I was originally going to post these updates as they happened, but then I realized that to keep it a surprise for the hubby I would need to wait until he is already home. So these next couple posts (I don’t think it will be many more) are kind of “in real-time” but delayed. Make sense? I hope so! Okay, so back to the update!
It’s already such a huge improvement! And we have finally gotten rid of the last of the original green house color! Check it out!
I’ve done a whole lot of painting in my days. But I have never painted siding before. And I’ve only ever painted one outdoor piece: the adirondack chair. And with the chair, if the paint fades, or chips, or changes in any way, it will be pretty easy to repaint. But I don’t want to ever have to do continual maintenance on the craft room. I know it will naturally fade over time, but I am fine with that.
My original plan was to power wash the exterior to prep the surface. Unfortunately, I think I destroyed our (new, never before used) power washer. I’m going to have to call Ryobi about that. The starter cord doesn’t seem to be catching, and it’s just really hard to pull now. I got it to work once, but now it crapped out. If anyone has any suggestions to fix it, let me know.
Since plan A was a bust, I washed it down with just a normal hose sprayer. It got all of the loose dirt and cobwebs off, but there was definitely some tougher gunk on it. I used a joint knife (did not know what that was called until about 2 seconds ago) to scrape off any remaining gunk and any flaking paint. Then, I let the walls dry over a few nights.
Then I got to painting! I’m not sure of the actual color name since it was an oops paint, but it’s a pretty dark blue-ish gray. Since the craft room isn’t a flat surface (there’s vertical boards spaced about every 8 inches), I used a paint brush instead of a roller. I gave the whole thing basically two coats. One full coat and then a second wherever there were streaks or spots. I used Behr Premium Plus Exterior with a satin enamel sheen and I was really happy with the consistency and the coverage from the paint.
I also painted the eaves a creamy white to give it a little contrast. The whole thing just looks so much better!
I repainted my door and my window to get everything looking fresh. A couple years sure does change my mind on the overall vision for the space. I decided that a creamy white would look really nice against the blue, and then I plan on sealing the trim around the door to give it a natural feel. And the door and the window match the eaves, and the trim will be the same sealed color as the pergola, so everything is tied together. It’s coming along!
And! I finally fixed the hole in the glass that I made a couple years ago! If you want to hear all about that tragedy, you can find it here. And update, I still have a scar on my hand. At this point, I think it will be there forever. Fast forward about a year and I decided to try and fix the glass myself. I bought a couple of small sheets of glass at Home Depot and got all of the tools to cut it. Sounded easy enough. Score the glass and snap it off. It is not that simple. The corners ended up breaking every time. So I decided I didn’t need to fix it yet.
The time had finally come to where I felt like I just wanted to pay someone to come fix it. I had the same glass company from our shower door come out and take a look. They told me that to be code compliant, they would need to replace the entire glass portion of the door. But since the door isn’t attached to an actual house, just to a shed, they could make an exception. They also told me that since it is a triangular section, one of the wood pieces would most likely snap in half when they took it apart. I guess that the pressure from the triangle would cause it to snap once the pressure was released. They said that they would end up using a sealant around the edge of the glass to keep it secure. Okay, sounded like they knew what they were talking about. Unfortunately, they ended up calling me and letting me know that all of their glass manufacturers wouldn’t make a tempered sheet of glass that small. They could fix the glass pane using an acrylic plastic instead. After hearing that I thought, I could probably manage that on my own.
I picked up two small sheets of plastic at Home Depot and found out that cutting plastic sheets is the same idea as cutting glass. I scored my first line and tried to snap it. Nope. Not happening. Instead, I got out my table saw and cut the plastic that way. Everything online will tell you that you need a special blade to cut plastic. Well, I didn’t feel like buying a new blade, so I just used the wood one that came with the table saw. Worked like a charm. Right after cutting it I had to kind of pick off the little melted edges, but once that was done, it looked perfect. I think if your plastic edges were super important and needed to be ultra crisp and clean you would want a specialized blade. But for this purpose, it worked like a charm. And of course I forgot to take pictures of all of these attempts, but I promise, cutting plastic with a table saw is a breeze.
The first attempt I made I realized I cut my triangle a bit too small. But luckily the second attempt was the right size. Instead of taking apart the door, I just slid the plastic into the empty space. I used a clear silicone sealant to secure the entire sheet to the wood framing.
I created a kind of hold using a clamp and some spare pieces of wood to hold the plastic in place until the sealant dried, and then scraped off the excess sealant with a blade from a utility knife. And now you can’t even tell that one of the panes is plastic! Unless you tap on it. But who does that? Needless to say, I was super proud of myself for finally fixing the glass pane.
It is so close to being done!