Monday, April 11, 2011

Wonky window wells

They were wonky, but they are a lot better now.  Observe the nasty before:
There is a mate to this one, on the other side of our kitchen bump-out (which I realize badly needs a scrape, sand, prime and paint itself) that was also fugly.  I had to use a wire brush on the really bad rust spots.
It does a great job of getting all the tough rust off the metal.  My rule of thumb, keep brushing until there isn't anything flying off into your eyeballs.  And of course, never wear goggles.  Now everything is much smoother! 
Next up, my most favorite product for priming any item around our house...'rusty metal' primer that is ironically, the color of rust.
It goes on so quickly and dries in no time.  I love it so much! 
Yes, some lilies (and mulch) were painted in the process.  It's their fault for growing too close and inside the stupid frame. 
And the finale, Glidden Sweet Tea.  This is the exterior flat latex paint I have used all over the outside of the house.  I love this color with our brick.
Not bad, if I do say so myself.  Although, it only makes the peeling white paint look even worse. 
The wells are looking pretty, but in just a short while they will be completely covered with the daylilies. 
I can't say I'll complain about all my hard work being covered by those beauties! 
Now I just have to take care of that rotted siding.  Bah. 

23 comments:

PoetessWug said...

Looks very 'Purdy'!!

Simply LKJ said...

Love that primer!! And, our daylilies are coming up nicely too.

-Kasey said...

It looks great and I can only imagine how beautiful those lilies are going to look once their bloomed!

carrie @ brick city love said...

I feel like this is a really random project but probably makes a WORLD of difference. Good for you for tackling it!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Much improved!!

Sarah said...

Looks great!

Don't you love how one project leads to another and another and another?

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Definite upgrade! Nice job!

DailyChicagoan said...

Your lilies and other flowers look beautiful! I'm jealous! I need to work on our own landscaping.

Cait @ Hernando House said...

So much better! And serves those darn lilies right for growing too close!

We have a lot of things we need to work on around our house, but all I want to do is work on the backyard. Oh well, who needs curb appeal anyhow?

Morgan said...

The outside of your house is gorgeous! (Well, the inside is too, but you know what I mean...) Someday I'll plant some flowers and have a pretty yard as well (hopefully). =]

Mary @ stylefyles said...

Looks fantastic! Your house looks so pretty! You should share before and after shots - it's changed so much but would be cool to see the changes juxtaposed

Andrea said...

Thanks for this post - I have been curious if that Rusty Metal Primer worked. I have a old iron stove that needs a coat or two.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Great fix! Now they just blend in. YOu have such lovely landscaping. I need a landscaping consult. =)

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

I have some reallllly ugly window wells that need the same treatment. You've inspired me! :)

Kristin said...

Love your home! You have done so much to make it your own and it is beautiful.

Thanks for the tips on painting window wells. Ours are pretty gross and we may have to try that.

Lots of work to finish on the inside first though :)

lisa @ fix it yourself said...

Sometimes little things make all the difference! Enjoy!

Lisa said...

All I can think of is that the window well looks like a huge bump-it for a 10 foot tall Snooki.

Hilary @ My So-Called Home said...

What a huge difference a little spray paint makes! You home has great curb appeal.

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Wow, it's looking great out there! We were given some daylilies by our neighbor a couple of years ago, and now I know why - they multiply like crazy! They are pretty, though. And pretty much the only thing I can keep alive.

Holyoke Home said...

Peeling white paint? Where? I don't see any. La la la!!!!1

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Didn't you have like 82 feet of snow just last week? How has everything bloomed so quickly?!?! It's awesome...and yay for a fresh coat of paint!

Anonymous said...

hey looks like you could use some tuck pointing around the bricks by those window wells no?

Concord Carpenter said...

Nice choice - the wells disappear