Well what started out as (what I thought) a big weekend project for Ryan, turned into about 2 weeks with Dave hiring helpers through the weekdays. The handrails had to be left up bare for at least 6 months since we used pressure treated wood. So after a year and a half, we decided to make painting the handrails our top priority this Summer. With two upcoming parties it was time to hustle and get this done now!

So Ryan sprayed the first floor with primer by holding cardboard behind the rails to reduce over-spray.

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But we quickly realized that was going to be impossible on the second floor. So we switched gears and pulled all of the handrails down to spray in the backyard. Dave came up with this processing line for painting and drying each piece. Pretty cool huh?

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We also decided that the sprayer wasn’t getting into all the nooks and crannies of the rounded spindles, so we went to hand brushing. More time consuming but it wastes less paint and gets a much better coat.

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Today we got the second floor back in order and usable again–Ryder says YAY! We’ll have to come back later and do the final coat on the first floor, sand and fill the gaps on the posts, and eventually wrap the 6×6 posts with my final design.

For now this will do.

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I know. I’m a bad blogger. I have failed to make any renovation updates in quite some time. The winter here was long and dreary and we just didn’t get much done around the house. Luckily we did end up finishing the new hardwood floors on the 2nd floor. Ryder and I took another opportunity to get away to Florida and left Ryan to complete the hallway, Ryder’s room, and the office (soon to be baby girl’s room).

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We even found a railroad track used as an 1800s I-beam. Pretty cool!

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You can always count on this little helper.

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Next up: a shed for the lower yard…and of course decorating baby girl’s room!

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So my lack of posting has not been for lack of effort going on at the house, just no time these days. Ryder’s curiosity and first Frankenstein steps are keeping me on my toes. Meanwhile, Ryan finished the floors and porch railings on the second floor! In the Spring we’ll come back and finish the first floor and paint everything up nice and white. For now, we’re just taking a little time to enjoy our last few warm days.

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We had a great time hosting Ryder’s first birthday party at the house–the Lil’ Man Mustache Bash! Though we didn’t get the 2nd floor porch completed (wishful thinking) we did get a lot of cleanup done and it gave us a goal to push for.

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Mustache cake and cupcakes galore!

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First cupcake–carrot pineapple yummy!

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Photobooth!

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 Happy birthday, my sweet little man.

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