Repurpose and Remodel: Restoring a Handmade Porch Swing

My grandfather was an excellent carpenter. He and his brother built me many neat things over the years but my favorite is this porch swing.

It’s handmade, solid wood and heavy. In fact, it’s so heavy that in the 15 years since he built it for me, I’ve never had a place to hang it. It’s been in my mother’s basement for years.

As you can imagine, 15 years in a damp basement takes its toll. We had several rotten slats and a rusted chain. We were blessed the frame was still in good shape .

I promptly ordered the things I thought we would need and I got to work replacing the slats that were rotten or warped. I toyed with replacing all the slats but since some were in great shape, I decided against it.

I then gave the whole swing a good sanding with my orbital sander and removed the rusty chain.

I then put two coats of primer and one coat of paint on the swing and replaced the chain with a new one.

My mom got me this arbor for my birthday so I could hang the swing. It’s very pretty and very sturdy. And we know the song isn’t hanging straight- the arbor isn’t exactly level yet. We haven’t anchored the arbor yet because we are waiting to put down some pea gravel to deal with the mud. We also want to cut those bushes but there are birds nesting in them, so we want to wait until they leave.

I’m so excited to have this swing at my house- finally! I miss my grandpa so much so I am happy to be able to have this gift he personally made for me. It looks so pretty hanging from the arbor. It brightens up our yard quite well!!

I can’t wait to finish this area so I can show it to you!!


Building a faux fireplace mantle, part 3

When we last left you, our beautiful antique mantle with its faux firebox looked like this:

Nothing was painted, no stone was laid. Things were kinda bare. And unfinished.

Our first item on the agenda was to paint it.

First, we caulked any cracks or areas we felt needed filling in. We painted the mantle and the adjoining boards behind it with white paint in satin finish.

Next, we installed Airstone to the surround and the bottom of the hearth.

This stuff is amazingly easy and fun to work with. Simply spread the adhesive on the back of the stones like you’re frosting a cake and press into place. You can also cut the stone with a hacksaw or circular saw.

We then laid faux slate vinyl tiles across the top of the hearth. We may upgrade it later to real slate but I am loving how this looks, and how little it cost.

We then painted the faux brick paneling with some matte black chalk paint. I just like the finish.

We still have a few areas to fill in and some trim to add, but all in all, I am loving it!

Stay tuned! The rest of our living room is about to change in a big way, and I can’t wait to show it to you!!

Have a great Monday!

Hiring a Company to Clean a Construction Site

Hiring a Company to Clean a Construction Site

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Are you planning on doing some renovating or remodeling to your home in the near future? If this is the case, you might want to consider hiring a company to pick up all of the garbage that is going to get spread all over your construction site. Renovation projects can get very messy. The demolition process always creates a large amount of debris. You might have lots of pieces of broken drywall and plaster that need to be disposed of. This will take a lot of time for you to pick up all of this trash and dispose of it yourself. Why not hire someone to do it for you? Here is how you can go about finding a company that specializes in cleaning up areas where construction has taken place.

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1. Talk to contractors to find out who they hire to clean up their construction sites.

You might be able to get some very useful references from people who work in the construction industry. There is a good chance that many of these people hire another company to clean up the mess that is left behind on their construction sites. Find out the names of the cleanup companies they deal with. How much do they charge for their services? How good is the quality of their work? Talking to contractors might give you the names of several companies that handle construction cleaning in Denver, CO.

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2. Get in touch with the Better Business Bureau to find out what they have to say.

The BBB is certain to have the names of many companies that clean up construction sites. They will have detailed profiles on all of them for you to read at your leisure. It would be in your best interests to take advantage of all the info that is at your disposal.

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3. Compare the prices that are charged by the various construction cleanup companies.

You owe it to yourself to get the best deal possible. This is why you should get price quotes from multiple companies. This will let you see what your options are.