Sunday, April 20, 2014

Back to work on the garden shed

Last year we were able to finish about 95% of the garden shed restoration.  But as always happens here in Michigan in got cold and we had to stop.

Yesterday was warm enough (barely) to lay down a coat of primer on the front of the shed.  Last fall we were able to prime and paint the other three sides so this is the remaining side that needed to be painted.  I still need to move the downspout and finish priming under the threshold, and over the door.
The doors will need a light sanding and painting and the hardware on the door needs a spray painting (in racing lingo a Krylon rebuild) and we will probably add some weatherstripping to the doors.

We will finish up the shed restoration with a project that we hope will replicate the hand hammered metal straps that are original to the doors on the house.  More on that later.

The final dark grey coat will go on much faster then the white primer.  The cedar has a rough surface so it requires more time insuring that it is completely covered with primer and that there are no drips coming from paint in between the shingles.

Here is what the shed looked like at the end of autumn 2013.

AND this is what it looked like when we bought the house.  Actually, it looked worse.  If you look at the photos you will see that we had already cut down a dead crab apple and several dead choke cherries trees/bushes.