My sweet daddy has been at it again, working on finishing up the porch so that I can get out there and caulk and paint it. It’s really looking good now and has definitely come a long way from where it started. Just a little more trim work, then I can get busy. He’s been so sweet to come over here and work on it, a piece at a time. All those trim pieces have to be cut one at a time. We’ve still had some horrendous rain, but the sun is shining again.
We are using plain pine boards on top for the sill and he measured and notched them out with his saw to slide on top of the railing. He’s worked on that all around the 3 sides of the porch.
Working on this side too.
It’s really starting to look great now and I can see the finished porch coming into view, can’t you?
The top is trimmed out with more beadboard and then lots of trim will go up to hide all the seams.
The ceiling slopes up on an angle toward the roof of the house.
Dad choosing the pine boards to cut and install. We didn’t use pressure treated wood inside, because for the most part, it should stay dry. I’ll have gutters installed on the edge of the roof too after we are finished.
Here, he is starting to add trim to each 2 x 4 that is currently in place. We are working with what we have, trying to make it all look better. After I prime and paint that trim, it will look terrific.
Every piece has to be measured and cut to fit.
You can see the finished 2×4’s and how he’s adding to the sides.
Then a front board will go on top to wrap them up completely. You can see to the left of the lower wall that he stopped at that one vertical board. That is where he will cut out the siding and enlarge my doorway. The old doorway wasn’t wide enough and I bought a pretty white vinyl screened door that looks really pretty to go in here. We are going to rebuild the stairs too, since they weren’t built very well and we’re going to swing them the other way (parallel to the porch on the far end there). That will happen during all of this renovation too.
One corner is wrapped and finished and more trimwork to do on top.
Slowly but surely, we are moving along. I so appreciate my daddy. I told him he’s the best dad in the world to do all of this for me. He agreed that not all dads would do what he has done, that is for sure. I’m one blessed girl to have him!
At the end of the day, he’s got most of this side done and the doorway will come later. Once trim is added over the seams and all of it’s painting out, it will be so pretty. All of that part will be white.
Dad taking a much needed break at the end of the day.
We are moving along and it should be ready to paint in a couple weeks. I can’t wait to get that part done too and get out there and enjoy it this summer!
Here’s the latest update when I came back from Jekyll Island. Dad has been moving along and all the trimming out is making a huge difference. He will still be working on adding the screened door and enlarging that opening to the left.
Can you see it all painted out white now? Once I get everything painted and caulked, we’ll go back and add the screening. That will be the last thing we’ll do.
We have been getting SO much rain this spring and I’m hoping that will slow down a little and we’ll have some dry weather so I can start painting out there. At this rate, it will be late June before I get it all finished, but I know it will happen eventually!
You are blessed to have such a sweet Daddy. I am amazed at all he can accomplish. Indeed the Lord is good to you and your family.
I’m so glad to see how much you appreciate your dear, sweet Daddy…..what a blessing from heaven he is…..What he has helped you with in your beautiful home is simply amazing ! Enjoy and treasure every single moment with him….. God Bless Him and your sweet Mom……
And, not forgetting, your home is just beautiful – you deserve it !!
Pam from Syla. says
Porch is looking great. I love to see pictures of your Dad working. He is so talented. Well you both are. This is special memories with him. Love to see your Mom in the kitchen also. I l know she is a great cook.
Lady Delores LeBoeuf says
YES, a sweet daddy-o looking great and oh yeah so does your porch :), Love & Blessings to you/yours
Rhoda, Your porch is going to look amazing….I know you can’t wait till it’s finished and you’re out there enjoying every minute of it…..How sweet your Dad is to be out there lending a helping hand….Take care…
So fun to see your porch looking so good, but I must say I LOVE seeing your sweet daddy! He just amazes me with what he accomplishes. You are one blessed lady to have that kind of a dad!
Paula B. says
Hope you have the porch to enjoy soon, you will have so many relaxing moments out there. (And, you will often remember the work you and your dad did on this project, together.) You are lucky to have such a great dad, send him our love!
You are certainly blessed to have a father who knows how to do so many things and is willing and able to help you. What a wonderful father you have! The porch is going to be beautiful! I can only imagine how much you will enjoy it in the years to come. Looking forward to seeing the finished porch! You have such great ideas. Lovin’ the blog. Keep up the great work!
Your dad is totally awesome!!
Your Dad reminds me so much of my Dad. It has been almost 5 years since my sister and I lost him and each and every day we miss him the same. He was our shining star and was such a great Christian man, wonderful father , constantly smiled and loved us unconditionally. He was always helping us with projects. I would so love to meet you and your parents. Such a great family. God Bless. I think your porch is going to look fabulous just like the rest of your home. Hugs, Debbie
How lucky you are to have such a wonderful Dad! I have one too, and while he’s never been quite as “handy” as your Dad, he’s just as supportive, and I count my blessings every day! 🙂
I was admiring his work, thinking how much your dad reminds me of mine. Then I saw the Folger’s coffee can and broke out into a big grin. My dad’s projects usually involve him pulling out a coffee can before it’s over. Little things like that can melt my heart. We are *so* lucky to have our daddies!
Heck, I’m only in my 50’s, but I’ve got an actual coffee can or two myself. 😉 They’ll be a collectible before long!
I was trying to find more on your screened porch but not finding it. I figured by now you all are done with it and wanted to see it but can’t find it. I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t even posted much on my own blog. lol Was trying to get a chicken pen ready for some chicks.
Hi, Rose, no it’s not finished yet, we are still working on it & making more progress! I’ll have a new post up soon. I hope to be moving all my furniture out there by end of this month.
Your screened porch is just beautiful. My husband and I added a screened porch about ten years ago and while it has served us well, it is not finished inside. After showing him your blog with all the great pictures, I’ve talked him into finishing the inside. We have the ceiling finished, we used white solid vinyl siding soffit and it looks great. However I do have a few questions, if you don’t mind my asking about the beadboard you used. Was it solid wood or MDF, if MDF how has it held up? My husband says MDF won’t stand up to our weather, we live on beautiful Cape Breton Island, Canada and our winters and spring can be long and harsh. So he wants to use 1’x6′ v groove pine board, in place of beadboard. Also did you use outdoor weather proof plugs for your outlets.
Thank You for your help.
Hi, Lorraine, I did use real sheets of wood beadboard, primed and painted. Since it won’t get wet, it should hold up fine. I didn’t add weather proof plugs, but need to go back and do that. I’ve been told that they need to be covered in an outdoor porch. That’s on my list to do for sure.
Hi Rhoda, Thank you for the information. It looks like we will have to use the V groove pine as the 4×8 ft. sheets of beadboard are not available in our area. They would have been easier to work with and I really love the way yours looks.
Brigitte Howell says
Hello, your porch is beautiful. I wanted to know what trim did you use for the baseboards?
I think that was a 4 or 5″ piece of mdf from Home Depot. It’s not outdoor wood, but it’s all painted.
Brigitte Howell says
Thank you, I’m looking for something thin that doesn’t stick out much. Your father’s work is amazing such a blessing!