A project! (continues)

Remember my dirty back upper deck?  Top-floor back porch? I don’t know what to call the thing, but it’s this:

(The deck, not the cat.)

Right.  So, we pressure-washed.  Now it looks like this:

Cleaner!  But the stairs look like this:

Like the color of the “flesh” colored Crayon.  Remember that one?  So, if I get to it this weekend, I’d like to paint that sucker.

Inspiration (you can get the sources on my Tumblr feed – right sidebar on my blog):

Yummy.  Happy.  Charming.  Yummy!

The painted floor is boring, but I like the striped rug.  Imagine for a moment that the painted part is actually the rug, okay?  I think I’d like to paint the front porch in stripes.

Oh.  Did I not mention the front porch?  Right.  Here it is after I pressure-washed and all the half-assed non-porch-paint paint job from the week before our wedding flaked off:

The dead rhododendron has been taken to it’s final resting place.  All the other crap on the porch remains.

My husband thinks this looks like the Caribbean.  I say it does sort of fit in with the rusty truck (still) sitting in our driveway.  But still – not a long-term thing.  He wants to strip it down to the cement and leave it alone.  I think doing so will a) be too much work, b) require caustic chemicals and c) ultimately just look unfinished.  I think we should paint it… in stripes!  (I’ve only mentioned the stripes in passing.  I suspect he thought I was kidding.  I was not.  Clearly.)

Back to the back deck: I’m leaning toward yellow.  The conservative option is to paint the porch and tops of the stairs yellow, leaving the rails and verticals (rise?) as-is.  Not sure what to do about the porch rails, though.  At one time they were painted a rusty color.  (Right.  Painted the color they would have become if not painted at all.)

And now, time for the crappy Photoshopping:


Another option: I can paint everything a dark (grown-up color) and bring in silly-happy colors via furniture.

(Crevecouer by Martha Stewart Paint)

(Weathervane by Martha Stewart Paint)

Part of me wants to be bold. Part of me is chicken because “bold” often translates into “tacky” or “cheesy” or “Crayola.”  And all of me is indecisive.  What do you think?


13 thoughts on “A project! (continues)

  1. Hmmm… I hate to say it … but go with your gut! If your gut is saying yellow, then go yellow. It is paint – fairly easy to change – just some labour on your part!

  2. Well, i think it depends on your intentions. I looooove the fun stripes, and/or the yellow stairs. But a few posts ago, you mentioned a possible move in your future. (How close of a future is it?) I only bring it up because I make my paint color decisions in our home based on not-only what I like, but also what I think will sell a few years down the road. We still used color, but more… people-pleasing” color. (So, we’ve removed all the bright “scary-to-a-buyer” colors and replaced them with more neutral tones.) I’d be painting a bit differently if this was our ‘forever’ (or ‘raising-a-family’ home)!

  3. Both good points. I think my strategy might be to be a little more constrained in the front and play around a bit in the back. Perhaps I can paint the front porch and back stairs in the second color (weathervane, yummy) plus the entire garage doors, then play around a bit on the back deck, which you can’t see unless you’re up there anyway.

  4. Hmmm. I have this same dilimna when thinking about our bedroom. I REALLY love color. And REALLY want a splash of color on the walls…. but know if I go neutral on the walls – I can be creative with the overall look with not much work down the line. (Duvet Cover/Accents) I could even have a spring/summer look and a fall/winter look that will surely keep me from getting bored!

    Maybe go neutral with the cement – and spice things up with fun color furniture?

    I do love that yellow floor though 🙂 And one of these days I’ll show you the colors of my craft room which do not follow this advice AT ALL!

  5. I never like to say to go conservative. Sigh…but if you are planning on selling in the near future, that would be my suggestion. If not, I LOVE the yellow. I remember loving those floors in their original post, too. You know, I think even if you went conservative on the back porch/stairs, it would be fun to paint the railing some crazy color. I’d go less crazy on the front porch. I’m waffling on these. Too. Many. Options. 🙂

  6. I’m always more inclined to have fun with furniture and accent pieces than with paint, mainly because of the re-sale thing. It’s not just the labour of re-painting or the scaring buyers away part but the fact that at least if I buy fun furniture, I can take that with me to the next place! I love a good stripe but I’m not hot the idea of putting stripes on a cement porch, personally, unless it’s two close shades of the same colour so it’s more subtle. I like the partially painted back stairs as a way to incorporate stripes and fun, if you really really want to go funky with paint no matter what.

  7. Hmmm, I love yellow. And I love the idea of painting it & the stairs. However, make sure you choose the right color. Although a bright yellow looks great in that indoor inspiration picture, my first thought on the photoshopped picture is that it looks like the color that public places use on stairs as a caution to call your attention to them. So instead of funky cool vibe, my mind automatically said “Watch out! Stairs ahead!” 🙂

  8. My 2 cents. I love the yellow and the dark. Paint the front stripes- in the dark color- and the back in a dark color as well. If you are worried a bit about resale- I say paint the top of the stair a dark color- which will get the most wear and the side of the step yellow. It’ll make a better statement and hopefully last longer. Plus, it’s a small enough statement that won’t scare away future buyers. Anyway you slice it- can’t wait to see the final pics.

  9. I don’t have any advice for your painting dilemma, but I just wanted to say that the iron work on your front porch is seriously stunning. So gorgeous. Good luck with your decision! I’m currently trying to decide what color to paint our baby’s room before she gets here in December while ignoring all the raised eyebrows I get when I tell people that I’d like to paint it some sort of blue.

  10. I think that bold can really make a space. If you feel moved, by all means paint the whole darn thing a bright color. BUT Because I’m indecisive too, I like to stick to accessories that can be easily changed for the pops of color and go neutral with my backdrop. But that’s just me. I think that as we age and grow, we feel more comfortable saying, “This is what I what I like/want, and to heck with everyone else. I am certain I will be happy with it”. I’m not there yet, but I have been noticing tendencies toward this way of thinking. My husband, who is 8 years older than I, is already well into that mindset and is always encouraging it in me. For better or for worse, I’m haven’t decided ;o)

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