We have the roof and painting completed on our portico project!
Before ordering shingles for the portico we had the roof of the house inspected. If you’re following along on this project, you may remember we had a partial bag of architectural shingles that were left when we purchased the house. Before we ordered more to match, we wanted to make sure the roof was in overall good shape. It was (that’s a YEEEEESSS!!). The exact shingle was no longer available, but its replacement was so close that we were certain no one would notice any difference.
After TJ got the roof finished up, I began the process of painting the portico.
For the color, we used Sherwin Williams Black Fox. It’s a dark gray that we both love. I’ll talk about it a bit more in our upcoming post on our exterior paint project. We’re also using Black Fox for the renovation at our lake cottage.
After I filled the larger cracks using wood filler, I sanded everything that would be painted. Since this was outside, I didn’t need to do as much preliminary sanding as I do on our interior trim projects – and, yes, that made me very happy!
I primed the bare wood using a Sherwin Williams exterior latex primer, then sanded lightly. Two coats of the exterior paint followed, with a light sanding in between each coat of paint.
I always do the caulking just before my last coat of paint. The last coat of paint covers the caulking, but the caulking doesn’t get sanded. Outside work may not require as much sanding, but it does require extra caution on the sealant. That means lots of caulking!
As a reminder, here’s a picture of the front of the house before we started the portico. Follow this link to go back and see why we chose to add a portico.
Next up is the tongue and groove ceiling and the lighting. We were gifted an amazing exterior light that is going to work perfectly. You’re going to want to see it!
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