When I was pouring my paint into the gun container I could see chunks. The paint is at least a year old. I have a fresh can but I hate to waste anything so I pressed on. BAD IDEA! I got the first coat on but the gun kept getting clogged because of my chunky paint. I had to stop after the first coat and clean the gun. By the time I finished cleaning it, it was naptime for my little one and then I had to get my older girls from school.

I was going to stop for the day but I got a second wind and decided to try again with the new paint. I put my cleaned gun back together (or so I thought),and got to work. I turned the spray gun on and…. nothing. Nothing came out. UGH!!!!!! I kept trying, adjusting the nozzle here and there, then I took the nozzle off and paint came pouring out. it was a huge, disastrous mess. WHY??!! Thank God my husband came home just in time to help me. Poor guy :-/  After I finally got everything cleaned up outside, I needed to clean the spray gun again. Guess what I found in the sink. The all important retaining ring that I forgot to put back in the gun. Of course. Well if anything it was a learning experience hahaha. So I only managed to get one coat on the patio and didn’t even touch the addition.

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We are supposed to have lots of rain today and tomorrow so there will be no progress on this project. Guess I should tackle the pile of laundry I’ve been neglecting. Stay tuned for more on this project. I have some big plans so hopefully Ill have better luck once the rain stops.

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